This week's gig-guide shows why the local scene just keeps getting a larger following and a more appreciative audience. A totally great collection of artists playing at all major venues this weekend.
Today (Thursday) is lover's day and, to ensure a perfectly romantic ambiance to your Valentine's Day evening, there are a host of venues making available the cream of the local and international live music and DJ scene. The gigs include the fully acoustic Khmer love songs of Expresso Thmei at the Riverhouse Bar & Bistro, the return to Cambodia of the wonderful French duo which is Ritchy & Phil, and a special Valentine's night at the late-night rock & roll music venue which is the Memphis Pub. All cool gigs.
In addition to these there are three gigs which are comprehensively special. The first occurs at a new venue to the Leng Pleng gig-guide called the Botanic Cafe. Located on the corner of Streets 19 and 172, the venue will host the wonderful and unique folk pop songs for voice and accordion by Emily Tissot. It will be a beautifully unique performance and we include a taste of what you might see and hear below:
If you'd like to know more about Emily then checkout the following links http://emilytissot.free.fr/ and http://emilytissot.free.fr/emilytissot-music.html. If you cannot get to see Emily on Thursday then she will also be putting on another special performance at MetaHouse on Sunday evening. Totally cool!
Just as totally and outrageously unique will be later the same night with the introduction to Cambodia of MC Kinky. I cannot put it any better then the bio supplied for this rare Phnom Penh performance:
"MC Kinky became the first MC to chat dancehall lyrics over music other than reggae and was the 1st ever white female reggae/dancehall MC in musical history. Spearheading the UK Dance, Bass and Rave scene from both the Underground and Mainstream, her high profile Club DJ-ing and MC-ing has also lead her to collaborative work with UK & European DJS such as Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, Norman Cook, Apex, Danny Tenaglia, Jon Carter, Barry Ashworth, Boy George, Fingers Inc, Tony Humphries, Joost van Bellen, Danny Rampling, Gary Gecko, Punx Souncheck, Lisa Loud and Jeremy Healy.
Kinky's discography includes artists such as Erasure, Boy George, Towa Tei, George Clinton, Chrissie Hynde, Jam & Spoon, Cantankerous, the Rebel MC, Moombahton, Fat Boy Slim and Natacha Atlas.
Club Legend of the London Underground Club Scene MC KINKY first found hit chart success with “Everything Starts with an E" - Acid Houses’ outlawed Global Anthem – along with ‘Generations of Love’ with Jesus Loves You and a No.1 pop hit with Erasure.
Her bass driven, vitriolic sonic hybrid of grimey electronic ragga, manic house and punk rock is regularly toured around the European and UK Festival circuits, playing Glastonbury, Love Box, Lowlands and Valtifest, as well as the Soho Theatre & the National Opera House this year.
She's written scores for London's National Theatre and has provided the soundtracks for designers Rifat Ozbek, Anthony Symonds, Copperwheat Blundell, Bogomir Doringer and Michiko Koshino in London, Belgrade and Paris."
Here is the latest video from the performer:
Just as wonderful will be the performance on at The Village the same night. The venue has a Valentines Day menu but is also hosting three great performers - Conrad Keely, Amanda Bloom and Brett Creswell.
All of that - and it's still only Thursday.
On Friday the Kampot Peppers hit the capital from the south coast to play at Paddy Rice. These guys are a cruisy and laid-back, and sometimes bouncy, blues ensemble of some renowned. Totally worth getting to see these guys. Back in Kampot, at the Bodhi Villa, locals will be able catch the Tasmanian Indie-rock outfit known as The Mincers. They play a double-bill with local band of a similar genre in Tango & Snatch. Cool!
Dub Addiction are set to release their new album but before they do they will be playing at Equinox this Friday. Always a totally pumping night full of smoke and ragga-dub. Get into it. I am reliably informed that the problem which caused the electricity outage last weekend has been fully repaired and the venue will be up to full steam again this week.
Sharkys host Indie rock outfit Jaworski 7 on Friday night. The band is fronted by larger than life Jerby Santos and this gig will be their last gig under the present line-up because the band's bassist Micheal is leaving. It will be a great evening of 80's and 90's indie covers. Saturday night at the same venue sees Two Shots and a Chaser take to the stage. Dave of Sharkys says "Expect some upbeat-kiss-ass rockabilly from Jet, Ziad and the boys". Don't forget too, that Sharky's host one of the biggest jam sessions in town every Sunday evening with Smokin' Kenny Smith. All muscians welcome to turn-up and join in.
