Tuesday, December 5, 2017

thotsaphon himaphan: alai meri

artist: ทศพล หิมพานต์ (thotsaphon himaphan)
album: อาลัยเมรี (alai meri)
01. แหล่อาลัยเมรี (lae alai meri)
02. แหล่เตือนหญิงหม้าย (lae tuean ying mai)
03. แหล่มัทรีรำพัน (lae mathri ramphan)
04. แหล่มัทรีโศก (lae mathri sok)
05. แหล่สี่กษัตริย์เดินดง (lae si kasat doen dong)
06. แหล่นาคสั่งสีกา (lae nak sang si ka)
07. แหล่ชมนก (lae chom nok)
08. แหล่สอนหญิง (lae son ying)
09. แหล่หอยโข่ง ตอน 1 (lae hoi khong, pt. 1)
10. แหล่หอยโข่ง ตอน 2 (lae hoi khong, pt. 2)

this week, a classic cassette from lae star thotsaphon himaphan! hailing from the northerly kamphaengphet province, thotsaphon had an agricultural upbringing before joining the monkhood as a young man. while a monk, his expertise in chant and sermonizing had already earned him wide recognition in his home region. in between his times at temple, thotsaphon earned a living by singing in clubs and at buddhist ordination ceremonies. eventually he was invited to perform with star singer wanchana koetdi, a connection that led to him being signed to four 's[1]. in 1995 he released this cassette, his first and biggest-seller, featuring songs from daeng phalanchai in a lae-luk thung style like that made famous by waiphot phetsuphan, with whom thotsaphon would later collaborate. a spiritually-oriented pop sound, with an extremely ornamented vocal line recalling the sermon style of north/northeastern monks.. enjoy!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

phraison haofai & chandaeng hino-yai

artist: ไพรสน เห่าไฟ + จันแดง ฮีโน่ใหญ่ (phraison haofai & chandaeng hino-yai)
album: ซิ่งเพลินใหม่ (sing phloen mai)
01. ซิ่งเพลินใหม่ ตอน 1 (sing phloen mai, pt. 1)
02. ซิ่งเพลินใหม่ ตอน 2 (sing phloen mai, pt. 2)

this week, some excellent vintage lam sing from phraison and chandaeng! as is the case with many of the lam sing cassettes i've found, there's not much info about our singers online, but thanks to the j-card we know that they recorded for the seri-tape label out of ubon ratchathani. like sangwannoi & phatchari whom we've heard from before, i'd also place these two in the first wave of lam sing: the quick-moving style which combined local molam's khaen & vocal performance with an international rock-combo backing. another 2 sides of marathon lam sing.. enjoy!


Monday, October 30, 2017

surachai folksong: luk thung klong yao

artist: สุรชัย โฟล์คซอง (surachai folksong)
album: ลูกทุ่งกลองยาว (luk thung klong yao)
01. ลูกทุ่งเลือดสุพรรณ (luk thung lueat suphan)
02. ลูกทุ่งกลองยาว (luk thung klong yao)
03. หนุ่มสวนแตง (num suan taeng)
04. อยากเป็นเจ้าบ่าว (yak pen chao bao)
05. กระท่อมพ่อหมาย (krathom pho mai)
06. น้ำตาลาไทร (nam ta la sai)
07. โลกของคนรวย (lok khong khon ruai)
08. อุทยานผลไม้ (utthayan phonlamai)
09. กว๊านพะเยา (kwan phayao)
10. วันที่แม่รอ (wan thi mae ro)
11. จากน้องไปทะเล (chak nong pai thale)
12. ความรักล่องแล่ง (khwam rak long laeng)

7-12 performed by สุรชาติ สมบัติเจริญ (surachat sombatcharoen)

last week, we heard from surachai sombatcharoen.. this week we have another "surachai", and another "sombatcharoen"! following the murder of suraphon sombatcharoen in 1968, a number of similar-sounding singers came out to fill the void, but none proved ultimately satisfactory. however, when suraphon's son surachai rose to stardom in the 1980s (with a unique voice of his own) the search for his father's sound-alikes began anew. finally, surachai folksong (surachai charoenkitchaichana), a guitar-playing singer-songwriter working as house performer at villa café on new phetburi road in bangkok[1], was discovered, with a voice that was a real echo of the legendary singer. after a string of albums featuring folk rock-oriented rewrites of suraphon's hits, surachai folksong faded back into obscurity, although his songs still circulate online today (often mistakenly attributed to surachai sombatcharoen). rounding out our cassette's second side is surachat, a lesser-known sibling of the sombatcharoen clan.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

