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Gig Guide - Week Starting Thursday the 21st of February, 2013


The outrageously cool weekend of fundamentally smokin' gigs from last weekend has not stopped ! It just keeps getting better this weekend.

 Didier Wampas  is one of those truly rare artists who just keep getting better with age. The band he fronts, Les Wampas, is an alternative Indie-rock band hailing from France. They first formed in 1983 and since then have released 13 albums - their latest being "Les Wampas sont la preuve que Dieu existe" ("Les Wampas are Proof that God Exists"). Always on the off-beat, always taking the alternative path with an artistic verve, always full-on energy - expect a totally packed house and energy driven gig of outrageous proportions this Friday at Sharkys when he will play together with Dr. Krach and the Nurses from Bangkok. Here are a couple of videos samples from the band. The first, Rimini is about the death of the famous Italian Marco Pantani cyclist who was found dead in an hotel of the Italian seaside resort of  Rimini.

The artist is in town to promote a movie called "Bangkok Jam". It is an independent musical film directed by Lim Channalen and Jean-Philippe Ury with Didier Wampas in the male lead. You can see an excerpt below:

Note that there is a $3 entry charge for this gig - you might want to get there earlier rather than later. The gig is supported by local band Thom Thom. Doors open at 7:00PM.

That same same night at the new venue known as the Show Box you will have to chance to hear, see and taste excepts from the new album from Tango & Snatch. The gig is a pre-cd release of their debut album "rock and roll machine DEATHMATCH". The first thirty people who show up will get a free CD. The gig has Squishy in support.

On Friday you can also catch the Cambodian Space Project as they make their debut at another one of the capitals hottest new venues called The Village. Cool!

Saturday sees the return of Scoddy and the Quality Drops at Equinox who have not been seen since their debut at the same venue over 2 years ago. The band is spearheaded by well known local musician and poet Scott Bywater and now sports a line-up that will feature three-part harmonies. 

Another rarely seen band that is playing at the third of the capitals newest venues is the reclusive Krom who will perform at The Doors on Saturday night. This is a unique ensemble that features the Mississippi Delta finger-picking style of band leader Minko with the fluid and melodic Khmer vocals of Sophea Chamroeun. The songs often tell of love and heartbreak but with a unique Wester-Khmer fusion aspect. The songs also feature rasping, ochre-coloured vocals from Minko and the occassional slide work from Jimmy Baeck.

DJ and electronic musicians-wise this weekend - you can start with DJ Tonle Dub and Amplifire on Thursday evening. Here is a sample of what to expect from the latter of these two artists:

On Saturday night you can see and hear the late night return of the Golden Crew at Pontoon. Cool. People into the hip-hop and rap of Gobeshite and Disbeats can now download their two releases - Fun and Games here: http://mgcmusic.bandcamp.com/album/fun-and-games and Blood, Sweat and Beers here http://mgcmusic.bandcamp.com/album/blood-sweat-and-beers

In regard to open-mic and jam nights around the country - there has been a relative explosion of such in the past year. A look at the regular gigs sees eleven such events every week. The newest of these is set to occur at The Village every Monday. The venue makes available both a drum set and a keyboard for the open mic. Might be worth a look for all local musicians.

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 21-Feb-2013
  • 6:00 PM ~ Diego "El Gipsy" Dimarqu├ęs at Le Jardin
  • 6:30 PM ~ Ringtail at The Velkommen Backpackers
  • 8:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater at The RiverHouse Bar & Bistro
  • 8:00 PM ~ James Cecil at Ritchies Bar in Sihanoukville
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Tonle Dub and Amplifire at MetaHouse
Friday 22-Feb-2013
  • 6:00 PM ~ Krom at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Tonle Dub, DJ Sequence and DJ Kaotek at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ Didier Wampas *, Dr. Krach & the Nurses *, Thom Thom at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ Tango & Snatch and Squishy at The Show Box
  • 9:00 PM ~ Ringtail at The Cavern
  • 9:00 PM ~ Tango & Snatch and Squishy at The Show Box
  • 9:00 PM ~ Sugar Daddy at Paddy Rice
  • 9:30 PM ~ The Cambodian Space Project at The Village
Saturday 23-Feb-2013
  • 4:00 PM ~ The Little Rum Club, A Yet-To-Be-Named Duo and Carrot at The Otres Market in Sihanoukville
  • 6:00 PM ~ Mississippi Skip George and Antonio Pineda at MetaHouse
  • 7:00 PM ~ Ritchy & Phil at The Red Apron
  • 8:30 PM ~ DJ Jimmy Salsa at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • 9:00 PM ~ Billy Page The and Scoddy and the Quality Drops at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Krom at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ Sugar Daddy at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dr. Wah Wah, Warren Daly and Shine On at MetaHouse
  • 1:00 AM ~ The Golden Crew * at Pontoon
Sunday 24-Feb-2013
  • 4:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater, Jet Odrerir and Ziad Samman at Rubies Wine Bar
Monday 25-Feb-2013
  • 8:00 PM ~ Ringtail at The Riverside Bistro
  • 8:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater at The Village
Wednesday 27-Feb-2013
  • 9:00 PM ~ Up2U Mango at The Village
Coming Up
  • Durian Funk Band at Equinox  and The FCC Phnom Penh 
  • The Grass Snake Union at Equinox 
  • The Cambodian Space Project at Battambang Town Square in Battambang 
  • Dr. Eggs * at Equinox 
  • Dub Addiction at The FCC Phnom Penh 
  • Luna Negra at The FCC Phnom Penh 
  • Scott Allan Knost * at Molly Malones in Siem Reap 
  • Splitter at The Show Box 
  • Gordon Webster * at The Village 
  • Tiny Toones at Equinox 
  • Emcee Dolla, KlapYaHandz and DJ Stroke at The RiverHouse Lounge 
  • DJ Illest, Hydrophonics, DJ Tech 12 and Akil the MC * at Pontoon 
  • DJ Flo Trallala and Greg Lavander at MetaHouse 

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