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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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Josh Ritter is returning to Boise for a special performance at the Cathedral of the Rockies during Treefort Music Fest, and The Record Exchange has exclusive album/ticket bundles (CD and LP) that get you a guaranteed-admission ticket to the show and Ritter's new album Acoustic Live Vol. 1!

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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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1. Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
Panda Bear
2. The Lonesome Crowded West
Modest Mouse
3. This is All Yours
Alt-J
4. Uptown Special
Mark Ronson
5. Black Messiah
D’Angelo
6. Ultraviolence
Lana Del Rey
7. Evermotion
Guster
8. Talking is Hard
Walk the Moon
9. Lost on the River
The New Basement Tapes
10. Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
Sturgill Simpson

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January 22nd, 2015

JOSH RITTER ALBUM/TREEFORT TICKET BUNDLES AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT THE RECORD EXCHANGE; NOW ON SALE!

10805584_10152605102517709_8198870099363565454_nJosh Ritter is returning to Boise to play the Cathedral of the Rockies during Treefort Music Fest, and a limited supply of single-show tickets are available for those without Treefort passes or those with passes who want to guarantee entry into this special show inside the main stain-glass windowed chapel of the cathedral!

Tickets ($25 plus tax/fees) are on sale (and disappearing quickly) at The Record Exchange and online at treefortmusicfest.com. The Record Exchange also has exclusive album/ticket bundles ($30 plus tax/fees for CD/ticket or $35 plus tax/fees for vinyl/ticket) in conjunction with the release of Ritter’s new indie store exclusive Acoustic Live Vol. 1: Somerville Theater March 2014. LIMIT 4 TICKETS PER CUSTOMER.

SHOW DETAILS:

Josh Ritter live at Treefort Music Fest
Wednesday, March 25
Cathedral of the Rockies
717 North 11th Street, Boise, ID 83702
6:30pm doors
7pm show
ALL AGES

ABOUT ACOUSTIC LIVE VOL. 1

71WfEKlI2cL._SL1500_Josh Ritter’s very first acoustic live album! Ten favorites from two incredible nights at Somerville Theater in Somerville, Massachusetts. During the winter of 2014, Josh toured as part of an acoustic trio, bringing along Zachariah Hickman (upright bass, high-strung guitar, pump organ, vocals) and Josh Kaufman (electric guitar, nylon string guitar, vocals). The shows were immensely rewarding for Josh, the band, and the audience, so a few nights on the road were recorded. This album marks the first release of the Acoustic Live album series. The vinyl version is 180-gram marbled orange vinyl and includes a full album download code. The CD is housed in a thick, heavy-gauge cardboard jacket.

ABOUT JOSH RITTER

“How refreshing and inspiring it is to encounter a young artist whose achievements match his ambitions.” —The Washington Post

“The 10 Most Exciting Artists Now” —Entertainment Weekly

“100 Best Living Songwriters” —Paste Magazine

Josh Ritter is from Moscow, Idaho. The son of two neuroscientists, he was on his way to follow in their footsteps when he discovered Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan’s “Girl from the North Country” in high school. He has since released seven studio albums and has been recently named one of the 100 greatest living songwriters by Paste Magazine, alongside Dylan, Springsteen, and Neil Young. Joan Baez has covered one of his songs; Stephen King named one of Ritter’s albums the best of recent years and David Letterman has requested him twice, so far. His debut novel, Bright’s Passage, was a national bestseller.

January 19th, 2015

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY: JOSH RITTER, THE DECEMBERISTS, SLEATER-KINNEY, BELLE & SEBASTIAN, RYAN BINGHAM, MARILYN MANSON, PLUS VINYL TUESDAY!

vinyl tuesday poster reduced 475It’s New Release Tuesday, and it’s also Vinyl Tuesday — customers receive up to $5 in used vinyl* with every $25 in new vinyl purchased all day long every Tuesday!

* Must be redeemed at time of purchase. Offer valid during regular business hours (10am-9pm) on Tuesdays only. The Record Exchange will not issue store credit for any unused portion of the Vinyl Tuesday used vinyl bonus.

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

CD

Josh Ritter – Acoustic Live Vol. 1 (Treefort album/ticket bundle also available!)

The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love

Ryan Bingham – Fear and Saturday Night

Belle & Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

Mac DeMarco – Demos Vol. 1

Marilyn Manson – Pale Emperor (deluxe edition also available)

Fall Out Boy – American Beauty/American Psycho

John Hiatt – Terms of My Surrender Deluxe Edition

Joey Bada$$ – B4.Da.Ss

Lupe Fiasco – Tetsuo and Youth

Perfect Pussy – I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling

The Sidekicks – Runners in the Nerved World

Viet Cong – Viet Cong

Siskiyou – Nervous

Night Terrors of 1927 – Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Jimmy LaFave – Favorites 1992-2001

Cloakroom – Further Out

Everly Brothers – Rock and Roll

Dave Van Ronk – Here Me Howl: Live 1964

Harvey Mandel – Snake Box

Enter Shikari – Mindsweep

Hanni El Khatib – Moonlight

Mikky Ekko – Time

Sodom – Sacred Warpath

Tankard – Rest in Beer

Jellyfish – Bellybutton

Jellyfish – Spilt Milk

Sam Baker – Cotton

Kevin Welch – Patch of Blue Sky

BC Camplight – How To Die in the North

VINYL

Josh Ritter – Acoustic Live Vol. 1 (Treefort album/ticket bundle also available!)

The Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

Sleater-Kinney – No Cities to Love (indie exclusive deluxe edition also available)

Belle & Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance (indie exclusive deluxe edition also available)

Pixies – Doolittle 25: B-Sides, Peel Sessions and Demos

Ryan Bingham – Fear and Saturday Night

Isis – Panopticon

Melvins – Eggnog/Lice All

Melvins – Ozma/Bullhead

Marilyn Manson – Pale Emperor (deluxe edition also available)

Amen Dunes – Cowboy Worship

Perfect Pussy – I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – Gone Girl Soundtrack

Alain Goraguer – La Planete Sauvage Soundtrack

John Coltrane – Settin’ the Pace

Chavez – Ride the Fader

Red Aunts – Come Up for a Closer Look

DOA – Positively DOA 33rd Anniversary

Letha Rodman-Melchior – Shimmering Ghost

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Twenty Years of Dirt: The Best Of

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones – Flight of the Cosmic Hippo

DVD/BLU-RAY

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga – Cheek to Cheek Live DVD and Blu-ray

Motorhead – Stage Fright DVD

March 22nd, 2014

SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE REVEAL: NEW MADRID TODAY AT 4:30 PM!

newmadrid-pr3-72dpiToday’s Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-store is …

New Madrid!

New Madrid (playing a 21+ Treefort show at The Bouquet at 8 p.m. tonight) will perform at 4:30 p.m. TODAY at The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages — and you don’t need a Treefort pass to attend (but you should get one anyway and we have them for sale at the store).

ABOUT NEW MADRID

newmadrid-cover-72dpiFrom just south of the Appalachian Mountains, in the rolling hills of Athens, GA., comes the roaring young four-piece New Madrid. Following the critical acclaim of their 2012 independently released album Yardboat, the band signed with Normaltown Records and promptly began work on their sophomore album Sunswimmer.

Recorded during a cool, rainy July, under the direction of David Barbe (Deerhunter, Drive-By Truckers), the aural landscapes forged in Sunswimmer become almost palpable. Combining reverb-drenched vocal harmonies, soaring underwater noise and floating, meandering melodies, the sounds don’t exit the speakers as much as they condense and hang in the air like the humid Athens summer that birthed them.

FULL SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 20, 5 p.m. — Coastwest Unrest
Friday, March 21, 4 p.m. — Horse Feathers
Saturday, March 22, 4:30 p.m. — New Madrid

The RX and Treefort are announcing the artists the morning of each event via social media and The Record Exchange email list, which you can sign up for HERE.

March 21st, 2014

SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE REVEAL: HORSE FEATHERS TONIGHT AT 4PM!

318187_10150686216971076_1400995298_nToday’s Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-store is …

Horse Feathers!

Horse Feathers (playing a 21+ Treefort show at Pengilly’s Saloon at 12 a.m. tonight) will perform at 4 p.m. TODAY at The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages — and you don’t need a Treefort pass to attend (but you should get one anyway and we have them for sale at the store).

ABOUT HORSE FEATHERS

coverNew Year’s Eve always suggests a new beginning, and Cynic’s New Year welcomes Horse Feathers‘ fans with the promise of something new. To be sure, old friends return. Wrapped around Justin Ringle’s unique vocals are sparkling guitars, dancing fiddles, and smoky banjo woven through the foundation of the lower strings. But new elements are everywhere: horn, woodwind and brass appear and fade, and drums drive the beat in places, providing new texture and heft. The lyrics traverse familiar themes from natural disaster to the deeply personal, each through Justin Ringle’s uniquely American linguistic lens. New vistas and new stories are explored with deep insight and fresh intimacy, always with an abiding respect and affection. The universe rises to threaten, inspire, and sometimes punish, but always to teach a valuable lesson. Souls, lost and found, embark on thoughtful emotional journeys.

The first single, “Fit against the Country”, describes a nation where working men and women shoulder their careworn lives with neither apology nor surrender. These are words that need to be held close, owing their poignance as much to the savor of their pure sound as to their meaning. “Where I’ll Be”, another single from this brilliant collection, has an infectious rhythmic cadence that marks it as one of the great songs evoking trains, with a compelling sentiment that belies the gray landscape it travels.

Again joining Justin is instrumental coconspirator Nathan Crockett, accompanied by a gathering of gifted Northwest musicians including Dustin Dybvig, Victor Nash, Justin Power, Catherine Odell, Jedadiah Bernards, Cory Goldman, Jenn Rawling, Adam Thompson, Scott Magee, Brandon Johnson, and sound engineer Skyler Norwood. Cynic’s New Year does not fail to deliver something beautiful and new. It navigates a thoughtful, thought-provoking expedition from the wide sky and rolling ocean to the most private corners of the human heart.

FULL SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 20, 5 p.m. — Coastwest Unrest
Friday, March 21, 4 p.m. — Horse Feathers
Saturday, March 22, 4:30 p.m. — ?

The RX and Treefort are announcing the artists the morning of each event via social media and The Record Exchange email list, which you can sign up for HERE.