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

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Cocktail Nation 119-Cocktail Angst

Cocktail Nation thanks to Tiki Shark with Koop Kooper…on the show this week we talk to Toby Williams from New York lounge act Cocktail Angst, I have news from Don Tiki, the Martini Kings, some of the swankest events to attend and our segment Ask Koop where we tackle uncomfortable shopping experiences.
The Cocktail Nation, the only show where jacket and tie are necessary.

Royal Crown Revue- Besame Mija (Baille Para Qui)
B Sharp Big Band-Can't By Me Love
Cocktail Angst-Muy Loco Psycho Mambo
Alvino Rey- A swingin fling
Martini Kings- Desafinado
Janet Seidel-Slow Hot Wind
Billy May-I'll  Have To Change My Plan
Tikiyaki Orchestra- Crossing Kilauea
BobThompson-The Song Is You
Diana Holt-Sinner Or Saint
Bobby Darin-All Night Long
Vibes On Velvet-Fever
Enoch Light-Fly Me to the Moon
Don Tiki-Odd Man Out
Esquivel - La Bikina

Friday, April 2, 2010

Life in the Penthouse-Period Movie Review-The Red Baron

Saw a great movie on DVD today. It's called The Red Baron. I just love period films and will pretty much watch anything period. What a fantastic story which captured my boyhood memories of reading Biggles books which my father had loved and introduced me to as a young boy.
Whilst a little bit inaccurate historically, the film does highlight the fact that Richthofen is an incredibly talented young man who is thrust into the limelight purely for propaganda purposes.
He is idealistic and realistic about both the war and his talent. He instructs his crew to shoot planes only and to avoid killing pilots, he considers it to be very much a game at first and considers his role to be sporting. This is probably because he is from German aristocracy and clearly has no concept of what kind of hell exists on the Western front. When he is finally invited to meet the troops on the front line he is shocked and disturbed and believes that the Germans should concede.
Wonderful cinematically and the story line is compelling. My only issue was the poetic licence of the writter in introducing a love interest. Personally I am sick of the stories of men and their creations and battles being hijacked by female characters that in reality have nothing to contribute to the story.
Once again it's the film industry catering to a female audience to make women feel as if they are creators and major contributors to society when in reality they rarely are.
But, apart from that a good war film that most will enjoy...Kooper gives it 3/5.
Dig the plot below.
Europe, 1916. Baron Manfred von Richthofen is, at the age of just 24, the crack pilot of the German aerial combat forces - a legend in his own time, a hero at home and a man both feared and respected by the enemy, including Allied Forces' Canadian pilot, Captain Roy Brown. Von Richthofen and his fellow officers, Lieutenants Voss, Sternberg and Lehmann see their duels in the sky as tactical, almost sportsmanlike, challenges that, at least at first, obscure their view of the horrors of the battlefields below. The provocative red paint job of his Fokker aircraft earns him the nickname "The Red Baron" and makes him famous the world over. For millions of his countrymen, he becomes an idol, a symbol of hope and pride. But the German high command increasingly misuses him for propaganda purposes - until the young pilot falls in love with Käte, a beautiful and resolute nurse who opens his eyes to the fact that there is more to war than dogfights won and adversaries downed. Manfred von Richthofen finally becomes aware of his role in the propaganda machine of a senseless and barbarous war. On another, more personal front, his ambitious and patriotic brother Lothar questions his chivalrous code of honor. But despite the heavy losses in his squadron and torn between his disgust for the war and his responsibility to his fighter wing, von Richthofen cannot stop flying. But even for this living legend, each new combat mission could be his last.

Cocktail Nation 118-I Spy

Cocktail Nation thanks to Tiki Shark with Koop Kooper
On the show tonight we take a look at the life of Robert Culp from the 60’s TV show I Spy, we’ll take a look at this life and the wonderful TV show
Our segment that has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize Ask Koop is back tonight plus a few cool events to attend across the globe.
I have found the most amazing website for you about a fictional town from the fifties called Elgin Park plus some very cool classic and neo lounge and exotica

Lucas Vigor-WapWap
Spy Fi-WEB Theme
Hugo Montenegro-Theme From I Spy
David Carroll -  Baia
Bob Thompson -  Midnight Sailing
Diana Krall-The Boy From Ipanema
Jack Costanzo & His Orchestra—Latin Fever
Tiki Joe's Ocean-Baxter Pad
Arthur Lyman-Fire down below
Lushy-Bella Beretta
Alvino Rey- I love Paris.
Kava Kon-Chinese Surfer
Vicki Carr-The Silencers
Waitiki 7- Sacha-cha
Esquivel - Temptation