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New music tonight from Chris Abrahams, Universal Dice, Temples, Tiny Vipers, Aaron Farinelli, and more on this edition of Today's Aberration Tomorrow's Fashion.  Follow the show on Facebook.  




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CDs added July 2017:

07-07-17     John Trudell     AKA Grafitti Man (Inside Recordings)

07-07-17     Dan Aurebach     Waiting on a Song (Easy Eye Sound)

07-07-17     Sandy Ross     All My Heroes Sang The Blues (Self-Released)

07-07-17     Whitehorse     Panther in the Dollhouse (Six Shooter Records)

07-07-17     FVRCOATS     Gumballs in the Meritocracy (Johann’s Face Records)

07-07-17     Root Shock     Root Shock (Self-Released)

07-07-17     Glen Campbell     Adios (Universal Music Enterprises)

07-07-17     Jim Lauderdale     London Southern (Sky Crunch Records)

07-07-17     UniversalDice     birth, love, hate, death (Infidels Records)

07-07-17     Jennifer Saran     Wake Up (Tarpan Records)

07-07-17     Terry Anderson     Jimmy’s Arcade (Doublenaught Records)

07-07-17     Jefferson Ross     Live at Hillbilly Haiku (Deep Fried Discs)

07-07-17     EJ Bisiar     Evergreen Trail (Self-Released)

07-07-17     Banditos     Visionland (Bloodshot Records)

07-07-17     Greg Schatz     Small Peace of Mind (Hot Spazz Records)

07-07-17     The Cash Box Kings     Royal Mint (Alligator Records)

07-07-17     duquette     trust the night (Self-Released)

07-07-17     Steelism     ism (Intoxicating Sounds)

07-07-17     Stolen Rhodes      Bend With The Wind (Self-Released)

07-07-17     Gov’t Mule      Revolution Come… Revolution Go (Fantasy Records)

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Featuring our Top trending independent music artists just released and topping the fan charts with their latest single. This week’s most popular songs across all genres hosted by Jacqueline Jax. Discover new music and experience a wide variety from all genres each week. Today you’ll hear songs featured from the mixed genres. This is excellent songwriting and songs we believe you will love to discover.


UniversalDice – Out of Many, One

Genre : Indie Classic Rock / Rock Opera

Infidels Records artists UniversalDice is a most unique band; just beneath the surface of their accessible, melodic and beautifully played and arranged modern/classic rock sound lay an ambitious and rich lyrical content that challenges pop music orthodoxy. There are few band that not only make you think, but can take you to another place musically while they force you to re-think what was once taken for granted.  The songs, written and produced by Gerry Dantone, are always relevant and usually intensely emotion and often unique in the rock music arena.


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June 30, 2017 D Grant Smith

Music Playlist

Title Artist Album Label Year Length

Heart Place (Instrumental) Lindsay Katt Picking Out Boxes. Lindsay Katt 2008 01:45


Evil James Vincent McMorrow We Move. Mahogany Books/Burning Rope 2016 04:41

Last Story James Vincent McMorrow We Move. Mahogany Books/Burning Rope 2016 04:47


Look Me In The Eye Matthew Mayfield 72 Songs/Every Release: Noisetrade Special. Matthew Mayfield 2013 02:57

Breathe Out In Black Matthew Mayfield 72 Songs/Every Release: Noisetrade Special. Matthew Mayfield 2013 03:19


One Day At A Time UniversalDice Birth, Love, Hate, Death. Infidels Records 2016 02:52

Honestly UniversalDice Birth, Love, Hate, Death. Infidels Records 2016 04:56


Rise Above Eline Chavez The Epic And Reckless. Epic & Reckless Music 2017 04:20

Not Alone Eline Chavez The Epic And Reckless. Epic & Reckless Music 2017 05:41


My Eyes Won’t Be Open Thomas Wynn And The Believers Wade Waist Deep. Mascot Label Group 2017 04:44

I Don’t Regret Thomas Wynn And The Believers Wade Waist Deep. Mascot Label Group 2017 04:28


Love Is A Stranger Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop Milky Way-Single. Sub Pop 2016 03:14

Call It Dreaming Iron & Wine Beast Epic. Sub Pop 2017 03:52


Love Is Not A Big Enough Word Indoor Garden Party The Musical. Model 101 Records 2017 03:00

