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After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2014 Top 10 lists, and leading up to Christmas we will be posting individual lists here on the website. Visit the store to view the lists in realtime and shop our special '14 Staff Picks display. Let the judgment begin!

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Go Listen Boise is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization with the mission of fostering a vibrant and diverse musical culture in the Boise area.

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Visit The Record Exchange's Amazon Marketplace store to shop for rare and discount CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books. Live in Boise? Order online and arrange for in-store pickup!

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Josh Ritter is returning to Boise for a special performance at the Cathedral of the Rockies during Treefort Music Fest, and The Record Exchange has exclusive album/ticket bundles (CD and LP) that get you a guaranteed-admission ticket to the show and Ritter's new album Acoustic Live Vol. 1!

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Black Friday is over, but The Record Exchange still has dozens of vinyl and CD exclusives you can’t get anywhere else in the Treasure Valley!

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1. Acoustic Live Vol. 1
Josh Ritter
2. What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
The Decemberists
3. No Cities to Love
Sleater-Kinney
4. Fear and Saturday Night
Ryan Bingham
5. Pale Emperor
Marilyn Manson
6. Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
Belle and Sebastian
7. Evermotion
Guster
8. Lost in the Dream
The War on Drugs
9. B4.DA.$$
Joey Bada$$
10. Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
Panda Bear

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September 5th, 2014

PAYETTE BREWING CO. PRESENTS COLONY HOUSE IN-STORE FRIDAY, SEPT. 5; FREE PAYETTE BREWING CO. BEER!

ColonyHouse_Press_307Payette Brewing Co. presents Colony House live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. We’ll be serving free Payette Brewing Co. beer for guests 21 and older with I.D. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Colony House is performing at Neurolux later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!

ABOUT COLONY HOUSE

colony house albumIn a relatively brief span of time, Colony House has emerged as a vibrant creative force, as well as a beloved fan favorite with a passionate, fiercely loyal fan base. That audience is likely to expand substantially with the release of When I Was Younger, the Nashville trio’s first full-length album, whose 14 compelling original tunes fulfill the abundant promise of the band’s three widely-acclaimed, self-released EPs.

It’s not surprising that Colony House has struck a resonant chord with listeners. The threesome maintains a balance of craft and immediacy that reflects its affinity for the sound of such alt-rock outfits as Interpol and The Killers, while echoing the influence of such alternative icons as U2 and New Order. They’ve assimilated their multiple influences in a manner that’s wholly distinctive, adding tight harmonies, strong instrumental chops and a keen melodic sensibility that’s all their own.

Lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter Caleb Chapman writes effortlessly infectious tunes that resonate with personal experience and emotional authority. The songs’ messages of faith, hope and perseverance are matched by the organic musical rapport of Caleb and his bandmates, brother Will Chapman on drums and Scott Mills on lead guitar and harmony vocals.

“The songs I write have always come from deep places, whether they’re deep places of joy or deep places of hurt, and it can be hard inviting people into those places with you,” Caleb states.

That openhearted attitude is reflected throughout When I Was Younger, both in Caleb’s expressive vocals and in the band’s vivid performances of such personally-charged tunes as “Silhouettes,” “Second Guessing Games,” “Keep On Keeping On,” “Waiting for My Time to Come” and “Won’t Give Up,” which exemplify the combination of sharp lyrical insight and indelible melodic craft that makes Colony House special.

As When I Was Younger demonstrates, much of Colony House’s appeal lies in the three bandmates’ powerful rapport, which extends into every aspect of their lives—and which has defined their approach towards the music.

“Our musical and personal chemistry goes hand in hand,” Caleb affirms. “The three of us are best friends, which means that at any given moment we are each other’s worst enemies as well. Being in a band is like being in a marriage—it’s a constant reminder of your own pride, and a reminder that you have to be willing to sacrifice in order for it to be successful. We’ve made a conscious effort to build the foundation of the band on our friendship, and then letting that spill over into our creative relationship.”

As the sons of Contemporary Christian pop superstar Steven Curtis Chapman, Caleb and Will Chapman have been steeped in music for their entire lives. They began making music together in early childhood, playing with their dad as well as their own combos. In 2009 they joined forces with Scott Mills, who they’d met through a cousin. Although initially known collectively as Caleb, the trio rechristened themselves Colony House in 2013, borrowing the name of an apartment complex in their hometown of Franklin, where Will and Scott as well as Caleb’s future wife had all lived prior to the band’s formation.

The new combo quickly began to win attention, bringing its charismatic live shows to fans via diligent touring, while earning critical raves with a series of acclaimed EPs: Colony House, Trouble and To the Ends of the World. Along the way, the band members found time to pursue other musical adventures, with Caleb collaborating with Will’s wife, singer Jillian Edwards, as the In-Laws, and Will moonlighting playing drums on tour with noted indie combo Ivan and Alyosha.

But Colony House remains the focus of their musical lives, as When I Was Younger makes clear. “We labored on the album for a long time,” Caleb notes. “We began recording it in September 2012 and finished it in July 2013. We had our dear friends Joe Causey and Ben Shive co-produce it, which made it a very special experience. They knew that this was our first full-length project, and I think that they felt the responsibility to help us tell our story the right way.

“Creating this record had such a strong set of contrasting emotions: joy, hope, frustration, sorrow, uncertainty, confidence,” he continues.

