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

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