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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: Jah-gust 9, 2014 Post Script, Vinyl is Vital: 3 hours of 45 REVOLUTIONS Per Minute

<Smile Jamaica’s version of Stairway to Heaven; 8 sec.>

Stairway to Heaven: From my hands to Jah’s ears – Vinyl is Vital: 7 Inch Boomshots on Smile Jamaica


<Smile Jamaica Jah-gust 9, 2014 intro: Jamaican Jukebox of 7″ 45s; 8 sec.>

If you listen at all to Smile Jamaica you might notice a few “trends”

  1. Music never stops. Even when I chatter away
  2. I am way too into 4:20, herbtunes, Seven Leaf
  3. I’m getting to the point of being way into all things Extra Terrestrial
  4. I don’t play much dancehall. I play contemporary dub and modern roots
  5. I worship at the Black Wax Temple.
Chicks dig the 7 Inch

I don’t do Digital. I am a 2/3 CD 1/3 Vinyl selector/deejay/programmer on Smile Jamaica.

<lo-fi! no computa for I ‘n’ I; 5 sec.>

Christians got Ten. Muslims have Five. I only need Three.

Vinyl Commandments of Smile Jamaica

  • Commandment I – Thou Shalt Lead off each Ark-Ive Edition with a Vinyl Selection
  • Commandment II – Thou Shalt Play one Extra Loooong 12″ or 10″ piece of vinyl each half hour. Let the riddim stretch out to defy gravity. Sink down in the groove
  • Commandment III – Thou Shalt play a Vinyl is Vital (rhymes with Ital) set midway thru the 3 hour Ark-Ive
Juggle mi a juggle

Individual tracks from LPs (Long Players) or Extended Mix Vinyl on either 12″ or 10″ sizes. Just have not made room lately for the 7″ variety.

I had a listener Tweet me that I should show some love for the 45 RPM – 7″ vinyl

<Juggling Wax: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox. 38 sec.>

Better for you than Barbie, dawta!

So I did a quick tour of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives and grabbed 2 crocus bags full of vinyl. Seven inch stylee!: 16 sec.

2  crocus bags of Smile Jamaica’s secret stash of Black Wax: 7 inch 45s for juggling! That is not an oven mitt but my Grandfather’s vinyl dust cloth from when he sold records in his Montana hardware store

Flingin’ vinyl at 45 REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE; 12 sec.

The Real Revolutionary

The Power of Vinyl: Heavy Roots crapped out KRCL’s electrical system with a power outage. No mp3 has that shower of power

This 7″ 45 spun with such fury it caused a power outage at KRCL during Smile Jamaica! Digital mp3s obviously not allowed in Jah’s garden!

Here is how these 7″ Black Wax editions differ from the usual Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Show

  1. Jukebox and singles to be played in the dance by Jamaican dancehall selectors were expected to be short and snappy.

An average Smile Jamaica, 3 hours, plays between 30-35 tunes. It jumps to well over 40+ on 7″ only shows

<Why 7″s tend to be shorter in duration; 27 sec.>

2. You need a center adapter for the US and JA singles for the station Turntables

7 inch adapter: US and JA singles have wide mouth centers. UK 7″s do not

<Cratedigging: US/JA 7″s vs. UK 7″s;  64 sec.>

3. The rarest of the rare out of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. Very few artists had the career for a full length album. But hundreds of great artists put forth one hit wonders on unique and boutique labels. The obscurity for sure-ty that enhances listening to a heavy cratedigger’s perspective on the Radio.

<One hit wonder; 37 sec.>

The obscure one shot boomshot. The true rarities featured out of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. No LP, No CD, No iTunes

Here is what I featured from the big stack of Black Wax:

  • Dub Album of the Week: Front Line Dub (Virgin); compilation from the Virgin Front Line Dub LPs. So the music never has to stop
  • Secret Shame: Rasta Jamaicans with a “sweet tooth” for Kentucky Fried Chicken

<Lee Perry: Two buckets of chicken, keeps the drum kickin’; 7 sec.>

<That’s not very Ital, KFC! 87 sec..>

Two down, 48 to go!
  • Seven Leaf juggler: Two down, 48 to go!; 7 sec.

<Smile Jamaica Legalization Prediction: 6 legalizing states in 2014; 23 sec.>

Jah-laska. Smile Jamaica predicts legalize 2014
  • Reggae Prophecy: Bob Marley Who Colt the Game. Dominos motif on 2014 EU/NATO/Obama vs. Russia/Putin. 67 sec.
You sanction my gas, I sanction your food. How you like dem apples?. Who Colt the Game?
  • Reggae History Lessson: DJ Charley Ace and his Swing a Ling Mobile Record Shack

<Charley Ace. 58 sec.>

Charley Ace
  • Ancient Aliens Mutant Dub: Tenastelin tells you about my ancestors the Anunnaki

<Tenastelin Flying Sacuers; 3 min 57 sec.>

Make way for the Anunnaki – Returning to Earth in 2800AD

I’ll load the entire 3 hours (minus vinyl induced power outage time) tomorrow with the full playlist. Also gonna tag some of the unique art work of the 45’s on one of a kind record labels

bless, robt

2 down, 48 to go! Smile Jamaica’s Holy Trinity: Rare, Herbtune, clear vinyl

Smile Jamaica Playlist: Aug. 2, 2014 (Stream + Playlist); Isaiah 63:1 – Bozrah vs. The Hairy Eyeball



Jump straight to Smile Jamaica Jah-gust 2, 2014 Stream

Summer of Roots continues into its 3rd month: Jah-gust on Smile Jamaica

<August? No, Jah-gust!; 16 sec.>

Here is what I featured on this week’s edition of Smile Jamaica: Aug. 2, 2014

I tell you the story about how Reggae and the Bible and the Hairy Eyeball all mashed up at my sister Stacey’s wedding 20 years ago.

