Thursday, February 18, 2021

phloen phromdaen: ot thon khue khon thai

 
 
artist: เพลิน พรหมแดน (phloen phromdaen)
album: อดทนคือคนไทย (ot thon khue khon thai)
tracklist:
01. อดทนคือคนไทย (ot thon khue khon thai)
02. เจ้านายตาแดง (chao nai ta daeng)
03. ดื่มเหล้าเผากลุ้ม (duem lao phao klum)
04. สัตว์บรรดาศักดิ์ (sat bandasak)
05. หลอกให้ขายควาย (lok hai khai khwai)
06. นักโทษรัก (nak thot rak)
07. เมียแก่รถเก่า (mia kae rot kao)
08. กราบเท้าแม่ (krap thao mae)
09. จดหมายถึงพ่อ (chot mai thueng pho)
10. จดหมายตีกลับ (chot mai ti klap)
11. คอยสาวนา (khoi sao na)
12. รอพี่ตีสอง (ro phi ti song)

this week, a latter-day entry 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. today's cassette finds phloen a bit past his "golden years" in the 60s and his comedic "talking music" days in the 70s. it comes to us from sansoen rungserichai's boxing sound label, home also to stars like yingyong yotbuangam and ekkachai siwichai. the sound is very much of its time (the early 90s) with synthesized horn stabs and soaring guitar solos over electronic beats. enjoy!
 

Sunday, January 31, 2021

kaeotalai-wilai: so nam thuam

 

artist: แก้วตาไหล-วิไล (kaeotalai-wilai)
album: ซอน้ำท่วม (so nam thuam)
tracklist:
01. ซอน้ำท่วม (so nam thuam)
02. ซอแอ่วสาวจอมทอง-ซออวยพร (so aeo sao chom thong ; so uaiphon)

this week's post marks the eighth in a series of cassettes gifted to us by educator cliff sloane, founder of asianclassicalmp3.org, a major influence behind this blog.

this week, some great music of the lanna region, with mr. kaeotalai and mrs. wilai! our master so singer kaeotalai (talai kanthachan) of lamphun province is a luminary of the genre, known throughout the north for his quick and skillful lyricism. he's joined on this cassette by a woman who goes by wilai, although i was unable to establish her full name. their musical accompaniment consists of a salo (fiddle), a sueng (plucked, fretted lute) and a trio of pi (free-reed bamboo pipes). a fantastic local recording.. enjoy!
 

Friday, January 15, 2021

kung kittikhun chiansong: amata super classic



artist: กุ้ง กิตติคุณ เชียรสงค์ (kung kittikhun chiansong)
album: อมตะซูเปอร์คลาสสิก (amata super classic)
tracklist:
01. คืนนี้พี่คอยเจ้า (khuen ni phi khoi chao)
02. มนต์รักเรียกหา (mon rak riak ha)
03. คิดถึง (khit thueng)
04. เท่านี้ก็ตรม (thao ni ko trom)
05. ยามชัง (yam chang)
06. รักอย่ารู้คลาย (rak ya ru khlai)
07. เสน่หา (saneha)
08. ในอ้อมกอดพี่ (nai om kot phi)
09. ไกลชู้ (klai chu)
10. คืนนั้น (khuen nan)
11. กลิ่นรักโลมใจ (klin rak lom chai)
12. คำคน (kham khon)

let's start 2021 with a bit of easy listening, shall we? kung kittikhun, of southern thailand's nakhon si thammarat province, spent time in the united states of america, attending the university of north texas, and perhaps it was this place of study that put him on the path to be thailand's "king of country music". not thai 'country music' as the local genre 'luk thung' is often translated, but rather more of a john denver-style folksy americana. today's cassette, on n.t. promotion co. ltd. from 1990, finds him in "super classic" mode, taking on a number of more urbane luk krung ballads, most of which were made famous by the suntharaphon crew (suthep wongkamhaeng, thanongsak phakdithewa, charin nanthanakhon, etc.)


Wednesday, December 30, 2020

2020 year-end mega-mix round-up

like many of you, most likely, i spent a lot more time at home in 2020 that in years past. this meant i had extra time to put together some sets of music for various radio programs around the world! while i promoted these on social media as they were broadcast, i realized i never linked them here for posterity, so here they are:
 
for radio is a foreign country, originally broadcast on resonance 104.4 fm, london 4.28.2020


"a 60-minute mix of kantruem (modern and traditional), bilingual luk thung/molam, pop/rock and sound-truck music" 
 
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for zudrangma records / studio lam, bangkok, originally broadcast 5.4.2020


"'modern traditional' music from mainland southeast asia, including thai liké/lae-luk thung, nang talung, lao/isan molam, malay joget & dikir hulu, khmer kantruem & mahori, burmese 'mono', and vietnamese cải lương"
 
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for discostan on nts radio, originally broadcast 8.26.2020


"an hour of music from bangkok's arab-malay scene. in these songs, we hear thai pop/rock sounds layered among rhythms, melodies and textures from throughout the muslim world. influences from malaysia, indonesia, egypt, lebanon, and india are all discernable in the mix. 
 
thai arab-malay acts had their heyday in the '70s and '80s entertaining cosmopolitan visitors from the ummah on "soi arab" (sukhumvit lane 3/1), and popular nightlife bands of the era have remained a staple at mosque fairs and other cultural events around the central provinces ever since. 
 
the selections in this set are primarily digitized from cassettes that were for sale at phrakhanong's yanavy tape & video or from various second-hand vendors around the capital."

