My random playlist is better than your random playlist – 12th June 2021

Well, this made for a pleasant afternoon, sometimes listening in the background as I swung in the hammock reading through more Infinite Jest, other times blasting out loudly to shaking fists and sing-a-longs “Our society – what a drag!”

Mother #2 Omoide Hatoba The Public Bath Singles Collection
Forever Government Issue Complete History Vol. 2
Altitude Lake Slift Ummon
Tarpit Dinosaur Jr. You’re Living All Over Me
Mind For Sea (Disc GO: GO Vol. 1) Various Artists Bibliotheque Exotique Volume 4: Musique du “Voo-Doo”
Traum von der goldenen Zukunft (Theme) Kosmischer Läufer       The Secret Cosmic Music of the East German Olympic Program 1972-83: Volume Three
Bright Lights The Pogues Pogue Mahone
Drop Dead Pussy Galore Historia De La Musica Rock
I Spread My Wings Towards You COH     Above Air
Society Subhumans
Another Victory Cypress Hill Skulls And Bones
Midnight Train (demo) The Monkees Missing Links Vol 3
Balladen Om Björnbär Och Nätmelon Kebnekaise Kebnekaise III
God Bows To Math The Bugs Know Best Project Fake: A Tribute to The Minutemen
Dusk Caroliner Rainbow Stewed Angel Skins I’m Armed With Quarts Of Blood
Of Schlagenheim black midi   Schlagenheim
Maailmantekijät Oksennus   Valkoinen jättiläinen
Blitzkrieg Bop (Original Mono, Single Version) Ramones Ramones 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Obsession The Stills Beyond The River
Feeding Evil Sebadoh Freed Weed
Predecessors Expire Secretary So Diabolical
Piledriver Z-Rock Hawaii Z-Rock Hawaii
Crazy Ass Shit Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
Rebel Truth-Dreams of a Boy Various Artists Charred Remains
Doom Jean Louis Morse
Set Of Crayons Motor Totemist Guild Archive Two
I Don’t Go Back All, The Prae Kraut Pandaemonium 
The Way She Smiled Max Ryan & Where Were You At Lunch     Before We Lose Each Other Again
His is the Acetate Scepter Gapeseed       Project 64
Mummy Wheat Mark Stanley & Farquhar Meadow Full Of Serpents
On a Roll Wipers Silver Sail
Mercy of Slumber Rudimentary Peni Archaic
Sensitive Plant Burnin’ Red Ivanhoe M144
Another Piece VERMINES Killed By Death #100
Nervous Duy Tuxedomoon Scream With A View 12”
These Hands The Damned Machine Gun Etiquette
Song #1 Fugazi 3 Songs EP
Game Over Antelope S/T
Show Me DENNY WARD L.A. In 1979
Leland Shatner’s Bassoon Aquatic Ape Privilege
Heavy [Remix] The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion 1999 – Xtra-Acme USA
Tijuana 3/28/96 Smart Went Crazy Con Art
Pet Dub (Live) Pell Mell The Bumper Crop
No More – Blood And Flowers V German Punk and Wave 1978-1984
Klonopina Jenny Fatale y Los Degolladores Bloodstains Across Puerto Rico
Six and Change (live) Pagans Pink Album Plus!
This Little Girl Hombres Coloured Sights & Sounds – Vol 4
Crack In The Concrete Fred Frith Gravity
(crazy) love beam automatic supper & rabb2 Usagi-Chang Superstar
ud uSSSy Ud
V’Shamru Jon Madof Rashanim
Time Unrest Lisa Carol Freemont
Super ape BLONDnewHALF CLEAN
Opuscul PoiL     L’ire des papes
Three Heads Lindsay Cooper Rarities
مرصد سمرقند كاسيت التاجر التجريبي الأول
Bro. Bill Cactus LP
It’s Not Imagination Gentle Giant Civilian
Forget That Girl [Mix #4] The Monkees Miscellaneous Trax
No Home ZEAHORSE Torana Dreamin
World Looks Red (Live at The Kitchen 1982) Sonic Youth
Savage Sea The Pop Group Y (Rhino Reissue)
Once I Had A Woman Jimi Hendrix
Telethon Archbishop Kebab Beyond Ma Ken
Duchess Barzula Phleg Camp Repeat Until Change
CinChiller’s Over Listen CinChiller Music For Maniacs – Nugglets vol 1
Monday Night Native Orthodox
Chinese White The Incredible String Band The 5000 Spirits Or The Layers of The Onion
The Dungeon Next Life Electric Violence
Big Jesus Trash Can Lozenge Mishap
Les Bonnes Chansons Single Bullet Theory Artifacts/yclept Necroscopix Addenda
Ammunition Train Swell Maps International Rescue
Finger on the Pulse My Dad Is Dead The Engine of Commerce
Rock Around The Clock Cardiac Arrest Eric’s, Liverpool – 13 November 1979
Apples From Eden Creeps on Candy Wonders of Giardia
Last Man The Deviants Disposable
Junk NoMeansNo Small Parts Isolated And Destroyed
Follies Fat Day My Name Is I Hate You
Seethruskin Jawbreaker Unfun
Getting Over You (Spirit) Coffee House Blues Debris Vol. 21 (Various Wimps From The Sixties And Seventies!)
Dance The Night Away Cream Disraeli Gears
Mount Celestia Rolo Tomassi Eternal Youth

