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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Monday, March 31, 2014

phimpha phonsiri: rak num re nang



artist: พิมพา พรศิริ (phimpha phonsiri)
album: รักหนุ่มเร่หนัง (rak num re nang)
01. นกเอี้ยงโมง (nok iang mong)
02. ไม่ลองไม่รู้ (mai long mai ru)
03. รักหนุ่มเร่หนัง (rak num re nang)
04. ส่งใจไปอรัญ (song chai pai aran)
05. เบื่อผู้ชายใจดำ (buea phu chai chai dam)
06. หลอกฉันเพื่ออะไร (lok chan phuea arai)
07. รักเขาข้างเดียว (rak khao khang dieow)
08. หนูแดงวอนแฟน (nu daeng won faen)
09. หัวอกบ้านนอก (hua ok ban nok)
10. สาวนารู้ทัน (sao na ru than)
11. น้องแดงใจเดียว (nong daeng chai dieow)
12. รักหนุ่มเร่หนัง [ดนตรีฝึกร้อง] (rak num re nang [instrumental])
13. ไม่ลองไม่รู้ [ดนตรีฝึกร้อง] (mai long mai ru [instrumental])
14. นกเอี้ยงโมง [ดนตรีฝึกร้อง] (nok iang mong [instrumental])

this week, another excellent early cassette from ms. phimpha phonsiri! phimpha, from chaiyaphum province, was one of the first big successes in blending luk thung and molam together with a modern electro-pop sound. chirping synthesizers, funky bass lines, distorted guitar riffs and our star's youthful voice; there's a lot to like on here. this is her third album, featuring once again the capable songwriting talents of soraphet phinyo to back her up. don't miss her equally great volumes one or four, either!

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

chinnakon klong yao



artist: ชินกร ไกรลาศ (chinnakon krailat)
album: ชินกรกลองยาว (chinnakon klong yao)
01. ชินกรกลองยาว (chinnakon klong yao)
02. กลองยาวชินกร (klong yao chinnakon)
03. บ้านไร่น่ารัก (ban rai na rak)
04. เพชรร่วงในสลัม (phet ruang nai slum)
05. คืนนี้พี่ไม่กลับบ้าน (khuen ni phi mai klap ban)
06. ยอยศพระลอ (yo yot phra lo)
07. ลูกทุ่งเสี่ยงเทียน (luk thung siang thian)
08. เพชรฆาตใจ (phetchakhat chai)
09. น้ำตาใจ (nam ta chai)
10. ฟ้าแปลงนาง (fa plaeng nang)

this week, a sampling of national artist chinnakon krailat's brilliant career! dr. chinnakon's work was some of the most successful blending of pop music with influences from thailand's broad variety of folk & art musics. after starting out as a ramwong singer in his home province of sukhothai, chinnakon was picked up by "modernized music" impresario phayong mukda, with whom he made his most famous recordings. this tape has some great, dance-able drum & organ driven numbers, but my favorite is the beautiful "yo yot phra lo" with its piphat orchestra backing. enjoy!

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