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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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The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the fourth annual Treefort Music Fest, taking place March 25-29 throughout Downtown Boise. With an amazing lineup of national, regional and local music, including TV on the Radio, Trampled By Turtles, Built to Spill, Josh Ritter, Joyce Manor and hundreds more, the Treefort Music Fest is one of the most anticipated events on the Treasure Valley music calendar.


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1. Strangers to Ourselves
Modest Mouse
2. The Firewatcher’s Daughter
Brandi Carlile
3. Tracker
Mark Knopfler
4. To Pimp a Butterfly
Kendrick Lamar
5. Another Eternity
Purity Ring
6. Complicated Game
James McMurtry
7. Sour Soul
Badbadnotgood and Ghostface Killah
8. Sing Elliott Smith
Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield
9. 1989
Taylor Swift
10. Eclipse
Twin Shadow

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November 23rd, 2014


1408483168Sallie Ford will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Sallie Ford is performing at Neurolux for Radio Boise Tuesday later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!

A Q&A with Sallie and Boise Weekly music writer (and Record Exchange staffer) Ben Schultz will follow the performance!


sallie-ford-slap-backWhen Sallie Ford first burst into the music scene she quickly established herself as one of the most powerful voices in indie rock.  Her new album Slap Back was released on Oct. 14, marking her debut on Vanguard Records.  Produced by Chris Funk (Decemberists, Black Prairie, Red Fang), the new album introduces Sallie’s all-new line-up – Anita Lee Elliot (Viva Voce & Blue Giant) on bass, Amanda Spring (Point Juncture, WA) on drums & Cristina Cano (Albatross & Siren & the Sea) on keyboards.

Sallie Ford grew up playing music in Asheville, NC. In 2006, she decided to move to Portland, OR where she met her band The Sound Outside. Together they released three albums and an EP but parted ways in 2013.  The beginning of this year Sallie fulfilled her dream of starting an all-girl rock n’ roll band, and in February of 2014, the band went into the studio with producer Chris Funk to begin recording Slap Back.  The new record has a surf, garage rock & classic rock feel. Sallie proclaims Slap Back to be an “ode to all babe rockers from Joan Jett, Blondie and Pat Benatar to PJ Harvey & Exene Cervenka.”

Sallie Ford has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman and garnered critical acclaim from USA Today, NY Daily News, Boston Globe, Interview, Nylon, BUST, Paste and many more.

October 21st, 2014



Grammy-nominated Americana artist John Fullbright will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Fullbright is opening for Patty Griffin at the Egyptian Theatre later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!


“What’s so bad about happy?” John Fullbright sings on the openfullbrighting track of his new album, ‘Songs.’ It’s a play on the writer’s curse, the notion that new material can only come through heartbreak or depression, that great art is only born from suffering.

“A normal person, if they find themselves in a position of turmoil or grief, they’ll say, ‘I need to get out of this as fast as I can,’” says Fullbright. “A writer will say, ‘How long can I stay in this until I get something good?’ And that’s a bullshit way to look at life,” he laughs.

That plainspoken approach is part of what’s fueled the young Oklahoman’s remarkable rise. It was just two years ago that Fullbright released his debut studio album, ‘From The Ground Up’ to a swarm of critical acclaim. The LA Times called the record “preternaturally self-assured,” while NPR hailed him as one of the 10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012, saying “it’s not every day a new artist…earns comparisons to great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Randy Newman, but Fullbright’s music makes sense in such lofty company.” The Wall Street Journal crowned him as giving one of the year’s 10 best live performances, and the album also earned him the ASCAP Foundation’s Harold Adamson Lyric Award. If there was any doubt that his debut announced the arrival of a songwriting force to be reckoned with, it was put to rest when ‘From The Ground Up’ was nominated for Best Americana Album at the GRAMMY Awards, which placed Fullbright alongside some of the genre’s most iconic figures, including Bonnie Raitt.

“I never came into this with a whole lot of expectations,” says Fullbright. “I just wanted to write really good songs, and with that outlook, everything else is a perk. The fact that we went to LA and played “Gawd Above” in front of a star-studded audience [at the GRAMMY pre-tel concert], never in my life would I have imagined that.”

But for Fullbright, it hasn’t been all the acclaim that means the most to him, but rather his entrance into a community of songwriters whose work he admires.

“When I started out, I was all by myself in a little town in Oklahoma where whatever you wanted, you just made it yourself,” he explains. “I didn’t grow up around musicians or like-minded songwriters, but I grew up around records. One of the most fulfilling things about the last two years is that now I’m surrounded by like-minded people in a community of peers. You don’t feel so alone anymore.”

If there’s a recurring motif that jumps out upon first listen to ‘Songs,’ it’s the act of writing, which is one Fullbright treats with the utmost respect. “When I discovered Townes Van Zandt, that’s when I went, ‘You know, this is something to be taken pretty damn seriously,’” says Fullbright. “‘This is nothing to do with business, it has to do with art and identity.’ You can write something that’s going to outlast you, and immortality though song is a big draw.”

But just as important to Fullbright as writing is careful editing. “I can write a first verse and a chorus fairly easily, and it’s important just to document it at the time and come back to it later,” he explains. “That’s the labor, when you really get your tools out and figure out how to craft something that’s worthwhile.”

Fullbright inhabits his songs’ narrators completely, his old-soul voice fleshing out complex characters and subtle narratives with a gifted sense of understatement.

“My songwriting is a lot more economical now,” he explains. “I like to say as much as I can in 2 minutes 50 seconds, and that’s kind of a point of pride for me.”

