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Call for Musicians for Jam Night at Penhstock


This Thursday night Sharky Bar will be putting on Penhstock - Cambodia's equivalent to Woodstock. It will feature not less than six local bands !!!. This is unprecedented in Cambodia I believe and will culminate in a session after about 1:00AM where all musicians will be welcomed to get up and sing / play. The featured bands will include:
  • Bum n' Draze
  • Lost Highway
  • Stiff Little Punks
  • The Hellhounds
  • JP and the Nurses
  • The Happy Cockroaches
It all starts some time after 6:00PM this Thursday the 31st of December. See you there and don't forget to put some flowers in your hair.

There will be more music on at Sharkys on the Friday and Saturday following with Lost Highway playing on Friday and (the almost famous) Plan B from Australia playing with a huge horn section on Saturday night. There may be other bands featured on these two subsequent nights also.

Cheers and see you around the traps.

Live Music This Weekend - Friday 18-Dec-2009

The coming week wil be a-buzzin' with live music - as it usually is in the week before Christmas.

The Curtis King Band is in town with their popular brand of electrified blues and rock & roll legendary tunes. They will play twice - tonight at Talkin' to a Stranger which will be more a jam session with a mix a musicians, a cut-down drum set and a more intimate and motivated atmosphere. Tomorrow they will play at Sharkys for the bar's 14th anniversary party. That should be a blast with the full band kitted out to play a major session - looking forward to it.

Also, since my last blog post, there has seen the emergence of the a new experience - The Cambodian Space Project. This has been put together by Julian Poulsen who is on his third (I think) trip from Australia to the land of dust and confusion. As always, he brings a sense of buzz and excitement to the music scene here with his professional, inclusive, creative and eclectic mix which is always so inspiring and unique. I really encourage everyone to get to see a set from this setup - especially of the current line-up with Davis Zunk on bass.

We will also be spoilt with a visit from the United States in the form of Paul Benoit. Paul is a blues/roots/country acoustic player and he will do a show at Talkin' to a Stranger this coming Wednesday. See http://www.paulbenoitmusic.com/Bio/index.htm for more details.

Here are the gigs for the coming week:
  1. Tree will be at the Velkommen Inn crooning the girls that pass by down the 104 avenue - starts at about 8:30PM
  2. The Curtis King Band will play at Talkin'to a Stranger. Show starts around 8:30PM or 9:00PM
  3. For the more culturally-inclined there is the 3rd Annual Friendship Concert - this is a classical performance featuring both Cambodian and Japanese players. It is at the ITC University (Cambodia-Japanese Friendship Centre) and starts at 3:00PM
  4. The Lazy Jazz Drunks will play at Rory's on Saturday night starting around 8:00PM
  5. The Messenger Band play the Meta House at 7:00PM. This is a group consisting of garment factory workers and they do a collection of Khmer songs - last I heard they were playing with Kong Nai the famous Champei player.
  6. Ritchy& Phil will play at the FCC on Saturday. They are a duo who put on a totally entertaining show of jazz, Rn'B and pop. Well worth getting there - it starts at 8:00PM
  7. The Curtis King Band will play at Sharkys 14th Anniversary party - should be huuuuuuugggggeee !!! Starts around 9:00PM
  8. The Hellhounds play their blues-roots-cajun stuff at Talkin' to a Stranger again this Sunday - starts around 6:00PM and is a great place to relax and hear some great sounds on a Sunday evening. With a bit of luck they may be joined by ex- and founding member Davis Zunk.
  9. On Wednesday the 23rd of December at Talkin to a Stranger Paul Benoit will do a show. Not to be missed and a great lead up to Christmas. There will be a warm-up set by The Hellhounds starting at 7:30PM followed by a set or two by Paul. The next set will hopefully turn into a more eclectic mix of those musicians present.
Coming Up
  • Battle of the Bands - Sharky's New Year's Eve party
  • The Hellhounds will start a series of regular Friday night gigs at Talkin' to a Stranger and Thursdays at Sharkys
  • International act from Australia  Plan B will play at the Memphis Bar and at Sharkys
  • The Cambodian Space Project will host a boat trip along with the Alley Cat Café. More details here
Cheers and see you around the traps !

Live Music This Weekend - Friday 11th of December

The are a few gigs on this weekend - mainly from the until recently defunct but resurrected Stiff Little Punks who are up to 3 gigs for the weekend. Make sure you catch at least one of them. It seems that Kheltica have managed to add the Baitong Restaurant to the list of bars offering live music so try and support it if you can. The same goes for the Frog & Shamrock who are hosting the Stiff Little Punks on Saturday.

This Weekends Gig Guide
  • Tree plays the Velkommen Inn. The Velkommen is a great place to get down to straight after work for a few beers - plus their menu is totally worth a try if you haven't already. The music starts around 8:30PM
  • Stiff Little Punks do the first of their three gigs at 10PM at The Cavern
  • Kheltica are playing tonight at the Baitong Restaurant (Nº. 7, Street 360). They are staring at 8:30PM. The spiel goes like this: " provide an entente chordial of musical traditions from France and the British Isles. Jean-Claude on flute and whistles, David on Guitar, Philip on fiddle, Chin on Chinese violin and Feargal on guitar and lyrics perform an eclectic mix of folk songs and dances from Brittany blended with traditional Irish and Scottish folk tunes and songs."
  • The Mekong Pirates will be at the Chinese House on Saturday night with their BIG BRASS sound in combination with the accordion and backed up with a bouncy, fun and versitile rhythm section. The vocals and the song selection also means that you will have a really great night of dancing and enjoyable entertainment. One not to miss!
  • Another good option is the Frog & Shamrock 9:30PM where the  Stiff Little Punks will play their second gig for the weekend.
  • The Stiff Little Punks play again at 3:00PM the following day at Gasolina
  • Talkin' to a Stranger will also have D'Sco: The Geckos of Love. This is part of a series of gigs that will happen at Talkin' that includes several gigs by international artists (see below). Talkin' are really doing a lot for live music here in Phnom Penh so please get down there and see the gigs. Talkin has a great outdoor garden and ambience much akin to relaxing, berr / wine-drinking and music.
Coming Up
  • Curtis King Band at Sharky's and Talkin' to a Stranger - backed up by the another anticipated return  to Phnom Penh by Davis Zunk.
  • Battle of the Bands - Sharky's New Year's Eve party
  • Paul Benoit at  Talkin' to a Stranger. Paul is an accoustic, roots-rock, pop, folk, blues singer / songwriter and will be here closer the Christmas. See http://www.paulbenoitmusic.com/Bio/index.htm for more details.
  • The Memphis Bar is hosting an international act from Australia for the New Year. It is being billed as ther Plan B Concert
Cheers and see you around the traps.

Live Music This Weekend - Thursday 3rd December, 2009

As Christmas time approaches and the the tourist season starts to kick in, live music gigs will hopefully become a more regular thing. This week and next is looking quite good - especially with the "return" of the Stiff Little Punks and their 3 gigs. Also there are 3 international artists playing this weekend - all on different days - hence giving us the best chance to catch all of them.

