Square Pig in a Round Hole-July 18, 2020

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 nightlife listings for abundant source material!

SQUARE PIG IN A ROUND HOLE PANDEMIC EDITION #18

As promised on July 4, I continue with the third in a series of (queasy) Americana-themed retrospectives. Next week, I’ll have to return to the vault. Be safe, wear your mask, and please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for a better day.

American Island

(November 12, 2016) AKA the West Coast.

American Roulette

(September 6, 2014) Just like Russian Roulette, but with a high-capacity magazine to — um — improve your chances.

Animals as Leaders

(November 12, 2016) At least the internet will still be full of cute critters. Vote Kittens & Puppies 2020!

Ted Cruz and the Trumps

(March 5, 2016) Points for topicality joined to classic X and the Y structure. I would love to wake up and have this be the only reason we know these names; the rest was only a dream. [This appears to have been a one-off or short-lived project from 2016. –ed.]

U. S. Bastards 

(April 23, 2016) It’s like a theme or something. I like how you can pronounce the initials as “us” or “U. S.” and it makes sense either way.

 

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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.