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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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The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the fifth annual Treefort Music Fest, taking place March 23-27 throughout Downtown Boise. Treefort 2016 5-day passes go on sale Saturday, Sept. 12, including a special "locals-only" pass price of $119 for one day only at The Record Exchange!

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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!

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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1. Blackstar
David Bowie
2. Cayamo Sessions at Sea
Buddy Miller
3. 25
Adele
4. Slow Nights
Innocent Man
5. The Astonishing
Dream Theater
6. Trumpet Vine
Belinda Bowler
7. Marguerite
Sons of Guns
8. Sermon on the Rocks
Josh Ritter
9. Let Me Get By
Tedeschi Trucks Band
10. Traveller
Chris Stapleton

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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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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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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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April 18th, 2014

FREE BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT PARKING DURING RECORD STORE DAY WEEKEND!

bbp parkingFINAL_LOGO_2011Our friends at Boise Bicycle Project have generously provided free bicycle parking in front of The Record Exchange for Record Store Day Weekend!

The bicycle rack is on the sidewalk (Idaho Street side) and will remain there through Sunday’s Sevendust album signing. Anyone who cycles to the RX Thursday-Sunday will be entered to win a Record Exchange/Boise Bicycle Project prize pack that includes a $20 Record Exchange Gift Card, bicycle horn, decorative bicycle stickers, cycling-themed Magnetic Poetry, drink coasters, computer tablet case and more!

Speaking of Boise Bicycle Project, we are hosting a display of one of the bikes they are donating during their 24 Bikes to 24 Kids in 24 Hours fund drive for Idaho Gives!

From midnight to midnight on May 1, BBP’s Jimmy Hallyburton and Cass Jones will be attempting to donate 24 Bikes to 24 Kids in 24 Hours. The Record Exchange is excited to help power their journey by holding a dream bicycle at our store. Each time BBP reaches a donation milestone, in increments of 25, Jimmy and Cass will hit the road and deliver another bike, along with a new helmet and safety instructions, to the next child’s doorstep. We’re powering their journey and you can too by prescheduling your $10 or more donations now, or donating on May 1!

Donations received during the 2014 Idaho Gives event will be used to jumpstart Boise Bicycle Project’s brand new Bicycle Mechanic Apprenticeship Program (B-MAP).

B-MAP will provide a well-rounded education to at-risk teens in the Treasure Valley; teaching them the essential skills needed to become an entry level bicycle mechanic along with other vocational proficiencies.

This 8-week course is intended for youth ages 14-18 and will teach vital mechanic skills like wheel truing, changing flats, chain, hub, brake, derailleur and headset adjustments and brand new (out-of-the-box) bike builds. B-MAP students will also have assistance creating a resume, applying for a job and will participate in mock interviews. Graduates will receive a certificate of completion.

ABOUT BOISE BICYCLE PROJECT

In October of 2007, two hotshot firefighters put their axes and chainsaws down and began repairing and donating used bikes to under privileged kids. They dreamed of creating a cooperative workspace that made bicycle education and quality-recycled bicycles available to the entire community.

Six years later, BBP has donated over 8,000 bicycles to the Treasure Valley, while teaching countless members of the community about bicycle repair and safety. BBP has grown into a fully functional bicycle cooperative with services to offer every demographic. It has truly been a dream come true, and the impact on Boise can be seen with recycled bicycles gracing the streets everywhere you look.

At Boise Bicycle Project we rebuild bikes to build better lives. Please join the ride and give today.

boisebicycleproject.org

April 18th, 2014

RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVES LISTENING PARTY AND ‘LAST SHOP STANDING’ SCREENING FRIDAY, APRIL 18; FREE PIZZA AND BEER PLUS DRAWINGS FOR FIRST 5 PLACES IN LINE ON RSD!

listening-partyA Record Store Day Listening Party and ‘Last Shop Standing’ documentary screening will be held at 6pm Friday, April 18 at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise). As always, this Record Exchange event is free and all ages.

Get a preview of RSD ’14 releases on The Record Exchange hi-fi while you enjoy free Payette Brewing Co. beer (21 and older with I.D.)/Pie Hole pizza* and enter to win one of several raffle prizes, including the first five places in line for Record Store Day! Michael Bunnell, Record Exchange Owner, Executive Director of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores and Record Store Day Founding Board Member, will lead a Record Store Day Q&A at 6:30 p.m.

