Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cocktail Nation repeat show 38-A Flight Hostess

Koop Kooper is on holidays and is running some of the best of the Cocktail Nation and  tonight we take off to 1968 with a chat to a flight hostess who remembers the heady days of the begining of the jetset era...we'll open up the world of swank files, a special Cocktail Nation night coming up to put in the diary, some news on Jerry Lewis and a whole lot more.


Project Pimento—Agua de Beber
Octobop-born to be blue
Chris Connor—Poor Little Rich Girl
Polynesia - Vahine Anamite
Don Tiki—Primitiva
Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited-the bossa nova squad
Perez Prado—Mama Yo Quiero
Xavier Cugat—Guitara Romana
Arthur Lyman-Aphrodisia
Julie London—About The Blues
New Morty Show-Ladies Man
Billy May—Hernando's Hideaway
Art Van Dame-Cheers
Combustible Edision-the cornertable

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cocktail Nation -A Very Tiki Christmas

Kooper is on holiday so we are running some repeat shows….enjoy this Christmas show from 2008


Tonight its all Christmas music...some cool tracks to get you into the Christmas season......and a couple of special guests tonight......Cocktail Kev from the Tiki bar and lounge in Richmond has a christmas drink recipe for us tonight and if you are looking for a Christmas present for that lounge lothario in your life well Dr Tiki from Tiki Bar TV swings by with a present that might be perfect.

Patsy Raye and the Beatniks-Beatniks Wish
Mambo Zombies-Silver Bells
Billy May-Do You Believe In Santa Claus
Dean Martin-Winter Wonderland
Jackie Gleason-I'll Be Home For Christmas
Johnny Mercer-Jingle Bells
Lena Horne-Jingle All The Way
Martin Denny-Exotic Night
Wayne Newton-Let It Snow-Let It Snow-Let It Snow
Capitol Studio Orchestra-Cha Cha all the Way
George Shearing and Billy May-Snowfall Cha Cha
Jimmy McGriff-Santa Claus Is Comin To Town
Julie London-I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Tony Rochelle Larson-Bear Rug

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cocktail Nation 155-Record Revirginizer

Final show of the year and then I’ll be taking a break for a few weeks with the show returning on Jan 15 I’ll be spending a well earned break in Bali working on my tan . On the show this week we talk to a man who has the answers to all your record restoration woes, a new product called record revirginizer, this stuff works and is incredible so we’ll check that out real soon, there’s our segment ask koop and our look at the blogosphere plus some great new years gigs to attend….I also have some fantastic Christmas tunes to play for you from todays hottest lounge and exotica acts.


Martini Kings White Christmas Mr Ho's Orchestroica- Music Makers Brasil 66 Sergio Mendes-Mas Que Nada Pink Martini-Santa Baby Tony Bennett- Winter Wonderland Sir Julian- Dansero Royal Crown Revue-Don't Be A Grinch This Year Plas Johnson- Tanya Linda Lawson- Up Pops Love Grace Knight -Sway Three Suns-Haunted Guitar Augie-Colon- Tierra Va Tembla Tiki Joes Ocean-We Three Kings Raymond Scott-Dinner Music for Hungry Cannibals

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Cocktail Nation 154-In Like Flynn

On the show this week we talk to the Author of a new book about Errol Flynn, stacks of events to attend including some great end of year parties , our segment ask koop and the look at the blogosphere with a very cool blog from a favourite pod caster …we have a giveaway this week from Royal Crown Revue …their new album Don’t Be a Grinch This year

Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica Quartet-Arab Dance
New Morty Show-Tico Tico
Martini Kings-The Christmas Song
Esquivel- Besame Mucho
Les Baxter-Quiet Village
Royal Crown Revue-Christmas Lights
Andre Kostelantez The Moon of Manakoora
Sg Sound-A Latin Affair
The Three Suns- Peg O' My Heart
Ray Anthony Dragnet
Michael Buble-White Christmas
Jimmy Vargas-Zoeotica Blues

Friday, December 3, 2010

Cocktail Nation 153-Waitiki 7 at Don The Beachcombers

On the show this week we talk to Randy Wong from Waitiki 7 about a massive and historical show that they have coming up at Don The Beachcombers, we have some wonderful events to attend, our segment ask koop and the look at the blogosphere with one sent in from an Australian listener, some more Christmas music to get you in the mood plus all the best lounge and exotica from across the world.

Royal Crown Revue-Christmas Greetings Love Is A Racket-Jimmy Vargas Waitiki 7 -The Magic Islands Alvino Rey -Rock Gently Astrud Gilberto-Who Needs Forever Orchestrotica-Terre Exotique Duke Ellington- Grace Valse Clouseaux-Parisio Martini Kings-Silver Bells Les Baxter-Mood Tattooed Combustible Edison-Call Of The Space Siren Indigo Swing-My Baby Comes Round at 8 Shagxotica-Blue Scooter John Coltrane- Nancy (With the Laughing Face) Three Suns-Fever

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Bosko - Royal Hawaiian

This Friday, Dec. 3rd
6:00pm to 9:00pm


Bosko solo Exhibition
in Attendance


SHAG the store &
M Modern Gallery

"Royal Hawaiian" artwork by Bosko (above)

You're Invited!

Please join us this Friday, December 3rd, 2010 from
6:00pm till 9:00pm at the Opening Reception for

"Mod Shapes & Scapes"

a BOSKO HRNJAK solo exhibition of New Original Works
plus our combined SHAG the store / M Modern Gallery



"Mod Shapes & Scapes" showcases amazing NEW pieces from BOSKO (one of our best selling artists) and is sure to delight you with Mixed Media Carved pieces with Acrylic Paint and Wooden Frames. These are not only AMAZING to view, but also highly sought after by collectors both locally and world-wide. Please click on the "Mod Shapes & Scapes" PREVIEW (below) and email us right away to purchase your favorite piece(s) prior to BOSKO's opening reception.

"Mod Shapes & Scapes" PREVIEW NOW!

Complimentary Cocktails, Music, Treats and Amazing Artwork will all be served up during our Christmas and Holiday Party (same time, same place). Come visit the staff (Dre, Francesca, Kate, Monet, Scott and of course Jay & MiShell), mingle and take advantage of some great deals on amazing artworks!

This evening only! Pick out a SPECIAL GIFT from under the tree with purchases over $100. There will be different categories to select from, so the more you spend, the greater the value of your SPECIAL GIFT! We can't wait to see what you'll be taking home in addition to the great artwork you've already purchased.

This event as always is FREE & OPEN to the PUBLIC and we can't wait to see you there! This should be a blast even if you just drop by for a quick drink and we know you'll have a great time! Whether or not you can make it to the opening and party we want to send out a THANK YOU to all of you for making this a great year (at SHAG & M Modern). Please have a SAFE & HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON and we hope to see or hear from you soon!


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m modern Gallery


SHAG Paws Christmas

X-Mas Party & BOSKO Opening Reception
Friday, December 3rd, 2010
6.00pm till 9:00pm:
Complimentary Cocktails & Treats!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Cocktail Nation 152-Parker in Hawaii

On the lounge and exotica podcast this week we talk to Brad Parker from Tiki Shark about his latest exploits. Our very popular segment ask koop returns as we tackle the issue of dogs on the beach and ownership of Sticks, I’ll find some cool parties and events for you to attend in our world of swank segment and we’ll head into the cocktail nation blogosphere. Now as Christmas gets a little closer we will gradually ramp up our christmas music with a couple of cool yule tunes for you this week.

