Saturday, April 27, 2013

April 27, 2013

I'm finally feeling almost good again, after being sick with a cold all week. Much as I'd like to go hear the Tripwires at the Royal Room tonight, I think I'd better finish my recovery in my own bed. Don't let that keep you in! Here are some inspiring band names to get you in the mood:

Drum monster! Promise of good, dumb fun.

The mundane and the arcane, punned together to create prophetic dentistry.

Killing Joke
We already tell comedians, "You slay me!" so it's an easy step from stroke to joke.

I have to face it -- I'm probably old enough to apply for this job.

The Ongoing Concept
This could apply to a song or an album or a band or rock & roll itself.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

April 20, 2013

Chickadees are nesting in the birdhouse on my porch. One just flew by with big beakful of fluff -- looked like a beard. Chickadee Santa Claus would be a moderately good name for a band. Here are my picks this week. I'm not feeling wordy, so my comments are brief.

CCR Headcleaner
Product names often make good band names. This one sounds particularly technical. Or maybe it scrubs all the Creedence songs from your brain.

Damn Divas
I have been know to condemn the self-important.

Jelly Bread
Folded over, the comfort food of my childhood.

Once Upon a Tuesday
Mythic and specific all at once.

Uncommon Men from Mars
Well, they would be. Mars needs women . . . ?

Saturday, April 13, 2013

April 13, 2013

Winter's making a lame attempt at a comeback, but chickadees are nesting and I see buds on the lilac bush. It might be cold and wet, but it's still spring, and only a month to the U. District Street Fair, when it might be sunny and 90 (or rainy and 60). Think warm thoughts and go find a band. Here are a few that caught my eye:

Captured! by Robots
I would like the silly sci-fi B-movie vibe regardless, but the exclamation point puts it over the cheesy top.

Inkiest Eels
I try not to play favorites, but this week, this is my favorite. This bizarre word pairing sounds like the title of some weird children's book that I would love to get my hands on. The assonance of all those long-e sounds also makes it a delight to say.

The Past Impending
Obscure verb tense? Convoluted narrative device? Time travel reference?

Power Cassette
This must be the accessory of a second- or third-tier music-themed 1980s superhero.

Stop Motion Poetry
Poetry in motion, the animated series.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

April 6, 2013

On this rainy Saturday, there are six or eight interesting shows we could go to, but when it came right down to it, we chose The Holy, Red Ribbon, Acapulco Lips and No Rey at The Josephine. Should be good. This week's picks were selected by the unscientific method of reading all the listings aloud and noting which ones got a chuckle.

Ballard Train Wreck
Love the local flavor! Was this wreck caused by lutefisk on the tracks, or did someone leave their turn signal on?

Cerebral Cortez
Smart and funny! Science puns get me every time.

Dinner and a Suit
Starts out sounding like a nice date, ends up as a lame game-show prize. Or a really tiny inheritance.

Gilbert Grape and the Trucknuts
Classic X and the Y format, a few too many words, and apparent simultaneous references to a Johnny Depp movie and a breakfast cereal. What's not to like?

Second to Last
I feel like I should go back and find a "T" band so this can be in the penultimate position. Serious punk cred here: if you come in dead last, you're a loser, but coming in second to last is about as lame as it gets.