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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.
Machine - The Really Good Pot Roast
I’ve had the chorus and general chord progression for this song kicking around my head a little while now. FAWM seemed like a good motivator for us to finish writing and draft a demo together. I scratched out rough demo, passed it to Rob, and he brought it home.
I wanted this to be a simple, energetic, 3 chord rocker. Something loud and fun. I’m a fan of ow this came together. The lyrics are lighter than a lot of our other music and that’s always a victory for us. A bit of a nod to Jonathan Coulton in terms of content, as it’s a love song by a robot. Click here for the song page and lyrics.
There’s clean up work to be done, but this is a good draft for FAWM. We’re starting to scratch out the track list for our next album, and this is a candidate.
As always, we hope you enjoy. And if you like writing or performing music, there’s still time left to join us for FAWM!
Mark Dabney - The Coffee Song (NSFW)
I’ve been on the road a lot recently. One day this past week had me completely exhausted, both physically and mentally. I had 2 cups of coffee before I could shower. Another before I left my hotel, then a few Starbucks trips throughout the day.
I wrote the lyrics for this on the back of the receipt for my 3rd Starbucks of the day. When my meetings were done, I framed out the chords using ‘ChordPro’ on my android tablet, then recorded some vocal melody ideas.
I recorded this version this morning using some of the ChordPro materials from my tablet, and a fuller arrangement.
NSFW because I curse in the song. A lot. Because coffee is fucking awesome.
Come join us for February Album Writing Month.
In the way that time does, a year has passed, and we’re here in February. And with it, the month brings FAWM, the February Album Writing Month challenge. 28 days, 14 songs.
Last year, Rob and I both wrote music during FAWM and ‘won’ the challenge. My music resulted in my album 'NEW THING'. Rob’s resulted in ‘Now That You’re Here’. Both albums are available for any price (even free).
This year, we’re involved again, but probably not in the same extent. We’ll be posting some of our new material here in the coming weeks. Our big focus right now is cleaning up existing material for our new album later this year. But we can’t help writing.
If you’re a songwriter and want to challenge yourself, come join us. FAWM is a great, positive atmosphere for songwriters looking for a challenge, an outlet, a forum, trading ideas, collaboration, and constructive criticism.
See you there!
The Really Good Pot Roast - Spice Up Your Life (Spice Girls Cover)
A couple of months ago, Rob posted a one-off cover I did of Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time”. After that, we tried to think about some interesting songs to cover, ones that we’d like to learn and interpret, and be able to possibly play live. Then Rob picked this song.
I really liked Rob’s acoustic take on this track. His vocals sold me on it. The hardest part of this track was the fact that it’s only 2 chords. Fm and C. Over and over and over again. When you have a whole electronic pop dance music backing to it, you don’t care. But strip it down to a couple acoustic guitars, and it creates some headaches. We played with a bit of structure and style, and added in some hand percussion.
I’m pleased where this wound up. We hope you enjoy it.
Got any suggestions for us to cover? Drop us an ask!
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.
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!