Category: Band names

Square Pig in a Round Hole-October 8, 2016

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!

Thirty years ago next Tuesday, my husband and I were married on a glorious sunny October afternoon. Tonight we’re going out for our anniversary dinner on the other kind of October day: blustery and wet (but when other people are dealing with a hurricane, I hate to even mention it, let alone complain. This is just October being itself.) Our reservation is early enough that I’m tempted to find a show afterward. We’ll see what happens. Meanwhile, here’s some bait to lure you out:

The Brooders

It sounds dark and angsty, but I suspect it’s a chicken farming reference. Brooding keeps the eggs (or creative ideas) warm till they hatch.

Nopes

Negative by definition, yet so folksy and casual, you can’t take it personally. The plural form adds to the charm.

The Plot Sickens

I probably wouldn’t read a book that got this review, but I salute the pun.

A Sense of Gravity

I welcome the news that we have many more than five senses, probably including this one. We would certainly feel it if physical gravity stopped working. Of course, there is the other meaning of gravity, whose counterpart is levity: the sense of humor.

Sundae Crush

Both parts of this name evoke youthful sweetness and innocence, with the poignancy that crushes so often go unrequited. When crushed by love, eat ice cream. You’ll feel better.

Square Pig in a Round Hole-October 1, 2016

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!

Today I spent several hours in line with many, many, many Bruce Springsteen fans in order to get into Elliott Bay Books and do this:

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Bruce Springsteen with Your Mother Should Know

We were pleased to also represent Dead Bars and St Rage. I added a signed copy of The Gospel According to St Rage to the box of gifts for the Boss. But I’m still all about the band names, so here we go:

100day delay

Although it seems extreme, this is actually long enough to get something significant done while you wait. How will you use your 100 days?

Mandolin Orange

What can I say? I love music puns. I could also believe this as a decorator paint color.

PIG

I have written about other bands with “pig” in the name; of course I have. This one is as pure as it gets. I don’t need to know its shape, or that of the hole it is in.

Slow Elk

You don’t see highway signs warning of fast elk. Why is that?

We Are All Astronauts

Oh boy! When do we launch? (Or is this one of those Spaceship Earth things?)

Square Pig in a Round Hole-September 23, 2016

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 promises to be one of those weekends with no time for blogging, so I’m getting this post done early; for the first time, on the same day I collect material, so it should be out before any of these deserving bands play their shows.

And So I Watch You from Afar

I’m a sucker for long-phrase band names. Is it achingly romantic or plain creepy?

The Charlatones

Scam artists as clean-cut musical ensemble? I love this play on a classic band-name format.

Lilac

So, you know how most people who say they want to write actually mean they want to have written? I want to have gardened. I love having beautiful or edible plants on my property, but I’m terrible at getting things established. My biggest successes have been a couple of lilac bushes. One established with almost no effort on my part, while the other took ten years to start blooming. But now I’m rewarded every spring with my favorite fragrant flowers for no work. So.

The Master Debaters

I thought it a delightful coincidence that they were playing the week of the first Presidential debates, then learned they are actually playing after a live screening of the debates at the Royal Room. I like the not-so-subtle innuendo almost hidden in there.

NailPolish

Another classic naming scheme: the mundane object or product. Nail polish was the only cosmetic I used on a regular basis, although even that has fallen by the wayside. I might have to take it up again; the protagonist of my novel THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST RAGE gains absurd confidence by painting her toenails silver before a show — even though she’s wearing boots and no one else knows.

Square Pig in a Round Hole-September 18, 2016

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’m blogging a day late due to a weekend roadtrip to Spokane to drop off our eldest at college. Walking back to our hotel after dinner, I felt like we should have been passing a dive bar where we would either discover an amazing band we’d never heard of or find Dead Bars headlining. Neither of these things happened. It’s good to be back in Seattle, where we find these five winners:

Filthy Femcorps

I like the no-apologies ownership of filth and fem together. This could be the house band for the Pankhearst Writers Collective, which in addition to my wide-eyed garage rock fairy tale has put out some pretty steamy Fem Noir.

Ratbath

Even vermin are interested in hygiene. Or is this a tub full of rodents? It also rhymes with “ratpath,” nearly the title of one of my favorite recent fantasy novels, Ratpaths.

