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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Endless Boogie

Posted by Amoebite, February 1, 2018 02:15pm | Post a Comment

Endless Boogie What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Think you've got a killer record collection? After talking with Paul Major, who was a collector and dealer of rare and esoteric records years before starting his blues-psych band Endless Boogie, your collection may feel a bit commonplace. If you've been scooping up many of the obscure rock and psych reissues being pressed to vinyl these days, chances are Major had his hands on an original at one point, like Sussex by the Canadian hard-rock/psych band Bent Wind. "In 1982 you could have bought this album for $200 sealed," he says. "Now you could sell it for $10,000 or more." During his visit to Amoeba Hollywood, he picks up a recent reissue -- for a much more reasonable price. "I used to be like a basket, full of things," he says of his earlier years as a collector. Now he thinks of himself as a "channel," finding records and then selling them, letting them move on to the next collector. Thankfully for us, his channeling of records has helped bring numerous, obscure recordings to light, and his knowledge of them made for a very interesting What's In My Bag? interview.

Operating on the fringes and attracting a cult following over their two decades in existence, Endless Boogie is an American rock band influenced by stoner rock, psych, blues rock, and krautrock. Founded in 1997 by Paul Major, the band took its name from John Lee Hooker's 1971 LP of the same name. Endless Boogie Vibe Killer Amoeba MusicAlthough initially started without the intention to tour or record, in 2005, the band appeared at All Tomorrow's Parties in the UK, handing out the Vol. 1 & Vol 2. LPs to attendees. They went on to record Focus Level in 2008 and Full House Head in 2010. During this time, they toured with Dungen and Circle.

In 2011, Endless Boogie released Twenty Minute Jam Getting Out Of The City, a recording of a live rehearsal. This was followed by Long Island (2013), a career high point for many fans, and their latest, Vibe Killer (2017). In conjunction with this latter release, Mexican Summer published Major's book Feel the Music, a collection of his writing on music.

In this What's In My Bag? episode, Major talked about some of the rare LA psych records he's tracked down over the years, including Damon's Song of a Gypsy, which he calls "an early biggie" for him, and Fraction's Blood Moon, describing the band as five "biker, gnarly looking dudes" who recorded their record on a Christian label in Glendale. "It just fell into my hands, circa 1983 or 4," he shares with us, going on to talk about tracking the band down for more copies. "Now it's one of the biggest records from your local home turf here."

Watch the full episode and see all of Paul Major's picks:

Endless Boogie - What's In My Bag?
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