July 20, 1969 Moonwalk “Neil Armstrong Submits”

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“Wow. I’m high!”

Greetings,

July 20, 1969. Mankind finally reached the boundaries of outerspace. The most amazing technological achievement of our species.

My Mesopotamian ancestors, the Anunnaki, must have been tremendously proud of us!

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The Anunnaki – Sons of the God Anu. “Those who come from the Heavens to the Earth”. From the 12th Planet Nibiru. Returning to Earth in 2800 AD. Look at his wristwatch!

I was 4 years old and vaguely remember watching this with my family. My Assyrian grandparents were in Montana with us visiting from Turlock, Colly-fornya. I remember them chattering away in Syriac in amazement with my mom. While my Anglo dad probably sat on the couch nursing an Olympia. (Which we called Owl Piss in high school.)

Smile Jamaica Jah-neology: Assyrian, German, Norwegian. Thus, I am Half Assed

My Grandfather Jibrael was my hero before Bob Marley. I moved to Utah from Montana to study the Middle East. Picked up a couple of degrees in Arabic and Middle East History at the University of Utah. Wanted to devote my life to settling the tribal war of brother killing brother. Took the Foreign Service exam.  I had one year to go: either work for the Government or go to Grad School in Collie-fornya.

I lost the plot during the first Gulf War. I did not want to be like James Bond and become a grungier version of a Neoliberal hitman. “Shaken not stirred?” More like,  “bongrip not rolled.”

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License to chill, dreadie!

Decided to stick around and devote my attention to Roots Reggae instead on Smile Jamaica. Take some time to consider my options.

While I was in the Middle East program, I met a variety of Muslims from around the World: Palestinians, Syrians, Malaysians, Iranians, Turks. Went to lots of parties and settled the world’s problems via awesome food choices.

One of these discussions I remember having was the rumor in the Muslim world that Neil Armstrong, the first man who walked on the Moon, was a Muslim.

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Haji Neil Armstrong, “La ilaha ila Allah wa Muhammad rasul’llah”

Here is the Urban Legend:

There is no sound in outerspace. While Neil Armstrong was doing the original Moonwalk, he heard something he could not explain in his space helmet. It wasn’t radio static from Mission Control. It wasn’t random noise or gibberish but a language of vocabulary and sentences.

When Armstrong, an International hero, visited Cairo, Egypt, he  heard the Muezzin: The man who takes to the heights to call his fellow Muslims to prayer.

Neil was staggered. That is what he heard in space! He converted to Islam before he left Cairo.

Wikislam entry

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In Space no one care hear you pray

I wrote to Cecil Adams of the Straight Dope .

He gave me the Hairy Eyeball. Never answered my query in his columns. Probably because I aced him out on a response on the Beatles’ “butcher block” cover of the albumYesterday and Today

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Dear Cecil:

In your discussion of the controversy over the “butcher cover” of the Beatles’ “Yesterday” … and Today [January 9], you mentioned that the design showing the moptops draped in raw cuts of meat and holding decapitated dolls was an attempt to satirize the vapid cover art of the time. But this isn’t really what the bloody motif was meant to represent. It was a protest by the Beatles directed at Capitol, their American record label. Capitol was in the habit of shaving tracks from the British LPs and hoarding them for another full album of “new” songs for American consumption in between “official” releases. The butcher cover was a statement against the greed of the American record label who “butchered” the Beatles’ artistic integrity for the sake of commerce. –Robert Nelson, Salt Lake City, Utah

Dear Robert:

Some people claim to have heard this explanation from John Lennon himself. Maybe they did, but if so it’s an explanation Lennon cooked up after the fact. As I explained before, the idea for the cover came from photographer Bob Whitaker, and the Beatles eagerly agreed to it. At the time Lennon reportedly said, “I especially pushed for it … just to break the image.” That it did. To quote my assistant Jane, who has a “peeled” copy of the stereo version of the album–that is, with the bland replacement cover photo peeled off: “Eww.”

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Smile Jamaica 1; Straight Dope 0

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When Neil applied to lead a Boy Scout troop there was a requirement that he describe his religious affiliation. He wrote deist. A true stoic hero of rare magnitude who eschewed political attempts to co-opt his celebrity and resented American Exceptionalism as the self appointed world’s policeman. He passed away in 2012.

