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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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1. ULTIMATE ALTERNATIVE WAVERS
Built to Spill
2. HALF THE CITY
St. Paul and the Broken Bones
3. THE SPACE PROJECT
Various Artists
4. TIME TRAVELERS AND BONFIRES
Sevendust
5. DEMOLICIOUS
Green Day
6. BECAUSE THE INTERNET
Childish Gambino
7. THE DEVIL LOVES YOU
aka Belle
8. DO TO THE BEAST
Afghan Whigs
9. DOTTED LINE
Nickel Creek
10. MEMPHIS GREASE
John Nemeth

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November 5th, 2013

BOISE WEEKLY AND THE DUCK CLUB PRESENT OF MONTREAL PRE-PARTY WITH LA LUZ IN-STORE TUESDAY, NOV. 5; FREE PIE HOLE PIZZA, VINYL RAFFLES!

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!

ABOUT LA LUZ

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

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 10/15: AVETT BROTHERS NEW ALBUM AND SIGNING, PLUS PEARL JAM, THE HEAD AND THE HEART, CULTS, PAUL MCCARTNEY, PELICAN, RED FANG AND MANY MORE!

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!

READ MORE HERE.

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

CD

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

VINYL

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

DVD/BLU-RAY

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

October 14th, 2013

94.9 FM THE RIVER PRESENTS THE AVETT BROTHERS NEW ALBUM SIGNING OCT. 15: PREORDER AND GET A VIP WRISTBAND!

avett94.9 FM The River presents 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.). As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. The Avett Brothers are performing at Morrison Center later that evening (7:30 p.m.).

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! (There will be a secondary line for customers without wristbands, which will follow the VIP line.) Free lithograph with purchase, too!

Listen to The River leading up to the event for your chance to win tickets to the Morrison Center show!

A LETTER FROM THE AVETT BROTHERS ABOUT MAGPIE AND THE DANDELION

avettmagpieWe wanted to let you know what we’ve been up to this year.

It’s been one of the most amazing years in our lives up to this point. Not only did we get our first Grammy Award nomination, but we played some of the most incredible shows we’ve ever done. That’s what we really remember. Every night, there was this energy in the air. You could feel it in the gusts of wind or as the stars blanketed the sky. Everybody felt it, and it made each gig simply electric.

We’ve got to let you in on a little secret because you’ve been so good to us. While we were working on The Carpenter, we were so inspired that we wrote another record as well. During those sessions, we just felt it. Working with Rick Rubin again, we tapped into something very special. It’s like everybody was in the same zone.

Now, we’re ready for you to hear the record. It’s called Magpie and the Dandelion, and it’s out October 15. It’s new and being heard for the first time.

If you think about a Magpie, it’s a bird from the crow family. You can see them everywhere, and they’ve got this strange grace. And, we all know what a dandelion is. It reminds you of being a kid and watching a flower come apart on a summer day. There’s a youthful wonder in that. Those kinds of feelings live and breathe inside this album.

As a little treat, our friends at NPR are streaming the first single “Another Is Waiting” so you can have a taste of what’s to come. We’ll be back out on the road and are looking forward to sharing these new songs with you.

For now, enjoy the music.

Sincerely,
The Avett Brothers

October 3rd, 2013

208 MUSIC VIDEO SHOW SCREENING AND AVTALE IN-STORE FIRST THURSDAY 10/3

208MusicVideo_FinalLogo_RGBHead to The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) on First Thursday, Oct. 3, for the 208 Music Video Show Screening with a special performance by Avtale! The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

The fourth annual 208 Music Video Show drew submissions from dozens of Idaho musicians and directors. The winners were crowned at a First Thursday event at Neurolux in September. Part of the prize for the Judges’ Choice winner, Avtale, was a showcase 30-minute set at the RX during the Oct. 4 screening. Christopher Raymond Brown and Alex Oyler, directors of Avtale’s winning video for “Groundless”, will discuss the video and answer questions during a post-performance chat.

It’s also First Thursday, so we’ll have our regular store-wide First Thursday specials, too. Hope you can join us for this fantastic display of homegrown creativity!

i6LSUKjvf4u0bABOUT AVTALE

Avtale is an electronic music experiment formed in 2013 by Chris Raymond and Kelly Lynae. Their varied live performances explore light, sound and improvisation. Learn more at avtalemusic.com and interact with the band on Facebook and YouTube.

ABOUT THE 208 MUSIC VIDEO SHOW

In 2009, Kathy O, Lawrence B and Nancy S met in a booth at Neurolux, one of Idaho’s premier concert venues, to brainstorm an idea Kathy O had about an event to showcase music videos by Idaho bands.

