Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 10, 2019: Bin Laden on the Grassy Knoll!

Greetings,

My Saturday routine:

  1. Wake
  2. Bake
  3. Shower
  4. Dress: Reggae T shirt for Smile Jamaica broadcast, shorts and sandals. Plus tin foil hat
  5. Hit the morning news cycle of my favorite news sources via Ipad: RT, Truthdig, Moon of Alabama, Zerohedge

No CNN (CIA News Nutwork); No FUX news; No MS-NBC (Mainstream nothing but crap); No Presstitute Bullshit Syndicate (PBS) for I ‘n’ I.

Since 2003 and the corporate media’s providing of legitimate cover for an illegal war, I am strictly alt news. I do not trust the 6 companies who own 90+ percent of our news media. Mostly Alt-Left but I’m a fan of a libertarian Bulgarian market site called Zerohedge for leavening. (They predicted the 2008 economic collapse before anyone else.)

I’m so “alt” I am driving 500 plus miles to Denver in a week to watch this political comedian: Jimmy Dore.

Jeffery Epstein allegedly committed “suicide.” My first reaction? How neat and tidy. Dead men tell no tales, eh? Especially considering the document dump the day before outed several high profile politicians, academics and hedge fund billionaires as accused of having sex with underage girls procured by the odious creep.

<Jeffery Epstein’s murder? suicide? escape? 2 min. 29 sec.>

I try to live the moral and upright life that I absorb through 30+ plus years of listening to Reggae music. I’m more of a paradox of virtue than any sort of saint, but I do believe government corruption and the abuse of children are part of that lens. Government interference led to Epstein’s slap on the wrist sentence a decade ago.

As compelling a story as the lurid conspiracy theories surrounding Epstein’s death: Was it suicide? murder? alien abduction? It still comes down to the outrageous sexual exploitation of children. Which is getting completely lost in the #EpsteinMurder and #ClintonBodyCount back and forth.

Mea culpa. I am susceptible to conspiracy theories. Probably due to my belief in Ancient Astronaut Theory, via the Anunnaki skygods traveling back to Earth from Nibiru. I do not believe 9/11 happened  the way they said it did anymore than I would believe in the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy.

When this went down, my brother in law said to my sister: “Can’t wait to see how your wacko brother responds to  all this.”

I went for breakfast with my best friend Nardo-jan (fellow Anunnaki/UFOria enthusiast, Ph.D. in Medieval History, librarian) and our mutual friend John (former journalist at the Salt Lake Tribune).

Of course Epstein’s “suicide” was the coffee topic of conversation. I queried both of them: (I knew Nardo-jan’s answer) but wanted to see what a professional newsman thought.

None of us believed the suicide story. Neither does my Mom, Dad and Sister.

What do I believe?

Now you understand where my brother in law is coming from!Don’t even get me started on Building 7.

Inconvenient conspiracy fact. Trust your eyes! Do not scoff!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 10, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 70 sec.

Set 1:

  • Pancho Alphanso – Watch This Sound; Watch This Sound (Shanachie) ’82 Ho Ho Kus NJ vinyl
  • Supersonics – Construction Dub Style; Treasure Isle Dub vol. 1 (Treasure Isle) JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Third World – 96 Degrees in the Shade; Live at Reggae Sunsplash ’81: Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 Aug. in Montego Bay, JA

<“Entertainment for you, martyrdom for me”; 30 sec.>

  • Carlene Davis – My Mistake; 15 Classics (Sonic)
  • Horace Ferguson – Sensi Addict; Dancehall – The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture (Soul Jazz) ’87 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Dan I – Like a Seed; 10″ (Moa Anbessa) 2008 Jah-taly

Set 2:

  • Culture – This Train; Cumbolo (Shanachie) ’79 gospel/Woody Guthrie cover
  • The Rolands – Johnny Dollar; Crucial Reggae (Mango) ’84
  • Afro Omega – Watcha Need; Pick Up the Pieces EP (Afro Omega) 2006 SLC w/ female vox
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – City Too Hot; 12″ (Upsetter) ’77 UK Black Ark

