Sunday, May 20, 2018

Cocktail Nation 488 Smile with the Martini Kings

Tune in Saturday nights at 18:00 EST Toronto time (6:00 pm) for a Sneak Preview of the week's show. Shake that martini, and relax in your bachelor pad as Koop Kooper takes us on a musical journey through that Exotica and Tiki world of the 50's and 60's.

The Martini Kings are back for 2018 with a new album called Smile, and Tony Marsico stops by for a chat and the unveiling of the new title song. Got some interesting stories in Lounge Life MagazineAlso, we have the World of Swank Gig Guide and Dear Koop.


Cherry Poppin Daddies - Mr Success
Big Six - 20th Century Boy
Martini Kings - Smile
John Eric Booth - Girl Talk
Jetset Sweden - Kriminalbyrån Svit Part I
Hugo Montenegro - Goldfinger
Bobby Hackett - Limehouse Blues
Joey Altruda - All The Cats       
Kent Miller Quartet - Liberia
Ixtahuele - Mohidji Lullaby
Stacey Kent - The Face I Love
Neal Hefti - Cherry Point
Voodoo Organist - Bombay Beach Bondage Boogaloo
SG Sound - Palm Springs Twist 
Lounge Brigade - The Real Slim Shady
Royal Crown Revue - Deadly Night Call


Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Top Ten - week ending 19 May 2018


Happy Saturday!

And if you live (like me) in a country celebrating Britain's Queen Victoria's birthday, you are enjoying a long weekend! Hopefully it will be full of warmth and sunshine!

(Speaking of the Royal family, where you up at the crack of dawn on this side of the pond to watch the proceedings?  Not me....I'll watch the repeat broadcast. But, congrats to the nuptials. )

This warm Spring weather means a rebirth of spirit and enjoying the world of Mother Nature. I, myself, have begun cleaning up and prepping my outdoor space for Summer. Accompanied by the sounds of This is Lounge, it makes for a more relaxed mood.

This week, we see Michael e & Jirka once again holding their own atop the chart. Congratulations! Coming in right behind, we see Jazzy James Jr.'s Quartier Latin bumping above Phigroa for the second spot. 

Other notable movement comes from Stephanie Sante, as she shoots up from ninth to fifth.

We've added some great new music, so stay tuned, and vote for your fave at our website.

That being said, thank you again for supporting the station. A shoutout to Phigroa for being one of the station's most vocal supporter on his numerous Facebook posts. Thanks, Phil!

So tune in and see what Phil's talking about! 

Stay chilled!


Bubbling Under





Monday, May 14, 2018

Cocktail Nation 487 Omni Hut

Tune in Saturday nights at 18:00 EST Toronto time (6:00 pm) for a Sneak Preview of the week's show. Shake that martini, and relax in your bachelor pad as Koop Kooper takes us on a musical journey through that Exotica and Tiki world of the 50's and 60's.

NOTE: Since yesterday was a very special day for Mothers, I delayed this posting till today. Enjoy.

On the show this week, we talk to the author of a new book about a little tiki place in Nashville called the Omni Hut, plus a letter from San Diego for our Dear Koop segment ...and a look at the Lounge Life magazine and Tim "Swanky" Glazner is back in the news with a new find.


Tiki Lounge Crew - Cool A Go Go
Combustible Edison - Male Bonding
Tiki Delights - Swankology
Neal Hefti - Journey To The Four Winds
Martini Kings - Lost In Paradise
Tom Bruner - Born To Be Blue
Dave Pell Octet - Mikes Peak
Henry Mancini - The Party             
Enoch Light - Miserlou
Nat King Cole - You Leave Me Breathless
Ricki Derek - I Wish You Love
Project Pimento - Black Magic Woman
Mundell Lowe - Pattern Of Evil 
Will Davis - Will Call
Naughty Ones - Voodoo Kiss



Saturday, May 12, 2018

The Top Ten week ending 12 May 2018


Welcome to the Top Ten!

Since tomorrow is very special day, please allow me to wish all the mothers reading this (and listening to the station) a very Happy Mother's Day! I hope you are all treated like a Queen for a day.

Thanks for checking back. Competing with everyone's Spotify lists and Mixcloud mixes, not to mention other radio shows, it's getting tougher and tougher to grab and maintain an audience. I must admit that my audience is not as large as I would like it to be, but the audience that I do have is listening longer. An increase in both would make me very happy. Please spread the word.

Well, this week finally sees a change at the top. Sambox has dropped down to the third position as Michael e & Jirka  grab the top spot. Congrats! Sandwiched in between is NY guitarist Phigroa. 

