it will be your ass!

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

I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass is the eleventh full-length album by Hoboken-based indie rock band Yo La Tengo, released on September 12, 2006. It is their 6th 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, the former NY Knick (now LA Clipper) was caught on tape by the MSG Network in a profane exchange with then-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."


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

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

Track listing

  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
  16. 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.


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