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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 16, 2016 (Stream + Tracklist): Green Bay Bowl Packers!

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My dilemma: Spin Reggae on Smile Jamaica or watch my beloved Green Bay Packers

Greetings,

Smile Jamaica has three obsessions, in no particular order:

  1. Reggae and dubwize
  2. San Francisco Giants baseball – even year so book a World Series victory
  3. Green Bay Packers NFL

I ‘n’ I suffered through decades of mediocrity until they got good in the 90’s with Brett Favre and now Aaron Rodgers.

So I had a dilemma: Green Bay vs. Arizona right during Smile Jamaica.

Praise Jah for DVR. Gah, what a gut shot ending to yet another amazing Hail Mary.

When do pitchers and catchers report?

<Green Bay Packers or Smile Jamaica; 25 sec.>

bless, robt

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Lightning does strike in the same place twice. Too bad the Defense peed it down their legs. Fiyah burn!

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-nuary, 9 2016: pics, captions, Reggae History Lessons, soundbytes; 39 sec.

Set 1:

  • Chantells – Children of Jah; Waiting in the Park (Phase One) ’77 UK vinyl
  • King Tubby Meets Roots Radics – Country Gal Dub; Dangerous Dub (Greensleeves) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Zema feat. Martin Luther King Jr. – Free At Last Dub; Black Sheep (Melchizidek); dub w/ MLK’s speech vox

<Livicated to Martin Luther King, Jr; 24 sec..>

  • Augustus Pablo – Jah Light Version; East of the River Nile (Shanachie) ’78 bonus track
  • Jah Woosh – This Train; Best of (Cactus) ‘74
  • Yellowman – Sinsemilla; Dancehall 2 (Soul Jazz) ’83 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Bern One Down – Vermont to legalize in 2016? 20 sec.>

  • Cha Cha feat. Ranking Joe – You’ll Never Know; 10” EP (Above Rock) 2010 female Chinese singer w/ JA deejay; 19 sec.
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Vermont Legislature may legalize the Seven Leaf in 2016. Five down, 45 to go?

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Peace Talks; Crucial! (Shanachie) ’83 aka Ceasefire; herbtune

<Livicated to my ancestral home, Iran – no nuclear weapons! 17 sec.>

  • Likkle Mai – Rock to Sleep; Roots Candy (Beat) 2005 Jah-pon female singer of Dry & Heavy
  • Johnny Osbourne – We Need Love; 100% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ’79; over Spinners I’ll Be Around riddim
  • Ijahman Levi – Ceasefire pt. 1; Two Double Six 701 (Jahmani) ’95; Ijahman’s prison number when bust for herb; 16 sec.
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“Let’s go back to the White House and put some Bunny Wailer on the Hi Fi. Ceasefire and light the chalice!”

Set 3:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Get Up Stand Up; Talkin’ Blues (Tuff Gong) live at KSAN Radio, San Francisco; Oct. 1973

<Live in the Studio – KSAN San Francisco; 100 sec.>

  • Crucial – Them Want I; Hits of the Past (Links) ’79 female singjay
  • The Heptones – My Whole World Is Empty Without You; Meaning of Life (Trojan) Supremes cover
  • Colour Red – Natty Dread a Get Stronger; 10” (Jah Tubbys)  2006 militant steppers
  • Bim Sherman – Rub a Dub (Century) Dub Album of the Hour

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Set 4: Best of Smile Jamaica – 26 Years; 18 sec.

  • Max Romeo – Smile Out of Style; War ina Babylon (Mango) ’76:
  • Sister Carol – Free Food Ticket; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84; cover of Nicky Thomas “Love of the Common People”
  • Roots Radics – Mash It Up; Freelance (Kingdom) ‘85

<Held hostage in UK until they delivered an album for Kingdom Records; 39 sec.>

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Dub Syndicate – Night Train; Time Boom X De Devil Dead (ON U Sound) ’87
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Roots Radics

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Marcia Griffiths – Truly; At Studio One (Studio One) Vinyl is Vital Set; ‘80 JA
  • Brimstone – Back Weh; Atra 10 Track (Atra) UK
  • Dr. Alimantado –  How Long; (Tell Me You Are Having a) Wonderful Time (Keyman) ’88 UK
  • In Crowd – Riding High; Roots Rock Reggae (Creole) ’78 Fr.
  • Joe White – My Guiding Star; Sounds of Jamaica Top Ten (Studio One) ’69 JA
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The Aretha Franklin of Reggae

