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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 17, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist: Every Sat. is Black History Month!

<When every Saturday is Black History Month>

Greetings,

Have time for one quick update. My Pops’ 76th birthday was last Saturday. They are Snowbirds from North Central Montana living in the land of the Sun. Sun City West AZ that is.

Where next to the doggy hotel is a Medical Marijuana Dispensary. I helped my Dad go through the process of getting his medical card.

And for his birthday, as a good son interested in the health of aging parents, I sent him $50 to stock up on the Seven Leaf Relief.

Got Mom convinced to go 3/1 CBD to THC up to half and half. Stay tuned!

Free joint on his birthday? How come the Utah Liquor store doesn’t give me a mini bottle of bourbon on MY birthday

bless, Bobbylon

<Happy birthday Pops! 25 sec.>

Dad’s bounty for his pain. Notice free joint for his birthday

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 17, 2018 – Annotated Playlist; 56 sec.

Set 1:

  • Prince Far I – Read a Chapter; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’82 UK vinyl

<Why I Read a Chapter a Day – UFOs in the Bible; 20 sec.>

  • Roots Radics – Conspiracy on Neptune; Scientist and Jammy Strike Back (Greensleeves) ’82 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Cedella Marley Booker – He’s a Rastaman; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84 tribute to her son Bob
  • Big Youth – Johnny Reggae; Reggae Classics (DCC) ’77
  • Groundation – Praising; Crucial Reggae From Outside of Jamaica vol. 2 (Skank) 2005 Sonoma, CA
  • UB40 – Mi Spliff; Credit to the Nation (bootleg) ’86 European Tour – 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Healing in the Balmyard; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’81 UK
He’s a Rastaman carrying out Jah’s plan

Set 2:

  • Dennis Brown – Slave Driver; Promised Land (DEB) ’79 Bob Marley cover
  • The Selecter – Deep Water; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 UK 2 Tone ska
  • Michael Rose – Short Temper; Happiness (Heartbeat) ’95 Best of
  • Barrington Levy – Tell Them Already; 12″ (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years

  • Jimmy Cliff – No Woman No Cry; Follow My Mind ’75 Bob Marley cover
  • Sophia George – Honestly I Do; For Everyone (Pow Wow) ’86
  • Cultural Roots – His Majesty Reign; Running Back to Me (Mango) ’88
  • Bad Brains – Rally Round Jah Throne; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83 DC punk dubbers
  • Chalawa – Natural Mystic Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • The Lions – This Generation; 7″ (Lions Bread) 2010 LA 

<This generation; 9 sec. >

  • Debra Keese – Travelling; 7″ (Orchid) ’79 UK – Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark
  • Horace Andy – My Soul; 7″ (Clintones)
  • Alton Ellis – Confusion; 7″ (Venture) ’77
  • Cedric ‘Im Brooks – Theme From Shaft (Studio One) Isaac Hayes cover

<Talking about John Shaft! 13 sec.>

Set 5: Vinyl Tributes to Bob Marley

  • Toots & the Maytals – (Marley’s Gone) HIs Songs Live On; Live at Reggae Sunsplash (Genes) Aug. 4, 1982, Montego, Bay JA
  • Culture – Psalms of Bob Marley; Good Things (RAS) ’89 DC
  • Ranking Joe – Tribute to Bob Marley; Rebel DJ (Jam Rock) ’82 Miami
  • Sister Carol – Dedicated to Bob Marley; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn

<Livicated not Dedicate; 19 sec.>

  • Session feat. Azeem – Tribute to Marley; Tribute to Bob Marley (M. Al’s) ’81 Oakland

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – The Heathen; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London June 1977

<From Smile Jamaica to Exodus; 54 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Brand New Second Hand (Version 2); Peter Tosh & Friends (Upsetter) ’70ish
  • Bunny Wailer – Trench Town; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 dubble disk of Bob covers
  • Anthony B – Memories of Bob; Universal Struggle (VP) ’97 Bob Marley Tribute
  • Burning Spear – The Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Hollie Cook – Lunar Addiction; Vessel of Love (Mr. Bongo) 2018 UK dubstress
  • Joel Zoss – Bob Marley International; Back to the Island: Reggae From Martha’s Vinyard (Rounder) 2001
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – One Drop; 12″ (Lion of Judah) ’81 JA Bob Marley cover, picture sleeve

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Morcheeba – Small Town; Who Can You Trust? (Indochina) ’96 trip hope w/ female vox: Mutant Dub set
  • Dr. Israel & Dreadtone International – Sensimilla; Patterns of War (ROIR) 2005 Brooklyn herbtune
  • Alpha & Omega – Lion’s Den; King & Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub
  • Dry & Heavy – Reverse Again; From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon
  • Gorillaz -19/2000 – G-Sides (Virgin) 2001 UK cartoon

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 13, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist) – The Good Son!

The Healing of the Nation

Greetings,

<Digital story on my parents’ excursion into Medical Marijuana; 1 min. 46 sec.>

As an amateur missionary for the benefits of medical marijuana, I had been relaying the story of my parents’ excursions into Seven Leaf pain relief on the past two episodes of Smile Jamaica.

