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After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2016 Top 10 lists. Visit the store to view the lists in realtime and preview our picks. Let the judgment begin!


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1. Voids
Minus the Bear
2. Divide
Ed Sheeran
3. Side Pony
Lake Street Dive
4. Last Place
5. Volcano
6. Blurryface
Twenty One Pilots
7. Prisoner
Ryan Adams
8. Windy City
Alison Krauss
9. Graveyard Whistling
Old 97’s
10. Eponym
Steve Fulton

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March 23rd, 2017


Thursday’s Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-store is …


Happyness will perform at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages — and you don’t need a Treefort pass to attend (but you should get one anyway).


When Happyness first burst into the public conscience with 2013’s debut single “It’s On You”, which was a spirited take on US college rock. Their debut full length, Weird Little Birthday, went on to feature in many of 2014’s End of Year album lists. Worldwide tours, an NME Award, and  a re-issue on the much-loved labels Bar/None in US & Moshi Moshi Recordings in UK, with anticipation the band finally reveal the full details of the follow-up.

Their sophomore album Write In will be released on April 7 through Bar/None in US. The record was recorded in the band’s own studio above a now-abandoned bookshop, then finished and mixed with Adam Lasus at his LA home studio. It features artwork from the band’s own Jon EE Allan. Write In sets its stall out as an outward looking, inventive, and thoughtful progression from their debut. Drawing on an array of influences including Roxy Music, The Beach Boys, Randy Newman, Sonic Youth, Big Star and Pierre Cavalli, the direction is best summed up by Jon EE Allan: “I’d like to think this record looks outside the little American alt-rock sphere we were looking in on. I think we used to be very afraid of being earnest. And now we’re able to be tender or heartfelt without feeling too guilty about it. This record cost us about £500 to make, and that was mainly spent on an 8 track tape recorder and a dehumidifier. We self-produced it in our studio [the affectionately named ‘Jelly Boy Studios’, where the band also recorded their debut, ‘Weird Little Birthday’]. The building’s being redeveloped at the end of the year, so this is the last record we’ll make there, which feels like the end of a chapter for us.”

Ahead of the album release, new UK single “Falling Down” now has an official video, a disorientating and retro 7-minute spectacle, as guitarist Benji Compston explains: “A friend of ours manages a cinema (shoutout Nyla!) and she gets free use of it every Monday night when the public have left. We showed up at midnight with an old TV and some musical equipment and a vague plan to shoot a Spiegel Im Spiegel effect with the cinema screens. Special credit should probably also go to the coffee machine.”

March 22nd, 2017


Today’s Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-store is …

The Meat Puppets!

The Meat Puppets will perform at acoustic set at 5:30 p.m. TODAY at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages — and you don’t need a Treefort pass to attend (but you should get one anyway).


It doesn’t take long after listening to the Meat Puppets’ thirteenth studio album overall, ‘Lollipop,’ to realize that they have boiled the essence of what the group is all about right down to its core. As a result, singer/guitarist Curt Kirkwood, bassist Cris Kirkwood, and drummer Shandon Sahm have an instant Meat Puppets classic on their hands, and an album that fits in perfectly with such mid ’80s classics as ‘Up on the Sun‘ and the underrated ‘Mirage‘ (while not coming off as an attempt to recreate a certain musical era of the group). Interestingly however, the Meat Puppets did not achieve this by working out the songs’ arrangements beforehand, or even extensively rehearsing together.

“This one here was an experiment in just viewing the parts as Tinkertoys, and seeing the little Tinkertoy circus that needed to be built, and putting it together simply like that,” explains Curt. “With just the band in the studio and the engineer, we didn’t learn the songs – we just went in the studio, and went, ‘OK, here’s your part. Now play this good.’ So we cut the stuff on acoustic guitar and drums first, and then built it. It’s an interesting concept of a way to do something. It seems like it might be a stiff way to do something, by just putting it together a piece at a time like that. But I really enjoyed it. I think the overall sound of the way it came out is kind of a contradiction of the way it was recorded. To me, that’s the coolest thing – to put something together like that, so you have the sum of the parts, and then the whole. The whole thing about the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. To force yourself to do it that way. We were able to keep track of the music.”

Produced once more by Curt, ‘Lollipop‘ is the second Meat Puppets record to be released via Megaforce Records, and also signals the re-entry of former Puppets drummer Sahm back into the band (who previously played on the 2000 Puppets release, ‘Golden Lies,’ and supporting tour). Sahm- “Come October [2009], Curt called. I said, ‘Aren’t you you supposed to be out on tour with the Stone Temple Pilots? What’s up?’ He said, ‘Do you want to fill in and do these dates?’ We only had one day to practice. That was the icebreaker. The first show was in Mobile, Alabama at BayFest. It was probably 5,000 to 10,000 people. Right afterwards, Robert and Dean DeLeo came up and said, ‘You’re really great in the band. You really drive the band cool. You should be in there.’ And I was like, ‘Well, I’m filling in for right now. It would be cool…talk to ‘the boss’.’ Robert goes, ‘I’ll talk to him.’

