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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.   Patty Lee
  6.   Reprobates Resume
  7.   The Slip
  8.   Brace Yourself
  9.   Rodeo
  10.   Reformat
  11.   Knowing How the World Works
  12.   [Untitled Track]
  13.   No Sleeves
  14.   Disco Drive
  15.   Tragic Monsters
  16.   Blackouts on Thursday
  17.   Bringing Us Down
  18.   Crawling Can Be Beautiful
  19.   Scotchgard the Credit Card
  20.   Adopduction
  21.   Poltergeist
  22.   Dirty Knails
  23.   One Way Widow
  24.   The Equestrian
  25.   Sleepless in Silver Lake
  26.   Yawn, Yawn, Yawn
  27.   One to Three
  28.   Dear Crutches
  29.   Our Coastal Hymn
  30.   Obsessed With the Excess
  31.   Hold On to Your Genre
  32.   Pills
  33.   Kiss Kiss Is Getting Old
  34.   Comes & Goes
  35.   Who Rocks the Party
  36.   Calm Down
  37.   Daily Dares
  38.   Rome
  39.   We'll Make a Lover of You
  40.   Clear Spirits
  41.   Slugs in the Shrubs
  42.   The Lowest Bitter
  43.   Lips N' Stuff
  44.   Bloom on Demand
  45.   The Year Before the Year 2000
  46.   Excess Energies
  47.   Fading Vibes
  48.   The Sweat Descends
  49.   Hello Halo, Goodbye Glands
  50.   Raging in the Plague Age
  51.   Appetites
  52.   Pots & Pans
  53.   High and Unhinged
  54.   The Orchard
  55.   We've Got Boxes
  56.   Wake Up!
  57.   Roadside Memorial
  58.   Dishonest Don, Pt. 1
  59.   The End
  60.   This Incentive
  61.   Titan
  62.   Intro
  63.   New Teen Anthem
  64.   Cut It Out
  65.   Pluto
  66.   Cassolette
  67.   Scout's Honor
  68.   Je Taime
  69.   Raise Buildings
  70.   Blackouts
  71.   False Starts
  72.   I.C. Timer
  73.   Asleepers Union
  74.   In These Woods
  75.   Hide Me from Next February
  76.   DVD
  77.   Dishonest Don, Pt. 2
  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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