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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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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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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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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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The Record Exchange is a proud partner with Boise's Payette Brewing Company! Enjoy Payette Brewing Company beer (and for free!) at Record Exchange events such as Record Store Day, the annual holiday Bonus Club Sale and our singer-songwriter Birthday Bash celebrations!

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1. Blood for Blood
Hellyeah
2. Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams
3. Southsiders
Atmosphere
4. El Pintor
Interpol
5. Ritual in Repeat
Tennis
6. Primitive and Deadly
Earth
7. Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar
Robert Plant
8. Physical World
Death From Above 1979
9. Into the Wide
Delta Spirit
10. They Want My Soul
Spoon

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The Record Exchange is proud to be part of Radio Boise's KRBX Card program! Present your card on Sunday and New Release Tuesday (6-9 p.m.) and get 20% off all gift shop items and 20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD, Blu-ray and cassettes!

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March 18th, 2014

THIRD RECORD EXCHANGE SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE CONFIRMED!

The Record Exchange and Treefort Music Fest are planning a series of Secret Treefort In-stores during the festival, and we’re pleased to announce our third confirmed show:

Saturday, March 22 (4:30 p.m.)
The Record Exchange
1105 W. Idaho St., Boise (two blocks from the Treefort main stage)

RSVP HERE

FULL SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 20, 5 p.m.
Friday, March 21, 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 22 4:30 p.m.

All Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-stores are free and all ages, and a Treefort pass is not required to attend (but you really should get one).

The RX and Treefort will announce the artists the morning of each event via social media and The Record Exchange email list, which you can sign up for HERE.

This Record Exchange in-store event is sponsored in part by Boise Weekly.

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March 13th, 2014

DAVID POE IN-STORE THURSDAY, MARCH 13; WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW ALBUM!

IMG954318David Poe will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Boise) at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 13. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

Join us for the world premiere of songs from Poe’s new album ‘God & The Girl’! The following night on March 14, Poe will perform at Curtis Stigers’ sold-out Songwriters in the Round at Cinder Winery event.

ABOUT DAVID POE

david poe“The major domo of songwriters.” - Village Voice
“[Songs] like miniature novels.” - The London Independent
“David Poe gives the singer-songwriter genre a much-needed jolt.” - Rolling Stone
“Storytelling with beautiful, lush, guitar-underpinned music.” - NME
“The perfect man.” - Time Out! New York
“Hyperbole is everything.” - David Poe

David Poe writes songs and sings them. Sometimes others sing them too.

Artists who have recorded songs by David Poe include producers T-Bone Burnett and Larry Klein, the cast of ABC television series ‘Nashville,’ rock artists Grace Potter and Daryl Hall, Broadway composer Duncan Sheik,  fado ingenue Ana Moura, alt-folkie Thomas Dybdahl, jazz singer Curtis Stigers, pop sensation Oh Land and others.

As a performer, Poe has toured the world with the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Chris Whitley and Tori Amos. His work appears in a variety of film, TV, dance and theater projects.

Solo recordings include his most recent effort ‘God & The Girl,’ as well as a self-titled debut, produced by T-Bone Burnett, ‘The Late Album’ (Sony/Epic), ‘Love Is Red’ (Universal Music/The Lab) and two live recordings, iTunes exclusive ‘David Poe: Live From The Artists Den’ and a concert film, ‘David Poe Onstage at World Café’ (Universal Music/Decca DVD). Poe has also created two scores for dance: ‘The Copier: Music for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet’ and ‘Shadowland: Music for Pilobolus.’

David Poe is a composer fellow of the Sundance Institute. He has scored seven films, including an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. ‘Shadowland,’ a collaboration with contemporary dance company Pilobolus, has been on tour since 2009, performed on every continent, for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and is soon to be a feature film.

Poe has produced recordings for other artists, including Regina Spektor, Kraig Jarret Johnson, Jenifer Jackson and The Brendan Hines.

Transplanted from the American Midwest to New York City, David Poe served as the sound engineer at CBGB’s 313 Gallery before signing to Sony/Epic.  He currently lives in Los Angeles.

March 8th, 2014

SECOND RECORD EXCHANGE SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE CONFIRMED!

The Record Exchange and Treefort Music Fest are planning a series of Secret Treefort In-stores during the festival, and we’re pleased to announce our second confirmed show:

Friday, March 21 (4 p.m.)
The Record Exchange
1105 W. Idaho St., Boise (two blocks from the Treefort main stage)

RSVP HERE

FULL SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 20, 5 p.m.
Friday, March 21, 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 22, 4:30 p.m.

All Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-stores are free and all ages, and a Treefort pass is not required to attend (but you really should get one).

The RX and Treefort will announce the artists the morning of each event via social media and The Record Exchange email list, which you can sign up for HERE.

This Record Exchange in-store event is sponsored in part by Boise Weekly.

