Square Pig in a Round Hole-May 29, 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 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 #63

I’m celebrating an almost summer-like holiday weekend by kicking off a new theme: Northwest Loser Pride. It should come as a surprise to no one that there is enough material for several weeks. As ever, wash your hands, wear your mask, get your vaccine, and if you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for a better day.

The Aimlows
(December 10, 2011) This one has great slacker cred. I like the celebration of low expectations.

Cape Disappointment
(September 9, 2017) The place names around here reveal that Northwest loser pride goes way back.

Decent at Best
(January 14, 2017) Like music or literature, band names fall into various genres. I would put this one under Northwest Loser Pride (a personal favorite). Whether honest assessment or an attempt to keep expectations low, this lets everybody off the hook.

Failure Anthem
(November 12, 2016) 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:

Five Alarm Funk
(September 6, 2014) As much as I appreciate northwest loser pride, I also love when a group has the confidence to own how hot they are.

 

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Square Pig in a Round Hole-September 9, 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!

I made the mistake of trying to participate in two events in one weekend. The Friday one was so good, I had to leave the Saturday one early or risk falling over. Note to self: playing a gig and staying out till 1 am drains both physical and social energy for the whole next day. Sorry, Readerfest; I hope everyone else is having a good time. (It goes till 6 p.m., so you can still make it if you hurry!) But band names wait for no blogger, so here they are:

Black Doubt

Looks like a slough of despond, sounds like what happens when you throw back a few too many. And I can’t overlook how it seems to refer to a song by Your Mother Should Know, which we performed last night.

Cape Disappointment

The place names around here reveal that Northwest loser pride goes way back.

Coast Modern

Ultracool and stylish yet laid-back and chill. Baffles the heartland.

Smoke Season

Eerily topical after the week we’ve had. Please tell me it’s almost over.

YURT

Although I’m a fan of band names that are hilariously too long, I’m also fond of monosyllables, especially those that denote snugness. (See also Pouch.)