Lushy French- 75
Stan Kenton & His Orchestra—Cool
John Zorn-Tiki for Blue
Frank Sinatra-Luck be a lady
Billy May-Perfidia
Esquivel - Johnson Rag
Combustible Edison- Mr. Pushin Came to Shove
Blue Zombies-Hot Toddy
Bobby Hacket-CareFree
Tiki Joes Ocean-Deck The Halls
Pink Martini-But Now I Am Back
Martini Kings-Let It Snow


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Cocktail Nation 151-Velveteen Lounge

On the show this week we talk to a Vodcaster, a kind of retro Betty Crocker. We have some mail from Cocktail Nation listeners, our look at the world of Swank and our segment Ask Koop, this week talking about people who interupt your newspaper quiz. There’s news of an origional bachelor pad in LA and some news about Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

Royal Crown Revue-Walkin Like Brando

Metrolites-Man From Metro

Tiki Joes Ocean-Jingle Bells

The SG Sound Satellite Feeding

Mel Torme-Midnight swinger

Mancini- Experiment in Terror

Stolen Idols-On Tonga Shores

Xavier Cugat-La Dolce Vita

Sally Street -Alpha Male

Monty Kelly- Tropicana

Jackie Gleason - Moonlight Becomes You

Octobop-Girl Talk

Arthur Lyman Group-Caravan


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cocktail Nation 150-Kooper hypnotized by the call of a Mermaid

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well how about this I have a mermaid on the show for you tonight, I found her in a tiki bar and we'll find out about her life and influences.
news of a sinatra film coming up on the show, spy fi news about their new album coming out, another sneak peak from Mr Ho's Orchestorica, we'll take a look a the world of swank and we'll tackle the issues of the world with our segment ask koop as we take a look at people who ignore inflight instructions from the cabin crew.


Mark Copeland-The Coffee Song
Vic Flick- Copacabinsky
Les Baxter-Simba
Abe Lagrimas- Headache
Frank Sinatra-You're So Right
Mancini- Something for Cat
Mr Ho's Orchestrotica- Street Scene
Martini Kings-Freddie the Freeloader
Spy Fi-Bryce's theme
Diana Krall-You're My Thrill
Combustible Edison -Impact
Preston Epps-Bongos in Pastel

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cocktail Nation 149-Beatnik Party In The Penthouse

This week on the show we don our black skivies,tight jeans and Beret as we live the Beatific life and talk to the host of a Beatnik webpage and podcast about beat music and beat culture, we’ll find out about the best in lounge awards from loungeratti in new york, news of a tiki bar in Vancouver, there’s our segment ask koop tackling mail fraud and our look at the world of swank.


Janet Seidel- Moonglow
Martini Heaven-Tango Zingo
Les Baxter-I Dig
Antonio Carlos Jobim- Surfboard
Pink Martini-And Then Your Gone
Clouseaux- Walking from Juarez
Chaino-Zombie Bamboos
Sally Street- AlphaMale
Martini Kings-Nothin But Time
Buddy Morrow-Night Train
Spy Fi-Wave
Shagxotica- Blue Scooter
jackie Gleason- I Can't Get Started
The Three Suns-Twilight Time
Mancini- Cha Cha Cha for Gia 

Monday, November 1, 2010

Life In The Penthouse-Automate Your Life

robotcleaningimagesCAB13RGT Whilst a fan of the fifties and sixties and quite clearly my appearance is that of a man stuck in a time warp I have always been a man who takes advantage of his current times. From attitudes to technology, and it is technology that I would like to talk about today.

As ladies man, man's man, man about town to quote Catcher Block in "Down With Love" I really have no desire to spend my spare time doing any domestic chores at all. Hell why should I !

The Last thing I want to do is be stuck at home ironing and washing when there are adventures to be had.

Now in the past, my attitude would be confined to movie stars and the extremely rich. Today however it is a lot cheaper to both get jobs done externally and to buy the right gadget for your life.

For those of us who grew up watching the Jetsons with all their marvellous gadgets well I am here to say that day has come.

Think of all the time you can have to do other things in your life like attending shows, going on dates, drives in the country, you could be at the movies....but no, sadly you are doing washing and ironing.

Now before we get into technology which is by far the cheapest way to go, you can actually get in a household cleaner once a week for around the $100 mark, possibly cheaper, who would clean your entire house and considering most of us who work fora living probably do the traditional weekend clean once a week then that's pretty good value.

For washing and ironing you can get a guy to do both of those jobs for just $12 a load which is pretty good value for a single man about town.

Once again think of all the time you are saving out and about having fun instead of being tied to the ironing board!

Now for those more fiscally challenged or perhaps if you aren’t comfortable with the idea of having strangers in your home, orstrangers handling your laundry why not invest in some good gadgets.

For example, a  company called I robot sells robots that will clean your pool, your carpet, will wash your floors and even robots that will clean your gutters.Now combine these gadgets with dishwashers, washing machines that wash and dry in the same cycle and life is a lot easier.

Today you can even buy an dryer that eliminates the need for ironing! Electrolux EDI 9615 Iron Aid Tumble Dryer takes care of

the drying It does this by a function called Iron Aid which isn't some benefit gig for the terminally creased, but a special cycle that shoots bursts of steam into clothes to take the creases out.

Not only that, but  it does pull a load of water of out of clothes, in fact you could say that this tumble dryer really does suck, but in a very good way!

I personally prefer having a person come in and clean the house once a week, this person also handles the washing and keeps my pad looking fantastic with little work for me.

Another area I should touch upon is cooking. Unless I am entertaining for two, I very rarely cook, I can't stand it, I don't find it fun and whenever I try to cook the whole apartment block knows I am killing a steak once the alarms start going off.

Solution, I eat out alot or I eat frozen meals. Using internet shopping I buy seven frozen meals and get them delivered along with whatever else I need.

You can even have a standing booking of the same products each week delivered straight to your door and charged to your credit card.

You can automate your finances nowadays with many major banks, pay goes in and with direct debit you have most of your bills paid which in itself a form of budgeting as you need to work out the amounts in advance of setting up the debits.

Finally you can even save time on a saturday morning by having breakfast at a carwash cafe and forking out as little as $25 for a full wash and vacuum of your car.

So there you go, there's no reason to get chained to the cleaning products ever again! Get automating!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cocktail Nation 148-Save The Tonga Room


this week on the Lounge and Exotica Podcast we talk to Brad Parker from Tiki Shark with our regular catch up, Mr Ho is very busy with the sneak peak releases coming out once again, we have our look at the world of swank,our segment ask koop this week talking about people who abuse taking happy snaps and we’ll head into the blogoshere with a good site all about cocktails.

Martini Kings (Joel Hile)Goodbye to lonely Town
Nina Ferro-I've Got The World on a String
JackJones-You Better Love Me
Augie-Colon- Tierra Va Tembla
Mr Ho's Orchestrotica- Night And Day
Vibes On Velvet-Jorges Bassment
John Barry - 007
Jimmy Vargas-Zoeotika Blues
Julie O'Hara-Angel Eyes
Les Baxter- The Ritual
B Sharp Big Band -Frenesi
Pink Martini-Temperido
Leroy Holmes- Odd Job Man-I Wanna Be a James Bond Girl
Sally Street-Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You.
Bobby Darin- The Sweetest Sounds

Monday, October 25, 2010

Kooper is OUTRAGED

tonga%20room-thumb-200x213 Hey Tiki need to give journalist Chris Roberts a serve over his dismissive comments about Tiki and the Tonga room. Lets show him how important the Tonga Room is !!

