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.

Interview: Hot Chip

January 23rd, 2008 by

Never let it be said that Hot Chip aren’t averse to sexing up a dancefloor every once in a while: think, if you will, of the sun-drenched, sensual sheen of the breakthrough track ‘(And I Was A) Boy From School’, or the hypnotic, snake-hipped single ‘Over & Over’. However, it transpires in our exclusive Irish chat with vocalist/keyboardist Alexis Taylor that he’s very much a ‘lights out’ kind of guy.