Telekinesis is the songwriting vehicle of Seattle drummer Michael Benjamin Lerner, whose music splits the difference between summery indie rock and buoyant power pop.

—adapted from; written by Andrew Leahey


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.

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