Friday, December 4, 2020

phonsak songsaeng: hak sao ban phoen



artist: พรศักดิ์ ส่องแสง (phonsak songsaeng)
album: ฮักสาวบ้านเพิ่น (hak sao ban phoen)
tracklist:
01. ฮักสาวบ้านเพิ่น (hak sao ban phoen)
02. หนาวใจบ่น้อง (nao chai bo nong)
03. ฮักสาวฝั่งซ้าย (hak sao fang sai)
04. ปลายเดือนมือดำ (plai duean mue dam)
05. มันยังไม่สาย (man yang mai sai)
06. คนคือเฮา (khon khue hao)
07. รักสาวฮอริเดย์ (rak sao holiday)
08. เหมือนเดือนเคียงดาว (muean duean khiang dao)
09. หัวใจหล่น (hua chai lon)
10. ใจซื้อใจ (chai sue chai)
11. นิราศภูกระดึง (nirat phu kradueng)
12. สุขเถิดน้อง (suk thoet nong)

this week: another classic cassette from the amazing 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.. this cassette from 1991 on siang siam's kritsanathep imprint features a surprising range of production styles, centering on a slightly more computerized sound than his previous tape featured here, but still quite first-rate luk thung isan (even some carabao-esque guitar leads at parts).. enjoy!

Sunday, November 15, 2020

namphueng boribun: tham khwan nak



artist: น้ำผึ้ง บริบูรณ์ (namphueng boribun)
album: ทำขวัญนาค (tham khwan nak)
tracklist:
01. พ่อนาคแก้ว ตอน 1 (pho nak kaeo, pt. 1)
02. พ่อนาคแก้ว ตอน 2 (pho nak kaeo, pt. 2)
03. พ่อนาคแก้ว ตอน 3 (pho nak kaeo, pt. 3)
04. บวชก่อนเบียด (buat kon biat)
05. บวชแทนพระคุณพ่อแม่ (buat thaen phra khun pho mae)
06. นาคกำพร้า (nak kamphra)
07. สอนพ่อนาค ตอน 1 (son pho nak, pt. 1)
08. สอนพ่อนาค ตอน 2 (son pho nak, pt. 2)
09. สอนพ่อนาค ตอน 3 (son pho nak, pt. 3)
10. ทำขวัญนาค ตอน 1 (tham khwan nak, pt. 1)
11. ทำขวัญนาค ตอน 2 (tham khwan nak, pt. 2)
12. ทำขวัญนาค ตอน 3 (tham khwan nak, pt. 3)

this week, fantastic lae pop from namphueng boribun! namphueng was initially a luk thung singer in the famed boribun band, and partner to suang santi (a big rock-star of the scene). my understanding is that after his tragic death in a car accident, she turned to more traditional singing. she was famous as a mo tham khwan and would perform ceremonies to fix the soul to the body during major life events. one such event would of be buddhist ordinations, which brings us to this cassette! the recordings feature namphueng's speak-sing lae vocals atop an juncture of traditional piphat-style instrumentation and funk rhythm section. i recently stumbled across a similar collection shared over at the lola vandaag blog, be sure to check that one out as well.. enjoy!

Saturday, October 31, 2020

withep kanthima: diao phin pia



artist: วิเทพ กันธิมา (withep kanthima)
album: เดี่ยวพิณเปี๊ยะ (diao phin pia)
tracklist:
01. สาวไหม (sao mai)
02. เงี้ยว (ngiao)
03. ปราสาทไหว (prasat wai)
04. ล่องน่าน (long nan)
05. อื่อ (ue)
06. น้อยใจยา (noi chai ya)
07. พม่า (phama)
08. ล่องแม่ปิง (long mae ping)
09. ฤๅษีหลงถ้ำ (ruesi long tham)
10. สร้อยเวียงพิงค์ (soi wiang phing)

this week's post marks the seventh in a series of cassettes gifted to us by educator cliff sloane, founder of asianclassicalmp3.org, a major influence behind this blog.