My parents just became snowbirds from Northern Montana to Sun City West, Arizona

Christmas 2017 in the homeland

My Mom has knee pain, anxiety and sleep issues and my dad: neuropathy, back pain and carpal tunnel issues. Last week I told the story about taking my Dad in to get a Medical MJ card.

<Medical Marijuana for Ma and Pa; 90 sec.>

Took a week to get the card, and I was back in Utah. So they went to the dispensary and had a little shopping spree

  1. pain relief pills
  2. topical CBD ointment
  3. pain patch

Because they bought so much and were first time customers, they got a free vape pen. And bought a 4 to 1; CBD to THC cartridge.

Better than Walgreens or CVS

Long story short: they call me for guidance on how to work the vape pen. Trial and error and voila! My parents are vaping like Bob & Rita Marley.

And hour later I get another call….”We’re not feeling anything.” I said, you got the stuff that doesn’t “feel”.  Oh. Ok.

Last Sunday I call and looks like Mom wants to try a little more kick to her healing regimen. Why not? It’s medicinal and legal.

Last Friday my sister texts me: Mom and Dad just had a toke!

Me: Cheech & Chong!

Sis: 

Me: 

I had a listener call me after I told this story and we got into a discussion about having parents who are sick of the pills, cost and side effects of the Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex

Once the (recent) stigma of weed is overcome through the relief of daily pain and social anxiety, cannabis reclaims its rightful place in our 10,000 year history of the Seven Leaf plant.

Revelation 22:2King James Version (KJV)

In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

As I concluded my reasoning with the caller on the benefits of cannabis for our parents, he said, “You know Robert? You’re a good son.”

And I said, I really want my parents to enjoy their retirement pain free and unencumbered by the daily pill regimen they are currently under. However, I am definitely taking my vape pen with me on my next visit to Sun City West.

A little dab will do ya!

Bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 13, 2018 – Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 20 sec.

Set 1:

  • Soul Syndicate – King’s Highway; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label
  • Winston Edwards – Natty Dub; Natty Locks Dub (Studio 16) ’74 UK vinyl dub album of the hour 
  • Bad Brains – I and I Survive; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83
  • Rupie Dan and Jennifer Gad – Blazing Fire; Solid Foundation (Flag) ’92
  • Carlene Davis – The Harder They Come; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 Jimmy Cliff cover
  • Dub Syndicate – Higher Than High; 10″ (Lion & Roots) ’98 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh & the Wailers – 400 Years; Peter Tosh & Friends (Upsetter0 ’70 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n

<400 Years  – The Middle Passage; 35 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Forever Loving Jah; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 Bob Marley covers
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natural Mystic; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London; June 1977

<Exodus Live inna London June 1977; 46 sec.>

  • Rita Marley – That’s The Way; 12″ (Shanachie) ’80 US picture sleeve

Set 3:

  • Wingless Angels – Inviting You + Shady Tree; Wingless Angels II (Mindless) ’96 Keith Richards, Justin Hinds; nyah drums

<Keith Richards on Smile Jamaica? WTF?; 32 sec.>

  • UB40 – Don’t Break My Heart; LIttle Baggariddim (A & M) ’85 EP
  • King Kong – Unity; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005
  • Grace Nelson – Jah Is Real; Ire Hi Fi – Play de Music (Plant Music) 2007 Germ.
  • Lee Perry & the Upsetters – Jah; Black Ark in Dub (Upsetter) ’77 Dub Album of the hour

Set 4:

  • Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; Black Uhuru
  • Bush Chemists feat. Ras I – Borderline; Light Up Your Chalice (Conscious Sounds) ’99 UK mutant dub
  • Super Chick – Bees Man; 10″ (Channel One) ’83
Michael Rose, Puma Jones and Duckie Simpson – The group that got me into Reggae

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Sister Carol – International Style; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Laurel Aitken – Je t’aimerai toujours ( I Love You, Yes I Do!)  ; Eskapade en France (Unicorn) ’90 Fr. ska EP
  • The Specials – Sock it to ’em J.B.!; More Specials (2 Tone) ’80 UK tribute to neoliberal hitman, James Bond
  • Chalice; Dangerous Disturbances; Stand Up! (CSA) ’85 UK
  • Amp-Ech – Living Dead + Version; Against Injustice (Amp-Ech) ’87 JA
Ska praise to neoliberal hitman, James Bond

Set 6″ Roots Dawtas Rockers – Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ years

  • Patti Smith Group – Ain’t It Strange; Radio Ethiopia (Arista) ’76
  • Joan Armatrading – I Can’t Lie to Myself; Walking Under Ladders (A & M) ’81; feat. Sly & Robbie
  • Tom Tom Club – Bamboo Town; Close to the Bone (Sire) ’83; Tina & Chris from Talking Heads
  • Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape from Babylon (Sire) ’76: Bob cover, Bob production, Wailers & I-Three. Lee Perry engineer
You’ve got dub in my proto-punk rock

Set 7:

  • Tapper Zukie – Chalice to Chalice; MPLA (Virgin Front Line) ’78 herbtune
  • Jimmy Cliff – I Can See Clearly Now; Cool Runnings Soundtrack (Chaos) ’93 cover of Johnny Nash 
  • Don Evans & the Paragons – Danger in Your Eyes; Full Up – More Hits From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’76 
  • Sis Aesha (sic)  & Robbie Valentine – King Selassie I + Conditions; 10″ (Sip a Cup)  2001 UK
8 down, 42 to go!