Love Was My Alibi Indoor Garden Party The Musical. Model 101 Records 2017 03:00


No One’s Gonna Love You Band Of Horses Cease To Begin. Sub Pop 2007 03:37

Detlef Schrempf Band Of Horses Cease To Begin. Sub Pop 2007 04:28


The Morning Song Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors Souvenir. Magnolia Music 2017 04:40

Fight For Love Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors Souvenir. Magnolia Music 2017 03:10


Psalm For Sinners Jon Magnusson Psalm For Sinners. Jon Magnusson 2017 02:15

Visa Fram Utamyra Jon Magnusson Psalm For Sinners. Jon Magnusson 2017 01:00


Not For A Lack Of Love Nino Polizzi Earth After Rain. Nino Polizzi 2016 04:05

The One To Break Your Heart Nino Polizzi Earth After Rain. Nino Polizzi 2016 05:03


Emotional Comeback Terry Ohms A Lot More Than Enough. Cornelius Chapel Records 2017 07:35

A Lot More Than Enough Terry Ohms A Lot More Than Enough. Cornelius Chapel Records 2017 03:26


Quarter To Nine Jeff Gutman Arrive. Mr. Knees Records 2016 04:28

And Through This Life Jeff Gutman Arrive. Mr. Knees Records 2016 07:34


Exodus Bob Marley & The Wailers Exodus 40th Anniversary Edition. The Island Def Jam Records 2007 07:30

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The official playlist blog for your Indie and Alternative fix in a world of metal on 89.5 FM WSOU.



06.25.2017 Playlist

Four Cypresses – Grizzly Bear *


Open Window – Free Throw *

Look Away – Sister James

Trying Year – King of No Man *

Seedless Star – Cloakroom *

Wouldn’t Want to Be Ya – YONAKA *

Metal – FEWS *

No Shade – Wavves *

I Try Not To – Desparate Journalist *

Out of Tune – Baio *

Little of Your Love – HAIM *

Sweater Weather – The Neighbourhood

The Beach – The Neighbourhood

Saw You in a Dream – The Japanese House

Whole Wild World (Unpeeled) – Cage the Elephant *

People Will Always Need Coal – Public Service Broadcasting *

Play God – Sam Fender *

You’re Not Ready for My Love – Lily McQueen *

Boyish – Japanese Breakfast *

Saving Time – Broke Royals

Shine a Light – Shabazz Palaces *

Die Young – Sylvan Esso

I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix) – Lykke Li

Heaven – liv *

Wicked Streets – J. Bernardt *

You – Street Joy

Honey Bunny – Girls

I Don’t Love You – Moose Blood

Mearcstapa – Fleet Foxes *

Super Natural – Turnover *

Beach Break – Julietta

Autumn – Reduction Plan *

Obligatory Drugs – Black Kids *

Girl Like You – Toro y Moi *

Hard To Say Goodbye – Washed Out *

Sun Drop – Vita and the Woolf *

Second Chance – Affinity Moon *

A Love That You Will Never Know – Rococode *

My Hands Are Tied – UniversalDice *

Dusty Eyes – Bedouine *

Man of War – Radiohead *

Either Way – Sorority Noise *


Song Name - Band Name (* designates new music)

Posted by The Campuz Buzz Team at 11:08 PM


1000 Points of Fright

Pirate of the High Frequenseas


Calamity Janie subs for Pirate!  Tune in as the band Male Gaze will be joining me in studio for an acoustic performance, a Q&A session, and they will share some tracks from their new album, "Miss Taken".  Also, they will be playing at the Red Museum (212 15th St) in Sacramento tomorrow (6/17).


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UniversalDice "I Wish I Could Tell You This"   NEW rock mellow almost country tinge.


