= Live Music         = DJs         = Open Mic         = Live Music & DJ         * = International
The Leng Pleng Gig Guide comes out on a Thursday or Friday of every week

Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 27th November 2014


Until very recently, I thought that 'E.D.M.' was an acronym for some kind of shady sado-masochistic sexual pursuit. Now, apparently, 'Electronic Dance Music' is the term used to describe what I used to know as simply 'Dance Music' – or what a friend of mine from a different generation still calls 'Disco'. I was born just two or three years too late to be involved in the first rush of warehouse parties, outdoor events and club nights that swept through the UK in the late 1980's and early 1990's – driven by DJ's spinning new, hard-edged, electronically-produced music that could definitely not be found in the Top 40 Chart Hits section of the local record store. Youth culture changed radically in a short space of time. The British Establishment became scared, laws were passed, the new youth culture was attacked relentlessly by mainstream media. Eventually dance music was absorbed by the global music industry, which repackaged it in a shiny box and sold it back to the masses.

In the late 1990's I spent my entire student loan on vinyl records. Mainly hip-hop, soul and break-beat. It was hard to mix records on my dodgy pair of belt-drive turntables and I never really learned how to 'scratch'. My DJ career did not take off. Since then my proverbial finger has become further and further removed from the proverbial pulse. I grasp clumsily at the names of dance music sub-genres like a drunken barang attempting to order a meal in a Khmer-speaking restaurant: electro-clash, dub-step, dark psy-trance? I pretend to know what I'm talking about, but it's painfully obvious to everyone around me that I don't have a clue. That is pretty much where I'm at with EDM. But I do like this mix from DJ Simon C Vent of Drop Dead Disco:

  https://soundcloud.com/phnom-penh-underground/phnom-penh-underground-volume
Simon will be joining DJ Sequence and the guys from Phnom Penh Underground for a big party at Code Red this Saturday night. Unlike me, this cabal of disc jockeys know their stuff. Check out their website. Expect a cracking atmosphere and some huge dance-floor tunes.

Dakta Dub - pic courtesy of artist
Wat a Gwaan and Yatra Productions continue to blaze a trail for international artists coming to tour Cambodia for the first time. Following successful recent gigs for Tippa Irie and Reggae Rajahs, this week the team bring the self-proclaimed 'Reggae Ambassador of Indonesia' - Ras Muhamadto the Kingdom. Ras is a superb roots-reggae singer and MC with five studio albums under his belt. He is joined at Slur Bar on Friday by dub-reggae DJ Dakta Dub of Hyderabad, India. The pair travel to Kampot for a gig at Naga House on Saturday night, followed by a trip to Otres Beach, Sihanoukville for a Tuesday gig at The Barn. Each show should be a great event. Check out the video below for Ras Muhamad's track 'Lion Roar':


Another interesting party is in store at The Rock on Friday night when excellent live roots-reggae band Vibratone join fellow Phnom Penh-based artists Sinville Roadshow, Dirty Jacks and Kosal Khiev for the event Wazobia. Headlining singers Walexy and ConCCoins are visiting from Australia while Trap God RFM Nation hail from Nigeria. The night is billed as 'a night of music, comedy and talent show'. I'm not sure exactly what to expect from this party ('The Voice'-style talent show?) and the live music line-up seems like a random selection of different styles... but I sure as hell want to go and find out.
Vibratone - pic courtesy of artist
Miss Sarawan rounds off the week with an appearance at Doors Phnom Penh on Wednesday. Miss Sarawan Band is an expanded iteration of the group featuring celebrated Cambodian saxophonist Cheak Bunhong together with acoustic guitar, bass and percussion. The band perform understated versions of classic Cambodian 'Golden Era' tunes of the 1960's and 1970's, sung by twin sisters Lay Mealea and Mealai.

