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.


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


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!

2 thoughts on “Square Pig in a Round Hole-July 15, 2017

  1. Decades ago, taking a nature walk, I introduced my daughters to Houstonia caerulea (common name Quaker Ladies), with its characteristic four-petal flowers. One of my daughters immediately found one with five petals, the other declared it a mutant Quaker lady and we all quickly decided someone should name a band the Mutant Quaker Ladies. We never figured out what sort of music such a band would play, and they both grew up as classical musicians anyway. So I’m putting this in the comments here so that someone will steal it.


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