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After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2015 Top 10 lists. Visit the store to view the lists in realtime and preview our picks. Let the judgment begin!

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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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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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1. Blackstar
David Bowie
2. Cayamo Sessions at Sea
Buddy Miller
3. 25
Adele
4. Slow Nights
Innocent Man
5. The Astonishing
Dream Theater
6. Trumpet Vine
Belinda Bowler
7. Marguerite
Sons of Guns
8. Sermon on the Rocks
Josh Ritter
9. Let Me Get By
Tedeschi Trucks Band
10. Traveller
Chris Stapleton

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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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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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September 28th, 2015

VINYL TUESDAY: TEN BANDS ONE CAUSE PINK VINYL LISTENING PARTY, PLUS KAMASI WASHINGTON, MOTORHEAD, THUNDERBITCH AND MANY MORE!

Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 10.47.21 PMIt’s Vinyl Tuesday! Record Exchange customers receive up to $5 in used vinyl* with every $25 in new vinyl purchased and have access to early and exclusive releases. This week’s releases:

TEN BANDS ONE CAUSE:

For the second year in a row, RED Distribution has teamed with an array of artists to offer limited-edition exclusive pink vinyl versions of new and recent albums for the Ten Bands One Cause fundraiser, and The Record Exchange is celebrating with a listening party on Tuesday, Sept. 29 (6pm)!

Join us to hear tracks from the albums and enjoy free Ten Bands One Cause cupcakes (pink cake, pink icing and chocolate drizzle) from New York City’s Baked By Melissa! We’ll also have silkscreened posters (pictured, right) to give out free with purchase of any of the titles.

Last year during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, RED along with its account, artist and label partners raised nearly $30,000 for Gilda’s Club NYC, an organization that provides community support for both those diagnosed with cancer and their caretakers. It is named after comedian Gilda Radner, who passed away from the disease at the age of 43 in 1989. In 2015, a new crop of artists and labels are coming to the table to grow this campaign — at least $1 from each album sold will go to Gilda’s Club NYC.

2015 Ten Bands One Cause titles:

Run The Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
Joey Bada$$ – B4.DA.$$
Al Green – The Belle Album
Between The Buried & Me – Coma Ecliptic
Chet Faker – Built On Glass
Pierce The Veil – Collide With The Sky
Primus – Frizzle Fry
Ingrid Michaelson – Lights Out
Clutch – La Curandera  [Note: This is delayed but is expected to arrive some time in October.

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OTHER NEW VINYL TUESDAY RELEASES:

KAMASI WASHINGTON – The Epic
“These young guys,” the rapper Common says, “remind me of why I love music.” And the story The Epic tells, without words but rather through some combination of magic, mastery and sheer force of imagination, is the story of Kamasi Washington and the Next Step and their collective mission: to remove jazz from the shelf of relics and make it new, unexpecte  and dangerous again. 3 x black 180g 12″ in artworked 3mm spined sleeves all housed in a rigid board outer slipcase. Half speed cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering. Includes 2 x 12″ poster inserts featuring exclusive artwork by KC Woolf Haxton and MP3 download code.

VARIOUS ARTISTS – B.I.P.P.P.: French Synth-Wave 1979-1985
An influential blueprint for the evolution of French electronic music, the majority of the performers featured on B.I.P.P.P.: French Synth-Wave 1979-1985 never made it beyond limited DIY pressings of 500 or 1,000 copies of 7” vinyl singles. Wired called them “lost synthwave gems” and Interview called it “A veritable treasure trove of post nuclear pop.” Includes the bonus track “Rainbow Man” by Busy P (sampling the track Comix’s “Touche Pas Mon Sexe”) as heard endlessly on TV behind the GooglePlay campaign! On limited edition double colored vinyl with poster.

MOTORHEAD – Motorhead
Vinyl reissue of 1977 release, Motörhead’s debut album. One of the greatest heavy metal records of all time by a band that has come to epitomize the genre, Motorhead sounds as relevant today as it seemed abrasive and genre-bending in its year of release. With this record, Lemmy and company reinvigorated a style of music that was quickly losing its bite as it was making its way into the pop charts. Faithful, updated rendering of original art printed at Stoughton. Japanese-style resealable poly bag. Both clear with black swirl vinyl and 200g black vinyl available, each limited to 1,500 copies.

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY – Prayers on Fire
Vinyl reissue of 1981 debut album from The Birthday Party, feature Nick Cave on lead vocals. Both white with red swirl vinyl and 200g black vinyl available, each limited to 1,500 copies.

