Monday, July 24, 2017

Cocktail Nation 455: Spyvibe - The Avengers

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.

Back this week after a short bit of "r and r" and I'm talking with Jason Whiton, who is back with us from the Spyvibe Lair and talking about the Avengers. We also look at the World Of Swank and talk Country people manners in Swank Advice.

The Markko Polo Adventurers - Night Of The Tiger
Waitiki 7- Manila
Laurie Johnson - Theme From The Avengers
Tiki Delights - Swank
Mary Stallings - You’re Sensational
Ixtahuele - Rarohengan Dance
James Spencer - Mysterious Jade Temple Of Dahkla
Brent Laidler - Law Of Attraction
Dexter Gordon - Dexters Mood
Greg Arthur - More And More
Frank Bennett - Your’e Just To Hip
Larry Newcome - Morningside Heights
Herbie Harper - Let’s Fall In Love
Armando Trovaiolli - Descione
Tiki Torches - Miserlou





Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 22 July 2017


Happy Saturday! 

Is it hot enough for you, wherever you are?

Our season is in full swing, and we're all taking full advantage of it. The bodies of water that surround us are the refuge from the hsutle and bustle of the cityscape. We welcome it's calming effect on our minds. Experience the Zen. Experience the chill.

It's the weekend - time to relax.

Music, of course, plays a big part in relaxation. Taking This is Lounge with you (if you have a wifi or internet access at your beach house) is part of all that.

With artists like Alex CortizStephanie Sante, Michael e, and Phigroa, you're sure to experience your body releasing all the tensions of the work week. So sit back, relax, and tune in.

Congratulations to Portugal, The Man for a second week at number one. The pop/jazz sound of  Bria Skonberg comes in behind at number two, and the Dutch Master, Alex Cortiz, remains in the top three with Zooming In. Sambox continues to maintain his chart position at number four.

You may have noticed a new Phigroa track thrown in the mix this week. Revisiting his latest EP, Easy Does It, we explore Track 2 from that release - Floating. This week, it's Bubbling Under.

Thanks for all the support. The station and the artists are truly grateful. Keep the music alive!  Thanks for all your heartfelt comments at www.thisislounge.com, as well. 

Stay chilled.



Bubbling Under





Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 15 July 2017


Happy Saturday!

I hope everyone is enjoying their Summer. So much to do outside....who wants to be stuck inside listening to internet radio? I know...I know.... Well, if you're like me, you bring the indoors out, along with a good wireless Bluetooth speaker. (Warning! Shameless plug coming...) Personally, I have this great little Bose SoundLink that is perfect on the patio. But check out some others available. 

When your walking the city, there should be numerous free wifi locations that you can take advantage of. Keep an eye out for that.  A welcome coffee at a cafe with wifi will be that much more relaxing with your ears tuned into This is Lounge on your fave radio app. (One of the ones I use is radio.net's, available in the App Store.......sorry, another shameless plug.)

Now, on to the content....

What a week for music! Congrats to Portugal, The Man's remix of Feel It Still for topping the chart this week. Alex Cortiz slips into number two, and (surprise, surprise!) Bria Skonberg's cheeery love song, How I Know, has become the fan fun fave of the Summertime sounds, shooting up to number three! It must be the heat! So, a little something there for everyone.

I must also point out that Sambox continues to maintain his place on the chart, with Jasmin Sambac! Thanks to your votes at www.thisislounge.com, your input helps determine the chart. Keep those votes coming.

We have a new entry making the leap from Bubbling Under this week - Soundcloud find, .anxious., comes in at number nine, with his chillhop/lofi track Cross Counter TV.

Speaking of Soundcloud, if you've not heard the news, their life may be ending soon, as they are losing money and may be down within the next three months or so. Let's hope they can get things together, along with an infusion of cash, to keep things going.

Anway, on to the music. Thanks for all your support. Once again, a shoutout to Phigroa who has been a "champion of the cause", spreading the word about This is Lounge. I am so grateful. 

Tune in and see what all the fuss is about!

Stay chilled.



Bubbling Under





Friday, July 14, 2017

Saturday Nights! More Than Just Lounge



Hi everyone!

Just wanted to make everyone aware of this block of programming that is quietly gaining listenership, and becoming one of my most popular shows. 

My original intention was to make Saturday programming a little more upbeat, a little more different, and eclectic, and it seems to have really caught on with people. Certainly a change from your fave Saturday Night 80's station, it's a different kind of party - there's chill with a beat, some electro swing, a smattering of jazzy house, .....and even the odd classic rock tune thrown in! A mishmash of things that works! Consequently, I have my largest playlist to draw from on Saturday night. which helps keep it fresh each week.

Normally, the fun begins with the Cocktail Nation Sneak Preview at 6:00 PM (18:00h) EST (Toronto). (Currently we're on Daylight Savings Time, so we're an hour ahead. Check your time on a World Clock app). 

