>> If you got to PantsFork this morning, saw the new exhausting best-of feature they began today, and turned around and web-surfed away as fast as you could, you missed this news posted this afternoon about some cool stuff Matador and Yo La Tengo are doing to promote the forthcoming set I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass. Here's the deal, which is also laid out here: if you pre-order the record from participating online storefronts including Insound, you will receive a password for something called Beat Your Ass Season Pass. BYASP, as we've cleverly abbreviated it, lets passholders stream the forthcoming record prior to its Sept. 12 release and access exclusive MP3s and an interactive, Quicktime booklet featuring album art, photos and liner notes.
>> Boston noise rock dynamo Neptune has entered into a two-record deal with esteemed label Table Of The Elements, which has released records by artists including Faust, John Cale, Jim O'Rourke and Gastr Del Sol. Neptune will begin recording its Table Of The Elements debut in December after completing its current touring commitments, and the band estimates the record will street in about a year. See the full tour dates at the band's MySpace drive-thru here. The band has Boston appearances slated for early October.
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