Please note that the Bong Thom web site and their hard-copy publication, The Krawma, is now taking an initiative to try to promote live music in Cambodia. The Krawma will have a live-music gig-guide within their pages every issue. These publications will focus in on live music by giving special precedence to any shows featuring live musical performances. I will try to round up the gigs for the web site, the hard-copy and the Leng Pleng blog every week. I hope this will help both the publications and the live music industry in Cambodia to some level of success and benefit.

Additionally I will now definitely move a head and start to organize a month (or so) long battle of the bands competition. There are 2 first steps that need to be taken. The first thing is to establish an organizing committee. This will allow a number of decisions to be taken in order to get lay the groundwork. The second thing to do is to attain a good level of sponsorship so as to have a significant prize pool. If you are interested in being part of the organization then drop me a line (Televisionted@BongThom.com).

The live music for this weekend follows:
  1. Tree again does a set of acoustic contemporary ballads at the Velkommen Inn on Friday starting at 8:00PM
  2. The Lazy Jazz Drunks are set to demolish Huxley's yet again this Friday. The gig they played at Rory's was really a great time for all those who stuck around. It usually turns into a fairly informal gathering by the end with a mix of musicians getting up and doing whatever works. I really encourage every musician to get down there. It is a great time and very relaxed.
  3. At the FCC this Friday there is an international band called Ratatat. They are billed as "Brooklyn electronic music" and are known for their ambient, electronic instrumentals and elaborate audio-visual stage shows. They have toured and recorded with some big names - you can see some more info at the FCC web site - http://www.fcccambodia.com/newsletter/1209/december.php?r=h
  4. On Saturday the FCC has another international act. The name of the band is I Heart Hiroshima and they are billed as one of the hottest acts to emerge from the blistering music scene in Brisbane, Australia. They play indie-pop apparently - cooool !
  5. Saturday also see's the Stiff Little Punks playing at The Tree. The Tree is a new venue that inhabits Street 118. Apparently there will be special guest appearances by Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and Adolf Hitler.
  6. Sunday will see The Hellhounds playing at Talkin' to a Stranger. This will be the last time for a while that you will be able to catch them as their full 5-piece set-up. Dan (bass) will be heading back to Sweden for the Christmas period. They will, however, be continuing on as a 4-piece for the interim period - more news on that later.
  7. Sunday has yet another international act - this time at The Chinese House. The Fun is third Australian act to hit Phnom Penh in the last 2 weeks. The members of this band also have a varied array of big names with whom they have played. They will perform an acoustic set on Mandolin, Djembe and guitar.
Coming Up:
  • Stiff Little Punks at the Gasolina and The Cavern
  • The Hellhounds new Friday gigs
  • The Beer O'clock Band playing at Talkin' to a Stranger
  • Mekong Pirates at the Chinese House
  • Little Duke and Television Ted debut
For a round-up of the weekends gigs ==>don't forget to visit Scoddy's blog Following the Applause at http://phnompenhgigs.blogspot.com.

Cheers and see you around the traps.

Live Music This Weekend - Friday 27th November, 2009

A little quiet this weekend. Might be time to get that band together that you've always wanted to do?! I know The Cavern is looking for people / bands to play. Please don't forget to contact me with the details of yourself and your band as outlined in my last email. I will post it on the blog once it is complete so that it will make it easier to know who is available, who is in town and how to contact them.

These are the scheduled gigs so far:
  • Tree will play the Velkommen Inn this Friday at 8:00PM. Tree is a solo act with an acoustic guitar and a singing voice that makes the girls go all starry-eyed and cuddly. So if you need to get a little closer to your girl then get down there - it works better than red wine.
  • Mispent Yooth are playing at Talkin' to a Stranger starting at 8:00PM. Mispent Yooth are a professional outfit with Dave, Chris and Mathius playing a range of jazz, blues, and pop. They are a great night of dancing and Talkin' has a good atmosphere when they play.
  • Lost Highway are playing at Sharkys this Friday and Saturday starting at 9:00PM. This is a new formation from the boys from Sihanoukville. They come to the PP for what always turns out to be a totally cool night of entertaining rock & roll, blues and country at the regions best rock & roll bar.
  • The Lazy Jazz Drunks are set to demolish Rory's Pub on Street 178 this Saturday starting at 8:00PM. This gig will be a great time with front-man Ian taking the audience on a tour of the English music scene of the late 70's. Last time I saw them at Rorys it was an absolute blast.
  • If you are in Saigon over the weekend you can catch Trane Trio at the Long Phi Bar on Saturday after midnight - 325 Pham Ngu Lao.
Coming up:
  • Lazy Jazz Drunks at Huxley's
  • Stiff Little Punks with special guests Osama Bin Laden, Suddam Hussain and Adolf Hitler
  • The Beer O'Clock Band at Oscars
  • The Hellhounds at Sharkys and at Talkin' to a Stranger
  • Little Duke and Television Ted debut
Please let me know if there are any gigs I have missed.

Cheers and see you around the traps.

Live Music This Weekend - Friday the 13th of November. 2009

After a bit of a hiatus due to commitments associated with holidays, traveling and relaxing Television Ted is back at the wheel with news of a great line up of music for this weekend. Here it is:
  • Tree will be playing the Velkommen Inn this Friday evening. Tree does a mix of contemporary ballads with an acoustic guitar and a wonderful singing voice.
  • The big news is the arrival of Phil Manning in Phnom Penh for two gigs only. These will be at the FCC rooftop oin Friday and Saturday the 13th and 14th. The show starts at 7:00PM with The Hellhounds (on Friday) and The Hellhounds (Extended version) (on Saturday) doing two warm-up sets. If you like Blues / Roots then this one is not to be missed - Phil is the founding member of the Australian legendary blues/rock band Chain that put out some totally superb albums back in the 60's and 70's. He is a wonderfull finger-picker and has shared the stage with many of the genre's greatest names, including Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, Albert Collins, Freddie King and even Bo Diddley.You can see a write-up of Phil by the FCC here: http://www.fcccambodia.com/newsletter/1109/phil-manning.php?r=h
  • Bum 'N Draze - the entertainers from hell - will be doing a show a Sharkys again this Friday. The show (and it REALLY is a show) starts around 9:00PM. If you want to go then make sure you get there at start time because it is always a spectacle. Bum 'N Draze are a Finish duet consisting of only bass and drums and they do a range of heavy, death metal the way only Bum 'N Draze can. You will either love 'em or hate 'em
  • D'Sco: The Geckos of Love (Extended) will be at Talkin' to a Stranger this Friday and also on Sunday afternoon. The Friday gig will be a part of Talkin's Blind Date night where singles become couples
  • Gasolina is having live music this Friday also - but just who it is is unknown to me right now.  Whomever it is - its starts at 7:00PM
  • The Messenger Band are a Khmer a Capella band. They are all former garment factory workers and are performing with Kong Nai - renowned champei master (traditional Cambodian 2-stringed guitar) and the "Ray Charles" of Cambodia. They will perform at the Meta House on Saturday starting at 7:00PM
  • The Hellhounds will start a new regular gig at Sharkys next Thursday. The last gig they played there was a real beauty and as such is well worth getting down to see the whole 5-piece do their stuff.
Coming up:
  • The Black Panthers debut gig at the Chinese House
  • Lazy Jazz Drunks at Huxleys
Please let me know if there are any other gigs which I have missed and I will add them forthwith.

