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Artist: YONKERS, MICHAEL
Title: The Big Balloon/Its You Again
Format: 7"
Label: Art School Dropout
Country: Australia
Price: $7.50
Side A recorded by The Michael Yonkers Band in 1968, Side B solo from 2004. 2005 tour single.

Artist: YONKERS, MICHAEL
Title: Grimwood
Format: CD
Label: Destijl
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
"When considering Grimwood, itd be a mistake to not also give thought to Microminature Love. Recorded in 68 for Sire, MML languished unreleased until the spring of 2002, when we unearthed it swank on wax (later reissued as a Sub Pop CD). Called the greatest psych record of the 60s by more than a few, its no stretch to say that had it materialized, it wouldve altered the lay of the land. Tho recorded in 69, Yonkers privately released Grimwood in 74, along with 3 other recs: Goodby Sunball (recorded in 71), Michael Lee Yonkers (72) and a duo with Jim Woehrle (73), borders of my mind. If they sold at all, they sold horribly. There is a photo inside Sub Pops MML CD of Yonkers throwing copies of Grimwood up in the air, as theyd seemingly become disposable, as well as a heavy burden to lug around. Enterprising rec collectors have had a run on Grimwood for some time and its been impossible to affordably obtain. So here it is, remastered, digitized and priced for the people." -Destijl

Artist: YONKERS, MICHAEL
Title: Lovely Gold
Format: LP
Label: Drag City
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
"The legend of Michael Yonkers has taken its place among the great stories of underground rock and roll music. Hed been playing rock and roll for nearly forty years when Microminiature Love was finally issued in 2003 (Sire had taken a pass way back in 1968). A thousand noise-rock ears pricked up -- for Yonkers, a reclusive Minneapolis dancer-musician with a handful of self-released records over the years, had seminally prefigured proto-punk/metal/noise through his own brand of amped up garage rock. Since the revelation, Michael has picked up where he left off, exploring blown-out frequencies with collaborators around the globe, and his work has claimed a seat next to immortals like The Fugs, Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth and even ol Jimi. What a lot of folks STILL dont know is that Michael put aside his hand-built fuzz boxes and bellowing vocal style in the 1970s to record and self-release some truly curious albums of lilting loner-folk music, including Grimwood, Goodby Sunball and Michael Lee Yonkers. Of this holy trio of albums, only Grimwood has yet seen reissue. Throughout this time, Yonkers layered madrigal-like vocals, simple acoustic guitars, and used electricity in only the most subtle of ways - all to serve his somber, mesmerizing songs. This brings us to Lovely Gold. Planned as the fourth LP in his 70s trilogy, it was never released - a true crime, because it is an exotic work of homespun brilliance. Recorded in 1977 on a four-channel tube type tape recorder that Michael built himself by combining parts of other machines, it is perhaps his most multi-faceted solo album. The trademark Yonkers chug appears (though more stripped-down and dreamlike) and even some spraying acidic guitar on the title track, but the sweeping choral voice arrangements on gorgeous hymns like Will It Be are entirely unique and indeed lovely creations. Whats more, while digging through his archives Michael located previously lost cuts intended for the album, including the harrowing, near-Krautrock glide of Nevermore. Utilizing original photos and the exact layout specs/fonts/and notes of the planned 1977 Lovely Gold release, a lost classic at last becomes available -- once again! How many more reside in the Yonkers vaults? Only time (and Michael) will tell..." - Drag City.
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Artist: YONKERS, MICHAEL
Title: Michael Lee Yonkers
Format: LP
Label: Drag City
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
"Theres yet another musical color revealed on the uber-rare private press, Michael Lee Yonkers, which was home-recorded in 1971-72, while MICHAEL YONKERS was working in an unheated, hundred year-old warehouse. He ran the forklift and drove the truck for the company, hauling extremely heavy loads of industrial surplus and scrap metal. His co-workers almost exclusively listened to country and western music, which inspired him to create and perform an oddly countrified set on weekends, when he would play in coffeehouses and at house parties. Yonkers would do an acoustic set of original "country" and "rock" music for the first part, then he would get out an "electronic music machine" that he had built himself and play "electronic music" (quotes all added by Michael himself). Michael Lee Yonkers is a recording of some of the "country" songs he was doing at the time, as well as a few songs he wrote for the children at the house parties (like "Mrs. Jennings Fruit Fly Farm," recorded live, where you can hear the kids going nuts). The tracks were recorded on a variety of tube-type, reel-to-reel tape machines, which give them a unique analogue sound that begs comparisons to outsider hillbillies like Peter Grudzien, Holy Modal Rounders and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, as well as outlaws like Townes Van Zandt and Kris Kristofferson." - Drag City.