THUNDERBITCH – Thunderbitch
A limited retail release of the side (pet) project from Alabama Shakes’s Brittany Howard. Indie record stores are the only retailer to have this record, limited to 500 copies.

MAJOR LAZER – Peace is the Mission
Limited vinyl LP pressing of 2015 release, the third album from Major Lazer, the collaborative project created and produced by Diplo (AKA Wesley Pentz). The album was preceded by the international hit single “Lean On” featuring DJ Snake and MØ. The single reached number one in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands and peaked within the Top 10 in an additional 14 countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany.

GOLDFINGER – Goldfinger
The first ever vinyl release of Goldfinger’s debut on blue vinyl, limited to 500 copies. The year 1996 was a breakthrough year for a new sound: the fusion of ska and punk. The Suicide Machines debuted, Less Than Jake made their major-label debut, but no one had more success with this new sound than Goldfinger on their self-titled debut. That could be because the band went even farther with their genre-bending, throwing metal and a touch of reggae into the mix. Or it could be because songs like the hit ”Here in Your Bedroom” and ”Mabel” are irresistibly catchy, creative, and, with such self-effacing lyrics as the maybe-size-does-matter line in ”Mabel,” hopelessly endearing. Mastered for vinyl and lacquers created by Stan Ricker. Pressed on limited edition 180-gram colored vinyl. Gatefold jacket and 11 x 22 insert.

DEXTER ROMWEBER, THE LONELY TEARDROPS and DEADLY LO-FI – Muchacho b/w Crash the Party 7”
A blistering classic slice of rock n roll 7” by a supergroup of sorts, The Lonely Teardrops (rock ’em-sock ’em’ two-piece from Virginia), Deadly Lo-Fi (wicked twisted voodoo mumbo jumbo from NC) and Dexter Romweber (rock-and-roll savior, Flat Duo Jets frontman)!

KENNY TUDRICK – Church Hill Downs
Having cut his musical teeth on the Detroit music scene with The GO, the Detroit Cobras and Rocket 455, Kenny now comes into his own unleashing his singular brand of alt-country-esque jams on his newest 7” (black and yellow swirl, limited to 300 copies).

NECROS – Live in 85
Recorded on 11/17/1985 at The Outhouse in Lawrence, Kansas, this full length album brings together 17 tracks recorded before the release of ‘Tangled Up,’ the second (and sadly, final) studio album by the band. 500 copies on grave-black vinyl.

ABOUT VINYL TUESDAY

With the move to a global Friday street date in July, Vinyl Tuesday was established to celebrate music in physical form and give record store customers access to early and exclusive releases. For artists, it’s a chance to showcase special releases on a special day and not get lost on the increasingly crowded Friday/weekend.

* 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.

September 27th, 2015

TEN BANDS ONE CAUSE PINK VINYL OUT VINYL TUESDAY; LISTENING PARTY WITH BAKED BY MELISSA CUPCAKES AT 6PM!

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Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 10.47.21 PMimage011For the second year in a row, RED Distribution has teamed with an array of artists to offer limited-edition exclusive pink vinyl versions of new and recent albums for the Ten Bands One Cause fundraiser, and The Record Exchange is celebrating with a listening party on Tuesday, Sept. 29 (6pm)!

Join us to hear tracks from the albums and enjoy free Ten Bands One Cause cupcakes (pink cake, pink icing and chocolate drizzle) from New York City’s Baked By Melissa! We’ll also have silkscreened posters (pictured, right) to give out free with purchase of any of the titles.

Last year during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, RED along with its account, artist and label partners raised nearly $30,000 for Gilda’s Club NYC, an organization that provides community support for both those diagnosed with cancer and their caretakers. It is named after comedian Gilda Radner, who passed away from the disease at the age of 43 in 1989. In 2015, a new crop of artists and labels are coming to the table to grow this campaign — at least $1 from each album sold will go to Gilda’s Club NYC.

2015 Ten Bands One Cause titles:

Run The Jewels – Run the Jewels 2
Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
Joey Bada$$ – B4.DA.$$
Al Green – The Belle Album
Between The Buried & Me – Coma Ecliptic
Chet Faker – Built On Glass
Pierce The Veil – Collide With The Sky
Primus – Frizzle Fry
Ingrid Michaelson – Lights Out
Clutch – La Curandera  [Note: This is delayed but is expected to arrive some time in October.

