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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.
Until The Cops Come (For You) - The Really Good Pot Roast
This track started as a progression I wrote a while ago on an acoustic guitar while watching Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives on Food Network. I thought it sounded too similar to The Doors song “5 To 1” to really do anything with, but I sent it over to Mark to see if he could take it in a direction that made it less Doors-like. I think he really did a great job with it. He reworked the progression slightly and re-recorded the guitars with some nice distortion to completely transform the sound. To me though, the star of this track are Mark’s vocals. Some of the strongest vocal work he’s ever done.
I was a big fan of the original music Rob sent over, and I really wanted to work with the music. But as is my M.O., it took me just south of forever to turn something around. I couldn’t figure out the approach I wanted for lyrics. Then one day something just worked for me. Pretty stream of consciousness writing.
Live songwriting experiment - COMPLETE! Lyrics and chords exist in this post…
At first I was all
Why am I doing this? What if I fail? Oh man oh man oh man oh man… Why am I worried? I don’t even have that many followers…
Then I was all
Why won’t the lyrics just COME already?! Why do I keep stuffing up?! Where is *that* stupid harmony coming from? Are you for serious brain?!
But, now it’s exported, uploaded and about to go on to my fiftyninety page. I can’t decide it I like it or not. I’m just
Done like a done thing.
Kahiwa, a fell 50/90 and FAWMer, recently chronicled the writing of a new song. Unlike the
disasters attempts Rob and I have showcased here, she recorded snippets of the song during the writing phase and posted them, along with the lyrics and chord progression. Following on her blog under the tag ‘live blogging’, it’s a fascinating insight into another musician’s writing process.
It’s also an amazing decent into gif-madness.
Well done, Kahiwa!
While half of the band was off nerding it up with nerds in the nerdy West Coast (I’M SO JEALOUS!!!1!1!!ELEVEN!!!), the band has still been moving forward with new music!
First, 50/90. Yes, Rob and I are shambling forward on this lunatic’s march toward 50 songs. We’d both promised ourselves that we’d keep it to a dull roar this year and not aim for 50 songs. Rob ‘won’ last year with 51 tracks. I was within shouting distance at 42. This year, we figured we’d focus on staying sane, finishing Rob’s Solo CD, and the upcoming RGPR album. Yadda yadda yadda… we have 10 songs between us already (one of which was my twee / pop / ukulele track ‘Here and Now' we posted here last week). You'll see some of those posted in the coming days / weeks.
Secondly, Rob’s solo disc. Seriously, be jealous of me, because I can listen to most of this now, and you can’t. We’re in the final weeks of mixing, and it’s coming along really well. I think there are about 3 or 4 more tracks to mix, then we work on sequencing. We’ll be posting some tracks here soon, so look out, peeps.
Finally, We’re still aiming to have a new album together by the holidays this year. We’ve planned a session in August to write new tracks and mix old ones. And drink. Maybe some yelling. Then drinks. Be on the look out for some liquid encouragement songs, and possibly a 50/90 Podcast recorded live while drinking. What could possibly go wrong?
Don’t answer that.
Here and Now - Mark
While some people we know are enjoying ComiCon, we’re still working on new music. The Fifty-Ninety Songwriting Challenge is underway, and Rob and I are headlong into writing. We’ll both be posting new music here on the blog (as well as tracks from Rob’s upcoming solo CD!) throughout the summer.
This song is called ‘Here and Now’. I reblogged a post earlier from Kahiwa (a fellow 50/90 and FAWM musician) about this track, but thought I’d post the song itself to the blog. The song is a ukulele driven twee/pop song. It’s a rough demo, because you don’t have time for polished products in 50/90.
Click here to read more of my liner notes, or to just check out 50/90 in general.
Be on the look out for more new music from RGPR this summer!
Someone just bought our instrumental album ‘You Have Died of Dysentery’. No, that’s not really the newsworthy bit. The newsworthy bit is that they found our music through a google search and liked it enough to buy it.
To date, most of our sales have been through links we’ve supplied here, or other music websites and forums. We appreciate them all, but this was someone who discovered us seemingly by happenstance, and elected to purchase our record.
As we march into the start of 5090, this kind of moment is emboldening to usFound as musicians, and as a band. We’re clearly not professional musicians, but we’re making music that interests us, and other people are finding it, and digging it. Good times from RGPR.
Rob and I are in the same place, at the same time.
Our wives are out getting pampered and otherwise enjoying themselves without our senseless blathering about music. So Rob and I are doing the only logical thing.
A new Failing Live session.
We’ve got 90 minutes.
We are go.