David Pescovitz at 8:56 am Wed, Mar 6, 2013
Dangerous Minds shares the incredible face-melting psychedelia of Khun Narin Phin Sing from the Phetchabun Province in Thailand. The stringed instrument is a kind of lute called a phin (พิณ). (Thanks, Patrick Kelly!)
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Love this! 1995 me would have tripped into fractal dimensions with these jams.
Amazing. Thanks for posting this- I wonder if they have any albums out?
OK – someone has to ask this…
What do you do after you Phetchabun?
Looks like an ordination ceremony for a young man about to enter the Buddhist monastery.
If you drank some of that “Hong Thong” whiskey sitting on the table you could play like that too.
“……Buddha? A notorious metabolic junky… Makes his own you dig. In India, where they got no sense of time, The Man is often a month late…. ‘Now let me see, is that the second or the third monsoon? I got like a meet in Ketchupore about more or less.’
“And all them junkies sitting around in the lotus posture spitting on the ground and waiting on The Man.
“So Buddha says: ‘I don’t hafta take this sound. I’ll by God metabolize my own junk.’
“‘Man, you can’t do that. The Revenooers will swarm all over you.’
“‘Over me they won’t swarm. I gotta gimmick, see? I’m a fuckin Holy Man as of right now.’
“‘Jeez, boss, what an angle.’
“‘Now some citizens really wig when they make with the New Religion. These frantic individuals do not know how to come on. No class to them… Besides, they is subject to be lynched like who wants somebody hanging around being better’n other folks?
“What you trying to do, Jack, give people a bad time?…”
So we gotta play it cool, you dig, cool…. We got a take it or leave it proposition here, folks. We don’t shove any- thing up your soul, unlike certain cheap characters who shall be nameless and are nowhere. Clear the cave for action. I’m gonna metabolize a speed ball and make with the Fire Sermon.’….”
Hells Yeah! This caused some sort of flashback time warp.:D
The P-Bass–and facsimiles thereof–continues to provide groove in all circumstances. I’m not sure how a man who had never played a musical instrument in his life managed to invent the electric bass and get it right on the first try. But he did.
Yeah, and that staggered pickup was a total accident because Fender just jammed in two pickups that had originally designed for an electric mandolin. More of a J-bass guy myself. Got a Squier VMJ a few months ago and I love it.
They have at least one other video on YouTube worth checking out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWSe3mv3ZN8
Usually, Jam Band crap just drives me nuts but this is actually really…. really… good.
Wonder what this would sound like with some Gamelan in the mix.
oooh. that would be too awesome to survive
that (basically) exists… search “pong lang”
It isn’t psych rock, it’s a style called Morlam which is kind of like the delta blues of north/east Thailand.
I’ve been to a few monk ordinations and Thai weddings with this kind of music going down, it’s great.
A lot of the morlum CDs seem to be cursed with fairly glassy 80s type production values, would be great if a Thai “Steve Albini” was around making more fly on the wall type recordings.
for example Morlam superstar Barnyen Rakkan:
but thats a great video.. Morlam in it’s natural environment being enjoyed by the people.
Reminded me of the excellent album on Finder’s Keepers, Thai Dai!:The Heavier Sounds of the Luk Thung Underground. http://www.finderskeepersrecords.com/discog_fkr044.html Definitely worth a listen!
for those interested in more thai music, could i recommend my blog?:
this album in particular might appeal to fans of khun narin’s stuff: http://monrakplengthai.blogspot.com/2010/03/khana-rung-thawi-hae-sot-dontri-phuen.html
I believe the song may be called Father Is Pouring Down - คุณพ่อริน ล่มสัก
Here is another version (I think)
that’s actually the phin player’s name; khun pho (father) rin somsak.
the video you link to is by a different group, the phet pak nam sin band, also from phetchabun.
I love psychedelic rock. I love Thailand. This is an awesome song. Thank you for sharing. :)
Wow – this is my new bag, man. Thai Frodo Lives!