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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. You Want It Darker
Leonard Cohen
2. Revolution Radio
Green Day
3. 11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory
Dropkick Murphys
4. Hardwired … To Self-Destruct
5. Awaken My Love
Childish Gambino
6. A Seat at the Table
7. Eponym
SFM-Steve Fulton Music
8. Peace Trail
Neil Young
9. Collage
The Chainsmokers
10. The Essential Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen

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The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the sixth annual Treefort Music Fest, taking place March 22-26 throughout Downtown Boise. Treefort 2017 5-day passes are now on sale at The Record Exchange!


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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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January 18th, 2017


martinsexton.hatholdMartin Sexton will perform live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) at 6pm Tuesday, Jan. 31. Sexton is performing at Knitting Factory later in the evening and we have tickets for sale at the store. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

Purchase Sexton’s latest album Mixtape of the Open Road and get a FREE TICKET* to the Knitting Factory show plus a VIP access wristband for the in-store!

*While supplies last.


418456318326“The real thing, people.” -Billboard

In 2017, American singer-songwriter Martin Sexton extends touring in support of his ninth studio release Mixtape of the Open Road. The Wall Street Journal and CMT premiered tracks from the album that HAS since garnered much critical acclaim. “Outstanding taste in songwriting as well as a soul-marinated voice.” – Rolling Stone

Syracuse native Sexton got his start singing in the streets and subways of Boston in the early ’90s. Still fiercely independent and headlining venues from The Fillmore to Carnegie Hall, he has influenced a generation of contemporary artists. His songs have appeared in television series such as Scrubs, Parenthood, Masters of Sex and in numerous films, though it’s his incendiary live show, honest lyrics, and vocal prowess that keep fans coming back for more.

January 17th, 2017


storie-grubbThe Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) is honored to host the Storie Grubb What the Devil? Album Release Party at 6pm Thursday, Jan. 19. What the Devil? will be available for purchase at the party. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

Storie Grubb seems to be confronting his demons…

What the Devil? begins with a BANG on the title track, a classic garage rock anthem perfect for these oddly interesting times we find ourselves living in. In “Bury Me,” we see a softer, more transparent side to Grubb’s lyrics, describing what seems to be war time and the inevitable betrayal of true love. In “Candlelight,” Grubb shares his love of evolution and acceptance of global warming: “Why try cuz everybodies gonna die/So let the oceans come right in/Everybody wants to fight/By candlelight.” The song “Names” describes a world where image, unfortunately, truly is everything, originality is taboo and labeling others is the norm. But fear not, Stories assures us that there are no answers to your questions…

“There are multiple themes at work,” adds Grubb, “like illustrating dreams. Where do we begin? Well, we begin with themes and references that we can ALL relate to.”

What the Devil? was recorded by Storie in his basement in Boise on a very old version of Garageband (2005?). “I write a lot of the melodies and guitar licks on the spot, which I couldn’t afford to do in a proper studio. So recording at home is best for me at this point. I don’t have much of a social life anymore so I just work and work until it’s done.”

Shane Brown, who has played with many notable local bands such as James Plane Wreck, is on drums. Matthew Vorhies of A Mighty Band of Microbes and Fleet Street Klezmer Band plays accordions. K.C. Martin of Velvet Hook and Marquina put down some funky bass (check out “Curtain Falls”). Storie Grubb not only wrote all the songs, he also plays the guitars, ukuleles, bass, tambourines, shakers and vocals.

From dirty garage rock to sweeping ballads of love and horror, Storie Grubb leaves us guessing once again. A final note from our Idafolky: “The world is coming undone around our ears. There’s poison in the water, dirty bloody money in never ending political wars, injustices, inequalities, blatant disrespect for the people’s needs, human rights violations on an unprecedented scale not seen in 50 years and evil to be fought at every fucking turn …but the people still want good dance music. Well, there’s plenty of it out there…this is not dance music.”


If I were going to be honest, the Storie Grubb project began in Chico, California, in 1995 when I started to play guitar and write my own songs. I was fifteen years old and completely obsessed with learning the instrument. I used to record on two old tape players, overdubbing guitars and keyboards back and forth, until I had created these half-hour-long gibberish pieces. I remember turning my mom’s little half of the shop into my studio and I spent as much time as I could out there plucking and creating these odd masterpieces.

After barely graduating high school (and being homeless once or twice), I spent a few years just trying to stay alive. I moved a lot in my early twenties… from Grants Pass, Oregon, to Paso Robles, California…I lived in Eureka, California, for a bit and even over to Boise, Idaho for a few months in the summer of 2002. It wasn’t until I was 23 (in 2003) and living in Ashland, Oregon, that I was able to record music again, but this time it was all digital and far superior to the old tape players I was used to. I was also able to stay still for a while and focus on songwriting…

Fast forward a few more years (and about five monikers later), and here I am in Boise, Idaho, with the same sort of set up. I have transformed one of the rooms in my basement into my makeshift recording studio. With an old computer, a few guitars, some keyboards and my ukuleles, I now have a way to share the sounds I hear in my head with whomever will listen.

I have always been a visual artist as well. My earliest memories are of me drawing with a crowd of toddlers around me watching in wonder. The Storie Grubb comic book began in Portland, Oregon, in 2008, where I would illustrate the lyrics to my songs and also draw out my thoughts and feelings about the world and universe around me. I now try to meld these two forms of art together because, for me, where one ends the other begins.

Members and Duties:

Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Harmonica, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion / Storie Grubb

Accordion and Moral Support/ Matthew Vorhies

January 12th, 2017


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


Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
The xx – I See You
The Flaming Lips – Oczy Mlody
Bonobo – Migration
Colony House – Only the Lonely
Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White – Gentlewoman Ruby Man
Madness – Can’t Touch Us Now
Sepultura – Machine Messiah
Band of Heathens – Duende
Code Orange – Forever
The Infamous Stringdusters – Laws of Gravity
The Regrettes – Feel Your Feelings Fool
The Three Sounds featuring Gene Harris – Groovin’ Hard: Live at The Penthouse 1964-1968
Dennis Coffey – Hot Coffey in the D: Burnin’ At Morey Baker’s Showplace Lounge
Louden Swain – No Time Like the Present
Brandon Can’t Dance – Graveyard of Good Times
Dryjacket – For Posterity
Two Cow Garage – Brand New Flag
John Abercrombie Quartet – Up and Coming
Grave Digger – Healed By Metal
Black Anvil – As Was
Beyond the Black – Lost in Forever


Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
The xx – I See You
Bonobo – Migration
Chemical Brothers – Various Reissues
The Killers – Hot Fuss
Prince – Kiss
Prince – Cream
Prince – U Got the Look
Prince – If I Was Your Girlfriend
Jimi Hendrix – Stone Free/Lover Man
Sun Ra – The Space Age is Here to Stay
Sun Ra – Saturn/Mystery Mr. Ra
Band of Heathens – Duende
Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White – Gentlewoman Ruby Man
Madness – Can’t Touch Us Now
Over the Rhine – Ohio
Colony House – Only the Lonely
Emperor – In the Nightside Eclipse
The Drip – The Haunting Fear Of Inevitability


Sad Vacation: The Last Days of Sid and Nancy DVD