Smile Jamaica Preview: June 21, 2014: James Bond a killa!

“James Bond! Him a killa!”


“Summertime and the living is easy” — Billie Holliday

Smile Jamaica pon the Mixcloud charts (Day 3 of 7)

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive edition: June 14, 2014

  • Vinyl: 17
  • Reggae: 48
  • Dub: 29

4 days to climb into the Top Ten! Yes I! Get the Fever! O.J. Fever!


3 hours of All Killer, No Filler per usual on Smile Jamaica

Been harvesting nuff Roots to my iPod. Gathered up enough for a likkle set devoted to Neoliberal hit man James Bond.

Dr. No filmed in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. I always root for the villain in the Bond movies

But wait! There’s more!

  • 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement plus bonus set devoted to the Seven Leaf
  • Roots Dawtas: Sister Aricka Militant Steppers, American Blues-Reggae from Jessica Burks; trance dubbers Alpha & Omega; Bob’s girlfriend Martha Velez Reggae-rock high-brid; Maybe even some Sly & Robbie meets No Doubt.  Last song World-dub via Al-jaherian songbird Natacha Atlas
  • Debut from Mutant Dubstress and  Lovers Rocker Hollie Cook Twice
Absolutely perfect album: dubby riddims, sexy and dreamy female vox, contemporary mutant dub. Smile Jamaica Grades this an A+
  • Wailers Family Tree: Tracking Bob’s last show in Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania. More rarities for sure-ty off Peter Tosh’s Equal Rights. Finishing up Bunny Wailer Rootsman Skanking
  • Vinyl is Vital: Black Wax World Tour
  • Mutant Dub: Last half hour. Bassgasmic!

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
Sean Connery as James Bond
“I am not a Dread. I kill for the 1%”

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 14, 2014 edition (stream + playlist)



Thanks for helping Smile Jamaica make the Mixcloud Charts

June 7, 2014 Edition:

  • Vinyl: 5
  • Reggae: 45
  • Dub: 23

Help me this week move up the Mixcloud Charts

<Jump straight to the Stream: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: June 14, 2014>

Nostal-Jah for O.J. Fever! 20 years ago the first reality show.

Thanks to O.J. we have to suffer the Kardashians 20 years later. Fiya Bun!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: June 14, 2014


  • “Innocent til proven guilty”: O.J. Fever
  • Featured Dub Album of the Week: Hollie Cook in Dub (Mr. Bongo) ; dawta of a Sex Pistol
  • 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement:Yellowman & Fathead rub a dub; plus Niney & Max Romeo; Lloyd Brevett & the Skatalites
  • Wailers Family Tree: Bob final live show; Tosh rarity for Jah-loween, Bunny mid 80s and Ziggy Burnin’ cover. Hawaii 5-0
  • Vinyl is Vital: Mother Liza, Jah-tario Chalawa, Zap Pow Seven Leaf
  • Mutant Dub: Bill Laswell ambient and hard techno updates of Bob Marley
Hollie Cook_Concert.760191851
dreamy dubby lover’s rock. Smile Jamaica approved!

Plus my personal exploration on the outer perimeter of what counts as Reggae and Mutant Dub:

“Out here on the perimeter, there is no stars. We is STONED IMMACULATE”….Jim Morrison

<Jim Morrison meets Dub Syndicate; 5 sec>

Smile Jamaica Reggae High-brids:

  • Morcheeba: dreamy downtro with female vox
  • Beats International – Fatboy Slim proto Mutant Dub
  • Cymande – Hard roots from the English Diaspora: Jamaica, Guyana, St. Vincent hail up the first hippie (H.I.M.)
  • Hollie Cook – gorgeous lovers rock from dawta of Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols. Also in The Slits recent incarnation
  • Senegalese African Reggae: Toure’ Kunda – The Brothers Kunda
  • Led Zep: Whole Lotta Love Mutant Dub with female vox: The Dynamics
Whole Lotta Love Mutant Dub: Go out and buy Led Zep I, II and III dubble disk upgrade disks

4:20 Cannabis promotion. Obscure high-brids like Morcheeba, Cymande, Beats International, Sex Pistol dawta Hollie Cook, Senegalese African reggae, Led Zep mutant stylee

