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Gig Guide - Week Starting Thursday the 30th of May, 2013

Hey,

Another very special week in the local music scene this week with the arrival of Dengue Fever. The band will arrive tomorrow (Friday) and play two gigs at the FCC (one in Phnom Penh and one in Siem Reap) and then play at Koh Pich as part of the Memory International film festival organized by Bophana. If you were hoping for tickets to the Phnom Penh show at the FCC then tickets have already sold out - however there may be a few tickets left for the Siem Reap shows. You would need to contact the FCC. Anyway, people in the capital can always catch the band at the Wednesday gig at Koh Pich.

Leng Pleng was lucky enough to catch up with the band over this past week and we have managed to second a short interview. Ethan Holtzman was travelling Cambodia in 1997 and was inspired by the golden era of Cambodian rock & roll. He returned to the United States where he founded Dengue Fever with his brother Zac - a band based on this special and exotic genre. Over 10 years have passed since then and the band has met with amazing success. They have toured the world with their upbeat blend of garage rock mixed with psychedelia, they won a bunch of music awards, they have been invited by some of the best known musicians to collaborate and have written scores for many films, TV and commercials. Ethan took time off his busy schedule this week to asnwer a few questions for us:

Great to see the band is coming back to Cambodia again. Can you give us a rundown of the tour this year. Where will you play? Will you be joined by local performers like last time? What's the plan?
We fly out of Los Angeles on May 29th.  Once we land in Phnom Penh we have the afternoon off to acclimate to the time change, warmer temperatures and higher humidity levels.  The following day we will be performing at the FCC in Phnom Penh (May 31).  Then we have an early morning drive up to Siem Reap.  We will perform at the FCC in Siem Reap (June 1st). I’m not sure who we are playing with.  We always like to collaborate with local Khmer artists.  Last year we played with Nimol’s brothers band Animation.  We also had a loose jam with Master Kong Nai before our set in Phnom Penh. 
Also on June 5th we will play on Diamond Island at the MEMORY! International Film Heritage Festival, and on June 7th in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam at Cargo Bar@ Q4.


The band recently played in New York at the 'Season of Cambodia Festival 2013'. Did the band enjoy the festival? Did you get a chance to see, meet and play with some of the other performers? If so - what was your impression?

Yes, New York was a blast.  The club was packed with lots of our friends from Cambodia, the US, and even the UK.  It was great to catch up with everybody.  So many creative folks like filmmaker Davy Chou, artists Kanitha Tith and Linda Saphan. Bochan performed before us and sounded great!  I liked her version of 'Chnam Oun Dop Pram Muy'.

You have collaborated with Peter Gabriel, Arn Chhorn Pond and the Cambodian Living Arts before. Can you tell us more about the relationship - how it got started and do you have any more projects on the drawing board?
When Dengue Fever first toured in Cambodia, back in 2005, we met up with Dickon Verey, who is now SEA Producer.  He introduced us to Cambodian Living Arts......(CLICK HERE to see the full interview).


There is also plenty more happening for the local music scene this weekend. Japanese acoustic singer-songwriter Masahiro Watabe can be heard tonight (Thursday) at The Village and aficionados in music of the classical type will totally enjoy Anton Isselhardt and Tara Mar's renditions of  the baroque era of Handel and Bach at MetaHouse early on the same day. Later on at the same venue catch the smooth electonic tracks of DJ Wez-T and DJ Flo. Cool.

Scott Bywater continues Le Jardin's open-air Friday concerts at 7:00PM this week. A totally relaxed atmosphere with great food. Lady & the Tramp move their songs set over to The Doors (north of Wat Phnom) this week and Jaworski7 return to Sharkys with an great portrayal of carefully crafted and well selected and performed Indie-rock songs. The band plays Equinox on Saturday night. DJ-scene-wise on Friday the RiverHouse will once again host a huge party on the riverfront - this week hosted by international DJ DJ Major Taylor - should be fairly huge - as will the party at Pontoon later on when a posse of DJs host the venue's Flight of the Mantis. Cool!

