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

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