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by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio

Gerry Dantone
Bob Barcus
Ed Canova
Walt Sargent
Vin Crici

Interviewing: Gerry Dantone

Song name: Honestly
Music Genre/ category : Classic Rock (this song is part of a 16 song rock opera, “birth, love, hate, death”)

In this song (as part of the rock opera), ‘Danielle” asks the age-old question, “Honestly, Do you really love me?”. As is typical for UniversalDice, the answer is not simple or cliche. He’s NOT sure, and he hopes he is doing the right thing. In the final stanza she gets her answer from “the son”:


I don’t know what love is,
Or the meaning of this
Don’t know what I’m doing
I hope I’m not using
I’ve never said these words before
I’ve never hurt right to the core
I’m shaking with each step I take
If this is love, judge what I do
Do I make your dreams all come true?
Do I make you feel glad that you’re awake?
And every night I have with you
I say this honestly
And every night I have with you
I say this honestly”

Link :

New album…
This is much more realistic and down to earth collection of songs about love and relationships than you would typically find. There is no glamour, no romanticizing of this relationship, few illusions. It is not “edgy,” “trendy” or it is not what you expected to hear in a classic rock setting. I wanted to write a story and songs that more people could relate to that feature articulate but imperfect people. I also wanted to write something that would always sound good and mean something, not just in the near future, but for years to come. There is a lot of care taken on the arrangement s and we wanted to make sure there was plenty of dynamics and “drama” within the songs.


The band is on Long Island, New York…
and although there is a music scene here, it has become increasingly more difficult to promote original music. Since it has become much easier and affordable to record your tunes, there is a massive amount of new music for the consumer to sift through, of wildly varying quality. It is difficult to break through the noise.


Music business..
I was an employee of MTV Networks in the past and I have a bit of experience in the field so I have seen this business from a couple of angles. As a performer, talent is simply not enough. Much more important is commitment and the ability to work at self-promotion full-time. If you have any responsibilities, such as a children, a mortgage, etc., the music business may not be ideal when it comes to making a living and this may prevent some deserving artists from achieving recognition. It is almost impossible nowadays to be successful by just releasing great music. Performing and promotion are almost more important than the art of music.

I would love to have 5 minutes alone with…
I did not expect this question and what came to mind immediately were only 2 people; Barack Obama and Paul McCartney.


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Good Times Magazine

Also just out: "birth, love, hate, death," a rock opera on Infidels Records. This new effort, available virtually everywhere music is sold (Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, CDBaby, etc.) is an effort helmed by singer/songwriter and activist Gerry Dantone, and is a story about "love from birth to death of a tragic young couple."  The album takes on large themes, yet remains quite accessible and melodic...

The Noteworthy Music Reviews


UniversalDice - 'Birth, Love, Hate, Death'

May 2, 2017

By Bryon William


UniversalDice is a band who delivers classic-rock-operas with huge musical landscapes, in-depth story-lines/characters and lyrical explorations of life's complexities, mysteries and meaning. The band features: Gerry Dantone, lead vocals, guitars, programming; Bob Barcus, guitars; Ed Canova,bass; and Walt Sargent and Vin Crici on keys. Songwriter, singer, political and philosophical writer/activist Gerry Dantone delivers more than music in his song-writing; he delivers a complete experience. If you close your eyes and listen, you will be transported into ta colorful, world as if you are reading a novel. Inspired by artists such as the Who and the Beatles, UniversalDice's new self recorded and produced 16-track album 'Birth, Love, Hate, Death' is a great way to introduce yourself to the band's captivating, page-turning performance. 



Each song on the album is strung together in a cinematic fashion sung from different perspectives representing the "characters" viewpoint.  For example, track three "Your Son" depicts a toxic relationship between a mother and a son, told from the son's perspective.  Kicking off the song is a guitar progression with slight distortion, accompanied by a rocking drum beat and synth keys droning in the background. The vocals enter to suit the mood, mellow with a haunting timbre. When combined with the instrumentation, UniversalDice  sets a stormy mood that captivates you right from the start. “Your Son” is a very moving song about childhood abuse showing that UniversalDice doesn't shy away from serious and difficult topics. 

Another stand-out composition on the album is “My Hands Are Tied” (Track 5).  "My Hand Are Tied" changes up the vibe with a strong pop-theater flavor, an upbeat tempo, with catchy melodies and memorable chorus.  Nice electric guitar leads compliment this arrangement. This song is a great example of how well the compositions on the album reflect the mood and emotion of the lyrics. Vocally, Dantone shows incredible diversity, moving to a tenor-ranged, clear pop presentation with ease.  The song's perspective is from a boy who has a larger-than-life crush on a girl - he "takes a pill to gather up some courage, but instead get an awful headache."  There is an innocence that is revealed as the words delve into the humanistic themes of inadequacy and humiliation.  

