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Record Store Day is over, but The Record Exchange still has dozens of titles still available, plus limited restocks and a few late arrivals.

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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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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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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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1. Sound & Color
Alabama Shakes
2. Wilder Mind
Mumford & Sons
3. Untethered Moon
Built to Spill
4. Dark Bird is Home
The Tallest Man on Earth
5. The Waterfall
My Morning Jacket
6. The Traveling Kind
Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
7. Run the Jewels 2
Run the Jewels
8. I Can’t Imagine
Shelby Lynne
9. Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour
Leonard Cohen
10. Bush
Snoop Lion

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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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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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May 19th, 2015

DUCK CLUB SHAKEY GRAVES PRE-PARTY WITH THERE IS NO MOUNTAIN LIVE AT THE RECORD EXCHANGE FRIDAY 5/29 – IT’S THE BAND’S ONLY SHOW IN TOWN!!

there is no mountainJoin The Record Exchange and Duck Club Presents for a Shakey Graves pre-party featuring a live performance by There is No Mountain at 6 p.m. Friday, May 29, at the RX (1105 W. Idaho St.). If you’re going to the Shakey Graves show at the Shrine, head to the store beforehand and catch a set from Treefort/Record Exchange favorites TINM! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

ABOUT THERE IS NO MOUNTAIN

Kali Giaritta // Vocals, Drums, Keys
Matt Harmon // Vocals, Guitar, Foot Tambourine

There Is No Mountain is a Portland-based husband-and-wife duo that combines percussion, guitar and an affinity for vocal harmony to create a unique brand of pop with intricate, world-music-influenced arrangements. The band’s subtly virtuosic style has been compared in print to current acts like The Dirty Projectors and classics like Paul Simon’s Graceland, but it is perhaps more telling that reviewers have tried to peg the duo’s musical influences in genres ranging from jazz to folk, classical to psychedelic rock, and world music to doom metal (all are correct!). Kali and Matt usually just call it “pop with a short attention span.”

TINM’s live set-up is an exercise in multitasking – the duo sings nearly everything in harmony while Kali plays a medley of tom drums and percussive instruments and Matt animates his acoustic guitar using nimble fingers and a bunch of carefully chosen effect pedals. African rhythms, jazz harmonies, shape-shifting arrangements, theatrical melodies and psychedelic swirls seep through the Americana exterior, making the live show a total surprise to any first-timer. After spending the last couple years on constant self-booked tours all over the country and finding themselves in situations ranging from 110-degree basements to a headline show at Lincoln Center in NYC, TINM is excited to be releasing new material this spring.

http://www.thereisnomountain.com/
http://thereisnomountain.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ThereIsNoMountain
https://twitter.com/tinmband
https://www.youtube.com/user/TINMband

March 29th, 2015

SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE REVEAL: POSSE TODAY AT 2 PM!

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

Posse!

Posse will perform at 2 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).

ABOUT POSSE

a1862351451_2Posse is Sacha Maxim, Paul Wittmann-Todd and Jon Salzman. Neither slick nor intentionally rough, Posse’s music is meant to be a degraded reflection of their optimism, their hopelessness, their limitations, filtered through their abilities and interests.

Their songs are blankets designed with soft colors and graceful edges, made to lay over pits of anger and disappointment. They leap from mercurial, spacious leads to malevolent cross-eyed solos. The rhythm guitar drifts and phases while the bass tiptoes atop the drums.

Posse’s favorite music includes Galaxie 500, Suicide, and Yo La Tengo. Delay by Boss and Akai. Distortion and fuzz provided by Rivera, ZVex and Ibanez.

FULL SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, March 25, 7pm — Buxton
Thursday, March 26, 5pm — Francisco the Man
Friday, March 27, 3pm — Joyce Manor
Saturday, March 28, 2pm — Magic Sword
Sunday, March 29, 2pm — Posse

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 28th, 2015

SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE REVEAL: MAGIC SWORD TODAY AT 2 PM!

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

Magic Sword!

Magic Sword will perform at 2 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).

ABOUT MAGIC SWORD

When the Magic Sword appears…good will always prevail.

FULL SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, March 25, 7pm — Buxton
Thursday, March 26, 5pm — Francisco the Man
Friday, March 27, 3pm — Joyce Manor
Saturday, March 28, 2pm — Magic Sword
Sunday, March 29, 2pm — ?

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 27th, 2015

SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE REVEAL: JOYCE MANOR TODAY AT 3 PM!

JoyceManor_DanMonick_02Today’s Record Exchange Secret Treefort In-store is …

Joyce Manor!

