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XII No.8 - Sunday April 21 - Saturday May 4, 2013

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Lanna textiles through the ages

By Shana Kongmun
For anyone as interested in clothes as myself, a self-admitted clothes horse, the small but exquisite display of textiles dating back over a hundred years is worth the trek out Wualai Road to the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center.

These traditional sarongs date back to the days when women went topless, the scarf around the neck denotes a more formal occasion.

This display comes from the personal collection of the Chutima-Nimmanhaeminda family and is unique in that it not only shows the clothes worn but in more recent cases, photos of the family members wearing the same clothing in years past.
The exhibit starts back over a hundred years ago when local women still went topless and local people went shoeless. There is a l photo of one of the landlords wearing the traditional men’s clothing of the time and wearing what are essentially leather sandals while everyone else went shoeless. Must have had some very tough feet! The arrival of missionaries in Chiang Mai is easily noted by the sudden shift in clothing and the distinct Victorian era style of the women’s blouses.
As the eras progress so do the change in clothing styles, colors and patterns. The 1920s saw some wonderful art deco style tops for the women and later in the 30s and 40s the colors of the textiles shifted from bright, contrasting colors to muted colors that harmonized. Finally, a full circle to today when the more traditional style is favored.
The Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center is located on Wualai just before Mahidol and is open daily.

Not only are the clothes of interest but the photos of the people who wore them.

The Art deco period combined brilliant sarongs with fashionable western blouses.


Life at 33 1/3: Iron Butterfly: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Atco)

30 million headbangers can’t be wrong

By Carl Meyer

Released in June 1968.
Side 1:
1. “Most Anything You Want” 3:44
2. “Flowers and Beads” 3:09
3. “My Mirage” 4:55
4. “Termination” (Erik Brann, Lee Dorman) 2:53
5. “Are You Happy” 4:31
Side 2:
1. “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” 17:05
(All songs written and composed by Doug Ingle except where noted.)
Produced by: Don Casale
Doug Ingle: organ, lead vocals (except on “Termination”), Erik Brann: guitars, backing vocals, lead vocal on “Termination”, Lee Dorman: bass guitar, backing vocals, Ron Bushy: drums, percussion

One of the first heavy metal bands ever. I’d say self-proclaimed heavy metal even. This butterfly was made of metal after all, and they called their first album “Heavy”. Right?
The music was based on brutal organ/guitar-driven riffs that rattled your bones, sung by a blood shot biker voice that tore up the speakers. They sounded like a lobotomized Vanilla Fudge, which is not necessarily a disadvantage.
The band’s claim to fame is the 17 minutes plus “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”. An eternal mantra riding on a primitive but extremely riveting riff - interrupted for a while by that monster of the late 60’s: the drum solo. If you smoked weird cigarettes you’d probably wish it lasted much longer. And it did, when they played it live.
There are several versions of the explanation for the cryptic title. Among others this: Singer Doug Ingle had written a new song, drummer Ron Bushy wondered what it was called. Ingle tried to say, “In The Garden Of Eden”, but dope is scary stuff, it does things to your diction, so Bushy read Doug’s lips the best he could and wrote down the gibberish. And that became the title.
Iron Butterfly has a high standing in American rock history. Pretty impressive as they never delivered a single song above mediocrity. That includes “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,” but this beast is mediocrity taken to its artful extremes, so stupid and insistent that ultimately you are unable to resist and suddenly find yourself trapped with fearful joy within a 17 minute example of the wondrous power of the heavy rock’n’roll riff. “Smoke On The Water” eat your heart out!
“In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” is one of the best selling albums ever; more than 30 million people bought it. Now that is some mystery, but it is still true. Maybe it became a headbanging classic that was being handed down from headbanging mothers and fathers to headbanging sons and daughters and so on. Who knows?
Iron Butterfly is still alive and riffing after having gone through so many lineup-changes that they must have set a record there too.
Beside the point, but anyway: When I was in Bangkok in 1998, I hit the Country Road bar that used to be in Soi 19 where they offered live music. Over in the corner, standing so close that they almost were stacked on top of each other, was an extremely long haired Thai band just starting on “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”. They played it note perfect from start to finish, all 17 minutes of it - including the drum solo. Two things struck me at once: 1) It was the last song I expected a local band to cover in a random bar in Thailand. 2) I liked it!

A night of wine and rosť

Yuthana Lopanpaibul, Tianchai Sooktiang and Book Kitavadhana entertained the crowd at Y Lover at Jira Wasa on Nimmanhaemin soi 13 on Thursday, April 4, 2013. Their smooth sounds and light jazz was not the only thing that kept the crowd entertained. While Yuthana claims to be a talented amateur alongside two professionals, his voice certainly stood the test. The good relationship they have with one another and the sheer enjoyment these men take out of singing and entertaining made the evening a pleasure.

My Dream Land by Lu Min

Burmese artist Lu Min in his My Dream Land exhibit in honor of Suvannabhumi Art Gallery’s 9th anniversary.

By Shana Kongmun
Lu Min is a Burmese artist who prefers to use darker colors in his paintings, and while his paintings do feature shades of dark red, blue and black they are by no means depressing. Rather, these striking paintings glow from the walls and the shading and rich colors give a depth to the painting that makes you almost feel as though you could reach out and touch the buildings and temples he paints.
Lu Min’s first exhibition since 2006 was held at the CMU Art Center for Suvannabhumi Art Gallery’s 9th anniversary. Once viewing this huge collection of large paintings it quickly became clear that the only venue large enough to display his works was the CMU Art Center. The stark white walls of the center were a direct contrast with the dark, glowing world portrayed on the canvas. Unfortunately the exhibition was short lived, and was only on display for a few days but if you visit Suvannabhumi Art Gallery on Charoenrat road, the owner may be able to offer some advice on how to view these stunning paintings.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Lanna textiles through the ages

Life at 33 1/3: Iron Butterfly: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Atco)

A night of wine and rosť

My Dream Land by Lu Min



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