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Boise Hive is in danger of losing its building, and we're looking to you to help The Record Exchange help #SavetheBoiseHive.

The non-profit musicians resource center has until Oct. 10 to raise $75,000 to match an offer on the building it's currently leasing and occupying. Boise Hive has invested significant time and money into the space and hopes to avoid relocating. A GoFundMe page has been set up HERE; you also can donate in person at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Boise, ID 83702).


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The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the fifth annual Treefort Music Fest, taking place March 23-27 throughout Downtown Boise. Treefort 2016 5-day passes go on sale Saturday, Sept. 12, including a special "locals-only" pass price of $119 for one day only at The Record Exchange!


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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!


[ RSD leftovers/restocks ]

RSD leftovers/restocks

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


[ pono is here! ]

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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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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[ rx top 10 ]

rx top 10

1. Savage Hills Ballroom
Youth Lagoon
2. B’lieve I’m Goin Down
Kurt Vile
3. Every Open Eye
4. Dodge the Burn
The Dead Weather
5. Cass County
Don Henley
6. Servant of Love
Patty Griffin
7. Better Nature
Silversun Pickups
8. Depression Cherry
Beach House
9. Rattle That Lock
David Gilmour
Lana Del Rey

[ idaho horror film festival ]

idaho horror film festival

The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the second annual Idaho Horror Film Festival, taking place Oct. 15-18 throughout Downtown Boise! Join us on Oct. 15 for a special event at the RX featuring our own Rachel Prin DJing two hours of horror film soundtracks on vinyl, plus free Payette Brewing Co. beer!


[ 2014 staff picks ]

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!


[ sell us your stuff! ]

sell us your stuff!

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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October 5th, 2015


anderson-east_wide-e8ec26366e230e965cac4f191c80f2e2037da1ef-s900-c8594.9 FM The River presents Anderson East live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13. This is East’s only show in town! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.


anderson_east_cover“…Eclectic, fully formed debut album.” —NPR Music

“With an earthy rasp beyond his years, he draws inspiration from Tom Jones and the soul-rock songwriter George Jackson.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

“These are Sam Cooke-caliber love songs…He is a spectacular talent, and releases like this one are as thrilling as they come.”— Daytrotter

“His voice is full of gravely soul, easily tackling both piano ballads and foot-stompers, going head-to-head with a gospel chorus thanks to a killer range and often heartbreaking lyrics.” —Rolling Stone Country, “20 Reasons to Love This Year”

Anderson East’s full-length debut, Delilah, is out now to widespread acclaim on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records—the first release on producer Dave Cobb’s new imprint. In celebration of the release, East recently made his network television debut on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” performing his new single “Satisfy Me.” Watch the full performance here:

In support of the album, East is performing nationwide throughout the fall, including dates alongside The Lone Bellow and Jason Isbell. Of his recent performance at Triple A Radio’s NON-COMMvention, Dan DeLuca of the Philadelphia Inquirer praises, “Anderson East was an eye opener. I assumed the Alabama singer was a roots-rock-country singer, from bills I’d seen his name on. But he is in fact a wicked soul wailer with a huge voice, a skinny white guy with a raspy, weathered sound coming out his body that defied expectation. Definitely worthy of further investigation.” Additionally, Entertainment Weekly asserts, “Anderson East likes to groove. Live, his shoofly pie-sweet drawl and blues-influenced backing is simultaneously euphoric and mommy-and-daddy-need-some-time-alone sexy.”

Released to widespread acclaim, NPR Music’s Ann Powers calls Delilah “…a homecoming of sorts for this Athens, Ala., native, whose shoofly pie-sweet drawl and fondness for Wilson Pickett-style shouts fit perfectly within the classic soul settings he and Cobb create…East has a gruff way with phrasing and a lot of youthful enthusiasm, but he’s learning his way into mastery. There’s thought behind every rhythmic push and melismatic twist,” while Yahoo Music declares, “It’s hard to not get excited by this authentic-sounding slice of southern R&B courtesy of Nashville’s Anderson East…No excess, expressive stuff, and the sort of sincere musical statement 2015 sorely needs.”

