Square Pig in a Round Hole-August 15, 2020

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 nightlife listings for abundant source material!

SQUARE PIG IN A ROUND HOLE PANDEMIC EDITION #22

three lemon cupcakes on a glass plate

Cupcake time! (A fraction of the total.)

I know it’s the middle of August because yesterday I baked 2 dozen cupcakes for my baby’s 24th birthday. (A running joke in my St. Rage novels is the band name Cupcake Time, which no one but the main character wants to use.) Today’s clear blue sky certainly aligns with the summer theme of this retrospective post. In a normal year, there would have been no end of outdoor music festivals, neighborhood parades, and block parties. You can still go outside and make your own fun, but don’t forget to hydrate and put on sunscreen! Be safe, wear your mask, and please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for a better day.

Porpoise Parade

(July 13, 2019) A Seattle tradition, the next Seafair event after the Pirate’s Landing and the Milk Carton Derby.

Prodigal Sunburn

(February 22, 2020) Returning home because he ran out of SPF 50 and no one would share.

Rain Light Fade

(June 7, 2014) And while we’re on the subject of typical Seattle June weather, along comes this little poem. I’m thinking of that moment when an evening summer shower ends and the sun comes out just in time to set.

Rock Paper Sun

(July 20, 2019) This contest seems rigged.

Spring Summer

(February 1, 2020) The bright half of the year seems fictional at this point. We gotta believe.

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Square Pig in a Round Hole-July 13, 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!

St Rage 01The power of a good band name: A few years back, my blogging and fiction worlds converged when I saw a sign for a storage place with the O burned out. “St. Rage” seemed like a great name for a band, and I happened to have a fictional character on hand who wanted to start one. My first novel, a garage-rock fairy tale titled The Gospel According to St. Rage, released 3 years ago tomorrow and will be re-released in a slightly buffed-up 2nd edition in August. I have been writing and learning new St. Rage songs, which with any luck will be recorded and ready for performance in time for the  November launch of the sequel, Barbara and the Rage Brigade. While we wait, take a listen to the songs that are already out here. And give some love to these powerful band names:

Double Play

The Home Team

Root, root, root! I’m always happy to find multiple bands in the same week whose names have a common theme. This time I noted three with a baseball theme, and I had only picked one of them previously (Chance to Steal). Also happy to learn Double Play is a two-piece because that’s as perfect as a well-turned double play.

Hoity-Toity

This little rhyme is my favorite for humorously dismissing someone who is putting on airs without really insulting them. Also, this is a 4-piece all-girl band, just like St. Rage (at least before they added Travis on bass. It’s in the book.)

In the Drink

What a marvelous name for a bar band from watery Seattle, made even more perfect by the venue: The High Dive.

Porpoise Parade

A Seattle tradition, the next Seafair event after the Pirate’s Landing and the Milk Carton Derby.

 

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 (Issue 3 is just out!) and subscribe here for future issues.  (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)