The arrangements on ‘Songs’ are stripped down to their cores and free of ornamentation. Fullbright’s guitar and piano anchor the record, while a minimalist rhythm section weaves in and out throughout the album. That’s not to say these are simple songs; Fullbright possesses a keen ear for memorable melody and a unique approach to harmony, moving through chord progressions far outside the expected confines of traditional folk or Americana. The performances are stark and direct, though, a deliberate approach meant to deliver the songs in their purest and most honest form.

“I’m a better performer and writer and musician now, and I wanted a record that would reflect that,” he says. “We tracked a lot of it live, just me and a bass player in a room with a few microphones. The basis is a live performance and everything else supports that. I think you just get as much energy and skill as you can into a take, and then start building from there. And what we found is that you don’t have to add too much to that.”

The songs also reflect how drastically Fullbright’s life has changed since the release of ‘From The Ground Up,’ which launched him into a rigorous schedule of international touring. “Going Home” finds him appreciating the simple pleasure of heading back to Oklahoma, which he likens to The Odyssey. “When you’re gone for so long, once you know you’re headed in the right direction to your own bed and your own home, that’s one of the greatest feelings you can have,” he says.

“I Didn’t Know” is a song he premiered live at concert hosted by Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, a story he tells still somewhat incredulously, while “When You’re Here” is a somber piano love song, and “The One That Lives Too Far’ is a raw account of the strain that distance can put on a romantic relationship. “All That You Know,” which features just voice and Wurlitzer, implores listeners to appreciate what’s right in front of them, and the finger-picked “Keeping Hope Alive” is a song of resilience through hard times.

To be sure, ‘Songs’ has its moments of darkness, tracks born from pain and heartbreak, but for a craftsman like Fullbright, there are few greater joys than carving emotion into music, taking a stab at that lofty goal of immortality through song. It makes him—and his fans—happy, and there’s nothing bad about that.

October 20th, 2014


vinyl tuesday poster reduced 475It’s New Release Tuesday, and our new Vinyl Tuesday sale continues this week – customers receive up to $5 in used vinyl* with every $25 in new vinyl purchased all day long every Tuesday!

We’re also hosting a John Fullbright in-store performance at 6 p.m. Tuesday. He’s opening for Patty Griffin at the Egyptian and we’re thrilled he’s playing a set at the RX beforehand. Don’t miss it!

* Must be redeemed at time of purchase. Offer valid during regular business hours (10am-9pm) on Tuesdays only. The Record Exchange will not issue store credit for any unused portion of the Vinyl Tuesday used vinyl bonus.

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


Primus – Primus and the Chocolate Factory

Budos Band – Burnt Offering

Annie Lennox – Nostalgia

Neil Diamond – Melody Road

Cold War Kids – Hold My Home

Slipknot – 5: The Gray Chapter

Little Big Town – Pain Killer

Bonobo – The North Borders Tour: Live

Sleater-Kinney – Various Reissues

Scott Walker and Sunn O))) – Soused

Jessie Ware – Tough Love

Horse Feathers – So It Is With Us

Ben Howard – I Forget Where We Are

Jerry Garcia – Garcialive 5: December 31st, 1975 Berkeley, California

Mark Lanegan – Phantom Radio

Aretha Franklin – Sings the Great Diva Classics

Thurston Moore – Best Day

T.I. – Paperwork (deluxe edition also available)

Bush – Man on the Run (deluxe edition also available)

Susan Boyle – Hope

Various Artists – Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell

Various Artists – This Ain’t No Mouse Music!

Various Artists – Tru Thoughts 15th Anniversary

Kiesza – Sound of a Woman

Blaze Ya Dead Homie – Gang Rags: Reborn

Transit – Joyride

Echosmith – Talking Dreams

Bear’s Den – Islands

Jukebox the Ghost – Jukebox the Ghost

Avid Dancer – I Want to See You Dance

The Men They Couldn’t Hang – Defiant

Rory Gallagher – Irish Tour Special Edition

Rory Block – Hard Luck Child: A Tribute to Skip James

Alice Cooper – Raise the Dead: Live from Wacken

Dennis DeYoung – The Music of Styx Live in Los Angeles

Boyz II Men – Collide

Dan Mintz – The Stranger


Primus – Primus and the Chocolate Factory (numbered indie exclusive white vinyl version also available)

Sleater-Kinney – Various Reissues

Sleater-Kinney – Start Together (box set)

Budos Band – Burnt Offering

Scott Walker and Sunn O))) – Soused

Mineral – Endserenading

Mineral – The Power of Failing

Coheed and Cambria – In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3

Thurston Moore – Best Day

Mark Lanegan – Phantom Radio

Horse Feathers – So It Is With Us

Nightmares on Wax – Mind Elevation

Nightmares on Wax – Smokers Delight

Of Montreal – The Gay Parade

Slipknot – 5: The Gray Chapter

Circle Jerks – Live at the House of Blues

Jeff the Brotherhood – Dig the Classics

The Lights – Little Machines


Alice Cooper – Raise the Dead: Live from Wacken DVD

Deep Purple with Orchestra – Live in Verona

October 15th, 2014


Shervin Lainez 2Tennis will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Tennis is performing at Knitting Factory later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!


Tennis is Denver couple Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley. The duo began writing music together as a way to document the history of their time living aboard a sailboat. The result was their first release, Cape Dory.

Moore and Riley followed Cape Dory with Young and Old, which The New Yorker described as “winsome as it is ebullient,” and debuted #1 on Billboard’s Heatseeker Chart and #1 on CMJ Top 200, where it remained for three weeks in a row. The album also 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.”

2013 brought Small Sound EP and the band’s spring tour with Haim. In September 2014, Tennis’ third full-length Ritual in Repeat was released.