Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Announces Tour and Premieres “Sink / Let It Sway” Video


Someone Still Loves You Boris Yelsin kicked off their spring tour on Monday, April 25 in Columbia, MO at Mojo’s and will be wrapping it up May 3 at the Rock Shop in Brooklyn, NY. The tour will be featuring support from Minnesota band Koo Koo Kangaroo. The band also released their “Sink/Let It Sway” video featuring the band in various rubber masks (one Conan O’Brien, one Hilary Clinton). The video shows the band running constantly creating chaos whenever they can and eventually settling down at a raging party where Hilary wales on the drums and Conan does some crazy guitar moves. The song rocks, but the video should not be watched drunk. It will make you nauseous. Just a tip. Anyway, featured below are the tour dates for SSLYBY:

Apr. 25 – Columbia, MO – Mojo’s

Apr. 26 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall

Apr.28 – Champaign, IL – Courtyard Cafe

Apr. 29 – Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox

Apr.30 – Philadelphia, PA – Blockley Pourhouse

May 01 – Washington DC – Rock and Roll Hotel

May 02 – South Orange, NJ – Seton Hall University

May 03 – Brooklyn, NY – The Rock Shop

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Song of the Day: “(Into The) Modern Mystery” – Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin vs. Sound of Arrows


Into The Modern Mystery (Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin vs. Sound of Arrows) by NickGarcia

Aerosmith Take on Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin


In an interesting change of event, Aerosmith has taken on Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin….kind of. The SSLYBY has just released a fan made video for the song “Back in the Saddle,” featuring clips of classic rock Godfathers Aerosmith. Get ready to laugh because it will have you rolling out of your chair! We can’t even imagine how much work and effort went into finding the perfect clips for this video.

Modern Mystery’s 2 Year Anniversary / SSLYBY Contest!

DO YOU LOVE SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN AS MUCH AS WE (OBVIOUSLY) DO?

Then check out our new contest!

Modern Mystery is giving away a VINYL TEST PRESSING copy of Let It Sway courtesy of the nice people at Polyvinyl Records. The contest starts NOW!

To enter the contest, please send your name and e-mail address to us with a paragraph (that’s like 4 sentences kids) stating why you love SSLYBY so much. This shouldn’t be that hard, right?

The contest ends Tuesday, September 7th at Midnight. The winner will be notified by e-mail.

Send all entries to us at ModernMysteryBlog@Yahoo.com

Please put in the header “SSLYBY CONTEST”

You MUST live in the United States to enter.

Good luck and let it sway!

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Breaks Down “Let It Sway”


Some indie bands have really strong, almost obsessive fan bases, and the boys of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin are on the top of the list. Recently, Meghan Baier who runs the band’s most notable website called I Am Warm and Powerful, conducted an interview with Phil Dickey and Will Knauer from the band, in which they answered fan submitted questions about Let It Sway (Polyvinyl). Touching on all topics imaginable in regards to the new record, the guys open up in their charming SSLYBY way as always. The band has just released their new, critically acclaimed album a couple of weeks ago, and it’s been a hit with the fans as well.

Head over to the site to read The Let It Sway Breakdown Interview, and be sure to check out the tour dates a few posts below.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – “Let It Sway”


Where should I begin with this record? The third release by indie darlings, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin titled Let it Sway (Polyvinyl), is more than an album. It’s a piece of art.

For years the band has been known for their sugary pop tunes and songs that you “just can’t get out of your head,” but this time they have taken it to a whole new level. Working with Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla, and Sparklehorse’s Beau Sorenson, this is the first release that they did not record and produce themselves.

Notably a big step for the band, some wondered what if Walla changed too many qualities that we love about SSLYBY? Luckily, it worked in everyone’s favor as their music was enhanced not changed which is something very important when you have a formula that already works.

The opener “Back in the Saddle,” already proves the new found maturity of the band in the record. Starting off with a soft piano accompanied by Phil Dickey’s voice, the song starts to switch it up around the 2:40 mark with a pouncing beat, John Robert Cardwell’s vocals, and perfect, and I mean perfect harmonies. From the second the album starts there is not a dull moment which is very important. “Sink/Let it Sway,” the first single, draws you in even more with it’s pop hooks. A fun song that will have you up and dancing around the room in no time. “Banned (By the Man),” is where even more vocal magic comes in. The harmonies throughout every song is outstanding. The songs are well crafted from start to finish with no details being left out. Every instrument shines for itself, being emphasized at every point possible creating an epic barrier of sound.

“In Pairs,” makes me want to dance. There is something about it. The Dickey/Cardwell penned tune was also written by Grace Bentley, Phil’s wife (Congrats Newlyweds!). Though the vocal lines in the song are short, it works and it works well. “My Terrible Personality,” is another track that will have your ass out of the seat dancing. I can’t even properly review it because it just makes me want to have fun. This is something the Yeltsins are good at, very, very good at.

One of my personal favorite tracks from the record, “Everlyn,” sounds a bit heartbreaking, and oozes pure beauty. Clearly a song about lost love, it seems like it comes from a personal place that Cardwell knows all too well. I cannot get enough of this song and with first listen you will know exactly why. It’s beautiful in every way. “Oh Everyln, won’t you let me in?” croons Cardwell, invoking a great deal of emotion. Kudos to Will Knauer and Jonathan James for always being spot on with their playing.