Cheers and see you around the traps.

Other Useful Web Sites and Blogs

Have you seen the link list on the Leng Pleng Blog? It has a list of web sites that are relevant to musicians in Cambodia.

The latest edition is Following the Applause from Scott Bywater (D'Sco: The Geckos of Love, Lazy Jazz Drunks, The Hellhounds Extended Version). It is a blog "to record all manner of musical events that occur in Phnom Penh. For anyone who wants to find out just happened in the shadows of the gig guide listing, that didn't have a photographer sent for the social pages -- to capture the life of the Phnom Penh music scene at its roots.". It will be a great resource for letting people know what is happenning around town, where to go and what to see in terms of live music, and what can be done to get the vibe from the Phnom Penh music scene and surrounds. The blog can be found at http://PhnomPenhGigs.Blogspot.com

Also included in the Leng Pleng blog are links to other great sites:
 If you have any links you would like included then just let me know.


Live Music On this Weekend - Friday, 16th of October, 2009


If you are out and about this weekend looking for live music then you can get your hit by using the following:
  1. Friday evening starts with the boys from the Beer O'Clock Band at the Velkommen Inn starting at 6:00PM. Feel free to sing and play as they always enjoy a mix of songs and musos. 
  2. They will be followed by The Hellhounds who will start at 8:20PM
  3. Ritchy & Phil will be on the rooftop at the FCC this Friday also. They are a duet playing jazz-pop, with just a set of keys and a a set of drums they give all and sundry a very entertaining night.
  4. Mispent Yooth play Talkin' to a Stranger this Friday starting at about 9:00PM. They play a great set of songs and feature Chris on guitar and vocals, Mathius on e-violin and harmonica and Dave on bass and vocals.
  5. There is a rumour that the Lazy Jazz Drunks will be at The Cavern this Friday also - so if you passing then drop-in to see if it is true.
  6. The Stiff Little Punks will play their last ever gig this Saturday at the Shanghai Bar (cnr streets 172 and 51). It is in celebration of the 9th anniversary of the place so it should be a totally great time. The band starts at 10:00PM
  7. On Sunday the Lazy Jazz Drunks will be playing at Huxleys Bar & Restaurant (Street 136 toward the river) - starting 10:30PM. The Lazy Jazz Drunks is a full piece 6 member band with vox, keyboards, drums bass, 2 guitars and harmonica. New sets and new vibe.
  8. The Hellhounds play at Sharkey Bar this Monday for their Monday Night Bluesbreaker series - starts 8:30PM.
  9. Next Thursday D'Sco: The Geckos of Love will be at the Sayon Silkworks. Always a great gig this one, with a great atmosphere and well performed set of eclectic tunes. Starts around 7:00PM
Also lifted from the BongThom.com web site is the following:

Oscar Bar
#8 street 258, Tel:016 862 730. Khmer and Western food, Happy hour from 4-8pm, Free Pool, Free internet, Open mic always, Live music every Thursday and Friday night and a warm friendly

I haven't had a chance to check it out yet but will try to get down there this weekend.

See you around the traps

Live Music This Weekend


Here is the latest in a packed weekend of live music:
  • D'Sco: The Geckos of Love kick off the weekend with a session at the Sayon Silkworks (50m north of Rubies behind the Royal Palace). It starts around 7:00PM and is a great place to enjoy a relaxing coffee and cakes.
  • Friday sees The Beer O'Clock Band doing their regular show at the Velkommen Inn on Street 104, Phnom Penh. The Beer O'Clock Band starts around 6:00PM and have had several special guests performing in recent weeks. Please feel free to come and sing or play or both at your liesure.
  • The Lazy Jazz Punks will be on at The Cavern. This is also an open-mike arrangement so please come down and play or sing. Being the venues are so close it will be possible for musicians to play at both venues. The Lazy Jazz Punks play more British-based punk / folk and are electrified. The Beer O'Clock Band are accoustic and play American country / folk / blues. The Lazy Jazz Punks start around 8:30PM
  • You can also catch Charlie and Patrick every Tuesday and this Friday at Barbados, from 8:30PM to 12:30AM. They do a variety of contemporary English and French pop ballads.
  • The Hellhounds follow the Beer O'Clock Band at the Velkommen Inn starting around 9:00PM. Recently they have sported a full five-piece outfit with drums and bass being provided by D'Sco: The Geckos of Love. That combined with the new PA resulted in a good time for most patrrons last week.
  • On Saturday starting at 7:00PM there is the contemporary music theater (film) presented by the ART+Foundation. It is at the Art Café. It is entitled "FAUST episode II - by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe"
  • Also on Saturday starting around 9:00PM there is a local Phnom Penh folk band called Kheltica playing traditional mix of folk songs and dances from Brittany blended with traditional Irish and Scottish folk tunes and songs. They are playing at the Chinese House
  • Also on Saturday the 10th at 10:00PM the Stiff Little Punks will play their penultimate gig at The Cavern featuring a version of the Pistols version of "My Way" and loads of other tunes. It will be the last chance to see full set.
  • There is a German folk band playing at the Cambodiana this weekend also - all part of the Oktoberfest party.
  • On Sunday The Hellhounds are joined by D'Sco: The Geckos of Love at Talkin' to a Stranger on Street 294. Talkin' to a Stranger is a large place with a great outdoor beer garden and a nice place to relax and have a beer on a Sunday afternoon. Also a good place to bring the kids.
  • The Hellhounds will also perform their Mondays Blues-Breaker set at Sharkys starting at 9:00PM
Please let me know if I have missed anything / anybody out.

Coming up next week:
  • Mispent Yooth play Talkin' to a Stranger on Friday the 16th of October
  • Stiff Little Punks play their final 1 hour set at Shanghai's 9th Anniversary party on Saturday the17th of October
  • Lazy Jazz Punks play Huxley's on the night of Sunday the 18th of October
Cheers, see you around the traps and don't forget to feed the fish.

Photos from the Abbey Road Triubute at the Cavern

The photos by Steve Goodman from the Abbey Road Tribute night are now available. A huuuge thanks to Steve for a capturing the event so aesthetically. Anybody needing a copy can drop me a line. Contact Steve if you need some professional shots for your band or event (www.stevegoodman.com)

I am told the next project will be a Ziggy Stardust tribute to happen sometime in late November. The idea is to get many people involved doing various renditions of David Bowie songs - along with the entire Ziggy Stardust album. Contact Scott at smbywater[chuck in the AT sign here]yahoo dot com for more details.


