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

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