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Weekly Wrap - Week Commencing Thursday the 28th August 2014


Scott Bywater - pic: Ken Edgar
Scott Bywater makes a return (of sorts) to Equinox tonight. The author of 'Phnom Penh Driving School' is hosting a film screening of 'Searching For Sugar Man' – the fantastic documentary telling the story of cult singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez. According to the venue, Scott will be hosting the movie 'in absentia'. Exact details are a closely-guarded secret so we will have to wait and see what happens tonight...

DJ U this week begins a regular Friday night residency at new Phnom Penh nightclub D'beat. The venue is also kitted out for live music with Sinville Roadshow and Miss Sarawan already having played small live shows. Manager Rory McCabe told Leng Pleng that the venue has plans to host more live bands soon. As always, watch this space for developments. Sinville Roadshow add an extra live date at Sharky Bar this Friday. The band regularly perform each Thursday at Sharky's Ladies Night. Any opportunity to hear super-talented Californian lead-singer Tiffany is a good thing.
 
Aquarium Bar hosts the special live music event Music Not Missiles this Saturday night between 8pm and 10.30pm. Joshua Chiang, Robin Narciso, Chino De Nogales and Sophie Rose are just a few names from a long list of Phnom Penh musicians gathering to give a benefit concert for the humanitarian effort in Gaza. The United Nations says that more than 17,000 buildings in Gaza have been destroyed or severely damaged, and that there are at least 475,000 internally displaced people as a result of the recent conflict between Palestinian and Israeli forces (source: BBC). Oxfam are working in Gaza to provide safe drinking water, emergency food vouchers and medical services to those affected by the conflict. All proceeds and donations received at the Music Not Missiles event will go towards Oxfam’s Gaza Crisis Appeal. The cover charge is a bargain $3 for a concert featuring more than ten performers.

Miss Sarawan - pic: Ken Edgar
The Music Cafe is a brand-new venue opened in Battambang. Miss Sarawan play two dates there as an acoustic duo this weekend. Battambang has a growing scene that is becoming home to an increasing number of small art galleries, coffee-houses and bars. As testament to the local arts scene that has a substantial reputation for producing some of Cambodia's best-loved artists over the years, the streets of Battambang are once again becoming a meeting place and performance space for a growing artistic community. Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) is a renowned performing arts school and social support organisation based in Battambang. PPS organises the famous 'Battambang Circus'. Ros Sereysothea, the 'Golden Voice' of Khmer-rock, was born in Battambang. Read more about the spiritual home of Khmer music in this great piece from the Leng Pleng archives, 'Welcome to Battambang', written by Julien Poulson.

Miss Sarawan will evoke the sounds of the 'Golden Age' of Khmer-rock at The Music Cafe this Saturday and Sunday. The owner of the café, John McLaughlin, told Leng Pleng that the regular weekly program features a variety of acoustic music that includes classic rock and country as well as traditional Khmer folk music: 'There will be an open mic night for those who bring their own instruments... We also plan to feature Apsara performances 2-3 times per month in order to support the local dance schools and Khmer culture.' Miss Sarawan returns to Phnom Penh for a date at Slur Bar on Wednesday – merging Khmer-rock with the jazz manouche stylings of guitarist Aymen Ghali.

Sunday Sundowner Sessions - pic: The Alleycat Cafe
The Sunday Sundowner Sessions is a regular weekly open mic session hosted by Joe Wrigley that takes place at The Alleycat Cafe off Street 19 in Phnom Penh every Sunday. This week, the restaurant is celebrating the first anniversary of the event with a free buffet for performers. Sundowners was previously hosted by Scott Bywater at Rubies Wine Bar. The Alleycat Cafe is a magical, intimate space for live music where everything sounds good and everybody listens. Tucked away down an alleyway near The Latin Quarter, the Alleycat is hard to locate and thrives on the loyal patronage of a group of hardcore expats. The history of the Cat is intertwined with the recent history of the Phnom Penh music scene – the restaurant was the venue for the very first Cambodian Space Project gig and is owned by a former manager of Pontoon (back in the days when it was actually a pontoon on the Tonle Sap river). Importantly, it is one of those unpredictable open mic sessions where one never knows who is going to next walk through the door. 

No open mic in Phnom Penh will be the same again without Brent 'Brentwood' Clark, who left Cambodia last week to return to his homeland of Australia. Jack wishes Brent all the best in his new life and thanks to Sonic Detergent bassist Tim Holland for the following kind words – I couldn't have put it better myself:
 Phnom Penh said goodbye to another great musician last week, as Brent Clark left for Australia. Brent, A.K.A. 'Saxophone Brent' was ever-popular at the Sharky and Paddy Rice open mic nights, as well as being a member of RNA, 2Shots&aChaser and many other bands. He was always up for a jam with his sax, guitar, vocals and occasionally the drums. I’m sure he’ll find a stage in his home town, where he and his family can continue to enjoy the good music. He’s a great guy and a great musician.” - Tim Holland, bassist, SD
Until next time, stay safe out there and... see you around the traps!













