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Somebody Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

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The three original members of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin -- lead guitarist Will Knauer, drummer Philip Dickey, and bassist Tom Hembree -- met in high school in Springfield, Missouri, and soon formed a pop band. It was Dickey who came up with the group's name while shopping with his mother one day in the local mall, and he also wrote most of their early material. Once in college, the trio added singer/guitarist John Robert Cardwell and bassist/recording engineer Jonathan James to the lineup, and the band set up a makeshift studio in Knauer's home to record Broom, which became their indie debut in 2005. Broom was only meant to be a local release. However, after the band uploaded some songs onto its website, the music press caught wind of the group's breezy pop music and helped spark a swell of online interest in the band. Along with a handful of other groups, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin became the toast of the blogosphere in 2006. That same spring, their song "Oregon Girl" ended up on an episode of The O.C., a sign that their popularity wasn't confined to the internet. A contract with Polyvinyl Records followed, and a remastered version of Broom appeared before the end of 2006. By that time, though, both Hembree and James had left, thus turning SSLYBY back into a three-piece with a rotating cast of additional guest musicians. James eventually rejoined the band, climbing aboard just in time for the release of their second full-length, Pershing. Issued in 2008, the album featured production by the bandmates themselves. SSLYBY decided to enlist the help of producer Chris Walla on their next album, though, and the resulting Let It Sway appeared to warm reviews in 2010. The following year, Polyvinyl released a compilation of the band's unreleased B-sides and demos titled Tape Club. The 2013 Polyvinyl release Fly by Wire returned the band to a three-piece lineup of Knauer, Dickey, and James, reflecting a more mature approach as well as a back-to-basics recording style back at Knauer's home. Their fifth studio album, 2015's The High Country, was recorded in Chris Walla's Hall of Justice studio and found the band upping tempos and power for a still melodically sweet but electrified, feedback-peppered reunion of SSLYBY's original lineup with Hembree returning on bass. ~ Marisa Brown
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Somebody Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

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Somebody Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   I Am Warm & Powerful
  3.   Oregon Girl
  4.   Sink/Let It Sway
  5.   Critical Drain
  6.   Young Presidents
  7.   Yellow Missing Signs
  8.   Glue Girls
  9.   Think I Wanna Die
  10.   Doris Tailspin (Boring Mountain)
  11.   Trevor Forever
  12.   What I Won
  13.   Song 1000
  14.   Bended
  15.   Cover All Sides
  16.   Anne Elephant
  17.   Let's Get Tired
  18.   Gwyneth
  19.   You Could Write a Book
  20.   House Fire
  21.   Song W
  22.   The Clod and the Pebble
  23.   HEERS
  24.   Full Possession of All Her Powers
  25.   Some Constellation
  26.   Song Will
  27.   Line on You
  28.   Same Speed
  29.   Boring Fountain
  30.   Bright Leaves
  31.   Loretta
  32.   Travel Song
  33.   Pangea
  34.   Harrison Ford
  35.   In Pairs
  36.   Made to Last
  37.   A Picture to Prove It
  38.   Bastard of Rome
  39.   Step Brother City
  40.   Chili Cook-Off
  41.   The Beach Song
  42.   Dead Right
  43.   We Can Win Missouri
  44.   Oceanographer
  45.   Stuart Gets Lost dans le Metro
  46.   Spinning Sea
  47.   Back in the Saddle
  48.   Ms. Dot
  49.   Banned (By the Man)
  50.   Foreign Future
  51.   Goal Mind
  52.   Letter Divine
  53.   Tin Floor 51
  54.   Fly by Wire
  55.   Nightwater Girlfriend
  56.   Total Meltown
  57.   Madeline
  58.   My Terrible Personality
  59.   Animalkind
  60.   Lower the Gas Prices, Howard Johnson
  61.   Modern Mystery
  62.   Bigger Than Yr Yard
  63.   Cardinal Rules
  64.   Not Worth Fighting
  65.   Song W + Song L
  66.   Phantomwise
  67.   What'll We Do
  68.   New Day
  69.   Sweet Owl
  70.   Go Upstairs
  71.   Magnet's New Summer 'Do
  72.   Unearth
  73.   Half-Awake (Deb)
  74.   Coming Through
  75.   Yr Broom
  76.   Anna Lee
  77.   All Hail Dracula!
  78.   Everlyn
  79.   Weekend
  80.   Lucky Young
  81.   Tanks Jam
  82.   Margaret Yang's Theme

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