Also on this Friday at Equinox will be a totally great gig as one of the local scene's best bands, Dub Addiction, teams up with international artist and reggae empress Imojah who is currently touring south-east Asia direct from the Carribean. The combination of these totally professional artists should be something very, very special indeed. Get down there! The same combination of artists will also be playing various other venues over this coming musical week - including Sharkys on Monday and the cozy Opera Cafe next Wednesday. Cool!


On Saturday catch the captial's newest and the most coolest of reggae bars with DJ U on the rooftop at Dusk Till Dawn (opposite Pontoon). More on this bar in coming weeks. Another gig of note on Saturday will be one of the last performances of a totally enjoyable band - Up 2 U Mango who will be playing at the Opera Cafe. Always a great atmosphere with this band and their debut at this venue will be a much anticipated event. For all the Brits the British Chamber of Commerce is hosting a garden party at the Himawari featuring the high-energy and totally danceable stalwarts of the local music scene - Kheltica. Great!

On Saturday - only for a one hour set - you can be totally inundated by a new band that seems like they might have a rather cadaverous approach to their music. They are called Psychotic Reactions and they feature some of the Kingdoms best known Punk rockers. The flyer for the band says it all. Catch their inaugural gig at the Memphis Pub this weekend.

On Sunday James Speck together with the Symphony Music School host an event showcasing the talents of the teachers and students of the school plus of the members of the Wat Opat Musical Project (WOMP). This will be at the Hotel Intercontinental. Also catch Ringtail as they perform the Sunday afternoon gig at Le Jardin and introduce us to the brand new venue known as the Boomerang.

Coming up look for the return of Davis Zunk to the land of wrong-way drivers as he comes across from Ho Chi Minh City with his band of degenerate hillbillies in the form of The Wunderlusters. Super cool!


Before I go I must mention two new panels that we are now disseminating through the web site and the weekly emailed newsletter. The first, which you may have seen already, is a list of current album releases from local performers that are available for download from the Internet. If you believe that anything should be added to this list then please feel free to let us know. Also, we have now added a Latest News panel that will keep all punters up to date with the latest news from the local live music and DJ scene. This will be updated on an irregular basis as news comes in. In general it will be best to keep an eye on this panel in the web site because that is where most turnover will happen.

OK, cheers and 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  30-May-2013
  • 7:00 PM ~ Masahiro Watabe at The Village
  • 8:00 PM ~ Anton Isselhardt and Tara Mar at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Flo Trallala and DJ Wez-T at MetaHouse
Friday  31-May-2013
  • 7:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater at Le Jardin
  • 7:30 PM ~ Ringtail at Boomerang Bar and Restaurant
  • 8:30 PM ~ Sonhador at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jaworski 7 at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ Lady and the Tramp at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Major Taylor at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dengue Fever * at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ B-Boy Peanut and Chikai Bexza at MetaHouse
  • 10:00 PM ~ Dub Addiction and Imojah * at Equinox
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Flo Trallala , DJ Achaya , DJ Rob Bianchett and MC KiKi at Pontoon
Saturday  1-Jun-2013
  • 3:00 PM ~ Kheltica at The Himawari
  • 6:00 PM ~ DJ Bluesabelle at Le Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Splitter , Ricky Rotten & the Scumbags and CookiePuss at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ U at Dusk till Dawn
  • 9:00 PM ~ Up 2 U Mango at The Opera Cafe
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dengue Fever * at The FCC Siem Reap in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Shine On at The Naga House in Kampot
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jaworski 7 at Equinox
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Illest at Pontoon
  • 10:30 PM ~ Psychotic Reactions at The Memphis Pub
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Chase and DJ Pirate Po at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
Sunday  2-Jun-2013
  • 3:00 PM ~ WOMP at The Intercontinental Hotel Phnom Penh
  • 4:30 PM ~ Ringtail at Le Jardin
  • 7:30 PM ~ Ringtail at Boomerang Bar and Restaurant
Monday  3-Jun-2013
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dub Addiction and Imojah * at Sharkys
Tuesday  4-Jun-2013
  • 6:30 PM ~ Ringtail at Boomerang Bar and Restaurant
  • 6:30 PM ~ James Speck at Le Jardin
Wednesday  5-Jun-2013
  • 4:30 PM ~ Tiny Toones at Le Jardin
  • 7:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater at Banyan Restaurant
  • 8:30 PM ~ Dengue Fever * at Koh Pich
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dub Addiction and Imojah * at The Opera Cafe
Coming Up
  • Comedy Krem, Khem, Tep Boprek, Som Sodalin, Aok Sokunkanha and Chhorn Sovanreach at Dream Land
  • Dub Addiction at Equinox
  • The Cambodian Space Project at Equinox, The Village, Gasolina and The FCC Phnom Penh
  • Jahzad at Equinox
  • Gabi Faja, Toma Willen and Sebastien Adnot at The Opera Cafe
  • Scott Bywater at The Opera Cafe
  • Charlie Corrie and Linette Chhun Charm at The Opera Cafe
  • Sebastien Adnot and Silvie Izzo at The Opera Cafe
  • Duo Allegro at The Opera Cafe
  • Gabi Faja, Sebastien Adnot and Silvie Izzo at The Opera Cafe
  • The Klezbodians at The Opera Cafe
  • The Rhiannon Johnson at The Opera Cafe
  • RNA + Friends at The Village, Paddy Rice