Tiny Plastic Stars

Someday in the near future, my kids will move out and I will give their room a thorough cleaning. I’m sure I will turn up hundreds of party favors and carnival prizes, including a galaxy of tiny plastic stars. They glow in the dark.

Thank You Scientist

I like this future where a young person can fit their computer, TV, typewriter, stereo, library, and game console into a small backpack, and have a second supercomputer/communicator in their pocket. Makes moving into the dorm room quick and easy! Thank you, scientist(s)!

Vader Tots

This is probably the most adorable Star Wars pun I’ve ever seen.

Square Pig in a Round Hole-September 10, 2016

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 been a great week here at Square Pig Central! On Wednesday, the self-titled EP by my fictional all-girl teenage garage band St. Rage got a nice review on No More Division. Then the novel in which they appear, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST RAGE, got two more 5-star reviews on Amazon. Yesterday, I learned that the Seattle Public Library has added 3 copies of the book to their collection. The sun came back, allowing for a lovely dinner last night on the patio at Little Water Cantina, followed by a nice walk home. And this afternoon, to quote the St. Rage song “Something of Mine,” my iron was high enough and they hit the vein, so I was able to donate a pint of blood for someone who needs it. And now I have the pleasure of celebrating these five band names:

The Everyday Losers

No big dramatic losses in front of millions here; not only losers, but mundane everyday losers. Who can’t relate to that? To quote another St. Rage song, “We’re all losers but we’re gonna make it look like we’re winning.”

Gopher Broke

This pun has it all for a country dance band: rural reference; cute rodent mascot; implied risk-taking; and an allusion to the usual state of a working musician’s finances.

Slime Girls

Putting the lie to the sugar & spice notion.

The Sunshine Factory

Things got backlogged for a few days last week, but our shipment finally came in.

Wasted Words

Song titles make wonderful names for tribute bands and this is no exception. Apart from the meaning of the original song, I like to read this as drunken utterance: the words one slurs while wasted.

For those who are interested, here are the two St. Rage songs referenced above:

 

Square Pig in a Round Hole-September 3, 2016

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’ve regularly paired up band names that I thought should be on the same bill. Occasionally, I’ll choose more than one from the same show. And now, for the first time in almost six years of writing this blog — ta da! — the whole list comes from one gig. (And they’re from out of town, so let’s give them a real Seattle welcome; bring on the rain!) I’m straying from my usual path of an alphabetical listing to get a better narrative flow.

Stick to Your Guns

Stray from the Path

Run Them Through

Expire

Knocked Loose

Four imperatives and a result. On initial reading, the first two seem to conflict, but perhaps they have an internal logic where sticking to your guns requires leaving the beaten path. Step 3 makes sense if we’re going to win this battle; step 4 gives us pause but may be the most important of all. The enemy, utterly bamboozled, is knocked loose.

 

 

Square Pig in a Round Hole-August 27, 2016

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 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!

My book launch and concert last Wednesday confirmed what I have long suspected: I prefer shows (especially weeknight shows) that end at 9 p.m. rather than begin then. Sigh. I’m old. Although I get out only rarely, I will keep celebrating band names as long as people keep naming bands. This week I had to cull a longer list to reap these goodies:

Among Authors

An obvious pick for me, an author-musician, especially three days after my book launch party. Being among authors is not as intimidating as you might think. Mostly, we’re just folks. We will ask you to post a review.

Neat

Not the first adjective that comes to mind when describing rock musicians. It’s even better when you know they’re on a bill with past honoree Quiet.

PEARS

Like sex or a good punk rock show, the best pears explode on consumption and leave you sticky but satisfied.

Uh Huh Baby Yeah

Positive nonsense! Lyrics often make good band names, but backing vocals make great band names.

Vicious Petals

Usually it’s the thorns you have to watch out for. The petals might smell sweet, but hold onto your nose!

(Oh, you want to know what is this book I refer to launching? It’s a garage-rock fairy tale called THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST RAGE. Learn more here.)

Square Pig in a Round Hole-August 20, 2016

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 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!

