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Posted by steve74 on 11/3/2010 at 17:01

Does anyone have any particular favourite music they love to listen to when on the road? I love to listen to music when on a bus journey watching the world go by outside the window. A particular favourite of mine for this is the Into the Wild soundtrack by Eddie Vedder. How about you?

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Posted by CunningMcFar on 11/3/2010 at 20:58

Into the Wild soundtrack is a really good call for road music. Love old punk/post-punk on the road: Meat Puppets, the Fall, Wire, Gang of Four, Soft Boys, Gun Club, the Replacements, the Damned, Birthday Party/Nick Cave. Also really dig Big Star when out and about. Cheap Trick. Can. Neil Young. Grateful Dead. Tom Waits. Bill Laswell. Sun City Girls. We have a solid collection of folk and pop from all over South East Asia, so always have some regionally appropriate tunes on hand and carry along burned CDs to give out to local folks we meet along the way.

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Posted by steve74 on 11/3/2010 at 21:19

I really like the idea of having local music for the place you're travelling in. I'll be heading to South East Asia later in the year so you'll have to recommend some!

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Posted by CunningMcFar on 11/3/2010 at 21:43

the bizarre and amazing Sublime Frequencies label can be thanked for much of our collection of SEAsian music, run by well-traveled Sun City Girl Alan Bishop. Check out their offerings Sublime Frequecies, order online from Forced Exposure

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Posted by CunningMcFar on 11/3/2010 at 21:44

PS~also easy to pick up CDs along the way

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Posted by steve74 on 12/3/2010 at 01:59

Nice one!

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Posted by Archmichael on 12/3/2010 at 10:31

Steve74:

"I really like the idea of having local music for the place you're travelling in."

Yes, indeed. Apropos of that, here's a couple of suggestions for travel through Cambodia (newly come to me):

> soundtrack to the film "City of Ghosts" (filmed mostly in Phnom Penh and Kep, and the movie itself is worth a serious watch).
> cross-cultural suggestion: Dengue Fever (the band, not the illness). LA-based group, Cambodian singer, many re-makes of 60's and 70's (pre-Khmer Rouge) Khmer pop/rock songs ... some of it is like surf guitar goes to Phnom Penh.

In any case, I think you need different moods of music for the differing moods of travel, no?

Have fun with it, and happy travels!

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Posted by francesstella on 12/3/2010 at 16:59

I managed to leave home with a set of loudspeakers, fancy headset, an iPod charger, an iPod charger adapter... but left the iPod in the bathroom (d'oh!) so I got a CD player in BKK & bought my music along the way.

I was really impressed by a place in Phnom Penh - I'm struggling to remember the name but it was advertised all over the place in the lakeside area. They had the most comprehensive mp3 assortment I've seen anywhere.

I was listening to Eddie Vedder, Fleet Foxes, Radiohead's 'In Rainbows', Radio1 Live Sessions and a little known band called The Durutti Column which do some fantasticly atmospheric music. Then I bought a guitar and all hell broke loose.

Still wish I'd had my iPod though... :)

FSH

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Posted by 45baht on 12/3/2010 at 19:21

Cunningmcfar, got to agree with Tom Waits. its prety much the best thing to have on while your floating about.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 13/3/2010 at 08:36 admin

Re City of Ghosts, some of that soundtrack features music from the Cambodia Rocks compilation. You can download them all from here:
http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2007/12/cambodian-rocks.html

It is a cracking collection of music and I used one of the tracks as the backgrounder for my first stab as video, which you can see here.

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Posted by Archmichael on 13/3/2010 at 09:10

Great ... thanks for the link, Somtam!

Nice little video, by the way, and the music suits.

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Posted by CunningMcFar on 13/3/2010 at 10:29

yup, the Cambodian Rocks series, well, rocks. Sinn Sithamouth is a genius, Ros Sereysothea as well. There are a couple of films about them and the the Khmer rock scene, The Golden Voice and Don't Think I've Forgotten. Haven't seen them yet, but I here's a trailer for Don't Think I've Forgotten: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGFI6AH9KJ8

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Posted by CunningMcFar on 13/3/2010 at 10:43

a longer version of that trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGFI6AH9KJ8

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Posted by CunningMcFar on 13/3/2010 at 10:45

sorry try this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sW1UrsDvC1I&feature=related

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Posted by Archmichael on 13/3/2010 at 11:14

CunningMcFar: Great trailer! Thanks for sharing.

It's amazing to see how Cambodian culture flourished, in new directions, in the 60's and 70's. This has to do with music, and also with architecture (see http://www.vannmolyvannproject.org/Home_Page.html and also http://newkhmerarchitecture.blogspot.com/2008/09/teacher-training-college-russian.html ).

And it was all brought to a bloody end by the Khmer Rouge.........

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Posted by CunningMcFar on 20/3/2010 at 10:28

"I never travel far, without a little Big Star"

RIP Alex Chilton

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Posted by Archmichael on 20/3/2010 at 11:13

He lived through a lot ... and he was only 59.

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Posted by busylizzy on 1/4/2010 at 02:02

If you're into music, and will be in Hanoi in May, there is an international music festival on. Dengue Fever (amongst many others are playing).

More info here: http://www.camafestival.com/indexen.html

Thanks for all the posts above. I have been spending time tracking down the music from City of Ghosts, Dengue Fever - and reading a bit about the Khmer music of the 60's and 70's. Interesting stuff!

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Posted by Archmichael on 1/4/2010 at 08:15

busylizzy: Thanks for the information! I'm not going to be that way until December and January. Too bad --- I was just saying this morning, how great it would be if Dengue Fever were to be playing a gig in Phnom Penh when we're there..........

Have fun with your musical explorations. That 60's and 70's Khmer music is very cool, no?

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Posted by Archmichael on 1/4/2010 at 08:18

One other thing: All the original music would've been cut on vinyl, of course. If you come across a source for any of that, or for originals transferred to digital/CD, please pass it on.

Happy travels!

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Posted by Sophia_India on 2/6/2010 at 18:59

I like to have a selection of music as what i listen to depends on my mood or the scenery or the feel of a place. for example in Goa i listened to a lot of trance and beach house.

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