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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.   Let It Rain
  5.   Pot Kettle Black
  6.   L3t Teh B34t C0ns013 Yov
  7.   Hey Rainbow
  8.   Urgency
  9.   Bad Education
  10.   The Ice Storm, Big Gust, And You
  11.   Echo My Love
  12.   Lost Girls
  13.   Brave Day
  14.   Shake It Out
  15.   Defenders
  16.   Youth
  17.   All Kinds of Guns
  18.   Love Riot
  19.   Beat Control
  20.   Too Excited
  21.   Blood Flower
  22.   Dust Me Off
  23.   The Freest Man
  24.   Black and Blue
  25.   Sing Songs Along
  26.   Love Song
  27.   Bessa
  28.   Perfect Fit
  29.   I Always Knew
  30.   Cacophony
  31.   You and I Misbehaving
  32.   I Believe in You
  33.   Coughing Colors
  34.   Chandelier Lake
  35.   Reckless
  36.   I Found You
  37.   Heavy Mood
  38.   Thicker Than Thieves
  39.   Tall Tall Grass
  40.   Poor Man's Ice Cream
  41.   Falling Without Knowing
  42.   Static Expressions
  43.   Fell Down the Stairs
  44.   Alligator Skin

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