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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 20, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist) – Vitamin D for Dubwize!


<Ma and Pa – Medical MJ weekly? report; 34 sec.>

Greetings,

Quick update on Bob & Rita* Nelson’s medical mj progress from Sun City West, Jah-rizona

  1. Dad’s neuropathy treatment allowed him to hit a bucket of golf balls. But the Carpal Tunnel pain isn’t any better
  2. Mom toying with the idea of vaping a 1/2 CBD, 1/2 THC oil rather than 4/1 CBD. She’s hit a mental block about becoming a “junkie” but she wants better sleep.

*Jeannette actually

Stay tuned!

Real quick.

Winter. January. Or Jah-nuary. Nuff respect to the skiers. We need the snowpack. But ugh.

How do we get our Vitamin D when the sun ain’t shining? If you have cabin fever get your Vitamin D for Dubwize. Enjoy last week’s showcase of Smile Jamaica

bless, Bobbylon

Vitamin D for Dubwize

Annotated Playlist: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives – Jah’nuary 20, 2018; 49 sec.

Set1:

  • Eddy Grandyson – Jah Garden; Rite Sound Reggae Story (Jah Live) ’78 Fr. vinyl
  • Chariot Riders – Sensimilla Dub; Sensimilla Dub (Crystal) ’80 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Half Pint – Greetings; Dancehall (Soul Jazz) ’85
  • Phyllis Dillon – Woman of the Ghetto; Midnight Confessions (Westside) ’72 cover of Marlena Shaw
  • Augustus Pablo – East of the River Nile (Original); East of the River Nile (Dexlue Edition) (Shanachie) ’78
  • Dubskin – Heavy Load; No End in Time () Boulder, Collie-rado
  • Dillinger – Cokane in My Brain; 12″ (Island blank) ’76 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Dillinger – powder vs. herb?; 37 sec.>

A knife, a fork, a bottle & a cork – that’s the way we spell New York!

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – So Much Things to Say; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London: June 1977

<Exodus 40 – 3 disk reissue: original, Ziggy’s rmx, Live in London; 53 sec.>

  • Hi Fi Killers feat. Clinton Fearon – Tell Dem; Jamaica (Loose Groove) ’98. Seattle roots w/ Gladiators bassie
  • Rhoda Dakar – Easy Life; Cleaning in Another Woman’s Kitchen (Moon Ska World) 2007 acoustic update of 2 Tone Ska Bodysnatchers tune
  • Black Uhuru – Darkness/Dubness; 10″ (Island) ’82 UK picture sleeve 

 

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+  Years

  • Johnny Clarke – Tribal War; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’76

<State of Emergency in JA, Jan. 18 2018; 1 min.>

Jamaican State of Emergency

  • Burning Spear – O’Jah; Farover (Heartbeat) ’83
  • Lacksley Castell – Cold Winter Night; Morning Glory (Negus Roots) ’82
  • Lovejoys – All I Can Say; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ’83 female duo
  • Bullwackies All Stars – Black World (Wackies) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour
State of Emergency declared in Jamaica

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh & the Wailers – No Sympathy; Peter Tosh & Friends (Upsetters) ’70
  • UB40 – Reefer Madness; Signing Off (DEP) ’80 dub
  • Lone Ranger – Jamaican Weed; Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy) ’79
  • Omar Perry & Minoo – Ain’t So Fine + Jah Is Here; Humble Lion 10″ EP (Deep Root)  2008 UK militant steppers; Minoo is female singer

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Jennifer Lara – Hand to Mouth; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label
  • Kwame – Hell Hounds; Follow I (Polydor) ’80 US
  • Brown, Eagle & Spear – Draw the Challace (sic); Brown, Eagle & Spear (New Name) ’88 JA herbtune
  • Dub Syndicate – Roots Commandment;  Echomania (ON U Sound) ’93 UK

Set 6:

  • Bunny Wailer – Chant Down Babylon; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 dubble disk of Bob Marley covers
  • Ayo – Lonely; Gravity at Last (Polydor) 2008 Nigerian-German singer
  • Peter Broggs – Rastafari Liveth; Rejoice (RAS) ’97 – riddim shower (update)
  • Peter Broggs – Rastafar Liveth (extended); Never Forget Jah (Nocturne) ’82 riddim shower
  • Martin Campbell vs. Alien Dread –  Rebel Salute; Cosmic Dub Clash (Log On) 2007 Mutant Dub album of the Hour
Nigerian-German chanteuse singing reggae, soul and pop

