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Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 26th January 2017

Donnie Pardell is a name that will be very familiar to gig-goers based in Sihanoukville - less so to audiences in Cambodia’s capital city. We are not sure exactly why, but some performers do seem to prefer the long sandy beaches, cheap beer and laid-back lifestyle of Kompong Som over the traffic-choked, hot and dusty confines of Ti Krong Phnom Penh. Donnie is, at time of writing, making his way up National Highway 3 for a brace of gigs in Phnom Penh. This talented singer and guitarist has a passion for classic rock’n’roll and reggae, mixing them together with a looper pedal and backing vocals and percussion by Steve Blakeburn to create ‘Loopy Reggae’. Donnie and Steve’s original and fun performance can be experienced at Farm to Table this Friday night and at Sharky Bar on Saturday.


Unrepentant French punks Bob Passion & The Schkoots have lined-up a potentially magnificent gig at Institut Francais du Cambodge in Phnom Penh on Saturday night. Bob and his band (Jan - drums, Benoit - bass) never give anything less than 100% on the stage, throwing themselves into fevered renditions of Bob’s original tunes. Last year, the band released their album ‘Straight to The Legend’  which married 1980’s-tinged classic punk with the slightly-zany-but-wonderful electro production techniques of Professor Kinksi. The energy of The Schkoots combined with a predominantly young and French-speaking crowd at the Institut on Saturday should prove to be a great combination.

Sony at the Writers and Readers Festival last year. Pic: Steve Porte

Young Khmer singer-songwriter Sony Batbanger has become more active in Siem Reap recently, with weekly residences at tourist hot-spot Triangle Bar and arts hangout The Little Red Fox. Some major musical excitement is just around the corner in ‘Temple Town’ with the arrival of the second annual Chub Met Music & Arts Festival. While the festival will be comprised of many fantastic events, one of the more exciting nights will take place on Tuesday 21st February, when no less than five hard-rocking young Cambodian bands will take part in Battle of The Bands at X-Bar. A serious first prize of $1,000 cash together with studio recording time and music video production has attracted groups from Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang. Sony’s own band, Batbangers, will be rehearsing their very best original songs for the event. Watch this space for more Chub Met news over the coming weeks.


Phnom Penh-based singer-songwriter Scott ‘Scoddy’ Bywater is set to take the proverbial plunge into the recording of a full-length studio album - turning songs such as Stuck inside of Phnom Penh with the Memphis blues again (It’s not the Mississippi it’s the Mekong), The Long Division, and Phnom Penh Driving School into actual digital reality. While Phnom Penh gig-goers have been singing along to these tracks around the traps for several years now, they have not as yet been able to listen to bona-fide studio recordings of Scoddy compositions. To become involved in the project, and get to the head of the queue for exclusive lyric books, t-shirts and other ‘digital and physical paraphernalia’, check out the newly-minted crowd-funding campaign at  Indiegogo or contact Scott directly via scoddy67@gmail.com

Scott Bywater, along with his Riverside Raybans sidekick James ‘Ukulele’ Speck, will be taking part in a huge celebration at Meta House this weekend. The multi-faceted arts institution has been promoting, exhibiting, screening and staging cultural events of all descriptions in Phnom Penh for the past ten years - recently winning an APAC award for ‘Best Contemporary Arts Centre 2016’ (Apacinsider). Meta House (also known as The German-Cambodian-Cultural Center) has invited a cavalcade of DJs, VJs, dancers, poets and musicians to mark their anniversary this Friday and Saturday. Well done Meta and happy 10th Birthday!


https://professorkinskimikedynamo.bandcamp.com/album/professor-kinski-x-mike-dynamo


A special ‘funk injection package’ was delivered to Leng Pleng Towers this week - courtesy of the newest and coolest duo in Phnom Penh: Professor Kinski featuring Mike Dynamo. We trust that these three awesome cuts of post-modern Cambo-funk are just the first fruits of a beautiful forthcoming relationship. Check out the tunes via the Bandcamp link above.