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Luciano & Sis Sanae – What You Gonna Do Now + Free Jah Children; Abassi All-Stars Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK
  • Alpha & Omega – Solomon and Sheba; Overstanding (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub
  • Dr. Israel & the Brooklyn Jungle Sound System – Afrika Youth; Black Rose Liberation (Baraka Foundation)  2001 Brooklyn
  • Dry & Heavy – Night Flight dub; Meet King Jammy in the Jaws of the Tiger (BSI)  2000 Jah-pon
  • Charlie P & the Dubateers – Lock Me Up + Dub; Hustle (Dubateers) 2011 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 21, 2017: Jah-loween Monster Mashdown!

Nuff Jah-loween today. So don’t get stoned on my tombstone

Greetings,

I sent a Tweet that captures my nearly 30 years spinning Reggae Radio: Smile Jamaica love Halloween or as I call it Jah-loween as much as April 20th.

So I give you a taste of what I’m featuring for three hours Saturday Jah-tober 28th: 4-7 PM Mtn.; KRCL.or or 90.9FM i Salt Lake City.

Ghouls, Vampires, Witches, Frankenstein and The Mummy, Ghosts and Duppies in between Horror movie trailers and spooky soundbites.

<Smile Jamaica’s Jah-loween Monster Bash>

In today’s podcast I give you a preview of Halloween: Monster Hash, UB40, The Specials. 7″ Jamaican Jukebox, Vinyl is Vital and 12″ Disco Mixes.

Mutant Dub and 4 of my favorites from my usual Best of Smile Jamaica 28 Years set.

Boo-tiful!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 21, 2017: Annotated Playlist; 55 sec.

bless, I should say curse Bobbylon

Set 1:

  • Lion Youth – Easy Skanking; Love Comes and Goes (Virgo Stomach) ’81 UK clear vinyl
  • Hi-Tech Roots Dynamics – M.S.G. Dub; New York Dub (Top Beat) ’96 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Keith Hudson – Rasta Country; Greatest Hits (Sky High) ‘79
  • Althea & Donna – Jah Music; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • Jah Lloyd – Natty Bid Goodbye; Good Old Days of the 70’s (Teams) ‘78
  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 update of Boris Pickett; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • The Gladiators – Evil Doers; 12” (Virgin Front Line) ’77 UK

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Three Little Birds; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 + 2017 Ziggy rmx

<Exodus 40; 50 sec.>

<Three Little Birds – 77 to 2017; 36 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Rock With Me; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 live in Detroit

<Oct. 19 – Peter Tosh birthday and the Black Monday Stock Market crash; 45 sec.>

  • Calman Scott – Devil in the City (Kingston Connexion) ’77 Fr.
Peter Tosh murdered Sept. 11; crashed the stock market on his birthday from the next world 6 weeks later

Set 3: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ Halloween

  • Jah Fish – Vampire Rock; 7” (Mod) ’72 over Keble Drummond’s “Dangerous”
  • Carl Dawkins – Witchcraft; 7” (Sir JJ) ‘72
  • Freddie McGregor – Mark of the Beast; 7” (Soul Syndicate) ‘78
  • Sky High & the Mau Mau – Cemetary Robbery; 7”
  • Bionic Steve – Bermuda Triangle; 7” (Crystal) ‘80
  • The Wailers – Get Up Stand Up Dub; Wailers Dub (Tabou1) Dub Album of the Hour
Rare 45 from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive

Set 4:

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Sleepy Wonder & Gunjan (female) – Warning Shots; Cosmic Game (ESL) 2005 DC dubbers
  • Afro Omega – Love Letter; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC dubbers w/ female vox
  • Black Slate – Mind Your Motion; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK
  • GG All Stars – Vampire Rock; 12” (GG Hit) ’78

Set 5: Jah-loween Vinyl 

  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76 

<The Blackheart Man – even the lion fears him; 51 sec.>

  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ‘86
  • Willi Williams & the Armagideons – Dungeon; Messenger Man (Inland) ’80 Can.
  • Ras Karbi – Babylon Gravestone; Seven Seals (Rockstone) ’84 JA
  • Sly & Robbie – Gravestone Version; 7” (Rockstone) ‘84
Bought for the amazing cover even before I was a Reggae fanatic

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 28 Years – Halloween Stylee

<Don’t get stoned on my tombstone!; 22 sec.>

  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Big Youth – Graveyard Rock; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81
  • Black Uhuru – Satan Army Band; Black Sounds of Freedom (Greensleeves) ‘81
  • Junior Murvin – Lucifer; Police and Thieves (Mango) ‘77
  • King Tubby – Roots of Dub; Roots of Dub (Moll-Selekta) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour
Terrific bi racial New York soul rocker does reggae for Halloween

