Quick Hits & Clips: A Skylit Drive, Bell X1, Deer Tick, Shrinebuilder, Colin Munroe, The Jakes

posted January 10, 2009

  • A Skylit Drive, a six piece hardcore band from Lodi, CA, have signed to Fearless Records. The band will be entering the studio next month to record their sophomore album, expected for release in early summer. "We are very excited to sign to Fearless Records and to have the opportunity to record with Casey Bates. We are ready to work hard in 2009 and are ready to record a new album and get back on the road," says vocalist Michael Jagmin.
  • A live video of "How Your Heart Is Wired" from Bell X1's recent show at Vicar Street in Dublin is being featured on WXPN's blog.
  • Last year Deer Tick covered Sean Kingston's pop mega-hit "Beautiful Girls." Now they're doing Paul Simon. Download Deer Tick's cover of Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years."
  • Neurot Recordings have announced they'll be releasing the self-titled debut full-length from Shrinebuilder this summer. Shrinebuilder features Wino (St. Vitus, Hidden Hand), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Al Cisneros (Om, Sleep), and Dale Crover (Melvins). The band will be in the studio with Toshi Kasai (Big Business) in Los Angeles from January 9th through January 11th. Scott Kelly has announced that he will report live from the studio via blog beginning no later than Saturday, January 10th. Look for guest blogs by other members of Shrinebuilder as well as possible in-studio photos from the band.
  • Pitchfork.tv has premiered the new Colin Munroe video, "Piano Lessons," directed by Phillip Sportel. "Piano Lessons," from his mixtape "Colin Munroe is the Unsung Hero," features the production skills of accomplished Detroit artist Black Milk and a verse from lauded Brooklyn MC Joell Ortiz. Sportel was behind Munroe's "I want those Flashing Lights" as well as his cover of U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday."
  • The Jakes will be taking to the stage with Kings of Leon and The Whigs at the House of Blues in Chicago on January 24th after winning the Dare to Dream contest sponsored by Platform One. The Jakes went up against five other bands where fans got to vote for the opening band. Proceeds from the sold out show will benefit University of Chicago's state-of-the-art Comer Children's Hospital, which proudly employs teams of pediatric experts that use advanced diagnostic and medical techniques to care for children of all ages.