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 the Thursday 26th January 2017


Latest Gigs

Thursday  26-Jan-2017
  • 7:30 PM ~ Suffer Band at Spring Cafe & Cocktail in Kandal
  • 8:30 PM ~ Unity Band at Eclipse Sky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Elmo , AYA KURATA BANZAI , DJ/VJ X76 , Sky Zhang , Suzuki and Sao Sopheak at Meta House TERRACE
  • 9:00 PM ~ Colin and Pavel Blues at Jazz Club Phnom Penh
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Bree at Nova Club - Phnom Penh
  • 10:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater , Oscar's Band and Simoun at Oscar's On The Corner
Friday  27-Jan-2017
  • 6:00 PM ~ Donnie Pardell at Farm to Table
  • 7:00 PM ~ Billy Page at FCC - The Mansion
  • 7:00 PM ~ Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan at Tacos Kokopelli
  • 7:00 PM ~ Ritchy & Friends at Romdoul Chaktomuk boats
  • 7:00 PM ~ Coconut Band at K-Race
  • 7:00 PM ~ DJ Star at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 7:30 PM ~ Ultraviolet at Eclipse Sky Bar
  • 8:00 PM ~ Divergent Band at Rokku Sushi Lounge + Bistro
  • 8:30 PM ~ Aymen Ghali , Alex Scarpati and Philippe Javelle at Alchemy
  • 9:00 PM ~ Berlin-native at Meta House TERRACE
  • 9:00 PM ~ Kenny S.Smith and 4 On The Floor at Oscar's On The Corner
  • 9:00 PM ~ Blueberry Moonboys at Sharky Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and Dj FunkII Pro at Pontoon
Saturday  28-Jan-2017
  • 3:00 PM ~ Sony Batbanger at Little Red Fox in Siem Reap
  • 6:00 PM ~ Dr. Wah Wah , BFox , DJ Lefty , DJ Alan Ritchie and Dj Saint Vincent at Meta House ART CAFÉ
  • 6:00 PM ~ Keo Durivann & Friends at Meta House GALLERY
  • 6:00 PM ~ Harit Chunhanahtasup * at The Intercontinental Hotel Phnom Penh
  • 6:00 PM ~ James Speck , 9999 Arts Group , Andy Freak , AYA KURATA BANZAI , Sao Sopheak , Jessica Lisha Srin , Chris Minko and Sophea Chamroeun at Meta House TERRACE
  • 7:00 PM ~ Bob Passion & the Schkoots at The Institut Francais du Cambodge
  • 7:00 PM ~ DJ Star at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 8:00 PM ~ Divergent Band and Pearl Band at Rokku Sushi Lounge + Bistro
  • 8:30 PM ~ DJ Edwardowski , DJ Techander and DJ Sanjeev at ROCK'N'ROLL BAR in Siem Reap
  • 8:30 PM ~ DJ Bree , 12Me and Jessica Lisha Srin at Alchemy
  • 8:30 PM ~ Phnom Skor at FCC - The Mansion
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Gammy at Epic Club
  • 9:00 PM ~ Loopy Reggae at Sharky Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ Joe & The Jumping Jacks at Oscar's On The Corner
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Illest and Dj Dilee D at Pontoon
Sunday  29-Jan-2017
  • 7:00 AM ~ DJ Star , DJ Maily and DJ Nova at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 7:00 PM ~ DJ Star at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 8:00 PM ~ Divergent Band and Pearl Band at Rokku Sushi Lounge + Bistro
  • 8:00 PM ~ Harit Chunhanahtasup * at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Open Mic Night at Sharky Bar
Monday  30-Jan-2017
  • 9:30 PM ~ DJ Star , Dj Niko Yu , Dj Racky and DJ Nova at The Riverhouse Lounge
Tuesday  31-Jan-2017
  • 9:30 PM ~ DJ Star and DJ Kiss at The Riverhouse Lounge
Wednesday  1-Feb-2017
  • 7:00 PM ~ DJ Star , Dj Jerry and DJ Nova at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ Joe Wrigley and James Speck at Shanghai Bar
Coming Up
  • O. A torrent, the mud at Institut Francais du Cambodge
  • Noun Sovitou at The Institut Francais du Cambodge
  • Road to Mandalay at Duplex Taverne Belge
  • Blueberry Moonboys at Farm to Table
  • Joe & The Jumping Jacks at Bassac Lane
  • Takeshi Yamauchi, Mary Yamauchi and Machiko at Farm to Table
  • Battle of the Bands at X-Bar in Siem Reap
  • DJ Star, Dj Racky and DJ Nova at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • Kong Nay, Nikki Nikki, Kmeng Khmer and Pich Sophea at Royal Gardens of Siem Reap in Siem Reap
  • Kmeng Khmer and Joss Stone at Jaya House RiverPark in Siem Reap
  • Krom Monster and Rasmee at The FCC - Angkor in Siem Reap
  • 12Me, Elemental, Chifumi and Mike-Ysu at Triangle Restaurant-Lounge-Bar in Siem Reap
Regular Gigs


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Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 19th January 2017

Another super weekend of gigs is coming up on the Cambodian music scene. As always, check out the Leng Pleng Gig Guide below for more information about what’s happening around the traps. Don’t forget, if you are a performer or venue with a gig to promote, all you need to do is mail the information to gigs@lengpleng.com … and we’ll do the rest!

