Wednesday, October 9, 2019

ruam phleng amata luk thung chut "khwan chai khon khi mao"



artist(s): various
album: รวมเพลงอมตะลูกทุ่ง ชุด ขวัญใจคนขี้เมา (ruam phleng amata luk thung chut "khwan chai khon khi mao")
tracklist:
01. เหล้าจ๋า (lao cha)
sung by สุชาติ เทียนทอง (suchat thianthong)
02. เพราะคุณคนเดียว (phro khun khon diao)
sung by สุชาติ เทียนทอง (suchat thianthong)
03. เมาแล้วเละ (mao laeo le)
sung by ลพ บุรีรัตน์ (lop burirat)
04. รักไม่เอาเมาดีกว่า (rak mai ao mao di kwa)
sung by เพลิน พรหมแดน (phloen phromdaen)
05. เมาจนนึกไม่ออก (mao chon nuek mai ok)
sung by สรวง สันติ (suang santi)
06. ดื่มเพื่อลืมเธอ (duem phuea luem thoe)
sung by ศรเพชร ศรสุพรรณ (sonphet sonsuphan)
07. แสนเมา (saen mao)
sung by เตือนใจ บุญพระรักษา (tueanchai bunphraraksa)
08. เมารัก (mao rak)
sung by ดำ แดนสุพรรณ (dam daensuphan)
09. สุราอันว่าเหล้า (sura an wa lao)
sung by ศักดิ์สยาม เพชรชมภู (saksiam phetchomphu)
10. ขอให้รักฉันเหมือนเหล้า (kho hai rak chan muean lao)
sung by เตือนใจ บุญพระรักษา (tueanchai bunphraraksa)
11. ศุกร์เมาเสาร์นอน (suk mao sao non)
sung by เพลิน พรหมแดน (phloen phromdaen)
12. รำวงกลางทุ่ง (ramwong klang thung)
sung by สุชาติ เทียนทอง (suchat thianthong)

this week, a compilation of immortal luk thung classics from the 60s and 70s, arranged on a theme: the abandonment of self to drink! on "drunkard's sweetheart", singers of many stripes show up to rhapsodize the quaffer's life: from suchat thianthong in his lecherous old-man character ("oh, booze, my darling"), to the comic "king of talking-music" phloen phromdaen ("don't want love, would rather be drunk"), rocker suang santi ("too drunk to think"), broken-hearted chanteuse tueanchai bunphraraksa ("i wish you'd love me the way you love booze"), and many more. so grab your drink of choice (if you're of the inclination), and enjoy!

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Friday, September 27, 2019

phongthep kradonchamnan: i am isan



artist: พงษ์เทพ กระโดนชำนาญ (phongthep kradonchamnan)
album: ไอแอมอีสาน (i am isan)
tracklist:
01. สาวเสื้อลาย (sao suea lai)
02. เอาเต๊อะ (ao toe)
03. ไอแอมอีสาน (i am isan)
04. โคราช 4 (khorat 4)
05. นกเขาไฟ (ภาคผีเมือง) (nok khao phai (phak phi mueang))
06. คนเลว (khon leo)
07. สาวเมืองเลย (sao mueang loei)
08. แหล่ 29 (lae 29)
09. ลำตะคอง (lam takhong)
10. อีแต๋น (i-taen)

this week, 'songs for life' from the 'farmer's poet'! phongthep was born in nakhon ratchasima (khorat), in thailand's isan region. he started out with the legendary phuea chiwit pioneers caravan, before fleeing to the jungle like many thai student activists after the terror of october 6th, 1976. he resurfaced following the amnesty of 1980, and joined pop-protest group carabao as a touring musician, before embarking on a solo career. on this, his third album (released 1986), he's joined by thongkram thana (guitar, violin), ut yannawa (drums), wichai chomrit (bass) and mongkhon uthok (so and phin), as well as guest spots from guitarist suthep thawanwiwatkun of hope, back-up vocals from yupphawan imkrung and so-u from rangsit chongchansittho. a noted multi-instrumentalist, phongthep himself contributes lead vocals, khaen, angkalung, flute, guitar and percussion. the music is an eclectic mix of folk-rock, reggae, country, bluegrass, etc., all mixed with various samplings of local thai styles.. enjoy!

