Reviews and Suggestions

CD Review: Fauxbois “Carry On”

Fauxbois began as a bedroom folk project when chief songwriter Brian Mayer (originally from Boise, Idaho) started writing songs in his Brooklyn apartment in 2000. After playing solo and with various lineups for a while, he began recording in 2007 with Portland musicians Point Juncture WA. He recruited Caleb and Tori McKim, Scott and Kate Seward, Shaun King and Trevor Kamplaign and the band morphed into Fauxbois in 2009. They released Carry On on Spark and Shine Records last fall.

When I first heard the title track off Fauxbois’s Carry On, I was struck by the resemblance to Built to Spill, in terms of vocals and guitar style – particularly the band’s earlier recordings like There’s Nothing Wrong With Love from 1994. Carry On also sounds like a pared down, minimalist version of Built to Spill’s Keep It Like a Secret from 1997. This similarity is not entirely surprising, considering the band toured with Built to Spill last summer and appeared on the Rotating Tongues 2 compilation alongside Boise locals such as Doug Martsch (Built to Spill) and Finn Riggins. The tracks where the Built to Spill comparison is most valid are the ballads “Remember February” and “Shadowboxing.”

Artists and Bands

A Year in Review – RRR Staff Weigh In On Their Top Picks of ’09 – Part 1

grammyThe end of the year usually means three things: resolutions, new challenges and opportunities and, of course, lists! Flipping through a music magazine (whether online or in print) at this time of year and not finding a list of the Top 5 This and Top 10 That is pretty much impossible.

So, we here at RRR decided to jump on the bandwagon (after all, we like to give the people what they want!) and bring you the best of the best from the music of ’09, with a twist. Rather than asking staff to fight it out and put together one sole comprehensive list, we decided we’d let everyone sift through the gems (as well as all those painful albums that made you cringe and think “What in the world were they on?”) and put together their own individual Tops.

But before we begin I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year (even though I’m a bit late) and thank you all for making RRR a regular part of your musical intake. (Please don’t leave us in 2010, we love you!)

In Part 1 you’ll find:
1) Top 10 Albums – Stefany Mohebban
2) Top 10 Albums – Bill Sullivan
3) Top 10 Albums (Rock & Metal) – Jon Asher
4) Top 20 Albums (Power Pop) – Aaron Kupferberg