Square Pig in a Round Hole-August 19, 2017

Square PigNaming a band is an act of concentrated creative expression. Square Pig in a Round Hole exists to reward five favorite band names each week. Winners are (usually) listed alphabetically. Selection is wholly unscientific and subject to whim, with a bias toward wordplay, humor, and local flavor. In most cases, I won’t know anything about the bands at the time of selection. Thanks to the Seattle Times club listings for abundant source material!

I was really hoping to find a batch of eclipse-themed band names, but alas, it was not to be. Noonmoon is closest, but I already wrote about them here. If you’re going to Oregon for the big event, I hope you’re already there; I feel sorry for anyone whose travels take them there for other reasons this weekend. I saw a total solar eclipse in 1979, so I’m content to stay in Seattle and experience 91% of totality with my homemade viewer. Without further ado, five band names that are not eclipse themed:

The Drolls

Like trolls, but with a more sophisticated wit.

Flicker and Fade

Alliterative poetry for dying light. Fitting for late summer.

The Hop Monsters

Evokes both beer and preschoolers, I hope not at the same time.

Lost Bayou Ramblers

Doesn’t get any rootsier than this. I can almost taste the gumbo.

Zigtebra

Twice the stripes.

Square Pig in a Round Hole-August 12, 2017

Square PigNaming a band is an act of concentrated creative expression. Square Pig in a Round Hole exists to reward five favorite band names each week. Winners are (usually) listed alphabetically. Selection is wholly unscientific and subject to whim, with a bias toward wordplay, humor, and local flavor. In most cases, I won’t know anything about the bands at the time of selection. Thanks to the Seattle Times club listings for abundant source material!

First order of business: let’s all say, “Thank you, ocean!” for the cooler temperatures and reduction in smoky haze. Now on to the important business of giving honor to these five band names:

All the Real Girls

Destroy Boys

On their own, each of these seems to comment on the gender binary. Together they make a grammatical but startling sentence. Also interesting: the members of All the Real Girls present as male; those of Destroy Boys as female.

B and the Hive

Compact iteration of classic X and the Y structure. Serendipity that the frontperson’s initial sounds like a social insect, leading to the obvious band name; and initial plus conjunction spells “band.”

Double or Muffin

Steely gambler talk softened if not outright undercut by delicious breakfast treats.

Porn Bloopers

Mortifying enough to have your failure captured on video; much worse if you’re naked and trying to be sexy.

Square Pig in a Round Hole-August 5, 2017

Square PigNaming a band is an act of concentrated creative expression. Square Pig in a Round Hole exists to reward five favorite band names each week. Winners are (usually) listed alphabetically. Selection is wholly unscientific and subject to whim, with a bias toward wordplay, humor, and local flavor. In most cases, I won’t know anything about the bands at the time of selection. Thanks to the Seattle Times club listings for abundant source material!

We braved the heat and smoke last night to go out to Cafe Racer, where we got to run through a sprinkler to reach the entrance. We were rewarded with a fun, free punk show featuring past Square Pig honorees Klondike Kate and Mud on My Bra!, as well as Juicy Thompson and the Snuggle Regime and Porn Bloopers, both of whom I am surprised not to have written about before. I’ll have to keep them in mind for the future because this week’s list is already full:

Blistered Earth

What with the high temps and the wild fires and the global warming, if Earth had skin, it would be blistered by now.

Ghost of a Dead Hummingbird

Poignant and strange. I like that the name is so long in honor of such a tiny spirit.

King Dome

With the words separated it seems to be about a monarch but if you’ve lived here long enough, you know better. Never been anywhere louder.

Secret Super Power

I’m always pleased to find a band name that runs up against my fiction interests. (My debut novel, The Gospel According to St Rage, features a high school girl who starts a garage band and gains superpowers.) Everybody wishes for superpowers but few who have them can afford to go public.

Up is the Down is the

Joycean circularity with a nice waltz rhythm.

Square Pig in a Round Hole-July 29, 2017

Square PigNaming a band is an act of concentrated creative expression. Square Pig in a Round Hole exists to reward five favorite band names each week. Winners are (usually) listed alphabetically. Selection is wholly unscientific and subject to whim, with a bias toward wordplay, humor, and local flavor. In most cases, I won’t know anything about the bands at the time of selection. Thanks to the Seattle Times club listings for abundant source material!

Historically, the last weekend of July is the most reliably sunny of the year. I can attest that I remember rain on my birthday (July 30) only once in my 54 years. But if you’re not a fan of sunshine and outdoorsy activities, feel free to hide out in a dim bar. I’m sure whatever bands are on the bill will appreciate it! These names stood out this week:

Pebble n the Crick

Charming variation on classic X and the Y structure, made more so by the folksy phonetic spelling of creek. If that weren’t enough, the name implies frontperson and backing band but it’s a duo, my favorite size combo.

Prom Date Mixtape

How he/she invited her/him to the big dance. Also, what a great name for a cover band!

Swim to the Moon

A beautiful dream. Don’t let impossibility stop you from trying.

Travis Tribble and the Mount Lake Terrorists

X and the Y structure, check; classic sci-fi reference, check; local flavor, check; word play, check; extravagant length, check. This one has everything!

