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Gig Guide - Week Starting Thursday the 29th of August, 2013


I guess sometimes the city has to hold its breath. Waiting for something... mass demonstrations, the end of the rainy season, the start of the tourist season... but the music continues. It never ends. Maybe we’re still waiting for the unresolved situation to resolve itself, and for our venues to fill up a little with the tourists that we love to moan about. But without those tourists we wouldn’t have much of a music scene. Down on the corner of Street 51 and 172, the tourists are still here but yes, it’s quieter than it has been.

Slur Bar still manages to pack ‘em in alright. Its location very near Pontoon, Golden Sorya and The Heart of Darkness ensures a steady stream of white males and ladies of questionable repute, mixed together with lots of backpackers, expats and music-lovers. Just the way Jack likes it – a shifting swirl of humanity that can be boisterous and noisy but is always interesting and often surprising. Taking the stage here on a weekend is not for the faint-hearted, as bands have to prove themselves above the din of a noisy bar, and try and grab the attention of itinerant drinkers moving swiftly through a Friday or Saturday night.

Those pausing at Slur this weekend will find some new acts and a Phnom Penh favourite. Proceedings kick-off on Thursday with the city's latest Jazz outfit, Little Jack Fruit. The energy switches up a gear on Friday night with Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks (what is it with all these Jacks???), who attempt the unlikely combination of Rockabilly plus Khmer vocals with the help of special guest Mealea Lay.

Finally on Sunday you can be at Slur for the return of Station to Station, a project born from a shared love of The Thin White Duke, David Bowie. All of this weekend's acts and their listeners will benefit from some serious work that the guys at Slur have carried out to improve the sound of the PA. It can be challenging to make a live band sound good in a room full of concrete and reflective surfaces, but the venue has improved things by stuffing the inside of the stage with sandbags and installing some acoustic foam on the walls.

Meanwhile, Anthony at Equinox is still raving about his new 32-channel mixing desk, and you can watch him twiddling his knobs this weekend when he does sound for The Fumes on Friday night and Jaworski 7 on Saturday night.

Jack’s alternative Saturday night choice is Swagger at Meta House. The night is presented by Phnom-Penh based record label, Invisible Agent. The label is focussed on music styles such as Electro, Ambient, Techno and Breakbeat, and is headed by Warren Daly, whom you may have seen recently as part of the WASH performance collective. Warren is DJ-ing on Saturday, along with Salmon Allstar and many others. You can also see some live painting from local artists Dina Chhan and Adrianna Snochowska. Any creative enterprise trying to do something alternative in Phnom Penh has to get the thumbs up from me.

While things may be a little quieter on the music scene this week, the city confirms itself as a destination for visiting international performers such as Steve Murray from the UK, who takes to the stage at Sharky Bar on Friday night. Saturday sees Malaysian heroes Hydra visit The Village for some bombastic and slick South-East Asian pop-rock.

Away from the capital, Spaceship CSP will be landing in Battambang and Siem Reap this weekend. Here Be Dragons is a new venue in Battambang that will host The Cambodian Space Project on Friday, before the band head down the National Highway to Siem Reap, where they dock at The Laundry to bring the house down and bring August to a close with their mind-boggling psychedelic crossover.
Lots of music to look forward to in September, as new arrivals and old acquaintances combine to produce new sounds. The Village will be hosting what is quickly shaping up to be the gig of the year on Thursday 5th September, the Leng Pleng Mix to be hosted by Princess Soma Norodom and to feature some truly great Cambodian musicians from eras past and present. You are probably already familiar with greats such as Sinn Sisamouth and Soreysothea, but have you listened to the amazing Dra Kha Band? Check out the link below, and also be advised that Leng Pleng Special Operations are dispatching a team to Mondulkiri Province this week to locate Blind Nyel, the virtuoso Bunong guitarist keeping a unique music tradition alive. Below is the video document of what happened when Srey Channthy and Julien Poulson visited his home.


Latest Gig Guide


Latest Gigs

Thursday  29-Aug-2013
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Cuppa Tea at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Ladies Night at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Maurice at Backstage Cocktail Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ Little Jack Fruit at The Slur Bar
Friday  30-Aug-2013
  • 6:00 PM ~ Ballads, Bossa and Laughs at Le Jardin
  • 8:00 PM ~ Possum at The Mezze Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Fumes at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Steve Murray at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ RNA + Friends at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Dr. Wah Wah and DJ Dizzco at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Marie Brizard at Tabu Club
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Cambodian Space Project at Here Be Dragons in Battambang
  • 9:00 PM ~ Joe Wrigley The and Jumping Jacks at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Phatt Controller at Backstage Cocktail Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Flo Trallala , VJ Sckouty and DJ Rob Bianchett at Pontoon
Saturday  31-Aug-2013
  • 9:00 PM ~ Gabi Faja , DJ K'Dam and Gobeshite at The Naga House in Kampot
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jaworski 7 at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Open Mic every Saturday at The Do It All Club
  • 9:00 PM ~ Station to Station at The Slur Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Hydra * at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Cambodian Space Project at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • 10:00 PM ~ Invisible Agent at Meta House
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Bree at Backstage Cocktail Bar
Sunday  1-Sep-2013
  • 5:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater at The Alley Cat Cafe
Wednesday  4-Sep-2013
  • 9:00 PM ~ Salsa at Equinox
Coming Up
  • The Cambodian Space Project at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • RNA + Friends at The Village
  • Station to Station at Paddy Rice
  • Two Shots and a Chaser at The Slur Bar, Sharky Bar
  • Vibratone at Equinox
  • The Koolers at The Slur Bar
  • The Grass Snake Union and Joe Wrigley at Equinox
  • WASH at Equinox
  • Moi Tiet at Equinox
  • Jahzad at Equinox
  • Gabi Faja, Toma Willen, Barry Speirs, Sebastien Adnot and Leon at The Doors
  • The Leng Pleng Mix at Village
  • DJ Strike and Linda Asha Aboalla at The RiverHouse Lounge

