Monday, November 26, 2018

namphueng phet-uthai & her group: tham khwan nak, pt. 2



artist: น้ำผึ้ง เพชรอุทัย - ละเอียด ลูกอุทัย - สุวรรณ แก้วน้ำ (namphueng phet-uthai, la-iat luk-uthai & suwan kaeonam)
album: ทำขวัญนาค 2 (tham khwan nak 2)
tracklist:
01. สอนนาค (son nak)
02. พระสุริยง (phra suriyong)
03. อวยพรนาค (uai phon nak)
04. บายศรี (bai si)
05. เชิญขวัญนาค (choen khwan nak)
06. บายศรีเวียนเทียน (bai si wian thian)
07. ชูชกสองกุมาร (chuchok song kuman)
08. ฉ่อยเรื่องชูชก (choi rueang chu chok)
09. มัทรีกลับจากป่า (matri klap chak pa)
10. มัทรีตัดพ้อ (matri tat pho)
11. พาชูชกชมนก (pha chuchok chom nok)
12. อวยพรลา (uai phon la)

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, we have part 2 of namphueng phet-uthai and her group's excellent ceremonial sounds! as namphueng's stage-surname suggests, our artists are based out of uthai thani province in thailand's central plain and specialize in music for any number of events where sacred sounds are required (at the time of writing, you can still book them to perform at your own event!). we've heard from these folks once before here, way back in 2010, when they provided a soundtrack to the thot kathin & thot phapa merit-making festivals. today, we join them at a tham khwan nak, or ordination ceremony for a novice monk. the group includes fellow singers la-iat luk-uthai and suwan kaeonam, performing poetry by sangwian miluenam. while the first side finds them backed by the "78 sound" piphat ensemble as in part 1, the second side finds accompaniment paired down to a more drum-and-fiddle-based group. enjoy!

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Monday, November 19, 2018

namphueng phet-uthai & her group: tham khwan nak, pt. 1



artist(s): น้ำผึ้ง เพชรอุทัย - ละเอียด ลูกอุทัย - สุวรรณ แก้วน้ำ (namphueng phet-uthai, la-iat luk-uthai & suwan kaeonam)
album: ทำขวัญนาค 1 (tham khwan nak 1)
tracklist:
01. ปาริตะวา (paritawa)
02. เชิญเทพยุดา (choen thepphayuda)
03. เคารพพระคุณ (khaorop phra khun)
04. กำเนิดนาค (kamnoet nak)
05. โศรกสะเดาโยง (เจ็บท้องคลอด) (sok sadao yong (chep thong khlot))
06. หมอตำแยทำคลอด (mo tamyae tham khlot)
07. กล่อมนาค (klom nak)
08. พระคุณ พ่อ แม่ (phra khun pho mae)

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, we have some excellent ceremonial sounds from namphueng phet-uthai and her group! as namphueng's stage-surname suggests, our artists are based out of uthai thani province in thailand's central plain and specialize in music for any number of events where sacred sounds are required (at the time of writing, you can still book them to perform at your own event!). we've heard from these folks once before here, way back in 2010, when they provided a soundtrack to the thot kathin and thot phapa merit-making festivals. today, we join them at a tham khwan nak, or ordination ceremony for a novice monk. her prayuk group includes fellow singers la-iat luk-uthai and suwan kaeonam, backed by the piphat ensemble "78 sound", performing poetry by sangwian miluenam. unlike many tapes, where i've stumbled across a random numbered volume on its lonesome, cliff managed to secure both parts of this set, so next week we'll hear the second half.. enjoy, and stay tuned!

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

songkhla college of dramatic arts: ram manora



artist: วิทยาลัยนาฏศิลป์ สงขลา (songkhla college of dramatic arts)
album: รำมโนราห์ บรรเลงดนตรีพื้นเมืองใต้ 1 (ram manora: banleng dontri phuen mueang tai, vol. 1)
tracklist:
01. รำมโนราห์ (ram manora)
02. รำมโนราห์ (ram manora - vocal)
03. รำตารีตีปัด (ram taritipat)
04. ระบำเดินพราน (rabam doen phran)
05. ระบำประมง (rabam pramong)
06. ระบำผ้าเต๊ะ (rabam pha te)
07. ระบำบ้องต้น (rabam bong ton)
08. ระบำชักพระ (rabam chak phra)
09. ระบำรองเง็ง (rabam rongngeng)