Make sure you comment and tell Chris Roberts how you feel about his comments, I am outraged and think that we need to stand up and show this man the amzing Tiki Culture that exists.

At the bottom of the article is a comment section...get to it gang!

Tonga Room Execution Stayed. Does Anyone Care? by Chris Roberts

Like smoking at work, camel hair coats and a budget surplus, tiki bars are relics of a bygone era, of when Cesar Chavez Street was called Army, when nobody in San Francisco knew what a bike lane was, and organ meat was nothing more than fodder for the cows that we turned into delicious 15-cent hamburgers.

That's why we can't understand the flap over the Tonga Room. Sure, the Fairmont Hotel's tiki bar is... unique, but the hotel wants it out of its ground floor. Now. But this is San Francisco, and the Tiki Lounge was declared historic back in May, meaning all parts of it must be preserved. That didn't help the decision-making ability of the Planning Commission on Thursday, who booted a decision on what to do with the Polynesian Lounge until January 2011.

Evidently, enough people care to bother the Planning Commission with this issue for three hours yesterday. Members of the public issuing comment at public comment were roughly split on the issue, according to reports in our newspapers of record.

"We all know the Tonga Room is about as Polynesian as Hawaiian pizza," said one, according to the Chronicle's food blog.  This is true, because Hawaiian pizza was either invented in Canada or in Italy, and either way it has nothing to do with an historic preservation label slapped on postwar kitsch.

Whatever happens to the Tonga Room, it's going to happen somewhere else. The Fairmont's owners reiterated their desire to get the Tonga Room the hell out of its property. (There is a mystery benefactor who has claimed he or she will move the bar in its entirety to an undisclosed location in SF, so there's that.)

So if you want to pay a cover in order to sit underneath a faux bamboo canopy and sip a Singapore Sling, now's the time. In the meantime, you can find us at Trad'r Sam's (shortly before you find us dead from alcohol poisoning), where you get a similar experience for 1/10 of the price.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cocktail nation 147-Fedora Chronicles

On the lounge music show this week we talk to the webmaster of one of the most fascinating retro websites and forums in the world, I’ve got another new track from the upcoming orchestrotica album for you to enjoy and a fabulous niche book publisher that I think you will find some great books for your library or to give to your retro scene friends.
We’ll head up to the Cocktail Nation blogsphere with another cool blog, plus there’s the look at the world of swank. Lots of great swank bachelor pad fun as we jetset to the swank world of the Cocktail Nation.
Blue Martini's-Hershey Bar
Frank Bennett-Been Caught Stealin
The Three Suns- Fever
Arthur Lyman- Leis of Jazz
Mr Ho's Orchestrotica- Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
Combustible Edison Blue Light
Frank Sinatra-Dream Your Dreams Away
James Bond and His Sextet- Goldfinger
Waitiki 7 Sacha-cha
Bobby Darin- A Taste of Honey
Les Baxter- Coronation
Shagxotica- Crandall Meets His Match
Tiki Joes Ocean -Alegre
Xavier Cugat- La Dolce Vita
Martini Kings-Cuchy Frito Man
Jo Basile and His Accordian Orch - Mack The Knife

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Cocktail Nation 146-Shagxotica


Hey there, Koop in Cannes....broadcasting on the French Riviera this week, I'm here telling the French about the Cocktail Nation and having a little bit of a break in the spectacular part of the world.
This week on the show we talk to a man who has a cd out which is dedicated to the art of SHAG, I have some Liberace news, a couple of letters from listeners , new music from Mr Ho's Orchestrotica, our weekly look at the world of swank and the blogosphere plus the ever popular segment ask koop, this week exploring the issue of office microwave etiquette.
Join me saturday night on WXLV online at and as a podcast on

Octobop—Playboy Theme
Royal Crown Revue- Besame Mija (Baille Para Qui)
Shagxotica- The Ghost Of Augie Colon
Arthur Lyman- Voodoo Dreams
Liberace - I Hear A Rhapsody
Martini Kings-You Only Live Twice
SpyFi-Mission Impossible
Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica- Sentimental Journey
Les Baxter Sophisticated Savage
Blue Martinis-Great City
Billy May-Cocktails For Two
Peter Nero - It's Alright With Me
Percy Faith and His orch - Morgan

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Cocktail Nation 145-Waikiki Tiki

this week on the show we check out a fantastic book on Tiki,
there’s our segment Ask Koop tackling electrical retailers and Darwinism,our look at the world of swank with plenty of great parties and events to attend,I've got a new book out about the history of MI6 sad news on the death of Tony Curtis and our entertainment reporter gives us the lowdown . We'll head into the blogosphere again with one from an old fashioned man, plus there’s all the best lounge and exotica from across the globe.

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Jimmy Vargas- Dahlia's Web        
The Blue Martini’s-Something Cool    
Martin Denny-Taboo     
Les Baxter-Lust                                      
Martini Kings-Soft Sounds                       
Bobby Darin- As Long as I'm Singing     
Sir Julian- A Man and a Woman              
Kenny Sasaki-Jellyfish                 
Fire and Theft-Whole Lot Of Love
Hans Karl- The Uninvited Guests
Si Zenter-Charade                               
Octobop-Goodbye PorkPie Hat         
Sammy Davis Jr- You're Gonna Hear from Me 

Friday, October 1, 2010

Cocktail Nation 144-Sin City Spy

this week on the Cocktail Nation Koop Kooper checks out the latest book from good buddy of the show Bill Raetz as we hear about the latest adventures of Bryce Attewelle and the World Espoinage Bureau There's our segment Ask Koop as we tackle the English language and some confusion in plurals! If you are at a loose end for entertainment then Koopers look at the world of swank is just right for you as he has the lowdown on plenty of great parties and events to attend and for the book worms we have got the news about a brand new book out about Ms Monroe from the early fifties , and sad news on the death of another icon. We'll head into the blogosphere again with a cool blog on beatniks and their cool jazz.

Martini Kings Kings Highway Waitiki 7 Similau Spy Fi -Web Theme Oscar Peterson-Dreamsville Machinoso-Vampire Jazz Cocktail Angst-Gidget&Martin Vibes On Velvet-Topsy Astrud Gilberto- Corcovado [Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars] Pete Rugolo—All Star Esquivel- Limehouse Blues Diana Krall - I've Got You Under My Skin Mark Copeland- Goody Goody Peggy Lee- Black Coffee Frank Sinatra- The Way You Look Tonight Nelson Riddle-Theme from Route 66

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cocktail Nation 143-Brad Parker and the Mayor

This week on the lounge and exotica podcast show we talk to Brad Parker from Tiki Shark and find out about his get out jail free card because of his Mayoral Connections! Some New Music from Mr Ho and find out how you can get this track for free!

I have lots of very swank events to attend across the globe, and our free advice column, ask Koop so join me as we suit up and and explore the world of swank.

