Michael Yonkers

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Michael Yonkers (2003)

Michael Yonkers (born 1947) is an American rock musician from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. His work has been praised for its groundbreaking and highly experimental nature; Cole Alexander of psychedelic-rock band Black Lips said that Yonkers “kind of invented noise and drone guitar techniques," stating further that "when you think of how The Who, Jimi Hendrix and The Velvet Underground were pushing feedback at the time, he was more extreme than all three combined in terms of what he was doing.”[1] However, his work did not reach a wide audience until decades after he began recording, due in part to a debilitating spinal injury that kept him in constant, lifelong pain.[2]

His most well-known work is a psychedelic rock record from 1968 called Microminiature Love, which was released on vinyl by De Stijl records in 2002, and later Sub Pop, who released it on CD in July 2003.[3][4][5][6][7] This led to re-releases of other early albums, including the psych-folk album Grimwood, originally recorded in 1971 and reissued in 2007, as well as the early 1970s works Michael Lee Yonkers and Borders Of My Mind, both reissued on Drag City in 2014.[8] Yonkers' most recent work includes three collaborations with Minneapolis indie-rock group The Blind Shake, Carbohydrate Hydrocarbons,[9] Cold Town/Soft Zodiac, and Period.[10]

Discography[edit]

  • Michael Lee Yonkers (1972, reissued 2014)
  • Goodby Sunball (1974)
  • Borders of My Mind (1974, reissued 2014)
  • Microminiature Love (2002, Sub Pop)
  • It's Only the Yonkers (2005)
  • Grimwood (2007, De Stijl Records)
  • Carbohydrate Hydrocarbons (2008, Farmgirl)
  • Cold Town/Soft Zodiac (2009, Learning Curve)
  • Bleed Out (2009)
  • Lovely Gold (2010)
  • Period (2011)[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tim Burrows (September 2010). "Sounding off: Michael Yonkers". Dazed Digital. Retrieved March 31, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Jennifer Kelly (2007). "The World is Just Catching Up: Michael Yonkers". Dusted Magazine. Retrieved March 31, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Chris Riemenschneider (July 18, 2003). "Macro love for `Microminiature'". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved June 4, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Cecile Cloutier (March 27, 2002). "Lost in Yonkers". City Pages. Archived from the original on July 5, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Christina Schmitt (January 11, 2006). "In Da Club: Michael Yonkers at the Hexagon Bar". City Pages. Archived from the original on October 13, 2008. Retrieved June 4, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Brandon Stosuy (August 24, 2003). "Michael Yonkers: Microminiature Love (Review)". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved June 4, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ David Hansen (October 15, 2009). "Michael Yonkers debut LP finds new life on Destijl". City Pages. Archived from the original on June 2, 2010. Retrieved June 4, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Michael Yonkers | Drag City". Dragcity.com. Retrieved 2016-11-21.
  9. ^ Christopher Bahn and Scott Gordon (Feb 28, 2008). "Interview: The Blind Shake". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 31, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "The Blind Shake". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2020-03-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Michael Yonkers | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-11-21.