Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cocktail Nation 194-Manvotional

This week we find out about a new book for men called the Manvotional book, we check out Sydneys first skyscraper, and swank advice on keeping your social dance card full in review with Koop we take a look at an album out of 1961 with three very talented men.


Dom Halpin-Mambo
Frank Bennett-You’re Just Too Hip Baby
Acca Daquiris-Cocaine
Arthur Lyman-Busy Port
Actual Rafiq-Lunar Lounge Lizard
Cocktail Preachers-A Taste Of Honey
Three Suns-Fever
Vicki Carr-My Melencholy Baby
HB Radke-Live until I die
Henry Mancini-Call Me Irresponsible
Alvino Rey-I Love Paris
Tony Bennett With KD Lang-Blue Velvet

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Cocktail Nation 193-Ding Dong Devils


This week we speak to one of the most fun bands of the tiki scene bringing a whole bunch of Aloha Spirit to the airwaves, there’s swank advice on Gentlemans agreeements, we review a Sinatra album from 1961 that you need on the hi fi and we road test a brand new Cadillac that has some very cool sixties stylings

Ricky Derek-I Melt With You
Henry Mancini-Something For Cat
Ding Dong Devils-Mai Tais In The Moonlight
Rolley Polley- Blue Rumba
Mark Copeland -The Man That Got Away
Melody Gardot-Les Etioles
Cal Tjader-The Way You Look Tonight
Frank Sinatra-Falling In Love With Love
DJ Bonebreak-Shakers
Billy May-Cocktails For Two
Diana Krall-Love Letters
Julie London -Girl Talk
Vic Flick-Goldfinger

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Cocktail Nation 192-Beat Festival

It’s beatsville on the Cocktail Nation as we find out about a Beatnik
Festival in Texas, in swank advice the importance of having a home library and I
have a way you can get some great Tiki for your cocktail bar or home.


Jimmy Vargas-Love is a Racket
Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica-Music Makers
Neal Hefti-Cool Blue
Arthur Lyman-Taboo Tu
Tikiyaki Orchestra-Mana Pacifica
Melody Gardot-Your Heart Is As Black as Night
Jack Jones-Lady
Tony Bennett - One For My Baby -with John Mayer
Nina Ferro-Everything I Got
Chet Baker-Lush Life
Combustible Edison-Metropolitan
Nelson Riddle-Theme From Route 66
Kava Kon -Atomic Clock

Monday, October 10, 2011

Review With Koop-Am I a Chap by Gustav Temple

Am I A Chap? by Gustav Temple Books. This comprehensive tome seeks to classify every species and sub-species of the English gentleman that one may observe throughout the seasons, from the flamboyant young fop to the crusty old duffer. Looking at the origins of the "Chap" genus, in figures such as Edward VII and Ian Carmichael, and their caddish counterparts such as Terry-Thomas and Bunny Roger, the book takes us up to the present day with contemporary types such as the Bohemian Chap and the Hip Chap.


The book includes a selection of the photographs sent into the magazine's "Am I Chap?" section, along with their vigorous, uncompromising but ultimately helpful sartorial critiques. Elsewhere you will find detailed histories of the essential accoutrements for a gentleman's wardrobe, from brogues to trilbies to Fair Isle sweaters; pen-portraits of those who seem to be carrying the Chappist ensign as they go about their daily business - familiar characters such as Atters, Albion and Billy Childish.
With 192 full colour pages, concluding with a definitive directory of Britain's finest emporia of gentlemanly raiment, including new, vintage and bespoke, Am I A Chap? is an essential tome for any budding Chap-about-Town, fitting snugly into the poacher's pocket of a good Hacking jacket; it will also serve as a stylish and useful compendium for those with a desire to go "Chap Spotting".

Friday, October 7, 2011

Sydney’s First Tiki Bar Kongs Jungle Lounge

For a long time since the Tiki revolution came bounding back into the world in a rum inspired burst of fresh juice goodness I have been bemoaning the fact that in Australia we have had just three Tiki Bars, two in Perth and one in Melbourne.
It seemed to me to be criminal that I was being denied my rum infused polynesian fix in the largest city in the country. Well finally that day has arrived and I recently headed out to check out this new venue called Kongs Jungle Lounge.
Armed with a portable mic I went in search of a Tiki head outside a basement bar in trendy Bondi Junction.
At last it was here and as I descended the steps to the Tiki bar I was filled with anticipation and trepidation.
There was a fear that after all my jetseting visiting tiki bars across the world that I would be bitterly disappointed and it would be completely and utterly bombsville.
But alas I was not disheartened,entering the bar I was greeted with the sounds of Martin Denny from the DJ both just located under the stairs.



