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Rinse & Repeat - The Really Good Pot Roast
I’ve been exploring the > 2,000 tones in my Line 6 PodFarm looking for interesting new sounds I could use as inspiration. This song started when I found a few new distortions that I really liked. As I was noodling around with the 2 new tones, the lyric, “Work, dinner, sleep. rinse and repeat. It’s the same old grind.” Everything else came from that line. My idea was a song about that feeling you get at the end of the summer when you’re at your desk at work thinking about the good old days when you had summers off in college. The lyrics just wouldn’t come, so I sent it off to Mark and he really came through. The lyrics really tell the story I wanted to tell but couldn’t. He also rewrote the bridge (Which I had labeled as “Shitty Bridge is Shitty” in the project file). I’m pleased with where this song ended up.
Twenty-Four Pounds - The Really Good Pot Roast
Ever since Dr. Cranquis posted this article we’ve been messaging with him back and forth about how best to tackle it as a song. Not a groundbreaking movement, but a fun little tune. This is our #1 song about #2.
Anybody have any more poop jokes before we move on?
Enjoy the pool!
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.
Seriously guys, this is awesome. I’m giggling and bouncing over here.
And finally, another theme song, this time for the awesome Lady of the House. Check back with us soon for updates on our theme song album to be released on Bandcamp!
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!
As Dr. Cranquis and the Really Good Pot Roast sat around a dimly lit table on a snowy night at Cranquis’ Fortress of Cranquitude to write our holiday opus, The Twelve Days of Cranqmas, we joked about med students and how they tend to take over in teaching hospitals. Someone, I don’t recall who, said, ‘It’s like an inquisition. And no one expects the Med Student Inquisition.‘ A silence followed as we realized the ramifications of these words. We nodded, and set about finishing the work at hand, knowing full well that a new task had just begun.
Today, in honor of Dr. Cranquis’ 50,000 follower milestone*, we present to you a new addition of The Cranqsterpiece Theater, featuring the voice talents of The Lady of the House, the guys from the Really Good Pot Roast, and the start of the show himself, Dr. Cranquis.
Listen with limited commercial interruption, and enjoy!
And now for something completely different.
*Dr. Cranquis is still a little bit away from 50k, but we were late with all the other milestones, so this balances out.
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.
I have a theme song now, courtesy of the incredibly talented gentlemen from The Really Good Pot Roast.
Let’s be honest, this is funky as hell. Their inspiration was that this would be the song that would play at the beginning of my late night talk show. They nailed it.
Now, excuse me while I go dress up like Bootsy Collins and dance around the house to this for the remainder of the day.
As the final horn sounds, you should hear Ralph in your head say, “Welcome to Helm’s Deep. I’m your host.”
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 - All I Want for Xmas
During the writing of the this holiday album, Mark and I had a lot of discussions about what constitutes a holiday song. Being Jews, we are by no means Christmas music experts. Hell, we’re not even Chanukkah song experts. Hava Nagila is the only Chanukkah song on the album and it has nothing to do with Chanukkah (It was written in 1918 to celebrate the British victory in Palestine during WWI and the Balfour Declaration, but I digress). I came up with the chorus while walking to the bodega to get Snickers bars for my wife and I. Since I had no paper I sent Mark a text that read, “All I want for Christmas is a porno and a beer. I’m sick and tired of socks and ties that I get every year.” His reply was, “I thought you were going to get yourself the guitar for Christmas.” N’yuk, n’yuk, n’yuk.
The Twelve Days of Cranqmas - The Really Good Pot Roast & Dr. Cranquis
Hannukah is over, and Christmas is around the corner. But forget all of that. Today is CRANQMAS DAY!
The Twelve Days of Cranqmas is a collaboration between The Really Good Pot Roast, the ever festive Dr. Cranquis, and a host of Cranquistadors! It’s also the first track on the new Really Good Pot Roast holiday EP ‘A Really Good Holiday’!
Download ‘A REALLY GOOD HOLIDAY' from Bandcamp, including Christmas Dinner and The Twelve Days of Cranqmas, for FREE! Click here, people! Download the whole EP for FREE and get a copy of the liner notes with all the lyrics, a glossary of terms, thanks yous to the Cranquistadors, and a special note from Dr. Cranquis! AND IT’S FREE!
In the spirit of the season, this EP our gift to you.
-Rob and Mark, The Really Good Pot Roast