Artist: YONKERS, MICHAEL
Title: Thy Will Be Done
Format: Cass
Label: Go Johnny Go
Country: USA
Price: $5.00
Reissue of Yonkers 1976 LP, his rarest.

Artist: YONKERS, MICHAEL
Title: Weather Map
Format: Cass
Label: Go Johnny Go
Country: USA
Price: $5.00
2007 recordings, released 2010.

Artist: YONKERS, MICHAEL
Title: Goodby Sunball
Format: LP
Label: Michael Yonkers
Country: USA
Price: $30.00
“ORIGINAL SEALED PRESSING FROM 1974! Recorded in 1970 and 1971, after a difficult spinal surgery following a severe warehouse accident. “…the basic home fidelity, with vocals recorded in a bathroom for echoing ambience, adds to the strangeness, the tunes also sounding on occasion like holiday carols by and for celebrants not quite certain theyll live to see another Christmas. Though not every fan of rare psychedelia will agree with this assessment, it sounds immeasurably better than Microminiature Love, as the songwriting is substantially superior; the melodies far more varied and affecting; and the vision far more likably personal.” —Richie Unterberger, AllMusic. Released in 1974 and rescued from deep inside Yonks’ storage space/weirdo museum. While they last!” - Treehouse. Some have slight storage wear/dinged corners. Best copies go first..

Artist: YONKERS, MICHAEL
Title: Grimwood
Format: LP
Label: Michael Yonkers
Country: USA
Price: $35.00
“ORIGINAL SEALED PRESSING FROM 1974! Recorded in 1968 (not 1969, as previously reported), not terribly long after the material eventually released as "Microminiature Love", Grimwood sounds like it emanates from another universe entirely. Straightforward on the one hand, yet fascinatingly and psychedelically abstruse on the other, Grimwood remains an essential "outsider” acid-folk document that sits comfortably (and irreplaceably) alongside Spence, Grudzien, Tweddle, and a few select others. “ Released in 1974 and rescued from deep inside Yonks’ storage space/weirdo museum. While they last!” - Treehouse. Some have slight storage wear/dinged corners. Best copies go first..

Artist: YONKERS, MICHAEL
Title: Michael Lee Yonkers
Format: LP
Label: Michael Yonkers
Country: USA
Price: $30.00
“ORIGINAL SEALED PRESSING FROM 1974! Self-recorded in 1971 & ’72, Michael Lee Yonkers has often been referred to as Michaels "country” album. It is many folks’ favorite of his early works, and is likely the weirdest. The roughhewn quality of these recordings has caused listeners to make comparisons with other “real people” outsiders like Grudzien and the Holy Modal Rounders, but there are more obvious, well-known comparisons (Townes Van Zandt) that are at least as appropriate. There are clear references to various classic country stylings in these songs, even as Michaels unique distillation of their influence lends a delightfully skewed mischievousness to the proceedings. Released in 1974 and rescued from deep inside Yonks’ storage space/weirdo museum. While they last!” - Treehouse. Some have slight storage wear/dinged corners. Best copies go first..

