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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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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. A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Sturgill Simpson
2. Cleopatra
The Lumineers
3. Purple Rain
Prince
4. The Complete Peel Sessions
The White Stripes
5. Santana IV
Santana
6. Dig in Deep
Bonnie Raitt
7. Sounds Like a Reasonable Thing for a Band to Play
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8. Lovers and Leavers
Hayes Carll
9. 25
Adele
10. Ultimate
Prince

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April 27th, 2016

IDYLTIME ALBUM RELEASE PARTY 5/26!

FullSizeRenderThe Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) is honored to host the Idyltime “Rimrock Country” Album Release Party at 6pm Thursday, May 26. “Rimrock Country” will be available for purchase at the party. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

Rimrock Country, Idyltime’s second album, consists of 11 original and four traditional songs delving into the time and space of love lost and found. Driven by fiddle and banjo, tied together through harmony, and energized by the bass fiddle, Idyltime’s new album is a toe tapping retrospect. It was recorded at AudioLab by Steve Fulton and Pat Storey in December 2015.

ABOUT IDYLTIME

cover onlyMost people can hear a certain song and it will take them back to a prior experience, maybe to a feeling had and relived through a melody. Idyltime is comprised of four souls eternally searching for the source of this nostalgia. People often say that their music takes them back to a memory and reminds them of the good in the world.

Idyltime, a band originally playing bluegrass out of southern Oregon, reformed in 2011 when Beth and Tate Mason moved to Boise, Idaho. There they joined with Dave Daley and Ava Honey, who were hosting the weekly old-time jam at Pengilly’s Saloon. Delving into their common love for acoustic roots music, Idyltime’s sound is at once traditional and original.

Instrumentation:

Ava Honey – Guitar, upright bass and vocals
Beth Mason – Upright bass, guitar and vocals
Dave Daley – Fiddle and vocals
Tate Mason – Banjo, dobro and vocals

April 27th, 2016

CURTIS/SUTTON AND THE SCAVENGERS & BART BUDWIG DUAL ALBUM RELEASE PREVIEW PARTY THURSDAY, MAY 12!

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curtis sutton budwigThe Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) is honored to host a double album release preview party with Curtis/Sutton and the Scavengers and Bart Budwig at 6pm Thursday, May 12. Curtis/Sutton and Budwig also will be celebrating their new albums at 8pm Friday, May 13 at Pengilly’s Saloon. As always, this Record Exchange in-store is free and all ages.

Curtis/Sutton and the Scavengers’ self-titled six-song EP and Bart Budwig’s full-length “The Moon and Other Things” will be available for purchase at The Record Exchange on the 12th!

ABOUT CURTIS/SUTTON AND THE SCAVENGERS

Curtis-Sutton & The Scavengers - Curtis-Sutton - coverCurtis/Sutton and the Scavengers are an Americana/folk blues band based out of Boise, Idaho. The band’s sound is best described as country-folk meets swamp-blues. This hodgepodge of gritty-sweet roots music is the brainchild of the band’s two distinct songwriters, Charlie Sutton and Ryan Curtis. Both songwriters have played across the country in different band settings. Sutton has even been featured as a solo artist on “A Prairie Home Companion.” The revolving cast of characters known as the Scavengers are anchored by their only full-timer, Sam Alkire (upright bass).

Sutton and Curtis share their musical roots in the Midwest — Sutton in St. Louis and Curtis in Michigan and Chicago. The story of Curtis/Sutton began in 2013, when both songwriters found their way to Boise. Curtis was escaping the suburban sprawl of Los Angeles and Sutton the rural farmland of north Idaho. The North Boise neighbors quickly hit it off over late-night jam sessions, cold beers and old records.

Curtis/Sutton and the Scavengers are known for their rowdy 3-4 hour sets of mainly original music. They take their listeners on a journey through the genres of blues, traditional country, bluegrass, rockabilly and folk. You can catch them most weekends playing the dives and haunts of Idaho and the greater Northwest.

ABOUT BART BUDWIG

bb-tmaot-700One has to wonder: what is a twenty-something, jazz trumpet-playing, Wes Anderson movie-loving, ex-Certified Nursing Assistant who literally lives backstage in one of America’s longest-running theaters doing writing an album that would’ve sounded more at home in 1970s Texas?

Fortunately, Bart Budwig is a man who would rather ask good questions than give bad answers. In the same way that Willie and Waylon were rebelling against “the machine,” the above begins to make sense when considering the Oregonian songwriter’s authenticity as a fellow outlaw.

Budwig’s new full-length, “The Moon and Other Things,” was recorded to four-track reel-to-reel in the historic OK Theatre in Enterprise, Oregon.

Budwig grew up on the Idaho Palouse with a pawn shop trumpet and a heart as big as a skyscraper — if skyscrapers knew how to be humble. Budwig learned melody from classic jazz charts, and learned that fault-lines in big hearts create drifting continents, cut new oceans and forge new mountains. Everyone close to him disappeared, whether to death or Texas, and from Texas he got a letter from Waylon Jennings entreating him to pick up a guitar and a pen.

Budwig doesn’t write the big songs. He writes the songs about the places between the hills, in the draws and hidden canyons where truth is a little more in focus, stories can take their time gettin’ told, heartbreak is a place of deep reflection, and melodies don’t have to wear rhinestone suits or drive new, shiny cars to be beautiful.

Budwig’s also not afraid of working out of the spotlight — he engineered not only his own full-length “Whiskey Girl” (2012) but also albums and tours with Radiation City, Holiday Friends, Girlfriends, Misé, John Craigie, Edmund Wayne and Mama Doll. He also made the rare (for songwriters these days) move of covering both a Waylon tune and a friend’s (An American Forrest) tune on “Whiskey Girl.” He’s busy regularly updating “Jalapeno Business,” a covers and duets record available for free on Soundcloud, featuring Joseph, Craigie, Forrest, Luke Ydtsie (of Blind Pilot), Janis Carper and a whole slew of other Northwest musicians.

April 26th, 2016

KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD “INFINITE” LISTENING PARTY APRIL 29

418457297509King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard‘s new album Nonagon Infinity is infinite in length (see below), and to celebrate The Record Exchange is hosting an “infinite” listening party on release date Friday, April 29!

From 9am-9pm (Mountain time), Nonagon Infinity will play on the RX hi-fi. The brand new album from the Aussie rockers consists of nine interconnected tracks that comprise an infinite loop of music.

Come to the event, post a photo with the #NonagonMarathon hashtag and get entered to win a Record Exchange prize pack! We’ll also have limited-edition lithographs free with purchase of the album (CD or splatter-colored vinyl).

Coming only six months after the softer, folksy Paper Mache Dream Balloon, Nonagon Infinity finds King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard returning to form on this relentless psychedelic shred fest. Enter the nonagon if you dare.

April 25th, 2016

VINYL TUESDAY: PRINCE AND MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES, PLUS $5 IN FREE USED VINYL WITH $25 IN NEW VINYL!

It’s Vinyl Tuesday! Record Exchange customers receive up to $5 in used vinyl* with every $25 in new vinyl purchased and have access to early and exclusive releases. This week’s releases:

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Days after his untimely passing, Vinyl Tuesday features the vinyl reissue of the Prince album that started it all, For You, originally released in April 1978.

418456763282THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONESLET’S FACE IT

Boston’s plaid founders of ska-core on their multi-platinum album featuring the singles ”The Impression that I Get”, ”Rascal King”, and ”Royal Oil”. First vinyl pressing in nearly 20 years, “Americana” colored vinyl, limited to 400.