JACK DIAMOND




Weekly Gig Guide - Week Commencing Thursday the 28th August 2014

Latest Gigs

Thursday  28-Aug-2014
  • 8:00 PM ~ Searching for Sugar Man at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Mikus at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
Friday  29-Aug-2014
  • 6:30 PM ~ Mathias Aspelin at The Himawari Hotel Apartments
  • 8:00 PM ~ Mario Siles at The Alley Bar
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ U at D'Beat
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Stroke at CodeRED
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Nicomatic and DJ Wah-Wah at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Sinville Roadshow at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Edwardowski and Nik Ranger at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Bacano at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Illest and DJ Tech 12 at Duplex
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and Dj Shade at Pontoon
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Mapro at The Pontoon Pulse
Saturday  30-Aug-2014
  • 6:30 PM ~ Mathias Aspelin at The Himawari Hotel Apartments
  • 7:00 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at The Music Cafe in Battambang
  • 7:00 PM ~ Kimchi Collective at Frost Pub
  • 8:00 PM ~ Music not Missiles at The Aquarium Bar
  • 8:30 PM ~ Kin Jazz at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ Mad-Fer-it at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Jack Malipan , VJ Jung-Chul , DJ Tim Coates and Dj Nora at CodeRED
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Antaro at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ 3some at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Mapro at Duplex
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Flo at The Pontoon Pulse
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Tech 12 at Pontoon
Sunday  31-Aug-2014
  • 6:30 PM ~ Mathias Aspelin at The Himawari Hotel Apartments
  • 7:00 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at The Music Cafe in Battambang
  • 8:00 PM ~ Tiffany Phnom Penh at The Riverhouse Lounge
Tuesday  2-Sep-2014
  • 9:00 PM ~ Music Video Party at Meta House
Wednesday  3-Sep-2014
  • 7:00 PM ~ Joshua Chiang and Pervez Smart at FCC - The Mansion
  • 9:00 PM ~ Video Concert at Meta House
  • 9:30 PM ~ Miss Sarawan and Aymen Ghali at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Shaman at Duplex
Coming Up
  • Brecht van der Laan at Equinox
  • Vibratone at Equinox
  • Bacano at Equinox
  • Sonic Detergent at Equinox
  • The Fumes at Equinox
  • Joshua Chiang and Pervez Smart at FCC - The Mansion
  • The Adobo Conspiracy at Equinox
  • Sebastien Adnot, Lisa Concepcion, Sophie Rose and Kosal Khiev at Equinox
  • Anton Isselhardt and Steve Retallick at Meta House
  • Mathias Aspelin at The Doors, The Himawari Hotel Apartments, The Himawari Hotel Apartments and The Himawari Hotel Apartments
  • Alan Breen and Mathias Aspelin at Kwest, Kwest
  • FL Band at Sharky Bar
  • Blood-Stock (Brutal Aural Assault) at Sharky Bar
  • DJ Bree and Dj Rack at CodeRED
  • DJ Bree, DJ Stroke and Dj YoBKK at CodeRED
  • DJ Dan Beck and DJ Simon C Vent at CodeRED
  • DJ Bree, DJ Stroke and Dj Rack at CodeRED
  • DJ Java Tech and Dj Nora at CodeRED
  • DJ Bree, DJ Alan Ritchie and Dj Kaztet Dee at CodeRED
  • DJ Jack Malipan, DJ Tim Coates and Dj Nora at CodeRED
  • Tim Coates and DJ Mikus at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • DJ Leonie at Duplex, Pontoon
  • DJ Illest at Duplex
  • DJ Blue at Duplex
  • DJ Tech 12 at Duplex
  • Dj Shade at Duplex, Duplex, Duplex and Duplex
  • DJ Shaman at Duplex, Duplex, Duplex, Duplex, Duplex and Duplex
  • Dj Nico at Meta House
  • DJ Sao Sopheak at Meta House
  • Dj Spectrum at Meta House
  • Dj Antaro at Meta House, Meta House
  • DJ F.U.D and DJ JO at Meta House
  • DJ Oggy, Dj Antaro and Mr. Brown at Meta House
  • DJ Andy Freak, DJ Pitch and Mr. Brown at Meta House
  • Punk's Not Dead at Meta House
  • DJ DSK * and Dj Mystro at CodeRED
  • DJ Gang and Dj Shade at Pontoon
  • Trip Hop at Meta House
  • Video Concert at Meta House, Meta House
  • Music Videos at Meta House
  • Music Video Night - Ninja Tune at Meta House
  • Philippe Javelle and Alan Ritchie at Duplex