Gig Guide - Week Starting Thursday the 22nd of August 2013

Hey,

Khmer and Western music-makers continue to collaborate in style at the Vibe Music Fest this week. Doors Phnom Penh been playing host to the very best of the city's performers over ten days of gigs, and a glance at the line up shows just how much musical talent and diversity there is to be found here. Visit the festival this weekend and you will see that Khmer and international acts are sharing much more than just the wonderfully equipped Doors stage. More importantly for the future scene, musicians are coming together to combine ideas and create new sounds.

Original music is to be found at Vibe Music Fest on Thursday in the shape of Amanda Bloom, performing songs from her newly-recorded album of classical-fusion-pop, accompanied on Cello by the elegant Tara Mar. Amanda is armed with a stack of new material and an exquisite grand piano to compliment her fantastic voice. At this gig you can also catch Khmera, the latest incarnation of Phnom Penh's own No Forever and the 15-year-old Fillipina singing sensation that is Akhia Cyxtiel.

The festival continues with the wonderful Jazz-Ska fusion of Jahzad on Friday. This band's combination of Tenor Sax, Trombone, Upright Bass, Drums and... Banjo(!) will test the Doors soundsystem to the limit. The fusion moves forward on Saturday with a show featuring the legendary Master Kong Nay and Krom. While the internationally-renowned Chapei master exhibits traditional Khmer music and storytelling, Krom will provide delicate acoustic music with Khmer vocals from Sophea and Sopheak and 3D Mapping visuals from VJ Roberto. Be sure to obtain your $3 ticket from the venue in advance of this show to avoid disappointment.

Electronic Universe offer another unique experience at Meta House on Thursday with Phnom Penh's only Live Ambient Fusion Outfit, featuring an experimental combination of DJ, Guitar, Kaossilator, Flute and Trombone. Live music continues early on Friday evening at Le Jardin, where you can catch offerings from Phnom Penh based songwriters Scott Bywater and Jerby Salas Santo, as well as brass player Alan Breen. Originality is a theme running right through this week's program of gigs like the Tonle Sap River, and it is a driving force behind Vibratone, who bring their self-penned set of dub and roots reggae to Slur Bar on Friday night. Music-lovers in Kampot on Friday can pay a visit to the Bodhi Villa and partake in an Australasian flavour of tunes performed on guitar and didgeridoo by the up-and-coming Leroy Saratonin.

Those with a hunger for bass and beats can make a detour from the Riverside to BKK later on Friday, when the Cambodian Bass Project will be spinning Dub, Tech, Ragga and D&B at 3Mangos Guesthouse. Note that DJs Simon C Vent, Tonle Dub and associates were scheduled to play this gig at Showbox on st.330, but a last minute venue change means you must tell your Tuk-Tuk driver to drop you on st.360. If awe-inspiring guitars are more your thing, we would usher you gently towards Memphis Pub, where international sensation Tobi will take to the stage. Cross your callused fingers for a collaboration with in-house guitar legend Bona. UK rising star and 9-time Grammy nominee Tobi has been making waves during his current visit to Cambodia, stay tuned to this channel for an interview and gig report from our roving reporter on the ground.

Things are so vibrant and bustling on the capital's music scene it can get confusing sometimes. We are not sure which came first, the Cambodian Bass Project or the Cambodian Space Project, but fans of Cambodia's best-loved psychedlic-Khmer-garage-rock group will not want to miss Saturday night at La Croisette, when vocalist Srey Channthy will perform a special set of acoustic songs with the help of some hand-picked musical friends. If you manage to miss this gig in the dilemma-inducing array of choices this weekend, then head to Equinox on Wednesday, when Bong Channthy teams up with Scott Bywater for an acoustic set of Khmer classics.

The Vibe Fest wraps up the weekend's music on Sunday night at Doors, when local heartthrobs Charlie Corrie and Euan Gray perform sets of purely original songs. We have to assume that both of these guys have some sort of arrangement with the Prince of Darkness, as they possess the enviable combination of spine-tingling vocals, incredible musicianship and superb songwriting together with movie-star good looks. We are informed that as this is the end of the festival, a party atmosphere might bring other musicians to the stage, perhaps including Vibe director Gabi Faja, who may deserve a glass of wine after putting the Vibe Music Fest together in such a short time frame. Doors and other venues in Phnom Penh have invested a lot into their sound systems and stages recently, and this sort of commitment shows an eye towards the music scene in the coming years, not just the coming months and weeks.

