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

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