Armstrong did, however, see UFO’s while in space. But that is fodder for a future post.

On a more optimistic Middle Eastern/space exploration note:

Since America and Russia squandered our scientific resources on Mutual Assured Nucelar Destruction, we as a people haven’t budged on space travel. The way I see it, we should have been space hopping and making Extra Terrestrial contact with our planetary neighbors in the decades since Neil and his mates took that “giant leap for mankind.”

Praise Anu, that our Emirati peers are going to re-boot planetary travel

United Arab Emirates taking a Magic Carpet Ride

bless, robt

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Revenge of the Anunnaki. “I am coming back in 786 years and you fools better get your crap together”

Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: July 12, 2014 (stream + playlist): Jah-tana Roadtrip

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This CD suitcase kills fascists–Woody Guthrie

(Quick jump to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 12, 2014 w/ Playlist)

Read on for today’s Smile Jamaica Jah-o-graphical History Lesson

Greetings,

The photo above is from the Aluminum (i.e. CD) share of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives I come from the land of the ice and snow. From the Midnight sun where the hot springs flow. Cratedigging in the land of my birth. Fort Benton, Jah-tana. Others might call it the Big Sky state: Montana

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The oldest bridge spanning the Missouri River – Fort Benton: The Birthplace of Jah-tana

Found some great music this far North. Til I get back, enjoy last week’s edition of Smile Jamaica: July 12, 2014 Thanks for listening on the Mixcloud Here’s how we did on the Mixcloud charts for the July 5 Ark-Ive Episode

  • Vinyl: 7
  • Dub: 16
  • Reggae: 33

Give thankx for listening and keep spreading the word on 26 years of Roots Reggae!

So have you all ever heard the American folk tale about Shep? The loyal dog who lived in a train station. He waited for his (deceased) master everyday to return until he slipped on the railroad tracks and was killed by a  train that could not stop in time. That is the definition of loyalty and love. He is from Fort Benton!

The story of Shep

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Shep – Looking down on Fort Benton from Jah’s Heavenly Abode as he plays fetch with Bob Marley

I’m gonna sprinkle some more photos from Fort Benton in between the sets of the Playlist below

bless, robt

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As far as the steamboats could go up the Missouri River: Fort Benton Valley. When the railroads came, the town became a much smaller farming community

Smile Jamaica Radio Ark-Ives; July 12 2014: KRCL 90.9FM SLC, Utah; Robert Nelson, host By Bobbylon by Bobbylon on Mixcloud

