Friday, midnight: while waiting to order at the bar, State is suddenly aware that pint glasses are vibrating across the counter top like wind-up toys moving hilariously to their doom. The bass frequencies are so loud that vision is blurry and the labels on the bottles stocked behind the bar are obfuscated and hallucinatory. There’s […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 â€˜Laterâ€™ was full of jazz..
As I write, weâ€™re spending a – shall we say focused â€“ 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 biggest night in UK music awards ceremonies, The Brits took place last night. Phil spent the night watching it.
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.
The Take-Away crew travel to Mali to meet African blues-folk musician Sidi TourÃ© to film a captivating set of songs shot on the streets of his desert neighboorhood. Absolutely breathtaking.
While browsing around the best independent virtual record store in the world, eMusic, I stumbled across an unreleased compilation from Road Relish entitled Roughage which collates songs from the 14 Road Relish split singles from 1999 to 2004.
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 â€“ from Amy and her drug dabbling, Cheryl and her errant husband (pop and football â€“ result) and Britney and, well, everything.
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.
State speaks to Foals keyboardist Edwin Congreave about their upcoming album Antidotes, recording in New York and working with Four Tet.