Telekinesis

The Echo & Rollo Grady Present

Telekinesis

Mount Moriah, The Paparazzi

Thu, April 25, 2013

8:30 pm

The Echo

Los Angeles, California

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 18 and over

Telekinesis
Telekinesis
It's such an impossible thing, at this funny little point in history, to not look back: We're recording every little thing with our cameras that make the little noise like cameras used to make; we're measuring our actual selves against our online selves with hopeful resignation; we're rendering and retouching the record of our lives at every turn. If it can be perfect then let's make it so, goes the wisdom of the moment.
To be fair, there's a certain convenience about perfection. It's easy to wear and see and swallow and enjoy, and it leaves the heart light. It's also totally boring. And though occasionally friendly and welcoming, literal perfection in pop music is never, ever awesome.
Which is where Telekinesis comes in. On record, Michael Lerner is the sole member of Telekinesis, more or less. He writes, sings and plays the songs. His love of Japan knows no bounds, though he's never been. He's a fantastic drummer and a fearless singer. And he does not look back willingly.
I mean, you can forcibly crane his head around in a pinch (mortal danger and Seinfeld reruns qualify). But Michael's songs are ridiculously immediate, and he delivers them with blinding velocity. His approach to music isn't unlike those spikes at the rental car place: Backing up deflates the tires, and not in a pleasant way.
It's reflected in Michael's writing, too, this philosophy of ever- forward motion. These are big-hearted songs, written quickly and from the gut. Telekinesis is the geography of dreams; a school year abroad; love letters from Liverpool coffee shops to the Carolina coastline and Tokyo and everywhere in between everywhere; a road trip waiting to happen. And it's absolutely perfect, but not because anyone went back to fix it. It just happened that way.
Chris Walla, January 2009
Mount Moriah
Mount Moriah
As record store clerks in Chapel Hill NC, Heather McEntire (of post- punk veterans Bellafea) and Jenks Miller (of heavy psych/metal outfit Horseback) spent their evenings creating Mount Moriah as an outlet for their mutual interest in classic American folk and rock music. Born in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, McEntire weaves narratives into spectral tapestries imbued with the complex majesty of the South and its deep-seeded spirituality. With nods to both classic folk-rock (Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Carole King, Emmylou Harris) and their contemporaries (Gillian Welch, My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes) Mount Moriah challenges existing traditional folk music forms with arrangements born from Miller's interest in minimalism and sound texture. The 2010 EP, The Letting Go, highlighted the band's thematic range, moving from delicate acoustic narratives to a dark, fuzzed out, soulful stomper in just three tracks. Mount Moriah's long-awaited, self-titled debut -- featuring guest instrumentation by members of St. Vincent, Megafaun, Gayngs, Bowerbirds and many other North Carolina- based musicians -- is cut from the same cloth, offering a far reaching and non-traditional take on classic folk themes like devotion, tribulation, redemption, and an indelible sense of place.
The Paparazzi
The Paparazzi
Erik Paparazzi assembled Ward White (acoustic guitar / sweet ass harmony vocals) , Craig Smith (drums), Adam Chilenski (bass and vocals) for this very special session. Erik, a noted guitar slinger and bass man, decided to focus on piano for this session, which was a treat because he is the consummate musical bad-ass. He so infrequently assembles a live incarnation of Rococo record, a piano redux of old Paparazzi mainstay "Zanzibar," and a handful of new tunes which will get you salivating for the next Paparazzi record which may not emerge for a while but will be worth the wait. Interspersed throughout Erik talk's to Maia McDonald about Rococo's cover art, the spirit of the Beatles and his time playing with Cat Power and recently with Bambi Kino.
Venue Information:
The Echo
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
http://www.theecho.com