Isaiah 63:1. Verse I turned to at random from Gideon Bible at my sister’s wedding. Reggae lyrics synchronicity: “Who is this man from Bozrah with his garments dipped in blood?” Eerie

<Bozrah and the Hairy Eyeball: Wedding Bell Blues; 2 min 38 sec>

Sista Stacey; her youngest Hayden; eldest Mason – Jah-buquerque, New Jahxico

I love the TV show Ancient Aliens. When I retired from doing political interviews on Radioactive  KRCL (2003-2012), I ditched the hopeless of change and embraced my Ancient Alien heritage. Modern Aliens, the Greys? Meh…

<Hovercraft soundbyte; 27 sec.>

Smile Jamaica’s version of “church”. Every Friday Night H2 Channel. The Anunnaki are coming back in 2800 AD.


Jah-gust 2, 2014: Smile Jamaica Playlist with photos, captions and sound bytes.

bless, robt

My Uncle Anunnaki


  • The In Crowd – Born in Ethiopia; His Majesty Is Coming (Creole) ’78 Fr. Vinyl;
  • Prince Jammy – Jammin’ for Survival; Rodigan’s Dub Classics: Serious Selections Volume 1 (Rewind Selecta) ’96 dub comp; Dub Album of the Week
  • Laurel Aitken – Heile Heile (The Lion); Woppi King (Trybute)  tribute to HIM by ska legend
  • The Abyssinians – In a Kalda; Reunion (AO!) ’98 song about horse racing in JA
  • Black Roots – Oh Mama Africa; On the Ground (Sugar Shack)  2012 UK
  • Gregory Isaacs & Kenny Knots – Bush Ganja + Love Is the Key; 10” (Inner Sanctuary) 2005 4:20 Cannabis Servic Announcement
  • Hollie Cook – 99; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 mutant dubstress out of UK***End of Set 1
His Majesty is Coming….Look busy!
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jammin’; Live Forever (Tuff Gong) last live Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania; 9/23/80: Stanley Theatre
  • Sarah B Band – Realign My Mind; Realign My Mind (Sarah B Band) 2011 SLC group
  • Danny Red – Little More High Grade; 10” (Sip a Cup); 2003 mutant dub herbtune***End of Set 2
2 down, 48 to go! Sip a Cup (.i.e. smoke the chalice). High Grade for half the price if we legalize it!
  • Mike Brooks – Train to Buzz Rock; 10” (Teams); Bozrah with his garments dipped in blood: Isaiah 63:1
  • Zema – Free at Last; Black Sheep (Melchizedek) female roots out of So Cal
  • Bunny Wailer – Put It On; Rule Dancehall (Shanachie) ‘87***End of Set 3
Isaiah 63:1. Man from Bosrah with his garments dipped in blood.
  • Jackson Browne – Everywhere I Go; I’m Alive (Elektra) ’93 Rockers do Reggae set
  • The Clash – Guns of Brixton (w/ Paul Simonon intro) – London Calling (Epic) ‘79

<Paul Simonon on Reggae and The Clash; 1 min 25 sec.>

<Reggae History Lesson: Paul Simonon’s bass prowess; 35 sec.>

  • Ben Harper – Burn One Down; Voodoo Child (bootleg); herbtune; Bonn, Germany; 10/20/97
  • The Members – Offshore Banking Business/Pennies in the Pound (Virgin) ’79 UK New Wave group***End of Set 4
Paul Simonon, bassie for The Clash: When they kick at your front door, how you gonna come? With your hands on your head or on the trigger of your gun
  • Casselberry and DuPree – Positive Vibration; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Milwaukee, Jah-sconsin; Marley cover; Vinyl is Vital set
  • Derrick Morgan – Great Collie Herb New Style; Sly-Robbie + the Taxi Gang: Purpleman + Friends (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK herbtune
  • The Eclipse Band – Corrupted Society; Inner Reggae Rhythm (Only Roots) ’78 Fr.
  • Dillinger – Melting Pot; Badder Than Them (A & M) ’81 US
  • Barry Brown – Masses of the People; Stand Firm (Justice) ’80? JA***End of Set 5
Vinyl is Vital out of Jah-waukee. Great female duet on Marley. Smile Jamaica approved!
  • Spiritual Rez – Anunnaki Invasion! + Bring It On; Apocalypse Whenever (Spiritual Rez) 2014; Boston, Jah-suchusetts

<Anunnaki Return from the Heavens; 12 sec.>

  • Jean Binta Breeze – Lovin Wasn Easy; LKJ Preents (LKJ) ’96 UK female dub poet
  • Winston Fergus – Ganja Defenders; 10” EP (Dubwise) mutant dub herbtune***End of Set 6
Not the Sumerian ZZ Top but the Anunnaki. “Those who come from the sky”. Coming back in 2800 AD.
  • Peter Tosh – Babylon Queendom; Equal Rights (Legacy Edition) (Columbia/Legacy) ’77 dubble disk rarity
  • The Emotions – More Questions Than Answers; Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles (Stax); US soul females do reggae
  • Elvis Costello & the Imposters – Watching the Detectives; Spectacular Spinning Songbook (Hip O Select) 2011 Rockers do reggae***End of Set 7
costello HS 67
Perhaps the greatest white bwoy Reggae tune of all time.
  • Red I feat. Brother Culture – Jahdgement Time; Jahdgement Time (Red I) 2012 mutant dub out of Phillipines. Mutant dub set
  • Dubblestandart vs. Sly & Robbie – Preemptive Dub (dub rmx); King Size Dub 10 (Echo Beach) Jah-stria dub
  • Gussie Ranks & Alcapone – Bully Bwoy + Herb Affair; 10” (Digital Conscious) 2010 herbtune
2 Down, 48 to go!: Washington DC legalization on the ballot; Nov. 2014

Smile Jamaica Preview: Jah-gust 2, 2014 – Beware the Hairy Eyeball!

