Mark: I’ve made efforts to reduce the amount of me there is, and have spent a lot of time in a love-hate relationship with a treadmill. Rob messaged me while I was finishing up a run and made this request to write a song about wanting my treadmill struck down. Moreso, it had to be an acoustic ballad, featuring melodica. I obliged, because that’s how I roll.
Written and recorded over a weekend. See below for the lyrics.
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.
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.
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.
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?
We’ve wanted to release this song for a while. I think we’ve posted it here before, but it bears repeating. This one is a straight ahead 70’s style guitar-forward rocker. We had a lot of fun just stripping things back and keeping things focused on guitars, bass, and vocals here.
We hope you enjoy it.
From Mixed Signals, the newest album by The Really Good Pot Roast, available now on Bandcamp.com for pay-what-you-want.
The Really Good Pot Roast - Jolene (Dolly Parton Cover)
QUESTION: What does a band do after just finishing recording and mixing an album?
ANSWER: Record a cover of Jolene in 24 hours.
Much like Mark’s cover of ‘…Hit Me Baby One More Time’, this track just kind of snuck up on us, and we ran with it. Let me take you through the last 24 hours of this recording’s short life:
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Tuesday, 8:30pm - Text Exchange ROB: For some reason I started recording a cover of Jolene. MARK: Yes. Yes. Do it. That might have to go on the blog. MARK: Please do it. ROB: Let’s see what happens with it. I might tag you in for backing and fills and such. MARK: Okay. I’m excited by this.
Tuesday, 8:50pm - Text Exchange ROB: I sent you what I accomplished tonight. MARK: I got it. I’ll download it tonight and play around.
Wednesday, 12:30am - Email MARK: Okay, so I put some work in here. […] If you wanted to go Mumford and Sons on this, I missed it completely, and we can just scrap this. If not, read on. […detailed rambling of parts recorded…] She’s a jaunty tune at a spirited 2:30. The ball is in your court now.
Wednesday, 1:15pm - Text Exchange ROB: Listened to Jolene before I left the house. I like what you did I might add some more guitar fills, but that’s it. MARK: Cool. I’m glad.
Wednesday, 6:45pm-7:45pm - Email ROB: […more detailed ramblings of parts recorded, mixing…] Getting the balance on the mix was a bit rough, but I think we’re in a good place now. MARK: Awesome. I’m good with this. Want to post it? ROB: I’m giving you the honor of the post. I’m not sure I could explain what just happened. Or why.
What happened here is that we relaxed after recording an album by recording a 70’s punk-esque cover. Why is because why the hell not?
Mixed Signals, the new album by The Really Good Pot Roast, out on May 19th on Bandcamp.com for pay-what-you-want.
Yes, this is another collaboration/production by the ever-creative never-predictable always-talented band The Really Good Pot Roast.
And yes, that is Mrs. Cranquis and I making monkey noises like a pair of gibbering idiots (literally having to keep from awaking Baby Cranquis as we howl with laughter around the computer microphone in the dark of the night — I had to refrain from going full-on howler-monkey, for that very reason.)
Mark Dabney - Designed Mistake (Track from NEW THING)
Designed Mistake was the first solo song I wrote this past FAWM, and it’s the reason I put this album together. Looking at a month of songwriting in the days before FAWM started, I wasn’t sure how I’d approach it, what style, what sound, what direction I wanted to go. Then February 1st, I wrote this.
Rob and I have had discussions about what tracks to post here as previews for the album. We originally crossed this one off the list because an early version had been posted here before. But this song solidified the direction I wanted to go for an album. It’s direction and sound is why NEW THING is happening.
Every once and a while, one of us will send the over an song we’ve recorded with no details attached other than a brief message to the effect of, “This happened today. Thought I’d share it with you.” Sometimes these songs are original tunes with odd lyrics or music, other times they’re interesting cover choices. Today Mark sent me a cover song. This is the entire email message he attached (The MP3 was unlabeled, but I’m including the song title to grab your attention as you scroll through your dashboard):
I recorded a song. This is the last time I touch this thing. The idea got in my head while I paced around the house my guitar in hand. I found I had a fair idea of the chords, but looked them up, along with the lyrics. But I decided to record it anyway.