this week, some brilliant southern folk sounds from songkhla! the musicians of the songkhla college of dramatic arts (which seems now to be defunct.. does anyone know the story?) bring us music from the dramatic dance genre of manora (or nora for short), performances of the jataka tales of manohara. the centrepiece of these acts is the elaborately costumed and often remarkably flexible dancers playing the role of kinnari (half-bird/half-human mythological creatures) [see j-card above]. the instrumental accompaniment is provided by thap (paired drums) plus one deeper drum, pi nai (oboe), nong (paired gongs), and assorted clappers, finger-cymbals, etc. occasionally joined by a vocalist. enjoy!

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Monday, October 8, 2018

thanin intharathep: phon wan koet



artist: ธานินทร์ อินทรเทพ (thanin intharathep)
album: พรวันเกิด (phon wan koet)
tracklist:
01. พรวันเกิด (phon wan koet)
02. เพ็ญโสภา (phen sopha)
03. ผมไปไม่พ้น (phom pai mai phon)
04. รักใต้ร่มไทร (rak tai rom sai)
with ลินจง บุญนากรินทร์ (linchong bunnakkarin)
05. ไร้คู่ (rai khu)
06. แจกันรัก (chae kan rak)
07. คนหนังสือพิมพ์ (khon nangsue phim)
08. นกขมิ้น 1 (nok khamin 1)
09. นกขมิ้น 2 (nok khamin 2)
10. คืนคำรัก (khuen kham rak)

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, we've got some more smooth sounds from mr. thanin intharathep! thanin is from samut sakhon, just outside of bangkok, and started out as a champion of local singing contests. he was discovered by pop impresario payong mukda, who got him in with suthep wongkhamhaeng's "suthep show" troupe. often billed as "thailand's frank sinatra", thanin brought a young, attractive face to the romantic, jazz-tinged ballads of luk krung, and is still a favorite among older bangkokians. this somewhat idiosyncratic compilation features a sampling of hits from several eras of his career: saccharine dance hall love songs, smooth 70s numbers hinting at funk, and more straight-forward big band pop, firmly in the luk krung tradition. among an album of romance, a rather unexpected entry is track 7, extolling the virtues of those in the journalistic trade.. enjoy!

also, while i've never been one to go in for anniversaries, i just noticed while typing up this post that it marks a decade of monrakplengthai. i promise that the "happy birthday" chorus that leads off this cassette was unintentional..

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

nutchari siracha: khuen pai hua chai cham



artist: นุชจรี ศรีราชา (nutchari siracha)
album: ขึ้นป้ายหัวใจช้ำ (khuen pai hua chai cham)
tracklist:
01. ทองปลอม (thong plom)
02. หลอกหนูหรือเปล่า (lok nu rue plao)
03. มือถือไมค์หัวใจร้องไห้ (mue thue mike hua chai rong hai)
04. อีแหววสิ้นหวัง (iwaeo sin wang)
05. ไม่รักหรอก (mai rak rok)
06. เสียงจากนุชจรี (siang chak nutchari)
07. มันน่าไหมเนี๊ยะ (man na mai nia)
08. อุ๊ยตายแฟนใคร (ui tai faen khrai)
09. ชอบคนมีสี (chop khon mi si)
10. คิดฮอดอีสาน (khit hot isan)

nutchari was born to a poor family in chonburi on thailand's eastern seaboard and got her start singing early. by age 5 she was performing at village festivities, and at age 9 she appeared onstage at a local concert of phumphuang duangchan. eventually she was asked to join anothai promotions, home of yingyong yotbuangam, and made her first recorded appearance with an answer song to the star singer. after that company folded, she joined with m-star to record the cassette we're hearing today. during this period she had become a close disciple of thotsaphon himaphan, and the influence of his lae-luk thung style can be heard on several tracks, especially the single (track 4). after this album, she left m-star for thotsaphon's four 's, at which point she really started gaining momentum: she was famous for her hectic schedule, often playing 4 concerts in a day. sadly, her career was brought to a tragic end after a traffic accident on tour left her incapacitated, with her face and voice forever altered. today, however, she's fully recovered and has even begun performing again. enjoy!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

