418457105412Here it is — the list of Record Store Day 2016 exclusives. More than 350 limited-edition pieces on vinyl, CD, cassette and other fun formats, all available at The Record Exchange on Saturday, April 16. Once they’re gone, they’re gone! [Full product descriptions and more album art available at]


Larkin Poe Live at The Record Exchange, 12:30pm — Opener and backing band for Elvis Costello’s sold-out Egyptian Theatre show will perform a special duo set presented by 94.9FM The River; purchase their new album Reskinned before its April 29 official release date! RSVP
RSD Exclusives Listening Party, 6-8pm — free Payette Brewing Co. beer and tons of raffle prizes, including drawings for the first five places in line on Record Store Day! RSVP
Coalition of Independent Music Stores 20th Anniversary: A Limited Edition Illustrated History book available for purchase. The book was produced and printed in Boise for national distribution and includes a forward from The Record Exchange Owner Michael Bunnell, who is Executive Director of CIMS and a founding board member of Record Store Day.
Santana “Santana IV” Listening Party, 8pm – enter to win a signed vinyl test pressing of the new album! RSVP
20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD/Blu-ray and cassettes!
Free bicycle parking provided by Boise Bicycle Project
350+ exclusives released — open 8am-10pm; Gift Shop opens at 7:30am for line. Free drip coffee and Guru Donuts courtesy of New West Records 7:30-8am! The Record Exchange will stay open until 10pm on Record Store Day. RSVP
Free commemorative RSD poster designed by Kelly Knopp for first 50 people to make a purchase!
– Free Idaho Kombucha Co. samples courtesy of Fat Possum Records!
20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD/Blu-ray and cassettes!
Free bicycle parking provided by Boise Bicycle Project
Radio Boise information booth on the sidewalk (10am-4pm)
Boise Hive information booth on the sidewalk (10am-4pm)
– 20% off used CDs, vinyl, DVD/Blu-ray and cassettes!
Free bicycle parking provided by Boise Bicycle Project


air808 State – Pacific Vinyl 12” EP

A-Ha – Hits South America 12″ EP

AIR – Casanova 70 12″ EP

The All-American Rejects – Move Along LP

ALO – Follow The Yarn 10″

alt J – Live At Red Rocks 2LP BOX

The Animals – Animal Tracks 10″Cover

Anthrax – “In The End”/”Antisocial” 7″

The Appleseed Cast – Peregrine (10th Anniversary Edition) 2LP

Atreyu – The Best Of Atreyu 2LP

James Bay – Chaos And The Calm 12” Picture Disc

Bee Gees/Faith No More – “I Started A Joke” 7″

88875195041_JK001_PS_01_01_01.inddBest Coast – “Late 20s” b/w “Bigger Man” 7″

Justin Bieber – Purpose 12″ Picture Disc

Big Data x RAC – Fair Trade 7″

Big Star – Complete Columbia: Live at University of Missouri 4/25/93 2LP

Bitty McLean / Bunny Rugs – Taxi Records Split EP Vinyl 10″

Bleachers – Terrible Thrills, Vol. 2 LP

bowie tvc15Blitzen Trapper – Field Rexx LP

BORNS – Live on KCRW’S Morning Becomes Eclectic 12” EP

David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World 12″ Picture Disc

David Bowie – TVC15 7″ Picture Disc

David Bowie – I Dig Everything – The Pye Singles 1966 12” EP

Bring Me The Horizon – “Live From Maida Vale” 7” Picture Disc

johnny cash blue trainBuddy Guy & Junior Wells – The Criteria Sessions LP

Buzzcocks – More Product in a Different Compilation: Best of the United Artists Recordings 2LP

Cancerous Growth – Hmmlmmlum… LP

Brandi Carlile – Live At KCRW ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic 12” EP

Johnny Cash – All Aboard the Blue Train with Johnny Cash LP

chvrchesCheap Trick – Found New Parts 10″

CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye Remix EP 12”

Circa Survive / mewithoutYou – Split 7″

Brandy Clark/Sheryl Crow – “Girl Next Door”/”Homecoming Queen” 7″

Clint Mansell/Kronos Quartet – Requiem For A Dream 2LP

Clutch – “Mad Sidewinder”/”Outland Special Clearance” 12″

john coltraneBob Cobert – Dark Shadows LP

John Coltrane – The Roulette Sides 10″

D.O.C. – No One Can Do It Better LP

Miles Davis – Ghetto Walkin’ 12″

Andra Day – Andra Day Live! 12″ EP

Dead Can Dance – Anastasis 2LP

Death Cab for Cutie – “Tractor Rape Chain”/”Black Sun” 7″deftones

Deerhoof – Offend Maggie LP

Deftones – B-Sides & Rarities 2LP

The Deviants – “You’ve Got to Hold On”/”Let’s Loot the Supermarket” 7″

J Dilla – The Diary LP

Disturbed – Sounds of Silence 12” Picture Disc

PJ007-LP-SLEEVEPeter Doherty/James Johnston – The Whole World Is Our Playground12″

