Saturday, May 31, 2014

May 31, 2014

SHAMELESS PLUG: Your Mother Should Know (for which I play drums and do some singin') is part of a stellar lineup that also includes Ancient Warlocks, Tom Price Desert Classic, On the Ground, and Ian Grunfeld (of The Good Luck Number), TONIGHT at the High Dive, $5, doors at 8:30 p.m. This show is a benefit for and opportunity to learn about Seattle IWW, so if you care about labor and/or punk rock, you should check it out. In case you didn't catch that: only $5!

That was a substantial list of band names already, but here are this week's picks:

Absent Tiger
It's the tiger you don't see that you have to worry about. (Always happy to support another two-piece band, especially one with a female drummer!)

Creature of the Deep
This one has a nice B-movie vibe.  I particularly like that it's a singular creature, perhaps alluding to the unitary nature of a functioning band.

Crossbows and Catapults
The medieval theme points to rock band as adventuring party, battling monsters and wielding magic in search of great treasure.

Forever Came Calling
Three-word poem about a moment of transcendance.

Transcribing the Necronomicon
I've read just enough H. P. Lovecraft to know this is probably a bad idea.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

May 24, 2014

It isn't (yet) raining on Folklife! Having ventured out to the Tractor last night for The Minus 5, Mikey and Matty, and Stag (great show!), we're skipping the festival in favor of yardwork and donating blood. Here are some well named bands who as far as I know are also not at Folklife:

Assuming We Survive
An ominous beginning -- or optimistic, depending on context. Either way, this group must be hard-core.

Demons Carry Symphonies
I suspect Berlioz knew this.

Hair and Space Museum
I love how the addition of a single letter transforms an inspiring institution into something laugh-out-loud ridiculous. Now I'm thinking of that video where an astronaut washes her hair in microgravity.

Organik Time Machine
Each of us has one, a meat sack carrying our consciousness inexorably into the future.

Onomatopoeia names are always welcome! I'd like to see them on a bill with The Low Hums.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

May 17, 2014

After a productive week of recording, I'm back! My own anecdotal experience indicates that playing rock & roll keeps us young -- on the last day of recording, I got carded at the grocery story where I've been shopping weekly since 1989. And the entertaining band names just keep coming:

Fall Saves Grace
Sin boldly that grace may abound. 

Indigenous Robot
Artificial intelligence arising spontaneously in Silicon Valley. (Or, apparently, Broadsterdam, CO).

Make Do and Mend
This is how I was raised and how I run my household. In rock band terms, "use more duct tape."

Sit Kitty Sit
Yeah, like that'll get you anywhere with a cat.

Surgical Chaos
An operation that has gone horribly wrong in all possible ways; or carefully orchestrated disorder.  

Sunday, May 11, 2014

May 11, 2014

Thanks for stopping by! Square Pig is taking a hiatus this week while Your Mother Should Know records a 12-track album. We had a productive first day yesterday and hope to finish the backing tracks today. I'll be back next week with a new list of band names.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

May 3, 2014

Now that the teaser for summer is over, we can get on with spring already in progress. This is actually perfect rock club weather: not too nasty to leave the house, not too hot to hang out indoors, not so cold that you need to wrangle a big coat all evening. Here's a brief list of band names to inspire you:

Bones and the Falderalls
I'm a big fan of the classic X and the Y structure anyway, but this goes that extra couple of steps over the top, where X=a colorful nickname and Y=an old-timey term of the sort we don't see enough of these days. You know these folks are having all the fun and will share generously.

Moon Honey
I've been sweet on the moon since 1969, so it's no surprise that seven past honorees have "moon" somewhere in the name. Two have "honey," but this is the first time they've been featured together. A sweet reversal that's no less romantic.

Silverware Wolf
I try not to play favorites, but this one is getting into Acapulco Lips territory. It's that quick turn from the quotidian to the paranormal -- someone is really listening to the sounds of words and playing them like vintage Ludwigs.

The Space Monkeys
At first I was thinking primates in spacesuits, but then I pictured an ad on the back of a comic book -- order alien brine shrimp to keep as pets!

We Are Scientists
Line from a B movie: "We'll save you from those space monkeys; trust us, we are scientists!"