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Wednesday and Thursday used to be quieter nights – KWest Restaurant now offer an afterwork session with pianist Mathias Aspelin on both, while The Vine has Ernie Buck on Wednesdays, and on Thursdays The Bodleian features Far East Society, Samsara are at Bona’s Pub, there are open mics at The Deck and Good Times Bar, and the Extraordinary Chambers at Oscar’s on the Corner. And as a one off this Thursday evening, LF Garden is hosting a pop up store for ethical fashion range Morijana with live music by Jazure.
On Friday we see the welcome return of Kristin Rasmussen with Pavel Ramirez at Farm to Table, Friday Fizz with the Boxchords at The Bodleian, Samsara Trio debuts at Cloud, Lisa Concepcion is at LF Garden, Ernie Buck at Botanico and newcomer Alby Damn at Good Times Bar. For the jazz, there’s Euan Gray Trio at Alchemy, for the pop it’s a Pink/Jessie J/Maroon 5 tribute night at Hard Rock Café, and then there’s Smile Band at Bona’s and The Goldilocks Zone at LF Social Club (see our Leng Pleng Weekly Feature below).
Saturday seems busier than usual this weekend, starting with Visal Nou & Co in the early evening at Futures Factory, new alternative Irish folk from The Riel Capital at LF Garden, the Boxchords are on Bassac Lane and there’s an open mic at Coin Café. For Latin there’s Gonzalo Rodino and Poca de Feo at Botanico and the Havana Kings at Alchemy. Meanwhile singer/songwriter Scott Bywater launches a new EP at Bona’s Pub, Ernie Buck & the Cham Ticks play Oscar’s on the Corner, Peter Doyle is at Good Times Bar, and Secrets hold their first anniversary party featuring Aok Sokunkanha.
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The Leng Pleng Weekly Feature
Ahead of The Goldilocks Zone’s first gig in a while, Ronan Sheehan spoke to Leng Pleng about the story behind the band.
The big leap came when they decided to add bass and drums, making a five piece. “A big driver of that was the Diamond Moon Festival [in November 2017]. They wanted us to play, and it was a big stage – you want a three piece acoustic band, a cajon and two guitars? No way am I doing that. We got a drummer in and a bassist in and switched to electric guitars, and we never looked back.”
Passing chords: a few things you might not know about…
Mirasol Aguila. Since moving to Phnom Penh from Siem Reap a couple of years ago Mirasol has become a vital part of the musical landscape in the city. She does duo work around town, and you might have seen her come to life out in front of larger bands like the South East Asia Soul Revue and more recently Pocket Change. “I’m a little bit of an introvert,” she says. “I love to sing and entertain on stage but in reality I’m very shy person. I often spend my time alone at home doing things I like: cooking, making art and crafts or drawing. I have two beautiful cats, Tam & Byrnes, and one active and very playful puppy Aj.”
Your pet musical hate:
Music that I really don’t like to listen to is the music that doesn’t give sense to the listeners, especially music that promotes hatred and the vanities of this generation. Most of the music industry only makes music that will fill their pockets, it’s just noise, no meaning, rather than making sounds that will fill the minds and hearts of the listeners.
A private musical indulgence:
Besides listening to soul music I love Dead can Dance, Within Temptation, fantasy music, opera, classical and Goth dark music – these types of music inspire me to draw.
The year you came to Cambodia:
An early music memory:
My early music memories are the songs of Whitney Houston, 10,000 Maniacs, Aretha Franklin, Depeche Mode, Annie Lennox, Mariah Carey, Peabo Bryson, Celine Dion, Peter, Simon and Mary, Alan Parsons Project, Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind And Fire, Luther Vandross, Bread, The Beatles, Diana Ross, Laura Branigan, Tina Turner – mostly from 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.
Your favourite food:
Besides my own food from the Philippines I love Japanese, Indian, Greek, Vietnamese, Chinese, Italian and Spanish food.
What you do on a night off:
I often stay awake up to 3 am because I can’t sleep early. This kind of time my mind is fully awake, I try be creative and do drawings or paint if I feel like it, but mostly I procrastinate and watch movies instead.
The country you want to visit:
I can’t count them on my hands! I have so many places I would like to go: England, Scotland, Ireland, Indonesia, Nepal, Iceland, Mongolia, Russia, Turkey, Spain, Italy, India and many more.
Steve Porte photo of the week
Todd Bazley – an injury not preventing him from taking the drum seat for Nightmare AD.
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Stay safe out there, and see you around the traps.