Gremlins in the mix: Alas, no Ark-Ive for Apr. 12, Smile Jamaica

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Greetings,

Curses, foiled again!

Wanted to Ark-Ive yesterday’s edition of Smile Jamaica. Terrible signal quality in the digital file, so I had to discard it.

I suspect a conspiracy by the dark forces arrayed against the Seven Leaf.  (20 of the 28 Roots & Dub selections from yesterday’s show were pot propaganda).

Usually I spend Sunday chopping up sound files and stripping out the commercial interruptions during the day prior’s broadcast of Smile Jamaica. Gonna post Ark-Ive Editions here (see Tab above) as well as at Mixcloud

I guess I have to do my taxes instead. Below is the Playlist, at least. You can read it like I read the Major League box scores in the papers.

Next Saturday: “4 score and 20 bongrips ago” . I  got 1 score of years devoted to Cannabliss. …

It’s Smile Jamaica’s 20th Annual Cannabis Service Show; 4-7 PM, Mtn. Time. 90.9FM in Utah and krcl.org online.

Let’s hope for better luck next Saturday. Jah guide!

Before my head hits the pillow this evening, my Federal Taxes will be nice and printed. My Utah State form will be nice and printed. Then tomorrow morning all I haffe  do is skank on over to the Post Office and buy one of those stamp thingees.

Now under what pile of Cds in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive did I stash that effing W-2?

Fi-yah burn!

bless, robt

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Smile Jamaica Playlist; Apr. 12, 2014

4:00-7:00 PM

Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Sip Your Cup; Rally Round (Shanachie) ’85 nyahbinghi herb tune

Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping; Naturally (Shanachie)

10 Ft. Ganja Plant – Rooftop Duel; 10 Deadly Shots vol. II (ROIR) 2012 Dub Album of the Week

Aswad – Ethiopian Rhapsody; Aswad (Mango) ’76 UK roots group Aswad = ‘black’ in Amharic, Arabic; instrumental

Pato Banton – Give Me Oil; Mad Professor Captures Pato Banton (Ariwa) ’85 UK

Pablo Paul – Don’t Dope; 12” (Kingston Connexion); 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Black Slate – Legalise Collie Herb; Amigo: The Best of Black Slate (Ensign); UK dubble dose of herbs

Israel Vibration – Feelin’ Irie; Got to Move (RAS); triple herbs; ***End of Set 1

John Holt – Police and Helicopter; 12” (Holt); herb tune with police siren effect

Max Romeo – Wet Dream; Pray For Me (Trojan); best of set. Riddim Shower (1): vox

Dave Barker – Wet Version; Monkey Spanner (Trojan); Riddim Shower (2): Deejay

Sister Carol – Wicked Collie; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’89; herb tune; ***End of Set 2

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natural Mystic; Live Forever (Tuff Gong); first song of last concert: Sept. 23, 1980; Stanley Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA

Althea & Donna – Jah Music; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin) ’78; deejay duo

Sugar Minott – Strictly Sensi; 12” (Livity); ***End of Set 3

Lone Ranger – Ganja Man; To the Top (Studio One) JA Vinyl is Vital herb set

Teddy Brown – Get Stoned; 12” (Eruption)

Crucial Bee – Cutting Up Sensi; Just a Sting (All Starr) US Virgin Islands

Lovindeer – Free the Marijuana; De Blinkin’ Bus (TSOJ) ’78 JA

Peter Tosh – Legalize It; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg); Live at the Roxy, Los Jahn-geles, Collie-fornya; ***End of Set 4

Peter Tosh – Vampire (Demo); Equal Rights (Columbia/Legacy); ‘77dubble disk rarity

Al Campbell – Collie Herb; 12” (Jah Life); herbtune ***End of Set 5

The Toyes – Smoke Two Joints; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 herbtune; request

African Head Charge – Take Heed and Smoke Up Your Collie Weed; King Size Dub: ON U Sound Special (Echo Beach); mutant dub herb tune

Sugar Dee – High Grade; 12” (Know Thyself); mutant dub herb tune; ***End of Set 7

Reuben da Silva – Sensi Skank; 12” (Reggae Roast)

Dub Unit feat. Speng Bong – Ganjaman (Cubiculo)

Dubkasm feat. Levi Roots – Sensimilla Addict; 12” (Dubkasm); Horace Ferguson

Jah Mason – Brain Food; 12” (King Dubbist)

Day 9 Cannabis Service Month: A Rare Photo of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive

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Greetings,

I grew up collecting comic books and baseball cards. Having a radio show for 25+ years gives me the necessary “excuse” to collect Reggae.

Like my mom who collects beanie babies, I collect and seek out herb tunes. In the same way an art collector doesn’t need to be able to paint to know and enjoy art, same with I on collecting and curating herb tunes for the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives.

