Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 15, 2014 (Stream + Tracklist) – Best of 25 Years (CD era)

Celebrating 25 Years of Reggae Radio


Celebrating 25 Years of Reggae Radio with the Best of Smile Jamaica: CD Edition 

<Records come from vinyl; what are CDs made of? Aluminum? 5 sec.>

Jump straight to the Jah-vember 15, 2014 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive. Read below for the Tracklist

I pulled 50 tracks from my early days of Reggae collecting (1986-1990). Then I put those 50 in chronilogical order and started juggling the Disks from 4-7 PM.

Essentially: I am trying to recreate  what my first show would have sounded like: Jah-tober 1989: Smile Jamaica.

Prince Buster – Nyabinghi drums from 1967. Earliest selection from Smile Jamaica’s Top 50

<Best of Smile Jamaica 25 Years High-lights; 77 sec.>

Probably the first time in a decade no Black Wax on Smile Jamaica

<Vinyl Free edition; first time in a decade; 17 sec.>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 15, 2014: Best of 25 Years.

Annotated playlist (soundbytes, Reggae History Lessons, photos, captions.)

25 years of the Red, Gold and Green. Africa: Red (blood); Gold (riches); Green (harvest)

Set 1:

  • Black Uhuru – Solidarity; Anthem (Mango) ‘84

<Anthem: The album that made me a Reggae fanatic; 29 sec.>

  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84: Dub Album of the Week; 15 sec.
  • Prince Buster – Chubby; Original Golden Oldies vol. 2 (Blue Beat) ’67; nyabinghi drumming
  • Bunny Wailer – This Train; Blackheart Man (Mango) ‘76

<Woody Guthrie’s – This Train; 25 sec.>

  • Burning Spear – Red, Gold and Green; Marcus Garvey (Mango) ‘75

<Significance of Red, Green & Gold; 45 sec.>

  • The Diamonds & the Upsetters – Talk About It; Open the Gate (Trojan) ‘75
Michael Rose meets Sly & Robbie. This album started a 28 year journey into Reggae & Dubwize

Set 2: 

<Smile Jamaica used to air at 1pm when I started in ’89; 28 sec.>

  • Jacob Miller – Keep on Knocking; Who Say Jah No Dread (Greensleeves) ‘75
  • Judy Mowatt – Black Woman; Black Woman (Shanachie) ‘76
  • Dillinger – Ragnampiza; Bionic Dread (Mango) ’76; 17 sec.
  • Max Romeo – Smokey Room; War ina Babylon (Mango) ’76; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; 17 sec.
  • Peter Tosh – Till Your Well Runs Dry; Legalize It (Columbia) ’76; William Bell cover

<Blues Reggae hybrid; 10 sec.>


Set 3:

<Smile Jamaica Best of 25 Years; 15 sec.>

  • Junior Murvin – Roots Train; Police and Thieves (Mango) ‘77
  • Marcial Griffiths – Melody Life; Naturally (Shanachie) ‘78
  • I Roy – Tiddle le Bop; Heart of a Lion (Virgin Front Line) ’78 nursery rhyme
  • Wailing Souls – Jah Give Us Life; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ‘78

<First song back after being in the hospital; Nov. 2012; 35 sec.>

The perfect song after surviving 5 days in ICU with blood poisoning and six weeks off air to recover. Blessings

Set 4:

<Saturday Volunteer History on KRCL 90.9FM: 120+ years of Radio volunteering; 23 sec.>

  • Earl Zero – Please Officer; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ’79 herbtune

<4 down, 46 to go!; 10 sec.>

  • Errol Dunkley – A Little Way Different; Darling Ooh (Attack) ‘79
  • Itals – Don’t Wake the Lion; Early Recordings (Nighthawk) ‘79

<Tiger loose in Eurodisney; Paris; 11 sec.>

As if the ticket prices at Disneyland weren’t bad enough. Tiger on the loose. Not looking for Mickey or Minnie

Set 5:

<Smile Jamaica Best of 25: From 50 cuts to 33 gems: diamond ruff; 13 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Forever Loving Jah; Uprising (Tuff Gong) ‘80

<When Bob Marley CD’s were first released; 54 sec.>

  • The Beat – Mirror in the Bathroom; I Just Can’t Stop It (Go Feet!/IRS) ’80 2 Tone ska
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Fite Dem Back; Forces of Victory (Mango) ’80 UK dub poet

<Skinhead shoelaces: Red laces – anti-Racist skins; White laces – Racist skins; 37 sec.>

When Island finally got around to releasing the Marley catalog on CD, I took part of my student loan check and bought every one: From Catch a Fire to Rebel Music. Ronald Reagan was a great supporter of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives via the Pell Grant and Loans. Give thanks!

