Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cocktail Nation 472 Jewels of Jazz

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.

This week, we look at another book from James Spencer, probably the hardest working man in the lounge scene. I’ve got a Lounge Lotharios Golden Rules of Driving Etiquette, and a look this week at Lounge Life Magazine, plus our World of Swank gig guide.


Richard Myall - Cool Scat
Jet Set SWE - Man From Thrush
June Hutton - You Go To My Head. 
Frank D'Rone - It’s You Or No One
Blanche Black - You’re Driving Me Crazy
Ori Dagan and Sheila Jordan - Straighten Up And Fly Right
Bob Ferrell - Everyday I Have The Blues
Martini Heaven - Tanganova
Billy May - I Gotta Have You
Exotic A Go Go - In The Lounge Of The Tiki King
Sergio Mendez - Mas Que Nada
Clouseaux - Copper Locked Nymph
Stolen Idols - Monkey Mayhem
Narco Lounge Combo - Taboo
Bruno Nicolai - Mission Danger Patrol
Buddy Greco - I’m In Love


Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 18 November 2017


Welcome, my fellow loungers!

That chill in the air seems to be getting colder as the days go on. Needless to say, we know how to warm up with the sounds of a little Winter chill. 

Started your Christmas shopping yet? Music makes a great lasting gift, and you have a wonderful choice from the artists below. Something to consider....

We have a new number one this week - the title track from Charlotte Gainsbourg's latest album, Rest. Following close behind at number two, is Matt Bianco's Heart in Chains and Citrus Jam in third.

.anxious. loses its top ranking, slipping into fourth this week, ahead of Bria Skonberg. Lots of movement this week. Thanks to you and your votes. 

Hopping onto the chart this week is a new release from Phigroa. Jumping in at number ten, Headed Home rounds out the list.

Thanks so much for tuning in. Keep those comments coming and your votes at www.thisislounge.com

Stay chilled.


Bubbling Under




Sunday, November 12, 2017

Cocktail Nation 471 Libations 101

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 menu this week, it’s our drinks man Justin Christaldi with a talk on libations, a gold plated Austin Healey is for sale, and speaking of cars..what’s the story with barn finds!


Alika Lyman Group - Crude
Ixtahuele - Souq
Julie London - Lonely Girl
Diana Krall - Moonglow
Tikiyaki Orchestra - Taboo
Sharps - Caravan
Peter Nero - New York On Sunday
Lisa Ono - How Insensitive
Out Of Abingdon - Prospect Street
Tony Hadley - The Good Life
James Spencer - Columbine
Martin Denny - Martinique
Michelle Nichol - Days Of Wine And Roses
Tiki Joes Ocean - Tiki Joe A Go Go
David Carbonara - Twenty Third Floor


Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 11 November 2017


Welcome back to Saturday!

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Too early, you say? Hey, the sooner it gets done, the sooner you can sit back and relax while everyone else is stressed out.

Looking for gift ideas? Music is a perfect gift. Maybe this chart will inspire you. Click on the links to grab your fave. 

This week, sees indie chillhop artist .anxious., rise to the top with his Caffeine Crash. Bria Skonberg slips into number two, with Charlotte Gainsbourg comfortably in third.

Matt Bianco's Heart in Chains jumps into number four. From the latest album, Gravity, this soulful piece is finding its way into many of your hearts.

Kant Sleep slip into the chart this week with something new, bringing more rotation time for itself.

Thanks for listening and spreading the word. We're here 24/7, and as easy as clicking a button.


Bubbling Under


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Cocktail Nation 470 Spyvibe: U.N.C.L.E.

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.

One of my favourite TV shows is on the agenda this week. Jason Whiton is stopping by to talk The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Check out the fan made trailer below.) And speaking of spies, a story on the CIA and Bananas, a new book coming out that is centered around Lady Jazz, plus Swank Advice on throwing parties for yourself.

Sad Salamanders - My Parents are Swingers
Los Shimmy Shakers - No Tell Motel
Hugo Montenegro - The Man From UNCLE
Mel Henke - Little Rock Getaway
The Hi Lo's - Chinatown, My Chinatown
Lyn Stanley - Love Me Or Leave Me
Lalo Schifrin - End Of The Rainbow
Henry Mancini - Mostly For Lovers
Lee Presson And The Nails - Coax Me A Little Bit                              
The SG Sound - I Feel The Earth Move
Naughty Ones - Harlem Nocturne
Nutty - Rhumba With The Deveil
Art Pepper - What Is This Thing Called Love 
Neal Hefti - Cherry Point
Metropole Orchestra - OSS 117 Theme
Nick Perito - Miserlou 






Saturday, November 4, 2017

Top Ten - week ending 4 November 2017


Welcome back to the Top Ten, your weekly chart of the top new chillout and jazz releases here at This is Lounge.

First time visitor? Welcome. Thanks for tuning in. If you're not aware, you can vote for your fave Top Ten artist/song at www.thisislounge.com. It's easy and anonymous....and no, you won't be added to a mailing list, having your email inbox inundated with spam.

We're all about the music here. So let's see what this week's chart has brought us.

Canadian jazz singer/horn player, Bria Skonberg, sneaks into the number one position with her chilled out version of Leonard Cohen's classic. Right behind her sees chillhop artist .anxious. in number two and Polished Chrome at number three.

Another Canadian, local Toronto jazz singer,  Jordana Talsky, makes the leap into the official listing this week, landing at number ten with her Alanis Morisette cover. A welcome addition indeed.

As promised last week, lots of new music is making it's way into rotation. If you've been listening regularly, you'll have heard new music from new releases by Stacey Kent, Naoki Kenji, and Phigroa. Stay tuned. More to come.

As always, thanks for all the support and the messages through the website. Your thoughts are most gracious and kind. Glad to know that there are others out there enjoying the station in a world filled with Spotifys and Apple Musics and Mixclouds, and more music than we all have time to listen to. The good thing is that we are not lacking in choices. I try to sample a little bit of everything myself,  to stay in touch. I'm sure that most of you do as well.

Anyway, thanks for tuning in.

Stay chilled.


Bubbling Under


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Cocktail Nation 469 - Gambling on a Dream Volume 2

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.

                                        This week, the follow up to Lynn M Zook's Gambling on a Dream, plus news on a new supporter of the Cocktail Nation, and we take a look at the potential release of some JFK files. All this plus news on a new Martini Kings album coming out.

Cocktail Angst - Rhumba Of The Saints
Royal Crown Revue - Deadly Night Call
Tony Bennett and Count Basie - Are You Having Any Fun
Blue Hawaiians - Martini 5-0
Nutty - Purple Panther
Bob Thompson - Do It Again
Brent Laidler - Meet Me At The Havana Hilton
Art Pepper - Webb City                                    
Martini Kings - Nylon Jungle
Acca Daiquiris - Cocaine
Les Baxter - Bustin The Bongos
Don Tiki - Other Side Of The Moon