Thursday, December 20, 2012

khana wang te: chai yen yen

artist: คณะ หวังเต๊ะ (khana wang te)
album: ใจเย็นๆ (chai yen yen)
01. ลำตัดใจเย็นๆ (lam tat chai yen yen)
02. ลำตัดอนิจจังสังขาร (lam tat anitchang sangkhan)
03. ลำตัดน้ำมาปลากินมด (lam tat nam ma pla kin mot)
04. ลำตัดกำเนิดกุมาร (lam tat kamnoet kuman)
05. ลำตัดสุกาษิตเตือนใจ (lam tat suphasit tuean chai)
06. ลำตัดเป็นหญิงแสนยาก (lam tat pen ying saen yak)
07. ลำตัดเป็นชายแสนลำบาก (lam tat pen chai saen lambak)
08. ฉ่อยบอกรักฝากใจ (choi bok rak fak chai)

at long last, our first entry of lam tat music!  traditional or folk music (especially in a form intended for local consumption, rather than the tourist market) can be a bit difficult to find in thailand.  recently, though, i spotted this tattered old tape on the street, and now i can finally share some of this great music with you!  lam tat, long since associated with thailand's central provinces, is in fact descended from malay islamic antiphon.  it typically features opposing male & female choruses, each led by a soloist who improvises lyrical barbs & double entendres in a "battle of the sexes" through wordplay.  the musical backing is no more than a frame drum & finger cymbals.  the ensemble here is the famed wang te group, led by national artist wangdi nima, who, i'm sad to say, we just lost this past june at the age of 87.  i think you'll agree that this tape is really wonderful, despite the decay at parts... and as an added bonus, mae khwanchit siprachan makes a special guest appearance!  enjoy!!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

thian mathurot: toei sao chan khon kao

artist: เทียน มธุรส (thian mathurot)
album: เต้ยสาวจันทร์คนเก่า (toei sao chan khon kao)
01. เต้ยสาวจันทร์คนเก่า (toei sao chan khon kao)
02. เต้ยวาสนาบ่เกี่ยว (toei watsana bo kieow)
03. เต้ยตายแน่หรือหนาวนี้ (toei tai nae rue nao ni)
04. เต้ยมันสุดยอด (toei man sut yot)
05. เต้ยหมั่นไส้ (toei man sai)
06. เต้ยเห็นใจสิบล้อ (toei hen chai sip lo)
07. เต้ยเสียแล้วเสียไป (toei sia laeo sia pai)
08. เต้ยไปกันได้ (toei pai kan dai)
09. เต้ยดวงไผดวงมัน (toei duang phai duang man)
10. เต้ยตลุยบางกอก (toei talui bangkok)
11. เต้ยขาดคนเอาใจ (toei khat khon ao chai)
12. ลำเพลิน จ.ม. จากสาวนา (lam phloen ch.m. chak sao na)

this week some great early molam luk thung from ms. thian mathurot!  to be honest i don't know all that much about our singer, here.. i know she got her start with isan superstars dao bandon and khamkoeng thongchan.  she's been in a ton of different molam groups since then, and i think just this year she's started touring with noknoi uraiphon's siang isan troupe.  this tape is one of her earlier recordings (possibly her first), dated 1987.  the songs are mostly lam toei in a modern style, for the time.. chirpy synths and electro-tom fills, together with traditional cymbal percussion & phin.  the label is a siang siam imprint (the innovative "sound of siam" studio, namesake of chris menist's recent compilation).. expect good things!