The last time I wrote about Telekinesis was in October, 2008. A lot has happened since then. After finishing the album, Michael Lerner found a home for it, signing with Merge Records.  He then put a band together that seems to fit together perfectly, featuring members of Discover America, and formerly The Prom. Since then, they’ve been on tour with Ra Ra Riot, Cut Off Your Hands, Death Cab for Cutie, An Horse, and hitting the infamous SxSW.

The debut album arrived in April filled with power pop to last you all summer long. The songs bring out a sense of familiarity, that you feel like you might have heard them before, or maybe you’ve been waiting to hear them. The song ‘Awkward Kisser’ sounds like it could have easily come out in the mid-60’s, but fits perfectly in 2009 along with the rest of the tracks. Telekinesis isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel or anything with their songs, but expand on formulas of pop music that sticks in your head and has you humming along.

Recently, I had the chance to see them play at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, and they absolutely blew me away. They took the stage after a great set from An Horse, set up their gear, and filled the tavern with power pop for around an hour. For a relatively new band, it felt like they’ve been playing together for years. The live full band version of ‘Calling All Doctors’ was a pleasant surprise, and totally brought a new life to the solo piano version on the album. I had the chance to ask Michael Lerner a few questions about the new album and tour:

Telekinesis – Coast of Carolina
Telekinesis – Tokyo
Telekinesis – Awkward Kisser

Kyle: Ok, first question, who is the fellow that you have stuck on your guitar?

Michael Benjamin Lerner: I have no idea! I’m not so sure who he is, but it is a cutout from this super old picture that I found in an antique store in downtown Seattle. It was a bunch of old pictures. I just love looking at pictures and movies from the 50s. Things looked so much cooler back then. Simple.

Kyle: So how did you come about having Chris Walla produce your debut album?

Michael: Well, Chris and I met through Jason McGerr, who plays drums in Death Cab for Cutie with Chris. We’d only been introduced a handful of times before one day when I received a message from Chris on my MySpace that said he liked the songs I had up on MySpace. At that point, I think it was just Coast of Carolina and some other random demos up there. I don’t think that the band was even called Telekinesis at that point. So, a week or so later, we went to see Death Cab in Bremerton, WA on the kickoff for their Narrow Stairs tour. After the show, Chris came over, and matter of factly said “Hey, can I make your record?” And I of course said yes. And that’s really how it went down. It was really quite amazing, and I can’t quite believe we made it happen. I feel lucky.

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— , July 8, 2009    2 Comments

I kicked off my 2009 partying with My Morning Jacket and 20,000 of their friends in Madison Square Garden. It was a pretty good way to start the year.

Pretty much everyone in the building was “dressed to tha nines” and had their dancing shoes on. I’ve never been to an arena concert where every person in the entire building were on their feet singing and dancing the entire show. The energy in that building was just unreal. My Morning Jacket brought their A-Game as usual. Their set lasted just under 4 hours and featured a whole lot of covers. Sam Cooke’s “Bring It All Home to Me” was my favourite of the lot.

I’d have to sum it up as the greatest concert of my life. I don’t think I’ve ever felt that kind of energy at a concert before, and you could feel the band feeding off the rest of us.

My Morning Jacket – Bring It All Home to Me (Live in NYC on NYE 2009)

Another highlight of 2009 is hearing that Telekinesis has signed to Merge Records!

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— , January 24, 2009    Comments Off on My Morning Jacket: Madison Square Garden

There’s a lot of awesome bands in Seattle. A lot of them are my favorite bands. I’m not sure what it is about the west coast, I just relate to the music there more or something, but the one that is grabbing my attention the most right now is the band that is Telekinesis.

Their songs are bright and full of life, and perfect for the summertime. They put on a warm and care free feeling of pop songs, with melodies that present the songs so perfect. I’ve had front man Michael Lerner’s melodies stuck in my head through out the summer of ’08, which was really fitting while spending a week in Seattle. They just finished recording their debut LP in Two Sticks Audio, with Chris Walla as producer. I think Walla knows how to make albums pretty awesome. If you’re not ready for fall, check out their MySpace. It’s got some fun videos of fun in the studio.

Telekinesis – Coast of Carolina


— , October 8, 2008    2 Comments