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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! 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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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!


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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. Sound & Color
Alabama Shakes
2. Wilder Mind
Mumford & Sons
3. Untethered Moon
Built to Spill
4. The Waterfall
My Morning Jacket
5. Sol Invictus
Faith No More
6. The Traveling Kind
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
7. The Magic Whip
8. Blurryface
Twenty One Pilots
9. Painted Shut
Hop Along
10. Strangers to Ourselves
Modest Mouse

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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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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.


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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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March 3rd, 2015


IMG_6965Payette Brewing Co. presents the Ryan Bayne album release party at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.). 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. Bayne’s new album Beloved will be available for purchase at The Record Exchange starting March 3.


Ryan Bayne‘s first record, Saints & Strangers, put him on the map as a timeless and edgy singer/songwriter. His highly anticipated follow up record, Beloved, is set to be released on March 6, backed by the all star band The Hand-Me-Downs.

Band member and co-writer Naomi Psalm describes Ryan Bayne like this: “With stylings akin to Johnny Cash, Nick Cave and Tom Waits, Bayne, without question, is unique in his craft, and a prolific singer/songwriter. Ryan Bayne is an old soul, and you hear it in his music. His songs depict the emotion long before the lyrics begin. The soothing timbre of his voice and his uncanny talent for imagery keep you hanging on every word.”

The Hand-Me-Downs are a group of musicians, singers and songwriters from the Boise area that Bayne collaborated with to create Beloved. The band consists of: Rob Hill, Steve Fulton, Thomas Paul, Sam Merrick, Catherine Merrick, Lee Rice, Joe Young, Lauren McConnell, Naomi Psalm and Tim Willis.

March 2nd, 2015


vinyl tuesday poster reduced 475It’s New Release Tuesday, and it’s also Vinyl Tuesday — customers receive up to $5 in used vinyl* with every $25 in new vinyl purchased all day long every Tuesday!

* 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:


Purity Ring – Another Eternity

Azealia Banks – Broke with Expensive Taste

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday

Ryan Bayne and the Hand-Me-Downs – Beloved

Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase. (deluxe edition also available)

Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter

Marshall Poole – Grade AA Rock ‘n’ Roll

Of Montreal – Aureate Gloom

Gill Landry – Gill Landry

Tuxedo – Tuxedo

Buxton – Half a Native

Lilly Hiatt – Royal Blue

Andrew Combs – All These Dreams

Kelly Clarkson – Piece by Piece (deluxe edition also available)

Cannibal Ox – Blade of the Ronin

The Sons of Texas – Baptized in the Rio Grande

Various Artists – Signature Sounds 20th Anniversary Collection: Rarities from the Second Decade

Moon Duo – Shadow of the Sun

Ryan Culwell – Flatlands

Daisyhead – The Smallest Light

G-Unit – The Beast is G-Unit

Lanterna – Backyards

Various Artists – Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute Album

Motorhead – England 1978

UFO – A Conspiracy of Stars

Vanilla Fudge – Spirit of ’67

AJR – Living Room

Rixton – Let the Road

The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles – Easter at Ephesus


Purity Ring – Another Eternity

Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter

Of Montreal – Aureate Gloom

Lilly Hiatt – Royal Blue

Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow is My Turn

John Coltrane – The Paris Concert

No Age – Weirdo Rippers

Moon Duo – Shadow of the Sun

Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase.

Porcupine Tree – Up the Downstair

Dwight Yoakam – Hillbilly Deluxe

Darkthrone – Plaguewielder

Harvey Mandel – Cristo Redentor

Foghat – Foghat Live

WASP – The Best of the Best

J. Geils – Bloodshot

March 1st, 2015


10917269_10153063145404875_822613094648878245_nPayette Brewing Co. presents Howlin Rain live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. We’ll be serving free Payette Brewing Co. beer for guests 21 and older with I.D. starting at 5! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Howlin Rain is performing at Neurolux for Radio Boise Tuesday later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!


“I walked out of the back end of my major label run and the first 9 years in Howlin Rain with no band, no label, no foreseeable immediate move forward and a figurative suitcase full of songs, my talent, invigorated by having nothing else to lose, exhausted by the bullshit and grind of the music business, this musical life, and all its absolute bullshit and fucked tests, cynical but not bitter. I still wanted to make more records. I wanted to track the journey from nothingness back to creation in musical form in a set of three albums and rock bottom was the perfect place to start from. There’s nothing to fake down here! It’s a dark and beautiful and pure cave to create something truthful from. The first album in the trilogy is Mansion Songs.”

– Ethan Miller on the making of Mansion Songs

418456257317-500Redemption comes in a multitude of forms. For Ethan Miller, it has arrived amid catharsis and transformation. The Howlin Rain we thought we knew has evolved, on Miller’s newest, Mansion Songs, into something strange and true and beautiful, a sound made of cigarette ash and swollen moons, salt air and the eggshell light that comes just before the dawn.

“When I began this record, I most certainly hadn’t given up, but I was in a dark and trying place,” explains Miller, “I wanted the album to reflect a dignified despair. Often times that’s what art is; elegant sorrow, pushing through despair with some kind of dignity, in search of a reasonable justification of life.”

