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A Quick Interview With Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band

Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band is a collective of interchanging musicians from Thailand. The members of the band range from high schoolers to older men. The band is led by Viroj Yakham, who formed the group in an effort to help unemployed teenagers from his home province Phetchabun, Thailand. They started by playing at different ceremonies and weddings. Viroj’s son, Sumet, would take video of their performances walking through their community or playing at local events. These videos caught the attention of the record label Innovative Leisure, who have signed artists such as BADBADNOTGOOD. Viroj in a short documentary made it clear that his band’s primary goal is to bring joy wherever they play. Short Doc Below!

They have released two full albums, the most recent being from 2016. They also toured and played numerous festivals around this time period. As a newcomer to their music, it seemed to me that they were inactive at the current moment. However, the strong community bonds this band created, intertwined with a diverse range of psychedelic sound, made me curious about the present condition and future of Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band.

Here are some of my favorite songs, performances, and content I could find!

LIVE CONCERT LINK: https://www.bilibili.com/s/video/BV1E441167W2

Interview With Khun Narin’s Electric Phin Band:

I was able to obtain a Thai translator and connect with Sumet Yakham on Facebook. Before answering my questions he made sure to let me know he would respond after consulting with the rest of the band. Here is our quick correspondence about the future of the band. It is also noteworthy that he responded in English, I’m sure in an effort to accommodate me.

Interviewer: “Is the Khun Narin Electric Phin Band still playing music in Thailand and playing shows?”

Sumet: “We are still playing music in Thailand and playing shows. We faced Covid-19 affecting to cancel/postpone some shows.”

Interviewer: “Does the band plan on releasing any more music soon?”

Sumet: “We have a plan on releasing the third album with Innovative Leisure (IL) from USA.”

Interviewer: “How is your music received throughout Thailand? Have you experienced more appreciation for your music in Thailand or abroad?”

Sumet: “Our receive throughout Thailand is good. We have appreciation from abroad more than Thailand.”

Interviewer: “I understand that the band rotates members. How has the band helped your community?”

Sumet: “We encourage youth to show skills and have earnings.”

Interviewer: “What is the significance of the orange vests you wear when you play shows?”

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Sumet: “This is our characteristic that similar to Cowboy shirt in USA.”

Interviewer: “What do you hope for the future of the band and for the future of your genre of music in Thailand?”

Sumet: “Our band will change with the times but still maintain the same style.”

I was extremely grateful to hear Sumet’s responses to my questions and I look forward to the new album. Check them out on Bandcamp, Spotify, Facebook, and YouTube!

https://www.facebook.com/ขุนนริทร์ศิลป์พิณประยุกต์-268450113232690/

https://khunnarin.bandcamp.com/album/khun-narins-electric-phin-band

https://open.spotify.com/embed/artist/63zawOgIPFW8J6QTTJiRX1

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African Psych Soul, Psych, Psych Funk

Here is a small dump of songs that have been on repeat for me recently. They are African or inspired by African culture. I need hypnotic tunes like these in times when it seems each day is bleeding into the next. Adds a much needed splash of vibrant colors to my day.

Ofo & The Black Company

Terry Callier

Vocals are soulful and the instrumental is psychedelic and mesmerizing. The lyrics tell an equally spellbinding story. Put a red t-shirt over your lamp and light a candle for this one.

Peter King

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Stu Mackenzie of King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard Interview and Review Of New Album “K.G.”

This is a clickbait title in that I and no one from fuzzy sun got a interview with Stu Mackenzie of KGATLW, however, I was able to listen to his interview with a British radio station available on Apple Music. Had to sign up for the trial to get to it though.

I was able to glean some cool and important info that I will share here with you guys if you are unable to catch the interview.

After that I also have some notes for each track on K.G. from my first listen and maybe you can listen along and see if your thoughts align with what I am thinking.