Set 7:

  • UB40 – Madame Medusa; More UB40 (DEP/Sound) ‘81
  • The Specials – Ghost Town; 12” (2 Tone) ’81 UK
A song about violence in the clubs. Livicated to the victims of the Mandalay Bay Shooting

Set 8: Mutant Dub Jah-loween

  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collection) 2006 LA

<The Mummy – roll a lickle spliff w/ di papyrus; 22 sec.>

  • Gorillaz – Ghost Train; G-Sides (Virgin) 2002 UK cartoon group
  • Soho – Zombies Walk the Cardboard City; Goddess (Atco) ’90 UK w/ female vox
  • Dan-I & King Kietu – Vampire + Dub Down the Vampire; Rastafari Judgement Fire (Imperial Roots) 2009 Italian dub
  • Dubchek – Duppy Train; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001 US – Duppy = Jamaican ghosts
Saturday: Jah-tober 28; 4-7 PM Mtn. Smile Jamica’s Jah-loween: KRCL 90.9 FM krcl.org

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-gust 12, 2017 – World War 3.0: The Ultimate Bad Hair Day!

<World War 3.0..; 16 sec..>

<…started by 2 guys with bad hair; 51 sec.>

Greetings,

Man am I exhausted by the divisiveness in this country and the world. Seems like we’re lurching to mass destruction through hatred and mean spiritedness. War is the first bag out of the club. Threats of war, sanctions, all negativity for surety.

What can we do? What comes first: Civil War in America or World War 3.0 in East Asia.

Reggae prophesied what happens  when nations result to wars and rumors of wars.

Wish I had something more encouraging to report. But I don’t. So let’s hope we can cool down the pace and get along in the rat race

Have no fear for atomic energy
‘Cause none of them can stop the time

-Bob Marley : Redmeption Song

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Annotated Playlist: Jah-gust 12, 2017; 63 sec.

Set 1:

  • Don Carlos & Gold – Roots Rock Party; Showdown vol. 3 (Hitbound) ’84 JA vinyl
  • Dub Specialist – Hanging on the Wall; Dub Store Special (Studio One) ’74 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Peter Tosh – No Nuclear War; No Nuclear War (EMI America) ’87

<Tosh’s murder – 1987; 26 sec.>

  • Hugh Mundell – Walk With Jah; King Jammy in Roots (Auralux) ’82

<Mundell’s murder 1983; 30 sec.>

  • Carlton Livingston – 100 Weight of Collie Weed; Retrospect (Grapevine) ’84 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Ask Ed – How people get busted for weed; 43 sec.>

Ed Rosenthal of High Times

3 Ways people get busted:

  1. carelessness
  2. family members/significant others turn you in during quarrels
  3. bad luck/wrong place at the wrong time
  • Naffi I – We Shall Not Want; 10” (Roots Injection) 2007 UK female militant steppers
Augustus Pablo protege murdered in 1983: Hugh Mundell

Set 2:

  • Collie Buddz – Tomorrow’s Another Day Collie Buddz (Columbia) 2007
  • Mike Brooks – Culture; Classical Anthology (Teem) ‘75
  • Aswad – Just a Little Herb; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 herbtune
  • Marcia Aitken & Trinity/I’m Still in Love + Three Piece Suit (Trojan) ‘77
Collie Buddz

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; Black Uhuru (Virgin) ’80 

<Black Uhuru – adventures in cratedigging; 37 sec.>

  • Burning Spear – Education; Farover (Heartbeat) ‘83
  • Aisha – Hi-Tech; High Priestess (Ariwa) ‘88
  • Mikey Dread – World War III; Beyond World War III (Heartbeat) ‘81
  • Ja-Man All-Stars – Dub Zone; In the Dub Zone (Blood and Fire/Ja-Man) Dub Album of the Hour
Bought my first CD’s for the Ark-Ives at Smokey’s Records; SLC

Set 4:

  • Bunny Wailer – Let Him Go; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl
  • Sammy Dread – Independent Dread; Jah Live! (Heartbeat City) ‘98
  • Charlie Chaplin – Chalice Contest; Old & New Testament (RAS) ’92 herbtune
  • Sister Beverley – Rasta Woman; 12” (RAMA) ’76 UK

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Fab 5 – Ooh?  Wa?; Jamaican Woman (Stage) ’87 JA 
  • Dillinger – I Thirst; Blackboard Jungle (Culture Press) ’84 UK tribute to soap opera vampire Barnabas Collins
  • Della Grant &The Twinkle Brothers – Jah, Jah I’m Calling You (Twinkle) ’91 Oakland, CA
  • Lone Ranger – Collie Weed Style; Love & Happiness (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK to Dawn & Christine herbtune
  • Ruffy & Tuffy – If the Third World War Is a Must; Cimax (Black Star) ’88 Finland, twins
If the Third World War is a Must!

