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


August 10th, 2014


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!


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”.

June 26th, 2014


sleepy seeds publicity photoSleepy Seeds will perform a special album release party preview in-store at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). The band is holding a release party on Saturday, June 28, at the Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

Sleepy Seeds’ debut self-titled album will be released on Tuesday, June 24, and The Record Exchange will have it for sale on that date!


W139Really, the best way to describe ‘Different’ isn’t in English at all. The term I would use is saudade. It’s a Portuguese word that essentially describes the feeling when you know something beautiful, something you love, has passed, and you’ll never get to feel it again, but its absence stirs great memories and strong feelings. And while that may not be the most apt description, we don’t actually have a single word for it in English, so we have to do some linguistic gymnastics in order to translate it. Regardless, it’s a potent word, infused with feeling, and it just so happens to be the perfect word for ‘Different’ – saudade. Gelatinous Blog


Boise, Idaho, indie rock quartet Sleepy Seeds will release their self-titled debut album on Tuesday, June 24. The album will be available at The Record Exchange. An album release party will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. A Seasonal Disguise and Braided Waves will open. $5 at the door; 21 and older. A free, all-ages preview in-store performance at The Record Exchange will precede the release party at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 26.

Sleepy Seeds (Joey Corsentino, vocals/guitar; Marty Chase Martin, vocals/guitar; Brett Nelson, vocals/bass; Chad Keever, drums) recorded the album in February 2014 with Z.V. House at Ze Cat Shack in Boise, Idaho. Corsentino, Martin and Nelson – the former Built to Spill bassist who joined Sleepy Seeds in early 2013 – each contributed three songs to the album, which also features an Electronic Anthology Project version of “Anxious” as an unlisted bonus track.

For a band with multiple singer/songwriters and only 18 months together as a quartet, Sleepy Seeds deliver a remarkably cohesive debut. Unlike most albums from bands with similar collaborative constructs, questions of who-wrote-what never arise. Sonically and thematically, there’s a fluid continuity to “Sleepy Seeds” due in part to a shared songwriting sensibility, Corsentino’s and Martin’s melodic guitar interplay and the band’s intuitive relationship on and off the stage.

Fittingly, each songwriter had his own distinct-yet-similar take on the band’s creative synchronicity.

Corsentino: “No matter who comes up with the initial idea for the song, the rest of the band knows where to go with it.”

Martin: “We all try to contribute the best of our unique styles, which by chance happen to mesh very well. We don’t consciously set out to write songs in the same style, we just play what feels right.”

Nelson: “Musically, we have a lot of the same influences, and as for me writing bass parts to Joey’s or Marty’s music, it seems second nature and easy — like somehow they wrote the perfect song for my bass playing, even the songs that were written before I joined the band. Thematically, I think we lean toward self-doubt, betrayal and shit in general not going the way you think it should or wish it would.”

The video for the album’s first single “Different,” directed by Jason Sievers (The Posies, Polvo, The Wrens, Boy Eats Drum Machine), is streaming now on Gelatinous Blog and Vimeo. Gelatinous Blog, which praised the album’s “warm, piercing, meandering guitar lines,” debuted the video and featured the song on its “May 2014 Mixtape” compilation.

The video “so perfectly matches the tone of the song,” says Gelatinous Blog, describing “Different” and its accompanying video as “languid and ambling — hazy, saturated and reminiscent of times passed. The memories evoked are bittersweet, doused with heavy helpings of melancholy and nostalgia.”


1. “Open Up” (Martin)
2. “Anxious” (Corsentino)
3. “1,000,001” (Nelson)
4. “Small Disaster” (Corsentino)
5. “Herman” (Martin)
6. “Outside In” (Nelson)
7. “Different” (Martin)
8. “Seldom” (Corsentino)
9. “Standstill” (Nelson)
10. “Anxious” (Electronic Anthology Project version) [unlisted bonus track]

Sleepy Seeds is a collaborative Boise rock band featuring the songwriting talents of Brett Nelson, Marty Chase Martin and Joey Corsentino. Their songs are built upon layers of melodic bass lines and warm guitar wizardry, producing a haunting yet comforting sound that is both steady and dynamic. Each singer contributes a different color and perspective, giving the band versatility within its own cohesive musical atmosphere.

