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The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the fifth annual Treefort Music Fest, taking place March 23-27 throughout Downtown Boise. Treefort 2016 5-day passes go on sale Saturday, Sept. 12, including a special "locals-only" pass price of $119 for one day only at The Record Exchange!


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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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RSD leftovers/restocks

Record Store Day is over, but The Record Exchange still has dozens of titles still available, plus limited restocks and a few late arrivals.


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pono is here!

Pono is here! The Record Exchange is now carrying the PonoPlayer, a high-resolution digital music player created with the intent of providing a higher quality digital listening experience.


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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. Savage Hills Ballroom
Youth Lagoon
2. B’lieve I’m Goin Down
Kurt Vile
3. Every Open Eye
4. Dodge the Burn
The Dead Weather
5. Cass County
Don Henley
6. Servant of Love
Patty Griffin
7. Better Nature
Silversun Pickups
8. Depression Cherry
Beach House
9. Rattle That Lock
David Gilmour
Lana Del Rey

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idaho horror film festival

The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the second annual Idaho Horror Film Festival, taking place Oct. 15-18 throughout Downtown Boise! Join us on Oct. 15 for a special event at the RX featuring our own Rachel Prin DJing two hours of horror film soundtracks on vinyl, plus free Payette Brewing Co. beer!


[ 2014 staff picks ]

2014 staff picks

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!


[ sell us your stuff! ]

sell us your stuff!

The Record Exchange buys and trades used CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs and vinyl in good condition Monday-Saturday until 9 p.m. and Sunday until 6 p.m.


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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.



June 4th, 2015


Stratos Felix Pic 1Stratos Felix will perform a special Album Release Party set live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 6 p.m. First Thursday, June 4. Bri Ortiz will open. As always, this Record Exchange in-store performance is free and all ages. Stratos Felix’s new album Are We Live? will be available for purchase at the in-store, and we’ll have giveaways, too!

It’s also First Thursday at The Record Exchange, and that means buy-2-get-1-free savings all over the store, including used music and video (CDs, vinyl, DVDs, Blu-ray and vinyl) and coffee/espresso drinks!


Stratos Cliff Pic !Mix the solid Boise music scene with local high school kids and some supportive music teachers and what do you get? A rockin’ 3-piece band of awesome young musicians capable of knocking your socks off with their addictive original songs that are sure to wind through your head for days and keep your feet pumping and heart thumping.

Welcome to Stratos Felix, the brain child of three Capital High grads who cut their teeth while playing together as the rhythm section for their Capital High School Jazz Choir and have been jamming and writing together ever since. The band features Maxwell Reading playing the bass and singing, Justin Tam on guitar and Trevor McCleskey plays the drums and percussion. The band’s main influences, along with the local scene, include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine and Muse. Their goal as a band is to make music they believe in and enjoy playing.

Their first album Are We Live? features 10 completely varying originals, ranging from rock, pop, a little hip-hop and alt-rock.

The song “Stratos Felix,” from which the band gets its name, is a mysterious being sent from far across the universe from the future. He is not human, nor alien. He is composed of the unexplainable and complex energies created by the bonds that humans feel when affected by actions of peace, love and unity; therefore he cannot exist without these energies, and it is his mission to convey this message to humanity, for he is the symbol of hope and a better future. To spread his message he needs a medium of communication that can be understood by all of humanity; a medium that gets through barriers such as language, culture, race and religion. The only medium with that ability is music and he must learn how to use it to save the future.

The song “Stratos Felix” describes how Felix falls from his cloud and hits the ground as he starts at step 1. He’ll have to experience the struggles everyday people face, especially the journey of following your dreams with all the obstacles in the way, as well as those stumbling blocks in the path to self-understanding.

Maxwell Reading was born in 1997 in Boise. He began playing bass when he was 11 in his elementary school orchestra. Shortly after, he went to Boise Rock School and became a part of the Apprentice Band. He went on to Jazz Band and Jazz Choir at Capital High School, where he met his band mates, Justin and Trevor. Since he was quite young, music has always been a part of his life, and letting people hear his music was a dream he would imagine when he listened to bands like Kiss and Queen. Max: “I’m glad that that part of my life has come so early!”

