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




Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 28 October 2017


The chill is in the air! 

The chill is on the airwaves!

Welcome to the This is Lounge Top Ten!

As the temperature drops, and the clouds roll in, it's nice to be able to escape to that beach house in your mind, that "happy place" where stress is non-existent, and life is good. And in that beach house in your mind, the gentle waves crashing on the shore segue into the smooth sounds of a Fender Rhodes piano, or a gentle drum beat. When that happens, you know that your in the zone - that moment of pleasure and bliss. 

You're tuned into This is Lounge.

Now that you're in the right frame of mind, let's look at what's dominating the playlist this week.....

With the surprising change in the weather comes a surprising change in the chart. Polished Chrome has made a leap into number one this week, bumping Christopher Goze into the second spot. Chillhop artist, .anxious., follows up in third. A wonderful triumvirate, if I do say so.

This week also sees the sounds of chillout artist Citrus Jam make the jump from Bubbling Under. The battle for that empty number ten spot was very close, with a new track from Kant Sleep and jazz singer Jordana Talsky's cover of the Alanis Morrisette classic coming very close to bumping Citrus Jam.

This week saw the release of some major new music, and we've got it. From the new release from Stacey Kent, we have her smooth cover of the A.C. Jobim classic, Photograph, a jazzhop track with a slightly bossa feel to it from lofi/chillhop artist Hylla, and finally, (we here took our time deciding which track to play) from the new Naoki Kenji album, Akatombo, and settled on the gentle sound of Floating Minds. And don't forget, Phigroa continues to grow in rotation with his new track, Headed Home.

So lots and lots of new music as we see the Summer fade into the chill of Autumn. And more news this week saw the announcement of a new album from Michael e about to drop. So we are in high anticipation of that.

Thanks for checking in, and tuning in. Thanks for supporting the station and the artists. You're keeping the music alive. 

Also, let me just mention, tune in tonight for Koop Kooper's Cocktail Nation Sneak Preview at 18:00h Toronto time to start off the fun Saturday night programming. Eclectic and full of surprises, it's always a good listen.

Time to relax a little. Enjoy your weekend!

Stay chilled.


Bubbling Under





Sunday, October 22, 2017

Cocktail Nation 468 Classic Comedy with Vaughan Meader

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.

Some classic comedy this week with JFK impersonator Vaughn Meader, and in Swank Advice, the follow up to writing back to people.

Plus, I’ve discovered another problem and another chance to grab a Sinatra abode, and of course, the look at the World of Swank gig guide. Finally,  a movie to check out about Ernest Hemmingway.

SG Sound - Escapade Velocity
Tom Gaebel - Hey Look Me Over
Julie London - Time For August
James Morrison - I’ve Got The World On A String
Eight To The Bar - Rhumba Queen
Astrud Gilberto - I’m Nothing Without You
Oscar Castro Neves - Bossa Nova Cha Cha
Art Van Damme - Wave
Uptown Vocal Jazz Group - I Love Lucy
Anna Seleh - Caravan
Don Ralke - Safradesia
Henry Mancini - Nightside
New Marty Show - Ladies Man





Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 21 October 2017


What a glorious Saturday it is here! 
Temp headed for 22, partly cloudy.  I could get used to Octobers this nice.

Welcome back to my little corner of the planet. A big shoutout to all of you faithful listeners. You are what keeps the music alive. Your word-of-mouth praise helps new fans tune in. 

Christopher Goze still at number one! A great song and a great artist - no wonder youur votes are keeping him up there. Chillhop artist, .anxious. leaps into the second position, ahead of Cigarettes After Sex in third.

Some new music slowly creeping into rotation is now bubbling under. Toronto jazz chanteuese, Jordana Talsky, gives us a chilling rendition of the Alanis Morrisette classic. Ambient artist, Kant Sleep, releases a new (free download!) track to his Soundcloud page. And we have some new chillout from Citrus Jam.

Yesterday saw new albums unleashed to the world from Naoki Kenji and Stacey Kent. I'm sure that we'll be hearing from them here very soon. 

In the meantime, enjoy this week's chart and be sure to spread the word of This is Lounge.

Thanks for staying tuned in and relaxed.

Stay chilled.



Bubbling Under




Monday, October 16, 2017

Cocktail Nation 467 Vote 4 Bob Crane

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.

It’s amazing what you can find in the world of podcasts...how about one about Bob Crane....we’ll bring that to you tonight.


Out Of Abingdon - Change It
Tiki Lounge Crew - Martini Sunset
Don Ralke - Love Is Here To Stay
Christopher De Groot - Gunshot Cha Cha Cha
Bill Evans - Walking Up
Julie London - You Stepped Out Of A Dream
Henry Mancini - Windmlls Of Your Mind
Bob Ferrell - Don’t Go To Strangers
Alien Fashion Show - Cool Thing
James Spencer - Quiet Village
George Shearing - September In The Rain
Nutty - Rhumba With The Devil
Si Zentner - James Bond Theme


Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 14 October 2017



Welcome back to another weekend!