Whatever you're up to over the next few days, stay safe out there and... see you around the traps!
JOE WRIGLEY

Weekly Gig Guide - Commencing Thursday 27th November 2014

Latest Gigs

Thursday  27-Nov-2014
  • 7:30 PM ~ Sebastien Adnot and Kae "Sylvie" Lhassan at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 9:00 PM ~ Punk's Not Dead at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Lewis Pragasam and Phil Javelle at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ Linda Asha Aboalla at The Harem Lounge
  • 9:30 PM ~ The Rock Samples Band at Oscar Rock Cafe
Friday  28-Nov-2014
  • 7:00 PM ~ Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 7:30 PM ~ Diego Dimarques Trio at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:00 PM ~ Reggae Ambassadors Night at The Slur Bar
  • 8:00 PM ~ Wazobia at Rock
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dr. Wah Wah and DJ Nicomatic at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Adobo Conspiracy at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Linda Asha Aboalla at The Harem Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Mescal Jazz Unit at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Blue at D-Club
  • 9:00 PM ~ Phil Javelle and Izabelle at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:30 PM ~ Samley at Oscar Rock Cafe
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ R-Wan at Pontoon
Saturday  29-Nov-2014
  • 7:00 PM ~ Kheltica at Le Temps des Cerises
  • 7:00 PM ~ Mescal Jazz Unit at Sky River in Siem Reap
  • 8:30 PM ~ Mekong Messengers at FCC - The Mansion
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Underdogs at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Rockumentary And Dj Party at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Linda Asha Aboalla at The Harem Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ Battle of the Buskers 2014 at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ R-Wan at D-Club
  • 9:00 PM ~ Reggae Ambassadors Night at The Naga House in Kampot
  • 9:00 PM ~ First Birthday Party at CodeRED
  • 9:00 PM ~ Diego Dimarques Trio at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:30 PM ~ Sonic Detergent at The Slur Bar
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Illest at Pontoon
Sunday  30-Nov-2014
  • 9:00 PM ~ Phil Javelle and Anya at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
Monday  1-Dec-2014
  • 8:00 PM ~ Ace Zapa and KC G. at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 8:00 PM ~ James Speck at CodeRED
Tuesday  2-Dec-2014
  • 7:30 PM ~ DJ Alan Ritchie at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:00 PM ~ Ace Zapa and KC G. at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 8:00 PM ~ Reggae Ambassadors at The Barn in Sihanouk Ville
  • 9:00 PM ~ Concert Documentary at Meta House
Wednesday  3-Dec-2014
  • 8:00 PM ~ Ace Zapa and KC G. at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 8:30 PM ~ Miss Sarawan Band at The Doors
Coming Up
  • Wat Opot Music Program at Wat Opot in Takeo
  • Vibratone at Equinox, The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Mekong Messengers at Equinox
  • The Digs at Equinox, The Bodhi Villa in Kampot and The Villa Vedici in Kampot
  • 12me at Equinox
  • Bacano at Equinox
  • The Fumes at Sharky Bar, Sharky Bar and Sharky Bar
  • Lazy Habits at Equinox
  • Penh Stock at Sharky Bar, Sharky Bar
  • Sebastien Adnot and Sylvie Duo at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Rhiannon Johnson Quintet at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Bona Thiem and Resident Band at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Joe Wrigley and Miss Sarawan at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Sebastien Adnot at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Christmas Jazz Duo at Cabaret Restaurant, Cabaret Restaurant
  • The Final Countdown at Cabaret Restaurant
  • Sangvar Day, The Adobo Conspiracy and Nightmare A.D. at The Slur Bar
  • Dub Addiction and Stabil Elite And More at The Phnom Penh Night Market
  • 9999 Arts Group at Meta House
  • The Klezbodians at Meta House
  • Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at The Bodhi Villa in Kampot
  • Itchy Band at The Bodhi Villa in Kampot
  • Jostlin' James at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • DJ Bree at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • DJ Alan Ritchie at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • DJ Pitch and Mr. Brown at Dusk till Dawn
  • DJ APK at D-Club
  • DJ Gang at D-Club
  • K-Fresh, DJ APK at D-Club, D-Club and D-Club
  • K-Fresh, DJ Illest, DJ Tittsworth at D-Club
  • K-Fresh, Dj Illest, Dj Izzet Coca at D-Club
  • Old School Retro Night at D-Club
  • Songs From The Jungle at Meta House
  • Belgan Beats at Meta House
  • Wat A Gwaan at Meta House
  • Mr. Brown at Meta House
  • DJane Sao Sopheak and DJane Lisa at Meta House
  • DJ Gang and Dj Shade at Pontoon
  • DJ Illest at Pontoon
  • Papa Dub at The Champa Lodge in Kampot
  • DJ Wah-Wah at The Doors
  • Berlin UnderGround Club Videos at Meta House
  • Video Concert at Meta House
  • Johnny Guitar Watson at Meta House
  • “THE CRAMPS” Tribute Video And Dj Night at Meta House
  • DJ Set and Vibratone at The Champa Lodge in Kampot

