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

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