Gig Guide - Week Starting Thursday the 23rd of May, 2013

Hey,
Your regular weekend wrap driver back at the wheel again this week with news of another totally smokin' weekend of  outrageously cool gigs.
 

Sylvie will take her totally gorgeous, smokey vocals to the Opera Cafe again this week as she joins Gabi on the keys. Another musical duet can be heard at The Village when Linnette Chhun Charm on the keys and Charlie Corrie on the guitar as Lady & the Tramp. At Sharkys you can catch DJ Flipper as he adds a musical vibe to the venue's Ladies Night. All of these gigs happening tonight (Thursday).

Friday sees the wonderfulness of The Klezbodians as they bring their special brand of eastern European Klezmer music to The Village. Expect a write-up of this performer from our roving gig reporter in the next few days. The same day sees the totally great David Bowie tribute band, Station to Station, move to Le Jardin. The venue is starting a series of early gigs - this one starts at 7:30PM. They also serve deliriously delicious meals and have a play area for the kids - so you can head down there and grab a table and get some quality sounds of the Thin White Duke. Metahouse continue their series of underground DJ parties with the Invisible Agent DJs.   

Equinox turns it on again this weekend with The Fumes on Friday and Two Shots and a Chaser on Saturday night. Two quality bands at a totally quality venue. As always, if you cannot actually get to the gig or want to catch some before you go then the venue always has its live stream online avaialble at gig time. You can hook in at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/live-music-at-equinox-cambodia.

Sharkys will be invaded by the Cambodian headbangers this weekend when the venue hosts another chapter of the Cambodian Headbangers Ball, this time featuring regulars Sliten6ix, the Anti-Fate, and Varaman, as well as newcomers Asylum of Angels and TBN (presumable standing for "to be named"  ;o)). Anyway, should be a totally great night for all local headbangers and sundry. On Saturday night the venue hosts the totally great and professional sounds of Sugar Daddy. Always a great night of music with Chris, Smokin' Kenny and the boys. Cool!  

A special, early gig on Saturday occurs at the Hotel Intercontinental when two international classical musicians take to the stage - one being former Miss Universe Japan and soprano Satomi Ogawa and the other being world acclaimed pianist Julian Garglulo. Later that same night, but in Kep, you can catch a very special gig indeed when DJs Dr. Wah Wah and Phat Controller will fill an old Kep villa with an extraordinary show of lights and sound. Totally worth the trip to the south coast if you are not already there.  

That is not where it ends, however, because on Sunday there are three very definite special gigs. The most auspicious will be the much anticipated return to the land of the wrong-way drivers of Norwegian composer Ingolv Haaland. Ingolv will initiate his keys together with an electronic mix instrument and team toegther with Ouch Savy and Yun Theara on traditional Cambodia instrumentation. Definitely a gig for lovers of the traditional, the contemporary and the electronic. A very special gig of unique proportions. It can be experienced at MetaHouse this Sunday at 6:30PM.

If you looking for something on the other end of the mind-bending rainbow then send a text message to Kanha Paula on Sunday to get the location of the latest secret party. Otherwise head to Le Jardin where you can catch the classic blues-country-rock vocals and acostic guitar of Jet Orderir.  