Sung from the same perspective is “Danielle,” a song about pretentiousness. "Danielle, you're the life of the party. Danielle, you'll never say you're sorry. Does the new car mean you've got it made? Do you have a friend you won’t betray?"  The band demonstrates tight musicianship in this multi-layered track.  Both "My Hands Are Tied" and "Danielle" have a musical-esk vibe bringing the drama to life.  Another song from the perspective of "the Boy" is“Better Man.” This song has a classic rock instrumental track that rocks out with great electric guitar riffs and a solo jam section. "Better Man" is about the Boy’s fear of losing love and his willingness to do what it takes to keep the love alive."I love you so much, I’d risk losing you. I can’t do nothin’, ‘cept what’s right by you." The song is sung with passion as if Dantone is inside the character's heart.


As the engaging album progresses, the images of the opera grow stronger and come more into focus, like a good page turner, each song unfolds with suspense. Following "Better Man' is the ballad "Honesty,' which is a duo between the Boy and Danielle. This moving ballad, which was my favorite track on the album,is sure to be a fan favorite with its intricate piano playing, infectious melodies and harmonies.  The beautiful performance demonstrates UniveralDice's ability to write raw and genuine emotion."Honestly, honestly, do you really love me? Are you thinking of me? Honestly, honestly, are you trying to use me? You think you’ll seduce me?"

“Sleeping Alone” marks a climactic point in the rock opera that explores doubt and insecurity and the desire to feel grounded in love. It opens with a melodic piano line accompanied by synth strings. This duet changes from a soft ballad into a tense rocking jam and is sure to get your blood pumping in suspense for what is going to happen next. The final song on the album is sung solely from the perspective on Danielle and is titled, “Forever.” The song opens with a gentle piano progression that is soon accompanied by lovely acoustic guitar and a steady drum beat. "Forever" wraps up the rock opera with lessons learned. "Love is the warm embrace, love is the saving grace. We need to help each other." It has a memorable hook that is sure to stick with you leaving a lasting memory of this rock opera in your mind.

'Birth, Love, Hate, Death' is an extremely highly developed musical concept album that gives listeners substantial musical content while delivering insight on the struggles of love and growing into yourself. UniversalDice has found their niche with an ability to write songs that build insightful stories with memorable melodies and hooks that would allow each song to stand alone and shine, but when pieced together form a grand work of art. Other albums by UniversalDice touch on themes like faith, meaning and purpose, politics and social issues. Their music, along with more information on this prolific band, can be found on their website.

Contemporary Fusion Reviews 

provocative multilayered rock opera UniversalDice – “BIRTH, LOVE, HATE, DEATH”:  Right up front, I want to say that I listen to (probably more than) a hundred or so “rock bands” a year who want a featured slot… it goes without saying that most of them never make it (except in their own minds, mayhaps).  Gerry Dantone leads this high-energy rockin’ group (check the CD Baby page for the complete player list; it’s far too long to paste here) in a most excellent rock opera set that, in places, even surpasses the old-school bands their songs are modeled after.  Please note that I said “modeled after”, too – they are their OWN band, not “wannabees”…

Gerry & his pals are even able to carry off that “psychedelic” sound that I was weaned on… just listen to the opener, “Welcome To The World“, and you’ll hear (in the immediate) what I’m talking about; they project that kind of “universal energy” we were all seeking back in those long-ago days – and they do it their own way; I particularly liked the integration of strings and vocals with the great guitar leads (think “THE WHO”)!

The “opera” feeling is best captured in the musical and vocal styles on the longest tune on the album, “Take Me Home“… the lyrics are especially notable, as they are easy to understand… simple, yet evoking strong feelings and emotions you may have forgotten you had.  Absolutely loved the integration of instruments (particularly the guitars) on this piece, and found myself listening to it over and over again.  One piece of advice – at least for your first sitting, make SURE you do it with your headphones ON – you’ll hear something different each time you listen to it.

I think the key thing about this great band is that their music and lyrics “provoke” you to think a little more deeply than you might on a regular basis… a most refreshing quality, and something that’s certainly needed in today’s highly-charged world… if you actually “listen” to songs like my personal favorite of the sixteen offered up, “I’m No Good For You“, you’ll quickly realize that life demands your attention, and that you need to think about your situation a bit, rather than just “rushing right in”… the guitar leads on this track just SOAR!  I predict that this song will make it right up to the TOP of the charts – we’ll see if I’m right. 

