Welcome to the web site for Silkworm (1987-2005).
R. I. P.
MICHAEL JERMAN DAHLQUIST
22 DEC 1965 - 14 JULY 2005
The rock show at the Crocodile was fun. The band that opened -
who was it? Diane Izzo, she was good, I mean, it's basically Diane
Izzo and her band. She was good. She didn't like us much, I don't
think, but I liked her. I liked her voice. Joel played well but
he went on a rant, he got into it with some woman in the crowd
who wanted a minute of silence for the people of Kosovo and Joel
had no patience for her, he went off, and she went off and everyone
was yelling and it was pretty tense. Not intense, just tense. I was pleased when it was over. We played pretty well, we played
a bunch of new songs, six new songs, and everyone said they were
immediately enjoyable, as opposed to our normal stuff which everyone
thinks is senseless garbage when they first hear it. So that was
Portland wasn't as good as Seattle. It's funny, last time we played
in Seattle (as Silkworm anyway) stunk, and last time we played in Portland was great. So my expectations
for Seattle this time around were minimal, and my expectations
for Portland were relatively high. So Seattle was great, and Portland,
oh, Portland kinda sucked. We drove the kids away. It was a long
night, a late night, I was tired, everyone was driving me crazy,
I hadn't eaten in days, I drank too much, these chicks were driving
me crazy, Andy grabbed me, I pushed him away but he wouldn't leave
me alone, the soundman hated me and the whole night just stunk.
Oh it wasn't that bad but it wasn't as great as I would have like
it to be.
We did come up with these six songs though, I mean Andy and Tim
came up with the songs and I figured out how to get the folks
dancin' when we play them, and they sound good. We'll record them
in August and put them out sometime after that. But the big news,
really is that:
- Tim and Vicky bought a house in Rainier Valley;
- I got more stuff to do at work and I'm busy as hell;
- Andy's made it to his third quarter at Chicago Law and shows few
signs of giving up.
That's all the really big news. When Tim and Vick are moved in
we'll move the studio from my place to their place. Then maybe
I'll make a workshop and refinish those kitchen chairs I bought
two years ago. Until then, I'll try to mention any new excitement
on this page. Next big thing is in August, but I won't tell you
about it until I get the details. I think it has something to
do with Canada.
RED STARS THEORY HAS CANCELED THEIR OPENING SLOT ON THURSDAY AT
THE CROCODILE! INSTEAD, JOEL R.L. PHELPS WILL OPEN THE SHOW WITH
A STIRRING SOLO ACOUSTIC SET!
That's all I'll add for now. I'm being run ragged this week. More
next week. But on with the old crud...
My intention to rewrite this page weekly has fallen by the wayside,
I'm afraid. WHAT A SHOCKER. I'll try to pick up the slack. I mean,
what am I supposed to write about? Work? My cats? Forget it! There's
nothing to say! I mean, I could make shit up, but who wants to
hear it? You want action!
Well, wouldn't you know, there's some action coming up. Andy,
lover of poop jokes, is coming to town next weekend. We're going to practice playing
rock music! We're going to practice and practice, and get better
at it! We'll play some old songs, and some new songs too! And
to show you we've improved, we're going to perform a couple of
times, I am not shitting you we are going to perform a couple of times. We're playing on the 25th of March (that's a Thursday) at the
Crocodile Cafe in Seattle. We're also playing on the 26th of March (that's a
Friday) at EJ's in Portland. THIS IS SO MUCH ACTION I KNOW IT IS HARD TO BEAR!
In Seattle we're playing with... well, I thought we were playing
with Red Stars Theory, but we might be playing with something
or someone called "Diane Izzu". I'm sure I'll soon be enlightened
as to the truth; hopefully I'll get around to posting it here
before the show is over. In Portland we're playing with OH I DON'T
KNOW WHO WE'RE PLAYING WITH. I don't research these things. I
don't! I'll find out who we're playing with and let you know.
I actually had a dream about the Portland show last night - we
were playing with three other bands, meaning we weren't going
to go on until about 4:00 in the morning. Fuck that! Next thing,
I was zipping up to Seattle on my little motorbike, which would
go about 20 MPH on the freeway, even slower going uphill. But
it was fun! And when I woke up this morning I immediately wanted
a little scooter.
Okay, I think I've told you enough. I'll add to this when I learn
the truth. Until then, you're welcome to visit the homepage archives, or even look at yet another photograph of the Crust Brothers in Seattle. That should keep you for a
few days, at least.
You know how it is when you decide you're going to do something, then you don't
do it, then you decide again that you're going to do it, and again you don't do it,
and pretty soon the thing has gone undone for so damn long that the thought of doing
it is overwhelming because you know it's going to take a whole weekend and you just
don't have that much time to spare?
It doesn't matter. Let me get you up-to-date. I don't expect it'll be too difficult.
Last I said anything at all on this site was just before the Crust Brothers shows,
12-30-98 and 1-1-99. Ooh! The shows were fun. I say "Ooh!" because I'd
like to put some of the show up here for people to listen to, but I can't get my
damn computer to behave. Ooh! It's very annoying. Oh! But I've got pictures!
