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After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2013 Top 10 lists, and leading up to Christmas we're posting individual lists here on the website. You can also visit the store to view all the lists in realtime and shop our special '13 Staff Picks display. Let the judgment begin!

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Okay, here it is: the Record Store Day exclusives list. Over 400 limited-edition CDs, vinyl LPs, 7-inches and more available Saturday, April 19 at The Record Exchange. Follow the link to peruse the list and read about Record Exchange RSD events!


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December 18th, 2013


tennisTennis will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4. The in-store is presented by Boise Weekly. Tennis is playing Neurolux later that evening and we have tickets for sale here at the store. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!


tennisCelebrated Denver-based husband and wife duo Tennis will continue to tour to support their new EP Small Sound with a run of dates in January on the West Coast. The new EP, which is out now, is the bands first collaboration with Communion Records.

Small Sound follows their much lauded previous full length efforts, 2011’s Cape Dory and 2012’s Young and Old. Four of the tracks were produced by Richard Swift (Foxygen, The Shins, The Mynabirds) with the fifth track “Cured of Youth” produced by Jim Eno (Spoon, Polica, Gayngs). The band inked a new deal with Communion Records and will return to the studio to work on new music for a Spring 2014 full length album. Small Sound is available as a limited 10” vinyl release and CD. Noisey recently premiered their lyric video for the song “Mean Streets,” which can be viewed HERE and shared HERE.

Tennis was born aboard Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley’s nearly seven-month sailing trip. Upon returning home, the duo began writing music together as a way to document the history of their shared experience. The result was Cape Dory, an intimate and concise recollection of life on a 30-foot sloop.

Moore and Riley followed Cape Dory with Young and Old, which The New York Times called “striking indie-pop” and The New Yorker described as “winsome as it is ebullient.” The album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseeker Chart, #1 on CMJ Top 200, where it remained for three weeks in a row and debuted on Soundscan’s “New Artist Chart” at #1, remaining there for nine consecutive weeks. The band performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Conan” and “Last Call with Carson Daly.”

December 1st, 2013


dawes94.9 FM The River and Boise Weekly present a special acoustic set by Dawes at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. The band will perform a short acoustic set on The Record Exchange stage followed by a Q&A moderated by The River’s Tim Johnstone and album signing. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Dawes is performing at Knitting Factory later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!

Want guaranteed admission to the event? Purchase any Dawes title on CD or vinyl and we’ll give you a wristband guaranteeing admission plus a custom Dawes lithograph (while supplies last) — the first 10 people also get a free ticket to the Knitting Factory show! Listen to The River prior to the event for a chance to win a wristband/litho combo!


While the city of Los Angeles has been both an inspiration and a home to the four members of Dawes, they found themselves traveling East last fall to record their third album in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with newly enlisted producer Jacquire King.  It was a chance to hunker down and work each day for a month away from familiar landmarks and routines. The tracks they laid down at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Studio have yielded a 12-song disc of tremendous sonic and narrative clarity, book-ended in classic album fashion by two very different versions of the wistful  “Just Beneath The Surface” – a misleading title, really, since the songs stacked in between dig so deep. Stories Don’t End is not so much a departure from the quartet’s previous efforts as a distillation of them. It spotlights the group’s maturing skills as arrangers, performers and interpreters who shape the raw material supplied by chief songwriter and lead vocalist Taylor Goldsmith into an artfully concise and increasingly soulful sound.

Once again, Goldsmith displays a particular gift for tunes that balance tough and tender, hardboiled and heartbroken. As a writer, he prowls his psyche like a forties detective, looking for clues to the mysteries of life and love.  “Just My Luck” has the irresistible pull of a vintage country tune, though the arrangement is understated and contemporary. If Goldsmith’s vocal delivery weren’t plaintive enough, the band ups the emotional ante with a beautiful wordless coda that intertwines Tay Strathairn’s piano and Goldsmith’s lead guitar. Similarly “Something In Common” is a morning-after shuffle that builds into a bigger and more dramatic track before dropping back to a quiet melancholic finish. Goldsmith takes a few simple words, like “something in common,” and uses them like chapter headings to develop a compelling story, full of unexpected twists, from verse to verse. “Someone Will” includes the same kind of word play while boasting a little more swagger. “Hey Lover,” a cover of a tongue-in-cheek tune by Dawes’ good buddy Blake Mills, is a playful mid-album break with Taylor Goldsmith and his young brother, drummer Griffin Goldsmith, trading off lead vocals.

