Square Pig in a Round Hole-June 2, 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!

Karen and Mikko at Wilsonville Festival of Arts

Blogging a day late again. I spent yesterday at the Wilsonville Festival of Arts in Wilsonville, OR, helping out at the Not A Pipe Publishing table with my friend and fellow author Mikko Azul. We each sold a copy of our own book, so it was a good day. The event continued today (without me) and I hope many of our books found their way into the hands of eager readers.

It was a beautiful day for a drive and an art fair in a nice park, but I can’t forget about band names! Here are this week’s treasures:

Bad Camper

Broken-down RV? Or a careless human who failed to bear-proof their food?

Bent Self

A human, being a vertebrate, is already a bent fish. So is this doubly bent, or straightened out?

Mechanical Plague

The invasion has begun. I welcome our robot overlords.

Rachaels Children

I like finding Biblical references in the club listings, though this is not a cheerful one. She is weeping and refuses to be comforted, for they are no more. (Coincidentally, this passage came up in this week’s study/conversation with my dad and brother, so I couldn’t not pick it.)

Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Here’s something cute and colorful to lift our spirits! Just be careful of the little sharp teeth and needle claws–that’s the surprise.

 

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Square Pig in a Round Hole-May 25, 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!

Looks like Junuary came early this year. I hope everyone at Folklife remembered to bring raingear! I managed to get my gardening done just before the deluge so I am snug inside, simultaneously blogging and participating in an online author event. I’m hosting from 1:30-2 pm Pacific time, but the fun continues after that. Meanwhile, enjoy this downpour of band names:

Infinite Cuddle

What the world needs, now more than ever: warmth and comfort that never ends and includes everyone.

The Morning Yells

Starting each day with a good shout might make the whole thing go better.

Strange Ranger

This would be Aragorn when the hobbits first meet him. (I grabbed it for the rhyme, but I like how it can easily be reorganized into “Stranger Anger”, which is very nearly “Stranger Danger.”)

Sun Breaks

Local flavor doesn’t come much local-er. Does anywhere else get afternoon sun breaks? It doesn’t look like we’re getting any today, though.

Tragedy by Design

When the flaw is baked into the character from the start. They hate authors for doing that to them.

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.  (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)

Square Pig in a Round Hole-May 17, 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!

I took a break last weekend and tomorrow looks busy, so I’m trying out blogging on a Friday because I’d rather not skip two weeks in a row. These band names won’t honor themselves!

Beehive

Old-school hairdo and warm hum of the amp when the song is over.

FRENSHIP

True comrades don’t judge on spelling.

Muppet Fetish

As long as the Muppet gives consent and you don’t mind cookie crumbs on the sheets…

Released from Quiet

The sounds will set you free.

Spooky Mansion

You wouldn’t want to live there but might be fun to visit: pleasantly thrilling rather than threateningly haunted.

 

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.  (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)

Square Pig in a Round Hole-May 4, 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!

20190504_122734May the Fourth be with you! I borrowed a Star Wars shirt and spent part of the day at MoPOP, viewing the Pearl Jam exhibit (recommended!) and attending the awards ceremony for Write Out of This World, a science fiction and fantasy short story writing contest for students in grades 3-12. I had the privilege of being a judge this year, and I was very impressed. The future of speculative fiction is in good hands. But I hurried home afterward (Monorail!) to celebrate these band names:

The Bouncing Souls

Evokes the boundless energy of teenage punks, perhaps pogo-ing in new sneakers. (Said to be the favorite band of longtime Square Pig fave Dead Bars, too!)

Carpool Tunnel

Change one vowel sound and it still makes sense. My arm hurts when I take the HOV lane underground.

iamamiwhoami

Begins in confidence, second guesses, ends up lost. (Technically not a band, but an audio-visual project of musician ionnalee.)

Keroscenery

Light a lamp. Look around.

Motorcoat

Cross a bus with watercraft and you get a self-drying jacket with a fan in it, like in Back to the Future.

 

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.  (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)

Square Pig in a Round Hole-April 27, 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!

It’s Independent Bookstore Day! If you’re participating in the bookstore crawl, may I suggest timing your visit to The Neverending Bookshop between 2 and 4 p.m. That’s when I’ll be there, hand-selling some of my favorite books along with other local authors. There will even be live music, with SeaStar performing from 4-5 p.m. I plan to stick around. That’s an example of a name with good local flavor, and a good lead-in to the main purpose of this blog:

Flight Mongoose

Should we tell it it doesn’t have wings or let it find out the hard way?

Flock of Dimes

Now we know the collective noun for coins. (I would have guessed handful). I wonder if this band has a twin called March of Seagulls.

Highland Eyeway

This clever Spoonerism turns a scenic drive into an elevated scenic viewpoint.

Modern Love Child

Two common phrases overlap and result in a logical outcome. And the hinge is love.

Tiny Stills

The latest bar fad: you are given the ingredients and apparatus to distill your own shot.

 

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.  (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)

Square Pig in a Round Hole-April 20, 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!

Stores have been stocking Easter candy for the last 9 or 10 weeks. If you haven’t bought yours yet, now is the time. And if you didn’t know Easter is tomorrow, don’t feel bad; it should be a surprise! Meanwhile, let me fill your basket with these goodies:

Crowdsource Choir

Perfect name for a great concept: just show up and sing together. Good for your health, good for your soul. I worry that amateur group singing will be lost as fewer people go to church, so this is an encouraging development.

Feeling People Feeling People

As long as it’s consensual, a positive counterpart to the “hurt people hurt people” formula. Empathy and touch promote health and healing.

Sour Girl

Sweet Creature

Happily on the same bill, these two form a kind of reverse “Beauty and the Beast.” They balance each other, the creature sweet enough for both of them, the girl skeptical enough to avoid scams and abuse.

Swervedriver

Hold on! The change in vowel sounds from one syllable to the next feels like a swerve but the repeated V sound provides traction.

 

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.  (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)

Square Pig in a Round Hole-April 14, 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!

This weekend was somehow so busy, it’s almost over and I’m just starting my blog! You add two extra errands to a Saturday and it all goes kerflooey. Lucky for all of us, there are always plenty of great band names, no matter when I get around to writing about them. For example:

Audiorotic

Wordplay about sound plays twice. And sound can be sexy (making it, hearing it), alone or with others.

Informal Society

A rather formal way of describing a bunch of punks getting together to make a din.

Pg. 99

If you’ve read this far, you’re probably going to finish the book.

Sleepspent

When you nap so hard, you’re tired again.

This American Knife

Public radio, weaponized. Need to be on a bill with past honorees Ira’s Glasses.

 

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.  (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)