And, of course, the music continues everyday all the way through until next Wednesday and beyond. This includes a new regular movie night now showing every Tuesday at Le Jardin and which, this week, features a special musical accompaniment by James Speck. 

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  23-May-2013
  • 8:00 PM ~ Kae "Sylvie" Lhassan at The Opera Cafe
  • 8:30 PM ~ Lady and the Tramp at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Flipper at Sharkys
Friday  24-May-2013
  • 7:00 PM ~ The Klezbodians at The Village
  • 7:30 PM ~ Station to Station at Le Jardin
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Sequence and DJ Kaotek at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Fumes at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jazz Jam Session at The Opera Cafe
  • 9:00 PM ~ Sliten6ix , The Anti-Fate , Varaman , Asylum of Angels and TNB at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Adobo Conspiracy at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Underdogs at The Doors
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and DJ Rob Bianchett at Pontoon
Saturday  25-May-2013
  • 6:00 PM ~ Julian Gargiulo * and Satomi Ogawa * at The Hotel InterContinental
  • 6:30 PM ~ Ringtail at Boomerang Bar and Restaurant
  • 7:00 PM ~ DJ Tonle Dub , DJ Sequence , DJ Java Tech and DJ Cab at The Show Box
  • 8:00 PM ~ Dj Major Taylor at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 8:30 PM ~ Linette Chhun Charm , Brett Creswell and James at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ Two Shots and a Chaser at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Sugar Daddy at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Dr. Wah Wah and Phat Controller at Old Kep Villa in Kep
  • 9:00 PM ~ Chris Bradbury , Warren Daly and Shine On at MetaHouse
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Illest at Pontoon
Sunday  26-May-2013
  • 4:30 PM ~ Jet Odrerir at Le Jardin
  • 6:30 PM ~ Ingolv Haaland , Ouch Savy and Yun Theara at MetaHouse
  • 7:00 PM ~ DJ Set and Kanha Paula at SMS 092515825 for Secret Location
Monday  27-May-2013
  • 7:00 PM ~ Jah Rastafari at The Show Box
  • 7:30 PM ~ Liza & Ram at The Village
Tuesday  28-May-2013
  • 6:00 PM ~ Comedy Krem , Khem , Tep Boprek , Som Sodalin , Aok Sokunkanha and Chhorn Sovanreach at Dream Land
  • 6:00 PM ~ DJ Bluesabelle at Le Bar
  • 6:30 PM ~ James Speck at Le Jardin
  • 7:30 PM ~ Thunder & ST-Town at The Village
  • 7:30 PM ~ Baitong Ukulele Circle at The Baitong Restaurant & Bar
Wednesday  29-May-2013
  • 4:30 PM ~ Tiny Toones at Le Jardin
  • 9:00 PM ~ Lady and the Tramp at The Village
Coming Up
  • Comedy Krem, Khem, Tep Boprek, Som Sodalin, Aok Sokunkanha and Chhorn Sovanreach at Dream Land
  • Splitter, Ricky Rotten & the Scumbags and CookiePuss at Sharkys
  • Dub Addiction at Equinox
  • The Cambodian Space Project at Equinox, The Village, Gasolina and The FCC Phnom Penh
  • Dengue Fever * at The FCC Phnom Penh, The FCC Siem Reap and Koh Pich
  • Sonhador at The Village
  • Jaworski 7 at Equinox
  • Jahzad at Equinox
  • Scott Bywater at Le Jardin, Banyan Restaurant
  • Masahiro Watabe at The Village

Gig Guide - Week starting Thursday the 16th of May, 2013


The Engagement, Honeymoon, and Rooting for the Wizard Of Oz
by No Nonsense Nic


What is the best cure for the "Crazy Season" of April and May in Phnom Penh? Ditch the "SAD Squad" - Schadenfreude, Angst, and Depression squeekers and shriekers. Bring on the "HIT Parade"- Happy, Inspiring, and Talented musicians. Let Euan Gray and his friends entertain you.

