Sunday, June 24, 2018

Cocktail Nation 493 Nutty Live at The Purple Pit

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 bands joins me on the show this week.We chat to Sonny Moon from Nutty about the new album, which has been crowdfunded, called Live At The Purple Pit.
And could you imagine being left 80,000 records in a will?….more on that possible nightmare soon.

Martini Kings - Smile
Bob Mintzer big Band - Just The Way You Look Tonight
Nutty - That Old Black Magic Woman
Daniel Pemberton - The Actual Heist
James Morrison - The Master Plan
Dean Elliott - Wild Ride
Henry Mancini - Shot In The Dark
Jimmy Psycho - One Step Beyond
Tiki Delights - Fashionably Late
Barry Gray - UFO
Joey Altruda - All The Cats
James Spencer - Basie Blue And Sentimental
Nat King Cole - I’m Shooting High
Tony Bennett - With Plenty Of Money And You
Christopher De Groot - Voodoo Clues





Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Top Ten - week ending 23 June 2018


Hello, my fellow loungers! The weekend is finally upon us once again. And Summer has now officially begun! 

Is everyone struck with World Cup fever? I've noticed a few related posts in Facebook, as everyone cheers for their respective countries. Good luck to all of you, and remember.... all your teams are winners just having been able to qualify. Be proud no matter what!

I assume that in between the games, you are all tuned into This is Lounge, to lower your blood pressure. Those games can be pretty intense. 

Well, if you aren't, then you're missing out on some great new music. Stephanie Sante and Paul Blackford have held fast in the top two positions for another week, as Jojo Effect ft. Iain Mackenzie rolls into number three. 

Below that trifecta of tunes, we find the Steve Gadd Band and Jessica Lauren's beautiful tracks coming up behind. 

Moving up from Bubbling Under, Madbliss and their chillhop sound slip onto the tenth position, bringing a more urban chill to the selection.

Thank you so much for listening. Keep us tuned in for those Summer garden parties or patio gettogethers.

Thanks for your votes at www.thisislounge.com, and don't forget.....

Stay chilled.


Bubbling Under




Sunday, June 17, 2018

Cocktail Nation 492 Mosh Pits and Mai Tais

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 on the show, Jimmy Psycho stops by to talk about his new album Mosh Pits and Mai Tais, and Koop brings the positive and negative of a film he just saw.


Codename Carter - Perfect Clarity Perfect Cut
Kenny Sasaki - A Night Of Ghosts 
Jimmy Psycho - Holiday in Cambodia
Bob Thompson - The Best Thing For You
Janet Seidel - Tres Palabas
Arthur Lyman - Sim Sim
James Spencer - Rush Hour In Hong Kong
Halford Jet Set - Tema De Anna
Tikiyaki Orchestra - Mai Tais On The Moon
Daniel Pemberton - The Investigator                 
Nelson Riddle - Naked City Theme
Creed Taylor Orchestra - The Nervous Beat
John Barry Orchestra - Underground Lair
Nick Perito - Miserlou
Quincy Jones - Soul Bossa Nova
Four Piece Suit - Shooting The Breeze


Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Top Ten - week ending 16 June 2018


Welcome to Saturday! 

My fellow loungers, I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. I'm sure that a lot of you have been doing Spring garden preparations, planting flowers, etc. and making your spaces beautiful.

I hope that you are tuning in and enjoying the sounds we have to offer - some chill, some jazz....some popular, some indie, some classic..... a mixed bag to keep it interesting.

This week on The Top Ten, the wonderful chill of Stephanie Sante reaching number one this week, knocking down Alex Cortiz a couple of notches to the third position. The cool sounds of Soundcloud discovery, Paul Blackford, squeezes in between at number two. With the Steve Gadd Band and Jojo Effect hot on their heels, your votes help choose who's favoured to go up and down. 

This week also sees, not one, but two new tracks making the move up from Bubbling Under. The downtempo sounds of Mahoroba and ex-Matt Bianco singer, Basia, both are ready for the prime time of the Top Ten. Now its up to you whether the go far. Cast your vote for these, or the others, at www.thisislounge.com.

