Tuesday, August 19, 2014

khana sanguan sin: banleng pong lang ngoen lan



artist: คณะ สงวนศิลป์ (khana sanguan sin)
album: บรรเลงโปงลางเงินล้าน (banleng pong lang ngoen lan)
01. แมงภู่ตอมดอก (maeng phu tom dok)
02. ตังหวาย (tang wai)
03. สาวชมหาด (sao chom hat)
04. ชากใบ (chak bai)
05. เกี้ยวสาวเข็ญฝ้าย (kiao sao choen fai)
06. ถอนกล้าดำนา (thon kla dam na)
07. แอ่วสาวภูไท (aeo sao phu thai)
08. ลำเพลิน (lam phloen)
09. เซิ้งบ้องไฟ (soeng bong fai)
10. เต้ยโขง (toei khong)
11. นางนาค (nang nak)
12. ไล่วัวข้ามกู (lai wua kham ku)

today we'll hear some fantastic northeastern grooves from the sanguan sin band! the xylophone-like pong lang, thought to derive from a signal instrument used by rice farmers, was adapted for ensemble by national artist plueang chairatsami. the sanguan sin group comprises a typical isan big band; drums, cymbals, phin, khaen, electric bass and of course, the featured instrument. another awesome dense and energetic tape of pong lang music.. enjoy!!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

waiphot phetsuphan: plong tok



artist: ไวพจน์ เพชรสุพรรณ (waiphot phetsuphan)
album: ปลงตก (plong tok)
01. ปลงตก (plong tok)
02. แก้มตุ่ย (kaem tui)
03. บอกให้เอาบุญ (bok hai ao bun)
04. ข้อยซิฮักเจ้าหลาย (khoi si hak chao lai)
05. กฐินลูกทุ่ง (kathin luk thung)
06. ปลงตก (ดนตรี) (plong tok (instrumental))
07. สำเนียงอยู่ไหน (samniang yu nai)
08. ระบำชาวไร้ (rabam chao rai)
09. เมียรอคิว (mia ro queue)
10. แม่แก้วลืมดง (mae kaeo luem dong)
11. ลิเกมาแล้ว (like ma laeo)
12. แก้มตุ่ย (ดนตรี) (kaem tui (instrumental))

this week, a fantastic offering from the mighty waiphot phetsuphan! a national artist and luk thung boss nonpareil, waiphot has been a staple of the thai country music scene for half a century. born into a musical family from central thailand's suphanburi province, waiphot was trained from a toddler's age in a range of local styles. at 14 he joined a local liké theatre troupe, and at 16 won his first song contest. he was discovered shortly after by singer chaichana bunnachot, who introduced him to samniang muangthong, leader of the ruam daokrachai band. waiphot's powerful voice and spiritual focus have made him one of the most enduring and omnipresent characters of thai popular music. this tape alone should put to rest any doubts of his deserving such a post. enjoy!!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ruam hit bashir wongmasoh



artist: บาซิร วงษ์มะเซาะห์ (bashir wongmasoh)
album: รวมฮิต บาซิร วงษ์มะเซาะห์ (ruam hit bashir wongmasoh)
01. มู่ซีฮะห์ (musihah)
02. ซีตีรอฮานี (siti rohani)
03. ยางัน ฮัยยางัน (jangan hai jangan)
04. กูซิมาชาละห์ (kusi masalah)
05. ฮันยาลา (hanyalah)
06. แห้วอีกแล้ว (haew ik leaw)
07. ฉันมันโง่เอง (chan man ngo eng)
08. รักนี้เพื่อเธอ (rak ni phuea thoe)
09. หัวใจที่ถูกทำลาย (hua chai thi thuk thamlai)
10. ส่งใจจากปอเนาะต์ (song chai chak pondok)

we're back this week with some islamic power pop! i don't have many facts about mr. bashir, but both his style and the fact that i got the tape from yanavy sound makes me think he's part of bangkok's arab-malay cohort.. not to mention that he shares a surname with sobah from baby arabia. this cassette is a collection of his greatest hits (side 1 sung in malay, side 2 in thai) which i would imagine were current to the late 80s/early 90s, going by the dangdut-inflected guitar/keyboard licks and drum machine action. enjoy!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

kantruem mohai



artist: กันตรึมสุรินทร์ (kantruem surin)
album: กันตรึมโมฮาย (kantruem mohai)
01. กันตรึมโมฮาย (kantruem mohai)
02. สัตว์เซ้ (sat se)
03. เจิงปีร์ (choeng pi)
04. เปลญวน (ple yuan)
05. กระเชาะผมโปง (kracho phom pong)
06. อังแก๊บ (angkaep)
07. เชี๊บ ๆ (chiep chiep)
08. ซาระยัง (sarayang)

