Square Pig in a Round Hole-February 27, 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 #50

 

I’ll open with a little shameless self-promotion: Death’s Midwife (Daughter of Magic Book 3) releases March 23 and is now on pre-order! You can find all the details here. This book had an unusually long gestation even for me. It benefited from the extra years, but I am thrilled to see it finally getting into the world.

On to the band names! This is the final installment in my celebration of classic X and the Y band-name structure (though I will always be on the lookout for more when live music returns). As ever, wash your hands, wear your mask, and if you are able, please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for a better day.

Nick Shoulders and the Okay Crawdad
(July 6, 2019) This one appeals to my lifelong fondness for the word “crawdad” and I’m glad it is okay. Extra points for using classic X and the Y structure for an “occasional one-man band.”

Sweet Talkin’ Jones and the Muscletones
(February 23, 2013) I try not to play favorites, but this is my favorite [that week. –ed]. It has the classic X and the Y structure, and it takes the “-tones” trope in a punning direction. And it rhymes. (Broad hint).

Supply and the Man
(January 21, 2012) This one gets my attention for a bunch of reasons. It uses the classic “X and the Y” formula; it features a clever play on a familiar phrase that’s easy to miss unless you say it aloud; and it makes mention of “the Man,” that powerful figure to whom rock & roll wishes to stick it. Well done.

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats
(October 4, 2014) Classic X and the Y structure, with a psychedelic twist and a neat double meaning in the band’s name.

Wally and the Beaves
(November 16, 2013) This one combines classic X and the Y format with over-the-top nostalgia. Unless it’s nostalgia for nostalgia (always a possibility), these people must be even older than me.

Two last things before you go:

  1. My new thing in 2021 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.
  2. 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, upcoming events, and other goodies, including “Wizard in the Mosh Pit,” an exclusive short story just for subscribers. Click the link to check out the first nine 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-July 6, 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!

Itty Bitty cover imageA Thursday holiday confuses the whole week, so I’m thankful for my Saturday blog to get the routine back on track. I will be stepping out of the routine a little bit this afternoon to launch Itty Bitty Writing Space, a collection of over a hundred tiny stories in a variety of genres by as many authors. My contribution imagines a house haunted by pianos instead of ghosts. Two local authors, Helen Carothers and I, will be reading, signing, and talking about the project at 3:30 pm at The Neverending Bookshop in Edmonds. If you’re in the area, come say hi!

Speaking of tiny literary efforts, I present these five band names worthy of celebration:

Elvis Batchild

Almost-plausible character name ripped from the tabloids.

Nick Shoulders and the Okay Crawdad

This one appeals to my lifelong fondness for the word “crawdad” and I’m glad it is okay. Extra points for using classic X and the Y structure for an “occasional one-man band.”

The Odd Kids

My people! Does any other kind of kid end up in a band?

Then Bang

How appropriate for the days following July 4! Also an appropriately short, sharp way to indicate a sudden occurrence.

Token Girl

I’ve played enough shows where I was the only woman onstage that I celebrate when there’s two of us, and remember that one great show where we outnumbered the men.

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 it out and subscribe here for future issues–the next one is out this week and will be full of exciting news.  (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)