Added a couple of tracks from another Soundcloud find, chillhop artist Audiobot. One is a new release, the other (an older tune) has been added to the general playlist. So stay tuned to hear both! 

Also, stay supportive. The station thanks you, and the artists thank you.

Before I sign off, let me pass aong a technical note. Apple has been slowly deleting stations from it's Internet Radio section of iTunes, and unfortunately, This is Lounge has been removed from their listings. Rumour has it that to promote Apple Music, the stations (which they have no control over) are in competition with the streaming service. Good news is, that iTunes was not the number one player used by you listeners. I'm just sad that I cannot play it through my Apple TV anymore.

Oh well, there are numerous directories and sites to tune in from, so don't give up looking.

Till next week....

Stay chilled.


Bubbling Under





Sunday, June 10, 2018

Cocktail Nation 491 Mundell Lowe Special

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 kick off a new segment: The Lounge Specials. And to start, it’s the great Mundell Lowe this week. We also talk about the new Oceans 11, as Koop struggles with the concept, and we look at the World of Swank Gig Guide, with all the best party venues across the globe.

Project Pimento - Diamonds Are Forever
Lee Presson and The Nails - Two Points Up
Sarah Vaughan - Sophisticated Lady
Mundell Lowe - Pattern Of Evil
Oscar Pettiford - My Little Cello
Dave Pell Octet - Klump Jump
Martini Kings - Lost In Paradise
Joey Altruda - April In Portugal
Kent Miller Quartet - SOS        
Henry Mancini - Castle Rock
Enoch Light - I Surrender Dear
Narco Lounge Combo - Sea Of Hollywood
Moonrays - Spooks Jump In
Jimmy Smith - Mission Impossible Theme
Si Zentner - Charade


Saturday, June 9, 2018

The Top Ten - week ending 9 June 2018


Happy Saturday! Happy Weekend!

Loving this weather! The morning temperature here is almost at that point where breakfast on the patio is comfortable. There's nothing like enjoying your morning coffee amongst the sweet chirping of the birds, and the warm sun as it rises to greet the day. 

With so much sadness in the news this week (i.e. Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade), it's so nice to escape in a gentler way - listening to the relaxing chill of This is Lounge. Our prayers are with their families.

Our Top Ten this week is looking pretty awesome. Dutch master Alex Cortiz, retains his place atop the chart, followed closely by the Colorado chill of Stephanie Sante, and the man from NYC, Phigroa.

I'd like to give a shoutout to Bruce Beuge for sharing some great new music, primed for Summer listening. Stay tuned, as some of those sounds will be sneaking onto the station very soon. By the way, be sure to check out Bruce's Mixcloud page - Bruce's Smooth Jazz Kitchen, where he cooks up a great selection of jazz mixes and podcasts, from simmering to spicy. 

To all my listeners, thanks for the support. As you are well aware, there is no shortage of programming in the smooth jazz, chillout, and ambient genres.  Grabbing your ear for any amount of time is humbly accepted and appreciated. 

So, enjoy your weekend. Enjoy the music, and....

Stay chilled.


Bubbling Under

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Cocktail Nation 490 SpyVibe - Jerry Cotton

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 Spies with Jason Whiton and his monthly special from Spyvibe.com, and this week, Jerry Cotton. There's also The World of Swank Gig Guide, and imagine losing your classic car while it’s parked on the side of the road! I have a story that will inspire hate for Corolla drivers and those who text and drive.


Martini Kings - Time To Move On
EJ Decker - Blue Velvet
Peter Thomas - Schüsse aus dem Geigenkasten (Suite 6 & 2).
Tiki Lounge Crew - Copa Del Mar
Dave Pell Octet - Mike's Peak
Stan Whitmire - Somewhere In Time
Oscar Pettiford - Sextette
Lounge Brigade - Don’t Speak
Creepxotica - Progxotica          
Octobop - El Gaucho
Joey Altruda - Prado Party
Hugo Montenegro - Solo’s Samba
Robert Drasnin - Kahlula Mist
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - She’s gone
Ixtahuele - Temple Of The Snake God