Saturday, November 23, 2013

November 23, 2013

I don't care what the calendar says -- when you have to scrape the windshield and the sun's in your eyes at noon, it's winter. As we head into Thanksgiving week, I'm thankful for a holiday that makes possible a rare weeknight foray to Chop Suey to hear Dead Bars! And also for venues that keep booking shows, and for bands that keep coming up with amusing names, such as:

Fit for an Autopsy
Not what you want to hear at your annual check-up.

Monster Magnet
That is one rough dating scene.

Mrs. Howl
Ginsberg's Island.

Vaude Villains
I have often seen "villain" misspelled "villian," but I never thought of taking it the other way. I imagine lots of mustache twirling and slapstick comeuppance.

"When you wish upon a beard, makes no difference if you're weird . . ."

Saturday, November 16, 2013

November 16, 2013

It was a long week, but the month is going by fast. Clearly, a paradox in the space-time continuum. But the club listings still yield a reliable crop of band names:

Elephant Gazebo
So much more pleasant than a graveyard, don't you think?

The repeated fs sound goofy and make it fun to say. The critter itself is both dangerous and silly looking. What else has a reputation for being both dangerous and silly? Oh, yeah -- pop music!

Save the Forest Mosquito
Let's not. This is one animal that doesn't require conservation.

Between Discworld books, Trollhunter, and the Internet, it's a real trollfest around here.

Wally and the Beaves
This one combines classic X and the Y format with over-the-top nostalgia. Unless it's nostalgia for nostalgia (always a possibility), these people must be even older than me.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

November 9, 2013

So glad band practice was Thursday and not Friday! With the power out, it would have been chilly and very dark in the studio. We were playing acoustic in any case, so we would have figured something out. My condolences to anyone in North Seattle who wanted to turn on an amp between 6 and 8 pm.

This week's picks:

Darling Rollercoaster
This perhaps takes a love of amusement parks a bit too far.

The Flannel Attractions
Either a Northwest love story or a sign that you need to use fabric softener.

Don't curse the rain. Put on your boots and stomp!

Under the Bodhi Tree
Rock & roll enlightenment.

There's something familiar here. I thought it might be a tribute band, but it appears early Square Pig fave Eighteen Individual Eyes has decided to respell their name. This way got my attention, too, so I guess they get to appear twice.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

November 2, 2013

Today we celebrate three years of Square Pig in a Round Hole, and bid a sad farewell to longtime fave Curtains for You, featured in the fifth post of this blog. Based on Facebook response, their "last live show ever" was shaping up to be a real love-fest. Who will be the new Curtains for You? Perhaps one of these:

Bad Motivators
I'm a sucker for an obscure Star Wars reference, especially one that implies disreputable influences. Plus, they're on a bill with two of my favorite local bands: Acapulco Lips and Red Ribbon!

Dead Animal Assembly Plant
I'm picturing a slaughterhouse in reverse, turning out reanimated livestock -- perfect for the holiday just past.

Def Leprechaun
I'm assuming tribute band here, which is often where you get the best wordplay. Or badass fiddle outfit. There's something engaging about that turn from sleek jungle cat to cereal-box sprite.

Pentagraham Crackers
Also fitting for Halloween, something dark rendered harmless by a comfort-food image.

The only thing more trivial than trivia is a single trivium. I have only recently learned that "trivium" is part of classical academic education. I don't remember seeing the word before, so I was tickled to come across it as a band name.