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Telekinesis on World Cafe | August 7, 2013

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When Telekinesis' Michael Benjamin Lerner plays live, he sings from behind his drum set, but he plays almost all the instruments on his albums. The power-pop multi-instrumentalist recorded his latest record, Dormarion, at Spoondrummer Jim Eno's house — fittingly located on Dormarion Lane.

In this installment of World Cafe, Lerner discusses how he recorded the album with so many of his own tracks, and says he's finally allowed himself to branch out from identifying himself as "just" a drummer.


(( )) for interlude music

Hour 1

Phoenix "1901" Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Gorillaz “Feel Good Inc” CD Single (Demon Days)
Vampire Weekend “Ya Hey” Modern Vampires of the City
Buddy Guy “I Go by Feel” Rhythm & Blues (Disc One)
Chris Whitley “Kick the Stones” Living with the Law
((Buddy Miller “Somewhere Trouble Don't Go” Cruel Moon))
Telekinesis “Wires” Recorded Live for the World Café 
Telekinesis “Empathetic People” Recorded Live for the World Café
Telekinesis “Lean on Me” Recorded Live for the World Café
Telekinesis “Symphony” Recorded Live for the World Café
((Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale “Lost My Job of Loving You” Buddy and Jim))
Big Star “Kangaroo” Third/Sister Lovers
Pickwick “Lady Luck” Can’t Talk Medicine
Spoon “Sister Jack” Gimme Fiction

Hour 2

!!! “AM/FM” Strange Weather, Isn’t It?
The Byrds Goin’ Back “The Notorious Byrd Brothers
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros “Better Days” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Laura Veirs “Sun Song” Warp and Weft
Coldplay “Violet Hill” Viva La Vida
((Kathleen Edwards “A Soft Place To Land” Recorded Live for the World Cafe)) 
Valerie June “You Can’t Be Told” Pushin’ Against a Stone
Polica “Dark Star” Give You the Ghost
KT Tunstall “Feel It All” Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon
The Jayhawks “Tailspin” Rainy Day Music
Josh Ritter “To the Dogs or Whoever” The Historical Conquests
((Lumineers “Hey Ho” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
The Lone Bellow “Bleeding Out” The Lone Bellow
Rilo Kiley “Dreamworld” Under the Blacklight
Iron & Wine “Grace for Saints and Ramblers” Ghost on Ghost
Neil Halstead “Two Stones in My Pocket” Single