The Doors – “Roadhouse Blues (Live)”/”A Feast of Friends” 7″

The Doors – Live at the Aquarius: The First Performance 3LP

Carl Douglas – “Kung Fu Fighting” 7″

Dr. Who – Genesis of the Daleks LP

Bob Dylan – “Melancholy Mood” 7″
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The Easybeats – Good Friday LP

The Electric Prunes – “I’ve Got a Way” / “World of Darkness” 7″

Alejandro Escovedo – 13 Years 2LP

Alejandro Escovedo – Gravity 2LP

Ethan Hawke & David Braid Quartet – “My Funny Valentine” b/w “I’ve Never Been In Love Before” 7″

Bill Evans – Some Other Time: The Lost Session From The Black Forest 2LPfela kuti

Brian Fallon – Georgia 10″

Jay Farrar – Sebastopol/thirdshiftgrottoslack 2LP

The Feelies – Uncovered 12” EP

Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Afrika ’70 – I Go Shout Plenty 10″

The Flaming Lips – Heady Nuggs Vol.II Studio Albums 2006 – 2012 8LP

fleetwood macThe Flaming Lips – Lightning Strikes The Postman CD

Fleetwood Mac – (Alternative) Tusk 2LP

Florence + The Machine – Delilah / Only Love Can Break Your Heart 12″

Foals – “Rain”/”Daffodils” 7″

Focus – “Hocus Pocus” 7″

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Rage Hard 12” EP

grateful deadKevin Gates – Islah 2LP

Dizzy Gillespie – The Champ LP

The Go! – Team Thunder, Lightning, Strike LP

Lukas Graham – “Seven Year”/”Seven Year (Live)” 12″

John Grant – Queen of Denmark LP

Grateful Dead – Capitol Theatre, Passaic NJ 4/25/77 4LP

Green River – 1984 Demos LPGET54082-LP_JAMES BROWN_LIVE AT THE APOLLO '72

GWAR – Scumdogs of The Universe LP

Halestorm – Into The Wild Live: Chicago 10″

Albert Hammond Jr. – Yours To Keep LP

Emmylou Harris – Wrecking Ball Deluxe Edition 3LP

Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – “Isn’t It True” 7″01, 11/4/15, 11:38 AM, 8C, 4118x4147 (1031+1895), 100%, Custom, 1/12 s, R74.0, G60.0, B82.0

Hot Hot Heat – “A Bobby Joan Sex Tape” b/w
“Nature Of Things (Unreleased Demo)” 7″

Marc Hurtado & Alan Vega – Sniper 2LP

Ida – Will You Find Me 2LP

The Idle Race – The Idle Race LP

Ignite – “Vipers and Thieves” 7″

The In Crowd – “That’s Strong My Love Is”/”Things She Says” 7″

Iron Maiden – Empire of the Clouds 12” Picture Disckinks

The James Brown Revue – Get Down At The Apollo With The J.B.’s 2LP

Etta James – At Last LP

Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind) – Live At Amoeba 12″

Jethro Tull – Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young to Die! LP

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – Sinner LP 12″

Johnny Cash – The Best of The Johnny Cash Show LP11222_03_Booklet_EdDlxP1P012

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – That’s It Baby Right Now We Got To Do It Let’s Dance LP

Killswitch Engage – Define Love 7” Picture Disc

Junior Kimbrough – “I Gotta Try You Girl (Daft Punk Remix)” 12”

The Kinks – Mister Pleasant 7” EP

The Kinks – Dave Davies Hits 7” EP

madonnaKMFDM – Salvation EP 12”

La Dispute – Tiny Dots 12” EP

Langhorne Slim & The Law – Live at Grimey’s CD

Lil Wayne – Tha Carter 2LP

Lil Wayne – Tha Carter II 2LP

Logic – The Incredible True Story 12” Picture Disc

mewLow/S.Carey – “Not a Word” b/w “I Won’t Let You” 10″

Lydia Lunch & Marc Hurtado – My Lover the Killer 2LP

Lush – Origami 5LP BOX

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear – Live At Grimeys 12” EP

