This week we got a special delivery! No, the stork didn’t pay us a visit! That bird has already flown! 😂 We got my (or rather OUR anniversary gift in the mail, since both of us enjoy Martin Denny’s music!) They are the Jackpot Records Denny reissues of Primitiva, Exotica II and Afro-Desia! They were worth the wait, though,considering our anniversary was in February, and there was a slight snag in the manufacturing of the album due to a shortage of colored vinyl pellets, which caused a longer delivery time. The sound on these is awesome, the packaging great, and it’s always fun spinning colored vinyl! We also picked up some other cool records this Saturday, and then came home to enjoy them with a tiki cocktail! You’ll notice I have my Shag mug and Mr. C has on his favorite Vince Ray shirt! All in all it was a great week!
Today Mr. C and I went out on another one of our record store adventures and not only did we find some fab albums, including “Time For Two” with Cal Tjader & Anita O’Day, Arthur Lyman’s “Pele,” another cover with Sandy Warner on it, a cool compilation with Prado, Cugat, Esquivel, and more, but I also found a VINTAGE HAWAIIAN DRESS….AT THE RECORD STORE! It fits perfectly, don’t you think?!?! Cheers to a fan-TIKI-tastic day!
If anyone can turn classical tunes like “Blue Danube” and other frothy confections, into danceable, fanciful tunes just ripe for playing at your next Latin dance-themed cocktail party, it’s Edmundo Ros! His “Rhythms of the South” album is a charming and invigorating album, guaranteed to make you want to dance your partner around the room like a frenzied Arthur Murray on a caffeine kick…or Captain Von Trapp and Maria in “The Sound of Music”! (Feel free to dance solo, if you can’t find a willing partner, but maybe not while cutting vegetables in the kitchen!) Featuring tangos, sambas, guarachas, rhumbas, merengues, and other tasty rhythms, Edmundo’s sometimes unexpected arrangements especially shine on a couple of songs that you wouldn’t expect to fit neatly in an album of mostly traditional Latin dance music, like Colonel Bogey’s March done as a merengue! Strangely…or not, since Edmundo IS a musical genius, it works! This delightful record will leave a refreshing taste on your musical palate and keep you wanting more from the king of the tropics! And a one and a two and repeat! By George, you’ve got it, kids!
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You must be thinking “What’s up with those two?! They’re always either posting tiki drink recipes they came up with or albums they just bought!” Well, YEAH! Why not, we say! We like to think you enjoy these occasional posts, anyways, so here goes another one! Yesterday we went to one of our favorite record stores in town and found these treasures! Who needs an Easter egg hunt when you can go hunting for vintage records, right?! Do you have any of these, too? If so, let us know what you think of these albums in the comments! Cheers!
Mele Kalikimaka! We hope you’re all having a wonderful Christmas Day, and that Santa left you something in your stocking besides a lump of coal! 😆 (But, if you did end up getting that, we’re betting that at least you made it worth your while to be naughty this year!) 😉 One of our lovely subscribers, Abra, gifted us with two Les Baxter albums we didn’t have in our collection, Kaleidoscope and Love is Blue! Thanks, Abra! You’re the best! And Mr. C gave me two Bill Evans albums! It was a fabulous Christmas! Here are some pics! From our tiki hut to yours, we send hugs, and wish you the very best of the season! 🥰 xo-Kitty…oh, and, of course, Mr. C!
Yesterday Mr. C and I went out to one of our favorite record stores in town, following a hot tip from the owner, who knew we love Cal Tjader and called us last week to let us know he had put some of Cal’s albums aside for us! (Don’t ya just love it when that happens?!) Needless to say, no one needs to ever tell us twice about one of Cal’s albums! We’re on our way there, as soon as they mention his name! We already have these two albums, but it’s always neat to have doubles of everything, isn’t it?! Mai Tais, martinis, favorite books, Cal Tjader ALBUMS!!! Both of these are great albums! We hope you love Cal as much as we do! He really set the bar high, and his sound is uniquely Cal’s! There will never be another like him!
I couldn’t wait to unwrap my new Don Tiki vinyl album and take it for a spin! It’s soooooo freakin’ awesome! It’s in lava red with black swirls….and it comes with a rad pair of 3-D glasses! My birthday present came early, and I couldn’t just let it sit there until the 26th! You know me! I’m a sucker for exotica albums! If you’re thinking of getting this, don’t wait! It sounds and looks great! Cheers, Baby!
By popular demand, here is the recipe for “Kitty & Mr. C’s Enchanted Mai Tai!” Ready…Set…GO! Start pouring, people!
1 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. orgeat (We use Giffard’s)
1/4 oz. homemade simple syrup made with dark brown sugar (or you can use Demerara sugar).
1/2 oz. Licor 43 (or, your favorite orange curaçao) 😉
1/2 oz. El Dorado 12 year rum
1/2 oz. Smith & Cross rum
1/2 oz. Plantation OFTD
1/2 oz. Doorly’s 8 year
Put all ingredients into a shaker filled with crushed iced. Shake until you have a nice amount of frost on your shaker (or until your hands experience “brain freeze”!) 😀
Strain and pour into your favorite glass or mug, filled with ice.
Add spent lime shell.
Add a sprig of mint.
Mr. C and I hope you’re all having a great weekend! We’re enjoying Blue Margaritas while watching Elvis in “Blue Hawaii” on the big screen TV! Cheers! Hang ten, baby!