Set 7:

  • Mad Professor – Studio 54 Dub; Black Liberation Dub Chapter 5 – Afrocentric  Dub (Ariwa) ’98 female vox on Blondie’s Rapture
  • Jimmy London – Suspicion; All Shook Up (Trojan) ’73
  • Vivian Weathers; Hip Dub; Frontline in Dub (Virgin Front Line) compilation ’78
  • TenaStelin – Mother’s Song; 10″ (Roots Hi-Tek) ‘ 2006 UK mutant dub
clever dub remix of Blondie’s Rapture

Set 8: Mutant Dubstresses

  • Dry & Heavy feat. Liklle Mai – Bright Shining Star; From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon
  • Massive Attack feat. Shara Nelson – Daydreaming; Blue Lines (Virgin) ’91
  • Waldeck – Defenceless; Abductions and Reconstructions (ESL) ’99 Thievery Corporation fmx
  • Bush Chemists feat. Talawah – Dub Up Nations; Light Up Your Chalice (Conscious Sounds) ’99 UK
  • Andrea – Breathe (Dubmatix Re-Rub); CD Single (Version Xcursion) 2006 Canadian.
  • Dubblestandart & Lee “Scratch” Perry feat. Ari Up – Idiots Dub; Reutnr From Planet Dub (Collision) 2009; Jah-strian feat. female vox from The Slits
Foundation Mutant Dub

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-nuary 6, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist) Mutant Dub New Year!

Greetings,

Happy 2018! By tradition for the past decade or so, I have devoted the first Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive of the year to Mutant Dub. What I tend to end the shows with in the last half hour, showcased 3 hours of drum and bass glory.

Not everyone is a fan of the “wobble” as much as the Orthodox Roots Reggae “echo.” I can expect at least one listener to call in that it is all too much. (2018 complaint received around 6:15 this year.)

Yet, I was also encouraged by people calling in to say how unexpectedly refreshing it is to hear a classic Massive Attack tune on a Roots Reggae show. (I cast the Reggae net far and wide.) Much love shown to the ON U Sound massive. Creation Rebel, Dry & Heavy, New Age Steppers and Singers & Players. Adrian Sherwood – the Godfather of Mutant Dub

Adrian Sherwood – the Godfather of Mutant Dub

And this year a listener checked in to say that he was unhappy with the flat sound of his Klipsch speakers. (I also fire up Klipsch at the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives.) Until he flipped on Smile Jamaica and the bass woke-up on his Hi-Fi.

<Smile Jamaica brings out the bass in your speaker array; 24 sec.>

After two weeks showing love to my family from Albuquerque to Sun City West, AZ – it felt good to get back on the decks and juggle bassadelica for all who love and loathe the modern sound of downtro, dubstep, lounge, jungle, electronica, post-punk, 420 dubbers, Roots Dawtas and Disco Mix vinyl.

Lo-fi for I ‘n’ I

I took up the show right in the middle of a personal crisis. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, committed enemy to the Seven Leaf, waited until Collie-fornya legalized the collie weed on New Year’s Day 2018 and sicc’d his Justice Department attorneys to stop the people’s will.

I just set my parents up with medical marijuana in Arizona and literally the day after my Pops get his card, Sessions lowered the boom.

Jeff Sessions war on legal/medical weed

My Dad has neuropathy in his feet, sciatica and still has pain from a recent carpal tunnel surgery. Mom’s has knee pain and wants to get off anxiety meds and sleep aids.

Marijuana and its CBD/THC concoctions are the way. 28k die per year of opioid overdose. In the 10k history of mankind and the Seven Leaf, zero fatalities.

So in the first set of Smile Jamaica Mutant Dub New Year I fight back as best I know how. Through music and riddim.

<Medical MJ in Arizona vs. Jeff Sessions; 89 sec.>

States rights for Marijuana just like abortion laws, voting requirements and gun laws. Nuff hypocrisy

Even in conservative Utah, our governor believes that Utah Medical Marijuana is an inevitablity.