Madonna – Like A Virgin & Other Hits 12″

Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life 12″

jason molinaMetz/Mission Of Burma – “Good Not Great” b/w “Get Off” 7″

Mew – And The Glass Handed Kites LP

The Mickey Finn – “Garden of My Mind”/”Time to Start Loving You” 7″

Mike Stuart Span – “Children of Tomorrow”/”Concerto of Thoughts” 7″

Miracle Legion – Portrait Of A Damaged Family LP

Grace Mitchell – Raceday CD

Erika_12JKT EPS_10.5 circleModern Jazz Quartet – The Quartet LP

Jason Molina – The Townes Van Zandt Covers 7″

Thelonious Monk – London Collection, Volume 3 LP

The Monkees – Classic Album Collection 10LP BOX

The Monkees – “Saturday’s Child”/”You Just May Be The One” 7” Picture Disc

Moody Blues – Moody Blues #1 LPmudcrutch

Alanis Morissette – Demos 1994-1998 LP

Mark Mothersbaugh – “Hello, My Good Friend” 12″

Mudcrutch – “Trailer”/”Beautiful World” 7″

Mumford & Sons + Baaba Maal – “There Will Be Time” 7″

Muse – “Reapers” 7″

notorius big?/? – Mystery Side By Side 7″

Graham Nash – This Path Tonight LP

Nevermore – The Politics Of Ecstasy 20 Year Anniversary Reissue 2LP

New Barbarians – New Barbarians 10″

Nothing – A.C.D. 12″

Notorious B.I.G. – “Mo Money, Mo Problems” 12″

pinbackOl Dirty Bastard – “Brooklyn Zoo”/”Shimmy Shimmy Ya” 12″

Otep – Generation Doom 12” Picture Disc

Outkast – “Elevators (Me & You)” 10″

Paul Butterfield Blues Band / Albert King – “Born Under a Bad Sign” 7″

Oscar Peterson – Tenderly 2LP

Pinback – Blue Screen Life 2LP

12199_12INPICTUREJohn Powell – How To Train Your Dragon LP

Elvis Presley – I’m Leaving’: Elvis Folk-Country LP

Puscifer – V is For Viagra 2LP Picture Disc

Radio Birdman – “Buried and Dead” / “Ballad of Dwight Fry” 7″

Jay Reatard – Blood Visions 10th Anniversary LP

The Remains – The Remains 12″

residentsJohn Renbourn – The Attic Tapes 2xLP

The Residents – Please Do Not Steal It! LP

Reverend Horton Heat – “Hardscrabble Woman” 7″

Rich Robinson – Got To Get Better In A Little While 10″

The Rockin’ Vickers – “Dandy”/”I Don’t Need Your Kind” 7”

Roecker I Melody – One Foot On The Mattress, The Other On The Floor LP

sex pistolsVarious Artists – The Rough Guide to East Coast Blues LP

Various Artists – The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Samba LP

Various Artists – The Rough Guide to Unsung Heroes of Country Blues LP

Run The Jewels – VRTJ Viewer

Sage Francis – Shit Brick House 7″

Saxon – Lionheart 12” Picture Disc

Scarface – Deeply Rooted 12″ Picture Discravi shankar

Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols Rhino 12” Picture Disc

The Shaggs – Sweet Maria b/w The Missouri Waltz (Missouri State Song) 7″

Ravi Shankar – In Hollywood, 1971 2LP

Billy Joe Shaver – “Wacko From Waco”/”When Fallen Angels Fly” 7″

Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle – “Wake Up Little Susie” / “Baby’s In Black” 7″

553432_SonVolt_Live_LP_Jacket_rev.inddSimple Minds – Big Music Tour 2015 2LP

Skrillex & Diplo (with Justin Bieber) – Where Are Ü Now 12″

Son Volt – Live At The Bottom Line 2LP

The Sonics – Live at Easy Street LP

Soul Asylum – Grave Dancers Union 2LP

John Williams – Star Wars: The Force Awakens “March of the Resistance b/w Rey’s Theme” (Millennium Falcon) 10” Picture Disc

sun raSoundtrack – Nosferatu (1922 film) 7” EP

Regina Spektor – Soviet Kitsch LP

Joe Strummer – Gangsterville 12″

Sun Ra – Spaceways LP

Superpitcher – So Far So Super 2LP

Matthew Sweet – Goodfriend (Another Take On Girlfriend) 2LP

tom pettyThe Sword – “John The Revelator” 7″

The Syndicats – “On the Horizon”/”Crawdaddy Simone” 7″

Talking Heads/Echosmith – “This Must Be The Place” 7″

The Faction – Yesterday Is Gone 12″

The Spektors / The Valentines – The Spektors & The Valentines: The Early Years Of AC/DC’s Bon Scott LP

The Weeknd – The Hills Remixes 12″

twenty one pilotsThe Thermals – “Hey You” 7″

Third Power – Believe LP

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Kiss My Amps II LP

Allen Toussaint – Live in Philadelphia 1975 LP

Frank Turner – Positive Songs For Negative People (Acoustic) LP

Twenty One Pilots – Double-Sided 7″

71443AI01r0_Skeleton copyThe Vandals – Sweatin’ To The Oldies LP

Jean-Claude Vannier – L’Enfant Assassin des Mouches Alternate Takes 7″

Various Artists – Dogfish Head Brewery Presents: Music To Drink Beer To, Vol. 2 LP

