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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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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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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 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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The Record Exchange is a proud sponsor of the fourth annual Treefort Music Fest, taking place March 25-29 throughout Downtown Boise. With an amazing lineup of national, regional and local music, including TV on the Radio, Trampled By Turtles, Built to Spill, Josh Ritter, Joyce Manor and hundreds more, the Treefort Music Fest is one of the most anticipated events on the Treasure Valley music calendar.


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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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1. Physical Graffiti
Led Zeppelin
2. Complicated Game
James McMurtry
3. I Love You, Honeybear
Father John Misty
4. Terraplane
Steve Earle and the Dukes
5. Wovenwar
6. Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions
Robert Earl Keen
7. Shadows in the Night
Bob Dylan
8. Mono
The Mavericks
9. Smoke + Mirrors
Imagine Dragons
10. Ol’ Glory
JJ Grey and Mofro

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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.



March 4th, 2015



Wovenwar (ex-As I Lay Dying) will visit the The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) for a special acoustic set and signing at 6 p.m. First Thursday, March 5. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Wovenwar is performing with In Flames and All That Remains at the Knitting Factory later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!

The first 25 people to purchase Wovenwar’s self-titled debut get a free ticket to the Knit show!


418456034849-500Our choices define us. At heart, we choose between good and evil or right and wrong. It’s not predisposed, but rather something we learn through experience, life’s twists and turns, and the stops along the way. The very moniker Wovenwar speaks to that truth.

“When we’re born, we’re innocent and blameless creatures with no hatred or judgment,” explains guitarist Nick Hipa. “Along the way, personality and perspective get cultivated. Hate, love, and other influences can be woven into you, but you ultimately choose your path. If you recognize the foundations, you can opt to live differently. It’s a struggle. That’s what the name signifies. It’s about recognizing that and choosing accordingly.”

In the spring of 2013, the members of As I Lay Dying—Nick, Phil Sgrosso [guitar], Josh Gilbert [bass, vocals], Jordan Mancino [drums]—made an important choice of their own. They had seen tremendous success, selling over one million albums, enjoying a Top 10 debut on the Billboard Top 200 with 2010’s The Powerless Rise and a Top 15 debut with 2012’s Awakened, and touring globally alongside the likes of Slipknot, Slayer, Suicide Silence, Killswitch Engage, and more. Facing tumultuous controversy related to their singer and a shattering foundation shakeup, these four musicians decided to press on and do what they do best.

“We had been playing music for our entire adult lives and working towards becoming a better band every year, and then our unit was extremely compromised,” sighs Nick. “The natural step was to let that be and work on something else. We felt like we had a lot to accomplish in terms of our writing and chemistry together. We still wanted to develop. A lot of bands quit because they lose their love for it. We loved it more than ever. That’s why we decided to form something under a new name with no pressure to be anything.”

As they traded song ideas back and forth, Nick reached out to a lifelong friend Shane Blay. The two grew up together in Dallas and even played in Evelynn before Hipa joined As I Lay Dying. In between working with Oh, Sleeper, Shane had begun writing songs with Nick purely as a creative outlet a year prior. Given their existing bond, the transition to writing for Wovenwar’s self-titled debut proved seamless.

“When everything went down, we started thinking of singers,” Phil goes on. “Nick was like, ‘What about Shane?’ We all wanted to be in a band with him. It was a no-brainer. There were no auditions or tryouts. We just started making music together, and it was very natural from the beginning.”

“I was excited to have the opportunity to play with these guys,” exclaims Shane. “From the first song we worked on, it felt like it was meant to be. I was right at home.”

With Shane officially in the fold, the quintet hit a San Diego studio to record the album with producer Bill Stevenson [Rise Against, NOFX], who helmed Awakened. Immediately, they collectively tapped into a sound that picked up where they left off, while forging new territory altogether.

“It’s more dynamic,” exclaims Phil. “There’s a hard rock element to it. We wanted to utilize Shane’s voice and go bigger. That was important. There’s a different energy, and we got to explore more sounds. It feels more alive than ever. This is the most exciting thing we’ve done. We wanted to keep it familiar but take risks here and there.”

“As I Lay Dying had its sound,” adds Nick. “We expanded it, but we never branched out too far. We could do anything we wanted to here. We just wanted to continue to write music that inspired us.”

