Buddy Holly – A User’s Guide

February 3rd, 2009 by

It was 50 years ago today…the day the music died…such phrases are being bandied around today as we mark the anniversary of the death of Buddy Holly. Although one of the most influential names in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, the Holly story has been strangely neglected on a mainstream level – there […]

A brief history of Auto-Tune

February 2nd, 2009 by

Kanye West’s use of Auto-Tune on his new album sparked an online war of words between the hip-hop star and his fanbase. But just what is Auto-Tune and why does it court controversy so? The entries on Kanye West’s personal blog are mostly just pictures of expensive accessories. Recent posts include links to a solar-powered […]

Photos: Of Montreal, The Button Factory

February 2nd, 2009 by

There was palpable excitement eminating from State correspondents last week as Kevin Barnes and friends’ rock ‘n’ roll psychedelic party rolled into town once more. With a stellar live reputation and a penchant for dress-up, we knew it was going to be a gig worthy of photographic evidence. Julie Bienvenu came back from the gig […]

TV: Pete Doherty In 24 Hours

January 28th, 2009 by

It is, in these trouble times, perhaps not quite what we need right now – another MTV reality show (following in the footsteps of Kerry Katona, Flavor Flav, him out of Poison and countless other non-entities), this time however focusing on that lovable rogue / hapless fool (delete as appropriate) Pete Doherty. MTV though are […]

State Mix #7 – The Camden Slags

January 22nd, 2009 by

This first entry in 2009’s State Mix Series comes from London’s The Camden Slags with their Betamax mix. Based in the glamorous North London locale, DJ duo the Camden Slags have built a healthy reputation across the UK capital for mixing up Northern Soul, indie electro, twisted grooves, 60’s & 70’s junk shop pop, original […]

Interview: Groove Armada

January 21st, 2009 by

Following our industry-centric conversation with their manager Dan O’Neill we caught up with one half of Groove Armada, Andy Cato, in his French country-side recording studio where they are busy laying down tracks for this summers’ festival fit ‘rock n’ roll’ album. So Andy, can you see the music sharing mechanism working? We’ll see, it’s […]

First listen: U2 – Get On Your Boots

January 19th, 2009 by

In keeping with tradition ‘Get On Your Boots’ the first single from U2’s new album No Line On The Horizon was debuted on 2FM this morning by Dave Fanning. Upon first listen, the song is quite a traditional rock tune in line with the kind of song that appeared on How To Dismantle An Atomic […]

State Issue 10 & an announcement

January 14th, 2009 by

The announcement of a new issue of State is usually a cause for celebration. In this case, our tenth issue is tinged with a certain sadness. This month is a little different to what’s gone before as there will be no printed version of this issue. It has been a real year of ups and […]

Choice Music Prize nominations announced

January 14th, 2009 by

The Choice Music Prize shortlist has been announced today. The ten best albums as judged by a panel of media professionals including one of the State team is (in alphabetical order): Fight Like Apes – Fight Like Apes and the Mystery of the Golden Medallion (Model Citizen) Mick Flannery – White Lies (EMI) Halfset – […]

Interview: The Stooges

January 7th, 2009 by

Ron Asheton of The Stooges was found dead at his house in Michigan this week. He was one of the founding members and guitarist of the band . Police say he may have been dead for a number of days before he was found. The cause is said to be a heart attack. Iggy Pop […]

New Year’s Eve Recommendations

December 29th, 2008 by

As usual there’s an awful lot of musical fare on offer this New Year’s Eve but fear not, we here at State are on hand to provide you with a handy guide to how to spend the final moments of 2008. So, deep breath and away we go… Super Extra Bonus Party / Adebesi Shank […]

Might Be Giants: La Roux

December 18th, 2008 by

There has been some great synth, electro and pop treats coming out of the UK lately, like Florence and The Machine, Friendly Fires, Little Boots, Marina And The Diamonds and now La Roux. La Roux is 20 year old Brixtonite Elly Jackson’s electronic pop project. Elly’s got mad fly away hair, a penchant for ’80s […]

Interview: Q-Tip

December 16th, 2008 by

The last ten years of Kamaal ‘Q-Tip’ Fareed’s life didn’t quite go according to plan. Not that he let it bother him too much. While the path to the release of his new album The Renaissance is littered with record company knockbacks and creative control power plays, Q-Tip took it all in his stride. “A […]

Interview: Apparat

December 10th, 2008 by

Apparat – aka Sascha Ring – is bringing his Apparat Live act to Crawdaddy on Saturday 13th, expect to a see a ‘tired but happy’ electronic producer extraordinaire mingling techno, electro and pop music together in delightful ways. We caught up with him for a chinwag.. How will Apparat Live Band differ from Apparat at […]