Set 6:

<Smile Jamaica: 25 years of Bass in ur Face! 18 sec.>

  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy)  ’81 herb tune

<Wailers Family Tree: Bob, Bunny, Peter, Rita, Marcia, Judy; 22 sec.>

  • Dennis Brown – If I Had the World; Foul Play (A & M) ‘81
One draw. Draw is a verb. To inhale, draw, smoke from a smoking utensil or spliff. Probably comes from draft. As in pour me a draft of Heineken while I take a draw off my spliff. 4 down, 46 to go!

Set 7:

<25 Years!; 13 sec.>

  • Toure’ Kunda; E’mma; E’mma Africa (Celluloid) ’81; Senegalese West African reggae

<Weaponized Ebola got loose in West Africa? 18 sec.>

  • The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 2 Tone ska w/ Pauline Black on vox
  • Culture – Lion Rock; Lion Rock (Heartbeat) ‘82

<Put HIM on the currency: Lion Rock; 13 sec.>

  • Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse; Night Nurse (Mango) ‘82
Summer of 2014: ISIS, downed Malaysian airliner, Gaza and ebola all happened in the same week. Google weaponized ebola. Conspiracy theory? No, conspiracy fact!

Set 8:

<Smile Jamaica 25: From my hands to your ears!>

  • Mutabaruka – Intro + Check It!; Check It! (Alligator) ‘83 dub poet
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Stop That Train; Stop That Train (Greensleeves) ’83; Melodians cover
  • Prince Far I – Survival; Umkhonto we Sizwe – Spear of the Nation (Tamoki Wambesi) ’83 posthumous deejay release

Prince Far I: him don’t drink Schweppes, just the Heineken!

The guerrilla army of the Zulu Nation fighting apartheid in South Africa. Army of Mandela’s African National Congress

Set 9:

<Out of 50, who didn’t make the cut list for Best of Smile Jamaica; 25 sec.>

  • UB40 – Tyler; More UB40 Music (DEP) ‘83
  • Don Carlos – Jah Jah Hear My Plea; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ‘84
  • Ini Kamoze – World a Music; Mini LP (Mango) ‘84

<Rutabaga Reese: My mentor on Smile Jamaica>


bless, robt

One of the earliest additions to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives.



Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives 25 Years: Audio Autobiography Sunday Nov. 16: Radioactive, KRCL; 6 pm; 30 min.

Interview with Smile Jamaica and blues, female duo’s long term experience at KRCL. 90.9FM; 6:00 PM Mtn. 30 minutes

<Radioactive: Nov. 16, 2014: KRCL Deejays; 30 sec.>

Tonight on KRCL, myself (Smile Jamaica since 1988); Brian Kelm (Monday Nite Blues since 1980) and Renee & Dawn Drive Time Imposters (2002-2008) talk about our history at KRCL.

KRCL – Local community radio station started Dec. 1979. Celebrating 35 years. I have been a part of the ride for 26 1/2 of those years (July 1988).

<Smile Jamaica: 25 Years of Reggae Radio; 30 sec.>

Radioactive: 6pm-6:30 Mtn. Time

bless, robt

WEB KRCL Logo with Tower and Com
Your station that rules the nation!


Smile Jamaica Preview: Jah-vember 15, 2014: 25 Years of Roots Reggae Radio – Aluminum Coaster Stylee


This album changed my life and led to 25+ years of Reggae Radio on Smile Jamaica

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


I invite you to listen to KRCL’s Radioactive tomorrow:

Sunday, Nov. 16; 6:00-6:30 Mtn Time. 90.9FM (local) (world wide + intergalactic).

Myself (KRCL vet since 1988); Brian Kelm blues savant since 1980 and Renee and Dawn, Drivetime Imposters, 2002-2008 talk about how we got involved at KRCL. Your station that rules the nation!

Radioactive was KRCL’s listener call in show that ran from 2003 Labor Day until summer 2012.

I did the very first hour long interview on Labor Day 2003. The show was born from the 3 hour call in we did on Smile Jamaica when the 2003 March Iraq Invasion went hot. No music. Just listeners calling in with their thoughts on the war and me talking about Middle East politics which I have two college degrees in.

I probably did 400 interviews. Nick Burns, who was there the nearly nine years the show aired, interviewed us on our history at KRCL. Nice.

Radioactive Progressive Interviews. Sept. 2003 – July 2012. I did 400 of them: Howard Zinn, Amy Goodman, Ralph Nader

That Black Uhuru album above pretty much lit the fuse on nearly three decades of collecting, listening and promoting Roots Reggae and Mutant Dubwize.

25 years of Reggae Radio on Smile Jamaica.

Since Jah-tober 1989: 90.9FM SLC

So to celebrate that legacy I am going to try and recreate what my first Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive show might have sounded like: Jah-tober 1989.

i did this back in September with All Vinyl: Best of Smile Jamaica – 25 Years

Now I am going to do the same with those antique aluminum by-products things which can serve dubble duty as a drink coaster:

Best of 25 Years of Smile Jamaica: All CDs.