Martin and Corsentino grew up in Colorado and have been creating and playing music together since their teenage years. They were inspired and influenced by numerous ‘90s indie rock bands, including Sebadoh and Built to Spill. Having listened to and befriended several musicians from Idaho (including Nelson), in 2009 they moved to Boise to start a new band in the city’s burgeoning scene. Sleepy Seeds received a warm welcome and has been a part of the Boise music community ever since. Drummer Chad Keever (Vonny Cal, Ugly Tree) joined in 2010, and in 2012, legendary Boise bassist Brett Nelson (Built to Spill, Butterfly Train) came on board.

Sleepy Seeds’ self-titled debut album was recorded by Z.V. House in early 2014 and will be released nationally on June 24. There is a grasshopper on the cover. Nelson, Martin and Corsentino each wrote three songs independently that were fully realized by the band in the studio. The result is an album that reflects the unique individuality of each songwriter while achieving a natural continuity that speaks to the band’s musical alchemy, born through extensive hours of practice and beer drinking mixed in with discussions of “The Karate Kid” trilogy and John Lithgow movies.

Sleepy Seeds perform regularly throughout Idaho and the Northwest and have shared the stage with, among others, Youth Lagoon, Wye Oak, Lower Dens, Maria Taylor, Chuck Prophet, Scout Niblett, Boy Eats Drum Machine and Clem Snide. Sleepy Seeds were a featured artist at Treefort Music Fest in 2013 and 2014.

June 12th, 2014


Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires Band PhotoPayette Brewing Co. presents Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 6 p.m. Friday, June 13. 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. Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires are performing at Neurolux later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!


leebains-dereconstructed-1425pxWhat awaits you when the needle drops on Dereconstructed, the new album by Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires? Nothing less than pure fucking heaven, that’s what.

Consider the record’s opener, “The Company Man.” It revs up with a riff sleazy enough to clog Rod Stewart’s stomach pump as an incantation that only a Yellowhammer can truly understand is bellowed and then screamed. Before you know it, the joint is hotter than a Birmingham soaking pit while you, the listener, are reminded, lest you forget, don’t ever trust the company man.

No shit.

Dereconstructed is a careening, road raging, all night party of a record. Informed by a distinctly southern hoodoo, it is a master class in authentic Gulf Coast choogle. Having cut his teeth in the Dexateens, Lee Bains III has been properly schooled in how to throw down, so much so that even his hyper literate musings are no match for the blown out distortion that gives this record its blistering urgency.

Songs like “The Kudzu and the Concrete,” “Dirt Track” and the roaring, blissfully shambolic title track could be anthems looking for a stadium, but they’re also reminders as to why Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires are such a formidable party machine. If your hometown is graced with a scuzzy dive and a few warm bodies to populate it, you’d best believe that the Glory Fires have been there, or are on their way back.

Dereconstructed is Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires’ debut for Sub Pop Records. It is preceded by the band’s actual debut, There Is a Bomb in Gilead, on Alive Natural-Sound Records (2012).

Dereconstructed was produced by Tim Kerr, and engineered by Jeremy Ferguson at Battle Tapes, Nashville, TN.

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires are:

Lee Bains III: Guitar and Vox
Eric Wallace: Guitar
Adam Williamson: Bass
Blake Williamson: Drums

The band resides in Atlanta, GA and Birmingham, AL.

May 14th, 2014


old 97s94.9 FM The River presents a special Old 97’s acoustic performance live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Boise) at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 14. We’ll be serving free beer (21 and older with I.D.) courtesy of our friends at Payette Brewing Co.! The band is performing at Knitting Factory later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

The first 25 people to purchase Old 97’s new album Most Messed Up (available on CD and vinyl) will receive a free ticket to the Knitting Factory show!


_images_uploads_album_Album_art“Rock and roll’s been very very good to me,” Rhett Miller sings on “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive,” an epic six-minute stream-of-consciousness meditation on his life in music. It’s a rare moment of pulling back the curtain, on both the excesses and tedium of the world of a touring musician, and it’s the perfect way to open the Old 97’s new album, ‘Most Messed Up.’

