I pay tribute to his legacy in funding the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives through the 80’s student loan program. 30 years ago it was more Pell Grants than 9% Loans.
So I would take the check, put in a savings account and once in the summer and usually once during the Holidays, I would travel to the Bay Area and descend upon the plentiful record stores from Reno to San Jose.
So it is hard not be nostalgic after I have been moving into my 400+ square foot Ark-Ive: 31 sec.
From the Garage:
To the Ark-Ive:
Spent 2k on CD towers to empty out the cardboard boxes and onto shelving. Every Saturday before Smile Jamaica since New Year’s I have prepared for this move.
Now that I am inside the house, I have to make sensi of the entropy. A journey of a thousand miles begins with unloading a single box.
A luta continua – The struggle continues
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 24, 2017: Annotated Playlist: 40 sec.
A life in cratedigging. Kick started the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive’s in my friend Neil’s dorm room. Fall of 1986. That lit the fuse!…..
<Black Uluru in a dorm room? Instant Reggae fanatic; 20 sec.>
…I’m going through a home remodel. 40 years of record collecting crammed into my garage right now. When I ran out of shelves, I bought some big ass tupperware bins to try and make it all fit.
Between my organic collecting (used record stores, Ebay/Amazon, stock from my distributor when I sold Reggae online) and my binge buying when Record Stores started dying out in the mid 2000’s, my 1200 square foot house had reached a state of entropy.
So to make room for the demolition of two bedrooms to accommodate an actual Library (A Librarian with his own Library!), I had to move everything into my garage in a short amount of time.
Now that the project is coming to completion, I have to move everything back in!
Get up early on Saturday. Have my spinach determining what I’m going to sort and separate in the garage.
Go have breakfast at Left Fork Grill with my best bredrin Leonard and his buddy John
Drink about 8 cups of coffee
Head back to mi casa in Sugarhouse
Grab a stack of disks for my CD boombox to while away the time sifting wax
Fully caffeinated: Start to organize the entropy.
I would separate by format: LP, 12″ disco mix, 10″ disco mix, non-Reggae vinyl
Then: look by title and cull albums if they fit one of my preferred set-genres
Wailers Family Tree
Marley Tribute songs
Rockers doing Reggae
I don’t know how many physical vinyl pieces I have (not even including 7″ 45s). CDs a whole separate issue.
10,000 pieces? 15,000? Somewhere in between.
It has literally taken me from early January to June to sort it all and separate for the final move into the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive.
From when I moved to SLC from Bozeman, MT in Sept. of 1986, I have been on a vinyl crusade. And the nostalgia of where and how I acquired the lion’s share of black wax really kicks off memories of a subculture that has mostly died out: the local record store.
Many great ones are still slinging wax: Like Randy’s in Salt Lake. Ditched their CDs to make room for the vinyl resurgence: 20 sec.
But over 500 stores have gone out of business in the last decade. When the music industry killed vinyl, they didn’t anticipate that digital music sales like Itunes, Spotify etc. would make those $18.99 CDs economically irrelevant.
And even though vinyl is making an awesome comeback (full vindication for I ‘n’ I), it’s too late for many of my favorite haunts.
Last summer my local Montana chain went out of business: Hastings. I would drive through gorgeous wheat fields and flowing rivers and cratedig from Butte, Missoula, Helena, Great Falls, Bozeman and Billings.
As much as I love Montana and my parents, I’m not driving home this summer. Not much for me to do there now but watch wheat grow.
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 3, 2017 – All Vinyl Showcase; 34 sec.
Brigadier Jerry – Everyman a Mi Bredrin; Jamaica, Jamaica (RAS) ’85 DC:
Bullwackie’s All Stars – Nature’s Dub; Nature’s Dub (Wackies) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour
Time Unlimited – Live Upright; Devil’s Angel (Live Wire) ’84 JA
Mother Liza – Ten to Ten; Mother Liza Meets Pappa Tollo (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK
Devon Russell- Homebound Train; Homebound Train (Freedom Sounds) ’83 JA
Zap Pow – Be Cool; Irie Land (Rhino) ’80 LA
Al Campbell – Collie Herb; 12” (Jah Life) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Inner Circle – Forward Jah Jah Children; Reggae Thing (Capitol) ’76 US
<Inner Circle: Capitol’s answer to Bob Marley; 15 sec.>
Leroy Smart – What Will I Do; Rite Sound Reggae Story (Jah Live) ’77 Fr.
Barry Brown – Ital Rock; I’m Still Waiting (Rocktone International) ’83 Can.