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Guiltiness; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original + 2017 Ziggy rmx

<Bob’s Exodus; 70 sec.>

 

  • Augustus Pablo – Chant to King Selassie I; By the Rivers of Babylon (Shanachie) ’76 Rasta themed comp
  • The Selecter – Train to Skaville 12”; Celebrate the Bullet (Deluxe Edition) (Chrysalis) ‘80 2 Tone UK ska cover of the Ethiopians
  • Jah Shaka – Coronation Dub; Coronation Dub (Jah Shaka) ’89 Commandments of Dub ch. 9:Dub Album of the Hour
Train to Skaville

Set 7:

  • The Jay Boys – African People; Babylon a Fall Down (Trojan) ’72 update of Paul Revere and the Raiders’ Indian Reservation

<African People = Indian Reservation; 19 sec.>

  • Big Joe – World Wide Kaya; At the Control (Jackpot) ’78 herbtune of Ronnie Davis doing Bob Marley
  • Webcam Hi Fi feat. Naima – Jah Jah Love (Tube Dub) 2007 Fr. mutant dubstress
Reggae re-working as African People

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation feat. David Byrne – Dance on Vaseline; Abductions and Reconstructions (ESL) ’99 rmx from Talking Heads 

<David Byrne debut on Smile Jamaica; 16 sec.>

  • Anjali – Space Lust in the Space Dust; Anjali (Wiija) 2000 UK Hindi-dubstress, UFOria
  • Abassi All Stars feat. Junior Kigwe – High Grade; Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK herbtune
  • The Archives feat. Lenny Kurlou – Why Can’t We Live Together?; The Archives (ESL) 2012 – ½ Thievery Corp; covers Timmy Thomas soul
  • Dubsultan – Salmin Dub; Dub Sultan (Dub Sultan) 2012 Middle East dub out of Bozeman, MT!

<Mutant Middle East dub out of Bozeman, MT; 23 sec.>

Herbie Mann, Ella Fitzgerald and now…David Byrne on Smile Jamaica!

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 5, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist: Ella Fitzgerald does Clapton inna Rub a Dub Stylee!

Ella makes her Smile Jamaica debut. Singing The Cream classic. Eric Clapton shows up too this week!

Greetings,

Before we start: Happy Jamaican Independence Day – 55 years old

<Aug. 6, 1962 – Jamaican Independence Day; 21 sec.>

Before the crappy Digital Millennium Copyright ACT (DMCA)  I used to spin one half of an album midway on Smile Jamaica. Usually something rare that hadn’t been issued on CD (much less digital).

Before Orrin Hatch’s DMCA this is the sort of out of print album. I would spin one half of the vinyl. Rarity for surety!

Orrin Hatch put a stop to that.

  1. DMCA verboten: Can’t play more than 4 songs by the same artist
  2. DMCA verboten: Can’t play more than three songs in a row of any one album.

So I switched up a new tradition: Rockers do Reggae

I ‘n’ I am a music obsessive who listens to a lot more than Reggae. So I have 2 CD Suitcases and then some of Rock, Soul, Jazz, Punk artists doing (usually) one shot Reggae riffs.

Every once in a while someone pitches a bitch. Got a nasty email when playing UK angry rocker Graham Parker’s soul riff down rub a dub “More Questions than Answers”.

Another time I had a caller asking me when Smile Jamaica would be over because I played a Camper Van Beethoven ska tune!

But you gotta trust me. Reggae is universal. Not all of it is great, but some of it is right on.

With that in mind enjoy this week’s Ark-Ive and listen for:  Last week it was jazbo Herbie Mann. Get set this week – Ella Fitzgerald, Eric Clapton, Bad Brains, Judy (Mowatt)  does Jerry (Garcia). From Bad Brains to Bob Dylan.

Check it!

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 5, 2017 Annotated Playlist; 90 sec.

Liberated from British colonial rule: Aug. 6, 1962

Set 1:

  • Brigadier Jerry – Jah Jah Move; Jamaica Jamaica (RAS) ’85 DC vinyl
  • Desmond & Joe – Bristol Rock; Dubbing in the U.K. (Starlight) UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Peter Tosh – Coming in Hot; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 Boulder, Collie-radio live
  • Bad Brains – Leaving Babylon; Babylon Central Soundtrack (ESL) ’83 DC punk-dubbers
  • Capital Letters – Rumours; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group

<Headline News? Roots Reggae vs. The CIA News Network; 13 sec.>

  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. Female herbtune
  • John Holt – Police In Helicopter; 12” (Holt) ’81 siren mix: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Police Siren in your rearview? Johnny Law or Smile Jamaica? 32 sec.>

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – So Much Things to Say; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original + 2017 Ziggy rmx

<Ziggy remixes Exodus 40 – 77 to 2017; 79 sec.>

<1977 to 2017: So Much Things to Say; 44 sec.>

  • Wailing Souls – Wild Wild Life; Cool Runnings Soundtrack (Chaos) ’93 Talking Heads cover
  • Christine Miller & Roots Hi-Tek – Trod Away Home (Roots Hi-Tek) 2005 UK militant steppers

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • The Selecter – Bombscare; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 UK 2 Tone ska