Reggae Fanatic since Oct. ’86. “Come get yer righteous raaas klaat licks!”

Smile Jamaica live every Saturday 4-7 PM Mtn. Time:

  • 90.9FM in Utah
  • Stream:  Tune In Radio
  • Ark-Ive. Here on Smile Jamaica blog; without commercial interruptions
  • Twitter: SmileJ_KRCL for live alert and stream upload/blog posts


Reggae Music your Summer Soundtrack rolls into its 3rd month. His Imperial Majesty month (July) into Jah-gust

Haile Selassie I – b. July 23, 1892

Uploaded the July 26 Ark-Ive of Smile Jamaica. There is nuff  time to push us up the Mixcloud charts!

Here is what I have for you this afternoon, Jah-gust 2, 2014:

3 hours: “all killer no filler”

I’m gonna tell you a story about how I got the Hairy Eyeball at my sister’s wedding twenty years ago. It invokes a Biblical dude named Bozrah with his garments dipped in blood

Isaiah 63:1

hairy eyeball web
Beware the Hairy Eyeball: The minute I walked into the Church during my sister’s wedding the lights went out all over Fort Benton Montana. July 1994. My mom gave me the “hairy eyeball”
  • Dub Album of the Week: DJ David Rodigan selects: Rodigan’s Dub Classic: Serious Selections Volume 1 (Rewind Selecta). Tubby’s, Jammy, Scientist. So the music never haffee Stop
  • Rockers doing Reggae: First Saturday of the Month: Jackson Browne, The Clash, Elvis Costello
  • 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement. Seven Leaf 10″ every half hour. 
2 down, 48 to go!
  • Roots Dawtas: new Hollie Cook and other mutant dubstresses
  • Vinyl is Vital midway
  • Wailers Family Tree: Bob 9/23/80: Jah-sylvania; ’77 Tosh rarities from dubble disk upgrade of Equal Rights. Bunny Wailer Rule Dancehall ’87
  • Mutant Dub to end the show. Including one from Spiritual Rez name checking the Anunnaki.

bless, robt

Anunnaki – LOOK AT HIS WRISTWATCH!. Returning from the 12th Planet Nibiru to Earth in 2800AD

Smile Jamaica live every Saturday 4-7 PM Mtn. Time:

  • 90.9FM in Utah
  • Stream:  Tune In Radio
  • Ark-Ive. Here on Smile Jamaica blog; without commercial interruptions
  • Twitter: SmileJ_KRCL for live alert and stream upload/blog posts
The Stone that the builder refused. Will always be the head corner stone — Bob Marley

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 26, 2014 (Stream + Playlist): Nelstradamus Say: A-Pot-Calypse Right Now!

Starship Selassie I: Mutant dub UFOria out of Philippines


<A-Pot-Calypse Right Now!; 11  sec.>

Jump straight to July 26, 2014 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive

<Smile Jamaica Salutation; 3 sec.>

“Beware when the 3 Seven’s (777) clash/crash

<Countdown to the A-Pot-Calypse Love Song: World War III soundclip: #1; 35 sec.>

My friends call me Nelstradamus. 

Not really, that is what I call myself to remind them of my dire political prophecies. Nelson + Nostradamus = Nelstradamus.

Nostradamus’s secret conduit to his predictions. The Seven Leaf vapors.

I remember saying to my coffee mates in 2003 that once we invaded Iraq, it would be a new Millennial Crusade. Like smashing your first right in the middle of a hornet’s nest. The Iraqis would most certainly not be greeting us with garlands of flowers and sweet meats.

Redder than Red – Perpetual Wars: North Africa/Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central/South Asia. The real legacy of 9/11 and Iraq 2003

Perpetual war in  dozens of West Asian, North African and Subcontinental countries. It’s quicker and easier to count the nations of Jah-frica who *aren’t* at war. Forget peace in the Holy Land. And will the last Christian Assyrian, Chaldean, Yacoubite, the indigenous people – my people – leaving Iraq and Syria please remember to turn out the lights.

Prince Far I: “Jonah went to Nineveh to warn the Nation. Tell them about Jah Love.” Jonah’s (Mar Yunis) tomb in Mosul was destroyed by ISIS jihadis

When Ukraine went hot at the end of the Sochi Olympics, I texted my pals: “World War III. Coming this summer.” They scoffed. I brooded. Sure enough right around the 100 year anniversary of World War Uno, (Aug. 1914) events are shaping up to see another European continental war of brother killing brother. We are back to the modern equivalent of Dr. Strangelove: “we can win a tactical nuclear war.” Yes we can? No effing way!

“Crimea river” (Dr. Paul Craig Roberts)

President Superfly stars in “Cold War the Sequel”: Jihad? More like Yeee-hawwwwd!

<Countdown to the A-Pot-Calypse Love Song: World War III soundclip #2; 21 sec.>

My remote viewing antennae are finely tuned via thousand upon thousand of Reggae prophecies predicting this would happen if mankind didn’t repent.