this week, some excellent old-style kantruem music from surin! while the dominant image of kantruem is the modern brand of produced pop-style material, there's a older living form (tang doem) that's often overlooked. the melody is carried by the fiddle here, too, but the rhythm section is all drums & cymbals, with male & female singers trading khmer-language vocals. the extremely generic name apparently given for this ensemble makes me think it's more likely that the folks at ligo just couldn't be bothered with discographical details. whoever these folks are, though, they've got their stuff together.. enjoy!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

phumphuang duangchan: wai na rak



artist: พุ่มพวง ดวงจันทร์ (phumphuang duangchan)
album: วัยน่ารัก (wai na rak)
01. วัยน่ารัก (way na rak)
02. ชู้รัก ชู้รส (chu rak, chu rot)
03. เมาเลยพี่ (mao loei phi)
04. แพงแพ้แพง (phaeng phae phaeng)
05. หนีรัก (ni rak)
06. ช้ำเพราะพี่ (cham phro phi)
07. ตาจ้องตา (ta chong ta)
08. ฉันทนไม่ไหว (chan thon mai wai)
09. ใครคนหนึ่ง (khrai khon nueng)
10. วอนพระช่วยดล (won phra chuai don)
11. สาวเอย สาวเจ้า (sao oei, sao chao)
12. แม่หม้ายสงคราม (mae mai songkhram)
13. วิวาห์อาลัย (wiwa alai)
14. น้องแดง (nong daeng)
15. ทำใจเย็น (tham chai yen)
16. เป้งเข้าหน้าแง (peng khao na ngae)

once more, the queen of luk thung, ms. phumphuang duangchan! from her early days as "namphueng mueangsuphan" in waiphot phetsuphan's band to her tragic death at 31, phumphuang helped revitalize luk thung in the 1980s and redefine notions of stardom in thailand. the songs on today's cassette are not among her most well-known, but there are still some great moments. enjoy!

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Monday, June 2, 2014

rungphet laemsing: fon duean hok



artist: รุ่งเพชร แหลมสิงห์ (rungphet laemsing)
album: ฝนเดือนหก (fon duean hok)
01. ฝนเดือนหก (fon duean hok)
02. กบจำศีล (kop cham sin)
03. กบคนองฝน (kop khonong fon)
04. เขาลืมเราแล้ว (khao luem rao laeo)
05. ปีหน้าพาเที่ยวกรุง (pi na thieow krung)
06. คืนฝนตก (khuen fon tok)
07. น้ำลงเดือนยี่ (nam long duean yi)
08. แล้วแต่วาสนา (laeo tae watsana)
09. ความรักเจ้าขา (khwam rak chao kha)
10. สงกรานต์บ้านนา (songkran ban na)

it's the sixth month of the year, the beginning of thailand's rainy period, so let's start it with rungphet laemsing's timeless song of the season! a native of phetchaburi province, rungphet got his start singing the songs of khamron sambunnanon while studying to be a combat medic. in 1961, as a royal guard stationed in bangkok, he fell in with phayong mukda's group, before defecting to samniang muangthong's ruam daokrachai band a year later. he became a personal favorite of legendary songwriter phaibun butkhan, who even set him up for a spot on the silver screen. when rungphet skipped his first movie shoot, however, phaibun lost face and broke off all relations with the singer, effectively ending his career. though his stardom may have been cut short, we still have these beautiful recordings from back in his prime. enjoy!

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

snaeh chlong veha / rak kham khop fa

this week's post comes courtesy of the wonderful folks at the cambodian vintage music archive! they collect & share songs from the "golden era" of khmer popular music (1950s-1970s), across a number of online platforms.. follow their facebook page for all their latest uploads



artist(s): ឌី សាវ៉េត & ស៊ីន ស៊ីសាមុត (dy saveth & sinn sisamouth)
album: ស្នេហ៍ឆ្លងវេហាស៍ / รักข้ามขอบฟ้า (snaeh chlong veha / rak kham khop fa)
01. ស្នេហ៍ឆ្លងវេហាស៍ (snaeh chlong veha)
02. รักข้ามขอบฟ้า (rak kham khop fa)

today's post highlights a rare & beautiful collaboration; the 1971 khmer-thai film snaeh chlong vaeha / rak kham khop fa. directed by thai national artist s. asanachinda for asia films, it starred sombat methani & aranya namwong of thailand with their cambodian counterparts chea yuthon & dy saveth in a tale of star-cross'd lovers. the soundtrack, although bilingual, was sung entirely by cambodian singers; leading lady dy saveth took a turn on vocals, as well as legendary stars sinn sisamouth & ros sereysothea. this 45 features the former two in a duet over the title theme, first in khmer then in thai.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

