Record Store Day went down at the Record Exchange on April 21 and it continued the five-year-old holiday's upward trend, with hundreds of special releases, a full day of performances both inside and outside the store and a wicked bake sale courtesy of Go Listen Boise.
The hot items of the day were the Feist/Mastodon split, and The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, both of which sold out before 9:30 a.m. The Jack White/ICP collaboration didn't sell quite as quickly.
Record Store Day was capped off with a special CD release concert from Curtis Stigers, who dropped his new album, Let's Go Out Tonight, three days early for the packed house.
"It looks like Occupy Record Store in here," Stigers quipped.
The international event has been such a success that Record Exchange Owner and Executive Director of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores Michael Bunnell, told BW that he has been contacted by book store owners about how to stage a similar event to celebrate their independent ownership.
In other news, The Red Room is launching a new free concert series. Atypical Tuesdays will feature bands that don't sound anything like each other playing for free (though donations will be accepted for touring acts). It should nicely fill the hole left by the Uber Tuesdays series at VAC. The series kicks off Tuesday, May 1, with folksters AKA Belle playing with Meth House Party Band. Atypical indeed.
In news about terrible touring acts, Nickelback is still coming to Boise. But the mullet-rock band's performance had to be rescheduled. So now, instead of avoiding the Idaho Center on Wednesday, June 20, those with any taste whatsoever should avoid it on Wednesday, June 13. Tickets already sold will still be honored at the gate but will likely be scorned elsewhere.
In local news, bluegrass-stompers Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats have been announced as the headliners for the Boise Bike Week Block Party that will take over the Linen Building on Thursday, May 17.
And finally, the music world lost a few goodies last week, broadcaster Dick Clark and Levon Helm, whose beats and vocals were the foundation of The Band. In addition to its own music, The Band backed Bob Dylan when he went electric. As is BW's tradition with notable and celebrity passings, we solicited memorial haikus from our staff and readers. Haikus for Helm and Clark can be read at boiseweekly.com.