Another lively week in Phnom Penh: hot on the heels of the long awaited surreal video for Last Scream, the first single by The Goldilocks Zone, Sunflowers and Dragons this week dropped their own track, Lagrimas, an infectious tune written by Roxane Dumont and Ayman Ghali; both videos feature familiar faces and familiar street scenes.
As usual there’s a broad selection of live music on offer this Friday. There’s some unusual jazz with Stan and Andrey at Farm to Table (see our Leng Pleng Weekly Feature below), Rob Narciso will be at LF Garden, Jeffro Starks at Cloud, and catch the return of The Sock Essentials at Botanico.
Elsewhere, The 99 Boyz are at Duplex, The Uncomfortably White Brothers blast off at Alchemy, Into the Gold are at The Bodleian, and Srey Ka is back out front of the Oscar’s on the Corner house band, K’n’E, after her tour of the USA.
On Saturday you can catch Mok Sombo and Leon at Java Tuol Kork as the Café Concerts continue, and there’s the reopening of Hub Street Cocktails featuring Miss Sarawan Duo and Scott Bywater, while Lisa Concepcion plays Mikawa and Pocket Change funk up Alchemy.
On Sunday, big things are going on across the Mekong, with NGO Moms Against Poverty presenting Mekong Open Air 2019 at Prek Ta Kov Community Centre, featuring Dock Chkae, Reign in Slumber and Silent Band. To clarify last week’s mention, Dock Chkae will be performing at German heavy metal music festival Wacken Open Air 2019 at the end of the month, in company with the likes of Slayer, Anthrax, and Queensryche. And to the south, KBach Gallery are hosting their first open mic and brunch from noon – offering one free craft beer for each performer. Later on there’s all the regular Sunday gigs to sample.
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The Leng Pleng Weekly Feature
Slovenian guitarist Stan Paleco teams up on Friday with Russian bass player Andrey Meshcheryakov, for an event at Farm to Table titled Alone Together – a tribute to the sublime 1972 album of the same name by the guitar and bass duo of Jim Hall and Ron Carter. Stan spoke to Leng Pleng about his journey.
“My first instrument was the accordion, kind of the national instrument of Slovenia – my grandfather and my father both wanted me to play it. So I did it six years of accordion, but I always wanted to be a guitarist, ever since I was a kid, when I saw my first rock video, a heavy metal guitarist with long hair, I thought: I want to do that.”
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Jazz ‘Jazure’ Johnston, a gifted Australian singer/songwriter who has been slowly and quietly creeping onto the Phnom Penh scene. She’s working on her debut EP and preparing for a tour of the east coast of Australia later this year. You can find her single Smoke and Mirrors here. Other links: Streaming – Instagram – Facebook.
Your pet musical hate:
Overplaying. There’s nothing like a well-crafted part.
A private musical indulgence:
I’ve never admitted this until now, but I grew up on Enya and I still think she is amazing (I love all those vocal layers in the production!!!!)!
The year you came to Cambodia: I first came to Cambodia in 2013, and have kept visiting since! Love the Kingdom Of Wonders!
An early music memory:
The first time I listened to The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, on this crappy cassette player sitting in the countryside, just listening intently. It was one of the first times an album had made a profound mark on me where I could replay it over and over again.
Your favourite food:
Tie between Lasagna and a Nourish Bowl from Vibe. Yum.
What you do on a night off:
I’m a bit of a grandma, love staying in and having a good wine/ book/ film/listening session of an album.
The country you want to visit:
The next country I’d love to visit is Mexico! Everything from the food/music/fashion/beaches draws me there.
A stage superstition you have: None 🙂 I live pretty superstition free, haha.
Something people might be surprised to know about you:
When I was a child my eyes were stuck cross-eyed. (You should see the family photos!!).
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Pavel zargz Ramirez: our local Chilean/Swedish guitarslinger for hire
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Stay safe out there, and see you around the traps.