Stu Mackenzie Interview Notes

  • Matt the interviewer first asks about how this Album was made. Stu lets us in on how it was made in isolation and the first time they had to record by themselves and put it together at a later time. STU: “I think it forced us to make a record we ordinarily wouldn’t make”.
  • Stu also confirms that the “Vol 2.” on the cover of the Album is in reference to this being “Vol 2.” or the second part of “Flying Microtonal Banana”. KGATLW’s first dip into microtonal music. STU: “Of the records we’ve made that one does – it felt um – like something really fresh and really new and we popped open this idea and there was so much more to explore”.
  • Stu describes microtonal music as having numerous “rabbit holes” to go down but with this record they chose one and really explored it.
  • STU: ” ‘Flying Microtonal Banana’ felt one dimensional on purpose it was like – that ones got a style and a feel and a sound and a vibe and we didn’t want to do that with this one. Wanted it to be like a rainbow.” Then Stu specifically mentions the song “Intrasport” on K.G.. STU:”(It)pushes it sonically and texturally into some kind of rainbow territory.”
  • INTERVIEWER: “16 records in 10 years do you think in 10 years time we’ll have another 16 records?” STU: “I hope so, I think we’ve had times where we’ve pushed the limit – 2017 with 5 that was not good for health or sleep or whatever. We’re still writing at the same pace as we have for the last while”.
  • Stu then discusses how he is excited for 2021 and hopes for live shows to return. He then lets us in on a little look into KGATLW’s future. STU: “The project we are working on – I think will be the second record coming out next year. It’s the most melodic and also….considered…and also maybe psychedelic record that we’ve ever made…”

I don’t know about you but I’m elated from hearing that news. That means we have two confirmed albums coming next year. And one of them is Psychedelic!!! Fuck to the YEAH.

https://music.apple.com/us/station/11-20-20-king-gizzard-the-lizard-wizard/ra.1540235332

K.G. Album Notes

I will first preface these track notes with KGATLW’s song “Flying Microtonal Banana” under the same name as the album it comes from. It makes so much sense in a way that this song is the closer of “FMB” (closest song to K.G.) and is the most eastern sounding whether that be Turkish, saharan, or middle eastern (I am not well versed enough to make that call).

Note the rhythm section –> drums and bass –> which drives a new feel in “K.G.”.

K.G.L.W.

This first track immediately evokes desert imagery. That of an eastern style unlike FMB which still roots itself in sounds that almost sound like they could fit in an Australian western with microtonal usage. I think this is a nice intro to acclimate the listener to this new soundscape. Acoustic guitar, claves, and the flute sounding synth aid in creating this sound.

Automation

Claps add to the eastern feel. The songs instrumentation and guitar tones make me think about Mdou Moctar and other saharan rock groups. Cool twist in that his voice has a synth effect on it that ties into the theme –> Automation. Desert yet sci-fi. Gizzardesque.

Minimum Brain Size

An effect on the voice that makes Joey sound similar to how he sounds on Polygondwanaland songs such as “Inner Cell” and “Horology”. Jam sections are great. Love the voice.

Straws In The Wind

A wild Amby appears with that sweet and sultry voice. The acoustic guitar that matches Ambrose with the melody is really beautiful. The guitar in this track and other songs throughout K.G. were recorded on Stu’s iPhone. Ambrose impacted FMB with “Billabong Valley” adding more texture to the album with his voice and he does it again here!

Some Of US

Up and down tonally. I lack the musical vocabulary to describe the rising and falling feeling. All the instruments help build and crash again and again creating a great song. Not my favorite on the album but I love hearing all the different ideas.

Ontology

WOO! The groove on the track is insane and the synth immediately transports me on a galloping journey across the saharan desert. I think the word I want is galloping maybe chugging is better? Possible favorite track on first listen through the album.

Intrasport

Out of the desert and straight into the club. A big surprise for everyone and definitely is a newer style for Gizz that I can only connect to “Cyboogie” maybe. Joey’s solo project “Bullant” is definitely rubbing off on this track. Plus peep cookie dancing shirtless in the music vid. My heart goes out to you cookie.

Oddlife

Continuing with my desert imagery the synths on this one are sprinkled throughout and definitely transport me to a night in the desert. Great ja and instrumental sections. Ambrose comes in when the song starts chugging right around the 3:10 mark.

Honey

This song was previewed months before the album and I see why as it is the easiest transition from past Gizz to the new album. In a separate interview then the one above I believe Stu said that “Honey’s” guitar riff was created years before deriving from a jam section on “Sleep Drifter” on FMB. The ending build is great. The video is also beautiful.

The Hungry Wold Of Fate

DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM! Heaviest song on the album. That guitar sound is meaty. The delay pedal also makes its most significant (and only?) appearance on K.G.. Like all Gizz the song’s tempo and dynamics change around. Another favorite.

Can’t wait for 2021. This will suffice for now 🙂

https://kinggizzardandthelizardwizard.com

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KGATLW San Fran 16′ & The OFFICIAL Gizz Archives

Do yourself a favor right now and go spend 5$ on Vimeo for King Gizz’s “San Francisco ’16” live show. Considering the times and your location in the world…live shows are probably a distant pipe dream. However, on top of their GIANT discography, they manage to supply even more (for a lack of better words) content when it comes to live audio and video that is much needed in 2020. Grateful Dead levels of documentation.

