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

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