The first time I heard saxophone player/singer/guitarist Euan Gray's new band, KIN, was on Friday the 19th of  April, 2013 at The Village.  What a joy and privilege. In fact, I got to see and hear KIN on all three of their April gigs - including the FCC Phnom Penh on Saturday the 20th of April, 2013 and The Doors on Friday the 26th of April, 2013.  During that time Euan was engaged to his charming Khmaussie partner to whom he was married on Saturday the 4th of May. You might have thought that he would have wedding nerves before his big wedding day but - no - on Saturday the 27th of April, 2013 there he was, cool as a cucumber at Pass The Jam at The Terrace. He was back again at The Village with GTS Jazz on Wednesday the 1st of May, 2013. Surely, the guy would want to get away on honeymoon as soon as possible after the wedding, though?  No chance!  The very next day, Euan's Aussie band, The Rooftops, played at The Village.  Yes, on a Sunday!  Yes, Euan was live on stage.  No, he was not beamed up on a screen by satellite.   

Who is this man?  I found out from his Mum, his Step-Father, his keyboard player and the 'Wizard Of Oz' himself.  Not immediately, however.  Had to wait for him to do another gig with KIN at the Opera Cafe on Saturday the 11th of May, 2013.  The "denouement". The last piece of the jigsaw puzzle.In order to annoy you with crass, controversial, and caustic comments, I won't tell you the answer.  You need to read on in this article and go think/watch/listen for yourself. Watching and meeting Euan won't tell you alone.  Observing him and listening to those affected by him are crucial to solving the riddle.  So let's rewind the tapes.

The three KIN gigs in April made me so glad I had ventured back to The Village to get the ball rolling as my first visit to the venue was a less than pleasurable experience. My visit on Friday the 19th of April, 2013 was a serious success.  Immediately KIN started to play, something inside said "this is seriously good.....check them out again tomorrow at FCC Phnom Penh".  

So I did! This time I was confronted by less-than-pleasurable-experience #2   Poor Euan was tearing his hair out with the sound system and/or the sound technician. The rooftop of the FCC Phnom Penh is great for audiences who like fresh air but the fact that the space is surrounded by all open sides means that the sound system has to be bang-on or any musician will struggle.  That's when I realised that Euan has a great ear and standards of excellence.....not merely high standards.  Sadly there were very few people at  FCC Phnom Penh that evening.  Didn't stop those of us who materialised from enjoying ourselves.  Perhaps the word had not yet got around that KIN are ace?

No jokes, however, at The Doors for KIN's third April gig on Friday the 26th at 9pm. This is where they started flying.  The moment came when two couples rushed onto the dance floor area - virtually at the same time.  It was a great rock & roll/swing number.  Always a good acid test if the audience cannot sit still.  Even better if people start to dance. Wow, did KIN acknowledge this well.  After the gig, Euan told me that they had extended the tune as long as they could - it was meant to be short and sweet.  To show how savvy and diplomatic he was, Euan had expressly thanked the dancers on his stage microphone, before continuing with the next song.

The last April event with Euan performing was on Saturday the 27th at The Terrace. This is where I met his Mum and Step-Father.  Luckily there was a spare seat at their table - so it was "opportunity knocks" for me to get some insider information:

Q. So, what is this nearly-but-not-quite English accent that Euan has?
MUMHaha, yes, I was born in England but emigrated to Australia. This is where Euan grew up.  When Euan started to get into music in Australia he wanted to be different and not sound like everyone else.
Q. Do you all live here in Cambodia now?
MUM:  No, we are just staying here at The Terrace, and are in Phnom Penh for Euan's Buddhist wedding on 4 May to his Khmer-Australian fiancee.
Q. Is she here now?
MUM: No, but she is due to arrive any minute now, and she's the one who got him into playing music with all sorts of people - including the young kids here tonight.  He helps and encourages them to express themselves musically.  Euan accompanies and teaches them how to perform to audiences.  That is the idea behind Pass The Jam. He wants to encourage the next generation, and not just keep it all to himself.

True enough - Euan mixed guitars, vocals, drums, and keyboards with a wide range of young and talented local musicians - soloists, duets, mini boy band - the lot.  He has a nose for talent and is modest with it.  Unusual in Phnom Penh where peacocks and primadonnas abound.  One young female soloist belted out a high note and seemed to nail it, but read this:

Q. That girl has got a powerful voice for such a young age, hasn't she?  No microphone needed for her!
EUAN:  Hey that was about 40% of what she is capable of.  She has been sick recently, and is still recovering.