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Monday, September 16, 2019

somphot duangsomphong: mia pa phro sa-u



artist: สมโภชน์ ดวงสมพงษ์ (somphot duangsomphong)
album: เมียป๋าเพราะซาอุฯ (mia pa phro sa-u)
tracklist:
01. เมียป๋าเพราะซาอุฯ (mia pa phro sa-u)
02. รู้ว่าเขาหลอก (ru wa khao lok)
03. จองไว้ก่อน (chong wai kon)
04. หมอลำพ่อลูกอ่อน (molam pho luk on)
05. สุราดีกว่านารี (sura di kwa nari)
06. เอิ้นหาน้องแดง (oen ha nong daeng)
07. พ่ายรัก (phai rak)
08. ลำเต้ยฮักน้องอีหลี (lam toei hak nong i-li)
09. ทหารห่วงแฟน (thahan huang faen)
10. ตายหยังเขียด (tai yang khiat)

this week, classic isan pop from somphot duangsomphong! the lead single here is somphot's 1985 response to phimpha phonsiri's "nam ta mia sa-u" of 1982, a famous song bemoaning the lives of wives whose husbands have gone to labor in saudi arabia. sharing a songwriter (soraphet phinyo) with the earlier tune, the lyrics offer a male perspective to contradict the original (though i think phimpha's remained the bigger hit). the style as advertised is lam klon khon kaen (prayuk), "khon kaen-stlye lam klon (modernized)". musical backing is by the grand band, with some perfectly 80's synthesizers taking the khaen parts during the introductory kroen sections. enjoy!

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

sathiya silaket: wan wan kap sathiya



artist: สาธิยา ศิลาเกษ (sathiya silaket)
album: วันหวาน กับ สาธิยา (wan wan kap sathiya)
tracklist:
01. คืนหนึ่ง (khuen nueng)
02. กำพร้าคู่ (kamphra khu)
03. ดวงใจใครหนอ (duang chai khrai no)
04. ต้องเข้าใจ (tong khao chai)
05. จันทร์เอ๋ย (chan oei)
06. ตะวันยอแสง (tawan yo saeng)
07. วันเพ็ญ (wan phen)
08. แรกรัก (raek rak)
09. ข้องจิต (khong chit)
10. ทาสน้ำเงิน (that nam ngoen)
11. แหวนที่ถอดวาง (waen thi thot wang)
12. ใครจะร้องไห้เพื่อฉัน (khrai cha rong hai phuea chan)
13. หนี้รัก (ni rak)
14. โลกหมุนเวียน (lok mun wian)
15. ยอดสน (yot son)
16. แว่วกริ่งกังสดาล (waeo kring kangsadan)

tracks 1-2, 9, 13, 16: featuring ยุรนันท์ ภมรมนตรี (yuranan pamonmontri)
tracks 7-8: featuring เศรษฐา ศิระฉายา (setha sirachaya)

this week, we're back to the smooth, nostalgic sounds of the city, with sathiya! i haven't been able to track down any biographical details about our singer here, but she seems to have been positioned at the conjuncture in the 1980s of the luk krung and string scenes; the time when formerly rock/pop/funk-oriented groups like the impossibles began harkening back to bangkok's mid-century big-band crooner music. indeed, setha sirachaya of the aforementioned impossibles provides guest vocals here, along with yuranan pamonmontri (better known as an actor and later politician). the songs are oldies from songwriters like sanga arampi and wet sunthonchamon, with slick new arrangements from 80s pop producers like thanit choenphiphatanasakun and prachin songphao (another impossibles alum). enjoy!

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Monday, August 26, 2019

decha nita-in: long singapore



artist: เดชา นิตะอินทร์ (decha nita-in)
album: ล่องสิงค์โปร (long singapore)
tracklist:
01. ล่องสิงค์โปร ตอน 1 (long singapore, pt. 1)
02. ล่องสิงค์โปร ตอน 2 (long singapore, pt. 2)

this week, some classic ubon lam! from the esteemed ratchabut stereo label, we'll be hearing beloved molam decha nita-in. i have several of his cassettes and his name is spelled differently on every one, making the metadata (and research) a bit trickier. i can tell you though that decha, from ubon, was the son of molam teacher chanphen nita-in, and an early partner to banyen rakkaen, placing him in an esteemed lineage. this recording is classic voice and khaen, with a good deal of humorous dialogue between decha and several interlocutors, creating an atmosphere as like to a social drinking session as to a recording session. there's also a subtle metallic chirp going on, and while i prefer to imagine that some nearby cicada singing bled into the recording, more likely it's just some tape defect that i haven't run into before. anyhow, enjoy!