“Stuart Gets Lost Dans Le Metro,” is the only song on the album that takes the band back in time a bit, proving they are still the Yeltsins that we fell in love with at the beginning. “All Hail Dracula!” which has been a fan favorite since the boys started playing it live at their shows in 2009, brings the record back up with a burst of energy once again. A witty song about vampires, this one will have you putting it on repeat.

Cardwell takes over the mic again after two Dickey songs for “Critical Drain,” and the harmonies are back in full force that will stop you in your tracks. The album gets a little darker with “Animalkind,” and borders on making you want to shake your ass and just sit and take it all in. It’s your choice. Make it a good one.

“Phantomwise,” is the epitome of how SSLYBY has grown on this record. It’s where everything fully pulls together. All of the elements of the album brought into one song. You can tell that the band has consciously made a decision to grow, but it doesn’t seem forced at all. It is the most natural progression you could ever expect. Closing for good with “Made to Last,” Let It Sway goes out with a BANG. A little on the haunting side, it makes for the perfect ending song, and if I had it my way, the album would just go on forever. It makes me hungry for more SSLYBY.

If you order the record from the band’s label, Polyvinyl Records, you get three bonus songs, “Bended,” “Cardinal Rules,” (The song about their hometown minor league baseball team), and “Tanks Jam.” Well worth ordering the disc or vinyl online.

Congratulations Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. You’ve made your best record yet. And we love it to pieces.

The band heads out on an extensive tour that starts this Thursday in Columbia, MO. Take a look at where they’ll be below.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – “Everlyn” by ModernMysteryBlog

SSLYBY Tour Dates

08/26/10 – Thu
Columbia, MO
Forrest Rose Park

08/28/10 – Sat
Springfield, MO
The Outland Ballroom

08/31/10 – Tue
St. Louis, MO
The Firebird

09/01/10 – Wed
Urbana, IL
Canopy Club

09/02/10 – Thu
Chicago, IL
Lincoln Hall

09/03/10 – Fri
Detroit, MI
Magic Stick

09/04/10 – Sat
Toronto, Canada
El Mocambo Club

09/06/10 – Mon
Montreal, QC, Canada
Casa del Popolo

09/07/10 – Tue
Cambridge, MA
TT the Bear’s Place

09/08/10 – Wed
New York, NY
Bowery Ballroom

09/10/10 – Fri
Washington, DC
Black Cat

09/11/10 – Sat
Philadelphia, PA
The Barbary

9/12/10 – Sun
Cleveland, OH
Grog Shop

09/13/10 – Mon
Columbus, OH
The Basement

09/30/10 – Thu
Graz, Austria
PPC

10/01/10 – Fri
Zagreb, Croatia
SC Teatar & TD

10/02/10 – Sat
Aflenz, Austria
Sublime

10/03/10 – Sun
Vienna, Austria
Chelsea

10/04/10 – Mon
Munich, Germany
Kranhalle

10/05/10 – Tue
Milano, Italy
Rocket

10/06/10 – Wed
Lausanne , Switzerland
Bleu Lezard

10/07/10 – Thu
Basel, Switzerland
Kaserne

10/10/10 – Sun
Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
The Forum
Purchase

10/11/10 – Mon
London, United Kingdom
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

10/12/10 – Tue
Ghent, Belgium
Democrazy @ Charlatan

10/13/10 – Wed
Düsseldorf, Germany
Pretty Vacant

10/14/10 – Thu
Leuven, Belgium
Stuk

10/16/10 – Sat
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Paradiso

10/17/10 – Sun
Hamburg, Germany
Molotow

10/18/10 – Mon
Aarhus, Denmark
Musikcafeen

10/20/10 – Wed
Stockholm, Sweden
Debaser

10/21/10 – Thu
Copenhagen, Denmark
Lades

10/22/10 – Fri
Berlin, Germany
Bang Bang Club

10/23/10 – Sat
Offenbach, Germany
Hafen 2

10/28/10 – Thu
Suttgart, Denmark
Jugendhaus West

11/01/10 – Mon
Omaha, NE
Slowdown Jr.

11/03/10 – Wed
Minneapolis, MN
7th Street Entry

11/04/10 – Thu
Ames, IA
Maintenance Shop

11/05/10 – Fri
Lawrence, KS
Jackpot Saloon and Music Hall

11/06/10 – Sat
Denver, CO
Hi-Dive

11/07/10 – Sun
Salt Lake City, UT
Kilby Court

11/10/10 – Wed
Nampa, ID
Flying M Coffee

11/11/10 – Thu
Seattle, WA
Neumos

11/12/10 – Fri
Vancouver, Canada
Biltmore Cabaret

11/13/10 – Sat
Portland, OR
Doug Fir Lounge

11/15/10 – Mon
San Francisco, CA
Bottom of the Hill

11/16/10 – Tue
Los Angeles, CA
Spaceland

11/18/10 – Thu
Santa Barbara, CA
Jensen’s

11/19/10 – Fri
La Jolla, CA
The Loft (UC San Diego)

11/20/10 – Sat
Phoenix, AZ
Trunk Space

11/22/10 – Mon
Austin, TX
The Mohawk

11/23/10 – Tue
Dallas, TX
House of Blues – Pontiac Garage

11/24/10 – Wed
Norman, OK
The Opolis