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Merge Records partners with Google Play for label documentary & exclusive songs

Today, Google Play premiered a new documentary in the US about Merge Records. In candid, amusing interviews, Mac, Laura, Merge musicians, and friends of the label talk about its evolution and unwavering focus on its artists. Daniel Handler, author of the Lemony Snicket series of books (and sometime member of The Magnetic Fields), narrates the documentary. 

Also, music fans in the US are invited to download 25 free Merge tracks, including five new and exclusive recordings from Superchunk, The Mountain Goats, Telekinesis, Saint Rich, and Hiss Golden Messenger.

Visit Google Play now to watch the documentary and download the tracks (US only).
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2013 Year End Lists: Michael Benjamin Lerner, Telekinesis

William Onyeabor /// Who Is William Onyeabor? /// Luaka Bop Records
Crazy African 70’s jams. Apparently, this dude doesn’t want to speak about his music career, so not much is really known about him. But the songs really speak for themselves. It sounds like he just bought some new synthesizers and studio goodies, and just went for it with some other hot session players. This record is really inspiring.

Paul McCartney /// New /// Hear Music
After his last two bummer releases (Memory Almost Full, Kisses On the Bottom) Macca strikes back with this absolutely stellar album. It’s hard to believe that he is over 70, and making music that sounds this fresh and exciting. ‘Save Us’ could be a long lost Wings song. ‘Queenie Eye’ could be off of Magical Mystery Tour. It’s just a super stellar batch of songs. Lyrically, it’s not breaking any ground, but he’s 71 years old!!! I think this is an absolutely wonderful record, to add to an absolutely staggering discography, by one absolutely incredible man.

Clay Cole /// 55 Greetings /// Sleepy Volcano
Rebecca, who you may know from The Minders, Wild Flag also plays keyboards and percusses and sings in Telekinesis when we play live. Well, she put out this absolutely brilliant cassette tape solo record, completely under the radar. These songs are just so so so good. It’s all spacey themed, and the playing and production is totally top notch. I feel proud to know her as a friend, and to have her in my band. But don’t take my word for it, you should truly check it out for yourselves.


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Telekinesis play World Cafe

While touring North America with Rebecca Cole, Eric Elbogen, and Erik Walters, Michael Benjamin Lerner of Telekinesis sat down for a chat with David Dye of World Café.   More >

Telekinesis contributes song to new Smiths Tribute album

Telekinesis joins The Wedding Present, Built to Spill’s Doug Martsch, Stars and more to contribute covers of more than 20 classic songs by The Smiths for a new tribute album to be released by American Laundromat Records on December 13.    More >

Telekinesis announce fall tour dates!

Telekinesis have had a long year of touring in support of their sophomore release 12 Desperate Straight Lines, and they aren’t done yet! The band has just announced fall tour dates with Death Cab for Cutie and The New Pornographers. Telekinesis recently recorded five songs for Reverb’s Mile Marker feature.   More >

Telekinesis on CNN!

Telekinesis' Michael Benjamin Lerner chatted with CNN while at the SXSW Music Festival in March about bad break-ups and other inspirations behind the new record. Click to watch the video interview at CNN.com! Telekinesis are finishing up their second leg of dates supporting 12 Desperate Straight Lines and have added a couple of festival shows coming soon! 12 Desperate Straight Lines is available on CD, LP and digital download in the Merge store. Telekinesis on tour: June 6 Bloomington, IN Russian Recording June 8 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern July 23 Seattle, WA Capitol Hill Block Party Oct 15 Pensacola Beach, FL De Luna Fest   More >