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Gig Guide - Starting Thursday the 17th of January, 2013


What a great adventure Cambodia can be. The music scene in the land of the wrong-way drivers continues to reflect a continually flowing, alternate, and changeful local landscape. Bands and solo-songwriters turn-up at venues to get peoples' feet moving on the dance floor only to be revamped in a new form a short few weeks later. Electronic mix artists and video-graphic producers infuse the local digital landscape with an unassuming, steady beat of fusion. DJs pump the late night venues through a haze of strong beats and purple lights. As the venues lay it all on the line and the performers bring what is inside to the outside, here's looking forward to a strong and developing local scene right through to 2014.

Thursdays continue to grow as a viable music night again this week with 5 gigs to open the weekend. Metahouse hosts two of the gigs in two alternate performances. The first as a very special classical performance by Khmer tenor Chanthavouth Than Hy performing songs of former-King Sihanouk. This is followed by some electronic dub action by Amplifire together with DJ Tonle Dub  and VJ Sckouty. Cool! A totally special return of the wonderful combination of Srey Chanthy and Scott Bywater can be witnessed when Expresso Thmei performs their acoustic-Khmer renditions at the Riverhouse Bar & Bistro, and, for late-night punters, Pontoon introduces international DJ MC Kinky to a Cambodian audience on this same night.

Regular patrons of The Cavern on Street 104 will be happy to hear that the venue will reach it's 4th birthday this Friday. To celebrate the venue will be hosting local legendary heavy band, Bum 'n Draze. Other great local gigs this week include The Fumes at Equinox and two bands - Oscars Band and the Lazy Drunks - at Sharkys. In Sihanoukville this weekend catch the last of 2 weeks of gigging by Jungle Juice at the Led Zephyr. Cool!

DJ-scene-wise there are some additionally huge gigs on Saturday and Sunday to follow-up the two just mentioned for Thursday. The internationally renowned DJ Cut Killer will return with his totally happening hip-hop and rap to Pontoon on Friday. On Saturday MetaHouse will host international DJs Suduaya, DJ Boom Shankar and DJ Alexsoph. Samples of the totally unique, sweeping and enveloping auditory sensations created by these artists can be hooked into below:

Totally great opportunity for patrons of this fine art and not to be missed. This same venue features Conrad Keely on the turntable and DJ F.U.D on Friday night.

If you prefer something much more live, raw and dancey then check out this performance by the Grass Snake Union at Equinox recently.

I will leave you this week with a couple of  videos. The first is from Franz Jaeger Productions  catching the vibrant, crazy-madness, freedom and adventure of Phnom Penh roads. Especially hook into the driving after the 3:30 mark ;o). The second is a great production from the country's favourite ragga-dub band - Dub Addiction.

From Ted and I here in the back streets of Phnom Penh, have a great weekend, be cool with each other and see you around the traps. Here’s this week’s gig guide.

Latest Gigs

Thursday 17-Jan-2013
  • 7:00 PM ~ Chanthavouth Than Hy and Takehiro Suzuki at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ Expresso Thmei at The RiverHouse Bar & Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Tonle Dub, VJ Sckouty and Amplifire at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ Steve Sax at The Doors
  • 9:30 PM ~ MC Kinky * at Pontoon
Friday 18-Jan-2013
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ BBoy Peanut and DJ Tech’One at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ Bum N Draze at The Cavern
  • 9:00 PM ~ Conrad Keely and DJ F.U.D at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ Oscar's Band at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Cut Killer at Pontoon
Saturday 19-Jan-2013
  • 8:30 PM ~ Steve Sax and DJ Sakura Boom at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Fumes at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Lazy Drunks at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jungle Juice at The Led Zephyr in Sihanoukville
  • 9:00 PM ~ Suduaya *, DJ Boom Shankar * and DJ Alexsoph at MetaHouse
Sunday 20-Jan-2013
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dean "Wolf" Bailey at The Warehouse in Siem Reap
Tuesday 22-Jan-2013
  • 9:00 PM ~ Open Mic at The Sundance Inn & Saloon
Coming Up
  • The Mincers * at Equinox 
  • Kok Thlok at Equinox 
  • Scoddy and The Quality Drops at Equinox 
  • The Cambodian Space Project at Equinox , La Croisette  and The Naval Base 
  • Billy Page at The FCC Phnom Penh 
  • The Phnom Penh Hippie Orchestra at Equinox 
  • Up2U Mango at The Led Zephyr in Sihanoukville 
  • Dr. Wah Wah, Chris Bradbury, Warren Daly and DJ Shine On at MetaHouse 
  • DJ Wez-T and DJ Funk Elastiks at MetaHouse 
  • DJ Bassbender and DJ Kev Fresh at The Eighty8 
  • DJ Flo Trallala, DJ Wez-T and Greg Lavander at MetaHouse 


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