How many of these can you play? Pic: Jake Wachtel Facebook

Two very interesting shows with early kick-off times will take place on Friday in Phnom Penh. Jake Wachtel is a dedicated world traveller and a musician with an unusual goal: to learn to play every musical instrument ever made! While we would guess that the focus of this lofty aim is on the journey rather than the destination, Jake has attained competence on more than one-hundred different instruments during his travels around the world. The tide of life has now washed him back to the shores of Cambodia for a gig at Showbox on Friday, where he will be playing a diverse range of songs (in a diverse range of languages) on an instrument that fits quite well in a suitcase: a ukulele. Meanwhile, over at Farm-to-Table, Marianna Hensley will be making a rare live outing for a session of classic jazz tunes. One of Phnom Penh’s ‘best kept musical secrets’ is a talented singer with a clear, pure and stunning voice. Accompanied by subtle ‘old school’ jazz guitar work by Richard Pearl, Marianna Hensley’s performance will be something to savour.

Michael fronting the Hypnotic Fist Technique. Pic: Alchemy Facebook

Later on Friday, the Hypnotic Fist Technique team will be heading up to the riverside for their first gig of the new year and their very first performance at Oscar’s On The Corner. This incendiary mix of a cool, funky and happening band and the undisputed best late-night rock venue in Phnom Penh is bound to produce a memorable gig. Add in the return of their regular drummer James and a bunch of new songs to play… explosive! In the words of Hypnotic MC Michael Bridgett:

‘Break right out of that all new rut you've been digging with some brand new hip hop and R&B tunes designed to make you think you ass has a mind of its own!’

Well said, Michael!

Building up from street level: Huge benefit party at Boeung Kak
Lakeside this Saturday. Pic:
Develop Boeung Kak Facebook.

Saturday night in Phnom Penh offers the chance to hear several hours of great music, party with hundreds of people in a cool location and all the while contribute to a very worthy cause. Phnom Penh Underground will be celebrating three years of organising and promoting music events within the city’s underground club scene, with profits from the event going to the Develop Boeung Kak organisation. Mainman Lhoyd ‘DJ Sequence’ told Leng Pleng a little more about the big night:

“Our birthday party is is a massive event for us - firstly because it's a chance to get all of the fantastic DJ talent in the city together and secondly, and I think more importantly, it's a chance to give something back to a country that has given us so much.

We really hope that everyone can come and support us on Saturday - every cent of profit goes towards supporting children who haven't been blessed with the innate benefits that we automatically get as foreigners. Develop Boeung Kak, our nominated charity for the night, works at a grassroots level to try and help the children of Boeung Kak via a fantastic Free School.

So come and dance, drink, have a fantastic time in a unique setting and help out some people who really deserve your help!”

- DJ Sequence, Phnom Penh Underground

Pic: https://saveboeungkak.wordpress.com/

The former lakeside at Boeung Kak has been the site of many memorable music parties. This Saturday’s DJ event - featuring Phnom Penh favourites Alan Ritchie, DJ Bree and DJ Donabelle alongside DJ Sequence himself and many, many more - looks set to be another awesome night.

Krom have recently released a striking new music video for their track ‘Lil Suzie’ - ‘Krom’s signature song about the tragedy of Meta-amphetamine abuse’. Version ‘B’ of ‘Lil Suzie’ switches out bandleader Chris Minko’s vocals for a English-language lead vocal take by Sophea Chamroeun. The excellent film by director Long Chean features Chris Minko’s daughter, Anya Minko, in the lead role as ‘Lil Suzie’.