Before he started composing for the album, says Taylor, “I went through a Joan Didion tear.” It was right after he read the legendary author’s Democracy that he found the title, Stories Don’t End, in her work. Though Didion is currently a New Yorker, she is most associated with Southern California, its culture of the sixties and seventies, a subject she examined in gimlet-eyed prose. When Goldsmith started penning new songs after several months on the road in support of Dawes’ 2011 disc, Nothing Is Wrong, his writing was even more keenly observant. “From a Window Seat” was the first he completed and, he admits, “It’s a very singular song. A lot of the songs on the record can be a little more broad, about a period in someone’s life or trying to explore a certain feeling. This song is about a specific experience of being on an airplane and that’s not a very poetic or lyrical idea.” Yet Goldsmith, employing an accumulation of small details, once again finds the bigger picture, about the narrator’s past and his (and our) uncertain future, about the history lurking beneath the swimming pool-dotted landscape below him. Just as important is the track itself — lean, propulsive and guitar-driven – lending urgency to Goldsmith’s in-flight musings. Similarly, “Bear Witness,” a last-minute addition to the lineup that the band arranged during the Asheville sessions, is an almost cinematically vivid rendering of a man having a conversation with his child from his hospital bed.

Nothing Is Wrong had garnered considerable acclaim, with London’s Independent declaring, “It’s as close to a perfect Americana album as there’s been this year.”  Up to then, the band had relied on good friend Jonathan Wilson as producer, cutting its 2009 debut disc, North Hills, at Wilson’s Laurel Canyon studio and its follow-up with Wilson at a larger room in Echo Park. But Wilson’s own career as a solo artist was taking off following the release of his Gentle Spirit disc, and the band began a search for a new collaborator.  King boasted an impressive and unusual resume, having produced an eclectic range of artists, including Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse, Norah Jones and the Punch Brothers. Says keyboardist Strathairn, “He’s really easy to work with. As a producer he doesn’t want to be the artist, he simply tries to make the band sound the best that the band can be. And the work speaks for itself.”

Recording with King and foregoing the quickly cut, straight-to-analog tape approach of its first two recordings was a way, says Taylor, for Dawes “to push the boundaries of what might be expected of us, or feel like a comfort zone for us, while trying to be the same band we always are. That was important to us. We didn’t want to abandon anybody’s sense of who we were and, more importantly, our sense of ourselves. We wanted to stay true to this thing that we had while starting to widen the spectrum a little bit.”

The reprise of “Just Beneath the Surface” at the end of the disc, however, is a first-take document of the band figuring out the tune together, and it was too good not to keep. As bassist Wylie Gelber recalls, “We knew the vibe we were going for and we were running through it while Jacquire was setting up. But we were completely unaware that he was recording us. We were fooling around and towards the end of it, we stopped for a minute and Jacquire said, Hey man, I think we’ve got it. We tried to beat that take but we couldn’t. You can hear it there, you can feel that it’s the first time it’s being played, it’s a simple song and there’s a subtle art to doing it. It ebbs and flows.”

“With Jacquire,” explains Taylor, “we were able to hold on to an essence of what we had been, but I feel now, more than with our first two records, that this makes a case that we’re a band from 2013. There a lot of bands that harken back to a period or style of a different time and that can be really limiting. That was never our intention.”

November 12th, 2013


13.11.16 BILLY GOATS CD RELEASEjonathan warren 200Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats will perform a special pre-release in-store at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). The band is holding a release party on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Visual Arts Collective and we have tickets for sale at the store. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats’ new album On This Very Evening will be available for purchase at the in-store — the first 20 people to buy On This Very Evening will receive a free ticket to the release party show at the VaC!


Born to an ever-moving military family in Texas, Jonathan Warren got his musical start in Knoxville, TN. He quickly developed an ear for traditional folk and Americana while listening to greats such as Townes Van Zandt and Hank Williams. While playing bass for Christabel and the Jons (one of the original Jons) he started experimenting with his own songwriting and playing guitar, banjo and harmonica. David Sather-Smith, born and raised in Jackson, MS, grew up alongside classical music, which helped to form his knack for the cello and operatic singing. He attended Western Illinois University where he majored in Vocal Performance and fell in love with the tunes of Frank Sinatra. Andrew Smith, born in Los Angeles, CA, spent many of his years studying jazz from legends like Charles Mingus and Count Basie. As a young-teen, he moved to San Francisco, where the diverse music scene allowed him to experiment with a variety of styles including Latin, funk and blues music. Somehow these three crossed paths and collaborated in Boise, where they created the amalgamation they call “Progressive Psychobilly Folkgrass.”