It’ll undoubtedly inspire others as well though. The first single “All Rise” threads together precise riffing with Shane’s magnetic vocals, landing a huge chorus in between incendiary instrumentation. It serves as the perfect link between the musicians’ past output and the future.

Shane states, “I felt like the music industry was sucking the life out of me. Then, Wovenwar happened. It was a chance to do something else and not give up. That’s what the song is about.”

“It bridges the gap between the old and the new,” affirms Nick. “It related to what we were going through in life. We were pretty dejected. We spent over a decade building something, and it had fallen apart. When you find yourself in a situation in which you really have no control over, you have to be optimistic in the way you respond because all you can control is your response. It’s a great introduction to the band.”

Elsewhere on the album, “Tempest” showcases the band’s dynamics, breaking the boundaries of heavy music in the process with palpable melodies. “All of my friends initially made it in music, and I was the guy who didn’t,” admits Shane. “I needed to inspire myself to get up and keep working at it. This was my call-to-arms.”

Meanwhile, the closer “Prophets” begins with elegant acoustic guitars before building into the album’s most dramatic and defining moment. “It’s about wrestling with the notion of blind faith,” says Nick. “It details seeking a transformation, and it challenges the idea of people speaking about matters we don’t absolutely know of. There’s no authority there. That’s faith.”

Ultimately, Wovenwar deliver an introductory statement that’s bound to send shockwaves throughout heavy music.

Shane concludes, “Something good can come from misfortune. You have to always keep on going. These guys went through so much, and they’re still pushing ahead. I hope this inspires people to keep doing whatever they love to do.”

Nick leaves off, “We dealt with a lot personally while making this album. The way we always handled things was to write music and put ourselves into something that could speak louder. We put ourselves into this one hundred percent. Hopefully, that comes across.”

March 2nd, 2015


81EYpEraTVL._SL1059_1. Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin
2. Complicated Game, James McMurtry
3. I Love You, Honeybear, Father John Misty
4. Terraplane, Steve Earle and the Dukes
5. Wovenwar, Wovenwar
6. Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions, Robert Earl Keen
7. Shadows in the Night, Bob Dylan
8. Mono, The Mavericks
9. Smoke + Mirrors, Imagine Dragons
10. Ol’ Glory, JJ Grey and Mofro

March 2nd, 2015


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:


Purity Ring – Another Eternity

Azealia Banks – Broke with Expensive Taste

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday

Ryan Bayne and the Hand-Me-Downs – Beloved

Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase. (deluxe edition also available)

Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter

Marshall Poole – Grade AA Rock ‘n’ Roll

Of Montreal – Aureate Gloom

Gill Landry – Gill Landry

Tuxedo – Tuxedo

Buxton – Half a Native

Lilly Hiatt – Royal Blue

Andrew Combs – All These Dreams

Kelly Clarkson – Piece by Piece (deluxe edition also available)

Cannibal Ox – Blade of the Ronin

The Sons of Texas – Baptized in the Rio Grande

Various Artists – Signature Sounds 20th Anniversary Collection: Rarities from the Second Decade

Moon Duo – Shadow of the Sun

Ryan Culwell – Flatlands

Daisyhead – The Smallest Light

G-Unit – The Beast is G-Unit

Lanterna – Backyards

Various Artists – Immortal Randy Rhoads: The Ultimate Tribute Album

Motorhead – England 1978

UFO – A Conspiracy of Stars

Vanilla Fudge – Spirit of ’67

AJR – Living Room

Rixton – Let the Road

The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles – Easter at Ephesus


Purity Ring – Another Eternity

Brandi Carlile – The Firewatcher’s Daughter

Of Montreal – Aureate Gloom

Lilly Hiatt – Royal Blue

Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow is My Turn

John Coltrane – The Paris Concert

No Age – Weirdo Rippers

Moon Duo – Shadow of the Sun

Steven Wilson – Hand. Cannot. Erase.

Porcupine Tree – Up the Downstair

Dwight Yoakam – Hillbilly Deluxe

Darkthrone – Plaguewielder

Harvey Mandel – Cristo Redentor

Foghat – Foghat Live

WASP – The Best of the Best

J. Geils – Bloodshot

March 2nd, 2015



At The Record Exchange, you give a little, you get a little, and we have tons of free stuff to give away when you slap your dirty money down on the barrelhead.


