Category: Band names

Square Pig in a Round Hole-December 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!

Sometime last month, without fanfare, I completed six years of writing this weekly blog. (Posts from before June 2016 can be found here.) That’s a lot of band names! And the well shows no sign of drying up, so I plan to keep going. With some fanfare, here are this week’s picks, which by happy coincidence are all two-word names (with the exception of one definite article) and all but one of which follow the pattern of adjective noun:

Boring Ghost

Sure, your house is haunted, but the spook doesn’t mean you any harm. It just wants to tell you the same dull story over and over.

Dumb Thumbs

This one, though dumb, speaks to me. My own personal thumbs are inept at communication, so I generally text with my fingers.

Heavy Nettle

This is going to sting A LOT.

Idiots Rule

Song title as name for tribute band is a time-honored tradition. This is also a natural for my ongoing theme of post-election anxiety.

The Worst Idea

As is this one. A celebration of ill-advised choices.

Square Pig in a Round Hole-November 26, 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!

As we near the end of what has been in many ways an awful year, we take our good where we can find it. Having eaten the big dead bird and avoided the malls by taking a long walk in the woods, I plan to round out the holiday weekend by donating blood today.  There is still much to be thankful for, including the wildly creative Seattle music scene and the fans and venues that make it possible. Band names are big part of that; here are five that caught my eye:

Eating Rite

This is exactly what Thanksgiving has become. Hooray for the pumpkin pie.

Iffy Comma

I don’t often play favorites with my weekly picks, but I’m making an exception and declaring this my favorite in a long time. The kindest editors have strong opinions on punctuation but allow the writer some comma flexibility.

Sleeping with Sirens

This is either the reward for sailors who survive the shipwreck, or what earplugs make possible in the big city.

Steep Ravine

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Ravenna Park, 11/25/2016

That long walk in the woods on Black Friday took place in Ravenna Park, one of Seattle’s beautiful forest parks that follows a creek  along a, yes, steep ravine in the midst of the city.

White Wail

Another name for our most recent Presidential election.

Square Pig in a Round Hole-November 19, 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!

The pickings in the club listings were a bit slim this week; for whatever reason, there aren’t a lot of shows on Thanksgiving! I had already written about many of the listed bands and came up one short. Shoutout to DASWASUPGIG for coming to the rescue with a last-minute substitution!

Dead Yeti

This one has sonic appeal, with the short-e vowel in both words (but spelled differently) and the repeated d sound, again spelled differently in the second word. On top of that: if anyone finds a dead cryptid, it stops being legendary; what fun is that?

The Dip

Family joke about an old mattress: “I’ve got a dip in my bed. And then there’s this worn-out mattress.”

The Regrettes

The perfect name for an all-girl punk outfit, just waiting for them to pick it up. (They are and they did. Brava! One thing they won’t have to regret.)

Sitting and Waiting

Turns the spotlight on something mundane and makes it sound like a pop duo.

The Ugly Architect

A little-known Hans Christian Andersen story. What is the architect really?

Square Pig in a Round Hole-November 12, 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!

As an unapologetic liberal and anti-authoritarian, I have spent the days since the election in dismay and worry. On the plus side, the club listings this week offered a bounty of band names that spoke to my anxieties. I hereby present a special post-electoral double-plus list of eleven honorees, offered with less comment than usual. Keep making music, people. We’re going to need it more than ever.

American Island

AKA the West Coast.

Animals as Leaders

At least the internet will still be full of cute critters. Vote Kittens & Puppies 2020!

Bury Me Now

On second thought, I believe I will stand and fight.

Caveman Ego

The ego entering the White House is even larger and less refined than usual. I mean no insult to cavemen.

Cold Comfort

“We survived Reagan. We survived Bush.” Why do I not feel better?

Failure Anthem

I’m no stranger to losing. This feels different. This one also speaks to Northwest Loser Pride, which I will always celebrate. I even wrote the anthem:

Head for the Hills

There’s a temptation to run and hide, but where would we go? This is our circus; those are our monkeys.

King of Hats

The bonus pick that does not belong to the theme! I wear hats to be visible, and the wordplay makes me happy during a downer week.

Reason to Rebel

Most voters were not for the president-elect. Let’s not let him forget that.

Slackjaw

Wednesday morning’s expression.

The Orwells

I remember how relieved we were to reach and pass 1984 without the book coming true. I hope he didn’t just get the year wrong.

