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Shell Zenner Presents

Greater Manchester’s most in the know radio host Shell Zenner broadcasts the best new music every week on the UK’s Amazing Radio and Bolton FM. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast right here at TVD, each and every Thursday.

“For this week’s ROTW we head to the southern hemisphere for some funk soul grooves courtesy of Harts. He’s been compared to Prince for a very good reason! I’ll be spinning three tracks from his debut album Daydreamer!

This weeks #Shellshock is by TOTAL CONTROL. It’s called ‘Glass’ and it fills my ears with energy—let’s fill yours with it too!” —SZ

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Springh,
The TVD First Date

“I have always been a vinyl fan since I was a small child, except for a small act of wanton destruction when at the age of 4. I apparently drew all over my stepfather’s vintage Grateful Dead collection which makes me cringe thinking about it. I sincerely hope that my future children do not do the same to me. Happily, the surviving records acted as a soundtrack throughout my childhood and I was always intrigued by the colourful sleeves that I wasn’t allowed to touch.”

“Later in life I discovered the joy of vinyl myself. I love the ritual of removing the record from its sleeve and the smell, particularly when it is new. I like watching the deck spin up and enjoy the crackle before the music starts.

It feels so far removed from the modern-day accessibility of endless Spotify and Soundcloud playlists where music can be very much a background experience to be passively enjoyed whilst doing other things. Vinyl is an active experience where you have to stay involved in listening because, if you are lucky enough to keep control of the record deck, you have to be ready to change to the next record.

Though I do love the sound, I can’t chime in on the sound fidelity—vinyl vs CD issue—as my favourite format in this respect is the cassette tapes of my youth which are particularly suited to Nirvana albums. Vinyl for me is very much about the experience of listening, it forces the listener to engage physically with the music. It is also finite so it is not possible to jump between songs as much as is possible online which makes it more likely that you will listen to that pesky b-side.

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Sofia,
The TVD First Date

“My Dad has an enormous vinyl collection and I remember being old enough to understand what they were and realizing how cool it is that he still has them, and in pristine condition, I must say.”

“He’s got a really extensive collection including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Woodstock Era records, Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, and that’s to name a few. Before he left Lebanon after the war broke out, he also had his parents’ collection, which have been lost with all the Jazz greats like Etta James, Nat King Cole, and Louis Armstrong.

It’s a real shame that some of those were lost, but I know he remembers all of them fondly. He loves to tell me stories about how he would go to the local record shops when he was a teenager and spend hours deciding which record would be the latest addition to his collection, back then they would sometimes have as little as ten records to chose from! It’s a big difference to the infinite amount of music we can now access on the internet, with just a click of a button.

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TVD Video Premiere: Feldspar, “Hang Your Head”

At this time of year, we can get a little nostalgic. It’s colder, the nights are longer, and it’s time to huddle into warm pubs for cosy chats over some mulled wine. Feldspar’s single “Hang Your Head” is equally reflective, but their message is a little more political, perhaps a little heavy for this time of year, but it’s important nonetheless and we should take heed.

“Hang Your Head” is the final single that completes the four single set to promote their Compass Tour. Singer Will Green explains the premise behind the single, “It’s anger at the way a select few have turned the most basic of human needs, having a roof over our heads, into a way to get rich and thereby suppress the rest of the population.” A very poignant message and one we should remember as we’re huddled in the comfort of our own homes this Christmas—not everyone is as fortunate.

The single itself is a passionate statement of intent and one of the band’s best of the Compass Tour singles. Hopefully we’ll hear more of that in 2015.

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Shell Zenner Presents

Greater Manchester’s most in the know radio host Shell Zenner broadcasts the best new music every week on the UK’s Amazing Radio and Bolton FM. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast right here at TVD, each and every Thursday.

“For this week’s ROTW we hurdle across Yorkshire from Sheffield to Leeds to another band I’m rate keen on! They’ve been special to my ears since the first handful of tracks I played on radio—they are Hookworms and their second album The Hum is another incredible release. I’ll be playing three tracks tonight.