As we prepare for the coming of Autumn and all the lovely colours that it brings, it's nice to know that This is Lounge is there for your fireside relaxation times. Nothing like adding a little chill to the chill! 

We've had a wonderful week here, despite the temperature drop by 15 degrees almost overnight. But this weekend looks promising with a mostly sunny forecast. 

On to the Top Ten now..... Looks like the chillout sounds of Christopher Goze remain "atop the leader board", followed by Cigarettes After Sex (who put on a wonderful show here the other night - check out the review.) Phigroa rounds things out in third.

Looking father down the list, the chillhop sounds of .anxious. climb into fifth position, behind Lana Del Rey's Heroin.

Actress/musician/daughter of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg, gives us the title track from her new album, Rest, settling in at number eight. We have some new chillout sounds from Five Seasons, as they also make the jump from Bubbling Under into the number ten spot.

Released earlier this week was a beautiful new track from Phigroa, called Headed Home. If you've been paying attention, it's being slowly introduced into rotation. No doubt it will be on the chart in no time. 

Thank you so much for all your support - especially those financial ones. Like what you hear? Help support the station with a donation on a credit card through PayPal. Financially supporting the artists is certainly appreciated, as well. Through Bandcamp, iTunes, Beatport,....or your favourite download store.

Enjoy your weekend, and keep those comments and votes coming through on the website.

Stay chilled.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Cocktail Nation 466 Another Story

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.

Some new music this week from Brisbane lounge band, Out Off Abingdon. (As a bonus, check out another new track from them below.)We also take a look at the passing of Playboy's Hugh Hefner and we look at some JFK files that are due to be released.

Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited - Night Of The Jaguar
Tiki Torches - Miserlou
Out Of Abingdon - What Kind Of Life
Lynn Stanley - How Insensitive
Hugo Montenegro - Malaguena
Henry Mancini - Playboy's Theme
Bob Ferrell - Yardbird Suite
Jet Set SWE - Music To Watch Girls By
Alex Khaskin - Austen Powers
Roland Remington - M’gambo Mambo
David Rose - The Runaway
June Christy - The Merriest
Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica - Frenesi





Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 7 October 2017


Welcome back to the weekend!

As the chill in the air reminds us that Autumn is soon upon us, not to mention the creatures of the Halloween night, our chillout thoughts may turn to cozy rooms complete with a burning fireplace, and a big comfy couch. 

Stay tuned to the smooth sounds of This is Lounge to welcome the new season.

This week finds Christopher Goze climbing into the top spot as Lana Del Rey slips into second. 

Phigroa, Hudson, and Halberd drop down slightly as a new Leonard Cohen cover from Bria Skonberg makes the leap from Bubbling Under.

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to visit the website and place their vote for their fave Top Ten track. If you are a new listener, head on over to www.thisislounge.com, and scroll down to the poll to place your vote. Totally easy! Totally anonymous! Let me know what you like!

A big thank you for all the support you've given to the station and the artists. It is truly appreciated.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Stay chilled.


Bubbling Under

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Cocktail Nation 465 - This Retro Life

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.

I found a cool retro podcast to enjoy, so we will have a chat with Kia Handley, the host of This Retro Life. And in Swank Advice, we talk icebreakers for the holiday season.


Left Arm Of Buddha - A Monkey's Affair
Rebecca Angel - Jet Samba
Benny Carter and Oscar Peterson - Imagination
Black Olive Jazz - A Night In Tunisia
Neal Hefti - Cherry Point
Henry Mancini - Young Love
David Carbonara - Twenty Third Floor
Alex Khaskin - Mister Bond
Johnny Mandel - Nightmare Sequence
Bobby Group - I Can’t Get Started
John Coltrane - Afro Blue
Machiniso - Percusso Frenzy


Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 30 September 2017


Welcome back, my fellow loungers!

Has the Summer heat finally dissipated from where you are? Perhaps, unless you are one of those lucky listeners in Australia just getting ready for your Summer to begin.

As we continue to be your soundtrack to the sun, let me welcome any new listeners that are just beginning to tune in. I urge you to visit our website at www.thisislounge.com and cast your vote for your favourite Top Ten track. 

As you may have noticed "lounge" encompasses many things. Our new number one this week is alternative artist Lana Del Rey, with a track from her new album. Phigroa, in number two, is a chilled jazz musician. Cigarettes After Sex, at number three, is considered an ambient pop group. They are from diverse genres but they all blend together here to give a smooth, chilled vibe along with the rest of the artists we play. It's not all chill. It's not all jazz. It's our kind of lounge, and I'm so glad that you're enjoying the mix.

New releases include Charlotte Gainsbourg's title track from her upcoming album, the classic chill of Polished Chrome, the jazzy, swing pop of Matt Bianco, the chillhop vibe of Halberd, the hardcore jazz of Hudson, and a chillout remix from alt-rockers Portugal, The Man.

Thanks for listening and supporting the station and the variety of artists we play. It is very much appreciated. 

Stay chilled.


Bubbling Under