phloen phromdaen: lung di khi mao



artist: เพลิน พรหมแดน (phloen phromdaen)
album: ลุงดีขี้เมา (lung di khi mao)
tracklist:
01. ลุงดีขี้เมา (lung di khi mao)
02. คนชอบเหล้า (khon chop lao)
03. สมาคมขี้เมา (samakhom khi mao)
04. เมืองนักปราชญ์ (mueang nak prat)
05. นานที่มีครั้ง (nan thi mi khrang)
06. ผู้ใหญ่พัฒนา (phu yai phatthana)
07. ลุงพัดหนังเหนียว (lung phat nang niao)
08. หนุ่มน้อยฝอยข่าว (num noi foi khao)
09. อยากดังฟังทางนี้ (yak dang fang thang ni)
10. คึกลิดคิดลึก (khueklit khit luek)

this week, 10 more solid-gold classics from mr. phloen phromdaen, the "king of talking music"! phloen grew up in aranyaprathet on the cambodian border, where he worked on his parents' farm. at age 20, a radio contest win landed him a spot in a local ramwong band. following that stint, he headed for bangkok to join the burgeoning luk thung scene, using his own savings to record original songs. eventually these sessions produced his massive hit "chom thung", which won him a spot among the biggest stars of the era, and even starring roles in several films. it was at this point that phloen became interested in comedy and inventive ways to incorporate clever wordplay and skits into his tracks. the result was phleng phut or "talking music", which is exactly what it sounds like: phloen will stop the music in the middle of a song to engage in witty asides with his bandmates. thai-language comprehension, of course, will help in appreciating the skits and the clever lyrics in general, but luckily the music is great on its own, featuring some of the hardest-hitting funk sounds to be found in 1970s thailand.. enjoy!

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

wara worawet: phleng banleng khrueangsai phasom, vol. 7



artist: วราห์ วรเวช / วงเครื่องสายผสม คณะ วัชรบรรเลง (wara worawet & wong khrueang sai phasom khana watcharabanleng)
album: เพลงบรรเลงเครื่องสายผสม ชุดที่ 7 แสนคำนึง (phleng banleng khrueang sai phasom, vol. 7: saen kham nueng)
tracklist:
01. แสนคำนึง (saen kham nueng)
02. ครวญหา (khruan ha)
03. แสนสุดสวาท (saen sut sawat)
04. สุดสงวน (sut sanguan)
05. สารถี (sarathi)
06. สาวสอดแหวน (sao sot waen)

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, we'll hear our second entry from wara worawet! a physician by profession (graduating from the university of pennsylvania in 1961) mr. wara was also a prolific songwriter (having a number of luk krung & thai sakon-style hits to his name) as well as a leader of the musical association of thailand under patronage of his majesty the king. on this cassette, he tries his hand at the prayuk movement, a trend of "modernizing" thai classical music to appeal to an increasingly cosmopolitan local audience. in particular, this recording features a khrueang sai phasom or "combined string" ensemble, conducted by suwit bowonwatthana, and based on the traditional thai string ensemble (which typical featured so u and so duang fiddles, chakhe plucked zithers, khlui flute and percussion). to my ear, the phasom aspect regards the addition of accordion, chinese-style dulcimer, and perhaps some other elements that a more astute listener than i could divine? the repertoire features work from a number of prominent thai composers including luang pradit phairo (son sinlapabanleng), luang sano duriyang (thongdi thongphirun), luang sano duriyang (thongdi thongphirun), montri tramot, and phra pradit phairo (mi duriyangkun), several of which are based on more ancient melodies and which in turn feature further arrangement by mr. wara.. enjoy!

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Monday, August 6, 2018

grand ex': duang duean



artist: แกรนด์เอ็กซ์ (grand ex')
album: ดวงเดือน (duang duean)
tracklist:
01. ลาวดวงเดือน (lao duang duean)
02. เหมือนไม่เคย (muean mai khoei)
03. ถ้าฉันจะรัก (tha chan cha rak)
04. ดวงใจในฝัน (duang chai nai fan)
05. เท่านี้ก็ตรม (thao ni ko trom)
06. จำพราก (cham phrak)
07. ร.รอรัก (r. ro rak)
08. ธรณีสายเลือด (thorani sai lueat)
09. ทำบุญด้วยอะไร (tham bun duai arai)
10. กาลเวลา (kan wela)
11. พรุ่งนี้ (phrung ni)
12. เนื้อทองของพี่ (nuea thong khong phi)
13. ลาวดวงเดือน [ดนตรี] (lao duang duean [instrumental])

this cassette was a generous gift from our pal sam of the (now sadly defunct) archive of southeast asian music!