Super Chick – Roach Killer; Reggae Dancehall Classics (Sleeping Bag) ’87 NY female dj
<Roach Killer shoes: favorites in the dancehall for killing roaches and rub a dubbing; 35 sec.>
Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus – I Am an Ethiopian; Movements (Dynamic Sounds) ’78 JA
<I’m not Mr. Brown, Mr. Smith, Mr. White – I’m an Ethiopian; 12 sec.>
Dennis Brown – Wake Up; Wake Up (Natty Congo) ’85 UK
The Meditations – Running From Jamaica; Message From the Mediations (United Artists) ’76 US
Gregory Isaacs & Christine – Rock On; Rock On (Jah Live) ’75 Fr. Combination style
Prince Far I – Bendel Dub; Front Line Dub (Virgin Front Line) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour
<Virgin record label in Nigeria; 50 sec.>
Lone Ranger – The Clock; Hi-Yo Silver, Away! (Greensleeves) ’82 UK
The Shakers – Emergency Call; Yankee Reggae (Asylum) ’76 Boston; female vox on Judy Mowatt tune
Eek a Mouse – Sensee Party; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’81 UK
Misty in Roots – Wandering Wanderer; 12” (People Unite) ’81 UK
Set 5: 420 Black Wax
Peter Culture – Coconut Chalwah; Behold 10” LP (Top Beat) 2000 UK
<Coconut chalice; 14 sec.>
Clint Eastwood – Collie Weed Style; Love & Happiness (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK
Winston Reedy – Sensimilla; Dim the Lights (Inner Light) ’83 UK
Niney the Observer – My Spliff; Nuclear Jammin’ (Voiceprint) ’86 Chicago
John Holt – Police in Helicopter; 12” (Holt) ‘83
<Johnny Law in your rear view? 28 sec.>
The Wailers – Get Up, Stand Up; Wailers Vinyl Box Set (Island) #3484 of 10,000 vinyl box set
<Lessons in crate digging: Buy low ($70), sell high (working kidney)>
Bobby Culture, Brimstone & Fire, Nicodemus & Louie Culture – Going Home; Tidal Wave (Unicorn) ’83 Santa Monica: R.B. Greaves pop update
Junior Byles – I Don’t Know; Rasta No Pickpocket (Nighthawk) ’86 St. Louis
Don Carlos & Gold – Blackout in the Ghetto; Showdown vol. 3 (Hitbound) NY
Black Uhuru – What Is Life; 12” EP (4th & Broadway) ’83 US picture sleeve
<Not Marley, Tosh, Cliff or UB40: Black Uluru’s Anthem made I ‘n’ I a Reggae fanatic>
Ras Command – Education; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ.: Mutant Dub album of the hour
Blue Riddim Band – Restless Spirit; Restless Spirit (Flying Fish) ’81 St. Louis
<Livicated to our KRCL bredrin: Bad Brad Wheeler>
Fab 5 – Shaving Cream; Jamaican Woman (Stage) ’87 JA
Aisha – I Know a Place; 12” (Ariwa) ’90 UK
Set 8: Mutant Dub
Black Uhuru – Boof’n’Baff’n’Biff (Fila Brazillia rmx no. 2); Dancehall Queen Soundtrack (Island Jamaica) ’97 US
Dub Syndicate – Roots Commandment; Echomania
New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Stormy Weather; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK female vox on Lena Horne classic
Took a week off from Smile Jamaica for Memorial Day Weekend. I am building a permanent home for the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. So I spent 7 hours in my garage re-arranging vinyl for preparation for my big move in a couple weeks. Check it out!
Nearly 40 years of record collecting gotta fit in a Library 80 feet long and 10 feet wide.
I hope it all fits!
In the meantime, enjoy a Digital Dubplate of one half Orthodox Jamaican roots mashed up with Space Age Mutant Dub. I cooked this up in my Secret Dubratory.
You’ve got Roots Reggae inna mi New Age dub!
Aswad – Warrior Charge; Roots Rocking (Island) ’80 best of
Ganja Man – Light Up Your Spliff; Pro Cannabis IV (EFA) ’95 female mutant dub herbtune
Lazyboy TV – The Manual (Chapter 4); LazyboyTV (Universal) 2004 NY mutant dub herbtune
Culture – Garvey; Production Something (Heartbeat) ‘78
Dry & Heavy – Kick the Bong Around + Dub the Bong Around; One Punch (Green Tea) Jah-ponese Mutant dub herbtune w/ female vox
Bob Marley & the Wailers – Punky Reggae Party; 12” (Tuff Gong) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
Johnny Clarke – Crazy Baldhead; Authorized Rockers (Virgin Front Line) ’76 Bob Marley cover