Rare that I don’t bust out any Black Wax, but today I’m going through what I was deep into, Roots and Dubwise, back in the mid 80s (Oct. 1986 is when I first touched down on Black Uhuru – Anthem) up until 1988 when I started early mornings on KRCL (3 o’Clock Roadblock) and then primetime Saturdays on Smile Jamaica: Jah-tober ’89.

Dub Album of the Week: Early addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

So I spent the week jotting down tunes and artists that I would have really played in the first two years of being on air. Year 1: 3 o’Clock Roadblock, learning how to do radio. Then a little more than a year later doing Saturday Afternoons to a bigger and loyal Salt Lake Reggae audience on Smile Jamaica.

  • Wailers Family Tree: Bob (Uprising); Peter (Legalize It); Bunny (Blackheartman); Marcia – Naturally; Judy – Black Woman; Rita – One Draw
  • Heavy Roots: Spear, Culture, Israel Vibration
  • Seven Leaf: Rita, Max Romeo
  • 2 Tone Ska: The Selecter and The Beat
  • Deejays and Dub  Poets: LKJ, Mutabaruka, I Roy, Dillinger
Early addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives


So I get 3 hours and that means about 33-35 songs. I pulled 50 and then put them in chronological order. (As a Librarian I have a database of my music.) “Year” is one of my data entry cells.

From the earliest (1967) Prince Buster to 1990 (African Head Charge). Tune in to see how it all sounds.

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
When Island released the entire Marley LP catalog on CD, I bought every one on the first day of release. Graywhale CD – SLC. Thanks to Ronnie Raygun’s student loan program.


Smile Jamaica Playlist; Jah-vember 8, 2014 (Stream + Tracklist): Seven Leaf Relief

4 down, 46 to go! Cannabis did a lot better than this guy at the ballot box last Tuesday


<4 down, 46 to!. Dubble the legalize>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: Jah-vember 8, 2014

<Jah-vember 8, 2014: Show High-lights; 47 sec.>

They call me Nelstradamus: I predicted Obama over Hillary; Russia vs. NATO: Cold War II, Nuclear Boogaloo. I am predicting 2016 Cannabis Legalization.

<They call me Nelstradamus; 38 sec.>

Nostradamus ain’t got nuthin’ on Nelstradamus! Smile Jamaica predicts Marijuana Legalization states in 2016

High-lights of the Jah-vember 8, 2014: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive

3 sets out of 8 devoted to the Black Wax

  • Seven Leaf Vinyl set

<Smile Jamaica’s Seven Leaf Election Recap; 45 sec.>

  • 420 Cannabis Service Announcements: upstate NY, JA singjay, UK dubstep toaster, Marley cover, dubplate rmx, Jah-pon
  • Dub Album of the Week: Bush Chemists – Raw Raw Dub (UK mutant dubbers)
  • Disco Mix extended Vinyl singles: herbs, dubstep, militant steppers, cannabis rmx
  • Jamaican Jukebox: 7″ 45s: Panadol, Jamaican heroes, Gregg Allman cover
  • Mutant Dub World Tour: France, Los Jah-ngeles, Jah-pon, UK

<Praise Jah for Daylight Savings: UFO watching soundtrack>

  • Roots Dawtas: Pacific Islander duo, Soom T from Scotland; Aisha UK; Canadian dub poetess; Los Jah-ngeles, Collie-fornya, French dubstress
  • Vinyl is Vital …. rhymes with Ital: Canadian dub poetry, herbage, JA harmony trio, JA deejay; Marley tribute
  • Wailers Family Tree: Bob last live ’80; Peter at the One Love Peace Concert ’78; Bunny Wailer digital ’86; Johnny Clarke covers Bob inna herbal stylee.
Slaying the Drug War with riddim!

Below is the Annotated Playlist: photos, captions, Reggae History Lessons, soundbytes: Jah-vember 1, 2014 Smile Jamaica 

 Set 1: Vinyl Seven Leaf Election Celebration Set

<4 down, 46 to go!: Smile Jamaica’s Pot Prediction 75% success rate; 85 sec.>

  • Aisha – His Imperial Majesty; Daughters of Zion (Twinkle) ’93 UK vinyl
  • Bush Chemists – Raw Raw Dub (ROIR) 2005, Dub Album of the Week; UK mutant dubbers
  • Azeem & Session – Big Head Spliff; Dreadfly (Joe Gibbs)  ’82 FL vinyl: 4:20 Vinyl Set. 4 down, 46 to go!
  • Kenny Knotts – Good Sensi; 10” (Conscious Sounds) 2012 UK; mutant dub Horace Ferguson herbtune
  • Bert Brown & Olubayo – Iry Feeling; Escape From Babylon (Bertene) ’83 NY. Irie = condition after partaking

<Cannabis History Lesson: Irie Feeling; 20 sec.>

Nelstradamus Predicts: In 2016 to counter President Romney it will be 16 down, 34 to go!

