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"Here’s to Shutting Up was meant to be released on September 18, 2001. On September 11, obviously the world changed. Our release date moved a couple weeks, but our tour dates remained and we flew to Japan in October. It was a WILD time to be travelling 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. People were thinking about other things.


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. The studio itself was amazing.


Bestial Warning – acoustic demos for Here’s to Shutting Up: 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 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. Sometimes one of us would play the keys instead of our normal instrument, or Jon would hop on guitar and we’d use the Casio drum machine for the beat." Mac McCaughan.



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 Its 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 (acoustic demo) [Bonus CD]

12.Rainy Streets (acoustic demo) [Bonus CD]

13.The Hot Break (acoustic demo) [Bonus CD]

14.Florida's on Fire (acoustic demo) [Bonus CD]

15.Act Surprised (acoustic demo) [Bonus CD]

16.A Collection of Accounts (acoustic demo) [Bonus CD]

17.Art Class (Song for Yayoi Kusama) (acoustic demo) [Bonus CD]

18.Flying aka Out on the Wing (acoustic demo) [Bonus CD]

19.Becoming a Speck (acoustic demo) [Bonus CD]

20.Frank's Bath aka Phone Sex (acoustic demo) [Bonus CD]

21.The Animal Has Left Its Shell (acoustic demo) [Bonus CD]

22.Corp Song aka What Do You Look Forward To? (acoustic demo) [Bonus CD]

23.Drool Collection (acoustic demo) [Bonus CD]


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