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.
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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