Saturday, September 28, 2013

September 28, 2013

This week's band names (or maybe album titles) I'd like to see:

St. Rage (inspired by a mini-storage sign with one letter burned out).
Moose Family Detour (from an Alaska friend's Facebook post).

But these are all real bands:

Bat Sabbath
OK, probably a tribute band, but a great name all on its own. I picture a congregation of bats having upside-down church services up in the rafters. The repeated b and short-a sounds make it sound just right.

I'm a big fan of really long band names, but I also have a soft spot for the one-word type. I like these three plural nouns without the definite article. One of these things is not like the others, but I suppose somebody somewhere would make a taco out of bugs and/or magpies.

Voodoo Organist
Pull out all the stops and raise the dead.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

September 21, 2013

Singing and playing drums at the same time is hard! Duh, you say. At this point, I can sing an involved part if the drum part is simple, or play an involved part if the vocal part is simple. So now I'm stepping it up and trying to sing a sort-of complex vocal part against a sort-of complex drum part. What I'm finding is, I can do some of it but can't remember all of either part at the same time, and sometimes I can't remember any of either. BUT it's better than expected and enough fun that I plan to keep trying! (Good thing we don't have a show booked yet, but I look forward to playing this song in public after a lot more practice). Meanwhile, these well named bands have shows this week:

Equally great as a name for birds or a band. I think it's the enclosed "ack" that makes it so much fun to say. It just sounds like something noisy.

Hound Dog Taylor's Hand
There's a disconnect between a hound dog and a hand that makes this name end on a surprise. Plus, you think it's a band named after the late Hound Dog Taylor, but then, no, it's named after his hand. Presumably not disembodied, but still -- makes you sit right up.

Loops of Fury
"Fury" is not the first thing to come to mind when I think "loops" so there's the surprise and goofiness factor of an unexpected pairing. But it is Decibel Festival, so who knows? Maybe it isn't hyperbole, after all.

Mind Spiders
Worse (or better) than ear worms!

Thrasher's Corner
A classic place name that sounds too metal for the bucolic reality.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

September 14, 2013

Heard the good news this week that ReverbFest is being resurrected as the Macefield Music Festival, October 5 in Ballard. It'll be a bit smaller but still sounds great -- Young Fresh Fellows are in the lineup! We're in.

Meanwhile, there's plenty going on in the coming week. These band names deserve recognition:

The Littlest Viking
Children's movie-title trope: "The heartwarming story of a Norseman who loots and pillages his way to the top in spite of his diminutive size." I love the quick turn from cuteness to ferocity.

Meteor vs. Dinosaur
This will probably end badly . . . unless the dinosaurs are prepared with a gravity tractor to move the space rock before it hits the atmosphere.

Milo and the Understudies
I always appreciate a good deployment of the classic X and the Ys format. And then it's The Understudies, with all the second-stringness and muted hope for stardom that implies. If that weren't enough, Milo is the first name of the best villain I ever wrote. (And I've just learned this is a band of siblings, which I have to support).

Mr. and Mrs. Something
Yeah -- that couple you always see at that one place, where they serve those things.

The So So Glos
The repeated long Os make this name practically sing, and I always have a soft spot for any whiff of loser culture. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

September 7, 2013

September arrives and school begins with a light show and thunderous percussion! If summer must end, glad to see it go with a bang.

Bleeding Rainbow
So much going on in so few words. A sneakily violent reference to a PBS children's show? A proud announcement of the metaphorical color of one's blood? Or did the tie-dye run in the wash?

Into It. Over It.
If it goes this fast, it's not my fault I'm so often late to the party, fad-wise. What a relief! (How appropriate it would be if this band is a one-hit wonder).

The Knowgooders
A nice mash-up of "know" and "no good" and "do-gooders."

Tim Fantastic and Styrofoam Meat Trays
It's long and it makes nonsense of the mundane. What's not to like?

Queen Kwong
Once you see it done, it looks easy, but I never thought of this -- did you?