Podcasting at the Marriot Library

Podcasting: Ipod + broadcasting

Podcasting at the Marriott Library – Robert J. Nelson

Contact: robert.nelson@utah.edu

  • Head, Media Studios – Marriott Library, University of Utah
  • Audio Projects Librarian
  • Host, Reggae Radio show Smile Jamaica: KRCL 90.9FM; 1989-Present
  • Host, Radio Interview program Radioactive: KRCL 90.9FM 2003-2012

  • Podcasting – definition and personal experience
  • Podcasting is digital storytelling
  • Podcasting demographics
  • Podcasting: best tips & bad habits
  • Podcasting in the Audio Studio/Marriott Library/home
  • Covid-19 Audio Studio/podcasting impacts
  • Questions?

WHAT IS PODCASTING?

A mash-up of the IPod, Apple’s pre-Smartphone digital music player + “casting” as in radio /television broadcasting

Oxford English Dictionary definition:

A digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically. 

Smile Jamaica’s experience in pre-podcasting/digital archives

  • Circa 2001: upload .mp3s of individual Smile Jamaica shows to KRCL webpage for stream or download
  • Promote through personal email list and Usenet discussion group: Rec.Music.Reggae: link to Smile Jamaica page
  • Hosted until the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) enforcement required KRCL to shut down streams over copyright infringement.  Circa 2005.

The DMCA criminalizes the act of circumventing an access control, whether or not there is actual infringement of copyright itself. In addition, the DMCA heightens the penalties for copyright infringement on the Internet(3)

Author’s personal collection

Digital  Radio Archive/Podcast insights

Smile Jamaica Archives: 40 years of record collecting (author’s personal collection)

Goal: How to get listeners world wide to consume Smile Jamaica if they don’t live in Northern Utah to hear the show live on terrestrial radio?

Issues are the exact same for modern podcasters:

  1. On-Demand media democratization – podcasts are usually free
  2. Digital media utility – listeners can listen on their time, not my time
  3. Market to target audience – why Smile Jamaica? A music archive for Reggae music collectors/obsessives. All vinyl or cd. No digital
  4. Storytelling imperative – no stories on Itunes Music, Pandora, Prime

Podcasting Demographics

Monthly Online Audio Listening by Age:

Age Range 2018 2019 2020
12 to 34 85% 87% 86%
35 to 54 69% 70% 76%
55 up 33% 40% 42%
  • Course assignments
  • Professional development
  • Anecdotal research
  • Life long learning
  • Personal enrichment and narratives

Podcast assignment

  • 5-8 minute length
  • Topic: intersection of human and natural systems related to the concept of sustainability. Must incorporate equity.

Podcast workflow:

  1. Writing assignment for an auditory outcome – write the narrative for the body of the podcast first:
    • Consider your audience (script written with audience in mind) – where do they live? interests? hobbies? cultural/political identification?
    • Make it conversational
    • Avoid jargon or inside jokes which shut-out the listener
    • Present any data/survey results in context. Overwhelming your listeners with a lot of figures can be hard to follow.
    • Don’t assume listeners are as well versed in the topic as you are
    • Brevity is essential. Make every sentence/concept impactful – think in terms of a lawyer giving opening arguments in a trial
    • Vocalizing a narrative script avoids annoying place holders like “ands” “umms”, “y’knows”
    • Credits and acknowledgements at the end.

2. Format of any interview results

    • Write out your questions
    • Ask open ended questions that begin with: Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? – These responses can not be answered “yes” or “no”.
    • Avoid asking questions that begin with “Did” or “Do”? 
      • They reflect a bias and it stops the conversation
      • If you do ask “Did” or “Do” ask your guest to elaborate why “yes” or “no”

3. Read your narrative aloud several times

  • Make it personable and conversational
  • Don’t drone or mumble
  • Speak with authority and confidence

4. Record your narrative

Marriott Library resources:

  • Audio Studio – schedule a time with Robert to record (on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays)
  • Podcast Kits – check out from the Knowledge Commons Desk on Level 2 of the Marriott Library
  • Podcast Booth (in development) – A podcast recording booth on Level 2 Protospace. Hoping to come online in March

Home:

  • Smartphone recorder/digital recorder
  • Record in a space away from windows, air returns, barking dogs, crying babies, television, etc.
  • Hang a heavy blanket over windows.
  • Consider upgrading your microphone to record digitally to a laptop
Blue Snowball. USB condenser mic. Check out from Knowledge Commons in the Marriott or $50 for your own

5. Edit your Audio

  • I teach Audacity. It’s easy to record and edit. Garage Band is another free and easy option.
  • Import your audio and edit a final mix. 
    • If you don’t know how to edit sound, I can assist
    • YouTube tutorials are also very easy to learn sound
  • Make sure your Audio is in the sweet spot of sound.
    • YouTube video audio: Average on a sound meter should read between -12db and -9b
    • Peaks should be no higher than -1db. If you get a red clip mark on the audio, it is too loud and should be de-amplified to the ideal
    • Record 20 seconds of room tone (silence) and then use the noise reduction filter  under Effects to improve recording.
    • On Audacity your wave amplification of sound should be “colored” between -5db and +5db

6. Record your introduction after you have finished your podcast edit:

  • It should be no longer. than 30 seconds
  • It should capture the objective of the assignment:
    • A statement of your research question
    • How your results relate to sustainability
    • How your ‘cast incorporates equity
    • Your methodology
    • A brief statement of your research findings
  • Place edited intro audio before the narrative on your final podcast edit

Podcasting in a Pandemic:

  • Unmediated access suspended
  • Media Studios, (usually Robert), acts as sound engineer to ensure social distancing, PPE
  • 1 mic recording, no mask, using a disposable microphone cover

 

Smile Jamaica Jah-nuary 23, 2021: Oumuamua and UFO-ria!

Intergalactic artificial space visitor: Ouomuamua – Hawaiian for “probe”

Greetings,

I was reading RT earlier in the month and they are a good source of Extra Terrestrial runnings.

<Oumuamua and the Ancient Astronaut redemption>

They had an article regarding first proof of intergalactic visitation from outside our  Milky Way galaxy

Harvard astronomer says alien technology visited in 2017, may have been distant civilization’s trash

Now this isn’t coming from I ‘n’ I, your pothead Ancient Astronaut Theorist/Anunnaki enthusiast. It’s not coming from big haired Swiss Greek dude Giorgio.

You not down with Ancient Aliens on History Channel? Feel free to scoff. This is coming from Harvard University. Not some egghead in the Astronomy Department trying to make tenure.

This came from the Head of the Dept. himself, Prof. Avi Loeb.

The story is this:

Hawaii has the Haleakala Observatory. In early 2017, astronomers monitoring the feed saw a long cylindrical object pass by. The first time something crossed into our galaxy from beyond.

They named it Oumuamua which is Hawaiian for “scout”. I ‘n’ I watched enough John Wayne movies to know scouts were the ones who went out and reported on enemy movements.

Let’s call Oumuamua for what it really is: a probe. An advance craft seeking info throughout the skies and reporting back. Just like we have been doing since Carl Sagan was sending space probes, The Voyager 1977, into the outer reaches of our galaxy.

Carl Sagan believer in extraterrestrials until “they” threatened to take away his Cosmos TV show

But in alien pop culture, probe means this:

Everyone tends to think Flying Saucer, but just as prevalent are UFO’s shaped like cigars. Oumuamua is aerodynamic for long haul space probing…err, scouting.

In Prof. Loeb’s forthcoming book,  Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth, he describes why it’s not a comet or natural phenomenon:

“What would happen if a caveman saw a cellphone? He’s seen rocks all his life, and he would have thought it was just a shiny rock,”

Prof. Loeb’s observations:

  1. Oumuamua is a rare shape and was mistaken for a comet. The shape acts as a sun-sail which projects itself via sunlight energy.
  2. Unusual brightness for a celestial entity. 10x more than the usual asteroid or comet
  3. In addition to its blinding brightness, that brightness fluctuates unnaturally or predictably.
  4. Varying speeds and odd trajectory which suggests its own sort of post-gravitational acceleration when it should be decelerating as it moves away from our sun
  5. It could be a piece of space junk discarded by aliens like we have littered our galaxy with terrestrial made space material.

From the RT article: “The only way to look for [alien civilizations] is to look for their trash, like investigative journalists who look through celebrities’ trash,” Loeb said.

Terrestrial space junk littering the skies

 

Of course Prof. Loeb’s colleagues are giving the hairy eyeball to Oumuamua’s artificial bonafides and say it’s just a far travelling comet. One which does not have any water vapor tail.

And the scoffing begins with the same dismissive attitude as how humans built massive structures like the Great Pyramids, Puma Punku and Baalbek using stone and bone tools when massive cranes and 21st century technology could not rebuild those ancient wonders today.

Aliens took their tools with them when they left. Obviously.

More from RT:

Loeb has a simple response to those who deny potential new breakthroughs for fear of upending established conventions. “Reality is the one thing that never goes away, even if you ignore it,” he says.

I ‘n’ I don’t have a Ph.D. in Astronomy but that statement fits my personal philosophy of “your perception is not my reality!”

Prof. Avi Loeb, head of Harvard Astronomy Dept. Soon come on Ancient Aliens

And why does any of this matter? I ‘n’ I was in the mood to play some UFO Reggae

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jan. 23, 2021

Set 1:

  • Tapper Zukie – Jah Jah Is I Guiding Star; Dread Locks Rasta (Attack) ’76 JA vinyl
  • King Tubby – King Tubby’s Shock Attack; King Tubby’s Boom Shot  vol. 4 (Yabby You) ‘80’s JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Zema – Keep Justice; Stranger in the Gates (Melchizedek) ’97 So Cal roots dawta
  • Bedouin Soundclash feat. Vernon Buckley – Jealousy Get Free; Street Gospels (Sideonedummy) 2007 Canadian group feat. Maytones singer
  • Prince Jazzbo – Dreadlock Corner; Ital Corner (Clocktower) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • The Deacons – Hungry Man; 10” EP (Top Deck) ’65 green vinyl ska
  • Daweh Congo – Proverbs + Dub; Guidance/Guidance Dub (Charm) 2000 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2:

  • Peter Broggs – International Farmer; Rejoice (RAS) ’97 herbtune
  • Ayo – Only You; Ayo (Interscope) 2008 Nigerian-German dawta
  • Aggrolites – Countryman Fiddle; Unleashed Live vol. 1 (Brixton) 2011 So Cal ska/regge
  • Lloyd Hemmings & Ranking Joe – Garrison; Return of the Rub-a-Dub- Style (Echodelic) 2011
  • Silver Fox – Jamaica Nice; 10” (Jah Life) ’80 Brooklyn

Set 3:  Best of Smile Jamaica 31+ Years

  • Wailing Souls – Bredda Gravalicious; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ’77 comp.: 
  • Black Slate – Legalize Collie Herb; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK herbtune
  • Ika Black – Special Love; Special love (Keyman) ’90 UK female lovers rock
  • Burning Spear – Travelling/Walking; Spear Burning (Pressure Sounds) ‘75
  • Dub Syndicate/Centry – 2001 Struggle (Remix); 10” (ON U Sound) ’96 UK

Set 4:

  • Dennis Alcapone – The Sky’s  the Limit (Flying Machine); Guns Don’t Argue (Trojan) ’72 UFOria
  • Afro Omega – Love Is What I Need; Live at the Lazy Moon (bootleg)
  • Thievery Corporation – Amerimacka; Babylon Central Soundtrack (ESL)
  • Dry & Heavy – Private Plan Dub; 10”  EP (Green Tea) 2000 Jah-pon