Artist: YONKERS, MICHAEL
Title: Fun Pack
Format: Four LP Set
Label: MY Via Neros Neptune
Country: USA
Price: $140.00
"After recording the album Micro-Miniature Love at Dove Studios in the fall of 1967, Michael Yonkersretreated to his tiny basement studio. Utilizing only a couple of tube-type reel-to-reel recorders, Yonkers used methods he describes as primitive forms of "sound on sound" or "sound with sound" to get multi-channel effects. In 1974, after taking out a loan and having his basement tapes mastered at Sound 80 in Minneapolis, Yonkers made the bold move of simultaneously releasing four separate LPs of music from four previous years of recording: Grimwood,Michael Lee Yonkers, Goodby Sunball and Borders Of My Mind (with Jim Woehrle). These records are now legendary. Reissues have appeared on Sub Pop, Drag City, Neros Neptune, and S-S Records. The very first batch of these four LPs came back from the manufacturer with covers that had paste-on slicks which were cut in a slightly uneven fashion. Almost all of the shrink was ripped from the jackets. This provided enough irritation to cause Michael to demand the pressing plant re-do them all. He had a second pressing done, with shrink-wrapped new jackets containing new records. These records are long gone. But heres where it gets interesting. Michael kept around 100 or so of the least-off center jackets (with records, sans torn shrink) of all four titles and placed one of each in manilla envelopes. The intention was that they be sold as a set, sent out as promotional packages or simply given to friends. Michael even created a special paper bookmark (each individually initialed by hand and decorated with five Xeroxed photos of Michael) plus a separate 7" x 4" blowup insert of the Michael Yonkers logo to go with the sets. But with an additional 2000 new LPs to sell - and no distribution - a little less than half of these "fun packs" were dispensed with. The majority of these original sets ended up forgotten in Michaels various storage spaces for over 40 years. They were recently found... and here they are. In essence, these are the true original pressings. When theyre gone, theyre gone. (Note: many of the original manilla envelopes are a little ragged from being shuffled around over the many years, but the original contents and extras are as good as new.)” - My Via Neros Neptune.

Artist: YONKERS, MICHAEL
Title: The Neverending Light-Beam From Planet 00s/From Deep Within Home Planet/Plan A
Format: LP
Label: Mystra
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
“Recorded 200-2007...All songs by Yonkers...All super heavy guitar/vocals...NOT A FOLK REISSUE!!! Original released by Yonkers on his label, this LP reissued by Mystra in 2015, Extensive Notes by Yonkers and Angela from Weirdo Records!” - Mystra.

Silkscreened and hand-painted covers. Limited edition one-time pressing. "Do you know the numbers on people who are in it for life? Theyre small. Real, real small. Kids & jobs come along to make regular adults out of most musicians. Even the ones who get that glossy magazine coverage or score that signing bonus can usually be found selling insurance 10 years down the line. A select few balance against family time. Fewer still find jobs teaching, and often have no energy left for their own stuff. Nobody, and I do mean nobody, just keeps going. Its too hard. Michael Yonkers makes the energizer bunny look bad. He started making his own distortion (by slicing speaker cones) in the mid-1960s, built his own pedals, souped up his own guitars, and hes still making distortion now that hes in his late 60s. Even more unusual, his sound has gotten, if anything, cruder along the way. This is a collection that Yonkers put together from CD-s that he gave out to friends once a year between 2001 & 2008. Whats here are hard rock songs, and theyre goddamn well-written. Most of what youll hear are huge, scratched up, convulsive whorls of distortion piled all on top of themselves until you can barely discern the pitch underneath. Wow...The guy also ran a record & ephemera shop named Loonland during the 80s. Hes been a sheep breeder & a dance choreographer. Hes built a home studio or two, at least one of which had to work while he was confined to a hospital bed that was installed in his house. Yonkers suffers from adhesive arachnoiditis, a nerve swelling that seizes up your back, brought on by a 1971 accident where 2000 lbs fell on him, and permanently exacerbated by a nasty dye used to get xrays of the spine.... His voice has aged a little, but Its still got a vibrato to it, mostly masked by the guitar here. But its better suited for these lyrics, as theyre a kind of burned & haunted you rarely hear." --excerpt from Angela Sawyers liner notes.