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Live Music This Weekend - Thursday 1st of October, 2009

Here is the latest:
  1. D'Sco: The Geckos of Love ar at the Sayon Silklounge tonight. If you haven't been there yet then it is a good place to relax and their coffee is definitely recommended.
  2. The Beer O'Clock Band will do their regular time slot between the hours of 6:00PM to 8:30PM at the Velkommen Inn
  3. The Hellhounds will follow with their Cajun, blues stuff at the Velkommen Inn also
  4. The Stiff Little Punks will play their final gig at Huxleys this Friday starting at 10:00PM. Should be a great gig - looking forward to catching some hopefully
  5. On Sunday lunchtime at The Winking Frog there is an Australian folk singer being Tony from the Turrels. This is a special performance for the 1st year anniversary of the Winking Frog 
  6. On Sunday at the Art Café there is a special performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart presnted in GAKO a traditional Korean vocal form - not sure the time but presumably aroun dinner time. The performance features
    1. Soprano - Myoungsil Kim/Namjoo Lee
    2. Tenor - Hyunmin Kim
    3. Baritone -  Namkyu Kim
    4. Piano - Hyejin Lee
  7. The Hellhounds will aslo play Monday at Sharky Bar starting at around 9:00PM. This a a new regular gig for them that will continue throughout October on the same day.
Also the big news is that the legendary Australian guitar player Phil Manning will be playing at the FCCC and Chow on November 13th and 14th. More news on that as it comes to hand

If you know of any gigs or events coming up then please let me know. You can send them to FREETIME[chuck in the AT sign]BongThom.com.

Cheers and see you around the traps

Live Muisc Ths Weekend - Friday 25th of September, 2009

I am a day late for the weekly posting for the weekend live music gigs - my apologies for that. Here is the schedule:
  • The Beer O'Clock Band start off the weekend with their usual open-mike at the Velokommen Inn starting at around 6:00PM
  • I can confirm that the Lazy Jazz Punks will be at The Cavern this Friday for their open-mike starting around 8:00PM
  • The Hellhounds will play the Velkommen Inn after the Beer O'Clock Band starting at around 8:30PM. They will be augmented by Dan on bass again this week.
  • If you are in Saigon this weekend you can catch Davis Zunk at Sheridan's Irish Bar from 8:00PM to 10:30PM and at the Long Phi Bar from 12:30AM-4:00AMam
  • The big event of course the Magical Mystery Tourists poerforming their tribute to the release of Abbey Road. It will happen on Saturday night starting at 8:30PM. There will be a rehearsal and sound check starting at 2:00PM Saturday for anyone wishing to be a part of the night.
  • Saturday will also see the jazz duo of Phil & Ritchie perform at the Chinese House starting around 9:00PM
  • On Sunday D'Sco: The Geckos of Love will perform again at Talkin' to a Stranger starting at 5:00PM
Note that D'Sco: The Geckos of Love have moved their Sayon Silk Lounge gig to Thursday as of next week.

Cheers and see you around the traps !

Equipment Sellers in Phnom Penh

Well yesterday I thought I would go and get my microphone fixed. Then it occurred to me - why don't I spread around a few flyers for the Beatles Tribute thingo to all the music stores at the same time. Then it occurred to me - while I am doing that why don't I pick up the name-cards from the music shops and create a post for the Leng Pleng blog. So here it is.

Most musical instrument stores are still stuck back in the good ol' days of communism where the idea of "The harder you work means the more money you make" translates to "The harder you work means the harder you work". Hence if you walk into one of these stores don't expect them to spring to attention and ask in perfect English, Chinese, French, Japanese or Korean "Yes Sir (or Madam), may I help you". No, no, no - it is your honour that they are there for you to buy things. If you walk in and stand in the middle of the shop looking around like you want to buy something then expect them to just continue to keep doing whatever they were doing when you walked in. If you are lucky enough to get a more modern-thinking shop then they may ask you what it is you need - but usually they will have a look of disgust on their face for inconveniencing them having to ask you.

It's best to take this all in your stride. It really does no good in burning bridges because they did not provide you with the service you might expect back home. Ultimately you will probably come to have to rely on them for something and, as such, will receive a scowls and bouts of uncooperative ignorance when confronting them with your needs at a later date. Believe me they tend to remember faces and forgiveness (or compassion as they see it) can come at a higher price. The best thing you can do is form a relationship with a shop that is based on mutual respect and trust - but you will have to work on it. You need to make a balance between letting them know that you refuse to be ripped-off (thereby gaining their respect) and letting them know that you trust them and want to do business with them. I have a couple of stores I have managed to get this to some level and it is discussed further below. Even if you do manage to strike a congenial relationship you should always ensure some level of navigation through neighboring stores to make sure the prices they are offering are competitive - but always stick with your friendly shop if you can.

What you might want to remember is that all of these shops are generally family-run businesses and a quick look around the store will show you just how much profit margin they tend to acquire. When it comes down to it they are relatively ruthless negotiators and, in my experience, generally start by doubling the price they really expect. I believe their other (more local) clients are even more ruthless as the condition of their store's decor and the quality and type of equipment they make available are found wanting in all cases.

At this point I am unaware of any musical instrument shop that provides a broad range of good quality, authentic musical equipment. This is worth thinking about when bargaining. In my opinion it is worth paying more to a store that seems worthwhile because we need them to make money so that they can bring in the equipment we need and provide the service that goes along with it. If one thing could come out of this blog post it would be an agreement between all Leng Pleng members as to which store actually provides the best and most worthwhile service so that we, as musicians, can support them so that we have a fully equipped service at our disposal. With this in mind - here is a run-down of all the shops I visited yesterday.
  1. Hong You Music Shop
    1. ADDRESS: No. 337-E0 Street 110 (Russian Federation Blvd.), Phnom Penh (Near the corner of Pochentong Road and Monivong)
    2. PHONE: 023 430 222 or 012 864525 or 011 855015
    3. EMAIL: HongYou[chuck in the AT sign here]ps-powersound.com
      1. Main guy is a nice, thoughtful bloke
      2. Speaks English
      3. Can arrange production for major gigs through his brother-in-law (i.e.: Power Sound)
      4. Can go straight to reasonable prices if you have a good relationship

  2. Samnang Thmei Music Instruments
    1. ADDRESS: No.115-E0 Preah Monivong Blvd., Phnom Penh (On Monivong north of the corner with Kampuchea Krom)
    2. PHONE: 012 960622
    3. EMAIL: khovsamnang as[chuck in the AT sign here]yahoo.com
      1. Specializes in guitars / keyboards / amps
      2. Friendly but ruthless negotiator
      3. Husband has English

  3. Hiep Sreng
    1. ADDRESS: 30-E0 Street 217, Phnom Penh (Charles De Gaule between Monivong and P'sah Thmei)
    2. PHONE: 023 210484 or 012 820396 or 012 581 938
    3. EMAIL: none available
      1. They have 2 shops near P'sah Thmei
        1. One neareest corner with Monivong 
        2. One that is 4 music shops in from corner with Monivong
      2. No English but speaks Chinese 

    5. Thea Heng
      1. ADDRESS: 26-E0 Street 217, Phnom Penh (Charles De Gaule between Monivong and P'sah Thmei)
      2. PHONE: 011 998998
      3. EMAIL: ye_le[chuck in the AT sign here]hotmail.com
        1. Specializing in guitars
        2. English
        3. More professional layout
        4. Seems slightly more organized
        5. Has teachers for guitar, flute, sax, keyboards, violin
        6. Starts bargaining at high prices
        7. Same family as Sydymex Group

