Cocktail Nation Carole Lombard: Twentieth-Century Star

On the show this week a new book on the Tragic life of Hollywood star Carole Lombard. We take a brief look at the life of  Florence Henderson and Fidel Castro who both just passed away. We have some gigs for you with the World  Of Swank gig guide plus swank advice on the importance of ironing your clothes.

Tom Gaebel-The Cat

Marcos Valle-So Nice

Bill Irwin -Desert Sands

Quincy Jones -The In Crowd

Alex Khaskin-Bond The Spy

Ixtahuele-Temple Of The Snake God

Mongo Santamaria -Silent Island

Michel Magne -Tropical

Narco Lounge Combo-My Night With Sinatra

Gary Peacock -When I Fall In Love

The Sharps-Tenor Madness

Lars Gullin -Icarus On The Moon


Cocktail Nation Evenings At The Penthouse-Les Baxter

Relax in the Penthouse with Koop as he spins an evening of Les Baxter as programmed by James Spencer who recently wrote a book about the great musician


LES BAXTER is the first published biography to examine a detailed history of composer and musician Leslie Thompson Baxter. One of Capitol Record’s most prominent artists, Les had 35 hits and 11 album hits in a career that expanded nearly fifty years. Les is one of America’s most influential, innovative and unique composers of of the 20th century. He is the father of Exotica, Space-Age Bachelor Music, and his experimental and innovative film scores set the standards for the genres of horror, sci-fi, westerns, and teen-age beach movies. The biography was researched over twenty years and includes rare interviews by Skip Heller, a protege who studied and was companion to Les during the last few years of his life. James Spencer, musicologist, concert pianist and recording artist became friends with Les Baxter in 1991 and documents the last five years of Les’ life until his death in January of 1996. James Spencer includes a complete discography, filmography, comparative Hits study of Les Baxter and Martin Denny. The book includes personal remembrances by Les Baxter’s daughter Leslie Eaton and others that knew Les. Musicologist Jeff Chenault introduces us to Les with a thoughtful foreword to this 700 page in depth biography of the man who penned the Exotica anthem “Quiet Village.” Come join our “Quiet Village” and read this fascinating biography about the musical genius… Les Baxter


Les Baxter- Adios
The Enchanted Sea
Les Le’vres
Dream Rhapsody
Moon Moods
Quiet Village
Oasis Of Dakhla
Speak Low
Lunar Rhapsody

Cocktail Nation Evenings At Penthouse-Knock Knock Who’s there?

Find that the solitude of our bachelor pad has been compromised? Kooper has the solution plus the best classic and neo cocktail jazz to cure all ills!
Elvis-I Need Somebody To Lean On
Nat King Cole-Love
Russell Gunn-You Don’t Know What Love Is
Art Pepper-These Foolish Things
Donald Byrd-Someone To Watch Over Me
Bill Irwin-Romance In The Tropics
Lee Morgan-Softly As In Morning Sunrise
Canonball Aderly -Goodbye
Tony Bennett and Bill Evans-Lucky To Be Me
Walter Wanderly-Raindrops
George Shearing -Don’t Explain
(picture by JMcQuire)

Swank Advice-Iron Your Shirt Ya Slob!


I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point in our history we decided to stop ironing clothes because for some reason people think that it’s beneath them or that their clothes are so advanced that they don’t need to pull out the iron anymore.

Well I am sorry to say that you are fooling yourself and that we all notice your crinkly shirt.
Sure, it maybe the trendy thing to not iron tshirts any more and maybe, just maybe you can get away with it some of the time, but I am here to tell you that you can’t get away with it all of the time.
Fact is most of us need to iron, sure some maybe wealthy enough to pay someone else to do it, but most aren’t.

Personally I find it quite embarrassing when people have wrinkles all through their clothes. It just makes them seem….not together. That somehow they struggle through the day.

I used to have a boss who never ironed his shirt and quite frankly I had less respect for him. It’s one job before he goes to work and yet he can’t get that done. How can he effectively manage if he can’t manage an ironing board?

Ok, so now I’ve got that off my chest here are my top tips to iron effectively and efficiently.

Tip #1: Inside Out

Always iron black and dark garments inside out to avoid getting a sheen on the fabrics from the iron.

