For a while there, duo Ross Wariner and Cody Uhler — plus the grip of locals they employed under the Kindercastle umbrella — comprised one of the most promising young outfits in the local rock scene. Then they up and called it quits. ... And then, when we all least expected it, Kindercastle announced their triumphant return, marking the occasion with the release of their second full-length album, Number B, via local label YK Records. ... The brand-new numbers feature the graceful electronic flourishes and string arrangements Wariner has made his trademark in Uncle Skeleton. Number B is a complex collection of co-dependent systems — a skeleton of familiar electronic pop topped with ethereal, alien flesh and subtle adornments. It’s ELO for computer nerds, or perhaps Depeche Mode for fans of ‘60s and ‘70s sunshine pop (Beach Boys, Harry Nilsson, et al.).
But wait, there's more! Here's what Adam Gold once said about Codaphonic:
A longstanding — albeit underappreciated — fixture of the local rock scene, Codaphonic are one of Nashville’s most reliably enjoyable bands. That is, if you enjoy ever-fetching hooks, smart arrangements and solid backbeats. Helmed by jovial mustachioed singer, songwriter and guitarist Cody Newman, Codaphonic combine Nick Lowe’s brand of jaunty pure pop with some classic — i.e. ’90s — indie-rock sensibilities and an unabashed affinity for The Beatles. While Newman’s catchy riffs and lean pop ditties are adorned with a heaping helping of ooh-la-la harmonies, heartstring-plucking horns and the glimmer of a tambourine or two, those elements never misdirect or overtake the tunes, always succeeding to serve their simple pleasures. Likewise, Codaphonic aren’t a band prone to stylish gimmicks, grand gestures or artifice — just strong, smile-inducing songs to better your days. And those never go out of style.
And finally, I listened to Shaboi's Halloween-themed Curse Walk back when I was doing that A Record a Day project of mine. Here's a little somethin' from that:
... Curse Walk features everything from “funky 8-bit hip-hop (‘Rapsylvania ‘88’) to vampire trad-country swing (‘Hit the Town’).” But all foolin’ aside, the eclecticism on this release is actually impressive. Whoever this Shaboi fellow may be, he clearly has a broad palette as far as influences and skills go, and these tunes are not only funny but actually pretty catchy on occasion. From time to time I enjoy heartily mirthful records, and this one’s certainly good for a Halloween-mood-inducing chuckle, not to mention a few sick beats and a lovely arrangement or two.
The above poster, which was designed by Eades and Amir Raissian and printed by Grand Palace, will be for sale at the show. See more details via Yewknee.