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Weekly Wrap - Week Commencing Thursday 19th June 2014

Television Ted back at the wheel again this week, driving you into a rundown of the musical menagerie that the local scene has on offer. Jack Diamond, the suave and elusive international man of mystery, has slipped up to Battambang for some undercover LP assignment. He will be back in the driving seat again soon.
Along with an unfettered line-up of quality gigs throughout the coming weeks, make sure to look for the return of one of the countries coolest bands - Dub Addiction at Equinox. This band has been through some line-up changes since their heady days of 2012/2013 but their unique fusion of reggae / ragga / dub with the Khmer lyrics of Jimmy Kiss and the electronic infusions of Professor Kinksi will always be something special. Get in amongst it and get on the live video feed  from one of the countries top venues tonight. Jimmy Kiss will feature, together with Phil Javelle, for the second flight of the Songkites at Doors this Friday evening. If you look to the right of your screen you should see a link to the album entitled “songkites season” 1.

Still on Thursday, there will another very special gig from the MetaHouse – a venue that always features offbeat creativity and sublime uniqueness. This time the venue features the Indonesian mix of filmmaker Ismail Fahmi Lubish who will be extolling the music from his films. This will be followed by a live performance of Phnom Penh’s far-out electronica outfit Electric Universe. Featuring Tim Sirois on guitar, James Speck on the kaoscillator and DJ Nicomatic. Cool! Also the Sinville Roadshow will be at La Croisette before the next World Cup of Football match starts at 11:00PM.
This Saturday is the 21st of June – and you all know what that means – right?? No??? It means it is the annual Fête de la Musique – the time when all the musicians hit the streets with free fun, laughter and most of all music!!! Well that is only going to be happening in Siem Reap this year when the most famous Pub Street will be chock-a-block from 2:00PM with at least 15 different acts! Tremendous! Don't worry, the spirit of the festival will hit Phnom Penh one year but this year you're going to have to be satisfied with being indoors and paying north of $3.00 or $4.00 a glass for wine and beer. The festival hits Le Bar and Memphis Pub starting at 6:00PM and 10:30PM respectively. This has always been a gig to look forward to at Memphis and Bona and the boys are sure to get some great combinations together with a long list of special guests.
I would totally encourage you to get down to the Latin Quarter on Saturday night also - what a great venue for new Latino band Bacano. This semi-outdoors venue is right in amongst the hub-bub of Daun Penh on the corner of Streets 19 and 178 - a great party atmosphere is almost certainly guaranteed – with lots of beer, wine and tapas. Look for Brent Caughey on percussion and backing vocals and buy him a beer – he totally deserves it!
Also on Saturday join the crème of the local music scene at the FCC as we say farewell to the Grass Snake Union. This will be the final time ever for the band as they play a blend of bluegrass/country standards mixed in with surprising bluegrass versions of pop songs. The line up has changed a lot over last few years but with two more of the original members now moving away from Cambodia, it's time to call it a day and lay the Grass Snake to rest... after one last party. The line-up for Saturday's gig features Greg Lavender (leaving)(drums), Daniel Talstra (leaving) (violin), Conrad Keely (guitar/vocals), Joe Wrigley (guitar/vocals), Jose Encinas (Banjo), and Andre Swart (bass).
If none of the above takes your fancy then don't forget the real rock & roll grunge that you can experience at Sharkys. This week the venue features full-on rock at it's unique best with Sangvar Day hitting the stage on Friday and new band 3some on Saturday night. Also the RiverHouse Asian Bistro continues it's great line up of quality gigs all week – with particular mention that must be given to Sunday's Velvet Nights – totally worth it.

From Ted, Rob, Jack 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 weeks gig-guide.

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