Recorded at Spoon’s HiFi Studio’s in Austin, ‘Lollipop‘ is chock full of tunes that run the stylistic gamut. Case in point, the album opening keyboard-laced “Incomplete” (that Curt wrote back in 1983, and envisioned as “something that I thought would be good for Elvis or Engelbert Humperdinck in the ’60s”) and the rocking “Hour of the Idiot,” to the sunny ska of “Shave It,” and such acoustic country ditties as “Baby Don’t” and “The Spider and the Spaceship.” And Cris certainly approves of the finished product. “The continuity that runs through Curt’s work is just a trip, and how you can reference different parts. I think it’s a fairly bitching effort, considering the amount of time we put into pre-work. I think it’s indicative of where the band’s at right now. It’s a fairly fluid moment, and that’s a trip, considering how long we’ve been at it and the band’s history. Curt’s been at it non-stop, and I’m pleased to be able to provide him with a stable outlet for his art.”

And according to Curt, the band got back to trusting their instincts once more – a major catalyst in their earlier work. “The similarity between the ’80s and now is that once we started getting a lot of attention in the ’90s, we brought producers in and stuff, and there was a thing that started happening – and it might sound egotistical – but this band always ran off of my intuitions. As much as songwriting or anything else. I write intuitively, and I never wanted to be a songwriter – I just got into it when I had the band. I just wanted to be in a band. So it’s all been this intuition of ‘This is what we need to do.’ This was kind of taken away from us in the ’90s, as money came in and people said, ‘You need to do this.’ It clouded the whole easygoing…like, ‘Well, what does Curt think?’ You could say it was the money or it was the thrust of popularity stuff or the Nirvana thing. But it just was like the band as a whole quit trusting that, I think. We just became more compliant, and like they say, ‘Cooperation leads to corruption.’ So in this way, I think the album harkens back to that.”

To support ‘Lollipop,’ the Meat Puppets are planning on touring steadily, including the group’s first substantial European tour in nearly two decades. Curt- “We took a good amount of time off in this last year and didn’t do any real big tours, so we could get this record done and just cool our heels a little bit. Now, we’re ready to get going again.” Cris- “We’re getting back to a place where…he and I have a bitching wavelength that we were able to get to. He so doesn’t need my support in a way, but I think he appreciates it in a way, and I know I love our relationship and the music we make together.” As they say, the proof is in the pudding, and ‘Lollipop’ is one tasty listening experience from beginning to end.

March 16th, 2017


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


Spoon – Hot Thoughts
Depeche Mode – Spirit (deluxe edition available)
Real Estate – In Mind
Gary Clark Jr. – Live North America 2016
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Live From the Fox Oakland (CD, CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray)
Milky Chance – Blossom
Conor Oberst – Salutations
Regina Spektor – Live on Soundstage
Sorority Noise – You’re Not As _____ As You Think
The Zombies – Odyssey and Oracle 50th Anniversary Edition
Pinback – Some Offcell Voices
Obituary – Obituary
Katatonia – The Fall of Hearts: Tour Edition
Frances – Things I’ve Never Said
CJ Ramone – American Beauty
Mayday Parade – Lesson in Romantics
Fit for An Autopsy – The Great Collapse
Replacire – Do Not Deviate
Without Waves – Lunar
Zara Larsson – So Good
Pitbull – Climate Change


Spoon – Hot Thoughts
Real Estate – In Mind
Gary Clark Jr. – Live North America 2016
Depeche Mode – Spirit
Conor Oberst – Salutations
Obituary – Obituary
Pinback – Some Offcell Voices
P.O.S. – Chill, Dummy
Sorority Noise – You’re Not As _____ As You Think
Animals as Leaders – Weightless Silver Edition
Cherry Glazerr – Haxel Princess
Julien Baker – Funeral Pyre/Distant Solar System
Counting Crows – Recovering the Satellites
Arrested Development – 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of…
Peter Gabriel – 3
Peter Gabriel – Up
Dead Can Dance – Aion
Dead Can Dance – Serpent’s Egg
Grails – Black Tar Prophecies Vol. 1 and 2
Grails – Take Refuge in Clean Living
Blasphemy – Fallen Angel of Doom
Steve Winwood – Back in the High Life


Regina Spektor – Live on Soundstage DVD