“These songs are questions that I have been wrestling with for months, sometimes years,” Caleb asserts. “They’re stories I had been trying to write in the dim light of my 100-square-foot room long before they were ever brought to life in a studio. We created the album conceptually, trying to keep in mind the rules of telling a story. There must be a dramatic arc, a beginning, a middle and an end. So in that way, every song is a piece of the equation. The front half of the album is a bit more lighthearted and fun, and then the back half gets a bit heavier. And the last third, starting with ‘Won’t Give Up,’ is very important to us.”

Perhaps the most startling aspect of When I Was Younger is the band’s forthrightness in addressing some deeply personal, emotionally raw issues, most notably the accidental death of Caleb and Will’s 5-year-old adoptive sister Maria Sue in 2008. That tragedy is addressed on several of the album’s songs, including “Keep On Keeping On” and “Won’t Give Up,” underlining the songs’ recurring themes of faith and family.

“It has been a difficult thing to do, sharing your family tragedy when telling your story or singing your songs,” Caleb states. “But I think that it’s important to tell. Everyone has a story of pain, of heartbreak, of a letdown or failure, and that is a thread that ties us all together—the ones on stage and the ones in the crowd. We were dealt a painful hand, but it’s what has bound us together so tightly. We want to create honest art, and this is the most important thing that has happened in our lives, so it would be a hard thing to leave out of our story.”

That heart-on-sleeve honesty is just one of the qualities that make Colony House a special band, and make When I Was Younger such a remarkable musical statement.

“We believe that we have a story to tell—a story of hope and perseverance—and that’s what we want to leave people with,” Caleb concludes. “We are not in the business of writing tragedies. We have experienced tragedy, but we’ve also seen hope triumph. Our faith is woven throughout everything we do musically, just as it’s woven into the foundation of our lives.”

August 19th, 2014

94.9 FM THE RIVER PRESENTS HOLLOW WOOD RELEASE PARTY AUGUST 19

hollow woodHollow Wood will celebrate their debut “Seasons EP” with a release party presented by 94.9 FM The River at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19 at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

The “Seasons EP” will be available at The Record Exchange on its official release date of Tuesday, Aug. 5. We will have copies for sale at the release party, too.

ABOUT HOLLOW WOOD

With roots in earnest and truthful music, Hollow Wood maintains a balance of intimacy and power that blend together to create an incredibly engaging musical experience. Formed in Boise, Idaho in 2010, Hollow Wood consists of an organic and consistently evolving lineup of musicians who are devoted to expressing music in an honest way.  Morgan Schuler of KEXP in Seattle writes, “Even now, I can remember being wrapped up in it as the crowd cheered, danced and clapped their way through the set.”

August 13th, 2014

BREAD & CIRCUS ALBUM RELEASE PARTY PREVIEW IN-STORE THURSDAY, AUG. 14; FREE PAYETTE BREWING BEER!

10491116_328058190688672_3274456946606284482_nBread & Circus will perform a special album release party preview in-store at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). The band is holding a release party on Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. We’ll be serving free Payette Brewing Co. beer for guests 21 and older with I.D. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

Bread & Circus’ debut album “Fortune Favors the Bold” will be available for purchase at the in-store. The first 20 people to buy it get a free ticket to the album release party at the VaC and get entered to win Bread & Circus’ benefit raffle for Boise Bicycle Project that includes a Yakima RidgeBack 4 Hitch Rack, GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition POV camera, two CamelBak hydration packs and six boxes of PowerBar energy product (retail value of $1,000).

ABOUT BREAD & CIRCUS

Bread & Circus play melodically stout, catchy yet kitschy, steep southern boogie music with a pinch of white bread soul rolled in a metric ton of improvisational rock and roll. Originally composed songs played in earnest and always with honesty jam-packed with a creative and expressive nature. Hell bent and quite content on making you move your feet and soothing the soul.

Players in the band:

Michael Blumenstein – Rhythm/Lead Guitar, Vocals and Percussion
Jon Engelund – Bass, Vocals
Brady Meyers – Mandolin, Vocals
Garrett Finley – Drums, Vocals

August 10th, 2014

AGAINST ME! SIGNING MONDAY, AUG. 11; VIP PRIORITY-LINE WRISTBAND NOW AVAILABLE WITH CD OR LP PURCHASE!

againstme_2013_highres_3858_bwAgainst Me! will visit The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) for an album signing at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Against Me! is performing at Knitting Factory later that evening (7 p.m.) and we have tickets for sale at the store!

Want priority line placement at the signing? Beginning Wednesday, July 23, purchase Transgender Dysphoria Blues on CD or vinyl prior to the event and we’ll give you a VIP line wristband! (There will be a secondary line for customers without wristbands, which will follow the VIP line.) The first 25 people to purchase Transgender Dysphoria Blues also get a free ticket to the Knit show!

ABOUT AGAINST ME!

against meAgainst Me! released the much-anticipated sixth full-length studio album titled Transgender Dysphoria Blues on Tuesday, January 21 on their own label, Total Treble. Transgender Dysphoria Blues is the intense follow-up to the band’s previous full-length album, White Crosses, and stands as another major benchmark for the band and its career spanning 10+ years.

Recorded at Studio 606, Earth Sound Studio, Motor Studio, Total Treble Studio and mixed by Billy Bush (Garbage, Muse, Tegan And Sara), Transgender Dysphoria Blues is an insightful and highly-provocative 10-song offering written by frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, whose material examines one’s grappling with gender dysphoria, the loss of a young friend and pure self discovery, as well as love and ultimate acceptace. Featuring Grace’s signature explicit songwriting and dominant vocals, the album also features longtime guitarist/vocalist James Bowman, drummer Atom Willard and Fat Mike of NOFX on bass for “FUCKMYLIFE666″ and “Unconditional Love”.