In addition to this critical praise, “Satisfy Me” recently debuted at #28 on the AAA Radio chart with rotation at various tastemaker stations, including L.A.’s KCSN, Philadelphia’s WXPN, Nashville’s WRLT and Kansas City’s KTBG. A live video of the song, which was shot at the legendary Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., premiered at NPR Music and can now be viewed here:

Of Anderson, producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) comments, “You don’t hear voices like that everyday. The first time I saw him was at the Bluebird in Nashville—he started to sing and shut the place down. And he had the charm and wit to completely hold the audience in the palm of his hand. When I got the chance to have my imprint LCS, he was the first person I wanted to sign. When he sings you can hear the soil and landscape of great southern soul in his voice and he’s an amazing writer as well.”

October 5th, 2015


It’s Vinyl Tuesday! Record Exchange customers receive up to $5 in used vinyl* with every $25 in new vinyl purchased and have access to early and exclusive releases. This week’s releases:


TEENAGE TIMEKILLERS Greatest Hits Vol. 1 [exclusive indie doublemint vinyl and standard black vinyl]
The long-gestating brainchild of Corrosion Of Conformity founder/drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin, guitarist Mick Murphy (My Ruin, The Birds of Satan, Neanderthal) and producer John “Lou” Lousteau, Teenage Time Killers’ Greatest Hits Vol. 1 is 20 concise seismic shocks created by an all-star line up of punk and metal legends spanning decades. Joining Reed on drums and Mick on guitar on the album’s 20 mostly original tracks and few covers of underground classics (including the Rudimentary Peni deep cut that inspired the project’s title) are: Jello Biafra, Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear of Foo Fighters, Nick Oliveri, Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Tommy Victor of Prong and Danzig, Lee Ving of Fear, Mike “IX” Williams of Eyehategod, Mullin’s Corrosion of Conformity bandmates Mike Dean and Woody Weatherman, Karl Agell and many, many more. All instrumental tracks on Teenage Time Killers’ Greatest Hits Vol. 1 were recorded at Grohl’s 606 Studios in Northridge, Calif. The album was produced by John “Lou” Lousteau, Reed Mullin and Mick Murphy, and engineered and mixed by John “Lou” Lousteau at 606.


SUPERGRASS I Should Coco: 20th Anniversary [black vinyl w/bonus red 7-inch]
20th Anniversary; 180-gram black vinyl, single sleeve + 7inch single of ‘Stone Free’/’Odd?’ on red vinyl (3-CD deluxe edition coming o11/3). The front cover has been re-photographed at high resolution from the original painting by The Moody Painters, who created all artwork for the original release and singles. The package has been designed by Nick Bax at Human Studios, who was also responsible for graphic design the first time around. The reissue is dedicated to David Norland, founder of Backbeat Records, who died at the age of 40 last year from cancer. The LP includes a special bonus: The original 7-inch single of ‘Stone Free’/’Odd?’ on red vinyl with a reworked red/yellow classic Parlophone 45 label but in its original retro Parlophone housebag. ‘Stone Free’ was originally recorded during a long night at Falconer Studios April 12, 1995 just after the band returned home from their first American tour. ‘Odd?’ was recorded at BBC Maida Vale on Jan. 10, 1995, as part of their first John Peel session, which was initially broadcast Feb. 4, 1995. It was Rob Coombes’ first appearance on keyboards with the band.


WISHBONE ASH – Pilgrimage [vinyl replica CD]
This vinyl replica CD is an import. Pilgrimage is the second studio album by the rock band Wishbone Ash. The album focuses more on folk and acoustic music as opposed to the blues rock sound that dominated the first album. The album also contains an instrumental jazz workout (“Vas Dis”) and a four-part harmony vocal track in the spirit of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young (“Valediction”).The album sold well, reaching #14 in the UK charts, but the band would reach their creative and commercial peak with their next studio album release.


VARIOUS ARTISTS B.I.P.P.P.: French Synth-Wave 1979-1985
An influential blueprint for the evolution of French electronic music, the majority of the performers featured on B.I.P.P.P.: French Synth-Wave 1979-1985 never made it beyond limited DIY pressings of 500 or 1,000 copies of 7-INCH vinyl singles. Wired called them “lost synthwave gems” and Interview called it “A veritable treasure trove of post nuclear pop.” Includes the bonus track “Rainbow Man” by Busy P (sampling the track Comix’s “Touche Pas Mon Sexe”) as heard endlessly on TV behind the GooglePlay campaign! On limited edition double colored vinyl with poster.