surachai sombatcharoen: rak sao ban klai

artist: สุรชัย สมบัติเจริญ (surachai sombatcharoen)
album: รักสาวบ้านไกล (rak sao ban klai)
01. รักสาวบ้านไกล (rak sao ban klai)
02. สวรรค์เวียงเหนือ (sawan wiang nuea)
03. ทำบาปใต้ถุนทำบุญบนศาลา (tham pap tai thun, tham bun bon sala)
04. ทุ่งนาคอยน้อง (thung na khoi nong)
05. คนหลายใจ (khon lai chai)
06. ถวิลดอกฟ้า (thawin dok fa)
07. ฝันค้าง (fan khang)
08. คนขี้เมา (khon khi mao)
09. หอมแก้ม (hom kaem)
10. นับวันเฝ้าคอย (nap wan fao khoi)
11. เราไม่ว่ากัน (rao mai wa kan)
12. สวรรค์บ้านนา (sawan ban na)

this week, we'll hear some classic 70s luk thung from surachai sombatcharoen! son of suraphon sombatcharoen, the star singer often called "thailand's elvis", surachai led a priveleged upringing compared to the early lives of many luk thung stars (highschool in england, higher education in bangkok) notwithstanding the troubles that attended his father's fame: young surachai recounted receiving threatening phone-calls, dodging gunfire, bombs and other extreme actions from his father's many rivals. over the years, surachai has found fame as singer, actor, radio d.j. and even politician. this cassette primarily features 1970s-style stage band disco, occasionally dipping into more traditional sounds with angkhalung and piphat ensembles joining in, all from the pen of songwriter chaiyaphon mueangsuphan. enjoy!


Sunday, October 8, 2017

dontri thai doem ngan buat nak

artist: อ. ประสิทธิ์ นครพนม (a. prasit nakhonphanom)
album: ดนตรีไทยเดิม งานบวชนาค (dontri thai doem ngan buat nak)
01. งานบวช (โหมโรงเย็น) (ngan buat - homrong yen)
02. โกนหัวนาค (ลงสรง) (kon hua nak - long song)
03. รับพระ (เช้า) (rap phra - chao)
04. ส่งพระ (สองไม้) (song phra - song mai)
05. มหาฤกษ์ (maharoek)
06. เพลงเชิด (phleng choet)
07. จุดธูป (สาธุการ) (chut thup - sathukan)
08. เข้าพิธีทำขวัญนาค (เหาะ) (khao phithi tham khwan nak - ho)
09. เวียนเทียนทำขวัญนาค (wian thian tham khwan nak)
10. เจิมหน้านาคเสร็จพิธี (กราวในเชิด) (choem na nak set phithi - krao nai choet)

a few weeks back, we had a lae-pop album from achan prasit nakhonphanom; today we find him leading an even more explicitly religious project; a cassette intended to soundtrack (or document?) the proceedings of a thai buddhist ordination ceremony! the music consists of an uncredited piphat ensemble running through instrumental pieces that correspond with the stages of the ceremony; music to accompany the tonsure, procession around the temple, and all the rites associated with entering monkhood. enjoy!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

sayan sanya & waeo mayura: khwam rak muean ya khom

artist: สายัณห์ สัญญา + แวว มยุรา (sayan sanya & waeo mayura)
album: ความรักเหมือนยาขม (khwam rak muean ya khom)
01. ความรักเหมือนยาขม (khwam rak muean ya khom)
02. ตัวไกลใจเหงา (tua klai chai ngao)
03. ทุ่งร้างนางลืม (thung rang nang luem)
04. รักเธอ (rak thoe)
05. แฟนใคร (faen khrai)
06. บ้านใกล้เรือนเคียง (ban klai ruean khiang)
07. แฟนเดิม (faen doem)
08. รักที่ถูกลืม (rak thi thuk luem)
09. นางไพร (nang phrai)
10. น้ำตาไอ้ก้อง (nam ta ai kong)
11. รักจริงหรือเปล่า (rak ching rue plao)
12. ไม่มีวัน (mai mi wan)

this week, an interesting luk thung curiosity: a sayan sanya - waeo mayura supercut! 2 of the earliest releases from the bangkok cassette company were sayan sanya's original "khwam rak muean ya khom" album (BCC-001) and waeo mayura's answer album (BCC-003).. this cassette (BCS-009) features the vocal tracks of those 2 cut together to form a "duets" album. to someone familiar with the previous recordings, the effect can be a little jarring, but overall the mix is pretty successful. the backing tracks are the platonic ideal of late-70's luk thung, mostly being of a slow, syrupy, string-sax-&-electone-heavy bent. enjoy!


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

sunari ratchasima: thang sai mai

artist: สุนารี ราชสีมา (sunari ratchasima)
album: ทางสายใหม่ (thang sai mai)
01. รักเดียวใจเดียว (rak dieow chai dieow)
02. ถึงเวลาจะบอกรัก (thueng wela cha bok rak)
03. ทางสายใหม่ (thang sai mai)
04. สายเกินแก้ (sai koen kae)
05. ร้องไห้แก้ช้ำ (rong hai kae cham)
06. คอยวันเธอใจเดียว (khoi wan thoe chai dieow)
07. รักกันต้องให้เกียรติกัน (rak kan tong hai kiat kan)
08. ไม่ลืมโคราช (mai luem khorat)
09. ไม่ลืมกว๊านพะเยา (mai luem kwan phayao)
10. ทะล่อๆ (tha lo tha lo)