Various Artists – Silly Symphony Collection: The Skeleton Dance/Three Little Pigs 10″

Various Artists – Disney Favorite Songs LP

Various Artists – Hallucinations – Psychadelic Pop Nuggets 2LPnuggets

Various Artists – Sunday Nights: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough 2LP

Various Artists – The Blacklist: Music From The Television Series 12″

Various Artists – Get Me Home for Tea: Rare Psychedelic Rock from the U.K. LP

Various Artists – The Other Side of Sun: Sun Records Curated by RSD, Volume 3 LP

judgment nightVarious Artists – The Guest Soundtrack 2LP

Various Artists – John Wick LP

Various Artists – Joy Soundtrack 2LP

Various Artists – One Voice featuring Norah Jones, Aimee Mann, Susanna Hoffs, Lydia Loveless, Neko Case & Brian May 12″

Various Artists – Judgment Night (Soundtrack) LP

Various Artists – Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll 2LP

zevon flaming grooviesVarious Artists – Wake Up You V.1: The Rise And Fall Of Nigerian Rock Music 1972-1977 2LP

Various Artists – Cambodian Cassette Archives: Khmer Folk and Pop Music Vol. 1 2LP

Violent Femmes –  “Memory”/”You Move Me” 7″

Vitamin String Quartet – VSQ Performs Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories LP

Walk The Moon – You Are Not Alone (Live At The Greek) 2LP

lucinda williamsWarren Zevon/Flamin’ Groovies – “Werewolves of London” 7″ Picture Disc

Muddy Waters – Hoochie Coochie Man- Live at the Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club 2LP

Gerard Way – “Pinkish” b/w “Don’t Try” 7″

Lucinda Williams – Just A Little More Faith And Grace 12″

Wendy O. Williams – Fuck ‘n Roll (Live) 12″

Willie Nelson / Uncle Tupelo – “Truck Drivin’ Man” 7″

13th floor elevatorsThe Wizards – Purple Magic LP

Wolf Alice – “White Leather” b/w “Leaving You” 7″

Xiu Xiu – Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks LP

Lester Young – Blue Lester LP


13th Floor Elevators – “You’re Gonna Miss Me” b/w “Tried To Hide” (French EP Version) 10″

afrika bambaataaAfrican Head Charge – Super Mystic Brakes 10″

Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force – “Planet Rock” 12″

The Autumn Defense – The Green Hour LP

Joe Bataan – “Chick-a-Boom”/”Cycles of You” 7″

The Belairs – Volcanic Action 12″

The Bevis Frond – Miasma LP

GGR SINGLE POCKET JACKET UPDATED 032112Brokedowns/Direct Hit – Making A Midwesterner 7″

Hollis Brown – Cluster of Pearls 12” EP

Brujeria – Viva Presidente Trump! 7″

Candlemass – Epicus Doomicus Metallicus 12” Picture Disc

Gerald Casale – It’s All Devo LP

Al Casey – Surfin’ Hootenanny LP

satieCavern Of Anti-Matter – Void Versions 12″

The Challengers – Hot Rod Album 12″

Pearl Charles – Pearl Charles 12″

Charles Rumback & Ryley Walker – Cannots 12″ EP

Cho-Cho and Dasheen – Cool Pool Reggae 7″

Aldo Ciccolini – Erik Satie Gymnopedies LP

Stelvio Cipriani – Deviation 10″ EP11183_JKT

Shirley Collins – English Songs Volume 2 7” EP

Pascal Comelade and Les Liminanas – The Nothing Twist LP

Mike Cooper & Derek Hall – Out of The Shades LP

Dave Douglas – High Risk Dark Territory LP

De Lux – “Berlin Joe” b/w “Stranger Love” 7″

HKHW_Side A_12in PicDiscDeath – Vivus!: Dividium Live In Eindhoven 2LP

Mac DeMarco – Another (Demo) One LP

Eli “Paperboy” Reed – “Cut Ya Down” 7″

Al Escobar – Rhythmagic LP

Field Music – Field Music LP

Five Finger Death Punch – Got Your Six 12” Picture Disc

alejandro gravityFlat Duo Jets – “Pink Gardenia” / “Man With The Golden Arm” double 7”

The Fleshtones – “The End Of My Neighborhood” 7″

Blaze Foley – Duct Tape Messiah Original Soundtrack LP

John Frusciante – Foregrow EP 12”