With Koop Kooper on vacation, his shows are on hiatus until next week, I believe. So tomorrow, the music starts at 6:00. With the programming block going right through to 5:00 AM EST on Sunday morning, it may or may not be nightime where you are when tuning in. I hope you enjoy it no matter the time.

Then, at 5:00 AM EST, it's a complete slow down as we segue into what I call "The Hangover Show". After all that Saturday night fun, and you're just waking up, tune in for a relaxing all-chillout show.

So, if you've only been listening to the station weekdays at work, take us along for the weekend! You might be plesantly surprised.

Toronto, New York, Miami, Nassau, Rio de Janeiro
18:00 - 05:00

London, Lisbon
23:00 - 10:00

Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Madrid, Ibiza, Prague, Monaco, Amsterdam
24:00 - 11:00

Moscow
01:00 - 12:00


Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 8 July 2017


Welcome to this week's Top Ten!

I hope everyone's enjoying their summer. That's no reason to ignore the sounds of Summer on the radio...internet radio, that is - right here at This is Lounge

That backyard patio cocktail party? On the patio of that café you run? Or just over the wifi, reelaxing and sunning yourself. We're here for your listening pleasure.

Thanks for spreading the word - listenership is up. Shout outs to Phigroa and UK friend, Darren Pearson for retweeting these on Twitter, and getting the word out. There is so much music and shows and mixes out there, thanks for coming back to our little corner of the beach for a bit.

Anyway, back to the music....

Congrats to Alex Cortiz for reaching the summit this week, as he moves into the top position. Stephanie Sante and Portugal, The Man are right behind him. Jazzy James Jr. may have dropped, but he is still high in the rotation, so keep it tuned into This is Lounge.

Nice to see everyone taking advantage of the Top Ten Poll now that its back up and running. A surge of votes for Sambox has given his track a rise in the standings. That's a perfect example of interactivity with the station. Be sure to cast your vote at the station website

As I still have some finishing touches on my landscaping project, I haven't had the time I wished to devote to the station.  Catching minutes here and there have given me some time. I can't wait until I can relax and enjoy my new outdoor space, and give you more of my time. 

That being said, I anticipate some new music joining the fray very soon. In the meantime, I invite you to check out some of the new music that's bubbling under. This week, we had the jazz sounds of Hudson, and they're interpretation of  Joni Mitchell's Woodstock come in at number ten. Now, there's a Summer song filled with memories for many, I'm sure.

Thanks for all the support. Keep visiting the website, although I know it needs a little refresh. Thanks for making us a part of your Summer. Spread the word. We're here 24/7, with a mix of music you won't find anywhere else. Thank you for supporting the artists. Every dollar spent downloading their music goes back into helping the creative process. 

Until next week...

Stay chilled.



Bubbling Under


Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 1 July 2017


Welcome loungers! 

No, you did not get directed to the wrong page. This IS The Top Ten, for the week (and day) ending July 1, 2017, a very special day here in Canada. Normally, this is a holiday celebrating our Confederation as a country.  Today, the country is celebrating it's 150th Birthday. I would certainly be remiss not to mention this, of a country I'm so proud to call home. (Cue flag waving)

Since the Canada Day holiday falls on a Saturday this year, Monday is declared a holiday, so we have a nice long weekend to celebrate, just before the U.S. celebrates their independence on the Fourth of July.

So, to all my fellow Canadians reading this - Let's party like it's 1867!!! ...and don't forget to chill. Enjoy Sunday morning's all-chillout programming (5:00am - 1:00pm EDT) to recuperate from that hangover. By the way, the Cocktail Nation is on vacation, so the regular programming will play on today.

Now, on to the chart!

Congrats this week to Jazzy James, Jr. who has climbed into number one this week. You "peeps" out there obviously love that jazz. Stephanie Sante doesn't lose too much ground, as she slips to number two, followed by Alex Cortiz in third.

Portugal, The Man's remix jumps leaps and bounds to number four this week, almost tracking the original in it's Pop chart ascension.

This week, we see Chillhop artist Seneca B, with her lovely Angels track, make the transition from Bubbling Under to number ten on the chart. 

If you like Seneca or any of the other Top Ten artists, please go to the website and vote for your favourite. Now that the poll is back up and running, you have no excuses not to check it out!!!!!

Which reminds me, thank you so much for your support and your kind comments. I like to think that the station is only as good as the artists I play and support. Enjoy your weekend, wherever you are, and maybe raise one for Canada. 

Stay chilled.



Bubbling Under


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Cocktail Nation 454 Tiki Delights Swank

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 as Darren Long swings by to talk about his latest Tiki Delights album, Swank.

A story of hidden Nazi treasure, and just how do you handle rude people on public transport? We tackle this issue in Swank Advice.

