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Les Savy Fav

Playing sharp but engaging post-hardcore with complex melodic lines, edgy guitar figures, and plenty of eccentric wit (their name, for instance, sounds French, but doesn't mean anything), Les Savy Fav were formed in 1995 by five friends attending the Rhode Island School of Design. Vocalist Tim Harrington, guitarists Seth Thom Jabour and Gibb Slife, bassist Syd Butler, and drummer Patrick Mahoney began making music together during downtime from their studies, and they spent two years playing clubs along the East Coast before their reputation spread to Seattle, where Sub Pop Records invited the band to record a single. "Rodeo" b/w "Blackouts on Thursday" was released in the fall of 1997, and by the end of the year, the band completed a full-length album, 3/5, released by the independent Self-Starter Foundation label. Les Savy Fav's live shows drew growing audiences, thanks to their striking music and Harrington's over-the-top stage antics, which sometimes included remarkable costumes and friendly invasion of the audience's space. For their second full-length effort, 1999's The Cat and the Cobra, the group opted to release their album through Frenchkiss Records, an independent label formed by bassist Butler. The second album also featured a new drummer, Harrison Haynes, who replaced Mahoney. In 2000, Les Savy Fav shrunk from a quintet to a quartet with the departure of guitarist Slife, and Go Forth, released in the fall of 2001, was their first full-length effort as a four-piece, following the well-received EP Emor: Rome Upside Down. In 2004, Les Savy Fav collected a number of their small-label singles on a compilation called Inches, and they maintained an increasingly busy schedule as a live act, busy enough that it was becoming difficult for Harrington, who was raising a family with his wife, and Butler, whose Frenchkiss label was enjoying success with the Hold Steady, Passion Pit, Local Natives, and many more. In 2005, Les Savy Fav announced they were going on an indefinite hiatus, but their sabbatical didn't last very long. By late 2006, the band reconvened to begin recording a new album, and in May 2007 they returned to the stage at the British All Tomorrow's Parties festival. Let's Stay Friends was released by Frenchkiss in the fall of 2007, and received enthusiastic reviews; it also found the band welcoming a new guitarist, Andrew Reuland, and working with a number of guest musicians, including Toko Yasuda of Enon and Blonde Redhead, Eleanor Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces, and comedian and percussionist Fred Armisen. Les Savy Fav documented their strength as a live act with the digital-only concert LP After the Balls Drop (recorded at a New Year's Eve show that rang in 2008), and in the summer of 2010, they issued their fifth full-length studio album, Root for Ruin. ~ Mark Deming
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  1.   Song
  2.   Let's Get Out of Here
  3.   What Would Wolves Do?
  4.   Meet Me in the Dollar Bin
  5.   Reprobates Resume
  6.   Patty Lee
  7.   Adopduction
  8.   Who Rocks the Party
  9.   The Equestrian
  10.   Reformat
  11.   Dear Crutches
  12.   Yawn, Yawn, Yawn
  13.   Dishonest Don, Pt. 1
  14.   Wake Up!
  15.   [Untitled Track]
  16.   Kiss Kiss Is Getting Old
  17.   Titan
  18.   Calm Down
  19.   Appetites
  20.   Raging in the Plague Age
  21.   Blackouts on Thursday
  22.   Knowing How the World Works
  23.   One to Three
  24.   Rome
  25.   The Orchard
  26.   Sleepless in Silver Lake
  27.   Poltergeist
  28.   Excess Energies
  29.   Clear Spirits
  30.   Brace Yourself
  31.   Slugs in the Shrubs
  32.   Comes & Goes
  33.   Pots & Pans
  34.   The Year Before the Year 2000
  35.   One Way Widow
  36.   We'll Make a Lover of You
  37.   Hold On to Your Genre
  38.   Bloom on Demand
  39.   Pills
  40.   Disco Drive
  41.   Tragic Monsters
  42.   No Sleeves
  43.   Roadside Memorial
  44.   We've Got Boxes
  45.   The Slip
  46.   The Sweat Descends
  47.   Dirty Knails
  48.   Fading Vibes
  49.   Lips N' Stuff
  50.   Hello Halo, Goodbye Glands
  51.   Obsessed With the Excess
  52.   Daily Dares
  53.   This Incentive
  54.   High and Unhinged
  55.   The Lowest Bitter
  56.   The End
  57.   Bringing Us Down
  58.   Our Coastal Hymn
  59.   Dishonest Don, Pt. 2
  60.   Scotchgard the Credit Card
  61.   Crawling Can Be Beautiful
  62.   Rodeo
  63.   Intro
  64.   New Teen Anthem
  65.   Cut It Out
  66.   Pluto
  67.   Cassolette
  68.   Scout's Honor
  69.   Je Taime
  70.   Raise Buildings
  71.   Blackouts
  72.   False Starts
  73.   I.C. Timer
  74.   Asleepers Union
  75.   In These Woods
  76.   Hide Me from Next February
  77.   DVD
  78.   Hit by a Train
  79.   Hit by a Car
  80.   When You Wake Up a Snake
  81.   Precision Auto
  82.   Brace Yourself
  83.   Comes and Goes
  84.   Kiss Kiss Is Getting Old
  85.   Raging in the Plague Age
  86.   Scotchguard the Credit Card
  87.   Slugs in the Shrubs
  88.   The Lowest Bitter

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