Bought Some Albums Yesterday (or: Golly, I Love The Record Exchange)

Yesterday afternoon was one of those late-February days in Boise that can lull you into the fanciful notion that spring has arrived- the sun is shining, temperatures are flirting with the 60s, and things feel ALIVE.  My head knows that more cold, wind, and clouds are coming, but my heart soars as I start to think about all of the glorious things that come with longer days and warmer temperatures: outdoor music, night drives, baseball, backpacking, rafting and kayaking.

With that in mind, I decided to check out of work for a bit and take a stroll over to one of my favorite places in the City of Trees (and one of the few remaining independent record stores in the PNW), The Record Exchange.  I buy all of my music here, as well as almost all of my concert tickets.  Sure, I can get all of that online, but it feels good to spend a little time with those fine folks (Go Ms, John) and all that music.

While there I picked up my 2016 album of the year, Drive-By Truckers’ American Band.  This is one of the very best rock bands in America at their best and most political, and I absolutely adore it.

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I also grabbed my 2018 album of the year, the rocking but thoughtful Rainier Fog from Alice In Chains.  Although Layne will always be missed, these guys have found a special magic that continues and builds on that legendary bands legacy.

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Although they weren’t in stock, I placed an order on my favorite record from last year, Andrew Bird’s aptly titled My Finest Work Yet as well as my 2014 winner, Timber Timbre’s Hot Dreams.

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For those Boiseans who haven’t gone in to browse music, grab a coffee, or see an in-store performance, I cannot recommend you do so adamantly enough.  For those who already know and love this place, just a friendly reminder to support local music vendors (as well as local music).  Long Live The Record Exchange!