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Weekly Wrap - Week Commencing Thursday the 29th May 2014


Jet Odrerir will make his final appearance with 2 Shots and a Chaser this Saturday. Jet and his wife Melanie Brew have been key members of the expat music scene in Phnom Penh for several years – ever since there was even a 'music scene' of which to speak. Jet has been the lead singer and founder of several bands (so many it must be hard for even Jet to list them all) including Betty Ford and the GT Falcons, Bum N Draze, Station to Station, Muscle of Love and, most recently, Psychesonica. This musical chameleon is one of the most warm-hearted and humble guys you could ever have the pleasure of meeting. His bands are focussed on having fun with music and doing something cool and different.
As I head off for parts yet unhired it seems apropos that I’ll be playing my last show howlin’ out old rockabilly songs at Sharky’s. The first song I ever played in Cambodia was “TV Set” by The Cramps with the house band at JJs nightclub in Kampot back in 2001. They ended up shooting a bunch of scenes from ‘City of Ghosts’ there a couple weeks after that, I just missed being an extra... and I will miss being an extra in the music scene that’s developed in the Kingdom since then, I’ll most likely pop in now and again as people seem to have trouble keeping away for too long. - JET ODRERIR
Catch 2 Shots and a Chaser for the last time on Saturday night at Sharky's when Jet will reprise his set of rockabilly and 1960's rock'n'roll driven by acoustic guitar, saxophone and drums. The band are also at 3Mangos Guesthouse on Friday and you can sit in on Jet's weekly Electric Eclectic Limelight Jukebox Jam open mic night on Thursday at Paddy Rice. Leng Pleng wishes Jet kind regards and all the best for his imminent return to the USA.

Jet Odrerir by Bleys Bolton

Another emotionally charged night in store on Friday at Equinox as The Fumes play their last gig with lead singer-guitarist Karin Schelzig before she jets off to new pastures. See this recent wrap for a picture and quote from the band.

pic courtesy of Kristen Rasmusen
Jack will refrain from getting teary-eyed and sentimental and focus, instead, on a new band entering the Gig Guide this weekend. Lead singer Kristen Rasmussen has gathered some Phnom Penh musicians together to form country-blues-rockabilly outfit Mekong Messengers. Listen to the results on Friday night when the Messengers début at Slur Bar. Washington DC-born mezzo-soprano Kristen has years of classical voice training behind her but has eschewed her Coloratura in favour of a Southern country twang. More Tanya Tucker than Kiri Te Kanawa.

In parting, here's a video showing the on-stage energy of our departing friend, Mr Jet Odrerir and his band 2 Shots and a Chaser in action last year at Equinox.


