Cartoon image of a pink square pig in a round hold

Square Pig in a Round Hole-September 22, 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!

Happy Fall! Soon leaves on the ground will be as thick as band names in the club listings. I raked up this pile of fine examples:

Half the Animal

Part of a two-person Halloween costume, or a share of some 4H kid’s prize steer after the county fair is over.

Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs

Classic X and the Y structure in perfect rural guise. And it is now or soon will be hunting season for various game birds in our state.

Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show

Something older and a little more magical than science. (Not technically a band but goes well with several music genres.)

Motel 7

When I was a young adult living in Tacoma, my parents would visit and stay at the Motel 6 in Fife. After I was married, they declared they were upgrading…to the Super 8. This would have been a nice intermediate step.

Sunset Rollercoaster

Nostalgic end-of-summer vibe.


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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