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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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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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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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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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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. Blood for Blood
2. Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams
3. Southsiders
4. El Pintor
5. Ritual in Repeat
6. Primitive and Deadly
7. Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar
Robert Plant
8. Physical World
Death From Above 1979
9. Into the Wide
Delta Spirit
10. They Want My Soul

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The Record Exchange is proud to be part of Radio Boise's KRBX Card program! Present your card on Sunday and New Release Tuesday (6-9 p.m.) and get 20% off all gift shop items and 20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD, Blu-ray and cassettes!



September 18th, 2014


CIMS-Coalition-468x60_greenkCbVT5T6jDcA4HiRom8ozE3vKqDDJCFUh-mbvcKaGshXcsQQnsVh4KIO94ja37OMN7xb62KcO4PbzQo_iV992wyC55IpSji9pwDwgLOSgYClyWnQx8rc-cU1F3qFKcOhNPpfI8xDIDHKN9vP9LVXW183WaWxKvRnj7Yjtn4=s0-d-e1-ftThere’s a new Aphex Twin album coming out Tuesday, Sept. 23. It’s called Syro, and The Record Exchange will have it on CD and vinyl!

The RX is one of a handful of indie stores worldwide to get our hands on an exclusive dropcard that you can get now with your preorder of Syro.

The dropcard unlocks exclusive digital content that on a site only functional on the Tor Browser. The Tor-only Syro site is built as a reaction to and statement on corporate and government data collection, and online privacy. By using the Tor Browser no useable data is collected, and the clear-website which most people are seeing illustrates this difference, thus encouraging Aphex Twin fans to use an encrypted browser to learn more about this album but also opening up a wider conversation about our internet-dominated lives.

September 18th, 2014



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.)


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.”

September 16th, 2014


vinyl tuesday poster reduced 475Starting Tuesday, Sept. 16, every Tuesday at The Record Exchange is Vinyl Tuesday, with customers receiving up to $5 in used vinyl* with every $25 in new vinyl purchased on Tuesdays!

Join us for our Vinyl Tuesday Kickoff Party from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 16 and we’ll treat you to free beer (21 & older with I.D.) courtesy of our friends at Payette Brewing Co. and raffle prizes every 30 minutes!

* 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.

September 16th, 2014


Here’s a quick look at the bright and shiny new releases this week at The Record Exchange:


Train – Bulletproof Picasso

Mike Doughty – Stellar Motel

Various Artists – Dead Man’s Town: A Tribute to Born in the U.S.A.

Medeski, Scofield, Martin and Wood – Juice

Jimi Hendrix – Cry of Love

Jimi Hendrix – Rainbow Bridge

George Strait – The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators – World on Fire

The Kinks – The Best of the Kinks 1964-1971

Barbra Streisand – Partners

Tim McGraw – Sundown Heaven Town

Cannibal Corpse – Skeletal Domain

Fauntleroys – Below the Pink Pony

James – La Petite Mort

Easy Star All-Stars – The Dub Side of the Moon Anniversary Edition

Flyleaf – Between the Stars

Ann Hampton Callaway – From Sassy to Divine: The Sarah Vaughn Project

Dark Horses – Hail Lucid State

Jerry Douglas – Three Bells

The Earls of Leicester – The Earls of Leicester

Steelism – 615 to Fame

Franz Ferdinand – Late Night Tales

Ministry – 12 Inch Singles

Moon Hooch – This is Cave Music

Blake Mills – Heigh Ho

Madden Brothers – Greetings from California

Bostich and Fussible – Nortec Collective Presents Motel Baja

Sepultura and Les Tambours du Bronx – Metal Veins: Live at Rock in Rio

Otherwise – Peace at All Costs (deluxe edition also available)

Iron Reagan – The Tyranny of Will

Apocalyptica – Cult

The Contortionist – Language

Motionless in White – Reincarnate

Texas in July – Bloodwork

Marco Benevento – Swift

Pineapple Thief – Magnolia

Tom Russell – Songs of the Old West

New Model Army – Between Wine and Blood

Bacon Brothers – 36 Cents

Garth Brooks – Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks – In Pieces

Garth Brooks – No Fences

Garth Brooks – Ultimate Hits


Train – Bulletproof Picasso

Baths – Ocean Death

Ryan Adams – Jacksonville

Allah-Las – Worship the Sun

Shellac – Dude Incredible

Metallica – & Justice For All

Metallica – Kill Em All

Metallica – Ride the Lightning

Phish – A Picture of Nectar

Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas

Grateful Dead – Live at the Cow Palace: New Year’s Eve 1976

Black Star – Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star

Talib Kweli – Quality

Cannibal Corpse – Skeletal Domain

Beach Boys – 20/20

Beach Boys – Beach Boys in Concert

John Lee Hooker – The Country Blues of John Lee Hooker

Aaron Behrens and the Midnight Stroll – Aaron Behrens and the Midnight Stroll

Half a Nice Life – Deathconsciousness


Anthrax – Chile on Hell DVD

Sepultura and Les Tambours du Bronx – Metal Veins: Live at Rock in Rio DVD

Godzilla DVD

September 16th, 2014


Kindness-PoonehGhana-retouched1The Record Exchange is pleased to offer a very special, limited LP for pre-order.  Adam Bainbridge (aka Kindness) brought a Polaroid 600 camera courtesy of Impossible Project on a recent round of tour dates. From LA to Barcelona, from Sweden to Berlin, he snapped away.  What he captured was random acts of Kindness. Glimpses into his creativity, personality and tour life.  And he’s sharing this series of snapshots as special, individual inserts via a very limited LP pre-order of Otherness available at select indie record stores, including the RX!

This release is limited to 100 copies nationwide – order HERE or visit us in person!