The Mike Flowers Pops - Wonderwall

Cal Tjader-Soul Sauce

Waitiki 7-Totem Pole

Robert Drasden-Siren Song

Combustible Edison- Dior

Mr Ho's Orchestrotica-The Breeze & I

Tiki Joe’s Ocean Hawaii Blue

Walk The Plank-Salsa Rojo

Earle Hagen - I Spy Theme

Annie Ross- Everything I've Got

Jimmy Vargas-Nude on a Swing

Tikiyaki Orchestra -Bachelor No 1

John Barry - Lovers

Astrud Gilberto-Goodbye Sadness

Tony Bennett -How Insensitive

Friday, September 17, 2010

Cocktail Nation 142-Buddy Greco In His Own Words

This week on the lounge music podcast we hear from Buddy Greco in his own words from the Latest Martini Kings collaboration, a look at his life and loves, there’s news from Mr HO, a Hollywood legend has left us, the star of the  invasion of the Body Snatchers has died, Kevin McCarthy is his name, so a look at his life. I’ve got some great shows to attend, our look at the world of swank and Ask Koop

Frank Sinatra-Fly Me To The Moon
Janet Seidel-I Got Lost In His Arms 
Buddy Greco-Girl Talk  
Jackie Gleason -Just One More Chance 
Pink Martini- Taya Tan  138348379
John Barry 7- From Russia With Love 
SG Sound-The Imperial March Darth Vaders Theme
Jimmy Vargas-Torchin The  EL Rocco 
Julie London-Love For Sale 
Vicki Carr-  When In Rome (I Do As The Romans Do)
Tikiaki Orchestra-Exotique 
Lucas Vigor-So Daco Samba
Dave Brubeck-Perdido 
Tiki Joes Ocean-Under The Midnight Sun
Linda Lawson -Like Young

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Cocktail Nation 141-Mondo Lounge and Portland MCM

This week we talk to the organiser of Mondo Lounge 3, we’ll find out about mid century modern homes in Portland and a lady who sells them.
There’s a book about collectible kitchy stuff, our world of swank and a cool blog in the’s the cocktail nation bring the world of swank to your living room.

Martini Kings-Days of Wine and Roses
Kenny Sasaki-Slow Dancer
Tiki Joes Ocean-Haleiwa Under the Midnight Sun
Dexter Gordon- The Shadow of Your Smile.
DJ Bonebrake- Abstract
HB Radke- Baby Skye
Les Baxter-Venzuela
Jackie Gleason-The House Is Haunted
Hugo Montenegro—Perfidia
Duke Ellington- Flirtibird
Pink Martini-Tea For Two
Ernestine Anderson- My Kinda Love
Spy Fi-Then Play Down
Tak Shindo - High Noon

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Cocktail Nation 140 –Tiki Shark at the Mai Tai Festival

on the show this week I catch up with Brad Parker to talk about his time at the Mai Tai Festival, I'vegot some news of a re release of a Sinatra album out of 1965, a cool book on mad men and the sixties, a fantastic movie to see, our segment ask koop tackling the issue of physically getting stuck on public transport,our look at the world of swank and the Cocktail Nation blogosphere with another cool retro blog to dig.

Spy Fi-Web Theme
Martin Denny -Martinique
Royal Crown Revue-Salt Peanuts
Tak Shindo-Deep in The Heart Of Texas
Duke Ellington-Anatomy Of a Murder
Shagxotica-The Ghost Of Augie Colon
Billy May-Solving The Riddle
Frank Sinatra-September of my years
Jack Costanzo-Latin Fever
Waitiki 7-Flower Humming
Pink Martini-Ninna Nanna
Chaquito Big Band-The Spy With The Cold Nose
Martini Kings-Baby Elephant Walk
Esquivel & His Orchestra - Estrellita

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Cocktail Nation 139-Martini Kings Vs Shag


On The Lounge music podcast and radio show this week we talk to Tony Marscio from the Martini Kings about the stack of releases from the guys recently some great music to add to your collection, Last friday night I caught up with Shag at the Outre Gallery here in Sydney and I’ll play back that chat for you as we check out his inscrutable mystery guide, our segments ask Koop and the blogosphere back this week plus we’ll take a look at Tiki Oasis from last week.

Vibes On Velvet-Jorges Basement

Cal Tjader-The Way You Look Tonight

Martini Kings-Lost In Paradise

Julie London- The End of a Love Affair

Waitiki7 -Ruby Janet Seidel- Straight To Baby

Moe Koffman- Swinging Shepard Blues

Acutal Rafiq-One way ticket to Thrillville

Frank Sinatra- The Best is Yet To Come

Alvino Rey-A Swingin Fling

Les Baxter- Saturday Night on Saturn

Chet Baker- The Touch of Your Lips

Frank Bennett -Everything Counts

Tiki Joes Ocean-Sand

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Cocktail Nation 138-Will the Thrill

Cocktail Nation thanks to Tiki Shark with Koop Kooper. on the show this week we talk to Will the Thrill about his brand new book, I’ve got news about an incredible video store that is closing down this week, but there will be some bargains for you to grab, there’s some more Bond film news. I’ll let you know about a fantastic release for that you need to have in your collection, in our ask koop segment we find out how you should handle an accidental dog poisoning issue, there’s the world of swank and a cool blog to follow in our blogosphere.


Tiki Joe’s Ocean-Moonlight Moods

Combustible Edison-Breakfast at Denny’s

Actual Raiq-Lunar lounge lizard

Esquivel & His Orchestra - La Raspa

Martini Kings-Fly Me To The Moon

Kenny Sasaki-Slow Dancer

Jackie Gleason-Get Out Of Town

Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica-Arab Dance

Frank Sinatra- All My Tomorrows

Bob Thompson- On The Rocks

Les Baxter- The Other Side of the Moon

Jimmy Vargas-Black Widow

Royal Crown Revue-Deadly Night Call

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Could Retro Culture Die?

Just the other day I was chatting to a friend about retro
subculure and whether or not there was a micro economy in
existence. Sadly I don't believe that any such micro economy
does truly exist, sure there are some who are supportive of
bands, artists and authors but on the whole most of us probably
don't support as well as we should.
One must remember that the only way the music and culture
that you love will continue,is if it is supported.
If everybody committed to buying two products each year, and
attending two shows each year as a bare minimum then I think
you could safely say that you could keep the micro economy
moving along.
Now don't get me wrong, this is not about feathering the nests
of artists, producers of content, musicians and others, this is
about keeping the whole culture moving. People who produce
need to feel the love, and when they are spending lots of
money and time on projects that nobody seems to care about
then the future can look pretty bleak.
Very few of us in this business do it for the money, granted
some are doing very well but in my experience in twenty years
of retro culture most do it for passion, love and because they
Now that rant was directed at fans and consumers of culture,
ok, now for those who produce content I encourage you to do
the same. If you need to get cover art for an album done then
choose the guy in the scene, pay him and be don't a tight ass.
Pay ontime and don't leave him wondering why he accepted
the job. Sometimes like family we can be harsh on the people
we love, so be mindful of those people who can help you, ask
around and you will often be surprised.
Finally make sure you support the culture you love because I
can tell you it can quickly disappear, I have seen it happen literally
before my eyes, remember that these are your friends, they are
people you probably have more in common with than any of
your family, they are the people who can truly get what you do
and get who you are.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Cocktail Nation 137-Shag is back

on the show this week we'll find out about an Australian tour for
Shag which is coming to Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
I've got a cool car show to attend to pick up a fifties
Italian sports car, a request for a long time listener to play , news
from Wes Britton about a new book on James Bond, we take a look at the world
of swank with some fabulous events to attend across the
world, our segment ask koop tackling text etiquete, and we'll
head into the Cocktail Nation Blogosphere with another cool
blog to read.


