Telekinesis is hitting the North American trails again starting February 18th 2011, three days after his sophomore release of 12 Desperate Straight Lines, if this is the album art above we can already tell it’s going to be stunning and a little ominous.
The ‘bowl has been covering Telekinesis since the beginning and we’ve been twiddling our thumbs in anticipation for this tour since the last time he hit our Minnesota streets in April of 2009.
Check out an interview our friends over at Tandem Magazine got to do with Michael Benjamin Lerner and definitely pre-order your copy now! Or buy his latest EP, Parallel Seismic Conspiracies to quell those wet fears.
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
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
Written by Rachel Summers
More to come later about the new EP!
:: Haley Rheinhart
It’s been nearly a year since Michael Benjamin Lerner and co. released their debut album, Telekinesis!
In honor of the past year (and because reflective lists are all the rage come the end of December), here are some of my favorite tracks of 2009 in no specific order.
“Zero” -The Yeah Yeah Yeahs It’s Blitz
While I wasn’t totally nuts about the entirety of It’s Blitz, this song did make its way onto my summer mix CDs. It has that great fire perfect for coasting highways around the cities.
The title track off the The Veils’ second album is powerful. With a haunting background of repeated piano chords, it is reminiscent of Death Cab for Cutie’s “Transatlanticism”, but Finn Andrews’ voice is in a totally different world. Haven’t heard The Veils? We worked with them this past summer on a Skyway Session. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you listen to Finn’s rendition of “Sun Gangs” with nothing but a guitar and his amazing vocals.
I’ve said it a million times, and I’ll say it again, if you haven’t gotten a chance to listen to this them, make some time and do it. Telekinesis has to be one of my favorite musical things to come out of 2009. “Coast of Carolina” comes from the Coast of Carolina EP, the album which got Michael Benjamin Lerner signed to Merge Records in the first place. The na-na-na’s will be stuck in your head for days.
“Woods”- Bon Iver Blood Bank EP
I’m pretty convinced that Justin Vernon can do no wrong. He has yet to disprove me and I hope he never does. This song enforces my beliefs even further.
“My Girls”- Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavillion
Yes, I am well aware this this song (and album for that matter) has made its way onto the tops of a number of different “best of 2009” lists, but I just can’t deny it’s greatness. Say what you will about Animal Collective, but this song brings me back to the freedom of summer with its twinkling synth sounds and energy. Once the build up begins, it never stops and continues to resonate inside of you long after the track ends
“Empire State of Mind”- Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys The Blueprint 3
I’m not going to lie, it’s Alicia Keys who makes this song for me. Her vocals on the chorus are phenomenal, and not to mention catchy. The city never sleeps, better slip you an Ambien. Now I ask, who’s going to be the one to write the epic song about the Twin Cities?
— Haley Rheinhart —
Our favorite Michael Benjamin Lerner (aka Telekinesis!) has a quirky new music video out for “Awkward Kisser”.
A delightful blend of 50’s style sock hop and Lars and the Real Girl, “Awkward Kisser” is one of my favorite songs off of Lerner’s latest album, Telekinesis. As if I don’t say this enough already, if you haven’t gone out and listened to (or purchased) his album yet, please do. It’s fantastic in its entirety.
Opening with Red Pens for Say Hi this past Saturday at The Entry was none other than the much talked about Telekinesis. With a toy raccoon adorning his drum set, Michael Benjamin Lerner and the rest of Telekinesis (Chris Staples, David Broecker and Jonie Broecker) set out to play a rad show and a rad show they played. Fellow Mpls. blog, Minneapolis Fucking Rocks, got some footage of “Coast of Carolina” and “Foreign Room”. Watch them here, so even if you weren’t there, you can at least feel like you were.
Today also happens to be April 7th, which means you can now purchase Telekinesis’ first album off of Merge Records, Telekinesis!. Go forth and do so immediately. The album has been available to stream from the Merge website for the past couple of months and I can’t get it out of my head. Leave it to Seattle to turn out another one of my favorite artists…
— Haley Rheinhart —