Until next time, stay safe out there and... see you around the traps












JACK DIAMOND

Weekly Gig Guide - Week Commencing Thursday the 29th May 2014

Latest Gigs

Thursday  29-May-2014
  • 7:30 PM ~ Hot Club de Phnom Penh at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:00 PM ~ Music Video Night at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Groove Resident Musicians at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Flo , DJ Wez-T and Greg Lavender at Meta House
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Theory at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Flo at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
Friday  30-May-2014
  • 5:00 PM ~ Michelle Flemming at Blame Canada
  • 7:30 PM ~ Diego Dimarques at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 7:30 PM ~ Mike at Velkommen Guesthouse
  • 8:00 PM ~ Chay Virakyuth at Boulevard Club
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Stroke and DJ B-Boy Peanut at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Fumes at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Nicomatic and DJ Wah-Wah at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Groove Resident Musicians at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ Smokin' Kenny Smith at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ 2 Shots and a Chaser at 3 Mangos Guesthouse
  • 9:30 PM ~ Mekong Messengers at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Eclectik at Code Red
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Lefty at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and DJ Rob Bianche at Pontoon
Saturday  31-May-2014
  • 9:00 PM ~ Krom at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Klezbodians at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Groove Resident Musicians at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ 2 Shots & A Chaser at Sharky Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ Vibratone , Mr Player and Wat A Gwaan at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Achaya at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Tech 12 and MC Hydro Phonics at Pontoon
Sunday  1-Jun-2014
  • 1:00 PM ~ The Kampot Playboys at EX-Sports Club
  • 5:00 PM ~ Sunday Sundowner Sessions with Joe Wrigley at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 8:00 PM ~ John Gartland and Chris Minko at Meta House
  • 8:30 PM ~ Lewis Pragasam , Philippe Javelle and Charlie Corrie at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ Pavel Ramirez at Sharky Bar
Monday  2-Jun-2014
  • 9:30 PM ~ Stephane Routier and Roxanne Dumont at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Tam at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
Tuesday  3-Jun-2014
  • 7:00 PM ~ Smokin' Kenny Smith at The Sundance Inn & Saloon
  • 8:30 PM ~ Michelle Flemming at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ Allan Zavod at The Groove
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ B-Boy Peanut at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
Wednesday  4-Jun-2014
  • 7:00 PM ~ Roxanne Dumont at FCC - The Mansion
  • 9:30 PM ~ Ian Mendoza at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Funkelastiks at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
Coming Up
  • Cicilia Yudha at Meta House
  • Martin Jacobsen at Raffles Le Royal
  • Nicholas Ho and Touch Raksmey at The Himawari
  • The Adobo Conspiracy at Equinox
  • Dub Addiction at Equinox, Equinox
  • 4 Singer-Songwiters at Equinox
  • Rhiannon Johnson at Equinox
  • Sangvar Day at Equinox
  • Bacano at Paddy Rice
  • Mekong Messengers at The Doors
  • Roxanne Dumont at FCC - The Mansion, FCC - The Mansion
  • Kheltica at FCC - The Mansion
  • The Cambodian Space Project at Equinox
  • The Underdogs at Equinox
  • The Groove Resident Musicians at The Groove, The Groove and The Groove
  • Lewis Pragasam, Seb Adnot and Mathias Aspelin at Le Moon
  • Smokin' Kenny Smith at Sharky Bar
  • Mad-Fer-it at Sharky Bar
  • Mike from OZ plays at Velkommen Guesthouse
  • Fête de la musique at Cabaret Restaurant
  • Dj Rob O'Hara at Meta House
  • DJ Asian Hawk * at The Naga House in Kampot
  • DJ Tim Coates and DJ Mikus at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • DJ JO at Meta House
  • Dr. No Future at Meta House
  • Dj Gai at Meta House
  • DJ Sao Sopheak at Meta House
  • DJ Nicomatic and DJ Oggy at Meta House
  • Dr. Wah Wah and DJ Nicomatic at Meta House
  • Greg Sowerby & Funkelastiks & Shaman at Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ Illest at Pontoon
  • Live Concert By Electric Universe And Guests at Meta House
  • Olga, Ramirez and the TenTips at Slur Bar

Weekly Wrap - Week Commencing Thursday the 22nd May 2014


Sweet Caipirinha is a two-man band comprising of Nas Bossalover and Alan Breen. Nas is a Thai singer and guitarist enamoured with the smooth Brazilian bossa nova grooves of João Gilberto. Nas' reverb-drenched sound is simple, resonant and clear – with the calming quality of a gentle wave washing over Ipanema beach. Nas is augmented at La Croisette tonight by Alan Breen's delicate flute and tenor sax stylings. Jack has also heard a careless whisper of a certain Sihanoukville-based singer making a special guest appearance at the riverside gig.

A glance at this week's gig guide shows that the Phnom Penh music scene continues to provide a wealth of great music on nearly every night of week. Despite soaring temperatures and a dwindling number of tourists around the city, one is still faced with a choice of several great gig options on Saturday night. Olga & Ramirez and Lewis Pragasam make an early evening start on the Shanghai Bar rooftop, providing some laid-back Latin sounds from 7pm. Chilean-Swedish guitarist Pavel Ramirez has an understated and expert style, dovetailing nicely with master percussionist Lewis Pragasam's Cajon and Olga Andreeva's vocal.

Saying goodbye is something that expats in Cambodia become accustomed to doing, particularly at this time of year when the heat is simply too much for many Westerners. Most of us stick around for between six and twelve months before heading back home. This results in a carousel of changing characters which keeps life fresh, interesting and surprising. The expat music scene in Cambodia is always coming up with new bands and different sounds. Jack often feels that, unfortunately, a band breaks up at the very moment they are maturing into a strong, rehearsed, and entertaining unit. That six to twelve month staying period is often the same length of time it takes to make a great band.

