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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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[ give the gift of music ]

give the gift of music

The Record Exchange has 60 hand-picked new CDs sale-priced at $9.99 for your holiday gift-giving, and you can send music to our troops overseas, too.

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[ idaho ho ho 2014 ]

idaho ho ho 2014

The 2014 installment of the Idaho Ho Ho benefit holiday CD is now available at The Record Exchange. Proceeds from sales of the CD go to the Idaho Foodbank!

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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

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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Friday, Dec. 19: 9am-10pm (coffee/gift shop opens at 7:30am)

Saturday, Dec. 20: 9am-10pm

Sunday, Dec. 21: 9am-9pm

Monday, Dec. 22: 9am-10pm (coffee/gift shop opens at 7:30am)

Tuesday, Dec. 23: 9am-10pm (coffee/gift shop opens at 7:30am)

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24: 8am-6pm

New Year's Eve, Dec. 31: 10am-7pm (coffee/gift shop opens at 7:30am)

New Year's Day, Jan. 1: 10am-9pm (coffee/gift shop opens at 9am)

[ best of 2014 vinyl sale ]

best of 2014 vinyl sale

Our friends at Beggars Group — which includes such fine indie labels as Matador, 4AD, XL and True Panther — released some great albums in 2014, and to celebrate, we’re offering 14 titles on vinyl on sale through January 15!

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[ black friday exclusives ]

black friday exclusives

Black Friday is over, but The Record Exchange still has dozens of vinyl and CD exclusives you can’t get anywhere else in the Treasure Valley!

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[ buy rx gift cards online! ]

buy rx gift cards online!

Record Exchange Gift Cards can now be ordered for picky music fans from anywhere in the world!

Whether you live in town and want Aunt Sally in Sheboygan to stop sending you a Sears Gift Card, or you're Aunt Sally in Sheboygan and want to send your favorite RX shopper some store dollars, a Record Exchange Gift Card offers the perfect online shopping experience — and we'll ship it anywhere you want it to go!

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[ rx top 10 ]

rx top 10

1. Idaho Ho Ho 2014
Various Artists
2. The Endless River
Pink Floyd
3. Rock or Bust
AC/DC
4. 1989
Taylor Swift
5. Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
Sturgill Simpson
6. They Want My Soul
Spoon
7. Classics
She & Him
8. Sonic Highways
Foo Fighters
9. Popular Problems
Leonard Cohen
10. Cheek to Cheek
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

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August 20th, 2013

NEW DVD/BLU-RAY: CARLOS SANTANA AND JOHN MCLAUGHLIN’S INVITATION TO ILLUMINATION: LIVE AT MONTREUX

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On July 1st, 2011, Montreux hosted the reunion of two master guitarists, Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin, with their Invitation To Illumination concert. Both musicians have been regulars at Montreux across the years but this was the first time they headlined their own concert together. The show features most of the tracks from their classic 1973 album Love Devotion Surrender mixed in with a wealth of other material. The evening was a showcase of supreme musical virtuosity and spirituality and typified the approach of these two great artists. It is certainly a performance not to be missed.

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August 20th, 2013

THE VINYL WORD: NO AGE’S ‘AN OBJECT’

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Los Angeles art punks No Age have always strained uneasy ambience out of the energy of hardcore and vice versa. In their earliest recordings, the duo landed somewhere between the sloppy youthful explosions of Void, My Bloody Valentine’s fuzz-buried pop, and the churning ambient darkness of Gas. As they developed over increasingly well-produced albums like 2008’s Nouns up until 2010’sEverything in Between, No Age sought to either smooth out the edges or play up the contrasting elements of their sound, moving through phases of riff-heavy punk and unexpectedly open and sophisticated songwriting alike as they went on. Siphoning equal influence from the disparate scenes of dead-broke D.I.Y. culture and the art world, all of the impossible angles in the No Age equation find their culmination in third proper album An Object. A marked return to the experimental clouds of formless ambient sound is one of the first things fans will notice about the album, but where early EPs and subsequent singles compilation Weirdo Rippers moved between defined songs and humming dream-sequence fuzz, tracks like “Running from A-Go-Go” and “An Impression” successfully incorporate noise and waves of distortion as instruments in their lonely arrangements. Tracks like these represent one character that An Object takes on, finding No Age at their most introspective and subdued. The incredible “I Won’t Be Your Generator” falls into this side of the album as well, finding the same propulsive balance between emotional vulnerability and caustic noisiness that made Sonic Youth’sDaydream Nation a perfect album. Amid these roaming lucid dreams are Ramones-meets-Ride blasts of punk like “C’mon, Stimmung” and the one-chord Krautcore of album opener “No Ground.” Marrying the airy heaven-sent guitars of the Durutti Column with both the abrasive immediacy of hardcore and the patient unfolding of classic shoegaze acts like Medicine and Loop only works because No Age have been coming to this point with their dream punk sound since the beginning. The series of dichotomies that makes their music as appropriate for all-ages shows at skate parks and stark white-walled gallery backdrops reaches its apex here, and even the relatively short running time of less than a half hour makes sense for the overall statement. Unlike earlier releases, no sound or idea lingers too long or whips by too quickly and nervously. The clashes in sound become the very skeletons for the songs, and the songwriting is more fearless and honest than ever before, marking a distinct maturity for No Age and resulting in their best work to date.-All Music

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August 19th, 2013

RECORD EXCHANGE TOP 20 SELLERS (WEEK ENDING AUGUST 18, 2013)

featured new releases1. The Civil Wars, The Civil Wars
2. Paracosm, Washed Out
3. In Our Town-Songs For Boise 150, Various Artists
4. Rhythm and Blues, Buddy Guy
5. The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol. 1, Five Finger Death Punch
6. All People, Michael Franti
7. Born to Die, Lana Del Rey
8. Random Access Memories, Daft Punk
9. Sigh No More, Mumford & Sons
10. The Lumineers, The Lumineers
11. Pushin’ Against A Stone, Valerie June
12. Brothers, Black Keys
13. Adios I’m A Ghost, Moondoggies
14. Live At Third Man Records, Shins
15. My Favorite Picture of You, Guy Clark
16. Pura Vida Conspiracy, Gogol Bordello
17. Letters Home, Defeater
18. Paradise, Lana Del Rey
19. Babel, Mumford & Sons
20. Wrote A Song For Everyone, John Fogerty

July 16th, 2013

THE VINYL WORD: GOGOL BORDELLO’S ALBUM ‘PURA VIDA CONSPIRACY’

GOGOL BORDELLOBUY THE VINYL HERE

Internationally renowned gypsy punk rock group Gogol Bordello return with their sixth full-length album Pura Vida Conspiracy. Produced by Andrew Scheps, the new album was recorded in El Paso, Texas at Sonic Ranch Studios and is a powerful collection of 12 surging new songs.

The album’s title is derived from a Spanish slang phrase for “pure life,” which is a theme that resonates throughout the new material.  The disc’s opener, “We Rise Again,” introduces the album’s limitless, all-embracing themes instantly, centered on a chorus of “Borders are scars on face of the planet.” The new songs are infused with ideas rooted in Eastern philosophy but also search for a means of joining fragmented parts and persons, and of creating a worldwide consciousness.

“For me music is a way to explore human potential,” frontman Eugene Hutz says. “And that’s my main interest in life – human potential. Everyone knows there’s something inside of us that we’re not using. How do we get it? How do we reach it?  Every single person knows that there’s something and nobody knows what it is. So at one point I said to myself, I’m gonna get down and get it.”

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