Typhanie Monique - What Is This Thing Called Love
Jim Buening - It’s Like This
Tiki Delights - Fashionably Late
Brent Laidler - Jamies Joint
Larry Newcomb and Bucky Pizzarelli - Alone Together
Dave Brubeck - Take Five
Nat King Cole - I know That You Know
George Mann Orchestra - A Man And A Woman
Riz Ortolani - Tiffany Sequence
Malcolm Lockyer - Teledrama
Les Baxter - Rush Hour Romance
Martini Kings - Mall Blues
James Spencer - Lotus Land


Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 24 June 2017





Welcome loungers. I hope you took advantage of the Summer Solstice, and the long, later sunset. It is now our time of the season. Enjoy.

First off, I have to apologize for not fixing the voting poll on the website. I have been strapped for time and it is something I really need to work on. Thanks for the understanding. Send me a vote through the Comments, if you like.

Congrats this week to Stephanie Sante for reaching the top this week. Her position is well deserved with such a great track as Can You Hear Me. Alex Cortiz zooms right in behind to the second spot, as Jazzy James, Jr. follows up in third.

Chaotix gets some movement this week, along with Portugal, The Man's remix of Feel It Still.

As the others slide up and down, holding on for some spot on the chart, Bria Skonberg's How I Know brings a bouncy vibe in at number ten. Reminiscent of early De-Phazz and Jojo Effect, this Canadian trumpeter/vocalist brings a fun vibe to the station sound. I hope you all enjoy her.

We have lots of new chillhop tracks bubbling under still, waiting to make the leap to the Top Ten. So tune in and enjoy.

Thanks to all of you for support. Please use the links to follow up for purchasing. 

Enjoy your weekend!

Stay chilled.




Bubbling Under




Sunday, June 18, 2017

Cocktail Nation 453 Spy Vibe: The Saint

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.

Back on the show again this week, Jason Whiton from spyvibe.com is here to talk spy movies and TV, and this week he's looking at The Saint, in honour of the late great Roger Moore. Speaking of passings, we lost Adam West of Batman fame last weekend. And we talk about thinking before speaking!

Tiki Delights - Swankology
Spy Fi  - The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Theme
Lions Club - The Saint
Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited - Robotheque
The Secret Agents - James Bond Theme
Desmond Quartet - Take Five
Janice Borla Group - Lennie's Pennies
Anne Phillips - Lonelyville
Gary Peacock - When I Fall In Love
Voodoo Organist - Detroit It
Christopher De Groot - Gunshot Cha Cha Cha
Creepxotica - Five Bottles Mambo
Piero Piccioni - Keep Running
James Spencer - Shanghai Tragedy 
Johnny Mandel - The Last Mile


Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 17 June 2017


Happy Saturday, my fellow loungers! 

The sun is shining. The temperature is getting hot!

I'd say it's time to chill!

Thank you all so much for checking in this, and every week. Its nice to know this music has a great audience.

So he spoke and you listened! Jazzy James Jr. submitted "a little jazz for his peeps" and you responded...and we here at the station did as well. Sugar and Spice has shot to number one this week! Congrats to James

As DJ Maretimo slips to number three, that woman of chilled jazz, Stephanie Sante, slides in ahead of him to the number two spot! Congrats Stephanie!

Also notable is the meteoric rise of Alex Cortiz's Zooming In, as it positions itself at numnber four. There's a fan base of his here at the station as well as out there that keeps him moving up.

Got some new music in this week, surprisingly from three jazzhop/chillhop artists that are helping to promote this creative new subgenre of hip hop. I've always thought that the turntablists who create the melody for rap artists to spread their words over could very well break out on their own. Described in an oxymoronic way as "instrumental rap", they're sampled jazz and easy listening sounds could easily have an audience with us loungers. Listen with open ears and see if you can't appreciate the street melodies of these creative DJ's.

I must give a shoutout to my good friend in Prague, Vitty Masciale, who has joined me in seeking out some of these artists, including C Y G N & Sophie Meiers. Please tune in and listen for some wonderful new sounds, combining sampled jazz and chillout as well as film dialogue. Check out the San Francisco artist known only as .anxious.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone! Thanks for the support! Thanks for your comments, like Niko from Greece, who listens on the Radio Planet page. Always great to hear from you. 

Stay chilled.


Bubbling Under




Sunday, June 11, 2017

Cocktail Nation 452 Happy Birthday Dino

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 special celebration of Dean Martin’s Birthday this week
as we talk about the man himself with Tony from The Sharps, who has been impersonating the man for a fair while now. In Swank Advice, we talk small talk, plus I've got a movie review for you.