Smile Jamaica’s June 14, 2014 Ark-Ive Edition

bless, robt


Sister Aricka – Rivers of Babylon; 10” (Dub Jockey) ’93 UK militant steppers

Prince Fatty Presents Hollie Cook – Shadow Dub; In Dub (Mr. Bongo); 2012 Dub Album of the Week; daughter of Sex Pistol Paul Cook UK

Cymande – Rastafarian Folk Song; Cymande (Sanctuary)  ’72 UK black music hybrid group

Shinehead – Rough and Rugged; 100% Dynamite NYC (Soul Jazz)

Beats International – Come Home; Excursion on the Version (London) ’91 UK beats/reggae hybrid

Yellowman & Fathead – Herbman Hustling; Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy); 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Twilight Circus – Dub Selector; Foundation Rockers (M); 2003 Mutant dub out of Jah-msterdam***End of Set 1

Cymande: British black group: reggae, jazz, rock, nyahbinghi, funk: Sah-man-day means Dove

Juicy “V” – O.J. Fever; 7” (Power House) ’94: 20 year of O.J. Simpson murder/trial

Doreen Schaeffer – I Don’t Know Why; 12” (Studio One) Movie Star riddim

Jah Mojo – Truth and Truth (DJ Version); Down Santic Way (Pressure Sounds) Leonard ‘Santic’ Chin prod’n

Toure Kunda – Hamidu; Toure Kunda (Celluloid) ’82 Senegalese brothers***End of Set 2

O.J. Fever June 12,1994: If the gloves don’t fit you must acquit. WTF?

Bob Marley & the Wailers – War/No More Trouble; Live Forever (Tuff Gong); last live show: Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania 9/23/80; Wailers Family Tree Set

Peter Tosh – Vampires (Dub Version); Equal Rights (Legacy Edition) ’77 dubble disk of rarities

Bunny Wailer – Gamblings; Rootsman Skanking (Shanachie) ‘86

Ziggy Marley – Pass It On; Hawaii 5-0 Soundtrack (CBS) Wailers cover***End of Set 3

Wailers Family Tree: Jah-loween rarity for sure-ty!

Hollie Cook – Shadow Kissing; Hollie Cook (Mr. Bongo) 2011 riddim shower (1): vox: mutant dub lover’s rock with female vox

Prince Fatty Presents Hollie Cook – Shadow Dub; In Dub (Mr. Bongo) riddim shower (2): dub

Aswad – Judgment Day; Hulet (Mango) ’79 UK; name means black in Arabic, Amharic

The Dynamics – Whole Lotta Love; Version Excursion (Groove Attack) 2007 female vox; Request; Led Zep***End of Set 4

Dawta of a Sex Pistol – Hollie Cook

Chalawa feat. Stranger Cole – Eyes of a Lion; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Jah-tario, Canada; Vinyl is Vital set

Mother Liza – Woman DJ Connection; Chant Down Babylon (Gorgon) JA

Zap Pow – Irieland; Reggae Rules (Rhino) ’80 Los, Jahngeles, Collie-fornya; herb tune

Satta – Piece of My Heart; Light of the World (Satta) ’87 Erma Franklin/Janis Joplin cover; Beechwood, Jah-high-O

Mikey Dread – Everybody Needs a Proper Education; Dread at the Controls (Trojan) ’79 UK***End of Set 5

Like Mikey Dread, Smile Jamaica also wants to broadcast from Outer Space

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Three Little Birds; Africa Unite (Tuff Gong); Request

Niney & Max (Romeo) – Aily and Ailaloo; Blood and Fire (Trojan) ’71 Niney prod’n herb tune

Black Uhuru – No Loafing (Sit and Wonder); Sinemilla (Mango) ‘80

Bam Bam – Stop the War; 12” EP (Bam Bam International) ’85 Los, Jahngeles, Collie-fornya***End of Set 6

Rarity from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Brother Killing Brother: Iraq, South Sudan, Novorossiya, Nigeria. Nuff cease!

Gregory Isaacs and Carlene Davis – Feelin’ Irie; Private Beach Party (RAS) ’88 herb tune

Pad Anthony – Lovin’ Stylee; 12” (Sunset) ’85 J’can lovers rock

Everton Blender – Hail the King; King Man (Heartbeat) 2003

Lloyd Brevett & the Skatalites – Herb Challis; African Roots (Moon Ska); ska Seven Leaf instrumental***End of Set 7

Herb Challis – You’ve got African drums inna mi Jamaican jazz. Nice like Reese’s!

Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – One Love (People Get Ready); Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 Ambient cover; Mutant Dub set

Morcheeba – Friction; Big Calm (China) ’98 UK downtro w/ female vox

Junior Delgado – Storm Is Coming (feat. Smith & Mighty); Fearless (Gee Street) ’98 rmx

Beat Pharmacy feat. Paul Hillaire – Race Track Jockey; Earthly Delights (Deep Space) 2005 South African

Funkstar De Luxe – Sun Is Shining; Keep on Moving (It’s Too Funky in Here) (Hypnotic); 2000 Marley cover

Mutant Dub loves Bob Marley



Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Preview: June 14, 2014: O.J. Fever

20 Years Ago: June 13 – O.J. Simpson Murder/Trial of the Century


Smile Jamaica pon the Mixcloud Charts:

May 31, 2014 Ark-Ive

  • Vinyl: #4
  • Reggae: #22
  • Dub: #15

You can help me push last week’s up the charts for the next few days

June 7, 2014 Ark-Ive; Day 4 of 7

  • Vinyl: #5
  • Reggae: #60
  • Dub: #28

Give Thanx!

1994 White Ford Bronco: #1 stolen car in America 20 years ago

So here is what is on tap for Smile Jamaica this afternoon

June 13, 1994 started the O.J. Simpson murder saga that riveted the nation. My family was just as sucked in as everyone else. My brother thought he was having a panic attic as they read the verdict.

A friend of mine owned a 1994 White Ford Bronco fetishized in O.J. and Al Cowlings feeble run for the border.

In the black and Caribbean communities there was a definite belief that O.J. was innocent. Wounds from the Rodney King riots two years previous were still raw.

We are gonna hear an oldie but a goodie defending The Juice at 4:30.

Juicy V – O.J. Fever; 7″ at 30 min marc. of Ark-Ive

Here is what else you can expect to hear this afternoon:

  • Dub Album of the Week: Prince Fatty Presents Hollie Cook in Dub (Mr. Bongo); Dawta of a Sex Pistol dub bliss
  • Vinyl is Vital midway
  • Extended mix 10″ and 12″ featuring female vox
  • 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Wailers Family Tree: Bob’s last live show: Pittsburgh 9/23/80; Peter Tosh rarity from Equal Rights  ’77 dubble disk; Bunny Wailer – Rootsman Skanking ’86
  • Mutant Dub in last half hour
Dub Album of the Week: So the music never has to stop!

Summer Time and the living is easy: “Ice wata for ur dawta, here comes anotha scorcha!”






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
“Ask mi no questions and I’ll tell you no lies”

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 7, 2014 edition (stream + playlist)



June means Summer. The best time for Roots Reggae. Celebrating 25 years on Smile Jamaica with nuff roots and unique selections.

Keeping my ears open to anything with that Jamaican swivel of the drum and bass. So that means Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer as well as The Clash, Taj Mahal, Yoko Ono, Morcheeba, The Ruts punkdub. Canadian Jamaican soul reggae. And defiling your ears with Lords of Acid at the bitter end of the broadcast.

Plus the usual high-lights: 420 Cannabis Service, mutant dub, mamas & dawtas love Vinyl is Vital. Spongi Reggae extended mix jams pon even more black wax.

Listening to these Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives helps me on the Mixcloud chart.

As I post this I am charting for the May 31st edition:

  • Vinyl: 4
  • Reggae: 22
  • Dub: 15

Give I a spin and pass it to your friend

bless, robt


  • Aswad – Bubblin’; 12” (Simba) ’86 UK
  • Ruts DC/Mad Professor – Whatever We Do; Rhythm Collision Dub (ROIR); ’82 punkdub; Dub Album of the Week
  • 10 Ft. Ganja Plant – Mercy; Midnight Landing (ROIR) 2003 NY
  • The Selecter – They Make Me Mad; Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) ’80; 2 Tone UK ska w/ female vox
  • Abja – Preservation of the I; Mahogany Road (I Grade) 2006 US Virgin Islands
  • General Plough/Welton Irie – Bubbling Telephone; One and One = Two (JA); 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Laurel Aitken – Apollo 12; The Pama Years (Pama) ’69***End of Set 1