MWAUKA & The Gang have been with us since last September or so, combining the outrageous stage presence and powerful vocals of French-Congolese Esther Mwauka with the exuberant Latin-infused drumming of Luis Arambarri and the energetic percussion of Ali Demberbouche. Together with acoustic guitar, bass and saxophone, The Gang make a groovy and fun outfit. They will be performing together for the very last time this Saturday night at FCC – The Mansion. The star of the show is packing up her Cambodian bags after nearly five years in Phnom Penh. Esther will be sorely missed and Jack wishes her all the best upon her imminent return to France.

Also on Saturday, the fantastic Jahzad return to Equinox for an evening of ska-jazz fusion. One never quite knows which combination of saxophone, trombone, trumpet, keyboards, bass, drums and banjo to expect at a Jahzad show. Whatever configuration they employ, this instrumental-only band have the tunes, the musicianship and the energy to make every gig bounce.

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Those brave enough to venture across the Chroy Changvar bridge on Sunday afternoon can enjoy a riverside set from DJ Wah-Wah at the Boat House. Hint: the view of the sunset on the Tonle Sap river is much better from the eastern bank (and life is a little less hectic over there, too). Live jazz can be enjoyed later on Sunday at Riverside Asian Bistro, where Seb Adnot performs American songbook standards with Phillipe Javelle and Lewis Pragasam

Until next time, stay safe out there and... see you around the traps














JACK DIAMOND 

Weekly Gig Guide - Week Commencing Thursday the 22nd May 2014

Latest Gigs

Thursday  22-May-2014
  • 7:30 PM ~ Rhiannon Johnson Quartet at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:00 PM ~ Elvis Fandango at Brazil café Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Alan Breen and Nas Bossalover at La Croisette
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Groove Resident Musicians at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ Graham Cain * at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Bunni , James Speck , Tim King and DJ Nicomatic at Meta House
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Flo at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
Friday  23-May-2014
  • 6:00 PM ~ Bacano and Brent Caughey at Le Jardin
  • 7:30 PM ~ Mike at Velkommen Guesthouse
  • 8:00 PM ~ Philippe Javelle at The Alley Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ MR Brown and DJ Pitch at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Psychesonica at Oscars 51
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Groove Resident Musicians at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ Steve Murray at Sharky Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ Rhiannon Johnson Quartet at The Doors
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Zinc at Code Red
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Lefty at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and DJ Rob Bianche at Pontoon
Saturday  24-May-2014
  • 7:00 PM ~ Lewis Pragasam and Olga & Ramirez at Shanghai Bar
  • 7:00 PM ~ Roxanne Dumont at Le Jardin
  • 8:30 PM ~ MWAUKA & The Gang at FCC - The Mansion
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jahzad at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ F.U.D at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Groove Resident Musicians at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Yukie and DJ Vida at Nova Club - Phnom Penh
  • 9:00 PM ~ Sangvar Day , Psychotic Reactions and Mad-Fer-it at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Wat A Gwaan and Space Invader at Dusk till Dawn
  • 9:30 PM ~ Kheltica at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Achaya at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Theory at Pontoon
Sunday  25-May-2014
  • 5:30 PM ~ Dr. Wah Wah at The Boat House
  • 8:30 PM ~ Lewis Pragasam , Philippe Javelle and Seb Adnot at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
Monday  26-May-2014
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Tam at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
Tuesday  27-May-2014
  • 7:00 PM ~ The Kampot Playboys at Bokor Mountain Lodge in Kampot
  • 7:30 PM ~ Roxanne Dumont at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:00 PM ~ Pop Music Quiz Night at Equinox
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ B-Boy Peanut at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
Wednesday  28-May-2014
  • 7:00 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at FCC - The Mansion
  • 9:00 PM ~ Troy Campbell at Equinox
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Funkelastiks at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
Coming Up
  • The Fumes at Equinox
  • Krom at The Doors
  • The Klezbodians at Meta House
  • Cicilia Yudha at Meta House
  • Diego Dimarques at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Hot Club de Phnom Penh at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Mekong Messengers at The Slur Bar
  • Martin Jacobsen at Raffles Le Royal
  • Nicholas Ho and Touch Raksmey at The Himawari
  • The Adobo Conspiracy at Equinox
  • Dub Addiction at Equinox
  • 3 Singer-Songwiters at Equinox
  • The Groove Resident Musicians at The Groove, The Groove and The Groove
  • 2 Shots & A Chaser at Sharky Bar
  • Smokin' Kenny Smith at Sharky Bar
  • Mike From OZ Plays at Velkommen Guesthouse
  • Rhiannon Johnson at Equinox
  • Sangvar Day at Equinox
  • 2 Shots and a Chaser at 3 Mangos Guesthouse
  • Bacano at Paddy Rice
  • DJ Nicomatic and DJ Wah-Wah at Meta House
  • Dj Rob O'Hara at Meta House
  • DJ Stroke and DJ B-Boy Peanut at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • DJ Gang and DJ Rob Bianche at Pontoon
  • DJ Tech 12 and MC Hydro Phonics at Pontoon
  • DJ Theory at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • DJ Asian Hawk * at The Naga House in Kampot
  • DJ Flo, DJ Wez-T and Greg Lavender at Meta House
  • Vibratone, Mr Player and Wat A Gwaan at The Slur Bar