The result is an album that pines and yearns, lusts and wails. “Meet Me in the Wheat,” “Big Red Moon” and “Wild Bush” push the album into high gear, up-tempo jammers that form the yang to the mellow yin of the album’s deep feel ballads. Tracks like “Restless” and “Lucy Fairchild” ache like raw wounds or sway like lost, half-sunken ships. “New Age” is bright and clear-eyed and full of wary joy. “Coliseum” prowls, red-veined and hungry – claws out and teeth sharp.

But wait – before we go on, let’s get it all out of the way – the back story, the multi-threaded narrative that leads to the hear and now. Miller is one of those triple threat talents, an endlessly charismatic front man, prolific songwriter and powerhouse lead guitarist. His vocals, writing, and playing are executed with an impassioned fury which verges on religious ecstasy. His music has left a trail of fans in his wake – among them looming names like The Black Crowes, Queens of the Stone Age and iconic music producer Rick Rubin.

Miller first emerged amid the bright psych roar of NorCal’s beloved Comets on Fire, a band that blew fast and wild and left us awed in its wake. As Comets’ lead singer and guitarist, Miller defined himself among a new wave of pioneers who were grasping at the ragged roots of hard rock and tearing them out to hold up to a new sun.

It was in 2004, while still in the throes of Comets, that Miller began to first experiment with the sounds and players that would eventually evolve into Howlin Rain. “A very earthy rootsy thing for fun,” Miller remembers of the band’s nascent years, “there was a part of the nihilism and chaos and bombast of the music of Comets on Fire that wasn’t totally fulfilling the full spectrum of my desire to make and create different kinds of music. I was looking for something more melody and harmony based.”

That desire resulted in a first, self-titled album for Howlin Rain, released almost simultaneously with Miller’s third record with Comets on Fire. ”The sound and concept of the first album was sort of taking Grateful Dead’s American Beauty and flooding it with layers of heavy fuzz guitars,” he explains of Howlin Rain’s debut, “It was made fast and it’s loose, sloppy but fully confident, with a shambolic, lost, AM rock glory.”

It was during the recording of the band’s second album, Magnificent Fiend, that producer Rick Rubin first stepped into the picture. “Rick called me one day out of the blue, invited me down to his house in Malibu and there asked me if I’d consider signing to his label American Recordings.”

And so it began. There were shows with Queens of the Stone Age, The Black Crowes, Mudhoney and Roky Erikson. There was the long road to the band’s third album, The Russian Wilds. And although Miller is now no longer working with Rubin, he doesn’t repent time spent. “Rick impressed upon me the idea and the execution of being a prolific songwriter and that was hugely beneficial to the technique and outcome of Mansion Songs.”

Miller began Mansion Songs by seeking the unfamiliar, facing down ghosts and demons with a new sound, strange and foggy music, music full of lament and deep and primal desire. Recorded in San Francisco, in musical cohort Eric Bauer’s studio (known as “Bauer Mansion,” where Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees and Mikal Cronin have also recorded), this new Howlin Rain record somehow feels both familiar and bracingly fresh.

Miller is exploring in unknown lands here, but at the same time, returning back to himself, back to his heart…and to his home. “I wanted to make an album that was very San Francisco (where I often work and play) and very Oakland (where I live and love). A removed, slightly mossy, mutant thing brewed up in a basement studio where Chinatown, North Beach and the Financial District meet at a street corner in SF far from the concerns of album sales and marketing. I wanted to make a record that junkies in the Tenderloin could feel at home wandering through, a place where broken hearts could wander around…and smolder out.”

And that is exactly what Miller’s done. Mansion Songs is a living, breathing, and thrillingly imperfect thing. It sweats, it bleeds, its skin is rough and calloused. Bringing in a revolving cast of collaborators, musicians he had known and worked with, as well some he had never met, Miller and producer Bauer left it loose and raw, keeping many of the shambling, ragged-at-the-edges, first or second takes. “I wanted something that showed raw nerves in the end, something that painted the elegance of hard-won fatigue and showed off-color bruises.”

Mansion Songs is Miller and Howlin Rain pushing away the stone and stepping out into the sunlight. It marks next chapters and fresh starts and new roads (and a new label, LA-based Easy Sound Recording Company). In the end Mansion Songs is one of those rare albums made by running with eyes closed and smile wild – straight into uncharted territory.

“Sometimes we regain control over ourselves and our lives by allowing our psyche to give in and accept chaos and let it blow us to the place it must for us to begin to have clear emotional sight again,” says Miller of making the record, ”These songs are the sound of despair in various forms, the giving up hope, the darkness, the shock and sadness of isolation, the romance of despair, the ecstatic light and dark energy of despair, irony and humor in the face of despair and ultimately – redemption and rejuvenation on the other end.”

February 26th, 2015


secret in-store schedule fbOnce again, The Record Exchange and Treefort Music Fest are planning a series of Secret Treefort In-stores during the festival, and we’re pleased to announce our first confirmed show:

Wednesday, March 25 (6 p.m.)
The Record Exchange
1105 W. Idaho St., Boise (two blocks from the Treefort main stage)

The secret in-store will take place right before the official festival kick-off with the History of Boise Rock Showcase across the street at the El Korah Shrine.



Wednesday, March 25 6pm RSVP
Thursday, March 26 5pm RSVP
Friday, March 27 TBD
Saturday, March 28 2pm RSVP
Sunday, March 29 TBD


All Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-stores are free and all ages, and a Treefort pass is not required to attend (but you really should get one because this festival is gonna rule).

The RX and Treefort will announce the artist on the morning of March 25 via social media and The Record Exchange email list, which you can sign up for HERE.