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]

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


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]


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.




  • 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)


  1. ^ Cohan, Brad (April 11, 2013). "Go Inside the Silkworm Legacy". 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.

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