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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.

“On this week’s show my ROTW is Everything’s A Thread by John Steel Singers, a lovely vintage psych number of an album out on Full Time Hobby Recs. As usual I’ll be spinning three tracks!

I’ll also have my #shellshock to share with you! If you haven’t heard from Antlers, it’s called ‘Hotel’ and is perfect in every way, even down to the fact that I’m spending the best part of the next fortnight plus in said establishments! Bring on the HOLIDAY!” —SZ

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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.

“Well It’s BIG! I’ve been a fan of the Brian Jonestown Massacre for at least a decade and Anton is someone I’ve attempted to interview before, but for whatever reason have never managed to. They released their 14th studio album Revelation in May and so I thought I would combine the two into a mega-BJM segment by airing a lengthy interview with Anton from their final UK show in Liverpool from Saturday with some cuts from the latest record.

You really don’t want to miss hearing Anton talk as frankly as this—feeling like a ghost in Berlin, that drug history, the current BJM line up, and becoming a family man who relishes time watching Moomins with his son! It’s REAL. Don’t miss it.” —SZ

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UK Vinyl Video: Mano’s Daughter, “What’s A Girl Supposed To Do”

As London duo Mano’s Daughter prepare for their second EP this year – “Shiver” – the band prove that they’re one of the busiest on the indie scene with yet another sumptuous video to accompany this terrific track.

“What’s A Girl Supposed To Do” is melancholic and epic as front woman Sarah Carter mesmerises us with every word. Appearing as a bluesy, sci-fi songstress, every note is sung with with pin point passion and precision as we’re immersed with shapes, images of loneliness, and… a strange woman dressed as a bird!

This is a more mature and introspective direction for Mano’s Daughter and it could be just the trick as we’re saturated with electro pop nonsense fronted by meaningless scantily clad songbirds. Expect a deeper sound from their next EP and feel the shiver down your spine.

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The Single Girl: The Helmholtz Resonators, “Sunshine/Shadow”

GEMMA MAXWELL FOR TVD | I’m a sucker for a whimsical backstory, so when The Helmholtz Resonators’ press release landed in my inbox, I was intrigued. Describing themselves as “a renegade group of psychedelic time travelling audio scientists who have been playing and writing music together since the turn of the century” (which isn’t as long ago as I initially thought), who were these musical time travellers, would their music reflect their, obviously, playful nature, and how did they get my email?

Their double A side single “Sunshine/Shadow” loaded up to my computer, I poured myself a drink and strapped myself in, expecting some sort of Cardiacs/Captain Beefheart aural assault.

Thankfully, The Helmholtz Resonators were a lot more accessible than I anticipated, and after a couple of listens I found myself humming along to all the bells and dings of their “reclaimed” synthesiser (a Burg organ, allegedly found in a skip) and singing along with reckless abandon to their sparse, simplistic yet evidently obscenely catchy lyrics. There’s more than a hearty dash of Beta Band thrown in to the mix, and while they haven’t blown me away with their single, there is something about it that lingers long after you’ve taken it off the stereo.

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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.

“On this weeks show my ROTW is Night Time My Time by Sky Ferreira. Pushing boundaries as always, I’ll be playing three bountiful numbers from the album on the show.

I’ll also have my #shellshock to share with you! If you haven’t heard of Sun Machine, then let me introduce you. Yet another fantastic release from the Too Pure Singles Club Catalogue.

There will be the usual accompaniment of new and emerging music as I spin some of the best new Alt releases. Love music? Don’t miss it.” —SZ

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UK Vinyl Video: FUCK ART, LET’S DANCE!, “Sense”

FUCK ART, LET’S DANCE! have been busy since the release of their debut album Atlas. These boys from Hamburg have been enjoying the fruits of this summer’s live audiences around Europe, coming back to the UK in June to play GoNorth Festival in Scotland. Reports say that the boys impressed the crowds up there and as we reach the height of summer, their single “Sense” is a welcome breath of fresh air.

The video sees the boys perform in the shadows surrounded by swathes of neon. Dancers make shapes to FALD’s upbeat electro indie infused beats as they channel a sound that’s somewhere between Delphic and Foals.

The single is out now and available on iTunes. Hopefully this won’t be the last we hear from the boys before the summer ends as they prove with each single that they’re one class act.

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UK Artist of the Week: Blair Jollands

New Zealand born, London dwelling Blair Jollands has presented two tracks to us this summer in preparation for his forthcoming, as yet untitled, album. “Carve It Up” is the latest single with “My Way Home” being the preceding free track.

Singer songwriter Blair Jollands is a wistful nomad. His music floats through the breeze of life and when it catches you, you feel it passing through your very soul. The two tracks we’ve heard so far encapsulate this sound perfectly as he hones the folk undertones of Nick Drake with the aching, heartfelt emotion heard on John Frusciante’s earlier solo work.

Blair has played The Great Escape, and more recently, The Camden Crawl this year with more post summer live dates hopefully in the diary. His next album should shed more of an insight into Blair’s world as these two tracks so far are more than enough to tease.

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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.

“I’ll have my #shellshock to share with you today! If you haven’t heard the newie by Boxed In yet, YOU MUST!

There will be the usual accompaniment of new and emerging music as I spin some of the best new Alt releases. Love music? Don’t miss it.” —SZ

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UK Artist of the Week: The Helmholtz Resonators

It’s not often we get a band so fully committed to their back story that they stay in character throughout all of our dealings with them.

The Helmholtz Resonators describe themselves as “psychedelic time travelling audio scientists” and dress like Fagin’s gang, all grown up, after robbing a music shop. However, those who are expecting another Shoreditch bound skiffle retrospective can breathe a sigh of relief—these guys have made their instruments (which are mostly from the ’70s) sound like they were found in a time machine.

Inspired by the study of the acoustic sciences, and the work of Herman Von Helmholtz—Google him—their latest AA single, “Sunshine” / “Shadow” is a double-header that on the one hand captures the feeling of summer brushing against you, and on the other the all too familiar feeling of one too many at a warehouse gig. Definitely ones to check out.

You can pick up the single on the 14th July, 2014 via Genepool Records, but be warned—you’ll be humming and singing along to both tracks after your first listen, as they have a knack for creating the most delicious ear worms.

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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.

“On this week’s show my ROTW is Monomania by Deerhunter after I purchased it at Frankie & The Heartstrings Pop Records shop in Sunderland recently. I’ll be playing three lovely numbers from the album on the show and going a bit ‘far out!’

I’ll also have my #shellshock to share with you! If you haven’t heard Shopping yet, then you need this band in your life!

There will be the usual accompaniment of new and emerging music as I spin some of the best new Alt releases. Love music? Don’t miss it.” —SZ

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