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Artist: MAJOR STARS
Title: Mirror/Messenger
Format: LP
Label: Drag City
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Now giant-size and louder than ever, Major Stars plunge further down the path of their second, larger life with Mirror/Messenger. Their new sextet record features the same triple-guitar frontline and fervid vocalizations from Sandra Barrett as did 2006s Syntoptikon - but with more songs then ever before found on a single Major Stars album (as many as two albums, in several cases). Mirror/Messenger is an assault on popular music, with considerable muscle exerted to create a jukebox-ready duck-and-shuffle - if the needle dont get tossed out the groove, that is." - Drag City. LP version.

Artist: MAJOR STARS
Title: Return to Form
Format: LP
Label: Drag City
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"When youve got a love for music, theres no time to spare. The band called Major Stars all got other gigs that take them from place to place without room to converse much. Thats okay, because theyre about playing music, not small talkin! So whats been going on around the practice space then? Major Stars have a new one that might lay it on you all at once like a plank of solid stone, and theyre calling it Return to Form. Starting with a mid-fight schoolyard threat like Better Stay Down (what, no exclamation point?), Major Stars do definitely seem to be returning to somewhere on this new new album, maybe even perhaps somewhere adolescent where the rock and roll was never better? But really, titling the whole damn thing Return to Form has some humor in it. Mirror/Messenger wasnt out of form; all Major Stars records have been a part of a vision and even if some shit said he or she (probably he) didnt like it, that doesnt really call for a response title on the next album. We read it like this: its you whos returning to form! Major Stars atomized you to fucking bits on the last record and only now are you returning to a fully formed entity. And here Major Stars are to blow you to pieces again. Youre fucked up. Return to Forms got eight pieces, all heavy rocks, a few of them come with power jams. Theres also a few just under three minutes, but distinguished by riffage that lifts em up. The guitars trio of Wayne Rogers, Kate Village and Tom Leonard is into their third full album as such, allowing them to have fused into a wall of distorto with a myriad of identities but singular purpose. Behind their ubiquitous combination signal, the drums trample with pummelous authority. Still, they cant help but sound a bit crushed by the din, glorious din. This is Major Stars signature rock of the easties -- more likened to the sounds of Motorpsycho than any of that psych-rock these days! Again, this is organic growth, home territory. Could it be that the space you know is better than the space you dont know? Major Stars got answer, and its Return to Form." - Drag City.

Artist: MAJOR STARS
Title: Decibels of Gratitude
Format: CD
Label: Important
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"Eighth full-length studio album by this long running Massachusetts ensemble. What to say about a band who continuously claims Otis Rush and Buddy Guy as its primary influences, but usually finds their records filed in the noise/experimental bin? Any mention of Major Stars tends to send some scurrying for the most obscure psychedelic references, but one need look no further than the Who or Cream to find the primary ingredients of melodic songwriting combined with an over-the-top instrumental assault. As a few noticed, the title of their last album Return to Form wasnt entirely intended to be tongue-in-cheek. Their music seems to be more psychedelic era than psychedelic, and they themselves like to just be thought of as a Rock group (early 70s capitalization intact). But there has always been something different about their arrangement of common influences compared to their contemporaries, and over the past fifteen years they have developed a loyal base of followers who seem to quite like the way they put things together. So Major Stars continue to put it together, like on this one: Decibels of Gratitude, from them, to you." - Important

Artist: MAJOR STARS
Title: Portable Freak Factory/Can You See Me?
Format: 7"
Label: Important
Country: USA
Price: $7.00
"Two brand new burners (including a Hendrix cover on the B-side) recorded during the same sessions for The Major Stars next full length album for Important." - Important.

Artist: MAJOR STARS
Title: 4
Format: CD
Label: Twisted Village
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"And here they are, spiralling thru their own universe but still occasionally sending a missive back down to earth. This one was recorded summer 03, after an intense period of touring (which also resulted in the Major Stars/Comets On Fire live split LP) and just before an intense period of reflection (read: inactivity). Somewhere during the latter they realized they had made a record, and finally we bring it to you. Calls for increased fidelity have not fallen on deaf ears: 4 brings them to the world of 24-track recording for the first time, finally getting their studio sound close to their live onslaught. Musically they continue to hit all points a little harder each time, with open-stringed folk melodies getting pummeled on the Who/Cream/Hendrix anvil til you think modal and heavy have always coexisted. Their best yet? You bet. Should they go deaf, it was all for you." - Twisted Village.

