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A Brief Stranglers' Break to Check on Brian's Mega-Project

Well, I hope the 4th of July weekend finds you and your family well, I thought it was a kick that I got Friday off WITH PAY after just one week (4 days) of starting my new job! Anyway, I've been doing some Stranglers stuff the past few days, get to a bit more of THAT later, but for right now, I know that Brian has been working on this project for some time and labor that extensive deserves favour:

Of coursre Brian's work is also found on rustbeltoutpost, makes neither of a us a difference from which you utilize. Anyway, without further ado,  here's Brian's latest section of his BIG project:

(Scott): I love international (non-English language) rock, and although this doesn't deal exclusively with rock, it runs the gammut on some different and VERY obscure stuff......this is the second part (the first was published earlier), and I must say it is quite impressive.This focusses on Thailand (the second "tour" there), and Burma......redendant for ME to describe them, Brian is the expert, so take it away, sir.......

Southeast Asian Tour #2 - Thailand Part 2 and Burma

And so it begins. Sorry this took so long, a few of the original uploads didn't work, and I wanted to actually listen to all this stuff before offloading it on you.

That last Thai post was fairly popular, and this one should be even more so. Awesome stuff here. Some of it I discovered while assembling this post, but everything gets a thumbs up, trust me....


Thai Pop Spectacular 1960s-1980s Vol. 1 LINK

This is a kaleidoscopic volume. Funky tracks, girl pop, Italo Disco type stuff, horns, twangy guitars, warbling vocals... a great listen.

Siamese Soul: Thai Pop Spectacular Volume 2 LINK

That word soul is appropriate. There's moments on this that feel like a lost Stax album or blaxploitation soundtrack, and then a female vocal or odd-sounding horn will come in. It's captivating stuff. There's some strange moments (the erp background vocals on "Kob Kanong Fon"), but the whole thing jams!
Singapore A Go Go LINK

This is one of my favorite Thai albums. Cooing girl pop, badass rock instrumentals...this is a nice, dense compilation. Most unwieldy band name ever? Charlie Electric Guitar Band's Sound of Japan. My favorite? Dong Rong and the Stylers.

Molam - Thai Country Groove From Isan, Volume 2 LINK

Many enjoyed Volume 1 in the previous post. This is more of the same funky native rhythms. Some spacey instruments on this one.

The Sound Of Siam : Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz And Molam In Thailand 1964-1975 LINK

This one is especially awesome...it's just so damn funky! You can get lost in the groove with this album. Headphone approved!
The Sound Of Siam Volume 2 - Molam and Luk Thung from Northeast Thailand 1970-1982 LINK

These two Sound of Siam volumes might be even funkier than SF's two Molam Country Grooves albums. I've barely heard this one, but you get it, kids. And now, we're done with Thailand...so we're moving to her sister country, sweltering and much-oppressed Burma.


Princess Nicotine - Folk and Pop Sounds of Myanmar (Burma) LINK

Burma has a very polyrthmic kind of folk music. It can be tough finding your way through it, but once you do it's great stuff.
Guitars of the Golden Triangle - Folk and Pop Music of Myanmar (Burma), Vol. 2 LINK

This is definitely the most "pop" of the four Burma albums. While it's still very native sounding, there's great 60's pop/soul harmonies and guitar lines throughout. For some reason, when I zipped this, the track order got shuffled a bit.
Music of Nat Pwe - Folk and Pop Music of Myanmar (Burma), Volume 3 LINK

More native Burma madness. Some of the percussion here reminds me of the Mothers Of Invention.

The Crying Princess: 78 RPM Records From Burma LINK

The fidelity isn't the greatest - 78s, duh - but this is an interesting collection of hauntingly bizarre, arhythmic folk music.
Hope you guys enjoy this. This isn't all put together anywhere else, other than a torrent somewhere maybe. I was going to put links under each that would take you to the info pages on the Sublime Frequencies site, but figured that would invite disaster. So go check their site for further info on each release.

And if you missed the previous Thai post, it can be found HERE
(Scott): And here is the third section, as Brian concentrates his efforts on Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.......more good stuff here, very little of which I already had on hand. If you are a fan of international pop/rock, you can't miss this:
Southeast Asian Tour #3 Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos

This is the final post of music from Southeast Asia. Most of these come from this record label....

This is one hell of a post, too. The Cambodian stuff is really awesome, and if you get it under your skin you'll love it. The two Radio volumes are whirling musical journeys, and the folk music on here is like nothing you've ever heard. Almost all of these are rare. And you can thank me for the Kim Sinh album, trust me....


Cambodian Cassette Archives LINK

I bringing this one back from my previous post, because it fits so well. SF's only contribution to the Cambodian rock genre. One of the best of its kind. And again, there's that poignant thought that everyone on these records died....