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital Set

  • Tony Bell & Kutchie – Free ‘dem; Mercy (Blue Moon) ’89 Chicago: 
  • Doreen Schaeffer – This Love; Pirates Choice (Studio One) ’80 JA
  • Trinity Meets the Mighty Diamonds – Wait in Vain; Trinity Meets the Mighty Diamonds (Relic World) ’89 JA
  • Horace Andy – Cry Fe Me; Fresh (Island in the Sun) ’87 US
  • Barry Brown – Please Mr. Officer; Barry Brown (Thompson Sound) ’79 JA herbtune
  • Bullwackie’s All Stars – Black Heart Dub (Senrab) ’76 dub album of the hour

Set 6:  7” Jamaican Jukebox

  • Rob Smarley (aka The Gladiators) – Holiday Ride; 7” (Portland) ’78: 
  • Nedley Denton – I am a Lion; 7” (Breathern (sic) of Art Soundtrack)
  • Lasana Bandele’ – Col’ War; 7” (Storitela) picture sleeve
  • Dawn & Christine – Panadol; 7” (M & M) herbtune
  • The Lions – New Girl; 7” (Lions Bread) 2010 So Cal instrumental
Albert Griffiths of The Gladiators – New member of Jah’s Heavenly Choir

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – You Can’t Fool Me Again; Can’t Blame the Youth (JAD) ’69
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – African Herbsman (New Mix); Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Deluxe Edition)  (Studio One) ’70 herbtune
  • Dennis Brown – Armagideon; 7” (Emmanuel) ’84 Bunny Wailer cover
  • Bunny Wailer – Solidarity; Solomonic Singles vol. 2 (Solomonic) ’77 dub to Armagideon

Set 8: UFO-ria Set

  • Kofi – Reggae Starship; Black Coffee (Ariwa) ’90 UK dawta: 
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Angel Gabriel and the Space Boots; Lord God Muzick (Heartbeat) ‘90
  • Derrick Morgan – Do the Moon Hop; Do the Moonwalk (Trojan)
  • U Roy – Your Ace From Space; Version Galore (Treasure Isle) ’68 JA vinyl
  • Unity – Stargazing; Heat Your Body Up (Virgin) ’83 UK vinyl
  • Sister Carol – Lost inna Space; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’89 DC vinyl
  • Sly & Robbie – Space Invaders; Syncopation (Joe Gibbs) ’82 Miami vinyl
  • Tena Stelin – UFO + Unidentified Flying Dub; Lion Symbol (Jah Warrior) ‘99

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 9, 2021 – Pandemic Cratedig (Phoenix)

Greetings,

<Cratedigging in a Pandemic; 87 sec.>

New Year’s Day. Phoenix airport. I ‘n’ I hate flying, even before The Covid. But SLC to Phoenix to Albuquerque back to Phoenix for Christmas, there is really no alternative.

It’s my responsibility to help out my retired parents. Mom doesn’t drive. Pops is recovering (splendidly, thanks for asking) from a horrible brain condition which made Xmas 2019 the worst ever.  From wet, wobbly and whacky, to splitting up some of the drive on I-40 and I-17.

Two weeks living out of a suitcase. Good weather. My sister and her family, two goats, two dogs and two donkeys. Covid be damned!

Mom’s birthday is New Year’s eve, so after a bash at the Sun City West Outback Steakhouse (mostly deserted), time to wheel it back to Salt Lake.

An hour waiting in our car to eat in a mostly empty restaurant on New Year’s Eve

I ‘n’ I love to fly Southwest, if I have to fly. I pay $15 extra for the Early Bird check in to jump the queue into the A boarding section. I grab my Burning Spear tote bag/man purse and head for the back corner of the plane. One row from the very back. Window seat. Strap in, hunker down.

They just kept coming. All the other Covid flights I have been on (SLC to  Phoenix; May), (SLC to Denver to Great Falls, MT; Oct.) were mostly empty. The flight attendant comes on the intercom. “We have a completely full flight. That’s the first time I’ve said that since March!”.

Lovely.

As soon as we were airborne, the young guy wedged next to me slept on his seat tray and they had to wake him upon arrival. Needless to say, in the 9th month of AC  Year 1, (After Covid) , I’m thinking raging infection not New Year hangover.

Is the streak about to come to an end? Bobbylon 25 – The  Covid 0?

The scorecard is 25 live Smile Jamaica’s from the KRCL studio

I ‘n’ I survived cratedigging at Thanksgiving in Vegas. Six feet apart from drunken Green Bay Packer fans, only to catch a dose of the Wuhan Flu wheeling it back from Cratedigging in a Pandemic 2.0?

Oh, the irony….

I ‘n’ I have had great luck in Phoenix/Tempe cratedigging since my parents relocated there in 2016. I try to get two days taking the car. Phoenix is a huge valley and my parents live in a record wasteland that is Sun City West retirement area.

Grab a thermos full of coffee, my trusty vape pen with some Strawberry Cough. I entered all the addresses in my parents’ Buick Enclave, Deep Tracks on Sirius XM at max volume and let the adventure begin.

I ‘n’ I could have gone back to Utah and sat on the couch waiting for The Covid to come down my chimney or I could be mobile and bob and weave around it in the shops.  I’m sure Fauci would approve of my strategy; not!

The Pandemic 2.0 cratedig got off to a rough start.  It’s about a 40 minute drive to my first cluster, downtown Phoenix. Roll up to the first spot, shuttered and boarded up. Didn’t survive the lockdowns*.

*Lockdowns are what they do to unruly prisoners, btw.

Second spot – (Stinkweeds Records). Curbside and by appointment shopping only. Eff that. You don’t cratedig by appointment. Open up, dammit! I ‘n’ I have no problem waiting outside if it is an occupancy issue, but enough with the Karen’s! Gimme my black wax! First world problem or fighting against Covid induced depression?

Remember: 99% recover from the Rona. Stop watching CNN – The Coronavirus Nonsense Nutwork. I ‘n’ I wear my Bob Marley or Alien mask, I ‘n’ I wait my turn in the aisle, I ‘n’ I wash my hands before I start digging through the crates — at the beginning I used to wear gloves while flipping records.

Why do they always mention infections, hospitalizations and deaths but NEVER Covid recovery stats?

Third shop was my fault. Closed on Monday. Like many one man operations, Wax Trax owner is there 5 days a week and usually needs Sunday and Monday to do things like go to the bank or do laundry, whatnot.

Fourth shop is Phoenix’s major chain store, Zia Records. 40 years in business. Interesting dynamic: All the under 30’s in the vinyl racks. The over 40’s still perusing CDs. I ‘n’ I love these types of shops: Vinyl, CDs, DVDs, books, T-shirts. It’s a department store of roots ‘n’ culture.

Throughout my cratedig in Vegas and Phoenix, there was a noticeable lack of rock ‘n’ roll masks. I wear my T-shirt and baseball cap. We’re going to be wearing masks til the end of time, so why not showcase your favorite bands on your mandatory face diaper?

 

Phoenix has about half a dozen boutique vinyl shops spread throughout the city: Record Room, In Groove, Record High in addition to Zia shops in place like Tempe and Mesa.

I ‘n’ I rely on an app called The Vinyl District to find shops, maps and hours. They need to update  their Covid imposed shopping changes though:

I ‘n’ I usually chat up the owner at Record High, but he was closed for appointment only as well. But I ‘n’ I hit the motherlode at In Groove.

I ‘n’ I don’t like when shops combine their World and Reggae together. Both genres have plenty to offer as individual categories. The one good thing was it appeared that the World/Reggae section was three racks full.

Let’s dig….I ‘n’ I just started pulling gems out of the rack. All rare 12″ singles. They had a whole bunch of other collectible Reggae that I already possessed. I haven’t hit a “seam” of Reggae like that in over a decade. I dropped about $300 there and left at least $500 more collector quality dupes in the rack.

I ‘n’ I told the guy ringing me up how impressed I was with their Reggae section. He was nonplussed, “oh thanks whoever you are.” That’s not how they treat “whales” on the casino floor in Vegas!

All killer, no filler!

So, I ‘n’ I sitting on that plane feeling that, in spite of The Covid, if that punk passed out next to me gave me a hot dose, at least I went down doing what I ‘n’ I liked — cratedigging and front running AC Year 2 (After Covid) with some fresh roots Reggae  for the Smile Jamaica masses.

<Cratedig vs. The Covid; 38 sec.>

And as I compose this blog entry, Friday AM, two weeks past my infection window, I can say that lack of common sense balanced with risks versus reward was worth it. This Vinyl New Year show, rinses out my record haul from Pandemic Cratedig 2.0.

Because it’s Bobbylon 27, The Covid 0

Selah!

bless, Bobbylon

99% recover

*Phoenix 2021 cratedig

Set 1:


  • The Abyssinians – Praise Him; Forward (Alligator) ’82 Chicago blues label/vinyl – Vinyl New Year
  • UB40 – Present Arms in Dub; Present Arms in Dub (Virgin/DEP) ’81 CD Dub album of the hour
  • Trinity – Bad Card; Bard Card (Joe Gibbs) ’81 Miami
  • Yabby You & Michael Prophet Meet Scientist – Starvation and Sufferation; At the Dub Station (King Tubbys) (Yabby You) ’81 JA
  • Ranking Ann – Dangerous M.C.; Something Fishy Going On (Ariwa) ’84 UK
  • Tribesman – Chant of Wisdom; Street Level (BOA) ’79 UK
  • Toyan – Irie Feeling; Nice Time (Jam Rock) ’82 Miami; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Still Cool – Insane Love; 12” (Hitrun) ’79 UK *$28
$28

 

Set 2:

  • Dillinger – Rock to the Music; Funky Punk/Rock to the Music; (If) ’79 Fr. *$10
  • Third World – Saturday Evening; Arise in Harmony (Island) ’80 US
  • Horace Andy – Show and Tell; Pirates Choice (Studio One) ’81 JA Al Wilson soul cover
  • Sandra Cross – Children of the Night; Lovers Delight (Ariwa) ’93 UK Stylistics cover
  • Hopeton Lindo – Side Walk Traveller; 12” (Music Works) ’83 FL *$9
$9

Set 3:

  • Jennifer Lara – Rocking Tonight; Presenting (Studio One) ’81 JA
  • Prince Junior – Dread Knows; On Top (Black Ovation) ’80 Plainfield, NJ
  • I Roy – Black Cinderella; Best of (GG’s) ’77 JA
  • Dennis Brown – Fire; Wake Up (Natty Congo) ’85 UK
  • Sowell Radix – Give Me Your Love; 12” (Dread at the Controls) ’81 *$9
$9

Set 4:

  • Kayawah & the Movement Band – Shame and Scandal; Culture Rock (Only Roots) ’80 Fr.
  • AmJam feat. Leisha Salesman – Want It Want It; Live Off the Soundboard (Celluloid) ’87 live from CBGB
  • Freddie McGregor – Never Get Away; 12” (Spider Man) *$28 UK
  • Bullwackies All Stars – Black Heart Dub; Dub Unlimited (Senrab) ’76 Dub CD of the Hour
$28

Set 5:

