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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

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

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