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Prince Buster – Shake a Leg; Original Golden Oldies vol. 2 (Melodisc) ’61: Burning Spear – Oh What a Happy Day; Creation Rebel (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’74
  • Akabu – People Get Ready; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’89 UK roots dawtas; Curtis Mayfield tune
  • Jah Iney & Augustus Pablo – Classic Rockers Chapter 1 & Chapter 3; Rockers International (Greensleeves) ’80
  • Scientist – 11 Guava Road Dub; King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81 Dub album of the hour

Set 4:

  • General Public – Never You Done That; All the Rage (I.R.S.) ’84 post 2 Tone ska/pop
  • Rhoda Dakar – The Wreck; Cleaning in a Another Woman’s Kitchen (Moon Ska World) 2007
  • Pablo Gad – What Makes a Natty Dread Cry; Blood Suckers (Melodie) ’78
  • Earl Sixteen – Gates of Hell; 10″ (Sip a Cup) 2004 UK

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital Set

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Rolling Stone; Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates (Studio One) ’82 JA vinyl; Bunny Wailer lead vox

<Bob Dylan cover; 2 min.>

  • The Jaytees – A Prayer to Jah; Pirates Choice (Studio One) ’81 JA female duo
  • Inner Circle – Mary, Mary; Everything Is Great (Island) ’79 UK herbtune
  • Ken Boothe – I Shot the Sheriff; Blood Brothers (Trojans) ’78 UK Wailers cover

<Why the Sheriff hated Bob; 27 sec.>

  • Arthur Louis – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door; This Is Reggae Music (Island) ’75 US – Bob Dylan cover

Set 6: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45’s

  • King Stitt – Herbsman Shuffle; 7″ (Trojan) ’80 UK picture sleeve: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox
  • Carl Dawkins – Witchcraft; 7″ (Sir J.J.) ’72 JA
  • Sharon Black – Struggling; 7″ (Clintones) ’77 US
  • Dennis Brown – Armagideon; 7″ (Emmanuel) ’80 Bunny Wailer cover
  • Sly & Robbie – Plastic Dub; Overdrive in Overdub (Sonic) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Black Uhuru – Somebody’s Watching Me; Anthem UK Rmx (Island) ’83 cover of Rockwell soul
  • Bunny Wailer – Revolution; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob songs for 50th birthday
  • Peter Tosh – Pick Myself Up; Wanted (bootleg) Sept. 29, 1981 NYC @ the Ritz

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – Is This Love; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient translation: Mutant Dub Set
  • Likkle Mai – Your Love; Roots Candy (Beat) 2006 Jah-ponese dawta from Dry & Heavy
  • Alpha & Omega – Fire; Watch and Pray (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub
  • Bush Chemists – Haste Make Waste; Light Up Your Chalice (Dubhead) ’99 on Bunny Wailer Armagideon riddim
  • Rockers Vibration – 23 + 2; King Size Chapter 10 (Echo Beach) 2003 Germ.
  • Mahanee feat. Mikey Murka & Disrupt – Police; 12″ (Police in Helicopter) 2009 Germ. John Holt herbtune cover

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 3, 2019 – Oh Bumbo Klaat!

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Greetings,

Reggae Radio for 31 years. I am a fundamentalist when it comes to how I program Smile Jamaica

No digital for I ‘n’ I. I play LPs, 7″ vinyl, 12″/10″ vinyl singles and CDs. I don’t care to learn your virtual deejay software. Let it be a mystery. As I tell my nieces and nephews: I put the “old” in Old School.

My weapon of choice!

Vinyl is sleek and beautiful. Large size album covers tell a visual story. CDs are smaller and more functional. You would think more durable too.

KRCL has two turntables and three CD players. I was juggling some Wailers Family Tree. Hoped to debut a Peter Tosh bootleg: NYC ’81. Pop the CD into a tray. Cue it up. Fade Studio One Wailers vinyl….remote start the disk.

After 20 seconds the CD started looping back to the beginning. WTF? I usually always have a disk in the tray in case of sonic malfunction. This time I was caught dry. I fumbled for a Bunny Wailer CD and recovered.

30 seconds of dead air on Radio? Is the equivalent of an hour to the listener. It is the worst screw up a deejay can make outside Carlin’s seven dirty words.

