Tube :: Couldn't You Wait?

In many ways, I was quite the late bloomer. A painfully shy, lilywhite, chubby suburban kid (which, in many regards, I still am today) who put in time on the school's debate team and newspaper staff (versus football and student council), I experienced many of life's firsts past the median age for such things, id est first birthday parties, first growth spurts, first dates, first kisses, first handjobs, etc. It carried into my later high school years (by which time I'm remarkably relieved to tell you that my major firsts — yes, Mom, handjobs both included and surpassed), when I was developing a taste for underground music, indie rock in particular. By the time my senior year of high school rolled around, Pavement had split up, Archers of Loaf were on the verge of splitting (albeit amicably) and Sonic Youth had long since given up any aspirations of playing this Southern shithole.

It's no surprise, then, that it took me at least another year or so, when I was firmly entrenched in the world of college radio, before I'd even hear the name Silkworm bandied about. Perhaps indicative of its criminal underrating, it wasn't even at the radio station where I'd heard of Silkworm — indeed, it was on a short-lived WB-generated-Adult-Swim-aired cartoon series that I heard "Couldn't You Wait?", a poignant and scathingly poetic ditty that hooked me into Silkworm's angularly attractive tunes.

It's fitting, then, that the name for the upcoming Silkworm documentary is entitled Couldn't You Wait? The true definition of a cult band — most especially in the indie rock world — Couldn't You Wait? chronicles Silkworm's eighteen-year existence, from 1987 to the tragic death of drummer Michael Dahlquist in 2005, and features interviews from a damnably large number of indie rock illuminati — Stephen Malkmus makes an appearance, as do Steve Albini, Jason Molina and members of Seam, The New Year and Bush. (Remember: Andy Cohen once toured with Bush. Strange but true.) Filmmakers Seth Pomeroy and Shawn Girvan still have more than two dozen interviews left to do, so go help them in making this needs-to-be-made documentary by visiting the film's MySpace site.

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