We here in the Really Good Pot Roast hope you get everything you want this Christmas, no matter how simple or not safe for work.

Happy Holidays,

-Rob and Mark

Moe. - Shoot First

We’ve spoken before about my love of jam bands.  Moe. is a jam band from upstate New York that is pretty big on the jam scene but like most jam bands have minimal main stream success.  This is the last track from their album Wormwood.  I really love the feel of this song.  The drums and guitar are just amazing.  And the slide solo makes me smile.


Black Sabbath - Paranoid

"Hey guys.  The record sounds good so far.  But you’re shy of a full album.  Need another track to finish things out.  Doesn’t have to be a winner.  Maybe a deep cut to pad things out."

"Okay.  We’ll knock something out."

And that’s how you write an anthem.

Jonathan Coulton - Mr. Fancy Pants

A song about a pants parade.  Total fucking winner.  I didn’t know who Jonathan Coulton was until Mark sent me a list of his songs that I had to listen to.  I was instantly hooked.  Like performances of Mr. Fancy Pants also feature one of the greatest electronic gadgets I will never own.  The Zen Drum.


The Desert Sessions - Make It Wit Chu

Josh Homme doesn’t stop making music.  Every once in a while, he holes up with a few other musicians, and just spends a block of time writing and recording, then releases the result.  Make It Wit Chu was originally on Desert Sessions Volume 5&6, with PJ Harvey doing backing vocals.  He later rerecorded it with QotSA, almost note for note, but doing he backing vocals himself.


Bela Fleck & The Flecktones - Sinister Minister

To watch Victor Wooten play the bass is to be educated on what is possible.  At times it’s hard to connect his sound back to the motions.  I had no idea who they were until an old friend of mine, Drew (Pronounced with an oooo) told me he had an extra ticket to see them and recommended I go with him.  When they started to play the song Sinister Minister, he leaned over to me and said, “Just watch what’s about to happen.”


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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. 

Happy Holidays, 

-Rob and Mark, The Really Good Pot Roast

Time to slop a ladle of egg-nog into a (clean) emesis basin and listen to some Cranqmas music. Enjoy, Cranquistadors!

There’s only 12 days until Christmas — I’m gonna go ahead and claim them as the 12 Days of Cranqmas. And here’s the official theme song — someone dies in it!

(Lyrics can be found here)

The best part of Friday the 13th is the 12 days of Cranqmas that follow. 

Merry Cranqmas from the boys in The Really Good Pot Roast

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble (HQ) - Voodoo Chile (full length), Tokyo 1985 (by 07smyle)

Mark and I both started playing guitar when we were in Junior High, but I don’t think I really fell in love with it until I was introduced to Stevie Ray Vaughan & Jimi Hendrix.  Watching and listening to them play redefined what I thought was possible with a guitar.


Pink Floyd - Welcome to the Machine [HD] (by ThePinkFloydHD)

Floyd is another huge influence for me.  Dark Side of the Moon is one of the best albums ever crafted.  The entire thing is one thought from start to finish.  Yeah, Money makes a great single, but to listen to it in isolation is to miss what makes the album so great.  Because of that, I’m picking my favorite non-DSotM track.  The way the synth and natural instrumentation are blended in this track is amazing.


Phish - “Loving Cup” from Phish 3D - In Theaters April 30th (by Phish3DMovie)

Phish is a huge influence on how I approach writing music.  I’ve always enjoyed how they blend influences from all across the musical spectrum into one package.  As for this video in particular, I’ve always been a big fan of Phish’s cover of Loving Cup.  Hope you enjoy.


TV on the Radio - Young Liars

This song introduced me to TV on the Radio, and between Tunde Adebimpe’s vocals and lyrics, and David Sitek’s production, I’ve been completely hooked.  I’m fascinated by sound they create, and how each song is it’s own universe.   Tunde approaches his vocals almost like Tom Waits, manipulating the tone, power, and timbre to suit each song.  Sitek’s production is a mix between Wall of Sound, noise rock, and world music.  Each song calls out to a bunch of different disparate styles that all somehow work together.

I’ve studied music production more because of this one song than almost any other band’s catalog.


Sweet Home Chicago (by irayoswahili)

Putting Robert Johnson on the influence list seems obligatory.  Every other guitarist on this list has Robert Johnson on their list.  One of the Delta Blues greats.  He also died a Delta Blues death.  He drank whiskey poisoned by a bar owner who thought RJ was sleeping with his wife.

I also recently learned that a line that has always puzzled me in the original Sweet Home Chicago, “Back to the land of California” most likely refers to California Avenue, a thoroughfare on Chicago’s north side.  The lyric is often replaced in modern covers with the line, “Back to that same old place,” which dates back to pianist Roosevelt Sykes.


Mastermind Behind “Layla” - Tom Dowd (by THX138Driver)

Tom Dowd was a musician, engineer, producer, physicist, mathematician, and everyday genius. Along with Eric Clapton he discusses how the album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs came together with Clapton, Duane Allman, and Derick and the Dominos. 

Filmed at Criteria Studios in Miami, FL, Dowd is shown at work behind the soundboards and reflecting on his memorable career. Dowd, whose creative spirit and passion for innovative technology helped shape the course of modern music, takes the controls behind the mixer relearning the title song Layla 30 years after its creation. From “Tom Dowd The Language of Music.”

Listening to Tom Dowd as he deconstructs the guitar work by Duane Allman and Eric Clapton is awesome.  The way Duane Allman’s slide hits the harmonics to compliment Clapton’s solo is mind boggling.

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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.

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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!