Ezra Furman – Songs By Others 12” EP

Dylan Gardner – “Across The Universe”/”Diane Young” 7″

alejandroPatrick Gauthier – Bébé Godzilla 12” EP

Goblin – La Via Della Droga Original Soundtrack LP

Lotti Golden – “Sock It To Me Baby” 7″

Grapefruit – “Lullaby” / “Another Game” 7″

Hello Kitty – Hello World 12” Picture Disc

Hello Kitty On Ice – “Man With A Hole In His Throat” b/w “The Answer” 7″

88985306777_SL001_PS_01_01_01.inddIl Sogno Del Marinaio – The Whistling E.P. 7″

Bert Jansch – “Black Birds Of Brittany” / “Cuckoo” 7″

Chris Janson – Buy Me A Boat LP

Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers – Vive La Revolution (Live In Paris 1977) LP

Kid Millions – Beyond The Confession: Kid Millions Reworks Harry Taussig LP

buzzcocksLeft Lane Cruiser – Beck In Black LP

Locust – Morning Light 2LP

M.D.C. – This Bloods For You/ Millions of Damn Christians LP

Man Man – Six Demon Bag s LP

Metal Urbain – “Panik”/”Lady Coca Cola” 7″

Mn’Ms – Mn’Ms LP

david bowie pyeThe Move – Something Else By the Move 7” EP

Mueller/Roedelius – The Vienna Remixes 12″

Dave Myers – “Gear”/”Let The Good Times” 7″

NOFX – “Sid & Nancy” 7″

Charlie Parr – I Ain’t Dead Yet 10″

Richard Pinhas & John Livengood – Cyborg Sally 2LP

disney favorite songsPost Malone – “White Iverson””/Too Young” 12″

Radical Face – The Family Tree 4LP

Pete Rock – “Give It To Y’All” 7″

Roots Radics – World Cup 12″

The Runaways – The Runaways: Right Now/Black Leather 7″

Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet – I Guess We Were A Fucking Surf Band 4LPBOX

superchunkSkywave – Killerrockandroll K LP

The Summer Hits – Beaches and Canyons LP

Superchunk – Tossing Seeds (Singles 1989-91) LP

Tiger Joanie Scott – “Baby I Need Your Lovin'” b/w “Kansas City” 7″

Todd Rundgren & Utopia – Disco Jets LP

The Tornadoes – Best of The Tornadoes 12″

11183_JKTTrespassers – William Anchor LP

The Turtles – “Happy Together” 7″

Twiztid – Twiztid Presents: The Dojo 7″

Piero Umiliani – La Legge dei Gangsters (Gangster’s Law) 2LP

Various Artists – C86 2LP

Various Artists – Crooked Beat Records Presents: A Bang On The Ear LP

star warsVarious Artists – Der Zeltweg: Italian Tapes Industrial Music 1982-1984 Volume 2 LP

Various Artists – Heartworn Highways: 40th Anniversary Edition Box Set 2LP BOX

Various Artists – Los Alamos Grind! CD

Various Artists – Monster a Go-Go Volume 1 LP

Various Artists – Sixties Japanese Garage-Psych Sampler LP

88875195531_JK001_PS_01_01_01.inddVarious Artists – Songs the Bonzo Dog Band Taught Us: A Pre History of the Bonzos 2LP

Various Artists – Todo Muere Vol. 5 LP

Nick Waterhouse – “I Got Lost (Old Place Pt I & II)” 7″

The Weepies – Say I Am You LP

Matthew E. White – “Cool Out”/”Maybe In The Night” 7″


88985301181_JK001_PS_01_01_01.inddAndrew McMahon – In The Wilderness The Canyons EP 10″

Anti-Flag – Live Acoustic At 11th Street Records LP

James Bay – Chaos and The Calm Deluxe CD

Blonde Redhead – Peel Sessions 7″

Bonobo – Henri Texier: Les LeBas (Bonobo Remix) 12″

Billy Don Burns – A Night in Room 8 LP

Cheap Trick – At Budokan: The Complete Concert 2LP

frank zappaCreedence Clearwater Revival – 1969 Box Set 3LP BOX

The Fall – The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country on the Click) 12” EP

Fort Minor – The Rising Tied 2LP

Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention – “My Guitar” / “Dog Breath” 7”

Hamilton Leithauser & Paul Maroon – I Could Have Sworn 12” EP

Jimi Hendrix – Smash Hits LP

jimi hendrixHigher Authorities – Neptune

Husker Du – In A Free Land 7″

Iggy & The Stooges – METALLIC K.O. LP

J.D. Crowe & The New South – J.D. Crowe & The New South (40th Anniversary Edition) LP

