Cheers to all!

We've been doing some big & fun updates over here at Zandland and Zandland MUSIC! Most notably, we're moving Zandland MUSIC! over to its new permanent home at Zandland.com. So we've taken some of our favorite posts from Zandland MUSIC's past and added them to our main site. But don't worry, we'll be leaving zandlandmusic.blogspot.com here and standing as an unabridged archive for all the good stuff we just simply didn't have the room to pull on over to the new domain.

We're looking at this as an opportunity to better serve our readers by fully incorporating our music-related posts and Zandland.com as a one stop shop for the 360° cultural perspective we pride ourselves in bringing to all of you.

Check it & redirect it!



Monsters of Folk - Dear God | FRIDAY AFTERNOON FIX

Perfect Friday afternoon listening, especially on this Brooklyn cloudy day. Totally feeling it.



Lady Gaga's Pop-Electro Opera | LIVE MUSIC

Can we talk about something? Lady Gaga's Monster Ball tour is going to be freaking dope. I was already excited when I found out Kid Cudi is opening - now I hear the concept behind her set and I'm dying. Pop-Electro Opera!! Gaga is the queen of the gorgeous and the grotesque and this is going to be both. I absolutely cannot wait.

The tour, which has been billed as the "first ever" pop-electro opera, is "very, very forward, very, very innovative," the singer insists. And that aesthetic, she explains, has been captured in the very design of the show.

"The theatrics and story elements are in the style of an opera. Imagine if you could take the sets of an opera, which are very grand and very beautiful, and put them through a pop-electro lens," she said. "I've been thinking about ways to play with the shape of this stage and change the way that we watch things. So what I've done is I've designed a stage with Haus of Gaga that is essentially a frame with forced perspective, and the frame is put inside the stage."

Plus she's looking out for the fans by keeping ticket prices down!

"I wanted to really put together a show that would be the most beautiful, expensive-looking, delicious show, but that my fans wouldn't have to pay a ton of money to come see," she told Rolling Stone about the tour, which was originally supposed to kick off next year after she finished up her tour with 'Ye. "So we're playing a few nights in a row. I've got super loyal fans, so I feel this tremendous obligation to take care of them."

If you aren't excited yet, here's a little more from the Gaaa:
"The theme of monsters is certainly going to be an influence, as well as the theme of evolution and change. It's going to be a truly artistic experience that is going to take the form of the greatest post-apocalyptic house party that you've ever been to."

Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour A 'Post-Apocalyptic House Party' (MTV.com)

-ca (yes, yes, I know I can't stop posting about Lady Gaga)



Heartless Bastards, The Mountain | ON REPEAT

Almost a year after it's release (Feb '09), we're finally falling hard for Heartless Bastards' The Mountain. Led by the androgynous vocals of Erika Wennerstrom, the small group rocks out a beautifully neo-folk/classic rock dreamland. xo.

iTunes review:
"The Heartless Bastards' singer/songwriter/guitar player Erika Wennerstrom has conquered yet another formerly towering obstacle to her sex - Led Zeppelin - and blues/rock may never be the same. In the instrumental breakdown of the menacing rocker, "Nothing Seems the Same," her guitar breakdown recalls Jimmy Page's more ravaging moments. Vocally, her vulnerable bombast and mystical cry in the equally rumbling, "Early In The Morning" recall Robert Plant. But Zep heft and rock chick wailer are only half her bag. The other flavor here is "acoustic guitar playing folksinger" that in tunes like the delicate "Wide Awake," and "So Quiet," favors a plunking banjo and meandering fiddle. Joining the two halves of her musical vision is quite a feat, and one that Wennerstrom navigates with astonishing style and passion. her ever-changing trio provides crash or twang leaving the band's big gun, Wennerstrom's do-it-all voice, front and center. In the haunting "Could Be So Happy" where she "ran over the hills," to "see what tomorrow brings" she's finally going "out to the sweet unknown," from which The Mountain has already arisen."
[via iTunes Review]



Kid Sister hits Webster Hall NYC | LIVE MUSIC

Check out one of our faves, Kid Sister live next month at Webster Hall NYC on November 27, along with a Flosstradamus DJ set!  Tickets available soon.


Moby Video, Mistake | MUSIC VIDEO / LIVE

New animated Moby video is cute...and the song is pretty great, featuring his own heartfelt vocals... channeling a subdued Editors or Interpol.

Also, check out a live version:

And still noteworthy (we've done a few posts already): The David Lynch directed vid (embedding disabled) for his first Single, 'Shot in the Back of the Head' from the album, 'Wait for Me':
YouTube: Moby - Shot In The Back Of The Head (Dir. David Lynch)


Miley Cyrus & Notorious B.I.G. | MASHUP

Um, Notorious B.I.G / Miley Cyrus mash-up.

Like. Serious.

Download the file below:
PopBytes: Party & Bullsh*t (In The USA) [.mp3 4.1mb]



New Lykke Li: Possibility | NEW MUSIC

In honor of my Twilight-obsessed colleagues and thanks to REALLY! I'm happy to post this new Lykke Li (LOVE) song from the upcoming New Moon soundtrack.

Stream it on Billboard.com ... and get the full soundtrack (released early - today!)

REALLY: New Lykke Li Possibility (from New Moon Soundtrack)



Diplo in Williamsburg! | LIVE MUSIC

Check out Diplo! Brooklyn-style tonight:

plus DJ Drama and Roxy Cottontail
with Eli Escobar and MALUCA live
Thursday October 15 - Williamsburg

Our friend Roxy Cottontail is throwing a party this Thursday with Diplo headlining... DJ Drama is also spinning, along with Eli Escobar and Roxy herself. Plus there will be a live performance by Mad Decent artist MALUCA...  

Where is this party happening? You may well ask... It is all going on at the new Williamsburg venue that doesn't have a name yet (so for this event, we are calling it Roxy's Playhouse)... but you might remember it as the place where we did that show with Fake Blood.

Venue Address: 213 North 8th Street. 
Just two blocks away from the L Train Bedford Avenue stop.

Doors 10pm. 21+

[via gbh.tv]



Sky Report's Pre-CMJ Party | EVENTS

Mark your calendars: The Sky Report (my fave music blog) is throwing a huge pre-CMJ party on October 21! (Incidentally - it's being held in one of my fave bar/venues - Tandem Bar in Bushwick!)

We had so much fun putting on our first showcase for Make Music New York last June that we've decided to try it again! This time we're celebrating the kick-off of the CMJ Music Marathon Bushwick style with a pre-party on Wednesday, October 21st at Tandem Bar. The details are still coming together, but we do have the initial lineup for you:

Marionettes of Satan
Bonnie Baxter (as Shadowbox)
Pass Kontrol
Yes Alexander (Blue Sky Black Death)
Post Magic
Brittain Ashford
Paleboy (dj set)

The Sky Report's Facebook event page.
See you there!



Burial to Remix Massive Attack | NEW MUSIC

Massive Attack

Massive Attack, 90's electronic music pioneers, were up constantly spinning around my CD player back in the day. Burial, 00's dubstep pioneer, has been blasting on my iPod just as frequently in the last few years. So you can imagine how excited I am to hear that the two musical behemoths are collaborating, with Burial slotted to remix several tracks on Massive Attack's latest project. In the biz world this would be proclaimed Synergy. I'm proclaiming it Awesome.

Massive Attack Plan Burial Remix LP (Pitchfork)



Florence and the Machine, You've Got the Love | LIVE MUSIC VIDEO

LOVE Florence & the Machine's new live music video for You've Got the Love.

Download a free MP3 version - You've Got the Love (XX Mix)!