The above photo is a portion of the herb tunes wing  of the Smile Jamaica Reggae Ark-Ive. (Ark as in Black Ark)

Smile Jamaica 90.9FM KRCL.org. Saturdays 4-7 PM Mtn.

In a 3 hour show every third Saturday in April, near 4/20, I rent a Uhaul, (well not really, but…), and pack in 2 60 CD Suitcases; a 30 CD Suitcase for Mutant Dub cannabliss; a crate of vinyl for LP’s , a red carry case of 45’s, a Rasta bag for 10″s & 12″s plus my trusty red vinyl cleaning mitt and a partridge inna pear tree.

Most 3 hour Ark-Ive editions of Smile Jamaica average 30-35 songs. The secret stash from that photo is probably 250.

I have at least 800 herb tunes in the Ark-Ive including 1 digital that I wrote about for KUER Music: Jim Stafford’s “Wildwood Weed”.

bless, robt

<Cannabis: The Healing of the Nation, 4 min>

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Day 7 Cannabis Service Month: Smile Jamaica’s “Excellence in Kaya-tude”. Johnny Osbourne

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Greetings,

Smile Jamaica presents the award “Excellence in Kaya-tude” to Johnny Osbourne for his herb tune “Mushroom” off his album Fally Lover.

The crack staff at the Smile Jamaica Ark-ives is crafting a little award in the shape of a Golden Seven Leaf.

In the early 90’s  I worked with a guy from Iran named Amir at the University of Utah. When he learned I hosted a Reggae radio show, I offered to make him a Smile Jamaica Greatest Hits Mixtape. On actual tape. Cassettes.

Some people sing, some people sketch, some people write. I build custom Mixtapes. I put together a Best of the Rest of Motown for my sister and brother in law in Jah-buquerque. They were playing the disk –CDs. On actual aluminum byproduct composite — at a barbecue gathering. One of the guests liked the music so much she asked my sister Stacey, “What’s the title of this CD so I can buy a copy?”

I don’t remember what I put on the 90 minute cassette for Amir but the song that he remembered was Johnny Osbourne’s “Mushroom”

I was raving with two dawtas all night. Alright!                                       Everyone was feeling fine, feeling fine. Party time! 

The only thing the dawtas asking for all night. My gosh!                              Was a stalk of mushroom. What is that? My gosh! 

Don’t want no mushroom to go to my head                                                  Gimme the good sinsemilla instead 

Don’t pee in my garden. Ca’ mushroom will grow                                          Don’t pee in my garden. I don’t want your mushroom to grow       Sensimilla. That I want fe grow

 I don’t want no mushroom to go to my head                                                       Just give me the good sinsemilla. That’s better instead 

All she keep on asking for: mushroom all night long                                            All I had is a bump of sensi, right here in my hand 

Don’t smoke it. Don’t drink it                                                                                Smoke the sensi instead.                                                                                Mushroom ain’t good for your head 

So for 90 minutes of Roots, I got a Persian feast. I met Amir, his wife and daughter for dinner at their place. While having tea, Amir whispered something in Farsi to his 4 year old, Shiva. She busted out, “Don’t peeeeee in my gaaaarden or mushroooooom will groooooow!!!!”

This little songbird didn’t remember any other lyrics. But she gave a couple more spirited repeats as Amir and I laughed and her mom shot me the hairy eyeball.

But hey, at 4 years old? Makes sensi to me!

So way to go Johnny Osbourne for showing us little kids’ love of bodily fluids is universal. Or I-niversal

bless, robt

Heeeeeere’s Johnny!!….

<Johnny Osbourne – Mushroom; 3:40>

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Day 6 Cannabis Service Month: Smile Jamaica’s Herb Ark-Ives A-Z

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Greetings,

Somebody asked me recently just how many actual songs do you have devoted to the Seven Leaf?

I am running two accounts of iTunes at the moment and just haven’t collapsed all 50,000 songs I have “harvested”  to iTunes into one spot. on my Go Flex External Hard Drive

Best guestimation of Smile Jamaica’s herb tunes: Reggae, Dub, Rock, Soul, Blues,Gospel (ha ha)  etc. It is at least 800.

And that doesn’t include probably another 150 on vinyl LP/12″. And probably 300 or so 45’s: classic Reggae as well as Ragga.

There is a whole sub genre just in the Mutant Dub world on 10″ and 12″. I probably have 30-40 of those extended mix dub workouts too.

