Square Pig in a Round Hole-June 19, 2020

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 nightlife listings for abundant source material!


This post is happening a whole day early, and not only because one day is pretty like another right now. No, it is because tomorrow, the Summer Solstice, I will be writing other things ALL DAY. I’m taking part in The Longest Day, a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. Participants choose an activity and do it from dawn to dusk to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research and support for families living with the disease. I’m part of the Writing Against the Darkness team. Last year we generated 50,000 words and over $5000 in donations, and hope to meet or exceed those totals during this year’s event. If you are able, please donate here, and since I also still care about bands and band names, please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for a better day.

Le Shat Noir

(December 31, 2011) A cat is implied, and the French lends elegance, but it’s still gross. Somebody clean that litter box!

Sneaky Bones

(May 20, 2017) When you’re not looking, skeletons creep up. Before you know it, you’ve got one under your skin. Spooky.

Spaceman Flu

(July 28, 2012) I researched spacesickness for a science fiction novel. Early in the US space program, they didn’t realize it existed and were very concerned when some of the astronauts would suddenly barf in the cockpit. I suppose they wondered if it was some weird spaceman flu.

Tiny Bones

(March 18, 2017) In high school, my sister reassembled a frog’s skeleton and encased it in Lucite. Ever since, I have been fascinated by how small bones can be, whether in wee animals or our own ears.

Where My Bones Rest Easy

(October 19, 2013) More Skeleton Awareness! Let them rest when their work is through.


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, upcoming events, and other goodies, including “Wizard in the Mosh Pit,” an exclusive short story just for subscribers. Click the link to check out the first six issues and subscribe here for future issues. The July 2020 issue is coming soon! (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)

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