Indie,  Rock

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

Yo La Tengo

Certain albums can draw you to them simply based on the title.

‘I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass’.

Magic, isn’t it? I just picked this latest Yo La Tengo album up from eMusic (screaming deal). I still make the utmost effort to listen to albums all the way through, like a lot of you I’m sure. Even in the download age, where it’s easy to cherry pick songs from iTunes and eMusic, I think it’s still important to buy the artist’s full release of work, like they intend you to hear it. All tracks, in sequence. Many times, it’s not so easy, whether due to time constraints, just not being “into it”, or if it’s quickly reached a magnitude of major suckitude. Well, long story short, this is one of those albums that carries you along on a journey, from beginning to end. I found it impossible to stop listening.

And it’s this song, the 10 minute opener with another classic Yo La Tengo title, that draws you in with it’s infectious and alluring groove.

Yo La Tengo: Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind (mp3) – from I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass

The only other Yo La album I have is 1997’s I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One, which I also really enjoy. If anyone out there has recommendations for other good Yo La albums, speak up below.

Yo La Tengo’s Official Site


  • sean

    Check out “Drug Test” from President Yo La Tengo. Classic earlier period YLT and one amazing tune.

    Electropura is pretty great top to bottom as well and uf you dig the new one you might dig that as well

    Thanks for all the great tunes

  • franco

    i’m a huge yo la tengo fan. basically every album is an entire masterpiece. the cream of the crop is the albums:

    president/new wave hot dogs
    and then nothing turned itself inside out

    but really all their music is underappreciated.

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