<Countdown to the A-Pot-Calypse Love Song: World War III soundclip #3; 21>

Rather than be depressed I chose to embrace a nihilistic approach by virtue of those same Reggae lyrics.  Listen keenly to this tune I played on this week’s stream that lit up the phones like a Vegas jackpot live on air.

Out of Boston, Jah-suchusetts: “Either way, you’re gonna get probed!”

<Spiritual Rez – Let’s Go Out with a Bang; 2 min 48 sec.>

<A-Pot-Calypse Right Now!: Smile Jamaica intro; 63 sec.>

Lyrical satirical

  • Girl, they say the end is coming soon
  • They’re talking about impending doom and total annihilation
  • Girls, what if what they say is true
  • There’s nothing really left to do but each other
  • If the nuclear bombs get deployed tonight
  • You’ll be glad you got some Afternoon Delight
  • So take my hand and come into my room
  • If the end is coming we should be too
  • Oh yeah: Let’s go out with a bang!
  • Girl, the tidal wave’s approaching
  • We might as well start groping
  • It’s not too late
  • Girl, if we’re all going down
  • You might as well be going down
  • …On me
  • Get it beyond we’re not an Alien Tribe
  • All I want is what’s between those thighs
  • If the Spaceships have surrounded the Globe
  • Either way you’re gonna get probed
  • Oh yeah: Let’s go out with a bang!
  • People are dying
  • And we’re 69ing
  • It’s a total panic
  • And we’re getting tantric
  • Oh yeah: Let’s go out with a bang!
Fellow devotees of the Anunnaki. Best Reggae novelty song since Smoke Two Joints and Monster Hash. Smile Jamaica approved!

bless, robt

Check the Playlist for photos and soundbytes.

The July 26, 2014 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive


  • Louise Bennett – Linstead Market; Jamaican Folk Songs Sung By Louise Bennett (Smithsonian Folkways); ’55 10” vinyl; NYC
  • Jah Shaka – Coronation Dub; Coronation Dub: Commandments of Dub – Chapter 9 (Jah Shaka); ’89 UK Dub Album of the Week
  • Dennis Brown – The Writing is on the Wall; Complete A & M Years (A & M) ‘81
  • Jimmy Cliff – American Plan; Club Paradise (Sony) ’86 Soundtrack
  • Niney & Max (Romeo) – Aily & Ailaloo; Blood and Fire (Trojan) ’71; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<2 Down, 48 to go!; 3 sec.>

  • Hollie Cook – Win or Lose; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014; Mutant dubstress UK***End of Set 1
Louise Bennett – Jamaica’s national treasure
  • Peter Tosh – Jahman inna Jamdung; Equal Rights (Legacy Edition) ’77; dubble disk rarity

<His Imperial Majesty Birthday>

<Peter Tosh: Jamdung definition; 35 sec.>

  • Dayjah Meets the Disciples – Rebirth (The Mix); King Size Dub Volume 1 (Echo Beach); ’95 female vox Jah-many
  • Carlton Livingston – Tale of Two Cities; 10”; 2010 UK mutant dub update
  • Bingui Jaa Jammy – Congo Natty; African Reggae (Putumayo); 2009 Burkina Faso West Africa***End of Set 2
Roots from the Mother Continent of Jah-frica. Found in Missoula, Jah-tana
  • Spiritual Rez – Let’s Go Out With a Bang; Apocalypse Whenever (Spiritual Rez) 2014 Armageddon love song
  • Lady Ann – Nice Like Me; Bad Gyal Inna Dance (Jump Up); 2008 J’can female deejay
  • Gyptian – Sensi; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 3 (Greensleeves); 2010 herbtune set
  • Bunny Wailer – Saturday Night; Rule Dance Hall (Shanachie) ’87 Sam Cooke cover***End of Set 3
Fukashima, War inna Holy Land, Nukes over Ukraine, 777 Plane crashes every other day. “Let’s go out with a bang”
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – No Woman, No Cry; Live Forever (Tuff Gong) dubble disk last live show: Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania; 9/23/80
  • King General & Century – They Say (Sensimilla Can’t Smoke); 10” (Love Dub Music); 2006 mutant dub herb tune***End of Set 4

<They Say, Sensimilla Cyaan Smoke; 2 Down, 48 to go! II; 12 sec.>

2 Down, 48 to go: New York Times endorses Cannabis legalization.
  •  Benjamin Zephaniah – War; Dub Ranting 7” Vinyl (Radical Wallpaper) UK dub poet acapella; Vinyl is Vital set
  • Inner Circle – Natty Dread; Blame It on the Sun (Trojan) ’75 UK Marley cover
  • Ras Tesfa & Jafrica – Rome-antix; The Voice of the Rastaman (Meadowlark) ’85 dub poetry New Jah-sey
  • Crucial Bee – Come With Me; Just a Sting (All-Star) US Virgin Islands; herbtune
  • Lillian Allen – His Day Came; Conditions Critical (Redwood) ’87 Emeryville, Collie-fornya; Canadian Jamaican dub poet***End of Set 5
Benjamin Zephaniah - Dub Ranting - front
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives rarity: 7″ EP, UK dub poetry, pic sleeve vinyl.

