Square Pig in a Round Hole-December 3, 2022

Naming 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 and The Stranger nightlife listings for abundant source material!

We’re having a touch of actual winter in Seattle, with snow and everything! I was not ready for it this early, but it looks pretty on this sunny day. Wishing for clear, non-icy roadways so all bands playing this weekend can get to their shows and have an audience.

This week’s honorees all played on Thursday, I think–a veritable one-day blizzard of great names! If you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch to encourage them as we perhaps move into less interesting times. And … hit the follow button at the lower right to never miss a post!

Elegant Pleasures
Nothing against grimy punk-rock dive bars, but sometimes I want to dress up and enjoy the luxury of a comfortable seat and a fancy cocktail.

Joker’s Republic
What you end up with when you elect wannabe Batman villains to high office.

Sleep Signals
The raucous snoring should be a dead giveaway, but maybe they’re faking it.

Static Angel
Put socks on your hands and feet, then lie on the carpet in a darkened room and wave your arms and legs. There should be sparks.

Style King of the Week
I just want to sit and bask in the glory. Somebody saw this oddball honor and put it to a higher, better use. I salute them.


Two last things before you go:

  1. I run The Rage Brigade, a Facebook group for conversation about fantasy, science fiction, superheroes, and music (and the intersections thereof). If that sounds like fun, come join us here.
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