How to Appreciate a New Album

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Reader Comments (38)

Great stuff :)
I would like to add, that if someone is trying to show you a song (especially one they enjoy), just shut up and LISTEN !

May 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZedolor

I had to read it out loud three times before I got it: "Tromb-matic. Trom---OH!" Awesome.

May 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterabi

As a trombone player, I found the title of the album to be hilarious.

May 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrkcr

Not "Fission"?

May 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSt. Chris

Just what, kind sir, do you have against trombones?

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam

Hey, I play Fission Jazz!

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Rob

Hey Scott,
great follow up to the previous strip
guess you are pressed for time..last frame is lifted from the strip where you try to teach your cat not to meow :)

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPratiroop


*claps slowly*

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNice One Scott

1.)Almost the best BI yet! You had me at the first, second and third panel but the "Fission Jazz" thing, not so much.
2.)Yay! Kitty cameo!
3.)You need a fifth panel - the cat burying the CD in the litter box.
4.)Anyone for "My Pal Foot Foot" performed on the rusty trombone?

Can anyone explain the Tromb-Matic thing besides being related to a trombone? I didn´t get it...

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRodolfo

Heh. Loved the "fission" line. This album sounds as much fun as a plutonium pacemaker.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob

He reuses artwork all the time. Nothing wrong with that, it is what makes the strip what it is.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCBS

[...] How to Appreciate a New Album. [...]

This reminds me of the crappy CDs I would buy (on purpose) to give as gifts for Christmas. The person would know it was a CD from the size and shape of the package and be somewhat excited until they opened it to see David Hasselhoff staring back at them at which point their excitement would fade. Then they would open up their second gift which was a kit to turn a CD into a battery operated clock, at which point their excitement would return... until I told them they had to listen to the CD at least once, at which point... You get the idea.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTlalocW

I loved the comic including the last "fission" joke. You're probably tired of science corrections, but the correct word is "fusion". "Fission" splits atoms apart, "fusion" joins them together.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Now I'm gonna have "Amadeus"-- ON THE TROMBONE YET -- in my head all day. You jerk.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRock Ripsnort

Shut up and listen is one way to go. I prefer the openly mock approach myself.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCBS

I'm glad you didn't use the picture of the boss holding his cat for the cd cover . You know, the one you included in the artwork download....ugghhh....the body hair thing....uuughhh.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJames Yeamans

Also worthwhile: his followup album, Trombo-sis.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

the cat appears to like it.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris

has anyone told you lately how hilarious you are? Of course they have, but it bears repeating. HAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHACOUGHHAHAHAHAH! Nice one. Funnier even than usual, a tricky feat indeed.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterray friesen

Roger: Followed by trombotic trombocytopenic purpura? :D

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKay

Fission ummmm...I'm guessing Spiro Gyra wouldn't exist in this genre? (not that that's a BAD thing). I'm guessing Tromb-matic would be on a par with Jeffster?

Right, but there's already a "fusion jazz," so that wouldn't make sense.

Maybe changing the penultimate line from "I call it fission jazz" to "I call it thermonuclear fusion explosion jazz" would be slightly more accurate, but not quite as funny.

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Just my interpretation, but it has the dual humour of being a ridiculous title, whilst also sounding like "traumatic".

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmlyn

Tromb-Matic = Traumatic
You have to say it out loud. Quite clever indeed...

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrank M

pronounced traumatic?

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

Is it just me? I didn't think this strip was up to your usual par of sheer genius. I mean, I got a chuckle, but it was mostly just making fun of the idiot boss while many, if not most of your strips shed a comic light on a basic facet of human existence and do so hilariously.
I'm still a fan.

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I do think that was kind of the point, fission breaks down, the idiot boss' music destroys. Get it?

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Oh god please tell me this is actually real and that somewhere i can get a copy of this !

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Indeed. I've come to enjoy being able to recognize images used in previous strips. It makes me feel "in the know" or something. :]

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterePants

See it's like you have actually spent time in my office.
We had a manager here who used to produce CDs (and the covers, just like this one, really said it all) of him singing to karaoke backing tracks.
The office favourite, and one that always gets stuck in my head, is his version of Toto's Africa (with falsetto harmonies) but there's always a special place in my heart for his version of "Something Stupid" where he sings both the Frank AND Nancy (or, if you prefer, the Robbie AND Nicole) parts himself.

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob J

Could also be a reference to a fission bomb.

May 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDon

Thanks for that =)

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRodolfo

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I would buy that album :P

November 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

I think not even a trombonist should be offended by the mockery of this album. It sounds like a horrible idea.

November 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRadien

I actually squeaked for that one. Well played.

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTe
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