New Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin ‘Cardinal Rules’

There has been a talk for quite some time in the Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin camp about a studio version of ‘Cardinal Rules,’ a song the band had written about their hometown minor league baseball team, The Springfield  Cardinals. The band have been playing the ever poppy tune at recent shows and it instantly became a favorite amongst fans. Will the tune be on the new record? No word on that yet, but there is word of SSLYBY working on their third record as we speak. The plans after that are to go back on tour, and we just can’t wait!

Download Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin ‘Cardinal Rules’ HERE

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin * Mercury Lounge, NYC * April 9, 2009

Ah there is nothing like springtime when your favorite indie pop band rolls into town. The Mercury Lounge in New York City last week was packed for the highly anticipated Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin show, and we expected no different. Blending recent songs from their second release Pershing and their first Broom, the band did not miss a beat. I’m not sure I’ve personally ever seen a band so flawless, so ‘dead on’ with every little note. Even when Phil Dickey’s cowbell started moving around and giving him trouble, he may have laughed, but it didn’t bother him one bit. When John Robert Cardwell broke a guitar string mid song, he just kept going and smiled. Kids, that is what real rock and roll is about. Enjoying every second of it.  Even though the SSLYBY boys haven’t been around for an extreme length of time, they play better than any band their senior I’ve seen.

John Robert’s voice is just as perfect onstage as on the records and the same goes for when Phil takes the mic. The blending sounds of Phil, Will Knauer and Jonathan James are nothing less than brilliant. The band is really meant for each other because they manage to compliment the other players so well. Thats a rare find.

Some of the night’s highlights were Anne Elephtant, Glue Girls, Think I Wanna Die, We Can Win Missouri! and of course, Modern Mystery (hmm why would we like that song?! It was really sweet of the band to play it for us!) They also played a few new songs for the upcoming record, one in particular called ‘All Hail Dracula’. You can’t even imagine how good this song is.

If you haven’t seen Someone Still Love You Boris Yeltsin live yet you are doing yourself a horrible deed. In other words, jump on the bandwagon! Do yourself  another favor and pick up their records. They will change yr life…or at least impress the hell out of you.

TONS of more pictures after the Jump

Watch Video of  ‘Modern Mystery’ at the Mercury Lounge

Video from wingedfeetxc on Youtube. hehe note our little point from Phil at the end of the song 🙂

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, ‘Modern Mystery’ Live

The Modern Mystery crew has a severe case of the’ Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin’ fever. Not that you couldn’t have figured that out by our name, but we have it more than ever.  The SSLYBY boys are currently on a short tour that stops in New York City on April 9th at the Mercury Lounge.  What’s after that? Well according to Phil Dickey, a new album is on the way with a tentative release date for late summer/early fall. Surely a more lengthy tour will take place after that where they’ll make all the stops.

Yesterday we had come across an amazing performance of ‘Modern Mystery’ that the band performed on Laundro Matinee late last year. Could this band possibly get any better? Enjoy!

Uncovering a Modern Mystery with Phil Dickey of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Its already our first Modern Mystery interview of the new year and we are pleased to have with us Phil Dickey from Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin! Of course this band is one of our favorites. I mean, after all we did  name the blog after one of their songs!

2008 was a pretty big year for Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. They released their second (and incredible) album on Polyvinyl called ‘Pershing’.They did a whole lot of tour dates and put out some pretty hilarious music videos that made us love them even more. Oh, and there was that Mastercard commercial!

Phil talked to us  about everything from the band’s drummer rotation to playing proms in the future…..Enjoy!

How did Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin form?

I met Will at a Super Bowl party in high school. We were both really anti-social at the time, so it’s amazing we even talked to each other. Anyway, we decided to merge bands. I started playing and singing with his band, but the songs were totally different, so we made up the Boris Yeltsin name. That was in 2000. Then I met John Robert a year later in college. We were roommates and we wanted him to be our singer. We’ve had a lot of people come and go. At one point my best from elementary school, best friend from high school, and best friend from college were in the band. That only lasted a few weeks.

The band  has had a few different drummers over the past few years. Why is that?

This is all pretty trivial and hard to remember, but I’ll try to explain. Our original drummer went out of town for college, so I became the drummer. Every once in a while, I would write a song on guitar, so someone else would play it on drums. Jonathan became a full time member in 2005 and he plays drums better than me. But then he quit in 2006. So I started playing bass, which was a terrible idea, and we got different friends to play drums on tour. Now Jonathan is back, so we take turns playing drums.

What does Pangea mean?

It’s when all the land on Earth was one continent and then it drifted apart. Our song is about a girl. We only talked about this once, when John made it up and played it for us.

What was more intimidating, putting out the first record ‘Broom’ and hoping that people would like it, or releasing ‘Pershing’ and having the feeling that you kind of had to live up to what people loved about the first record?

Totally. Half the band wanted to make another bedroom record. The other half wanted something more professional. I think we all felt good about the songs, though. The execution was the hardest part.

How long did it take you to record ‘Pershing’ and where was it recorded?

Probably about 4 or 5 months because we did all the mixing too. We recorded it at Will’s aunt’s house because the neighbors didn’t mind the noise.

How was ‘Broom’  recorded? I had heard that Polyvinyl originally wanted it re-recorded for release.

‘Broom’ was recorded at Will’s house. Actually, Polyvinyl didn’t ask us to record anything. But we all agreed that it might sound slightly better if it was re-mastered, which really didn’t make a difference in the end.

Which do you prefer more…being in the studio or being on tour? and why?

I like them both. It’s apples and oranges. My favorite part in the studio is doubling vocals. And listening to a song when it’s almost finished 20 times in a row. My favorite part of touring is hanging out with friends we made on the road and going crazy on stage.

How would you describe the band’s relationship with each other?

