Silkworm (band)

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Origin Missoula, Seattle, Chicago,
United States
Genres Indie rock
Years active 1987–2005
Labels Temporary Freedom
C/Z Records
El Recordo
Matador Records
Touch and Go Records
Comedy Minus One
Website [1]
Members Andy Cohen
Michael Dahlquist
Matt Kadane
Tim Midyett
Past members Joel RL Phelps
Ben Koostra

Silkworm was an indie rock band active from 1987 to 2005.

The members were Tim Midgett, Joel RL Phelps, Andy Cohen, and Michael Dahlquist. Phelps left the band in 1994. Matt Kadane of Bedhead and The New Year played keyboards on Italian Platinum and It'll Be Cool. Dahlquist was killed in July 2005 when his car was rammed from behind by a car whose driver intended to commit suicide.[1] Midgett and Cohen went on to form Bottomless Pit.

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, Stephen Malkmus (Pavement), Gerard Cosloy (Matador Records), Clint Conley (Mission of Burma) and other notable admirers.[2] 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.[3]



Singles and EPs[edit]

  • "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. ^ "Michael Dahlquist 1966-2005". Touch and Go Records. 18 July 2005. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Cohan, Brad (11 April 2013). "Go Inside the Silkworm Legacy". Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Details on & preorders for the Silkworm 2×12″ + CD “Libertine” reissue.". Comedy Minus One. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 

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