  • 4th Street Orchestra – Still in Dubb; (Scientific) Higher Ranking Dubb (Rama) ’77; dub of I’m Still in Love With You
  • Bunny and Ricky; Bushweed Corntrash; 10” (Upsetter); Lee Perry Black Ark herb tune
  • Gregory Isaacs – Private Beach Party; Private Beach Party (RAS); ’85; Request***End of Set 2
Bushweed, corntrash = schwag
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Crazy Baldheads; Live Forever (Tuff Gong) last live show: 9/23/80: Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania: Wailers Family Tree set
  • Bunny Wailer – Dance Rock; Rootsman Skanking (Shanachie) ‘86
  • Peter Tosh – Babylon Queendom (Dub Version); Equal Rights (Legacy Edition)(Columbia/Legacy); dubble disk of rarities
Rarity for sure-ty!
  • Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer – Redemption Song; Unearthed (American): Rockers do Reggae Set; 2003 Bob Marley cover
  • Taj Mahal – Johnny Too Bad; Mo’ Roots (Columbia) ’74; Slickers cover
  • Wayne McGhie & the Sounds of Joy – Cool It; Wayne McGhie & the Sounds of Joy (Light in the Attic) ’70; Canadian-Jamaican soul group does reggae
  • Yoko Ono – Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him; Double Fantasy (Geffen) ’80***End of Set 4
Two fallen heros sing the music of another in Jah’s Heavenly Choir (Bob Marley)
  • Marcia Griffiths – Give Love; Rock My Soul (56 Hope Road); ’84 JA; Vinyl is Vital set: All mamas & dawtas
  • Ranking Ann – Dangerous M.C.; Something Fishy Going On (Ariwa) ’84 UK Mad Professor prod’n
  • Sis Nya – Zion I; Jah Music (Jah Shaka) ’87 UK Jah Shaka prod’n
  • Abacush – Batta Dem; In Progress (People Unite) ’84 UK female group
  • Sister Netifa – Traveller; Woman Determined (Aluta); UK dub poet singing about the Middle Passage***End of Set 5
Female dub poet chants about the Middle Passage
  • Matumbi – Man in Me; Best of (Trojan); ’76 UK vinyl: riddim shower (1) – Bob Dylan cover
  • The Clash – Man in Me; London Calling (Deluxe Edition) ’79: The Vanilla tapes rarities
  • Boney ‘L’ & Vibronics – Babylon Children; 10” (Jah Tubbys) 2006 UK; female vox, militant steppers***End of Set 6
  • Morcheeba – Small Town; Who Can You Trust? UK downtro w/ female vox***End of Set 7
sublime Bob Dylan cover that inspired The Clash as well
  • The Dynamics – Lay Lady Lay; Version Excursion (Groove Attack); Mutant Dub set: 2007 Bob Dylan cover, Jah-many
  • See-I – Global Gangsters; Dinner of Herbs EP (ESL) Wash’n DC
  • Life… – Christine Adelsi; 10” (King Earthquake) 2012 UK militant steppers
  • Dub Pistols – Ghetto; Point Blank (Deconstruction) ’98 UK
  • Lords of Acid – Marijuana in My Brain; Voodoo-U (American); Belgium: herb tune w/ female vox
Lords of Acid Seven Leaf debut on Smile Jamaica

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Preview: June 7, 2014: Johnny Cash, Yoko Ono & Lords of Acid


Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer sing Bob Marley: Rockers do Reggae!


Smile Jamaica’s Chart Progress on Mixcloud: (May 24, 2014 Ark-Ive)

  • #5 on Vinyl
  • #15 on Reggae
  • #17 on Dub

Here is where you can go to help me push the latest podcast edition, May 31st into the charts. Give thanx!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Podcasts

This is the first Saturday of the month. For about the first decade of my 25 years hosting Smile Jamaica, I used to do a special feature every first Saturday musical episode: The Reggae Album Side of the Month.

