Way back last Thursday, so long ago I can hardly remember, the Hellhounds played their last for a while at Sharky Bar - a break forced by the temporary departure of the Swedish Ambassador for a good two months. This hardworking jack-of-all-axes will be sorely missed by the musical community of Phnom Penh. We gave him a good send off from Sharky and know that the Hellhounds will rise again.
Friday night, back at Sharky again, was another familiar instalment in the saga of the Lazy Jazz Drunks, including line up changes within an hour of taking the stage, and a general shortage of traffic police on the stand. Still, we saw - and heard - the highly entertaining bass debut of the Mythical Dude amid some thumping and valiant blues rock complete with false endings, a brief guest singer, and some weird and wonderful jamming on an extended Whole lotta love. Some pics are here: Sharky Blog
The big night of the week of course was Saturday, when the much unused Phnom Penh railway station was converted into a party venue, including a train trip off to a rice field, where the Phnom Penh Hot Strings delighted the delightable crowd, then returning to a great gathering of people who rocked out to the Cambodian Space Project on the platform. This is well documented here and here. A great night that was only hampered by the DJs coming on too early ; )
Then on Sunday the public debut of Espresso Thmei took place at Paddy Rice. And not such a bad crowd for a Sunday night either. The pocket-sized version of the CSP mixes in a number of brand new songs with the regular CSP repertoire, and, through the different and more acoustic setting, brings the lovely voice of Srey Thy well to the fore. And it's a pleasure to play. And Thy's newest biggest fan wrote it up as well.
see you around.