This blog is devoted to the band The Really Good Pot Roast.
Okay, I think we’re done here. Time has run away from me, so it’s on to the next thing. Maybe we’ll do this quasi live thing again sometime soon.
Thanks for listening. I hope you enjoyed.
Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division / Evelyn Evelyn version Cover)
Amanda Palmer had a side project at one point called Evelyn Evelyn, and they did a ukulele version of this song as the album closer. The simple, stripped down melody was haunting and lovely, so I’m trying it here on my 5string uke.
Pennsylvania (The Bloodhound Gang cover)
Cold read cover. Pulled up the tabs from the intarweb and went with what I remembered of the melody. The lyrics to this song are kinda dumb, kinda funny, as typifies a BHG track. But the chorus has always stuck with me as this great little detailed moment, either of heart break or personal defiance.
You are the heart dotted ‘i’
in the word ‘Apologize’
scribbled drunk on a post card
sent from somewhere volcanoes are.
I am the heart with no name
airbrushed on a license plate
of a Subaru that was
registered in Pennsylvania.
I love this song in a weird way.
Run (Live) - The Really Good Pot Roast original
This was one of my favorite tracks from Mixed Signals. We had a lot of fun recording the album, and I really enjoy playing these songs. This was one of the first songs we finished for the record, so I haven’t played it in a while. This was sort of a cold read off the lyrics, and the first time I’ve played it acoustic.
Wrecking Ball (Miley Cyrus cover)
Hey, I covered Britney Spears before… might as well go for the new train wreck. And sure, I’ll admit this song caught in my head a bit.
Disappearing One (Chris Cornell cover)
Yeah, so Euphoria Morning wasn’t an amazing album to listen to end to end. It’s a bit heavy handed, and not the rock album we all expected. But this song has stuck in my head over the years, and I thought I’d try to learn it. And of course, Chris Cornell uses a thousand chords with weird voicings.
Today is my birthday. Despite releasing an album of new material about 6 weeks ago, I feel like I haven’t done anything musical in a while, and certainly haven’t played live in longer. So today, I’m carving out an hour to set up, pick some songs, and record a live set of songs. I think it’s going to be a collection or weird covers I like, maybe an original or two. I’m not sure what’s going to happen, but I’m going to post these here anyway, as a series of single song posts.
Now that the album is done and summer is here, I (Mark) am thinking of heading out to play some shows and open mics. I’ve realized that my focus on writing new material has left my knowledge of other musician’s material to atrophy. So let’s replenish that. I want to learn maybe 2-3 songs per week, if I can. Things I can play acoustic, either on guitar or ukulele. I’m game for almost any suggestions. As I’m learning and working on the approach, I might try to record a few as live takes.
So, what should I know, or what would you like to hear?