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


Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 2 September 2017



Welcome back, my fellow loungers!

The weekend is once again upon us, as we squeeze a little more "me time" into our lives. If you are in Canada or the US, it's a long weekend for us. Sadly, Labour Day weekend spells the end of Summer. Hopefully, the weather will remain warm for a few more weeks. 

Speaking of weather, I must say that our prayers are with the people of Texas who are experiencing unprecedented rainfall and flooding. As the storm passes, the inevitable recovery begins.

On to the music now, as a few things have happened this week.

First, and foremost, our listenership has increased, along with listening time. Not only is word of mouth spreading, but you are all listening longer. Thanks so much for your support.

As for the chart this week, Seneca B's number one position has been usurped by our other Chillhop artist on the chart - Halberd. Coffee on the Beach has really made an impression on you all.

Christopher Goze bounds into the fray from Bubbling Under with his sentimental chill single, I Will Always Love You. The ambient pop of Cigarettes After Sex adds a little ambient alternative sound to the mix. I'm sure that they'll be up in "the 10" in no time.

So, once again, thank you for listening, and following these blog entries. Your support is truly appreciated. Be sure to check out the website at www.thisislounge.com and vote for your fave Top Ten track.

Stay chilled.




Bubbling Under

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Cocktail Nation 459 & 460

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'm playing catch up. For those of you that listen here for Koop's show, I apologize for not posting last week. Family vacation got in the way of computer time. So, to make up for things, I am posting this week's and last week's shows together. Enjoy.




Cocktail Nation 459 Spy Vibe: The Prisoner

The spies are back, as is Jason Whiton from www.spyvibe.com, as we talk about The Prisoner. Also on the show, we look at the most expensive home in America, plus on the fashion side…have you ever considered wearing an Ascot?….I’ll give you the lowdown.

Barry Morgan - Big Bossa
Narco Lounge Combo - My Night With Sinatra
Ron Grainer - Theme From The Prisoner
Wil Davis Trio - Mad About The Boy
Rebecca Angel - Jetset Samba
Tiki Lounge Crew - Summer Sunset
Brent Laidler - Meet Me At The Havana Hilton
Jet Set SWE - A Man And A Woman
Jerry Costanzo - Penthouse Serenade
Julie London - Must Be Catchin'
Gerald Wiggins Trio - In My Merry Oldsmobile
Percy Faith Orchestra - Orchids In The Moonlight
Bobby Troup - I Can’t Get Started
Miles Davis - The Pan Piper
Elaine Ellis - Dreamer







Cocktail Nation 460 Clowns In Heaven

Sadly we lost some kings of comedy this week with the passing of both Jerry Lewis and Dick Gregory. So we will talk about these two cats and some Swank Advice on the request of "no presents at a party".

Tiki Lounge Crew - Tiki Lounge Goddess
Ixtahuelle - Stone Gods Of Bimini
Frankie Laine - The Foolish Things
Ron Grainer - Theme From The Prisoner
Angelo Badalamenti - Freshly Squeezed
Marty Paich - Violets For Your Furs
Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz - This Can’t Be Love
James Morrison - I’ve Got The World On A String
Laura Ainsworth - It’s a Nuisance Having You Around
Bobby Darin - As Long As I’m Singing
Jimmy Borges - Luck Be A Lady
Dean Martin - I have But One Heart
Robert Drasnin - Siren Song
Narco Lounge Combo - Taboo





Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 26 August 2017


Happy Saturday, my fellow loungers!

Or, it could be Sunday on your side of the planet. I'm late posting this as I was busy all day doing last minute things prior to my daughter's flight home tonight. Having seen her through check-in and security at the airport, I am home now with the time to bring you all up to date on the latest Top Ten.

Apologies for those of you listening for the Cocktail Nation Sneak Preview earlier today. Unfortunately, I was kept too busy and unable to get it into the playlist. You can, however, check back tomorrow when the full podcast will be here for all of you to listen to.

Despite my busy "tourist" schedule, I still managed to get the Top Ten together for this week. Congrats to indie artist, Seneca B, as she made it to number one this week, ousting Hudson from their spot. Portugal, The Man continues it's flip/flop, repositioning itself at number three again.

Polished Chrome continues it's rise, as does Phigroa, and this week Lana Del Rey's Heroin makes the jump from Bubbling Under.

A late entry to the station, Christopher Goze's latest single, I Will Always Love You, (I can't believe I missed it's release a few months ago) has been enjoying airtime this week, along with Brooklyn NY ambient popsters, Cigarettes After Sex. Both enjoy the newfound placement in Bubbling Under.

Thanks for tuning in and supporting the station and our artists. Thanks to those who voted for us on Mixcloud for Best Online Station. Keep spreading the word.

And keep voting for your fave Top Ten track at www.thisislounge.com

Until next time....

Stay chilled.


Bubbling Under





Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 19 August 2017


Welcome back, my fellow loungers!

As the summer continues for a little while longer, I hope you are all taking advantage of the sunshine. Is it just me, or has the Summer gone by too quickly? It always seems that we try to cram in so much fun in the few short months of Summer that we don't take the time to relax as much as we would like to.

Not to despair, we enjoy it while we can. As I play tourist in my province, it's a wonderful time - enjoying all the sights and sounds that go with it. 

....and what sounds! 

Cool jazz and warm breezes......chilled vibes and hot sun......

This is Lounge is all that and more. Thanks for tuning in. Let's get right to the Top Ten this week.