Weekly Wrap - Week Commencing Thursday the 20th November 2014




- Sean 'Calvin' Barrett, 'On Sangvar Day and The Journey of The Riff'

'Don’t matter/the fish/nor your land/but all you gotta do is plug this in/and beautiful scenes/from a big flat screen/and flashing lights/in your only room/free of charge'

- Mekong Drums, 'Sangvar Day' EP.


Sean 'Calvin' Barrett takes us on a journey into the centre of Phnom Penh-based hard rock band Sangvar Day. There he finds a French socialist composer, an Italian who will not stand still and the infinite wisdom of The Riff. Sean got the low-down from the band on their brand new 6-track EP entitled 'Sangvar Day' and found out why Sangvar are so relevant to Cambodia right now. Read the full article here.

You can hear the band for yourself this Friday night at Equinox at the release party for the Sangvar Day EP. Should be a special night with a number of guests set to join the band on stage, including avant-garde French-Cambodian electro musician Lafidki. And by the way, the EP sounds great. Lead singer Robin Narciso told Leng Pleng: "The party should be massive. We asked several colleagues - from Professor Kinsky of Dub Addiction to Nicolas from the Mekong Pirates - to join us on stage on Friday...It's gonna be an epic night!"

Dave Cox of Mekong Messengers – pic courtesy of artist

Mekong Messengers return to the Phnom Penh music scene on Saturday night following a six-week absence. The country music and 'Americana' influenced six-piece hit Slur Bar on Saturday night, followed by a gig on the 29th November at FCC – The Mansion. The special aspect of this band is lead singer Kristen Rasmussen, possessed of a stupendously powerful and soulful vocal. Latterly the Mekong Messengers have been joined by lap-steel guitarist Dave Cox, who lends an added touch of Nashville-style authenticity.

Five live acts and a host of DJs perform at the Best of Phnom Penh Street Party taking place on Saturday at Equinox and D-Club. Street 278, sometimes known as 'Golden Street' (due to the preponderance of guesthouses and bars using 'Golden' in their name), will be the location for outdoor action including live painting, break-dancing and beat-boxing from 3pm. The Underdogs, Vibratone, Adobo Conspiracy and Psychotic Reactions line-up at Equinox from 8pm. Next door at D-Club, eleven DJ's include DJ Mendy and DJ Solo from Bangkok. Should be one heck of a party.

If, like us, you haven't seen Kok Thlok around for a while, take the opportunity to catch them tonight at Cabaret. The Khmer-fusion ensemble combines Khmer traditional instruments such as the tro and roneat with familiar Western instruments. A Kok Thlok show is always fun and interesting.

Whatever you're up to over the next few days, stay safe out there and... see you around the traps!

