Happy New Year!

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY,HEALTHY AND SAFE NEW YEAR! THANKS FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT, PURCHASES AND GLANCES AT THE DIONYSUS WEBSITE! Lots of great things in store for 2011 so STAY TUNED!

Waitki at Don the Beachcomber featuring Robert Drasnin

Partygoers will step into a slice of paradise for three nights, December 29-31, 2010. Champions of exotica WAITIKI will celebrate the year’s end at Don the Beachcomber, the restaurant haven of the great mixologist Donn Beach and all things tiki. The events will honor Beach and the stunning libations he created; exotica living legend Robert Drasnin; and leaders of the ‘90s tiki revival Combustible Edison with live music, original cocktails, and DJ sets.

Video: The Skip Heller Trio

As some of you may or may not know – since I started playing bass again in 2010,  I’ve joined not one but two combos – and am playing in both The Dick and Jane Family Orchestra and The Skip Heller Trio with long-time Dionysus Records friend, producer and artist Skip Heller.  Here’s a couple … Read more

12/9: Feral House and Process invite you to a Winter Solstice Celebration

Feral House and Process invite you to a Winter Solstice Celebration Thursday, December 9, 2011  6 – 9 pm La Luz de Jesus / Soap Plant 4633 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA.  90027 www.laluzdejesus.com info@laluzdejesus.com • Have a bicycle-powered margarita or smoothie c/o Natural Kitchen’s Deborah Eden Tull. • View mad professor Mel Gordon’s rare … Read more

Burbank Tonight! Dick and Jane Family Orchestra – Skip Heller Trio

Tonight – December 4, 2010: Live at Viva Cantina, Burbank CA A free show! 8:30-9:30 Boyd-Orser Bluegrass 9:40-10:20 Dick and Jane Family Orchestra 10:30-11:05 The Skip Heller Trio 11:15-11:40 Dick and Jane Family Orchestra (the rated R songs) 11:45 Boyd-Orser jam VIVA FRESH CANTINA 900 W Riverside Dr Burbank, CA (next door to LA Equestrian … Read more

This evening! “Topless Summer Girls” extravaganza at La Luz de Jesus

“Topless Summer Love Girls” is a zany, pop culture commentary on growing up male in the era of Playboy, feminism, and swimsuit editions. Arming men with new insights into themselves and the eternal battle between the sexes, this hilarious and sexy book filled with hundreds of titillating photos of half-naked women is a passionate and unapologetic examination of men, women, and breasts. Come join author Leslie Cabaraga – and enjoy live Western Swing music from Will Ryan and the Cactus County Cowboys – see the Controversial Port-O-Bra and burlesque by Eliza Bane plus free beer and margaritas!

Songs inspired by “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago”

The Yardbirds “Happenings Ten Years Time Ago” is, in my opinion, their finest moment (though “Shapes Of Things” and “Think About It” come pretty close.) The track features the group’s signature minor key melody and almost Gregorian like harmonies, pitted against one MF of a riff – with both Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck on guitars along with John Paul Jones on bass.

That riff inspired numerous cool songs, among them “Children of the Sun” by Riverside CA / London UK transplants The Misunderstood, “Son Of Fantasy” and “Son Of Fantasy II” by Los Angeles hardpsych rockers The Hook (featuring former Leaves member Bobby Arlin) and the teeth-gnashing “I’m Sick Of You” by James Williamson era Iggy and The Stooges.

Earlier today while working at the office I listened to these four tracks in a row – and thought you might enjoy hearing them too – so here they are:

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