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!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

khabuan mukda: march phitak santirat


artist: ขบวน มุกดา (khabuan mukda)
album: มาร์ชพิทักษ์สันติราษฎร์ (march phitak santirat)
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)
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)
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!

Thursday, August 13, 2020

butsaya rangsi: nam ta dao

artist: บุษยา รังสี (butsaya rangsi)
album: น้ำตาดาว (nam ta dao)
01. น้ำตาดาว (nam ta dao)
02. ฝากรัก (fak rak)
03. พอกันที (pho kan thi)
04. กระซิบสวาท (krasip sawat)
05. หนองบัว (nong bua)
06. กล่อมวนา (klom wana)
07. ใกล้มือคว้า (klai mue khwa)
08. พรานรัก (phran rak)
09. สุดแท้แต่จะให้ (sut thae tae cha hai)
10. ฝนหยาดสุดท้าย (fon yat sut thai)
11. สั่งไทร (sang sai)
12. มัทรีร้องไห้ (matri rong hai)
13. ถิ่นไทยงาม (thin thai ngam)
14. ฉันไม่ชอบเดือนหงาย (chan mai chop duean ngai)
15. จากรัก (chak rak)
16. ฝากหมอน (fak mon)

this week, the bangkok big-band sound with butsaya rangsi! butsaya, of songkhla province in southern thailand, came to the capital to study at thammasat university, and joined a number of singing groups at schools and radio stations around the old city. she eventually joined the government public relations department band (later suntharaphon) and had a number of luk krung hits through the '60s, all while working her day job as a civil servant for various government agencies1. she lived for several years in myanmar (burma) with her husband who was the navy attaché to the royal thai embassy in yangon2. upon returning to thailand, she continued performing occasionally, until her health began to prevent her in the mid-90s, and she passed away in 2010. this cassette features some of her most memorable songs, in re-performances which seem to date from the 1970s. enjoy!

Monday, July 27, 2020

tik shiro: cho chaiyo

artist: ติ๊ก ชีโร่ (tik shiro)
album: โชะ ไชโย (cho chaiyo)
01. ไชโย (chaiyo)
02. อย่าทำเป็นเห็นใจ (ya tham pen hen chai)
03. ออกมาเต้น (ok ma ten)
04. มนุษย์ค้างคาว (manut khang khao)
05. ปล่อยเขาไป (ploi khao pai)
06. ทุนน้อย (thun noi)
07. หัวใจดีเด่น (hua chai di den)
08. อย่าไปคิด (ya pai khit)
09. มีเล็กน้อย (mi lek noi)
10. ยอมรับคนเดียว (yom rap khon diao)

this week, a classic '90s throwback! tik shiro (born manatsawin nanthasen) of khorat, got his start in high school as a drummer, moving between string-style groups in his hometown and khon kaen, until one (celebration) got picked up to back chanthana kitiyaphan, who brought them to bangkok. he then joined ploy, who performed behind the early grammy stars like chae danuphon and rewat phutthinan, before finally breaking out as a solo act. this cassette was his first album, released 1990, for n.t. promotion. besides spawning a number of hits that still get radio play today, tik also made a big splash for writing/arranging most of his own material (and performing vocals, 12-string, synth bass, drums and keyboards, as well!), which was apparently a bit novel for stars of the time. enjoy!

Thursday, July 9, 2020

rock salaeng: king kue tok sang

artist: ร็อคแสลง (rock salaeng)
album: กิ้งกือตกส่าง (king kue tok sang)
01. กิ้งกือตกส่าง (king kue tok sang)
02. หัวใจหมาวัด (hua chai ma wat)
03. อยากมีเมีย (yak mi mia)
04. คอยพี่ที่งานกาชาด (khoi phi thi ngan kachat)
05. มอเตอร์ไซค์ฮ่าง (motorcy' hang)
06. นักร้องคาเฟ่ (nak rong café)
07. น้ำตาคาราโอเกะ (nam ta karaoke)
08. มนุษย์เงินเดือน (manut ngoen duean)
09. สาวอุบลบ่สะออน (sao ubon bo sa-on)
10. งานบุญ (ngan bun)

this week, classic rock isan-style northeastern pop! rock salaeng was a project of teacher(/songwriter/producer) sanyalak donsi of ban salaeng thon school in buriram1. the group was assembled from his former students and pitched to topline-diamond records as one of many rock isan groups formed in the late '90s, following the runaway success of thai-khmer band rock khong khoi (see also: rock ah-yah, rock sadaeo, rock sadoet, etc.). this cassette from 2000 features their surprise smash "motorcy' hang" (sung by choet, who we sadly lost last year) alongside a mix of lesser-known numbers, and also happens to feature future star-producer sawat sarakham on guitar, phin and bass. enjoy!

Friday, May 29, 2020

khana so sai thara chiang mai: dontri so

artist: คณะ ซอสายธารา เชียงใหม่ (khana so sai thara chiang mai)
album: บรรเลงพื้นเมืองของชาวลานนา ชุด ดนตรีซอ (dontri so, banleng phuen mueang khong chao lanna)
01. ทำนองปั่นฝ้าย (thamnong pan fai)
02. ทำนองล่องน่าน (thamnong long nan)
03. ทำนองเพลงอื่อ (thamnong phleng ue)
04. ทำนองพระลอ (thamnong phra lo)
05. แหย่งลานนา (yaeng lanna)
06. ทำนองตั้งเชียงใหม่ (thamnong tang chiang mai)
07. ทำนองเชียงแสนเงี้ยว (thamnong chiang saen ngiao)
08. ทำนองพม่า (thamnong phama)
09. จ้อย (choi)

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

today, our second from the sai thara ensemble of chiang mai! as with the previous entry, they're playing a music called so, but while the last album featured just the namesake fiddle along with sueng (plucked, fretted lute) and a team of pi (free-reed bamboo pipes), here they're joined by some drums and cymbals, plus what sounds to be a khlui flute and perhaps even a strummed acoustic guitar? recently, this group showed up in korean magpie tapes' mix for discostan on nts radio and there they're the "khana sai thara combo", boasting a mostly electronic line-up and backing male and female vocalists, so clearly they've employed a wide range of configurations throughout their recording career. enjoy!

Monday, May 11, 2020

khana sai thara chiang mai: pi so

artist(s): คณะ สายธาราเชียงใหม่ (khana sai thara chiang mai)
album: ปี่ซอ ดนตรีพื้นเมืองเชียงใหม่ (pi so, dontri phuen mueang chiang mai)
01. ตั้งเจียงใหม่ ; จะปุ ; ละม้าย (tang chiang mai ; cha pu ; la mai)
02. เงี้ยว (ngiao)
03. พม่า (phama)
04. อื่อ (uea)

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, a major influence behind this blog.

this week, fantastic music from northern thailand! the sai thara ensemble of chiang mai play a music called so, which though originally named for the lead fiddle, has become metonymic for the vocal style which it most frequently accompanies. there are no vocals on this particular album, though, because as the cover states, this "minus-one"-style recording is entitled for your practice in the so vocal art! along with the namesake fiddle, our ensemble also features sueng (plucked, fretted lute) and a team of pi (free-reed bamboo pipes). enjoy!