Silkworm (band)

Silkworm was an American indie rock band active from 1987 to 2005 whose core members were Tim Midyett, Andy Cohen, and Michael Dahlquist.

A feature-length documentary, "Couldn't You Wait? The Story of Silkworm", was released in February 2013, featuring interviews with Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Steve Albini (Big Black, Electrical Audio), Stephen Malkmus (Pavement), Gerard Cosloy (Matador Records), Clint Conley (Mission of Burma) and other notable admirers.[1] It is currently available streaming and as a DRM free download from their official website.

A remastered and expanded 2x12" + CD edition of the third Silkworm album "Libertine" including the group's "Marco Collins Sessions" and two additional tracks was issued by the label Comedy Minus One in May 2014.[2]

Silkworm
OriginMissoula, Seattle, Chicago,
United States
GenresIndie rock
Years active1987–2005
LabelsTemporary Freedom
C/Z Records
El Recordo
Matador Records
Touch and Go Records
12XU
Comedy Minus One
Website[1]
MembersAndy Cohen
Michael Dahlquist
Tim Midyett
Past membersMatt Kadane
Ben Koostra
Joel RL Phelps

History

Founding: Missoula, MT (1987-1990)

Founding members Tim Midyett, Joel RL Phelps, and Andy Cohen began writing and performing under the name Ein Heit in Missoula, Montana from 1985-1987. In 1987, they adopted the name Silkworm.

Early years: Seattle

They relocated to Seattle in 1990, where they met drummer Michael Dahlquist.[3] During a radio interview on WNUR at Northwestern University Steve Albini called in as he had attended Hellgate High School the same high school as Phelps, Midyett, and Cohen. This connection led to Albini recording the band's album "In the West"[4] Phelps left the band in 1994 due to mental health issues and the rigors of touring.[5]

Chicago

Matt Kadane of Bedhead and The New Year played keyboards on Italian Platinum and It'll Be Cool. Michael Dahlquist was killed on July 14, 2005 when his car was rammed from behind by a car driven by Jeanette Sliwinski, who intended to commit suicide.[6] Douglas Meis (Exo, the Dials) and John Glick (Returnables) were also killed in the crash.[7] Midyett and Cohen went on to form Bottomless Pit.

Discography

Albums

Compilations

  • Even A Blind Chicken Finds A Kernel of Corn Now And Then: 1990-1994 (1998, Matador Records)

Singles and EPs

  • "Slipstream" b/w "Inside Outside" 7" (Punchdrunk, 1991)
  • "The Chain" b/w "Our Secret" 7" (Temporary Freedom, 1992)
  • "Violet" b/w "Around A Light" 7" (Blatant, 1993)
  • His Absence Is A Blessing 12" EP (Stampede, 1993)
  • "In The Bleak Midwinter" b/w Engine Kid's "The Little Drummer Boy" (split Christmas single, C/Z, 1993)
  • "Into The Woods" b/w "Incaduce California" 7" (Rockamundo, 1993)
  • "Couldn't You Wait" b/w "The Grand Tour" 7" (Matador, 1995)
  • "The Marco Collins Session" 7"/CD EP
  • "Quicksand" b/w "On The Road, One More Time" 7" (My Pal God, 1996)
  • "Never Met A Man I Didn't Like" b/w "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" 7" (Matador 1997)
  • "The Other Side" b/w "I Must Pianner", "I Must Prepare" 7" (Moneyshot, 1998)
  • You Are Dignified CD EP (12XU, 2003)
  • Chokes! CD EP (12XU, 2006)

References

  1. ^ Cohan, Brad (April 11, 2013). "Go Inside the Silkworm Legacy". MTVHive.com. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  2. ^ "Details on & preorders for the Silkworm 2×12" + CD "Libertine" reissue". Comedy Minus One. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  3. ^ Midyett, Tim (April 17, 1997). "Tim's History of Silkworm". Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  4. ^ Morris, Chris (January 8, 1994). "Uke-ing out a living; Silkworm turns to hometown inspiration". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  5. ^ Laugher, Nick (April 24, 2014). "Overcoming Addiction and Making Albums with Joel RL Phelps". Vice. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  6. ^ "Michael Dahlquist 1966-2005". Touch and Go Records. July 18, 2005. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  7. ^ Ritchie, Al (9 September 2005). "Rock 'n' remember". Isthmus: 24.

External links

Blueblood (album)

Blueblood is the sixth full-length studio album released by indie rock band Silkworm. Unlike other Silkworm releases, it was not recorded by their long-time engineer Steve Albini, though he is credited with mixing the record (he would record the band again on their next album Lifestyle). It is the band's first album released on Touch and Go Records.

Developer (album)

Developer is the fifth full-length studio album released by indie rock band Silkworm. It was their second and final album released on Matador Records before they moved to Touch and Go.

Firewater (Silkworm album)

Firewater is the fourth full-length studio album released by indie rock band Silkworm. It was engineered by Steve Albini, who worked on most of the band's recorded work. The album was recorded and released two years after guitarist/vocalist Joel RL Phelps left the band, leaving the remaining members to record this album as a trio. It would be the band's first album released on Matador Records.

In the West

For the posthumous Jimi Hendrix live album, see Hendrix in the West.In the West is the second full-length album released by indie rock band Silkworm. It is the band's first full-length album to be produced by their long-time friend Steve Albini; the first official recording that the band recorded with him was the His Absence Is A Blessing EP.

In March 2019, Comedy Minus One announced they would be pressing "In The West" on vinyl for the first time later in the year to celebrate the album's 25th anniversary.

It'll Be Cool

It'll Be Cool is the ninth and last full-length album released by indie rock band Silkworm before drummer Michael Dahlquist was killed in a car wreck. Released on September 14, 2004, it is the band's fourth and last album released on Touch and Go Records. The album was recorded by Steve Albini. Matt Kadane from Bedhead and The New Year played keyboards on this album.

Italian Platinum

Italian Platinum is the eighth full-length album released by indie rock band Silkworm. It is the band's third album released on Touch and Go Records. Like their previous album Lifestyle, Steve Albini and his girlfriend Heather Whinna recorded and produced the album respectively. Matt Kadane from Bedhead and The New Year played keyboards on this album.

Libertine (album)

Libertine is the third full-length studio album by indie rock band Silkworm. It was released in 1994 on El Recordo. This was their last recorded release before guitarist/vocalist Joel RL Phelps left the band.

A remastered and expanded 2x12" + CD reissue of this record including the group's "Marco Collins Sessions" and two additional tracks was issued by Comedy Minus One in May 2014.

Lifestyle (album)

Lifestyle is the seventh studio album by American indie rock band Silkworm. It was released on August 8, 2000 by the independent record label Touch and Go Records, making it their second on that label. After 1998's self-produced Blueblood, the band's friend and longtime recording engineer Steve Albini again returned to record the album, which was also produced by his girlfriend Heather Whinna.

Silkworm (disambiguation)

The silkworm (Bombyx mori) is the larva or caterpillar of a moth that is very important economically as the producer of silk.

Silkworm or The Silkworm may also refer to:

Silkworm (missile), a Chinese-built anti-ship cruise missile

Silkworm (band), an indie rock band

Silkworm (video game), a sidescrolling video game

Brocade Communications Systems Brocade SilkWorm (computing), a make of fibre channel network switch

The Silkworm, a 2014 mystery novel written by J. K. Rowling under the pen-name "Robert Galbraith"

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