Monday, April 12, 2021

decha nita-in: phi dip

artist: เดชา นิตะอินทร์ (decha nita-in)
album: ผีดิบ (phi dip)
01. ผีดิบ ตอน 1 (phi dip, pt. 1)
02. ผีดิบ ตอน 2 (phi dip, pt. 2)

this week, more classic ubon lam! from the esteemed ratchabut stereo label, we'll once again 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 humourous dialogue between decha and several interlocutors, creating an atmosphere as like to a social drinking session as to a studio recording. enjoy!

Thursday, March 25, 2021

surang duriyaphan: phleng thai doem mahori

artist: สุรางค์ ดุริยพันธ์ (surang duriyaphan)
album: เพลงไทยเดิมมโหรี (phleng thai doem mahori)
01. ลาวดวงเดือน (lao duang duean)
02. ลาวคำหอม (lao kham hom)
03. ลาวครวญ (lao khruan)
04. ลาวเสี่ยงเทียน (lao siang thian)
05. ลาวสมเด็จ (lao somdet)
06. ลาวเจริญศรี (lao charoen si)
07. เขมรไทรโยค (khmer sai yok)
08. นกขมิ้น (nok khamin)
09. เขมรโพธิสัตว์ (khmer phothisat)
10. ลาวสวยรวย (lao suai ruai)
11. อวยพรวันสมรส (uaiphon wan somrot)
12. อวยพรวันเกิด (uaiphon wan koet)

11-12 sung by นฤพนธ์ ดุริยพันธ์ (naruephon duriyaphan)

this week, fantastic thai classical vocal from miss surang duriyaphan! surang was the daughter of khru niao duriyaphan, and thus born into the esteemed duriyapranit musical family of bang lamphu. she was a leading classical recording artist of her era, a famous radio host and a pioneer of thai vocal instruction. here she performs a number of favorite classical pieces, backed by a grand mahori orchestra (likely duriyapranit or duriyaphan). she is also joined on this cassette by her brother naruephon, who contributes the last 2 songs, backed (i believe) by the royal thai army orchestra.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

suthep wongkamhaeng: mon mueang nuea

artist: สุเทพ วงศ์กำแหง (suthep wongkamhaeng)
album: มนต์เมืองเหนือ (mon mueang nuea)
01. มนต์เมืองเหนือ (mon mueang nuea)
02. ดาวเหนือ (dao nuea)
03. หลงคอย (long khoi)
04. พี่รอคำตอบ (phi ro kham top)
05. แผ่นดินเสรี (phaen din seri)
06. ฉันมาจากดาว (chan ma chak dao)
07. นางอาย (nang ai)
08. สะอื้น (sa-uen)
09. เสียดาย (sia dai)
10. เหมันต์ที่ฉันเศร้า (heman thi chan sao)

today, more evergreen luk krung classics 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 album is the 12th volume of an old series from the bangkok cassette co., ltd. (currently existing as maemaiplengthai), a mix of relaxed ballads and playful latin dance numbers. enjoy!

Thursday, February 18, 2021

phloen phromdaen: ot thon khue khon thai

artist: เพลิน พรหมแดน (phloen phromdaen)
album: อดทนคือคนไทย (ot thon khue khon thai)
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)
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, 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)
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" 
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"
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)
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)
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)
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, 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!