    6. Sydymex Group
      1. ADDRESS: 28-E0 Street 217, Phnom Penh (Charles De Gaule between Monivong and P'sah Thmei)
      2. PHONE:023 219335 or 012 866105 or 012 848279
      3. EMAIL: none available
        1. Same family as Thea Heng
        2. Guitars from many different places
          1. Say that they have original Yamahas made in Indonesia

    7. Thea Meang
      1. ADDRESS: 4-E0 Street 217, Phnom Penh (Charles De Gaule between Monivong and P'sah Thmei)
      2. PHONE: 012 922030 or 011 888643 or 023 218056
      3. EMAIL: none available
        1. Can go straight to reasonable prices if you have a good relationship
        2. Jolly / happy husband and son
        3. They remember you
        4. No English
        5. Wife is ok - if on her right side

    8. Another larger shop next to Thea Meang
      1. ADDRESS:  none available
      2. PHONE:  none available
      3. EMAIL:  none available
      4. COMMENTS: none available
        1. Large
        2. Specializing in larger sound equipment
        3. Very poor service
        4. When asked for a name-card they wouldn't give it to me

    9. Another shop right up Kampuchea Krom
      1. ADDRESS: Kampuchea Krom about 1.5km from Monivong on left-hand-side
      2. PHONE:  none available
      3. EMAIL:  none available
      4. COMMENTS: none available
        1. Run by Vietnamese family
        2. Music books in Vietnamese
    The shops where I have missing information I will update in the coming days / weeks. Please send me any info which you may have garnered yourself. Please see the map below for a general locations of the shops:

    For me I have had best success with both Hong You Music Shop and Thea Meang. With Hong you I find the main guy to be very cordial and thoughtful and prepared to do a good job for returned customers. I recommend them quite highly. Thea Meang is also good for this - giving straight-forward prices if you show them a level of loyalty with their service. You will have to communicate with Thea Meng in Khmer but Hong You can speak quite good English.

    In a subsequent post I will try to discuss the availability of equipment and what it is people need but cannot get.

    Cheers and don't forget to feed the fish.


    On the 26th of September, 2009 it will be 40 years since the release of the last album recorded by The Beatles, Abbey Road, featuring such classics as Come Together, Something, Here Comes the Sun and She Came In Through the Bathroom Window
    To mark the 40th anniversary of this event a loose conglomeration of Phnom Penh expat musicians calling themselves The Magical Mystery Tourists are holding a Beatles tribute night which will include performing the entire Abbey Road album.
    The event will be hosted, appropriately, at The Cavern, on 104 Street, itself named after the Liverpool venue made famous by The Beatles.
    The Magical Mystery Tourists supergroup includes members of The Hellhounds, D'Sco: the Geckos of Love, and Betty Ford & the GT Falcons, with a little help from their friends in the form of other affiliated and/or freelance personnel. 

    The Magical Mystery Tourists

    Beatles tribute night

    26 September 2009, 8.30 pm

    The Cavern, 104 St, Phnom Penh

    40th anniversary of the release of Abbey Road
    Contact for further information and comment: 
    Scott Bywater, smbywater [put the At sign in here] yahoo dot com

    Live Music This Weekend - Thursday, 17th of September, 2009

    Well not a lot on this weekend - most likely due to the P'Chum Ben 5-day holiday break. This is what I know of this weekend:
    1. The Beer O'clock Band are doing their regular gig at the Velkommen Inn on Street 104 - starting at around 6:00PM. All and sundry welcome to grab a mike, guitar, mandolin, harmonica or all 4 and do a song or more
    2. The Hellhounds will follow the the Beer O'clock Band starting at around 8:30PM or 9:00PM. They are really happy with the new PA set up last week. 
    3. The Cavern will host the dynamic ensemble of the Lazy Jazz Punks. They also welcome musicians from every ilk to come and mix it up with them.
    4. According to the Khmer440.com web site there is some live music at the Riverside Bistro but I am not privvy to the details at this point.
    Also, Scoddy tells me there is a new live music venue opening up this weekend called Garage - it is on Street 110 - 3 doors down from the RiverHouse. Also look out for a tribute to The Beatles and the Abbey Road album happening at the Cavern next week (26th September 2009). If you have something to contribute to the gig then please feel free to contact Scoddy or me (Television Ted) through the blog. Also a real, true-blue, hunky dory, German folk band will be here next week performing for the Oktoberfest. Now I know it has been a little quiet in more recent years but in previous years these events have been really well attended with LOTS of beer. This was part of the good-old-days when the British and German ambassadors were drunk as the proverbial, shirts off, standing on tables singing songs - true story.

    If I have missed anyone's gig please let me know.


    What Does the Audience Want at Live Gigs

    In this post I look at live music and ask the question "What is it that people appreciate when they go to watch and listen to live music?"

    As with most things there really is not one right answer - it depends on the context. Considerations may include:
    1. The quality of the sound
    2. The presentation of original material
    3. How close to the original composition the musicians attain
    4. The amount of enjoyment the musicians have on stage and the energy they present
    5. The way the musicians dress and the image they present
    6. The technical expertise
    7. The way the band presents their own style within well-known tune
    8. The set of songs chosen to play
    To different scenarios, each one of these points will have a different value or priority than to other points. So, for example, the quality of the sound at The Cavern open-mike Friday's is of less importance than the amount of enjoyment  to the musicians and the presentation of original material. Whereas at the Art Café the quality of the sound, the technical expertise and the closeness to the original composition are  more important. This is not to say that enjoyment and original compositions are not important at the Art Café, nor is it to say that  technical expertise and the closeness to the original composition are unimportant at The Cavern. What I am saying is that different things are more or less important for any given situation.

    In The Hellhounds gig for example, we generally rehearse most weeks. We like to have a proper start, middle and ending to the songs and to have some sort of structure in-between - even though it may not sound like it sometimes. The songs will be done the same way each week - but with some improvement and with subtle and influential tweaks as time goes by (hopefully). Also, we will follow a song list (mostly) and generally we will start and finish our gigs at the same time and have one break in the middle. We also try to dress like we haven't just come from the pub or straight from work. What is important to a Hellhounds gig is that the songs are of a particular genre and are either familiar songs that are performed in a unique fashion and/or are more obscure songs of the same genre. What is less important is the fact that our technical expertise may not be all that fantastic sometimes. Although we are improving, it has never been a big concern to us.

    When I go to see the D'Sco: The Geckos of Love the technical expertise is high and it is applied in a way so as to maximize the enjoyment and energy of the musicians (even though Dan was playing while lying down on the weekend - due to a bout of the flu I believe ;o)) which is then translated to the audience. Technical skills are 'not a concern' because they have good knowledge of their instruments - but they are 'not a concern' in a different way that technical skills are 'not a concern' to the Hellhounds (if you know what I mean :oP ). They are just as comfortable playing familiar songs as they are originals.

