Category Archives: Music

DESPOTify

This week’s Dustinland comic is a music nerd jab at Alexa and all the other voice operated smart speakers out there that play music for you. Actually it’s not really a jab at the speakers themselves, really more of a jab at people with bad tastes in music. Or a jab at people with obnoxious, snooty tastes in music, if you want to think of it that way. I don’t know why I keep saying “jab.” I never say that. Jab.

Also just to be clear, despot is “a ruler or other person who holds absolute power, typically one who exercises it in a cruel or oppressive way.” It’s not a highly used word but I found it perfect for this imaginary app. Which, to be honest, would be pretty great. If any coding nerd wants to create it, let’s do it! It would probably be about 5000x more work for you than for me, but I did come up with a pretty sweet idea, name and comic, so that sounds about fair. Man, I bet people who can code get approached with ideas like this ALLLL the time. Must be super annoying.

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Shower Prodigy

This week’s Dustinland comic is a true musical story. I have a crazy memory for anything related to music. Friends’ birthdays? Not so much. But anything related to music I like, that’s deeply ingrained.

This strip is about mid-to-late ’90s music. Well, 1996, really. Can you catch all the albums in the background? Check out the comic and then come back and scroll down for the answer!

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Tricky – Pre Millennium Tension

Plug – Drum n Bass For Papa

Dr Octagon – Dr. Octagonecologyst

DJ Shadow – Endtroducing

Aphex Twin – Richard D James

Underworld – Second Toughest In The Infants

Soul Coughing – Irresistible Bliss

Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die

Coming soon… Dustinland in book form

I’ll make it short: I’m coming out with a book. A compilation. Best of 20 years. Trying to get it out before 2017 is over so…

Back to work!

Stay tuned!

Inrocktrinate

This week’s new Dustinland comic is pretty straightforward. But I really do think it worked. Took a while. When he was two, three, he just didn’t care about music. Then it hit me — instead of focusing on the music, I focused on the subject matter. It had to be really obvious. And it had to be about a kid-friendly subject. Police, good guys, bad guys, monsters, robots, thunder, lightning, fire, race cars… And as you can see from my comic, it worked! And once he got hooked, then he diversified on his own and started hearing my music and asking me to add it to his list.

So I did it! At least until he’s older and then instinctively starts listening to whatever I hate, just to make a statement. So I guess pop country. Can’t wait.

The Color Of Pain

I had so much fun with last week’s Dustinland comic, based on the annoying baseball anthem/classic folksong “Cotton Eyed Joe,” that I decided to follow up with a new and very serious strip in the same vein. I won’t ruin the joke with a spoiler alert, so go check it out now before reading the rest of this post.

Go. I’ll give you some room so you don’t accidentally read what it’s about.

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So yeah, I wonder if Eiffel 65 had such bummer thoughts in mind when they wrote the classic hit, “I’m blue.” Because if you look at the lyrics, they are pretty depressing. Maybe not as bad as I took it, but hey, good times.

Despair

I was gone for a couple of weeks on a work trip, so I figured I’d come back with a very serious Dustinland comic for these very serious times.

And it does bring up a lot of good questions. Where DID he come from? And where DID he go? It’s a mystery we’ve been trying to solve for ages. And the answer… well, that’s something we may never know.

2 Live Cru

Not sure how popular this latest Dustinland comic will be, as it combines wine snobbery and late 80s rap, but hey, I enjoyed it.

Spoiler alert: Tawny ports are wines, made from red grapes, that are aged in wooden barrels, exposing them to gradual oxidation and evaporation. Grand cru is a regional wine classification that designates a vineyard known for its favorable reputation in producing wine. “Me So Horny” is a song by rap group 2 Live Crew on their album As Nasty As They Wanna Be. It reached No. 26 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1989, despite/due to the explicit nature of its lyrics.