And why shouldn’t he? His name is Gary HERBert; 78 sec.

Utah governor and Utah Medical Marijuana

I know I have nuff aches and pains myself to qualify!

bless, Bobbylon

Seven Leaf relief soon come to the Beehive State. Selah!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 6, 2018 – Mutant Dub New Year: Annotated Playlist; 73 sec.

Set 1: Mutant Dub 4:20 

  • Dub Syndicate – Dubbing Is a Must; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98 
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers – Chemical Specialist; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Dry & Heavy – Kick the Bong Around; One Punch (Green Tea) ’99 Jah-pon 
  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2005 LA – roll a lickle spliff w/ di papyrus!

<Getting high in the sarcophagi; 11 sec.>

  • Martha Cinadar – Living It; Cannabis Café (Ministry) 2002
  • Bob Marley – Easy Skanking; Legend Remixed (Tuff Gong) 2013 Stephen Marley dubstep rmx
  • Ganja Tree – Medicine Man; 10” (I-Grow) 2006 Fr

 

“Whenever I get low, I get high”

Set 2:

  • Ari Up – Kill Em With Love; More Dread Dan Dead (Collision) 2005 former lead singer of The Slits punk-female group
  • Thievery Corporation – In Pursuit; .38 .45 (a Thievery Number); CD Single (4ad) ’98 DC dubbers
  • Sizzla – Rain Showers (Bronx Dogs Mix); Dub Selector (Quango) 2001
  • Tayo Meets Acid Rockers feat. PupaJim – Vampayaa; 12” (Scrub a Dub) 2010 UK
The late, great Ari Up. Member of The Slits punk/reggae; New Age Steppers and dawta in law to Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten

Set 3: Roots Dawtas

  • Hollie Cook – Milk and Honey; Hollie Cookc (Mr. Bongo) 2011 Roots Dawta set
  • Massive Attack – Five Man Army; Blue Lines (Virgin) ‘91
  • Alpha & Omega feat. Dandylion – Because I Love You; Daniel In the Lion’s Den (A & O) ’90 UK trance dub
  • Afro Omega – Watcha Need; Pick Up the Pieces (Afro Omega) 2006 SLC E
Dawta of Sex Pistol Paul Cook

Set 4:

  • Stick Figure – Fire on the Horizon; Set In Stone (Stick Figure) 2015 Duxbury, MA
  • Little Annie – Bless Those; 10” (ON U Sound) ’93 UK pic sleeve
Dubby recommendation from a youth man co-worker

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Singers & Players – Thing Called Love; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK vinyl set
  • Soom T & Mungo’s Hi-Fi – Boom Shiva; 12” EP (Scotch Bonnet) 2013 UK picture sleeve; female weedstepper on herbtune
  • New Age Steppers feat. Bim Sherman – Vice of My Enemies; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’82 UK
  • Omar Perry & Carlton Livingston – Daily Bread + No Answer; No Answer EP (Deep Root) 2008 UK
Female Glaswegian Weedstepper – Soom T

Set 6:

  • Pama International – Evening Time; Float Like a Butterfly (Asian Man) 2005 UKherb tune
  • Dub Pistols – New Skank; Worshipping the Dollar (Sunday Best) 2012 UK
  • Jah Shaka – Jah Jah Dub; 12” (Jah Shaka) ’81 dub to African Princess
Members of The Specials, Special Beat, Pop Will Eat Itself and Bentley Rhythm Ace

Set 7:

  • Kode9 & the Spaceape feat. Cha Cha – Love Is the Drug; Black Sun (Hyperdub)  2011 dubpoet w/ female vox
  • Bush Chemists – Light Up Your Spliff; Light Up Your Spliff (Conscious Sounds) ’96 UK herbtune
  • Tenastelin – Cosmic Session; 10” (Roots Hi-Tek) 2006 UK UFOria