this week, we'll hear from one of luk thung's great sentimental balladeers, miss sunari ratchasima! hailing from nakhon ratchasima, sunari rose from local song contest champion to a national recording star. crafted for her full-bodied voice and impressive range, sunari's songs were particularly popular in the country's semi-professional café scene, where singers would invariable tackle one of her songs to prove their mettle[1]. this 1988 cassette from sure audio finds sunari in front of a synth-driven band, backed up by a team of songwriters like chiw phichit, chonlati thanthong, kong katkamhaeng and others.. even a famous indonesian melody finds its way here. enjoy!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

a. prasit nakhonphanom: lae... anisong

artist: อ. ประสิทธิ์ นครพนม (a. prasit nakhonphanom)
album: แหล่... อานิสงส์ (lae... anisong)
01. อานิสงส์ตักบาตร (anisong tak bat)
02. อานิสงส์สังฆทาน (anisong sangkha than)
03. อานิสงส์การบวช (anisong kan buat)
04. อานิสงส์ผ้าป่า (anisong pha pa)
05. อานิสงส์สร้างพระอุโบสถ (anisong sang phra ubosot)
06. อานิสงส์ทอดกฐิน (anisong thot kathin)
07. อานิสงส์ศีล (anisong sin)
08. อานิสงส์สร้างกุฏิ (anisong sang kutti)
09. อานิสงส์ทานทั่วไป (anisong than thua pai)
10. อานิสงส์ชวนคนทำบุญ (anisong chuan khon tham bun)

this week, we have a taste of spiritual lae music from achan prasit nakhonphanom. "do you know what results you receive from your various merit-makings?" asks the cover of this cassette from soemwit music, and in a series of lay sermons, achan prasit breaks it down for you. the karmic benefits of donating food & clothing to monks, ordaining as a monk yourself, helping to build a monastery, etc. are demystified for the inquiring listener, over a typical lae musical accompaniment rendered by a keyboard workstation.. enjoy!


Sunday, August 27, 2017


artist: ซานตานอย (santanoy)
album: ซานตานอย (santanoy)
01. ซานตานอย (santanoy)
02. ควายตัวดำ (khwai tua dam)
03. คนรักป่า (khon rak pa)
04. ลำพึง ลำพัง (lam phueng, lam phang)
05. สุรา (sura)
06. อวยชัย (uaichai)
07. ริมฝั่งคลอง (rim fang khlong)
08. ขุนเขา สายธาร (khun khao, sai than)
09. ฝันไป (fan pai)
10. รถติด (rot tit)

last week, oi b.m. gave us a hint as to carlos santana's musical legacy in thailand; this week, we'll meet an even more fervent devotee.. santanoy! little-remembered today, noy thirawisan chunlamakon had contributed saxophone and harmonica to the december 1991 album wicha phae by famed phuea chiwit rockers carabao, and released his solo album on their d-day entertainment label the same month. the liner notes also list the entirety of carabao members as producers here, as well as for various instrumental credits. from my own anecdotal observations, santana seems to have had the greatest influence on thai music of any western rock-star. probably the long-time popularity of latin rhythms in the kingdom particularly helped to set the chicano legend up for success, over his more stolid rock contemporaries. as santanoy sings, he's "the thai cha-cha-cha to santana's latin soul".. enjoy!


Saturday, August 19, 2017

oi b.m.: sao pump

artist: อ้อย บีเอ็ม (oi b.m.)
album: สาวปั้ม (sao pump)
01. สาวปั้ม (sao pump)
02. ไปไหนมา (pai nai ma)
with ใหญ่ บางกรวย (yai bangkruai)
03. ตัวเดียวอันเดียว (tua diao an diao)
04. ตำรวจตำเล่น (tamruat tam len)
05. คนในซอย (khon nai soi)
06. พี่มีแค่เนียะ (phi mi khae nia)
07. หนุ่มยาวสาวใหญ่ (num yao sao yai)
with ใหญ่ บางกรวย (yai bangkruai)
08. หนุ่มเล่นว่าวสาวตกเบ็ด (num len wao sao tok bet)
with ใหญ่ บางกรวย (yai bangkruai)
09. ขายเกาเหลาไปเกาหลี (khai kao lao pai kao li)
10. เอ็นดูน้องเมีย (en du nong mia)
11. คนเล่นของ (khon len khong)
12. หนูให้ดู (nu hai du)

this week we have an interesting historical curiosity: one of a series of cassettes released by oi b.m., a legend of bangkok's escort industry in the 1980s. as founder of the "sensuality bank" and godmother of hundreds, possibly thousands, of the nation's sex workers, she was influential in part for encouraging her employees to take up with their johns whenever possible, helping to launch the field of "open-ended prostitution"1. the recordings here consist mostly of oi singing humorous lyrics, occasionally alluding to her professional life, over a synthesized backing with the occasional electric guitar lick and male back-up vocals from yai bangkruai. enjoy!