Below I will cover some of my favorite moments from the new “film” and also start the OFFICIAL “King Gizz Lesser Known YouTube Live Show…archive?”

KGATLW live shows bring energy and community within the audience without fail every time. The spontaneity of the music combined with a dynamic crowd makes every live show WORTH A WATCH.

SAMPLE:

Live In San Francisco ’16 Notes

  • At 10:50 The Big Fig wiggles are orgasmic
  • Two girls scream “dickhead” (in a friendly manner) numerous times throughout the show I believe. I also believe it is directed at the guitarist Joey
  • 3 flute appearances? Head On/Pill ranks #1 flute solo 1:13:50
  • Leading up to “Cellophane” Stu says, “Give it back to that really tall man” when speaking about the camera. What proceeds is an amateur fan recording from in the pit on Stu’s camera…AWESOME
  • About that Spontaneity –>

When you think you have a good idea, but give it a bit more thought. (SF16 Live clip) from r/KGATLW

“King Gizz Lesser Known YouTube Live Show…archive?”

In the same vain as this new release and the Asheville 19′ Concert video here are lesser known videos off of YouTube that are filled with energy no matter sound quality. Check out “Chunky Shrapnel” or the KGATLW YouTube page for more officially released video (as well as KEXP).

King Gizz collaboration with garage rock legend King Khan. A party.

Full Georgia Concert. Great Energy & Medium Audio.

Great Energy & Great Audio

Cookiedawg69

IMPORTANT: At 4 minutes Joey tears it up with my favorite solo variation of “The River”

Things to note: You can see there recording process (The guy with the ski mask is filming clips that were used in their tour film “Chunky Shrapnel”, Stu delivers a beer to sounds guy, The camera man of this video grabs the now ex-drummer Eric’s foot at 2 minutes and 20 seconds. MUCH MORE!!!

Popular Video but in 360 and VR can be used. Also great sound and video quality.

At 14 minutes 30 seconds the dutch people begin to row. “Craaaaaazy Dutch People.”

Brings a tear to any Gizz fans eye. This song closes a performance at the biggest venue Gizz has ever played and at 6 minutes and 40 seconds the crowd gives an ovation that must have aw’ed the band. Love it.

“Secret Show” in Korea that was announced the day of for those close enough. Explanation for tiny venue and relaxed no shirts policy.

And finally a interview done as a school project with a solo acoustic performance of “Vegemite” at the end.

I strongly believe this will be one of the most influential rock bands of our era so forgive the spam and go find more of these videos if you are missing human contact.

VIMEO LINK

https://kinggizzard.bandcamp.com

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¡Mi carta de amor! Sgt. Papers And Other Mexican Rock

Aire Libre is a FM radio station in Mexico City. About a month ago I stumbled across a compilation/vinyl being sold by Aire Libre on Bandcamp. Over the past month I’ve grown to love a band that was featured on this vinyl called Sgt.Papers.

They have two albums one released in 2017 and the other in 2019. Hopefully new music is on the way but check out their discography and check out some other Mexican gold. Maybe a Mexico list soon?

Beautiful track below. Hard to believe this band made up of two brothers can create such a driving fuzz masterpiece.

https://www.facebook.com/SgtPapers/

Captain Swamp

Wavy psychedelic track released earlier this year right as COVID arrived in North America. Hold on for some beautiful lead guitar later in the track.

https://www.facebook.com/captainswamp/

NecroMorfo

Bizarre and engaging. Sometimes gives a good laugh and after some research apparently this group from Northern Mexico plays some wild live shows. “El Zorreador” transports me to a hazy DUI filled drive with friends.

https://www.facebook.com/necromorfomx/

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Flightless Adds Melbourne’s Favorite Punk/Gutter Rock Band: CIVIC

It’s time to get acquainted with Melbourne’s CIVIC if you aren’t already. Flightless Records has been active recently with their band signings and continue with the Melbourne 5-piece. They are well known for their loud n sweaty performances in the up close and intimate venues in Australia.

According to Flightless Records Instagram new music is on the way. However, take a listen to their 2018 release “New Vietnam”. Also check out Vice’s interview with CIVIC for more interesting info!