Cambodian Rocks (1996) LINK

This was the one that started the whole "Lost Cambodia Rock" genre, and it's still one of the best. Came out on the Parallel World label. This original copy doesn't have artist or track names, but if you poke around the net for awhile, I think people have researched and come up with a tracklist in the years since. A great listen.

Cambodian Rocks 2 LINK

This is not a sequel to the previous volume. There are two Cambodian Vol 1 out there I believe. I've never had Vol. 1 of this series, but the volumes after are definitely great. I made sure there were artist names on these songs, so you can learn who people like Sinn Sisamouth and Ros Sorothsyea are.

Cambodia Rocks 3 LINK

In keeping with the title, this volume has even more psych-ier songs. Prime stuff. I believe there's a Vol 4 and 5 of this series, but I don't have them yet.

Radio Phnom Penh LINK

An amazing collection, and one of the best of SF's Radio albums. Southeast Asia is definitely a multicultural place.

Ethnic Minority Music of Northeast Cambodia LINK

For this one, we head out to the villages. The music is haunting, otherworldly, and hypnotic.


Saigon Rock & Soul: Vietnamese Classic Tracks 1968-74 LINK

The Vietnamese were just as good at adapting American sounds as the Thais and Cambodians were. It rocks, it grooves...here's to hoping SF releases more Vietnam stuff.

Radio Vietnam LINK

This is a kaleidoscopic day in the life in modern day Vietnam. English language news, dance songs,indiginous pop...it's a smorgasbord, and definitely a worthy cousin to Radio Phnom Penh.

Rough Guide To the Music of Vietnam LINK

This is a good cross section of modern Vietnamese music: immaculately recorded folk songs, instrumentals, pop tunes, even some Asian blues. You might play this one more than you think.

The Art of Kim Sinh LINK
This was one I discovered while assembling this, and man is it gooood. Kim Sinh is a blind guitarist who's also a master of the Dam Nguyen, a very expressive three string lute. With almost no accompaniment, and only occasionally vocals, he makes an amazing solo album. This one is hypnotic!

Ethnic Minority Music Of North Vietnam LINK

Another good village recording. I'm glad they started this series; it's too bad they were only on vinyl and really rare.


This is the only thing I could easily find for Laos. Doesn't seem that they had a documented rock/pop scene like the surrounding countries. But this one is good....
Ethnic Minority Music of Southern Laos LINK

Another in their series of village music recordings. I found this one really immersive. A lot of odd percussion, but with a meditative, rhythmic pace. I had headphones on, grooving to the thing....and one of the old men coughed. I jumped! It felt so live, like he was right next to me. They really recorded these village albums well. Alan Lomax would be proud.
That's it for Southeast Asia. I'll poke around with a few more good Asian releases - including more SF stuff - but there wont be any other big posts world music stuff for awhile.
And one more quick Brian submission, he loaned this to me a couple weeks ago, and I never got around to posting it, but I see that HE has now, so I will also, I haven't had any hate-mail generated in a while now. What we have is the soundtrack album from "Romper Stomper", the Australian skinhead film from 1992......like a lot of the previous controversial Nazi rock I have posted, this will NOT be popular among a lot of you......but hopefully what it WILL do is generate free-speech discussion, as I have said many times before I have posted LOTS of "hateful" music from the left, and no one utters even a peep. Bet it happens again, here too, but the quality of the music here is superior to some of my previous skinhead posts, and the snippets of dialogue from the film work very well too.......my past nazi-type rockers I wouldn't rank (anything) above two stars (THAT would be charitable), this one easilly makes three, IMO.

Romper Stomper Soundtrack

"We came to wreck everything, and ruin your life.
....God sent us."

Here's something you won't see out here much. I couldn't even find it on all the soundtrack blogs I go to. This is the soundtrack to the 1992 Australian skinhead movie that introduced Russell Crowe to the world.
Romper Stomper Soundtrack DOWNLOAD
Here's all I'll do as a disclaimer: I am neither a Nazi nor a racist. This is a favorite film of mine. Sure, I'll occasionally bang my head to some of the tunes ("Pulling On the Boots" especially), but I don't ascribe to their beliefs, and I'm not trying to stir up shit by posting this, so please don't give me any. And if you want me to flip the coin, I got some Black Panther rap from the 70's I can lay on you anytime you say....
The songs are good bashing punk, and the actual soundtrack pieces are good too. The "Dead Nazi March" is particularly affecting, with it's flattened, strange-sounding horns. And the inclusion of dialogue from the film is a stroke of genius. I particularly like the "fuck off" and "we came to wreck everything" dialogue being on the album.
If you're gonna have one album of Skinhead punk, it might as well be this one. Go ahead and download it...I won't tell anybody.
(Scott): I also have a guest post from Apantabapanta, the latest installment of his encyclopedia effort, I don't QUITE have it ready to post, so I'll get it up tomorrow.........as for now, let us return to the Stranglers, as we have quite a LOT more to showcase from them.....

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