Yeah No Totally

The one negative somehow renders this triple positive. Everybody’s gonna relax and have a good time.

Square Pig in a Round Hole-July 22, 2017

Square PigNaming a band is an act of concentrated creative expression. Square Pig in a Round Hole exists to reward five favorite band names each week. Winners are (usually) listed alphabetically. Selection is wholly unscientific and subject to whim, with a bias toward wordplay, humor, and local flavor. In most cases, I won’t know anything about the bands at the time of selection. Thanks to the Seattle Times club listings for abundant source material!

Show of hands, who else went to the Eastlake Block Party? Take that, Capitol Hill! (Full disclosure: I played an early show at Victory Lounge with Your Mother Should Know and was home by 9:15 because I can’t do that many late nights or stand as long as I would have needed to catch Dead Bars at midnight, as much fun as I know that would have been. I’m sure there were plenty of younger, hipper people to carry the load.) None of this week’s band-name picks were at either block party, so I’m spreading the love around.

Alice Drinks the Kool Aid

Takes a sudden turn from surreal children’s book to real-life horror via cultish metaphor. I don’t want to imagine what happens to her.

Mhostly Ghostly

Only a little bit spooky. Has fun with rhymes and spelling.

Noonmoon

. . . in June? Darn, a month too late, but I still like it. A midday moon sighting always feels like a gift.

The Seafloor Cinema

Now I’m thinking of going to movies at the Neptune back when it was the repertory house. The aquamarine walls and oceanic decor made it feel like you were underwater.

The Selfimportantanators

This one is too long and nigh unpronounceable, and I respect that.

Square Pig in a Round Hole-July 15, 2017

Square PigNaming a band is an act of concentrated creative expression. Square Pig in a Round Hole exists to reward five favorite band names each week. Winners are (usually) listed alphabetically. Selection is wholly unscientific and subject to whim, with a bias toward wordplay, humor, and local flavor. In most cases, I won’t know anything about the bands at the time of selection. Thanks to the Seattle Times club listings for abundant source material!

I’m wrapping up a fairly relaxed vacation that included enough activity–a walk in the woods, a few meals out, a weeknight rock show–to feel different from the usual routine without overdoing it to the point of needing another week off to recover. I’m pushing it by playing a show tonight (details below), but maybe we won’t stay out until 2 am like we did on Thursday. Or at least we won’t have to walk the last two miles home. Lots of other bands have shows coming up, including this week’s honorees:

Alone with Everybody

Poetic expression of that sense of being isolated even in a crowd. It also holds out the possibility of being a snarkily named duo or frontperson/band combo.

Roemen and the Whereabouts

In this example of classic X and the Y structure, I like how the name of the frontperson sounds like roamin’ and the name of the band suggests a general location but not necessarily of what or whom.

Wizard Apprentice

This one scratches my fantasy reader/writer itch. It happens I’m writing a trilogy about a girl becoming a wizard, so I’m especially pleased to find the practitioner behind the name is a woman.

World War Me

That one friend who causes 90% of the drama.

Yeek

An exclamation equal parts startled and disgusted: yikes! eek! ick!

 

Two chances to hear me drum and sing with Your Mother Should Know:

Saturday, July 15 (TONIGHT), 7:45 p.m. at Victory Lounge:

Medvedi/ Lunas/ Arbor Towers/ Your Mother Should Know/ Alone in Dead Bars

$5

Friday, July 21, 8:00 p.m. at Black Lodge, LoFi, and Victory Lounge:

2017 Eastlake Block Party + Razorcake emergency benefit

Support your local music scene and dive bars!

Square Pig in a Round Hole-July 9, 2017

Square PigNaming a band is an act of concentrated creative expression. Square Pig in a Round Hole exists to reward five favorite band names each week. Winners are (usually) listed alphabetically. Selection is wholly unscientific and subject to whim, with a bias toward wordplay, humor, and local flavor. In most cases, I won’t know anything about the bands at the time of selection. Thanks to the Seattle Times club listings for abundant source material!

Posting a day late because yesterday, we ran away to beautiful Whidbey Island to taste liqueurs and wines, and to attend an important family birthday party. And also to delay having to choose which of an overabundance of great band names to honor this week. I finally went with the shortest and the longest:

BUHU

Short one first. I chose it for the condensed spelling of a sob. Then I learned it is also the name of a yokai, a being I only recently learned about when I read the terrific new novel Wrestling Demons by Jason Brick. I love the serendipity!

Colt and the Peacemakers

I love the classic X and the Y structure, especially when the two parts together refer to something else, and the something else has its own inherent irony.

I Set My Friends on Fire

The literal is kind of horrifying this close to July 4th, so I’ll go with the metaphorical. The right kind of friend group can inspire creativity; even incandescence. (Inspired by that family birthday party for a young teen who has wonderful friends.)

The Lark and the Loon

This pairing of differently musical birds offers another angle on X and the Y structure, where the two are equals. The repeated L sound makes it sing off the tongue.

The Spirit of the Beehive

This summer seems to be developing a bee theme. Last week was The Hula Bees, now this. I like the idea that the humming hive is an entity with a life and spirit of its own.