Sunday, June 26, 2022

sai mu: kwaam kyo



artist: ၸၢႆးမူး (sai mu)
album: ၵႂၢမ်းၵျေႃႇ (kwaam kyo)
tracklist:
01. ၸႂ်ထိုင်မိူင်းပၼ်ႇ (tsaue tueng moeng pan)
02. ၵေႃႉႁၵ်ႉပွတ်းႁွင်ႇ (kho hak pot hong)
03. ၶမ်းၸႅတ်ႈၸႅတ်ႈသႅင်ၵိုင်ႇမိူင်း (kam tsaet tsaet saeng kueng moeng)
04. သႃႈၶူမ်ၼမ်ႉလၼ်ႈ (saa kom nam lan)
05. မဝ်းယႃႈပူႉမိူင်းတူၼ် (maw yaa pu moeng ton)
06. လုၵ်ႈၼၢင်းယေႈသႅင်ၵေႃႇ (luk naang ye saeng ko)
07. မူဝ်ၶိူဝ်းၶုၼ်သီႇပေႃႉ (mo koe kun hsipaw)
08. ၸိမ် (tsim)
09. ၸဝ်ႈၼႃး (tsaw naa)
10. ၵႂၢမ်းၵျေႃႇ (kwaam kyo)
11. ၵႃႇထႃႇလိုပ်ႈၽီၽၢၼ် (kaatha luep pi paan)
12. ၼၵႃးတိုၵ်ႇလိုၼ် (nakaa tuek luen)
13. ပႅင်း (paeng)
14. ယႃႇၶျေႃႉ (yaa kyo)
15. ၵွပ်ႈၵဝ်ယိုဝ်ႈယိုတ်း (kop kaw yue yeut)
 
this week, shan rock classics from the myanmar-thai border! sai mu, from moeng pan in shan state, joined the shan united revolutionary army at age 19 and later became a teacher in resistance-affiliated schools. he founded his band in 1985 but just a decade later passed away at the age of 35. his group, freedom's way, carried on without him for many years, mostly based out of chaing mai, thailand. sai mu's songs run the gamut from revolutionary calls to action, to ballads of romantic longing, and even scatological humor. despite his brief career, his work remains inspiring to many independence-minded shan people to this day. for more info on sai mu and his legacy, be sure to check out jane m. ferguson's excellent new book repossessing shanland: myanmar, thailand, and a nation-state deferred.
 
[note: unfortunately, this tape reached me in an irreparably damaged state, so in its place i'm sharing a rip that has already been circulating online. all credit to the original uploader, naw liang]


Sunday, June 12, 2022

khwanchit siprachan: prap pho mai



artist: ขวัญจิต ศรีประจันต์ (khwanchit siprachan)
album: ปราบพ่อหม้าย (prap pho mai)
tracklist:
01. ปราบพ่อหม้าย ตอน 1 (prap pho mai, pt. 1)
02. ปราบพ่อหม้าย ตอน 2 (prap pho mai, pt. 2)
 
this week, a great old recording of national artist khwanchit siprachan and her troupe preforming some fantastic phleng isaeo! isaeo, characterized by its swift rhythm and intense wordplay, is a local specialty of central thailand's suphan buri province. the contestants take lighthearted jabs at each other and vie for the most cunning lyrical improvisations over an insistent backbeat. khwanchit is joined here by her sister khwanchai and their colleagues suchin siprachan and bunchok chanachot. these 4 have trained together since their teens, and their repartee is outstanding.. enjoy! 

Sunday, May 22, 2022

chaichana bunnachot: chai nang muean thang rot



artist: ชัยชนะ บุญนะโชติ (chaichana bunnachot)
album: ใจนางเหมือนทางรถ (chai nang muean thang rot)
tracklist:
01. ใจนางเหมือนทางรถ (chai nang muean thang rot)
02. ทำบุญกันเถิด (tham bun kan thoet)
03. ทำบุญสร้างวัด (tham bun sang wat)
04. รักกระจาย (rak krachai)
05. ชะนีหน้าดำ (chani na dam)
06. ชมสาว (chom sao)
07. ชมหนุ่ม (chom num)
08. สมาคมโลกตับแข็ง (samakhom lok tap khaeng)
09. เช้าแบนเย็นแบน (chao baen yen baen)
10. เพลงไม่เมา (phleng mai mao)
11. ชีวิตเด็กวัด (chiwit dek wat)
12. เพลงเกี่ยวข้าว (phleng kiao khao)
13. นิ่งเสียเถิดน้อง (ning sia thoet nong)
14. ขบถรัก (khabot rak)
15. แผ่นดินไม่สิ้นคนดี (phaendin mai sin khon di)
16. น้ำตาลูกทุ่ง (nam ta luk thung)
17. ขันหมากชัยชนะ (khan mak chaichana)