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Stepping Razor; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sound) live at One Love Peace Concert; Kingston, JA; 4/22/78

<Heartland Reggae: Concert Film of the One Love Peace Concert; 30 sec.>

  • 10 Ft. Ganja Plant – 10 Ft. Ganja Plant and Weed; bushrock (ROIR) 2009 NY herbtune
  • Mike Brooks – Devil’s Conspiracy; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2007 UK militant steppers
  • Rose Marie – Stop Falling; Inner City Roots (Joe Gibbs) 2005 lovers rock
Concert Film of the One Love Peace Concert; Apr. 22, 1978

Set 3:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Get Up Stand Up; Live Forever (Tuff Gong) 9/23/80 last live in Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania

<Bob’s last live performance clip; 24 sec.>

  • Universal Speakers – We Roots + In Dub; We Roots (Catch Me Time); 2012 Pacific Island female duo
Get Up Stand Up: Last encore, of last live performance; 9/23/80. How fitting. Live Forever he shall

Set 4:

  • Bunny Wailer – Old Time Singting; Rule Dance Hall (Shanachie) ‘86
  • Lee Perry – Blackboard Jungle Dub (Ver. 1); Blackboard Jungle Dub (Clocktower) ’73 flute dub
  • Top Cat & Soom T – Herbalist + Did You Know; 10” (Scotch Bonnet) 2007 mutant dub herbtune; Soom T female vox
Wailers Family Tree. Early digital classic

Set 5: Vinyl Is V-Ital 

  • Carlton Livingston – Trodding; Retrospect (Jah Life) ’79 herbtune: trodding inna jungle w/ chalice in hand: Vinyl Is V-Ital Set

<Trodding thru the jungle w/ chalice in hand! 19 sec.>

  • The Gladiators – Oh What a Joy; Gladiators (Virgin Front Line) ’80 UK
  • Lillian Allen – One Poem Town + Why Do We Have to Fight?; Conditions Critical (Redwood) Canadian dub poet; Emeryville, Collie-fornya ‘87
  • Horace Andy – Bob Lives On; Exclusively (Solid Groove) ’82 UK; livicated to Bob Marley
  • Lone Ranger – U.F.O.; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA
…”with chalice in hand”. Singly classic on Black Wax

Set 6:

  • Johnny Clarke – Easy Skanking; Tribute to Bob Marley in a Dancehall (Rhino); herbtune, Marley cover

<4 down, 46 to go!; Easy Skanking; 18 sec.>

  • Zema – Still Not?; Black Sheep (Melchizedek) female artist, Los Jah-ngeles, Collie-fornya
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja (Rootical Dubplate Mix); 12” EP (Greensleeves) herb tune
  • Shark Wilson & the Basement Heaters – make It Reggae; 300% Dynamite (Soul Jazz); James Brown high stepper reggae
Johnny Clarke: Roots cover artist extraordinaire

Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox 45 7″ RPM

  • Dawn & Christine – Panadol; 7” (M & M) Panadol is pain reliever; herb is better

Panadol for menstrual cramps. Collie works better.

<Reggae History Lesson: Panadol versus cannabis; 34 sec.>

  • Neville Martin – The Clique; 7” (Clandisc) ‘76 Clancy Eccles; Jamaican national heroes
  • Desmond Biggs – What Happen to the People; 7” (Run Come)
  • Paul Davidson – Midnight Rider; 7” (Hometown) ‘75 Gregg Allman cover
Panadol Menstrual
Bumba klaat: Seven Leaf is better than Acetaminophen

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Audio Active – Universal Joint; Back to the Stoned Age (Beat) 2003 Jah-pon herb tune; 18 sec.
  • Botom Botom – I’m Alive; This Is Not a Stereotype (Hamerbass) Fr. Dub w/ female vox
  • Future Pigeon – Evil (Eatin’ at My Soul); Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collectio) 2006 Los Jah-ngeles
  • Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood (Ed Case Refix); Gorillaz (Virgin) 2000 UK
  • Roots Manuva – Proper Tings Juggled; Duppy Writer (Big Dada) 2010 UK
  • Little Roy – Frankenstein; Longtime (ON U Sound) ’96 UK
Starship Spliff Tail searching for space dust






Smile Jamaica Seven Leaf Election Recap: 4 down, 46 to go!

Hemp, Hemp, Hooray! Seven Leaf on the rise in the USA!


Nov. 3, 2014: Two down, 48 to go!