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So here is a little sampling of some of my Ark-Ives A-Z

bless, robt

Roots Reggae:

  • #: 10 Foot Ganja Plant – Bass Chalice; Bass Chalice (ROIR) 2005
  • A : Aswad  – Pass the Cup; Not Satisfied (CBS)  ’82; cup = chalice = Rasta ritual smoking utensil
  • B: Broggs, Peter – International Farmer; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ’82
  • C: Culture International Herb; International Herb (Virgin) ’79

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  • D: Dillinger – Marijuana in My Brain; Marijuana in My Brain (Jamaica Sound) ’79
  • E: Eek a Mousse – Sensee Party; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’82
  • F: Fun Boy Three – Farmyard Connection; Waiting (Chrysalis); two guys named Peter & Bob growing a lickle herb
  • G: Gold & Don Carlos – Harvest Time; Raving Tonight (Negus Roots) ’83
  • H: Human Rights (HR) – Who’s Got the Herb? (Railroad) ’91; lead throat of Bad Brains on the original done up by 311 as a cover 

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  • I:  Israel Vibration – Red Eyes; Forever (RAS) ’91
  • J: Jah Lion – Colombia Colly; Colombia (Mango) ’76
  • K: King Sighta – Dollar Fe a Reaffer (sic); Master of All (Sunshot) ’78
  • L: Lovindeer – Free the Marijuana & Grow the Weed; De Blinkin’ Bus (TSOJ) ’82
  •  Miller, Jacob & Ray I – All I Want For Ismas & Deck the Halls; Natty Christmas (RAS) ‘ 78; “all I was for Ismas is my collie herb”. “deck the halls with boughs of collie”

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  • N:  NiyoRah – Positive Herb; A Different Age (I Grade) 2005
  • O :  Osbourne, Johnny – Mushroom; Fally Lover (Greensleeves) ’80; don’t pee in my garden or mushroom will grow. Gimme d’good sensi instead 
  • P: Prince Hammer – Export Ganja; Respect I Man (Tamoki Wambesi)
  • Q: Queen Omega – Ganja Baby; Weed a Bun vol. 1 (Charm)
  • R: Reid, Norris – Collie Field; Roots & Vine (Rockers International)
  • S: Steel Pulse – Macka Splaff; Handsworth Revolution (Mango) ’78
  • T: Linval Thompson – I Love Marijuana; I Love Marijuana (Trojan) ’78

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  • U: UB40 – Mi Spliff; Little Baggariddim (Virgin) ’85
  • V: ?
  • W: Wailing Souls – Ishen Tree; On the Rocks (Greensleeves) ’83
  • Y: Yellowman – Operation Eradication; One in a Million (Shanachie) ’84
  • Z: Zephaniah, Benjamin – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’85

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Day 5 Cannabis Service Month: Peter Tosh for NORML and Smile Jamaica

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Greetings,

Peter Tosh must be looking down from Jah’s Heavenly Choir with guitar in hand, spliff in mouth and smile on face.

“Legalize It, I will advertise it”.  The penultimate herbtune in the Reggae canon. I wish he could see the progress of his missionary work on behalf of the Seven Leaf 25+ years after his gruesome murder.

It was the summer of 1987. I had really gotten into Reggae music. Started collecting it on these new inventions called CDs. Vinyl from around SLC  (Cosmic Aeroplane, Randy’s*, Smokey’s Records,  Starbound, Raspberry Records, The Mad Platter, etc.).

(*The only shop still in business 25 years later.)

I would travel and couch surf with relatives in the Bay Area and buy up all the cheap Reggae vinyl that was in all their great stores from Reno, Sacramento, San Fran, Berkley, Oakland, San Jose, Rasta Cruz, Mill Valley. Everyone was shedding vinyl for CD upgrades.

I had my student loan check in hand from Uncle Ronnie (Reagan that is) and I would binge on $4 vinyl discards that fetch $40 and more today on Ebay.

I even did a little half-assed Reggae show called Positive Vibrations on the University of Utah’s KUTE radio station which broadcast only in the Student Union.

Peter had a new album out called No Nuclear War.  I figured the chances were excellent that he would go on tour in the States and I would get to see at least one of the Big Three since Bob had passed in ’81.

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I remember I was in the airport picking up my sister Stacey for a little visit. This was in the wooly days before 9/11 when you could queue up to the gate to meet your party. I grabbed a coffee and a paper and waited for her plane to touch down.

Headline on the top of page 2: “Reggae Star Peter Tosh Murdered in Jamaica”. The date: Sept. 11, 1987.

Spooky eh? The usual senseless drug violence.* (See the movie Red X for how this went down from survivor testimony.)

*There is an alternate theory of why Peter was killed. But I’m not telling that story. “Ask me no questions and I”ll tell you no lies.”

Peter played one last trick on the shitstem of Bobby-wrong and wreaked havoc on the Crime Ministers s(h)itting in the House of Representa-thief of A-sad-ica. “Because there is nothing ‘merry’ about America”. He crashed the stock market on his birthday that year: Oct. 19. A mere five weeks later.

Before the Great Recession of ’08, Oct. 19th, 1987 was one of the biggest stock market collapses since the Great Depression. It’s known by the ominous term Black Monday. I’m certain Peter would have loved the irony.