Enjoy the musical riches available over the next few days, and we leave you with a video-flavour of Phnom Penh favourites Station to Station, set to return to a stage near you very soon.


 




Latest Gigs

Thursday  22-Aug-2013
  • 7:00 PM ~ Amanda Bloom , No Forever and Akhia Cyxtiel at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ Oscar's Band at The Slur Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ James Speck , Tim King , DJ Nicomatic , Gerd Isselhardt and Franz Volker Müller at MetaHouse
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Funkelastiks at Backstage Cocktail Bar
Friday  23-Aug-2013
  • 6:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater , Jerby Salas Santo and Alan Breen at Le Jardin
  • 8:30 PM ~ The Lazy Drunks at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jahzad and DJ Bluesabelle at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Tonle Dub , Phat Controller , DJ Cab , DJ Simon C Vent and Salmon All Star at The 3Mangos Guesthouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ Holliday In Cambodia at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Nico at MetaHouse
  • 9:30 PM ~ Vibratone at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Illest at Pontoon
Saturday  24-Aug-2013
  • 2:00 PM ~ Ringtail at Number 9 Hotel
  • 4:00 PM ~ DJ Bello at The Naga House in Kampot
  • 7:30 PM ~ Kong Boran , Krom , VJ/DJ Roberto and Master Kong Nay at The Doors
  • 8:00 PM ~ Srey Chanthy at La Croisette
  • 8:30 PM ~ The Q'Vans * at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jaworski 7 at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ Holliday In Cambodia at Equinox
  • 9:30 PM ~ Jahzad at The Slur Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ P-Sand at Tabu Club
  • 10:00 PM ~ TOBI * at The Memphis Pub
  • 10:00 PM ~ Hydrophonics and DJ Tech 12 at Pontoon
Sunday  25-Aug-2013
  • 8:00 PM ~ Euan Gray and Charlie Corrie at The Doors
Tuesday  27-Aug-2013
  • 8:30 PM ~ TOBI * at Paddy Rice
Wednesday  28-Aug-2013
  • 9:00 PM ~ Espresso Thmey at Equinox
  • 9:30 PM ~ Ace Zapa at The Village
Coming Up
  • Jaworski 7 at Equinox
  • The Fumes at Equinox
  • The Cambodian Space Project at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • RNA + Friends at Paddy Rice, The Village
  • Station to Station at The Slur Bar, Paddy Rice
  • Two Shots and a Chaser at The Slur Bar, Sharkys
  • Marie Brizard at Tabu Club
  • Vibratone at Equinox
  • The Koolers at The Slur Bar
  • Invisible Agent at MetaHouse
  • DJ Cuppa Tea at MetaHouse
  • DJ Dr. Wah Wah and DJ Dizzco at MetaHouse
  • Gabi Faja, DJ K'Dam and Gobeshite at The Naga House in Kampot

Gig Guide - Week Starting Thursday the 15th of August, 2013

Hey,

No need to hear me rambling on today because a totally great read about the recent tour of the U.S. by the Cambodian Space Project has come in today. Totally cool!

Calling Out Around The World Are You Ready For A Brand New Beat? How Cambodian Rock & Roll Comes Back to Motown.

by Julien Poulson

As Srey Channthy stepped inside the studio she was barely aware of the significance of the hallowed place. Motown studio A; a sanctified place where so many of the hit songs that changed the colour, the sound and style of American music were recorded. You see, being born into war and abject poverty in Prey Veng Province, Cambodia, does not set one up with much of a perspective on the world beyond the rice fields but somehow, the name Motown seemed familiar to Channthy. Back in Phnom Penh Channthy had recently purchased a second hand record player and a bunch of old vinyls to play in her small shop, unable to read the albums covers she gravitates naturally to the songs she likes, choosing old songs often by female singers from Etta James to Tina Turner, friends and visitors to her shop would sometimes say “oh… you like this music? That’s Motown, a Motown classic!” so here she was in Detroit, about to bring that vague familiarity into sharp focus - MOTOWN.

Inside the museum a tour guide steps up and invites Channthy to place a pin on a world map “We ask all our visiting musicians to place a pin on our map here… where are you from? Cambodia?” The tour guide, Gary, turns out to be the stepson of Stevie Wonder.

Since joining the Cambodian Space Project, Channthy, the bands diminutive diva has become slightly obsessed with studying the maps of the different countries and continents around the world and learning the names and locations of the towns and cities in world she never thought she’d travel. On tour, Channthy will pull out the in-flight magazine then thumb to back page to the map of flight paths “Where’s France? Where’s UK? Where’s Cambodia?” Now, studying the map on the wall, Thy quickly finds Cambodia then tries to place the pin right on Prey Veng Province…”Yes, here it is, my village is here” she exclaims. It’s the same spot where, on the evening of April 30, 1970, in a televised address to the nation, President Nixon announced his plan to eradicate communist sanctuaries along the Cambodia-South Vietnam border.