Weekly Wrap - Week Commencing Thursday the 21st August 2014



Latin-rock band Bacano return to Oscar Rock Cafe this Friday night with a new lead guitarist/vocalist known as Zargz. The frontman of Zargz & The TenTipz, formerly known as Pavel Ramirez, helped Bacano to ‘bring the house down’ during their last appearance at Oscar’s a few weeks ago. The surprise midnight set was a great bonus in a night featuring several acts performing under the banner of ‘Oscar SOS’ or ‘Save Oscars’. Happily, it seems that the initiative was successful as the venue is still going strong with live music happening on most nights of the week. The unique visual feel of the establishment has been further enhanced with musically-themed murals painted by none other than Jim Heston - the celebrated ‘Nite Sniper’ of Phnom Penh. On any given night, Jim can be seen roaming the streets of Phnom Penh with his camera during the midnight hour, capturing gritty and colourful scenes of city nightlife. 
Bacano pic by Jim Heston
Earlier on Friday, Music Arts School kicks off the weekend with a concert that presents a fascinating mixed-program. Firstly, classical music by Elgar and Mendelssohn will be performed by pianist Lisa Lee and cellist Saeromi Kim of the Korean NGO ‘Music for One Foundation’. This will be followed by a group of Korean and Cambodian musicians who will collaborate to perform a collection of original arrangements and then, finally, the Music Arts School Teachers Quintet will play the music of celebrated film composer Ennio Morricone. The performance begins at 5pm and reservations are recommended at the school reception or by calling 023 997 290. Please note that the school has recently relocated to Street 360, BKK1, Phnom Penh. More information here. Music Arts School is very active within the Phnom Penh music scene, with teachers such as Bunhong Cheak and Aymen Ghali often seen out gigging ‘around the traps’. Crucially, the organisation gives a lot of encouragement and support to help young Cambodian students to ‘get out there’ and perform in public. 

The Underdogs are one of the most successful acts to come out of Music Arts School. The band has been active for around one year, playing Khmer-rock ‘Golden Era’ classics of the 1960’s and 70’s with an increasingly powerful and authoritative sound. The Underdogs play a show this Saturday at Equinox. It is always fun to see a band playing Khmer-rock at a venue where the audience is largely comprised of a combination between expats and tourists. The tourists are the ones bouncing around in excited delight and amazement at discovering this unique, psychedelic music for the first time.
The Underdogs pic by Ken Edgar
Another notable gig takes place at Sharky Bar on Saturday when The Fumes return with their brand new singer. The band has spent years building up a Phnom Penh following for their indie-rock sound and Fumes fans will be pleased to welcome them back. Meanwhile, in Kampot, a huge party will be taking place at Naga House as a full house of DJs, MCs and spoken-word poets including Kosal Khiev and MC Kaztet D team up to celebrate ‘DSN’s Birthday Bash’.


A special event takes place on Sunday at the Chenla Theatre, Psar Deum Kor, Phnom Penh. The African Night Concert will run from 6pm until midnight and feature drama, comedy, traditional African music and dance, DJs and live musicians. Generous helpings of ‘highlife’ music are promised – the irresistible sound of Ghana and Nigeria characterised by multiple harmonised guitar lines and rousing jazz horns. 


Mathias Aspelin spends the weekend in musical residency at Himawari Hotel Apartments. Showtime on Friday, Saturday and Sunday is 6.30pm, giving ample opportunity to hear this world-class modern jazz pianist. Mathias has a delicate touch on the keys which tends to draw listeners closer to the piano. His subtle re-workings of jazz pieces are exquisitely formed and the composer-educator is a musician truly possessing the ability to take his audience on a journey. 



Equinox leads the way on Wednesday with an alternative approach to staging an open mic night. Their monthly event, previously hosted by Texas-born drummer Troy Campbell, does not adhere to the normal convention of being hosted by a guitar-toting singer. Bassist Andre Swart is in charge of proceedings this week – an inspired choice for an open mic host given that he is one of the best-loved and most easy-going members of the expat music scene in Phnom Penh. Andre might not sing any numbers on Wednesday (although I hope he will perform his version of the song ‘The Weight’) but he is bound to encourage a fun night and a long waiting list of performers. 



In other news, Phnom Penh musicians Chris Hilleary and ‘Smokin’ Kenny Smith have recently teamed up to create Mekong Guitars. Kenny’s skills in guitar repair, refurbishment and restoration are already well-known and well-respected in Phnom Penh. The guys can help you resolve your guitar issues and they also have a line of 1980's-era Japanese guitars and basses for sale. Mekong Guitars inform us that 10% of proceeds are donated to organizations that support children living with HIV in Cambodia. See here for more information.

