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

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