Playlist: July 12, 2014

  • Freddie McKay – Tribal Inna Yard; Tribal Inna Yard (Iroko) ’83 Fr. Vinyl
  • Aswad – Dub Fire; New Chapter of Dub (Mango) ’82; Dub Album of the Week
  • Ranking Roger & Blue Riddim – America and Russia/Selective Service System (Nancy Goes to Moscow) (ORA) ’85 La Habra, Collie-fornya
  • Aisha – Prophecy; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 UK; Faybiane Miranda cover
  • Rod and the Ideals – Helicopters; American Dream: Cali’s Prop 215 Soundtrack (Tru Reelz) 2013 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Echo Gallo – Happy Birthday Selassie I; Dub Royal: Best of Dub Flash (Dub Flash) Mutant dub: HIM b. 7/23/1892***End of Set 1
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Lewis & Clark and Sacajawea: Bronze sculpture overlooking the levee. Fort Benton’s contribution to the 1976 Bicentennial
  • The Special AKA – War Crimes; In the Studio (2 Tone) ’84: Israel v. Lebanon/PLO
  • Jimmy Cliff – Children’s Bread; The KCRW Session (Interscope); 2013 Live on the radio in Collie-fornya
  • Sister Aricka – By the Rivers of Babylon; 10” (Dub Jockey) 2010 mutant dub***End of Set 2
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Filmed in Fort Benton.Summer of ’73. I watched them film a scene. Cameraman told me to move. I was in his way
  • Peter Tosh – Bush Doctor; Live at My Father’s Place (Rock Beat); live on WLIR; Long Island FM, 1978
  • Horace Andy – Fly Like an Eagle: See and Blind (Heartbeat Europe) ’98; Steve Miller cover
  • Culture – This Way; The Healing of the Nations (Fuel 2000); roots compilation
  • Icho Candy & Errol Scorcher – Captain Selassie/Under Me; Joe Gibbs 12” Super Groover vol. 5 (Ethnic Music) ‘82***End of Set 3
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Grand Union Hotel, 1882. On the National Register of Historic Places. When I lived here it was a flophouse
  • Peter Tosh – Hammer (Extended Version); Equal Rights (Deluxe Edition); dubble disk bonus ‘77***End of Set 4
  • Mighty Maytones – Show Us the Way; One Way (GG’s Hit) ‘79 Vinyl is Vital set; JA
  • Prince Ras Murray – Informer; Militant Dread (Striker Lee) ’77 UK over Johnny Clarke’s Legalize It cover
  • Michael Palmer – Jah Is On My Mind; Star Performer (Tonos) ’84 UK
  • Iheka Chama – Sheltered Me; Mandingo Tribe (Clapper’s) ’81 Brooklyn; Nigerian group covers Bread/Ken Boothe***End of Set 5
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Fort Benton was in the vicinity of the Piegan (Blackfoot) Native Americans before the arrival of white settlers and US soldiers
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Zion Train; Live Forever (Tuff Gong) Wailers Family Tree set: 9/23/80; Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania
  • Marcia Griffiths – Lonesome Feeling; Naturally (Shanachie) ’78 Bob cover
  • Bunny Wailer – Rule Dance Hall; Rule Dance Hall (Shanachie) ‘87***End of Set 5
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Putting the Wonder in Wonder Bread. Chouteau County is the second biggest wheat producing county in the Nation!
  • Hollie Cook – Win or Lose; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014; `mutant dubstress
  • Ranking Joe & Jah Warrior – Solomon’s Weed + Solomon’s Dub; 3 the Roots Way (Jah Warrior) ’99 mutant dub herbtune
  • Patrick Andy – Self Control; 10” (Channel One) ‘83***End of Set 7
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Lowest temp recorded in Fort Benton: -49 F. 1969 The Saudi Arabia of cold.

<Smile Jamaica comment on -19 below temps;  Winter 2014>

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  • Al Haca Sound Sytem feat. Ras MC Tweed – Kingdom Rise, Kingdom Fall; Inevitable (Different Drummer) 2003 from Jah-spana (Spain); mutant dub set
  • Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras & the Congos – Happy Song; Meet the Congos (Icon Eye) 2012
  • The Archive feat. Ras Puma – Message for the Messenger (ESL) 2012 Washington DC
  • African Head Charge – Dinosaur’s Lament; Environmental Studies (ON U Sound) ’82 Adrian Sherwood
  • Natacha Atlas – Yalla Chant; Best of (Mantra) Al-Jahrian singer 2005
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Charles M. Russell – The Wagon Boss. Fort Benton in the background. Look for coiled rattlesnake in southeast corner of painting

 

Smile Jamaica Preview: July 12, 2014: Armageddon Stylee!

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“Put da needle pon de record. It’s World War III”

Greetings,

26 years of Reggae Radio on KRCL: 45 shows avg./year, 3 hours per show for 26 years: 3500+ hours (146 straight days, Selah!)

<26 Years of Reggae Radio: 3500 hours; 50 sec.>

Plus 3 months of Global Gumbo summer of ’89 (30 or so). Plus 9 years of Radioactive (over 400 hourly interviews of Progressive politics). Before KRCL went pro during the daytime I loved to fill in on shows like Breakfast Jam, Roots and Blues and Drive Time. Plus, I kept the chair warm for Reggae Ambassador Wednesday Night stalwart Papa Pilgrim for about six months when he recovered from surgery. Add another 1000 hours. Give thanks!

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Reggae Radio in the era of Ronnie Raygun. Fighting war with his lollipops and jellybeans. He did fund my Ark-ives with his student loans though. Ron also believed in Extra Terrestrials.

Too much Tribal War. Driving me crazy. Brother killing brother. Old as Cain and Abel but there are more than a dozen countries in the Middle East, nearly that many in Africa and Ukraine vs. Russia., actively killing and bombing and destroying themselves. Jah-pon is about to re-militarize. WTF? Whatever happened to the Summer of Love?