At any rate, the shows were lots of fun. I thought the Seattle show was better. I
mean, I had more fun playing at the Seattle show. But then, in Vancouver, we played
for about four hours and I got into singing more, but I think I kinda sucked. I mean,
I got through it, but it was a struggle at times. Seattle was a breeze. But oh, I had such a fine time in Vancouver! We played our show and spent the next day (Saturday) eating and shopping and just foolin' around. It was ideal. It was so fine. I have never had a vacation before and now that I have had one I want to do it again.
There was a review of the Seattle show in the Weekly (Seattle yuppie mag) by someone who'd been looking
forward to the show - I guess she felt bad, having missed the first one year before
last - and she hated it. I think she didn't like Creedence so much, and she thought
we were hacking around and being, I don't know, self-indulgent? something like that.
It was the only review I read, though I looked for more. All I could see were the
folks in the front row, and they were gettin' down.
Tim and I are going to get together and actually work on some new songs. Andy's
in Chicago going through hell, trying to decide if it's worth $100,000 of debt to
sweat and worry for three years before getting a law degree that you're not even
sure you want. Shit! I don't blame him. But then, it takes me two months of solid
procrastination to update a one-page website, so perhaps he and I are different in
So: we're rockin' out soon. Maybe someday I'll put a song from the last Crust
Brothers show up here somewhere. And sometime in March, late March I think, Andy's
coming back for Spring Break and we'll play a show at the Crocodile. How's that for action! A rock show!
Okay, I'm leaving this for now. There will be more in the future, of course. If
you want to see the old home page, it's here. Maybe I'll
start archiving these things every week or two. Perhaps that will trick you into
thinking that the site is being meticulously maintained.
I've updated the upcoming shows section with a little more stuff about the Crust Brothers shows. If you're thinking of coming in from out of town to see the show(s), you should have a look.
We've actually started practicing! We're sounding about as good as we did last time, which is either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your perspective. I've realized how much my vocal technique benefits from the use of high-quality tequila. Steven was stuck briefly in the snow between Idaho and Seattle, but we should be able to get in a couple full-band practices before the Break Room show on Wednesday. Honestly, I think of that show as practice, though it should be all sorts of fun. The Seattle show is practice for the Vancouver show, and the Vancouver show is mainly an excuse to shop. That's why you know both shows will be a hoot.
There's a rant by Greil Marcus in the latest Interview Magazine about Marquee Mark (that's the Crust Brothers' bootleg). He says our version of "Heard it throught he Grapevine" may be the best ever! Beat that, Interference!
Now back to the old, old, old stuff....
I'm finally back home and settled down enough to do something new here. The tour was fairly succesful and thoroughly enjoyable. Andy's in Chicago but we're keeping in touch. And the big thing, the thing you're all justifiably thrilled about, is that we actually have Crust Brothers CDs available. No shit! And of course they sound great, I've told you about them, you've heard about them, you can read something about the show if you haven't already, and if you like, you can hear a song in Real Audio. Don't let this fool you, the actual CD sounds blistering hot.
The tour journal is up, of course, and I keep rewriting stuff to make it more funny and more explicit. I'm still waiting for Marc Attenberg to write about our day off in NYC. I think I'll be waiting for quite some time.
Tim Cook of Money Shot records is in the process of releasing a trio of singles: one EinHeit single, one Joel Phelps single, and one Silkworm single. The Silkworm single has just been released, and it's a real charmer. The cover is a stunning blueprint-style rendition of my tiny basement where we recorded the single, Blueblood, and lots of other stuff to come. The songs are a few outtakes from Blueblood which I think stand out pretty well for various charming reasons. Check it out man.
Tim, James and I (Andy's in Mexico this time) got together on the 23rd to do some recording. We did this sorta techno-funk song of Tim's, about his conversion from a to-the-bone-and-beyond carnivore to an if-it-walked-I'd-sooner-starve vegetarian. It's cute, and it's coming out at some point on this compilation being put out by some feller down Georgia way.
One thing I have added is a laff-riot story Tim wrote in an email interview the other day. Everyone loves miserable tour stories, and this one's a pearl.
Oh, by the way: if you want to find In The West and have been having a hard time, go to www.cdnow.com. They claim to have it in stock, and are selling it for $13.49. That's not so bad, is it? We don't have any to sell, sadly.
Tim, James and I (Andy's in Missoula) spent Saturday August 1st recording a song for the My Pal God Records' Christmas compilation. Goofy, huh? It's a Big Star/Barry Manilow sort of thing. Charming. So after that, I worked my tail off trying to get the site updated and ready for our trip down the West Coast.
Tim brought by a copy of the Japanese release of Developer, right? Well, shit! It's got FIVE extra tracks! And they're funky and wierd, and not so bad! I could hardly remember some of them. I'm not going to write about it anywhere else, so I'll tell you what they are: "Ogilvie," "Dead Hair," "Stray Bullets," "Bones," and "Numbered." I know we've played a few of these live, though not for a while. Wierd, huh? Old songs, back to life. Anyhow, you can ordered this thing for about a bazillion dollars through CD Europe.
This was mentioned on the mailing list, and I'll mention it again here: Tim's started writing a record review column for an online magazine called Pandemonium. It's called $2.99 Wax Necessities. A thouroughly enjoyable read, and updated much more frequently than anything at this site, I'll tell you that much.
Blueblood has been released. As of July 21st, it is officially available, and should be in stores everywhere and is probably for sale all over the place.
I know there were a few folks at the record release party and rock show on July 25th. It was sort of a trauma for those of us onstage. It's strange, some nights you feel okay, but there are just too many little things which add up to a not-so-pleasant experience performing. Folks in attendance enjoyed it, thank God. Those that didn't leave immediately, I mean. You can read one attendee's description on the Message Board.
As many of you know by now, that wasn't our only rock show. The tour dates for our East Coast tour are pretty much set, enough so that I don't feel uncomfortable posting them here. They're also included in the last two of Tim's email list updates, but I'll be damned if I'm going to put all that crap together without having some wierd computer program do it for me but I just haven't been able to make the damned thing work yet. Shit.
The other month I got around to getting a track from the Ein Heit show to put up here. It's called Summer, it was the opening number. It's in Real Audio, so I apologize for the sound quality, but hope you enjoy it.
One Joey Shears sent in a nearly
complete lyrics sheet for Even a Blind
Chicken etc. etc., which is a pretty remarkable achievement. It's
great to get help when you need it.
Oh, but here's something: a young collegiate requested removal from Tim's mailing list. I've posted his request for your enjoyment.
And something more, also from Tim: A BIG LONG TOUR DIARY from 1993! Now that's a treat. This was when we tried wearing suits for a while. Shit!
The "acoustic" show at the University of Washington went surprisingly
well. You can read
about it in the News
section -- yes, I have finally added something to the News section. That
is because there is now some news. Before there was none.
Now that Andy's figured out what he's doing with his life, we're almost able to pin down some tour dates. We figure on doing the West Coast in August, the Midwest and East Coast in September. I can't leave so long that I'll get fired, but I can get a good few weeks in with no troubles. There will, of course, be constant updates, and a knee-slapping account of all the ongoing excitement of a Silkworm tour, at this site. So watch for it.
The latest: Andy's finally decided on a law school, and Tim's sent a new mailing list update.
I'm left speechless in the wake of the Ein Heit show. It was tremendous. I'm hurting from it. I have to go to my Mom's house, it's Mother's day you know. I'll write about it later on tonight. If you were there and would like to blab about it, send a message my way and I'll post it. Please say anything you like, harsh criticism is gratefully accepted.
We decided to take full advantage of John K's visit & record a single. Tim Cook's been threatening to release a 3-single series: one by Silkworm, one by Ein Heit, and one by Joel Phelps. So we spent the last couple days getting the Ein Heit third out of the way, recording two songs those of you who were at the show might recall: "Replay," and "Limelight," which you've heard a little bit about if you've been watching the news here. We recorded at Ballarat, and it came out sounding good. John drove himself mad with his unflagging perfectionism, but in the end, everything, aside from a smoking mixing board and a lawn full of cigarette butts, worked out fine. It was nice to have a two-day party in the basement, the music is good, Tim's single onslaught is on its way, and now it's all over and I can get some sleep.
Thanks to the gracious persistence of Shawn Anderson, I've finally figured out how to make Real Audio sound okay. I remember listening to a track off of "In The West" from C/Z's website about 3 years ago and being horrified. It's not quite so horrifying these days. So if you find something that claims to be sound and you can't hear it, go to Real Audio and download the player.
In fact, pretty soon I'll have to make some sort of a sound section or something. I've actually posted a Crust Brothers song now, which you can listen to by clicking here. It sounds like shit, I mean, it's a Real Audio file made from a tape that sounds, you know, okay, but anyhow, it's hard to find this music, so you may as well listen to it.
I put a brief history of Silkworm on the News page. Tim wrote it last year sometime; I'll pester him to update it. If you read the history here, and then read the few-years-old-but-extensive interview by Eric Bradford from Thicker, you will know all there is to know about Silkworm circa 1996 or so.
Oh, and now I've added Tim's Travis Bean story, as well. It's inspirational. You should read it.
I don't know if anyone's discovered this yet, but the picture above has links in it to pages with crap regarding Andy, Tim, and Michael. There's actually very little there right now; but I've got big plans, of course. Andy's page has a couple of comical sound clips from a trip we took to New York a few years back, courtesy of Cory Rayborn.
We got a test pressing for Blueblood the other day. I talk about it briefly in the news section. And look, now you can hear it! Sure, it's just the first chord, but what the hell.
If you have any problems with the site, broken links or bad juju or if you have a hard time finding your way around, or if you think I should add -- forgive me for suggesting it -- a chat room, you can send email here.
Most, if not all, of the photographs at this site were taken by Mike Hoffman, who can be reached at email@example.com.
Brian Eck used to maintain a swell site for us, but he's gotten bogged down in God knows what & has asked if we might take it over, and so we have.
Thanks for visiting. I'm planning to post frequent updates, so check back.
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