The rest of the artists are shifting as well. Nice to see Alex Cortiz work his way up, as well as Jazzy James Jr. Thanks to your votes at www.thisislounge.com, these artists move up the chart, which in turn, increases there rotation. So if your a fan of Vladi or Stephanie or even Steve Gadd, cast your vote. It's a nice way to feel a part of the station.

Soon enough we should have you voting for Jessica Lauren, Jojo Effect & Iain Mackenzie, and Basia. Since they are bubbling under, they should be moving up in the weeks to come. Stay tuned.

Thanks for supporting the artists. Music doesn't pay for itself.

Stay chilled.


Bubbling Under



Sunday, May 6, 2018

Cocktail Nation 486 Soundscape

Tune in Saturday nights at 18:00 EST Toronto time (6:00 pm) for a Sneak Preview of the week's show. Shake that martini, and relax in your bachelor pad as Koop Kooper takes us on a musical journey through that Exotica and Tiki world of the 50's and 60's.

On the show this week, we talk to the author of a new book on Space Age Bachelor Pad music called Soundscape, We bring you the story of a once glamorous Playboy club and an interesting concept…would you have a picnic in a cemetery? …turns out we really used to like a lot years ago.

Joey Altruda - The Big Payoff
Lyn Stanley - Love Me Or Leave Me
Bob Thompson - MMM Nice
Quincy Jones - Peter Gunn Theme
Jet Set SWE - Man From THRUSH
Laura Ainsworth - An Occasional Man
Buddy Greco - I’m In Love
Mclenty Hunter - Autumn
Combustible Edison - Spy Vs Spy
Jimmy Psycho - Holiday In Cambodia
Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica - Sentimental Journey
Jack Costanzo - Taboo
Kenny Sasaki - Night Of Ghosts
Lee Presson - Coax Me A Little Bit
Julie London - S’Wonderful
Christopher De Groot - Voodoo Clues
Jackie Gleason - Lovely To Look At


Saturday, May 5, 2018

The Top Ten - week ending 5 May 2018


Ah, the weekend! And a Spring weekend at that! Lots of outdoor chores to do now that the snow has melted. So grab that Bluetooth speaker and take it outdoors because you'll need the smooth sounds of This is Lounge to be your Spring spruce-up soundtrack!

I'm all excited about the warm season. Its a rebirth, in a sense. We have come out of hibernation, shedding our heavy clothing, and embracing the sun and the warmth that the season brings.

This week, our chart remains a little intact as Sambox and Michael e & Jirka remain in the top two positions. Wonderful music, you two (three?)! Congrats on holding the positions. Phigroa pushes Sade down the chart a couple of positions, but she's holding strong.

I must say that I am really digging the vibe of the new Alex Cortiz track. Two thumbs up, Alex!

This is totally unintentional, but I have just realized all of the artists whose name begins with the letter "S" on (and recently off) the chart. Perhaps it means "shhhh", as in "be quiet, this is lounge". Ha! 

Nope, just a coincidence.

No one made the jump this week from Bubbling Under. You're all enjoying the same artists up there that were there last week. Not to worry, fans of Paul Blackford, Jojo Effect, and Basia, as your songs will work there way into the thick of things soon enough.

Have a great weekend, everyone! Thank you so much for the support! Be sure to tell your friends. Turn us on in the shop or bistro you work at. Have us as you "music on hold" at your business. We're here for you 24/7 - including iTunes!

Stay chilled.


Bubbling Under



Sunday, April 29, 2018

Cocktail Nation 485 Peter Gunn

Tune in Saturday nights at 18:00 EST Toronto time (6:00 pm) for a Sneak Preview of the week's show. Shake that martini, and relax in your bachelor pad as Koop Kooper takes us on a musical journey through that Exotica and Tiki world of the 50's and 60's.

Joining me this week is Jason Whiton from Spyvibe.com to talk about Peter Gunn, plus some new releases coming our way to look at…I answer a vital question about lounge lifestyle. Plus, our look at the World of Wwank gig guide.


Nana Simopoulos - Merely To Know
Narco Lounge Combo - Taboo
Lola Albright - Brief And Breezy
Combustible Edison - Vertigogo
Dean Martin - Two Loves Have I
Wes Montgomery - Stranger In Paradise
Buddy Greco - Wild Is Love
Bill Irwin - Seduction
Tiki Lounge Crew - Bongo Delic
Beegie Adair - S’Wonderful
Don Ralke - Black Panther
Seth Macfarlane - Have You Met Miss Jones
Martini Kings - Triste
Cal Trader - Cool
Mark Copeland -I Love Paris
Jet Set SWE - Star Trek