**UPDATE: Live music round up for New Year’s Eve***
- Hard Rock Café Phnom Penh presents Sinn Sethakol, the grandson of Sinn Sisamuth, in concert from 6 pm, followed by the house regulars Band@Work with Dana from 9 pm and DJs to close
- Cloud hosts a 1920s Prohibition Party with the Antonio, Pervez and Gerard Jazz Trio.
- Chi-Town bring in 2020 with the blues at Botanico
- Arome Khmer are the entertainment at the Angel Sky Bar.
- Thursday night regulars The Extraordinary Chambers – the tightest and loosest band in the city – at Oscar’s on the Corner until way past midnight
- out of town, a big night at Banyan Tree in Kampot, with Trowsers Down and Woody Dares and the Frog Eaters plus DJs
For those following the live music through to New Year’s Eve, tonight Sundance offers Clara & Tsale, Phil & Antti are at LAB, and the GC Riders are at Oscar’s on the Corner.
On Friday, Meta House offers a broad menu all of its own – visiting French jazz trio NHK early, followed by an avantgarde concert by Notorische Ruhestoerung from Germany, leading on into their regular Friday underground tech party, Metatronic, with special guest DJ Marie Thach ម៉ារី. Elsewhere, The Roots, touring from the Philippines, are at Farm to Table, Peter Doyle is at Botanico, The Boxchords are at Alchemy, GC Riders will play Duplex, there’s a rock history tribute by Band@Work at Hard Rock Café Phnom Penh, and Samsara are at Oscar’s on the Corner.
On Saturday night GC Riders play at Alchemy, NHK Trio at Au Marche restaurant, The Roots take to Bassac Lane, Scott Bywater is at Botanico, Lisa Concepcion is at The K’s, and K’n’E are at Oscar’s on the Corner.
Skipping forward to Tuesday night, live music-related New Year’s Eve events to hand at present are a big night at Banyan Tree in Kampot, Chi-Town at Botanico, The Extraordinary Chambers at Oscar’s on the Corner and a 1920s Prohibition Party at Cloud with a live band to be confirmed. New gigs will be added to the guide as they will no doubt be announced in the coming days – keep checking via the website or the app.
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The Leng Pleng Weekly Feature
2019: An Incomplete and Selective Review of the Year
For the last Leng Pleng of 2019, we’ve passed the hat around for a collection of memories of gigs that were highlights in the year – musicians, whole bands, regular gig-goers and the all-important sound personnel – to remember what we saw, what we missed (because we can’t be everywhere), and what we should go and check out in 2020.
See what Mia Lee, Anne Chretien, The Goldilocks Zone, Darryl Carter, Vanntin Hoeurn, Magnus Saemundsson, Carrie Herbert, Geography of the Moon, Arone Silverman, Metta Legita, Poz, Adrien Gayraud, Mirasol Aguila and Greg Beshers had to say about 2019.
Passing Chords: a few things you might not know about…
Jan Mueller: producer, remix master, DJ, drummer with The Schkoots, guitarist with Vibratone, co-founder of Dub Addiction – and that’s just what he’s doing currently, never mind his long history on Cambodian stages. A musically omnivorous performer of a great passion. At present he’s also working on a new album with electro-poetry group AIRSTRIP – coming in February 2020.
Your pet musical hate:
Queen. And the cross-over nu metal, which is too pretentious and takes itself a little too seriously.
A private musical indulgence:
The Prodigy. The first thing I was into was Yellowman and Slayer, then into hiphop, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Public Enemy, Jungle music and UK Big Beat.
The year you first came to Cambodia:
2002, I was doing an internship with the local TV stations – TVK, Apsara TV – for four months. I got out of the plane and felt I had arrived home. Then I had to go back to Berlin – but a year later I was back here for good.
An early music memory:
I was a big Michael Jackson fan, when I was about eight or nine years old I had a white suit and a little Michael Jackson dance group and we were performing. I was not the best dancer but I did what I could. I was called Jacko in those days.
Your favourite food:
I really love lok lak, but after 12 years of eating only lok lak but I’m cutting down on meat these days. Then I discovered street tacos in California.
What you do on a night off:
I play with my daughter.
The country you want to visit:
I want to visit north Laos, Luang Prabang. Also Bolivia and Peru – I’ve never been to South America, the only continent I haven’t visited. Nepal, Tibet, Burma.
A stage habit or superstition you have:
I always want to do the Jesus [stretches his arms up and out]. Also if the last band practice is bad then the show will definitely be good.
Something people might be surprised to know about you:
When I hear the right song I start crying – I’m very emotional and sensitive when it comes to music. When I saw the Kampot Playboys playing recently, their song Riverflow – I was crying.
A question from last week’s participant, Jared Bibler: If you had the opportunity to visit with any non-musician, public figure whether living or dead, who would it be?
A question for next week’s participant:
On which Star Wars planet would you like to settle down for good and why?
Steve Porte Photo of the Week
Shira and Aymen at the final Wednesday night jam, LF Social Club, Wednesday 18 December, 2019
Let us know about your upcoming gigs, events, news and interesting activities: send information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay safe out there, see you around the traps, and all the best for 2020.