Tip # 2 Order Counts

Iron cuffs, hems, and collars first and do them inside out to keep them from puckering up and losing shape.

Tip #3: Get it Straight

Always iron using straight, back and forth strokes; never use circular movements. This can stretch out your fabrics and will shorten the life of your clothes.

Tip #4: Don’t Squash Your Style

If there are fabric designs or embroidery on your fabric that you want to avoid flattening, cover your ironing board with a towel and lay the fabric so they design is face-down; then iron.

Tip #5 Keep it Clean

Clean your iron regularly to prevent deposits from ejecting and ruining your clothes. You can clean a warm iron plate with a cloth dipped in a water baking soda solution, and use Q-tips to remove deposits from the holes in the iron.

Tip # 6: Hang it Up

Hang up your ironed clothes immediately after ironing to make sure all that hard work you just did sets in immediately and you don’t risk wrinkling the fabrics again.

Tip #7: Keep it Separated

If you want to prevent the effect of your ironing on the underside of your fabric, slip a thin piece of carboard inside your clothes to keep the front and back separated.

Tip #8: Perfect Pleats

While ironing, use paper clips to hold the shape of pleats. Just be sure to iron over them gingerly so you don’t damage your fabrics.

Tip#9: Invest In The right chemicals

Buy some good Ironing Aid Spray. It really makes the process easy.

Tip#10 Don’t skimp on the Iron

Yes, you can buy a Ten dollar Iron, but that doesn’t mean you should. Sure it’s cheap but you will be back there in a few months because your iron failed on the day you had  a job interview! Trust me, it ain’t worth. Spend a good amount of money on a quality brand.


Swank Advice-Cell Phone Manners In a Restaurant


Yes, we are probably all guilty of spending way too much time on our phone. Look around and you will notice that everybody is staring at their phone and we are missing opportunities of living life to the full by being glued to the bright screen.

When it comes to dinner I encourage you to put it away, to focus on the marvellous human company you have with you. Give it a go, you will be surprised how fun life in the real world can be! Here’s some advice to get you started.

Cell phones should be turned off or placed in silent mode whenever you are in a restaurant.

If it is a fine dining restaurant, the cellular phone etiquette is to switch it off completely. It is quite rude to “keep watch on your cell phone” especially when you are in the company of others.

The less formal the restaurant, the more casual you can be with your cell phone.

Ideally, you shouldn’t answer your phone in the middle of dinner. If you did, tell your caller you’ll call them back after dinner. Return phone calls after dinner.

If you are at lunch on a workday, and your client or boss is calling, excuse yourself from the table when answering it.

If you really really have to talk at the table, do so quietly. Make it short and brief.

Most importantly, think about whether you really need your phone for the 30 minutes to an hour you are dining. Are you really that important that someone can’t wait for you call back?

Cocktail Nation 429-Call Of The Islands

On the show this week a new album from one of the leading exotica bands, there’s Swank Advice on Cell Phone Manners In a Restaurant, we have a fantastic netflix show to catch up on, the world of swank gig guide plus the best Lounge and exotica.
Alex Khaskin-Mister Bond
Karen Souza-Tainted Love
Ixtahuele-Call Of The Islands
Quincy Jones -Soul Bossa Nova
Connie Francis-Bossa Nova Hand Dance
Naughty Ones-Trapped In a Web Of Love
Big Six -We The Boys Will Rock You
Royal Crown Review -Hey Pachucco
Walter Wanderly -Summer Samba
Rene Paulo Trio-Black Coral
Martini Kings-Girl From Ipanema
Jetset Sweden- A Man And A Woman
Piero Umilani- Crepuscolo Sui Mare
Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited-The Whistler Returns

Cocktail Nation Evenings At The Penthouse-Visiting the Plastic Surgeon

Oscar Peterson-I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Lyn Stanley -Nice And Easy
Peter Paulsen Trio-comrade Conrad
Perry Beekman-How Long Has This Been Going on
Jason Paul Curtis- You’re Something
Cocktail Inn-The Way You Look Tonight
Reg Owen -A Little Kiss Each Morning
Blossum Dearie-Lover Man
Shirley Horn-Do It Again
Bill Evans-Beautiful Love
Stolen Idols-Sumatra Mist
Diana Krall-Cry Me A River