Rilo Kiley / Tilly and the Wall

Rilo Kiley / Tilly and the Wall: live in Providencelive in Providence (2004)
Saddle Creek Records

Reviewer Rating: 3

Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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As of the bitter-cold day before the bitter-cold day of the show, I had never actually heard a song by any of the bands playing, so this made for quite the rarity on punknews - a completely unbiased review. At a quarter to ten, a scraggly-looking Jake Bellows from the band Neva Dinova took the st.

As of the bitter-cold day before the bitter-cold day of the show, I had never actually heard a song by any of the bands playing, so this made for quite the rarity on punknews - a completely unbiased review.

At a quarter to ten, a scraggly-looking Jake Bellows from the band Neva Dinova took the stage to play some acoustic tunes for the surprisingly-swelling crowd, with another member helping out on a background-setting electric guitar. He kept things interesting with his in-between song banter, explaining some of the songs for us. The most peculiar one was about a Jerry's kid suffering from a life-threatening disease at a hospital, who had fallen in love with the nurse but didn't want to admit it for it'd break her heart once he'd died. This sick child was also involved in a pool among all the sick kids on who would die first, with not much of a reward for the victor. Overall, the set was alright.

Tilly and the Wall marched onto the stage from the right, single file, stomping and chanting "T-I-L-L-Y, we don't give a fuck!" until the five-piece dove into their set. They obviously have a lot of fun on stage, and literally incorporated a trash can full of instruments into the songs. Their main weapons of choice were an acoustic guitar, a tap dancer, two main female vocalists, and a keyboardist, who rotated between Nintendo blips and bleeps, Midi sounds, and piano and organ settings. However, they also used maracas, two different types of xylophones, and banged on closed suitcases and a trash can lid. At first, they provided more of an entertainment value to me than musical enjoyment, but two-thirds into their set I realized that their brand of harmonizing indie pop was so sugary I'd nearly leave with cavities. Their cover of "Hey Ya" was surprisingly good, with the keyboard dead on, the vocals providing an interesting variation from André 3000's, and the band remembering the obligatory audience participation on the bridge.

Blake (who actually looks and sounds like 1955's George McFly) and Jenny from Rilo Kiley soon after took the stage for their acoustic performance. Saddle Creek's representatives put on a fine performance, including all the significant country and blues overtones into their mild indie sounds. Jenny's soaring, Southern-sounding vocals definitely reminded me of the now-defunct Nothing Nice to Say comic that mentions the indie underground's newfound obsession with country. Her harmonica melodies set the mood nicely in some tunes, as did the shaker in its two appearances, the second of which was done by an audience member. They switched up the vocal responsibilities on "Spectacular Views," which would have provided a cool listen had I actually heard the original beforehand. When the band closed the set, "With Arms Outstretched" had them call for the rest of the night's lineup to come on stage and join them. Jenny stood up for the first time, initially on the chair, and then sauntered onto the floor, gracefully stepping around and singing into the mic, with the crowd clapping along to finish it. In all, I wasn't spectacularly enshrined with it, but had I been a fan I'm sure I'd have thoroughly enjoyed the acoustic take on the songs.

Set List [from the paper, not completely in order or accurate]:
i never
it just is
A better son/daughter
so long
go ahead
more adventorous
somebody else's clothes [about Jenny's father]
simply irresistable [didn't actually play]
absence of God
it just is [crossed out, 'Spec views (B)' written in]
i never [also crossed out, 'Spec views (J)' written in]
with arms
rock n roll suicide
spectacular views [crossed out]
I: II [crossed out]
a man/me/then jim


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (January 21, 2004)

yup, it is.

and troop beverely hills is a funny movie.

Anonymous (January 21, 2004)

dude, is this joey the rat we are talking about?

Anonymous (January 20, 2004)

Jenny Lewis starred in Troop Beverly Hill and The Wizard. She also appeared in Foxfire, Pleasantville and a bunch of other movies.

She was also Ben Seaver's first kiss on Growing Pains.

GreenVandal (January 19, 2004)

The power glove just might be the lamest thing ever made.


the wizard rocked though.

CallingLondon (January 19, 2004)

"and that great peice of film was none other than the wizard. i remember i wanted to kill lucas and his gay ass power glove."

no fucking way, jenny was the chick in the wizard?? racoon tail is sweet.

thriceequalsgod (January 19, 2004)

"he was less than pleased."

haha that phrase rules.. and that was a funny story

Rhythm (January 19, 2004)

and that great peice of film was none other than the wizard. i remember i wanted to kill lucas and his gay ass power glove.

Anonymous (January 19, 2004)

i got really drunk the time Faultlines opened for RK and started screaming "boy meets world" and "salute your shorts" over and over again.

he was less than pleased.


PS. Jenny was in a movie with Fred Savage. Blake's not the only star in that band.

GreenVandal (January 19, 2004)

Very true.

Salami beats out this shit!

Rhythm (January 19, 2004)

pinsky brought salami to the camp kids his first day there. rilo kiley didn't.