It’s a goat chewing on a can, it’s a cat scratching at your door, it’s foot stompin’ music that makes you want to eat a biscuit. Melodies you wake up humming in the morning, that stick to your bones like peach cobbler. It’s new-timey, post-retro, pre-apocolyptic, southern Appalachian, gypsy porch swing. It’s Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats.

Jonathan Warren- Vocals, Guitar, Upright Bass, Banjo, Harmonica
David Sather-Smith – Vocals, Cello, Guitar
Andrew Smith – Drums, Percussion


On This Very Evening (2013)
A Little Something Stronger Than Wine (2011)
You Just Relax Honey (2010)
Tieton (2008)

November 5th, 2013


LaLuz1Boise Weekly and The Duck Club present the Of Montreal Pre-Party with La Luz at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). La Luz will perform on the RX stage before heading across the street to open for Of Montreal’s Radio Boise Tuesday show at the El Korah Shrine — free Pie Hole pizza while it lasts, too! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

We have tickets for the Shrine show here at the store and will be waiving our ticket fees on all Duck Club shows during the pre-party. Anyone who purchases Duck Club tickets at the event will be entered to win a signed Of Montreal vinyl LP or Moondoggies signed vinyl LP prize pack!


LaLuz_ItsAlive_608x608Seattle’s La Luz recorded their debut EP, Damp Face, in a small trailer on a hot August day. But barring the inevitable “no-AC-in-the-van” summer tour calamity, La Luz runs cool. Their brand of coolness isn’t about distance or affect; it’s a mood, and—sue us, but to totally rip off Zelda Fitzgerald: Something about this music vibrates to the dusky, dreamy smell of dying moons and shadows. So yeah, that kind of cool.

Still, La Luz’s live shows, more than most these days, are about connection. It’s evident that the four ridiculously talented ladies on stage are not only playing music with each other, but for each other. And they engage their audience as well. Like a proper punk band—which they are not— they give you shit for not dancing. They convey a gritty self-possession, a sense that they’ve been there and back again. And, like the expert, but seemingly effortless, surf licks and meandering bass lines that rise and fall throughout their songs, their mocking is playful and dreamy and disarming enough to get most of the crowd (and sometimes the keyboard player) dancing down the center line of a soul train.

But as any half-assed Freudian will tell you, there can be no meaningful connection without first weathering some dark and lonely times. Here comes the chilly part: What makes La Luz stand out—and stand out fast—the band has only been playing together for a year and people took notice almost immediately—is that this is a band that embodies that most elusive slant on the human condition: longing, and the fleeting relief that tags alongside deep desire.

In Spanish, La Luz means “light” and that’s the perfect thing to evoke when your songs give the illusion of veering in the opposite direction. But lift out most any lyric—which is a good excuse to give a closer listen to the delicate, four-part harmonies that are fast becoming the band’s signature—and you’ll find that the aches and pains of love and loss, of living in a world where no foothold is ever a promise—all this is delivered with a nuanced dose of perfectly timed exhilaration, like the whole thing might just be worth it in the end.

Last spring, La Luz returned to that steamy trailer park to record It’s Alive – the much-anticipated follow up to Damp Face – with their friend and engineer Johnny Goss. From the first get-psyched drum roll and eerie chords of “Sure As Spring”, the dinged-up pop gem that opens the album, the rest moves like a slow drive on a dangerous road, slinking and bending as the terrain shifts. On “What Good Am I?”, the lead vocals, and the swirl of harmonies that surround it, recall the Spartan haze of Mazzy Star’s misty-eyed super hit. Smack in the middle is the title track. “It’s Alive” is a jangly rocker with a spooky refrain, oodles of ooohs, and a marauding narrative that nails down the misty logic of the rest of the album. Two instrumentals, “Sunstroke” and “Phantom Feelings”, showcase the band’s beach jam surf chops, and fall perfectly between the chilled out heartache that surrounds them.