Armageddon around the corner, I am afraid we are all Fukashima’d.

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A reality so horrifying there is a press embargo. We are all Fukashima’d

Here are two songs to fit my bummer mood.

 1. Sun Ra Arkestra – Nuclear War

2. Spiritual Rez – Let’s Go Out With a Bang

Either way you’re getting probed! I try to stay positive, but Reggae always points the way.  I’m going to play some prophecy, (actually Ska-phecy), from The Special AKA when this happened in the Holy Land 30 years ago.

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Bombs to settle arguments, the order of the boot
Can you hear them crying in the rubble of Beirut?I can still see people dying, now who takes the blame?
the numbers are different, the crime is still the sameFrom the graves of Belsen where the innocent were burned
To the genocide in Beirut, Israel was nothing learned?I can still hear people crying, now who takes the blame?
The numbers are different, the crime is still the sameBombs to settle arguments, the order of the boot
From the graves of Belsen, to the ruins of BeirutI can still see people dying, now who takes the blame?
The numbers are different, the crime is still the same

Read more at http://www.leoslyrics.com/the-special-a-k-a/war-crimes-lyrics/#f77ppqZuFPtHBkJC.99

Very Ska-phetic, no?

Forward ever, backwards never!

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Cease fire and light the Chalice — Bunny Wailer

Uploaded my 26th Anniversary All Vinyl Show yesterday. Go deh so Smile Jamaica can make the Mixcloud charts. Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 5, 2014

Here what you can expect to here this afternoon on July 12th Ark-Ive

Dub Album of the Week: Aswad – New Chapter of Dub (Mango)  ’82; so the music never stops

  • A CD set worth of scores from my Vegas/Cedar City crate dig: Culture, Joe Gibbs 12″ collection, Tosh bootleg
  • Wailers Family Tree: Bob’s last live performance; Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania, Peter Tosh – rarities from dubble disk version of Equal Rights ’77. Introducing Bunny Wailer – Rule Dance Hall ’87.
  • Vinyl is Vital midway – The Black Wax World Tour
  • 420 and Seven Leaf Meditations from Ganja Farmers like Niney and Tosh

<Osterity vs. Jah-sterity: Smile Jamaica’s Seven Leaf Utopia; 90 sec.>

  • Mutant Dub in the last half hour brought to you by the letter A: African  Headcharge, Natacha Atlas, Al Haca Sound out of Jah-spana (Spain)
  • Extended Mix vinyl singles
  • Roots Dawtas: new Hollie Cook, Marcia Griffiths, Aisha

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica live every Saturday 4-7 PM Mtn. Time:

  • 90.9FM in Utah
  • Stream:  Tune In Radio
  • Ark-Ive. Here on Smile Jamaica blog; without commercial interruptions
  • Twitter: SmileJ_KRCL for live alert and stream upload/blog posts

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RIP Tommy Ramone

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Tommy Ramone, b. 1952-2014. Drummer/Producer of the Ramones. Child of Holocaust survivors

Greetings,

“1! 2! 3! 4!”

Before there was Bob, Bunny and Peter there was Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee, Tommy. The Ramones.

Tommy Ramone: 1952-July 11, 2014

When I was a youth growing up in Montana, I had the complete catalogs of only a couple of artists: Led Zeppelin, KISS and The Ramones. Every one of them on Vinyl!

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bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives; July 5, 2014: 26th Anniversary of Reggae Radio! (Stream + Playlist)

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Happy Anniversary to I ‘n’ I: 26 Years of Reggae Radio: July 4, 1988: 3 O’Clock Roadblock

Greetings,

Monday July 4, 1988 I unveiled a Graveyard hour Reggae, World and Ska show called 3 O’Clock Roadblock. Thus, I ‘n’ I (WE) celebrate together 26 years. Give Thanks!

Before I ‘n’ I move forward, let’s see how  last week’s Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive charted on Mixcloud: June 21, 2014

Yes I! Another Top Ten Black Wax result for 26 years of Love & Devotion at 33 and 1/3 or 45 REVOLUTIONS! per Minute

  • Vinyl: 6
  • Dub: 14
  • Reggae: 30

Forward ever, backwards never. Jump to July 5, 2014 Ark-Ive stream

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I owe 26 years to Black Uhuru. Selah!