No worries. I keep a trusty cloth in my kit to wipe down CDs. Bunny fades and Peter 2.0 segues. Same thing: 20 seconds and loop, loop, loop.

So all I could say was BUMBO KLAAT

Listen to Peter describe what is Bumbo Klaat

<Bumbo Klaat; 96 sec.>

In Jamaica, a bumbo klaat is a vulgar derivative of  the American femine hygiene product. In the U.S. the vernacular, “Are you on the rag?” Would be “Oh bumbo klaat” in Jamaica. But times ten in offensiveness.

I could be wrong on this but: In England “fanny” or “bum” refers not to the buttocks, as Americans assume, but the vagina.

So a sanitary napkin translates in Jamaican patois turns as “bum” cloth. Which elides to bumbaclot. As in cloth/clotting effect of the material.

That word however, is a YUUGE expletive in Jamaica. Like imagining saying MOTHER FUCKER in church or a staff meeting.

Peter, the Malcolm X to Bob Marley’s Martin Luther King, was always willing to push the buttons of the Babylonian shitstem against the Crime Minister and the House of Represenathief.

As an anti-authoritarian curmudgeon myself, I always love the “in your face grit” of Tosh. Even his violent death was in tune with dark forces that haunted him.

So for him to release a love song duet with Gwen Guthrie, called Nothing But Love b/w Oh Bumbo Klaat on the flip? That’s the kind of fuck you attitude I’m talking about!

For Peter, paralyzed by a psychic vampire during the night, he called out to Jah: “What do I do?” His Imperial Majesty telepathed to him the statement: “Son, use the word!”

OH BUMBO KLAAT

“Now I am free as a bird.” Selah!

bless, Bobbylon

Oh bumbo klaat, oh ras klaat
Oh bumbo klaat, oh ras klaat
I said I came upon this land
To guide and teach my fellow man
But one thing I can’t overstand
Is why them don’t love his brother man
Sometimes I sit and look around
And listen to the daily sound
But when I check, there’s so much lies
And that’s the reason why the children cry
It’s been so long, we need a change
So the shitstem we got to rearrange
And if there’s obstacles in the road,
We got to throw them overboard
One night, an evil spirit held me down
I could not make one single sound
Jah told me, ‘Son, use the word’
And now I’m as free as a bird

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 3, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 77 sec.

Set 1:

  • Wayne Jarrett – Saturday Night Jamboree; Chip In (Greensleeves) ’82 UK
  • Sly & Robbie – Indiana Jones (Paragons); Raiders of the Lost Dub (Mango) ’81 US vinyl dub album of the hour

<Sued for copyright infringement>

  • Afro Omega – It’s On the People; CD Single (Afro Omega)
  • Jimmy Cliff – Third World People; Club Paradise Soundtrack (Sony) ’86
  • Carlton Livingston – Chalice in Mind; Crucial Reggae (Mango) ’82 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Tristan Palmer – Joker Smoker; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’82 UK herbtune
Lucas/Spielberg sued Mango Records for copyright infringement. Rare and collectible vinyl now

Set 2:

  • Misty in Roots – Wandering Wonderer; Chronicles (Kaz) ’94/’89
  • Hortense Ellis – Breakfast in Bed (Horns Mix); I’m Still in Love With You
  • Tony Curtis – Leave the Collie Alone; Leave the Collie Alone (Cou$ins) 2006  herbtune
  • Culture – Black Rose (Stand Up and Fight); Production Something (Heartbeat) ’79
  • Tapper Zukie – Raggy Joey Boy; 10″ (Mobiliser) ’82 UK picture sleeve

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Dr. Alimantado – Johnny Was a Baker; Best Dressed Chicken in Town (Keyman) ’75 
  • Rasheda – Mr. Roots Man; Roots Daughters (Ariwa) ’88
  • Earth Last Messengers & Black Disciples – Hypocrites + Brezensky Dub; Jack Ruby Hi Fi (Auralux/Clappers) ’80

Set 4:

  • Ken Boothe – In the Summertime; 70’s Reggae Hits (Sanctuary) ’70 Mungo Jerry skiffle cover
  • Barry Brown – Be Careful; General For All General (Hitbound) ’84 herbtune
  • Simone – Mr. Right; Inner City Roots (Crazy Joe) 2005
  • Prince David & the Dubiterian – Jah Will Never Let Me Down; 10″ (Moa Anbessa) 2008 Jah-talian militant stepper