October 15th, 2013


avettmagpieThe Record Exchange and 94.9 FM The River will host The Avett Brothers New Album Signing at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 15 (release date for their latest album Magpie and the Dandelion) at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.). Want priority line placement at the signing? Beginning Friday, Oct. 11, purchase Magpie and the Dandelion on CD, deluxe CD or vinyl prior to the event and we’ll give you a VIP line wristband!


Here’s a quick look at the bright and shiny new releases this week at The Record Exchange:


The Avett Brothers – Magpie and the Dandelion (deluxe edition also available)

Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

Paul McCartney – New (deluxe edition also available)

The Head and the Heart – Let’s Be Still

Red Fang – Whales and Leeches (deluxe edition also available)

Pelican – Forever Becoming

Cults – Static

Willie Nelson – To All the Girls

Will Hoge – Never Give In

Paul Simon – The Complete Albums Collection

Paul Simon – Over the Bridge of Time: A Paul Retrospective 1964-2011

Fall Out Boy – Save Rock and Roll PAX-AM Edition

La Luz – It’s Alive

Diane Birch – Speak a Little Louder (deluxe edition also available)

Jerry Garcia Band – Garcia Live Vol. 3: December 14-15, 1975

The Poets of Rhythm – Anthology

Depeche Mode – Should Be Higher

Cole Swindell – Chillin’ It

Trivium – Vengeance Falls

Joshua Bell – Musical Gifts: Joshua Bell and Friends

Anberlin – Devotion (deluxe edition also available)

Doomriders – Grand Blood

Death Angel – Dream Calls for Blood (deluxe edition also available)

Morcheeba – Head Up High

Gary Numan – Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind)

Cass McCombs – Big Wheel and Others

Lucius – Wildewoman

Flying Colors – Live in Europe

Four Tet – Beautiful Rewind

Dean Wareham – Emancipated Hearts

Frank Turner – Second Three Years/Take to the Road

Bloc Party – Tapes

Eric Clapton – Unplugged Deluxe Edition

The Dismemberment Plan – Uncanney Valley

Scotty McCreery – See You Tonight (deluxe edition also available)

Halestorm – Reanimate 2 EP

Crystal Antlers – Nothing is Real

Gavin DeGraw – Make a Move

Mary J. Blige – Mary Christmas

Black Oak Arkansas – Back Thar N Over Yonder

Black Milk – No Poison, No Paradise

Fink – RCO

Arthur Channel – Arthur Channel

Tristen – Caves

Jonathan Wilson – Fanfare

Monster Magnet – Last Patrol (deluxe edition also available)

Deep Purple – Complete Albums 1970-1976

Deep Purple – Perfect Strangers Live

Jeff Healey Band – Live at the Bottom Line

Meshuggah – Catch Thirty Three

Meshuggah – Obzen

Kevin Devine – Bubblegum

Kevin Devine – Bulldozer

Various Artists – Studio One Ska Fever! More Ska Sounds

Various Artists – The Organization of Pop: Music From The First Thirty Years of ZTT Records

Various Artists – Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2: Industrial, New Wave, EBM Classics and Rarities 79-88


The Avett Brothers – Magpie and the Dandelion

Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

The Head and the Heart – Let’s Be Still

Cults – Static

Red Fang – Whales and Leeches (deluxe edition also available)

First Aid Kit – Drunken Trees EP

The Clash – Various Reissues

Botch – We Are the Romans

Yuck – Glow and Behold

Doomriders – Grand Blood

Four Tet – Beautiful Rewind

Jamie Lidell – Big Love Remixes

Dismemberment Plan – Uncanney Valley

Various Artists – Trevor Jackson Presents Metal Dance 2: Industrial, New Wave, EBM Classics and Rarities 79-88

Sarah Jarosz – Build Me Up From Bones

Happy Jawbone Family Band – Happy Jawbone Family Band

Band of Heathens – Sunday Morning Record

Bayside – Shudder


Jason Aldean – Night Train to Georgia DVD

The Doors – Live at the Bowl ’68/Soundstage Performances/Live in Europe 1968 DVD

Frank Zappa – Baby Snakes/Dub Room Special/The Torture Never Stops DVD

Deep Purple – Perfect Strangers Live DVD

Flying Colors – Live in Europe DVD