But how does it look on the label?

The annual A. V. Club “The Year in Band Names” list is replete with disgusting and/or scurrilous names, because disgusting and/or scurrilous gets your group listed in articles like this.

But they’re not all D/S. One of the acts listed is one I’ve heard of and actually like:

In fact, you’ll hear that lead vocalist on several tracks on this album.

As for Zombie Deathstench, Sad Baby Wolf (I don’t think the Cheese Mistress has anything to do with this) or JFK Didn’t Even See It Coming, well, you’re on your own.

Disclosure: I once bought an EP by a band called Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

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Are we running out of band names? Maybe:

One can imagine that 20 years ago, any garage band could have any name it wanted — or no name at all. The only reason a band really needed a name was if they were going to gig or record or tour. Let’s say 10 percent of those bands ever left the garage. Today all those bands are on Bandcamp, and they can’t be on Bandcamp without a name. These sites, including Myspace, which has 14 million acts, have inflated the demand for band names.

Or maybe not:

[W]hile the internet aids the perception that band names are harder to come by (they’re also changing, says Chris Johnson, who’s noted fewer one-word band names than multi-word ones), it’s not because English is running out of words. There are still vast numbers of words that can be stuck together, as well as a number of patterns or templates, some of which haven’t been become institutionalized as genre cues yet, that can be used to expand the permutational choices. Surely your one-word choice (Blue) will be taken, so modify it (Big Blue, Super Blue, Pink Blue, Really Blue, the Blue) or build a phrase (Big Blue Fly, Big Blue Road, Big Blue Popsicle, Big Blue Big). From a little bit of recursion, you could name a million bands and still bequeath a list of a million more to your rock-and-roll grandchildren (though those names will probably be longer).

All that Blue stuff got me thinking about this song:

Earworm potential: near maximum. And “Big Blue Wave” is the title; the band is named Hey Ocean! You may have seen them here.

(Via this Nancy Friedman tweet.)

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Busy woman, busier voice

The lady with the guitar is Ashleigh Ball:

Ashleigh Ball

She’s out front of the Vancouver-based indie band Hey Ocean!, seen here in a stripped-down version of “The Beatboxer Who Broke My Heart”:

This is not the version which appeared on their 2008 album Stop Looking Like Music. Then again, the last time I heard her voice, I was looking at something like this:

Rainbow Dash and Applejack

Either one of them: in the current series, she voices both Rainbow Dash and Applejack. And, lest she become overrun with free time, she’s also the voice of Allura in the current Voltron Force.

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