this week, luk thung classics from national artist mr. chaichana bunnachot! hailing from central thailand's chachoengsao province, chaichana grew up working on a mango plantation before joining his uncle's liké troupe, where he learned to sing all manner of folksong. eventually, he left for bangkok with his brother and the two sang at bus terminals throughout the city, earning some renown as street performers. chaichana soon turned his talents towards the new style being pioneered by khamron sambunnanon, which would come to be known as luk thung. he came to the attention of bandleader phayong mukda, who arranged his first recordings in 1958. from there he worked with other songwriters like phaibun butkhan and phiphat boribun before eventually coming into his own as a songsmith. for many generations chaichana has been a star performer and mentor to younger singers, and still performs occasionally at the age of 80! this cassette bears the same title as one we've heard here before, but while the lead single is a re-recording of an earlier hit, the rest is new content.. enjoy! 


Thursday, May 5, 2022

suphap daoduangden: lam phloen yuk mai



artist: สุภาพ ดาวดวงเด่น (suphap daoduangden)
album: ลำเพลิน ยุคใหม่ (lam phloen yuk mai)
tracklist:
01. ลำเพลิน ยุคใหม่ (lam phloen yuk mai)
02. ลำเพลิน สุภาพหาคู่ (lam phloen suphap ha khu)
03. ลำเพลินเกี้ยวลำเพลิน (lam phloen kiao lam phloen)
04. ลำเพลิน เดินนิทาน (lam phloen doen nithan)
05. ลำเพลิน อีสานสามัคคี (lam phloen isan samakkhi)
06. ลำเพลินสลับเดินกลอน (lam phloen salap doen klon)
07. ลำเพลิน หนังบักตื้อ (lam phloen nang bak tue)
08. หมอลำหาคู่ (molam ha khu)

this week, some excellent lam phloen from suphap daoduangden! a native of roi-et, suphap trained from a young age as a molam with achan buapha phansaen of ubon. she was first picked up by pho mahan nakhonchai for his troupe, and later by the phet burapha group, playing the lead parts in their lam rueang to klon performances1. she would go on to work with thepphabut satirotchomphu and the siang siam label, making classic recordings of both molam and luk thung isan, including today's selections.. enjoy!

Thursday, April 7, 2022

wongchan phairot chorus: rim fang nam



artist: วงจันทร์ ไพโรจน์ คอรัส (wongchan phairot chorus)
album: ริมฝั่งน้ำ (rim fang nam)
tracklist:
01. ริมฝั่งน้ำ (rim fang nam)
02. บุพเพสันนิวาส (bupphesanniwat)
03. ห้วงน้ำลึก (huang nam luek)
04. ครวญสวาท (khruan sawat)
05. งามเดือนฉาย (ngam duean chai)
06. ตะเลงครวญ (taleng khruan)
07. กลิ่นดอกไม้ (klin dok mai)
08. รอยรักรอยร้าว (roi rak roi rao)
09. ทาษน้ำเงิน (that nam ngoen)
10. ถ้าฉันมีคนรัก (tha chan mi khon rak)
11. ถ้าเธอรักฉัน (tha thoe rak chan)
12. จำจาก-จำลา (cham chak, cham la)

this week, wongchan phairot and her chorus bring us easy listening luk krung classics! a bangkok native, wongchan started her singing career at age 9 after winning the phu khao thong temple fair contest, and under the sponsorship of khru mongkhon amatayakun began recording children's songs for the t. ngek chuan record store. as she got older, she performed with a number of cosmopolitan outfits like the royal thai navy band, the bangkok cha-cha-cha band, and hon hanbuntrong's hawaiian aloha band, before joining khru mongkhon's famous chularat. with chularat, she moved towards the luk thung scene, even taking on suraphon sombatcharoen (for instance) as a songwriter. by the time (late '70s?) of today's featured cassette, however, she was firmly back in the city music camp, performing urbane luk krung ballroom numbers and ballads by the likes of wet sunthonchamon, kaeo atchariyakun and phoem khlaibanleng. vocally, she's joined by her chorus for some close harmony (think: the ray charles singers).. enjoy!

