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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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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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Mark your calendars: Record Store Day 2016 is April 16 at The Record Exchange! We'll have 350+ exclusive releases, live music 20% off used music/video and more all weekend long!


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1. Rimrock Country
2. Purple
3. I Still Do
Eric Clapton
4. 2
5. Coming Home
Leon Bridges
6. Love Letter for Fire
Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop
7. The Impossible Kid
Aesop Rock
8. Paging Mr. Proust
The Jayhawks
9. A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Sturgill Simpson
10. Fallen Angels
Bob Dylan

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May 31st, 2016


Belle Treefort main picThe Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) is honored to host the a.k.a. Belle “I Hear It Now” Release Party at 6:30pm Thursday, June 23. “I Hear It Now” will be available for purchase at the party. Free Payette Brewing Co. will be served beginning at 6pm. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

In March, a.k.a. Belle released the “I Hear It Now” track “Mustangs” as a benefit single for Wild Love Preserve, a 501(C)3 nonprofit whose mission is to rescue, protect and preserve Idaho’s wild horses. “I Hear It Now” features a guest appearance from Snakes/Caustic Resin/Built to Spill/Earth guitarist and wizard Brett Netson.


a.k.a. Belle ride fiercely in a no man’s land where intimate vocals sneak into bed with wild guitar serenades and wrestle with beats from a bygone era.

The seedlings of a.k.a. Belle began in a land far, far away called Los Angeles, where Sam and Catherine Crooks Merrick, Boise, Idaho, natives, found themselves sharing a flat in pursuit of musical greatness. They didn’t know it then, but their paths would cross many times over subsequent decades and eventually their lives would converge in a very personal and musically magical way. In 2008, after Catherine returned home to Boise from living and performing under the moniker of Belle of Les Bois in Manchester, England, she reunited with her former roomie (and soon to be husband). a.k.a. Belle was born.

Catherine grew up in Boise amongst some major musical talents. She played alongside Doug Martsch (Built to Spill) in Suiciety and in the B-sides with Curtis Stigers. Merrick’s overflowing with instrumental chops and is most often seen wailing on guitar or banjo, but it’s her voice that audiences find most captivating:

“… When you are blessed with a vocalist like Catherine Merrick, you’re light years ahead of the game. The singer and multi-instrumentalist for a.k.a. Belle has an alluring, lovely voice – the kind that stands out in any genre.” – Michael Deeds, The Idaho Statesman

Between L.A. and 2008, Sam was met with major musical success. He toured the US and Europe with The Leaving Trains (SST Records) and signed a multimillion dollar contract in blood with L.A. band The Nymphs (Geffen Records). He’s also played badass guitar and lent vocals to a variety of musical projects based in the US.

a.k.a. Belle’s eclectic sound is elevated by the creative musical minds of Johnny “Bongos” Townsend (percussion) and Shlomo Kostenko (standup bass), who hear and interpret Merrick’s songs intuitively.

The band have released two albums – Disappearing Night (2012) was in the Top Ten Best Selling Local Albums at independent record store The Record Exchange, coming in a sweet #6; and The Devil Loves You, released in February 2014, entered the Top Ten Best Sellers at #3 and remained in the top twenty several weeks after its release. Tracks from The Devil Loves You are particular favorites of local radio stations KRBX and KBSU (“Mess You Up,” “HG Wells is Alive and Well” and “Collecting Songbirds” being the most played).

The band are highly championed by DJ Tim Johnstone of 94.9FM The River, as well as being favorites of Carl Scheider, DJ at (NPR affiliated) KBSU. Living Room Radio, a Friday afternoon show on 89.9FM Radio Boise, listed Disappearing Night as one of their top albums of 2014.

a.k.a. Belle is a rock band that’s not afraid to play with different genres to get the desired effect in creating well-crafted, thoughtfully constructed songs. Collectively, these four musicians, playfully coined “The Magic Four,” have collaborated with and supported some big names in music, including: John Doe and Exene Cervenka from L.A. band X, Iggy Pop, Elizabeth Cook, Holly Golightly, Lydia Loveless, Curtis Stigers, Bill Kirchen, Doug Martsch from Built to Spill and many more.

May 31st, 2016


418457415659Tegan & SaraWhite_uTurn9553_Acrylic_OM5E no Arm 1 F release their eighth album Love You to Death on Friday, June 3, and to celebrate we’re holding a listening party at 6pm June 3 and giving away a $300 U-Turn Audio Orbit Plus turntable to one lucky customer!