Hey Democrats? How’s that lesser of two evils strategy working out?  Now we all get to work until the age of 70. If we can find work at all…

A pity you donkeys didn’t go with Single Payer. All of this could have been avoided. Coulda, woulda, shoulda

On the other hand:

Very good day for the Marijuana Vote. 3 out of the 4 entities on the ballot won. (Florida needed 60% and got 57%; which is encouraging if they try for outright legalization rather than medical MJ in 2016).

My friends call me Nelstradamus* because my political predictions tend to come true. I predicted Obama would be the guy back when it Hillary and the Seven Dwarfs in 2008. I predicted Ukraine and Cold War II before the Winter Russian Olympics. No I will not pick your lottery numbers!

*Last name is Nelson

Let’s see how Smile Jamaica did on his Marijuana Picks: 3 out of 4.

<Smile Jamaica On Air Pot Prediction Nov. 1, 2014: #1>

<Smile Jamaica On Air Pot Prediction Nov. 1, 2014: #2>

Nov. 4: 2014:

1. Florida Medical Marijuana vote (Amendment 2); FAILED

Florida: Close but no cigar blunt

Florida: 57% yes/43% no

However, because of the nature of the vote as a Constitutional Amendment it needed 60%. Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas casino magnate, bankrolled the “no’s”. Ironically, the elderly, who could benefit the most from the therapeutic usages of the Seven Leaf, broke no. The usual shibboleth of “medical mj is just a scam to get stoned” kept the measure from crossing the barrier.

Not sure what is next, but if they can finesse a statewide, full on legalization referendum that might only need 50% + 1, it could pass handily. Plus 15% (yes minus no) is encouraging for 2016: where higher (ha hah) turnout will bring more groups that sat out the mid terms: blacks, Hispanics, women, millennials and pretty much everyone else sick of Tweedledum vs. Tweedle Dee

Here is what I said the day before the vote regarding Florida:

Florida. Amendment 2. Medical Marijuana. Smile Jamaica says: No Chance. Needs 60% to pass. Peaked at 57% and has been trending further down.

Close but no blunt. Go for the touchdown in 2016: Full Legalization and hope Obama’s lead weight anchor doesn’t kill the turnout. Good prospects in 2 years.

2. Oregon: Measure 91: Legalization; PASSED

55% yes/45% no.

A much better managed campaign as opposed to the failed vote in 2012. It is encouraging that a mid term vote can be so successful, with a ten point spread. Full out Collie-rado/Washington style legalization, taxation and regulation. Treat it just like alcohol. Result exceeded the polls even with core pro pot constituencies highly (no pun) disengaged by this midterm election.

Here is what I wrote prior to the vote:

Jah-regon: Measure 91. Legalization a la Collie-rado and Washington State. Smile Jamaica says: Most likely going to win. Latest polls are encouraging because of the gap between Yes (52%) and No (41%). Could be hurt if disaffected millennials don’t turn up for the midterm vote. Looks promising but not a lock per DC.

Yes on 91 Horizontal
Hey Jah-regon. Peter said to Legalize It so I could advertise it! Great job

3. Washington DC Initiative 71; PASSED

70% yes; 30% no. Emphatic yes. Now you can legally possess up to 2 ounces of cannabis and grow 3 plants. Will be interesting to see how the Feds try to keep it clamped down. But two thirds approval is hard to tamp down (pun intended) if we are still a citizen democracy.

Too bad America is an oligarchy.

Here is what I wrote the day before the vote:

 Washington DC: Not full legalization as in #1 and #2 but you can possess up to 2 ounces of cured bud and be able to grow six plants. Huge YES. Will probably cross over 60% yes. But it’s gonna be a nightmare.

So much of surrounding DC is federal jurisdiction. You don’t want to get busted with a stalk of sensi on Fedland. You’re gonna be under Heavy Manners. Plus in a likely ascendant Republican Congress, DC is going to probably face Congressional roadblocks to any semi-legal implementation.

Finally living up to its founder’s “sage” advice to separate the male from the female hemp plants. George “Hemp Daddy” Washington.

4. Jah-laska: Ballot Measure 2: PASSED

52 yes/48 no

Jah-laska: Ballot Measure 2. Legalization a la Collie-rado and Washington State. Smile Jamaica says: Most likely not going to win

Here I what I said before the vote:

I have seen too many negative polls and only one outlier pro pot result that seemed too good to be true, so it seems suspect. 52% No to 48% Yes, but if millennials don’t show up for the midterm vote it will fall short. Should have waited until 2016 with more robust youth and libertarian turn out. Hope I’m wrong!

I was wrong! Way to go Jah-laska. Legal couch lock is better than booze during those long cold winters.

I assumed (you know what they say about assume? Makes an ass out of you and me) that a demoralized Progressive libertarian turnout combined with a grumpy motivated Tea Party libertarianism would make the YES come up just short. Nice little upset there!