Set 8: UFOria

<Cratedigging for Ancient Aliens books as well as vinyl; 42 sec.>

  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Akua Naru – Last Night; Into Bass & Time (ESL) 2009 German. Dub w/ female vox. UFOria
  • The Elegants – Little Star (Static Revenger Mix); Destroy All Humans! (Lakeshore) 2005 video gam soundtrack: 50’s doo wop remixed
  • Flock of Seagulls – Space Age Love Song; Flock of Seagulls (Zomba) ’81 UK New Wave
  • Starkey – Spacecraft; Ear Drums and Black Holes (Planet Mu) 2010 UK
  • Dubadelic – Thuds Lke Skuds; Bass Invaders (WordSound) ’96: Are Aliens real?
  • Alpha & Omega – The Dub Is Out There; Serious Joke (A & O) X-Files Theme
  • Spiritual Rez – Let’s Go Out With a Bang; Spiritual Rez (Spiritual Rez
I’m probably the only guy who is reading the Bible for Alien visitation stories

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Roots Reggae New Year 2018!

Greetings,

Happy New Year! 2018. Just got off the road. Two weeks with my family. First week in Albuquerque at my Sister’s place. Cratedigging in 50+ degree weather.

Caught up on some Reggae Revives and picked up reissues from favorite soul/funk labels Now and Then, VamiSoul and Soul Jazz.

Best score were two 60 CD Suitcases. That fetch $80+ on Amazon (when even listed.) Bought mine for $10 each

Ceased making in the era of digital downloads. Now fetch a king’s ransom on Ebay and Amazon

Then drove with my parents due West to Phoenix at their new retirement pad. Beautiful drive from Flagstaff south. 75 degrees all week.

My Dad has neuropathy and is still in pain from recent carpal tunnel surgery. While picking up our dog from the Doggy Hotel and that was right next to the Sun Valley Certification Clinic.

Set up an appointment to fill out a six page questionnaire of his pain history. Wait 2 weeks for his card, so I couldn’t go with him “shopping” for Seven Leaf products. Next year I’m taking my vape pen.

Got in some more cratedigging. Didn’t find much vinyl but picked up some delights at Zia Records.

Zia Records Phoenix

Watched Green Bay sleep walk through a Detroit Lions loss. New Year’s Eve for my Mom’s 75th birthday and flew out at the butt crack of down on New Year’s Day to get back to Utah. Took my first Uber. Cheaper and quicker than a cab ride.

First priority: New roots for Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive listeners. 3 hours of my favorites Roots Reggae delights. Let us enjoy Nuff Roots as our collective New Year’s Resolution

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Roots Reggae New Year 2018 Tracklist

0-30 min.

  • African Head Charge – Gospel Train; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ‘90
  • Yabby You – Judgment Time; One Love, One Heart; (Shanachie) ‘77
  • Althea & Donna – Make a Truce; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • UB40 – Earth Dies Screaming; More UB40 Music (DEP)  ‘80
  • Aswad – Back to Africa; BBC Sessions (Strange Fruit) UK live in the studio
  • Pioneers – Pusher Man; Give and Take – Best of (Trojan) ‘78
  • Akabu – Africans United; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’95 UK female group

30-60 min.

  • Jolly Brothers – Dread Dreader; Conscious Man (Seven Leaves) ’77 Lee Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Barrington Levy – Jah a Creator; Time Capsule (RAS) ‘83
  • The Congos – At the Feast; Heart of the Congos (Blood & Fire) ’77 Lee Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Bim Sherman – Gold & Silver; Crucial Cuts vol. 1 (Century)  ‘86
  • Tapper Zukie – Message to Pork Eaters; Man Ah Warrior (Trojan)  ’77 Patti Smith/Lenny Kaye prod’n
  • Aisha – Guide and Protect; Roots Daughters (Ariwa)  ‘88
  • The Morwells feat. Bingy Bunny – In God We Trust; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS)  ’77

60-90 min.