PoseursInc (January 19, 2004)

...Maybe not ever. But they're a really good band. Okay?

PoseursInc (January 19, 2004)

I'm really weirded out about how all you people are talking about is Pinsky from Salute Your Shorts. Okay, he was in TV a lot. That's great. But you're really missing the point. RILO KILEY IS ONE OF THE BEST BANDS EVER. ...EVER. IN THE HISTORY OF EVER.


Rhythm (January 18, 2004)

the best anawana adventure was when zeke the plumber came out and creeped everyone out. man that was priceless. then budnick freaked out with those rigged spider webs.

i really really really really really hated telly, for she was a stupid bitch.

sk8punx4evr (January 18, 2004)

i can't believe frankie (suplee) is in that ashton kutcher movie. since when does ashton kutcher do anything serious? punk'd!!

Anonymous (January 18, 2004)

the mafia kids also consisted of ethan suplee, of the "mallrats", "american history x" fame.

scores for the review.

Anonymous (January 18, 2004)

he was also a notable character on boy meets world for a while. and no, i'm not thinking of the brother, i'm thinking of the mafia kids.

Anonymous (January 18, 2004)

Welcome to the Salute Your Shorts guide at TV Tome.

Episodes: 26 color episodes, 1 separate pilot
Production Company: Propaganda Films

This is a great show about a group of kids at summer camp. The camp is run by the heard-but-never-seen Dr. Kahn. They spend their time trying to harass the camp counselor, Kevin "Ug" Lee.

Salute Your Shorts Re-Run History
Nickelodeon continued to show re-runs of Salute Your Shorts for several years. It was taken off the air sometime around 1998. The Nick GaS channel reran the series during the summer of 2003 as part of their "Camp '03" programming block.

Salute Your Shorts Awards and Award Nominations
1992 - Nominated for Young Artist Award for Best Young Ensemble Cast in a TV series.
1993 - Nominated for the following Young Artist Awards: Best Young Actor Starring in a Cable Series (Danny Cooksey), Best Young Actor Co-starring in a Cable Series (Tim Eyster), Best Young Actress Co-Starring in a Cable Series (Megan Berwick and Venus DeMilo).
1993 - Won the following Young Artist Awards: Best Young Actor Co-starring in a Cable Series (Michael Bower), Best Young Actress Co-starring in a Cable Series (Heidi Lucas).

Show Information
First Aired July 1991
Last Aired September 1992
Status Canceled/Ended
Running Time 30 min
Country United States
Network Nickelodeon

Show Stars
Kirk Baily - Kevin "Ug" Lee
Megan Berwick - Z.Z. Ziff
Michael Bower - Eddie "Donkey Lips" Gelfen
Danny Cooksey - Robert "Bobby" Budnick
Venus DeMilo - Telly Redford
Tim Eyster - Sponge Harris
Heidi Lucas - Dina Alexander
Erik MacArthur - Michael Stein (1991)
Blake Soper - Ronnie Pinksy (1992)
Ben Stein - Dr. Kahn

Show Crew
Tim Clawson - Executive Producer
Courtney Contie - Executive Producer
Matt Loze - Executive Producer
Steve Slavkin - Executive Producer
Steve Slavkin - Creator

Anonymous (January 18, 2004)

I don't understand a word of this. Not one word!

Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

No, it's blake, the singer/guitarist.

Anyway I caught this show in Pomona (the first night of the tour) and it was fantastic.
The reviewer didn't specify, but they played a lot of new songs, and they sounded great. I can't wait until the new album comes out.

CallingLondon (January 17, 2004)

i thought the guy from salute your shorts is the drummer

Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

".......and when I think about you, it makes me want to fart."

inagreendase (January 17, 2004)

"blake sennet/soper of rilo kiley was on salute your shorts."

The entire show, my friend Matt couldn't get over the fact that he recognized Blake as an actor from somewhere. He was flipping out the whole time but couldn't place a movie or show that Blake was in. Thanks for clarifying, Matt's gonna shit himself.

Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

"quite the rarity on punknews - a completely unbiased review."

so true

jacobe (January 17, 2004)

real good lineup. Rilo Kiley is awesome live.

I have the Tilly 7" and I enjoy it a great deal. Check out their old band Park Ave. just as good.

CallingLondon (January 17, 2004)

yes, rilo kiley is a killer band. boo-ya

Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

i love tilly and the wall.


Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

blake sennet/soper of rilo kiley was on salute your shorts.

this was a really good show though. tilly and the wall are amazing.

Anonymous (January 16, 2004)

ex-stars of salute your shorts?? what?!


ps. someone please explain that to me.

maverick (January 16, 2004)

Alright, singalong time:

Camp Anawana, we hold you in our heart...


Anonymous (January 16, 2004)

let's hear it for ex-stars of salute your shorts.


boba_fett (January 16, 2004)

i guess

Anonymous (January 16, 2004)

crispin glover is a genius


ilikebandssuchasopivy (January 16, 2004)


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