Jah-laskan Campfire: Canadian whiskey in your coffee and two legal spliffs to watch the Aurora Borealis

5. Guam: Yes! 56% affirm.

From the Kardashian Post

Guam Legalizes Medical Marijuana

A local Guamanian (?) government commission is now obligated to set up a program to administer and implement the medical marijuana apparatus for dispensaries and cards for those seeking relief from debilitating diseases like cancer, AIDS and glaucoma.

here’s what I said on this blog the day before the vote about Guam:

 Guam: Joaquin (KC) Concepcion II Compassionate Cannabis Use Act of 2013. Medical Marijuana and the creation of legal dispensaries.  Vote would ratify the legislation. Smile Jamaica says: I can’t find any reliable polls but its dependency to Federal jurisdiction makes any implementation difficult.

Island living just got a little bit better. The future Smile Jamaica Retirement Ark-Ive. Pain relief for neck arthritis playing high school football

2016 Legalization Predictions.

Nelstradamus Predicts:

What happens the next two years: Obama is a lame duck. The Republicans will rage about a thousand year majority. We 1%ers are about to get what they call in Reggae: Heavy Manners. We the sheeple are gonna be pissed off like 2008.

More and more of the elderly will be funneled into their mandated Obamacare Death Panels. Those who grew up thinking marijuana was the gate way drug to get white girls to sleep with minorities are going off to the next world in incrementally higher numbers from a diet too rich in cat food.

Osterity: What you can afford after Grand Bargain cuts to Social Security, 2017

New voters who have no problem with weed whatsoever gonna start taking their place. Ryan and Jennifer are gonna be much more kind (pun intended) to the Seven Leaf than Fred and Ethel

The demographics should be ripe for a full court Legalization press.

These states should be able to successfully get full Collierado style legalization going. Let’s quit pussyfooting around with medical marijuana. Legalization, regulation and taxation. Once the government gets a tax in place, they get hooked on the green. Kasheesh. In the same way states never drop or lower their Sales Tax. O-sterity ahead. No stone (pun intended) left unturned as states scrounge for funds to try and make up the short fall.

Expect thin gruel from the feds in the next two years. States budgets are going to be meager. Marijuana sales receipts and cannabis tourism can make up for the Neoliberal beatdown coming our way.


  • Collie-fornya is the big prize considering the success of Washington and Oregon. The 9th biggest economy in the World. If California legalizes the collie weed, it’s game over. Might as well just put forward a Federal Legalization bill.
  • Jah-waii: More lucrative potential than coffee. Imagine the tourism opportunities. Guam style mid 50’s yes
  • Arizona and New Mexico. Libertarian Arizona and more progressive New Mexico are prime states for building organic, local grass roots legalization. Both would be difficult but not impossible. New Mexico the more likely.
  • Jah-vada: I know that the casinos, who call the shots in a one industry state, hate the idea of legalization. They don’t want people flying in to Vegas, getting a $30 a night smoking hotel room so they can burn weed all weekend instead of hitting the strip clubs or slot machines. Rural areas should be encouraged by the hemp products potential.
  • Jah-tana. My home state with its libertarian bent is a long shot, but there is some energy building. Grassroots (pun intended) shoe leather via the college towns like Missoula and Bozeman would be the center of the effort. But you have to get Billings and the rural communities in the Eastern two thirds of the state. My mom would vote yes. My dad? As long as you don’t tax his Olympia Beer to pay for legalization, I could lobby him for a yes.

If those states voted yes, that would leave only the Mormon Triangle states of Utah, Wyoming and Idaho as bastions of No. I’m waiting to see what Colorado’s ski industry gains from legalization at the expense of Utah’s “stone age” (pun intended) mentality.

Smile Jamaica’s Christmas/Solstice/Birthday Gift: 2016 Montana Legalizes It. From the Big Sky state to the Big High State. Selah!


The legalization movement has to branch out from the West. These states should have the mechanism to pass legalization

  • Wisconsin and Michigan should be successful with a well funded and articulated campaign. Illinois too. Lots of rural areas in these states but working the issues could overcome provincial prejudices.
  • Ohio and Minnesota have potential but need to start right now on the campaign.
Michigan go for the Legalize It in 2016?


I fully expect these states to say yes to legalization: New Hempshire, Vermont and Maine. (I mean, Vermont means green for Jah’s sake!). Piggy back those efforts to rope in Delaware and Rhode Island.

If you can get New York, New Jah-sey and Jah-sylvania. It’s game over. Might as well make it easy on all 50 states.

New Hempshire Legalize It in 2016?


I full expect the South to successfully secede from the Union in the next two years. So why bother.

Will the New Confederacy legalize the Collie when they secede in 2017?