Joyce Manor (playing at the Knitting Factory at 10:30 p.m. tonight) will perform at 3 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 JOYCE MANOR

418456004422-500Joyce Manor was conceived in the back of a car in the Disneyland parking lot—the kind of beginning California dreams are really made of. It was the fall of 2008 over a bottle of cheap booze when co-founders Barry Johnson (guitar, vocals) and Chase Knobbe (guitar) decided to team up. They formed a power violence band where everyone would have Johnny Thunders-style glam-names … like “Joyce Manor,” named after an apartment complex Barry walked past every day. But when longtime friend Andrew Jackson Jihad suddenly asked Barry if his old band wanted to open for their LA show, he scrambled to say yes.

I was like, ‘We have a new band!’ ‘What’s it called?’ And the first thing I thought of was … ‘Uh, Joyce Manor!’ We didn’t even have a band. But they put it on the flyer.”

So Joyce Manor made their debut as an acoustic two-piece, with Chase and Barry quickly learned that they were really a pop-punk band trapped inside a folk-punk duo—too many songs just demanded bass and drums. “Playing loud is just more fun,” explains Barry.

By the end of 2009, they’d made a new friend in new drummer Kurt Walcher and welcomed old friend Matt Ebert back from Portland to play bass. (“He moved back like, ‘Dude, wanna start a band?’” says Barry. “And I said, ‘Wanna be in THIS band?’”) With their line-up settled, they attacked their songs with new enthusiasm and neurotic precision, discovering their own kind of beauty in simplicity and pursuing heartbroken punk perfection.

Their first self-titled album in 2011 exploded out of nowhere and their second in 2012 landed them on the storied Asian Man Records, home of all of Barry’s first favorite bands. Across these two albums, they discovered what Joyce Manor really sounded like—the speed and sense of melody of fellow South Bay band the Descendents, the artfully bittersweet lyricism of Jawbreaker and the undeniable heart-on-sleeve honesty of the first two Weezer albums. By the close of 2013, they had the experience, the discipline and the inspiration to make one of those rare albums that redefines a young band—Never Hungover Again, on Epitaph Records.

Some of these songs, they’d been working on for years, says Barry. Joyce Manor never demos. They just mercilessly rehearse, chopping and editing and reworking songs until there’s nothing left that lags. (“I just know when it’s right,” says Barry) Guitarist Chase had graduated to a co-writing position with Barry, pouring new ideas and techniques into the songs, and while their first two albums were learn-as-you-go experiences, they started Never Hungover Again with a vision, a budget and two whole weeks to make exactly what they wanted. (That’s a long time in Joyce Manor world.) Friend and Philly producer Joe Reinhardt took the controls in Hollywood’s analog dreamland the Lair. They assigned the final mix to Tony Hoffer—the guy who found the definitive sound Supergrass, Belle and Sebastian, M83 and Phoenix.

Together, they made an album of pop-punk in paradox, right down to the title and photo on the cover. It’s something like believing the impossible, says Barry, or at least the too good to be true: “Those people look wasted—yeah, there will definitely be a hangover! There will be pain!’” (Referring to the cover art). It is ten precisely put-together songs about how things fall apart, with some of the saddest lyrics you’d ever shout along to from the front row.

There are broken homes, drunken nights, faltering relationships and the kind of numbness that makes you want to feel anything at all, even if it hurts. Naturally, there are some Morrissey-esque moments in there—like “In the Army Now” about watching friends grow out of music and move on. Or in “End of the Summer,” which somehow puts a Big Star-style intro in front of Moz-ian vocals and a chorus that’s pure blue-album Weezer. “Heart Tattoo” is a pop-punk stormer (think Lifetime or Dillinger Four) about what really happens when you get a tattoo—“What about the regret?” asks Barry. And “Catalina Fight Song” is maybe Hungover’s definitive song, about hanging out on the cliffs that overlook the Pacific—what locals call the end of the world—and thinking “What the fuck am I gonna do?”

If there’s a feeling to Never Hungover Again, says Barry, it’s a feeling he can’t quite pin down—some complex thing that’s part anger and part sadness. It’s the loneliness when you’re surrounded by people and that lostness when everything you’ve wanted seems to be right in front of you. And if there’s a single moment that defines Never Hungover Again, it’s the way “The Jerk” ends with feedback and a chord ringing over Barry’s last shout of “It all goes wrong!”—because despite the confusion and sorrow and resignation, it somehow sounds so right.

Joyce Manor is:

Barry Johnson (guitar, vocals)
Chase Knobbe (guitar)
Matt Ebert (bass)
Kurt Walcher (drums)

FULL SECRET TREEFORT IN-STORE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, March 25, 7pm — Buxton
Thursday, March 26, 5pm — Francisco the Man
Friday, March 27, 3pm — Joyce Manor
Saturday, March 28, 2pm — ?
Sunday, March 29, 2pm — ?

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.