Tom Gaebel - The Cat
Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited - Night Of The Jaguar
Dean Martin - You Can’t Love Em All
Three Suns - Fly Me To The Moon
Angelo Badalamenti - Freshly Squeezed
Cal Tjader - It Didn’t End
The Sharps - Flintstones Theme
Gerry Mulligan - Blueport
Christopher De Groot - Gunshot Cha Cha Cha
James Spencer - Columbine
Piero Piccioni - Spiral Waltz
Gene Rains - Song Of Delilah





Friday, June 9, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 10 June 2017


Hello fellow loungers!

Hope it feels like Summer in your part of the world. Attended the Opening Night Gala of the ICFF Italian Film Festival on Thursday night. Great kickoff event! Ran into Daniela Nardi, whom you hear on the station. Being Italian and a fan of Italian films, she was just as excited as I was to be there. I must also give a shoutout to my "companion" that night, Cheri Passell (I Love Italian Movies), who had just flown in from NYC after attending their Open Doors festival. It was a beautiful warm night and we had a great time. Thanks Cheri!

I even managed to explore some new music this week, getting into some chillhop/jazzhop, an inspired injection of new creativity into two musical genres......and what is Summer without a version of Joni Mitchell's Woodstock! Tune in to hear it all, along with your favourites.

DJ Maretimo remains atop of the chart with The Midnight Hour.  Jazzy James Jr.  continues to give "a little jazz to his peeps" from the second spot, while the chillout/jazz blend of Stephanie Sante sees her rise to the third position. 

As mentioned above, some new music has been added to the playlist. You've probably heard that chillout remix of Portugal, The Man's current hit, Feel It Still, a great song with a 60's vibe to it in it's own right! Enjoy the chilled version right here! 

Soundcloud discovery, Seneca B, proves that a woman can be just as creative when it comes to Hop - Jazzed or Chilled. If you've been getting into the Chillhop sound, take the time to check her out.

Canadian jazz songstress/ trumpeter, Bria Skonberg, gives us something a little more Summer-y and cheery to match the weather. She also does a very chilled version of Leonard Cohen's Dance Me To The End of Love on her latest album. That should be coming soon to the station's sounds!

Last, but not least is a new jazz release of a combo featuring Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski & John Scofield, collectively known as Hudson. Amongst some other creative covers, they take on the classic Woodstock. It's a little different sound for the station, but I think the memories that the song will give everyone will leave a smile as they listen.

Thanks for tuning in and supporting the artists and the station. Be sure to share! Word of mouth from fans like you are truly appreciated. Love to see listenership grow. 

Have a great weekend.

Stay chilled.


Bubbling Under


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Cocktail Nation 451 Exotica: The Cocktail Piano Hour

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, checking out an all piano exotica album, plus, we examine the lothario life of the James Bond that was played by recently departed Roger Moore.
In Swank Advice I have five tips for men, and a look at what is in the Cocktail Nation magazine.

Tiki Delights- All The Stars Are In Your Eyes
Jimmy Vargas-Judas Coin
James Spencer -The Mysterious Jade Temple Of Dakla
Gene Rains-Jasmine and Jade
Combustible Edison -Lonelyville
John Buzan Trio-Caravan
The Sharps-Harlem Nocturne
Buddy Greco-I’m In Love
Christopher De Groot-Voodoo Clues
George Shearing -Mambo Miami
Frank Sinatra-Nice And Easy
Sarah Mackenzie-Day in Day out
Milt Buckner-Turquoise
Martini Kings-Kings Highway


Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Top Ten - week ending 3 June 2017


Welcome back, my fellow loungers!

I have to apologize for not posting more diversified blog pieces. It seems that I am only putting up the Top Ten and the Cocktail Nation. The truth is, I barely have time to get those together on time. I don't know how many of you can put together new mixes and podcasts each week. My hat goes off to you!

As I continue to work on my backyard oasis, I have decided to take a bit of a break, as I accompany Cheri Passell of the I Love Italian Movies blog to the Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) Opening Night Gala here in Toronto next week. She is coming directly from NYC's Open Roads festival which features many of the same films. As she can only spend the one night, I plan to welcome her to our beautiful city in style. Hopefully, she can return with her family another time.

But, I digress.....

Music is what we are here about, and the Top Ten in particular. This week, we have a new number one - DJ Maretimo and Vladi Strecker! Congratulations! Riccardo slips into number two, with Jazzy James Jr. closing in at third. 

As we see the bottom half of the chart move around, Alex Cortiz makes the jump from Bubbling Under with Zooming In

Speaking of Bubbling Under, you may have recognized a chilled out mix of Portugal, The Man's chart topper, Feel It Still. Based out of Dallas, Texas, Medasin's remix has been officially released as a single by the band. 

Thanks for listening.....oh! In case you hadn't noticed, I'm having some technical issues on the website with the song poll. But if you wish to cast a vote, send it through the Comments at the bottom of the page until I can get it back to normal.

Thanks for the support. Spread the word.

Stay chilled.


Bubbling Under