From 1970, Channthy’s Prey Veng province was to become one of the most bombed places on earth. Precisely 10 years after Nixon’s televised announcement, and the devastation that followed, Channthy was born. She was born the daughter of a Cambodian tank driver into a conflict and turmoil that continued to cripple Cambodia. Music became a solace to years of living life hard and now in hard pressed, bankrupt Detroit, Channthy is about to immerse herself in music history, and in doing so, record her own new album with more than a slight nod to the Motown sounds that once spilled into her own country and clearly influenced the  so-called Cambodian Psychedelic Rock & Roll that reigned for a decade from the mid 60’s until the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge in 1975.

Flashing back nearly 50 years, to 1964. Another young singer is making her way across Detroit to Motown Studios. Martha Reeves is not aware that the United States government has already begun stationing troops in Vietnam and will soon be embroiled in full-scale war in Vietnam. Nor is she aware that today she will sing the anthem to the coming social, political, and cultural upheaval that would be known as “the sixties”.

Twenty three year old Martha Reeves is thinking about conflict much closer to home. Just by crossing enemy lines, from the Eastside to the Westside Motor City, she is passing by the workers houses and busy factories of Detroit where an ongoing gang war means an Eastsider (like herself) could get beaten up just being on the wrong side of the dividing line - being Woodward Avenue. Despite her concerns, Martha’s life is changing and so is the world around her. Three years earlier she’d packed in her job at a dry cleaner's and now she has had three top 40 hits with her group, the Vandellas. She is already a singer famous to both black and white audiences, but, despite her rising fame and hit records, there are many things that are still new and strange.

Soon Martha’s bus arrives outside a wooden house where a hand painted sign reads Hitsville USA. It’s a warm and familiar home to Martha who steps down into Studio A — a small room with white padded walls and a wooden floor, a piano resting on one side of the room and four microphones hanging from the ceiling.  As legend has it, one of Martha’s Motown family members Marvin Gaye, is already in the studio. He’s struggling to complete a vocal track for a new song. Gaye peers down from the control room and spots Martha just as Mickey Stevenson, producing of the session, suggests an idea “Hey, man, let’s try this on Martha.”

The music has already been recorded and when she learns the song title Dancing In the Streets, she doesn’t think much of it. Reeves recalls hearing Marvin Gaye sing the song over and over and by the time a mic was set up for her vocal, she had already decided it was a song more suited for a male voice. But on hearing the brassy introduction Reeves immediately changed her mind and was soon hooked by the first line:

 “Calling out around the world…”

Two vocal takes later, the world has another Motown hit! A song that would become the anthem of the 1960s. “Calling out around the world…are you ready for a brand new beat”.

By the summer of ’64 America was changing. The Beatles and other British groups are starting to dominate American music charts.
    [READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.........]

Join the Cambodian Space Project this Friday night for a special home-coming show at the good ol’ homely establishment known as Planet Equinox.

Apart form that totally great gig there is an absolutely jammed packed week of more totally smokin' gigs coming our way.

By now you would have probably already heard about the Vibe Music Fest that is happening over 10 days at The Doors starting tomorrow (Friday). The Musical Director for the Gabi Faja was kind enough to send this wrap of the event.

A 10 days of music featuring new bands, established outfits, awesome concept, amazing individual artists both Khmer and Expat.  I’ve thought about it for a while, it seemed like a natural step, so a few of us stepped in and brought it to life, with massive support from Doors and it’s patrons.

Doors had great gear, it just needed calibrating plus a few additions. (we might accidentally have placed a Grand Piano there too, wops.) - So we did that, asked some geniuses to wire it all in…simple! Now it sounds something else.

With Phnom Penh being full of ridiculous personalities, I had no shortage of creative help, from stylists to designers, from Sound men to Video Mapping nerds and of course the crazy collective of musicians. There was real activity in the preparation of this and all involved feel excitement that the Penh is staging this. Ultimately, it’s about friendship, music and creativity, that’s the VIBE!

What some people might be asking is what makes this different from seeing the bands around the traps at various venues over the next few weeks anyway (?!). It is a valid question so let's look at what might make it special.

Firstly many night feature a combination of artists never seen before - such as the opening gig featuring Dub Addiction and DJ/VJ Roberto. Roberto will be creating a special atmospheric vibe with some previously unseen 3D-mapping visuals. Could be quite cool. On this Sunday the Fest presents a combination of KIN and the Swing Kings and on Wednesday Joe Wrigley introduces a new combination of songs an musicians with the Jumping Jacks (not a Rolling Stones cover band I am assured). On the Thursday a couple of new and young Cambodian acts - being No Forever and 15 y.o. vocalist Akhia, will team up with totally gorgeous and captivating renditions from Amanda Bloom. Finally, next Saturday (the 24th), the original contemporary fusion of Krom will team up with Master Kong Nay and his son Kong Boran. This could be something very special indeed.

Not only will the festival be rich in new combinations but it will also present something new. This will include a new set of WASH compositions featuring an electronic musical soundscape with the poetry of Scot Bywater. Also catch DJ Bluesabelle as she emerges from Le Bar to keep the vibe happening between and after sets from Vibratone and Jahzad. Ultimately a concentration of bands playing at a venue over a short period like this tends to make something special happen - it creates a vibe, a scene, a special place to be.

