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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

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

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