Weekly Wrap - Week Commencing Thursday the 15th May 2014


Mathias Aspelin is an internationally-acclaimed jazz pianist from Finland. Tonight he is joined by Seb Adnot on double bass and Ritchy Boisson on drums at The Groove in Phnom Penh. The Mathias Aspelin Trio are performing for one night only at The Groove - arguably the city's best-sounding live music venue. Aspelin's gilt-edged musical and academic CV boasts degrees from Oxford University and The University of Southern California, as well as studies with jazz greats Alan Pasqua and Vince Mendoza. Mathias is the founder of the music development program known as Global Village Cambodia see here for more information (and some fantastic photos). Tonight's show at The Groove promises to be a very high quality and memorable modern jazz gig.

Michelle Flemming returns to Phnom Penh on Friday for a show at Cabaret Restaurant. The leafy courtyard will provide the setting for Michelle's stunning voice and understated acoustic guitar. The 'Voice of Holland' has huge vocal power but uses it subtly and sparingly – moving smoothly from a delicate whisper to full-on soul power and back again within one brief song. Michelle's repertoire includes standards, unique interpretations of recent songs and her own mellifluous compositions.

Friday also sees the return of two evergreen Phnom Penh musicians, both veterans of the UK punk and alternative scene, both uncompromising and unique performers, and both of whom we don't get to see often enough. Scottish singer-songwriter James 'Skip' Sutherland will be at The Garage performing what he himself describes as 'a turmoil of tune-age, both originals and personal favourites, delivered in an inimitable and idiosyncratic manner - music lovers, beware!'. Meanwhile, just two blocks south of Skip, Ian 'Screaming Delta' Anderson reprises his role as punk singer extraordinaire at Sharky Bar. The Leicester-born former lead singer of Crazyhead goes head-to-head with Sharky's own Ricky Rotten in a Clash vs Sex Pistols tribute night. Ian then returns to the venue with the legendary Lazy Drunks on the following (Saturday) night. Read Julien Poulson's 'unauthorized account of an old punk rocker' in the Leng Pleng archives here.

Doors Phnom Penh offer a special Kok Thlok show on Saturday evening. Those already familiar with the hugely entertaining Khmer fusion musical ensemble may not be aware that Kok Thlok can morph into an even larger group that incorporates shadow puppetry into their performance. The band will combine dulcet traditional tones with a brightly-lit screen and expertly-manipulated 'Sbaek Touch' (the smaller and less formal iteration of the sacred 'Sbaek Thom'). Shadow puppetry is an ancient art form that has been proclaimed by UNESCO as one of the 'Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity'. More information is available on the UNESCO website. A full evening of live music from Kok Thlok will follow the Sbaek Touch performance.

