Okay, I’m late to this party. I just got Yo La Tengo’s new album, I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass. I was just hangin’ at the CD Cellar, looking for something new, and remembered how lots of folks I respect had put this on their best of ’06 list. I’d heard a couple tracks before, but I didn’t care for them. Still, I gave it another try. And I’m so glad I did. I don’t know what I was thinking the first time around. This is a truly classic record–experimental while still catchy; intelligent without being mathematical or obtuse. Just all around great music…And, at the very least, the best album title of 2006.

From the new album:

Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Good Looking-Yo La Tengo

Beanbag Chair-Yo La Tengo

Earlier recordings:

Love Life of an Octopus-Yo La Tengo

Medium-Rare cuts:

Behind That Locked Door (Live Version)-Yo La Tengo

Don’t You Want Me (Human League cover)-Yo La Tengo

Dreamin’ (Blondie cover)-Yo La Teno

I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend (Ramones cover)-Yo La Tengo

Dreamin’-Yo La Tengo. I know this is a cover, too. Anyone know who did the original?

Beautiful World (live)-Yep, you betcha: Yo La Tengo again!

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