Langhorne Slim – When The Sun’s Gone Down LP

metallicaLinkin Park – Road To Revolution: Live at Milton Keynes 2LP

Metallica – Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France June 11th, 2003 CD

mewithoutYou – Ten Stories LP

Mike McCready, Duff McKagan, Mark Arm & Barrett Martin – KEXP Presents: Raw Power: A Tribute To Iggy & The Stooges Live From the Rooftop of Pike Place Market August 23rd, 2015 LP

ramonesPhish – Hoist 2LP

Ramones – “Judy Is A Punk” 7″

Rockabye Baby! – Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Creedence Clearwater Revival LP

Roots Manuva – Switching Sides 12” EP

Patti Smith – Horses Live Electric Lady Studios 2LP

Regina Spektor – Begin To Hope (Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition) 2LP

patti smithSublime – Jah Won’t Pay The Bills LP

Sublime – Jah Won’t Pay The Bills CASSETTE

Various Artists – Across The Universe 2LP

Various Artists – Jazz Dispensary: Cosmic Stash 4LP BOX

Various Artists – Los Alamos Grind! LP

Will Johnson/Water Liars – Inclined/Moccasin Bones

Rob Zombie – Well, Everybody’s Fucking In A U.F.O. 10″



alive after five finaleJoin us on Wednesday, Aug. 26, for the annual end-of-season Record Exchange Party at Alive After Five featuring a special double headlining bill of Greg Holden and Phases. This free, all-ages concert on the Grove Plaza in Downtown Boise kicks off at 5 p.m. with Go Listen Boise opener Edmond Dantes.


418456370527-500Singer and songwriter Greg Holden has earned recognition as an independent artist for the past several years, though he is perhaps best known for writing the massive hit “Home” — the debut single for American Idol winner Phillip Phillips that sold five million tracks in the U.S. and earned Holden an ASCAP Pop Award. He’s also found success with “The Lost Boy” — a poetic rumination inspired by a Dave Eggers’ novel about a Sudanese refugee that hit No. 1 on iTunes in Holland and raised over $50,000 for the Red Cross. Within two weeks of being featured on Sons of Anarchy, “The Lost Boy” sold 30,000 downloads in the U.S. and debuted at No. 36 on Billboard’s Rock chart. Soon Holden will also be known for the passionate, purpose-driven rock songs on his major-label debut album Chase the Sun, like the anthemic “Hold On Tight” and “Save Yourself.” Those songs, plus Holden’s powerful voice led Warner Bros. Records to sign the Scottish-born, England-bred, New York-based artist earlier this year. His future is wide open.

But Holden’s career almost didn’t happen. He nearly gave up on the music business altogether a few times over the course of the past few years. The first was after he spent a significant amount of his own money (in addition to $30,000 crowd-funded through Kickstarter) to make his Tony Berg-produced 2011 album I Don’t Believe You, watched his label go bust, and was left unable to promote it. The second was when he went into debt after “The Lost Boy” charted overseas and he set out on a sold-out tour of Holland. “I borrowed petrol money from my drummer so we could drive around Europe in his car,” Holden recalls. “That’s how bad it was. I was driving to my sold-out shows thinking, ‘I’m coming off this tour and I’m giving this shit up. How can I afford to keep doing it?’ I was ready to call it a day.’”

Fortunately, “Home” became a success and Holden embarked on a life-changing, seven-week trip to India and Nepal in February 2013 that renewed his drive to be an artist. “The trip gave me a new perspective on how lucky I was, and the fact that I can make music for a living is a miracle,” Holden says. “I came home from India and wrote most of my new album almost immediately.” The chorus of the album’s first single “Hold On Tight” is as such: “I don’t take my life for granted /
I’m gonna hold on tight to what I’ve been handed.”

“My last album was brutally honest, but I was very much pointing the finger in the wrong direction,” Holden says. “I was projecting my problems onto everybody else. I guess I just realized that was not a good way to be. This new album is about looking at my own shit and realizing ‘I’m lucky. We’re all lucky and we don’t know it and we should.’ I really want to make people think with my songs. I’d love for people to take on a more compassionate way of thinking and start considering others besides themselves, myself included.”

Given his thoughtful, inspired songwriting, it’s not surprising that Holden’s earliest musical influence was Bob Dylan. Holden was 17 and working at McDonald’s when one of the managers gave him four of Dylan’s albums thinking maybe Holden would like them. “When I heard his albums, I was like, ‘I want to do this,’ He just didn’t give a f**k. I loved how he rebelled. I always secretly wanted to rebel, but was too scared of being disciplined,” says Holden, who was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and spent his teenage years in Lancashire, England, raised by his mother and a “very strict” stepfather. “I started playing so I could write my own music,” he says. “I didn’t learn covers or anything like that. I picked up a guitar and immediately began writing songs. As soon as I decided to write, I knew I wanted to do it for a living. It was about expressing myself because I never felt like I could in any other way.”