My Reggae mentor, John “Rutabaga” Reese – who was hosting Smile Jamaica when I moved to town – started the Vinyl showcase. It was mainly so he could step out for a cigarette and get caught up on the monkey-butlering we deejays have to do at KRCL

Monkey Butler – someone forced to do annoying, menial tasks of useless purpose in addition to, and at the same time, as their regular job

In tribute to my spar Rutabaga, I continued the Album Side of the Month. Smile Jamaica is mostly a Jamaican Jukebox of singles, (i.e. a single selection off an album or 7,10, or 12″ piece of vinyl singles). I wanted to play an obscure and top rank Reggae album from Side A or B: Tracks 1-4 or 1-5, usually. A roots Reggae album not re-issued on CD. Gems from my 30 year collecting Ark-Ive. Vinyl is Vital, of course. Sink into the riddim. Relax, stay awhile. Jus’ cool, dreadie.

Album Side of the Month: rare, vinyl only, top rank

Then a piece of bullshit legislation came into law that made my Album Side of the Month illegal. The DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act). No more than 3 songs in a row off an album. I couldn’t do a whole 3 hours of one artist, like Bob Marley, anymore. No bootlegs. A bunch of other twaddle that did absolutely nothing to stem the tide of illegal downloads.

Clinton signed this in 1998 and it will be the reason I don’t vote for his wife in 2016. I wrote to Utah Senator Orrin Hatch to try and stop this bill from becoming law.

I basically told our Senator for Life my tale of woe, “Hey Dread, I’m a radio deejay in Salt Lake City, Utah. The state you supposedly represent. My show is called Smile Jamaica. I have this tradition of focusing on one album by an artist to hear what Reggae sounds like on a long player piece of wax. Rather than my usual habit of  juggling individual songs, featuring different artists, on a variety of formats. A little context. Part of my tradition of Reggae History Lessons. I’m trying to educate while I entertain. I’m showing off the fruits of my Ark-Ives. I have zero interest in aiding and abetting song  theft. I want people to buy this music. Begging you a ten cent, Senata Haatch!

“I volunteer my time on a non-commercial radio station. I am committed to public service in the community.I don’t get paid. Don’t want to get paid. How about a non-profit exception for what I do?”

I basically got the International Symbol of Ill Will

<Orrin Hatch 1; Smile Jamaica 0; 40 sec.>

The International Symbol of Ill Will

So that brings me back to Johnny Cash. In the immortal words of Bob Marley, “When one door closes, another will open.” Somewhere in the last decade I have started a different, legal, tradition for the first Saturday edition of the month on Smile Jamaica.

Rockers do Reggae

Yoko Ono makes her debut on Smile Jamaica this afternoon

Last month I gave you Billy Idol’s maiden voyage on Smile Jamaica. This week I have: Johnny Cash (debut), Taj Mahal (perennial) Wayne McGhie: Canadian-Jamaican soul/reggae hybrid and Yoko Ono (debut).

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: June 7, 2014 sets:

  • Rockers do Reggae (above)
  • Bonus Rockers: Version galore on Bob Dylan’s Man in Me: Matumbi vs The Clash; Morcheeba (mutant dub with female box) and I will end the show with Lords of Acid: mutant dub herb tune (debut). Yes, hard techno comes to Smile Jamaica in the same show as Johnny Cash. Selah!
  • Dub Album of the Week: More rock/dub crossover: The Mad Professor Meets Ruts DC: Rhythm Collision Dub (ROIR). Punkdub
  • Wailers Family Tree: Bob Marley’s last live show in Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania: Sept. 23, 1980; Peter Tosh rarities & obscurities from Equal Rights ’77; Bunny Wailer – Rootsman Skanking ’86
  • Vinyl is Vital: (midway). All female artists laying down the crispy black wax attack.
  • Mutant Dub: (last half hour): Even more Rockers: downtro-dubby cover of Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay”.
Smile Jamaica debut: mutant dub swings off its axis into post industrial: Unholy Trinity: mutant dub(ish), female vox, Seven Leaf: “Marijuana in my Brain”

Good luck to Collie-fornya Chrome. It is going for the triple crown today at the Belmont Stakes. If he wins, I am going to play a Jamaican horse race tune with Dreadlocks versus The Pope around 5:00 PM

Jah Guide Collie-fornya Chrome. First horse since ’78 to win the Triple Crown? 4:52 Mountain Time we’ll find out







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 when it is live

Current chart status for May 31, 2014 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive (3 days):

  • Vinyl: 11
  • Dub: 41
  • Reggae: 59

Give a listen, spread the word, move Smile Jamaica up the charts!

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 31, 2014: 25th Anniversary Vinyl is Vital Show (Stream + Playlist)

Happy Anniversary to Me! 25 years playing tasty Vinyl on Smile Jamaica!