<Jah-tana Roadtrip set; 24 sec.>

  •  Chele Bandulu – Rich Man Poor Land; Chele Bandulu (Chele Bandulu) Missoula, Jah-tana; Set of Jah-tana Cratedigging haul
  • Horace Andy – Angie; Horace Andy/Ashley Beedle (Strut); 2009 Rolling Stones cover
  • Ras Midas – Kude a Bamba; Confirmation (Scorcher) ’99 best of
  • Omar Perry – Rasta Meditation; Man Free (Corner Shop) 2007 Lee Perry son***End of Set 6
Roots Reggae from Big Sky country: Jah-tana
  •  Red I feat. Camoi – Lost in Space; Jahdgement Day (Red I) 2012 mutant dub UFOria out of Manila, Phillipines w/ female vox
  • Sylford Walker + Welton Irie – Lambsbread + Lambsbread International; 10” (South East Music) ’79 Glen Brown prod’n herbtunes

<Lambsbread definition. 2 down, 48 to go! III; 13 sec.>

  • AKB feat. Sister Black – Half Full; Future Present (Reyal) ’96 Jah-llywood, Collie-fornya***End of Set 7
Sylford_Walker_-_Lamb's_Bread- Vinyl Hel [Ras t Dread]
Lambsbread collie makes me jolly
  •  African Head Charge – I Want Water; Drastic Season (ON U Sound) ’83 UK Adrian Sherwood prod’n; mutant dub set
  • Zion Train – Watching Deep Water; Passage to Indica (Universal Egg) ’93 UK female vox

<2 Down, 48 to go! IV; 8 sec.>

  • Dubblestandart feat. Dillinger – Ten Tons of Dope (Sounds from the Ground Mix); Heavy Heavy Monster Dub (Echo Beach) 2004 Jah-stria herb tune

<2 Down, 48 to go! V>

A-pot-calypse Right Now!

Smile Jamaica: Jah-tana Cratedigging Report!

Fort Benton, Jah-tana the Birthplace of Jah-tana and Smile Jamaica


Back from the land of my birth: Fort Benton, Jah-tana. Put a thousand miles on the Dubmobile. I took the long way home

Wheel it back to July 12…

Finished up Smile JamaicaSaturday Night Stylee from SLC north on a hot evening jag to Idaho Falls. Nice to have late night sun to cruise to. Heavy duty bass tunes to keep me awake without caffeination. Every. Step. of the Way. Bunk for the night. Get in to a Super Full Moon dark sky about Midnite. (213 miles).

Super Moon – the Subwoofer of Moons. I looked for UFO’s. No luck, sadly. New Season of Ancient Aliens on H2 cable/satellite. Friday nights. Smile Jamaica approved

Straight up I-15. Sunday Morning. No road rage here. 6am and I am up. As Bob sang, “Sun is shining and the weather is sweet. Makes me wanna move my dancing feet.” In Jah-tana in July, the Sun is up at 5am and sets after 11pm.

Caffeine + bass = caffabass. Better set the cruise control or Johnny Law will give I the Hairy Eyeball.

Caffeine the Subwoofer of stimulants. Lot of miles of open terrain at maximum volume on the Subaru Hi Fi. Sonicboomya

A heinous drive in the Winter. Until my fams started having Xmas in Jah-buquerque, New Jah-xico a few years back, I got stopped at the Monida pass 3 times in 20+ years You have two choices when the Roads on I-15 get shut down  between Spencer, Idaho and Lima, Jah-tana. Or as I call it the 30 Miles of White Knuckles at 25 MPH.

  1. Live like a refugee with thousands of other Snowbirds from Canada, long haul and livestock trucks and other Holiday travelers in the school gymnasium in Lima (population 227)
  2. Hope to Jah you can get a hotel room in Dillon, Jah-tana (-50 miles back over brutal roads) or worse Butte (-112 miles).
Montana + Idaho = Monida Pass. 30 Miles of Vertigo at 50 MPH winds and 30 below. Do not be on this road after dark from November to May. Smile Jamaica Public Service Warning


Summer is a different story than White Out Jah-tana

I cross the Continental Divide a half dozen times, half a dozen rivers. Spring Wheat is a carpet of green. Winter Wheat starting to turn golden brown.

Bitterroot Valley, Jah-tana. Like driving through a summer postcard

Jah-tana Runnings:

  • Wind my way till Butte, Jah-tana. (Hastings chain book/music/movie spot in any Metro city of the Big Sky state.) Lots of cheap rock catalog stuff: Black Sabbath, Alice  and Aerosmith for $5. New Beats Antique. (205 miles)
Hastings, Butte, Jah-tana. Smile Jamaica Approved. Worldly dubbers. Female vox. All killer
  • Headed for the People’s Republic of Missoula for two days of cratedigging and bookdigging (Rockin’ Rudys, Ear Candy Records). Saw the new Planet of the Apes movie. Good but the Hercules trailer looks better. North of $300 at Rockin’ Rudy’s. Lots of buttons, magnets and T-shirts. Added to my Dylan and Drake bootleg collection. Took three clerks and the owner came out as they rang me up. I am known as a “whale” in the Cratedigging biz. Lots of great used stock I read about in Rolling Stone and Mojo. Bob & Gene, Cheech and Chong. Some Missoula reggae, The New CSNY reissue. Ear Candy: Bombay Disco and a group called Kadavar. Checked everywhere but no Vinyl for I’n’ I to be had in Jah-tana. The vagaries of cratedigging. (118 miles)
Not ze German ZZ Top: Kadavar: Ear Candy Records Missoula, Jah-tana
  • One day back in my old University town, Bozeman, Jah-tana. Main Street stroll: Cactus Records, Vargo’s Jazz and Books. A beer at the resurrected Rockin’ R
Main Street Bozeman. I lived two blocks from here from Sept. 1984-June 1986. Bought 100’s of albums
  • Not finding good luck in Bozeman lately. The Anchorman 2 and American Hustle Soundtracks was about it. Funny story buying Bob Marley and Johnny Cash Tee shirts in the mall. More to come…(202 miles)
Good movie but better Soundtrack. Hastings: Bozeman, Jah-tana

Then home to the Hi Line (North Central Montana) through Helena (the Capitol) and Great Falls. 35 miles to the Birthplace of Jah-tana: Fort Benton. (225 miles).

bless, robt

Fort Benton, Jah-tana. North Central. Midpoint between Great Falls and Havre.

Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: July 12, 2014 (stream + playlist): Jah-tana Roadtrip

This CD suitcase kills fascists–Woody Guthrie

(Quick jump to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 12, 2014 w/ Playlist)

Read on for today’s Smile Jamaica Jah-o-graphical History Lesson


The photo above is from the Aluminum (i.e. CD) share of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives I come from the land of the ice and snow. From the Midnight sun where the hot springs flow. Cratedigging in the land of my birth. Fort Benton, Jah-tana. Others might call it the Big Sky state: Montana

The oldest bridge spanning the Missouri River – Fort Benton: The Birthplace of Jah-tana

Found some great music this far North. Til I get back, enjoy last week’s edition of Smile Jamaica: July 12, 2014 Thanks for listening on the Mixcloud Here’s how we did on the Mixcloud charts for the July 5 Ark-Ive Episode

  • Vinyl: 7
  • Dub: 16
  • Reggae: 33

Give thankx for listening and keep spreading the word on 26 years of Roots Reggae!

So have you all ever heard the American folk tale about Shep? The loyal dog who lived in a train station. He waited for his (deceased) master everyday to return until he slipped on the railroad tracks and was killed by a  train that could not stop in time. That is the definition of loyalty and love. He is from Fort Benton!

The story of Shep

Shep – Looking down on Fort Benton from Jah’s Heavenly Abode as he plays fetch with Bob Marley

I’m gonna sprinkle some more photos from Fort Benton in between the sets of the Playlist below

bless, robt

As far as the steamboats could go up the Missouri River: Fort Benton Valley. When the railroads came, the town became a much smaller farming community

Playlist: July 12, 2014

  • Freddie McKay – Tribal Inna Yard; Tribal Inna Yard (Iroko) ’83 Fr. Vinyl
  • Aswad – Dub Fire; New Chapter of Dub (Mango) ’82; Dub Album of the Week
  • Ranking Roger & Blue Riddim – America and Russia/Selective Service System (Nancy Goes to Moscow) (ORA) ’85 La Habra, Collie-fornya
  • Aisha – Prophecy; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 UK; Faybiane Miranda cover
  • Rod and the Ideals – Helicopters; American Dream: Cali’s Prop 215 Soundtrack (Tru Reelz) 2013 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Echo Gallo – Happy Birthday Selassie I; Dub Royal: Best of Dub Flash (Dub Flash) Mutant dub: HIM b. 7/23/1892***End of Set 1
Lewis & Clark and Sacajawea: Bronze sculpture overlooking the levee. Fort Benton’s contribution to the 1976 Bicentennial
  • The Special AKA – War Crimes; In the Studio (2 Tone) ’84: Israel v. Lebanon/PLO
  • Jimmy Cliff – Children’s Bread; The KCRW Session (Interscope); 2013 Live on the radio in Collie-fornya
  • Sister Aricka – By the Rivers of Babylon; 10” (Dub Jockey) 2010 mutant dub***End of Set 2
Filmed in Fort Benton.Summer of ’73. I watched them film a scene. Cameraman told me to move. I was in his way
  • Peter Tosh – Bush Doctor; Live at My Father’s Place (Rock Beat); live on WLIR; Long Island FM, 1978
  • Horace Andy – Fly Like an Eagle: See and Blind (Heartbeat Europe) ’98; Steve Miller cover
  • Culture – This Way; The Healing of the Nations (Fuel 2000); roots compilation
  • Icho Candy & Errol Scorcher – Captain Selassie/Under Me; Joe Gibbs 12” Super Groover vol. 5 (Ethnic Music) ‘82***End of Set 3
Grand Union Hotel, 1882. On the National Register of Historic Places. When I lived here it was a flophouse
  • Peter Tosh – Hammer (Extended Version); Equal Rights (Deluxe Edition); dubble disk bonus ‘77***End of Set 4
  • Mighty Maytones – Show Us the Way; One Way (GG’s Hit) ‘79 Vinyl is Vital set; JA
  • Prince Ras Murray – Informer; Militant Dread (Striker Lee) ’77 UK over Johnny Clarke’s Legalize It cover
  • Michael Palmer – Jah Is On My Mind; Star Performer (Tonos) ’84 UK
  • Iheka Chama – Sheltered Me; Mandingo Tribe (Clapper’s) ’81 Brooklyn; Nigerian group covers Bread/Ken Boothe***End of Set 5
Fort Benton was in the vicinity of the Piegan (Blackfoot) Native Americans before the arrival of white settlers and US soldiers
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Zion Train; Live Forever (Tuff Gong) Wailers Family Tree set: 9/23/80; Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania
  • Marcia Griffiths – Lonesome Feeling; Naturally (Shanachie) ’78 Bob cover
  • Bunny Wailer – Rule Dance Hall; Rule Dance Hall (Shanachie) ‘87***End of Set 5
Putting the Wonder in Wonder Bread. Chouteau County is the second biggest wheat producing county in the Nation!
  • Hollie Cook – Win or Lose; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014; `mutant dubstress
  • Ranking Joe & Jah Warrior – Solomon’s Weed + Solomon’s Dub; 3 the Roots Way (Jah Warrior) ’99 mutant dub herbtune
  • Patrick Andy – Self Control; 10” (Channel One) ‘83***End of Set 7
1886 Blizzard.preview
Lowest temp recorded in Fort Benton: -49 F. 1969 The Saudi Arabia of cold.