• Tote bag with purchase of Brandi Carlile‘s The Firewatcher’s Daughter.
• Button sets, 7″x7″ lithographs, lanyards, tote bags (vinyl only) and other Led Zeppelin freebies with purchase of the Physical Graffiti reissues.
• Sunglasses with purchase of Torche‘s Restarter.
• Beverage koozie with purchase of Kid Rock‘s First Kiss.
• Patch with purchase of Ensiferum‘s One Man Army.
• Limited-edition 12″x12″ lithograph with purchase of Imagine Dragons’ Smoke and Mirrors.
• Patch with purchase of JD McPherson‘s Let the Good Times Roll.
• Lithograph with purchase of Bob Dylan‘s Shadows in the Night.
• Set of guitar picks with purchase of Blind Guardian‘s Beyond the Red Mirror.
• 7-inch with purchase of Butch Walker‘s Afraid of Ghosts.
• Silk-screened poster with purchase of Chadwick Stokes’ The Horse Comanche.
• Two-sided lithograph/lyric sheet with purchase of Panda Bear‘s Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper.
• Silkscreened lithograph with purchase of Ryan Bingham‘s Fear and Saturday Night.
• Bonus 10-inch with purchase of Guster‘s Evermotion.
• Large Blue Note 75th Anniversary poster with purchase of any Blue Note reissue title (CD or LP).
• Poster-sized map charting U2‘s history in their hometown of Dublin with purchase of any U2 title!
• 7-inch (“The Altnation Sessions”) with purchase of Manchester Orchestra‘s Cope or Hope.
• Frisbee with purchase of Wu-Tang Clan‘s A Better Tomorrow.
• Button pack with purchase of AC/DC‘s Rock or Bust.
• Two-sided lithograph with purchase of Jason Isbell‘s Live at Austin City Limits DVD.
• 7-inch (two tracks recorded for the SiriusXM AltNation Sessions) with purchase of Manchester Orchestra‘s Hope or Cope.
• Poster with purchase of R.E.M.’s REMTV DVD box set.
• Early Wilco concert poster with the 4LP vinyl version of the Alpha Mike Foxtrot rarities set!
• Large lithograph with purchase of David Bowie‘s Nothing Has Changed.
• Lenticular card with purchase of TV on the Radio‘s Seeds.
• Tote bag with purchase of Damien Rice‘s My Favourite Faded Fantasy.
• Hand-numbered cassette version of the full album with purchase of Such Gold‘s The New Sidewalk.
• Limited edition lithograph with purchase of Haim‘s My Song 5 shaped picture disc.
• 7″x7″ poster, Large button, button pack and lanyard with purchase of Led Zeppelin‘s Led Zeppelin IV or Houses of the Holy reissues!
• Limited-edition numbered lithograph with purchase of The Afghan Whigs Gentlemen at 21 reissue!
• Lithograph with purchase of Obituary‘s Inked in Blood!
• Patch with purchase of Exodus’ Blood In, Blood Out.
• Large lithograph with purchase of Weezer‘s Everything Will Be Alright in the End.
• Bonus CD with purchase of Sixx AM‘s Modern Vintage.
• Goodie pack (patch, sticker, koozie, key chain and button) with purchase of The Rural Alberta Advantage‘s Mended With Gold.
• Rolling papers with purchase of Electric Wizard‘s Time to Die.
• Pennant flag with purchase of The Drums’ Encyclopedia.
• Lithograph and dropcard (with access to exclusive online content) with purchase of Aphex Twin‘s Syro.
• Lithograph with purchase of The Smashing Pumpkins’ Adore Deluxe Edition.
• Lithograph with purchase of any George Harrison reissue title.
• Lenticular poster with purchase of Lecrae‘s Anomaly.
• Promotional booklet and autographed CD card with purchase of Banks’ Gossip.
• Bonus remix CD and sticker set with purchase of Odesza‘s In Return – only 750 made!
• Window cling with purchase of the Grateful Dead‘s Wake Up to Find Out.
• Lithograph with purchase of Dry the River‘s Alarms in the Heart.
• Patch with purchase of Wovenwar‘s Wovenwar.
• Poster with purchase of the Allman Brothers Band‘s 1971 Fillmore East Recordings.
• Patch with purchase of Jenny Lewis’ Voyager.
• Lithograph with purchase of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young‘s CSNY 1974.
• Bottle opener keychain with purchase of Seether‘s Isolate and Medicate!
