Major/Minor is the eighth studio album by American rock band Thrice. The album was released on September 2011 through Vagrant Records. Thrice entered Red Bull Studios in early May 2011 with producer Dave Schiffman; the group had worked with Schiffman on 2005's Vheissu as an audio engineer, on 2009's Beggars as a mixer. Thrice previously used Red Bull Studios to record their acoustic live EP The MySpace Transmissions in 2007; when Thrice presented Schiffman with the demos they had been working on, his initial reaction was that the group was trying to make a grunge album. According to vocalist Dustin Kensrue, this was not their intention, the finished product after production sounded "kind of bigger and meaner than the demos." Both musically and production-wise, the group's previous album Beggars was a "stripped-down" record, Thrice wanted Major/Minor to sound "bigger and in-your-face" without sounding "smashed and oversaturated." Kensrue noted that Schiffman joined the album process than a producer would to help record an album, that his input was minimal.
He said: After the recording for Major/Minor had been completed, Thrice returned to their home studio to record "two or three" additional tracks to be used as B-sides. The home studio was used to record Thrice's 2007/2008 albums The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II and The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV, Beggars. Major/Minor was released in a double LP vinyl record format on September 6, 2011 through Vagrant Records; the gatefold vinyl edition came with additional liner notes from the band members and the first pressing was limited to 4,000 copies. Two weeks on September 20 in the US and September 19 in the UK, Major/Minor was released in CD and digital download formats. Pre-orders for the album received an instant download of an acoustic version of "Anthology"; the iTunes version of Major/Minor comes with an acoustic version of "Yellow Belly," and pre-orders through the store placed before the official release date received an acoustic version of "Promises."In July 2011, Thrice offered a free download of the opening track "Yellow Belly" through the website ChinaShop.
The rush of traffic to the website caused the site to crash, the song was subsequently uploaded to SoundCloud. "Yellow Belly" was debuted live at The Bamboozle festival in April 2011. In August 2011, an acoustic version of "Anthology," and a lyric video for "Promises" were posted online. Beginning on September 7 and lasting until the day of the digital/CD release, Thrice posted one new song from Major/Minor each weekday for online streaming. "Promises" impacted radio on October 4, 2011. Thrice's first headlining tour in support of Major/Minor ran from September 30 to November 11, 2011 and featured openers La Dispute, Moving Mountains and O'Brother. Kylesa was intended to be an opener for this tour, but announced they would not be able to perform due to an illness in the family several months before the tour began. Upon its release, Major/Minor was met with critical acclaim, earning an average score of 82 based on 10 reviews from Metacritic. In a positive review, Raziq Rauf of BBC Music praised the production of the album, stating that "there’s a simplicity to the music and songs that allows the listener to enjoy them at a elemental level."
With a four out of five rating, Punknews praised the grunge influence of the album, comparing their sound to "an authentic 1990s Pearl Jam/Soundgarden creation." IGN labeled the album as "one of the strongest rock efforts of the year," with reviewer Chris Grischow praising Kensrue's vocals on "Yellow Belly", "Blinded", "Promises", "Cataract" and "Anthology". Alex Djaferis of AbsolutePunk praised the lyrics of the album, stating it was "sheer poetry and in this day and age, such a brave and welcome change." All music written by Riley Breckenridge, Dustin Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi. Major/Minor album personnel adapted from vinyl liner notes. Thrice Eddie Breckenridge – bass Riley Breckenridge – drums Dustin Kensrue – vocals, rhythm guitar Teppei Teranishi – lead guitarProduction and artwork Jordan Butcher – art direction, artwork James Musshorn – assistant engineering Dave Shiffman – production, mixing Eric Stenman – assistant engineering Teppei Teranishi – additional recording at New Grass Studios Howie Weinberg – mastering
Padmini Murthy is a physician and Global Health Director at New York Medical College. In 2016 she was awarded the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal by the American Medical Women's Association for her contribution to the field of women in medicine. Murthy is a qualified physician, she attended medical school at Guntur Medical College in India, she did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has a Masters in Public Health and a Masters in Management from New York University, is a Certified Health Education Specialist with the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, she is author of Women’s Global Health and Human Rights, published in 2010. She services on United Nations NGO committees and has been a consultant to the United Nations, she was appointed Chair of the Committee on Women’s Rights of the American Public Health Association for three consecutive terms. She is Associate Professor in Health Policy and Management and Family and Community Medicine and Global Health Director at New York Medical College.
Murthy became a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine in 2010. In 2015 Murthy was named Professional of the Year by the International Association of Who's Who, for her achievements in medicine and public health, she was awarded the Marie Catchatoor Memorial Award in 2013, the Dr Lata Patil Inaugural Oration Award in 2016, the Dr Homi Colabawalla Oration Award. She was awarded the Sojourner Truth Pin, awarded to women who excel in community service, has received the Jhirad Oration Award. In 2016 she was awarded the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal, the highest award given by the American Medical Women's Association, which recognises annually a woman physician for her outstanding contribution to the cause of women in medicine