Martini Kings-Bags Groove
Kenny Sasaki-A Night Of Ghosts
Tiki Joes Ocean-Quiet Voyage
Astrud Gilberto- Fly Me to the Moon
OctoBop- Prom To Prom
Waitiki 7-Sweet Pikake Serenade
Jackie Gleason-Darn That Dream
The Blue Dahlia- Ill Wind
Ernestine Anderson- Moonlight In Vermont
Esquivel- Guanacoa
Orchestroica-Thor’s Arrival
Chaquito Big Band- The Spy's Wife
Sally Street -Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You
Frank Sinatra- That’s Life Nothing But the Best

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off

You know when I was growing up in the seventies and eighties there was a sense of positivity in the world. I'm not talking about valium induced cheshire grin, I'm talking about a quiet positivity that all would work out in the world,a sense of pride in a job well done and an enthusiasm for the next day. Read the newspaper, talk to your local green grocer or taxi driver and it's all doom and gloom. I blame the environmentalists for this negative attitude and their band aid approach to sustainability. It's as if we expect the world to be perfect, politicians to be honest and teenagers to not vandalize or get drunk. We have not only become negative about our future but also unrealistic expectation for today.

Nowadays we expect the children's entertainer to be a pedophile, we expect the nanny to be sleeping with the boss, expect to be ripped off, we expect bad service and we are surprised when the opposite occurs. Our cultural negativity has got so bad that I am now hearing people talk about the demise of Capitalism! What, surely it can't be true!.

Just look at the new carbon laws that will eventually put the wheels that turn business in the hands of non-elected bodies of authority. There is onestandard rule when one seeks power - once the people are convinced the only obstacle to absolute power is business and money. And what better way to finish one's rise to power than bring the wheels of capitalism to a grinding halt. Like a remake of a really bad B-movie, the world is being confronted with a radical ideology once again but with a new twist. In the 1930s we were confronted with the socialist ideal of the “master race.” Today it has been spun into the all encompassing ideal of an “Environmentally Friendly,” or “Green" world. Certainly this new slogan is not as awe inspiring as the old motto, but trust me it is just as dangerous to the ideas of freedom, democracy and capitalism as the old one was. Let’s not also forget that when the first Nazi movement began it was an appealing idea to many. Even a certain ambassador to Germany from the United States, a man by the name of Kennedy thought it looked good at the beginning. Then he came to his senses. So let’s not be fooled again, but this time by a man named Gore. The key to understanding what is going on with this furry and political hype around “Global Warming” is best understood from a historical context. Just read the historical footnotes on the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany in the 1930s. The bottom line, there was a crisis. Unemployment was rampant; the economy was still in free fall from the Great Depression. People were out of work and they were starving.

The socialists promised that they could prevent this decline into anarchy and chaos and provide everyone with a good paying job. Furthermore they were offering to create a society that was both fulfilling and lasting (read in here the word sustainability), if only you followed theirway. But as with all great utopian dreams there is a caveat, they warned that there was very little time left and if their ideas and warnings were ignored, the German State would collapse entirely in just a few years. Any of this sound familiar? Basically they used fear to intimidate the people into believing in their point of view. Now, I’m all in favour of doing what is right. If there is a problem or crisis, only time and “real science” will show whether or not man is the cause of this notable change taking place around us on this planet.

Furthermore, the fact that the planet has been around for billions of years, I argue that another 10 or even 20 more years of investigation and research, will not doom our civilization or the planet. This way, should those beating the “Warming” drum the loudest, with their "new" Leni Riefenstahl behind the camera – end up being wrong, we will not be in a position of regret for rushing into many decisions and choices that may end up creating that very Hell on earth, that we all are trying to avoid. And for those of you still not convinced by my arguments, go get yourself a copy of Mein Kampf. And everywhere you can infer the words “Jewish Religion,” replace them with the words “Carbon Emitter,” and then tell me I’m wrong.

We can never forget that the most important time of all to ask a question, is when everyone agrees, for one reason or another upon the same answer. The bottom line for all is that we need to remain positive and forget about the doomsdayers, the world will not end tomorrow and lets face it, negativity is a bit of a mental blocker when it comes to thinking up incredible ideas for a sustainable world

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Cocktail Nation 136-More Tiki Joes Ocean

On the show this week we find out about a new show to hit broadway,we talk to Andy Nazzal about the new Tiki Joes Ocean album, we have our segment ask Koop as we tackle the issue of RSVP behaviour  and a brand new segment as we head into the Cocktail Nation Blogosphere and find some cool blogs to check out.....there's the look at the world of swank and a stack of lounge and exotica coming your way on the lounge music podcast.

B Sharp Big Band -Frenesi
Stolen Idols-Black Orchid
Tiki Joes Ocean-UnderThe Midnight Sun
John Barry - Fancy Dance 
SG Sound-Satellite_Feed
Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited-Robotheque
Bob Thompson - Sub Manhatten Blues

Billy May- Mannix
HB RADKE-Sucker For Love

Martini Kings -Stardust
George Shearing Mambo Inn
Armando Stella - Who's Sorry Now
Warren Covington and Tommy Dorsey Orch

Life In The Penthouse-Three Cool albums just arrived

So pleased today to see that the latest Martini Kings albums arrived at the Penthouse and man they are so so good. The three albums are Live at the Rumba Room, Lost in Paradise and the Buddy Greco Sessions.
Normally I will get an album at a time but when two come at once it's easy to feel overwelmed!
Cruising around Sydney listening to these albums I was transfered to a swanker place, I could really feel the vibe of the Rumba Room as the Martini Kings swung through their version of Watermelon Man.
In Lost in Paradise I was spun out by the title track ....a great cd with all new original songs featuring the 35 piece martini kings orchestra!
There's also the Martini Kings/ the Buddy Greco sessions as the Martini Kings teamed up with lounge legend buddy greco for the ultimate swanky lounge cd.
All 3 cd's will be available for the first time at tiki oasis in the vending area and the guys tell me they down to the last 20 limited edition martini kings mugs designed by squid available at tiki oasis.
Make sure you head to the


Life in the Penthouse- Interesting People On the Phone

Just got off the phone with Andy Nazzal from Tiki Joes Ocean, we did a fantastic interview for the Lounge Music Podcast 2-Pnl Jewel Case Insert [Converted] which you will just have to dig and I certainly encourage you to grab that brand new cd Under the Midnight Sun. Andy takes the themes of Exotica, Latin & Lounge and presents to us a lush world of gorgeous sounds aided by some of the greatest musicians around. It features Dave “Squid” Cohen on Drums & Percussion, Mark Riddle aka “Marty Lush” on the Vibraphone, France’s Jimmy Virani on Theremin, Jack Aldrich on Lap Steel/Hawaiian Guitars, Maui’s Cudra Clover on Flute, and introducing to the world of Exotica, the amazing guitarist Alika Lyman, great-nephew to Exotica Legend Arthur Lyman.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Cocktail Nation 135-Brad Parker Paints for the Masses

Cocktail Nation thanks to Tiki Shark with Koop Kooper on the show this week we are joined by Brad Parker to talk about his art and his involvement in the Mai Tai Festival on the Big Island, We find out about a new book on Audrey Hepburn and in our ask koop segment examine the tricky situation of eating your partners chocolates in the middle of the night ,we have a new tiki mug from Frankies Tiki Room available…there’s some cool events to hang out across the world plus the best lounge exotica hand picked especially for you.