<Pauline Black & The Selecter; 2 wars to 7 in 8 years: Bombscare! 25 sec.>

  • Barrington Levy – Please Jah Jah; Prison Oval Rock (RAS) ‘84
  • Aswad – Hooked On You; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • African Head Charge – Hold Some More; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ’91 UK African/dub
  • Jack Ruby & the Black Disciples – Marcus Garvey Dub; Black Foundation in Dub (Heartbeat) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Black Uhuru – Bull in the Pen; Anthem (Island) ’84 – US rmx

<Fence can’t hold 2 big bull inna the pen; 56 sec.>

  • Mungo’s Hi Fi feat. Top Cat & Soom T – Herbalist + Did You Know?; 12” (Scotch Bonnet)  2007 UK dubstep; herbtune + female vox

<Dubstep = the punk of the Reggae genre; 19 sec.>

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Bunny Wailer – Whirly Girly; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA
  • Akimbo – So Long Trouble;  So Long Trouble (Forward Sounds International) ’85 UK w/ female vox

<Adventures in Cratedigging; 40 sec.>

  • Horace Ferguson – Tranquilizer; Sensi Addict (Prince Jazzbo Music) ’87 JA herbtune
  • Desi Roots – Black Justice; Doing It Right (Hawkeye) ’80 UK
  • New Age Steppers – 5 Dog Race; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK Adrian Sherwood/mutant dub instrumental

Set 6:

  • Judy Mowatt – They Love Each Other; Fire on the Mountain 2 (Pow Wow) ’97 Jerry Garcia cover

<Reggae Dead Mashup>

  • Jimmy Lindsay – Easy; 12 the Hard Way (Tribesman) ’77 Commodores cover
  • Squire Jon – Are We Really Free?; 10” (Hi Try) 2006 UK spoken word
  • King Jammy Meets Dry and Heavy In the Jaws of the Tiger – Do Dub Up Your Fight (BSI) 2001 Jah-pon: Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Ella Fitzgerald – Sunshine of Your Love; Groove Corporation Presents Remixes From Elephant House 2 (Distant Drummer) 2001 covering The Cream rmx 
  • Eric Clapton – Willie and the Hand Jive; 461 Ocean Boulevard (Island) ‘75
  • Garland Jeffreys – Zoo; Garland Jeffreys (Collector’s Music) ’73 NYC rocker
  • Bob Dylan – Man Gave Names to All the Animals; Slow Train Running (Columbia) ‘79
Welcome to Smile Jamaica, Ella!

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Dan-I & King Kietu – Pope; Rastafari Judgement Fire (Imperial Roots) 2009 Sicily: Mutant Dub Set
  • Allan Pillay – Demonic Forces; Wild Paarty Sounds vol. 1 (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 UK
  • Tony Tuff – The Answer; Time Will Tell: Henry & Louis Meet Blue and Red (BSI) 2001 Portland, OR
  • Grace Jones – Hurricane + Dub; Hurricane (Wall of Sound) 2011

Wordcs of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 11, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Chunky Air/Inversion Galore!

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Inversion galore. Chunky air inna Salt Lake Gritty

<Smile Jamaica likes his air like his peanut butter: smooth nah chunky>

Greetings,

I think that rodent in Pennsylvania is road kill. Because ever since Ground Hog day happened, the weather has been much better in the Salt Lake Valley.

Praise Jah, I don’t have respiratory issues. But where I work has been devastated this winter. I have had meetings cancelled because colleagues and/or their kids were sick.

I live in the valley and work at the Univ. of Utah up on the hill. Looking down from on high you really see that awful smog that even has me hacking and wheezing.

So last Saturday it was great to bust out of the house around 10am and see something I hadn’t seen in a month: blue skies and clouds. The weather has been almost delightful since.

So let’s enjoy a mild Jah-bruary with Roots Reggae. Fiyah bun the Inversion Galore!

bless, robt

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Set 1:

  • Frankie Paul – Strictly Reggae Music; Strictly Reggae Music (Londisc) ’84 JA vinyl
  • Black Roots – Opportunity; In Session (Makasoud) ‘83
  • Etana – Stepping Out of Babylon; I Rise (VP) 2014 female cover of Marcia Griffiths
  • Trinity – I Have a Dream; Big Big Man (Esoldun) ’84 over Delroy Wilson
  • Rico & the Special A.K.A. – Jungle Beat; Checkered Past (Chrysalis) ’81 UK 2 Tone ska w/ Jamaican trombone
  • Danny Red – A Little More High Grade (Sip a Cup) 2008 UK mutant dub 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Natural Roots – Concrete Tower Dub; Natural Roots (Only Roots) ’84 Fr. vinyl, Dub Album of the Hour
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Original trombonist with 2 Tone 2nd wave ska

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh & the Wailers – Lion; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ‘71
  • Inner Circle – Mary, Mary; Best of (Island) ’79 herb tune
  • Nitty Gritty – Hog in a Me Minty; Dancehall (Metro)
  • Buume – Serious; 10” (Zimatime) 2006 UK mutant dub w/ female vox

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Set 3:

