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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!

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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!

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1. Seasons
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2. Lazaretto
Jack White
3. Fortune Favors the Bold
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4. Benjamin Booker
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5. The Both
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6. Zaba
Glass Animals
7. The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale
Eric Clapton and Friends
8. Voyager
Jenny Lewis
9. Singles
Future Islands
10. Foundations of Burden

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August 28th, 2014

HERMIT MUSIC FESTIVAL FLASH SALE: 20% OFF TICKETS THURSDAY, AUG. 28!

hermit music festThe second annual Hermit Music Festival takes place Aug. 29-31, and this Thursday The Record Exchange is holding a flash sale on Hermit Fest tickets!

Visit The RX Thursday, Aug. 28 and save 20% on your ticket:

Weekend pass – $36 (regularly $45)
Weekend student/senior pass – $28 (regularly $35)
Saturday ticket – $20 (regularly $25)
Saturday student/senior ticket – $16 (regularly $20)
Sunday ticket – $20 (regularly $25)
Sunday student/senior ticket – $16 (regularly $20)

Hermit website: hermitmusicfestival.com
Hermit Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Hermit-Music-Festival/229342560540362

August 28th, 2014

ATMOSPHERE SIGNING THURSDAY, SEPT. 18; VIP PRIORITY-LINE WRISTBAND AVAILABLE WITH CD OR LP PURCHASE!

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Atmosphere will visit The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) for an album signing at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Atmosphere is performing at Knitting Factory later that evening (7 p.m.) and we have tickets for sale at the store!

Want priority line placement at the signing? Beginning Thursday, Aug. 28, purchase Southsiders on CD or vinyl prior to the event and we’ll give you a VIP line wristband! (There will be a secondary line for customers without wristbands, which will follow the VIP line.)

ABOUT ATMOSPHERE

atmosphere southsidersMinneapolis is known for many things — pretty lakes, the Mall of America, lutefisk. But 17 years ago, hip-hop act Atmosphere transformed the city into something else entirely: a nexus from which underground rap spiraled-out to the masses. And thanks to the duo’s indefatigable touring habits, Top 20-charting albums, and their galvanizing artist-owned label Rhymesayers (MF Doom, Aesop Rock), they’re still pushing the boundaries of what indie rap can mean.

It’s with that overachieving-underdog spirit that MC Sean “Slug” Daley and producer Anthony “Ant” Davis have named Atmosphere’s eighth studio album Southsiders, a shout-out to their native neighborhood. Because, says Slug, “We have spent the majority of our career — God, we can call it a career! — repping the south side of Minneapolis pretty hard.”

While Southsiders is a celebration of the group’s fortitude, it is also a deeply introspective, and sometimes conflicted, work. “It’s a natural progression from the last record, The Family Sign, which was about growing my family,” says Slug, now a father to three, who finds himself contemplating mortality. “I’m starting to think, ‘What is post–family man? What am I supposed to rap about now?’ I’m sticking to my roots, rapping about what I’m doing, what I think about. This record is — much like the other ones — a very detailed look at my life.”

The album captures everything from a blazing, anthemic takedown in “Southsiders,” to the ebb-and-flow of loss in the sauntering “Arthur’s Song,” to emotional abandon in the rousing “Kanye West.” The latter — and its mantra, “put your hands in the air like you really do care” — is a high-five to the rapper whose emotional reactions are often misperceived as not caring. Say Slug, “I wanted to write a song about loving something so much that you submit to the moment.”

All told, Southsiders took about ten months to complete. During that time, “I spent a lot of time agonizing over every detail, every word,” Slug says. He and Ant started out writing together in a Minneapolis basement. But these days, they trade tracks back and forth over email, with Ant triggering the creative flow by offering skeletons of songs.

Where Slug is the stalwart perfectionist, Ant persists as his healthy foil, finding beauty in sonic flaws. Says Slug: “He gives me the room to be as anal as I can be, even though he’s usually like, ‘Okay man, it’s okay. Let it go.’ He is the voice of reason I listen to.” Ant’s behind-the-board acumen is also key to Atmosphere’s unique sound: the live instrumentations provide vibrant tonal contrast to Slug’s often-weighty subject matter. Such as in album’s first single, “Bitter”: A condemnation of self-entitlement, it’s set, intriguingly, against sly synth percolations.

Much of Slug’s songwriting agony stems from his need to translate things he relates to into universal messages — which is why even after all these years, Atmosphere remains relevant in the rap game. “Do I want to leave a legacy of, ‘Oh, that guy was really dope. He figured out how to rhyme astral projections with gastral infections’? Or do I want to be a positive energy source for the movement in general?” Slug says. “There is purpose behind what I do than just talking about me.” And how does that impact his rhymes now? “Well,” he points out, “I have to keep things realistic: making sure the gross stuff represented itself as gross, and that the beautiful stuff stays beautiful.”

