Weekly wrap – commencing Thursday 25 February 2021



Another month, another community event – ladies and gentlemen, you will not be surprised that things are looking quiet for this weekend and the next, at the very least.  Let’s hope we get back to our position as live music capital of the world shortly.

While there are a few gigs listed this week, be prepared for social distancing restrictions and for last minute cancellations.

If you’re stuck at home, there may well be some events converted to online, and there’s always kampotradio.com with a range of shows on offer – don’t let Kampot have all the fun.  And/or go via Patreon and subscribe to access selected shows on demand.

In the meantime, Pervez Gulzar, of PRERNA, Boxchords and The Sundance Kings, has launched a YouTube channel that features videos from his various and several projects – including PRERNA doing Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir.

TeenFreaks Music, a side project of our friends Geography of the Moon, currently stranded in Scotland, have today released a new charity compilation album, Music for Mutual Aid, that features several songs by Cambodian based and Cambodian linked acts, including Sochi & Stan/Professor Kinski (number one on the KampotRadio top 100 2020), GOTM themselves, Ernie Buck, Jared Bibler, Justin Frew, Scoddy, Jason Shaw (ex-CSP) and much more, across a range of styles.  Available via download from Bandcamp.com.   Profits will go to Glasgow Mutual Aid, who support people in need.  Recently the album was acknowledged and promoted by Belle & Sebastian.

A reminder that Ernie Buck has released a new single on Bandcamp, Spotify, YouTube and all the other places: Avocado.   And
there’s now a video

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

Photo: supplied

Sage Greco. Bass player around town in Siem Reap.  Former house bass player for Kevin’s Vagabond Pub, current fixture and guest host of The Harbour’s Open Mic, once showcased at NYC’s seminal punk club CBGBs, also string thumper for Dean Wolf Bailey, and The Wildmen, among others.

Do you have a pet musical hate?
Bon Jovi, they gave rock a bad name. Also, 80s music is as old to kids now as Gershwin, Kern and Cole Porter were when I was their age. Kraftwerk is to the synth as Benny Goodman was to the clarinet. That’s just weird.

A private musical indulgence:
70s & 80s disco, but not Village People or ABBA, more like Kool & the Gang, Earth Wind & Fire and Brothers Johnson.

The year you first came to Cambodia:
2017, from Thailand with my Thai wife on her birthday.  We went straight to our bar (we had a bar with our friend Kevin) and I haven’t left since.

An early music memory:
Jaco Pastorius‘ headstock touching my forehead while he was soloing in a tiny club in NYC back in the 1980s.  Seeing The Who in the 1970’s at Madison Square Garden and there were whole rows of seats on fire and kids were having fireworks battles with each other!

The last thing you had to eat:
Tacos, but generic homemade hard shell garbage. Still good, though!

A country you want to visit:
Greece, all those islands.

A book or movie you keep going back to:
Inevitably it will always come back to The Big Lebowski for numerous reasons, one of which is it was shot in my mom’s old 1920’s bungalow (The Dude’s place) and I always get a kick out of seeing it again.  But, like that’s just my opinion, man.

What languages do you have?
After more than a decade living in Thailand I speak some Thai, my wife speaks little English, so I speak Thai everyday but not as well as I like to believe (!).

Your primary instrument, and when you started playing it:
Electric bass, because when I was 14 everybody else was playing guitar, and growing up I heard a lot of soul and funk music like Sly & the Family Stone, so I always loved the sound.  My aunt bought me Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix albums when I was still listening to Elton John and Barry Manilow so I owe her something.

Something people might be surprised to know about you:
I was once a competitve roller-skater and in the late 80s helped spawn the Action Sport movement like X Games by building and skating backyard ramps and hosting events.  I’m also considered to be the father of New York Central Park roller slalom, which became so well known that ESPN covered world competitions in the 1990s on the course that I had established in the late 1970s.

You have a time machine and a magic ticket to one gig or festival in the past. What do you choose?
No brainer, Hendrix in Maui.  I mean, c’mon.

A question from last week’s participant:
Which band of all time would you like to play with? Oooh… Tough one, pick somebody like SRV and could you even hang? Go for a jam band like The Dead?  Got it, Allman Brothers @ Filmore East. Rock, blues, honky-tonkin’!

Musician/s seeking Musician/s

Want to list?  Contact us at lengplenggigs@gmail.com.

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

Steve Porte Photo of the Week

Joe Wrigley performing at The Box Office, Saturday 20 February.

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

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

your correspondent,

Guillermo Wheremount




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