Square Pig in a Round Hole-September 19, 2020

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 returns, I am curating retrospective posts from past material. Dates indicate when the band was originally featured.)

SQUARE PIG IN A ROUND HOLE PANDEMIC EDITION #27

Rain fell, smoke cleared, and spirits lifted, only to be dashed by news of grief and dread because 2020 isn’t done with us yet. Rest in power, Justice Ginsburg. I went out in the rain this morning to pick blackberries and breathe clean air, a small joy and comfort. Everybody, wash your hands, wear your mask, and plan to vote like your life depends on it. And if you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for a better day.

Blackberry Smoke

(February 9, 2019) Not a local band, but this seems like a cocktail or barbecue sauce one might find at our neighborhood smoked meat emporium, local flavor procured from the local bramble.

Blood, Fire and Rainwater

(March 9, 2019) A heady cocktail that shouldn’t mix but does.

Jar of Rain

(March 16, 2013) Putting rain into any kind of small container is the kind of idealistic and hopeless project I can get behind.

The Rain Within

(November 14, 2015) These dark days will get to you if you let them. But perhaps the mind’s winter drizzle is watering creative seeds that will bloom in the spring.

Smoke Season

(September 9, 2017) Eerily topical after the week we’ve had. Please tell me it’s almost over.

 

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Square Pig in a Round Hole-August 31, 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 was surprised and tickled this week to learn that my blog and I were mentioned (not by name but it was obvious to those in the know) in a promo video for past honorees Blood, Fire and Rainwater. I’m here to celebrate a small but important aspect of the music scene and encourage shares if it will help promote a band. This week, that means these five:

Bürien

Local flavor tastes even better with an umlaut.

The Journey of Not Knowing

This is what we call “maturity.” In childhood, nothing made sense and nobody explained anything. At eighteen, I knew it all. At nineteen, I went back to not knowing much and have remained there for 3 decades plus. It’s been an educational trip. (In trying to find out about the band, I learned that this is the title of a book on leadership. Sounds right.)

Seratones

Feel-good music at a neurological level.

Western Settings

When I was young, most kids’ books seemed to be set on the East Coast or in Europe (or fantasy Europe). I longed for western — specifically Pacific Northwestern — settings that I could recognize. Now I write them for myself.

Winks & Nods

I like how this can be read as stage directions, categories of gestures, or a duo act with these nicknames. But you won’t get a straight answer no matter how you read it.

 

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 out the first three issues and subscribe here for future issues.  (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)

Square Pig in a Round Hole-March 9, 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!

Maybe if we all sacrifice an hour, the snow gods will be appeased enough to leave us alone until next winter. If that doesn’t work, turn up the music and dance. Neither snow nor sleet will keep us from our favorite band names:

Blood, Fire and Rainwater

Blood and Fire Hallelujah

Bookplate found in an old family diary

 

A heady cocktail that shouldn’t mix but does. Hallelujah.

Cat Valley

A writer’s paradise. Come for the fur, stay for the purr.

Dusty Cubby

The poignancy of one thing ending so another can start. Put on your backpack and leave the dust and crumbs of kindergarten behind.

Pragmatic Chaos

Evokes Keith Moon: strategic deployment of musical forces in service to the illusion of wildness.

Salt Lick

Last summer, we encountered a sculpture in Baker City, OR, cast from a salt lick shaped by critters obtaining minerals. Two great monosyllables, better together at the intersection of nature and art.

 

One last thing before you go: I share highlights from this blog in my quarterly author newsletter, as well as news of what I’m writing and reading, and other goodies. It’s called The Storypunk Report and the first issue is out! 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.)