August 27th, 2014

WIN A GRISWOLDS HAND-DECORATED PORTABLE TURNTABLE – ONLY 10 MADE!

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The Record Exchange was one of only 10 indie record stores in the country to get our hands on a Crosley portable turntable hand-decorated by the Griswolds in celebration of their new album Be Impressive, and one lucky customer will win it!

To enter the drawing, send an email with the subject “Griswolds” HERE by midnight Thursday, Sept. 4. We will draw a name at random and notify the winner on Friday, Sept. 5.

* One entry per person, NOT per email address. If you have 16 email addresses and you enter with each address, we’ll just delete 15 of them. We have the technology. To be eligible to win, you must live in the Boise metro area and be able to pick up your prize at the store.

August 27th, 2014

PAYETTE BREWING CO. PRESENTS COLONY HOUSE IN-STORE FRIDAY, SEPT. 5; FREE PAYETTE BREWING CO. BEER!

ColonyHouse_Press_307Payette Brewing Co. presents Colony House live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. We’ll be serving free Payette Brewing Co. beer for guests 21 and older with I.D. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Colony House is performing at Neurolux later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!

ABOUT COLONY HOUSE

colony house albumIn a relatively brief span of time, Colony House has emerged as a vibrant creative force, as well as a beloved fan favorite with a passionate, fiercely loyal fan base. That audience is likely to expand substantially with the release of When I Was Younger, the Nashville trio’s first full-length album, whose 14 compelling original tunes fulfill the abundant promise of the band’s three widely-acclaimed, self-released EPs.

It’s not surprising that Colony House has struck a resonant chord with listeners. The threesome maintains a balance of craft and immediacy that reflects its affinity for the sound of such alt-rock outfits as Interpol and The Killers, while echoing the influence of such alternative icons as U2 and New Order. They’ve assimilated their multiple influences in a manner that’s wholly distinctive, adding tight harmonies, strong instrumental chops and a keen melodic sensibility that’s all their own.

Lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter Caleb Chapman writes effortlessly infectious tunes that resonate with personal experience and emotional authority. The songs’ messages of faith, hope and perseverance are matched by the organic musical rapport of Caleb and his bandmates, brother Will Chapman on drums and Scott Mills on lead guitar and harmony vocals.

“The songs I write have always come from deep places, whether they’re deep places of joy or deep places of hurt, and it can be hard inviting people into those places with you,” Caleb states.

That openhearted attitude is reflected throughout When I Was Younger, both in Caleb’s expressive vocals and in the band’s vivid performances of such personally-charged tunes as “Silhouettes,” “Second Guessing Games,” “Keep On Keeping On,” “Waiting for My Time to Come” and “Won’t Give Up,” which exemplify the combination of sharp lyrical insight and indelible melodic craft that makes Colony House special.

As When I Was Younger demonstrates, much of Colony House’s appeal lies in the three bandmates’ powerful rapport, which extends into every aspect of their lives—and which has defined their approach towards the music.

“Our musical and personal chemistry goes hand in hand,” Caleb affirms. “The three of us are best friends, which means that at any given moment we are each other’s worst enemies as well. Being in a band is like being in a marriage—it’s a constant reminder of your own pride, and a reminder that you have to be willing to sacrifice in order for it to be successful. We’ve made a conscious effort to build the foundation of the band on our friendship, and then letting that spill over into our creative relationship.”

As the sons of Contemporary Christian pop superstar Steven Curtis Chapman, Caleb and Will Chapman have been steeped in music for their entire lives. They began making music together in early childhood, playing with their dad as well as their own combos. In 2009 they joined forces with Scott Mills, who they’d met through a cousin. Although initially known collectively as Caleb, the trio rechristened themselves Colony House in 2013, borrowing the name of an apartment complex in their hometown of Franklin, where Will and Scott as well as Caleb’s future wife had all lived prior to the band’s formation.

The new combo quickly began to win attention, bringing its charismatic live shows to fans via diligent touring, while earning critical raves with a series of acclaimed EPs: Colony House, Trouble and To the Ends of the World. Along the way, the band members found time to pursue other musical adventures, with Caleb collaborating with Will’s wife, singer Jillian Edwards, as the In-Laws, and Will moonlighting playing drums on tour with noted indie combo Ivan and Alyosha.

But Colony House remains the focus of their musical lives, as When I Was Younger makes clear. “We labored on the album for a long time,” Caleb notes. “We began recording it in September 2012 and finished it in July 2013. We had our dear friends Joe Causey and Ben Shive co-produce it, which made it a very special experience. They knew that this was our first full-length project, and I think that they felt the responsibility to help us tell our story the right way.

“Creating this record had such a strong set of contrasting emotions: joy, hope, frustration, sorrow, uncertainty, confidence,” he continues.

