Square Pig in a Round Hole-June 16, 2018

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’m back from vacation and ready to continue the celebration of band names. Happily, there were plenty to choose from and it was easy to make my list:

Bloom Offering

A lovely, fragrant, ephemeral sacrifice, seemingly less violent than a burnt animal offering. But how do the plants feel about it?

Imposter of Humanity

We’re all pretending we know how to do this thing.

Lilac

April in June

Me a few days ago in Philipsburg, MT

My favorite flower, and I can actually grow it! But its season is so short. The secret is to follow it through climatic zones, where it is possible to enjoy April in June.

The Midnight Avocados

A nutritious and satisfying late snack.

Wake of Humanity

Apparently, it’s “of humanity” week. The destruction we leave in our path; or the drunken celebration the other lifeforms will hold when we’re gone.

 

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Luskell has been dreaming about dead people.

Her parents may be two most powerful wizards in the country, but Luskell doesn’t have any magic of her own, so she’s stuck spending a summer with her grandmother in the small town of Deep River where her father is the hometown hero. Then the dead start to visit her dreams with mysterious messages. In a secret pact with her friends Jagryn and Laki, Luskell begins to teach herself magic and discovers an apparently bottomless well of untapped power. But before she has control over this ability, her dead grandfather appears with a dire warning. With no way to send word to her parents, Luskell and her friends mount a daring rescue. Can they get to the capital in time to save the country … and her parents’ lives?

Square Pig in a Round Hole-September 23, 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!

This promises to be one of those weekends with no time for blogging, so I’m getting this post done early; for the first time, on the same day I collect material, so it should be out before any of these deserving bands play their shows.

And So I Watch You from Afar

I’m a sucker for long-phrase band names. Is it achingly romantic or plain creepy?

The Charlatones

Scam artists as clean-cut musical ensemble? I love this play on a classic band-name format.

Lilac

So, you know how most people who say they want to write actually mean they want to have written? I want to have gardened. I love having beautiful or edible plants on my property, but I’m terrible at getting things established. My biggest successes have been a couple of lilac bushes. One established with almost no effort on my part, while the other took ten years to start blooming. But now I’m rewarded every spring with my favorite fragrant flowers for no work. So.

The Master Debaters

I thought it a delightful coincidence that they were playing the week of the first Presidential debates, then learned they are actually playing after a live screening of the debates at the Royal Room. I like the not-so-subtle innuendo almost hidden in there.

NailPolish

Another classic naming scheme: the mundane object or product. Nail polish was the only cosmetic I used on a regular basis, although even that has fallen by the wayside. I might have to take it up again; the protagonist of my novel THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST RAGE gains absurd confidence by painting her toenails silver before a show — even though she’s wearing boots and no one else knows.