Holden’s path to the present found him moving to Brighton where he spent two years playing in a punk band, followed by two years in London after he decided to pursue a solo career. (He worked at the Apple Store “teaching old people how to send emails and cute girls how to use Facebook.”) Holden also made a handful of trips to New York City between 2007 and 2009, where he recorded his independently released album, 2009’s A Word in Edgeways. “The first time I came to New York it was like meeting a girl,” Holden says. “I was totally smitten and couldn’t stop thinking about it.”

He has made the city his home since 2009 and its grittiness and urgency bleed into the songs he has written (either on his own, or with his co-writers Tofer Brown, Richard Harris, Garrison Starr, and Ace Enders) for Chase the Sun. Produced by Greg Wells (Adele, OneRepublic), the music is modern, yet timeless, brimming with tough, vibrant energy that thoroughly showcases Holden’s lean, literate songwriting.

“I want people to listen to this album and think, ‘Where the hell did this come from?’” Holden says. “I would love them to really pay attention to the words in these songs. I’m hoping that if they do, they will have some kind of meaningful reaction. That’s what I would love.”


Phases began, as big things often do, with a daydream.

But unlike most pennies cast into wishing pools by starry-eyed kids, this particular vision came through loud and clear, specific and fully formed, to the minds of people who were looking for a sign. Call it serendipitous, written in the stars or what you will, but the four longtime friends, collaborators, and members of Phases know: when the universe speaks, it’s in your best interest to listen.

After over a decade of intertwined pasts making music, the Los Angeles-based quartet of friends Z Berg, Alex Greenwald, Jason Boesel, and Michael Runion were able to check off a major bucket-list box when they formed a band together in 2009. Releasing an album as Jjamz in 2012, they returned to LA in 2013 after touring to an uncertain future. Creatively confused and encountering some interpersonal turbulence, the fate of Jjamz seemed doomed. Feeling like it was a hopeless case, Berg announced that she was moving to Nashville to pursue a folk music career and change of scenery.

“In my mind, we were not going to make another record and I just had to get out of LA,” says Berg. “I felt truly displaced for the first time in a city I’ve always been in love with. So I said to the universe, ‘If you want me to stay, give me a reason.’” The trio of gentlemen carried on in an attempt to reanimate what had felt like a creative dead end, and began writing material with both a fresh, lightened tone and a new, unassuming intention that they found reinvigorating, and perhaps subconsciously hoped the changes would convince their singer to stay.

“We weren’t sure what it would yield,” says Runion of the free-flowing, highly creative sessions. “We thought, ‘Let’s just keep doing this until the dust settles.’”

Adds Boesel: “‘Tread water, I hope there’s a ship that’s gonna grab us!’”

The new upbeat sounds, heavily influenced by Greenwald’s recent experimental solo recordings made in his Laurel Canyon home on an outdated version of GarageBand, made their way to Berg, who was still looking for a sign. “I hadn’t been able to write for this band after the first record,” she says. “When they played me this new thing they were working on, it sounded like the opposite of my fucking folk music, and like something I wanted to do. It sounded like weird, future spaceship music, from a very old spaceship. I thought, ‘Alright, whatever happens, let’s at least work on this and make songs for fun, without thinking where they go or who they’re for.” (Who could have known that the ship Boesel was waiting for was from space?)

Around this time, Boesel was sitting in his kitchen when he was struck by the aforementioned thunderbolt. The daydream was vivid and simple: The quartet, including Berg, would make six demo songs, play them for the esteemed A&R man and producer Mike Elizondo, he would sign the band to Warner Bros. Records, and together they would release a new album. “That was it,” says Boesel. “At the very least that would be a goal to make us finish the songs, since we were taking a while to bring it all together. And Elizondo came into my mind as the individual who should hear this music and advance it somehow; he was the only person I even considered.”

And so the reunited band set out to do just that. Greenwald was nominated to produce, navigating a wholly unique path through his computer’s long un-updated apps and plug-ins. They wrote and jammed in his home, taking full advantage of the three-story ceilings to make big and weird sounding constructions, trading instruments and using unfamiliar equipment like the OP-1 portable synthesizer. Visually compelling movies were soundlessly projected on the walls and much “MarioKart” was played. The fun had returned.

“We did a lot of hanging out,” says Greenwald. “The sessions were very conducive to putting something on the projector and talking about sounds. We got a big kick out of watching a lot of Tron and Total Recall.”

“For us to work involves another six hours of us not working,” says Berg.

Once the resulting half-dozen songs were finished, they made their way to the intended target. And just as the dream had promised, Elizondo was instantly sold, signing the band to Warner and even booking them in his studio to record an album and co-produce. The universe had answered.

“I played Elizondo these songs and right on the spot he said, ‘I would like to sign you and produce this record,’ says Berg. “That was the hilarious joke, the universe’s sign. It was exactly how Jason had described it, in an amusingly prophetic way.”