HB Radke- Shake Shake Shake
Pink Martini-Ninna Nanna
Waitiki 7-Ruby
Chaino - Bongo Samba
Combustible Edison- -Impact
Voodoo Island -Shot In The Dark
Les Baxter-Lust
Xavier Cugat-Daiquiri
Blue Dahlia- In the Still of the Night
Ray Conniff-Caravan
Octobop- Minor Yours New Morty Show-Ladies Man
Jackie Gleason-Me and my shadow
Esquivel- Yeyo
Richard Hayman-The Girl From Ipanema

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Cocktail Nation 134-Mai Tai Festival

Cocktail Nation thanks to Tiki Shark with Koop Kooper on the show this week we find out about a maitai festival that is coming up in hawaii, theres a tiki festival on in Portland next week to check out, in our ask koop segment we’ll tackle the friendly neighbourly wave, I’ll let you know how you can spread the lounge sound. Dig the Lounge Music Podcast!

Voodoo Island -Hypnotique
Jimmy Vargas-Torchin The EL Rocco
Cherry Capri-Tie Another Mai Tai On
Lucas Vigor-Night Light Blues
Bob Thompson - Just You, Just Me
Combustible Edison-Summer Samba
Vicki Carr- Invitation
Frank Sinatra-Mr Success
George Shearing - An Affair To Remember.
Martini Kings-Hawaii Five O
Al Caiola - Thunderball
Rhonda Burchmore-Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart
Martin Denny-Quiet Village Bossa Nova
Skip Heller-The Collector

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Cocktail Nation 133-Mr Ho

This week on the show we talk to Mr Ho about something big happening with his orchestroica band and a way you can help, news from Tiki Joes ocean with a new release coming up….theres a new book on Grace Kelly which you’ll need to check out.

If you are in the LA area there is a great doco on the architect John Lautner to dig plus some cool gigs from a across the globe in our world of swank, this week in our ask koop segment we tackle creepy married men who try to pick up young single women

Combustible Edison- Pink Victim

Octobop—Playboy Theme

Orchestrotica-Terre Exotique

Martin Denny- A Taste of Honey

Tiki Joes Ocean-Stoic Moai

Astrud Gilberto- It Might as Well Be Spring

Vibes On Velvet-Spook master

Waitiki 7-Firecracker

Buddy Greco Lezlie Anders-S’Wonderful

Abe Lagrimas-Like Two In Love

Julie London- Take Back Your Mink

Nelson Riddle- Route 66

Hugo Montenegro-Goldfinger

Tito Puente - Ritual Drum Dance

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Cocktail Nation 132-Ukulele and Vibes

Cocktail Nation thanks to Tiki Shark. This week on the show we talk to Waitiki 7’s Abe Lagrimas Jr who has released a solo album called Ukulele and Vibes, a mid century modern icon has been reopened at LA international Airport, theres the look into the world of Swank with a very cool event occurring in Miami and we will find out about retro sexuals…who are they, what do they look like and are you one of them.

Martini Kings- Desafinado
Moonrays-Run Spy Run
Abe Lagrimas-Cookies and Icecream
Frank Sinatra- Nothing But the Best
Sammy Davis Jr -That old Black Magic
Alvino Rey- Little white lies
Waitiki 7-Tiki
Mancini-Background For Murder
Nina Ferro-I'veGot The World on a String
Pink Martini-Lets Never Stop Falling in Love
Les Baxter- The Left Arm of Buddha
Jack Costanzo-Mira Como Los

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Cocktail Nation 131-Tiki Oasis

This week on the show we talk to Otto about Tiki Oasis 10, there are some big acts there once again this year, Brad Parker has been working hard creating some incredible art …got some great news about the return of a weekender that has been missing in action for a while, our segment ask koop tackles dental hygiene.

Don Tiki-Pajama Tops
DJ Bonebrake-Bernstein 007
Martin Denny- Love Dance -
Eartha Kitt- April in Portugal
Abe Lagrimas-Everpresent
John Buzon Trio- Ill Wind
Buddy Greco-Girl Talk
SG Sound-Escapade Velocity
Frank Bennet-Pretend That We're Dead
Willie Smith- Sophisticated Lady
Arthur Lyman - Cubana Chant
Janet Seidel-Moment To Moment
Hugo Montenegro-Come Spy With Me

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Cocktail Nation 130-Kooper escapes from Voodoo Island

This week on the show we talk Scott Menshing about his latest project called Voodoo Island, news from Sydney Band Machiniso, theres a new tiki mug fromm Frankies Tiki room to collect,news from the crazed mugs, our look at the world of swank, our very popular segment ask Koop plus the best classic and neo lounge and exotica as relax in our g plan lounge and spin the tracks.

Mambo Zombies-Autumn In New York
Kenny Sasaki and the Tiki Boys-Fly Me To The Island
Voodoo Island-Shot In The Dark
Julie London- Always True to You in My Fashion
Frank Bennet -Would I Lie To You
Jackie Gleason-Temptation
Paul Desmomd- Samba with Some Barbecue
Waitiki 7-When  I First Love
Bill Evans- Soiree
Frank Sinatra- Body and Soul
Stan Getz- Penthouse Serenade
Crazed Mugs-My Mug Collection
Les Baxter- Earth Light

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Cocktail Nation 129-Mid Century Modern

Cocktail Nation thanks to Tiki Shark with Koop Kooper and this week on the show we talk to a real estate agent out of Palm Springs who only deals in mid century modern homes, I’ve got an incredible new  cd from Kenny Sasaki and the Tiki Boys to play for you,news from Bill Raetz with another WEB book coming out….our look at the world of swank with a very cool Charles Phoenix show that’s coming up, we’ll tackle the worlds problems in our segment ask koop, this time talking about rich people and discounts.

Waitiki 7-Similau
Combustible Edison- Seduction
Don Tiki-Other Side Of The Moon
Astrud Gilberto- Goodbye Sadness
Voodoo Island -Hypnotique
Kenny Sasaki and the Tiki Boys-A Night Of Ghosts
Esquivel- TodavĂ­a
George Shearing-The Shadow of Your Smile-Days of Wine and Roses
DJ Bonebrake Shakers
Abe Lagrimas-Baby Drool
Linda-Lawson-Up Pops Love
Clouseux-Fist on the green
Terry Snyder- Oye Negra

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Cocktail Nation 128-New Sounds Of Exotica

Another big show this week with news from Andy Nazal of Tiki Joes Ocean,we'll let you know who won our captain pharaoh tiki mug competition last week and you wouldn't believe it but I have another tiki mug to give away, this time from Tiki Carver Marcus Thorn...on the show this week we talk to Randy Wong about the brand new Waitiki 7 album called New Sounds of Exotica, we'll take a look around the world at some gigs to check out plus our segment ask koop.