Another totally amazing couple of gigs on this weekend and next will be from international singer-songwriter TOBI. TOBI has been nominated for nine Grammy awards - so that's pretty cool. He is in Cambodia with his bass player Aidan to play a few gigs but to also give a number of workshops at a couple of local schools for underprivileged children in Phnom Penh. Leng Pleng will be featuring an interview with the artists in coming issues - stay tuned. The guys will play at The Latin Quarter on Friday and The Village on Saturday.

That's not the whole story for the weekend mind you - check out all the gigs in the gig guide. It's so totally happening and cool!

I will leave you with the new video from Indradevi. What a totally great composition and video. Check it out.


From Ted, Rob 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  15-Aug-2013
  • 8:30 PM ~ Amanda Bloom at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ F.U.D at MetaHouse
  • 9:30 PM ~ The Diego Latin Trio at The Slur Bar
Friday  16-Aug-2013
  • 5:00 PM ~ Master Man Men and Students at New Leaf Book Cafe in Siem Reap
  • 6:00 PM ~ Chris de Nogales , Joe Wrigley , Roddy Fraser and Bong Man at Le Jardin
  • 7:30 PM ~ Ricky Rotten & the Scumbags at The Show Box
  • 8:00 PM ~ Hartini Van Rijssel and Mark Lippe at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Tonle Dub and DJ Mercy at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ TOBI * at The Latin Quarter
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Hype at Code
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Underdogs at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Anna at Nova Penthouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Cambodian Space Project at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dub Addiction and VJ/DJ Roberto at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jaworski 7 at The Show Box
  • 9:30 PM ~ DJ Strange Fruit at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Styluxtakut at Pontoon
Saturday  17-Aug-2013
  • 2:00 PM ~ Ringtail at Number 9 Hotel
  • 6:00 PM ~ Splitter and The Anti-Fate at The Show Box
  • 8:00 PM ~ Jahzad at The Latin Quarter
  • 8:30 PM ~ TOBI * at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Bluesabelle and Vibratone at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Adobo Conspiracy at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ Rob Little at The Heart of Darkness
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Cuppa Tea at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ DSN & Gemz and Java & Stitch at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Illest at Pontoon
Sunday  18-Aug-2013
  • 7:00 PM ~ DJ Nico at MetaHouse
  • 7:30 PM ~ Kin Jazz and Swing Kings at The Doors
Monday  19-Aug-2013
  • 7:30 PM ~ Cambostomp at The Doors
Tuesday  20-Aug-2013
  • 8:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater and WASH at The Doors
Wednesday  21-Aug-2013
  • 8:30 PM ~ Joe Wrigley at The Doors
  • 9:30 PM ~ Ace Zapa at The Village
Coming Up
  • The Q'Vans * at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • TOBI * at The Memphis Pub
  • Holliday In Cambodia at Equinox
  • Jaworski 7 at Equinox
  • The Fumes at Equinox
  • Amanda Bloom, No Forever and Akhia Cyxtiel at The Doors
  • Euan Gray and Charlie Corrie at The Doors
  • Espresso Thmey at Equinox
  • The Cambodian Space Project at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • RNA + Friends at Paddy Rice, The Village
  • Vibratone at The Slur Bar
  • Oscar's Band at The Slur Bar
  • Jahzad at The Slur Bar
  • Ace Zapa at The Village
  • Station to Station at The Slur Bar, Paddy Rice
  • Two Shots and a Chaser at The Slur Bar, Sharkys
  • Invisible Agent at MetaHouse
  • DJ Nico at MetaHouse
  • DJ Cuppa Tea at MetaHouse
  • DJ Dr. Wah Wah and DJ Dizzco at MetaHouse
  • James Speck, Tim King and DJ Nicomatic at MetaHouse
  • Jahzad and DJ Bluesabelle at The Doors
  • Krom and VJ/DJ Roberto at The Doors
  • DJ Tonle Dub, Phat Controller, DJ Cab, DJ Simon C Vent and Salmon All Star at The Show Box
  • Gabi Faja, DJ K'Dam and Gobeshite at The Naga House in Kampot

Gig Guide - Week Starting Thursday the 8th of August, 2013

Hey,

Not only is the local music scene in a constant state of expansion it seems but also a constant state of change. There is an extraordinary number of  new bands and performers that pop in and out of the Leng Pleng gig guide - sometimes comprised of re-hashed performers from other bands and sometimes something new. Sometimes a real gem slowly emerges from the chaos and hectic coagulations of local musicians. Slowly the scene finds an identity, a niche, a genre in which to portray the fundamental changes that affect everyone's lives living in such a land of contrast, beauty and vulnerability.

In small and certain ways it already has. The fusion of the western guitar licks over Khmer and 'Khmer Ler' back-beats together with amazing local melodic vocals and dubbed lyrics makes a unique backdrop to the music scene. Add to that a number of local western bands who are not at all apprehensive in portraying their own compositions on the local stages. And finally a small, unique and very select group extraordinary individuals who have stumbled upon Cambodia from great heights to find the alluring nature of Cambodia's freedom, uncomplicated lifestyle, generosity of spirit and genuine smiles to be something they cannot ignore. People like Philippe Javelle, Ritchy Boisson, Conrad Keely, Amanda Bloom, Julien Poulson, Euan Gray, Seb Adnot, Jan Mueller - to mention just a few.

