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1. Hooray For Love
Curtis Stigers
2. Let’s Go Out Tonight
Curtis Stigers
3. Black Market
Rise Against
4. Ultraviolence
Lana Del Ray
5. Once More ‘Round the Sun
6. In The Lonely Hour
Sam Smith
7. Yes!
Jason Mraz
8. Mandatory Fun
Weird Al Yankovic
9. Terms Of My Surrender
John Hiatt
10. Redeemer Of Souls
Judas Priest

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July 4th, 2014


rx top 10Mastodon had the No. 1 album at The Record Exchange last week with Once More ‘Round the Sun, and to celebrate, we’re giving away a copy of the album on CD and a Mastodon T-shirt!

To enter the drawing, send an email* HERE by midnight Monday, July 21. We will draw a name at random and notify the winner on Tuesday, July 22.

* One entry per person, NOT per email address. If you have 16 email addresses and you enter with each address, we’ll just delete 15 of them. We have the technology. To be eligible to win, you must live in the Boise metro area and be able to pick up your prize at the store.

July 3rd, 2014


JohnHiattTermsOfMySurrender-1024x1024John Hiatt has a new album Terms Of My Surrender coming out July 14, and The Record Exchange will have it on CD and vinyl!

John Hiatt adds another chapter to his storied career with the release of Terms Of My Surrender. Produced by longtime collaborator and Combo member, Doug Lancio, Terms of My Surrender is rooted in the blues. It adds an exciting dynamic to one of America’s finest singer-songwriters.

Hiatt and his band, The Combo, have gained a reputation for captivating crowds at their live shows as The Tennessean depicts: “He prowls the stage, delivering the bluesy stuff in a whiskey-burn howl, shouting the rock stuff and fronting a formidable band that can turn on a dime, from ballads to bombast.” John Hiatt’s career as a performer and songwriter has spanned more than 30 years and everyone from Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, BB King, Bonnie Raitt and Iggy Pop has covered his work.

July 1st, 2014


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


Pink Floyd – The Division Bell 20th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set

Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy

Seether – Isolate and Medicate (deluxe edition also available)

Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown

RA – Collateral Damage

Bob Marley and the Wailers – Legend 30th Anniversary Edition

Levon Helm – Midnight Ramble Sessions 3

Magic! – Don’t Kill the Magic

Bad Suns – Language and Respect

My Fictions – Stranger Songs

Grateful Dead – Dick’s Picks 17: Boston Garden 9/25/91

Emerson, Lake and Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery 40th Anniversary Edition

The Jayhawks – Various Reissues


Pink Floyd – The Division Bell 20th Anniversary Vinyl Box Set

Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown

Bob Marley – Legend 30th Anniversary Edition

Hawthorne Heights – Silence in Black and White

Levon Helm – The Midnight Ramble

Seether – Isolate and Medicate

Bad Company – Straight Shooter


Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Democracy: Live at the Hard Rock Casino DVD and Blu-ray

Elton John – Million Dollar Piano DVD and Blu-ray

June 26th, 2014


sleepy seeds publicity photoSleepy Seeds will perform a special album release party preview in-store at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). The band is holding a release party on Saturday, June 28, at the Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

Sleepy Seeds’ debut self-titled album will be released on Tuesday, June 24, and The Record Exchange will have it for sale on that date!


W139Really, the best way to describe ‘Different’ isn’t in English at all. The term I would use is saudade. It’s a Portuguese word that essentially describes the feeling when you know something beautiful, something you love, has passed, and you’ll never get to feel it again, but its absence stirs great memories and strong feelings. And while that may not be the most apt description, we don’t actually have a single word for it in English, so we have to do some linguistic gymnastics in order to translate it. Regardless, it’s a potent word, infused with feeling, and it just so happens to be the perfect word for ‘Different’ – saudade. Gelatinous Blog


Boise, Idaho, indie rock quartet Sleepy Seeds will release their self-titled debut album on Tuesday, June 24. The album will be available at The Record Exchange. An album release party will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. A Seasonal Disguise and Braided Waves will open. $5 at the door; 21 and older. A free, all-ages preview in-store performance at The Record Exchange will precede the release party at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 26.

Sleepy Seeds (Joey Corsentino, vocals/guitar; Marty Chase Martin, vocals/guitar; Brett Nelson, vocals/bass; Chad Keever, drums) recorded the album in February 2014 with Z.V. House at Ze Cat Shack in Boise, Idaho. Corsentino, Martin and Nelson – the former Built to Spill bassist who joined Sleepy Seeds in early 2013 – each contributed three songs to the album, which also features an Electronic Anthology Project version of “Anxious” as an unlisted bonus track.

For a band with multiple singer/songwriters and only 18 months together as a quartet, Sleepy Seeds deliver a remarkably cohesive debut. Unlike most albums from bands with similar collaborative constructs, questions of who-wrote-what never arise. Sonically and thematically, there’s a fluid continuity to “Sleepy Seeds” due in part to a shared songwriting sensibility, Corsentino’s and Martin’s melodic guitar interplay and the band’s intuitive relationship on and off the stage.

Fittingly, each songwriter had his own distinct-yet-similar take on the band’s creative synchronicity.

Corsentino: “No matter who comes up with the initial idea for the song, the rest of the band knows where to go with it.”

Martin: “We all try to contribute the best of our unique styles, which by chance happen to mesh very well. We don’t consciously set out to write songs in the same style, we just play what feels right.”