Sunday, March 20, 2022

phatchara waengwan: klam kluen



artist: พัชรา แวงวรรณ (phatchara waengwan)
album: กล้ำกลืน (klam kluen)
tracklist:
01. กล้ำกลืน (klam kluen)
02. ใครคนหนึ่งถึงใครสักคน (khrai khon nueng thueng khrai sak khon)
03. เราจะโทษใคร (rao cha thot khrai)
04. หัวใจที่ว่างเปล่า (hua chai thi wang plao)
05. บาดตา ตำใจ (bat ta, tam chai)
06. เข็ดแล้ว พอแล้ว (khet laeo, pho laeo)
07. โง่รัก (ngo rak)
08. ไม่มีที่ว่างสำหรับเธอ (mai mi thi wang samrap thoe)
09. ลืมไม่ลงปลงไม่ได้ (luem mai long plong mai dai)
10. รักหลอกลวง (rak lok luang)

this week, a set of classic early-'90s string hits! phatchara, born in khorat, started her singing career young, joining the band ovation in 1981 at age 18 and signing to nithithat promotion, co. ltd.. after a number of popular albums with the group, she broke off for a solo career, likewise to great success. this 1992 album, her fourth under her own name, consists primarily of bittersweet torch songs complimented by the slick, cosmopolitan pop production sound of the era. our particular cassette, however, is uncharacteristically lo-fi, likely due to it reaching us through what appears to be a lao bootleg. enjoy!

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

chanthip & khamban: so kep nok



artist: จันทร์ทิพย์ + คำบาน (chanthip & khamban)
album: ชอเก็บนก (so kep nok)
tracklist:
01. ชอเก็บนก ตอน 1 (so kep nok, pt. 1)
02. ชอเก็บนก ตอน 2 (so kep nok, pt. 2)

this week, fantastic old music from lanna! our performers are จันทร์ทิพย์ เรือนรักเรา (chanthip rueanrakrao) a.k.a. จันติ๊บ สามหลัง (chantip samlang) and คำบาน สบอาว (khamban sob-ao), two early recording stars of northern thai music. this cassette centers on a piece that was originally released by bangkok's t. ngek chuan (rabbit brand) in the early 1950s across a long series of 78 rpm records (thus the breaks that occur roughly every 3 minutes, to accommodate the original format). according to the labels, our 2 so performers are accompanied by an ensemble of 4 large pi (free-reed bamboo pipes). there are also instrumental pieces tacked on to the end of each side that feature a larger group, consisting of the aforementioned pi, plus sueng (plucked, fretted lute) and salo (spike fiddle). these i presume were recorded much later, possibly by the re-release label's house band khana nakhon phanit? the second side features some additional so performances from 78, backed by a similar salo-so-sueng ensemble but adding piano. enjoy!

Sunday, January 23, 2022

sisuda roengchai: chan cha yu phuea thoe ik wan



artist: ศรีสุดา เริงใจ (sisuda roengchai)
album: ฉันจะอยู่เพื่อเธออีกวัน (chan cha yu phuea thoe ik wan)
tracklist:
01. ฉันจะอยู่เพื่อเธออีกวัน (chan cha yu phuea thoe ik wan)
02. หนาว (nao)
03. จูบลวง (chup luang)
04. ห่วง (huang)
05. คิดไม่ผิด (khit mai phit)
06. วอนสวรรค์ (won sawan)
07. ฝนเศร้า (fon sao)
08. คอยเธอคืน (khoi thoe khuen)
09. กุหลาบงาม (kulap ngam)
10. จะจริงหรือไร (cha ching rue mai)
11. รักร้าง (rak rang)
12. คืนนี้พี่เหงา (khuen ni phi ngao)

