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Belle and Sebastian's Write About Love contest is the coolest thing ever.

I'm sorry but there is no arguing this point. Not even from those of you just getting home from Las Vegas.

What makes it so cool, you ask? Maybe the fact that you could have the chance of a lifetime when Belle and Sebastian releases a 7" next year of a song that was WRITTEN ABOUT YOU!!!!!!

Inside every copy of Belle and Sebastian's new album Write About Love is a unique code which you will enter here and then write 300 words about love, in any sense of the word. Why you love. Who you love. What you love. Where you love. Anything. Just write about love.

Then Belle and Sebastian will pick a winner (henceforth referred to as "Lucky") and Stuart Murdoch will fly out to Lucky's hometown, hang out with Lucky for an afternoon, and write and record a song about Lucky which will then be released on an exclusive Belle and Sebastian 7" later in 2011.

Yep. Coolest thing ever.

Sonic Youth - "Star Power (Acoustic 09)" Exclusive Single

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(Kim photo by Kirstie Shanley)

Hand in hand with their recent appearance on Gossip Girl, be sure to check out Sonic Youth's  "Star Power (Acoustic 09)" which is, as guessed, an acoustic version of the EVOL classic. This exclusive single  comes coupled with "Antenna" (The Eternal version) via iTunes. Speaking of which, for a limited time you can pick up The Eternal, at iTunes for the nice price of $7.99.

A slew of dates coming up including 3 sold out NYC shows. Get those tickets while you can:

OCTOBER 21 - BERLIN-  COLUMBIAHALLE - TICKETS
OCTOBER 22 - BRUSSELS ANCIENNE BELGIQUE SOLD OUT
OCTOBER 23 - LONDON, UK FORUM SOLD OUT
OCTOBER 25 -PARIS PALAIS DE CONGRES - TICKETS

NOVEMBER 7 - SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL PLANETA TERRA FESTIVAL - TICKETS
NOVEMBER 13 - TEXT OF LIGHT - NEW YORK, NY  - HIGH LINE - INFO
NOVEMBER 21 - WITH DINOSAUR JR. + COLD CAVE - NEW YORK, NY TERMINAL 5 SOLD OUT
NOVEMBER 22 - WITH THE FEELIES - BOSTON, MA - WILBUR THEATRE - TICKETS
NOVEMBER 23 - WITH THE MEAT PUPPETS + COLD CAVE - BOSTON, MA WILBUR THEATRE - TICKETS
NOVEMBER 24 - WITH TALK NORMAL - BROOKLYN, NY - MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG SOLD OUT
NOVEMBER 25 - WITH JEMINA PEARL - BROOKLYN, NY MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG SOLD OUT

DECEMBER 4-5 - ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES -  MINEHEAD, UK - TICKETS
DECEMBER 6  - DUBLIN, VICAR ST. SOLD OUT

JANUARY 4 - WITH SIC ALPS - TUCSON, AZ RIALTO THEATRE - TICKETS
JANUARY 5 - WITH  SIC ALPS - PHEONIX, AZ MARQUEE THEATRE - TICKETS
JANUARY 7 - WITH SIC ALPS - SAN DIEGO, CA HOUSE OF BLUES - TICKETS
JANUARY 8 -  WITH SIC ALPS - POMONA, CA FOX THEATRE - TICKETS
JANUARY 9 - WITH SIC ALPS - LOS ANGELES, CA WILTERN TICKETS - TICKETS

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