Meet the Curator: Michael Benjamin Lerner – Keepers Record Club

Meet the Curator: Michael Benjamin Lerner

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If you visit the Telekinesis homepage and the first thing you see is Lerner on a hillside looking out towards a mountain landscape. The image conveys a feeling of calm, accomplishment and perhaps reflection. Perhaps Lerner is looking off into the distance, accepting of and eager for the challenges to come.

Before 2016 and before Ad Infinitum, Telekinesis emerged in the national spotlight in 2009 with its self-titled Merge Records debut, followed by 12 Desperate Lines (2011) and Dormarion (2013), each improving upon the last. But when it came time to begin writing Telekinesis’ fourth record, Lerner was in a rut. “I went down to the basement and started playing the same chords I always play…I just felt like I’d exhausted everything I knew. I was not excited at all. I just could not make another power-pop album.”

With that Lerner decided to challenge himself and began acquiring and learning to use various dated analog synthesizers and gadgets (even a “Speak and Spell”), and after many trials, frustration and success, he found his way to new sounds and songs, ultimately becoming Ad Infinitum.

Lerner in his own words on the making of Ad Infinitum

When it comes to vinyl Lerner is admittedly a collector, with his initial introduction a result of inheriting his Dad’s old collection  (more on that in our KRC Interview next week). Recently he began the Instagram account @ARecordADayKeepsTheDoctorAway, showcasing day-by-day (in alphabetical order) the vinyl on his shelves. From his first post:

“It also got me thinking that with the advent of digital music, I’m rarely devoting all of my attention on listening to a record. One of the reasons the LP is my favorite media format is that it forces you to pay attention. You do have to physically get up to flip the record over at the very least. So, I decided to roll through my record collection, A-Z. I am going to try as best I can to listen to one record first thing in the morning, all the way through…”

More on Lerner and Telekinesis at telekinesismusic.com

Telekinesis upcoming live dates:
5/27: Quincy, WA – Sasquatch! Music Festival
7/15: Carnation, WA- Timber! Outdoor Music Festival

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Tracks that influenced Ad Infinitum: