Welcome to the web site for Silkworm (1987-2005).
R. I. P.
MICHAEL JERMAN DAHLQUIST
22 DEC 1965 - 14 JULY 2005
Well, here we are, on the 2nd anniversary of Michael's death. It seems that everyone I know has made it through these first couple of years, which is a relief to say the least. I wouldn't have put money on that happening. It's been tremendously difficult at times.
That said, a few positive things have, against all odds, come out of this awful circumstance. Most of the people I know look at their own lives a little differently (in a good way), and I find myself closer than ever to the people I love.
I have made a couple of tiny changes to the shop section. No more black L tees, and precious few of many other things. The physical shop has been reorganized in my new house--the order process should be much less laborious (many of you have been incredibly patient, and I apologize for the delays you have endured).
Anyway, I will fill orders much more quickly now, and I welcome any of them you send our way. I will be adding some special things in the coming months, just to see if anyone wants them.
I will update re the upcoming Bottomless Pit record in the next week.
Very best and much love to you all,
The final Silkworm record is a 6-song EP called Chokes.
It will be released to the general public on 6 Dec 2006, but you can order it now and get it in a couple weeks from 12XU Direct.
Listen to the first track--"Bar Ice"--here.
I would like to thank our good friends Gerard Cosloy and Steve Albini for their steadfast support and encouragement. Without Gerard and Steve, there's a good chance this record would never have come out.
The best thing on it is probably the last song, which is a live cover of Bob Dylan's "Spanish Harlem Incident," played by the Crust Brothers and sung by Mikey. That song was handpicked by him as his set piece for that show, and somehow that song defines him almost completely in my mind. It's a wonderful performance, and I am reminded every time I hear it of how profoundly and deeply I loved Michael.
Bottomless Pit music can be heard here.
The rather astounding 2CD Silkworm tribute record is, to the best of my knowledge, still available here.
Very best to you,Tim
Thanks to everyone who came to see us at the Touch and Go 25th Anniversary event this weekend. It was a strange experience for several reasons, but ultimately it was rewarding to spend Saturday with our friends and put a marker on the end of the band. I knew it would be heavy emotionally, and I hope it was good musically as well!
Bottomless Pit will start a month of shows all over the place on Wednesday--last-minute show in Chicago. Details here.
Click here for new Bottomless Pit dates.
Click here to preorder the 2CD Silkworm tribute record.Thank you to everyone who has sent or is sending video footage. It is much appreciated.
In the service of a curious filmmaker, I have been asked to put out a call for any live footage of SKWM. I have very, very little of this kind of thing. Photos would probably also be welcome. Just contact me at tim at silkworm dot net if you have anything, and we can go from there.
I heard a number of tracks from the tribute record in the last week, and they're kind of astonishing. I didn't expect to even like them very much, to tell you the truth. But I like them very much.
The final SKWM record is in the offing, as before. Provisional title: Chokes.
Finally, please watch for somewhat significant additions to this site in the near future.
More later. Best to you all.
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