A few gig-going options are available to round the Phnom Penh weekend off nicely. 'Lady Soul' Rhiannon Johnson returns to The Riverhouse Asian Bistro on Sunday in the esteemed company of Philippe Javelle and Lewis Pragasam. Meanwhile, Pavel Ramirez has taken over the reigns of the open mic session at Sharky Barwhere drummers, bassists and percussionists will find an opportunity to jam along with singers and strummers. Earlier on Sunday evening, Joe Wrigley continues the cosy Sunday Sundowner Sessions at Alley Cat Cafe.

Until next time, here's a video of the incredibly talented Mathias Aspelin performing 'Nardis Piano Solo' on 'Wild Strawberry Island' in Finland.




Until next time, stay safe out there and... see you around the traps!

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JACK DIAMOND
 

Weekly Gig Guide - Week Commencing Thursday the 15th May 2014

Latest Gigs

Thursday  15-May-2014
  • 9:00 PM ~ Mathias Aspelin Jazz Trio at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ F.U.D and DJ JO at Meta House
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Lefty at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
Friday  16-May-2014
  • 7:00 PM ~ DJ Mark at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 7:30 PM ~ Michelle Flemming at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:00 PM ~ James 'Skip' Sutherland at Garage Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Mwauka & The Gang at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ Ritchy Boisson and Ian Mendoza at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ Punksnot Dead Clash and The Sex Pistol Tribute at Sharky Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ DJ The Dude * at Meta House
  • 9:30 PM ~ The Phnom Penh Piste at Oscars 51
  • 9:30 PM ~ Sotano Bakana at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Achaya at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
  • 11:00 PM ~ Kento Djkent Matsumoto at Pontoon
Saturday  17-May-2014
  • 6:30 PM ~ Alan Breen at The FCC Siem Reap in Siem Reap
  • 8:30 PM ~ Kok Thlok at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ Vibratone at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Ritchy Boisson and Ian Mendoza at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Lazy Drunks and Screamin' Delta Anderson at Sharky Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ Psychesonica at Meta House
  • 9:30 PM ~ The Adobo Conspiracy at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ Dj's On Rotation at Dusk till Dawn
Sunday  18-May-2014
  • 8:30 PM ~ Lewis Pragasam , Philippe Javelle and Rhiannon Johnson at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ Pavel Ramirez at Sharky Bar
Monday  19-May-2014
  • 8:30 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Tam at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
Tuesday  20-May-2014
  • 7:30 PM ~ Tamaraka Trio at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:30 PM ~ Dorado Schmitt and Django Reinhardt at The Doors
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ B-Boy Peanut at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
Wednesday  21-May-2014
  • 7:00 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at FCC - The Mansion
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Funkelastiks at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
Coming Up
  • The Fumes at Equinox
  • Krom at The Doors
  • The Klezbodians at Meta House
  • Pop Music Quiz Night at Equinox
  • Jamaican Ska at Equinox
  • Psychesonica at Oscars 51
  • Rhiannon Johnson Quartet at The Cabaret Restaurant, The Doors
  • Diego Dimarques at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Nas Bossalover at La Croisette
  • Roxanne Dumont at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Hot Club de Phnom Penh at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Miss Sarawan at FCC - The Mansion
  • Kheltica at The Slur Bar
  • Joe Wrigley and Kristen Rasmussen at The Slur Bar
  • The Groove Resident Musicians at The Groove, The Groove and The Groove
  • MWAUKA & The Gang at FCC - The Mansion
  • Elvis Fandango at Brazil café Siem Reap
  • Steve Murray, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen at Sharky Bar
  • Sangvar Day, Psychotic Reactions and Mad-Fer-it at Sharky Bar
  • Lewis Pragasam and Olga & Ramirez at Shanghai Bar
  • DJ MR Brown and DJ Pitch at Meta House
  • DJ Nicomatic and DJ Wah-Wah at Meta House
  • DJ Zinc at Code Red
  • DJ F.U.D at Meta House
  • DJ Theory at Pontoon
  • DJ Yukie and DJ Vida at Nova Club - Phnom Penh
  • DJ Gang and DJ Rob Bianche at Pontoon
  • Bunni, James Speck, Tim King and DJ Nicomatic at Meta House
  • DJ Flo, DJ Wez-T and Greg Lavender at Meta House
  • Vibratone, Mr Player and Wat A Gwaan at The Slur Bar
  • Open Mic Comedy Night at Equinox
  • Troy Campbell at Equinox

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