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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.
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.