I have decided that today is Tiki day.
I came to Tiki in an odd way. Remember when I talked about podcasting? During my obsession with swing jazz, I went searching for podcasts that played swing and neo-swing, which led me to The Bachelor Pad Radio Show (and Bachelor Pad Magazine) and the Cocktail Nation podcast. Somehow, this led me to Tiki Magazine.
I recently subscribed to the magazine and ordered a couple of back issues that had articles on Shag (artist Josh Agle) and Tiki Bar TV (discussed in a recent blog post). Shag is incredible, I love his artwork, which is sexy, stylish, and evocative of a 50's, 60's, and 70's mentality. I may do a post on him in the future
I'm starting to listen more to "tiki" and exotica music. It's kid of best described as a cool version of easy listening. I think it's generally perfect for an afternoon and evening in a beach bungalow with your significant other.
There are several bands that seem to be favored by tikiphiles. Remember, this is a new genre I'm experimenting with. I'm sure there are many other great bands I'm neglecting. Several names pop up over and over again, and these are two groups that seem to be popular. I'm particularly fond of the Don Tiki website, where you can play a game called Virgin Sacrifice.
My goal over the next week is to build a tiki bar. We'll see how it goes.........
Cheers - Dan