Onto the merry month of May.  Another visit to The Village on Wednesday the 1st of May, 2013. OK, I confess I can walk there from my apartment - so it's easy.  This was an accident in that it was billed as GTS Jazz with a guest saxophone player called Rafael. The thing is though - Euan joined in the ensemble for fun.  Rafael thanked Euan for lending him his saxophone for some great jazz tunes and when Euan jumped up on stage he added his excellent voice to the line-up,  This made the quartet into a temporary quintet. 

I should be on commission from The Village.  Back there on Sunday the 5th of May, 2013.  Straight from the Hash House Harriers run/walk/swim/BBQ event but showered and with shorts not too ripe to walk away by themselves.  This was the surprise package. An Australian band called The Rooftops were here in Cambodia to be at Euan's wedding the day before. it was an all male stage in spite of at least two photographs featuring a female.  Euan explained to the audience that their original male keyboard player was replacing the woman in the shots and. After just a short while, he turned to this guy, saying "wow, it's like you never went away".  Fantastic night!  Dancers on the floor for virtually the whole show.  Encores!  It was 11.30pm before you could say boo to a kangaroo.

I spoke to Euan's stepfather before leaving:

Q. Now that was not what I expected.  This music is different, completely different.  How come?  Does Euan prefer the jazz he does now in Phnom Penh and his former Aussie group stick to their own, old stuff?
DAD: No.  Euan writes the lot!  There is NO Aussie band called The Rooftops, unless Euan goes back to Oz, or the band members come to see him, like now for his wedding. They re-form when they meet up again, wherever that may be.  No Euan - no band!
Q. They seem really close friends.  Like they play every week?
DAD: Yes, they are real mates.  They can disband and regroup with no problem.  They have fun.  They are always happy together, and just play music whenever they meet up.

What a way to spend the Cinco de Mayo.   How could that be topped?  

Simple - go hear some more KIN on Saturday the 11th of May, 2013.  This time at one of the cosiest, coolest, cleverest places in town - the Opera Cafe on Street 13 and near the entrance to the National Museum.  The home of the talented Japanese opera singer, Ai, and a whole host of Italian nationals/speakers/fans of good pasta y vino. Oh.....AND US$3,000 worth of brand new Bose speakers!  Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!

Gabi, who plays keyboard in KIN, was chuffed to bits about the quality of the Bose equipment and assured me that there would be more gigs at the Opera Cafe (and their adjoining Piano Shop - where GTS Jazz played last) - and probably less 'open mic' sessions.  They have moved up-market with sound quality and sensibly still want to avoid cover charges - which just put people off coming (he said humbly).   Their pasta prices are fair and reasonable, the atmosphere is relaxed, the decor and furnishings is homely and not massed-produced.

The final words went to Euan, however, who I talked to at the end of a great, friendly gig, where guest musicians joined in both during and afterwards:

Q. So, Euan, why were you vertical with your saxophone tonight, and not horizontal with your wife?  Surely you should be on honeymoon by now?  
EUAN: We are going to Nepal for a delayed honeymoon, but not yet.  We've been enjoying friends and family coming here.

Lucky them, lucky us, and very lucky me - able to enjoy seven glimpses of talent in less than one month.  Some people say there is nothing happening in Phnom Penh. Get real!
 