I moved to Utah to go to University Fall 1986. I had spent the previous 3 years in Bozeman, Jah-tana. Go Bobcats!

My last (and coldest) year at Montana State, I discovered their community/college radio station KGLT.

My musical tastes were sort of in limbo. I had just started subscribing to this new magazine, Spin. I was big into college rock: The Minutemen, (Double Nickels on the Dime,), The Replacements (Pleased to Meet Me) and Husker Du (New Day Rising).

When I wasn’t listening to the local radio, I was watching MTV when the station actually played music videos: The Cult, Big Audio Dynamite, Jesus and Mary Chain.

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Before the Real World and all that junk, I watched this about two hours a night in the mid 80′s

I was alienated from most contemporary Rock (too many synth drums, Neil Young as a Republican), Hair Metal balladry (Perfect for the culturally bereft Reagan “Just Say No” era). The Clash fell apart.

And the only King of Pop for me is the King of Kings: The Negus; Negusa Negast; Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Elect of God, ever-living Jah. Earth’s Rightful Ruler

<Smile Jamaica Reggae History Lesson: Definition of Negus. 17 sec.>

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Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia. Born July 23, 1892. From the line of King David. My brother, David: also born July 23. Baraka!

So when I got my Student Loan check from Uncle Ron, I had some easy cash for these new fangled things called the Compact Disk. Moving from 25,000 people in Bozeman to a couple hundred thousand in Salt Lake City gave me more musical choices.

I bought a little blues, I picked up some quality world music. Mostly in Salt Lake stores long gone: Smokey’s Records, Raspberry Records, The Mad Platter. The (real) Cosmic Aeroplane.

My first Reggae acquisitions: Jimmy Cliff Harder They Come soundtrack and Reggae Greats. Bob Marley’s whole catalog had just been reissued on CD for midline price. Bought them all. Sly and Robbie – Taxi Fare: The very first CD purchase. Steel Pulse – True Democracy. UB40 – Labour of Love

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: The first CD addition; Fall 1986; Smokey’s Records, Salt Lake City, Utah

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As usual my timing sucked. When I was scouting Utah as a move, I dialed in to their excellent Indie station: KCGL. Listened to it every day all day when I relocated. Alas, about six weeks into Fall of 1986, it was bought out and converted to a religious station. WTF?

As Bob Marley said, “When one door closes, another will open.” A friend I had met in the dorms turned me on to Salt Lake’s Community station, KRCL.

That’s how I learned about Reggae Radio: from their Saturday Afternoon program, Smile Jamaica (then heard 1-4pm.)

My friend was a Jewish kid from Baltimore, computer programming major  who had a really great CD collection and the stereo setup to make it pop. The dorms at the University of Utah were glorified closets encased in brick. Excellent environment for sound ricochet.

I told my buddy Neal that I had been, sort of,  gravitating towards Reggae out of these compelling sub genres thanks to my radio consumption of Smile Jamaica.

He went to his book shelf and grabbed Black Uhuru’s Anthem off a rack. Popped it into his Nakamichi super duper CD player. Bose 901 speakers. Itched up the volume for a Friday night. And KABOOM!!!

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Foundation album in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. This release took me from casual observer to Reggae and Dub fanatic on the first listen!

Sly & Robbie were in high demand during the midpoint of this decade of wretched excess wiring the groove of  synthesized drum & bass. Perfect for Roots Reggae. Dylan, Springsteen, Clapton and The Stones? Meh, not so much.

Michael Rose’s Afro Arab singing was right in line with my understanding of African vocalists like King Sunny, Youssou N’Dour and Fela Kuti.

Female singer Puma Jones’ a-syncopated harmonies clashed with Ducky Simpson’s growl foreshadowed my complete and never ending immersion in Reggae ever since. 28 years of collecting it. 26 years of promoting it on the extra terrestrial Radio waves.

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Uhuru – Swahili for freedom. The late, great Puma Jones rockin’ the sexiest underarm hair since Patti Smith

Black Uhuru – Anthem. More than any of the 70s Roots or UB40′s pop groove.

This was protest music for me. Anthems for the underdogs. I had found something to synchronize my politics, too, as a life long anti-authoritarian Progressive who has voted Third Party since 1984 when I became old enough to vote.

