Stars was born in 2002 as the label for Chicago-based band Big Buildings.
Make a record, play a few shows, see what happens. Six years later
and Stars/No Stars has released three CDs, a compilation disc documenting
the legendary rock n roll basement parties at the Sweatbox. And
our first LP. With the addition of Milk at Midnight, and the release
of the Less Love More Acid LP, the label has grown into a venture
of sorts, accompanied by a new philosophy on how we distribute music.
Sure, your founding fathers could be sly and talk about how lovely
and green our decision is, but really, it comes down to this: CDs
are a chronic pain in the ass. It's a hassle to warehouse one thousand
CDs, and they're not much of an artifact to spend your cash on.
The move to vinyl and downloads balances our desire to give listeners
something satisfying for their money with the reality of modern
Do you like stuff? You can buy vinyl records that include codes
to download exclusive 24-bit 44.1kHz digital files.
Do you hate stuff? You can buy downloads of 256kbps mp3 files. Free
high quality tracks are available too.
Something for everyone and nobody goes home empty handed.
We're doing whatever we can to get important music into your ears.
On behalf of the bands and the founding fathers, please enjoy.
REAL important stuff:
The label was founded in 2002 by Matt Cummings, Matt Maloney, Michael
Wood and Adam Yoffe.
The label name was taken from a list of rejects when we were trying
to name Big Buildings. Yeah. It's a coin flip.
Our logo was created by a Chicago artist named Oli Watt. It started
which became this.
What's up with the mini-Rushmore©? Label co-founders Woody
and Matt went to a military academy in upstate NY together and were
schooled in detail on all things American history. It's iconic and
ridiculous at the same time, which is an important quality for a
Our catalog number (also a serious coin flip) comes from a song
by a band from Minneapolis called The
Janice Figure, who never accepted Big Buildings' invitation
to trade shows. Didn't even return the boys' call. We immortalized