Well, Hudson continues to maintain it's number one position, with Portugal, The Man taking an enexpected step back up to number two.  Coffee-drinking chillhop artist, Halberd, slides into number three, followed by NY guitarist Phigroa in the fourth position.

Newcomer Polished Chrome moves up a couple of spots to number eight, as his long-awaited new chillout garners more fans as well as airplay.

Thanks for all your support. Thanks for voting for your fave track at www.thisislounge.com. Be sure to support the artists here by clicking on the links or by visiting your favourite download store.

Stay chilled.






Monday, August 14, 2017

Cocktail Nation 458 The Zookeepers Wife

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.

There is nothing like a good period movie, so this week my movie reviewer Rusty stops by to talk about a new WW2 movie called The Zookeepers Wife. There's Swank Advice on dealing with people who are always right, and a new release you need to get your hands on.


Bobby Troup - Free And Easy
Wil Davis Trio - That Old Devil Moon
Tiki torches - Kava Kons Palace Of The Tiger Women
Creepxotica - Progxotica
Stacey Kent - Waiter O Waiter
Dr Samuel J Hoffman - Moon Moods
Octobop - Walkin Shoes
Sally Street - Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You
Alex Khaskin - Bond The Spy
John Barry - Underground Lair
Gerry Mulligan - This Can’t Be Love
Joey Altruda - Remembering Jobim







Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 12 August 2017


Welcome back, my fellow loungers!

Apologies for the posting so late in the day (or evening).  I've been busy enjoying the Summer and hosting my daughter's visit and playing tourist in my home. 

I know that this is not the time of year one should be on the computer, so I shall be brief.

Once again, Hudson remain atop the leaderboard, followed by chillhop artist, Seneca B. Our other two previous number ones - Portugal, The Man and Alex Cortiz slip down to numbers three and four respectively. An exquisite top four, if I do say so myself.

Phigroa continues his ascendance as Sambox continues to hold his position, sitting at number seven.

Big news this week is the long-awaited release of the new Polished Chrome album, Happiness. As promised last week, new music in the form of Dreamland leapfrogs Bubbling Under status to go right to number ten. The album is not a disappointment as they bring their electronic chill sound to the world. Be sure to check it out!

I said this would be brief. So click on the links for your fave and buy a download or two. Head on over to www.thisislounge.com to cast your vote for your fave. Your financial support throught the donation button would be truly appreciated, as is your artist support.

So, get off your phone or your computer and go enjoy some Summer (or Winter if you are in Brasil or Australia), along with some chilled tunes.

Thanks for tuning in.

Stay chilled.


Bubbling Under


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Cocktail Nation 457 Korla

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 mysterious Korla Pandit is back in the news with a new documentary. So prepare yourself as we reveal Korla’s secrets to you. Also, Swank Advice on avoiding conflict on social media.

Frank Bennett - Creep
Hugo Montenegro - James Bond Theme
Korla Pandit - Strange Enchantment
Arthur Lyman - Voodoo Dreams
Out Islanders - Return To Paradise
Brent Laidler - Law Of Attraction
Tiki Delights - Cosmolitan
Bib Bad Voodoo Daddy - Cruel Spell
Frank Sinatra - Ring a Ding Ding
John Barry - Thunderball
Nat King Cole - What Is There To Say
Stanley Turrentine - Blue Riff
Combustible Edison - The Veldt



Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 5 August 2017


Happy Saturday!

As Europe lives through a stifling heat wave, I hope everyone over there is staying chilled. Like every lounger, we are water people - drawn to it, ingest it, and swim in it. So find a pool, a lake, a river, or a sea and stay hydrated inside and out. If you are in a wifi location, be sure to tune us in on your favourite mobile app.

Today is a special day for me, as my daughter arrives for a vacation. This, of course, means it's time to play tourist in my own country as we spend some time around our province. 

I will certainly make sure that the music doesn't stop, as I take a little vacation time. I want to listen just as much as you do.

Speaking of the music, you may have notice some minor shifts this week. Hudson, the powerhouse jazz supergroup, finally knocked Portugal, The Man from the top spot. Congtratulations!

Seneca B and Halberd rise up as their Chillhop sounds are being enjoyed by more and more. Sambox continues to remain, slowly dropping by one position.

Looking forward to the new Polished Chrome release that came out yesterday. It's their first in a few years, so I'm sure that I'm not the only one looking forward to some new sounds from these guys. I'm sure there will be some new music from them on the station very shortly.

So, until next week, thank you for supporting the artists AND the station. Financially, your download purchases and station donations truly keep the music flowing.

Stay chilled.


Bubbling Under



Sunday, July 30, 2017

Cocktail Nation 456 Bachelor Pad Magazine

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.

A rather historic interview this week on the show as radio show rival Jason Croft joins me to talk about the 10th Anniversary of Bachelor Pad Magazine. Then, it’s off to the movies as we take a look at the new film Dunkirk and Swank Advice about the "Ding"!

Bobby Darin - That’s All
Jim Beuing - What If I Told You
Cy Coleman - Playboy's Theme
Art Pepper - What Is This Thing Called Love
Christopher DeGroot - Gunshot Cha Cha Cha
Acca Daiquiris - Cocaine
Elmer Bernstein - Staccattos Theme
Frank Hunter and His Orchestra - Zimbah
Ellen La Fern - When Sunny Gets Blue
Dave Brubeck - Take Five
Frankie Laine - I Got It Bad 
Frank Bennett - Would I Lie To You