Three ways to enter to win the turntable:

Show up to the listening party. You will receive one raffle ticket.

Show up to the listening party and purchase Love You to Death on CD*. You will receive three raffle tickets.

Show up to the listening party and purchase Love You to Death on vinyl*. You will receive five raffle tickets.

*In-store purchase only; no returns.

We will draw the winner once we’ve listened to the album. You must be present to win.

We’ll have Tegan & Sara lip-shaped sunglasses to give away free with purchase (CD or LP). Take a picture of yourself in your sunglasses and post it to Instagram with the hashtags #therecordexchange and #teganandsara and the best photo wins a Tegan & Sara prize pack (photo must be posted by midnight Thursday, June 9).

Love You to Death is the follow up to Tegan and Sara’s pop breakthrough album Heartthrob, which featured the singles “Closer” (certified gold in the US) and “I Was a Fool.” The band were featured on the LEGO Movie single “Everything is Awesome” with The Lonely Island and were invited to perform that song as part of the 2015 Oscar telecast.

May 27th, 2016


cover only1. Rimrock Country, Idyltime
2. Purple, Baroness
3. I Still Do, Eric Clapton
4. 2, Mudcrutch
5. Coming Home, Leon Bridges
6. Love Letter for Fire, Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop
7. The Impossible Kid, Aesop Rock
8. Paging Mr. Proust, The Jayhawks
9. A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson
10. Fallen Angels, Bob Dylan

May 27th, 2016


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


Idyltime – Rimrock Country

Lacuna Coil – Delirium

Flume – Skin

Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Ride

The Monkees – Good Times!

Beth Orton – Kidsticks

Gutter Instinct – Age of the Fanatics

Spell – For None and All

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell – Bright Star Original Broadway Cast Recording

Miles Davis and Robert Glasper – Everything’s Beautiful

Six Feet Under – Graveyard Classics IV: The Number of the Priest

Jim Breuer and the Loud and Rowdy – Songs From the Garage

Death Angel – Evil Divide (deluxe edition also available)

Frank Zappa – Lumpy Money Project/Object

Frank Zappa – Road Tapes Venue 1

Frank Zappa – Road Tapes Venue 2

Frank Zappa – Road Tapes Venue 3

My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves Deluxe Edition

Mark Kozelek – Sings Favorites

Daniel Romano – Mosey

Tony Joe White – Rain Crow

Real Friends – Home Inside My Head

Travis – Everything at Once (deluxe edition also available)

Summer Cannibals – Full of It

Of Mice and Men – Live at Brixton

Mark Mothersbaugh – Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday Sountrack

Austin Lucas – Between the Moon and the Midwest

Band of Skulls – By Default

Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us

Big Thief – Masterpiece

Pup – The Dream is Over

Kristin Kontrol – X-Communicate

Gold Panda – Good Luck and Do Your Best

Frost – Falling Satellites

Hesitation Wounds – Awake for Everything

Dierks Bentley – Black

Various Artists – Deadpool Reloaded: More Music from the Motion Picture

Earthless and Harsh Tone – Acid Crusher/Mount Swan

Bonnie Bishop – Ain’t Who I Was

Cloud Becomes Your Hand – Rest in Fleas

The Wailers – Wailing Wailers

Iron Maiden – Brave New World

Iron Maiden – Dance of Death

Uriah Heep – Sweet Freedom

Skepta – Konnichiwa

Jigmastas – Resurgence


Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered

Flume – Skin (deluxe edition available)

Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Ride

David Bowie – The Reality Tour

My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves Deluxe Edition

Lacuna Coil – Delirium

Real Friends – Home Inside My Head

Quasi – Featuring Birds

Quasi – R&B Transmogrification

Goat – I Sing in Silence/The Snake of Addis Ababa

ELO – Out of the Blue

Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On

Death Angel – Evil Divide

Miles Davis and Robert Glasper – Everything’s Beautiful

Beth Orton – Kidsticks

Travis – Everything at Once

Kristin Kontrol – X-Communicate

Gold Panda – Good Luck and Do Your Best

Gwen Stefani – This is What the Truth Feels Like


Prince – Rave Un2 the Year 2000 DVD

Frank Sinatra – A Man and His Music/A Man and His Music Pt. 2 DVD

Frank Sinatra – A Man and His Music + Ella and Jobim/Francis Albert Sinatra Does His Thing/Sinatra DVD

Frank Sinatra – Sinatra and Friends/The Man and His Music DVD

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