Pretty much all my expendable income was and is going to Roots Reggae from Fall of 1986 till I join Jah’s Heavenly Choir.

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“I see a Vision of Jah Rainbow in his Heavenly Abode”

I tell you how I got on KRCL with this Anniversary Preview Post. This Ark-Ive Stream Edition Podcast celebrates that legacy with All Vinyl.

Give thanks,

Hit the link above or below and feast your ears on these musical treats

  • Vinyl liberated from 112 degrees Las Vegas: Third World, Jimmy Riley, Josey Wales
  • Roots Dawtas. Hard hitting UK Dub poetesses
  • Seven Leaf and 420 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Seven Leaf Jah-sterity; 1 min 34 sec?>

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Osterity: “Do as I say, not as I do”. Jah-sterity: Legalize It, I will advertise it”.
  • Mutant Dubwize to end the program. Black Wax stylee
  • Heavy Roots & Culture stretched out with Extended Mix dubjams

Smile Jamaica Radio Ark-Ives; July 5 2014: KRCL 90.9FM SLC, Utah; Robert Nelson, host By Bobbylon by Bobbylon on Mixcloud

bless, robt

The Playlist:

  • Black Uhuru – What Is Life?; Anthem (Mango) ’84 US
  • The Scientist Meets Ted Sirota’s – Scientific Strut; Heavyweight Dub (Liberated Zone) 2013; Dub Album of the Week
  • Jimmy Riley – I Wish It Would Rain; Rydim Driven (Mango) ’81 US: Temptations soul cover
  • Misty in Roots – City Runnings; In Progess (People Unite) ’84 UK
  • Sister Netifa – Daughters of the Soil; Woman Determined (Aluta) ’88 UK female dub poet
  • John Holt – Police in Helicopter; 12” (Holt) ’83 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement***End of Set 1
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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: 3 different Vinyl mixes of the first Reggae Grammy Winner: US, UK, Jamaican
  • Third World – The Story’s Been Told; 12” (Island) ’79 German pressing
  • Mighty Diamonds – One Brother Short; Vital Selection (Virgin Front Line) ’81 UK best of
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Tracks + Nanny; Tracks (LKJ) ’91 UK dub poet. Nanny national hero of Jamaica***End of Set 2
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LKJ Production: UK female dub poet
  • Josey Wales – Who We Baby; 12” (Volcano) ‘83
  • The Selecter – Deep Water; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 2 Tone ska; Pauline Black vox
  • Niccodemus (sic) – Spar With Me; Dance Hall Style (Black Joy) ’82 UK***End of Set 3
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2 Tone Brit Ska with Pauline Black on vox
  • 10 Ft. Ganja Plant – Sing and Dance; Skycatcher (ROIR) 2013 Upstate Jah York
  • Sis Nya – Serious Time; Jah Music (Jah Shaka) ‘87 UK female vox
  • Michael Palmer – Ghetto Living; Ghetto Living (Bebo’s Music) ’85 Wheaton, Maryland
  • Barrington Spence – Jah Jah Train; Speak 
Softly (Trojan ‘76 UK***End of Set 4
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Jah Jah Train a comin’ Better get on board!
  • Sister Carol – Liberation For the African; Liberation For Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 NYC Sevenleaf Vinyl set
  • Lovindeer – Free the Marijuana; De Blinkin’ Bus (TSOJ) ’82 JA
  • Lion Youth – Natty Bring de Couchi; Love Comes & Goes (Virgo Stomach) ‘81 UK clear vinyl
  • The Heptones – Sensemenia Collie; One Step Ahead (Sonic) JA***End of Set 5
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The Anunnaki will return to Earth when we Free the Weed!
  • Carlton Livingston – 100 Lbs. of Collie; 10” (Roots Injection) 2010 mutant dub herbal update of his classic 420
  • Capital Letters – Fire; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group
  • Junior Ross and the Spears – You Can’t Run; Babylon Fall (Stars) ’76 JA
  • Jennifer Lara – Hand to Mouth; High Times All Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Jah-cago; blues label/reggae ***End of Set 6
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Before CNN: The CIA News Network
  • Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Black Vibes; Revelation (Trojan) ’82 UK niyabinghi drums
  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Stormy Weather; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’82 UK Billie Holiday feat. Female vox
  • Singers and Players feat. Sister P. – Holy Scripture; Vacuum Pumping ’88 UK mutant dub set
  • Motion Detector – Dubtrain; 12” (LSF) 2002 US red vinyl
  • The Outsider - Rumours of War; The Outsider Meets the High-Tech Roots Dyanmics (Jah Works) ’93 UK melodica dubs
  • Zulu Warriors – Lion Dub; Warrior Dub (Mr. Modo) ’93 UK
  • G.T. Moore – Herb of Africa; 12” (Jah Works) ’99 UK mutant dub herbtune
  • African Head Charge – Stebbeni’s Theme; My Life In a Hole in the Ground (ON U Sound) ’81 UK African lyrics/female vox
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Looking good: Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine, Nevada (maybe), Oregon, Alaska, DC. Utah?