 

 

Square Pig in a Round Hole-November 5, 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 think about music and bands and band names all the time, but I don’t get out to many shows. I blame age and adulting, which are not necessarily the same thing. BUT tonight I have every intention of hauling myself out to Darrell’s to hear, at least, Deadrones and Power Skeleton, and if I have anything left, Sun Giants and Towers. Wish me luck! Meanwhile, these fine names give me hope for the future:

Beta Rocket

We’ve revised our design and we’re going to the moon. Or it’s gonna blow up on the pad. Won’t know till we try.

Comfort Food

It feels significant that they’re playing next Tuesday, Election Day. We’ll need a nation-sized pot of mac & cheese to get over this campaign. (If you care about this flawed but functional republic, remember to vote if you haven’t already.)

His Many Colored Fruit

Is it just me, or did we come in in the middle of a really trippy narrative?

Melodramus

An ancient seer twirls his mustache and chews the scenery.

Spacement

Some days, Earth is the penthouse of the universe. Other days, it’s the cellar. (I’m not sure the link is correct. I found two bands using this name and neither was obviously playing at Substation this week.)

Square Pig in a Round Hole-October 29, 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!

October 31 is on a Monday, which sets off a 4-day celebration! There’s no end of themed shows this weekend, any of which I’m sure beats trick-or-treating in the rain. My kids being grown, I get to stay in where it’s dry and make weird music. We never get any trick-or-treaters down at the bottom of our hill; I made sure to buy candy we like. Here’s my treat sack of band names:

Clone Wolf

Add a letter and change the meaning–one of my favorite naming schemes. Strong, silent anti-hero becomes sci-fi experiment anti-hero.

Dry T-Shirt ContestSuperShirt

A non-gendered, non-salacious bar game: don’t spill your drink on your shirt! (I like to think it’s about the message on the shirt, not the body it covers. “Write Like a Girl” for the win.)

Retrospecter

Be an old-school ghost this Halloween.

The Velvet Overdrive

Best name for a cover band I’ve seen in a long, long time. And I just like that there is a Velvet Underground cover band.

Withering Blooms

Seasonal, with a hint of romantic melancholy. The last rose of autumn.

Square Pig in a Round Hole-October 22, 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!

Hard to believe a week ago, we were bracing for the Storm of the Century, only to be snubbed in favor of Canada. Now here we are on a day that reminds me why I love October. But it gets dark early, so sunshine is no excuse not to get out there and experience some music! Whether it’s rainy or dry, here are some well-named bands that would appreciate your support:

Cuff Lynx

Well, you could try, but you might lose a hand. (I love a good cat pun.)

Least Likely to Succeed

Here we have a fine example of Northwest loser pride. It’s not about success or failure, it’s about getting out there and making some noise. And annoying the squares.

Shower Scum

Does it get any grungier than this?

Sloucher

Evokes alienated teens in leather jackets, annoying adults by posture alone. Also, it’d be cool to see them on a bill with Pouch, just for the rhyme.

The Worst

More loser pride, reveling in being best at being bad.

Square Pig in a Round Hole-October 15, 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!

Although I usually encourage everyone to go out and support your local musicians, this weekend is an exception. In light of the possibly historic windstorm headed our way, I hereby encourage everyone in the Western Washington to stay home, be safe, and make your own music. Probably in the dark, with acoustic instruments. Meanwhile, these band names struck my fancy on this stormy weekend:

Miss Bermuda Dunes

I like the reference to a small-scale, probably low-rent beauty contest. I hope this does not turn out to be the highlight of her whole life. I also picked this one because of having windstorms on my mind. The Caribbean has been pounded lately, and dunes are an important line of protection for islands.

Siren’s Rain

Bringing together the mythic and the meteorological. Don’t let the storm lure you out where it can drop a tree on you! (There was some confusion in the club listings, with the album being released listed as if it were a band name. Having spent five years in Tacoma, I was happy to accept Beneath the Narrows as a band name, especially as we are battening down for an epic windstorm.)

Support Group

They have no web presence, which leads me to believe this is an ad hoc band pulled together to fill out this one bill: supporting the other groups. I like it for its generic nature, and because musical ensembles — whether garage band, church choir, community orchestra, or whatever — really can serve emotional supports for their members. Here’s to ’em!

Thunderhound

Thunder Knife

I think we are expecting more wind than lightning and thunder this time around, but these two fit the storm theme. One is a mythic creature, the other a mythic artifact; both promise heavy rhythms and electric music (if the power stays on).

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?)