So November 2016, I want to be able to say: 16 down, 34 to go!

Smile Jamaica’s 2016 Cannabis Legalization Predictions

  1. Colliefornya
  2. Jah-waii
  3. Jah-vada
  4. Jah-rizona
  5. New Jah-xico
  6. Jah-tana
  7. Jah-chigan
  8. Jah-sconsin
  9. Jah-linois
  10. New Hempshire
  11. Maine
  12. Jah-mont (Vermont)

bless, robt

So Hempdaddy Say: “Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, . . . and sow it everywhere!”

Smile Jamaica Playlist; Nov. 1, 2014 (Stream + Tracklist): Daylight Savings Stylee!

Insomniacs hate Daylights Savings Extra Hour bull flop like I hate April 15, Tax Day!

<Daylight Savings Time and Insomnia; 9 sec.>

Jump straight to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: Jah-vember 1, 2014


Jah-loween Recap 2014

Everyone have a good time getting innocent children hooked on High Fructose Corn Syrup? Tsk, tsk. Definitely NOT  Ital or Vital

Did any of you folks stream the 12 hours of Jah-loween tunes I gave you? Mutant Dub and Roots Reggae Mixcloud Only shows without me talking. Spooky tunes, horror bytes and movie trailers.  Plus 2013 and 2014 KRCL Live Smile Jamaica Monster Hash. Good any time of year!

So check it! I had zero trick or treaters Friday. I must be that house on the block. Too many voodoo sounds and smells emanating from the bowels of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. 

<That House on the Block: The Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives; 14 sec.>

Trick or Treaters never approach the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives on Jah-tober 31st.

When I was a youth in Montana, Halloween was definitely not as ideal as it is in Utah. Usually you had to walk on snow or have your winter jacket on over your costume.

And you better not give me and my hoodlum friends candy corn or raisins. If you gave out crap candy, you could expect an egg splat on your picture window! Fiya bun candy corn! Fiya bun raisins or nickels! Gimme the fructose corn poison. Droooollllll…..

<Fiya bun Candy Corn and Raisins in my Treat Bag; 18 sec.>

I would rather get a razor blade apple in my Trick or Treat Schwag than ras klaaat candy corn! Fiya bun di candy corn! Reeses, Hershey and Snickers. The Holy Trinity of Early Onset Diabetes!

Vote Tuesday Nov. 4: Tweedle Dum Versus Tweedle Dee.

The saying applies from Jamaica: Same thing for breakfast

Smile Jamaica 4:20 Election Special

From Two Down, 48 to Go: to……?

<Smile Jamaica’s Pot Vote Election Prediction; 46 sec.>

1. Jah-laska: Ballot Measure 2. Legalization a la Collie-rado and Washington State. Smile Jamaica says: Most likely not going to win

I have seen too many negative polls and only one outlier pro pot result that seemed too good to be true, so it seems suspect. 52% No to 48% Yes, but if millennials don’t show up for the midterm vote it will fall short. Should have waited until 2016 with more robust youth and libertarian turn out. Hope I’m wrong!

2. Jah-regon: Measure 91. Legalization a la Collie-rado and Washington State. Smile Jamaica says: Most likely going to win. Latest polls are encouraging because of the gap between Yes (52%) and No (41%). Could be hurt if disaffected millennials don’t turn up for the midterm vote. Looks promising but not a lock per DC.

3. Washington DC: Not full legalization as in #1 and #2 but you can possess up to 2 ounces of cured bud and be able to grow six plants. Huge YES. Will probably cross over 60% yes. But it’s gonna be a nightmare.

So much of surrounding DC is federal jurisdiction. You don’t want to get busted with a stalk of sensi on Fedland. You’re gonna be under Heavy Manners. Plus in a likely ascendant Republican Congress, DC is going to probably face Congressional roadblocks to any semi-legal implementation.

4. Guam: Joaquin (KC) Concepcion II Compassionate Cannabis Use Act of 2013. Medical Marijuana and the creation of legal dispensaries.  Vote would ratify the legislation. Smile Jamaica says: I can’t find any reliable polls but its dependency to Federal jurisdiction makes any implementation difficult.

5. Florida. Amendment 2. Medical Marijuana. Smile Jamaica says: No Chance. Needs 60% to pass. Peaked at 57% and has been trending further down.

Non-statewide, local/county  jurisdiction votes Tuesday: Michigan (12 cities), Maine (2 cites), New Mexico (2 counties). Plus something a gwaan in Jah-suchusetts district which I was too foggy to understand.

<Pot Election II; 21 sec.>

Jah-regon Yes on Legalization
Jah-laska. Better luck in 2016

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Annotated Playlist: Nov. 1, 2014 (photos, captions, soundbytes)

Set 1: Rock Steady and Soca Jah-loween Holdovers.

