Weekly wrap – Commencing Thursday 29 August 2019


A new band on the scene, Retro Carnival, hits the stages playing disco covers from the 70s and 80s – you can check them out at Sharky Bar on Thursday and Alchemy on Saturday.

Friday night sees Peter Doyle at Botanico, Lisa Concepcion at LF Garden, Samsara at the Futures Factory, and the eclectic sounds of The Sock Essentials at Farm to Table.   Meanwhile Euan, Mirasol and Larry team up for a jazz night at Alchemy, it’s Caribbean night at Bassac Lane, and the Boxchords are at The Bodleian.  Later on Vantinn Hoeurn is solo at Good Times Bar, and K’n’E rock Oscar’s on the Corner.

On Saturday The Schkoots will play at the French Institute as part of Bob Passion’s exhibition opening, Thomas Hommeyer and Pervez Gulzar bring Indian music to Cloud, Chi-Town return to Sharky Bar, Samsara and zargz are at Java Tuol Kork, visiting ska pirate Moisty Atsushi is at Good Times Bar, and Grace and The Hound are at Botanico.  Earlier in the day there’s live music on the bill at tattoo event Ink Festival at the Futures Factory, and across town in Tuol Tom Pong restaurant Trattoria Bello, new act 1 Girl 6 Strings will be jazzing things up.

Come Monday there’s a choice of Italian guitar shredder Davide Lo Surdo at Hard Rock Café Phnom Penh and the Golden Era sounds of Dane at Le Boutier.

KLEEN, the latest record from singer-songwriter, producer and wordsmith Gone Marshall, was released this week on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music – and a bit later to Bandcamp.

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The Leng Pleng Weekly Feature

It’s not a gun

Those who get around the traps regularly would recognise photographer Steve Porte, whose work is hard to escape if you are a Phnom Penh musician.  Each weekend brings another tranche or two or three of superb photographs from the city’s stages that make us look like rockstars.

“I got pulled into music photography kind of by accident, but it’s fun.  I get to go out, I like to listen to music.  Some of the bands I absolutely would not listen to at home are the most interesting visually.”

Read the whole feature here.

Passing Chords:  a few things you might not know about…

Bob Passion.  Jack of all trades – artist, punk, performer, trainer and social worker – his new exhibition opens at the French Institute on Saturday evening, to be followed by a concert by his band of French punks The Schkoots.

Your pet musical hate:
I cannot stand Hotel California.

A private musical indulgence:
The Schkoots. 

The year you came to Cambodia:
2003.  Just before Christmas. I came here to work for the Phare Circus.  I used to work in a circus in Brazil, and I met in France with them, and they asked me to come to Cambodia to help them.  To tell you the truth, I was very scared to come to Asia, because I grew up in the sixties, to me Cambodia was a war territory.  All those pictures from the TV when I was a kid.

An early music memory:
My first memory is Gene Vincent – I’m a real rock’n’roll fan.  I was born in 1961, so they already were dead, but when I was ten years old it was Gene Vincent and Buddy Holly.  But Gene Vincent is my star because he was the one with the black jacket and the motorbike.  Then the Sex Pistols – my second big smash in the head.  Every time I hear the Sex Pistols or the Ramones on the radio or on my computer I am 16 again.

Your favourite food:
Pasta.  But not the red sauce.  And I love salad.

What you do on a night off:
I try to sleep.

The country you want to visit:
Japan.  I really wish sometime to go to play rock’n’roll in Japan.  The Schkoots Live in Budokan!

A stage superstition you have:
I am not superstitious, I don’t have time for that.

Something people might be surprised to know about you:
I am a book writer, an intellectual.  It’s difficult to notice it, because I hide it.  I went to Europe to promote my book and at first I was very shy about it, but now I am so proud.

A question from last week’s participant:  Who are you?
Bob Passion: art adventurer.

A question for next week’s participant:
Why don’t you dance with me?


Steve Porte Photo of the Week


Christina Limmi of Vibratone at their triumphant return gig at Alchemy last Saturday.

Let us know about your gigs: send information to gigs@lengpleng.com.

Stay safe out there, and see you around the traps.

your correspondent,

Guillermo Wheremount




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