Square Pig in a Round Hole-March 17, 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 didn’t come up with a list of Irish-themed band names, but I will still wish a Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all who celebrate it! My day will consist of editing and donating blood, but I plan to recover at home with corned beef and beer; celebration enough. Meanwhile, the bands continue to come through:

Death Coach

By happy linguistic accident, either funeral transport or end-of-life doula. A bit of personal serendipity: the book I will be editing this afternoon is book 1 of a trilogy; book 3 might be titled Death’s Midwife.

The Exquisite Taste of Plain Water

“If you’re thirsty, drink water,” Mom would say. Fortunately, we were on a well with excellent water; I grew up baffled by kids who had to have juice or pop. In case you didn’t know, Seattle has pretty great tap water.

Gloom

Yeah, it’s almost spring and the cherry trees are blooming, but don’t forget: Junuary is just around the corner.

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Our Glasses

They might not wear glasses, but I come from a long line of bespectacled people, back through time. (This group also shares a drummer with previous honoree Razor Clam!)

Mortuary Beach

Don’t look too close at the sand. Those aren’t shells.

 

Shameless Self Promotion: In case you didn’t know, I write about a lot more than band names! My young adult wizard fantasy novel Daughter of Magic releases May 22, 2018 from Not a Pipe Publishing. As part of the Year of Publishing Women, in 2018 Not a Pipe is publishing nine books by seven women; I’m honored to be one of them.

Square Pig in a Round Hole-June 3, 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!

Last weekend’s foretaste of summer was a treat after our long cold wet winter and spring, but I’m kind of relieved that the first few days of June have been characteristically cool and cloudy. I never trust a sunny June. Also, it’s more conducive to going indoors to hear some well-named band or other. Like maybe one of these:

Die Geister Beschwören

I’m a fan of band names that are a little too long, something that’s almost guaranteed if you say it in German. But I think I would have chosen Summon the Spirits or Call Up the Ghosts, too. I love the idea of getting help from those who have crossed over.

Drench Fries

Nothing spoils a nice waterfront lunch like a big wave overwhelming your fish and chips. Also, I want to see them on a bill with Razor Clam, below.

Girls Named Tomorrow

This fits with the theory that women invented language and calendars. There’s also the hope-filled idea of naming your daughter for the future.

Grubby Sweetheart

You don’t have to be scrubbed and perfect to be loved. Also, I want to see them on a bill with Square Pig faves Mud on My Bra!

Razor Clam

The most brutal and delicious of the molluscs. Needs to be on a bill with Drench Fries, above.