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

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