Justin Tam was born and raised in Boise. The first instrument he learned to play was cello and he played in local school orchestras for seven years. He became intrigued about guitar after playing Guitar Hero, and after taking his first few guitar lessons to check it out, he knew the instrument was for him. After years of listening to nothing but Top 40 and hip-hop, he ventured further out with his musical tastes and preferences and his first favorite band became Rage Against the Machine. He played in multiple music ensembles during high school, including jazz choir, jazz band, orchestra and an electric orchestra. He is currently playing for two jazz groups at Boise State University. He feels very fortunate to have found something he’s passionate about at an early age. Justin: “I’m very thankful for all the love and support in my life.”

Trevor McCleskey was born in Modesto, California, and raised in Boise. Trevor has been playing drums since he was 2 years old and has played many other percussion instruments since then. Playing that long, he’s performed with many choirs, bands and musical lineups. He was awarded the Guitar Center Drum Off Win for Idaho in 2013. He plays everything from smooth jazz to heavy head banging metal. Being raised by a musician (his dad) definitely influenced him to be a musician, and like him, he chose the drums as his wonderful art. Trevor joined the U.S. Navy shortly after graduating and now proudly serves our country.

Opening act Bri Ortiz is a 20-year-old singer/songwriter from Boise and a good friend of Stratos Felix. She is featured as the lead vocalist on “In Stone” on Are We Live? and will be performing that tune with the band at the in-store.

Are We Live? was recorded at Audio Lab in Garden Cit and produced by local musician Rocci Johnson. The band wishes to thank her and the owners of Audio Lab, Steve Fulton and sound engineer Pat Storey for their mentorship and support.

June 1st, 2015


photo-credit-funk-volume-extralarge_1408652850011Wild 101 Presents the Dizzy Wright CD signing at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.). As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Dizzy Wright is performing at the Revolution Concert House later that evening (7 p.m.) and we have tickets for sale at the store!

Want a free ticket to the show and priority line placement at the signing? Beginning Tuesday, May 26, purchase The Growing Process and we’ll give you one ticket (while supplies last) and a VIP line wristband! (There will be a secondary line for customers without wristbands, which will follow the VIP line.) Listen to Wild 101.1 FM for a chance to win front-of-the-line access at the signing!


the-growing-process-extralarge_1429534847018“You just don’t become a leader in one year. You’re prepped for it. When you’re at your lowest—but you got that faith—that gives you motivation. And when you have that motivation, that’s what makes you a leader,” says Las Vegas native Dizzy Wright. Beyond his years at 22, Dizzy has been the first Sin City rapper to the cover of XXL magazine as a 2013 Freshman pick. His blend of substance and swagger has made him an independent charting sensation with three 2012 releases, SmokeOut Conversations (along with the 200,000-times-downloaded promotional mixtape), as well as a follow-up EP, The First Agreement. Both digital efforts debuted in the Top 50 of the Hip-Hop/R&B charts. In turn, the youngest member of the Funk Volume crew has been one of its most successful.

“My mom kicked me out when I was 17,” Dizzy reveals of the woman who both raised him and managed his career since childhood, “I was thrown out into the world.” With a similar story to his inspiration, Tupac Shakur, he took to local clubs to build a fan-base by being both skilled and flashy. “I was all about getting people to know my name. I knew the vision, but I didn’t know the gesture. You’ve got to live through this to get an understanding of it.” Along the way, Wright says that he learned to keep a tight circle and push for the ultimate sonic presentation of his art.

Although SmokeOut Conversations could be dismissed as just marijuana music, the inspiration behind the concept is deeply personal to Dizzy. The rapper asserts, “I didn’t want people to perceive me as this weed rapper with a weed album.” Instead, he admits that a key moment in creating the album came from his first encounter with his father. “I did a show in Detroit with Hopsin, and I got to meet my father for the first time. I was trying to figure out what he was gonna be like. He went to jail a couple months before I was born, and then he got out 20 years later.” To buffer the circumstances, Dizzy and his Pops eased tensions with some help. “When I finally met him, all we did was smoke and talk.” “We just got to do a lot of catchin’ up, lotta talkin’, and lotta smokin’.” After his father traveled to several dates with the Funk Volume family, Dizzy left the experience with a title and theme for his debut album.

The independent album produced two multimillion-view videos on YouTube, “Solo Dolo” and “Can’t Trust Em.” Dizzy was specific in giving his expanding base both sides of his repertoire. The first was Dizzy’s most personal record, while the second had, what he calls “that now-sound.” Both resonated, and the rapper was able to go from “doing shows to doing concerts” in his relentless touring with label-mates. Reflecting, he notes, “I was just testing the waters.”