Latest Gigs

Thursday  16-May-2013
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Flipper at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ F.U.D and Bunni at MetaHouse
  • 9:30 PM ~ DJ Oland at Eclipse Sky Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ Shameless!! at Pontoon
Friday  17-May-2013
  • 7:00 PM ~ Joe Wrigley at Le Jardin
  • 7:30 PM ~ No Forever at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ Splitter at The Memphis Pub
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jazz Jam Session at The Opera Cafe
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Underdogs at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Lazy Drunks at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Stroke at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ Holliday In Cambodia at Equinox
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Mad.IS and DJ Valtie at The Pontoon Bistro
Saturday  18-May-2013
  • 6:00 PM ~ Diego Dimarques , Philippe Javelle and DJ Mood at Mara Phnom Penh
  • 8:30 PM ~ Sonhador at The Village
  • 8:30 PM ~ The Q'Vans * at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • 9:00 PM ~ Sugar Daddy at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Tonle Dub , DJ Sequence , DJ Mercy and DJ Java Tech at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Klezbodians at The Opera Cafe
  • 10:00 PM ~ Hydrophonics and DJ Tech 12 at Pontoon
Sunday  19-May-2013
  • 6:30 PM ~ BTOB * at Koh Pich
  • 9:00 PM ~ Ringtail at Le Jardin
Monday  20-May-2013
  • 7:30 PM ~ Liza & Ram at The Village
Tuesday  21-May-2013
  • 6:30 PM ~ James Speck at Le Jardin
  • 7:00 PM ~ Masahiro Watabe at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ Amanda Bloom at The Opera Cafe
Wednesday  22-May-2013
  • 4:30 PM ~ Tiny Toones at Le Jardin
  • 7:30 PM ~ Joe Wrigley at The Village
Coming Up
  • The Fumes at Equinox
  • Two Shots and a Chaser at Equinox
  • Comedy Krem, Khem, Tep Boprek, Som Sodalin, Aok Sokunkanha and Chhorn Sovanreach at Dream Land, Dream Land
  • Splitter at Sharkys
  • Dub Addiction at Equinox
  • The Cambodian Space Project at Equinox
  • Dengue Fever * at The FCC Phnom Penh, The FCC Siem Reap in Siem Reap and Chaktomuk Theater
  • Thunder & ST-Town at The Village
  • Sonhador at The Village
  • The Klezbodians at The Village
  • Ingolv Haaland, Ouch Savy and Yun Theara at MetaHouse
  • Jet Odrerir at Le Jardin
  • Jaworski 7 at Equinox
  • Jahzad at Equinox
  • Station to Station at Le Jardin
  • James Speck at Le Jardin
  • Tiny Toones at Le Jardin
  • The Cambodian Space Project, The Lazy Drunks and Scoddy and the Quality Drops at Le Jardin
  • Julian Gargiulo * , Soprano * and Satomi Ogawa * at The Hotel InterContinental
  • DJ Tonle Dub, DJ Sequence, DJ Java Tech and DJ Cab at The Show Box
  • DJ Dr. Wah Wah and Phat Controller at The Villa in Sihanoukville
  • DJ Sequence and DJ Kaotek at MetaHouse

Gig Guide - Week Starting Thursday the 9th of May, 2013

Hey,

Another great weekend of totally smokin' gigs.

This week the musical calendar features a party put on by The Village in celebration of Dub Addiction's first album release. The essential raggamuffin album is entitled Dub Addiction Meets Kampuchea Rockers Uptown and it is available for download through Metal Postcard productions here or, presumably, you will be able to pickup a copy of the album at the gig. The party will start around 8pm with DJ CAB spinning sub bass grooves, followed by a performance of Pou Khlaing and Nen Tum before it has it's peak with a one and a half hour live performance of Dub Addiction. Cool! Expect a $5 entry fee for this gig.

This album is a classic piece of work from the local music scene and I totally urge you to get yourself a copy. The songs are energetic and are sometimes cruisey, sometimes psychedelic with totally danceable rhythms covering reggae-ragga-dub electronica interweaved with a totally amazing array of multi-ethnic flavours - dominated by Khmer lyrics. The quality of the intricate sound and production is fundamentally enjoyable and involves an amazing array of sounds and instrumentation. Similar to the release of the Cambodian Space Project album earlier this year, the release of this album marks an auspicious point in the local music scene.

As you will see on the right of this page, Leng Pleng will now host a special section within the publication that features a list of the latest albums released by local performers and made available for download across the world wide web.