  • Carlton Livingston – Mr. DJ; Retrospect (Jah Life) ’80 DC Vinyl
  • Pablo Moses – Proverbs Dub; Pave the Way Dub (Tabou1) ’81 Dub Album of the Week
  • Lord Jellicoe – Zombie Jamboree; Black Magic Reggae (Trojan);  soca
  • The Vulcans – Dracula; Journey into Space: The Return of Star Trek (Cactus) ‘72
  • Bobby Aitken – Vampire; Rock Steady Original and Red Hot (Next Step) ‘66
  • Desmond Dekker – Dracula; The Writing on the Wall (Trojan)

desmonddekker_dracula_asideSet 2:

  • Horace Andy – Better Collie; Prime of Horace Andy (Music Club); 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • The Selecter – Missing Words; Too Much Pressure (Chrysalis) ‘80 2 Tone ska with Pauline Black vox
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Full Experience – Disco Devil; 12” (Upsetter); ’77 update of Max Romeo “I Chase the Devil”
  • Burning Spear – Rocking Time; Studio One Classics (Soul Jazz/Studio One); rare single w/ deejay intro
Lee “Scratch” Perry – I Chase the Devil

Set 3: 

  • Peter Tosh – Four Hundred Years; One Love Peace Concert (Pressure Sounds) 4/22/78 Kingston Jamaica
  • Humble-I & Weeding Dub – Guide Me; 10” (Control Tower) 2009 Fr. Mutant Dub
  • Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76; Bob Marley tune, Bob/Scratch prod’n, Wailers riddims

<Rockers do Reggae History Lesson: Martha Velez; 41 sec.>

  • Black Uhuru – I Love King Selassie; Power to the Trinity (Shanachie); Request


1976: Kingston. Bob Marley and Lee “Scratch” Perry in the studio. Wailers pon di riddims. Rockers do Bob.

Set 4:

  • The Archives feat. Ras Puma – Sensibility; The Archives (ESL) 2012 herb tune; Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Work; Live Forever (Tuff Gong) 9/23/80 last live show: Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania
  • Bunny Wailer – Haughty Tempo; Rule Dance Hall (Shanachie) ‘86
Chocolate City is well nitty ‘n’ gritty. Sixty percent getting jolly while they legalize the (possession at least) of the Collie! Big Yes!

Set 5: Jah-loween Vinyl Holdover from Jah-tober

<Holdover, Never Leftover: Black Wax Spooktacular; 16 sec.>

  • Lone Ranger – Annie Palmer; Barnabas in Collins Wood (GG’s); ’79 JA 

<Jah-loween History Lesson: Annie Palmer – cruel white Jamaican witch; 23 sec.>

  • Moses – When the Vampire Comes to Your Neighborhood; 12” (Wackies) ’82 NYC
  • Three Dimension – Undertaker; Roadblock (Nubian) ’82 UK
  • Edi Fitzroy – Hotel California; Eclipse (RAS) ’88 DC; Church of Satan = Hotel California

<Hotel California = Church of Satan; 42 sec.>

San Francisco. Owned by the Church of Satan?

Set 5: Rockers do Reggae

<The Clash and Pink Floyd commonality; 11 sec.>

  • Nina Hagen – African Reggae; Nina Hagen Band (Columbia) EP; ’82 Rockers do Reggae Set
  • The Clash – Revolution Rock; London Calling (Columbia/Epic) ‘79

<Reggae History Lesson: Mikey Dread: Jamaican Deejay. Clash performer and producer; 23 sec.>

  • Ben Harper – Wicked Men; Reggae Sampler (Virgin) ’97 EP
  • Roxy Music – Love Is the Drug (Live); Mob Life (Uncut) Scorsese Soundtrack set
Mikey Dread: Radio Deejay too popular so was fired by the radio station he worked for. Hope that doesn’t happen to Smile Jamaica!

Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox of 45 7″ singles (Vinyl Jr.)

  • Jimmy Cliff – Deal With Life; 7” (Sun Power) ’77
  • Errol Dunkley – Train to Zion; 7” (Topco) ’75
  • Max Edwards – Black Cinderella; 7” (New Star) ’78
Jamaiacan Jukebox of 45’s: Vinyl

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • 2 Bad Card – Sweet Feelings; Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ’95 UK
  • Armagideon – Open the Gates; Ease the Tension (Armagideon) ’95 UK
  • Bomb the Bass – Somewhere; Clear (Quango) ’96 UK
  • Kanka feat. Biga – Make It This Time; Sub.mersion (Hammerbass) 2009 Fr.
  • Dubblestandart feat. Lee “Scratch” Perry –  Voodooism Dub; Marijuana Dreams (Collision) 2010 
Vote: Tweedle Dum vs. Tweedle Dee. In Jamaican wisdom: “Same thing for breakfast”