In Siem Reap this weekend be sure to catch the new sounds of The Siemreapers who will play at the Mezze Bar on Friday night.
Saturday is a lot less hectic than the previous 2 days of gigging but just as cool with the Grass Snake Union being joined by the acoustic renditions of RJ Marshall at Equinox and the Kampot Playboys playing at La Croisette. This latter gig will be framed by a number of DJ sets. Here is a cut of what to expect from the bands gig last week. Cool!
Another auspicious gig for those who love to dance will be a brand new band to the Kingdom in the form of the Q'Vans - another eclectic Cuban band brought to you by the FCC Phnom Penh. Later on Saturday night the Kimchi Collective will introduce international DJ Jase with his electronic bass driven music, dubstep, Jungle, and glitch hop at MetaHouse.
On Sunday you can slow down a little at the Sundowner Sessions at Rubies with Scott Bywater and this week's special guests TJ Brown and Linette Chhun Charm. Later on, as mentioned, Emily Tissot plays at MetaHouse.
All-in-all another totally great weekend of fundamentally smokin' musical performances. From Ted and I here in the back streets of Phnom Penh, have a great weekend, be cool with each other and see you around the traps. Here's this week's gig guide.
- 7:00 PM ~ DJ BBoy Peanut and DJ Charlene at The RiverHouse Lounge
- 7:00 PM ~ Ritchy & Phil at The Doors
- 7:00 PM ~ Valentines Day at Lotus Blanc in Phnom Penh
- 7:00 PM ~ Amanda Bloom, Conrad Keely and Brett Creswell at The Village
- 8:00 PM ~ Expresso Thmei at The RiverHouse Bar & Bistro
- 8:00 PM ~ BigTime at Papagayo Bar in Sihanoukville
- 8:30 PM ~ Emily Tissot * at The Botanic Cafe
- 9:00 PM ~ DJane Teia Rogers at MetaHouse
- 9:00 PM ~ Rock X-Press at The Memphis Pub
- 10:00 PM ~ Digital Punks and MC Kinky * at Pontoon
- 9:00 PM ~ Dub Addiction at Equinox
- 9:00 PM ~ The Siempreapers at The Mezze Bar in Siem Reap
- 9:00 PM ~ The Kampot Peppers at Paddy Rice
- 9:00 PM ~ Jaworski 7 at Sharkys
- 9:00 PM ~ Tango & Snatch and The Mincers * at The Bodhi Villa in Kampot
- 9:00 PM ~ MC Kinky * and DJ Anthony Sellek * at MetaHouse
- 10:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and DJ Rob at Pontoon
- 8:30 PM ~ The Q’Vans * at The FCC Phnom Penh
- 9:00 PM ~ The Grass Snake Union and RJ Marshall at Equinox
- 9:00 PM ~ Two Shots and a Chaser at Sharkys
- 9:30 PM ~ The Kampot Playboys at La Croisette
- 10:00 PM ~ The Kimchi Collective and DJ Jase * at MetaHouse
- 1:00 AM ~ Hydrophonics at Pontoon
- 4:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater, TJ Brown and Linette Chhun Charm at Rubies Wine Bar
- 6:00 PM ~ Emily Tissot * at MetaHouse
- 9:00 PM ~ DJ Uncon Sci and DJ Foniks at The Doors
- 7:00 PM ~ Billy Page at Le Jardin
- Billy Page, Scott Bywater and The Quality Drops at Equinox
- The Phnom Penh Hippie Orchestra at Equinox
- Up2U Mango at The Led Zephyr in Sihanoukville
- Dr. Krach & the Nurses * , Thom Thom and Didier Wampas * at Sharkys
- Krom at The Doors
- Durian Funk Band at Equinox , Equinox
- The Grass Snake Union at Equinox
- Tango & Snatch and Squishy at The Show Box
- QVans and DJ Jimmy Salsa at The FCC Phnom Penh , The FCC Phnom Penh
- The Cambodian Space Project at Battambang Town Square in Battambang
- DJ Tonle Dub, DJ Sequence and DJ Kaotek at MetaHouse
- INVISIBLE AGENT Label Night at MetaHouse
- DJ Tonle Dub and Amplifire at MetaHouse
- DJ Flo Trallala and Greg Lavander at MetaHouse