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.