Civic is now on ‘The Australian List’ too!

https://civicivic.bandcamp.com

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The Canadian Road Trip

Canada mirrors the US in that it is a cultural melting pot made up of European colonizers, immigrants of other nations, and its own indigenous people. When it comes to the history of rock in Canada it has developed its own unique sound. Between punk, psych, noise, and all other sub-genres of rock, Canada is at the forefront of nations producing kickass bands.

The following list is made up of bands from the past both near and far as well as current bands still ripping it up. Buckle up and let’s road trip across Canada.

D.O.A (British Columbia)

D.O.A are incredibly influential in the history of Punk music and are the first hardcore punk band in Canada and one of the first in the world. They continue to release albums the most recent of which was released this year in February 2020.

https://www.facebook.com/DOAPUNK/

White Lung (British Columbia)

White Lung is a band that was started in 2006 and is influenced by post and hardcore punk.

https://www.facebook.com/whitelung/

Jons (British Columbia)

Jons has to be included in this list. They have since broken up as a band and some members have formed the popular indie group Loving. Their first release Com Shred I is recorded from home with a warm and fuzzy sound.

https://www.facebook.com/jonsband/

Nomeansno (British Columbia)

Starting in the 80’s this punk band is filled with bizarre samples, lyrics and sounds.

https://www.facebook.com/wrongrecords/

Japandroids (British Columbia)

Two friends who met in college make up Japandroids. They take from punk and garage to form their sound.

https://www.facebook.com/japandroids/

Women (Alberta)

Moving eastward and back in time we find the since broken up band Women. They are extremely influential in the post punk genre. The band is psychedelic, fuzzy, “drony”, noisy, and experimental.

Their 2010 Album sets the scene in a cold night in Calgary.

https://www.facebook.com/WomenBand/

Preoccupations (Alberta)

Preoccupations formerly “Viet Cong” are a growing band that recently toured with IDLES. Preoccupations is a post-punk band that has multiple members who were previously members of the band Women.

The song “March of Progress” uses a similar melody from a song by the influential band “This Heat”. This song is a personal favorite of mine in the Preoccupations catalog. “March of Progress” builds for about 3 minutes and the final minutes really are euphoric.

https://www.facebook.com/Preoccupationsband/

Betrayers (Alberta)

A garage/psych band from Edmonton.

https://www.facebook.com/betrayersband/

The Avulsions (Saskatchewan)

This band from Saskatoon is gaining popularity in western Canada. The album “Expanding Program” is heavy on synths and creates a sci-fi/spacey soundscape.

https://www.facebook.com/theavulsions/

KEN Mode (Manitoba)

KEN Mode is a noise, metal, and post-hardcore band. They have an extensive discography and my personal favorite is “Success” released in 2015. For fans with “harder” palettes any of these albums would suffice.

https://www.facebook.com/kenmode/

Propaghandi (Manitoba)

Regarded as one of the most influential punk bands in the Canadian scene.

The band has fun punk albums that matured with each release. The band in interviews has elaborated on “cringing” at their earlier albums.

https://www.facebook.com/Propagandhi/

METZ (Ontario)

METZ is a popular band that hails from Ottawa and covers genres such as post punk, hardcore punk, and noise rock. Their newest release “Atlas Vending” is produced more clearly than past albums and brings a noise rock masterpiece to the table.

https://www.facebook.com/metz/

Low Approach (Ontario)

Dreamy Shoegaze

https://lowapproach.bandcamp.com/releases

The Heavy Medicine Band (Ontario)

https://www.facebook.com/theheavymedicineband/

Anastatica (Ontario)

Psychedelic and Jazzy Blues. Solo Artist.

https://theanastatica.bandcamp.com

Possum (Ontario)

This band from Toronto has a combination of influences such as garage, psych, kraut rock, and jazz that fuse together to create a driving spacey sound.

https://www.facebook.com/possumyyz/

Ought (Quebec)

Great KEXP performance of “Beautiful Blue Sky” off of their album “Sun Coming Down”. A great post punk album. Television with tinges of sonic youth and other influences.

https://www.facebook.com/internetought/

Corridor (Quebec)

French Canadian band. Jump around their discography. Tons of treats.

https://www.facebook.com/corridormtl/

Sinkin’ Feelings (Quebec)

https://www.facebook.com/Sinkin-Feelings-1402991156453579/

SUUNS (Quebec)

https://www.facebook.com/suunsband/

Anthesis (New Brunswick)

https://www.facebook.com/thedaisyanthesis/

Nomadic Holmes (Nova Scotia)

https://www.facebook.com/nomadichomes/