<Smile Jamaica comment on -19 below temps;  Winter 2014>


  • Al Haca Sound Sytem feat. Ras MC Tweed – Kingdom Rise, Kingdom Fall; Inevitable (Different Drummer) 2003 from Jah-spana (Spain); mutant dub set
  • Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras & the Congos – Happy Song; Meet the Congos (Icon Eye) 2012
  • The Archive feat. Ras Puma – Message for the Messenger (ESL) 2012 Washington DC
  • African Head Charge – Dinosaur’s Lament; Environmental Studies (ON U Sound) ’82 Adrian Sherwood
  • Natacha Atlas – Yalla Chant; Best of (Mantra) Al-Jahrian singer 2005
Charles M. Russell – The Wagon Boss. Fort Benton in the background. Look for coiled rattlesnake in southeast corner of painting


Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives; July 5, 2014: 26th Anniversary of Reggae Radio! (Stream + Playlist)

Happy Anniversary to I ‘n’ I: 26 Years of Reggae Radio: July 4, 1988: 3 O’Clock Roadblock


Monday July 4, 1988 I unveiled a Graveyard hour Reggae, World and Ska show called 3 O’Clock Roadblock. Thus, I ‘n’ I (WE) celebrate together 26 years. Give Thanks!

Before I ‘n’ I move forward, let’s see how  last week’s Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive charted on Mixcloud: June 21, 2014

Yes I! Another Top Ten Black Wax result for 26 years of Love & Devotion at 33 and 1/3 or 45 REVOLUTIONS! per Minute

  • Vinyl: 6
  • Dub: 14
  • Reggae: 30

Forward ever, backwards never. Jump to July 5, 2014 Ark-Ive stream

I owe 26 years to Black Uhuru. Selah!

I moved to Utah to go to University Fall 1986. I had spent the previous 3 years in Bozeman, Jah-tana. Go Bobcats!

My last (and coldest) year at Montana State, I discovered their community/college radio station KGLT.

My musical tastes were sort of in limbo. I had just started subscribing to this new magazine, Spin. I was big into college rock: The Minutemen, (Double Nickels on the Dime,), The Replacements (Pleased to Meet Me) and Husker Du (New Day Rising).

When I wasn’t listening to the local radio, I was watching MTV when the station actually played music videos: The Cult, Big Audio Dynamite, Jesus and Mary Chain.

Before the Real World and all that junk, I watched this about two hours a night in the mid 80’s

I was alienated from most contemporary Rock (too many synth drums, Neil Young as a Republican), Hair Metal balladry (Perfect for the culturally bereft Reagan “Just Say No” era). The Clash fell apart.

And the only King of Pop for me is the King of Kings: The Negus; Negusa Negast; Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Elect of God, ever-living Jah. Earth’s Rightful Ruler

<Smile Jamaica Reggae History Lesson: Definition of Negus. 17 sec.>

Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia. Born July 23, 1892. From the line of King David. My brother, David: also born July 23. Baraka!

So when I got my Student Loan check from Uncle Ron, I had some easy cash for these new fangled things called the Compact Disk. Moving from 25,000 people in Bozeman to a couple hundred thousand in Salt Lake City gave me more musical choices.

I bought a little blues, I picked up some quality world music. Mostly in Salt Lake stores long gone: Smokey’s Records, Raspberry Records, The Mad Platter. The (real) Cosmic Aeroplane.

My first Reggae acquisitions: Jimmy Cliff Harder They Come soundtrack and Reggae Greats. Bob Marley’s whole catalog had just been reissued on CD for midline price. Bought them all. Sly and Robbie – Taxi Fare: The very first CD purchase. Steel Pulse – True Democracy. UB40 – Labour of Love

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: The first CD addition; Fall 1986; Smokey’s Records, Salt Lake City, Utah


As usual my timing sucked. When I was scouting Utah as a move, I dialed in to their excellent Indie station: KCGL. Listened to it every day all day when I relocated. Alas, about six weeks into Fall of 1986, it was bought out and converted to a religious station. WTF?

As Bob Marley said, “When one door closes, another will open.” A friend I had met in the dorms turned me on to Salt Lake’s Community station, KRCL.

That’s how I learned about Reggae Radio: from their Saturday Afternoon program, Smile Jamaica (then heard 1-4pm.)

My friend was a Jewish kid from Baltimore, computer programming major  who had a really great CD collection and the stereo setup to make it pop. The dorms at the University of Utah were glorified closets encased in brick. Excellent environment for sound ricochet.

I told my buddy Neal that I had been, sort of,  gravitating towards Reggae out of these compelling sub genres thanks to my radio consumption of Smile Jamaica.

He went to his book shelf and grabbed Black Uhuru’s Anthem off a rack. Popped it into his Nakamichi super duper CD player. Bose 901 speakers. Itched up the volume for a Friday night. And KABOOM!!!

Foundation album in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. This release took me from casual observer to Reggae and Dub fanatic on the first listen!

Sly & Robbie were in high demand during the midpoint of this decade of wretched excess wiring the groove of  synthesized drum & bass. Perfect for Roots Reggae. Dylan, Springsteen, Clapton and The Stones? Meh, not so much.