Three years to the date of SmokeOut Conversations, The Growing Process will be released on May 26. Led by the prolific “Train Your Mind” and ode to hometown hero “Floyd Money Mayweather”, the new album is the second installment in a series of albums inspired by The Four Agreements – particularly the second principle which states “Don’t Take Anything Personally” – and features appearances from Big K.R.I.T, Tech N9ne, Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone, Irv Da Phenom, Berner, Mod Sun, Chel’le and Njomza in addition to Funk Volume family SwizZz, Jarren Benton and Hopsin.

May 29th, 2015


there is no mountainJoin The Record Exchange and Duck Club Presents for a Shakey Graves pre-party featuring a live performance by There is No Mountain at 6 p.m. Friday, May 29, at the RX (1105 W. Idaho St.). If you’re going to the Shakey Graves show at the Shrine, head to the store beforehand and catch a set from Treefort/Record Exchange favorites TINM! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!


Kali Giaritta // Vocals, Drums, Keys
Matt Harmon // Vocals, Guitar, Foot Tambourine

There Is No Mountain is a Portland-based husband-and-wife duo that combines percussion, guitar and an affinity for vocal harmony to create a unique brand of pop with intricate, world-music-influenced arrangements. The band’s subtly virtuosic style has been compared in print to current acts like The Dirty Projectors and classics like Paul Simon’s Graceland, but it is perhaps more telling that reviewers have tried to peg the duo’s musical influences in genres ranging from jazz to folk, classical to psychedelic rock, and world music to doom metal (all are correct!). Kali and Matt usually just call it “pop with a short attention span.”

TINM’s live set-up is an exercise in multitasking – the duo sings nearly everything in harmony while Kali plays a medley of tom drums and percussive instruments and Matt animates his acoustic guitar using nimble fingers and a bunch of carefully chosen effect pedals. African rhythms, jazz harmonies, shape-shifting arrangements, theatrical melodies and psychedelic swirls seep through the Americana exterior, making the live show a total surprise to any first-timer. After spending the last couple years on constant self-booked tours all over the country and finding themselves in situations ranging from 110-degree basements to a headline show at Lincoln Center in NYC, TINM is excited to be releasing new material this spring.

May 21st, 2015


10478931_10152840675073144_4664278927573015198_nKevin Kirk & Onomatopoeia will perform a special album release party preview in-store at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). The band is holding a release party on Friday, June 5, at the Sapphire Room (inside Riverside Hotel), 2900 E. Chinden Blvd., Boise. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

Kevin Kirk & Onomatopoeia’s new album What is the Nature of Your Emergency? will be available for purchase at the in-store!


Kevin Kirk & Onomatopoeia is a daring ensemble that explores the musical frontiers where jazz, classical, rock, bluegrass, Celtic and Brazilian sounds converge. Led by Kevin Kirk on keyboards, with Tom Tompkins on strings and flute, Mike Seifrit on 5- and 6-string basses, Jon Hyneman on drums, Greg Perkins on saxophones, Pat Hyneman on percussion and Jeffrey Barker on flute, these seven accomplished artists perform original songs that are exuberant, high energy, direct and hope-filled for an ever anxious and chaotic world.

What Is the Nature of Your Emergency? is the band’s fifth album. The first four have been greeted with critical acclaim. Some Assembly Required made the final 50 for a Grammy Award! Idaho Public Television’s multi-award-winning, high definition broadcast of the band’s concert at the Egyptian Theatre is still broadcast both nationally and internationally. The program was given the top 2009 NETA award (the highest Public Television award for broadcast of a performance). It also garnered the 1st place Platinum Award at World Fest out of 4,500 entries at its International Film Festival. The 30th annual Telly Awards gave the broadcast its Bronze Award out of 13,000 entries!

One of Onomatopoeia’s songs was voted in the top two songs of the year by the picky listeners of National Public Radio’s “All Songs Considered.” The band’s song “Salsa To The Wallsa a la Telemann” was chosen by New York City Center to support their largest annual production, “Fall For Dance!” The song was played for 8 million viewers in New York City on a daily basis as part of the promotion of NYC’s most beloved, best attended annual production.

When not performing at jazz festivals, Kevin Kirk & Onomatopoeia especially love sharing their music with fellow Idahoans. They are also dedicated to perform with them, especially young musicians. Their most recent concerts have included some of Idaho’s brightest young string players: The Centennial High School Chamber Orchestra, The Treasure Valley Youth Symphony/Boise Junior Philharmonic and The Collegiate All Star Orchestra. For the past two years the band has collaborated with the string section of the Meridian Symphony.