*While supplies last

We also will have 20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD/Blu-ray and cassettes and free bicycle parking provided by Boise Bicycle Project.

‘Last Shop Standing,’ inspired by the book of the same name by Graham Jones, takes you behind the counter to discover why nearly 2,000 record shops have already disappeared across the UK. The film charts the rapid rise of record shops in the 1960s/70s/80s, the influence of the chart, the underhand deals, the demise of vinyl and rise of the CD as well as new technologies.Where did it all go wrong?Why were 3 shops a week closing?Will we be left with no record shops with the continuing rise of downloading?

Hear from over 20 record shop owners and music industry leaders as well as musicians including Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Nerina Pallot, Richard Hawley and Clint Boon as they all tell us how the shops became and still are a part of their own musical education, a place to cherish and discover new bands and new music.

More than 400 limited-edition pieces ranging from vinyl to CDs to cassettes to DVDs will be available at The Record Exchange on Saturday, April 19. Full product descriptions and more album art available at recordstoreday.com.

FULL LIST OF RECORD EXCHANGE RSD WEEKEND EVENTS

THURSDAY, APRIL 17
St. Paul and the Broken Bones Record Store Day Weekend Kickoff In-store (presented by 94.9 FM The River and Boise Weekly) 6pm
Free bicycle parking provided by Boise Bicycle Project
Full event details HERE.

FRIDAY, APRIL 18
– RSD Exclusives Listening Party/‘Last Shop Standing’ film screening 6pm — free Payette Brewing Co. beer/Pie Hole pizza* and tons of raffle prizes, including drawings for the first five places in line on Record Store Day! Michael Bunnell, Record Exchange Owner, Executive Director of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores and Record Store Day Founding Board Member, will lead a Record Store Day Q&A at 6:30pm.
– 20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD/Blu-ray and cassettes!
Free bicycle parking provided by Boise Bicycle Project
*While supplies last
Full event details HERE.

SATURDAY, APRIL 19
400 exclusives released — open 9am-10pm; Gift Shop opens at 8am for line. Free drip coffee & Guru Donuts (courtesy of New West Records)* 8-9am! The Record Exchange will stay open until 10pm on Record Store Day.
Go Listen Boise buskers and bake sale on the sidewalk (10am-7pm)
Pie Hole pizza for sale
– 20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD/Blu-ray and cassettes!
Free bicycle parking provided by Boise Bicycle Project
*While supplies last
Full event details HERE.

SUNDAY, APRIL 20
Sevendust new album signing 3pm — get a VIP line wristband with purchase of Time Travelers and Bonfires (out April 15).
– 20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD/Blu-ray and cassettes!
Free bicycle parking provided by Boise Bicycle Project
Full event details HERE.

April 17th, 2014

94.9 FM THE RIVER AND BOISE WEEKLY PRESENT ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES RECORD STORE DAY WEEKEND KICKOFF IN-STORE THURSDAY, APRIL 17

StPaulBrokenBones_byDaveMcClisterHiRes94.9 FM The River and Boise Weekly present the St. Paul and the Broken Bones Record Store Day Weekend Kickoff In-store at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.). As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. St. Paul and the Broken Bones are performing at Neurolux later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!

Our friends at Boise Bicycle Project will provide free bicycle parking outside the store! To encourage alternative transportation during Record Store Day, BBP will have bicycle parking at the RX all weekend long, and anyone who rides to the RX will be entered to win a BBP RSD prize pack. Be sure to check out our BBP children’s bicycle display as part of their Idaho Gives fund drive!

ABOUT ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES

St.PaulBB-AlbumArt1Grit, elemental rhythm, tight-as-a-drumhead playing, and a profound depth of feeling: these are the promises of a great soul band. And St. Paul & The Broken Bones deliver on those promises.

Half The City is the compelling full-length Single Lock/Thirty Tigers debut of the Birmingham, Alabama-based sextet, who have already created a maelstrom of interest with their roof-raising live shows and self-released four-song 2012 EP. Produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes, and recorded and mixed in the storied R&B mecca of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the album harkens back to the region’s classic soul roots while extending the form with electrifying potency.