this week, more great 1980's thai city-pop! founded in 1970 by nakhon wetsuphaphon and friends at bangkok's bophit phimuk college, grand ex' (like last week's royal sprites) got their start playing at nightclubs and string combo competitions around the capitol. the group carved out a niche for themselves by eschewing the hard rock image popular with other local groups, preferring a straight-laced look complete with dress shirts and neckties. they went through a range of personnel changes before settling on a line-up with chamrat sawetaphon (who would later found the ubiquitous new-age label green music) on lead vocals and starting their recording career. this cassette contains their 14th album, from 1984, wherein the group build slick, jazzy, electronic disco-crossover songs out of older classical and luk krung melodies. enjoy!

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

royal sprites: rueang chip choi



artist: รอยัลสไปรท์ส (royal sprites)
album: เรื่องจิ๊บจ๊อย (rueang chip choi)
tracklist:
01. เรื่องจิ๊บจ๊อย (rueang chip choi)
02. กินรีเล่นน้ำ (kinari len nam)
03. กิ่งฟ้า (king fa)
04. เจอะคุณเข้าอีกแล้ว (choe khun khao ik laeo)
05. มนต์รักบ้านนา (mon rak ban na)
06. ธาราระทม (thara rathom)
07. เพ้อ (phoe)
08. ลมจ๋า (lom cha)
09. สั่งฟ้าฝากดิน (sang fa fak din)
10. จับปลาสองมือ (chap pla song mue)

this cassette was a generous gift from our pal sam of the (now sadly defunct) archive of southeast asian music!

this week, some classic thai funk! originally styled the royal academy of magic sprites, today's group was founded in 1969 by lead guitar amnat sima and singer adisak prakhunhangsit while they were studying at the poh-chang academy of arts. they played at nightclubs and string combo competitions around bangkok, in friendly rivalry with fellow pop/rock groups like the impossibles. toward the end of the 70s, adisak left the group and sunthon sutcharitchan came on as lead vocalist, whereupon they took on a more funk/disco bent and also began their recording career in earnest. they released a string of successful albums up until 1987, when they disbanded. the cassette featured today was their first for the azona label, released in 1982. enjoy!

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Monday, July 16, 2018

chinthara phunlap: molam sa-on, vol. 3



artist: จินตหรา พูนลาภ (chinthara phunlap)
album: หมอลำสะออน ชุด 3 น้ำตาหล่นบนเถียงนา (molam sa-on, vol. 3: nam ta lon bon thiang na)
tracklist:
01. น้ำตาหล่นบนเถียงนา (nam ta lon bon thiang na)
02. เหงาใจในต่างแดน (ngao chai nai tang daen)
03. นกตูมร้องน้องสะอื้น (nok tum rong nong sa-uen)
04. รักร้าวที่บึงพลาญ (rak rao thi bueng phalan)
05. เดือนหงายอ้ายสัญญา (duean ngai ai sanya)
06. นั่งซึมใต้ต้นมะยม (nang suem tai ton mayom)
07. หมอชิตสองน้องคอย (mochit song nong khoi)
08. อ้อนอ้ายขายนา (on ai khai na)
09. ซังผู้ชายหลายเมีย (sang phu chai lai mia)
10. ไร่ข้าวโพดโกรธพี่ (rai khao phot krot phi)
11. ปอสี่พี่ไม่มอง (po si phi mai mong)
12. คนสามใจไก่สามขา (khon sam chai kai sam kha)

back in may, we had a great compilation from the first decade of luk thung/molam star chinthara phunlap's career.. this week, we'll hear an entry from a half-decade later! for a quick refresher: chintara came from a farming family in roi-et province and worked her way up through singing contests and radio appearances in khon kaen, before signing to gmm grammy and quickly becoming a best-seller. her high tone and ornamented style of singing have earned her the nickname "the girl with the voice of a phin", and her short haircut and energetic presence made her an icon of her generation. this cassette is the third in her "molam sa-on (pleasing molam)" series, released on her own mastertape label in the year 2000, featuring songwriting from dao bandon and music from sawat sarakham. enjoy!