 

 

 

 

Smile Jamaica Preview: July 5, 2014: 26th Anniversary of Reggae Radio: 3 Hour Vinyl is Vital!

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26 Year Reggae Radio Anniversary: July 2, 1988; 3 o’Clock Roadblock; 3 to 6 AM Monday graveyard

Greetings,

26 years ago I embarked on a new hobby: Reggae Radio. It was Spring of 1988. My college roommate and I were in the Pie Pizzeria near campus at the University of Utah. They had the local community radio station on their Hi Fi: KRCL 90.9FM

Types of Radio:

  • Commercial: For profit, various formats, funded via advertisements
  • College: Managed by students, “college rock” indie format, funded via grants, radiothons, student fees and University support. Non-commercial (no adverts)
  • Public Radio: may or not be affiliated with a University. Mostly geared to NPR talk comment and similar. Funded mostly via Radiothons, donors, local businesses. Non-commercial (no adverts)
  • Community Radio: Usually done as a community asset rather than a campus entity. Funded via Radiothons*. Non-commercial  (no adverts)

KRCL 90.9FM, where I have deejayed now for 26 years is a Community Radio station

*Radiothon is where the station interrupts regular programming, for a week or ten days at a time,  to entice listeners to pay to become members. The price of not taking advertising. (By license, non-commercial stations are not allowed to accept advertising.) We run Public Service Announcements for non-profit  groups and charge local business underwriting. “Smile Jamaica is sponsored by One Stop Smoke Shop.” Lowkey, non-advocacy. Can’t say, “Come on down to One Stop Smoke Shop”.

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The Smile Jamaica Mothership

Back to my story….

Roomie and I were having a slice and heard that KRCL was looking for new volunteers to host shows. The two of us had been involved with the re-start of the U of U’s college station called KUTE. Even though KUTE only broadcast in the student union, it did give me a little bit of experience on how be “on mic”.

Long story short: I had been doing a Reggae show on KUTE called Positive Vibrations. My roommate was into contemporary 80′s music and they weren’t looking for that. I got the nod to be trained. He did not.

Chris Gittins (RIP) was a long time programmer at KRCL and he trained me on the ins and outs, the rules and regs. Great guy. Very good mentor. KUER’s station manager John Greene (or as I call him Juan Verde) was KRCL’s station manager. Another top rank radio man.

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Haile Selassie portrait painted by University of Utah’s Alvin Gittins. Chris was his son

In most community radio stations you have to pay your dues. And that means graveyard slots. Mine was 3-6 AM Monday Morning. I would try and sleep for a few hours, Sunday night,  and then set the alarm with plenty of time to drive to the station. During the coldest winter in decades.

I called my show 3 O’clock Roadblock from Bob Marley. However, it wasn’t Bob but Black Uhuru who were my favorite Reggae group. I always started off a show with one of their selections.

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Not Bob, not Peter not UB40: Black Uhuru and this album started my lifetime fascination with Reggae music & culture

My first show was 4th of July Weekend (July 2), 1988. It was fun and gave me plenty of time to figure out how to do radio without a ton of people listening in.

I went to San Francisco in early June to “load up” on Roots: Vinyl discards in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Reno. Started buying some CDs too. CDs were fresh and the Vinyl was cheap as people got out of the wax and into the aluminum (or whatever Cds are made of.)