Looking to foster a collaborative and supportive environment whereby bands and directors could learn together about creating music videos. And a night where the bands, fans, directors and crews could watch their work projected on a movie screen and concert venue sound system.

Initially voting was done battle-of-the-bands style, where the bands/directors turn out their supporters, audience members vote as often as they want, $1 per vote, and the winning bands are those that earn the most dollar votes. Proceeds from the minimal entry fee, door and voting dollars are split between the winning bands.

Now we ask creative professionals to sit as a panel of judges prior to the event to review the merits of each music video based on the following subjective criteria: Direction; Camera; Actors/Art/Set; Story; and Editing.

Over the years, it has become clear that most people learn about new music by videos shared with them. Music videos can help increase the exposure Idaho bands and musicians have to a wider audience through YouTube/Vimeo views, sharing on blogs and music sites as well as aiding in tour booking.

Up and coming film directors get their legs under them by working on music videos and commercials. Music videos help showcase the skills of the director in scripting, managing the process, gathering crew and equipment and final cut. Music videos become a way directors can land either larger projects or the opportunity to work with the bands they desire.

Ultimately, 208 Music Video Show celebrates and promotes Idaho’s creative forces … music and video. Two creative flavors together in one medium, like peanut butter and chocolate.

Follow the 208 Music Video Show on Facebook and YouTube!

October 1st, 2013

HEY MARSEILLES IN-STORE OCTOBER 1!

hey marseillesHey Marseilles will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1. The band is playing Radio Boise Tuesday at 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!

ABOUT HEY MARSEILLES

HeyMarseilles_LinesWeTraceFive miles south of downtown Seattle is the neighborhood of Columbia City—a leafy stretch of old brownstones and new condos which, according to local legend and loosely interpreted census data, boasts the most diverse zip code in America. Not far from Columbia City’s main drag, amidst a swirl of languages and colors and food and accents, sits a 100-year-old, two-story house that’s home to the world-weary, seven-piece orchestral-pop ensemble known as Hey Marseilles.

World-weary in spirit if not in practice: Hey Marseilles first won hearts across the U.S. with its 2010 debut, To Travels and Trunks, an album that reveled in the education and inspiration only globe-trotting exploration can provide. With Matt Bishop’s lyrical wayfaring abutting an instrumental palette that embraced folk tradition—accordion, strings, and horns; gypsy, Gallic, and classical—To Travels and Trunks gave musical voice to the universal longing for unfettered freedom. NPR called the record “sublime and heartfelt.”

A lot has changed in the world since 2010—that house in Columbia City, for instance. The vacillations of the economy allowed Hey Marseilles violist Jacob Anderson to acquire it in 2011; he and his younger brother, cellist and producer Sam Anderson, helped renovate it. Since then, most of the band has lived in it, and the entirety of their new album was written and recorded in it. Not surprisingly, Lines We Trace is not about going out and searching. It’s about finding you’re already where you need to be.

Make your way back home again, Bishop sings on the dusky ballad “Café Lights.” I am here still.

The 12 songs on Lines We Trace represent a band steady enough in its sound—poignant, panoramic, unreservedly gorgeous—that it can expand beyond it. The string section that hums throughout “Elegy”—quintessentially sweeping, Hey Marseilles style—shifts into finely composed abstraction for the song’s final minute. Colin Richey’s skittering rhythm on “Bright Stars Burning” is a gentle breakbeat, a sly nod to atmospheric drum ‘n’ bass. “Madrona” and the album-closing “Demian” are Hey Marseilles’ first fully instrumental songs, a pair of echo-laden piano-and-cello dirges that are simultaneously solemn and sumptuous. “Dead of Night” trots along on an almost-funky, waltzy swing and gives the album its titular lyric, trumpet triumphant as Bishop sings, The lines we trace have a thousand ends/We’ll count the ways we can’t begin/And stay in our homes, remain on our own…

Throughout, Philip Kobernik’s accordion is less pronounced than previously, Nick Ward’s guitar more so. The result is less old-world, more new school. An update. A progression. A musical analog to a line Bishop sings in “Looking Back”: If you’re looking back that’s all you’ll ever see.

Six years after Bishop first got together with Kobernik and Ward to jam at Seattle’s Gasworks Park, Hey Marseilles is an experienced band with a slew of major festivals (Bumbershoot, Sasquatch!) and a national tour under its belt. They’ve come a long way—only to find themselves back home.

Put another way, as Lines We Trace suggests, sometimes you don’t have to go far to find a meaningful experience. Sometimes the comfort of the familiar is all you need to grow.