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Weekly Wrap - Week Commencing Thursday the 25th September 2014

It is great to get away from it all sometimes. To spend three days away from the overcrowded, noisy, gridlocked streets of Phnom Penh. To escape the stench of trash on the road, the incessant blaring horns of vehicles and the gritty taste of dust in one's mouth. The great thing was, I didn't even have to leave the city to get away from these daily torments... because everyone else left! For three glorious days of Pchum Ben I enjoyed a holiday mood, driving my little 50cc moto around a deserted Phnom Penh. Now things are almost back to normal in this town - but I have an appetite for further unhurried and unharried adventures. Perhaps a trip to Kampot is in order!

The Kampot Playboys
The Kampot Playboys have a long-established jam session at Madi House each Thursday night. This excellent band combine Khmer vocals and a smokin' hot Tro Sau Toch (traditional Khmer bowed instrument) with groove-orientated drums, bass and guitar. The resulting retro-rock fusion can wander in surprising directions but the band is galvanised by the sheer energy contributed by Uk Sokchiet (vocals, guitar), Bong Tro (Tro) and brothers Mark (bass guitar) and Ben (drums) Chattaway. The band will also be joined this very evening by occasional second guitarist Conrad Keely. The Trail of Dead front-man put in a telephone call to Leng Pleng from a speeding Toyota Camry – somewhere between Kampong Speu and Chhuk. Jack had some trouble hearing what Conrad was saying above the noise of the road – but there was definitely something along the lines of 'it's going to be a great gig tonight'.

The Bodhi Villa has a well-deserved reputation for being the place to visit in Kampot for live music and DJs on a Friday night. Looking at the riverside venue in the daytime, it is hard to imagine how Bodhi impresario Hugh Monroe manages to cram a full band, DJ, sound system and one hundred or more bouncing revellers into the less-than-gigantic proportions of Bodhi Villa. But cram them he does - whether at the bar, on the dance floor or on the pontoons floating on the Kampot River, and it always seems to work. Hugh and his team work meticulously to ensure the sound system is in great shape for each show. When the Friday night crowd at the wooden-structured villa are enjoying themselves, the entire venue is quite literally 'bouncing'. Television Ted reliably informs me that the place is going to be pumping this Friday - when the totally energetic and rolling rockabilly band, Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks, return to play an extended set of outrageously great tunes.

Made in Cambodia (M.I.C.) is a special mixed event that is taking place in Kampot this Saturday. M.I.C is a celebration of Cambodian street arts. Brand-new arts space Lightbox will host the party comprising of live music, break-dancing and skateboarding as well as film, photography, art exhibition and live painting. Sreyleak of Klapyahandz, spoken-word poet Kosal Khiev and DJ Kdam are just a few of the several artists performing. It will be a great party! M.I.C. is jointly organised by Katharina Glynne of Lightbox and Kampot-based community organisation Dao of Life. The organsiers told Leng Pleng:

'Made in Cambodia will bring together young street culture artists and performers from Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville, offering an opportunity to meet, exchange knowledge and grow their communities.'

When M.I.C. wraps up at Lightbox, the after-party will kick in at the Saturday-night Kampot destination of choice – Naga House. For more information, see the facebook event page.

Check out the awesome sounds below from one of the performers appearing at M.I.C – Mute Speaker – 'Khmer-influenced beats made almost exclusively from samples and field recordings collected on a recent trip to Cambodia.'


Whether you are wandering through the backwaters of Kampot, or navigating the back streets of Phnom Penh, stay safe out there and... see you around the traps! 

Weekly Gig Guide - Week Commencing Thursday the 25th September 2014

Latest Gigs

Thursday  25-Sep-2014
  • 8:00 PM ~ Movies That Rock Night at Equinox
  • 8:00 PM ~ Phil Javelle at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 8:30 PM ~ Alan Ritchie , zargz and Ten-Tipz at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ Dj Shade at D-Club
Friday  26-Sep-2014
  • 8:00 PM ~ Phil Javelle and Rhiannon Johnson at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ zargz and Ten-Tipz at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at The Bodhi Villa in Kampot
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Adobo Conspiracy at The Slur Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Bree , DJ Alan Ritchie and Dj Kaztet Dee at CodeRED
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Blue at D-Club
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Double Tap and DJ Mikus at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and Dj Shade at Pontoon
Saturday  27-Sep-2014
  • 6:00 PM ~ Bang at The Barn in Sihanouk Ville
  • 6:00 PM ~ Made in Cambodia at Lightbox Art Space in Kampot
  • 7:00 PM ~ DJ Achaya at Frost Pub
  • 8:00 PM ~ Lewis Pragasam and Phil Javelle at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Double Tap and DJ Mikus at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ 3sum at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Phil Javelle and Alan Ritchie at D-Club
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Jack Malipan , DJ Tim Coates and Dj Nora at CodeRED
  • 9:30 PM ~ Sonic Detergent at Equinox
  • 9:30 PM ~ Los Hermanos at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ Closing Party of Memphis Pub at The Memphis Pub
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Illest at Pontoon
Sunday  28-Sep-2014
  • 4:00 PM ~ Phil Javelle and Anya at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at D'Beat
Tuesday  30-Sep-2014
  • 8:00 PM ~ Pop Music Quiz Night at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Trip Hop at Meta House
Wednesday  1-Oct-2014
  • 6:00 PM ~ International Music Day at The Barn in Sihanouk Ville
  • 7:00 PM ~ Alan Breen at FCC - The Mansion
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Groove Resident Musicians at The Groove
Coming Up
  • Vibratone at Equinox
  • The Fumes at Equinox
  • PP Rock Show Band at Sharky Bar
  • The Underdogs at Equinox, Sharky Bar
  • The Adobo Conspiracy at Equinox
  • Bacano at Equinox
  • Classical Concert at Meta House
  • James Speck, Tim King and DJ Nicomatic at Meta House
  • The Lazy Drunks at Sharky Bar
  • Alan Breen at FCC - The Mansion, FCC - The Mansion, FCC - The Mansion and FCC - The Mansion
  • Splitter at Oscar Rock Cafe
  • Dan Buri at Pontoon Pulse
  • Dj Skinny Brown at Equinox
  • Dj Kraut Funder at Meta House
  • DJ Sao Sopheak at Meta House
  • Dj Ambalaya at Meta House
  • DJ Andy Freak, DJ Pitch and Mr. Brown at Meta House
  • Phoenix Jay at Meta House
  • Salmon All Star, Phat Controller and CAB at Meta House
  • Dj Spectrum and Dj Caro at Meta House
  • DJ F.U.D and DJ JO at Meta House
  • DJ Nick, DJ JO, DJ Oggy and Mr. Brown at Meta House
  • Wat A Gwaan at Meta House
  • DJ Nicomatic and DJ Wah-Wah at Meta House
  • DJ Blue at D-Club
  • Dj Daddy K at D-Club, Pontoon
  • DJ Illest at Pontoon
  • Music Film at Meta House
  • Glastonbury Festival at Meta House
  • Laibach at Meta House
  • Video Concert at Meta House, Meta House
  • Warp Records Video Night at Meta House
  • Brasilintime at Meta House
  • DJ Illest, Alan Ritchie, DJ Wah-Wah and Phil at D-Club
  • Andre Swartz at Equinox

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