Michael Rose’s Afro Arab singing was right in line with my understanding of African vocalists like King Sunny, Youssou N’Dour and Fela Kuti.

Female singer Puma Jones’ a-syncopated harmonies clashed with Ducky Simpson’s growl foreshadowed my complete and never ending immersion in Reggae ever since. 28 years of collecting it. 26 years of promoting it on the extra terrestrial Radio waves.

Uhuru – Swahili for freedom. The late, great Puma Jones rockin’ the sexiest underarm hair since Patti Smith

Black Uhuru – Anthem. More than any of the 70s Roots or UB40’s pop groove.

This was protest music for me. Anthems for the underdogs. I had found something to synchronize my politics, too, as a life long anti-authoritarian Progressive who has voted Third Party since 1984 when I became old enough to vote.

Pretty much all my expendable income was and is going to Roots Reggae from Fall of 1986 till I join Jah’s Heavenly Choir.

“I see a Vision of Jah Rainbow in his Heavenly Abode”

I tell you how I got on KRCL with this Anniversary Preview Post. This Ark-Ive Stream Edition Podcast celebrates that legacy with All Vinyl.

Give thanks,

Hit the link above or below and feast your ears on these musical treats

  • Vinyl liberated from 112 degrees Las Vegas: Third World, Jimmy Riley, Josey Wales
  • Roots Dawtas. Hard hitting UK Dub poetesses
  • Seven Leaf and 420 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Seven Leaf Jah-sterity; 1 min 34 sec?>

Osterity: “Do as I say, not as I do”. Jah-sterity: Legalize It, I will advertise it”.
  • Mutant Dubwize to end the program. Black Wax stylee
  • Heavy Roots & Culture stretched out with Extended Mix dubjams

bless, robt

The Playlist:

  • Black Uhuru – What Is Life?; Anthem (Mango) ’84 US
  • The Scientist Meets Ted Sirota’s – Scientific Strut; Heavyweight Dub (Liberated Zone) 2013; Dub Album of the Week
  • Jimmy Riley – I Wish It Would Rain; Rydim Driven (Mango) ’81 US: Temptations soul cover
  • Misty in Roots – City Runnings; In Progess (People Unite) ’84 UK
  • Sister Netifa – Daughters of the Soil; Woman Determined (Aluta) ’88 UK female dub poet
  • John Holt – Police in Helicopter; 12” (Holt) ’83 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement***End of Set 1
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: 3 different Vinyl mixes of the first Reggae Grammy Winner: US, UK, Jamaican
  • Third World – The Story’s Been Told; 12” (Island) ’79 German pressing
  • Mighty Diamonds – One Brother Short; Vital Selection (Virgin Front Line) ’81 UK best of
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Tracks + Nanny; Tracks (LKJ) ’91 UK dub poet. Nanny national hero of Jamaica***End of Set 2
LKJ Production: UK female dub poet
  • Josey Wales – Who We Baby; 12” (Volcano) ‘83
  • The Selecter – Deep Water; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 2 Tone ska; Pauline Black vox
  • Niccodemus (sic) – Spar With Me; Dance Hall Style (Black Joy) ’82 UK***End of Set 3
2 Tone Brit Ska with Pauline Black on vox
  • 10 Ft. Ganja Plant – Sing and Dance; Skycatcher (ROIR) 2013 Upstate Jah York
  • Sis Nya – Serious Time; Jah Music (Jah Shaka) ‘87 UK female vox
  • Michael Palmer – Ghetto Living; Ghetto Living (Bebo’s Music) ’85 Wheaton, Maryland
  • Barrington Spence – Jah Jah Train; Speak 
Softly (Trojan ‘76 UK***End of Set 4
Jah Jah Train a comin’ Better get on board!
  • Sister Carol – Liberation For the African; Liberation For Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 NYC Sevenleaf Vinyl set
  • Lovindeer – Free the Marijuana; De Blinkin’ Bus (TSOJ) ’82 JA
  • Lion Youth – Natty Bring de Couchi; Love Comes & Goes (Virgo Stomach) ‘81 UK clear vinyl
  • The Heptones – Sensemenia Collie; One Step Ahead (Sonic) JA***End of Set 5
The Anunnaki will return to Earth when we Free the Weed!
  • Carlton Livingston – 100 Lbs. of Collie; 10” (Roots Injection) 2010 mutant dub herbal update of his classic 420
  • Capital Letters – Fire; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group
  • Junior Ross and the Spears – You Can’t Run; Babylon Fall (Stars) ’76 JA
  • Jennifer Lara – Hand to Mouth; High Times All Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Jah-cago; blues label/reggae ***End of Set 6
Before CNN: The CIA News Network
  • Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Black Vibes; Revelation (Trojan) ’82 UK niyabinghi drums
  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Stormy Weather; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’82 UK Billie Holiday feat. Female vox
  • Singers and Players feat. Sister P. – Holy Scripture; Vacuum Pumping ’88 UK mutant dub set
  • Motion Detector – Dubtrain; 12” (LSF) 2002 US red vinyl
  • The Outsider – Rumours of War; The Outsider Meets the High-Tech Roots Dyanmics (Jah Works) ’93 UK melodica dubs
  • Zulu Warriors – Lion Dub; Warrior Dub (Mr. Modo) ’93 UK
  • G.T. Moore – Herb of Africa; 12” (Jah Works) ’99 UK mutant dub herbtune
  • African Head Charge – Stebbeni’s Theme; My Life In a Hole in the Ground (ON U Sound) ’81 UK African lyrics/female vox
Looking good: Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine, Nevada (maybe), Oregon, Alaska, DC. Utah?