Square Pig in a Round Hole-October 2, 2021

Cartoon image of a pink square pig in a round hold

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 nightlife listings for abundant source material!

(Until live music listings return, I am curating retrospective posts from past material. Dates indicate when the band was originally featured.)

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It’s a new month and a new theme! As we head into spooky season, I dug up an abundance of monster-themed band names. There’s enough for several treat sacks, so let’s get started. As ever, wash your hands, wear your mask, get your vaccine if you haven’t already, and if you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for a better day.

Alien Ant Farm
It Lives, It Breathes
(November 1, 2014) It seems appropriate so close to Halloween to have two band names with that great B-movie vibe. I can imagine at least two scenarios for an alien ant farm — aliens keeping humans or humans keeping aliens. Both pretty horrifying for someone! And any monster movie with the line, “It lives! It breathes!” is about to get real messy.

All Them Witches
(May 6, 2017) A rustic locution serving to downplay their spooky power. So many witches.

Angry Snowmans
(December 11, 2010) Nice seasonal touch, with a twist. I’m thinking of the Killer Monster Snow Goons on Calvin’s front step. The incorrect plural adds a touch of childlike sweetness . . . or is it spine-tingling peril?

Bell Witch
(June 12, 2012) I hope this is a play on bellwether, because that’s really clever in several directions. If not, oh, well.

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Square Pig in a Round Hole-May 6, 2017

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!

Right on schedule, it’s May and Seattle has already had a foretaste of summer in the form of two warm days and a thunderstorm. Didn’t even have to go out to hear some noise! And there’s no shortage of noise of the band variety, either. Here are the names that came to my attention this week:

All Them Witches

A rustic locution serving to downplay their spooky power. So many witches.

Cashmere Cat

As if they weren’t soft enough already.

Left on Tenth

Mundane phrases make reliably good band names. Also, I cross 10th on my drive to work. The street doesn’t go through, so if I turned left, I’d wind up in the park.

The Magic Beans

. . . and the next thing you know, you’ve got giants falling from the sky. Might be worth it, though.

Marble

Actual warning label on a bag of marbles: “Toy contains a marble.” If it didn’t, you’d want your money back.