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

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