Shhh!

March 5th, 2014

FIRST RECORD EXCHANGE SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE CONFIRMED FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (5PM)!

Once again, The Record Exchange and Treefort Music Fest are planning a series of Secret Treefort In-stores during the festival, and we’re pleased to announce our first confirmed show:

Thursday, March 20 (5 p.m.)
The Record Exchange
1105 W. Idaho St., Boise (two blocks from the Treefort main stage)

RSVP HERE

FULL SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 20, 5 p.m.
Friday, March 21, 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 22 4:30 p.m.

The secret in-store will take place right before the official festival kick-off with Finn Riggins next door at Neurolux.

All Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-stores are free and all ages, and a Treefort pass is not required to attend (but you really should get one because this festival is gonna rule).

The RX and Treefort will announce the artist on the morning of March 20 via social media and The Record Exchange email list, which you can sign up for HERE.

This Record Exchange in-store event is sponsored in part by Boise Weekly.

Shhh!

February 18th, 2014

A.K.A. BELLE/THE COUNTRY CLUB PRE-RELEASE IN-STORE THURSDAY, FEB. 20; BUY A CD AT THE IN-STORE, GET A TICKET TO THEIR VAC RELEASE SHOW!

aka belle country cluba.k.a. Belle and The Country Club will perform a special pre-release in-store at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). The bands are holding a double release party on Saturday, Feb. 22, 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!

a.k.a. Belle’s new album ‘The Devil Loves You’ and The Country Club’s new album ‘An Idaho Dozen’ will be available for purchase at the in-store — get a free ticket to the release party show at the VaC for each a.k.a. Belle and/or Country Club CD you purchase!

ABOUT A.K.A. BELLE

The seedlings of a.k.a Belle began in a land far, far away called Los Angeles, CA, where Sam and Catherine Crooks Merrick, Boise, ID natives, found themselves sharing a flat in pursuit of musical greatness. They didn’t know it then, but their paths would cross many times over subsequent decades and eventually their lives would converge in a very personal and musically magical way. In 2008, after Catherine returned home to Boise, ID from living and performing under the moniker of Belle of Les Bois in Manchester, England, she reunited with her former roomie (and soon to be husband) and a.k.a. Belle was born.

Catherine grew up in Boise, ID amongst some major musical talents. She played alongside Doug Martsch (Built to Spill) in Suiciety and in the B-sides with Curtis Stigers. Merrick’s overflowing with instrumental chops and is most often seen wailing on guitar or banjo, but it’s her voice that audiences find most captivating:

“… when you are blessed with a vocalist like Catherine Merrick, you’re light years ahead of the game. The singer and multi-instrumentalist for a.k.a. Belle has an alluring, lovely voice – the kind that stands out in any genre.” – Michael Deeds, The Idaho Statesman

Between LA and 2008, Sam was met with major musical success. He toured the US and Europe with The Leaving Trains (SST Records) and signed a multimillion dollar contract in blood with LA band The Nymphs (Geffen Records). He’s also played bad-ass guitar and lent vocals to a variety of of musical projects based in the US. a.k.a. Belle’s eclectic sound is elevated by the creative musical minds of Louis McFarland (percussion) and Chris Galli (stand up bass), who hear and interpret Merrick’s songs intuitively.

In 2012, a.k.a. Belle recorded and released their debut full-length record with Audio Lab Studios titled Disappearing Night. The album spent several weeks on the Top 20 best sellers at Boise’s independent record store, The Record Exchange, and came in at #6 for best selling records there in 2012. “Austin Calling”, from their debut CD, continues to get air play in Boise and its environs. “The Devil Loves You” is the Belle’s second full-length record set to release in February 2014. The new record is self proclaimed to be darker and more experimental than their debut album, exploring themes of time travel, serial killers, losers in love and evil trees.

a.k.a. Belle is a rock band that’s not afraid to play with different genres to get the desired effect in creating well-crafted, thoughtfully constructed songs. Collectively, these four musicians, playfully coined “The Magic Four,” have collaborated with and supported some big names in music including: John Doe & Exene Cervenka from LA band X; Iggy Pop; Elizabeth Cook; Holly Golightly, Lydia Loveless; Curtis Stigers; Bill Kirchen; Doug Martsch from Built to Spill, Pinto Bennett, William Coffey… and many more.

For a sneak peek of their new record, head on over to akabelle.bandcamp.com and listen to their single release “Mess You Up”.

ABOUT THE COUNTRY CLUB

The Country Club is a band from Boise, Idaho playing original and traditional music from the front lines of the nostalgia wars. While their sound is clearly drawn from the well of classic country, honky tonk, old time, and bluegrass, it rings and twangs with modernity and occasional urbanity. From dark and dirty to clean and pristine, the sound of the Country Club is as at home on the range, in a barn, as it is downtown, in the bar.