This is an astounding album that’s full of surprises, both lyrically and musically; I give them a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with a (perfect) “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 5.00… that means, of course, this gets my “PICK” for “best rock-opera”!  Keep your ears on this band, they will RISE!  Get more information on the UniversalDice website (and tell them you read about them here, of course)! 

Island Songwriter's Showcase

Island Songwriters Showcase This is an epic, folks. What makes it 'epic' is not its length, but its depth. UniversalDice tackles more big questions in 45 minutes than some artists tackle in an entire career. It's not heady music, though. It's 'rock' in the classic rock vein with a big sound and melodies that can stalk you for days.

I am tempted to say this is his best work yet, but I really like ALL of his previous recordings. Gerry's work is consistently excellent. 

Bravo, Gerry, on an ambitious work - nailed.

Note: Walt played keyboards on this CD



with music by UNIVERSALDICE; "Who You know" written by Sam Cimino

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Monday, March 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM EST

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CD Review


By Pedro Pereira


Long Island band Universal Dice’s third release is a musically and lyrically ambitious

collection of songs, titled “Out of Many, One,” that will have you tapping your foot

while pondering some of the most controversial issues of our times.

Universal Dice is the band led by ISS Newsletter founder Gerry Dantone, who writes

most of the tunes, sings and plays guitar. His musical co-conspirators are keyboardist

Tom Beckner, guitarist Bob Barkus, songwriter/bassist Sam Camino and bass player

Ed Canova.


From corporate layoffs to the child-molestation scandal in the Catholic Church to the

plight of Afghan women under a repressive regime, Universal Dice tackles some

difficult themes without ever succumbing to preachy-ness. And while condemnation

and indignation occasionally accentuate the message, for the most part the band

succeeds in taking a sympathetic approach to the issue at hand.


Such is the case with “I am the Woman Who Has Awoken,” a song inspired by a poem

written by Afghan female activist Meena, who was assassinated in 1987 for speaking

out against fundamentalists and the Soviet-controlled puppet regime then ruling the



Pop “Out of Many, One” in your player, and you’ll quickly be singing along to the

infectious chorus of “God Wants Me to Hate You,” an uptempo number delivered with

an intensity reminiscent of Elvis Costello’s early music. The song offers an ironic take

on the oft-repeated Bible-based justifications for homophobia. Or you might catch

yourself swaying along the reggae rhythm of “Welcome to 1984,” a track that deals

with censorship.


Homophobia, censorship and gender repression in distant regimes may seem like a

tall order to cover in one CD. But Universal Dice doesn’t stop there. The band offers a

rapid-fire litany of anti-right-wing themes that would make John Ashcroft weep.

For starters, “Out of Many, One” kicks off with “Master of Low Expectations,” an

ingenious satire on our current commander in chief that uses nothing but his own

bumbling words to deliver its indictment. Gerry picked up such priceless presidential

nuggets as “War is a dangerous place” and “I stand by all the misstatements that I’ve

made” to write the song. And they are uncomfortably amusing.


But lest anyone walk away with the impression that “Out of Many, One,” merely

condemns, it’s important to note that there is an undercurrent of hope that lifts the

message into a positive plain. This is particularly the case with the songs “Still Alive in

the USA,” a percussion-heavy uptempo anthem and “Peace, Love,” a Lennonesque

ballad that asks, “Peace, love, is that all there is?” and goes on to conclude in a very

understated way: “Peace, love, it comes down to this.”


The band approaches each song with a visible sense of economy and lyrical

sensibility. The music is as informed by the Beatles as by Costello and other late

‘70s/early ‘80s acts. “Out of Many, One” is mature rock for mature listeners who don’t

mind having to think when hearing music.


NOVEMBER 2, 2002

Godless Americans Rally

Atheists and humanists gathered on the National Mall to rally for the rights and opinions of non-religious Americans. The organizers titled the event “The Godless Americans March on Washington.”

GERRY DANTONE of UniversalDice is introduced by Ellen Johnson at about the 4:05:00 mark on the video and he sings "Magic Butt" and "Love is the Only Priest"  from the CD "My Name Is Thomas..."

Gerry Dantone singing "Magic Butt"

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