num phuthai: tam nan phin amata, vol. 5



artist: หนุ่ม ภูไท (num phuthai)
album: ตำนานพิณอมตะ 5 บั้งไฟแสน (พนมไพร) ภูไทตะไลล้าน ตอน 1 (tam nan phin amata, vol. 5; bang fai saen (phanom phrai) phuthai talai lan)
01. บั้งไฟแสน (พนมไพร) ภูไทตะไลล้าน ตอน 1 (bang fai saen (phanom phrai) phuthai talai lan, pt. 1)
02. บั้งไฟแสน (พนมไพร) ภูไทตะไลล้าน ตอน 2 (bang fai saen (phanom phrai) phuthai talai lan, pt. 2)

the rocket festivals are on in northeast thailand & laos! annual merit-making events on the cusp of monsoon season, bun bang fai most typically involve launching massive pvc pipes loaded with gunpowder into the sky, with judges awarding points based on distance and vapour trails. music & dancing are of course integral to the celebrations, and to this effect we have today's tape from phin maestro a. num phuthai. 2 cassette sides worth of non-stop (brek taek or "brake failure") jamming, with characteristic rocket sound effects for added atmosphere. enjoy!

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

sut... sut chak chaloemphon #1



artist: เฉลิมพล มาลาคำ (chaloemphon malakham)
album: สุด... สุด จากเฉลิมพล #1 (sut... sut chak chaloemphon #1)
01. อ้อนน้องกลับนา (on nong klap na)
02. รักพี่ต้องหนีพ่อ (rak phi tong ni pho)
03. กลับสะเด้อหล่า (klap sa doe la)
04. อยากกลั้นใจตาย (yak klan chai tai)
05. คิดฮอดสาวลาว (khit hot sao lao)
06. อวยชัยจดหมายก้อม (uai chai chot mai kom)
07. พยานรัก (phayan rak)
08. ยังฉันยังไม่ตาย (yang chan yang mai tai)
09. ธนาคารฝากความช้ำ (thanakhan fak khwam cham)
10. สัญชาติอีกา (sanchat ika)
11. พี่ดีใจด้วย (phi di chai duai)
12. น้ำตาทหารเกณฑ์ (nam ta thahan ken)

this week, mr. chaloemphon malakham & the sound of the 80s northeast! chaloemphon is from surin province in south isan, and like many modern stars, he made his way to the stage through local singing contests. he recorded his first album in 1985 and quickly became a top singer of the molam-influenced luk thung that still dominates thai radio today. in addition to his solo work and string of duets with phimpha phonsiri, chaloemphon is also a noted songwriter for the likes of poifai malaiphon & other stars from the siang isan band. at just over 50 years of age he still puts on a great live show, and if you're in bangkok tomorrow night be sure to catch him at the isan lam sing bar in ramkhamhaeng! enjoy!!

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

sri krung brass



artist: ศรีกรุงบราส (sri krung brass)
album: บรรเลงศรีกรุง (banleng sri krung)
01. ตลุงปีใหม่ (talung pi mai)
02. ตลุงพระมะเหลเถไถ (talung phramale the thai)
03. ตลุงเฝ้าคอย (talung fao khoi)
04. ตลุงชาวทะเล (talung chao thale)
05. ตลุงสุดมือคว้า (talung sut mue khwa)
06. ตลุงเมา (talung mao)
07. ตลุงไม่เคยรัก (talung mai khoei rak)
08. ตลุงชีวิตชื่น (talung chiwit chuen)
09. ตลุงคู่ชื่น (talung khu chuen)
10. ตลุงเริงสุข (talung roeng suk)
11. ตลุงสงกรานต์ (talung songkran)
12. หาดกับฟ้า (hat kap fa)
13. สวรรค์ในตา (sawan nai ta)
14. รักมีกรรม (rak mi kam)
15. อาวรณ์รัก (awon rak)
16. ไฟสวาท (fai sawat)
17. พบกันทางใจ (phop kan thang chai)
18. นวลละออ (nuan la'o)
19. หนึ่งในฝัน (nueng nai fan)
20. ช้ำเพราะรัก (cham phro rak)
21. ชื่นรัก (chuen rak)

back this week after holiday travels, we've got a great old tape of big band instrumentals! from what i can piece together about their history, the sri krung brass were established by narot thawonbut in 1935 as the house band for sri krung sound film studio to provide incidental music to the films the studio produced. when public relations dept. band veteran saman kanchanaphalin took the helm decades later, the group became an outlet for his experiments in "modified thai classical music". on this cassette, however, what you have is your favorite thai pop melodies and percussive, folk-style talung numbers filtered through a herb albert sort of vibe. pretty nice stuff, enjoy!

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