Weekly wrap – commencing Thursday 17 September 2020


The action is up north this weekend, as the recently quiet Siem Reap will get substantially louder with the influx of some of the most popular expat bands in Phnom Penh:  The Schkoots, Blood Bricks, The Goldilocks Zone, Funan Beat Empire will play at a number of venues across Friday and Saturday night.  See the gig guide below for details.

For those at a loose Pchum-Ben-holiday end in Phnom Penh tonight, Thursday, there are open mics at Good Times X with Pavel Ramirez and at Ege Bar with Anthony Armenti, and full band action with The Extraordinary Chambers at Oscar’s on the Corner.

On Friday Band@Work have a tribute night at Hard Rock Café and Major/Minor return to AlchemySon Cubano continue their Elephant Bar residency, and Scott Bywater is early at Oscar’s on the Corner, followed by house band K’n’E.

Saturday night is a little busier – for acoustic try Rusty Nail Band at Ponytails, Kirsty & Dave at The Box Office or Boxchords at Alchemy.  There’s jazz at Green Pepper with Intan & Stan, Major/Minor are at Duplex, and K’n’E take it late at Oscar’s on the Corner.

As ever, the open mic Sunday Sundowner Sessions at Tacos Kokopelli will dish up a variety of performers from 5 – 8 pm, then from 9 pm at Oscar’s on the Corner The Big Baaad Jam brings jammers together.  For an additional Sunday treat, Intan & Stan provide a Smooth Sunday at Green Pepper with guest Daisuke on double bass.

Due to misunderstandings the original had to be pulled, but there’s now a new video for the song Cheap Charlie by Sochi & Stan, still featuring many well known faces and scenes.  Check
it out here

Gone Marshall’s first album, the neopsychedelic garage The Crunch, has been reworked into a retro first person shooter game for Windows/PC.  Seek out tracks from the record while avoiding or destroying zombies and bad guys; download it here for free.

Leng Pleng is experiencing some issues with its email: please use lengplenggigs@gmail.com for contact for the time being.

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

Photo: supplied

Anthony Armenti.    A drummer and guitarist who you may have seen as part of the duos Anthony & Femke, Anthony & Intan, One Girl Six Strings, or behind the kit with Moi Tiet and a number of small jazz combos.  Currently he’s drumming with Major/Minor who will be playing a double header this weekend – at Alchemy on Friday and Duplex on Saturday.  He will also host the Thursday night open mic at Ege Bar tonight.

A pet musical hate:
In Cambodia, musicians who are always talking about money and not about the music – truly a difference between my experiences in Cambodia and in France.

A private musical indulgence:
Snarky Puppy.  I saw them live twice, I really love this band.

The year you first came to Cambodia:
12 October 2015.

An early music memory:
When I was at primary school there was coming to make music activities in our school, and he had a djembe, and that’s how I discovered drums – after that I took drum lessons for the first time.

The last thing you had to eat:
A salad with eggs and tomato.

What you do on a night off:
If I’m tired I’ll just watch a movie or a series, if I’m not tired I go to watch live music, go and see other bands.

A country you want to visit:
I want to see more of the region.  I haven’t had time to visit Laos, I went to Thailand but not enough.

A book or movie you keep going back to:
Singin’ in the Rain, it’s my favourite movie.

Your primary instrument, and when you started playing it:
Drums – I started when I was six.  I started guitar when I was 15 or 16, but then seriously around 18 – when I had music theory lessons everyone else was training on a piano, and I couldn’t afford a piano, so I learned how to play the chords while studying harmony.

Something people might be surprised to know about you:
Before studying music I studied cinema, and I had to watch eight or ten movies a day.

You have a time machine and a magic ticket to one gig or festival in the past.  What do you choose?
Chick Corea Elektric Band, some time during the 1980s.

A question from last week’s participant, Gareth Bawden:  if you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you have with you to survive?
My guitar, a lot of water, and a lot of cheese – because I’m French!

Musician/s seeking Musician/s

Graham Kemish is an experienced and adventurous violinist keen to play with any individual or group in Cambodia.  For the full dossier contact him here.

Singer-songwriter Gone Marshall is seeking collaborators who would like to play existing originals and select covers: 1) a percussionist, who can play out either on a full kit or even a basic snare, cajon, portable kit, plastic tub or distended (*amplified) beer belly, depending on the situation and mobility needs for live events and happenings; 2) bass player or bass keyboardist to deliver the low end.  Contact him here.

Leng Pleng also recommends the Facebook page Phnom Penh Open Mic as a resource for finding fellow players.

Want to make a listing?     lengplenggigs@gmail.com

Steve Porte Photo of the Week

Suddenly they’re everywhere:  Blood Bricks at Cloud, 11 September, 2020.

Let us know about any musical activities we aren’t capturing:  lengplenggigs@gmail.com.

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

your correspondent,

Guillermo Wheremount





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