Mixcloud hosts my Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Streams. If you don’t want to read my vinyl cratedigging story below, just go deh!: May 31, 2014

I don’t know why last week was different, but I hit 3 charts on Mixcloud’s weekly uploads

  • 5th in the Vinyl chart
  • 15th in the Dub chart
  • 17th in the Reggae chart

Yes I! Give thanks and praise to you if you made it a priority to listen to Smile Jamaica  so it could chart. Maybe it was the cannabinally (did I just invent a word?) inspired Milton Glaser photo of birthday boy Bob Dylan:

Milton Glaser’s famous Bob Dylan poster mock-up

So I was very happy with that and decided to celebrate the next week’s Smile Jamaica edition with an All Vinyl Show. Been committed to vinyl from Day 1 on KRCL 90.9FM. I have relentlessly championed vinyl for 25 years now. It is a rare show that I don’t play at least a set of black wax or a dozen vinyl records in 7″, 10″, 12″ and LP format spread over 3 hours.

Every once in a while I get asked how much longer I plan on programming Smile Jamaica. 25 five years every Saturday afternoon. Quite a significant time commitment, eh? I answer the same each time: “When the station de-commissions the two turntables, I will retire.”

I doubt that will happen, but without being able to play Vinyl, it would be like listening to your Hi Fi with only 1 speaker working.

Smile Jamaica: Your Jamaican Jukebox

I feel fortunate that I have been able to apply my cratedigging for a Radio purpose. Most record collector addicts either don’t have a media outlet for their archives or disseminate their artifacts with other collectors. Like trading baseball cards.

In my case, the lion’s share of my record haul was funded via student loan easy money from Uncle Ronnie (it took me 15 years to pay off my 80’s record haul plus 3 University degrees.)

The period from about 1985-1995 coincided with a period of cheap Vinyl titles being sold in brick and mortar record stores to clear space* and gain seed money for these new fangled thingees called the Compact Disc.

*Did you know the size of the CD was made to exact specifications: 2 CDs could sit, perfectly,  side by side for every record bin. Thus, doubling the potential inventory.

I would drive to the Bay Area from Utah and scour San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, El Cerrito, Hayward, San Mateo, Carmel/Monterey, Santa Cruz and dig for Reggae Vinyl.

If I couldn’t couch surf with a relative for ten days, I would stay at the Travelodge across the street from the San Francisco Tower Records within walking distance of North Beach, Chinatown and the Bay.

This looks a lot like my living room at the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives World HQ

I would make a special trip across the Golden Gate Bridge to shop at the excellent roots music store: Village Music in Mill Valley. I found some really rare Reggae 45’s and the first five years of The Beat*magazine there once. Once you get a nice cache, it’s worth the drive and I will make the time to dig in the crates. Village Music was my favorite Bay Area store on my circuit. I was really bummed when I read they went out of business in 2007.

*The primary Reggae and World music magazine published in the US. I wrote Mutant Dub reviews for them for about 5 years. They didn’t survive the digital era either when ad revenue dried up as Reggae labels went out of business.

Village Music; Mill Valley, Collie-fornya: casualty of the digital era.

On the return drive, I would hit Auburn Collie-fornya (the old state capitol; home of Cherry Records), Sacramento vicinity and Reno. I have even stopped and perused the Yellow Pages in Winnemucca and Elko Nevada looking for a little record shack.

The good times came to an end. Ebay and Amazon dried up the source records for inventory as collectors could piece out their rarities for top coin, one title at a time.

Chain stores like Mall Wart, Beast Buy and Circus Shitty stocked a boring, narrow selection of titles. They would purposely  undercut the sales markup as a loss leader to get you in to buy a toaster or computer. The indie stores couldn’t buy on that volume to get the wholesale price break much less afford to sell titles for less than cost.

With digital preferences, iTunes legit, tube sites and outright online theft, the other shoe dropped on the physical record (and video) stores and more than 3000 have gone out of business in the past decade. The biggest of them being Tower Records, Virgin Records and HMV. Brutal.

It’s really depressing for a professional cratedigger like me when I pull into a town and see my familiar haunt closed or replaced by some sort of Dollar Store or Title Loan company.

