Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Continuing through my breezy social calendar of "highbrow faggotry" (a term coined elsewhere)...
On Sunday night I dragged J. to a concert by Long Beach band Dengue Fever at Goleta's inimitable Mercury Lounge. That link to the band's MySpace page includes music clips, including the infectious Sni Bong, for which you can also see a video here.
Dengue's brand of resurrected 1970s "psychedelic" Khmer rock is just plain fun, and it was enjoyable to see them perform in a bar rather than in the somewhat sterile auditorium or theater setting that I'm used to seeing most "world music"–type acts perform in.
I need to finally pick up a CD by Dengue (eBay and Amazon.com truly love me). The concert also prompted me to do a little bit of research, and it's always interesting to discover (hail, Wikipedia!) information such as the tragic biography of Khmer diva Ros Sereysothea.
Update: An interesting article from the UK Guardian that details Khmer rock and includes references to Dengue Fever, lead singer Chhom Nimol, and Ros.
Posted by Joe at 10:24