DeanMartin-Who's Got The Action
Hugo Montenegro-Come Spy With Me
Waitiki 7-Tiki
Antonio Carlos Jobim-Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars
HB Radke- I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Diana Krall-Este Seu Olhar
Julie London-Girl Talk
Tiki Joes-Ocean-Baxters Pad
Abe Lagrimas-Cookies And Icecream
Martini Kings-You Only Live Twice
Voodoo Island-Fever
Jack Jones-Fly Me To The Moon
Quincy Jones-Soul Bossa Nova

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Cocktail Nation 127-DJ Bonebrake

Cocktail Nation thanks to Tiki Shark with Koop Kooper tonight on the show we talk to vibes legend DJ Bonebrake, Tiki Mug maker Captain Pharaoh has a new mug to let us know about and I believe a giveaway is on the cards our segment ask Koop and our look at the world of swank plus tonight I will play a track of the new Waitiki 7 album called New Sounds of Exotica.


Royal Crown Revue- Brazil

Voodoo Island -Shot In The Dark

DJ Bonebrake- Abstract

Martin Denny-Exotica

HB Radke- Straighten Up And Fly Right

Abe Lagrimas-Like Two In Love

Don Tiki—Jungle Julie

Waitiki 7-Flower Humming

Spy Fi-WEB Theme

Linda Lawson-Mood Indigo

Koke Band - Moon of Manakoora

Martini Kings- Teach Me Tonight

Len Stevens - Quiet Village

Patti Page with Pete Rugolo - I've Got My Eyes On You

Monday, May 31, 2010

Life In the Penthouse-Kooper Defends Retro Antiquities

Over the weekend the Sydney Morning Herald ran a story about a man by the name of Paul Rosenberg who has decieded run a three
month Drive in Movie cinema at the Randwick Racecourse carpark. This is the first time the eastern suburbs has seen a drive in movie
cinema in thirty years. The 2nd of July is the opening night with a predictable showing of Grease on the big screen.
Shortly after reading this story I was checking my facebook account and noticed that two of my Sydney listeners was very excited
about this event and were clearly going to attend. It got me thinking about the support that we offer the real deal historical antiquities in our society.

The Drive in is a perfect example, I am sure many retrofiles will jump into their classic cars and head out to this event for a fun night, but here is the problem, in Sydney we have only one Drive in left in the entire city, one has survived, and it's been in it's current location since the early 1960's, I'm talking about Blacktown Drive In.
Each year puts more pressure on Blacktown's existance as the land values increase, the operating profit must make the venture worthwhile.

Sentiment goes some way to ensuring the survival of this venue, but when Amalgamated Holdings shareholders start to think their returns will be higher with capital utilised elsewhere, its all over. Thankfully Greater Union operate this drive-in theatre efficiently and professionally and should be commended for ensuring a big slice of Australian way of life lives into the new century.

Here's my problem with the Paul Rosenberg takes away from the one struggling Drive in Cinema that exists today, sure people will flock to his night, but what about the other 365 nights of the year. If you love the Drive in Movies why not go to the extra effort and drive to Blacktown, sure if you are in the Eastern suburbs it's around a forty kilometre drive, but so what, pretty much going anywhere in Sydney is about that distance.

My point is that we have a wonderful Antiquity in the Blacktown Drive in that we really should support, infact there are many other wonderful surviving institutions across Sydney that we love, but do not offer any love to.
Then one day they are gone and we mourn, it doesn't have to be that way, if there is an old coffee shop that you love, go there, if there is a band that plays your kind of music then go along as often as you can an support them because they won't be there forever.

Lets not get caught up in one entraupenours dreams to stage a retro evening with some tacky Rock N Roll dancers and a pretty poor movies when the real deal exists just down the road.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Cocktail Nation 126-HB Radke

Cocktail Nation thanks to Tiki Shark with Koop Kooper…tonight on the show we catch up with and incredible singer by the name of HB Radke, I’ll let you know about a great website for all the gals, our segment ask Koop and our look at the world of swank plus tonight I get up on my soapbox about retro antiquities. I’ll let you know about the man who had a Tiki wash up in his back yard and I have the very best lounge and exotica ready to go!

Dom Halpin-Mambo
John Zorn-Tiki for Blue
HB Radke- Jet City Swingers-Live Till I Die
Martin Denny-Congo Train
Jimmy Vargas-Love is a Racket
Vibes on Velvet-Ink Mysterioso
Don Tiki—Primitiva
Annie Ross- I'm Nobody's Baby
Joey Altruda-Playboys Theme
Chaquito Big Band- Our Man Flint
Richard Hayman - When I Recall
Hugo Montenegro—Perfidia
DJ BoneBrakeTrio- Bernstein 007

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Cocktail Nation 125- Kooper broadcasts from a Penthouse Pary

Cocktail Nation thanks to Tiki Shark with Koop Kooper…it’s been a tough week I decided to told a party for the c grade celebs tonight, hopefully they won’t bother us as we do the show…coming up we head to Hawaii to talk to Brad Parker from Tiki Shark, I’ll play an Exotica band that you might be able to help me identify cos I can’t! And don’t miss our look at the world of swank and Ask Koop.

Frank Bennett-White Collar Crime
DJ Bonebrake-Tango
Don Tiki-China Town Bar Cha Cha Cha
David Carrol - By Heck Cha Cha Cha
Janet Seidel-Crazy World
Spy Fi- Zombie Shuffle
Martini Kings- Summer Samba
Richard Shory - Moonlight Reflection 
Vibes On Velvet-Bus Pass
Lena Horne - Mood Indigo & I'm Beginning To See The Light
Koke Band - Love for Sale
Paul Phillips - Harlem Nocturne
Richard Hayman - Live Just For Tonight
Combustible Edison- Utopia
Ninapinta -The In Crowd

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Cocktail Nation 124-Loungerati

Cocktail Nation thanks to Tiki Shark with Koop Kooper on the show this week we head to New York city and see what’s happening in the lounge scene there with Fredo Ceraso from the Loungerati website… Tiki Carver extraordinaire Marcus Thorn has some news for us, we’ll take a look at the life of the recently departed Lena Horne plus all the gigs you need to attend at our look at the world of swank and regular segment  ask Koop is back on the radio

Martini Heaven-Tango Zingo
Tikiyaki Orchesta-Tango Tahiti
SpyFi-Perry Mason
Earle Hagen - The International Set
Tiki Joes Ocean-Waikiki Pursuit
Combustible Edison- Mr. Pushin Came to Shove
Acca Daiquiris-WhiteWedding
Buddy Greco- Something's Gotta Give
Clouseaux- Destination- Oasis
Paul Phillips - Tenderly
Linda Lawson- Where Flamingos Fly
Chaino-Afri Cuban
Billy May- On A Little Street In Singapore
Tony Bennett-Fly Me To The Moon
Lena Horne- I Love To Love

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Cocktail Nation 123-Combustible Edison

Cocktail Nation thanks to Tiki Shark with Koop Kooper on the show we talk to two members of the band that started it all, interview I have wanted to do since I started this show, I’m talking about Combustible Edison The Millionaire and Miss Lilly Banquette join me.
Kooper has been raiding the charity bins and so the fruits of my kneeling will be revealed plus check out my website for the album cover art.I’ve got some things for you to be seen at with out look at the world of swank.