  • Sheriff Lindo & the Hammer – Dub House of Horrors; Ten Dubs That Shook the World (Endless) ‘88 Australian dubwize
  • Sonya Spence – Peace and Unity; In the Dark (Skynote) ‘78
  • Black Uhuru – Youth of Eglington; Red (Mango) ‘81
  • Prince Far I – Shake the Nation; Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter 3 (Pressure Sounds) ‘80
  • Carlene Davis – The Harder They Come; 15 Hits (Sonic) ’80 Jimmy Cliff cover
  • Cocoa Tea – Rocking Dolly; Rocking Dolly (RAS) ‘83
  • Prince Buster – Satta Massaganna; Sister Big Stuff  (Sunspot) ’72 Abyssinians cover

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Turn Your Lights Down Low (rehearsal); Redemption (bootleg) ‘77
  • Phyllis Dillon – Woman of the Ghetto; One Life to Live (Treasure Isle) ’72 Marlena Shaw soul cover
  • Bunny Wailer – Put It On; Rule Dancehall (Shanachie) ’87 Wailers cover
  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumbo Klaat; Wanted Dread & Alive (Rolling Stone) ‘81
  • Burning Spear – Farover; Faroever (Heartbeat) ‘82
  • The Marvels – Rock Steady; 100% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ’71 female vox – Aretha Franklin cover
  • Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion; Paul Simon (Warner Bros.) ’72 recorded in Jamaica
  • Culture – This Train; Cumbolo (Heartbeat) ‘79

2-2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Pablo Gad – What Makes a Natty Dread Cry; Blood Suckers (Celluloid) ‘79
  • Yellowman – Soldier Take Over; Crucial Reggae Driven By Sly & Robbie (Mango) ‘82
  • Sister Nancy – Transport Connection; 600% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ‘82
  • Mutabaruka – Whey Mi Belond; Check It! (Alligator) ’83 JA dub poet
  • Doctor Alimantado – Born For a Purpose; Born for a Purpose (Greensleeves) ‘81
  • Musical Youth – Youth of Today; Youth of Today (MCA) ’82 youth group
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Dubwise; Tracks (LKJ) ’90 UK female dub poet
  • Earl Zero – Home Sweet Home; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ‘80

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Mikey Dread – Saturday Night Style; African Anthem (Dread at the Controls) ‘79
  • Love Joys – Wherever Jah Send Me; Reggae Vibes (Wackies) ’81 female duo
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Inglan Is a Bitch; Bass Culture (Mango) ’80 UK dub poet
  • Lion Youth – Rat a Cut Bottle; Don’t Call Us Immigrants (Pressure Sounds) ‘78
  • George Faith – In the Midnight Hour/Ya Ya; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n; Wilson Pickett & Lee Dorsey covers
  • Judy Mowatt – Rock Me; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ‘87
  • Lacksley Castell – Righteous Stand; Morning Glory (Negus Roots) ‘82

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-cember 16, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Last Show of 2017!

Set 1:

  • Lee Perry & Sandra Robinson – Merry Christmas, Happy New Year; 12” EP (Trojan) ’86 UK
  • Rough Sounds – Comfort and Jah; Reggae Xmas Party (Rough Sounds) Redondo Beach Xmas dub album of the hour
  • The Wailers feat. Bob Marley – Sound the Trumpet; Irie Christmas in Jamaica (Heartbeat/Studio One) ‘65
  • Althea & Donna – Sorry; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • Brentford Road All Stars – Throw Me Corn; Downbeat the Ruler (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – All I Want for Ismas; Natty Christmas (RAS) ’78 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement All I want for ismas is my collie herb!
  • Shinehead – Reggae Christmas Medley; 12” (African Love/Elektra) ‘89

Set 2:

  • Kiddus I – Love Child; Graduation in Zion (Dub Store) ’78 sublime Christmas tune
  • Rupie Dan & Jenifah Gad – Rastafari Live; Reparation (Flag) 2000
  • Afro Omega – Work It Out; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC w/ female vox
  • Bush Chemists – This Sound; Dub Fire Blazing (Dubhead) 2001 UK mutant dub herb tune
  • Michael “Scooby Doo” Powell – Christmas Time; 12” (Hot Stuff) ’83 US

Set 3:

  • Sinead O’Connor – Rivers of Babylon; Theology (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2007 Psalms cover of The Melodians
  • Eek a Mouse – Wa Do Dem; Live at Reggae Sunsplash 1981 (Elektra) ’81 Montego Bay, JA
  • Black Roots – Pin in the Ocean (Extended Mix); All Day All Night (Deluxe Edition) (Bristol Archive) ’87 UK
  • Familyman Barrett – Cobra Style Dub; Familyman in Dub (Heartbeat) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Coco Tea – Christmas is Coming; Badd Santa (Stones Throw) ‘84
  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Phat Old Mamas – Bitter Hypnotic; Into Bass & Time (ESL) 2011 German dub group w/ female vox
  • UB40 – Mi Spliff; Little Baggariddim (DEP) ’85 UK herbtune
  • Tyrone Evans – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; 12” (Clocktower) ’78 Brooklyn

 

Set 5: Christmas Vinyl 

  • Silvertones – Merry, Merry Christmas; Christmas Stylee (Studio One) ’80 JA
  • Hortense Ellis & Trinity – Santa is Black + My Santa; African Christmas (Top Ranking) ’79 FL
  • Joe Gibbs Family – We Three Kings; Reggae Christmas (Joe Gibbs) ’82 FL
  • Michigan & Smiley – Little Drummer Boy; Reggae Christmas (RAS) ’84 DC
  • Dean Frazer – Sensimilia; Christmas Sting (Thunder Bolt) ’81 JA to Handel’s Messiah; herbtune

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica – 28 Years

  • Marcia Griffiths – Dreamland; Naturally (Shanachie) ’78 
  • The Morwells – Reggae Party; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ‘79
  • Aswad – Bubbling; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – Deck the Halls; Natty Christmas (RAS) ’78 deck the halls w/ boughs of collie!
  • Dry and Heavy – King Jammy Meets Dry and Heavey in the Jaws of the Tiger (BSI) 2001 Jah-pon dub album of the hour

Set 7:

  • John Holt – A Spaceman Came Travelling; Reggae Christmas Hits Album (Trojan) ’86 UFOira tune
  • Keith Richards – Run Rudolph Run; 7” (Rolling Stones) ’79 Chuck Berry cover
  • Glen Adams – Joyful Tidings; 12” (Clocktower) ’78 B side to Tyrone Evans Christmas tune

Set 8: Mutant Dub 

  • Dubcheck – Lee Perry; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001 Mutant Dub Set
  • Soho – Shake Your Thing; Goddess (Atco) ’90 UK dub w/ female vox
  • Gorillaz – Hip Albatross; G Sides (Virgin) 2002 UK cartoon group
  • 2 Bad Card – Noise Pollution; Chainstore Massacre (ON U Sound) 2002 UK
  • Jonah Dan w/ Alpha & Omega – Watching Over w/ dub; Spirit of the Ancients  (Part Two) (A & O) 2007     UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 9, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Inversion Galore!

Salt Lake City. Some call it Inversion. I call it mutant pollution

Greetings,

Brutal. Absolutely brutal. The air in Utah since I got back from Holiday has been beyond atrocious. “Inversion”. Sounds so innocuous. How about death inducing pollution. Killer smog.  Climate change up front and center.

It got me too. I have lived in Salt Lake City since Fall of 1986. The winter pollution gets geometrically worse every year.

I work on the hill at the University of Utah. Driving on my way home (mea culpa!), I can’t believe that orange toxic shit is going into my lungs and a million others. I know several people who have had to go to the emergency room with triggered asthma.

For me, it’s a near bronchial hack and wheeze. (Coughed so hard I thought I broke a rib.) Add to that, my congestion doesn’t settle in my sinuses. But right between my ears.

I am mostly deaf until I clear it out. I was in search committee meetings this week and could not hear the candidates talk.

The Smile Jamaica hearing aid. Found at Bed, Bath and Beyond

And as a deejay that is not ideal either. Tough to find the queue point on the vinyl when I can hear/feel only low end bass.

This takes precision hearing to queue a record

So I was hoping that the heavy bass of Smile Jamaica blasting through KRCL’s monitor speakers would do what Mucinex could not. Blow out my ear tubes.  Acoustic levitation in a Irie meditation?

FAIL!

<Inversion vs. Bass; 27 sec.>

Green smoke nah work neither. FAIL!

<Green smoke vs. lung butter; 20 s ec.>

If you are homebound and can’t venture out into the toxic smog, Smile Jamaica works wonders against cabin fever.

