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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!

VIEW STAFF LISTS HERE

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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 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

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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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.

March 20th, 2014

SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE REVEAL: COASTWEST UNREST TONIGHT AT 5PM!

coastwestunrestToday’s Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-store is …

Coastwest Unrest!

Coastwest Unrest (playing a 21+ Treefort show at Tom Grainey’s at 8 p.m. tonight) will perform at 5 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 COASTWEST UNREST

coastwest unrest cdThe Las Vegas based band Coastwest Unrest is full of surprises. Comprised of brothers Josh and Noah Dickie, and violinist Alex Barnes, this is not a soft acoustic group; instead, they fearlessly take on an aggressive and dynamic approach with underlying hum of punk on some songs, and apply melodic textures to others. In the wake of their first album Songs From The Desert, they recorded Old Weird America, a raw album of songs on redemption, rebellion, loss and the American landscape.

The band’s most recent album High Times On Lowly Streets, added cello for a more layered and artful sound – without losing power. Performer Magazine gave them a top-pick, while The Alternate Root said, “there is a strong sense of Indie Rock on High Times on Lowly Streets, the use of strings against potent rock beats gives a sound nod to bands like The National and Ra Ra Riot.” Owl Magazine reviewed with “sometimes melodic, sometimes chaotic, always delicately composed and energetically delivered, the songs of Coastwest Unrest defy genre, but ring familiar.”

FULL SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 20, 5 p.m. — Coastwest Unrest
Friday, March 21, 4 p.m. — ?
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.

March 18th, 2014

THIRD RECORD EXCHANGE SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE CONFIRMED!

The Record Exchange and Treefort Music Fest are planning a series of Secret Treefort In-stores during the festival, and we’re pleased to announce our third confirmed show:

Saturday, March 22 (4:30 p.m.)
The Record Exchange
1105 W. Idaho St., Boise (two blocks from the Treefort main stage)

RSVP HERE

FULL SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 20, 5 p.m.
Friday, March 21, 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 22 4:30 p.m.

All Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-stores are free and all ages, and a Treefort pass is not required to attend (but you really should get one).

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

This Record Exchange in-store event is sponsored in part by Boise Weekly.

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