Interview: Goldfrapp

March 6th, 2008 by

Alison Goldfrapp is exhausted. It’s the end of a non-stop week of press around Europe, that could justify diva antics, but instead she’s pleasant and just a smidge grumpy, but then she and Will Gregory have waited for an hour for State after a delayed flight. Thankfully Seventh Tree, their fourth album, makes for good […]

Interview: The Jimmy Cake

March 6th, 2008 by

You’d imagine it would be hard to lose something that has 18 legs, a combined weight of over 80 stones and more instruments than the Moscow Symphony Orchestra , but Dublin’s finest avant-garde instrumental music collective The Jimmy Cake have been conspicuous by their absence for half a decade. Sure there was the odd live […]

State Magazine Issue One out now!

March 5th, 2008 by

The day has finally arrived. Issue One has left the State nest and flown around the country to as many shops, newsagents, petrol stations and magazine outlets as possible. We are very very proud to finally share it with you all.

NME Awards: Shock and Snore

March 3rd, 2008 by

The NME Shockwave (very important that bit) Awards came into my life not by design but by accident. Having found myself in the relatively rare situation of being awake late on a Friday night (parent of a certain age and all that) and discovering that ‘Later’ was full of jazz..

State Magazine – Issue One

February 26th, 2008 by

As I write, we’re spending a – shall we say focused – Tuesday afternoon in the State offices applying the finishing touches to the first issue of State Magazine, so it seems like as good a time as any to let you know a little of what is coming your way.

The Brits 2008

February 21st, 2008 by

The biggest night in UK music awards ceremonies, The Brits took place last night. Phil spent the night watching it.

Podcast: The Meteors, Choice Music Prize and Ham Sandwich

February 19th, 2008 by

Our first podcast in the series of round-table informal discussions on the topics of the day kicks off with a look back at Friday night’s Meteor Music Awards 2008 with Ham Sandwich in the studio as guests and a look forward to the Choice Music Prize event.

Video: Sidi Touré on the Take-Away Shows

February 19th, 2008 by

The Take-Away crew travel to Mali to meet African blues-folk musician Sidi Touré to film a captivating set of songs shot on the streets of his desert neighboorhood. Absolutely breathtaking.

Tabloid Hell

February 7th, 2008 by

For those operating in the world of tabloid journalism, the last few weeks in the world of music have been manna from heaven. Seldom have so many pop stars slide into the world of disaster at the same time – from Amy and her drug dabbling, Cheryl and her errant husband (pop and football – result) and Britney and, well, everything.

Interview: Vampire Weekend

February 6th, 2008 by

It is somewhat apt that Vampire Weekend have just got their daily nutrition dose at a Turkish restaurant in Hamburg. Defying the conventions of their Columbia University education, they nosh down on some tasty kebabs, as opposed to munching preppy salads.

Interview: Foals

February 1st, 2008 by

State speaks to Foals keyboardist Edwin Congreave about their upcoming album Antidotes, recording in New York and working with Four Tet.

Feature: Moving Pictures

January 28th, 2008 by

Have you been perturbed by Prison Break? Tickled pink by Family Guy? Frustrated by Lost? Chances are, you’ve watched at least one of those shows on DVD, the perfect medium for TV shows.

State Mix #1: Nouveaunoise

January 24th, 2008 by

The inaugural mix in what we intend will be a long-running series for State, where we ask artists to submit exclusive mixes for download.