Saturday, March 31, 2012

March 31, 2012

At 2:27 this morning, my first-born turned 21. How did that happen?! It's been a great ride so far, though. Maybe I'll even persuade him to come out to the High Dive next Friday for The Tap Project Benefit Concert, with Your Mother Should Know, The Tailenders, Youth Rescue Mission and Curtains for You.

Here's the list:

Over the past 21 years, I've learned a lot about what appeals to boys. A giant robot that blows things up would be high on the list.

Not Dead Yet
I dig the Monty Python reference. And also: my first-born is 21, and yet . . .

Salvador Dali Llama
The unequivocal favorite of the week. I love a collision pun. It's almost too obvious, but I'm glad someone had the audacity to use it.

Today I Caught a Plague
This one seems to go with Not Dead Yet. I like the complete sentence, apparently delivered with utter calm.

You Are Plural
Gotta love the grammar jokes.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

March 24, 2012

Sunshine two days in a row?! What is this, spring? Enjoy it while you can.

Without even trying very hard, I found two themes: party and space. I just wish someone had come up with a party in space.

Bath Party
Remove one letter and something serious and political becomes something silly and fun. We should do this more often.

Mars Red Sky
Oceans of Mars
It's Mars, OK? My imagination has spent a lot of time there lately. According to this picture, I even played a show there (possibly on the bed of a former ocean, under a red sky):
Your Mother Should Know on Mars

The Outer Space Heaters 
I've always thought "space heater" was an awfully cool name for a pretty mundane object. Now I see why.

Post Rapture Party
What if it already happened and nobody qualified? Might as well party.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

March 17, 2012

And a very happy St. Patrick's Day to ya! Loads of great bands out there this weekend! Put on some green and go have fun.(Unless, like me, you're still recovering from the time change and an awesome but exhausting 3-hour rehearsal, in which case -- put on some green, have fun at home, and go to bed early.)

20 Lb Gumball
This is a hilarious and implausible image, but scary, too. I don't want to meet the kid who can chew this thing, and I really don't want to find it stuck under my theater seat.

Bottle of Bones
Sounds pirate-y. Arr.

In my youth, I spent a lot of time in Ursula K. LeGuin's Earthsea with a certain Dragonlord. At the same time, I was discovering the music that still speaks to me. I love it when my interests intersect.

Super Happy Story Time Land
A little too long, a little too goofy. Works for me.

Walk the Moon
When you travel on a moonlit night, the moon travels with you. Kind of hard to get the leash on, though.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

March 10, 2012

March has thus far lived up to its reputation as unstable and transitional. Snow one day, 60 and sunny the next, while the early bloomers insist that it's spring already. And though it seems too early, Daylight Saving Time begins tomorrow, so remember to "spring ahead" one hour.

I picked up a theme in the band names that didn't quite stretch to five, so we have a set and an outlier.

Pound Pound Pound
The Ram Rams
Si Si Si
Sugar Sugar Sugar
Sometimes repetition is all a word needs to make it into a band name. Two repeats is good, but three is better. Would four be even better, or way too much? Pound Pound Pound appeals to the drummer in me. The Ram Rams forms a tidy sentence that isn't even too hard to picture. Si Si Si adds Spanish sibilance to an overall positive vibe. Sugar Sugar Sugar brings sweetness to the point of aggression.

Monkeys in Space
This blog was almost called Monkey Ranch, and I'm still alert to band names with monkeys in them, on top of my well documented sci-fi bias. Here it all comes together in one supremely goofy package.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

March 3, 2012

Feeling slightly loopy this afternoon -- I'm down a pint, having recently returned from Puget Sound Blood Center. (If you're able, go donate at the first opportunity. It's not a big deal and really makes a difference). So I'm not going out dancing or anything tonight, but I can still pick some favorites:

It sounds like a typical wordless pop refrain and looks like a prayer. Rock and roll has a deep root in gospel music, but there's nothing wrong with getting ecumenical.

Don and the Quixotes
Classic band name format + literary allusion = a real winner.

Hot Dog Time Machine
Two unrelated objects mashed up to form a name that trips off the tongue and sounds great, even if I'm not sure what it means. It made me laugh.

Kids & Explosions
They go together, no matter how much we try to keep them apart. It's probably a good thing you can't get a really 'splody chemistry set these days.

Trashcan Wizard
I see Oscar the Grouch with a wand and a pointy hat.