Smog

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 2, 2017: Annotated Playlist

Set 1:

  • Prince Far I – Jah Will Provide; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK vinyl
  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Burn Pipe Dub; Sensi Dub (Revolver) ’81 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Steel Pulse – Sound System; Live at Reggae Sunsplash ’81 (Elektra) Montego Bay, JA
  • 15 16 17 – The Weather; Magic Touch (DEB) ’78 UK 2 sisters/cousin’s ages
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Notch – True Sons of Zion; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017
  • Don Carlos – Frontline; Deeply Concerned (RAS) ’87 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Relator Willard Harris – Christmas Is Yours, Christmas in Mine; 12” (RAPE) ’81 Soca Christmas
Soca Christmas

Set 2:

  • Wingless Angels – Rasta Army; Volume 1 (Mindless) ’96 Keith Richards, Justin Hinds & nyah drummers

<Keith Richards & the Wingless Angels; 35 sec.>

  • I Roy – Love Your Neighbour; Crisus Time (Virgin Front Line) ‘76
  • Afro Omega – Pick Up the Pieces; Pick Up the Pieces (Afro Omega) 2006 SLC dub group w/ female vox
  • Dennis Brown & Welton Irie – Man Next Door + No Do It Pon Your Hungry Belly; 12” (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’79 update of Paragons original
The Wingless Angels – Keith Richards’ other group

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28 Years

  • Alpha Blondy & the Wailers – Jerusalem; Jerusalem (Shanachie) ’86 

<Jerusalem – Shalom/Selaam Aleikum; 1 min. 26 sec.>

  • Black Uhuru – Chill Out; Chill Out (Mango) ‘82
  • Alpha & Omega – Rastafari; Watch and Pray (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Aswad – Three Babylon; Showcase (Mango) ’81 12” mix EP
  • Ronnie Davis – Jamming in Dub (Jamaican Sounds) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers  – The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow; Fy-ah, Fy-ah (JAD) ’68 Box
  • Sister Carol – Isis – 70 Sup’m Pieces of Bob;The Original Womb-man (Tuff Gong) ’99 Bob Marley tribute
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Healing in the Balmyard; 12” (Greensleeves) ’81 UK
Isis the Egyptian goddess; not the terrorist scourge of Syraq

Set 5: Roots Dawta Vinyl

  • Jennifer Lara – Hands of the Lord; Christmas Stylee (Studio One) ’80 Xmas – Vinyl Roots Dawta set
  • Mighty Invaders feat. Ichelle Cole – Rasta Woman; Invasion! (Rave) ’83 Syracuse NY youth group
  • Mungo’s Hi-Fi feat. Soom – 31st First Century Song; 12” EP (Scotch Bonnet) 2013 Glasgow w/ female weedstepper
  • Sena & Familyman Barrett – Natural Woman +  Strictly Woman; Juvenile Delinquent (Clappers) ’81 Brooklyn

Set 6:

  • Peter Broggs – International Farmer; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ’82 – original
  • Peter Broggs – International Farmer; Rejoice (RAS) ’99 – update
  • Aisha – Carnal Mind; True Roots (Ariwa) ‘84
  • Still Cool – To Be Poor is a Crime; 12” (Jah Shaka) ’81 UK
  • Keith Hudson – Image Dub; Brand (Pressure Sounds) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Jimmy Lindsay – Easy; 12 the Hardway (Tribesman) ’77 cover of the Commodores
  • Jenifah Gad – Oh Clap Your Hands; Reparation (Flag) 2000
  • Smashmouth feat. Chopper – Virgin Girl; Half Baked Soundtrack (MCA) ’98 cover of Eek a Mouse
  • Fishbone – Slick Nick You Devil You; It’s a Wonderful Life (Columbia) ’87 SoCal ska and funk

<Santa Claus – Ancient Alien>

Ancient Astronaut theory suggests….Santa Claus was an Alien. Rudolph with his red nose tracking beacon

Set 8: Mutant Dub 420

  • Dr. Israel & the Brooklyn Jungle Sound System – Sensi Man; Black Rose Liberation (Baraka Foundation) 2001 Brooklyn Seven Leave Mutant Dub Set
  • Bush Chemists – Good Sensi Dub 2; One Dub (Interchill) 2011 UK
  • Dubwiser – Sensi Drinka; Dub Action Captures Hammerbass (Hammerbass) 2001 Fr.
  • Charlie P and the Dubateers – Policeman; Hustle (Dubateers) 2011 UK
  • Dubblestandart feat. Devon D – We All Have to Get High; Return from Planet Dub (Collision) 2009 Jah-stria
  • Audio Active – Wanna-Na + Dub; We are Tokyo Space Cowboys (ON U Sound) ’94 Jah-pon

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Christmas Stylee!

Not the naughty or nice list. Who’s getting probed list.

Greetings,

Eff Bing Crosby! Bob Marley’s White Christmas. Fiyah bun Nat King Cole or Sinatra! Let’s hear Jacob Miller Deck the Halls with Boughs of Collie. Pa rum, pu-pum pum!

As a Sumerian Fundamentalist who knows that Ancient Astronaut Theory suggests Santa was an Alien*, I wish all my Bredrins and Sistrins a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

*Sleigh = spaceship. Rudolph’s Red Nose? Tracking beacon

<Santa Claus – Space Alien; 30 sec.>

Don’t take my word for it…listen to John Holt – A Spaceman Came Travelling

Spin this Yuletide podcast crafted in my Secret Dubratory while opening your gifts, slogging down Rum fortiied Egg Nog and sparking up the “christmas tree”.

bless, Bobbylon

0 – 30 min.

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – White Christmas; Christmas at Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’65
  • Kiddus I – Love Child; Natty & Nice (Rhino) 70’s era
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – All I Want For Ismas; Natty Christmas (RAS) ’78 All I want for Ismas is my collie herb
  • Coco Tea – Christmas is Coming; Badd Santa (Stones Throw) ‘84
  • Trinity – Santa Claus Comes Once a Year; Big Big Man (Esoldun) ‘84
  • Tennessee Brown & the Silvertones – Little Drummer Boy; Reggae Christmas From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Half Pint – Christmas Vibes; Christmas Vibes (Studio One)

30-60 min.

  • Johnny Clarke & the Aggrovators – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus; Reggae Christmas (Trojan)
  • Mighty Diamonds & Dean Fraser – Frosty the Snowman; Reggae Pulse – Christmas Songs (Trojan)
  • The Notables feat. Lynval Golding – Good King; A Notable Christmas (Mossburg)
  • John Holt – Happy Xmas (War is Over); Reggae Christmas Hits Album (Trojan) John Lennon cover
  • Fishbone – Slick Nick You Devil you; Nuttasaurusmeg (Sony) ’87 SoCal funk/ska
  • Yellowman -12 Days of Christmas; Very, Very Yellow Christmas (RAS) ’98

60-90 min.

  • Kofi – Silent Night; A Very Reggae Christmas (Atlantic) ‘94
  • Rough Sounds – Comfort and Jah; Reggae Xmas Party (Rough Sounds)
  • Vince Charles – Mary’s Little Boy Child; Caribbean Christmas (Oglio) ’97 steel drums
  • Johnny Osbourne – Christmas Stylee; Reggae Christmas From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ‘80
  • Doreen Scheaffer – Wish You a Merry Christmas; Christmas Vibes (Studio One)
  • Horace Andy – Christmas Time; Greetings From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Toots & the Maytals – Happy Christmas; Natty & Nice (Rhino) ’73

90 min- 2 hr.

  • Silvertones – Bling Bling Christmas; Christmas Greetings From Studio One  (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Alton Ellis – Praise Jah It’s Christmas; Christmas Vibes (Studio One)
  • Happy Christmas – Washington & Clarke; Natty and Nice (Rhino)
  • Freddie McGregor – Irie Christmas; Reggae Christmas From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Don Carlos & Glenice Spencer – Jingle Bells; Reggae Pulse 4 – Christmas Songs (RAS) ‘84
  • June Lodge – Joy to the World; Reggae Pulse 4 – Christmas Songs (RAS) ‘84
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Sandra Robinson – Merry Christmas, Happy New Year (Trojan) ‘86
  • Rough Sounds – Rude Lang Syne; Reggae Xmas Party vol. 1 (Rough Sounds)