Square Pig in a Round Hole-June 19, 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 #14

This post is happening a whole day early, and not only because one day is pretty like another right now. No, it is because tomorrow, the Summer Solstice, I will be writing other things ALL DAY. I’m taking part in The Longest Day, a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. Participants choose an activity and do it from dawn to dusk to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research and support for families living with the disease. I’m part of the Writing Against the Darkness team. Last year we generated 50,000 words and over $5000 in donations, and hope to meet or exceed those totals during this year’s event. If you are able, please donate here, and since I also still care about bands and band names, please buy these bands’ music and merch while we wait for a better day.

Le Shat Noir

(December 31, 2011) A cat is implied, and the French lends elegance, but it’s still gross. Somebody clean that litter box!

Sneaky Bones

(May 20, 2017) When you’re not looking, skeletons creep up. Before you know it, you’ve got one under your skin. Spooky.

Spaceman Flu

(July 28, 2012) I researched spacesickness for a science fiction novel. Early in the US space program, they didn’t realize it existed and were very concerned when some of the astronauts would suddenly barf in the cockpit. I suppose they wondered if it was some weird spaceman flu.

Tiny Bones

(March 18, 2017) In high school, my sister reassembled a frog’s skeleton and encased it in Lucite. Ever since, I have been fascinated by how small bones can be, whether in wee animals or our own ears.

Where My Bones Rest Easy

(October 19, 2013) More Skeleton Awareness! Let them rest when their work is through.

 

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Square Pig in a Round Hole-May 20, 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!

This is usually a lighthearted space, but I must acknowledge this week’s shocking loss to music generally and to Seattle especially. I’m one year older than Chris Cornell. Therefore, the ’90s were my parenting-small-children years; I didn’t get to hear that decade’s music until much later. But even in the midst of maximum domestic chaos, I’d heard of him and appreciated Soundgarden as a band name. The intensely local nature of the name is hidden from the rest of the world while it perfectly describes the scene here: fertile ground for weird new music of all genres. The best memorial would be to get out and hear the new local sounds sprouting up even now. RIP Chris Cornell, gone too soon.

Everyone Orchestra

Whether it is for everyone or literally is everyone, I like the inclusivity.

Madame Damnable

Looks good on the page, sounds good to the ear. I also applaud naming a 3-piece band as a singular character.

Mount Analogue

I suppose this comes from the allegorical novel of the same name, but I could also imagine it as a fragment of technical instructions of some kind.

Sneaky Bones

When you’re not looking, skeletons creep up. Before you know it, you’ve got one under your skin. Spooky.

WE Are the Asteroid

How everything else on Earth sees the disaster that is the human race.