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June 1988, Bay Area crate dig: Needed fresh wax for new Reggae Radio show: Back when Box Sets actually came in a box

I programmed 3 O’clock Roadblock from July 1988 to August 1989. I couldn’t hack the disruption every Monday after crashing at 6 AM and trying to sleep.

But then the host of Smile Jamaica at the time, John “Rutabaga” Reese, was looking to transition back to a true weekend lifestyle.  I apprenticed with him starting October 1989 (Radiothon weekend). We did the show together, alternating sets, for a while. Then every other weekend. Summer 1989 I came back from another crate dig in the Bay Area and he called me to say he was ready to let me fly solo.

And I never stopped. So today is a celebration of 26 years of Reggae Radio. More than half my life.

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26 years, average 45 shows a year times 3 hours = 3500+ hours of Reggae

I come from the land of the ice and snow. I don’t do well in the heat. I just got back from a combo style work gig in Las Vegas built around a couple days of cratedigging. In 112 degree heat. Vinyl is Vital, indeed!

So to celebrate 26 years, today’s Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive, will be devoted to  the Black Wax Attack. Had a nice little score of Vinyl rarities for sure-ty last week. Made sure they didn’t melt in my car from the Record Shop to my hotel room. I have been rinsing them out all morning. Pulling together 3 bags of vinyl: Lps, 7″, 10″ and 12″ singles. Soundtrack to this blog post! I am the ultimate multi-tasker: I listen as I write.

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112 Heat, Las Vegas. Praise Jah it was only 1 mile from here to my hotel room. Don’t leave your kids, your dogs nor your black wax in the car at these temps!

When you crate dig for Reggae vinyl there is always going to be these titles: UB40 Labour of Love, 70′s Third World, 80′s Jimmy Cliff and Steel Pulse. Surprisingly little in Bob and Peter. They must sell as soon as they get to the racks.

The reason for that is: the major labels, who dabbled in Reggae,  sent promotional vinyl. Free wax in return for airplay. Often times, they would issue special dance mix singles. THAT is what I look out for.

Here is the harvest of driving around Las Vegas in 112 degree temps with my brake sensor going off because it couldn’t handle that high temp at low elevation

  • Jimmy Riley: Rydim (Mango); Sly & Robbie, great soul vox on an LP of blissful soul covers
  • 2 Third World Promo singles I didn’t have: Sense of Purpose & the Story’s Been Told (German pressing!)
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The Smile Jamaica Cratedig Trifecta: Rare, Disco Mix, Picture Sleeve. Automatic purchase!
  • Osbscure Josey Wales Jamaican dancehall 12″
  • Several cool pic sleeve offerings for annual Record Store Day: Mazzy Star and Ronnie Spector with the E Street Band

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Driving back from Vegas, I stopped in for gas and  hit up Cedar City’s record shop: Groovacious

Found some nice titles on CD. A Euro Horace Andy, a Culture re-issue I didn’t recognize.Joe Gibbs 12″ Comp for $4 (Roots sounds better at $4 than $14).

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$3.99 plus tax. Niceness!

Beastie Boy instrumental, Ohio Players, Brothers Johnson 70′s funk;. some psychedelic African revives and the fave of the dig: A Peter Tosh bootleg from 1978

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica live every Saturday 4-7 PM Mtn. Time:

  • 90.9FM in Utah
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  • Ark-Ive. Here on Smile Jamaica blog; without commercial interruptions
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Groovacious, Cedar City, Utah. Worth a stop on your way to or from Vegas

 

Smile Jamaica moving up the Charts on Mixcloud. Go deh!

Smile Jamaica Radio Ark-Ives; June 21, 2014: KRCL 90.9FM SLC, Utah; Robert Nelson, host By Bobbylon by Bobbylon on Mixcloud

Greetings,

I dubble dog dare you to listen to six hours of Roots Reggae. The latest Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive, June 21 and then 3 hours of July 5. (4 pm Mountain Time.) Celebrating 26 years with All Vinyl Anniversary Show

You can help Smile Jamaica move up the charts. Here is where last week’s show is (June 21, Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive)

  • 31 listeners over 2 days
  • Vinyl: 13
  • Reggae: 69
  • Dub: 38

Still got several days. Let’s light one more firecracker this 4th of July Weekend.  Give Thanx

bless, robt

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