Weekly Gig Guide - Week Commencing Thursday the 20th November 2014

Latest Gigs

Thursday  20-Nov-2014
  • 7:30 PM ~ Kok Thlok at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:00 PM ~ Krom at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ zargz and Ten-Tipz at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ F.U.D and DJ JO at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Linda Asha Aboalla at The Harem Lounge
  • 9:30 PM ~ The Rock Samples Band at Oscar Rock Cafe
Friday  21-Nov-2014
  • 12:00 AM ~ Dj Mistrezz C at Epic Club
  • 7:00 PM ~ Tamaraka Trio at Le Moon
  • 7:00 PM ~ Joshua Chiang at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 7:30 PM ~ Bona Thiem at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:30 PM ~ Bacano , zargz and Ten-Tipz at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ Sangvar Day and Lafidki at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Ras Muhamad at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Adobo Conspiracy at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Salmon All Star , Phat Controller and CAB at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Linda Asha Aboalla at The Harem Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ Phil Javelle and Izabelle at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:30 PM ~ Rock Station at Oscar Rock Cafe
  • 9:30 PM ~ Sinville Roadshow at The Slur Bar
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Solo * and MC Hydro Phonics at Pontoon
Saturday  22-Nov-2014
  • 3:00 PM ~ The Underdogs The , Adobo Conspiracy , Psychotic Reactions and Vibratone at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Joshua Chiang at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Nick , DJ JO , DJ Oggy and Mr. Brown at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Linda Asha Aboalla at The Harem Lounge
  • 9:30 PM ~ CamboJam at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:30 PM ~ Mekong Messengers at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Sequence , DJ Alan Ritchie and Kimchi Collective at Dusk till Dawn
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Illest at Pontoon
Sunday  23-Nov-2014
  • 9:00 PM ~ Phil Javelle and Anya at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
Monday  24-Nov-2014
  • 8:00 PM ~ Ace Zapa and KC G. at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 8:00 PM ~ Movies That Rock Night at Equinox
Tuesday  25-Nov-2014
  • 7:30 PM ~ Tamaraka Trio at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:00 PM ~ Ace Zapa and KC G. at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 8:00 PM ~ The Last Pop Music Quiz Night at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Music Video Mix at Meta House
Wednesday  26-Nov-2014
  • 8:00 PM ~ Ace Zapa and KC G. at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ Open Mic Night at Equinox
Coming Up
  • Wat Opot Music Program at Wat Opot in Takeo
  • The Underdogs at Equinox
  • Vibratone at Equinox, The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Mekong Messengers at Equinox, FCC - The Mansion
  • The Digs at Equinox, The Bodhi Villa in Kampot and The Villa Vedici in Kampot
  • 12me at Equinox
  • Punk's Not Dead at Meta House
  • Bacano at Equinox
  • Sebastien Adnot and Kae "Sylvie" Lhassan at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Diego Dimarques Trio at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • The Fumes at Sharky Bar, Sharky Bar and Sharky Bar
  • The Adobo Conspiracy at Equinox
  • Lazy Habits at Equinox
  • Kheltica at Le Temps des Cerises
  • Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at Sharky Bar
  • Battle of the Buskers 2014 at Sharky Bar
  • Penh Stock at Sharky Bar, Sharky Bar
  • Sebastien Adnot and Sylvie Duo at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Rhiannon Johnson Quintet at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Bona Thiem and Resident Band at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Joe Wrigley and Miss Sarawan at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Sebastien Adnot at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Christmas Jazz Duo at Cabaret Restaurant, Cabaret Restaurant
  • The Final Countdown at Cabaret Restaurant
  • Sonic Detergent at The Slur Bar
  • Sangvar Day, The Adobo Conspiracy and Nightmare A.D. at The Slur Bar
  • Dr. Wah Wah and DJ Nicomatic at Meta House
  • Rockumentary And Dj Party at Meta House
  • DJ R-Wan at Pontoon, D-Club
  • DJ Illest at Pontoon
  • DJ Blue at D-Club
  • DJ Alan Ritchie at The Cabaret Restaurant, The Cabaret Restaurant
  • DJ Bree at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • DJ Pitch and Mr. Brown at Dusk till Dawn
  • K-Fresh, DJ APK at D-Club, D-Club, D-Club and D-Club
  • K-Fresh, DJ Gang at D-Club
  • K-Fresh, DJ Illest, DJ Tittsworth at D-Club
  • K-Fresh, Dj Illest, Dj Izzet Coca at D-Club
  • Old School Retro Night at D-Club

Weekly Wrap - Week Commencing Thursday the 13th November 2014


Truth be told, there are not many things I miss about England (N.B., friends and family in the U.K., I'm talking about things here, not people). I miss honey-coloured real ale that comes from a wooden cask and is served in a pint-glass (my mouth is watering even as I write these words. A cold can of Cambodian beer is good but...). I miss a rigidly-enforced and observed system of road traffic regulations (basic stuff like... red means stop, green means go, one side of the road is for travelling this way, the other side of the road is for travelling the opposite way). I also miss the annual Proms classical music festival held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. During the Proms, some of the best musicians in the world come to the U.K. to take part in a long series of concerts. The festival is subsidised to ensure that everyone has access to these concerts at a very small cost. This results in packed houses, fantastic atmospheres and queues stretching around the block.

