Sunday, July 31, 2005

Top 40 Indie

Sunday, July 24, 2005


Emmanuel points me to
Generally when someone emails me about music I just forward it to my music
Then when I'm next in an internet cafe, check the blog, and download it to
my flash drive.
Usually while I'm uploading pictures to flickr or something similar.

Think that's laborious? The net is slow here.
Back in 2000 when I began doing web sites, it was all via floppy disc. And
in the heat and dust here, a floppy disc can die inside of one day, no joke!
There have been times when I've had to email a crucial document for work and
then 'poof'. It disappears.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Divine Operating System

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Back in the day

An amusing thread about bands seen and now not heard.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Muppets & LL

Thursday, July 07, 2005


 tastee favorites.
Have actually managed to download some music. Malkmus via Matador, go home productions (see sidebar), and Minimum Chips.  Woo hoo!

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

More Music

Beyond Cambodian karaoke and power pop, if you look you can find some good stuff.
Here's what I've been listening to.

Krom Skor

"Krom Skor" translates as "Group Drum". Sovanna Phum has been hosting a drumming group for many months now, it must be over a year at least. Now they have recorded their own CD and are selling it for 5 bucks at their store in Phnom Penh.

Sovanna Phum has been collaborating with international arts groups and performers for many years, and are getting pretty good skills in sharing and innovating with Khmer music while at the same time, retaining their knowledge of traditional culture.

Click here for credits and track listing.

And the Khmer Fusion Project (Jazz and traditional musicians) have added a few more MP3s to their site.

Give them a listen, I have yet to find someone who doesn't like this CD. (You can order via credit card!)

Khmer Power Pop

Probably one of the most popular pop singers in Cambodia is Preap Sovath.
Like most pop singers, in addition to his own work he often adapts songs that are popular from overseas - China, Korea, whatever works. 'Careless Whisper' in Khmer? That was him.
(Issues of royalties I will leave to the World Trade Organization.)

Here he is advising his pal to "Kick out your girl friend".
(Literally, 'sweetheart' ('sangsaa')) so it could apply to either gender.
That Wacky Preap Sovath

Foreigners love the used Vespas that you can find in Phnom Penh. The appearance of a swanky refurbished one in the video popularized it - to the amusement of my friend Emiko who'd had one for over a year before. Suddenly it was cool.

That Wacky Preap Sovath 02

Following the recent tunes 'Sexy Boy' and 'Sexy Lady' comes 'Sexy Lady'. A weird guy follows a wealthly lady around the malls and restaurants of Phnom Penh.

I was in a CD shop when they played this video, and the staff and customers were just busting a gut laughing. I couldn't figure out what was so funny about it until I realized underneath the big afro style hair and sunglasses was .... that wacky Preap Sovath!


Virtually a novelty record, it's a welcome break from the 'broken-heart-walking-in-the-garden' style of Karaoke you get here.

Beyond karaoke, there's lots more to be had. Tomorrow: Khmer Fusion music.

Minimum Chips Mp3s