Square Pig in a Round Hole-June 30, 2018

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!

It’s gray and drippy in Seattle, as anyone who has been around awhile would expect. Summer officially begins on July 5. So what if it’s not patio weather? Good excuse to hide out indoors and hear some live music. Here are a few names that leaped out at me:

The Circus in Your Town

Even after the tent is folded and the elephants have paraded away, a hint (or more) of circus remains in the running of any town.

Class M Planets

I’m always pleased to find a nerdy sci-fi reference in the club listings. For those not in the know, we live on one.

Light This City

Could be benevolent: municipal electrification. Could be destructive: burn it to the ground.



These two are on the same bill and I was attracted to the way they both played with type case and running all the words together. All caps makes the waters seem noisier, rushing and tumbling over themselves. Although it’s hard to believe anyone would have trouble spelling “Wilson,” as an “Eisenbrey-with-an-E” I can relate to having a stock phrase automatically follow your name.

Shameless Self-promotion:

Reading & Book Talk, Sunday, July 29 12:15 p.m. at Prospect UCC, 1919 E Prospect St, Seattle. I will read excerpts from my new fantasy novel Daughter of Magic and talk about how the book came to be, followed by Q&A. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Because the book features a teenage girl and is one of nine books by women authors to be released by Not A Pipe Publishing in 2018, The Year of Publishing Women, donations will be accepted for the Seattle chapter of Days for Girls. This non-profit organization provides durable, reusable feminine hygiene supplies to girls and women in developing countries, allowing them to attend school or work during their periods.

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