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The Only Living Boy In New York:
antony & the johnsons I RELAN D’S MUSIC PAYLOAD
dengue fever East meets West
autotune The Future Is Now
Will Be the year of Villagers, Heathers, Annie Mac, Prince Kong, Adebesi Shank, Kill Krinkle Club, Katie Kim, Sineád Ní Mhórdha plus a host of other illuminations
Out On A Limb incoming:
The Mummers Lady Gaga Underworld Chicago City and the best reviews in
albums, tv, games & dvds 1
Animal Collective Esser
I S S U E 1 0 M I G H T W E L L CO N TA I N . . .
INCOMING The demise of Night Shift gets us all worked up; The Mummers, The Knux, Lady Gaga, Esser and Theoretical Girl are new for you; Kara Manning pays tribute to Underworld; Martin McIver’s nightmare journey into hiphop; what’s going on in Chicago and what the hell’s happening with The Pipettes?
MUSIC IS MY RADAR UFC champion Dan Hardy on The Clash, Pantera, Slayer and breaking someone’s collarbone stage-diving.
CIRCUIT BREAKERS Out On A Limb Records – ﬁve years and counting.
INPUT Your guide to the best albums, DVDs, video games and TV over the coming weeks, from Animal Collective to Anne Frank.
THE NEW FACES Post-The Immediate, Conor O’Brien is getting ready to do it all again, this time with Villagers. Plus the names set to make 2009 Irish music’s best year yet, including Prince Kong, The Parks, Annie Mac, Grand Pocket Orchestra and more.
DENGUE FEVER Cambodia: the new epicentre of rock ‘n’ roll. Really.
A U T O -T U N E How Cher ushered in the future of music as we know it.
20 A N T O N Y & T H E J O H N S O N S Antony Hegarty on Barrack Obama, the environment, traditional Japanese dance moves and his new album, The Shining Light.
56 A N G E R M A N A G E M E N T John Joe Worrall goes soap crazy.
Webulars O N S TAT E . I E T H I S M O N T H Live reviews of MGMT, The Walkmen, Goldfrapp, Cut Copy, Fleet Foxes, Cass McCombs and Wolf Parade, Lykke Li tells us why she’s fed up, Autamata share their Austin City Limits Diary, a full report on the horror that was the MTV Music Video Awards plus all the usual, including news, gig announcements, mp3s and listings. Get on it.
State is dead. Long live State. Despite winning plaudits such as the Periodical Publishers Association of Ireland Award for Designer Of The Year, we have had to accept that producing a high quality monthly print magazine is simply not for these times. The costs of ensuring that State’s physical entity lived up to the quality of the editorial and visuals inside proved prohibitive in the current economic climate, with advertising revenues not even coming close to covering the outlay and so it’s time for Ireland’s ﬁnest music magazine to morph into a new entity. We’re immensely proud of what we have achieved over the past year, from that ﬁrst REM cover through to BrenB’s stunning illustration last month. In between, we have brought you what we feel is the best editorial coverage of music Ireland has ever seen, covering acts both established and undiscovered (it was nice to see previous State tips Little Boots, La Roux, Florence & The Machine, Passion Pit and VV Brown all making
the BBC Sound of 2009 list). It wasn’t just about unearthing new talent, however: we also provided the most in-depth music coverage Ireland has ever seen, through revealing interviews with the likes of Interpol, Iggy Pop, Seasick Steve, Duke Special and Gemma Hayes. We’re not going away just yet, though: the award winning www.state.ie will continue to ﬂourish and there will STILL be a monthly digital version too, and now you can download it as a PDF and sign up for email alerts to tell you when it’s available, ensuring that Ireland’s Music Payload keeps on trucking. Why do we feel the need to keep ﬁghting the good ﬁght? The answer is to be found within these very pages. Quite simply, despite the doom and gloom, Irish music is in its best shape for some time. Kicking off with our cover stars Villagers (prepare to be amazed), we have gathered the pick of the new names for 2009, put them on location with photographers Richard Gilligan,
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CONTRIBUTOR VS CONTRIBUTOR
Feargal Ward and Roger Woolman and produced the deﬁnitive and most stylish guide to this year’s essential talent. From Adebesi Shank and Katie Kim to Sinéad Ní Mhórdha and Kill Krinkle Club, these are the names that will make sure that we remember 2009 for all the right reasons. We’ve a jam-packed issue, full of some of the most exciting music around, from the familiar (Antony & The Johnsons) to the brand new (The Mummers). In short, no change in terms of quality. We wouldn’t have it any other way. We might not be buying the State yacht any time soon, but we remain committed to bringing you top class interviews, honest, unbiased reviews and unearthing the best music from all corners of the world.
contributing writers dan hegarty, tanya sweeney, john joe worrall, maia dunphy, saoirse patterson, dave donnelly, jennifer gannon, ciara o’brien, shane galvin, martin mciver, david o mahony, durell connor, ciarán ryan, jenna wolf, david mclaughlin, jeff weiss, warren jones, kara manning, sinéad gleeson, johnnie craig, bobby ahern, cian traynor, louise healy, paul byrne, joe crosby, chris russell, tia clarke, sean feeny, elaine o’neil, shane culloty,
mcdonnell, michael dwyer, patricia danaher, niall crumlish, olivia mai, aiden fortune, alexandra donald, jack higgins, anna forbes, paula shields, alan reilly
photographers richard gilligan, lili forberg, marcelo biglia, scott ‘n’ goulden, zoran orlic, liam sweeney, loreana rushe, feargal ward
brenb, nathalie nysted, christian kirkegaard, wulff & morgenthaler
RESULT: AOIFE WINS!
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Phil Udell State Editor Phil cut his teeth as a T-shirt seller and tour manager in the UK before moving to Ireland for the love of a good woman. He maintains that he has the best music taste of the State editorial team, if not the coolest. He may not be right. Favourite village? Kingsworthy Rock, paper or scissors? Scissors
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