Pink Martini-Ohayoo Ohio
Martini Kings-Nylon Jungle
Combustible Edison-Millionaires Holiday
Combustible Edison-Vertigogo
Spy Fi-WEB Theme
Hal Mooney - Holiday for strings
Norrie Parramoor -  Always in my heart
Don Tiki-Bla Bla Cha Cha
Skip Heller-Watch Us Burn
Herbie Marks Trio - Little Grass Shack in
Martin Denny - Off shore
Jack Costanzo—Blue Prelude
Bob Thompson -  Starfire
Al Caiola -  Quiet Nights of quiet stars

Monday, May 3, 2010

Life In The Penthouse-Bel Air in Australia

  Great examples of mid  century modern homes is fairly rare in Australia. Most homes back in the fifties and sixties were fairly conservative for the time and often looked more like the houses built through the thirties.

In a little place to the south of Sydney called Berry there is a wonderful mid century modern  home that most people in Sydney have driven past and commented upon.
On a recent visit to the south coast holiday house I cruised through Berry and to my surprise that very house is for sale.

A call to the real estate agent revealed much of it's interesting history.

This house has a name, Bel Air, rather fitting considering the Californian cool that the house exhibits. I discovered that this six bedroom house was built in 1956 by a local vet by the name of Dr George Boris who designed and built the house which since him has only had one other owner. The current owner has had the house since 1997 and is responsible for the interior restoration which I would classify as acceptable but hardly outstanding for a Heritage Listed home.

I've included some pictures of the lovely home which I am told will fetch at auction over $900,000, not a bad price for a rare mid century modern home out of the very expensive Sydney market.  So if you are on the lookout for a very cool house which at this stage of it's life has been making a nice earner for it's owners as a $1000 a night holiday rental along with TV, movie and magazine appearances then this one could be for you!  Bel Air goes to auction on the 30th of May and is represented by Elders of Berry.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Cocktail Nation 122-Cherry Capri

Cocktail Nation thanks to Tiki Shark with Koop Kooper on the show this week I catch up with Cherry Capri to talk about her life, her music and Tiki Caliente. Our Segment Ask Koop tackles the toughest issues … a kind of mission impossible of the dear abbey advice column world…there are so many great events to attend and we’ll take a look at them in the world of swank. Enjoy the swingin Easy Listening tunes in moderation.

SG Sound-Escapade Velocity

The Blue Dahlia- I Want to Talk About You

Cherry Capri-One Mint Julip

Esquivel- Marie

Jimmy Vargas-Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

Frank Sinatra- They Can't Take That Away from Me

Anita O'Day—Love Me Or Leave Me

DJ Bonebrake- High Low

Da Howlies-Honolulu Heat Stroke

Richard Hayman - Night Love

Mark Copeland-I Love Paris

Skip Heller-El Tiradito

George Shearing -Jumpin' With Symphony Sid

Billy May- Jooms Jooms

Martin Denny-Martinique

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Cocktail Nation 121 –Sound of Speed

Cocktail Nation thanks to Tiki Shark with Koop Kooper broadcasting from the penthouse on the show this week we talk to the son of Bob Thompson Spencer about his Dad, that sound and the re release of Speed of Sound on Sundazed Records…..our weekly look at the world of swank coming up plus we’ll check out what Brad Parker has been up to also I have the story of the real Mad Men for you.

DJ BoneBrakeTrio- Bernstein 007

Frank Bennett-You're Just too Hip Baby

Bob Thompson - Midnight Sailing

Annie Ross- I'm Nobody's Baby



Esquivel—The Breeze And I

Sally Street-Teach Me Tonight

Diana Krall Why Should I Care

Jack Jones- Alfie

Elise-Bianchi- Meditation

Janet Seidel-Mr Lucky

Sergio Mendez & Brasil 66 - Slow Hot Wind

The Blue Dahlia- In the Still of the Night

Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited-Cool Move

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Cocktail Nation 120-Beachbum Berry Remixed

Cocktail Nation thanks to Tiki Shark with Koop Kooper…this week we talk to Beachbum Berry who has a new book out.Brad Parker swings by from Tiki Shark to talk about the Art that he is working on.
I’ve got news about the relighting of the lights at Kon Tiki in Arizona, plenty of events to attend, ask Koop tackles the tough questions  of the world plus the very best classic and neo lounge and exotica….
Also this week your chance to win the CD Doris Day…Hits Hollywood and Broadway.

Al Cailoa-Man From U.N.C.L.E
Janet Seidel-Straight to Baby
Martini Heaven-Gigolo
Art Van Damme Wave
Vibes On Velvet-Jorge's Basement
DJ Bonebrake 4-4 Situation
Ernestine Anderson- Moonlight In Vermont
B Sharp Band-Ain't that a Kick In The Head
Martini Kings -Rumble
Esquivel- Frenesi
Richard Cheese - Spiderman
Ann Richards-The Masquerade Is over
Billy May- Solving The Riddle
Octobop- Rocker.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Life In The Penthouse-Interesting People on the Phone

This week I tracked down Jeff BeachBum Berry for a chat about his new book Beachbum Berry Remixed, man what a guy, this cat knows everything about the mighty Tiki Drink and he has some incredible stories to tell.
It was Mr Ho (Orchestrotica/Ex Waitiki) who talked about our scene being a discovery group and Jeff really is the Indiana Jones of retro culture. In the interview this week we talk about the reason for the new book, his achievements, the effect of the internet and the future of Tiki Drinks.
Beachbum Berry Remixed, a completely revised and updated anthology of Grog Log and Intoxica! This is the book the Bum would have written first if he knew then what he knows now. Featuring 107 additional recipes: 41 newly discovered, previously unpublished vintage Tiki drink recipes; 43 of the best new recipes from today’s Tiki revival, gathered especially for Remixed from the world’s top mixologists and cocktail writers; and 23 new original recipes by the Bum. Plus full-color vintage graphics and original drink photography; expanded drink history and lore, incorporating newly discovered information about the origins of the Mai Tai and other legendary Tiki mysteries; and a revamped ingredient glossary with new product recommendations.
Make sure you grab it on Amazon today and make sure you hear the interview on this weeks show!


Beach Bum Bio
Jeff “Beachbum” Berry is the author of five books on vintage Tiki drinks and cuisine, which Los Angeles magazine called “the keys to the tropical kingdom.” He’s been profiled in the New York Times, Imbibe magazine,, the New Orleans Times-Picayune,, Bar magazine, and the Tampa Tribune; he’s also been featured in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and W magazine.
Jeff created the cocktail menu for the Luau in Beverly Hills, which the New York Times cited as one of the nation’s 24 “Bars on The Cutting Edge,” and co-created “Tiki+” for iPhone, a drink recipe app which Macworld magazine called “beautifully rendered and, thanks to Berry’s tireless reporting, impeccably sourced.” Jeff’s original cocktail recipes have been printed in publications around the world, most recently Food & Wine Cocktails 2010 and the 67th edition of the Mr. Boston Official Bartenders Guide; his drinks have been served at Elletaria in Manhattan, Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco, the Tabou Tiki Room in Berlin, Taboo Cove in Las Vegas, the Tiki Room in Stockholm, Pho Republique in Boston, the Palace Cafe in New Orleans, and Intoxica in Copenhagen, among others.
Jeff has appeared on Martha Stewart Living Radio and Radio Margaritaville, and currently conducts tropical drink seminars and tastings across the U.S. and Europe. He serves on the advisory board of the Museum Of The American Cocktail