  • Tony Brown Band – Prisoners in Paradise; Prisoners in Paradise (Mountain Lion) ’81 Madison Wisconsin
  • Hortense Ellis – You Done Me Wrong; Family Album (Jah Life) ’80 Brooklyn
  • Michigan & Smiley – We Need a One Love; Strictly Reggae (Omni) ’81 Can.
  • Barrington Levy – Mini Bus (On the Telephone); 12”  (Kingdom) ’84 UK *$16
$16

Set 6:

  • The Gladiators – Rocking Vibration; 1983 U.S. Tour EP (Nighthawk) ’83 St. Louis clear vinyl
  • Marcia Griffiths & The Reggaes – Work & Slave; The Reggaes With Marcia Griffiths (Sparerib) ‘72
  • Shinehead – Billie Jean; Rough & Rugged (African Love) ’86 NY Michael Jackson cover
  • Steel Pulse – Steppin’ Out; 12” (Wise Man Doctrine) ’84 UK *$16
$16f

Set 7:

  • Peter Tosh – Bush Doctor; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) herbtune
  • Garland Jeffreys – No Woman, No Cry; One-Eyed Jack (A & M) ’76 NY biracial rocker; Marley cover
  • Johnny Clarke – Can’t Get Enough; 12” (Art & Craft) ’81 UK red vinyl *$8
  • Aswad – New Chapter of Dub (Mango) ’82 Dub Cd of the hour
$8 red vinyl

Set 8:

  • Sister Frica – One in the Spirit; Rockers All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 US blues label
  • Singers & Players feat. Sister P – Holy Scripture; Vacuum Pumping (ON U Sound) ’89 UK
  • Tippa Lee  – Herbs Intersect; Dub Them With Reality (Stones Throw) 2016 US *$9
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Bim Sherman – Night Train; 12 ”EP (Industrie Discografice Lacerba) ’87 Jah-taly
  • Tony Tuff – Freedom Blues; 12” (Art & Craft) ’80 UK red vinyl *$28
$28 red vinyl

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Fear & Covid in Las Vegas!

With apologies to Hunter S. Thompson and tip of the cap to Aquaboy for the blog title….

Smile Jamaica’s Cratedigging Covid Style diary (Fri. Nov. 20-Sat. Nov.28:

Background:

Every Thanksgiving I ‘n’ I do two things:

  1. Friday before the Holiday week, annual physical
  2. Saturday head to Las Vegas for a week of cratedigging. vaping and gambling. Pretty much in that order.

Let’s get those triglyceride counts out of the way before a week of hedonism.

2020 Pandemic version.

Virtual physical. WTF? My doc had technical problems and had to use my Iphone for the “exam”.  I guess I check my own glands? What now, you say? Turn my head and cough?

Whatever, just get me a flu shot and take a pint of blood. I head over to the Redwood Clinic at 9am. In and out…..

The usually deserted parking lot was jammed full. Oh yeah. Covid. I get spritzed with sanitizer and have my temperature at the door (97.6). Queue up to the lab line. The place is packed. I’m waiting for my turn and look over to the Covid spot.

“I caught Covid waiting on line to be tested for Covid”

It was eerie. People waiting their turn sequestered in these wooden boxes. It looked like these infected wretches were sitting in upright coffins. People all looked miserable.

Covid waiting room. Seat yourself in an upright coffin while you ponder your fate

It certainly wasn’t helping my mood. I could just see the waiting room walls teeming with Covid. Like that scene out of The Shining where blood gushes out of the elevator.

Get me out of here!  I ‘n’ I want to drop off a pint of red stuff and go have a massive breakfast, six cups of coffee and pack up and leave 4000 Covid victims a day (Utah) to only 2000 a day (Nevada.)

Vegas cancelled me in May.  I ‘n’ I was bound to go in  November. Eff the Covid. I’d rather dodge it on the road than wait for it to come get me down the chimney in SLC.

That’s why they call it gambling. I ‘n’ I was checking the Vegas paper headlines like a fiend waiting to see any response from Nevada’s Karen governor. Checking my Hotels.com app for casino shut down notices.

Saturday, Nov. 21:

Wake ‘n’ Bake. Check the news headlines. Check my Hotels.com app. Nothing. It’s on!

Had breakfast with my bredrin Chris at Left Fork Grill. Six more cups of coffee. Jump on I-15. Beautiful day to dodge Covid.

Vegas vacation starts here…

From my garage in the Sugarhood to the first dispensary shop in North Las Vegas is exactly 420 miles. I ‘n’ I usually like to listen to a box set on the road. Recently scored a complete Doors box at Graywhale in SLC. Break on through to the other side!

Every road trip deserves a soundtrack.

Loud tunes, dodging Covid at 80 MPH on a spectacular sunny Fall day, nuff caffeine fly down I-15. First stop on the cratedig: Groovacious Records. Cedar City, Utah.

First stop in Vegas. Reef Dispensary used a credit to buy a couple disposables for running around town. (Key Lime Pie!, Super Lemon Haze!). Pick up a bottle of bourbon at Lee’s Liquors. Head on over to Circus Circus.

No different than going to the liquor store

I like Circus Circus. Nice rooms dirt cheap.  It’s on the right end of the Strip so it’s easy to maneuver when the city fills up. Close to the freeways. A lot of record shops on Sahara.

Wow, walk right up to check in. On a Saturday afternoon? Fear of Covid keeping people home. I ‘n’ I have boarded and de-planed six times since Covid. But what I hadn’t experienced since March was riding in an elevator.

I ‘n’ I with the herd immunity of 22 successful live Smile Jamaica‘s with my Bob Marley mask. Two women get on the elevator and see me wedged into the corner. “Oh yeah, my mask. I hate wearing these things.” My response as I got off on the 15th floor: “We’ll be wearing masks til the end of time.”

Herd immunity: Bobbylon 22, The Covid 0

Sunday, Nov. 22

I ‘n’ I Thanksgiving tradition is to watch my beloved Green Bay Packers play in a Green Bay bar. So my “pre game” was to hit a dispensary. What better place for a Green Bay fan than The Green Dispensary in Vegas.

Green for Green Bay

20% new customer discount. (Strawberry Cough! Purple Punch!). Spun the wheel, won a $50 gift card. Nice. Won a grand in Mesquite in October. $50 in November too!

$1000 for I ‘n’ I. Take that Covid!

Vape pen well charged, New Subaru kinda cloudy, head on over to The Rum Runner bar to watch Green Bay play like they all had the Covid losing against the Colts.

This was probably the biggest risk of the trip. A Packer bar at six feet apart. That’s why they call it gambling.

Nevada Governor was lustily booed when he announced clampdown as opposed to lockdowns at halftime. 50% restaurants to 25% with mandated reservations for contact tracing. I ‘n ‘ I ordered another beer and kept watching football with my fellow diehards.

I ‘n’ I am staying until Circus Circus kicks me out.

I’d rather get the Covid watching Green Bay in Las Vegas than staying at home on the couch waiting for the Covid to come down my chimney

Monday, Nov. 23rd

One of my musings when contemplating how things would be impacted by Covid Thanksgiving. Will they still have ice machines? (Yes!). Can I get popcorn at the movies? (Yes!).

Went into the Orleans casino. Surreptitiously vaped  (Sour Apple!) while dropping two twenties on video poker. Always like to catch a matinee while in town. Saw the Last Vermeer. Me and two other people. Popcorn, soda, and Medical Milk Duds (10 mg of THC per Dud).

World War II art forgery law room drama. Guy Pearce was excellent. Nice way to wait for the Milk Duds to work its magic. After two months of eating like a wrestler trying to make weight class, fooling the Grim Reaper at the lab clinic and bobbing and weaving against the Covid, salty buttered popcorn was munchies heaven!

I don’t care. I ‘n’ I am vacationing during the worst pandemic in 100 years. That’s why they call it gambling!

Tuesday, Nov. 24th

First day of the Holiday Week restrictions in Nevada. Take out for lunch (In ‘n’ Out Burger), sat outside. Weather was ideal.

Killed some time at head shops. Always looking for Marley and Alien smoking apparatuses. Found a boss Marley grinder!

Hit the Nevada Dispensary. First time waiting on line during the trip. What do I ‘n’ I care? Buy two get one free new customer. (Wedding Cake!) (Fruity Pebblez!) Sour apple Chewz! Vacation time for I ‘n’ I. No watches, no zoom meetings. Took a drive over by the new Raiders stadium. Looking for hotels if Green Bay plays in Vegas….Someday with fans in the seats.

Sucker for a discount

Wed. Nov. 25th

On the hunt for Bob Dylan’s specialty whiskey. Heaven’s Door. Mission accomplished!

Thursday Nov. 26th

Back to the Green to spend my $50 winnings.  No buffets of course. But I ‘n’ I had made reservations ahead of time at Big Dog Brewery which is where I go to watch Green Bay play. Excellent Turkey and trimmings. Place was deserted. Covid restrictions really affected just how many people were in town. I wonder how much longer the service industry can absorb take out and delivery as opposed to in house and bar tab. I ‘n’ I double my usual 20% gratuity.

Friday Nov. 27 – Black Friday

From 10am til sundown. Hit all of Vegas record shops. One was curbside. (I ‘n’ I have a curbside record store, it’s called Amazon.) Another shop was not open. Come on! You gotta make the effort even during Covid. This is about the third year in a row I have found more Reggae vinyl than CDs.

Always nice when the shop owner remembers the Reggae guy from Utah with his stack of rare black wax singles and obscure LP’s. Always wear my Smile Jamaica tee on a dig.

I ‘n’ I gonna rinse out the haul fresh on Smile Jamaica.

Is it Jamaican ska or Midwestern polka made to sound like ska. Tune in to Smile Jamaica while I ‘n’ I drop the needle pon the record!

Saturday, Nov. 28th

All good things must come to an end. Pack all my stuff. Drive through coffee and grind 420 miles back to home base; at 75 MPH just in case…

Considering how nip and tuck the whole excursion was from mid October til I ‘n ‘ left, I got to do a bout 90% of what I normally do in Vegas. Monday AM my dentist was carping about what a drag Covid Thanksgiving was under quarantine.