I particularly remember one Proms concert a few years ago when I had queued for hours with my companion to get tickets to a piano recital. Queuing for the Proms is a tradition in itself and no hardship unless the British summer weather is inclement (which it usually is). On this day I remember the weather was warm and fine and the people in the queue were being politely social towards each other or finding other ways to while away the time. I listened on my smartphone to the pieces by Bartók and Janáček that we were going to hear at the concert. I also found that a few glasses of sparkling wine made the long wait much more bearable. A long time later, inside the packed Royal Albert Hall, the atmosphere was electric as the crowd waited for the pianist to begin. One could literally 'hear a pin drop' in there. As the maestro struck up the first few chords of the piece, he paused and looked quizically around the room. The rest of the hall followed his gaze. Where was that music coming from? Someone was playing the same piece as the pianist had begun to play, through some kind of portable device. How bizarre and how rude! It is interesting how loud a smartphone can be in a concert hall. I withered and died on the spot as people standing next to me moved away to open up a space-of-shame. Thousands of pairs of eyes delivered dirty looks as I fumbled through my pockets to find my phone. The moral of the story: please ensure all mobile phones are switched off during the performance.

Anton Isselhardt has been organising the annual International Music Festival Phnom Penh for the past eleven years. The classical music festival is sponsored by several organisations and provides the chance to hear outstanding Cambodian musicians and international guest performers at a low cost. The program runs from today until Monday the 17th November. It comprises of five events and takes place at Intercontinental Phnom Penh, Meta House and St. Josephs Chapel. A great chance to hear some high-calibre classical performances in Phnom Penh. The theme of this year's festival is 'European and Asian Mythology in Music'. For more information on the concert program and ticketing, visit the festival website.


The Cambodian music scene is looking good this weekend with a few more special gigs taking place and, even, talk of something called 'high season'. Cambojam and the X-Rays comprise a double-header at X-Bar in Siem Reap on Friday night. Cambojam are a motley crew of international musicians based in the land of Angkor, collectively blessed with the ability to turn any gig into a full-on party (see above video). The long and eclectic list of instruments on stage includes trombone, melodica and various percussion as well as all the standard rock'n'roll tools.

Down on the coast, Otres Market will mark the beginning of their 2014/15 season with a re-opening party featuring seven or more live music acts. I don't recognise most of the names on the list but I do expect a great party. Otres Market (near 'Otres 2' beach in Sihaoukville) is a unique place in Cambodia, staging a kind of mini-music festival each Saturday during the winter and spring months. As well as a live music stage and a bar, the lakeside site comprises of many weird-and-wonderful market stalls selling all kinds of wares from Cambodia and beyond (hand-crafted jewellery and textiles, barbecue chicken... home-made absinthe!?). Also look out for some great concerts coming up at the Otres Market site ('The Barn') on Wednesdays in December. From the back pages of Leng Pleng, find out what happened when Jack Diamond visited Otres with The Cambodian Space Project earlier this year.

Otres Market crowd – pic: Jeremie Montessuis/Film Noir Studios

My tip for those in Phnom Penh this weekend? Go check out Kheltica at La Crêperie on Saturday night. The large ensemble of musicians always put on a fun show and should get extra points for playing authentic Breton Celtic music in an authentically-styled Breton Crêperie. I believe they are calling it Brittany Night.

Kheltica – pic: www.kenedgar.com

Wherever you end up over the next few days, enjoy yourself and... see you around the traps!

JOE WRIGLEY

Gig Guide Archive