September 17th, 2015

YOUTH LAGOON LIVE AT THE RECORD EXCHANGE SEPT 18; GUARANTEED-ADMISSION WRISTBAND WITH ‘SAVAGE HILLS BALLROOM’ PREORDER – GET THE ALBUM BEFORE RELEASE DATE!

YT_2400x2400_grandeYouth Lagoon will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. This special performance is in celebration of Youth Lagoon’s new album Savage Hills Ballroom (out Sept. 22 on limited-edition gold vinyl and Sept. 25 on CD), and fans will have the opportunity to purchase the album before its official release date for one day only on Sept. 18! This is a LIMITED-CAPACITY EVENT. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

VIP wristbands guaranteeing admission to the in-store are now available with preorder of Savage Hills Ballroom. If we sell out of wristbands, you can still purchase the album on Sept. 18 before or after the performance (9am-9pm).

ABOUT YOUTH LAGOON AND ‘SAVAGE HILLS BALLROOM’

Youth Lagoon – aka Boise native Trevor Powers – is releasing his third album, Savage Hills Ballroom, on Sept. 25 via Fat Possum Records (limited-edition gold vinyl comes out on Vinyl Tuesday, Sept. 22). Often perceived as a recluse (his first LP is called The Year of Hibernation, after all), on Savage Hills Ballroom Powers has fully opened himself to the world for the first time ever. The 10-track collection is his most ambitious, unguarded work to date, recorded in Bristol, UK and co-produced/mixed/engineered by Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, Gravenhurst).

While touring on his last record, 2013’s Wondrous Bughouse, Powers got a call that one of his closest friends had unexpectedly passed away, forcing him to cancel the rest of the tour and head back to Idaho. He says, “That experience made me start viewing Youth Lagoon differently – it was a complete refocus for me.”

This sense of gilded rebirth floods the instrumentation on Savage Hills Ballroom – Power’s vocals are largely unadorned and his pop-conscious electronics reach new feats of precision. Meanwhile the lyrics explore darker territory. “Kerry” is the story of Powers’ revered uncle whose drug addiction led him to running from the law for most of his adult life, while “Highway Patrol Stun Gun” imagines Biblical end-times through the lens of the recent cases of police brutality.

NPR called Wondrous Bughouse “the most arresting headphones record you’ll hear all year,” but on Savage Hills Ballroom Powers has taken off the cans and made a record meant to communicate, rather than shut out. “I think I’ve had a lot of barriers in my life in general that I don’t let people past, and I’ve gotten really sick of all that,” he explains, “It’s too tiring trying to pretend you don’t have as many flaws as everyone else.”

September 10th, 2015

TREEFORT MUSIC FEST MARCH 23-27, 2016: PASSES ON SALE SEPT. 12, INCLUDING ‘LOCALS-ONLY’ $119 PRICE AT THE RX FOR ONE DAY ONLY!

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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.

With an amazing lineup of national, regional and local music, Treefort is one of the most anticipated events on the Treasure Valley music calendar. Treefort 2016 5-day passes go on sale Saturday, Sept. 12. If you don’t snag one of the 200 $50 early-bird deals (they’ll be gone in minutes), The Record Exchange​ will have a special “locals-only” pass price of $119 for one day only on Sept. 12. We’ll be open 9am-9pm. Excited? We’re excited.

ABOUT TREEFORT MUSIC FEST

IDAHO. With our vast wilderness areas and mountain ranges, clean rivers and lakes, open prairies and big skies, this big little state in the NW can often feel like living on the frontier of a young developing nation — and it’s exciting times on the frontier. Here in Boise, the capitol city, in the midst of a vibrant downtown scene of young professionals, mom-and-pop local businesses, bars and nightclubs, late night pizza joints, college town energy, and progressive-minded city planning — there’s a music, dance, theater and arts scene with a fresh, vibrant outlook producing ever-growing excitement here in Boise as well as from eyes and ears outside of the Treasure Valley.

Boise has for years received accolades for being a great place to live and raise a family, but in recent years it’s been getting increased attention as a hot spot for young up-and-coming artists. It’s in this spirit, that we introduce you to TREEFORT MUSIC FEST. Conceived as an extension of the current momentum in the Boise music scene and art scene at large, our vision is that Treefort will provide the opportunity for Boise to play host to the national and regional music scenes while showcasing the local up-and-coming talent. We see Treefort as another stepping stone for our young scene — to further introduce emerging national, regional and local artists to the music fans in the Treasure Valley so that future tour stops by those bands will be greeted with more and more familiar faces and encourage more artists to consider Boise a relevant stop on their tours.