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 the 19th January 2017


Latest Gigs

Thursday  19-Jan-2017
  • 7:00 AM ~ DJ Star , Dj Racky and DJ Nova at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 7:00 PM ~ Mel and James at Stray Cats Guesthouse in Sihanouk Ville
  • 8:00 PM ~ GC Riders at Sihanoukville - New Square
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Elmo , AYA KURATA BANZAI , Sky Zhang , Suzuki and Sao Sopheak at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Kasumi at Epic Club
Friday  20-Jan-2017
  • 6:00 PM ~ zargz and Aram Khmer at Elly's Bar & Grill
  • 6:00 PM ~ Marianna Hensley at Farm to Table
  • 7:00 PM ~ Billy Page at FCC - The Mansion
  • 7:00 PM ~ Ben Yubeta at Stray Cats Guesthouse in Sihanouk Ville
  • 7:00 PM ~ Cloud Block Party at Cloud
  • 7:00 PM ~ Jake Walktell at The Show Box
  • 7:00 PM ~ Dj TIARA at K-Race
  • 7:00 PM ~ Miss Sarawan Band at Botanico Wine & Beer Garden
  • 7:00 PM ~ DJ Maily , Dj Rakky-z , Dj Niko Yu and DJ Nova at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 7:00 PM ~ Sarah Gee and Vantinn Hourn at Tacos Kokopelli
  • 7:30 PM ~ Suffer Band at MOTOR CAFE
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Watt's Up at Red Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Eyedee , Dj Vini and Dj Rockit at Epic Club
  • 9:00 PM ~ Moi Tiet at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and Dj FunkII Pro at Pontoon
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj MoTo and Dj Niko Yu at Nova Club - Phnom Penh
  • 9:00 PM ~ Tony Elchico at El Capitan
  • 9:30 PM ~ Hypnotic Fist Technique at Oscar's On The Corner
  • 10:00 PM ~ James Speck , Tim King , DJ Nicomatic , Electric Universe , Mr. Brown and Andy Freak at Meta House
Saturday  21-Jan-2017
  • 10:00 AM ~ Andy Freak , Sao Sopheak and Channthy at Meta House
  • 6:00 PM ~ DJ Bree , DJ Sequence , DJ Donabelle , DJ B-Fox , DJ Alan Ritchie , DJ Wah-Wah , Dj Lety Stryker , Dj Nora Haidee , Sushii Firas and Schiffterstudio at Simone Bistro & Art
  • 7:00 PM ~ DJ Maily , Dj Rakky-z and DJ Nova at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 7:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater and Channthy at FCC - The Mansion
  • 7:00 PM ~ Joe & The Jumping Jacks at Botanico Wine & Beer Garden
  • 8:30 PM ~ DJ Edwardowski , DJ Techander and DJ Sanjeev at ROCK'N'ROLL BAR in Siem Reap
  • 8:30 PM ~ Clay George at Alchemy
  • 9:00 PM ~ 9999 Arts Group at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Illest , Dj Dilee D and DJ Kenji at Pontoon
  • 9:30 PM ~ The Kampot Playboys at Oscar's On The Corner
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Shaman , DJ Ley , DJ Kosarl and DJ Bird at VITO Club
Sunday  22-Jan-2017
  • 7:00 AM ~ DJ Star , DJ Maily and DJ Nova at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 7:00 PM ~ James at Stray Cats Guesthouse in Sihanouk Ville
  • 7:30 PM ~ Suffer Band at Check-in Cowboy
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Diego at The D22
  • 9:00 PM ~ Open Mic Night at Sharky Bar
Monday  23-Jan-2017
  • 7:30 PM ~ Sopheak Chamroeun at Mango Mango Pub
  • 8:00 PM ~ Oscar's Acoustic Aperitif at Oscar's - downstairs
  • 8:00 PM ~ Scoot By water at Good Times Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ Oscar's Band , Ratha , Srey Ka and Sophal at Oscar's On The Corner
Tuesday  24-Jan-2017
  • 7:00 AM ~ Woody and Yolanda at Stray Cats Guesthouse in Sihanouk Ville
  • 7:00 PM ~ Chhin Ratanak at K-Race
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Avida at Nova Club - Phnom Penh
  • 10:00 PM ~ Oscar's Band , zargz and Chris at Oscar's On The Corner
Wednesday  25-Jan-2017
  • 7:00 PM ~ Joe Wrigley and Steve Sutcliffe at FCC - The Mansion
  • 7:00 PM ~ Alan at Stray Cats Guesthouse in Sihanouk Ville
  • 8:30 PM ~ Evgeny Scherbakov , Philippe Javelle , Marina Xavier and Sylvain Gagnon at Bouchon Wine bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ Danny , Antti , Ratha and Sophal at Oscar's On The Corner
  • 10:00 PM ~ Am Mittwoch and Bamboo Train at The Beer Garden in Sihanouk Ville
Coming Up
  • Scott Bywater, Oscar's Band, Simoun, Dave and Sophal at Oscar's On The Corner
  • Dj Elmo, AYA KURATA BANZAI, DJ/VJ X76, Sky Zhang, Suzuki and Sao Sopheak at Meta House
  • Billy Page at FCC - The Mansion
  • Bob Passion & the Schkoots at The Institut Francais du Cambodge
  • O. A torrent, the mud at Institut Francais du Cambodge
  • Noun Sovitou at The Institut Francais du Cambodge
  • Harit Chunhanahtasup * at The Intercontinental Hotel Phnom Penh, Meta House
  • Road to Mandalay at Duplex Taverne Belge
  • Donnie Pardell at Farm to Table
  • Joe & The Jumping Jacks at Oscar's On The Corner, Bassac Lane
  • Miss Sarawan at Meta House
  • Joe Wrigley and James Speck at Shanghai Bar
  • Blueberry Moonboys at Farm to Table
  • Colin and Pavel Blues at Jazz Club Phnom Penh
  • Takeshi Yamauchi, Mary Yamauchi and Machiko at Farm to Table
  • Coconut Band at K-Race
  • Kenny S.Smith at Oscar's On The Corner
  • Suffer Band at Spring Cafe & Cocktail in Kandal
  • Battle of the Bands at X-Bar in Siem Reap
  • Berlin-native at Meta House
  • DJ Wah-Wah at Meta House
  • DJ Gammy at Epic Club
  • DJ Edwardowski, DJ Techander and DJ Sanjeev at ROCK'N'ROLL BAR in Siem Reap
  • DJ Gang and Dj FunkII Pro at Pontoon
  • DJ Illest and Dj Dilee D at Pontoon
  • Kong Nay, Nikki Nikki, Kmeng Khmer and Pich Sophea at Royal Gardens of Siem Reap in Siem Reap
  • Kmeng Khmer and Joss Stone at Jaya House RiverPark in Siem Reap
  • Krom Monster and Rasmee at The FCC - Angkor in Siem Reap
  • DJ Bree at Nova Club - Phnom Penh
  • 12Me, Elemental, Chifumi and Mike-Ysu at Triangle Restaurant-Lounge-Bar in Siem Reap
Regular Gigs