With the move to a global Friday street date in July, Vinyl Tuesday was established to celebrate music in physical form and give record store customers access to early and exclusive releases. For artists, it’s a chance to showcase special releases on a special day and not get lost on the increasingly crowded Friday/weekend.

* 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.

October 4th, 2015


maxresdefault-1The Record Exchange will host a horror soundtrack showcase in partnership with the Idaho Horror Film Festival and Payette Brewing Co. from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. As always, this Record Exchange event is free and all ages.

Enjoy free Payette Brewing Co. beer (21 and older with valid I.D.) and celebrate the start of the second annual Idaho Horror Film Festival as The Record Exchange’s own Rachel Prin spins cuts from ihffclassic and underground horror films, all on vinyl!

The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the second annual Idaho Horror Film Festival, taking place Oct. 15-18 throughout Downtown Boise.

The state’s premier genre film festival, the Idaho Horror Film Festival is a non-profit international film exhibition whose mission is to shine a spotlight on Idaho’s emerging filmmakers. The genre of horror is the common thread that has stitched itself into the fabric of the filmmaking community. Through the mediums of independent film, food, music, literature and art, IHFF strives to expand the cultural experience within Boise’s vibrant community. The festival aims to develop a supportive framework for Idaho’s emerging filmmakers with the mission of providing more access to resources and education for individuals wanting to explore the medium of film. By strengthening the film making community in Idaho, we will fan the flames of creativity and set Idaho’s film industry ablaze.

The festival is currently accepting films in five categories: Feature Length, Animated, Shorts, Foreign and the “locals only” classification of Spud and Guts. Spud and Guts is a no-fee contest designed to promote our native filmmakers. The Idaho Horror Film Festival is the launch pad for Idaho filmmakers.

IHFF online:


October 4th, 2015


JoshRitter-PressPhoto-5-landscape94.9 FM The River presents Josh Ritter live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11. This is Ritter’s only show in town in celebration of his new album Sermon on the Rocks (out Oct. 16), and fans will have the opportunity to purchase the album (CD or LP) before its official release date! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

VIP wristbands guaranteeing admission to the in-store will be available Wednesday, Aug. 5 with preorder of Sermon on the Rocks, available in four versions:

– Standard CD

– Limited edition deluxe CD (with bonus CD of demo/home recordings)

– Standard vinyl (with download card)

– Limited edition deluxe vinyl (with blue colored vinyl, bonus CD of demo/home recordings and download card)


1. Birds of the Meadow (3:14)
2. Young Moses (4:09)
3. Henrietta, Indiana (3:44)
4. Getting Ready To Get Down (3:16)
5. Seeing Me Round (4:58)
6. Where The Night Goes (3:50)
7. Cumberland (2:17)
8. Homecoming (5:31)
9. The Stone (3:55)
10. A Big Enough Sky (2:48)
11. Lighthouse Fire (3:12)
12. My Man On A Horse (Is Here) (3:49)


JR_Sermon_Album_Cover_itunes“…I wanted to make something grand. I wanted it to swing hard. I wanted to peek through death’s keyhole. I wanted my monster to run …” – Josh Ritter

Sermon on the Rocks, the new album from critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, will be released October 16 on Pytheas Recordings/Thirty Tigers. In advance of the release, the first single, “Getting Ready To Get Down,” premiered last month at NPR Music.

Produced by Ritter and Trina Shoemaker (Queens of the Stone Age, Emmylou Harris), the 12-song album was recorded over two weeks at New Orleans’ The Parlor Recording Studio and features Matt Barrick from The Walkmen on drums, Zachariah Hickman on bass, Josh Kaufman on guitar and Sam Kassirer on piano.

Of his inspiration behind Sermon on the Rocks, Ritter comments, “I wanted to play messianic oracular honky-tonk.”

Over the course of his acclaimed career, Ritter has released seven full-length albums, including his most recent, 2013’s The Beast In Its Tracks, which debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Top Rock Albums chart. The record also received widespread critical praise—NPR Music called it “…gorgeous and glorious,” while Pitchfork asserted, “Beast is contemplative and forgiving, a means of burying one relationship to commit to another, and Ritter nicely evokes the excitement and resignation of such a transition.” Additionally, in 2011, Ritter made is debut as a published author with his New York Times best-selling novel, Bright’s Passage (Dial Press/Random House). Of the work, Stephen King writes in The New York Times Book Review, “Shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime…This is the work of a gifted novelist.”

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