Monday, November 14, 2005

return to burma

Thank your guru -- for on those evenings when your brain is frozen with TV-drool or wasting away weekends with the shades pulled -- that somewhere, some wide-eyed, deep-eared explorer is globe-trotting through the markets, ghettos and lost archives for music most of us never knew was there. Sublime Frequencies gathers it all up and hands it over. Yowza.

Guitars of the Golden Triangle: Folk and Pop Music of Myanmar Vol. 2 is like a mini-Nuggets or, better yet, a Bloodstains-styled gathering of day-glow Burma sounds filtered through a poppy-filled view. Compiled by Sun City Girl Alan Bishop, he writes in the liner notes that "this is a phenomenal 'lost scene' and we're thrilled to resurrect it for those interested in folk, rock, and pop styles from lesser-known regions of the globe". Lesser know locals is right. These songs are gathered from groups from the Shan State.

Shan State is Myanmar's largest province and larger than the entire State of New York. Most outside this Burmese region have never heard of Shan State, but this massive sub-tropic tableland has an average elevation of 3000 feet, perfect for the cultivation of poppies for which it is very well known (in fact and fiction) as the center of the "Golden Triangle."

There are quite a clutch of artists filling the 21 cuts here. Stands out are Saing Saing Maw, early 70's Burmese psyche rock pionneer and the Tex-style of Lashio Thein Aung (aka "Jimmy Jack," aka "Burmese Texan"). Each infuse more of their own personal touches and traditional flares than carboning western ways. Stellar chunks!

Saing Saing Maw - Than Shin Ley Ye Khan
Lashio Thein Aung - You Got What You Want


At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it! :)

At 9:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for this - I had one of the songs already (I think some other mp3 blog posted it) - but thank you for the other one, this stuff is amazing.

At 12:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have hard to find mp3s of many songs by lashio thein aung.

I am not usually an advocate for piracy, but in this case, considering the rarity of Mr. Thein Aung's music, I will make an exception. If you are interested please email me at

And ill see if i can transfer the files.


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