today's tape from cliff again features the talents of lanna artist withep kanthima! born in 1954, withep trained from a young age with his father in the local music of northeast thailand, studying a range of folk instruments and performance styles. aside from this paternal instruction, withep was also a student of chao sunthon na chiang mai, our previously featured performer from cliff's collection. like his teacher, withep made his name hand-crafting local instruments and instructing young musicians at the chiang mai college of dramatic arts, marking that institution's first hire of a folk musician, according to cliff. he passed away in 2006 at the age of 54[1]. this fifth cassette comprises solo performances on the phin pia, a rather unique chest-resonated stick zither. enjoy!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

khabuan mukda: march phitak santirat

 

artist: ขบวน มุกดา (khabuan mukda)
album: มาร์ชพิทักษ์สันติราษฎร์ (march phitak santirat)
tracklist:
01. มาร์ชพิทักษ์สันติราษฎร์ (march phitak santirat)
02. วีรชน 14 ตุลา (wirachon 14 tula)
03. มาร์ชลูกเสือ (march luk suea)
04. มาร์ชวชิราลงกรณ์ (march wachiralongkon)
05. มาร์ชประชาธิปไตย (march prachathipatai)
06. มาร์ชอาสารักษาดินแดน (march asa raksa din daen)
07. มาร์ชเฉลิมชาติ (march chaloem chat)
08. มาร์ชเหล่าแพทย์ (march lao phaet)
09. รัฐธรรมนูญ (ratthathammanun)
10. สยามานุสสติ (sayamanutsati)
11. สมเด็จพระราชินี (somdet phra rachini)
12. สารวัตรทหาร (sarawat thahan)
13. มาร์ชเทิดไทย (march thoet thai)
14. มาร์ชราชดำเนิน (march ratchadamnoen)
15. เกียรติลูกเสือ (kiat luk suea)
16. มาร์ชโรงเรียนตำรวจนครบาล (march rong rian tamruat nakhon ban)
17. มาร์ชค่ายสุรนารี (march khai suranari)
18. มาร์ชกองทัพบก (march kong thap bok)

this week, martial synthesizer sounds from "the son of p.m.", khabuan mukda! khabuan is best known for his outstanding organ work in the shadow bands of the '60s (p.m. pocket music, p.m. 7 jupiter, etc.) created by his adoptive father, the incomparable phayong mukda. in the '70s, while the the rest of the pocket music guys settled down as don sonrabiap's backing band (p.m. 5), khabuan apparently went off to do his own thing on the electone. while our previous solo record found khabuan taking on top pop hits of the day, the content of this tape is essentially "switched-on" (à la wendy carlos) versions of marches variously extolling the royal institution, armed services, and (paradoxically?) heroes of popular uprisings against those forces (see track 2: "the heroes of 14 october"). enjoy!
 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

nang pathom ai-lukmi: klon sapphali huan 1



artist: หนังปฐม อ้ายลูกหมี (nang pathom ai-lukmi)
album: กลอนสรรพลีหวน ๑ (klon sapphali huan 1)
tracklist:
01. กลอนสรรพลีหวน ๑ ตอน 1 (klon sapphali huan 1, pt. 1)
02. กลอนสรรพลีหวน ๑ ตอน 2 (klon sapphali huan 1, pt. 2)

this week, music from southern thailand's shadow-puppet theatre! our puppet-master today is the great nang pathom ai-lukmi, whom we sadly lost in 2018. his troupe was the first to tour nang talung in a "concert"-style, during his 40-plus years of performing and teaching1. this tape, recorded in 1991, contains the story "sapphali huan", a rather ribald anonymous poem of the nakhon si thammarat area, dating from the 17 or 1800s. delivered with a speak-singing style in the southern dialect, backed by clappers, cymbals, and boxed-gongs, in between bursts of larger ensemble music led by the pi nok reed oboe. enjoy!
 

Sunday, August 30, 2020

saiyon & phaengsi: siang phin sang sao



artist(s): สายยนต์ + แพงศรี (saiyon & phaengsi)
album: เสียงพิณสั่งสาว (siang phin sang sao)
tracklist:
01. เสียงพิณสั่งสาว (siang phin sang sao)
02. ซิ่งคักคัก (sing khak khak)
03. แมมโบ้ลำซิ่ง (mambo lam sing)
04. ซิ่งวาตูซี่ (sing watusi)
05. อยากมีแฟน (yak mi faen)
06. คนสวยอย่าซัง (khon suai ya sang)
07. หนุ่มอุบลฯ สาวอุดรฯ (num ubon, sao udon)
08. หนุ่มลำปางสาวลำชี (num lampang, sao lam chi)
09. หัวใจซิ่ง (hua chai sing)
10. โสดซิงซิง (sot sing sing)
11. เจ้าซิกอดหยัง (chao si kot yang)
12. สาวเมืองหล่ม-หนุ่มเมืองเลย (sao mueang lom, num mueang loei)

this week, early lam sing with saiyon & phaengsi! unfortunately, i haven't been able to find out a great deal about our singers (saiyon chit-tham and phaengsi munkaeo) or the producer listed (rung mueangrat), but i would assume they're from ubon, being signed to warin's seri tape. the music i'd be tempted to place early in the history of lam sing, conspicuously "modernized" as it is, with nods to international dance crazes like the mambo and watusi, as well as the lyrical preoccupation with describing the genre lam sing itself. anyhow, it's great, full-band style molam pop.. enjoy!