    The Lazy Jazz Punks currently have an eclectic sound, with a mix of people from different bands coming together. Rehearsals for this band are something that the Phnom Penh Players Association do but the energy and enjoyment of the performance is always guaranteed. They play through guitar amps combined with a full P.A. (at the same time) and sound problems have never been of concern. Also, there is great variety in the technical skills. However, there is no doubt that the audience is always pumped and responsive to the gig.

    The only thing of concern to the Beer O'Clock Band is that our guitars are in tune and the free beer keeps flowing. Again, we are happy to have a variety of musicians playing and singing just to see what comes out of the speakers.

    For me, as a member of the audience, the most technically brilliant piece is seldom the most appreciated. I saw a band from the Philippines at the Cambodiana - I think you know the story. Their technical skills were great, their clothes they wore were specky, they had a whole different mix of people, the sound-system and mixer were first-class, they could perform a whole array of songs from a vast array of genres - but..... well I was tapping my foot to some songs on occasions. However, the dance floor was absolutely packed - sometimes I just don't get it!

    What is it that people appreciate when they go to watch and listen to live music? Post comments to the Leng Plang blog.

    Live Music this Week - Thursday, 10th September 2009

    Quite a few gigs on this week. The list I have compiled is as follows:
    • Charlie is playing tonight (Thursday) at Touk Bar & Restaurant
    • D'Sco: The Geckos of Love have two gigs on this weekend. They play Friday at the Sayon Café (not sure if the place have settled on that name yet !?!) and on Sunday afternoon they play a bluesy, boozy and boppy set at Talkin to a Stranger starting at 4:00PM.
    • The Lazy Jazz Punks also have two performances for the weekend. Their Open-Mike at The Cavern has been moved to a Friday and they also play at the Touk Bar & Restaurant on Saturday. Both gigs starting around 9:00PM-ish
    • The Hellhounds are set to return to the Velkommen Inn on Friday also - starting around 9:00PM
    • The Beer O'Clock Band will also be at the Velkommen Inn starting at beer o'clock (i.e.: anytime you feel like having your first beer - which, for them, is around 6:00PM on a Friday). Note this is also an open-mike arrangement so they invite anybody wishing to get up and do a tune or two or more to do so.
    • Friday also sees Chow host Juram Gavero. Juram is a Filipino singer-songwriter who bases himself in Ho Chi Minh. He is a friend of Davis Zunk (who some of you will know from his days with the Happy Lucky Love You Long Time band) and is here for his second trip. Juram Gavero also plays the FCC rooftop on Saturday
    • I presume Charlie & Patrick will be playing their regular gig at Barbados
    • I haven't heard from Anton at the Art Café this week but believe he is hosting "A Touch of Vienna" which incorporates court music of the outgoing 18th century various compositions by the “Vienna masters” Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert.

    That's it ! Thanks to Soddy for updating me on a lot of the info

    Price / Charges for Playing

    Discussing a charge for a band to play can always be relatively difficult during the negotiations process. There are several things to consider when doing it. This may include:
    1. Number of band members
    2. Skills / reputation of the ensemble
    3. Equipment to be supplied - P.A. for example
    4. Distance to the gig
    5. Expenses incurred by the band to put the gig on
    6. The frequency of the gig - e.g.: one-off gigs at parties etc. versus regular weekly / monthly gigs
    7. The relationship between the band and the client - e.g.: you might want to charge a cheaper rate for friends of the band
    8. The status of the venue. For example bigger venues have more people to entertain OR sometimes you may feel more inclined to play at a place that you believe has a lot of potential but not a lot of money and thereby hope to get greater returns at a later date.
    9. The band fits the bar and the bar fits the band. Sometimes it just works out that way.
    On previous occasions, when negotiating with a venue that doesn't generally present live music, I  have  suggested a deal where the charge for the band was calculated based on the number of clients turning up at the bar. This would be resolved by counting the number of people at the venue during the break between sets for example. This means the publican generally won't lose - as they will only pay if the band successfully attracts people to the venue. It also means the band can do well if a lot of people show up.

    This sort of arrangement is OK in the initial period in order to get a regular gig started but over a longer period there were complicating factors - being:
    1. Even if the band only attracts 10 people - this could be considered very good during the wet / low season when most other places are empty.
    2. Over the longer period the bar's reputation is enhanced and thus attracts more people outside band playing times.
    3. What if the publican throws a party and invites all his friends? He is supplying the people and then having to pay for it
    4. What if the band starts to buy new and better equipment for the gig?
    Generally both the band and the publican need to be flexible and reasonable with each other. If it means there is a regular gig every week then it is good for the band, good for the publican and good for the live music scene in general. The Hellhounds have been fortunate enough to have had a good relationship with Edvin and the Velkommen Inn for over a year now. In the beginning we started out as a 'pay per customer' thing but Edvin was kind enough to agree to a base amount to accommodate for indiscriminate "environment factors" affecting customer numbers. In the end things have worked out well.

    I know Charlie and Patrick have had a good relationship with the Barbados - having played regularly there now for several years. I am not altogether sure of the circumstances - may be they could fill us in?

    As a general round-up I would suggest the following charges for bands:
    1. $50 per band member for one-off event gigs
    2. $20 per band member for regular gigs
    3. $20 for the supply of a simple P.A.
    4. $50 for a full P.A. set
    5. All with discounts on 'good relationship' gigs
    If you have any thoughts or comments on payment for gigs and what the general level might be then drop a line to the Leng Pleng blog ;o)

    Abbey Road/Beatles Tribute - calling all musicians

    Singers, guitarists, bass players, brassers and stringers, keyboard plunkers and drum thwackers ----

    attention: 26 September is the 40th anniversary of the release of Abbey Road, and for the occasion the Cavern on 104 street will be hosting a Beatles tribute night - including the entire Abbey Road album - with a Phnom Penh expat supergroup The Magical Mystery Tourists (personnel still to be finalised but likely to include members of D'Sco: the geckos of love, Lazy Jazz Punks, Hellhounds).

    We are looking for as much variety as possible, with a rotation of singers and instrumentalists throughout the night.

    If you are interested in getting involved with this exciting event, please contact me via smbywater@yahoo dot com.

    Apart from any other impromptu rehearsals we can arrange, we are planning one major gathering on the Monday prior (at the end of Pchum Ben) through the afternoon and into the evening.

