Weekly wrap – Commencing Thursday 5 March 2020


Tonight sees the start of a new Thursday night residency, the Sun Dogs (Antonio, Gerard and Pervez) at Sundance, and the continuation of a long-running one with The Extraordinary Chambers at Oscar’s on the Corner.  There are on-going regular open mics at Good Times Bar and Ege Bar, and a jam session at Hard Rock Café Phnom Penh.

On Friday visiting Canadian country singer-songwriter Ryan Cook (see our weekly feature below) takes the stage for his first Cambodian show at Alchemy.  At Farm to Table, Charlie & Clara get in their musical time machine, Randy Cataluna returns to Botanico, and Robin Narciso is at LF Social Club.  Bassac Lane welcome back Siem Reap act Angkor Music Lovers, while The Goldilocks Zone start their weekend at CloudThe Boxchords are at L.A.B., there’s a Back to the 70s tribute by Band@Work at Hard Rock Café, Pete Doyle is at Mojito’s, and Sinville Roadshow make it happen at Oscar’s on the Corner.

On Saturday, International Women’s Day is being marked at Duplex Belgian Taverne with Khmerpink: a new band put together by Jany Min & Jamie Raine will open for rising alt-Khmer star  Vartey Ganiva and the newly renamed Sam & The Unbreakables (formerly SamRocker Band); and in a contrasting form at L.A.B. with a collaboration between Metta Legita, Cecile Dahome and Intan Andriana.

Elsewhere on Saturday you can see Sinville Roadshow at Alchemy, Indian music duo PRERNA with Robin Narciso at Botanico, Lisa Concepcion at LF Social Club and Joshua Chiang at CloudThe Uncomfortably White Brothers play their last 2020 show at Sundance, and Aguita E’Coco take on Sharky Bar.  Later and louder at Oscar’s on the Corner, Anesthetic Youth, visiting for the first time from Ho Chi Minh City, open up for The Goldilocks Zone – an all-original alt-rock double header not to be missed.  Anesthetic Youth were good enough to share this
self interview video
with Leng Pleng.

On Sunday the IWD celebrations continue with a special Girl Power show by children’s band Mimi and the Merrymakers at Farm to Table, and Kwest offer a dual piano recital by Misato Nakaishi and Issei SakanoAlli G sees the weekend out at The Deck, there’s a new open mic at Futures Factory, and the Sunday Sundowner Sessions at Tacos Kokopelli roll on as usual but with special guest host Dave Zdriluk.

Out of town this weekend there’s Fishstix at The Plantation Kampot and a Sunday afternoon double header at Stray Cats Kep with Code Red and Woody Dares.

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The Leng Pleng Weekly Feature

Been really blessed: on the road with Ryan Cook

Visiting Phnom Penh this weekend is Ryan Cook, a Canadian singer-songwriter in the classic vintage country style with a good dose of hillbilly rolled in.

“It’s somewhere between folk and country and hillbilly, and I do some yodelling,” he says in explanation.  “But it’s definitely a modern landscape for the lyrics and storylines, they’re all set right here in the present and the future.  The music itself is a throwback to more classic country.  All with a Canadian twist; I’m not from Alabama or anything.”

Read the whole feature here

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

DJ Sequence
came up through the British rave scene in the 90s.  Since arriving in Cambodia in 2011, he has been very much involved in the gradually developing dance music scene, including co-founding and operating the definitive club scene and events promotion entity Phnom Penh Underground.   On Friday night the PPUG’s CUBIK series of events continues at Heart of Darkness with Fast Forward Into The Future, also featuring Kenny Chase, Sushi and Shadows of Space.

Your pet musical hate:
So many, but I think I would have to put Brown eyed girl by Van Morrison at the top of the list. It really epitomizes everything I hate about turgid, dull music. Whenever I hear the “sha-la-la” bit, I feel physically ill.

A private musical indulgence:
The Sicilian Defence by The Alan Parsons Project is my most listened to album of all time, according to iTunes. The Alan Parsons Project have to be the uncoolest band ever, but I love this album!

The year you first came to Cambodia:
First came here in holiday In 2008. We came to live here in 2011. As is obligatory, I must say “things have changed.”!

An early music memory:
A friend at school had a walkman with two headphone slots. We listened to Conditioning by Howard Jones – the opening track of the Humans Lib album. It was the first time I had really heard “electronic” sounds and it was a massive revelation – the idea of sound rather than melody.

Your favourite food:
Italian – those guys are the masters!

What you do on a night off:
Watch weird 1970s/1980s children’s TV like The Tripods and The box of delights.

The country you want to visit:
I’d love to go to Ethiopia and see the amazing Coptic churches.

A stage habit or superstition you have:
I always wear the same Phnom Penh Underground t-shirt if it’s an event I am promoting.  When we got them printed, they made them so small that I have to wear another t-shirt underneath.

Something people might be surprised to know about you:
My grandmother was Miss America in the 1930s. The beauty gene skipped a few generations.

A question from last week’s participant: What’s the craziest thing that you’ve seen happen at a gig in Cambodia?
Having a guy pull a gun on me?  That was pretty weird – but maybe normal for Cambodia.

A question for next week’s participant:
Roland TR808 or TR909? If you don’t know what they are, look them up!



Steve Porte Photo of the Week

Scene documentarist David Flack caught in the act at Garage, 29 February 2020

Let us know about your upcoming gigs, events, news and interesting activities: send information to gigs@lengpleng.com.

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

your correspondent,

Guillermo Wheremount






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