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.

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, 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 seven 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-February 1, 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 club listings for abundant source material!

It’s Groundhog’s Eve! If you’re looking for something to do, Banned Rehearsal (a band with one of my favorite names of all time and of which I am a member) has a rare public performance tonight at Gallery 1412. This free-improv group has been around since 1984 and records every session. Tonight we will play and record sessions 999 and 1000. Details here. I like these band names, too:

Cryptamnesia

That heartstopping moment when you can’t remember how to get out of the haunted mausoleum.

Five Letter Word

When the situation demands that you up your swearing game.

Less Than Three

Probably a duo, but could be a solo act or even an empty stage. Humorously enough, there are at least three bands using this name. I think I found the right one … and it’s a four-piece.

Shadow of the Season

The days are getting longer, but it seems darker. The miles-thick cloud layer probably has something to do with that.

Spring Summer

The bright half of the year seems fictional at this point. We gotta believe.

Shameless self-promotion: More important than a football game or Groundhog Day, February 2 is the release day for SHOUT: An Anthology of Resistance Poetry and Short Fiction. Twenty-five writers (including me) on the theme of resisting fascism/authoritarianism/nationalism. My story “Emma’s Knives” uses recipes as vehicles for coded messages of encouragement and instruction from grandmother to granddaughter in oppressed circumstances. Read my advance review here.

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, 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 five issues and subscribe here for future issues.  (Or just follow the blog for your weekly dose of band names.)