• Button pack with purchase of Linkin Park‘s Hunting Party.
• Bonus CD featuring live and studio tracks with purchase of Umphrey’s McGee‘s Similar Skin.
• Turntable slipmat with purchase of any Blue Note Records 75th anniversary vinyl reissue.
• Guitar pick with purchase of Rich Robinson‘s The Ceaseless Sight.
• 7″ x 7″ lithographs with purchase of the Led Zeppelin I, II and III reissues.
• Double-sided lithograph with purchase of Soundgarden‘s Superunknown deluxe edition (various CD and vinyl formats).
• Lithograph with purchase of R.E.M.‘s Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions.
• Lithograph with purchase of The DoorsWeird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine.
• 24″ x 18″ print with purchase of Ronnie James Dio‘s This is Your Life.
• Rare 7-inch with purchase of Tune-Yards’ Nikki Nack.
• Lithograph with purchase of the Pixies’ Indie Cindy.
• Bottle opener necklace with purchase of Breathe Carolina‘s Savages.
• Lithograph with purchase of Band of Skulls’ Himalayan.
• Art print with purchase of Liars’ Mess.
• Patch, button and lithograph with purchase of Real Estate‘s Atlas.
• Limited edition lithograph with purchase of Beck‘s Morning Phase.
• Limited edition lithograph with purchase of The Fray‘s Helios.
• Limited-edition 9″x9″ lithograph with purchase of Neil Finn‘s Dizzy Heights.
• Lithograph with purchase of The Augustines’ The Augustines.
• 7-inch with purchase of Quilt‘s Held in Splendor.
• U.S. Albums CD sampler, tote bag and lithograph with purchase of any Beatles U.S. album reissue.
• 7-inch with purchase of Mogwai‘s Rave Tapes.
• 7-inch featuring two exclusive tracks with purchase of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings’ Give the People What They Want.
• Art print with purchase of Peter Gabriel‘s And I’ll Scratch Yours (pictured).
• Lithograph with purchase of Donny Hathaway‘s Never My Love: The Anthology.
• Christmas ornament with purchase of Nick Lowe‘s Quality Street.
• Limited edition lithograph (from Electric Fetus’ release party in-store) with purchase of Polica‘s Shulamith.
• Postcard set with purchase of The Head and the Heart‘s Let’s Be Still.
• 7-inch and lithograph with purchase of Cage the Elephant‘s Melophobia.
• 7-inch and signed poster with purchase of Austin Lucas Stay Reckless.
• Limited edition tour poster with purchase of Sleigh Bells’ Bitter Rivals.
• Autographed lithograph with purchase of Turin BrakesWe Were Here.
• Button with purchase of The Devil Wears Prada‘s 8.18.
• Limited edition 12×12 lithograph with purchase of The Clash‘s The Clash Hits Back (2CD), 5 Studio Album CD Set or Sound System Box Set.
• Limited edition lithograph with purchase of Sly and the Family Stone‘s Higher.
• Autographed poster with purchase of Tim Easton‘s Not Cool.
• Lithograph with purchase of Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s Made Up Mind.
• Lithograph with purchase of The Civil Wars’ The Civil Wars.
• Lithograph with purchase of Norma Jean‘s Wrongdoers.
• Lithograph with purchase of Volto!‘s Incitare.
• Comic book with purchase of Ghostface Killah‘s Twelve Reasons to Die: The Brown Tape.
• 12″ x 12″ lithograph with purchase of Smashing Pumpkins’ The Aeroplane Flies High Deluxe Edition.
• 12″ x 12″ glossy lithograph with purchase of The National‘s Trouble Will Find Me.
• Ultra-limited edition lithograph with purchase of Pet Shop BoysElectric.
• Patch with purchase of BattlecrossWar of Will.
• Large lithograph with purchase of Empire of the Sun‘s Ice on the Dune.
• Vinyl flexi-disc and lithograph with purchase of Surfer Blood‘s Pythons.
• Lithograph with purchase of Jimmy Eat World‘s Damage.
• Limited edition poster with purchase of Filter‘s The Sun Comes Out Tonight.
• Limited edition poster with purchase of Portugal. The Man‘s Evil Friends.
• Original (not reproduced) 1989 tour program with purchase of R.E.M.‘s Green 25th Anniversary Edition.
