Sunday, September 24, 2017

Cocktail Nation 464 Spyvibe: the Ipcress File

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.

Talking Spy's this week with a very cool film called The Ipcress File with out spy expert from spyvibe.com, Jason Whiton. There's also swank advice on the importance of returning calls and emails.

Swingerhead - She Could Be A Spy

Tikiyaki Orchestra - Song Of Delilah
John Barry - A Man Alone
Jimmy Psycho - Thunderbirds
Alika Lyman Group - Crude
Mary Stallings -The Thrill Is Gone
John Barry - On Her Majesty's Secret Service 
Henry Mancini - Session At Pete’s Pad
Ixtahuele - Mareld
Brent Laidler - Not Just Another Waltz
Tiki Delights - Fashionably Late
Anita O’Day - You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
Clouseaux - Lost Lagoon





Friday, September 22, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 23 September 2017


Welcome to the weekend!

The workweek is done. If the weather is still warm, I hope that you are enjoying it a little bit longer before the chill comes in. 

Instead, enjoy the chill right here. Put another umbrella on that drink, or another lime in that cerveza, and turn on the relaxing sounds here at This is Lounge.

What a week it's been! Phigroa continues his reign atop the chart with Polished Chrome staying up there behind him in the second position. Halberd won't take his descent too quickly, sticking it out at number three. 

Matt Bianco makes the leap this week, garnered by more than a few votes. The touching and torchy jazz track, Heart In Chains, begins it's homestead with a great start at number eight.

French actress and songstress, Charlotte Gainsbourg, is bubbling under this week as the early release single, Rest, from her new album of the same name joins the mix.

All in all, a great sounding Top Ten. And thanks to listeners like you who have taken the time on your phones, or laptops, or even desktops to cast your vote at the website. You're helping the chart stay alive.

Thanks for the support of the station and the artists. Your donations and purchases through your favourite download site keeps the music playing. It is truly appreciated.

Have a great weekend, and....

Stay chilled.



Bubbling Under


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Cocktail Nation 463 Celebrity Drinks

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.

Justin Christaldi, our drinks man, stops by to talk celebrity drinks. I found a very cool retro shirt shop worth checking out. There's news on an electric E-type Jag, plus an abandoned Sixties satellite which started transmitting decades later. Plus, in All Things Selfish, an interview with me, and in Swank Advice I reveal an interesting experience with a man I may describe as the worst ever salesman to walk the earth.

Richard Myhill - Cool Scat
Alien Fashion Show - Cool Thing
Los Shimmy Shakers - No Tell Motel
Hugo Montenegro - Solo’s Samba
Piero Piccioni - Agente 077
Chris Connor - Opportunity Please
Dave Stryker - Shadowboxing
Octobop - Have You Hugged Your Martian Today
Laura Ainsworth - The Man I Love Is Gone
Wil Davis Trio - 50 to 21
Gerald Wiggins - I Used To Love You But It’s All Over Now
Tiki Lounge Crew - Mambo Loco
Jane Russell - Take It Easy
Chet Baker - Just Friends


Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 16 September 2017


Welcome to the weekend!

Ah, it's so good to get away from that workweek stress and decompress a little for a couple of days. And that's what This is Lounge is for - we're part of that decompression plan. Tune in, turn on, chill out.

What a week it's been here at the station. If you've been listening, you would have heard the sneak preview release of Charlotte Gainsbourg's ambient pop piece called, appropriately enough, Rest, from her forthcoming album of the same name, due for release in November. Great track.

As mentioned last week, Matt Bianco has a new release as well, of which you've been enjoying Heart in Chains. Plus, a Leonard Cohen cover from Bria Skonberg, and another short piece from indie chillhop artist .anxious..

Speaking of chillhop artists, Halberd has been overthrown from number one by chillout jazz guitarist Phigroa, as Floating moves into the top spot this week. Polished Chrome inches up a little, as does Lana Del Rey and Christopher Goze.....chillout artists are gaining ground! Thanks for voting!

As usual, a heartfelt thanks for tuning in, supporting, and spreading the word about This is Lounge. There are more of you listening AND listening longer. So, thank you so much. 

Don't forget to head over to www.thisislounge.com and vote for your fave Top Ten track.

Enjoy your weekend.

Stay chilled.



Bubbling Under



Sunday, September 10, 2017

Cocktail Nation 462 The Bum in Sydney

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 I catch up with Jeff "Beachbum" Berry for a chat here in Sydney, plus news on the passing of the great comedian Shelley Berman, and in Swank Advice we talk about ironing.  

Out Of Abingdon - Change It
Jet Set SWE - Sicilian Clan
Martin Denny - Isle Of Love
James Spencer - Lotus Land
Alika Lyman - Arthur's Line
Alien Fashion Show - Rocket 95
Sergio Mendes - Constant Rain
James Morrison - Summertime
Chet Baker - Let’s Get Lost
Laura Ainsworth - An Occasional Man
Typhanie Monique - What is This Thing Called Love
Mark Copeland - I Love Paris
Bobby Darin - Charade


Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 9 September 2017


So glad you came back this weekend, fellow loungers. Let me get you a glass of wine and a chair closer to the sun and the speakers and tune into the year-round sounds of Summer, here at This is Lounge.

Yes, the temperatures have dipped below the 25 degree mark (here, anyway), a sure sign that the leaves will be changing colour soon. But not to fret....close your eyes and relax. Chill is a state of mind.

Before I begin,  from all of us here at the station, our prayers are with those in Florida in the path of Hurricane Irma. From FLA DJ Mark Gorbulew's Facebook posts, he's on his way to safety, amongst the thousands of others.

Now to the chart.....

Well, Halberd has managed to stick it out on top, albeit by a narrow margin, with Phigroa's Floating just out of reach landing in the second position. Hudson stay locked at number three, with Polished Chrome following close behind.

Cigarettes After Sex make the jump from Bubbling Under, and today marks the release of the new Matt Bianco album, Gravity. Tune in as we begin playing Heart in Chains from it. It's a more torchy jazz album than the swing pop stylings of the past. I think you'll enjoy it. Check out the rest of the album at your favorite download store.

We continue to add new music as often as possible. Thanks for tuning in, and thanks for the support of the station and the artists.

Stay chilled.


Bubbling Under


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Cocktail Nation 461 New Vintage

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, Laura Ainsworth swings by the penthouse to tell us about her new album called New Vintage. We also take a look at the right occasion for cufflinks, Lounge Life Magazine, and the World Of Swank Gig Guide.

James Morrison - The Way You Look Tonight 
Frank Sinatra - So Nice To Go Travelling
Laura Ainsworth - An Occasional Man
Tiki Delights - Swank
Alien Fashion Show - Cool Thing
Janet Seidel - Love For Sale
Gerald Wiggins - That Old Gang Of Mine
Art Blakey - Minors Holiday
Roger Williams - My One And Only Love
Marty Paich - I Love Paris
Ann Margaret - Never On A Sunday
Christopher Degroot - Miss Neptune
Ellen La Fern - So Nice