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Featured Video: Daedelus & Taz Arnorld - Vote Obama!
Taz Arnord from Sa-Ra and Daedelus have teamed up again for the Vote Obama music video. With cameos from too many folks to mention, this video is a dedication to LA, the mobilization of youth, and of course Barack Obama!!
Fingertips Explores the Archives: The A-Sides - Sidewalk Chalk
I like how the garagey stomp that opens this song is incorporated into a shimmeringly upbeat bit of neo-power pop--it sounds cool, and also encapsulates this Philadelphia band's approach, which seems to draw simultaneously from two divergent '60s sounds: garage-rock psychedelia (think Nuggets) on the one hand, glistening orchestral pop (think Pet Sounds) on the other. The interesting result of this particular blend is how much more emerges in the sound beyond mere revival of the A-Sides' seemingly obvious, and admirable, influences (Kinks, Who, Beach Boys). Tuning more carefully in to the song's various charms--including a smiley descending melody and some great guitar interplay (Beatley lines contrasting with psychedelic howling)--I sensed the influences and confluences multiply.