    Especially interested in hearing someone that can play Blackbird on the tuba (trombone as a second choice)

    Live Music This Weekend - 2nd of September, 2009

    Here is my weekly round-up of live music gigs that I have found around the traps

    The special events include:
    • Friday the 4th of September, 2009 Mispent Yooth playing at Talkin'to a Stranger
    • Friday also sees a "Gala Concert" Cambodian Japanese Cooperation Center (CJCC). It is a performance by the Tűbingen Chamber Orchestra (Germany) featuring soloists from Cambodia and Germany
    • Saturday 5th of September, 2009 the Lazy Jazz Punks play at Rory's Pub. They had to keep the volume down in recent gigs due to episodic police drive-bys but the last time was a total blast for those lucky enough to be there. Last Saturday night was also a great gig so looking forward to this one
    • Mispent Yooth play Touk on Saturday the 5th of September, 2009 also.
    • DSco: The Geckos of Love playing at the Chinese House on Saturday night. Not sure if they are playing at the Sayon Lounge after the party gig they are doing on Friday evening but I presume it is on.
    • Saturday the 5th also sees Antons memorial performance to Mauricio Kagel at thre Art Café
    The Regular events include:
    • Open Mike at The Cavern as facilitated by the Lazy Jazz Punks
    • The Lazy Jazz Punks also play the full set every Friday night at The Cavern
    • Patrick and Charlie will be at Barbados on Street 130
    • On Khmer440.com I nopticed some live music advertised for the Riverside Bistro. The ad goes something like this:"Live music every night of the week at Riverside Bistro. 
      • On Mondays / Tuesdays (9pm) – Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me: unplugged piano and vocals; 
      • Wednesdays (9pm) – UB2U: live request night; 
      • Thursdays (9pm) – Reminiscence: classic songs from the last 50 years on guitar and piano; 
      • Fridays to Sundays (8.30pm) – Section 5: four-piece band plays the best live music on the riverfront.
    If you go to the blog then don't forget 2 things:
    1. Feed the fish
    2. Place a vote on the question "Is it worth a organizing a weekend music festival of local bands at a various venues around Phnom Penh?"
    That's it! If anything needs correcting / adding / updating then please let me know or add a comment to the blog post.

    Cheers and see you around the traps ;)


    The comment below is for the post above

    Drummers and General Stuff

    Where have all the drummers gone?

    I guess they have all packed up their kits and gone home - refusing to play with anyone due to the overwhelming amount of gear they have to haul around and with no appreciation by other band members!!! There have been several calls by several people over the past few weeks looking for drummers to join bands so if anybody knows of any please throw a net over them, tie them up, obtain their telephone, extract the telephone number and then post it on the blog here.

    The Hellhounds now have a date for their return - being 9:00PM Friday next week at the Velkommen Inn (11th of September, 2009) - as Steve Goodman has returned from his summer sojourn. This means the Beer O'clock Band will also make it's return on the same day and same venue albeit starting slightly earlier (at around beer O'clock). The Beer O'clock Band will most likely be joined by Kristen Rasmussen who will add her sensual and caressing tones to the vocals of many of the songs. Kristen has often sang with the Curtis King Band when they hop over from Vietnam for their Sharky's gigs. If you haven't heard her sing yet then it will be well worth getting down there on the 11th of this month. More details when the time gets closer.

    At this point there are 4 up and coming music gigs. I will make a summary of all that is happenning when closer to the weekend but at the moment there is:
    • DSco: The Geckos of Love playing at the Chinese House on Saturday night
    • Mispent Yooth have two gigs - Friday at Talkin to a Stranger and Saturday at Touk
    • Anton at the Art Café is putting on a memorial for Mauricio Kagel. If you have never caught one of Antons performances or one of the people he brings in then it is well worth going. You can get a a really great meal and be entertained by some top quality music. It is also worth talking to Anton if you are looking for a gig.
    • There is also some classical music put on by the CJCC on Friday (more details later)
    BTW, if you wished to be removed from the mailing list and just tune into the blog when you feel you want to then send me an email.

    It can be lonely enough being an artist/musician/writer/whatever back in the west - but the sense of isolation is intensified here in Phnom Penh, a much smaller population of ever enclosing expatness ...

    So I want to give thanks to all the new people I've been playing with in recent months - it's great to be sharing and risking and just plain old making music, whether the audience be a packed crowd or merely the other members of the band.

    I also want to thank Television Ted for getting this blog up and running. I can see that it's already helping create a sense of community for musicians of whatever stripe; a place to go to see who's playing, what ideas are being discussed, and to share information that is usually only swapped late at night shouting drunkenly into someone's ear (not that there's anything wrong with that necessarily).

    Here's to the wild and crazy PP nights of making music, and to more and more of the same, however it is configured!


    Live Music This Weekend - 27-Aug-2009

    Here is the compiled list so far for this weekend:
    • The Open Mike at The Cavern is on again tonight (Thursday) and will be facilitated by the Lazy Jazz Punks
    • Dan and Scott - D'Sco: the Geckos of Love will play the Sayon Lounge on Friday the 28th of August, 2009. It is located on Street 19, bhind the Royal Palace, about 200m north of Rubies. The coffee is great (but in square cups).
    • Charlie and Patrick will playing their gig at Barbados on Street 130.
    • Anton from the Art Cafe (No 84 Street 108, Phnom Penh, Cambodia) is putting on another special guest artist from Java. He is Tembang Kinanthi and he will be performing songs and ballads from former kingdoms of Surakarta and Yogyakata.
    • A re-vamped / re-engineered quality line-up for the Lazy Jazz Punks will also play on Saturday the 29th of August, 2009 at Touk (across the road from the FCC)
    It will still be a couple of weeks at least before The Hellhounds return gig. That's all I have at this point. Keep looking on this post as I can edit and update it as new news comes in.

    Also there are stokes in the fire to get Phil Manning to play in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap some time around the first two weeks in November. Phil is a great Australian blues / roots player - you can see a live performance of his with other subsequent links to his original band Chain on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY8ItmQnknw

    Phnom Penh Music Festival

    As you may have seen by the poll on the right-hand-side of this blog there is a suggestion that a weekend of music could be organized that involves any local expat or Cambodian bands or solo artists that wish to take part. The model that I believe warrants most merit has the following structure:
    • Selected venues (who pay to participate) - see a list of suggested venues I compiled in an earlier post
    • Friday, Saturday and Sunday - lunchtime, afternoon and night
      • Saturday night having the biggest performance - i.e.: best venue, most bands
      • Schedule allows other musicians to catch or join any other performance as they wish
    • Sponsorship- which can allow funding for:
      • Equipment
      • T-shirts
      • Promotion - flyers, advertising etc.
    The big question is : "Why even do it?'.

    There has to be some level of benefit but I (for one) think there is enough charitable work being done out there in Cambodia already. The obvious answer for the recipient of any benefits would be the live music community (i.e.: the participants of the Festival) - e.g.: recording/production time, equipment etc.. But all those examples just hanker for some sort of communal based benefits system - which usually doesn't work if you ask me.. In the end the idea would be to facilitate a greater amount of creativity to the music scene here and to allow it to become more established and productive.

    May be there's no need for this? May be a Battle of the Bands with prize-money would do better? Personally, I would tend towards a prize-money based thing but that would take a lot more to organize. Having a Battle of the Bands would bring in the following points into the scenario:
    • It is more likely to bring in local Cambodian bands
    • There would have to be an established set of rules
    • Swapping band members may have to be avoided  (?)
    • It is more likely to draw interest and attention
    • It is more likely able to be conducted on a regular basis (e.g.: yearly)
    • It could be held over a number of weekends with a grand finale
    • It will has a greater franchise potential - thus more people gain the enjoyment of participation, e.g.: crowd and venues
    Please post any comments below and don't forget to feed the fish.