2 sung by นิทัศน์ ละอองศรี (nithat la-ongsi)
4 sung by สุวัจชัย สุทธิมา  (suwatchai sutthima)
6 sung by เศวตชัย วิฑูรเทพ (sawetchai withunthep)
8 sung by มนตรี สีหเทพ (montri sihathep)
10 sung by สามารถ บริบูรณ์เวช (samat boribunwet)
12 sung by ศักดา อิทธิชัย (sakda itthichai)

many thanks to our generous pal dave novak for this week's record

a bit of an excursion today; trading our typically magnetically-fixed sound for the phonographic [feedback on my inexpert vinyl transfer welcome]! our featured star is sisuda roengchai, a luk krung singer in the suntharaphon orbit, and a nightclub fixture both in bangkok and parts more southerly around the mid-'70s. her biggest hit was the title song to the 1975 film "mae sai", although she left her singing career behind just a decade later, becoming a restaurateur instead[1]. the music on this record (all the work of mononymous songwriter phonphirun) is a mix of slow ballads and waltzes, latin-flavored ballroom boleros, and interestingly, one indonesian kroncong-style number [track 9]. sisuda sings half the tracks (the even numbered ones), while the others are carried by a roster of male vocalists, including her closest collaborator, nithat la-ongsi. enjoy!

Monday, November 15, 2021

suthep wongkamhaeng: loi krathong siang rak



artist: สุเทพ วงศ์กำแหง (suthep wongkamhaeng)
album: ลอยกระทงเสียงรัก (loi krathong siang rak)
tracklist:
01. ลอยกระทงเสี่ยงรัก (loi krathong siang rak)
02. กินไม่ได้นอนไม่หลับ (kin mai dai, non mai lap)
03. ความในใจ (khwam nai chai)
04. ลืมเสียเถิดดวงใจ (luem sia thoet duang chai)
05. ภาพดวงใจ (phap duang chai)
06. เสียแล้วเสียไป (sia laeo sia pai)
07. วัยรุ่นกลุ้มรัก (wai run klum rak)
08. ยอดรัก (yot rak)
09. ยอดขวัญ (yot khwan)
10. ศักดิ์พี่มีน้อย (sak phi mi noi)

this week, upbeat holiday dance music from suthep wongkamhaeng! mr. suthep of khorat (nakhon ratchasima) left his career in visual arts to join the royal thai air force band, after being spotted gigging as an intermission performer on bangkok's movie theatre circuit. following his tour of duty, suthep became a staple in the most popular of bangkok nightclubs and appeared frequently in mid-century silver screen musicals. writer 'rong wongsawan famously wrote that he possessed "a voice like the rubbing of satin in beer foam", soft and effervescent. this cassette, based around a loi krathong-themed single, spotlights a number of popular mid-century dance rhythms; latin, thai and otherwise (off-beat, cha cha cha, tango, guaracha, talung and beguine), involving a big band, plenty of latin percussion and even some unexpected electric guitar licks. enjoy!

Saturday, October 23, 2021

takako nishizaki & bruce gaston: daowadueng = indra's paradise



artist(s): takako nishizaki & bruce gaston
album: ดาวดึงส์ (daowadueng) = indra's paradise
tracklist:
01. เทพทอง (thep thong) = golden angel
02. ลาวเสี่ยงเทียน (lao siang thian) = oracle of light
03. ดาวดึงส์ (daowadueng) = indra's paradise
- (เหาะ) (hoe) = sacred flying song
- รัว (rua) = miraculous tremolo
- ตะเคิง = takhoeng
- แขกเจ้าเซ็น (khaek chao sen) = dance of the shiite muslims
04. ลาวกระแต (lao kratae) = laotian chipmunk
05. เขมรไทรโยค (khmer sai yok) = tales from the waterfall of saiyok
06. เขมรพายเรือ (khmer phai ruea) = cambodian rowing song
07. ฟ้อนเงี้ยว (fon ngiao) = hill-tribe dance

this past weekend, the thai music scene lost three beloved artists; molam phonsak songsaeng, string star ot khiribun, and classical fusion musician bruce gaston. the bangkok-based american composer/multi-intrumentalist gaston was a chula professor, co-founder with bunyong ketkhong of the ensemble fong naam, and active in the thai film industry as a composer of incidental music. he passed away sunday, october 17th at the age of 74. today's 1987 cassette finds him paired with violinist takako nishizaki, accompanying her primarily on piano but also with a range of both electronic and thai classical instruments. for more information, refer to the fairly extensive english-language liner notes which are included with the download. enjoy!