As usua14054183_1354569261239712_4324214653806303752_nl there were many engaging band names in the newspaper and I managed to pick five. The one show I know I’m going to (because I’m in it) was not in the club listings, but rather in the Books section. On Wednesday, August 24, I will read from my novel THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST RAGE and perform acoustic arrangements of songs from the book with Your Mother Should Know, Seattle’s only St. Rage cover band. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Common Good Cafe at University Temple United Methodist Church. But enough shameless self-promotion! What about those five band names?

Acoustic Exile

If you’re playing acoustic punk rock, I imagine you might feel like an exile from both communities. Which is as punk as it gets. (And wow, I feel right at home with this, having played in an acoustic living-room band in the past and getting ready to play acoustic arrangements of garage-rock songs in a few days. It’s a very friendly exile.)

Champagne Honeybee

Classy and sweet with a sting. Or an upscale paint color AKA “yellow.”

Everybody Panic

What comes after the failure of Plan Z.

In God We Rust

Hard to remember during our brief, glorious summer, but the joke about Seattleites is we don’t tan, we rust. Our God rains.

Surf Monk

I picked this one because I like how it sounds like surf punk while evoking an image of a Fransican friar hanging ten. The reality is even better: “A Surf band that plays the music of Thelonious Monk, as well as referencing some iconic bass lines that “mash-up” with Monk’s famously obtuse melodies.”

 

Square Pig in a Round Hole-August 13, 2016

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 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!

To everyone who was wondering when summer would come: here it is. I don’t want to hear anyone complaining about the heat. If you’re sweaty, find a bar, grab a cold one, start a mosh pit and all be sweaty together. If you’re not sure who to see, choosing by band name is a time-honored method. A few suggestions:

Karate in the Garage

I like this from a sound perspective: the two nouns have all the same vowels and most of the same vowel sounds, lending this a nice, flowing assonance. But there’s more! In the YA novel The Gospel According to St. Rage (by Karen Eisenbrey – who’s that?) the titular teenage garage band ends up practicing under the auspices of an after-school chamber music club. Bandleader Barbara quips, “A garage is a chamber.” Apparently it is also a dojo.

People under the Stairs

This could be a horror situation, but I read it as a comment on affordable housing. How much could you get a month for the closet under the stairs?

The Sharp Teeth

I enjoy band names that are body part, with or without an adjective. I like this one because teeth (sharp or not) absent a predator are not much of a threat unless you step on them. But put them in a working jaw, and watch out! (When my brother asked me earlier in the week if I’d ever blogged about The Sharp Teeth, I didn’t know I would come up one short because one of my picks was a past honoree. Glad to have a sub ready to enter the game on short notice!)

Space Shark

This one gives off a great sci-fi cartoon vibe, and also goes well with The Sharp Teeth. You’re safe until the helmet comes off.

St. Terrible

Is this a St. Rage tribute band?! Yeah, probably not. Maybe they should book a show together, though. I like the pairing of the holy and the destructive.

Square Pig in a Round Hole-August 6, 2016

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 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 weird how we’re having June in August this year. Those tomatoes will never ripen at this rate. However, I imagine cooler days mean the clubs are less swampy. Get out and catch a good band before we have another heat wave! Here are some names that popped out at me this week:

Muscle and Marrow

Sounds like an unapologetically carnocentric restaurant. It’s fitting that this starkly physical name has such a solid poetic structure: a pair of alliterating trochees connected tendon-like by a conjunction.

The National Parks

I’m happy to celebrate our national parks, especially in this, the centennial year of the National Park Service. Fitting that this is a touring band — road trip!

Old Man Wizard

I’m also a fantasy writer, so always on the lookout for wizard references in the club listings. This one shines an impertinent spotlight on the high-fantasy trope of the silver-bearded sorcerer (you wouldn’t deprive an old man of his walking stick, would you?). For my part, I’m currently writing about a young girl wizard, just to begin evening things up.

Pop. 1280

I see small-town population signs as a game of can-you-top-this. For the record, this doesn’t seem that small to me. My town‘s sign was Pop. 90.

The Vile Augury

I have a fondness for exact words of disgust such as vile and loathsome, especially when combined with a $10 word like augury. This sounds like some rare, monstrous bird illustrated by Edward Gorey.