Square Pig in a Round Hole-September 1, 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!

Right on schedule, it’s cool and overcast. But not raining, ironically good news for those attending Bumbershoot. I remember when tickets were $3.50 or $4; my spouse remembers when the event was free. If like us you can’t afford $100ish per day or $200ish for the whole weekend, there are still plenty of cheap shows out there. You might even encounter one of these bands:

Ceramic Animal

20180901_135852Nostalgia hit! As a child I had what we called my “breakable collection”–kitschy decorative ceramic animals (and some people). The only one with a practical use was a piggy bank (not square). When they inevitably fell on the floor and broke, I would glue them back together and restore them to their place of dusty honor. I still have a few.

Grizzly Business

By happy accident of English spelling, this has an ear rhyme with no eye rhyme, as well as a gorier sonic connotation. I prefer to picture bears in suits, doing what they do.

Maximum Mad

The Road Warrior’s full legal name.


More fun with spelling! Us square critters gotta stick together, but crows are never anything but cool.

What’s Wrong

Where to start? Alternatively, if what is wrong, maybe you meant who. (And they were on a bill with Square Pig faves Mud on My Bra!)


Shameless Self-Promotion: On Saturday, October 6 at 2:00 p.m., I will be reading and signing my new fantasy novel Daughter of Magic at The Neverending Bookshop. Joining me will be Mikko Azul, author of The Staff of Fire and Bone. Come say hi!

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