Square Pig in a Round Hole-August 6, 2016

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 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!

It’s weird how we’re having June in August this year. Those tomatoes will never ripen at this rate. However, I imagine cooler days mean the clubs are less swampy. Get out and catch a good band before we have another heat wave! Here are some names that popped out at me this week:

Muscle and Marrow

Sounds like an unapologetically carnocentric restaurant. It’s fitting that this starkly physical name has such a solid poetic structure: a pair of alliterating trochees connected tendon-like by a conjunction.

The National Parks

I’m happy to celebrate our national parks, especially in this, the centennial year of the National Park Service. Fitting that this is a touring band — road trip!

Old Man Wizard

I’m also a fantasy writer, so always on the lookout for wizard references in the club listings. This one shines an impertinent spotlight on the high-fantasy trope of the silver-bearded sorcerer (you wouldn’t deprive an old man of his walking stick, would you?). For my part, I’m currently writing about a young girl wizard, just to begin evening things up.

Pop. 1280

I see small-town population signs as a game of can-you-top-this. For the record, this doesn’t seem that small to me. My town‘s sign was Pop. 90.

The Vile Augury

I have a fondness for exact words of disgust such as vile and loathsome, especially when combined with a $10 word like augury. This sounds like some rare, monstrous bird illustrated by Edward Gorey.

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