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New Telekinesis album in February!

New Telekinesis album in February!

On February 15, Merge Records will release 12 Desperate Straight Lines, the sophomore album from Telekinesis on CD, LP and digital download.

When Telekinesis mastermind Michael Benjamin Lerner set out in July to record songs for the follow-up to his debut album Telekinesis!, he found himself with no band, a case of vertigo, and a wrecked van. The long-distance relationship that inspired his debut album’s songs of wanderlust had ended, and he had just returned from a much-needed escape to Berlin where he banished himself to a room in the warehouse district to write songs from 9 to 5 each day.

With the original recording date scrapped, Michael was inspired (by the heavy, fuzzy bass in Flin Flon’s A-OK) to buy a bass guitar and, in a sudden burst of inspiration, wrote four more songs for the album. His second attempt at recording led him to Portland and Jackpot! Studios. Michael and Chris Walla continued their partnership from Telekinesis! and again recorded to tape. They tossed out all the rules—as they are wont to do when they get together—and, as Michael says, “went a little crazy,” with impromptu dance parties and recording drum parts backwards.

The result of all of this is 12 Desperate Straight Lines, twelve new songs of heartache, anger, and even a little hopefulness. Telekinesis has re-emerged with a new band featuring Jason Narducy (Robert Pollard band, Bob Mould band) on bass and Cody Votolato (Jaguar Love, The Blood Brothers) on guitar. The van is fixed, the dizziness is gone, and Michael Benjamin Lerner has returned with more proof that Spin was right when they said, “If you don’t like Telekinesis, your ears don’t work.”

Download "Car Crash" from the new album now at Spin.com.

Pre-order 12 Desperate Straight Lines on CD or LP now in the Merge store. Follow Telekinesis on twitter and see photos from the road on the Telekinesis Flickr page, too!

Track listing:
1. You Turn Clear In The Sun
2. Please Ask For Help
3. 50 Ways
4. I Cannot Love You
5. Dirty Thing
6. Car Crash
7. Palm Of Your Hand
8. I Got You
9. Fever Chill
10. Country Lane
11. Patterns
12. Gotta Get It Right Now

Telekinesis on tour:
Dec 03 Seattle, WA Triple Door
Dec 04 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
Feb 18 Bellingham, WA  Jinx Arts Space
Feb 20 Portland, OR  Doug Fir Lounge
Feb 23 San Francisco, CA TBA
Feb 24 Los Angeles, CA  The Echo
Feb 25 San Diego, CA  The Casbah
Feb 26 Tempe, AZ  The Sail Inn
Feb 28 Norman, OK The Opolis
Mar 01 Omaha, NE  Slowdown Jr
Mar 02 Minneapolis, MN  7th St. Entry
Mar 04 Chicago, IL  Schubas
Mar 05 Detroit, MI  Magic Stick
Mar 06 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern
Mar 07 Montreal, QC  Casa Del Popolo
Mar 08 Cambridge, MA  TT the Bear's Place
Mar 09 New York, NY  Mercury Lounge
Mar 10 Brooklyn, NY The Rock Shop
Mar 11 Philadelphia, PA  Johnny Brenda's
Mar 12 Washington, DC  The Red Palace
Mar 13 Chapel Hill, NC  Local 506
Mar 14 Atlanta, GA  The Earl
Mar 22 Denver, CO  Hi Dive
Mar 23 Salt Lake City, UT  Kilby Court
Mar 24 Boise, ID  Neurolux
Mar 26 Seattle, WA  The Crocodile
Mar 27 Vancouver, BC  Media Club