This week’s #Shellshock is by Kate Boy. It’s called ‘Open Fire’ and it fills my ears with energy—let’s fill yours with it too!” —SZ

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White Ape,
The TVD First Date

“The first record I ever bought myself was Francois Hardy’s “Autumn Rendezvous” EP for 10p in Oxfam. It was scratched to hell with no sleeve but I loved having my own record that I could play. Sadly destroyed when, aping Woody Pop’s Record Graveyard, I pretended to break it over my knee and accidentally…broke it over my knee.”

“Sunday dinner at my grandparents’ house, my parents would play either Sgt. Pepper’s or The Best of Nat King Cole, Vol. 2 (I don’t know what had happened to Vol. 1 if they ever had it). Sgt Pepper’s drew an incredibly vivid world for a little kid. “Lucy In The Sky” beguiled and spooked me, such a fascinating world but somehow sinister in a way I couldn’t put my finger on. The whole album has a whirling, kaleidoscopic carnival atmosphere undercut with glimpses of darkness: the guy who dies on the operating table in “Good Morning, Good Morning,” the anguished, abandoned parents in “She’s Leaving Home” and of course, “A Day In The Life,”—they’re just such incredibly rich songs and to hear them on vinyl through decent speakers sounded like nothing I’ve heard before or since.

Nat King Cole’s voice is impossibly smooth. For me—and all respect due to the Rat Pack—he’s the best crooner bar none. There’s a real haunting melancholy to his slower stuff—to hear him sing “Ballerina” or “Smile” is so touching, the reserve and quiet dignity in his voice makes the sadness that much more poignant.”
Tom

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Shell Zenner Presents

Greater Manchester’s most in the know radio host Shell Zenner broadcasts the best new music every week on the UK’s Amazing Radio and Bolton FM. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast right here at TVD, each and every Thursday.

“My ROTW is from a Sheffield band that I’m quite keen on! I gave their first single its debut airplay on Amazing Radio and they’ve just released their debut album on Heist Or Hit Records, rejoice for High Hazels! I’ll be spinning three tracks as usual!

This week’s #Shellshock is by Braves, a band from down under and it’s the title track from their latest release Seapunk, and it fills my ears with energy—let’s fill yours with it too!” —SZ

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The Single Girl: Remembering August, “Brother” EP

Having impressed audiences with their single “Stay,” this Welsh duo’s second EP is impressive for this young twosome. The “are they/are they not a couple,” Jessie Jallett and Luke Searle met whilst studying music technology in Bridgend, South Wales.

The EP is a real focus on their connection as a music making duo, and their chemistry is electrifying. Although there may be a slight folky edge to this EP, Remembering August have modernised the genre, injecting an exuberance into each track. “Brother” is honest and down to earth, whilst “Stay” stabs you in the heart (in all the best ways).

Fans of Milo Greene and The Civil Wars will especially enjoy this young duo’s second musical offering. It’s an exciting time for Remembering August—if this EP is anything to go by, there will be nothing but good things to follow.

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UK Artist of the Week: Petter Carlsen

Norway’s Petter Carlsen releases his third album Sirens this week. Carlen’s unique voice, harrowing lyrics, and beautiful melodies have become his calling card but Sirens is even deeper—it’s a more personal record as Petter says some of it was inspired “by a girl.”

It’s easy to compare Petter to fellow Scandinavian bands like Mew as he bends electronic and organic elements together creating a compelling sound, but it’s the more intricate moments that are the most inspiring.

The album is released on UK indie label Function Records and is available as of yesterday.

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Needle Drop: Miss Kenichi, “The Ghost”

Miss Kenichi is Katrin Hahner from Berlin. She’s about to release her third album, The Trail on Sinnbus—eleven tracks that explore nature, emotion, and delve deep into Katrin’s introspective side.

“The Ghost,” unlike her last single, “Who Are You” is a little more direct. Katrin stares directly into the camera, she commands your attention, and it’s another side to the artist that we haven’t yet seen. The music has more purpose here and as the melody drives on, we see a man running through a field. Katrin is obscured, we’re not sure if he sees her or not…is she “the ghost?”

It’s uncertain what message Katrin is sending, but that’s the charm—it’s almost better that we don’t know, and we just take this beautiful journey with her.

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