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
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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
(2003)
I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
(2006)
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 American indie rock band Yo La Tengo, released on September 12, 2006 by record label Matador.

Content[edit]

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]

Release[edit]

The record was released on CD and as a double LP vinyl.

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.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 85/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]
The A.V. Club A−[5]
Entertainment Weekly A[6]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[7]
Mojo 4/5 stars[8]
MSN Music A−[9]
NME 6/10[10]
Pitchfork Media 8.3/10[11]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[12]
Spin 4/5 stars[13]

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

  • a rating of 85% on Metacritic[14]
  • appearing at number 13 on Metacritic's "Best of 2006" list.[15]
  • appearing at number 23 on Pitchfork's "Top 50 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.

Personnel[edit]

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")
Art
  • 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Albertoni, Rich. "Beat It". ishtmus.com. Isthmus Publishing Company, Inc. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  2. ^ Burtch, Steve. "Burtch's top 10 of 2006". indiemusicfilter.com. Indie Music Filter. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  3. ^ "Reviews for I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass by Yo La Tengo". Metacritic. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  4. ^ Deming, Mark. "I'm Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass – Yo La Tengo". AllMusic. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ Phipps, Keith (September 13, 2006). "Yo La Tengo: I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  6. ^ Hermes, Will (September 8, 2006). "I Am Not Afraid of You And I Will Beat Your Ass". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  7. ^ Snow, Mat (September 8, 2006). "Yo La Tengo, I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass". The Guardian. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Yo La Tengo: I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass". Mojo (154): 94. September 2006. 
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 2006). "Consumer Guide". MSN Music. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Yo La Tengo: I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass". NME: 21. September 2, 2006. 
  11. ^ Richardson, Mark (September 11, 2006). "Yo La Tengo: I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  12. ^ Sheffield, Rob (September 20, 2006). "I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  13. ^ Young, Jon (October 2006). "Yo La Tengo: I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass". Spin. 22 (10): 105. Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  14. ^ Yo La Tengo: I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass (2006): Reviews
  15. ^ "Highest and Lowest Scoring Music and Albums at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  16. ^ Pitchfork Feature: Top 50 Albums of 2006

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