Peter Tosh paid a personal price for his Cannabis devotion. A famous concert took place April 22, 1978 in Jamaica. It is known as the One Love Peace Concert. “The Woodstock of Reggae”.

 This was a Reggae music festival hailed as the return of Bob Marley from exile. (He had been shot in the run up to the last major Jamaican attempt at  a music benefit: The Smile Jamaica Concert;  Dec. 5, 1976)

The concert movie Heartland Reggae is the artifact of this show. Peter took to the stage to harangue the two leaders in Jamaica. Michael Manley (left wing, PNP party); Edward Seaga (right wing JLP).  Such a high profile public rebuke  was a bold and reckless thing to do in a country that was at the point of a ghetto civil war.

It would be like  Obama and Romney going to the Kennedy Awards dinner and getting called out for their failures and venality by Bob Dylan. Very impolitic and a response came soon enough.

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About a month later the Jamaican police nearly frog stomped Peter to death. They paid special attention to beating him on his hands. Imagine the double viciousness to try and destroy a guitar player’s hands. It would be like putting a surgeon’s fingers in a meat grinder. The Reggae rebel had to feign death to get away.

Check this sound clip about the attack with author Stephen Davis. This is taken from the dubble disk set that includes Peter’s performance at the One Love Peace Concert called Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds). It’s a great piece of musical history. Peter Tosh was fearless and Old Testament righteous. He definitely lived up to his nickname The Stepping Razor from the stage.

<Tosh I-view about his police beating 3 min.>

Peter wrote about the incident in his album Wanted Dread & Alive. Especially his “court transcript” set to music: “Cold Blood”

Every time I see Babylon my blood runs cold
Every time I see the wicked men my belly moves

You say after me sir
I solemnly swear
That the evidence I shall give
Shall be the truth
The whole truth
And nothin but the truth

So help me God
So help I Jah(3x)… Rastafari
Every time I see the wicked men my belly moves

You are brought before this court
For having ganja in your possession
Guilty or not guilty
Not guilty your honor

How could one man do such a thing… ganja
It is totally impossible your honor

I can remember yeah
When I was framed and jailed, brutalized
The grudge would find me guilty
For an exhibit they could not find

Every time I see Babylon my blood runs cold
Every time I see the wicked men my belly moves

When I see the condition
I said it’s a curse
For the past 400 years ago
Things get from bad to worse

Every time I see Babylon my blood runs cold
Every time I see the wicked men my belly moves

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(Yes, that’s Keith underneath a halo of smoke)

Wanted Dread and Alive means everything to me. Is this gross? I broke my cherry  I lost my “Reggae virginity” on (with?) this record. The very first Reggae artifact in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives of several thousand. I got this Christmas ’81.

I would always put records on my Christmas list. My mom would simply take that list into the local record store in Great Falls, Montana (Eli’s Records; now known as the Hastings chain). She would  give that list to the clerk. She would come back an hour later. Trim the stack – No Ted Nugent Wang Dang Sweet Poontang – and wrap the winners in one big obvious present under the tree.

I was always an impulse buyer and would often buy an album because I liked the cover. That was the case here as well with the great cover of Peter right out of the Wild Wild West. It wasn’t until Bob Marley’s Legend in 1984 that I picked up Reggae gem #2. Me and millions of others. “Satisfy My Soul” indeed.

So full circle to Peter Tosh and the price he paid for his advocacy, in America at least. Collie-rado and Washington succeeded in “legalizing it” with another dozen states going to the polls in 2014 and 2016 to do the same.

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The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has been tenacious in their efforts to decriminalize and legalize a plant that has zero overdose deaths in the 8000 plus history of human cannabis consumption. They have been the first line against cannabis prohibition whose purpose was always to criminalize a lifestyle.

Here is Peter’s very own Cannabis Service Announcement for NORML back in the good old days of when “only” 400,000 Americans were arrested and jailed for a “lickle herb stalk”. Half of what it is is today.

I pay tribute in “kind” to Peter with weekly Cannabis Service Announcements and yearly Cannabis Service Shows on Smile Jamaica.  The least I can do to return the favor.  “Everybody wants to go to heaven. Nobody wants to die.”  Peter Tosh “Equal Rights”

Cannabis? No Canna-bliss! Selah!

bless, robt

<Tosh for NORML. 2 min>

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Day 4 Cannabis Service Month: Smile Jamaica’s Marijuana Movie Quiz

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Greetings,

Smile Jamaica presents a little movie trivia. Let’s see if anyone reads this stuff. Leave your comment by the clip to the movie.

<Marijuana Movie #1>

<Marijuana Movie #2>

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<Marijuana Movie #3>

<Marijuana Movie #4>

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<Marijuana Movie #5>

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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.