The lighting was just perfect and the atmosphere simply the mezz.
There were gorgeous beetles making the scene and the venue had a really nice fun feel to it.
Squinting across the gently lit room I was trying to pick out the man behind it all, Sean Finlay, I had trouble tracking him down so naturally I had to ask some of the pretty babies if they knew him. Not surprisingly they didn't, but what the hey, I got some phone numbers for the collection (Kooper never misses an opportunity). Eventually I found him and sat down over a Mai Tai for a rap about the venue and his inspirations.
Not surprisingly his background is firmly entrenched in the Tiki and Custom car culture as is the case of many people. He was quick to credit the people behind the venture who have made it a big success in just three weeks of opening.
Head chef Adam Dundas Taylor takes a big bow in Finlay’s mind as Adam cooks up what he calls “Poly-asian” food, which takes its inspiration from places like Nobu and Hugos.
And at Kongs, food isn’t just something to break up the flavours of Passion Caipirinhas and Marama Rum Punches. Kongs calls its fare “Poly-asian diner style food”, an amalgamation of diverse kinds of deliciousness crafted by Adam Dundas Taylor of Nobu and Hugos fame. Think Japanese potato salad with mustard miso and pickled ginger, and dumplings filled not with fatty minced pork but with shitake, tofu, garlic and yuzu. But the island life isn’t about picking at appetizers — it’s about beer battered barra burgers with house made sweet chilli, and it’s about crispy pork belly with watermelon and pomegranate salad.
The cocktail menu has modern, but respectful versions of favorites like Kongs Mai Tai, Marama Rum Punch, Beachbum Berry’s Miehana, and more.


Sean is an experience club owner with twenty years under the belt and it is this experience along with his tiki background that helped him design the place with longevity in mind. Things like Seagrass matting was flown in from New Zealand along with artwork that was sourced from across the world.
When it comes to drinks one always has to ask about the house specialty of Tiki bar and the one they worked on for hours is called Kongs Jungle Juice, well Jungle Juice it is as after sipping the drink I found I had an overwhelming urge to rip off my shirt and beat my chest, but that's another story.
Tiki mugs are always and interesting point of difference and I was pleased to hear that my good buddy from the North Coast Captain Pharaoh has been blasting out a special Kongs Tiki mug. This is a wonderful thing as they are employing a local to create their signature mug which I think is a nice touch.
I guess my only issue is that the pad is so very new that it needs to be warn in a little bit, as it's always the the venues that have been around for a while that really have the right feel.
Apart from that it is a fantastic Tiki Bar and one that I am proud to take my friends to visit and also my international friends who drop by from time to time.
You can find Kongs Jungle Lounge and 110 Spring Street in Bondi Junction in Sydney.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cocktail Nation 191-Kongs Jungle Lounge

This week we head to Sydney’s first Tiki Bar, we have a review of a new dvd set out on The Girl from Uncle, a cool blog on vintage advertising and swank advice on confidence

Martini Heaven-Alcoholiday
Narco Lounge Combo-Miserlou
Martin Denny-Exotic Night
George Shearing -Wished On The Moon
Shagxotica-Blue Scooter
Martini Kings-Girl From Ipanema
Henry Mancini - Natasha In Venice
Tony Bennett and Micheal Buble -Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Arthur Lyman-Aphrodisia
Skip Heller-King Carla
HB Radke-Sucker For Love
Bobby Darin-Fly me to the moon
Hugo Montenegro-Goldfinger
John Barry 7- From Russia With Love
Royal Crown Revue-Take a long drink for me

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Cocktail Nation 190-Shelley Berman’s Party

This week we get to sit back and enjoy some classic comedy once again from Shelley Berman, we find out about a Beatnik Festival that is taking place in Texas of all places. News on the debut of a couple of tv shows that are possible favourites of Cocktail Nation listeners, I have news from across the globe and some sad news in the ending of a great tradition in Spain. Our swank advice column is back on the air as we take a look your wheels. Plus we review a new book about being a Chap.

Huey Mogan and Jools Holland -Fly Me to the Moon
Frank Bennett-Been Caught Stealin
Dave Brubeck-Take five
George Shearing -The Days of Wine and Roses
Tikiyaki Orchestra-Aloha Baby
Jimmy Vargas -Beaut-Evil
Ken Nordine-I Used to Think My Right hand was uglier than my left
Tony Bennett and Lady Ga Ga -Lady is the Tramp
Martini Kings-Missing the Maui
SG Sound-Palm Springs Overdrive
MR Ho's Orchestrotica- Lonesome Aku of Alewife
Jackie Gleason-But Not For Me
Anita Oday-Them There Eyes
Peggy Lee-Black Coffee
Waitiki-Hula Lady