Artist: YONKERS, MICHAEL
Title: Circling The Drain
Format: LP
Label: Neros Neptune
Country: US
Price: $24.00
"The second of two startling Yonkers releases is an eight-band LP of solo, modified guitar improvisations. These recordings were picked from a number of tapes representing the entire works recorded by Yonkers that utilized a severely altered Steinberger knockoff guitar (that has since been retired). The music was recorded on a high-speed four-channel cassette machine, further manipulated during mastering. This is the noise record that lucky regional Yonkers aficionados have been hoping for since witnessing his infrequent, brain-scrambling, all-instrumental performances - and then some! Vinyl-only edition of 303 numbered copies in a gorgeous, four-color hand-screened jacket by Minneapolis artist and printer Dan Black complete the scrumptious package." - Neros Neptune.
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Artist: YONKERS, MICHAEL
Title: Grimwood
Format: LP
Label: Neros Neptune
Country: USA
Price: $21.00
“Currently out of print on CD, Michael Yonkerss Grimwood finally receives its long-overdue vinyl re-release (with download code included). Yonkerss first four LPs were released simultaneously in 1973, but it is Grimwood, his first, that regular commands the biggest bucks on the collector-scum market. Recorded in 1969, less than a couple years after the material eventually released as Microminiature Love, Grimwoodsounds like it emanates from another universe entirely. Straightforward on the one hand, yet fascinatingly and psychedelically abstruse on the other, Grimwood remains an essential "outsider" document that sits comfortably (and irreplaceably) alongside Spence, Grudzien, Tweddle, and a few select others.” - Neros Neptune.
"It would seem that Yonkers followed a trail that psychologically parallels the sun life highway, and his private flight took place in a presumably small hut, nestled on a lemonade lake, and from his chimney wafted rainbow smoke, in the fantastical haven of the mystical, mythical grimwood town for which the rec is named, as he attempted to allow light / space into areas of his psyche that hadnt seen enough of either in some time." - Karl Ikola, liner notes to 2007 CD reissue.

Artist: YONKERS, MICHAEL
Title: Goodby Sunball
Format: LP
Label: Secret Seven
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"Secret Seven Records is proud to release the first ever reissue of the lost psych-folk LP Goodby Sunball by cult favorite, MICHAEL YONKERS. Privately released in 1974, Goodby Sunball was recorded at Yonkers home studio a few years after Microminature Love and just before Lovely Gold. "The music for Goodby Sunball was written during the recovery period following serious spine surgery. The surgery had not gone well, I was laid up for months, and had to learn to walk again. So, the music was written using an acoustic guitar, while laying in bed. When I was able to be up and around more, I started recording the songs...a little at a time. It took about 7 months. I recorded the tracks in the little studio I had in my place. It was all recorded on two-channel, tube type machines (back and forth between machines). The vocals were done in the bathroom, to give an expanded sound."-Michael Yonkers. Limited to 500 copies." -Secret Seven
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Artist: YONKERS, MICHAEL
Title: Microminiature Love
Format: CD
Label: Sub Pop
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"Originally recorded in 1968 and slated for release on Sire Records, Microminiature Love languished unreleased until unearthed and released in a limited pressing on vinyl only by Destijl Records last year. Our friends at Aquarius Records had the following to say about the vinyl release : �??An obscure late-sixties ahead-of-his-time visionary gets his due with this LP reissue. Yonkers stuff was like nothing anyone had heard back then (or even now really): fucked-up garage psych with demedntedly genius lyrics and crazy acid-friend guitar. Yonkers, a legendary Minneapolis �?? area figure, built his own effects pedals, cut his Fender Telecaster down to a plank, and playedlinke no one else ever. Im at a loss of words on how to describe this. Its sort of like a fusion of stripped down Black Sabbath, The Troggs, Pere Ubu, and The Cramps??�?� This CD reissue will include six bonus tracks not found on the LP." - Sub Pop.

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