Square Pig in a Round Hole-August 12, 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!

First order of business: let’s all say, “Thank you, ocean!” for the cooler temperatures and reduction in smoky haze. Now on to the important business of giving honor to these five band names:

All the Real Girls

Destroy Boys

On their own, each of these seems to comment on the gender binary. Together they make a grammatical but startling sentence. Also interesting: the members of All the Real Girls present as male; those of Destroy Boys as female.

B and the Hive

Compact iteration of classic X and the Y structure. Serendipity that the frontperson’s initial sounds like a social insect, leading to the obvious band name; and initial plus conjunction spells “band.”

Double or Muffin

Steely gambler talk softened if not outright undercut by delicious breakfast treats.

Porn Bloopers

Mortifying enough to have your failure captured on video; much worse if you’re naked and trying to be sexy.

Square Pig in a Round Hole-August 5, 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!

We braved the heat and smoke last night to go out to Cafe Racer, where we got to run through a sprinkler to reach the entrance. We were rewarded with a fun, free punk show featuring past Square Pig honorees Klondike Kate and Mud on My Bra!, as well as Juicy Thompson and the Snuggle Regime and Porn Bloopers, both of whom I am surprised not to have written about before. I’ll have to keep them in mind for the future because this week’s list is already full:

Blistered Earth

What with the high temps and the wild fires and the global warming, if Earth had skin, it would be blistered by now.

Ghost of a Dead Hummingbird

Poignant and strange. I like that the name is so long in honor of such a tiny spirit.

King Dome

With the words separated it seems to be about a monarch but if you’ve lived here long enough, you know better. Never been anywhere louder.

Secret Super Power

I’m always pleased to find a band name that runs up against my fiction interests. (My debut novel, The Gospel According to St Rage, features a high school girl who starts a garage band and gains superpowers.) Everybody wishes for superpowers but few who have them can afford to go public.

Up is the Down is the

Joycean circularity with a nice waltz rhythm.