MC


REDEEM DOWNLOAD CODE

Enter the download code you received with your purchase to claim your downloads. Keep in mind many mobile devices don't have built in support for opening ZIP files; you may want to download on a computer.


LOGIN

Login with your existing account.

CREATE ACCOUNT

Create an account to purchase items.

Passwords must be at least 6 characters

Michael Lee Yonkers

Yonkers, Michael

Michael Lee Yonkers

Drag City
LP $20.85

01/21/2014 781484058014 

DC 580 


***There’s 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 beloved longhair outlaws like Townes Van Zandt and Kris Kristofferson (ok, even one St. Johnny Cash too). The original art and labels have been faithfully reproduced and, with a discreet remastering touch, the tracks sound better than ever.

Related Items

Yonkers, Michael

Grimwood (original Pressing)
Michael Yonkers

No Trend

Too Many Humans / Teen Love
Drag City

Yonkers, Michael

Goodby Sunball (original Pressing)
Michael Yonkers

Howling Hex

Nighclub Version Of The Eternal
Drag City

Ka Baird

Sapropelic Pycnic
Drag City

Batoh, Masaki

Collected Works 1995-1996
Drag City

Yonkers, Michael

Michael Lee Yonkers (original Pressing)
Michael Yonkers

Yonkers, Michael

The Neverending Light Beam From Planet ‘00s / Deep Within Home Planet / Plan A
Mystra

Papa M

Single # 4
Drag City