<Exodus riddim shower: vox to dj to dub>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natural Mystic; Exodus (Tuff Gong) ’77: riddim shower (1) vox
  • I Roy – Commandment IX (Natural Mystic); Ten Commandments (Virgin Front Line) ’80 UK picture sleeve vinyl; (2) – dj
  • Chalawa – Natural Mystic Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. Vinyl (3) – dub
  • Cedella Marley Booker – He’s a Rastaman; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84: Bob’s mom in tribute
  • Chris Hinze & Word, Sound and Power – Kings of Reggae (Keystone) ’83 Dutch flute player w/ Peter Tosh’s band
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Yellow vinyl picture sleeve. Rarity out of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. Dj to Exodus

Set 4:

  • John Brown’s Body – Plantation; Kings and Queens (Easy Star) 2014 NY
  • Systemwide – Ripe Up Version; Pure and Applied (BSI) 2002 Portand mutant dub
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Hypocrites; Fy-ah, Fy-ah (JAD) request
  • Jah Thomas – Tribute to the Reggae King; 12” (Midnight Rock) ’81 to Bob Marley

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Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Mohamed I – Roll River Jordan Roll;  Man of God (I & I Sound) ’88 LA
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Tracks + Nanny; Tracks (LKJ) ’91 UK – female dub poet
  • Lee Perry – Big Neck Police; Scratch on the Wire (Island) ’79 UK Black Ark comp
  • The Vision – Lingo Dub; Dub Vision (Funfundvierzig) ’88 West. Germany green vinyl
  • Matumbi – Guide Us; Seven Seals (Harvest)  ’78 UK green vinyl
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Falsetto singjay who sounds like Prince

Set 6: Jamaican Jukebox of 45’s

  • Superman & Spiderman – Sensimilla Posse; 7” (Education)  2005 herbtune
  • Debra Keese – Travelling; 7” (Orchid) ’77 Black Ark
  • Asher & Trimble – Humble Yourself; 7” (Rockers International) ’79
  • Cedric ‘Im Brooks – Theme From Shaft; 7” (Soul Jazz) Isaac Hayes cover
  • Jah Shaka – Coronation Dub; Commandments of Dub Chapter 9 (Jah Shaka) ’89 Dub Album of the Hour
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Reggae loves Isaac hayes

Set 7: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Burning Spear – Greetings; Farover (Heartbeat) ’83
  • Don Carlos – Night Rider (Living in Danger); Deeply Concerned (RAS) ‘87
  • Judy Mowatt – Think; Only a Woman (Shanachie) ‘82
  • Black Uhuru – Plastic Smile; Black Uhuru (Virgin) ‘80
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“Don’t show I your teeth, your plastic smile nah work”

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Rockers Hi Fi – What a Life; Rockers to Rockers (Gee Street) ’95 UK: Mutant Dub set
  • The Slits – I Heard it Through the Grapevine; East bound & Down Soundtrack (HBO) female punk dubbers cover Marvin Gaye
  • Dubblestandart feat. Gudrun – Summer Rain; Are You Experienced? (Collision) 2006 Jah-stria w/ female vox
  • Ranking Joe & Jah Warrior – Solomon’s Weed; Solomon’s Dub; 3 the Roots Way (Jah Warrior) 2000 UK herbtune

<Cannabis grew on Solomon’s grave>

  • Natacha Atlas – Iskanderia; Diaspora (Nation) ’95 Belgian Jewish Arab singer
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Cannabis grew on Solomon’s grave

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 28, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Extraterrestrials vs. Trump!

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Jan. 20th, 2017 — day Trump was installed — UFO sighting from NASA’s video feed. None dare call it swamp gas! NASA panicked and cut the video feed. Do not scoff!

Greetings,

First week of President Trump. Baaah, don’t want to talk about it. 2016 Presidential Election: Ebola vs. Bubonic Plague. Gonna be a brutal four years. At least we have Reggae Music to remind us. Bobbylon Chants down Babylon!

Jamaican saying: Same thing for breakfast, same thing for tea:

Keith Poppin

What I find interesting? As a conspiracist, Trump’s election signaled the collapse of the Deep State: Neoliberal politics, irregardless of Political Party, enforced through Neocon Foreign Policy.

Bush gave us Afghanistan and Iraq 2.0. Obama wrecked Libya, Syria, Iraq 3.0, Yemen and Ukraine on his watch. How a Nobel Peace Prize winner got Cold War 2.0 off the ground with Russia is quite the feat of Deep State gymnastics!

Our first black President droned so many brown Middle Easterners that he literally ran out of bombs his last year in office! WTF?

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In 2008 I compared this guy to Bob Marley. But that was five wars ago

Joe Sixpack and Sally Housecoat basically went outside the duopoly of Republicrats vs. Democans. Shockwaves throughout the MIC/SIC and bankster class.

So if that rigid system is in tatters, there is no clandestine force to keep us in the dark about Extraterrestrials.

First we had the incredible footage captured by the Chilean Navy: 9 plus minutes of Infrared camera action on a UFO. No effing swamp gas, or ball lightning or bumbaclaat weather balloons.

Chilean Naval UFO incident

Just while we were processing that compelling visitation (other than Huff Post, mostly a news embargo on the story), now NASA captured video footage of another UFO “probe” (pun intended). 21 sec.

