Square Pig in a Round Hole-July 6, 2019

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!

Itty Bitty cover imageA Thursday holiday confuses the whole week, so I’m thankful for my Saturday blog to get the routine back on track. I will be stepping out of the routine a little bit this afternoon to launch Itty Bitty Writing Space, a collection of over a hundred tiny stories in a variety of genres by as many authors. My contribution imagines a house haunted by pianos instead of ghosts. Two local authors, Helen Carothers and I, will be reading, signing, and talking about the project at 3:30 pm at The Neverending Bookshop in Edmonds. If you’re in the area, come say hi!

Speaking of tiny literary efforts, I present these five band names worthy of celebration:

Elvis Batchild

Almost-plausible character name ripped from the tabloids.

Nick Shoulders and the Okay Crawdad

This one appeals to my lifelong fondness for the word “crawdad” and I’m glad it is okay. Extra points for using classic X and the Y structure for an “occasional one-man band.”

The Odd Kids

My people! Does any other kind of kid end up in a band?

Then Bang

How appropriate for the days following July 4! Also an appropriately short, sharp way to indicate a sudden occurrence.

Token Girl

I’ve played enough shows where I was the only woman onstage that I celebrate when there’s two of us, and remember that one great show where we outnumbered the men.

One last thing before you go: I share highlights from this blog in my quarterly author newsletter, The Storypunk Report, as well as news of what I’m writing and reading, and other goodies. Click the link to check it out and subscribe here for future issues–the next one is out this week and will be full of exciting news.  (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)

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