Front man Paul Janeway’s handle “St. Paul” is a wry allusion to the vocalist’s grounding in the church. Like many a legendary soul singer, Janeway, a native of the small town of Chelsea, Alabama, was raised on the gospel side, in a non-denominational, Pentecostal-leaning local church. Virtually no non-religious music could be heard in his devout household. Janeway says, “The only secular music that I heard at all was a ‘70s group called the Stylistics, and Sam Cooke. That was about it. The rest of it was all gospel music. When I was about 10 years old, I was groomed to be a minister. My goal in life until I was about 18 years old was to be a preacher.”

He adds, “My pastor was the reason that I learned to play guitar. They would let me play guitar and sing in church. What was weird was that he would never let me sing lead – I’d sing background vocals. I always thought, ‘Well, maybe I’m just a good background vocalist.’ So I never thought I could really, really sing, at all. I never thought it would be a living, ever.”

Though his time in the church exposed Janeway to key influences in gospel music – the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Alex Bradford, Clay Evans – he began moving away from his youthful path in his late teens. He began attending open mic nights in Birmingham’s clubs and diversified his listening, excited by some decidedly left-of-center talents. “Tom Waits and Nick Cave were the really big attractions,” he says. “They have that passion. They’ve built this aura. They’re showmen to the teeth. And that’s what got me – it’s like going to church, in a weird way. At about the same time, I began listening to the great soul singers like Otis Redding, James Carr, and O.V. Wright. I was trying to find something that made my earbuds tingle.”

Seeking his musical comfort zone, Janeway had an incongruous stint in a band that played Led Zeppelin covers, but, he confesses today, “That’s not what I do.” However, his early work in the rock vein brought him together with bassist Jesse Phillips. The pair became close friends and were soon writing together; “Sugar Dyed,” “Broken Bones and Pocket Change,” and “That Glow,” all heard on Half The City, were among the first fruits of their collaboration.

The other members of the Broken Bones are all drawn from Alabama’s deep talent pool. Guitarist Browan Lollar, from the Muscle Shoals area about 100 miles north of Birmingham, previously played with Jason Isbell’s 400 Unit. “We never thought Browan would ever be interested in this band – he was too big-time for us,” says Janeway. “Jesse had met him while he was on tour with another band out of Birmingham. He asked Browan to come to the studio, and he showed up. I think we caught him at the right time. He wasn’t busy, and he said, ‘Man, I really want to be a part of this.’”

Jasper, Alabama, native Andrew Lee signed on via his acquaintance with Phillips. “We just picked him up on the way to the studio,” Janeway recalls. “Jesse said, ‘I know this guy, why don’t I just call him.’ And 30 minutes later, he’s sitting there playing drums on ‘Sugar Dyed.’ Andrew’s just a hell of a drummer.” Brass players Allen Branstetter and Ben Griner are both graduates of the music program at Birmingham’s Samford University. Janeway says his vision of the band always called for a two-man horn section, a la the celebrated Memphis Horns, and he approached Griner, although the latter’s main instrument was tuba. “I told Ben, ‘Man, I’ve got to have horns. Do you think you can play trombone?’ He said, ‘I’ll give it a shot.’ And he brought Allen with him.”

All six members share writing credit on 10 of the songs on Half The City, with Janeway contributing lyrics. “We firmly believe in a shared, communal writing process,” the singer says. “These guys are extremely talented. The drummer wrote horn parts. Browan threw something in. It’s very collective. We just get in a room. Sometimes we’ll have the scales for a song, or sometimes we’ll have this little riff. That’s how we do it.”

In Tanner — who logged time at Muscle Shoals’ aptly named FAME Studios, where scores of memorable soul records were cut — St. Paul and the Broken Bones found a like-minded producer and label boss. Half The City is among the first releases on Single Lock Records, the imprint co-founded by Tanner, John Paul White of the Civil Wars, and Will Trapp.

“When we started getting cranked up and nobody really knew who the hell we were, we got Ben to mix our original four-song EP,” says Janeway. “We just hit it off. He said, ‘Hey, guys, I’m in the process of starting this label. Obviously you can say no, but we’d love for you to be a part of it.’ And we said, ‘Hell, yeah.’”

Reaching back nearly 50 years to methods employed the great epoch of deep Southern soul, Tanner and the group eschewed studio trickery for an in-the-moment approach during sessions at the Nutthouse in Muscle Shoals, AL. Fittingly, the album was mixed at FAME. Janeway explains, “We said, ‘We’re doing this as old-school as we can.’ We did it to tape. We did it live. What you hear is taken from about three takes, and we took the best take. I love it. It’s raw. You hear all the scrapes.” Special guests include Al Gamble on piano, organ and wurlitzer, Daniel Stoddard on pedal steel, Jamie Harper on baritone sax and Tanner on piano, organ and background vocals.