    Open-Mike Session at The Cavern

    It was happening last week at The Cavern - no doubt.

    The Cavern is pretty much as good a venue as you can get in Phnom Penh for combining an assorted mix of musicians looking for a place to play. Although the space, sound and equipment are all issues, it still offers a great, uninhibited venue with a cool, receptive and appreciative audience all hankering for an eclectic musical creation.

    Lazy Jazz Punks started off with some 70s rock, punk & English folk covers with various people getting up on a range of instruments between and within the set's songs. Melanie then followed with a series of rough-edged, rock & roll ballads done the way only Melanie can and with Browyn getting up on vocals on the first song. Jonas "Little Duke" then introduced himself and his clean, smooth and delightfully bluesy slide. The crowd then called for a version of "Sesame Street" (which was placated) before D'Sco: The Geckos of Love continued with a series of songs from their selection of acoustic, harmonized "torch" songs. Their rendition of Eric Clapton's "Change the World" being particularly memorable.

    It will all be happenning again this Thursday so anybody looking for a place to play is encouraged to join Ian and the rest of the band at The Cavern (Street 104) this Thursday starting around 9:00PM.

    Live Music This Weekend - 20-Aug-2009

    The updated list follows (including the two from Scott):
    1. Lazy Jazz Punks - playing The Cavern on Thursday and Friday the 20th & 21st of August. Tonight's gig is an open-mike arrangement.
    2. D'Sco:The Geckos of Love play the Sayon/Silkworks on St 19 starting at 7:00PM
    3. Charlie and Patrick will be playing at Barbados on Friday the 21st of August
    4. Dr JP and the Nurses and The Joyful Cockroaches are playing at Sharky Bar on Friday and Saturday the 21st and 22nd of August. They were down as being at the Chinese House on Saturday but - after receiving an SMS from Ross (manager at Sharkys) about the gig -  that seems to have been canceled.
    5. D'Sco: the Geckos of Love also playing this Saturday at Touk (first floor, opposite FCC on 178 St)
    6. Betty Without Her Falcons (i.e.: Melanie (ex- Betty Ford...) + friends ) are playing Talkin' to a Stranger, Friday the 21st of August !!
    The Hellhounds are still on their break and Mispent Yooth may be playing this weekend - I will update this post as soon as I can confirm it.

    Bands from The Past

    Writing the last post brought to mind a few of the expat bands that used to be together and that have now moved on to other places - or metamorphosed into something else. A list follows:
    1. The Taxi Guys
    2. Thom Thom (may be still together - not entirely sure)
    3. Mekong Messengers
    4. Happy Lucky Love You Long Time Band
    5. Betty Ford and the GT Falcons
    6. The band that used to play at The Globe (place that is now called the Pacharan) prior to the year 2000. Was owned by the sax player from the Psychedelic Furs and run by Mark from Canada.
    7. The Ian Taylor Band - was the main expat band in town during the late 1990's into 2000. In fact I don't know if that was the name of the band - they generally didn't use a name becasue since they were the only expat band in town they didn't need one.
    8. The band that used to play at the Blue Lotus
    There is more than likely a few more that I cannot recall - anybody remember?

    Best Day of the Week for Gigs

    It seems that Fridays have been the most favored day for live music gigs around town with most regularity happening on Fridays at the Chinese House, Velkommen Inn, Rory's Bar, The Cavern and Barbados. I think the Memphis Bar has it's biggest night on a Friday - but may be Bonna could confirm that one.

    When Talkin' to a Stranger has gigs their preference is for Fridays but they used to also have a perchance for the Sunday afternoon time slot (the two guys from the Australian embassy doing acoustic folk and contemporary ballads). The same venue a year or two ago had a regular Wednesday night gig for the Mekong Messengers. When they had the bigger acts (e.g.: The Happy Lucky Love You Long Time Band and Dengue Fever) then they preferred a packed-out Friday night - and it usually worked.

    Wednesday night gigs have also been implemented by La Croisette and I believe Charlie and Patrick still regularly play that time slot.

    Sharkys will generally have a band for a Friday or a Saturday night - such as has been happening with Route 66 - but generally they will have a band on most any night that a special day falls, e.g.: 4th of July, Halloween, Cinco de Mayo etc. . They are looking at putting on The Hellhounds for their monthly Sunday BBQs and on every Monday night during October.

    The Cavern is having an open-mike on Thursdays currently and that is generally facilitated by the guys from Lazy Jazz Punks.

    There have been some regular Saturday gigs with DSco: The Geckos of Love playing at Touk and also soon to be the Stiff Little Punks. However it seems to me that Fridays are the favored day by most publicans presently.

    Feel free to leave any comments etc.

    Hellhounds Update

    The Hellhounds are on their summer break - well at least their guitar player Steve is - and in the mean time the band has been having a break until resuming (probably) sometime early in September.

    We are going to be trying out our new PA setup that we purchased from one of the music stores close to P'sah Thmei (after getting some advice from Scott - Geckos of Love) . We got a 10-channel, powered mixing desk and two 8" speakers with legs (stands) for $295 all-up. At this point it seems like it will do the trick for us. In particular we are pretty happy with the sound generated from amplifying the accordion.

    Current Bands

    Here is an initial list of expat bands / musicians that regularly play around Phnom Penh. Please don't feel bad if I missed you out - just add to the list my emailing me or adding some spiel to this blog. From what I can remember, in the time I have given to this, there is:
    1. Route 66
    2. Mekong Pirates
    3. Charlie and Patrick
    4. The Hellhounds
    5. The Stiff Little Punks
    6. D'Sco: The Geckos of Love
    7. Mispent Yooth
    8. Rock Xpress (Memphis Bar Band)
    9. Bum N' Draze
    10. Beer O'Clock Band
    11. Lazy Jazz Punks
    12. Dr JP and the Nurses
    13. Kanlat Rik Rié
    14. ........................ any more ???
    Cheers for any contributors

    List of Phnom Penh Venues

    List of current places having live expat music in Phnom Penh (in no particular order):
    1. Memphis Bar
    2. Chinese House
    3. Equinox
    4. Sayon/Silkworks Café
    5. Velkommen Inn
    6. Talkin to a Stranger
    7. Sharky Bar
    8. FCC
    9. The Cavern
    10. Rory's Pub
    11. Barbados
    12. Riverside Bistro
    13. Art Café
    14. La Croisette
    15. Touk Bar & Restaurant
    16. ................. any more ???

    Initial Spiel


    To all those who play music in Cambodia then this blog is designed to be a place where musicians can communicate and share ideas, wanted ads, etc.. The idea is to let everyone in the Cambodian live music scene to publish, talk about, discuss topics such as:
    1. Current gigs - where, when you are playing and what sort of music
    2. Musicians Wanted - if you are looking for a bass player, drummer, singer, guitar player etc. then you can see who is available
    3. Equipment and supplies - discuss what equipment is available, where to get the best prices, look for people outside the country who can bring back hard to get stuff to Cambodia
    4. Chords and Lyrics - post chords and lyrics to songs that others may need / appreciate etc.
    That's the idea anyway but things should just go the way everyone thinks best.

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