We are teachers by trade, complainers by role – 3rd February 2021

Let’s make a list
So we can feel like we’re accomplishing something
So we can feel like we’re working together

Let’s sit in a circle adding to the list
As we move around the room one by one
As you make a suggestion begin sternly
– you take no shit –
To give credence to your semi-constructive argument

Tomorrow we’ll wonder where this generation
Gets their priorities from
Tomorrow my heart will skip a beat
As it does every morning nine months of the year

It has to do with this list
Before the bells even ring
Before the hair is even combed

Will the approach ever change
Or will it begin as I’ve said
And end with a lighthearted twist
To prove we’re all adults?

It has to do with this list
Which we’ll put in our pockets
To throw away at a later date

It has to do with this list
Which makes me feel more uncomfortable
Than I’ve ever felt
More apple pie than I’ve ever been

We are not housewives, executives, or entrepreneurs
We are teachers by trade, complainers by role

– Let’s Make a List by The Van Pelt

I really love the Van Pelt’s subdued musical tone and the singer’s talk-sing delivery. The lyrics here struck me deeply as these days, once again, I wake during the night thinking about how I could help this student or that student and really make a difference to their lives – if only there was enough time.

Let’s make a list
So we can feel like we’re accomplishing something
So we can feel like we’re working together

Lists and meetings – throwbacks to my office days – useless, endless, time-wasting meetings. Lists have their place but may also be overrated – yet here we are, in the absence of a better solution, doing the same so that we can feel like we are doing something. I like the playful sarcasm of these lines – it appeals directly to my Englishness.

Let’s sit in a circle adding to the list
As we move around the room one by one

See that list, let’s mindlessly add to it – we are accomplishing a list. You’re turn next.

As you make a suggestion begin sternly
– you take no shit –
To give credence to your semi-constructive argument

If I speak louder then my information must be more important. Oops – there’s my own sarcasm manifest. I must also remember not to use this strategy when I’m teaching – or in every day communication, come to that. Recall the stereotype of shouting louder to non-English speakers in the misguided belief that this will help them understand.

Tomorrow we’ll wonder where this generation
Gets their priorities from

I hate the kids! That’s what we are supposed to do, right? Yet, I don’t – I love them all very much – even the angry, lazy, nasty ones, the ones that remind me of myself. But I am not one of them and I shouldn’t expect them to bend to my equations, to live up to my expectations. That’s a useless frustration. I felt my grandparents look upon me in that tut-tutting way but my mother showed me and taught me to find my own way. It was the struggle I needed. It is the struggle I still endure and have learned to love.

Tomorrow my heart will skip a beat
As it does every morning nine months of the year

Every day of school I have to pretend I am a teacher. I am purely a teacher based on my mother tongue and my age. But I consider myself a student first. When I feel joy at seeing the student’s grow – I see my own journey. I feel grateful to them for teaching me about myself.

Will the approach ever change
Or will it begin as I’ve said
And end with a lighthearted twist
To prove we’re all adults?

These were the lyrics that really stood out when considering the education system in government schools in Thailand. I was told by other teachers that I would never be able to facilitate change in the system here. I took that as a coward’s statement. They chose the easy way, the way to not ruffle anyone’s feathers, to not take to task the inefficiencies that all can see. Even the students are aware of the low quality of education they receive and have made it part of the protest movement of this past year.

Anyway, the nail that sticks out gets hammered down and that is what had happened to me before here. But, the feathers were ruffled enough to make some change – I felt the sacrifice worth it and the lazy and noncommittal can benefit from it. Of course, there was no sweeping change to a utopia but patience will be rewarded. It may take another 100 years but I’d rather be a lit match that started a tiny fire than a bucket of water. I feel sorry for the kids – how can you hate them?

It has to do with this list
Which we’ll put in our pockets
To throw away at a later date

Ouch! Isn’t that the truth?

We are teachers by trade, complainers by role

Where do we get our priorities from?