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Monday, August 12, 2019

oichai daen-isan: molam brake taek



artist: อ้อยใจ แดนอีสาน (oichai daen-isan)
album: หมอลำเบรคแตก (molam brake taek)
tracklist:
01. เด็กในโอ (dek nai o)
02. สาววันบ่กล้าเสี่ยง (sao wan bo kla siang)
03. อิสานบ้านเฮา (isan ban hao)
04. ผัวสามสไตล์ (phua sam style)
05. น้ำตาปรี่ที่ญี่ปุ่น (nam ta pri thi yipun)
06. ครูบุญธรรมจำบ่ได้ (khru buntham cham bo dai)
07. สาวดำรำพัน (sao dam ramphan)
08. จีบพี่โก๋ (chip phi ko)
09. แฟนหายใจละห้อย (faen hai chai la hoi)
10. โฉนดหัวใจ (chanot hua chai)
11. มอเตอร์ไซค์ทำแสบ (motorsai tham saep)
12. คิดถึงทุ่งลุยลาย (khit thueng thung lui lai)
13. อยู่ก็เสียใจไปดีกว่า (yu ko sia chai pai di kwa)

this week, the first from our batch of recent acquisitions: we've got oichai daen-isan with a set of non-stop molam-luk thung! oichai is from chaiyaphum, the daughter of very poor itinerant peddlers, and had little formal schooling. her love of singing, however, brought her family advantage; as they traveled from town to town selling charcoal, oichai would sing songs to attract customers. after her father's death, she struck off on her own and lived a turbulent young life, sneaking to bangkok with a singing group who cast her out, cutting her hair short to avoid harassment in the slums, further disguising herself as a boy to live on temple grounds, and generally hustling to get by in the city as a dishwasher, street vendor, and finally nightclub singer. at last she met narong rotcharoen, president of topline diamond. although she considered herself a luk thung singer, the label saw potential for her in the modern molam scene, and particularly their brake taek or "brake failure" style, marked by continuous medley-type sets. achan num phuthai was brought in to lead the band, and the album was a best-seller. according to oichai, though, so many people were involved in the recording that no one made much money off it individually, and her follow-ups failed to repeat its success. she lost interest in a musical career as a main income, and went back to food service1. today, you can find her selling yam naem (crispy rice salad) from a street stall in the bangkok suburbs, although she still performs occasionally as a singer. enjoy!

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Monday, August 5, 2019

khana samakkhi siang tham: thet lae prayuk rueang "phu hak kin nang, phu sang kin kraduk"



artist(s): คณะ สามัคคีเสียงธรรม (khana samakkhi siang tham)
album: เทศน์แหล่ประยุกต์ เรื่อง ผู้ฮักกินหนัง ผู้ซังกินกระดูก (thet lae prayuk rueang "phu hak kin nang, phu sang kin kraduk")
tracklist:
01. ผู้ฮักกินหนัง ผู้ซังกินกระดูก ม้วน 1 ตอน 1 (phu hak kin nang, phu sang kin kraduk, vol. 1, pt. 1)
02. ผู้ฮักกินหนัง ผู้ซังกินกระดูก ม้วน 1 ตอน 2 (phu hak kin nang, phu sang kin kraduk, vol. 1, pt. 2)
03. ผู้ฮักกินหนัง ผู้ซังกินกระดูก ม้วน 2 ตอน 1 (phu hak kin nang, phu sang kin kraduk, vol. 2, pt. 1)
04. ผู้ฮักกินหนัง ผู้ซังกินกระดูก ม้วน 2 ตอน 2 (phu hak kin nang, phu sang kin kraduk, vol. 2, pt. 2)

last month i was lucky enough to attend the annual candle festival in ubon ratchathani, a spectacular event based around the parading of huge, elaborately decorated candles which takes place at the beginning of buddhist lent (and is depicted on this cassette's cover art). while i got a handful of excellent tapes while i was there, this one was actually a gift of a year or two back from my friend alexandra, who picked it up at the amazing ratchabut stereo in ubon (a site i was also lucky enough to revisit!). the recording (spanning a 2-tape set) is of thet lae isan, a melodic and expressive form of sermonizing that is composed in klon (the same poetic form used by molam). the group samakkhi siang tham is made up of phra khru thongsuk satchawaro, ketkaeo sangwuttho and bunma warathammo, and the content is based on a famous local folktale. i'm not sure whether or not it bears any specific connection to the candle festival, so if you know please comment.. in the meantime, enjoy!

