Square Pig in a Round Hole-January 9, 2021

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 #43

Well, that was a week. Had a kind of 2020 vibe to it, didn’t it? I scrapped my originally planned theme and went with something maybe a little more suitable. As ever, wash your hands, wear your mask, try not to start a civil war, and if you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for a better day.

The Almost Faithful
(August 22, 2015) This implies that fidelity is on a scale, with “only cheated a little bit” and “almost faithful” on the line from unfaithful to faithful. Or perhaps this is the congregation that makes it as far as the church door but not quite all the way inside.

Expired Logic
(June 13, 2015) Ways of thinking that used to work are no longer valid. It’s time for fresh ideas! (I also like their expressed genre, sci-fi punk!)

Head for the Hills
(November 12, 2016) There’s a temptation to run and hide, but where would we go? This is our circus; those are our monkeys.

Shot on Site
(June 13, 2015) Here we have a tidy little pun that alludes to knee-jerk violence and location camera work in three short words.

somesurprises
(August 22, 2015) It showed up in the paper as two words, but I like it even better run together, all lowercase. Unusual enough to be some surprise without overwhelming the senses. It creeps up.

Two last things before you go:

  1. My new thing in the new year is The Rage Brigade, a Facebook group for conversation about fantasy, science fiction, superheroes, and music (and the intersections thereof). If that sounds like fun, come join us here.

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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.