The Chiang Rai Alternative Hour #70 – Dead End – 27th December 2020

Shut Down! Dead! Run out of town!  Sheltering over the border, we bring this one last episode before fleeing the despots.  One day we’ll be back!  Look out for DJ Donut Trump – he’ll bring you the future of rock ‘n’ roll.

This week there’s all sorts of music – weird, noisy, experimental, fucked up strangeness, straight up punk and pop all delivered with no compromise.  Join our other 3 listeners to check out the end!

Incidentals taken from the Church of the Sub Genius Hour of Slack.

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The Chiang Rai Alternative Hour #69 – Against All Odds – 18th December 2020

There’s a lack of equipment where we are hiding in the cave networks on the edge of Burma. But we made a new show – against the odds! The director is not pleased.

This week there’s music from Chavez, Kurt, bEnt, Warhammer 48k, The Freeze, Tera Melos, Jeff Fox, Bee Vamp, Dreamies, Space Negros, Electric Deads, Secret Snack, Private Dicks, Spycker, Larval and Suspiria.

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The Chiang Rai Alternative Hour #68 – Teeth Razor Sharp – 10th December 2020

The demons are attacking our integrity, the bogeyman is coming, teeth razor sharp.

This week there’s music from The Fall, Viletones, The Butthole Surfers, Frank Zappa, Psyche, Super Adventure Club, My Dad Is Dead, Dwarves, Toots and The Maytals, Moff Skellington, Red Forty, Descendents, Sun City Girls and Lucid Rivers.

Incidentals taken from the Church of the Sub Genius Hour of Slack.
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The Chiang Rai Alternative Hour #66 – The Ducks and Drakes of Evil – 28th November 2020

I don’t know how much longer we can keep this up. The ducks and drakes of evil are for a lesser form of people. The razor cuts, one hundred and twelve times, across the throat, the voices of reason.

Highly curated, carefully selected and specifically ordered* for your listening edification by world-renowned DJtenzenmen, who has over 100 years of experience in this business.

This week there’s music from Action Beat, Slapp Happy, Shudder To Think, 7 Seconds, Marnie Stern, Sleaford Mods, Slade, Neutral Milk Hotel, Sun City Girls, Umlaut, The Dickies, Dangerous Girls, Jawbreaker, Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Users, Orthrelm, Massicot and Trumans Water.

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The Chiang Rai Alternative Hour #65 – Nothing’s Going To Stop It – 19th November 2020

They are on to us!  We’re being hunted down but nothing’s going to stop it!

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This week there’s music from Peter Black, The Saints, June of 44, Beastie Boys, Kurws, Plam, Satan’s Rats, Madness, Krause, Hard-Ons, Alamaailman Vasarat, Wall of Dwarfs, Motelli Skronkle, HIRS, OMFO, Tako, Septic Death, The 1985, Space Negros and Charming Hostess.

Intro and background music by Utotem, Phantom Tollbooth, Daniel Striped Tiger and someone else I forgot.
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The Chiang Rai Alternative Hour #64 – Goodbye Buffoons – 14th November 2020

Say goodbye to your buffoons in power.  Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Highly curated, carefully selected and specifically ordered* for your listening edification by world-renowned DJtenzenmen, who has over 1 year of experience in this business.

This week there’s music from beNt, The Incredible String Band, One Step Shift, Poison Idea, Hoover, Voivod, Redness, MDK, 5uus, Pee, Big Black, Estradasphere, Modds, Bl’ast, Love, Countdown to Putsch, Septic Death and NWA.

Intro and background music by Utotem, Phantom Tollbooth, Daniel Striped Tiger and someone else I forgot.
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The Chiang Rai Alternative Hour #63 – Creation Myth – 6th November 2020

A weird one for these weird times.

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This week there’s music from Peter Black, Feed Me Jack, Cause For Effect, Didjits, Api Uiz, Thingy, Banks, Max Frost and the Troopers, Victimize, Men’s Recovery Project, Thinking Fellars Union Local 282 and Caroliner Rainbow Customary Relaxation of the Shale.

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The Chiang Rai Alternative Hour #61 – 24th October 2020

The dumbest rock podcast on the internet as voted by everyone, everywhere. Dumber than the POTUS.

Highly curated, carefully selected and specifically ordered* for your listening edification by world-renowned DJtenzenmen, who has over 500 years of experience in this business.

This week there’s music from An Atomic Whirl, Diminished Men, Magma, Indian Jewelry, Liliput, KLS, Funkadelic, Bee Gees, Captain Sensible, The Skatallites, Unwound, Peter Black, Not From There, Dinosaur Jr, Nothing Painted Blue, Rudimentary Peni, MnM’s and KEN Mode.

ARE YOU READY TO BE THE DUMBEST PRESIDENT EVER!?

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