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Lion Zion – Gas Guzzler;  Reggae in America (House of Natty) ’76 Oakland; Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • The Marvels – Think; Reggae Treasure (Upper Class Records) ’81 UK Aretha Franklin cover w/ female vox
  • Milo – Hell Is On Fire; Positive Movement (Rooney) ’89 Ft. Lauderdale
  • Charlie Chaplin – Naw Lef Me Chalwa; Red Pond (Tamoki Wambesi) ’82 UK herbtune
  • Blues Busters – I Shot the Sheriff; Phillip & Lloyd (Scepter) ’75 NY
  • Dub Specialist – Why Oh Why Version; Version Dread (Heartbeat/Studio One) Dub Album of the Hour; Studio One dubs

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Lonesome Track; Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates (Coxsone) ’82/’66 JA vinyl

<Bob Marley train song; 82 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Rat Race; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 songs for Bob’s birthday
  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – Burnin’ & Lootin’; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient rmx
  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumba Klaat; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’81
  • UB40 – Present Arms in Dub; Present Arms in Dub (DEP) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: : Rockers do Reggae Set

  • Taj Mahal – Desperate Lover; Mo’ Roots (Columbia) ’74 Bob Andy cover
  • Hot Chocolate – Confetti Day; Every 1’s a Winner (RAK) ’78 UK soul/rock
  • Garland Jeffreys – Midnight Cane; Garland Jeffreys (Collector’s Choice) ’73 single: NYC biracial rockers
  • Pretenders – Private Life; Pretenders (Sire) ’79

Set 8: Mutant Dub Roots Dawtas

  • Alpha & Omega feat. Nishka – Bind Us Together; Safe in the Ark (A & O) ’94 UK trance dub
  • Hollie Cook – Turn It Around; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2018 UK
  • Dry & Heavy feat. Likkle Mai – Don’t Make the Children Cry; New Creation (Green Tea) 2002 Jah-pon
  • Dao – Had Gedam; Essential Bombay Lounge (UBL) 2006 Hindi
  • Dayjah Meets the Disciples – Storm Clouds; Storm Clouds (Third Eye) ’96 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah’ly 27, 2019: 31 Years of Reggae Vinyl!

Greetings,

The year was 1988. Early Spring. My college roommate and I were having a slice at The Pie Pizzeria near our apartment close to the University of Utah campus.

The pizza place had KRCL 90.9FM on the hi fi. Community radio. Programmed by volunteers who pick their own music. We heard they were doing a new volunteer training. My roommate wanted to do 80’s indie. I had recently discovered KRCL’s Smile Jamaica.

Another college friend had turned me on to Reggae via the album at the top of this blog post: Sly & Robbie 80’s hardcore digital mix of Black Uhuru. Militant Reggae in a drum and bass style.

<Black Uhuru – Anthem and what it means to Smile Jamaica; 38 sec.>

Thanks to Pres. Ronald Raygun’s student loan program, I  started collecting Reggae and had enough to be trained for an late Sunday night/early Monday morning show called 3 o’clock Roadblock

<How I started at KRCL; 39 sec.>

It was just before 4th of July 1988 when I debuted. I found that I couldn’t sleep if I needed to be loading my car for the 20 minute drive to the station. So I would stay up all night, lay down riddims, go home and crash and then get up to go class mid Monday morning.

I did the show for a little more than a year. It was a great way to learn radio without a lot of pressure. My listeners? Night owls, insomniacs, graveyard shift workers and cab drivers.

A month prior, I tried to recreate the first radio show of 3 o’clock Roadblock with what was a new medium at the time: the compact disk. This week I went through my Ark-Ive and harvest vinyl LPs.

And to mix it up, I organize from A-Z and Z-O for the black wax nostalgia mixdown.

<Early vinyl gems laid out A-Z; 36 sec.> 

And 31 years later, except for 1 LP (Eek a Mouse), the black wax is sounding crisp. Or criss as the dreads would say.

Enjoy and thanks for listening!

bless, Bobbylon

“Vinyl is what we listened to before CDs.”