A similar situation with venues too. There have been a number of classic live music venues over the years which have moved on - The Blues Rock Cafe, Talkin' to a Stranger, Miles Bar, The Chinese House, Rory's Pub, The Art Cafe, Maxines (Snow's Bar), The Cavern, Studio 182  and now (unfortunately) Rubies. A number of classic venues that are still around - Equinox, Sharkys, The FCC Phnom Penh, La Croisette, The Memphis Pub, The Alley Cat Cafe, the Bodhi Villa, Paddy Rice, The X-Bar and MetaHouse. Now there are a number of new live music venues that see to have settled on the space between restaurant and live music venue, places such as The Village, The Doors, The Latin Quarter, The RiverHouse Bistro and Le Jardin. Still other new venues which have dedicated themselves directly to bar-music venue space, such as The Slur Bar, The ShowBox, and The Led Zephyr. Sometimes it doesn't work but mostly it does and most of the time the local scene has a totally great time along the way. Due to these great venues, the local music scene is slowly starting to become a place where other cities in the region look and admire.

I shall pop out of my reflective mood now and focus more on the task at hand - this week's gig guide. Tonight (Thursday) at The Village Amanda Bloom plays her first gig since recording her latest album. She will play together with the beautiful Tara Mar on Cello. The Scottish man you will see on guitar at Molly Malones tonight will be Scott Allan Knost and the outrageously loud and obnoxious (but totally cool) sound emanating from the Slur Bar will be from the song book of the Sex Pistols as extolled by Ricky Rotten & the Scumbags. Also on Friday look for Jet Set at The Village and the Riverside Ray-Bans at Paddy Rice. Cool!

On Friday, you have just got to get down to enjoy the totally dulcet vibes that will carry you all the way until the wee ours at The Groove. It will be Rhiannon Johnson, Barry Spiers and Ritchy Boisson who will take you there. Probably one of the most incognito and most coolest of live music bars in Phnom Penh. People in Siem Reap are in for a couple of totally cool nights this weekend when Dub Addiction take to the stage. They will play the Silk Garden on Friday and The Laundry Bar on Saturday. I totally encourage all Siem Reapeans to get down there.

As mentioned, Rubies sadly closed their doors last weekend and, as such, the last of the Sunday Sundowner Sessions at Rubies was heard last Sunday at 4:00PM....... :o( ......... . No worries though ....... :o)....... because that didn't stop the music ! The Alley Cat Cafe has picked up where that left off and the sessions will still be on in the small street that comes off street 19 behind the National Museum starting at 5:00PM. Totally cool!

Huge amounts of music coming up with a packed stage at The Doors as well as a long list of performers coming to Equinox, MetaHouse, Show Box, Slur Bar and  The Village. Also get ready for the return of Cambojam as the band has re-coagulated and reformed for 2013. More news on that coming up. Check out this totally happening, totally cool and totally outrageoulsy danceable video from the band.


Leaving you this week with a tune from Amanda Bloom entitled  All You Need. A much more upbeat piece lifted from her new forthcoming album. Check it out!


From Ted, Rob 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  8-Aug-2013
  • 6:00 PM ~ Khosal Khiev at The Show Box
  • 8:30 PM ~ Amanda Bloom at The Village
  • 8:30 PM ~ DJ Udo at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ Scott Allan Knost * at Molly Malones in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Phat Controller at Backstage Cocktail Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ Ricky Rotten & the Scumbags at The Slur Bar
Friday  9-Aug-2013
  • 9:00 PM ~ Roddy Fraser , Nas Bossalover and Joshua Chiang at Le Jardin
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dub Addiction at The Silk Garden in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Riverside Ray-Bans at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ Barry Speirs , Ritchy Boisson and Rhiannon Johnson at The Groove
  • 9:30 PM ~ Jet Set at The Village
  • 9:30 PM ~ Joe Wrigley at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ K'Dam , DJ Tonle Dub , DJ Filth and DJ Mercy at MetaHouse
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Luke Coolhand and DJ Chantal at Pontoon
  • 11:00 PM ~ DSN & Gemz at The Show Box
Saturday  10-Aug-2013
  • 1:00 PM ~ Ringtail at Number 9 Hotel
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Underdogs at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Ricky Rotten & the Scumbags at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dub Addiction at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ No Forever and Asylum of Angels at The Show Box
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Blue and DJ Gang at Pontoon
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Superman at The Slur Bar
Sunday  11-Aug-2013
  • 4:30 PM ~ Jet Set at Le Jardin
  • 5:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater at The Alley Cat Cafe
Tuesday  13-Aug-2013
  • 9:00 PM ~ Open Mic Night at The Show Box
Coming Up
  • The Q'Vans * at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • The Cambodian Space Project at Equinox, The FCC Phnom Penh
  • TOBI * at The Memphis Pub, The Latin Quarter
  • Ricky Rotten & the Scumbags at The Show Box
  • Holliday In Cambodia at Equinox
  • Jaworski 7 at Equinox
  • The Fumes at Equinox
  • Kin Jazz and Swing Kings at The Doors
  • Cambostomp at The Doors
  • Joe Wrigley at The Doors
  • Amanda Bloom, No Forever and Akhia Cyxtiel at The Doors
  • Euan Gray and Charlie Corrie at The Doors
  • Splitter and The Anti-Fate at The Show Box
  • Espresso Thmey at Equinox
  • RNA + Friends at Paddy Rice, The Village
  • Amanda Bloom at The Village
  • Vibratone at The Slur Bar
  • The Diego Latin Trio at The Slur Bar
  • DSN & Gemz and Java & Stitch at The Slur Bar
  • Oscar's Band at The Slur Bar
  • Jahzad at The Slur Bar, The Latin Quarter
  • Invisible Agent at MetaHouse
  • DJ F.U.D at MetaHouse
  • DJ Tonle Dub and DJ Mercy at MetaHouse
  • DJ Nico at MetaHouse
  • DJ Cuppa Tea at MetaHouse
  • DJ Dr. Wah Wah and DJ Dizzco at MetaHouse
  • DJ Hype at Code
  • DJ Strange Fruit at The Slur Bar
  • James Speck, Tim King and DJ Nicomatic at MetaHouse
  • Dub Addiction and VJ/DJ Roberto at The Doors
  • DJ Bluesabelle and Vibratone at The Doors
  • Scott Bywater and WASH at The Doors
  • Jahzad and DJ Bluesabelle at The Doors
  • Krom and VJ/DJ Roberto at The Doors
  • DJ Tonle Dub, Phat Controller, DJ Cab, DJ Simon C Vent and Salmon All Star at The Show Box

