Week Ending 9/22/2017
From time to time I like to spread the word about significant store milestones in the CIMS group. This week I’m going to talk about my store, The Record Exchange. I started The Record Exchange in Boise, Idaho, in 1977, which makes us 40 years old this fall. At the time, I didn’t know a damn thing about the music industry – I only knew I wanted to make music my profession somehow. I had ten grand in my pocket from a logging accident, which I and a partner spent buying inventory wherever we could find it. We built our own fixtures and opened the doors in a hole in the wall with vinyl and eight-tracks. A year later, we relocated to a better space downtown, I bought out my partner, and we've been here ever since.
Fast forward through nine expansions and three major remodels, owning three stores, then two, then one large survivor, and here we are. Moving to Idaho and starting the store were the two best moves I ever made except for meeting my wife, who helps run the store, and starting a family. I still never wake and dread going to work; I can’t imagine what that must be like. I'm grateful I've been able to have a career doing what I love, in an industry I still enjoy. And to share the experience with family and my CIMS and industry compatriots has made the journey even more meaningful.
We kicked off our 40th anniversary celebration on Sept. 24 with a sold-out Josh Ritter album release in-store. The festivities continue next week with JD McPherson and Anderson East in-stores, a staff reunion/customer appreciation party, and an evening of covers from 1977 performed live by some of our favorite Boise musicians.
Here's the full list of our anniversary events:
Coalition of Independent Music Stores
The Record Exchange
1105 W. Idaho Street
Boise, ID 83702
208.343.0107 x3 office
Here's what the CIMS staffers are fancying this week:
Scott Register - ThinkIndie A&R
Various Artists- The Vietnam War - A Film By Ken Burns & Lynn Novic - The Soundtrack (UME/UMG)
Have been heavily engaged in watching this documentary the past couple of weeks and over the weekend, I put these two discs in while driving my 17 and 14 year old sons to a soccer tourney in Chattanooga. The songs spurred conversations about everything from studying Bob Dylan in their high school English classes to the importance of the music to the social and political climate of the times to the timeliness of many of the songs in today’s world. The fact that these songs made both of my boys take their headphones off, listen, and engage in conversation is a testament to the power of the music made in that era. It’s still as powerful as it was all those years ago.
Andrea Paschal - CIMS/ThinkIndie General Manager
The Horrors- V (Caroline)
Love this band, loving this record. "Something To Remember Me By" on repeat.