“I wrote that song very quickly and didn’t rewrite one word of it,” Miller explains.  “It’s sort of a thesis statement not just for this record, but for my life’s work.”

To say that rock and roll has been good to the Old 97’s (guitarist/vocalist Miller, bassist/vocalist Murry Hammond, guitarist Ken Bethea, and drummer Philip Peeples) would be an understatement. The band emerged from Dallas twenty years ago at the forefront of a musical movement blending rootsy, country-influenced songwriting with punk rock energy and delivery. The New York Times has described their major label debut, ‘Too Far To Care,’ as “a cornerstone of the ‘alternative country’ movement…[that] leaned more toward the Clash than the Carter Family.” They’ve released a slew of records since then, garnering praise from NPR and Billboard to SPIN and Rolling Stone, who hailed the band as “four Texans raised on the Beatles and Johnny Cash in equal measures, whose shiny melodies, and fatalistic character studies, do their forefathers proud.” The band performed on television from Letterman to Austin City Limits and had their music appear in countless film and TV soundtracks (they appeared as themselves in the Vince Vaughn/Jennifer Aniston movie ‘The Break Up’). Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan told The Hollywood Reporter that he put the band on a continuous loop on his iPod while writing the show’s final scene.

‘Most Messed Up’ finds the Old 97’s at their raucous, boozy best, all swagger and heart. Titles like “Wasted,” “Intervention,” “Wheels Off,” “Let’s Get Drunk And Get It On,” and “Most Messed Up” hint at the kind of narrators Miller likes to inhabit, men who possess an appetite for indulgence and won’t let a few bad decisions get in the way of a good story.

“A few people in my life said, ‘You can’t sing ‘Let’s get drunk and get it on,'” Miller remembers. “I said, ‘What do you mean? I’ve been singing that sentiment for 20 years! I was just never so straightforward about it.'”

It was a trip to Music City that inspired Miller to throw away his inhibitions as songwriter and cut right to the heart of things.

“For me, this record really started in Nashville on a co-write session with John McElroy,” he says. “I really admired his wheels off approach to songwriting, And I liked the idea he had for how he thought I should interact with my audience. He said, ‘I think your fans want you to walk up to the mic and say fuck.’ It was liberating.” It reminded me that I don’t have to be too serious or too sincere or heartfelt. I just have to have fun and be honest. I felt like I kind of had free reign to go ahead and write these songs that were bawdier and more adult-themed.”

The magic in Miller’s songwriting lies in the depth that he lends his characters. Upon closer inspection, the hard partying and endless pursuit of a good time often reveals itself to be a band-aid covering up deeper wounds and emotional scars.

“There’s a lot of darkness hidden in this record,” he explains. “One of the big Old 97’s tricks is when we write about something kind of dark and depressing, it works best when it’s a fun sounding song. So it’s not until the third or fourth listen that you realize the narrator of this song is a complete disaster.”

If that description calls to mind The Replacements, it’s no coincidence. Miller is a fan of the Minneapolis cult heroes, and now counts Tommy Stinson among his own friends and fans. Best known as bassist for the Mats and more recently Guns ‘n’ Roses, Stinson joined the Old 97’s in the studio in Austin, Texas, to lay down electric guitar, elevating the sense of reckless musical abandon to new heights and lending the album an air of the Rolling Stones’ double-guitar attack. It’s a collaboration Miller never would have even imagined in 1994 when the band released their debut.

“We didn’t think we’d last until the year 1997,” Miller laughs. “We thought the name would get a little weird when it became 1997, but we decided none of our bands had ever lasted that long, so let’s not even worry about it. But as it all started to unfold, we realized we could maybe make a living doing this, and we were all really conscious of wanting to be a career band. It was way more important to us to maintain a really high level of quality, at the expense, perhaps, of having hit singles or fitting in with the trends of the time, and I’m glad we did that.”

Twenty years on, it’s safe to say rock and roll has indeed been very, very good to the Old 97’s.