Telekinesis’ "12 Desperate Straight Lines" release date contest!


To celebrate the release date of Telekinesis’ sophomore album 12 Desperate Straight Lines, Michael Benjamin Lerner and Merge are pairing up to present a special Twitter scavenger hunt contest!

On Tuesday, February 15, Michael Benjamin Lerner (@_TELEKINESIS) will offer clues to find a copy of 12 Desperate Straight Lines hidden in another band’s section of one of the stores listed below. To win, visit the participating store in your town, find the misfiled Telekinesis album, and purchase it. The record store employee will then give you a Telekinesis prize pack including a “Please Ask for Help” import 7-inch, two tickets to an upcoming Telekinesis show, a silk-screened poster, Telekinesis pencils, and a Polaroid taken by Michael Benjamin Lerner himself, all housed in a new Merge tote bag designed by The Clientele’s Alasdair MacLean! Good luck!

Seattle, WA – Sonic Boom (Market St.)
Seattle, WA – Sonic Boom (Melrose Ave.)
Seattle, WA – Easy Street (Mercer St.)
Seattle, WA – Easy Street (California Ave.)
Portland, OR – Jackpot (Downtown location @ 9th Ave.)
Los Angeles, CA – Origami Vinyl
El Cerrito, CA – Mod Lang Records
Minneapolis, MN – Electric Fetus
Raleigh, NC – Schoolkids Records
Austin, TX – Waterloo Records
New York, NY – Other Music
Chicago, IL – Laurie’s Planet of Sound

And don’t worry—if there isn’t a participating store in your town, you can still pre-order 12 Desperate Straight Lines on CD and LP in the Merge store for a free Telekinesis pencil!

Stream 12 Desperate Straight Lines in its entirety now at, and see the full Telekinesis band on tour beginning February 18 in Bellingham, WA.

“Telekinesis can make darkness feel like sunshine.” ~NPR Music