Saturday, July 27, 2013

Cocktail Natin 276 Louis Prima Jr Part 2

This week on the show the son of the great Louis Prima…Louis Prima jr joins me  for part two of our interview, we talk to a man who is fighting to prevent the destruction of the former Pan Am terminal in that of WorldPort plus news on the Martini Kings  new release and ofcourse the only lounge and exotica gig guide. 

Clouseaux Kiss Of Ku

Tiki Joes Ocean Honolulu

Louis Prima Jr Oh Babe

Spy Fi Two Miles

David Carbonara Giovanis Muse

Chaino Voodoo

Chaquito Big Band The Spy's Wife

Martini Kings Zou Biscou Biscou

Leonard Nimoy  Music To Watch Girls By

Billy May Invitation

Mr Ho's Orchestorica Frenesi

Lalo Schifrin Barney Does It all

Laurindo Almeida The Look Of Love

Robert Drasin Jardin De La Noche 

Si Zentner Walk On The Wild Side

Monday, July 22, 2013

Cocktail Nation 275 Louis Prima Jr

This week on the show the son of the great Louis Prima…Louis Prima jr joins me, I've got a funny story from Don Rickles who recently appeared on Letterman talking about Sinatra plus a great article about the sad demise of World Port and of course the best lounge and exotica from around the world and the world of swank gig guide.

Ixtahuele Stone Gods Of Bimini
David Carbonara  Nearing The End
Louis Prima Jr Jump Jive And Whale
Frank Sinatra That's Life
George Shearing  If I Should Lose You
Hans Karl Blue Scooter
Janet Seidel Moon Of Manakoora
Julie London Must Be Catchin
Laura Ainsworth I'd Give a Dollar For A Dime
Marty Paich The Cat
Nutty Black Mutt
Gerry Mulligan Night Lights
John Barry 7 007 Theme
Shirley Scott Dreamsville 
Skip Heller-Alice Through A Twilight Zone

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Cocktail Nation 274 Playtime

This week on the show my Neighbour  Kramer stops by to chat Lounging bachelor pad movies and this week it's is Jacques Tati and Playtime

I have lots of Tiki Oasis News for you and a critique of the characters of Mad Men along with the World of swank gig guide

Nutty Back In Black
Octobop Playboy Theme
Francis Lemarque Playtime
Metropole Orchestra Solamente Una Vez
Robert Hicks Carioca
Oscar Peterson Things Aint What They Used To Be
Mel Torme Moonlight Cocktails
Mambo Zombies Mambo Inn
Kenny Sasaki Erotica Exotica
Jackie Gleason The Best Is Yet To Come
Janet Seidel A Man And A Woman
Cy  Coleman Parisian Women
SG Sound Palm Springs Overdrive

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Cocktail Nation 273 Perfect Vision The Esquivel Sound

Cocktail Nation 273 Perfect Vision The Esquivel Sound

I have a brand new album to bring you out of Holland, the Metropole Orchestra have put together a marvellous album of Esquivel tracks called Perfect Vision The Esquivel Sound and joining us to talk about the album and Esquivel is Irwin Chusid, the man who first brought us Esquivel on cd in the 90's
There's news about a James Bond car for auction  an interesting article about some of the biggest stars of the mid twentieth century as we ask "Where are they now" plus the World of swank gig guide

Clouseaux Search For A Vulcan
Martini Heaven Tanganova
Metropole Orchestra La Paloma
Metropole Orchestra My Blue Heaven
Vince Guaraldi Dor Que Faz Duer
Tiki Joes Ocean Stoic Moai
Spy Fi Man From Uncle
Sally Street New Blow top blues
Oscar Peterson Band Call
Nutty She Said, See Said
Octobop Short Stop
Linda Lawson Meaning Of The Blues
Jackie Gleason Mystery Street
Frank Sinatra Strangers In The Night

Friday, July 5, 2013

Swank Advice- Staying Fresh In The Office

In an early episode of Mad Men, Don Draper shows up for work wearing the same clothes as the day before, having not made it home to his wife the previous night. Inside his office, Don opens a desk drawer to reveal a stack of crisp, identical white button-up shirts. He peels off the old shirt and reaches for a new one. This simple change is enough to recharge him for another day of chain smoking, highballing, and professional brilliance. Such is the power of the at-work clothes stash.