RIP: Columbus and Bay location; San Francisco. Spent thousands of dollars here over a decade of shopping

So please do some cratedigging so your pal Robert has a place to find new artifacts for ‘rinsing out’ on Smile Jamaica.

Thanks for listening to these Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive streams and, by all means, puff, puff pass the links to anyone you think might like the cool breeze of musical rotation inna Irie meditation at 33 and 1/3 and 45 RPMs! Vinyl snack crackle and pop is real. Digital is just a figment of your reality.

Playlist below the Mixcloud embed

bless, robt

  • Dillinger – Reggae Beat; Badder Than Then (A & M) ’81 US; All Vinyl Show
  • UB40 – Present Arms in Dub; Present Arms in Dub (DEP) ’81; Dub Album of the Week
  • Chalawa – Jah Collie Weed; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Jah-tario, Canada; 420 Seven Leaf Set
  • Crucial Bee – Cocaine; Just a Sting (All Starr) US Virgin Islands
  • Tinga Stewart – Give Me a Puff; Key to Your Heart (Calabash) ’83 Florida
  • Toyan – Chalice; Toyan (Channel One) ’82 JA
  • Sugar Minott – International Herb; 12” (Hammah) ‘83***End of Set 1
Jah-ntario, Canada. Green Weenie label
  • Sophia George – Girlie, Girlie; Fresh (Winner) ’86 JA; version galore (1)
  • Charlie Chaplin – Boyie, Boyie; 12” (Winner)’85 JA; version galore (2)
  • Barry Brown – Come On Natty Roots Man; Stand Firm (Justice) ‘78 JA
  • Natural Roots – Influence; Natural Roots (Only Roots) ’84 FR***End of Set 2
A huge hit Year 1 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (circa 1988)
  • Casselberry – DuPree’ – Positive Vibrations; City Down (Iceberg) Jah-waukee, Wisconsin; ’86 female folk duo on Marley
  • Peter Ranking & General Lucky – Farmer; Jah Stand Over Me (Razor Sound) ’82 JA
  • ***Interview with NRG Rising; Maori reggae family out of New Zealand
  • NRG Rising – Journey; From Darkness to Light***End of Set 3
NRG Rising – New Zealand Maori Reggae mother and dawtas
  • Mikey Dread – Heavyweight Style; 10” (Dread at the Controls) ’82 UK
  • Sena – Natural Woman + Strictly Woman; Juvenile Delinquent (Clappers) ’81 Brooklyn***End of Set 4
Aston Barrett - Juvenile Delinquent  -=[ Vinyl   [Front]
Familyman Barrett produces sublime female roots singers
  • Cornell Campbell – No Mans (sic) Land; Yes I Will (Micron) ’79 Can.; Up Park Camp riddim
  • Jah Glen – Save Our Nation; 10” (South East Music) UK Lambsbread riddim
  • Eclipse Band – Corrupted Society; Inner Reggae Rhythm (Only Roots) ’78 FR
  • Lillian Allen – Conditions Critical; Conditions Critical (Redwood) ’87 Emeryville, Collie-fornya; Canadian dub poet***End of Set 5
Canadian female dub poet. From Year 1 Smile Jamaica (circa 1988)
  • Sister Carol – Black Woman; Liberation For Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 NYC
  • Enforcer – Bad Boy; 10” (Narrows) ‘80
  • Roots Uprising – No Doney (Get High); Beautiful Music (Top Ranking) ’81 FL***End of Set 6
Paid $50 for this record in Washington DC ’98. Worth every penny!
  • Solo Banton – Chalice Haffe Blaze; 10” (Reality Shock) 2011 UK mutant dub herb tune
  • Idred Natura & Seventh Sense – Sip a Cup; 12” (Jah Works) 2007 mutant dub herb tune***End of Set 7
Smile Jamaica’s Holy Trinity: Mutant dub, Vinyl, herb tunes
  • Singers & Players feat. Brent Dowe – These Eyes; Vacuum Pumping (ON U Sound) ’88; Melodians singer on The Guess Who tune; mutant dub vinyl set
  • Basement 5 – Immigration; 1965-1980 (Island) ’80 UK; members went out to Big Audio Dynamite
  • Bim Sherman & Lion Youth – Happiness; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) UK ‘85
  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Some Love; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) UK ’83; feat lead singer of The Slits
Smile Jamaica’s vision of The Afterlife


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