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Good Morning Radio

by Codaphonic

Straight-forward pop/rock in the tradition of artists like The Beatles, Harry Nilsson, XTC, and Ben Folds.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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1. Good Morning Radio
4:53 $0.99
2. Hollawalla Omacalla Wee
3:31 $0.99
3. Can We Talk?
4:27 $0.99
4. Hearts Will Roll
2:58 $0.99
5. Don't Be Suprised
3:47 $0.99
6. Ritalin
4:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
Codaphonic offers up seemingly straight-forward pop/rock in the tradition of artists like The Beatles, Harry Nilsson, XTC, and Ben Folds. Their songs, penned by frontman Cody Newman, are “filled with catchy hooks, strong melodies, and enough ‘ooh’s and ‘aah’s to break through the deepest gloom” (Jack Silverman, Nashville Scene). But like their aforementioned influences, Codaphonic’s music goes deeper than it’s bouncy pop exterior. The lyrics can be introspective and ironic, but always heartfelt and often humorous. The subject matter ranges from re-occurring dreams, to falling in love, to being an outsider, to social comment as in "Ritalin", a piercing take on "drug culture" delivered with a cheery horn section and a wicked grin!

Cody Newman (guitar), Taylor Jones (bass), and Justin Harris (drums) formed Codaphonic in Nashville, TN, in the summer of 2005. Their first year was spent honing their sound and readying the release of their debut EP, "Good Morning Radio", released in late 2006. The project was completed independently with local engineers/friends Mike Paragone and David Axelrod.

Codaphonic’s music is organic and alive, constantly growing and exploring new ways in which to more fully realize their sound. However, one of the band's most endearing attributes may be simply this...they have fun and so do we!



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Nashville Scene

Good Morning Radio is a testament to the redemptive power of music.
Though Codaphonic frontman Cody Newman sings about being an outsider (a kid with no shoes, a boy with a funny name) and likes to talk about his emotions, he doesn’t sulk or self-obsess (or waste money on makeup and tragic haircuts)—he just rocks his heart. Filled with catchy hooks, strong melodies and enough sunny “ooh”s and “aah”s to break through the deepest gloom, their debut EP Good Morning Radio is a testament to the redemptive power of music. If the cover art—a bright-yellow radio with glowing suns painted on the speakers—doesn’t make that clear, the title track’s chorus will: “I was in trouble, till I heard my favorite song / It came as a warning, and I woke up singing along.” Other standouts include a cheery ode to everyone’s favorite parenting tool, “Ritalin,” and “Hollawalla Omacalla Wee,” in which the titular hero manages to turn his awkward moniker into an anthemic chorus worthy of an arena sing-along. —JACK SILVERMAN

Evolution of Media

A honey of a mini album!
Does anyone remember when pop songs were just feel good sing-a-longs with catchy choruses? Well, Codaphonic sure do. This three piece from Nashville consisting of Cody Newman (vocals/guitar), Taylor Jones (bass, vocals), and Justin Harris (drums, vocals) have created a honey of a mini album in Good Morning Radio.

From the CD cover with the day-glo radio to the title, it’s obvious that this is music screaming to be played over the airwaves. And these songs deliver: filled with hooks that won’t quit and clever lyrics (who would’ve thought to write a sing-songy ode to “Ritalin”), and sung with cheeky insouciance by Newman who has clearly done his homework in Pop 101. Take “Good Morning Radio”, with its “ooh wah” backing vocals and ringing guitar figure it is pure 1966 with a nod to the indie rock present. Or the won’t-leave-the-brain chorus of “Can We Talk?” Even the break-up song “Don’t Be Surprised” will have you singing along before you realize what it’s about. Now that’s genius.

Honestly, the last time I heard music this consistently hummable was when the Greg Kihn Band was at the height of their early 80’s glory. The comparison is apt because, like Kihn, Cody Newman is a songwriter who’s equal parts clever and vulnerable. Good Morning Radio is an excellent calling card for Codaphonic; and like Chronic Town--another mini album that announced the arrival of a certain band from Athens, GA--augurs great things for the future.

Written By: Gina Morris