Weekly Wrap – Commencing Thursday the 23rd June 2016

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Another week and yet
another small-but-perfectly-formed collection of superb shows beckons
to live gig goers in Phnom Penh and Cambodia. Read on to discover
some of the highlights.
Hepi is a cool
cat. pic: David Flack
Hepi
Starr is an unassuming musician of astounding ability, thus
far flying ‘under the radar’ within the small expat scene of Phnom
Penh. Hepi sings and plays classic 1960’s and 1970’s pop with
incredible accuracy. If you have ever sat down at the piano or with a
guitar and tried to figure out a Beatles song, you will know how hard
it can be to get all the details right – the unusual chord
voicings, melodies and harmonies that are so often overlooked by
cover song merchants. This is because Paul McCartney is a genius
songwriter with the ability to distil complex ideas into a small and
simple form – anybody can sing a Beatles song, but it can be very
hard to cover a Beatles song accurately. You can hear Hepi Starr
do it ‘the right way’ at The Alley Cat Cafe
this Friday night.
Voting
to Remain within the E.U. (Electrick
Universe)
on Friday
James Speck,
Nico Mesterharm and
Tim King will be
stepping ‘through the looking glass’ on Friday as they take their
band Electrick Universe
on a journey to another dimension. Sounds crazy? – it is! The
experimental electronic
music trio will be playing
a show at Meta House
while
their ‘avatar’ alter egos are simultaneously streamed
into a specially-created
‘virtual
nightclub’ via 3rdrockgrid.com.
Anyone can make an avatar account at the website and log-in to
hop://grid.3rdrockgrid.com:8002/King/170/65/15
on
Friday night to check out the show. Gig-goers
at the actual,
real-life Meta
House

will
witness
all
of this transpiring and will also be able to take part in the show’s
third dimension: an
on-site
web-cam connected to a real-time animation sequence
will
transpose your face into one
of the Electrick
Universe

robot characters!
3D
animation
guru and former Ukes
of Hazard

frontman James
Speck

contacted Leng Pleng
to
explain all the details, set-up and concepts that will make the
Electrick Universe
Meta House show
something very new and unique in Cambodia. Due
to the very limited brain capacity of this correspondent, the
process
did take some considerable time and we are still not 100% sure of the
exact workings
of the show (entitled and themed Rain

after the recent period of drought during
which
the concept was conceived). However,
we are sure that Rain
at
Meta House
on
Friday will
be something very cool, original and fun.
Cool Dudes: (l-r)
Scoddy, Chuck and Adrien – pic: Jim Heston
Rush
Pub
is a bijou backstreet bar on
Street 282 in Phnom Penh. While
it is not known for scheduled
gigs, the venue is a popular
after-hours hangout for musicians and artists and
has been the
scene of many an impromptu jam session.
This Saturday night,
Rush celebrates it’s
first anniversary, and the bar is likely to be very packed and very
happening. In good ol’ Phnom
Penh style, Scott Bywater
will be joined by his musical partners Chuck
Villar
and Adrien
Gayraud
for a concert of
original songs, after
which…
anything could happen!
Cambodian
Space Project

band leader Julien
Poulson

contacted Leng
Pleng
this
week to share a very cool videograph
from their recent recording sessions at 60
Road Studios

in Siem Reap. Click the link below to watch what happened when the
whole studio got involved in a lively cover of ‘Proud Mary’. Watch
this Leng
Pleng
space
to hear more exciting Space Project news next week – concerning
Kosmic Kows, secret locations and brand new music videos.
https://vimeo.com/170828796
Whatever you’re up to over the next few days, stay safe out there and… see you around the traps!

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