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

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