Music With the 50th Anniversary of the British invasion of America via the Beatles upon us, I thought it apropos to take a walk down Memory Lane, remembering the highlights of Beatlemania in my own life. When the Beatles hit the Mainland in 1964, I had just turned six years old and my whole world was getting through 1st grade without getting my knuckles rapped by Sister Marie Louisa’s Golden Rule ruler, keeping my ever growing number of siblings at bay and taking in the undeveloped desert that surrounded my Scottsdale, Arizona home. As with many of my earlier memories, this one took place one evening in the living room of our modern split level house ( continue reading... )

The Cocktail Nation

The Cocktail Nation: Mod Palm Springs

Episode 319    Jul 20th 2014

I’ve been spending some time working on my new fiction book about a lounge lothario assassin. More on that in the coming weeks. This week we talk to Rory Snyder about Mod Palm Springs which is coming up in October. I also have some inconvenient truths about classic cars for you, there’s some Batman news and I have a cool house with a great history to pick up if you have a spare 9 million sitting around, I’ll also announce the winner of our cd competition plus the latest and greets lounge and exotica from across the globe!

Music Brazil in the 1960′s: a paradise of cool and suave. The nonchalant sentiment of an age typified by effortless class took musical form in Bossa Nova. Characterized by its smooth beats, cool sensibility, a slight off-tune rhythm, Bossa Nova created a whole culture which valued nothing at all, but simple existence. Singers like Astrud Gilberto and Antônio Carlos Jobim created a form of expression where off-beat tunes and simple half-hearted guitar strums all came together to create a musical Shangri-La, which would best be described as a lightly-crowded beach in southern Brazil. Watching any Bossa Nova performance by Astrud Gilberto, ( continue reading... )


Music If you are familiar with Faith No More, then you probably know exactly who Mike Patton, the lead singer, is. Since the 1990s, Patton has worked on a multitude of projects and solo albums, including his 2010 release Mondo Cane. Mondo Cane is Patton’s version of Italian pop from the 1950s and 1960s, but with his own twist to the music. Patton was inspired by ( read more... )

Music This morning I woke to the sad news of the passing of Bob Thompson. A composer, arranger, and orchestra leader who scored film and television soundtracks, and wrote commercial jingles. He was a leading exponent of Space Age Bachelor Pad Music. This experimental orchestral music became hugely popular in the 1950s and 1960s as a result of the home stereo systems that had become popular. ( read more... )

Music When it comes to record collecting there is nothing better than a great find in a charity store. Getting that record home, checking out the cover and then putting the needle on the record and hearing that sweet sound for the first time. Sometimes that sound will be a little scratchy and a little hissy which can be a little disappointing. Most of us these ( read more... )

Music At some unspecified moment of the 1950′s the burgeoning technology of high-fidelity sound and sex became synonymous. Instead of grand-dad’s ukelele or uncle Frank’s player piano, vacuum tubes and transformers took over the machinations of audio seduction. Clearly it was the breakthrough technology of throbbing bass and ecstatic treble that opened the path to perdition. The breathless merging of woofer and tweeter. But there were ( read more... )