I ‘n’ I shrugged and said, I had a great week. Covid free to cavity free, let’s do it all over next November!

bless, Bobbylon

Coronavirus slip mats for your turntable. .That’s sick ‘n’ twisted

Smile Jamaica December Roots Digital Dubplate

  • Akabu – Africans United; Akabu (ON U Sound) ’89 UK root dawta group
  • Gladiators – See and Blind; Country Living (Heartbeat) ‘85
  • Alpha Blondy – Kalachnikov Love; Jerusalem (Shanachie) ’86 Cote d’Ivoire
  • Barrington Levy – Hypocrites; Time Capsule (RAS) ‘82
  • Burning Spear – This Experience; People of the World (Blue Moon) ‘86
  • Velvet Shadows – Babylon a Fall Down; Babylon a Fall Down (Trojan) ‘78
  • UB40 – My Way of Thinking; More Reggae Music (Sound) ’85 comp. (30 min)
  • Dillinger – Tickle Me; Answer Me Question (Third World) ‘78
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers – Final Frontier; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ‘83
  • Cultural Roots – Every Man Has the Right; Hell a Go Pop (Mango) ‘84
  • Foundation – Blackman World; Flames (Mango) ‘88
  • Gregory Isaacs & Carlene Davis – Feeling Irie; Private Beach Party (RAS) ‘85
  • I Kong – Life’s Road; Africa Calling (Rohit) ‘79
  • Lacksley Castell – Guiding Light; Princess Lady (Negus Roots) ’83 (60 min.)
  • Pato Banton – King Step; Mad Professor Captures Pato Banton (Ariwa) ‘85
  • Yellowman – Good Loving; Mister Yellowman (Shanachie) ‘82
  • 4th Street Orchestra – My Sweet Lord (Oh Lawd); Scientific Higher Ranking Dub (EMI) ’78 George Harrison dub
  • Hollie Cook – Stay Alive; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2018 UK roots dawta
  • Horace Andy – Mr. Bassie; Mr. Bassie (Studio One) ‘75
  • African Brothers – Mystery of Nature; Want Some Freedom (Easy Star) 70’s
  • Toots & the Maytals – Sailing On; Funky Kingston (Mango) ’74 (90 min.)
  • Hugh Mundell & Jah Bull – Blackman’s Foundation; Blackman’s Foundation (Shanachie) ‘83
  • Abja – Good Sensimilla; Mahogany Road (I Grade) 2006
  • Mystic Bowie & the Pallbearers – Voodoo Man; Rebirth (Zimbra) 2001
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Sun Is Shining; 7” (Tuff Gong) ‘70
  • Misty in Roots – See Them Ah Come; Live at the Counter Eurovision (Kaz) ‘79
  • Sound Dimension – Man Pon Spot; Jamaica Soul Shake (Soul Jazz/Studio One) ‘70
  • Don Carlos & Gold – In Pieces; Harvest Time (RAS) ’83 (2 hrs.)
  • 15 16 17 – The Weather; Magic Touch (DEB) ’78 two sisters and cousin
  • Jimmy Cliff – Who Feels It Knows It; Follow My Mind (MCA) ‘75
  • Dubblestandart – Wadada Means Love; Return to Planet Egalica (Collision)  2002
  • Ras Midas – Rain and Fire; Confirmation (JML) ‘79
  • Steel Pulse – Tribute to the Martyrs; Tribute to the Martyrs (Mango) ’80 (2 and ½ hrs.)
  • Dry & Heavy – Lost World; One Punch (Green Tea) ’98 Jah-pon
  • Rita Marley – Who Is Your Neighbour; Harambe (Shanachie) ‘81
  • 10 Foot Ganja Plant – Chanting Nyabinghi; Midnight Landing (ROIR) 2003
  • Cedric ‘Im Brooks – Satta Massa Gana; From Mento to Reggae to Third World Music (Doctor Bird) ’73 Abyssinians cover
  • Pablo Moses – Revolutionary Step; A Song (Mango) ‘80
  • Sister Carol – Ram the Party; Jah Disciple (RAS) ‘89
  • Bunny Wailer – This Train; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76 Woody Guthrie cover

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-vember 7, 2020 – 15 down, 35 to go!

Greetings,

<Cannabis 2020 – 15 down, 35 to go! 68 sec.>

Orange Daddy vs. Qtip? Didn’t care. Cannabis, legalization to rule the nation? That I n’  I care about.

In the Congressional and Presidential, the negativity is so disgusting, I ‘n’ I fall back on the Rasta notion of isms and schisms. Demopublicans vs. Republicrats. Fiyah bu’n!

I’m on the Wailers Party! (400  Years lyrics)

<Peter Tosh – 400 Years of the same philosophy>

We sick an’ tired of-a your ism-skism game
Dyin’ ‘n’ goin’ to heaven in-a Jesus’ name, lord.

On election night, I ‘n’ I was sitting on the couch watching an X-Files rerun and dialing up my dispensary route for my Vegas vacation next week. (Cratedigging in a pandemic? Better than staying home waiting for The Covid to tag me in Utah. Rona Rage, let’s get on the road!)

Yelp for potheads

 

Two fingers of Jim Beam, strawberry cough and my Ipad. Ding! Since I was scoping out Weedmaps, I got notifications.

  • Ding! New Jersey puff puff passes adult use Cannabis (12 down, 38 to go)
  • Ding! Mississippi puff puff passes medical marijuana (36 states including DC)
  • Ding! South Dakota puff puff passes medical and recreational marijuana (13 down, 37 to go)
  • Ding! Montana, my birthplace, puff puff passes recreational marijuana (14 down, 36 to go)
  • Ding! Arizona (where my Snowbird parents live half the year) puff puff passes marijuana (15 down, 35 to go)
My parents – Trump voters who also voted for the hippie lettuce.

Add DC legal and 16 of 51. Almost 1/3 of the nation states/entities. The 100 year American war against nature is crumbling! Like I ‘n’ crumble Sour Diesel inna mi Bob Marley grinder!

List of states medical and legal Seven Leaf

When you look at the map, the West is mostly covered. Even  in the Mormon Triangle states of Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, Utah has medical. 4 dispensaries according to Weedmaps!

Utah’s first dispensary

For I ‘n’ I, it is 1300 miles from Fort Benton Montana (home) to Sun City West, AZ (parents winter home). Except for that stretch through Idaho and Utah, I’m not a criminal.

Selah!

Bobbylon

Don’t get complacent, tokers. Joe Biden is the ultimate drug warrior. Not a fan of the Seven Leaf. Neither is his VP. Be vigilant!

Set 1: Legalize Herb Set

  • The Heptones – Mr. President; Party Time (Mango) ’76 US vinyl; Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Jah Lloyd – Herbs of Dub (Teem) ’74 UK blue vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Johnny Clarke – Legalize It; Authorized Rockers (Virgin Front Line) Peter Tosh cover: 15 down, 35 to go election weed set!
  • Black Slate – Legalise Collie Herb; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK
  • King Kong – Legalize It; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005
  • Kid Loco – Here Comes the Munchies; Kill Your Darling (Division 1) 2001 Fr. Dubber
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germany dawta on the vox
15 down, 35 to go!

Set 2:

  • Aswad – Caution; Roots Revival (Ark 21) ’99 Marley cover
  • Cornell Campbell – Just My Imagination; Sings Hits From Studio One & More (Rhino UK) ’80 Smokey Robinson cover
  • Culture – Down in Jamaica; Live in Africa (RAS) Dec. 2000 in South Africa
  • Buume – Seriously; 10” (ZTP) 2006 UK militant steppers

Set 3:

  • Sister Carol – Wild Thing; Something Wild Soundtrack (MCA) ’86 cover of the Troggs
  • Mighty Diamonds – I Need a Roof; I Need a Roof (Hitbound) ‘76
  • Prince Far I – Rain a Fall; Under Heavy Manners (Joe Gibbs) ‘76
  • Ranking Dillinger – African World Wide; None Stop Disco Style (Clocktower) ‘78

Set 4:

  • Fun Boy Three – Farmyard Connection; Waiting (Chrysalis) ’85 herbtune: farmers Peter & Bob
  • Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths – Still the Most; Sweet Memories (Nectar) ’76 married at the time
  • Mikey Dread – Barcoding; Life Is a Stage (Dread at the Controls) 2007
  • Dubble – South Side Dub; 10” (Dub Tunnel) 2012 UK militant steppers cover
Farmyard Connection: Two farmers named Peter & Bob

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Myrna Hague – Melody Life; Melody Life (Studio One) 70’s JA Marcia Griffiths cover
  • Horace Andy – Jah Rainbow; Natty Dread a Weh She Want (New Star) ’78 JA
  • Inner Circle – I’m a Rastaman; Ready for the World (Capitol) ’77 US Marley cover
  • The Police – Don’t Stand So Close to Me; Zenyatta Mondatta (A & M) ‘81
  • Keith Hudson – Leggo Dub; Brand (Pressure Sounds) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Bobby & the Midnites – Book of Rules; Bobby & the Midnites (Arista) ’81 Heptones cover:
  • Eric Clapton – Swing Low Sweet Chariot; There’s One in Ebvery Crowd (Polydor) ‘75
  • Bad Brains – Jah Love; Into the Future (Megaforce) 2012
  • Pretenders – Waste Not Want Not; Pretenders II (Sire) ‘81

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – 400 Years; The Toughest (Heartbeat) ’70
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Mellow Mood; Best of (Studio One) ‘67
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ‘86
  • Bunny Wailer – Dreamland; Solomonic Singles vol. 1 (Solomonic) ‘76

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Cooly G feat. Dubzee Up North – Blue Stems; Presents Dub Organizer Part 1 (Dub Organizer) 2012 UK female dubstepper
  • 2 Bad Card – Sergio Mendes (Part 1); Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ‘95
  • Aldubb – Big Time; Let There Be Dub (One Drop) 2010 Germany
  • X-O-Dus – English Black Boys; 12” (Factory) ’80 UK
  • Fela & Afrika 70 – Zombie; Zombie (Knitting Factory) ’77 Nigerian jazz/Halloween

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-Tober 31, 2020: Jah-loween Monster Bash!

Greetings ghouls ‘n’ gals!

<All trix, no treats!>

Smile Jamaica loves Jah-loween. Here is the Monster Menagerie from the Ark-ives:

  • Anti-christ/Mark of the Beast/666 – 7
  • Bats – 2
  • Bermuda Triangle – 1
  • Black magic – 9
  • Cemeteries & graveyards – 7
  • Demons – 6
  • Devil, Lucifer, Satan – 59
  • Dungeons – 6
  • Duppies & Jumbies (Jamaican ghosts) – 14
  • Exorcist – 1
  • Frankenstein – 5
  • Ghosts – 19
  • Halloween holiday – 5
  • Haunted houses – 2
  • Hell hounds -1 
  • Loch Ness Monster – 1
  • Monsters – 4
  • Mr. Brown who rides around Trenchtown in a motorized coffin – 2
  • Mummies – 2
  • Obeah (Jamaican Black Magic) – 13
  • Skeletons – 2
  • Undertakers – 3
  • Vampires, Dracula and soap opera vampire Barnabas Collins – 63
  • Voodoo – 5
  • Werewolves – 4
  • Witches – 4
  • Zombies – 14

By my Liberal Arts math, that tallies up to over 260 Jah-loween gems. Plus all my horror soundbytes and movie trailers. (New additions in between the horrorfest such as The Exorcist, Planet of the Vampires,nNight of the Living Dead,  Phantasm).

All mixed into one bubbling cauldron of grimness. Perfect for this era of The Covid. I don’t listen to a lot of new Reggae releases but next year I’m sure to add some ghouly Covid delights.

There was once upon a time when I ‘n’ I never said a word and only played station ID’s during the 3 hours. It was truly 180 minutes of drum, bass and Afternoon of the Living Dead.

But since this is Smile Jamaica, I ‘n’ I tell you some stories to embellish the tunes:

  • Annie Palmer – the evil Jamaican wife of a slave plantation owner who used to whip her slaves mercilessly and continued to haunt them after she died

<Annie Palmer; 26 sec.>

In Jamaica police informers were referred to as Vampires:

<Vampire = informer; 27 sec.>

Peter Tosh always felt there were hell hounds on his trail. One night he was paralyzed from the forces of a demon. He prayed to Jah to save. Jah told him, “son, use the word and you will be as free as a bird.

That word? Bumba klaat. In Jamaica, that is as rude as saying Mother F’er in the US. Bum for vagina. Klaat = cloth. Rastas want nothing to do with their queen’s “monthly visitor”. So the epithet shocked the duppy (Jamaican ghost) out of Peter’s soul.

<Oh Bumba Klaat; 1 min. 22 sec.>

And how about the corpse who put a transmission, engine and four wheels on his coffin to terrorize the denizens of Trenchtown ghetto. His names was Mr. Brown.

<Mr. Brown rides around in a coffin; 21 sec.>

curse, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Jah-loween Monster Bash, 10/31/2020 Annotated Playlist: 85 sec.

Set 1:

  • Ini Kamoze – Hole in the Pumpkin; Shocking Out (RAS) ’87 3 Hours of Jah-loween
  • Scientist – The Voodoo Curse; Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (Greensleeves) ‘81
  • Black Uhuru – Anthem; Anthem (Island) ‘83
  • Ijahman Levi – Devil Disciple; Forward Rastaman (Jahmani) ‘87
  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ‘96
  • GG All-Stars – Haunted House; 12” (GG’s Hit!)   ‘78

Set 2:

  • Crucial Bee – Mark of the Beast; Just a Sting (All-Starr) US Virgin Islands vinyl
  • Sinead O’Connor – Vampire; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 Devon Irons cover
  • The Ethiopians – Obeah Book; Slave Call (Rohit) ’74 Obeah – Jamaican black magic
  • Ghetto Priest – Dungeon; Vulture Culture (ON U Sound) 2003 Singers & Players cover
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Talk About Run; 12” (Greensleeves) ’81 UK duppies in the cemetery

Set 3:

  • Lone Ranger – Annie Palmer; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA vinyl: Jamaican witch/ghost
  • Pablo Gad – Blood Suckers; Blood Suckers (Celluloid) ‘78
  • Chalice – Back Weh Evil Forces; Stand Up! (CSA) ’85 UK vinyl
  • Sky High & the Mau Mau – Cemetery Robbery; Origination (Sky High) 70’s
  • Moses – When the Vampire Comes to Your Neighborhood; 12” (Wackies) ’82 Bronx
  • Leo Graham – Voodooism; Magnetic Mirror Master Mix (Anachron) 70’s Dutch vinyl; Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n

Set 4:

  • Capleton & Big Youth – Mark of the Beast; I-Testament (Def Jam) ‘97
  • Jimmy Cliff – Satan’s Kingdom; I am the Living (MCA) ’80 US vinyl
  • Easy Star All-Stars feat. Mikey General & Spragga Benz – Thrillah (Easy Star) 2012 Michael Jackson/Vincent Prince
  • Carl McDonald – Satan Soldiers on the Run; 12” (Makdon) ’87 Brooklyn 

Set 5:

  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumba Klaat; 12” EP (Rolling Stone) ’81 UK fight off demonic possession
  • David Lindley – Werewolves of London; Very Greasy (Elektra) ’88 Warren Zevon cover
  • Pluto & Trinity – Vampire Year; Ire Mas Rockers Carnival (Top Ranking) ’81 FL vinyl
  • Laurel Aitken – Witchdoctor from Amsterdam; Eskapade en France (Blue Moon) ’90 Fr. Vinyl

Set 6:

  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echodelic Sounds (Record Collect) 2005 SoCal
  • Dennis Brown – Black Magic Woman; Black Magic Reggae (Trojan) ’72 Fleetwood Mac/Santana cover
  • Don Carlos – Night Rider (In Danger); Deeply Concerned (RAS) ’87 DC vinyl
  • The Wailing Souls – Face the Devil; Face the Devil (Jah Guidance) ’81 JA vinyl
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Mr. Brown; Black Magic Reggae (Trojan) ’70 rides around in a coffin

 

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate Oct. 2020 – Royal Flush!

Greetings,

<Leaving on a jet plane> 2 min. 48 sec.

I ‘n’ I father has been fighting a brain condition called NPH. Makes him wet, wobbly, and wacky. So as the eldest, I have been driving my parents from Sun City West, AZ retirement home to Fort Benton, Montana and back again. Montana summers and Phoenix winters. This is my excursion:

 

Day 1: Covid Airlines: SLC to Great Falls, MT.

Get up and get out of the house at 5:30 in the AM. Suitcase, Burning Spear tote bag I carry everywhere, like a man purse, cash and ID. Don’t forget your mask!

No worries, time to dial up Uber on my IPhone.

Credit card 1 rejected, credit card 2 rejected, credit card 3 rejected. Credit card 4? REJECTED. Paypal rejected. WTF? In my haste to call a cab I dropped my new IPhone on the pavement and the screen shattered. F-bomb! 

As Neil Young would say, “Piece of crap.” Luckily the phone feature still worked and I ‘n’ I hailed Ute cab like back in the day. When I got settled I wrote Uber a 1 star, EFF YOU review on the App Store,  deleted those fools and settled in for the dreaded wait.

Uber is unreliable: I entered four legitimate credit cards and Uber rejected them all. They also wouldn’t take my PayPal account. They don’t care. I deleted the app, told all my friends & family. Now I either use Lyft or will call a cab. FIYA BU’N UBER!!! Worse than Covid!

This trip is already starting out with a bad omen…

Flying. When I ‘n’ I told friends I was getting on planes their look of horror and incredulity was obvious. Like I need any reminders. I ‘n’ I have no choice. Maybe the plane will be mostly empty like when I flew out in May.

Nope. Tin can Skywest plane was completely full. Two seats, aisle, two seats. Luckily no Utah county maskholes. Flight to Great Falls was 2/3 full. Had to pull the mask down at TSA. WTF? Great, Covid to the left of me, Covid to the right of me….

Day 2:  Fort Benton, Montana to Ogden, Utah (578 miles)

Could not wait to get on the road. Watching TV in a state with competitive electoral races is a nightmare. Every commercial was Dem attacking R. R slandering Dem. Every. Single. Break. Doesn’t anyone just sell Coca-Cola and toothpaste anymore?

1300 miles from North Central Montana to Phoenix retirement community. Drove the first stretch as far as Ogden, Utah.

  1. Pops, who was still wheelchair bound when I ‘n’ I made the reverse trip in May. Now walking with a cane and doing well mentally.
  2. Yimma (my mom). Sat in the back with her Ipad
  3. Bella our lap dog/rabbit killer
  4. I ‘n I. Did all the driving
Bella 27, Rabbits and lizards 0

That stretch in the Fall is beautiful if the weather is good. Freshly harvested wheat fields, cross the Missouri River a bunch of times, Go up and over the Continental Divide.

I ‘n’ I told Yimma we had to get on the road early. Because I wanted to be in our Motel Room in time for the first debate between the Orange Guy and the Pale White Guy.

Forced to listen to The Bridge on Sirius/XM. Soft rock of the 70’s. By the time we hit Butte, MT, I ‘n’ I wanted to throw myself off a bridge. After about the third Christopher Cross “classic” I was itching to switch to the Metallica channel! 1300 miles of wimp rock. Mainline the caffeine straight into my veins.

Sirius XM – The Bridge Channel: 1300 miles of musical Ambien

Checked into a grungy Motel 6 just off I-15. Ordered up some dinner delivery. I got out my vape pen and for the first time ever(?) watched FOX News. Shit meet show!

I ‘n’ I was vaping Trainwreck while watching a train wreck. Remember the two old dudes from the Muppets? This is America?

Paint the taller one orange, and that was what watching the Presidential Debate was like

Day 3: Ogden, Utah to Mesquite, Nevada (376 miles); 45 sec.

Grinding through Utah in a Buick Enclave crammed so full of cra….stuff I had to rely on the side mirrors. Fighting off narcolepsy from the endless rotation of Seals & Croft, James Taylor and Carly Simon. I ‘n’ don’t think I’m gonna listen to any Steely Dan for at least a year.

Central Utah would be prettier if it were 100 miles shorter from SLC to Nevada.

Nevada has a Karen governor so we weren’t able to stay at the casinos in May. This time we checked in to Virgin River Casino. Yimma got the rooms while I ‘n’ I drove to Deep Roots Harvest.

Hit Yimma up for 2 Benjamins. My Uber fee, strike that Lyft fee for doing all the driving. That debate debacle depleted my vape stock, and so picked up a couple cartridges: Strawberry Cough and Grape Ape. I ‘n’ I have a sweet tooth.

Reward for 954 miles driven in two days

Drove back and we all had a pandemically correct dinner. I ‘n’ I hate ketchup and pepper packets. First world problems!

Pops squeezes the nickel til the buffalo shits, so he stayed in his room and watched baseball in empty stadiums. Yimma and I hit the casino floor. She is a slots player. I’m a video poker guy.

New rules on the casino floor. My Pops said he wished he had the plexiglass business. No doubt. Gambling now is like playing cards in a phone booth. I’m claustrophobic so I looked for a machine on the end.

Gambling Covid style in a plexiglass coffin. (Click image for better view)

Low stakes, 25 cents x 5 coins per play. That first Andrew Jackson lasted long enough to wash down my “strawberries” with a Jack and coke. The bosomy cocktail waitress doesn’t come around much to the quarter machines.

Put a second $20 in. Played it almost to the end. $60 is about all I’m willing to blow in one sitting. Then it happened…..

CALL ATTENDANT! CALL ATTENDANT!

Huh? I looked down and saw 4000 coins on the machine tally. I had just hit a Royal Flush. Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten of Spades.

When it dawned on me what 4000 quarters added up to, even by my Liberal Arts math “skills”, that was $1000. Then, of course, there was no attendant to be found! Covid casinos are still pretty empty. Lot of staff have been furloughed.

I ‘n’ I was afraid to venture from my machine b/c I figured the moment I step away, someone would sit down and claim my winnings. Finally I yelled at a Security Guy: HEY YOU! I WON THE JACKPOT!

He offered to get a person to pay out. That was a five minute wait that seemed like hours. I ‘n’ I was half paranoid that there would be a power outage or earthquake and the machine would black out. Once you win something like that you now have a reason to care about the outcome. Usually I play to fill time, sipping whiskey, surreptitiously toking up, (it’s flavored CBD!)  and listening to every 80’s hit by Madonna on the PA system.

Nice lady comes over with her notepad and a money bag. Counted out 9 $100 bills and 5 20’s. You know they want you to kick that last $100 back to them. My mind was wrecked, no way I ‘n’ I could concentrate. I took my cash and headed to find Yimma who had run out of a $100 pretty quickly. I was shaking. Never won a jackpot like that in my history of low stakes gambling in Vegas.

Ka-ching!

No 1099 either. Pure profit. We headed back to the rooms. Pops was looking at the two of us wearing shit eating grins. I laid down in front of him, 100, 200, 300….up to $1000. He just shook his head.

When I Tweeted out my winnings, a lot of well wishers said that I ‘n’ I deserved to win for risking The Covid (Bobbylon 17, Covid 0) to be the good son to drive my elderly parents all the way home.

<Tom Petty – Even the losers get lucky sometimes>; 75 sec.

As Tom Petty sang, “Even the losers get lucky sometimes.” Day 4: Mesquite to Sun City West, 350 miles. Sailed home that last stretch. Even the Air Supply tunes on Sirius XM sounded grittier than normal.

 

So when I ‘n’ I returned from 2 weeks on the road, cratedigging in 108 degree weather, this was my first song back on Smile Jamaica

Bless, Bobbylon

Set 1:

  • Sonya Spence – Jet Plane; In the Dark (Skynote) ’78 John Denver cover
  • Hi-Tech Roots Dynamics – Jammin’ Dub; 90 Degrees Dub (Top Beat) UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ‘88
  • Aswad – Not Satisfied; Not Satisfied (Columbia) ‘82
  • The Reddies – Voodoo Woman; Cultivation (The Reddies) 2009 Jah-stin TX
  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; Boris Pickett cover
  • Mike Brooks & Matic Horns – The Devil’s Conspiracy; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2005 UK

Set 2:

  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 herbtune
  • Ras Midas – Good Old Days; 12 the Hard Way (Tribesman) ‘78
  • Hollie – Desdemona; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 female singer
  • Barrington Levy – Murderer; 12” (MCA) ’84 US
Roll a lickle spliff with di papyrus. Smoking sensimeena inna Mesopotamia

Set 3: RIP producer Bunny Lee

  • Horace Andy – Skylarking; Prime of (Music Club) ’75: 4 favorite Bunny Lee (RIP) productions
  • Ronnie Davis – Kaya; Tribute to Bob Marley (Esoldun) ’78 Bob Marley herb cover
  • Hortense Ellis – Unexpected Places; Queen of Reggae (JA) ‘76
  • Johnny Clarke – Every Knee Shall Bow; Dreader Dread (Blood & Fire) ‘78
Producer Bunny Lee, 1941-2020

Set 4:

  • Pablo Gad – Sad Mistake; Hard Times (Soul Village) ’80
  • Wendy Shaw – Ease Off Satan; Passing Through the Flames (Issachar) ’92 So Cal
  • Qualia – Plasma (Freshwater Mix); Earthjuice (Waveform) ’98 US mutant dub
  • Bunny Lee & the Aggrovators – Dub Gospel; Dub Will Change Your Mind (King Spina) 70’s Dub album of the hour

Set 5: Halloween Vinyl

  • Peter Metro – Obeah in Jamaica; Music Works for the Future (Jah Life Time) ’87 JA
  • Kwame – Hellhounds; Follow I (Polydor) ’80 US
  • Massive Dread – Vamps on the Corner; Strictly Bubbling (UFO) ’82 JA
  • Prince Alla – Evil Forces; Evil Forces (Calabash) ’84 Opa-Locka, FL
  • Wailing Souls – Penny I Love You; Wailing (Jah Guidance)  

Set 6: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox Halloween

  • Dennis Alcapone – Mr. Brown; 7′ (Observer) …rides around in a coffin 
  • Freddie McGregor – Mark of the Beast; 7” (Soul Syndicate)
  • Larry Marshall – Duppyman Skank; 7” (Moodisc) ’96 duppy = Jamaican ghost
  • Bionic Steve – Bermuda Triangle; 7” ’80
  • Prince Buster – Ghost Dance; 7” (Prince Buster) ’72

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree Halloween

  • Peter Tosh – Jumbie Jamboree; The Toughest (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’64
  • Bob Marley and the Wailers – Duppy Conqueror; 7” (Upsetter) ‘70
  • Bob Marley and the Wailers – Mr. Brown; Songs of Freedom (Tuff Gong) ‘70
  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76

Set 8: Mutant Dub Halloween

  • Singers & Pl ayers – Dungeon + Jah Merchant Ship; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK
  • Gorillaz – Dracula; Gorillaz (Virgin) 2000
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Blood Suckers; Belly of the Beast (Ariwa) ’96 UK dub poet
  • Finley Quaye – Mashing Up Lucifer/Stone the Devil; CD Single (Epic) ‘97
  • Earl Sixteen – Gates of Hell; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2004 UK
  • Natacha Atlas – I Put a Spell on You; Best of (Mantra) 2005 Algerian dawta, Screaming Jay Hawkins cover

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 22, 2020 – “Just in Case” Vinyl!

 

“Nancy sit upon the lap of Mr. T but she nah waan check for the good sensi!”

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I went back to work last week. Hadn’t been in since the Earthquake in Mid March and then everything got shut down.

There was hardly anyone there, but I had to make sure everything was working for a new semester of Covidized media.

I manage the Audio and Video Studios for the Marriott Library at the University of Utah campus. Audio Studio is used heavily for podcast creation.

New rules: 1 person can use a microphone, with a “condom”. 2 people have to record with their masks on. I ‘n’ I got the hairy eyeball from users on that suggestion. Not my rules, but I’m the Sheriff and have to enforce them.

So I ‘n’ I get home, without incident, and just sort of randomly cough. Immediately I thought. Oh no! Is the streak over?

Then I saw this:

Wuhan China water park party, Aug. 2020

I ‘n’ I said to my boss: I’m taking the first of classes as vacation. Let those Covid infested University students come on campus get their books, student loans, course registration, etc.

Spewing The Covid everywhere. Let it settle and then I’ll come back.

I’m not afraid of The Covid, but I ‘n’ I would just assume minimize risk where possible. I ‘n’ I have two nephews, one already picked up a case – no symptoms, no fear – so I know the mindset of the youth.

None of them are going to classmate’s funerals, so they feel immortal. Yet, there is the Reggae Saying that I ‘n’ I know  and live by:

<New broom sweeps clean, Old broom knows the corners>

My main reason is that as long as I ‘n’ I stay Covid free, I get to juggle the black wax at KRCL. They are Karen’s. I’m not. Right now, I’m the only Saturday person live at KRCL and intend to keep it that way .

Deejaying from home, without access to vinyl, offends my motto: No digital for I ‘n’ I.

<The joy of live KRCL; 36 seconds>

So just in case, they stash I ‘n’ I in a nursing home next week, I decided for one more vinyl showcase for the masses on Smile Jamaica.

<Bobbylon 11, The Covid 0; 1 min.>

So enjoy this Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive podcast and hear some stories while I’ n’ I go to the kitchen to dip my spliff in a jug of HCQ.

bless, Bobbylon

Story 1: the Tragic murder of youthman Hugh Mundell

Story 2: 80’s Live Reggae at the Triad Center, Salt Lake City; 45 sec.

KRCL Reggae shows in the late 80’s. Shutdown after a murder at a Zapp and Roger concert.

Story 3: Ganja trimmers from Ganjarado listen online to Smile Jamaica; 1 min. 22 sec.

Story 4: Bunny Wailer’s return to live performing; 56 sec.

Story 5: KUSF – From best college radio station to classical music; 54 sec.

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 22, 2020 Annotated Playlist; 66 sec.:

Set 1:

  • Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Build Up Your House; Revelation (Trojan) ’82 UK nyahbinghi
  • The Disciples – The Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 Burning Spear dub album of the hour
  • Big Youth – Cool Breeze; Everyday Skank (Trojan) ’72 UK dj to Stop That Train
  • U Roy – Rocking Vibration; Love Is Not a Gamble (TR International) ’80 JA dj to Gladiators
  • Ashanti Roy & Sister Bunny Brissett – Look Before You Leap; Berlin Wall (High Times) ’92 JA
  • Brown Eagle and Spear – Draw the Challice; Brown Eagle and Spear (New Name) ’88 JA 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Hugh Mundell – False Rumour; 12″ (Rockers International) ’78 JA

Set 2:

  • Yellowman – Throw Mi Corn; Under Me Fat Thing (Arrival) ’82 JA dj to Larry Marshall
  • Myrna Hague – Melody Life; Melody Life (Studio One) JA Marcia Griffiths cover
  • Horace Andy – Jah Rainbow; Natty Dread a Weh She Want (New Star) ’78 JA
  • Voice of Progress – Lost in Space; Mini Bus Driver (Negus Roots) ’82 JA
  • Tapper Zukie – Raggy Joey Boy; 10″ (Mobiliser) ’82 UK picture sleeve

Set 3: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox Set

  • The Gayletts – Son of a Preacher Man; 7″ (Steady) ’70 Dusty Springfield cover;
  • Jah Stitch – Collie Burn; 7″ (Soul Power) ’76 dj to Johnny Clarke/Tosh – Legalize It
  • Ashley Bennett – Leggo the Wrong; 7″ (Observer)
  • Junior Mervin – Defuse the Bomb; 7″ (Mervin)
  • The Revolutionaries – IRA; 7″ (Disco Mix) ’78 dub
  • Israel Vibration – Worry Dub; Israel Dub (Greensleeves) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour
Judy Mowatt lead vox

Set 4:

  • Carribbean All Stars – Reggae Down; Live and Direct (Raw Live) ’86 Oakland
  • Zap Pow – Sweet Lovin’ Love; Love Hits (LMS) ’74 JA
  • Lone Ranger – Legalise the Collie Herb; Hi Yo Silver, Away! (Greensleeves) ’82 UK herbtune
  • Boney L & Vibronics – Babylon Children; 10″ (Jah Tubbys) 2006 UK militant steppers dawta

Set 5:

  • Freddie McGregor – Natural Collie; FM (High Times) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Jennifer Lara – A Change Is Gonna Come; Studio One Presents (Studio One) ’81 JA – Sam Cooke cover
  • Jimmy Cliff – Rub a Dub Partner; Special (CBS) ’82 US
  • Ken Boothe – Jah Is My Nuclear Bomb; 12″ (Black Solidarity) ’85 JA
  • Jah Shaka – Giver of Life; 12″ (Jah Shaka) ’87 UK

 

 

Set 6: Politrix Set

  • Papa Kojie & Blue Riddim – Nancy Reagan Re-Election Remix; 12″ (ORA International) ’85 LA picture sleeve: 
  • The Heptones – Mr. President; Party Time (Mango) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark
  • The Wild Bunch – Mr. President Man; The Wild Bunch (Ariwa) ’84 UK – two dawtas, 1 dread
  • Roy C & the Honeydrippers – Impeach the President; 12″ (Tuff City) ’73 honey colored vinyl
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers – Chemical Specialist; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus; Lion’s Domain (bootleg) ’78 UK
  • Marcia Griffiths – Life Is Like a Garden; Rock My Soul (56 Hope Road) ’84 JA
  • Bunny Wailer – Ballroom Floor; Live (Solomonic) Dec. 26, 1982 Kingston, JA
  • Peter Tosh – Where You Gonna Run; 12″ (EMI America) ’83 US

Set 8:

  • Frank Caroll – Pimper’s Paradise; Making Life Easy (Little Train) ’87 Fort Lauderdale, FL; Bob Marley cover
  • Johnny Clarke – Reggae Music; Give Thanks (Ariwa) ’85 UK
  • Prince Far I – Natty Champion; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK
  • Pablo & Fay – Bedroom Mazurka; 10″ (Trojan) ’73 rude to Keith & Tex “Tonght”

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-gust 1, 2020: 32 Years of Dead Media!

RIP – the Compact Disk: 1985-2019

 

Greetings,

Pity the Compact Disk. Gone the way of the 8-Track cartridge and cassette tape. Relegated to the dustbin of dead media formats: VHS tapes and soon come, DVDs.

Digital on your phone. Fetishization of vinyl, the hipster medium. (I ‘n’ I never lost  faith in vinyl, even when people told me that CDs were what’s happening.)

The shiny aluminum coaster thingees suffered the ignominious fate of being outsold by the black wax in 2019:

Vinyl Is Poised to Outsell CDs For the First Time Since 1986

<The CD is a relic; 17 sec.>

Bobbylon’s cratedigging autobiography:

  • CD player for Christmas 1985: Fisher brand. Only showed track number. Low frills deck from Montgomery Ward. Bozeman Montana record shops. Summer vacation to Edmonton, CA Summer ’86
Very first CD in what was to become the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. Didn’t get the CD player til Xmas, 2 months later.
  • Moved to Salt Lake City, Utah Fall 1986 – Started adding CDs: Reggae, Blues, World, College Rock: from about a dozen great SLC record shops. (All but one out of business in 2020.)
Built my Reggae CD collection here. Smokey quit stocking Reggae b./c his shop was continually broken into to steal Reggae CDs…..gave I ‘n’ I the hairy eyeball afterward
  • Reggae fanatic; Oct. 1986-. I ‘n’ I had a pretty decent CD collection considering I had just moved from the rural Montana mountains. Dorms, Univ. of Utah. Met a Jewish upperclassman from Baltimore named Neil Cooperman.  His CD collection was incredible. This was at a time when major stars like Beatles, Stones, Marley had very little available on CD.

Neil and I would trade out disks like baseball cards. The U of U dorms were concrete bunkers. Neil had a top rank stereo, as did I. One day we were listening in his room.  He chose the disk that changed my life.

Black Uhuru – Anthem; 1 min. 20 sec.

1983 – Prince influence duly captured. From left to right: the Riddim Twins (Sly & Robbie)/ Puma Jones (dawta), Michael Rose (front man)

By then I ‘n’I had a nice little Reggae CD stash: Legalize It, No Nuclear War, Marley’s Uprising. Cliff, Toots, UB40 imports. Some grey market roots collections from Germany and Japan.

Neil started up Anthem on his NakamIchi with the Bose 301’s. When Anthem was recorded, 1983, Sly & Robbie were at the synth best. Worked with stalwarts like Bob Dylan, Grace Jones, Joan Armatrading. They added electronic drum and base to Reggae riddims.

80’s were all about synth drums. Everyone from the Stones to Springsteen were overdosing on amplified drum sound. When the lead off selection, What Is Life, built to the vox I ‘n’ I was staggered. This is what I have been looking for!

Music you felt, through the bass throb, as well as heard.

Michael Rose had an Afro-Arab vocal style that was aggressive, female harmonies from Puma Jones added to the militance. Sly & Robbie brought Jamaica to NY discos.

Militant roots: Michael Rose lead vox; Puma Jones & Duckie Simpson harmonies

Ka-boom! All my other genres receded to the background and I focused on building 80/20 into Reggae.

I ‘n’ I had the desire to binge as more Reggae cds hit the market, but disks were expensive. As much as $18.99 in ‘1987 dollars. (Probably 35 bucks today).

Meet the funder of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Ronald Wilson Reagan

  • Ronald (6)
  • Wilson (6)
  • Reagan (6)….as the Rastas would say. (35 sec.)

Back in the mid 80’s Pell Grants and Student Loans. Loans you had to pay back, grants were free and clear. I ‘n’ I would bank one of those checks and every summer from about 1987-1993. A couple New Year’s Eves. Time to feed the Reggae habit.

<Cratedigging with student loan cash>; 1 min. 27 sec.

I’m sure Pres. Reagan would give the screwface to my misuse of funds but in the end, I paid him back. I ‘n’ I like to joke: It took me 15 years to pay off my Reggae collection.

When I ‘n’ I had an aunt in SF and then Hayward, across the bay I would couch surf for two weeks:

Heading west on I-80: Sacramento, Reno,

San Fran, San Mateo, Mill Valley (across the Golden Gate), Oakland, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Hayward (East Bay).

When I didn’t have a relative to freeload, I would stay at the Travelodge: Columbus and Bay, near the Wharf. Literally across the street from Tower Records.

I ‘n’ I would scour the city or the hinterlands during the day, grab some dinner and then spend the evenings til closing in Tower Records (deceased 2006)

I ‘n’ I nearly cried when Tower Records went out of business mid 2000’s. 500 stores since 2008 Recession. How many more Covid?

The justification of any addict: How do I rationalize my consumption? In 1988 I ‘n’ I went from Reggae fan to the airwaves. With a radio show, I ‘n’ I can’t play the same thing twice. (Like a fashionista who wouldn’t be caught dead wearing the same outfit twice.)

Needed the Reggae Roadtrips for the masses on the radio. When I ‘n’ I started 3 0’Clock Roadblock – It was 3-6 AM Sunday Nights/Mondays.

Probably spent more dollars than ever had listeners: cab drivers, 7-11 workers and insomniacs.

But when I ‘n’ I hit “prime time” – Saturday afternoons: Smile Jamaica. Rationalization became justification.

Was it worth it? 32 years of Reggae CDs. 32 Years of Reggae Vinyl.

bless, Bobbylon

IIRC, the first Reggae CD addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Sept. 1986

 

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: August 1, 2020 – 32 Years of Reggae Radio (CDs) 1 min. 27 sec.

Set 1:

  • Black Uhuru – Solidarity; Anthem (Island) ’84 rmx of Little Steven
  • Blackbeard – Jazzz; I Wah Dub (More Cut) ’80 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Keith Hudson – I Shall Be Released; Flesh of My Skin, Blood of My Blood (Atra) ’74 Bob Dylan cover
  • Aswad – Ire Woman; Aswad (Mango) ’76
  • Third World – Dreamland; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’76 Bunny Wailer/Wailers cover
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’80 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Gregory Isaacs – Motherless Children; Sly & Robbie Present (RAS) ’80

Set 2:

  • Dr. Alimantado – I am the Greatest Says Muhammad Ali; Best Dressed Chicken in Town (Greensleeves) ’73 instrumental
  • Althea & Donna – If You Don’t Love Jah; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78 female dj duo
  • Ijahman Levi – Zion Train; Haile I Hymn (Mango) ’78
  • Michael Prophet – Love & Unity 12″ mix; Serious Reasoning (Mango) ’80
Hey Doc, Your fly is open!

Set 3:

  • Inner Circle – We a Rockers; Rockers (Mango) ’79 soundtrack
  • Horace Andy – Tonight (Dub); Bim Sherman Meets U Black & Horace Andy in a Rub-a-Dub Style (Original) ’79
  • Cassandra – Thank You; Babylon Soundtrack (EMI) ’80 UK female lovers rock
  • UB40 – Burden of Shame 12″; Sounding Off (Sound) ’80 comp.
  • King Tubby – The Dub Master Dub vinyl of the hour
Sam Goody’s – Crossroads Mall, SLC, Fall 1986

Set 4:

  • Johnny Osbourne – Jah Promise; Truths & Rights (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’80
  • Sisters Jam – People of the World; Rockers International (Greensleeves) ’81 A. Pablo prod’n
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Dreadlock; Black Ark in Dub (Esoldun) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Mikey Dread – Jah Jah Love in the Morning; World War III (Dread at the Controls) ’81

Set 5:

  • Dhaima – Ina Jah Children; Uptown Top Ranking (Perfect Object) ’77
  • Pablo Moses – Dubbing Is a Must; A Song (Mango) ’80
  • Toots & the Maytals – Beautiful Woman; Knock Out! (Mango) ’81
  • Prince Fari I – Survival; Umhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation) (Tamoki Wambesi) ’83
Sad irony: Prince Far I killed during the making of his last album. Survival is the Game

Set 6: Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark Set

<Reggae History Lesson: Black Ark Studio; 90 sec.>

  • The Congos – Children Crying; Heart of the Congos (Blood & Fire) ’77 –
  • Native – Rockstone ’77
  • Max Romeo – Uptown Babies Don’t Cry; War in a Babylon (Mango) ’76
  • Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man; Conscious Man (Seven Leaf) ’77
  • Elektro Robotik Dub Orkestra – Kentucky Was a Chicken (Ariwa) ’84 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
Lee “Scratch” Perry @ the controls of his mythic Black Ark studio, 1974-1979

Set 7:  Wailers Family Tree Set

  • Bunny Wailer – Dreamland; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76 
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It; Legalize It (Columbia) ’76
  • Judy Mowatt – Screwface; Love is Overdue (Shanachie) ’87 Bob Marley cover

<Screwaface – the look you get if you don’t wear your mask at the grocery store; 13 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Comin’ in From the Cold 12″; Uprising (Tuff Gong) ’80

Set 8:  Mutant Dub

  • Jah Woosh – Woodpecker Sound; ON U Sound Celebration (Trance) ’88 
  • Alpha & Omega – Ancient African Dub 12″ Mix; Sound System Dub (ROIR) ’95
  • London Underground – Watch Your Step; Compilation 80-84 (ON U Sound) ’89
  • Tena Stelin – Political Confusion; Wicked Intention (Mr. Modo) ’89
  • Singers & Players – Resolution Pt. 2 and v. 2; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82

Covid Humor:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-ly 4, 2020: Ancient Astronaut Theorists 17, Scoffers 0

 

Greetings,

Here’s hoping you had a pandemically correct 4th of July. It’s okay to be paranoid, they are watching  if you didn’t!

Do you know what else happened around the 4th of July? 1947? The Alien crash at Roswell, New Mexico.

Roswell is the air field that delivered the atomic bombs that destroyed Jah-pon. Created at Los Alamos in New Mexico. Do you think it is a coincidence that the ground zero for nuclear weaponry was “probed” (pun intended) by extra terrestrial watchers?

Sometime in late June 1947 a ranch foreman in the rural scrub land around the Roswell Army Air Field, named Brazel collected debris, that was non-earth metals in origin.  Ultimately, he delivered the pieces to the Army.

On July 8, 1947 the local paper, the Roswell Record, published a statement from the Army….

<Roswell UFO crash: June 1947 audio story>

Army press release is fascinating:

The many rumors regarding the flying disc became a reality yesterday when the intelligence office of the 509th Bomb group of the Eighth Air Force, Roswell Army Air Field, was fortunate enough to gain possession of a disc through the cooperation of one of the local ranchers and the sheriff’s office of Chaves County. The flying object landed on a ranch near Roswell sometime last week. Not having phone facilities, the rancher stored the disc until such time as he was able to contact the sheriff’s office, who in turn notified Maj. Jesse A. Marcel of the 509th Bomb Group Intelligence Office. Action was immediately taken and the disc was picked up at the rancher’s home.

Flying disc. It wasn’t theirs. Flying object. Disc. Disc, Disc. Extra Terrestrial.

Ancient Astronaut Theorists 1; Scoffers 0

Little known fact: other Roswell army officers believe multiple UFO’s crashed near Roswell late June 1947

Alas, it couldn’t be…

The higher ups in the military back in DC freaked out. They issued a weak sauce retraction. Jesse Marcel, the local intelligence officer assigned to the Roswell Army Air Field had to issue a mea culpa. It wasn’t flying disc. It was a  “weather balloon.”

Marcel’s family says that he was threatened to comply even though he knew it was not a weather balloon but a crashed spaceship.

He is holding a “piece” of the “balloon” as he bleats “weather balloon to the press.” Look at his eyes. He is not looking at the camera, but off camera. Regurgitating something he didn’t believe to please his superior officers.

Jesse Marcel walks it back: You can’t hide your lyin’ eyes

If you read this blog, your take on what I ‘n’ I says next comes down to the Manichean choice. Do you believe Wikipedia or your Ace From Outer Space, Bobbylon the Ancient Astronaut Theorist?

Pick your choice: Giorgio? or Wikipedia?

My brother in law used to sell high tech pipe to irrigation and water conservation clients in Roswell. One day he took his client to lunch and asked, “So what’s the deal with the UFO’s”.

His customer, a ranch supply distributor, salt of the earth Southwest cowboy said outright. “The local coroner was told by the Army to deliver 3 child size coffins to the base. Why do you need coffins for a weather balloon?”

Game. Set. Match.

Ancient Astronaut Theorists 2; Scoffers 0

Roswell, NM July 1947

If you don’t trust I ‘n’ I do you trust Dwight Eisenhower. (He signed a treaty with the aliens. They can surveill us and we get their technology.)In 1954 Pres.  Eisenhower went to play golf and developed a “tooth crisis” instead. He disappeared from Secret Service protection. Why?

He went up into a flying saucer to negotiate the treaty

Eisenhower signs treaty with Aliens

Ike’s treaty saved the planet from Alien annihilation

Ancient Astronaut Theorists 3; Scoffers 0

Don’t like Ike? How about Tricky Dick? Nixon showed entertainer Jackie Gleason alien cadavers in cold storage at an Air Force base in Florida. Gleason had the world’s biggest UFO collection at the time, but seeing the reality of the alien corpses haunted him.

Jackie Gleason sees dead Aliens

“To the Moon, Alice!”

Ancient Astronaut Theorists 4; Scoffers 0

How best to spread the truth of Ancient Astronaut Theory to the benighted masses? Via Reggae, Dub and Ska! Mutant Dub I-specially for the UFO mood!

 

<Alien fascination that rules the nation!>

I ‘n’ I favorite Smile Jamaica theme shows for 3 plus decades?

  1. 4:20 Cannabliss
  2. Jah-loween
  3. UFO-ria

Here is how I ‘n’ I celebrate the UFO-ria

  • Vegas Area 51s AAA baseball cap

  • Attach a couple pins:

  • Glow in the Dark Roswell Tee shirt
  • Rear view mirror on I ‘n’ I 2020 Subaru Legacy

  • License plate cover

  • Last but not least…

Because,  truly. They came for the nukes, but stay for the weed!

<Why are the Aliens still here? For our weed!l 24 sec.>

“Take us to your dealer!”

So enjoy the Extra Terrestrial mash up of Reggae, Ska, Rock Steady, Rock, Dub, Mutant Dub and even some Classical.

Stories on Ancient Astronaut Theory, Aliens in the Bible/Anunnaki Tales and famous men and mammals in space.

Look to the skies! Do not Scoff!

It’s Smile Jamaica UFO-ria Stylee. Acoustic Levitation inna Irie meditation!

bless, Bobbylon

Ancient Astronaut Theory

<Utnapishtim and his space ship. Not Noah’s Ark; 1 min. 45 sec.>

Not Noah and an Ark to survive the Great Flood. Just like outer space is the only way to escape the Covid, so was interplanetary travel the only way to survive the deluge. 500 years before the mud receded. No wooden ark with one family could survive that.

No ark. Spaceship….

Similar to The Borg in Star Trek: New Gen. The Tesseract spaceship was how to survive the Great Flood

More likely scenario? Sumerian immortal ancient alien, Utnapishtim, DNA seedbank to spaceship or . Noah’s Ark. 70 cubits by 70 cubits. Ricketty-ass wooden ark. One family to separate the carnivores from the herbivores, shovel shit and feed animals.

Ancient Astronaut Theory 5; Scoffers 0

 

Noah story predecessor: (Sumerian) Utnapishtim preparing his Space Ark

<Gilgamesh, immortality and the serpent; 56 sec.>

As part of the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gil was half mortal/half immortal. He sought out Utnapishtim on his tesseract spaceship. Utnapushtim gave him the Tree of Life. Immortality secured, an exhausted Gilgamesh returned to Sumer (Shinar in the Bible) and fell asleep on a river bank.

The treacherous serpent slithered out of the reeds and stole away the Tree of Life (Eden). Gilgamesh died a mortal. As did Adam and Eve after their encounter with the snake.

Ancient Astronaut Theory 6, Scoffers 0

Gilgamesh loses the Tree of Life (immortality) to a Serpent

In Revelation, John the Revelator mentions the New Jerusalem. But he isn’t describing a city. It is a massive spaceship 1400 miles x 1400 miles:

Revelation 21:2 – I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband

Coming down out of heaven, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed. The jeweled dressing are the lights on the spaceship.

<New Jerusalem from the Book of Revelation is a spaceship>

Ancient Astronaut Theory 7; Scoffers 0

From Revelation: The New Jerusalem is a Spaceship, not a city. 1400 miles x 1400 miles

The Anunnaki – Those who camr down from the sky. The Ancient Sumerian Skygods: Anu, Marduk, Enki, Ishtar, Enlil and more. They created mankind to mine gold and travel in from the Planet Nibiru. My fellow Ancient Astronaut, Rasta bredrin, Tena Stelin does the roll call of all of Biblical stories of Ancient Aliens.

Tena Stelin – Flying Saucers; 7″ (River Bank) 2000; 1 min. 29 sec.

AnunnakiAnu-Anunnaki
Anunnaki, El Kuluwm

Flying Saucers
Them a chat bout on-ya
Flying Saucers
Up in the Sky near and far
It’s coming like Star Wars…Watch it!

Please tell me: what is the meaning?
The meaning of these sightings?
So many people claim to see the same thing
I guess it must mean something

Talking about Extra Terrestrials!
Ask yourself: is it real or is it impossible? Watch out!

In the Book of Ezekiel
It’s like he describes a Crystal Ship

I’ve got to wonder if he was for real?
Was he just a raving lunatic? Hallelu-Jah!

Enoch walked with God
And he was found not

Elijah was taken up into a Chariot
A Chariot of Fire!

Inna Ancient Mesopotamia
They talked about the Anunnaki
They said they came from beyond the Sky
Oh tell me! Was they telling a lie?

El Kuluwm means the Source
El Kuluwm the highest course
All and Iley and Allah is the Same
So the Rastaman tell me no feel no way

These are the Biblical, Islamic and Hindu examples of Ancient Astronaut Encounters:

  • Chariots of the Gods – space ship
  • Jacob’s Ladder – space ship
  • Burning bush – space ship
  • Prophet Ezekiel and his crystal ship – space ship
  • Stairway to Heaven – space ship
  • Noah’s grand dad Enoch “walked with God and then was not”. Taken to heaven in a space ship
  • New Jerusalem – space ship
  • Magic carpets in the Arabian Nights – space ship
  • Muhammad’s night journey to Heaven on a winged horse: El Buraq – Space ship
  • Vimanas from Hindu cosmology – space ship

Ancient Astronaut Theory 17; Scoffers 0

Ezekiel’s Crystal Ship: The wheel within a wheel gyroscopic spaceship

Stories: Space Travel

<1986 Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster; 36 sec.>

Sister Carol warns of the hubris of mankind treading on Jah’s Heavenly abode. The Challenger Space Shuttle crash was the comeuppance for human technological arrogance.

Neil Armstrong first man on the Moon. Yuri Gagarin, first man in space.

<Yuri Gagarin: First Man in Space – Soviet Cosmonaut; 25 sec.>

Yuri Gagarin

Space mammals

Before man could venture into space, mammals had to go first. The Soviets had Laika the space dog. Burned up within hours of flight on Sputnik 2.

<Laika, space pup martyred>

RIP Laika

America went with primates while figuring out space travel. Same result. Audio Active pays tribute to the Space monkey pioneer martyrs

 

Smile Jamaica UFO-ria July 4, 2020 – Playlist

  • Herbert von Karjan – Also Sprach Zarathustra; 2001 A Space Odyssey (MGM)
  • Alpha & Omega – The Dub Is Out There; Serious Joke (A & O) 2002 X-Files dub
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead – Earth From Outer Space; All People (Boo Boo Wax) 2013
  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Akua Naru – Last Night (I Fell in Love With an Ancient Astronaut); Ancient Astronauts; Into Bass and Time (ESL) 2011 female singer
  • Word Sound I Powa – Intro; Live From Planet Crooklyn (WordSound) ’96 – weed in McCarran Park (Brooklyn)
  • Devin the Dude – Zeldar; Just Tryin’ ta Live (Rap a Lot) 2002 Zeldar from Beldar finds weed
  • Prince Jammy – Conspiracy on Neptune; Prince Jammy Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) ’82***End of Set 1
  • Laurel Aitken – Apollo 12; The Pama Years (Grover) ’69
  • UFO feat. DeeDee Bridgewater – Flying Saucer; Saint Pres des Cafe IV (Wagram) 2004 female vox
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – African Hitchhiker; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ’90 alien from outer space
  • The Police – Walking on the Moon; Reggata de Blanc (A & M) ’80
  • Space Lounge Syndicate – Enter the Spaceport; Live From the Omega Station (Crypticon) 2007***End of Set 2
  • Mighty Sparrow – Russian Satellite; King Sparrow’s Calypso Carnival (Cook) ’59
  • Spacemonkeyz Meets the Gorillaz – Starshine; Laika Come Home (Virgin) 2002
  • Toyes – Waiting For the Aliens; Strange Animals (CD Tunes) ’99
  • Roots Radics – Storming the Death Star; Scientist and Jammy Strike Back! (Trojan) ’82***End of Set 3
  • Anubian Lights – Outflight Edit; Outflight EP (Crippled Dick Hot Wax!) 2001 about the New Jerusalem space ship
  • Symarip – Skinhead Moonstomp; Skinhead Moonstomp (Trojan) ’70
  • Armgadieon – Galactic Travel; Natural Elements Dub (Armagideon Sounds) ’94***End of Set 4
  • Lone Ranger – UFO; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA: Vinyl is Vital Set
  • Lincoln Thompson – Spaceship; Natural Wild (United Artists)
  • ’80 UK
  • U Roy – Your Ace From Outer Space; Version Galore (Treasure Isle) ’68 JA
  • Sister Carol – Lost in a Space; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’89 DC: about ’86 Challenger Space Shuttle tragedy
  • Bush Chemists – Star Dub; 10″ (Jah Tubby’s) 2006 UK Stormtrooper theme from Star Wars***End of Set 5
  • Systemwide – Gilgamesh; Live at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (BSI) 2002
  • Thievery Corporation – Stargazing; Culture of Fear (ESL) 2011 DC w/ female vox
  • Ziggy Marley – I Don’t Want to Live on Mars; Fly Rasta (Tuff Gong) 2013
  • Nicky Thomas – Doing the Moonwalk; Love of the Common People (Trojan) ’70
  • Sly & Robbie – Space Invaders; Syncopation (Joe Gibbs) ’80 FL vinyl***End of Set 6
  • Audio Active – Return of the Space Ape; Apollo Choco (ON U Sound) ’97 Jah-pon
  • SoKo – I Thought I Was an Alien; I Thought I Was an Alien (Because) Fr. female singer
  • Derrick Morgan – Do the Moon Hop; Moon Hop (Doctor Bird) ’70
  • London Symphony – Cantina Theme; Star Wars (20th Century) ’77 US vinyl***End of Set 7
  • Tena Stelin – Flying Saucer; 7″ (River Bank) 2000 UK
  • Anjali – Space Lust in the Space Dust (Wiija) 2000 UK Hindi female
  • International Dub System – J’s Space Flight; I.D.S (Red Arrow) ’95
  • Public Service Broadcating – Gagarin; Beyond Saturn (Mojo) 2015 first man in Space

Set 1:

  • Herbert von Karjan – Also Sprach Zarathustra; 2001 A Space Odyssey (MGM)
  • Alpha & Omega – The Dub Is Out There; Serious Joke (A & O) 2002 X-Files dub
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead – Earth From Outer Space; All People (Boo Boo Wax) 2013
  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Akua Naru – Last Night (I Fell in Love With an Ancient Astronaut); Ancient Astronauts; Into Bass and Time (ESL) 2011 female singer
  • Word Sound I Powa – Intro; Live From Planet Crooklyn (WordSound) ’96 – weed in McCarran Park (Brooklyn)
  • Devin the Dude – Zeldar; Just Tryin’ ta Live (Rap a Lot) 2002 Zeldar from Beldar finds weed
  • Prince Jammy – Conspiracy on Neptune; Prince Jammy Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) ’82

Words of Wisdom:

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