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














JACK DIAMOND

Weekly Gig Guide - Week Commencing Thursday the 21st August 2014

Latest Gigs

Thursday  21-Aug-2014
  • 9:00 PM ~ Spanish Native DIGIT at Meta House
  • 10:00 PM ~ Dj Shade at Duplex
Friday  22-Aug-2014
  • 5:00 PM ~ Classical Music and More at The Music Arts School
  • 6:30 PM ~ Resident Band at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 6:30 PM ~ Mathias Aspelin at The Himawari Hotel Apartments
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Snow Y , DJ Maily and DJ Lera at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Bree , DJ Alan Ritchie and Dj Kaztet Dee at CodeRED
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Andy Freak , DJ Pitch and Mr. Brown at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Illest , DJ Set , DJ Sun Jun and Dj Talisker at Duplex
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Lady Bluesabelle at The Latin Quarter
  • 9:30 PM ~ Sonic Detergent at Sharky Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ Bacano at Oscar Rock Cafe
  • 9:30 PM ~ Joe & Friends at The Slur Bar
  • 11:00 PM ~ Dj Aaron James at The Pontoon Pulse
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and Dj Shade at Pontoon
Saturday  23-Aug-2014
  • 5:00 PM ~ DSN's Birthday Bash at The Naga House in Kampot
  • 6:30 PM ~ Mathias Aspelin at The Himawari Hotel Apartments
  • 7:00 PM ~ Kimchi Collective at Frost Pub
  • 7:30 PM ~ Songkites and Friends at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Java Tech and Dj Nora at CodeRED
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Underdogs at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Antaro at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Fumes at Sharky Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ Sonic Detergent at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Shaman at Duplex
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Illest at Pontoon
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Flo at The Pontoon Pulse
Sunday  24-Aug-2014
  • 6:00 PM ~ African Night Concert at The Chenla Theater
  • 6:30 PM ~ Mathias Aspelin at The Himawari Hotel Apartments
Wednesday  27-Aug-2014
  • 7:00 PM ~ Propey at FCC - The Mansion
  • 9:00 PM ~ Open Mic Night at Equinox
Coming Up
  • Brecht van der Laan at Equinox
  • Vibratone at Equinox
  • Mad-Fer-it at Equinox
  • Bacano at Equinox
  • Sonic Detergent at Equinox
  • The Fumes at Equinox
  • Mario Siles at The Alley Bar
  • RNA, Sangvar Day, Vibratone, Sonic Detergent and Bacano at The Aquarium Bar
  • Mathias Aspelin at The Himawari Hotel Apartments, The Himawari Hotel Apartments and The Himawari Hotel Apartments
  • The Adobo Conspiracy at Equinox
  • Sinville Roadshow at Sharky Bar
  • 3some at Sharky Bar
  • Sebastien Adnot, Lisa Concepcion, Sophie Rose and Kosal Khiev at Equinox
  • Miss Sarawan at The Music Cafe in Battambang, The Music Cafe in Battambang
  • DJ Gang and Dj Shade at Pontoon
  • DJ Mapro at The Pontoon Pulse, Duplex
  • DJ Tech 12 at Pontoon, Duplex
  • DJ Flo at The Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ Stroke at CodeRED
  • DJ Jack Malipan, VJ Jung-Chul, DJ Tim Coates and Dj Nora at CodeRED
  • DJ Nicomatic and DJ Wah-Wah at Meta House
  • Dj Antaro at Meta House
  • DJ Illest and DJ Tech 12 at Duplex
  • DJ Bree and Dj Rack at CodeRED
  • DJ Bree, DJ DSK * and Dj Mystro at CodeRED
  • DJ Bree, DJ Stroke and Dj YoBKK at CodeRED
  • DJ Dan Beck and DJ Simon C Vent at CodeRED
  • DJ Bree, DJ Stroke and Dj Rack at CodeRED
  • DJ Java Tech and Dj Nora at CodeRED
  • DJ Bree, DJ Alan Ritchie and Dj Kaztet Dee at CodeRED
  • DJ Jack Malipan, DJ Tim Coates and Dj Nora at CodeRED
  • Tim Coates and DJ Mikus at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • DJ U at D'Beat
  • DJ Leonie at Duplex
  • DJ Illest at Duplex
  • DJ Blue at Duplex
  • DJ Shaman at Duplex, Duplex, Duplex, Duplex, Duplex, Duplex and Duplex
  • Dj Shade at Duplex, Duplex, Duplex and Duplex
  • Kimchi Collective at Frost Pub
  • In Absentia at Equinox
  • Philippe Javelle and Alan Ritchie at Duplex

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