I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass

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I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
Studio album by Yo La Tengo
Released September 12, 2006
Recorded 2006
Genre Indie rock
Length 77:41
Label Matador
Producer Roger Moutenot
Yo La Tengo chronology
Summer Sun
I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
They Shoot, We Score (2008)
Singles from I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
  1. "Mr. Tough"
    Released: October 10, 2006

I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass is the eleventh full-length album by Hoboken-based alternative rock band Yo La Tengo, released on September 12, 2006. It is their sixth album released on Matador.

The title of the album is rumored to be a (paraphrased) quote by NBA player Tim Thomas. Sitting on the bench together during a game, Thomas was caught on tape by the MSG Network in a profane exchange with fellow Knick, point guard Stephon Marbury. Thomas yelled at Marbury, "Everyone in this organization is afraid of you, but I’m not, and I will beat your ass".[1][2]

A 7" single for "Mr. Tough" was released in the UK, September 4th 2006. On the B Side there is a cover of "I'm Your Puppet", from James & Bobby Purify.

The record was released on CD and as Double LP Vinyl.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club A−[4]
Robert Christgau A−[5]
Drowned In Sound (8/10)[6]
Entertainment Weekly 5/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media (8.3/10)[8]
PopMatters (9/10)[9]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[10]
Spin 4/5 stars[11]
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5 stars[12]

The album has received widespread acclaim and appeared in numerous Best of 2006 lists, including:

  • a rating of 85% on Metacritic[13]
  • appearing at #13 on Metacritic's Best of 2006 list.[14]
  • appearing at #23 on Pitchfork Media's Top 50 Albums of 2006[15]
  • appearing at #6 on Soundsect's The Top 20 Albums of 2006[16]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Georgia Hubley, Ira Kaplan and James McNew.

  1. "Pass the Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind" – 10:47
  2. "Beanbag Chair" – 3:03
  3. "I Feel Like Going Home" – 4:14
  4. "Mr. Tough" – 4:06
  5. "Black Flowers" – 4:28
  6. "The Race Is on Again" – 4:37
  7. "The Room Got Heavy" – 5:10
  8. "Sometimes I Don't Get You" – 3:16
  9. "Daphnia" – 8:51
  10. "I Should Have Known Better" – 3:16
  11. "Watch Out for Me Ronnie" – 3:02
  12. "The Weakest Part" – 3:04
  13. "Song for Mahila" – 3:40
  14. "Point and Shoot" – 4:18
  15. "The Story of Yo La Tango" – 11:49
  • The final track is a deliberate misspelling of the band's name — the album's CD-Text reiterating this by listing the track as "The Story of Yo La Tango", followed by the message "Yes — it should be Tango!". A recurring feature on the band's web site depicts venue marquees with various misspellings of the name.


Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound.

  • Steve Herrman - trumpet ("Mr. Tough", "Black Flowers")
  • Jim Hoke - saxophone ("Mr. Tough", "Watch Out for Me Ronnie")
  • Bill Huber - trombone ("Beanbag Chair", "Black Flowers") and euphonium ("Black Flowers")
  • David Mansfield - violin ("I Feel Like Going Home", "Black Flowers")
  • Roger Moutenot - acoustic guitar ("Song for Manhila")
  • Garo Yellin - cello ("Black Flowers", "Watch Out for Me Ronnie")


  • Cover Painting "Little Pink Lady" by Gary Panter.
  • Photos by Reuben Cox.
  • Inlay photo of Ira as a kid was taken by Abraham Kaplan (Ira's father).
  • Inlay photo of Ira and Georgia's dog, named Sydney, was taken by Georgia.