Hand Me Your Ear is the first-time listener's gate-way into the OneMic Recordings catalogue. I've been writing songs since I was 14, and seriously recording them since 15, when I started experimenting with an 8-track recorder and bouncing everything down to cassette tapes on my dad's stereo. It wasn't until college that I started to go back and transfer some of those tapes to the digital world and share them, and it wasn't long before I had dropped out entirely and was pursuing this for real.
At this point in time, the OneMic Recordings catalogue contains:
3 LP's, 5 EP's, 1 live album and 4 singles.
That doesn't include the mountain of cassette tapes that I still have yet to transfer and mine for the best songs, or songs that I've finished recording but don't have an album to fit into yet, or songs still in demo form.
That's a LOT of music, and despite the fact that almost all of it was recorded completely by myself, I'm desperate to share it. ALL OF IT. Ian MacKaye once said that "An unlistened to record is just a piece of trash." That's why even if you don't choose to purchase any of these records in physical form, I make them all available as free downloads, because above all, I just want them to be heard.
This is an attempt to compile the best, most immediate songs from my records into an easily accessible playlist, so that if one catches your ear you can find out which record it came from and explore further. These songs were voted in by my friends and family, who have heard my music from the beginning and made it better by offering their praise and critiques.
In addition to the free digital download, I've had 100 copies printed in CD form. It features beautiful artwork by Nara Bopp, who played a huge role in putting this all together, and who I'm very thankful for. Beyond printing them just to feel like a real record label, I'm using them to make a move on this strange and mutated music industry, and to try to generate some interest. The copies that aren't sold to fans will be shipped to independent labels, college radio stations, blogs, etc.
So if you dig what you hear and want to get closer to it, order one and I'll mail it to you with a personal note. All the money will go to printing more records. One day it will all be vinyl. But for now, this is the portal.
Love to all,
released January 1, 2013
All songs were written, performed, engineered, produced and mastered by John Value alone, EXCEPT the following, with a little help from my friends:
SAND SONG - music and words by John Value.
Tyler Williams - Upright bass, whammy-bar, lead guitar and background vocals.
Mixed by Bradley Williams at Eloquent Sound Studio in Chicago, Fall 2009. Recorded at Hampshire College.
MY LOUISIANA - Engineered and Co-produced by Larry Berger at Hampshire College, Winter 2010. Thanks Larry.
Track 1 appears on the More! (Songs for You) EP.
Tracks 2, 4 appear on the Rib Cage/Leave It Alone single.
Track 3 appears on the Reckless Navigator EP.
Track 5 is previously unreleased.
Tracks 6, 11 appear on The Jagged Jester Leads the Dune Buggy Brigade into the Depths of the Acid Belly (or… How to Save the Hermit by John Value) LP.
Tracks 7, 8, 12 appear on the New Record! EP.
Tracks 9, 10 appear on the Everywhere I’ve Never Been/Nada LP.