Half The City – vital, direct, emotionally affecting – presents the same engaged, high-voltage, in-the-pocket sound that St. Paul & The Broken Bones produce at their live dates, where Janeway’s extroverted performing style enraptures his audiences.

“I’m going to be dancing, getting in the aisles, climbing on tables,” he says. “That’s just the way we do it. It really takes me back to church. There’s not a lot of difference. When I get on stage, it’s, ‘All right, it’s time to pour it on.’”

RECORD EXCHANGE RECORD STORE DAY WEEKEND EVENTS

THURSDAY, APRIL 17
St. Paul and the Broken Bones Record Store Day Weekend Kickoff In-store (presented by 94.9 FM The River and Boise Weekly) 6pm
– Free bicycle parking provided by Boise Bicycle Project
Full event details HERE.

FRIDAY, APRIL 18
– RSD Exclusives Listening Party/‘Last Shop Standing’ film screening 6pm — free Payette Brewing Co. beer/Pie Hole pizza* and tons of raffle prizes, including drawings for the first five places in line on Record Store Day! Michael Bunnell, Record Exchange Owner, Executive Director of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores and Record Store Day Founding Board Member, will lead a Record Store Day Q&A at 6:30pm.
– 20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD/Blu-ray and cassettes!
– Free bicycle parking provided by Boise Bicycle Project
*While supplies last
Full event details HERE.

SATURDAY, APRIL 19
400 exclusives released — open 9am-10pm; Gift Shop opens at 8am for line. Free drip coffee & Guru Donuts (courtesy of New West Records)* 8-9am! The Record Exchange will stay open until 10pm on Record Store Day.
Go Listen Boise buskers and bake sale on the sidewalk (10am-7pm)
Pie Hole pizza for sale
– 20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD/Blu-ray and cassettes!
– Free bicycle parking provided by Boise Bicycle Project
*While supplies last
Full event details HERE.

SUNDAY, APRIL 20
Sevendust new album signing 3pm — get a VIP line wristband with purchase of Time Travelers and Bonfires (out April 15).
– 20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD/Blu-ray and cassettes!
– Free bicycle parking provided by Boise Bicycle Project
Full event details HERE.

April 16th, 2014

ENTER TO WIN A PAIR OF BOWIE PICTURE DISCS, INCLUDING HIS RSD EXCLUSIVE!

DavidBowie_7in_950x950_BannerRecord Store Day! Bowie!

To celebrate the release of the David Bowie Record Store Day exclusive “1984” 7-inch picture disc, our friends at Warner Bros. sent us a copy of the exclusive along with the previously released “Rebel Rebel” 7-inch picture disc to give away to one lucky customer!

To enter to win*, send an email with the subject “Bowie” HERE by midnight, Sunday, April 20. We’ll select at random and notify one winner on Monday, April 21.

Happy Record Store Day!

* To be eligible to win, you must live in the Boise metro area and be able to pick up your prize at the store.

ABOUT THE DAVID BOWIE 7-INCH PICTURE DISCS

Originally released in February 1974, REBEL REBEL was Bowie’s first new original single since disbanding The Spiders From Mars and acted as a taster for the groundbreaking album Diamond Dogs. The track reached #5 in the UK and also hit the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.

The A-side of the limited edition 7″ picture disc features the original single mix of the track, which hasn’t been available on 7″ since the early 80s and is still unavailable on CD to this day.

The AA-side has the U.S. Version of “Rebel Rebel” which is a remixed version of the song with extra overdubs that was released in May 1974, three months after the first issue, but only in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The artwork for the picture disc features two shots from a session that took place in Amsterdam at the television show Top Pop in February 1974.

This July 40 years ago saw the release of 1984, a key DIAMOND DOGS album track as a single in North America. The song itself had its roots in David’s abandoned musical based on George Orwell’s book of the same name and was originally demoed for and featured (in a different form) in the 1980 FLOOR SHOW TV special. The version of the song on the AA side is the live in-studio version taken from ABC’s Dick Cavett TV Show at the end of 1974 and is making its official debut on vinyl.

The image on the A side of the picture disc is taken from a session featuring David and author William Burroughs, shot by photographer Terry O’Neill. The AA side features an image taken during the performance of 1984 on the Dick Cavett Show.