This weekend Equinox are featuring the very special WASH performance with the poetry of Scott Bywater and the fluid soundscape and visualities presented through Warren Daly, Alex Leonard and Hal FX. An acoustic session presented by Joe Wrigley will open the performance. On Saturday night at the same venue catch the outrageous rock and roll pounded out through the amplifiers of totally original band Splitter

Sharkys have a new musical edition to their regular Thursday Ladies Night now with Ministry of Sound member DJ Flipper. The same venue hosts the rockable Oscar's Band on Friday and a double bill on Saturday - being the Australian duo Ringtail followed by the Lazy Drunks. Also look for RingTail as they take to the stage for Le Jardin's Friday evening performances. The same venue will also host some live music this Sunday afternoon with the Le Jardin Mangos.

The Silk Garden in Siem Reap present a special celebration earlier on Friday. It is an original music creation by Mikael Gwilham and Kim Yen in tribute to Breton Auguste Pavie. Sounds interesting. Another tribute night is available at MetaHouse on Friday night when RNA play a tribute to Bob Marley.

On Saturday night Kin Jazz will play at the Opera Cafe - totally worth it this gig. Also see Krom who will play a return gig at The Doors just north of Wat Phnom. If possible you should also travel the 75km south of Phnom Penh to the Wat Opot Community Center. There you will be able to join Cambodian band The Underdogs as they participate in WOMP - the Wat Opot Musical Project - that is being put together by James Speck of Up 2U Mango. The project music program supports music teaching and performance opportunities for Cambodian youth. Cool! The performance starts at 12:00 noon this Saturday.

Tuesday has a couple of very special gigs also as a new "ukulele circle" is being formed with any interested ukulele enthusiasts being encouraged to join. Also the birthday of the owner of the Sundance Saloon is being celebrated with a special open-mic.

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  9-May-2013
  • 7:00 PM ~ Kae "Sylvie" Lhassan at The Opera Cafe
  • 7:30 PM ~ Joe Wrigley at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Oland at Eclipse Sky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Sam Day at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Flipper at Sharkys
Friday  10-May-2013
  • 7:00 PM ~ Jessica Barr at MetaHouse
  • 7:00 PM ~ Mikael Gwilhom and Kim Yen at Silk Garden in Siem Reap
  • 7:30 PM ~ Ringtail at Le Jardin
  • 9:00 PM ~ RNA + Friends at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jazz Jam Session with Special Hosts on Mic at The Opera Cafe
  • 9:00 PM ~ Oscar's Band at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater , Warren Daly , Joe Wrigley , Alex Leonard and Hal FX at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dub Addiction , Pou Klaing , Nen Tum and DJ Cab at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ BBoy Peanut and Dennis Shaw Aka D-Rakkas at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Tenisons and DJ Teri at Nova Penthouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ Holliday In Cambodia at Paddy Rice
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Illest and DJ Jedie * at Pontoon
Saturday  11-May-2013
  • 12:00 PM ~ The Underdogs at Wat Opot Community Center in Kampong Speu
  • 9:00 PM ~ Kin Jazz at The Opera Cafe
  • 9:00 PM ~ Krom at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ Splitter at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Lazy Drunks and Ringtail at Sharkys
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Illest and DJ Bree at Pontoon
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Funkelastiks at MetaHouse
Sunday  12-May-2013
  • 4:30 PM ~ Up 2 U Mango at Le Jardin
Monday  13-May-2013
  • 5:30 PM ~ Thunder & ST-Town at The Village
Tuesday  14-May-2013
  • 7:30 PM ~ Baitong Ukulele Circle at The Baitong Restaurant & Bar
  • 8:00 PM ~ Ringtail at The Sundance Inn & Saloon
Coming Up
  • Holliday In Cambodia at Equinox
  • The Fumes at Equinox
  • Two Shots and a Chaser at Equinox
  • Comedy Krem, Khem, Tep Boprek, Som Sodalin, Aok Sokunkanha and Chhorn Sovanreach at Dream Land, Dream Land
  • The Klezbodians at The Opera Cafe
  • Splitter at The Memphis Pub, Sharkys
  • Dub Addiction at Equinox
  • Masahiro Watabe at The Village
  • The Cambodian Space Project at Equinox
  • Joe Wrigley at The Village
  • Dengue Fever * at The FCC Phnom Penh, The FCC Siem Reap in Siem Reap
  • Amanda Bloom at The Opera Cafe
  • DJ Tonle Dub, DJ Sequence and DJ Java Tech at The Show Box

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