This blog is devoted to the band The Really Good Pot Roast.
I have a theme song! Technically, I even wrote the lyrics. All of the lyrics are taken directly from my posts. I’m quite pleased with this. Kinda bad ass!
I’m off to work.
Don’t bang your cousin while I’m gone.
Another theme song for another awesome blog. We have a couple more in progress, so stay tuned.
Proving that no one is safe from The Really Good Pot Roast, I HAVE A THEME SONG NOW.
This surprise arrived in my inbox just before I was to leave work. And it’s perfect. Some great 80’s/90’s era industrial electronica.
If you go into a meeting and wonder, What would MMLTD do in this situation?, assume whatever I would do would have this blaring behind me.
Another theme song ‘managed’.
More to come, folks. We have a couple more in the works, but we’re still taking requests.
As previously mentioned, The Really Good Pot Roast and Dr. Cranquis have decided that our next great musical collaboration will celebrate the holiday season Tumblr style! By writing the first Cranq-mas Carol.
What’s Cranq-mas, you ask? Why, it’s only the 12 Day, Non-Denominational, MultiCultural, All-Inclusive, Non-Judgemental Tumblr Winter Holiday Season Enjoyment Period!
The band is going to write “The 12 Days of Cranq-mas” Carol. But we’re looking for the help of all the Cranquistadors and Roastheads (Roasters? Really Good Fans?) out there in Tumblr Land.
What do you think should be the 12 gifts of Cranq-mas? We’re trying to keep it medically themed (It is CRANQ-mas), but in a way that is accessible to both medical and non-medical folks.
Just submit your gift idea in official “12 Days” format (5 golden rings, 2 turtle doves…) to the Really Good Ask Box. You can submit an entire list, or just ideas for individual days. Best gift ideas will be revealed when the song is completed. If your idea is used in the song you will receive credit (Link to your blog in the song lyrics on the final post). Anonymous submissions are also accepted.
Let’s get Cranq-ing!
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.
Hello Internet. We’ve missed you!
For reasons that sound boringly like normal life, Rob and I have been a bit absent on this blog. But we’re back now, and you’ll get some new RGPR!
This year’s 5090 is over, but we still have a few songs we haven’t played here yet.
First up, We Can’t Play.
Rob and I were in the same place at the same time this summer, and wrote a few songs. A goal we set for ourselves was to write new music with out new instruments. I’ve been learning the ukulele, and Rob has picked up the mandolin.
We’re not exactly ‘good’ yet.
This song was born from that idea.
It is a fun little song written while we put together our first 5090 podcast, and drank. And drank. And considering this started with uke and mandolin, this got out of hand quickly.
We hope you enjoy it.
Cherry Ice Blues - Robert Rubin
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.
Mark Dabney - Hit Me Baby One More Time
Britney Spears cover
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.
Playing another open mic tonight. Decided last minute, and I really didn’t want to over think it. I wanted to get some live rehearsal before RGPR had session time this weekend.
This time I have sheet music and lyrics. So that’s a plus.
Robert Rubin - Paradox
Another preview of my first solo album, Now That You’re Here, which will be released August 10th, 2012. Paradox is more of a straight up pop song than much of my music. This song began during 50/90 last year while I was watching Back to the Future, Part 2. Mark handled a good chunk of the production work on this track and he did a great job with everything.
Hope you enjoy!
PS - I write songs about the time travel paradox so you don’t have to. Your Welcome.
Robert Rubin - Now That You’re Here
As we’ve teased a few times already on the blog in the past few weeks, we’ve been mixing away at my first solo album. Actually, we’re almost done. With the finish line in sight it’s time to start sharing some of the music with you folks. The album will be released August 10th and will be available as a name-your-price (Yes, that includes free) download via BandCamp. Stay tuned for further details.
The album itself is divided into 2 sections. The first half of the album is a concept EP I worked on during FAWM (February Album Writing Month) this year. These 5 tracks work together to tell the story of an evolving relationship. The EP plays as one continuous piece of music. The second half of the album consists of other songs I’ve written recently that I wanted to share, but are not part of a continuing story. Those songs cover important topics such as the time travel paradox and my horrible potty mouth.
Today’s preview is the title track from the new album and is part of the story/EP section of the album (Hence the rather abrupt end to the track). Now That You’re Here joins the story already in progress. The narrator has welcome the love of his life home but realizes that they are apart so often that it is difficult to interact directly (This is not based on personal experience. TLOTH and I both have jobs that allow us to spend lots of time together).
Hope you enjoy!
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!