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Tilly and the Wall

Hailing from the musical hotbed of Omaha, Nebraska, the indie pop anomaly Tilly and the Wall formed in 2001 out of the ashes of several groups -- including Conor Oberst's pre-Bright Eyes endeavor, Park Avenue -- and gained some underground recognition for their unorthodox approach to percussion, forsaking the traditional drum kit for the amplified tap shoes of dancer Jamie Williams (as well as hand percussion supplied by vocalists Neely Jenkins and Kianna Alarid). Rounded out by guitarist/vocalist Derek Pressnall and keyboardist Nick White (a contributor to Bright Eyes' live sets), the five-piece recorded a six-track demo titled Woo! in Oberst's basement that passed through enough hands to allow Tilly and the Wall an opportunity to tour. The group settled down to record, issuing a 7" titled 7 Inch on Rue Royal Records and subsequently convened to record their debut full-length, due out as the flagship release on Team Love, Oberst's sister label to Saddle Creek, in the spring of 2004. Released two years later, Bottoms of Barrels found a more confident and warmer sound from the band. Derek Pressnall and Jamie Williams married soon after its release, with fellow indie poppers Of Montreal serving as the wedding band. After another round of touring, O arrived in 2008, featuring several songs that showcased a louder, more aggressive side of Tilly and the Wall. The band appeared on Sesame Street performing a version of the ABC song, then struck gold with "Pot Kettle Black" as it appeared on TV ads and movie soundtracks. After taking a long break, the group returned in 2012 with a decidedly more strident and forceful musical approach influenced by politics and dance punk. Team Love released Heavy Mood in the fall of 2012. ~ Gregory McIntosh
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  1.   Song
  2.   Rainbows in the Dark
  3.   Nights of the Living Dead
  4.   Black and Blue
  5.   Dust Me Off
  6.   Pot Kettle Black
  7.   Perfect Fit
  8.   Defenders
  9.   I Believe in You
  10.   Hey Rainbow
  11.   Beat Control
  12.   Too Excited
  13.   Poor Man's Ice Cream
  14.   Blood Flower
  15.   Falling Without Knowing
  16.   Sing Songs Along
  17.   Bad Education
  18.   You and I Misbehaving
  19.   Let It Rain
  20.   I Found You
  21.   Alligator Skin
  22.   Heavy Mood
  23.   Youth
  24.   Shake It Out
  25.   Thicker Than Thieves
  26.   Static Expressions
  27.   Love Riot
  28.   L3t Teh B34t C0ns013 Yov
  29.   Chandelier Lake
  30.   Cacophony
  31.   Tall Tall Grass
  32.   Brave Day
  33.   Reckless
  34.   The Ice Storm, Big Gust, And You
  35.   Bessa
  36.   I Always Knew
  37.   All Kinds of Guns
  38.   Coughing Colors
  39.   Love Song
  40.   Urgency
  41.   Fell Down the Stairs
  42.   The Freest Man
  43.   Lost Girls
  44.   Echo My Love

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