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[Video Premiere] Alnilam – Lilac

Today we have the pleasure of premiering the music video for Santa Monica quartet Alnilam’s debut single “Lilac”. The bands sound blurs the line between ambient folk and dream pop, delivering ethereal ear worms which convey a deep passion for the natural world and it’s cosmic surroundings – the name Alnilam is derived from the Arab word which means “string of pearls” and is associated with middle star in Orion’s Belt.

The band members mysterious origins range from Turkey to Costa Rica and all that is really known about Alnilam’s inception is that they found each other in LA early last year and released a series of demos on their Soundcloud. The demos found instantaneous reception on the platform, garnering comparisons to bands like Beach House and The Cranberries as well as 1960’s vocalists like Nico and Marianne Faithfull. Lead singer Elena Pinto is quick to shrug off the retro comparisons.  “When I was little I lamented the 60’s were over and I had missed them” she recalls. “Now we find ourselves in another time of change and we all have a chance to be a part of it.”

Alnilam’s debut LP, Indigo Sky, will be released November 13th.


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“Dreams” – Passion Pit (The Cranberries Cover)

OMG. I don’t say that term. But this is deserving of a flat out OMG. The Cranberries were my FAVORITE band growing up. Put it this way-I didn’t listen to Raffi. I listened to The Cranberries. Passion Pit, who apparently have been covering this song at a ton of their concerts, decided to record this in a studio and feature it on their reissue of their album, Manners. It’s crazy that dudes can sing this song just about as well as Delores can! Now, I must say, it would have been crazy to have been at a Passion Pit concert and to be surprised by this cover, since I love this song so much, but meh…it’s cool. I’m just glad to have heard this. Thanks, Passion Pit, for bringing back some GREAT memories!

Download “Dreams”

audio via Tympanogram

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The Cranberries are reuniting and going on tour!

Yeah…my absolute favorite band growing up…THEY’RE REUNITING! Making new songs AND going on tour. I would LOVE to catch a show. All I know right now is that the first show is in London in March 2010, but I haven’t done much research yet. Yall must remember “Zombie” and “Linger,” no? Huge hits in my household!

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