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The Cambodian Space Project & The Sights @ The Rock Shop - 8/10/2013
The Cambodian Space Project & The Sights @ The Rock Shop - 8/10/2013

The Cambodian Space Project were here for their first-ever NYC shows over the weekend, playing three times in as many days. All three shows featured former Dirtbomb (and producer of their latest album, Not Easy Rock and Roll), Jim Diamond, on bass for these shows. Right before they had to hop on a plane to Thailand, CSP made their final appearance of the trip, playing The Rock Shop on Saturday (8/10) with Detroit's powerpoppers The Sights (who have worked with Diamond, too) opened the show which also featured Les Sans Culottes (who we missed). (They also played Pianos on 8/8 and Drom on 8/9.) Pictures from that show are in this post.

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by Bill Pearis


Channthy was working at one of these karaoke bars when she met Julien Poulsen, a musician from Tasmania.

Poulsen played Channthy psychedelic rock songs from famous Cambodian singers from the 60s and 70s, like Pan Ron and Ros Sereysothea, Khmer musicians who were influenced by western music introduced by GI's during the Vietnam War.

"She was very, very surprised that she had a met a foreigner, a 'barang,' who had all this stuff," Poulsen said. "She was like, "Oh! Oh!" She was very excited."

Soon after, Poulsen said they decided to put a show together in Phnom Penh, and the Cambodian Space Project formed. That was in 2009. The first release was vinyl, called 'Knyon Mun Sok Jet Te.' It means, 'Unsatisfied.'

The album is a homage to the many Cambodian rock singers who were murdered when the Khmer Rouge took control of Cambodia in 1975. Poulsen says even today Cambodia is still trying to recover the art and culture it lost.

"To find a singer like Channthy," said Poulsen, "is like discovering a young Etta James or Nina Simone. She's really the barefoot Cambodian diva of the rice fields." - [The World]

Carried by the otherworldly vocals of singer Srey Channthy, The Cambodian Space Project's cross-pollinated Southeast Asian rock n' roll has gained fans like Nick Cave and former Dirtbombs bassist (and White Stripes producer) Jim Diamond who produced their 2012 album, Not Easy Rock and Roll. It's a pretty cool album and you can stream it via Spotify and Rdio, and check out a few videos below.

The Cambodian Space Project will be playing their first-ever NYC shows this week, with three opportunities (all presented by Cavestomp) to see them: Thursday (8/8) at Pianos with The Electric Sons (tickets); Friday (8/9) at Drom (tickets); and Saturday (8/10) at The Rock Shop with pseudo-French band Les Sans Culottes and Detroit's The Sights (tickets). Jim Diamond will be with them, playing in the band for these NYC shows.

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by Andrew Sacher

DOWNLOAD: Dune Rats - "Red Light, Green Light" (MP3)

Dune Rats

Speaking of Australia, Brisbane fuzz rock duo Dune Rats (aka Danny Beus and BC Michaels), who were one of Andy from Cake Shop's "21 Amazing Experience of 2012", surfaced with two EPs in 2011, Sexy Beach and Social Atoms, and they're planning to follow that with another EP, titled Smile, and eventually a debut full length at some point this year. No exact details on those releases exist, but the band recently released a single, "Red Light, Green Light," which you can download for free at the top of this post. It's of the Wavves-y stoner/beach rock variety and you can watch the video below, which consists entirely of both members smoking a variety of bongs (and I'm pretty sure they're actually doing it).

Dune Rats will be coming to the US for a tour surrounding SXSW this March which hits NYC on March 20 at Cake Shop (other bands TBA), March 21 at Shea Stadium with The Beets, Hard Nips, Juniper Rising, and Heeney, and March 24 at Sons of Essex. A list of all dates and the tour flyer below.

Their SXSW shows include the annual Aussie BBQ, and Dune Rats are only one of many Aussie bands coming over to Austin for SXSW, including Alpine, Flume, Kirin J Callinan, WIM, and others. The full list of Australian bands that will be at SXSW is below.

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