Gig Guide - Week Starting Thursday the 1st of August 2013

Hey,

A totally packed gig guide this week - and it's August! Personally I have stopped trying to predict the local scene and just ride along with it. It's a cool ride - and it's always crazy, fun and happening.

Firstly, a big thank you to Ms. Sokha Kallyan whose task it is now to enter and maintain all the weekly Leng Pleng gigs. Over 100 gigs in today's edition - so a warm applause should please be extended her way. 

An example of the crazy, fun ride can be had at the Slur Bar tonight (Thursday) when Kheltica mix it up to portray the more instrumental side of the band's musical buffet. You will see Andre Swartz on rhythm guitar as opposed to bass, Toma Willen off the drums and on bass, and Angie Ang off the piano and on violin. The drums will be more than adequately held down by Luis Pragasam and Jean Claude Dhuez and Daniel Tranchant handle the flutes and whistles action. Totally cool ride - get into it. The band will also play Friday at Le Deli when they will be hosting a traditional French Breton evening starting from 7:30PM. Some of the best cheese, wine and crepes in town apparently.

In Sihanoukville the CU Corner is a place for music and conversation - so that sounds totally cool. Tonight (Thursday) they will be having an open-mic / jam situation happening - so get into it. The acoustic covers and originals of Greg Marino at the Show Box rounds off Thursdays live music sessions. Greg will also be hosting the venue's regular session this Sunday. Groove and chill is the expected vibe this same night at MetaHouse for their Electro Jazz Lounge with DJ Nicomatic. Cool!

The Sunset Sandpit Sessions at Le Jardin will kick off Friday's live music scene again. This week the sessions are featuring Sophie Rose Lewis, RNA and Alex Ung. Totally great scene starting to happen there every week. A HUGE night of punk will be afforded at Sharkys on Friday with the return of the Las Vegas Knockouts as supported by the outrageous Sex Pistols cover band Ricky Rotten & the Scumbags. A totally full-on, high-energy danceable time at the country's number 1 rock & roll venue. Ricky Rotten & the Scumbags will be playing a number of gigs around the traps over the coming month at various venues. Check out a preview here:


A totally full-on rock & roll vibe will also be available at the Show Box that same night with Alternative Medicine. Over the top mayhem and good cheap beer always expected. The Slur Bar will be featuring a new band (to Leng Pleng at least) called the Riverside Ray-Bans - might be worth a look-see.

Live music on Saturday night is dominated by the début of the Las Vegas Knockouts as the FCC Phnom Penh and 2 sets of the 100% original of Moi Teat at Equinox. Should be a good Saturday night.

Those of you inclined towards the more classical and traditional side of the musical spectrum will be treated to two very special gigs happening over this weekend. The gigs will feature electronic violinist Eugene Park together with the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA) Traditional Orchestra and the Gift of Music Ensemble. They will be augmented by performances of the Phare Ponleu Selpak circus troupe. The first gig will occur in Phnom Penh on Saturday. There are no details as to the location or start time at publication but stay tuned as the web site will be updated as soon as the information comes to hand. The second will be on Monday in Siem Reap - see the gig guide for details. Cool! Also in Siem Reap this week you can catch the wonderful return of Scott Allan Knost to Molly Mallones.