Nelson: “Musically, we have a lot of the same influences, and as for me writing bass parts to Joey’s or Marty’s music, it seems second nature and easy — like somehow they wrote the perfect song for my bass playing, even the songs that were written before I joined the band. Thematically, I think we lean toward self-doubt, betrayal and shit in general not going the way you think it should or wish it would.”

The video for the album’s first single “Different,” directed by Jason Sievers (The Posies, Polvo, The Wrens, Boy Eats Drum Machine), is streaming now on Gelatinous Blog and Vimeo. Gelatinous Blog, which praised the album’s “warm, piercing, meandering guitar lines,” debuted the video and featured the song on its “May 2014 Mixtape” compilation.

The video “so perfectly matches the tone of the song,” says Gelatinous Blog, describing “Different” and its accompanying video as “languid and ambling — hazy, saturated and reminiscent of times passed. The memories evoked are bittersweet, doused with heavy helpings of melancholy and nostalgia.”


1. “Open Up” (Martin)
2. “Anxious” (Corsentino)
3. “1,000,001” (Nelson)
4. “Small Disaster” (Corsentino)
5. “Herman” (Martin)
6. “Outside In” (Nelson)
7. “Different” (Martin)
8. “Seldom” (Corsentino)
9. “Standstill” (Nelson)
10. “Anxious” (Electronic Anthology Project version) [unlisted bonus track]

Sleepy Seeds is a collaborative Boise rock band featuring the songwriting talents of Brett Nelson, Marty Chase Martin and Joey Corsentino. Their songs are built upon layers of melodic bass lines and warm guitar wizardry, producing a haunting yet comforting sound that is both steady and dynamic. Each singer contributes a different color and perspective, giving the band versatility within its own cohesive musical atmosphere.

Martin and Corsentino grew up in Colorado and have been creating and playing music together since their teenage years. They were inspired and influenced by numerous ‘90s indie rock bands, including Sebadoh and Built to Spill. Having listened to and befriended several musicians from Idaho (including Nelson), in 2009 they moved to Boise to start a new band in the city’s burgeoning scene. Sleepy Seeds received a warm welcome and has been a part of the Boise music community ever since. Drummer Chad Keever (Vonny Cal, Ugly Tree) joined in 2010, and in 2012, legendary Boise bassist Brett Nelson (Built to Spill, Butterfly Train) came on board.

Sleepy Seeds’ self-titled debut album was recorded by Z.V. House in early 2014 and will be released nationally on June 24. There is a grasshopper on the cover. Nelson, Martin and Corsentino each wrote three songs independently that were fully realized by the band in the studio. The result is an album that reflects the unique individuality of each songwriter while achieving a natural continuity that speaks to the band’s musical alchemy, born through extensive hours of practice and beer drinking mixed in with discussions of “The Karate Kid” trilogy and John Lithgow movies.

Sleepy Seeds perform regularly throughout Idaho and the Northwest and have shared the stage with, among others, Youth Lagoon, Wye Oak, Lower Dens, Maria Taylor, Chuck Prophet, Scout Niblett, Boy Eats Drum Machine and Clem Snide. Sleepy Seeds were a featured artist at Treefort Music Fest in 2013 and 2014.

June 23rd, 2014


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


Mastodon – Once More Round the Sun

Ed Sheeran – X

Phish – Fuego

Sleepy Seeds – Sleepy Seeds

Vacationer – Relief

Deadmau5 – While (1<2)

Bassnectar – Noise Vs. Beauty

Clutch – Earth Rocker Deluxe Edition

Slint- Spiderland

Jad Fair and Danielson – Solid Gold Heart

Cannabis Corpse – From Wisdom to Baked

Various Artists – Eccentric Soul: Capital City Soul

Time for Three – Time for Three

Kitten – Kitten

Nothing More – Nothing More

Captain Beefheart – Harpos Detroit Dec. 11th 1980

Jefferson Airplane – Live at the Fillmore Auditorium 10/16/66: Early and Late Shows

Small Faces – There Are But Four Small Faces

Eric Johnson – Europe Live

Albert King – Live

Freddie King – Live

Rebirth Brass Band – Move Your Body

Peter Frampton – Hummingbird in a Box

Ruben Blades – Tangos

Ginger Baker – Why

Circulatory System – Mosaics Within Mosaics

Septicflesh – Titan

Godflesh – Decline and Fall

Bubba Sparxxx – Made on McCosh Mill Road

Hutcherson/Sanborn/DeFrancesco/Hart – Enjoy the View


Earth – Hex

Earth – The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull

Slint – Spiderland

Sufjan Stevens – Enjoy Your Rabbit

Julianna Barwick – Forine

Julianna Barwick – Sanguine

Phish – Fuego

Various Artists – Eccentric Soul: Capital City Soul

Public Enemy – Yo! Bum Rush the Show

Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits

Bee Gees – Saturday Night Fever

Gram Parsons – GP

Gram Parsons – Grievous Angel

Massacre – Back From Beyond

Medeski, Martin and Wood – Combustication

Cheap Girls – Famous Graves

Dexter Gordon – Go

Lee Morgan – Cornbread

Jimmy Smith – Back at the Chic

Bobby Hutcherson – Total Eclipse

Sam Cooke – Portrait of a Legend

Kitten – Kitten

Peter Matthew Bauer – Liberation

Skeletonwitch – Serpents Unleashed

Nachtmystium – Worldfall/Eulogy

Godflesh – Pure

In This Moment – Blood


Peter Gabriel – Back to Front: Live in London DVD, Blu-ray, deluxe Blu-ray