record exchange boise
The Record Exchange - Culture Spot

[ Search Store ]

Include Tracks

[ countdown to rsd ]

[ go listen boise ]

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.

MORE

[ 2013 staff picks ]

2013 staff picks

After weeks of scrutiny, Record Exchange staffers have completed their 2013 Top 10 lists, and leading up to Christmas we're posting individual lists here on the website. You can also visit the store to view all the lists in realtime and shop our special '13 Staff Picks display. Let the judgment begin!

[ rx amazon store ]

rx amazon store

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!

SHOP THE STORE

[ the right price ]

the right price

Think local. Think indie. Think $9.99 CDs at Record Exchange.

[ outside the heard ]

[ RSD exclusives/events ]

RSD exclusives/events

Okay, here it is: the Record Store Day exclusives list. Over 400 limited-edition CDs, vinyl LPs, 7-inches and more available Saturday, April 19 at The Record Exchange. Follow the link to peruse the list and read about Record Exchange RSD events!

MORE

[ payette brewing company ]

payette brewing company

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!

MORE

[ rx top 10 ]

rx top 10

1. ULTIMATE ALTERNATIVE WAVERS
Built to Spill
2. HALF THE CITY
St. Paul and the Broken Bones
3. THE SPACE PROJECT
Various Artists
4. TIME TRAVELERS AND BONFIRES
Sevendust
5. DEMOLICIOUS
Green Day
6. BECAUSE THE INTERNET
Childish Gambino
7. THE DEVIL LOVES YOU
aka Belle
8. DO TO THE BEAST
Afghan Whigs
9. DOTTED LINE
Nickel Creek
10. MEMPHIS GREASE
John Nemeth

[ krbx card savings! ]

krbx card savings!

The Record Exchange is proud to be part of Radio Boise's KRBX Card program! Present your card on Sunday and New Release Tuesday (6-9 p.m.) and get 20% off all gift shop items and 20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD, Blu-ray and cassettes!

MORE

[ INFOTAINMENT ]

August 20th, 2013

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

CARLOS SANTANABUY THE DVD HERE
BUY THE BLU-RAY HERE

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.

CLICK HERE FOR OTHER NEW DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASES!

August 20th, 2013

THE VINYL WORD: NO AGE’S ‘AN OBJECT’

new vinylPREVIEW/BUY THE VINYL HERE

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

CLICK HERE FOR MORE NEW VINYL RELEASES!

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.”

CLICK HERE FOR MORE NEW VINYL RELEASES!

July 16th, 2013

DAVID LYNCH’S ‘THE BIG DREAM’ AND OTHER NEW CD RECOMMENDATIONS!

THE BIG DREAMBUY THE CD HERE

The blues have been a part of David Lynch’s art for years: pieces from Angelo Badalamenti’s scores, likeFire Walk with Me’s “The Pink Room,” are dominated by time-tested chord progressions and moody atmospheres, while projects like Blue Bob demonstrated Lynch’s formidable guitar skills. All of which is to say that his second album, The Big Dream, should sound familiar to his fans, even as it pushes the blues’ boundaries. These songs are as far removed from many other artists’ bluesy dabblings as they are from Lynch’s solo debut Crazy Clown Time. That album, which spanned industrial-tinged dance music and wild spoken word pieces, was the musical equivalent of his meat sculptures, a bold showcase for the extremes of his surrealism. Fittingly, The Big Dream is blurred around the edges and wrapped in a melancholy fog; the closing track “Are You Sure” is the kind of hazily wistful song Julee Cruise would have sung at one point in Lynch’s career. However, he makes the most of his midwestern twang, using its earthiness to contrast and highlight the dream logic of songs like “Last Call,” a strange but successful blend of quirk and heartache. Lynch also imbues his cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Ballad of Hollis Brown” with creeping decay and despair that pays tribute to both artists’ work (and it’s interesting to note that there’s a similarly pinched quality to both of their voices). While he spends most of The Big Dream in this somber territory, he also remembers that the blues can be fun with “Say It”‘s roadhouse feel and the sexy, rollicking “Star Dream Girl.” The album often works best when Lynch uses elements of the genre as a jumping-off point for his experiments, as on “The Wishin’ Well”‘s shimmery electro mirage or “The Line It Curves,” which features some of his most sophisticated songwriting yet. Even if his take on the blues is far from straightforward, this might be the most accessible set of songs associated with Lynch to date. In its own hypnotic way, The Big Dream honors the blues’ lust for life and its lonely heart.-AllMusic

CLICK HERE FOR OTHER NEW RX CD RECOMMENDATIONS!