Huge amounts of music coming up - not the least of which will be the so-called Vibe Music Fest. This constitutes a number of gigs which will be hosted at the venue The Doors from the 16th to the 25th of August, 2013. It will feature a selection of over 16 of the local scene's live music and DJ performers including Dub Addiction, Amanda Bloom, Euan Gray, Krom and Scott Bywater. Also coming to Sydney, Australia on the 30th of September, 2013 is a concert featuring Australian legends Jimmy Barnes and Diesel as well as Lior and Arj Barker and others. Why do I mention it here in a publication for the local Cambodian music scene? I mention it because the concert is fully in support for the Cambodian Children's Trust (CCT) and is entitled Concert for Cambodia. Any one with friends or relatives in Sydney might want to encourage them to get along. The details can be hooked into HERE. Here is a video of one of the artists Lior:


I will leave you this week with two more videos and a SoundClound sound clip. The first being a collaborative work between Amanda Bloom and Professor Kinski. A very beautiful and inspiring song that will take you to exotic places with bizarre, colourful and alluring flavours. Check it out:


The second is a very long video that features the legendary JJ Cale who passed away at the age of 74 earlier this week. The video is an unearthed session that JJ Cale made with a Leon Russell and a number of other smokin'ly cool cats.


Last but in no way least is the latest song released through the Mekong Sessions. It is a Krom song called Fractured Fragrance that was played on U.S. radio earlier this week and is lifted from the forthcoming album Neon Dark. Get taken far, far away by the amazing, beautiful, drifting slide of Jimmy Baeck.


From Ted, Rob 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  1-Aug-2013
  • 4:00 PM ~ Greg Marino at The Show Box
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Nicomatic at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ Live Music and Jam at CU Corner in Sihanouk Ville
  • 9:30 PM ~ Kheltica at The Slur Bar
Friday  2-Aug-2013
  • 6:30 PM ~ Sophie Rose Lewis , RNA + Friends and Alex Ung at Le Jardin
  • 7:30 PM ~ Kheltica at Le Deli
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jet Odrerir at Banyan Restaurant
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Bluesabelle at Le Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Alternative Medicine * at The Show Box
  • 9:30 PM ~ Ricky Rotten & the Scumbags and the Las Vegas Knockouts * at Sharkys
  • 9:30 PM ~ The Riverside Ray-Bans at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and DJ Rob at Pontoon
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Chris Quixote , DJ Poly and DJ Aydan at MetaHouse
Saturday  3-Aug-2013
  • 4:00 PM ~ Greg Marino at The Show Box
  • 8:30 PM ~ The Las Vegas Knockouts * at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • 9:00 PM ~ Belgium Beats DJ Party at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ Moi Tiet at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Kimchi Collective at Backstage Cocktail Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Peanut at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Illest at Pontoon
Sunday  4-Aug-2013
  • 4:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater at Rubies Wine Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Carlyle at The Boomerang Bar and Restaurant
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jet Odrerir at Le Jardin
  • 10:00 PM ~ The Kimchi Collective at MetaHouse
Monday  5-Aug-2013
  • 7:30 PM ~ Eugene Park , RUFA Traditional Orchestra and Gift of Music Ensemble at Phare, The Cambodian Circus in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Carlyle at The Cavern
Tuesday  6-Aug-2013
  • 9:00 PM ~ Scott Allan Knost * at Molly Malones in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Carlyle at The Sundance Inn & Saloon
Wednesday  7-Aug-2013
  • 9:00 PM ~ Scott Allan Knost * at Molly Malones in Siem Reap
Coming Up
  • Moi Tiet at Equinox
  • DSN & Gemz at The Show Box
  • Scott Allan Knost * at Molly Malones in Siem Reap
  • The Q'Vans * at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • Khosal Khiev at The Show Box
  • The Cambodian Space Project at Equinox, the FCC Phnom Penh
  • TOBI * at The Memphis Pub
  • Ricky Rotten & the Scumbags at The Show Box, The Slur Bar and Sharkys
  • The Underdogs at Equinox
  • Holliday In Cambodia at Equinox
  • Jaworski 7 at Equinox
  • The Fumes at Equinox
  • Kin Jazz and Swing Kings at The Doors
  • Cambostomp at The Doors
  • Scott Bywater and WASH at The Doors
  • Joe Wrigley at The Doors
  • Amanda Bloom, No Forever and Akhia at The Doors
  • Euan Gray and Charlie Corrie at The Doors
  • Splitter and The Anti-Fate at The Show Box
  • Dub Addiction at Silk Garden in Siem Reap
  • Espresso Thmey at Equinox
  • Invisible Agent at MetaHouse
  • DJ K'Dam, DJ Tonle Dub, DJ Filth and DJ Mercy at MetaHouse
  • DJ F.U.D at MetaHouse
  • DJ Tonle Dub and DJ Mercy at MetaHouse
  • DJ Nico at MetaHouse
  • Srey Chanthy at MetaHouse
  • DJ Dr. Wah Wah and DJ Dizzco at MetaHouse
  • DJ Hype at Code
  • James Speck, Tim King and DJ Nicomatic at MetaHouse
  • Dub Addiction and VJ/DJ Roberto at The Doors
  • DJ Bluesabelle and Vibratone at The Doors
  • Jahzad and DJ Bluesabelle at The Doors
  • Krom and VJ/DJ Roberto at The Doors
  • DJ Tonle Dub, Phat Controller, DJ Cab, DJ Simon C Vent and Salmon All Star at The Show Box

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