I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Fly Your Ass

First off, congratulations to Andres, who won our Spin-Off Sweepstakes ($250 Guitar Center Giftcard, Technics SL-1200 MKII turnables, and Technics headphones), to Nate, who won a 30Gig video iPod loaded with every Outkast album and video, and to Kat and J, who each won a pair of tickets to the Virgin Festival.

And now for the coolest contest Stereogum has ever done…

Stereogum and Matador Records are going to fly two lucky winners (and two friends) via helicopter from Manhattan to Jersey City to see Yo La Tengo play at the Loews Theater 9/29. The ride will include a swing around the lower tip of Manhattan, over around the Statue of Liberty and up to Jersey City. VIP passes will be included. (That means you get to chill with Ira, Georgia, and James.)

This contest is open to anyone in the world, as long as you can get your ass to the heliport at E. 34th Street in Manhattan on the special day.

Twenty runners up will receive a copy of the excellent new YLT album I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass. Here are two free cuts:

Yo La Tengo – “Beanbag Chair” (MP3)
Yo La Tengo – “Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind” (MP3)

You can buy tickets to the Jersey show (the tour’s only NY-area stop) here. The new album comes out one week from today! (Or 9/8 if you live in Germany.)

Phew. Now ENTER HERE by Tuesday, September 19 @ 6 PM EST. Good luck!

UPDATE: We should clarify … you’re on your own getting back from Loews; no helicopter back to NYC. And to the cranky people in the comments: the band loves this contest. We don’t mean to promote irresponsible indie rock travel. Also, entering this contest is OPTIONAL.

UPDATE #2: Hey kids, our contest just got more green! YLT and Matador discussed some of you readers’ comments and concerns and have endeavored to make amends. From Matador’s blog:

In the history of rock ?n roll, one has to look no further than Stevie Ray Vaughn and Bill Graham to know that helicopters and rock concerts make dubious bed fellows. Thusly, when we conceived this audacious contest on Stereogum we thought the flack we?d take would be centered upon subjecting innocent, fun-loving Yo La Tengo fans to the perils of propellers and physics.

But, we were quite mistaken. Some folks have pointed out that this contest is potentially harmful to the environment – something that both us and the band are particularly sensitive too. We have done some research and in fact, this flight will emit about 26 lbs of CO2 into the atmosphere.

In light of this, we have worked with Adam Stein and his good people at Terrapass to secure a $9.99 Puddle Jumper pass which is good for 2,500 lbs of CO2 emmissions – leaving us enough room to get Yo La Tengo?s tour bus from here to Chicago. Proof of purchase is below. Thank you for keeping us on our toes!

Going to see Yo La Tengo in a helicopter and reduced tour emmissions? Now that’s what we call a party.

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