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Here's To Shutting Up


From Mac McCaughan of Superchunk: To write the songs for Here's To Shutting Up, we gathered in Jim's garage (he lived way out in the woods) a couple of times a week for what seemed like months. We started from actual scratch with no demos or concepts, just playing instrumental music with our usual gear plus a Casio.

We recorded the album in the Cabbagetown neighborhood of Atlanta at Zero Return, the studio built by Brian and Rob (aka Birdstuff and Coco the Electronic Monkey Wizard) of Man or Astro-man? Brian Paulson came with us to produce it. Here's To Shutting Up was meant to be released on September 18, 2001. On September 11, the world changed. Our release date moved a couple of weeks, but our tour dates remained and we flew to Japan in October. It was a WILD time to be traveling the world. Receptions ranged from "thank you for giving us something else to think about" to "why are you here?" We flew home from Japan and left for the UK the day the US started bombing Afghanistan. This was the climate, and the climate was not great for playing rock music.
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Track List

1 Late-Century Dream 

2 Rainy Streets 

3 Phone Sex 

4 Florida's on Fire 

5 Out on the Wing 

6 The Animal Has Left It's Shell 

7 Act Surprised 

8 Art Class (Song for Yayoi Kusama) 

9 What Do You Look Forward To? 

10 Drool Collection 

11 Late-Century Dream 

12 Rainy Streets 

13 The Hot Break 

14 Florida's on Fire 

15 Act Surprised 

16 A Collection of Accounts 

17 Art Class (Song for Yayoi Kusama) 

18 Flying Aka Out on the Wing 

19 Becoming a Speck 

20 Frank's Bath Aka Phone Sex 

21 The Animal Has Left It's Shell 

22 Corp Song Aka What Do You Look Forward To? 

23 Drool Collection

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