“These songs are questions that I have been wrestling with for months, sometimes years,” Caleb asserts. “They’re stories I had been trying to write in the dim light of my 100-square-foot room long before they were ever brought to life in a studio. We created the album conceptually, trying to keep in mind the rules of telling a story. There must be a dramatic arc, a beginning, a middle and an end. So in that way, every song is a piece of the equation. The front half of the album is a bit more lighthearted and fun, and then the back half gets a bit heavier. And the last third, starting with ‘Won’t Give Up,’ is very important to us.”

Perhaps the most startling aspect of When I Was Younger is the band’s forthrightness in addressing some deeply personal, emotionally raw issues, most notably the accidental death of Caleb and Will’s 5-year-old adoptive sister Maria Sue in 2008. That tragedy is addressed on several of the album’s songs, including “Keep On Keeping On” and “Won’t Give Up,” underlining the songs’ recurring themes of faith and family.

“It has been a difficult thing to do, sharing your family tragedy when telling your story or singing your songs,” Caleb states. “But I think that it’s important to tell. Everyone has a story of pain, of heartbreak, of a letdown or failure, and that is a thread that ties us all together—the ones on stage and the ones in the crowd. We were dealt a painful hand, but it’s what has bound us together so tightly. We want to create honest art, and this is the most important thing that has happened in our lives, so it would be a hard thing to leave out of our story.”

That heart-on-sleeve honesty is just one of the qualities that make Colony House a special band, and make When I Was Younger such a remarkable musical statement.

“We believe that we have a story to tell—a story of hope and perseverance—and that’s what we want to leave people with,” Caleb concludes. “We are not in the business of writing tragedies. We have experienced tragedy, but we’ve also seen hope triumph. Our faith is woven throughout everything we do musically, just as it’s woven into the foundation of our lives.”

August 27th, 2014

RECORD EXCHANGE ALIVE AFTER FIVE SEASON FINALE: THE BOTH AUG. 27!

theboth_photo_gal__photo_201861164Join us on Wednesday, Aug. 27, for the annual end-of-season Record Exchange Party at Alive After Five featuring The Both (Aimee Mann, Ted Leo). This free, all-ages concert on the Grove Plaza in Downtown Boise kicks off at 5 p.m. with Go Listen Boise opener Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles.

ABOUT THE BOTH
the both“Throughout the song and the album, each singer sounds freshened and energized- never diminished-by the collaboration.” – NPR Music

“The Both represents the pairing of two great … talents who go great together.” – Rolling Stone

“The project places the talents of the two artists in perfect harmony…” – The Los Angeles Times

“Coupled with Mann’s gift for a pop melody and Leo’s penchant for spiky, urgent guitars, the end result is a best-of-both-worlds situation.” – Boston Globe

“It isn’t just a collection of well-constructed tunes. It’s a unified album, in which sound is every bit as crucial as craft. Despite the formidable solo careers involved, The Both improbably sounds like the work of a band.” – Chicago Tribune

“Aimee Mann and Ted Leo have combined their eloquent, slightly off-kilter songwriting powers…” – SPIN

The Both is a collaborative project from critically acclaimed musicians Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. Building on a friendship forged while they were on tour together last year, it was Leo’s solo sets that piqued Mann’s interest in getting on stage with him and writing music together. Of the project, Mann notes, “Honestly, I feel like for the first time, I’m part of a rock band.”

The band’s all original songs were written as back-and-forth collaborations between Mann and Leo. With their differing musical vocabularies and mutual admiration for one another, the duo found working together to be a boon. “We were just like ‘Fuck it, let’s push and make it happen,’” notes Mann. “You really just have to go, ‘You know what, I have to trust that this other person’s instincts are good.’” Leo furthers, “I think as Aimee and I have gotten closer, we have realized how much in common we have and how much respect we have for what the other person does and what they’re bringing to the table. The writing process has largely been long distance, but it’s been line by line, verse by verse, part by part; we’ll send each other something and go back and forth until it’s finished.” The album was recorded in Los Angeles with Ryan Freeland, between stretches of touring in 2013, and produced by Mann’s longtime friend and band member Paul Bryan.

Mann began her solo career in 1993 with the album “Whatever” and made a name for herself through her independent success and the founding of her record label, SuperEgo. In addition to her solo work, she has appeared on many film soundtracks, composed the soundtrack for Paul Thomas Anderson’s much-lauded “Magnolia” and appeared as herself on the hit indie TV series “Portlandia.” The new collaboration follows Mann’s eighth studio album “Charmer,” which received national attention.

Punk/indie singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Leo is best known for his work with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists over the past fifteen years. His most recent album The Brutalist Bricks was released on Matador Records in 2010. Leo also kept up a consistent presence as a solo performer since the late 1990s and began playing with Mann in February 2012.