“It was like in Finding Nemo when the fish are struggling and then suddenly they get into the jet stream,” laughs Boesel.

Fully energized by the plentiful positive thinking and collaborative spirit, they went into the studio immediately to write more songs. Elizondo’s wildly eclectic resume and ability to marry disparate musical elements cohesively gave the band exactly what they needed in terms of a sounding board. Together, they identified this new outfit’s optimal vibe as “if Blondie made Thriller,” creating a weird, delicate world unique to itself, blending decades and influences from each member in equal part.

“This band has always been totally collaborative,” says Berg. “Alex and I came from bands where we wrote everything ourselves. Now we write everything together. Any new experience is very exciting for me, and we wanted to take advantage of group creativity. The songs sound fun because it was fun. I had never written songs about anything fun before in my life. ‘I’m in a great mood, let’s write a song about it!’”

“We wanted the songs to be fun, danceable, and engaging,” says Greenwald. “That’s how the tracks started, and then in the studio the things we added had to maintain that level of excitement.”

“We set a certain standard for what we wanted to hear and then went wild,” says Runion.

And go wild they did. Songs like “Betty Blue,” “Silhouette,” “I’m In Love With My Life,” and “Cooler” sparkle with heat and light, each infused with elements from each member’s bag of tricks, propelled and popping with life. It’s a seamless blend of sunshine and sugar, but it also hums with darker electricity from the boogie nightclubs of bygone eras, all the while sounding completely and urgently modern.

In fact, the band’s name even came to them in another moment of serendipitous synchronicity, as their manager, upon hearing the completed songs for the first time, excitedly relayed how she was instantly whisked away to her teenage years spent dancing in an ’80s club in The Valley called Phases. It was the universe tapping them on the shoulder yet again; the name was a perfect fit, as it also worked to signify their transition into the next mode of their career.

Phases is the result of four friends listening to the universe and working tirelessly to make their dream a reality. For all the serendipity and magic involved, the real through line was a year of the hardest work and most prolific collaboration any of the group had ever experienced. The result is a party album culled from all the best moments of its players’ favorite decades, a cosmic validation of shared creativity, and turning past struggle and strife into excitement and pure joy. Without the trust in their own abilities together and apart, without each domino falling into its right place, without simply believing in the power of a daydream, who knows what the universe would have had up its sleeve?

“I’m just trying not to question it,” says Berg.

“For me, it comes back to, ‘Let’s just get out of the way,” says Runion.

“But it’s also like, we are the way,’ says Boesel. “We are the thing that’s moving, let’s not jump off this moving vehicle.”


a2830997624_2The members of Edmond Dantes met while teaching at Boise Rock School. Since playing their first gig together in 2012, they have released two mini-albums, Etta (2013) and Juno (2014), and 6:13 – The Soundtrack to Almosting It (2015). All three releases were top Boise sellers.

In 2015, Edmond Dantes scored the film Almosting It, a major motion picture featuring Terry Kiser, Lee Majors, Jane Merrow and Will VonTagen. Barring one Count Basie song, the entire movie soundtrack was comprised of original songs by Edmond Dantes. Edmond Dantes has been featured on Tender Loving Empire’s “Friends of Friends” compilation and the Idaho Ho Ho with Moxie Java compilation.

Edmond Dantes is a frequent collaborator with the Idaho dance community, specifically the performance art organization LED. Edmond Dantes has played Treefort Music Fest three times, including a main stage performance in 2014.

In addition, Ryan and Andrew (the core members of Edmond Dantes) also like cheeseburgers.

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Parking is available in the Downtown Public Parking Garages where the First Hour is Free. Bring a chair, and please no outside food AND beverages or pets allowed in the Grove Plaza during the event. Should the event be cancelled due to bad weather, the bands will play at Liquid (405 S. 8th Street, Boise).
The event is organized by the Downtown Boise Association (DBA) and is a fundraiser for downtown cleaning services, beautification projects and marketing. The Downtown Boise Association mission is to be the steward for the promotion and operation of Downtown Boise as an attractive, safe and vibrant place to work, shop, live and play. Alive After Five is a downtown marquee event that attracts thousands to downtown throughout the summer.
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This week’s Alive After Five Headliner: The Ravenna Colt
Go Listen Boise’s Local Opener: Mississippi Marshall And The Juke Daddys


Johnny Quaid began The Ravenna Colt in 2008 as a vehicle for his songwriting. As a founding member of My Morning Jacket, he lent his talents as a guitar player and engineer to the band for six years, three albums and an array of EPs and singles. After parting amicably with the band in early 2004, he moved to California and worked as a carpenter, all the while writing songs, releasing the first album “Slight Spell” in 2010. “Terminal Current,” The Ravenna Colt’s second album, was released in early 2015 to rave reviews.