What you hear is the first time I played through the song in it’s entirety. I’m being cagey with the title because, well… just listen.
This isn’t for 50/90, certainly.
This just kinda happened because it amused me. I’m sharing it with you because (1) I thought I’d share (2) you might laugh, (3) I’m an idiot.
I enjoyed it so much I’m sharing it with you fine folks. Mark doesn’t know I’m posting this to the band blog, but he will in a few seconds…
MARK’S EDIT: Well, I clearly know now. Well played, sir. Well played.
My favorite part of this song (Aside from the song itself) is the fact that it starts with Mark’s signature 15 seconds of breathing.
The Really Good Pot Roast has written a theme for my tumblr. When asked what kind of music I enjoy, I shrieked, “‘80s Synth Pop!!!!” Yeah, they did it right. This is just awesome. I’m listening and head bobbing with my eyes closed, thinking all sorts of meaningful things.
I have made the album artwork the f*cking flower that I would really like teenage girls who are into “boho” to stop reblogging. That f*cking flower now has over 14,000 notes, is being used by some UK internet shop (without my permission), is several people’s avatars, and is the bane of my internet existence. It’s like people haven’t really thought about the whole Georgia O’Keefe “sometimes a flower isn’t just a flower” thing.
When I started this tumblr just over two years ago, I never imagined that I’d ever have a theme song or that this really would be a blog about men’s armpits. What a long strange road it’s been. The Really Good Pot Roast made me a theme song and it’s awesome! Follow them on tumblr. Listen to my theme song. Explore my armpit tag (x). Go!
Another awesome tumblroo, another theme song. We had a lot of fun with this one, going for a They Might Be Giants feel. And we got some title help from the better half of The House.
We’ll be collecting these theme tracks together for a charity EP in the next couple of weeks, so be on the look out. We’re also starting the 50/90 songwriting challenge, so look for new music from us this summer, and a new full-length album this winter!
Labor Day has come and gone. The end of summer is upon us. For me, summer is cherry ice season. [Insert horribly obvious shameless self-promotion segue here]. This is another song from my first solo album, Now That You’re Here, available now on my website! I wrote this track last summer for a food themed challenge on 50/90. It started off as just a simple bass & soloing guitar song with a click track to keep the pace. when it came time for the album Mark came up with the idea to give the track a proper drum section. I’m pleased with what he did.
Incidentally, the album is Name Your Own Price. I figured I’d explain that since it completely baffled my entire family and I ended up having to walk them through it one at a time so they could download it. If you want to download it for free, insert $0.00 when it asks for the price. you can also insert any other dollar amount you may feel appropriate.
I think it’s finally spring time! Uncle Louis G’s should be open any day now.
Mumbled Gripes (Remix) - The Really Good Pot Roast
A while ago, we wrote a theme song for Dr. Cranquis. We’ve decided to give it a remix and repost for 2 reasons. One, we’ve been working on theme songs recently in advance of our upcoming Tumblr Theme song Compilation with all proceeds going to the Red Cross. Two, as a teaser for an upcoming Cranquis Project celebrating his soon-to-be 50,000th follower. And three - we have 3 reasons for the repost. One, Tumblr themes project, Two, Cranquis 50K project, Three, gives us more practice with our new mastering software, and Four shameless self-promotion of previous albums, DAMN! We have 4 reasons for this post which have been listed in my previous sentence.
Mumbled Gripes, The Official Dr. Cranquis Theme, appeared on our album You Have Died of Dysentery. CLICK HERE to visit BandCamp and download all of our albums for free!
In the wake of the 2014 Pranquis masterpiece, I thought this was a relevant reblog.
Remember that time we wrote Helms-Deep a theme song :-). It’s a part of our Theme Songs album available now at our BandCamp site. It’s name your own price (Including free. Just enter 0 as the price). We hope Ralph really loves his theme song as much as we enjoyed making it.