What's in a Name?: The Year End Dictionary Update

Just as the Merriam-Webster Dictionary constantly adds new words, so does Rocks Off enrich the English language through our explorations in the meaning behind band names. Below are the entries that made it into our lexicon in 2011.

Art of Dying (n) 1. The reverse of suicide 2. Upbeat, hard rock 3. Neither a human piñata or a human centipede.

Black Leather Jesus (n): 1. An act of particularly brutal sadomasochism. 2. An experimental noise band from Houston. 3. Pain.

Black Queen Speaks (n) 1. A true, emotional expression, or honestly expressing oneself with one's art. 2. The sound of Lil' Kim's glock. 3. A combo of rock, blues, and funk... but not in a crap way.

Clouds are Ghosts (n): 1. The inverse properties of fluffy sky-cake and pants-shitting terror. 2. An erroneous interpretation of Heaven. 3. Sweet Austin weirdness in musical form.

Egypt Central (n) 1. The anthem of Hate Day 2. A street in Memphis 3. A lionheaded pot deity.

Featherface (n): 1. Audio higgledy-piggledy. 2. A social climber. 3. Endangered droppings.

Holy Fiction (n): 1. Fictional narratives told by ancient cultures for the purposes of teaching spiritual and moral lessons. 2. Great indie rock. 3. Fucking smug bastard...

Honeyhoney (n): 1. American music. 2. Cash money; ladies of the night. 3. Melodic pest control.

Illegal Wiretaps (n): 1. [Definition redacted.] 2. [Definition deleted.] 3. [Definition omitted; definer arrested.]

Loch Ness Radio (n): 1. Punky rocky yelly not baddy; 2. The mysterious and little-seen word; 3. A loss of faith.

Megafauna (n): 1. Something of most excellent hugeness, e.g. Yeti. 2) The state of being bigger than you, shorty. 3) An Austin band capable of turning your innards into outtards.

Sleeping in the Aviary (n): 1. A limited time offer. 2. The smell of Paul Hogan. 3. A boxing weight class.

Static Jacks (n) 1. A band you tentatively love. 2. The sound one makes when plugging a guitar into an amp that's already on. 3. A masked vigilante with electrokinesis.

To Quote: the Scientist (n): 1. A measure of ridicule; 2. Indie-rock for a rainy day; 3. A random colon.

We are the Willows (n): 1. A feeling of artistic connectedness. 2. A signature cry. 3. The opposite of Peter Steele.

Yes, Inferno (n): 1. Rape via punctuation mark. 2. Instrumental higgledy-piggledy. 3. Seriously, Milton's Inferno? Christ in a sidecar...

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