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 Looking for information about weekly open mic nights and other regular music events? Leng Pleng has you covered!

Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 12th January 2017

Coming to a venue near you, tonight! Hexis pic - supplied

Oscar’s On The Corner will kick off another busy weekend of music with a special one-off evening of hardcore and metal music tonight (Thursday) - featuring no less than four bands! The bill has been put together by one of the engines of the Phnom Penh music scene - Ned Kelly. Ned has, once again, galvanised some of his extensive musical contacts and brought in some visiting international bands:

“HEXIS is a Black Metal/Hardcore hybrid of sorts (fans of Deafheaven, take note) from Copenhagen, Denmark. They have played over 300 shows all over the world from the USA, Europe, Russia, Japan and even Cuba. They are veterans of the stage and their show is intense.



INSINNER are a Death Metal band from Malaysia who go whole hog with the theatrical aspects of metal. Think make-up, long hair, and band member pseudonyms like Cryptor (guitar) and Torment (drums.) They play "traditional" death metal (did you ever think you'd live long enough to be uttering a phrase like that? I sure didn't) that is fast and heavy and extremely tight live.

NIGHTMARE AD & SLITEN6IX - you know who we are =p” - Ned Kelly

Cheers, Ned, the night looks awesome and thanks for making things happen!

Bong Bong Bong is a new ‘3-in-1’ establishment opening up this weekend on the laneway known as Street 240 ½ in Phnom Penh. Simultaneously a bar, a thrift shop and a painting workshop, the Bong Bong Bong opening party on Friday night will feature sets by the awesome 12MÉ, DJ Bree and DJ Niko Yu. 

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Botanico will be serving up a delectable acoustic night on Friday, featuring two different performers. Jeff Sleeman is a talented guitarist from the UK who is just as comfortable shredding with a band as he is performing a solo fingerstyle set of subtly elaborate, Ewan Dobson-inspired instrumental songs. Jeff will be saving the shredding for Saturday night (Jadermeister, also at Botanico) and going fully acoustic for a double bill with the delightful Lisa Concepcion on Friday evening.

Tacos Kokopelli is the re-branded Alleycat, this weekend enjoying an official opening weekend with musical accompaniment by Robin Narciso (Friday), Billy Page (Saturday) and the usual Sunday afternoon Sundowners acoustic session. Billy Page sent us this cool video (below) which gives a great insight into his approach to music and his original songs. Best wishes and good luck to Tacos Kokopelli and we hope that the new brand will host just as many memorable musical moments as did the Alleycat.



Multi-instrumentalist Stanford Reid will be back performing at the unique artistic hub that is Showbox this week - with a full gig on Tuesday night and as host of the hectic weekly Wednesday open mic. Live sax, vocals and bass guitar accompany pre-recorded tracks to create a very original and unique show.

Two instruments are better than one: Stanford at Showbox, by Steve Porte.

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




JOE WRIGLEY

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