Smile Jamaica’s fave “fake news” site: RT – UFO stylee

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I call bullshit, NASA! Quit peddling fake news that Aliens aren’t real

What does any of this have to do with last week’s Ark-Ive of Smile Jamaica. Absolutely nothing!

But I am hoping for more encounters as the shit-stem (as Peter Tosh says) continues to crumble.  UFO sightings will lead to a full on Columbus style emergence to fill the political gap Trump’s howling Presidency has brought about.

Let us hope the Anunnaki (those who came from the sky) treat us better than Columbus did the Native Arawak and Caribs and Africans enslaved in the Middle Passage.

Not that we would deserve their mercy.

Forward ever backwards never!

bless, robt

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The Alien Greys give the Judas Kiss to banning immigrants, from the Middle East or Outer Space

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 28, 2017 – Annotated Playlist; 65 sec.

Set 1:

  • Augustus Pablo Meets the Upsetter – Vibrate On; Scratch On the Wire (Island) ’79 UK vinyl; Lee Perry comp.
  • Aggrovators (Attack) JA dub vinyl of the hour
  • Prince Lincoln – Smiling Faces; Natural Wild (Orange Street) ’80 produced by Joe Jackson
  • Sly & Robbie – Slipping into Darkness; Many Moods of Sly, Robbie & the Taxi Gang (Sonic)  ’82 Ramsey Lewis cover
  • Junior Delgado – Love Tickles Like Magic; Treasure Found (Incredible Music) ‘75
  • I Roy – African Herbsman; Crisis Time (Virgin Front Line) ’76; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement over Johnny Clarke’s African Roots
  • Senya – Rootsman; 10” (Impact!) ’75 female roots

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Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Dog Teeth; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’71 Jamaican single
  • The Selecter – Train to Skaville; Celebrate the Bullet (Captain Oi) ’80 Ethiopians cover, bonus single
  • Don Carlos – Satan Control Them; Deeply Concerned (RAS) ‘87
  • Tommy Clark – Wicked Babylon; 10” (Tuff Scout)
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2 Tone ska update of The Ethiopians Rock Steady classic

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica – 27+ Years

  • Bingy Bunny & the Morwells – Africa We Want to Go; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ’81
  • Rita Marley – Love Iyah; Harambe (Shanachie) ‘82

<Harambe = Swahili for pull it together; 18 sec.>

  • I Kong – Ghetto Cry; Africa Calling (Rohit) ‘79
  • Max Edwards – Rockers Arena (Disco Mix) ‘82
  • Yabby You & the Prophets – Zambia; Dub It to the Top (Blood & Fire) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour
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Chinese-Jamaican Rasta. Son of Wailer producer Lesley Kong.

Set 4:

  • Ayo – Lonely; Gravity at Last (Wrasse) 2008 Germ.-Nigerian female singer
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Keep on Moving + Version; Exodus (Deluxe Edition) ’77 12”  Lee “Scratch” Perry mix; unreleased; 44 sec.

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Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Steel Pulse – Drug Squad; Caught You (Island) ’80 UK herbtune 
  • Jah-Malla – Ghetto Child; Alive & Well (Clappers) ’80 NY, sons of Jamaican musicians

<Kwame Nkrumah quote on women; 43 sec.>

  • Matumbi – Man in Me; Best of (Trojan) ’77 Bob Dylan cover; 16 sec.
  • Dub Funk Association – Good Mans Dub; Pendulum Dub (Tanty) ’95 UK mutant dub
  • Aisha – Don’t Tire;  Daughters of Zion (Twinkle) ’93 UK lovers rock dubstress

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Set 6:

  • Ben Harper – Burn one Down; Voodoo Child (bootleg) herbtune livicated to Bernie Sanders; 4/11/98 Bonn Germany

<Ben vs. Bernie>

  • Peter Broggs – Vank Out; Never Forget Jah (Nocturne) best of
  • Sophia George – Final Decision; For Everyone (Pow Wow) ‘89
  • Mikey Dread – Chosen Few; World Tour (Dread at the Controls) 2000
  • Monty Alexander – Evening Time; A Tribute to Reggae’s Keyboard King: Jackie MIttoo (VP) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Al Campbell – Reggae Music; 22 Karat Solid Gold (Jet Star)
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – No Hard Drugs; Movements (Funfundvierzig) ’95 Germ. Female
  • The Vibronics – The Return; 10” (Jah Tubby’s) 2005 militant steppers instrumental
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Al CampbellSet 8: Mutant Dub

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Systemwide feat. Dr. Israel – People of the Book; Pure and Applied (BSI)  2002 Portland 
  • Rockers Hi-Fi – More and More (The Hidden Persuader); Rockers to Rockers (Gee Street) ’95 UK
  • Dubblestandart feat. Gudrun – Senses of a Woman; Are you Experienced (Collision) 2006 Jah-stra w/ female vox
  • Tre Son Meets vx – Jen-ee-Rocka; CD Single (vx) 2005 Toronto
  • John Frum – Healing Dub; Jahtarian Dubbers vol. 3  (Jahtari) 2012 Germ.

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