Artist: MAJOR STARS
Title: Black Road EP
Format: 7"
Label: Twisted Village
Country: USA
Price: $4.50
"The story from where we left off: Major Stars play their most recent tour of the USA in May of 2003, return in June to make their definitive studio record (Major Stars 4), and then head to NYC a week later to record the Live In Europa split LP with Comets On Fire. All good so far. They unexpectedly lay low for for the next eighteen months, losing longtime drummer Dave Lynch along the way and ending up with an empty bassman spot when Tom Leonard joins Kate Village and Wayne Rogers in the guitar frontline. But then Major Stars mark two starts to come together. Casey Keenan (drummer-turned-guitarist of local pop heros Carlisle Sound) is roped into resuming his place behind the drumkit. Dave Dougan, already a veteran of the band as bass understudy (he was the unfamiliar figure on stage at their Terrastock 02 performance), returns to claim the position permanently. The new sextet is completed by the arrival of lead singer Sandra Barrett, formerly of local art-punk legends LA Drugs. By the time Major Stars 4finally appears to universal acclaim in April 2005, the new band is awake and pummeling the locals with renewed fervor. The future: a new LP is due to appear in the fall 2005, and Major Stars will be playing select east coast dates with Japanese psych titans Miminokoto and Uptight this October 2005. But why wait the summer in silence? Heres a two-track taster of heavy things to come." - Twisted VIllage.

Artist: MAJOR STARS
Title: Decibels of Gratitude
Format: LP
Label: Twisted Village
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"Limited vinyl version of the eighth full-length studio album by this long-running Massachusetts ensemble; CD version is on Important Records. What to say about a band who continuously claims Otis Rush and Buddy Guy as its primary influences, but usually finds their records filed in the "noise/experimental" bin? Any mention of Major Stars tends to send some scurrying for the most obscure psychedelic references, but one need look no further than The Who or Cream to find the primary ingredients of melodic songwriting combined with an over-the-top instrumental assault. As a few noticed, the title of their last album Return to Form wasnt entirely intended to be tongue-in-cheek. Their music seems to be more "psychedelic era" than "psychedelic," and they themselves like to just be thought of as a Rock group (early 70s capitalization intact). But there has always been something different about their arrangement of common influences compared to their contemporaries, and over the past 15 years they have developed a loyal base of followers who seem to quite like the way they put things together. So Major Stars continue to put it together, like on this one: Decibels of Gratitude, from them, to you." -Twisted Village.

Artist: MAJOR STARS
Title: Rock Revival,The
Format: CD
Label: Twisted Village
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"Major Stars, men (and woman) who have made many records, up the pile one more with The Rock Revival. Guitarists Wayne & Kate come to Major Stars straight from Magic Hour, whose quick ascent from snarly West Coast-influenced rock band to all instrumental thugs brought many a tear To helpless Galaxie 500 fans. Bassist Tom Leonard has been at one time or another a member of every non-Magic Twisted Village ensemble, and Dave laid down the big beat in Vermonster. Now that these four have reconvened, they are taking their LOUD polystructural ROCK to the people. The Rock Revival consists of four songs. The first, Rock Revival Theme, is a purely free bit of tape captured at one of their bi-weekly recording sessions. On follows, a lovely little tune that then gets masterfully deconstructed for 13+ minutes. Strange Reaction is the token short song that sets up the epic Deep End, their live instrumental tour-de-force. Throughout the disc they jump in and out of structure and freedom like no other post-Isle Of Wight rock ensemble can. And theyre that loud. Really. Go see them fuck up the upcoming Terrastock in SF."-Twisted Village.

Artist: MAJOR STARS
Title: Space/Time
Format: CD
Label: Twisted Village
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"Space/Time is the Major Stars second full length attempt to explode the boundaries of Rock-with-a-capital-R. Side one features two songs with pickin and singin: Apples To Grapes is a moody folk rock number that gets blown apart in a hurry & subjected to several improvisational deconstructions in the course of its 14+ minutes, and Runout is done up short n pretty to set you up for the all-instrumental Side Two. Getting Air From A Stone is a riff heavy cruncher, while Dream Of The Accidental Bird follows its brief opening revolving door with a massive & exhilarating one chord jam thatll twist your insides just right. The CD adds one track from their now out-of-print debut 12" Rock Sounds Of People -- the pounding Its A Blessing, Brother, I Cannot Lie, a song so relentlessly single minded that the band was asked daily who the hell it was a cover of (Wayne, in fact, wrote it...in far less time than it took to play it). Major Stars aim to take higher-key improvisational wizardry and clobber you on the head with it while simultaneously caressing your mind. Space/Time does just that."-Twisted Village.

Artist: MAJOR STARS
Title: Syntoptikon
Format: LP
Label: Twisted Village
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"Back? Indeed. Technically speaking this is the Major Stars fifth album in their nine year career, but its also the debut full length by the new expanded lineup. Kate Village and Wayne Rogers still hold down double guitar duty, but now are joined in the frontline guitar assault by ex-bassist Tom Leonard. Casey Keenan and Dave Dougan are the scrappy new rhythm section, and Sandra Barrett their bat-head biting lead singer. Heavier in number and in sound, the 6-strong Stars have already made waves with last years debut single Black Road and a handful of piledriving shows (one of which was cited as one of Time Out NYs Best of 2005). This LP and the forthcoming US tour seal the deal. Get under or stay clear." - Twisted Village. CD also available.

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