Brutal. Absolutely brutal. The air in Utah since I got back from Holiday has been beyond atrocious. “Inversion”. Sounds so innocuous. How about death inducing pollution. Killer smog. Climate change up front and center.
It got me too. I have lived in Salt Lake City since Fall of 1986. The winter pollution gets geometrically worse every year.
I work on the hill at the University of Utah. Driving on my way home (mea culpa!), I can’t believe that orange toxic shit is going into my lungs and a million others. I know several people who have had to go to the emergency room with triggered asthma.
For me, it’s a near bronchial hack and wheeze. (Coughed so hard I thought I broke a rib.) Add to that, my congestion doesn’t settle in my sinuses. But right between my ears.
I am mostly deaf until I clear it out. I was in search committee meetings this week and could not hear the candidates talk.
And as a deejay that is not ideal either. Tough to find the queue point on the vinyl when I can hear/feel only low end bass.
So I was hoping that the heavy bass of Smile Jamaica blasting through KRCL’s monitor speakers would do what Mucinex could not. Blow out my ear tubes. Acoustic levitation in a Irie meditation?
<Inversion vs. Bass; 27 sec.>
Green smoke nah work neither. FAIL!
<Green smoke vs. lung butter; 20 s ec.>
If you are homebound and can’t venture out into the toxic smog, Smile Jamaica works wonders against cabin fever.
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 2, 2017: Annotated Playlist
- Prince Far I – Jah Will Provide; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK vinyl
- Sly & the Revolutionaries – Burn Pipe Dub; Sensi Dub (Revolver) ’81 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
- Steel Pulse – Sound System; Live at Reggae Sunsplash ’81 (Elektra) Montego Bay, JA
- 15 16 17 – The Weather; Magic Touch (DEB) ’78 UK 2 sisters/cousin’s ages
- Thievery Corporation feat. Notch – True Sons of Zion; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017
- Don Carlos – Frontline; Deeply Concerned (RAS) ’87 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
- Relator Willard Harris – Christmas Is Yours, Christmas in Mine; 12” (RAPE) ’81 Soca Christmas
- Wingless Angels – Rasta Army; Volume 1 (Mindless) ’96 Keith Richards, Justin Hinds & nyah drummers
<Keith Richards & the Wingless Angels; 35 sec.>
- I Roy – Love Your Neighbour; Crisus Time (Virgin Front Line) ‘76
- Afro Omega – Pick Up the Pieces; Pick Up the Pieces (Afro Omega) 2006 SLC dub group w/ female vox
- Dennis Brown & Welton Irie – Man Next Door + No Do It Pon Your Hungry Belly; 12” (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’79 update of Paragons original
Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28 Years
- Alpha Blondy & the Wailers – Jerusalem; Jerusalem (Shanachie) ’86
<Jerusalem – Shalom/Selaam Aleikum; 1 min. 26 sec.>
- Black Uhuru – Chill Out; Chill Out (Mango) ‘82
- Alpha & Omega – Rastafari; Watch and Pray (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub w/ female vox
- Aswad – Three Babylon; Showcase (Mango) ’81 12” mix EP
- Ronnie Davis – Jamming in Dub (Jamaican Sounds) Dub Album of the Hour
- Bob Marley & the Wailers – The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow; Fy-ah, Fy-ah (JAD) ’68 Box
- Sister Carol – Isis – 70 Sup’m Pieces of Bob;The Original Womb-man (Tuff Gong) ’99 Bob Marley tribute
- Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Healing in the Balmyard; 12” (Greensleeves) ’81 UK
Set 5: Roots Dawta Vinyl
- Jennifer Lara – Hands of the Lord; Christmas Stylee (Studio One) ’80 Xmas – Vinyl Roots Dawta set
- Mighty Invaders feat. Ichelle Cole – Rasta Woman; Invasion! (Rave) ’83 Syracuse NY youth group
- Mungo’s Hi-Fi feat. Soom – 31st First Century Song; 12” EP (Scotch Bonnet) 2013 Glasgow w/ female weedstepper
- Sena & Familyman Barrett – Natural Woman + Strictly Woman; Juvenile Delinquent (Clappers) ’81 Brooklyn
- Peter Broggs – International Farmer; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ’82 – original
- Peter Broggs – International Farmer; Rejoice (RAS) ’99 – update
- Aisha – Carnal Mind; True Roots (Ariwa) ‘84
- Still Cool – To Be Poor is a Crime; 12” (Jah Shaka) ’81 UK
- Keith Hudson – Image Dub; Brand (Pressure Sounds) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour
- Jimmy Lindsay – Easy; 12 the Hardway (Tribesman) ’77 cover of the Commodores
- Jenifah Gad – Oh Clap Your Hands; Reparation (Flag) 2000
- Smashmouth feat. Chopper – Virgin Girl; Half Baked Soundtrack (MCA) ’98 cover of Eek a Mouse
- Fishbone – Slick Nick You Devil You; It’s a Wonderful Life (Columbia) ’87 SoCal ska and funk
<Santa Claus – Ancient Alien>
Set 8: Mutant Dub 420
- Dr. Israel & the Brooklyn Jungle Sound System – Sensi Man; Black Rose Liberation (Baraka Foundation) 2001 Brooklyn Seven Leave Mutant Dub Set
- Bush Chemists – Good Sensi Dub 2; One Dub (Interchill) 2011 UK
- Dubwiser – Sensi Drinka; Dub Action Captures Hammerbass (Hammerbass) 2001 Fr.
- Charlie P and the Dubateers – Policeman; Hustle (Dubateers) 2011 UK
- Dubblestandart feat. Devon D – We All Have to Get High; Return from Planet Dub (Collision) 2009 Jah-stria
- Audio Active – Wanna-Na + Dub; We are Tokyo Space Cowboys (ON U Sound) ’94 Jah-pon