I'm  not saying you should stuff an entire desk drawer with identical shirts, unless you, like Don, frequently wake up in clothes that reek of stale smoke and strange perfume. However, I do recommend that you have a stash of clothing and related essentials at work.

If you have enough space in your office then consider keeping a complete change of clothes featuring these items:

Spare Suit
White shirt
Spare belt and shoelaces (just incase they break. These are essential items for men)

These  supplies will allow you to dress as high or low as needed. Put everything on and you’re ready for a surprise client meeting, but you can also scale down to casual. 

And here is another tip. It’s an absolute certainty that at some point every man will end up with marinara sauce on his tie—and there’s no shame in that. 

That’s where the trusty stain stick comes in. It’s a must-have for your desk-side stash, along with the Dopp Kit.

Dopp kits keep your toothbrush, nail clippers, and other toiletries in one place. 
Ensure that in your Dopp kit you have cologne and deodorant along with shaving cream/razors or perhaps an electric razor and most importantly tooth brush and a mirror for that file check of your pompadour.

There you have it: all the clothes and basic tools to stay ready for whatever comes your way at work and after work.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Where are all the Good People

It was contemporary artist Jack Johnson who asked the question "Where'd all the good people go?
I've been changing channels
I don't see them on the TV shows
Where'd all the good people go?"

I was watching Mad Men the other night and seeing all the antics of the characters it got me thinking about the people of the late sixties and how the show only portrays the characters who fool around on their wives, who drink too much, smoke too much,took drugs, stayed out late and those who would seriously sell their grandmother for an account and it struck me as both one dimensional and also probably not true to reality.

Sure the goings on in Sterling Cooper and partners most probably went on in real life as they do today but what about the square joes and the good girls who wouldn't dream of this kid of behaviour.Not everybody lived such a cavalier risk taking lifestyle.

Majority of the folk I know who lived through this period were pretty conservative types and led fairly uninteresting lives. Some might have been religious but a lot would have felt that this kind of mis behaviour wasn't the societal norm. Sure they heard about the adventures of others but generally this was not how people behaved.

Early in Mad Men people critiqued show for it's authenticity and questioned the lack of Black characters, well I think its about time we look at the reality of societal behaviour and I would suggest that a lot of went on just simply wasn't so.

Now I realise that the square joes and good girls don't make interesting viewing but I would think that you could put characters in the show who are like this who are challenged by scenarios. They may or may not be tempted but that is part of life.

We are led to believe that there was an underbelly that the wholesome advertising world doesn't show, I believe that it may be the other way around.
Perhaps this is just part of our cynical world that likes us to believe that whatever were doing is ok because everybody else is and if you can't see them doing it then clearly they were.  

Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating some right wing traditional values need to be the pillar of TV shows, I am a purest when it comes to history so I like to see things portrayed just right which is why I pose the question "Where did All the Good People Go"

Monday, July 1, 2013

Cocktail Nation 272 Jimmy Borges Keeper Of The Flame Part 2

Part two of our interview with  living legend on the show this week in that of the Keeper Of The Flame, the great Jimmy Borges. A Hawaiian legend of stage screen and TV. News on a cool car car that Jay Lenos been spotted driving around in Beverly Hills that is the epitome of the Jet Age plus I have news about a book out shortly about Ava Gardner and of course   the best lounge and exotica hand picked from across the globe

The Lucky Duckies The Way You Look Tonight
Vince Guaralidi Mr Lucky
Jimmy Borges Most Beautiful Girl In the World
Jimmy Borges  All Or Nothing At All
Peggy Lee The Days Of Wine And Roses
David Carbonara Giovannis Muse
Ixtahuele Gardens Of Mu
Laura Ainsworth Midnight Sun
Arthur Lyman Coffee Bean And Calabash Annie
Skip Heller Hurricane Apartment
Spy Fi Secret Agent Man
Darren Long Twist Of Lyman
The Out Islanders Honourable Hong Kong Rock
Mark Copeland Too Darn Hot