Monday, July 15, 2013


Telekinesis is Michael Benjamin Lerner, which sounds very German to me. He might have German ancestors - I don't know - but that is not the point. He is an amazing singer/songwriter, who is by no means new to the indie circuit. He has released 3 albums by now and has toured the US and Europe. He can drop some names that he's worked with on his albums (Chris Walla/Death Cab For Cutie, Jim Eno/Spoon) and he's had help by several live musicians for the tours.
But for some reason it's his third album "Dormarion" that first caught my attention.

Telekinesis is pretty much a one man band, who was one of the talented, lucky ones to learn the recording and song-writing trade by studying at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Afterwards, he went back to Seattle, Washington where he signed with Merge Records, who released his third album "Dormarion" in April of this year. In Germany it came out via Morr Music. That was three and a half months ago. I guess it took that long to have the album grown on me to only write about it now. 

Nevertheless, here are several songs on it that hit you at once and catch your attention. One of them certainly is the single "Ghosts And Creatures", which you'll find further down as a separate stream and download. But the album also works extremely well as a whole, you might just need a while to let it grow. 

And why call it "Dormarion"? That word probably doesn't mean anything to most people. It is, in fact, named after Dormarion Lane in Austin, Texas, since that's where the album was recorded; at Jim Eno's Public Hi-Fi studio.

Telekinesis website

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Friday, July 5, 2013


Call me an idiot, but up until just now I had absolutely no idea who HARPER SIMON is. One thing I did know, though, was that I love his current album "DIVISION STREET". I've been listening to it pretty much all the time ever since I got it sent by the radio plugger. Apparently I didn't read the album info that came with it but I was instantly blown away by the song's EARWORM potential.

So it turns out that HARPER SIMON is lucky enough to call Paul Simon his dad and I guess, me not being aware of this little fact gives him and his great work even more credibility!

DIVISION ISLAND is HARPER SIMONS second solo album and rich of great songwriting skills. It's one of those albums that you would want to listen to as a whole. The individual songs are beautiful, too, but the whole album is just magic.

He is currently on tour in the US with The Polyphonic Spree. As soon as a tour for Europe will be announced, be sure to find the dates here.

So for now I keep on listening to his album and I recommend you do too!

Harper Simon homepage

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Steve Mason - Fight Them Back von domino
In "Fight Them Back", STEVE MASON put the happenings of the 2011 London riots into lyrics, according to his website.
Does that name STEVE MASON ring a bell? Well, maybe not but for all you big indie fans, I'm sure that you'll recognise his voice when listening to his single "Fight Them Back". Yes, singer of The Beta Band!!!

He's back with his second solo album that goes by the name of MONKEY MINDS IN THE DEVIL'S TIME:

  1. The Old Problem
  2. Lie Awake
  3. Flyover ‘98
  4. A Lot Of Love
  5. The Last Of Heroes
  6. Lonely
  7. Safe Population
  8. Friends For Ever More
  9. Seen It All Before
  10. From Hate We Hope
  11. Oh My Lord
  12. Goodbye Youth
  13. Never Be Alone
  14. Behind The Curtains
  15. More Money, More Fire
  16. Fire!
  17. Operation Mason
  18. Fight Them Back
  19. Towers of Power
  20. Come To Me

Steve Mason – Oh My Lord

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Friday, June 28, 2013


It is certainly no coincidence that this album is released in the middle of the summer. You'll know what I mean, when you listen to the first few lines of any of their songs. You need something to lift you up? This is it? PLUS, it's not getting boring! It's easy listening to the album all the way through and when the last song finishes, you want to start all over again. Every song has it's own little characteristic about it in their realm of 60s influenced pop, and it shows how creative and imaginative the band is.

THE ELWINS hail from Ontario, Canada and are currently my most-listened-to-band. They'll be coming on tour in Europe in September and with a bit of luck my next post on them will include an interview.
In the meantime, get illuminated by THE ELWINS' debut album "AND I THANK YOU": 
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Monday, June 24, 2013

WAMPIRE - Interview & Album Listening

Wampire, that's Rocky Tinder (left) and Eric Phipps (right) from Portland, Oregon, USA. They've released their debut album 'CURIOSITY' in May 2013 via Polyvinyl Records. The first single released off of it is THE HEARSE, a pretty catchy but as for the lyrics quite gloomy song, as the title suggests. The B-side is DAS MODELL by Kraftwerk, which Eric sings in almost perfect German, since he'd lived in Germany, Stuttgart, for a short while during high school as an exchange student. That's also where the name Wampire came about, when he was hanging out with his friend Manuel, who was into goth and new wave. 
Were I first thought he's taking the mickey out of us Germans for mispronouncing the Vs and Ws, it's not really meant to be insulting, according to Rockey.

Last Saturday they did a one off show in Germany at the Loft Lounge in Berlin, right by the river Spree. I caught up with them for a little chat about the band, their Kraftwerk cover, and their plans of touring in Germany at the end of this year. Check out by listening to the interview here:  

The gig was pretty cool and I look forward to seeing them again on a bigger stage hopefully with a good sound-system, where they will have some space to move around. In the meantime, have a listen to their amazing album. It's full of little growers!
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