New Yo La Tengo – I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass

If you heard “Beanbag Chair” (MP3) and thought, “This new Yo La Tengo album is gonna be awesome!” you thought right.

All the familiar reference points are covered: twee ditties with moaning guitars, feedback-happy garage anthems, and are a handful of beautiful piano ballads with swelling strings that’ll stop you in your tracks. But there are some surprises. The sweet waltz “Sometimes I Don’t Get You” recalls R.E.M. “Mr. Tough” is Ween covering Van Morrison. It’s the Hoboken heroes’ best and most well-rounded collection since I Can Heart The Heart. And it’s called I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass! How awesome.

I’m posting this even though it fades out early at the end (actually a pretty smart move from Matador’s promo dept … so we’ll all go and buy it, yes?).

Yo La Tengo – “Mr. Tough” (MP3 Link Expired)

In stores 9/11 oops, 9/12. YLT play Prospect Park tonight.

UPDATE: Jon texts us from the show:

Just was in the beer line behind barbara bush…g w’s daughter drinks bud light.

Thanks Jon! How many bodyguards?

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