photo by Mr. King
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is
Dead Man’s Blues by Bottomless Pit from the 2007 album Hammer of the Gods on Comedy Minus One.
In 2005, following the death of drummer Michael Dahlquist, the longtime indie-rock band Silkworm disbanded. Silkworm members Tim Midgett and Andy Cohen needed little time to snag ex-Seam drummer Chris Manfrin and .22 bassist Brian Orchard to form Bottomless Pit. Hammer of the Gods marks the band’s debut and the first release for the New Jersey record label. The title may seem familiar as it belongs to a book about Led Zeppelin, a band, like Silkworm, that dissolved following the death of its drummer. To mark the occasion of the CD’s release, the band released a double 12″ (45rpm) vinyl version one month prior. Fans of Silkworm won’t be surprised to hear the elements of classic rock and post-punk filtered through Midgett’s and Cohen’s alternating vocals. For everyone else, a fabulous journey awaits in the form of samples on the band’s website and a documentary recalling the Silkworm years, entitled Couldn’t You Wait?, expected to be released by mid-2008. While the band has only one live date currently scheduled and their MySpace page, you can bet that Bottomless Pit will head out on the road in summer of 2008. For now, here’s a performance Tim and Andy did for Touch & Go’s 25 Anniversary in 2006 mixed in with a bit of interview: