Thanks to the democratization of media you don’t have to own your own radio station to do “radio shows”. KRCL used to allow us to stream shows off their website, but changes in the system put the kibosh to all that.
I am feeble at social media but I do know that people don’t expect to consume any media “live” as it happens. That’s why we have DVR’s for TV and podcasts for Radio Shows.
So my easy access to uploading Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives was in limbo. I might have carped about this on air and was glad that a listener, (Nerdshow – based in Ogden), turned me on to the wonders of Mixcloud.
So I can put up a sort of digital media archive or Ark-Ive for Smile Jamaica. As I say on air, “Listen on your time not my time”. When a listener complained about slogging through Public Service Announcements, Radio Underwriting/Advertising and other interruptions, I started editing that stuff out and just have the streams pump Reggae, Dub and me talking about it. Telling stories.
But since I have a personal studio I have started doing online only content. No commercials. No time limit.
My musical fascination is what I call Mutant Dub: the crossover electronic bass and modern effects with Rasta themes, ricochet echo and orthodox Jamaican drum & bass. Not quite electronica nor lounge but heavier and “out on the perimeter” from Roots Reggae. By tradition, I tend to spend the last half hour in this sound during each edition of Smile Jamaica.
In a 3 hour show I figure that last half hour can be the experimental, challenging and odd stuff that keeps me motivated doing media for 25 plus years.
I try to use Smile Jamaica to enlighten people about this niche that appeals to a rather small subset in both the Reggae and Dance markets, I have built some special Mixcloud only shows devoted to Episodes that I call What Is Mutant Dub?
I have produced 3 so far:
Episode 1: What Is Mutant Dub?
Episode 2: Adrian Sherwood’s ON U Sound Label: LP 1-20
Episode 3: Dubwize Halloween
So now I am working on What Is Mutant Dub? Episode 4: Space Dust. Little green men toking juicy green herbs. I have 2 hours done so far. It incorporates all my favorite cannabis sound bytes. Especially the anti-marijuana hysteria high school industrial films that warn “one puff will lead to murder!”
So I’m on my way to 4 hours and 20 minutes from Mutant Dubbers like Dub Syndicate, Zion Train, Thievery Corporation and Audio Active. A World Tour devoted to the Seven Leaf.
<Smile Jamaica Mini-Dub Symphony, 40 sec.>
I will debut this Special Digital Dubplate Show the morning of April 20th. Sunday soundtrack to yr Wake ‘n’ Bake! 4 hours and 20 minutes
(***The operator of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives wishes those reading to know that we do not endorse, encourage or engage in illegal activity. These writings are in spirit with anti-authoritarian subcultures and are meant solely for informational and or educational purposes only. Edutaiment isn’t illegal….yet***)
Everyone knows about the 12 Days of Christmas. But what about the 20 Days of Cannabis? 420 that is. Anyone who has listened to Smile Jamaica over the, well, decades now knows that April is pretty much in bloom with the Seven Leaf Saturday Afternoons on Community Radio Station KRCL..
For going on twenty years – on air between 4 and 7 PM Saturdays – every 4:20 is given over to what I euphemistically call “herbtunes”. I call it the Cannabis Service Announcement. A spin on non-profit radio and its promotion of *Public* Service Announcements. These Reggae and Dub boomshots sing praises to the Wisdom Weed.
The closest Saturday to the 20th day is devoted to an entire show of herbal meditations on all formats and styles: vinyl, singles: 7″, 10″ & 12″, cds and digital*; Roots Reggae, Mutant Dub and Rockers doing Reggae. 180 minutes celebrating free speech and diverse lifestyles. Selah!
*I even have Bob Marley’s Kaya (with the title track and “Easy Skanking” spliff tales) on 8-Track. No player to hear it on, alas.
Because of my job as Audio Engineer in the Marriott Library, I have a slick ProTools digital recorder. So my job pretty much requires me to be a whiz at editing digital files (a skill I originally honed at KRCL on 1/4 inch tape). So I edit a whole heap of sound clips to enhance the mood elevated listening experience. Clips from Cheech and Chong, George Carlin and Steve Martin. Movie dialog from Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown and Saturday Night Live.
I taught myself the DVD audio-track ripper Handbrake just so I could chop a soundbyte out of the Reggae documentary “Land of Look Behind”. From crowd footage at Bob Marley’s funeral, a youth steps forward and shouts “Bob Marley smoked 100 splits a day! A 100 splits a day mon”.
<Bob Marley’s ganja prowess>
Saturday, April 19th. 4-7 PM Mountain Time on krcl.org or 90.9FM in Salt Lake City region.
My annual April Cannabis Service Show. Yeah. It’s silly and obnoxious and totally rude. It’s my favorite show of the year. A lot of my Reggae deejay fraternity are disallowed by their Program Directors to play even a single marijuana ditty. Praise Jah for anything goes KRCL. “Your station that rules the nation!”
Here is the story behind why I decided to livicate (not dead-icate) a potent blast of pot propaganda 20 minutes into each and every Smile Jamaica. And then some.
This could have been about 20 years ago. I was chatting up one of KRCL’s Drive Time deejays in a record store. His show was on one of the Week Days between and 3 and 6 PM. He got the clever notion to bust out a little weed set during his show that he called 4:20 Funk
Alas, someone at the station put the clampdown on his little exercise in musical free speech. 4:20 Funk was banned. Of course, when he told me his tale of woe I made sure the very next Saturday to debut my own Spliff Tales that I christened Cannabis Service Announcements. You have to be fearless and not back down because freedom of expression is under assault.
So in the Spirit of the Season on this Smile Jamaica blog, I will post 20 Cannabis related posts. I’m behind obviously so I’ll do two a day till I catch up.
Facebook: None. I hate Facebook. They spy for the Security State. Tom Green said of Facebook, “Voyeuristic narcissism”
I toil as a University Librarian at the Marriott Library, University of Utah. My title is Manager of the Audio Studio in the Digital Scholarship Lab.
This is my attempt to use New Media/social media to showcase how my avocation (Community Radio) intersects with my vocation (Academic Librarian/Digital Humanities)
So here is what I hope to accomplish with yet another blog on the Internet.
My Terrestrial Radio experiences: (KUTE 1987; KRCL 1988-); Postive Vibration, 3 o’clock Roadblock, Global Gumbo, Smile Jamaica, Radioactive
Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: Playlists, Podcasts/Mixcloud, Music reviews, reggae/music news, deejay/radio tips and stories, autobiography: 25+ years of radio, Mutant Dub Files
Cratedigging: music collecting, cataloging, organizing, obsessing, autobiographical story telling, vinyl formats, reggae archives, Itunes archives/playlist hierarchy, rock/soul/techno/world interest
Academia: New Media, Multi-media Archives, Digital Humanities, University audio projects/digital archives, Interviewing for Research, Media Trends, Mass Media, KUER Music, Middle East Library, Curriculum Library/Education, Religious Studies: Islam, Eastern Rite Christianity, Rastafari
Interests: Progressive Politics, Ancient Aliens, UFO Watching, Seven Leaf, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco Giants.
All my heroes are named Bob: Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Bob (R.) Crumb
Magazines subscribed to: Rolling Stone (Lifetime Subscription), Mojo, Uncut, Mixmag, The Nation, Sports Illustrated, Vice Magazine
I have a steep distrust of social media long before Edward Snowden and really have a steep learning curve on social media. This is the first time I’ve not embraced the new media trend. iTunes was the last media trend I jumped into from the start. Social media baffles me. I have no instinct for it. So I will stumble along til it’s second nature.
So I am calling this The Empty Barrel. From the Jamaican saying, “The empty barrel makes the most noise!”
Smile Jamaica is hosted by Robert Nelson on 90.9 FM KRCL in Salt Lake City, Utah (Saturdays, 4-7 p.m. MT). Ark-ives available weekly here at the Smile Jamaica blog.