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Monday, July 29, 2019

phleng ha tha cha bong



artist: unknown
album: เพลงฮาท่าจะบองส์ (phleng ha tha cha bong)
tracklist:
01. ดีดไข่ (dit khai)
02. ลูกเวร (luk wen)
03. มหาจวน (maha chuan)
04. เมดอินไทกอ (made in 'thai ko')
05. บัวลอยไข่หวาน (bua loi khai wan)
06. สองเฒ่าสะท้านฟ้า (song thao sathan fa)
07. ราชาเท้าแชร์ (racha thao 'share')
08. นวลนางสกปรก (nuan nang sokkaprok)
09. ขอลาที (kho la thi)
10. หำเหลือน้อย (ham luea noi)

back from thailand with a decent haul of music to share in the coming weeks and months! but first i have a few pending posts to catch up, including this strange entry that arrived by mail from sam of the (now sadly defunct) archive of southeast asian music! no information is given about the artists, though we are informed as to the purpose of the project ("for the public good") and the intended beneficiaries ("for the benefit of the foundation for the welfare of the mentally retarded of thailand"). there's also a special thank you to the members of carabao, which makes sense after a listen.. the cassette is a (rather silly) track-by-track parody of the group's classic 1984 album made in thailand. i'm not familiar enough with the 1980 film the gods must be crazy to know whether this cassette's movie-inspired cover bears any connection to the lyrics, but it doesn't seem to. quite an odd object, hope you enjoy!

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

anong sithaiphan & bunchu thongchuea: piphat (rong) lao krathop mai



artist: อนงค์ ศรีไทยพันธุ์ + บุญชู ทองเชื้อ (anong sithaiphan & bunchu thongchuea)
album: ปี่พาทย์ (ร้อง) ลาวกระทบไม้ (piphat (rong) lao krathop mai)
tracklist:
01. ลาวกระทบไม้ (lao krathop mai)
sung by อนงค์ ศรีไทยพันธุ์ (anong sithaiphan)
02. ลาวเสี่ยงเทียน (lao siang thian)
sung by อนงค์ ศรีไทยพันธุ์ (anong sithaiphan)
03. ลาวดวงดอกไม้ (lao duang dok mai)
sung by บุญชู ทองเชื้อ (bunchu thongchuea)
04. แขกสาหร่าย (khaek sarai)
sung by บุญชู ทองเชื้อ (bunchu thongchuea)
05. ฟ้อนม่าน (มุ่ยเซียงตา) (fon man (mui siang ta))
sung by อนงค์ ศรีไทยพันธุ์ (anong sithaiphan)
06. ฟ้อนเงี้ยว (fon ngiao)
sung by บุญชู ทองเชื้อ (bunchu thongchuea)

this week's cassette is part of a generous bequest gifted to us by educator cliff sloane, a former professor of ethnomusicology and founder of asianclassicalmp3.org, a major influence behind this blog.

this week, some fantastic vocal-piphat music! our singers are two luminaries of the classical music scene in the thai capitol: bunchu, daughter of master krachang thongchuea, has sung with many of the foremost piphat groups of recent times. anong is also the daughter of a famed musician, chamnian sithaiphan, and is known for her work with a great many bangkok-based ensembles including the government public relations department orchestra. with their illustrious, varied careers and lack of attribution on the packaging, i unfortunately can't tell you much about the instrumentalists here today, other than that they are great.. so, enjoy!

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Monday, May 13, 2019

phonsak songsaeng: toei sao chan kang kop



artist: พรศักดิ์ ส่องแสง (phonsak songsaeng)
album: เต้ยสาวจันทร์กั้งโกบ (toei sao chan kang kop)
tracklist:
01. เต้ยสาวจันทร์กั้งโกบ (toei sao chan kang kop)
02. เต้ยแล้วแต่วาสนา (toei laeo tae watsana)
03. เต้ยหนาวนี้พี่ตายแน่ (toei nao ni phi tai nae)
04. เต้ยมันสะเด็ดยาด (toei man sadet yat)
05. เต้ยเสียวไส้ (toei siao sai)
06. เต้ยหนุ่มนาลาแฟน (toei num na la faen)
07. เต้ยหัวอกสิบล้อ (toei hua ok sip lo)
08. เต้ยถึงบ้าก็น่ารัก (toei thueng ba ko na rak)
09. เต้ยสวรรค์บ้านนา (toei sawan ban na)
10. เต้ยนัดแต่งปีหน้า (toei nat taeng pi na)
11. เต้ยสาวบางกอก (toei sao bangkok)
12. เต้ยแดงจ๋าพี่มาแล้ว (toei daeng cha phi ma laeo)

a real treat for everyone this week: a classic cassette from one of my personal favorite molam-luk thung stars.. mr. phonsak songsaeng! hailing from a farming family in udon thani, phonsak left school after grade 4 to help his parents in the field. after a short gig as a boxer, he formed his first band, champ isan, in 1981 at age 21. from his first album forward he enjoyed a string of huge hits, the most enduring of which leads off this 1986 album on siang siam's kritsanathep imprint.

note: this album was gifted to me with a mismatched cassette in the case, so i'm offering a compact disc rip in its place.. apologies for any resulting increase in fidelity!

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