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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!

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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May 25th, 2015


418456349968-5001. 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, Blur
8. Blurryface, Twenty One Pilots
9. Painted Shut, Hop Along
10. Strangers to Ourselves, Modest Mouse

May 21st, 2015


10478931_10152840675073144_4664278927573015198_nKevin Kirk & Onomatopoeia will perform a special album release party preview in-store at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). The band is holding a release party on Friday, June 5, at the Sapphire Room (inside Riverside Hotel), 2900 E. Chinden Blvd., Boise. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

Kevin Kirk & Onomatopoeia’s new album What is the Nature of Your Emergency? will be available for purchase at the in-store!


Kevin Kirk & Onomatopoeia is a daring ensemble that explores the musical frontiers where jazz, classical, rock, bluegrass, Celtic and Brazilian sounds converge. Led by Kevin Kirk on keyboards, with Tom Tompkins on strings and flute, Mike Seifrit on 5- and 6-string basses, Jon Hyneman on drums, Greg Perkins on saxophones, Pat Hyneman on percussion and Jeffrey Barker on flute, these seven accomplished artists perform original songs that are exuberant, high energy, direct and hope-filled for an ever anxious and chaotic world.

What Is the Nature of Your Emergency? is the band’s fifth album. The first four have been greeted with critical acclaim. Some Assembly Required made the final 50 for a Grammy Award! Idaho Public Television’s multi-award-winning, high definition broadcast of the band’s concert at the Egyptian Theatre is still broadcast both nationally and internationally. The program was given the top 2009 NETA award (the highest Public Television award for broadcast of a performance). It also garnered the 1st place Platinum Award at World Fest out of 4,500 entries at its International Film Festival. The 30th annual Telly Awards gave the broadcast its Bronze Award out of 13,000 entries!

One of Onomatopoeia’s songs was voted in the top two songs of the year by the picky listeners of National Public Radio’s “All Songs Considered.” The band’s song “Salsa To The Wallsa a la Telemann” was chosen by New York City Center to support their largest annual production, “Fall For Dance!” The song was played for 8 million viewers in New York City on a daily basis as part of the promotion of NYC’s most beloved, best attended annual production.

When not performing at jazz festivals, Kevin Kirk & Onomatopoeia especially love sharing their music with fellow Idahoans. They are also dedicated to perform with them, especially young musicians. Their most recent concerts have included some of Idaho’s brightest young string players: The Centennial High School Chamber Orchestra, The Treasure Valley Youth Symphony/Boise Junior Philharmonic and The Collegiate All Star Orchestra. For the past two years the band has collaborated with the string section of the Meridian Symphony.

May 21st, 2015


photo-credit-funk-volume-extralarge_1408652850011Wild 101 Presents the Dizzy Wright CD signing at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.). As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Dizzy Wright is performing at the Revolution Concert House later that evening (7 p.m.) and we have tickets for sale at the store!

Want a free ticket to the show and priority line placement at the signing? Beginning Tuesday, May 26, purchase The Growing Process and we’ll give you one ticket (while supplies last) and a VIP line wristband! (There will be a secondary line for customers without wristbands, which will follow the VIP line.) Listen to Wild 101.1 FM for a chance to win front-of-the-line access at the signing!


the-growing-process-extralarge_1429534847018“You just don’t become a leader in one year. You’re prepped for it. When you’re at your lowest—but you got that faith—that gives you motivation. And when you have that motivation, that’s what makes you a leader,” says Las Vegas native Dizzy Wright. Beyond his years at 22, Dizzy has been the first Sin City rapper to the cover of XXL magazine as a 2013 Freshman pick. His blend of substance and swagger has made him an independent charting sensation with three 2012 releases, SmokeOut Conversations (along with the 200,000-times-downloaded promotional mixtape), as well as a follow-up EP, The First Agreement. Both digital efforts debuted in the Top 50 of the Hip-Hop/R&B charts. In turn, the youngest member of the Funk Volume crew has been one of its most successful.

“My mom kicked me out when I was 17,” Dizzy reveals of the woman who both raised him and managed his career since childhood, “I was thrown out into the world.” With a similar story to his inspiration, Tupac Shakur, he took to local clubs to build a fan-base by being both skilled and flashy. “I was all about getting people to know my name. I knew the vision, but I didn’t know the gesture. You’ve got to live through this to get an understanding of it.” Along the way, Wright says that he learned to keep a tight circle and push for the ultimate sonic presentation of his art.

Although SmokeOut Conversations could be dismissed as just marijuana music, the inspiration behind the concept is deeply personal to Dizzy. The rapper asserts, “I didn’t want people to perceive me as this weed rapper with a weed album.” Instead, he admits that a key moment in creating the album came from his first encounter with his father. “I did a show in Detroit with Hopsin, and I got to meet my father for the first time. I was trying to figure out what he was gonna be like. He went to jail a couple months before I was born, and then he got out 20 years later.” To buffer the circumstances, Dizzy and his Pops eased tensions with some help. “When I finally met him, all we did was smoke and talk.” “We just got to do a lot of catchin’ up, lotta talkin’, and lotta smokin’.” After his father traveled to several dates with the Funk Volume family, Dizzy left the experience with a title and theme for his debut album.

The independent album produced two multimillion-view videos on YouTube, “Solo Dolo” and “Can’t Trust Em.” Dizzy was specific in giving his expanding base both sides of his repertoire. The first was Dizzy’s most personal record, while the second had, what he calls “that now-sound.” Both resonated, and the rapper was able to go from “doing shows to doing concerts” in his relentless touring with label-mates. Reflecting, he notes, “I was just testing the waters.”

Three years to the date of SmokeOut Conversations, The Growing Process will be released on May 26. Led by the prolific “Train Your Mind” and ode to hometown hero “Floyd Money Mayweather”, the new album is the second installment in a series of albums inspired by The Four Agreements – particularly the second principle which states “Don’t Take Anything Personally” – and features appearances from Big K.R.I.T, Tech N9ne, Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone, Irv Da Phenom, Berner, Mod Sun, Chel’le and Njomza in addition to Funk Volume family SwizZz, Jarren Benton and Hopsin.

May 18th, 2015


418456349968-5001. Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes
2. Wilder Mind, Mumford & Sons
3. Untethered Moon, Built to Spill
4. Dark Bird is Home, The Tallest Man on Earth
5. The Waterfall, My Morning Jacket
6. The Traveling Kind, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
7. Run the Jewels 2, Run the Jewels
8. I Can’t Imagine, Shelby Lynne
9. Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, Leonard Cohen
10. Bush, Snoop Lion

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