• Poster with purchase of Kings of Leon‘s Complete Albums Collection.
• 19″ x 25″ lithograph with purchase of Phoenix‘s Bankrupt!
• Comic book with purchase of Ghostface Killah‘s Adrian Younge Presents Twelve Reasons to Die Starring Ghostface Killah.
• Red colored vinyl 7-inch (with exclusive track) with purchase of Yeah Yeah Yeahs Mosquito.
• Silkscreen litho with purchase of Dawes’ Stories Don’t End.
• Lithograph with purchase of Volbeat‘s Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies.
• Signed poster with purchase of ExodusExhibit B: The Human Condition.
• Bonus CD with purchase of Low‘s The Invisible Way.
• Lithograph with purchase of Clutch‘s Earth Rocker
• Lithograph with purchase of Sound City: Real to Reel (CD, vinyl, DVD or Blu-ray).
• CD EP with purchase of Biffy Clyro‘s Opposites.
• 18″x24″ color poster with purchase of Youth Lagoon‘s Wondrous Bughouse.
• 7-inch featuring two exclusive tracks with purchase of Psychic Ills’ One Track Mind.
• Silkscreened lithograph with purchase of Eels’ Wonderful, Glorious.
• Lithograph with download code for bonus tracks with purchase of Jim JamesRegions of Light and Sound of God.
• 7-inch (includes exclusive track) with purchase of Ra Ra Riot‘s Beta Love.
• Limited-edition lithograph with purchase of Voivod‘s Target Earth.
• Sheet music with purchase of Christopher Owens’ Lysandre.
• 7″ x 7″ litho with purchase of Green Day‘s Tre!
• Lithograph with purchase of Rage Against the Machine‘s Rage Against the Machine XX (20th Anniversary).
• Poster and button set with purchase of Led Zeppelin‘s Celebration Day.
• 7-inch with purchase of RNDM‘s Acts.
• Lithograph with purchase of Jamey Johnson‘s Livin’ for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran.
• Instrumental CD version of the soundtrack with purchase of The Man with the Iron Fist OST (not the score, but instrumentals of the songs on the soundtrack).
• Color lithograph with purchase of Peter Gabriel‘s So 25th Anniversary Edition.
• Lithograph and sticker set with purchase of Green Day‘s Uno!
• 7-inch with purchase of Aimee Mann‘s Charmer.
• Aces companion CD with purchase of The Helio Sequence‘s Negotiations.
• 7-inch with purchase of Two Door Cinema Club‘s Beacon.
• Glow in the dark poster with purchase of Blaqk Audio‘s Bright Black Heaven.
• 12″x12″ lithograph with purchase of Gotye‘s Making Mirrors.
• Foil poster with purchase of Animal Collective‘s Centipede Hz.
• Color lithograph with purchase of IncubusHQ Live.
• Button pack and autographed CD booklet with purchase of The HivesLex Hives.• Limited edition poster with purchase of Heart‘s Strange Euphoria box set.
• Limited-edition print with purchase of Sigur RosValtari.
• Color litho with purchase of Beach House‘s Bloom.
• Extremely limited mylar poster with purchase of Madonna‘s MDNA.
• Color lithograph with purchase of The Mars Volta‘s Noctourniquet.
• Large color lithograph with purchase of White RabbitsMilk Famous.
• Large color poster (designed through a fan contest) with purchase of the Robert Glasper Experiment‘s Black Radio.
• Large color lithograph with purchase of The Little WilliesFor the Good Times.
• 11×17 color poster with purchase of Disturbed‘s The Lost Children.
• 7-inch (“This City”/”Saturday Night Again”) with purchase of Patrick Stump‘s Soul Punk.
• Autographed lithograph with purchase of Mason JenningsMinnesota.
• 7-inch with purchase of Dum Dum GirlsOnly in Dreams.
• Lithograph with purchase of Kasabian‘s Velociraptor.
• Lithograph with purchase of We Are AugustinesRise Ye Sunken Ships.
• Color lithograph with purchase of Drive-By TruckersUgly Buildings, Whores and Politicians: Greatest Hits 1998-2009.
• Lithograph with purchase of Incubus If Not Now, When?
• Two-sided glossy poster with purchase of Peter Murphy‘s Ninth.
• Limited-edition color lithograph with purchase of Tedeschi Trucks Band‘s Revelator.
• Many more — just ask an RX clerk!