Smile Jamaica Ark-ives July 27, 2019: 31 Years of Vinyl A-Z

Set 1: A-E

  • Jimmy Riley – Summer Time; 12″ (DEB) ’76 UK Porgy & Bess cover
  • Soul Syndicate – Only Jah Dub; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour (Earl Zero bonus dubs)
  • Horace Andy – Oh Lord, Why Lord; Best of Horace Andy (Coxsone) ’72 JA
  • Black Uhuru – Anthem; Anthem (Island) ’83 UK Groucho Smykle rmx
  • Culture – Behold the Land; Africa Stand Alone (April) ’79 US
  • Carlene Davis; Angel in Your Arms; At the Right Track (Carib Gems) ’80 UK Hot soul cover
  • Eek a Mouse – Sensee Party; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’82 US 4:20 Cannabis Service
Just about the only LP that had surface noise from today’s all vinyl show

 

Set 2: F-J

  • Phillip Frazer – 2000 Years; Come Ethiopians (Freedom Sounds) ’79 JA
  • Sophie George – Girlie Girlie; Fresh (Winner) ’86 UK
  • Heptones – Cool Rasta; Cool Rasta (Trojan) ’76 UK
  • I Roy – Union Call; Whap’n Bap’n (Virgin) ’80 UK
  • Wayne Jarrett – Love in a Mi Heart; Chip In (Greensleeves) ’82 UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set 3: K-N

  • Ini Kamoze – Rough; Pirate (Mango) ’86 US
  • Ijahman Levi – Are We a Warrior; Are We a Warrior (Mango) ’79
  • Judy Mowatt – Mr. Big Man; Mellow Mood (Ashandan) ’75 JA
  • Natural Ites – What About the Africans; Marvellous (CSA) ’87 UK
  • Scientist – Miss Know It All; Trojan Dub Box Set (Trojan) ’98 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4: O-R

  • Johnny Osbourne – Rude Boy; In Ah Disco Style (Cha Cha) ’81 UK
  • Michael Prophet – Give Me the Right; Blood Stain (Ashantites) ’83 DC
  • Quasar – Stir It Up; Fresh (LASN) US Bob Marley cover
  • Ras Midas – Too Long in the Wind; Rastaman in Exile (Disc’ AZ International) ’80 Fr.

Set 5: S-W

  • Sister Nancy –  Gwan a School; One Two (Techniques) ’82 JA
  • Tamlins – Big Girl Now; I’ll Be Waiting (Live & Learn) ’87 DC Stylistics cover
  • U-Roy – Babylon Burning; Natty Rebel (Virgin) ’76 UK
  • Viceroys – Brethren & Sistren; Brethren & Sistren (CSA) ’83 UK
  • Wailing Souls – Stranded in L.A.; Stranded (Greensleeves) ’84 US

Set 6: X-Z

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus; Exodus (Island) ’77 UK
  • Yellowman – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt; Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt (Greensleeves) ’84 US
  • Zema – Blood Money; Zema (Melchizedek) ’86 SoCal dawta
  • Dub Syndicate – Overloader; Towering Dub Inferno (Rykodisc) ’90 Dub Album of the Hour
Letter X – Exodus

Set 7: Z-V

  • Zap Pow – Roots Man Reggae; Zap Pow (Mango) ’78 US
  • Yabby U & the Prophets – Get Lost Babylon; Babylon Queen (Clappers) ’82 US
  • Delroy Williams – Learn; I Stand Black (Message) ’84 US
  • Martha Velez – Get Up Stand Up; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 US Wailers cover

Set 8: U-O

  • Unity – Star Gazing; Heat Your Body Up (Charisma) ’83 UK
  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumbo Klaat; 12″ EP (Rolling Stone) ’81 US
  • Sister Netifa – Don’t Talk to Me Babylon + Scream; Woman Determined (Aluta) ’89 UK dub poet
  • Ras Michael – Mr. Brown; Rastafari (Top Ranking) ’75 JA
  • Barbara Paige – Babylon Must Fall; Hear Me Now (Epiphany) ’82 US
  • Oku Onuora – Wi a Come; 12″ (Heartbeat) ’83 US picture sleeve