Very weird. To be honest, I think about this more than anything else. Most of the time we’re really good friends but sometimes we’re jerks.

How did you get involved with the Mastercard ‘Priceless’ commerical? I always sort of love when my favorite bands pop up in a commercial. Seriously, its just pretty cool when you are watching tv and a song you recognize just comes out of nowhere.

The ad agency just called me up on the phone. I don’t know how they heard it. It just kind of mysteriously happened. But I know what you mean. My mom happened to be watching it when it aired. We were doing a photo shoot with our friend, so we didn’t see it.

Do you ever officially plan on releasing the newer and very different version of ‘We Can Win Missouri’? That has to be one of the greatest tracks I’ve heard in quite a while.

You can actually download that song on itunes, or order it from our record label online. I have no idea if we’ll ever release it on a full length.

What is your favorite city, or country even, to play a show?

Springfield, MO. Beloit, Wisconsin. Amsterdam. Italy. Germany. Russia. Northfield, Minnesota.

How has the band grown as songwriters from the first record to the second?

Dang it, I don’t know.

Who are your influences, new and old?

Oh boy. The Beatles and oldies stuff like that we listened to when we were growing up. Now I think we’re mostly inspired by our friend’s bands.

What inspires you to write a song, and is it easier if it comes from your own personal experience?

I think it’s all personal experience or just a thought or an idea. I can’t be like Paul McCartney or Fountains of Wayne when they make up hypothetical characters and stories.

How does the songwriting process work for SSLYBY? Is it more collaborative or does everyone bring in songs or ideas and it goes from there?

We all work on stuff on our own and then bring it to everyone else. That’s usually what happens. Although, the guitar part of Modern Mystery was originally a song called Red Tree that Will made up a long time ago.

What other songs did you play with before you were in Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin?

Thinking Version, Wharf, and Mr. Punch. All were very unpopular.

Where do you come up with the ideas for your music videos? They are surely very amusing! There is never a dull moment.

We just try to think of things that aren’t too embarrassing.

What was the first instrument that you learned how to play?


What band or artists was your first ‘musical obsession’?

Church music because I was a little kid and I got to see a live band every week. I would bring a cassette player to church and record the band.

If you weren’t in Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, what would you be doing right now?

I have no idea because it’s been a part of my life for so long.

What is up next for the band in 2009? I’m sure you have some exciting things coming up!

Hopefully a new album later in the year. Lots of touring in the midwest. Lots of new t-shirts.

Where do you see the band in 5 years from now?

Playing weddings and proms as the Top Dawgz.

What board game can you kick anyone’s ass at?

Trouble. When I focus really hard I can usually win.

Check out Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin on Myspace

Be sure to check out their new TOUR DATES there!

Modern Mystery’s Top 10 Music Videos of the Year

The Modern Mystery Year End Lists are finally starting, and here goes the first round. We have compiled our Top 10 Music Videos of the Year to share with you.

1. The Morning Benders- Waiting for a War
This video is what introduced me personally to The Morning Benders. ‘Waiting for a War’ is one of the catchiest songs of the year, with a pretty rad video to go along with it. Anyone who feels like they have a dead end boring job certainly gets this video.

2. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin- Think I Wanna Die
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin make some of the most amusing videos we have ever seen, and ‘Think I Wanna Die’ takes the top prize. In this video our poor little SSLYBY boys are nearly killed by their soon to be ex-girlfriends. At least they seem to be having a good time while shooting it.

3. Miniature Tigers- Cannibal Queen
The Miniature Tigers won our hearts this year with their super amazing debut ‘Tell it to the Volcano’ but to add even more, they put out a hillarious video for ‘Cannibal Queen’.  Charlie as the ‘deranged little man’, Rick as the ‘cannibal queen’. It just makes for a good laugh to a great song.

4. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band- Souled Out!!!
Its nice to see Mr. Conor Oberst not take himself so seriously for once. ‘Souled Out!!!’ is a superb video that shows off Conor and the band joking around. From riding bikes with Jason Boesel, to playing in a fake snow storm, the fun never stops for these guys. Oh, and the song is extremely good too!
5. MGMT- Electric Feel
There is something about MGMT that just makes you want to dance ALL OF THE TIME. ‘Electric Feel’ is no exception. The video itself is a psychadelic dance party that doesn’t want to end. With robot-bears and flaming motorbikes, you won’t know what to watch first.


6. Tim Fite- Big Mistake
We love cartoon videos and we love Tim Fite, so the combination of the two for ‘Big Mistake’ is just perfect. I’m not sure if haunting is the right word, but the video is just that. This isn’t Tim’s big mistake, its his art.

7.M83- Kim and Jesse
Not only is the song so ‘1980s’ sounding, but so is the video. When Kim and Jessie are thrown out of their high school gym practice space when they are rolling skating, they head over to the skate park where apparently the feel more comfortable. Though wearing pink velvet skating suits never looks cozy, this video is pretty rad.

8. Los Campesinos- My Year In Lists
Music videos don’t always have to cost a lot of money and be ‘super fancy’. Sometimes the best videos are the most simple ones that get you acquainted with the band’s music. Los Campesinos video for ‘My Year in Lists’ is just that. Closeups of the band and their instruments is beautiful on its own.

9. of Montreal- Id Engager
of Montreal does it again with another artsy inspired video. Having characters sync one into another is beyond perfect for the song. You actually have no idea what the characters will turn into until it happens. Its a beautifully crafted video.

10. Vampire Weekend- Oxford Comma
Vampire Weekend manages to make the video for ‘Oxford Comma’ look like a mini movie shoot. No matter where the scene in the video turns though, it doesn’t distract from the music. Also stay tuned for the right lower corner at 3:23 when some kid totally falls on his ass. Ouch!