Set 6:

  • Peter Tosh – Glass House; Complete Captured Live (EMI America) 8/23/83 in Los Angeles
  • Phyllis Dillon – Leave it In the Hands of Love; Midnight Confessions (Westside) Rocksteady
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ‘83 UK dub poet herbtune
  • Gussie P – Who’s Safe; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2003 UK feat. MLK I Have a Dream speech

<Martin Luther King Jr. – I Have a Dream; 22 sec.>

  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Burn Pipe Dub; Sensi Dub vol. 1 (Original) Dub Album of the Hour

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Set 7:

  • June Lodge – Someone Loves You Honey; Reggae Pulse 3 – Love Songs (RAS) ’80 Charley Pride cover

<Utah Islanders’ favorite: June Lodge C & W Lovers Rock; 14 sec.>

  • Coco Tea – The Weed; Weed a Bun vol. 1 (Charm) 2005 herbtune
  • Aldubb – What the Funk Is Dubstep?; 10” EP (One Drop) 2008 Germ. Dubstep

<Foreshadowing Dubstep? 5 sec.>

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Country & Western Lovers Rock much beloved by Utah’s Island community

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Hollie Cook – Ari Up; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 livicated to Slits singer who passed

<Livicated to Ari Up; 28 sec.>

  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Fade Away; New Age Steppers (Statik) ’81 Junior Byles cover w/ female vox. Adrian Sherwood prod’n
  • Armagideon – Eternal Combustion; Steppin Forward (Armagideon Sounds) ’95 herbtune
  • Word Sound I-Powa; 6000 Dubplates – Live From Planet Crooklyn (WordSound) illbient
  • Zion Train – Universal Communication; Homegrown Fantasy (China) ’95 UK trance dub
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Livicated to Ari Up of The Slits. Johnny Rotten was her Stepdad

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: September 12, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist) – Go Green Bay!

 

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Green Bud Bowl Packers all the way to the Stooper Bowl

Greetings,

Finally. NFL starts. No more deflategate. No more Roger Goddell (rhymes with HELL)

Just my Green Bud Bowl Packers put a beat down on the Cutler-riffic Chicago Bears; 12 sec.

3 Truisms from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives; 12 sec.

  1. Reggae ‘n ‘ Duwize
  2. San Francisco Giants baseball
  3. Green Bay Packers football
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Aaron takes his spinach!

<Green Bud Bowl Packers; 2 sec.>

bless, robt

<High-lights of the Sept. 12, 2015 Ark-Ive; 48 sec.>

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Playlist:

Set 1:

  • Azeem & Session – Jah Children; Live and Direct (M.Al’s) Oakland vinyl
  • Black Slate – Romans Dub; Ogima (TCD) ’81 UK: Dub Album of the Hour
  • Count Ossie & the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari; So Long; By the Rivers of Babylon (Shanachie) nyahbinghi drum
  • Phyllis Dillon – Woman of the Ghetto; 100% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) Marlena Shaw cover
  • Abyssinians – Jah Marley; Last Days (Tabou1)  ’99 Bob tribute
  • Gregory Isaacs – Mr. Cop; Sensational Extra Classic (Trojan) ’78; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Cool down your temper Mr. Cop! 9 sec.>

  • Barry Brown – Jah Lead Us; 10” (Attack Gold)
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Cool down your temper Mr. Cop!

Set 2:

  • The Wailers – 400 Years (JA + US/UK); Catch a Firee (Tuff Gong) ‘73

<Catch a Fire: JA vs. Island overdubs; 33 sec.>

<400 Years: JA mix vs. Island mix; 50 sec.>

  • Ethiopians – Satan Boy; From Matador’s Arena vol. 2 (Jamaican Gold) ’70 Halloween soon come!
  • Christine Miller & Hi Tek Players – Trod Away Home; 10” (Roots Hi-Tek) 2006 UK; militant steppers
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JA tough ghetto mix vs. Chris Blackwell’s Island overdubs

Set 3: Best of 27 Years Reggae Radio

  • The Selecter – My Collie (Not a Dog); Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) ’80 herbtune; 13 sec.
  • Toots Hibbert – Freedom Train; Toots in Memphis (Mango) ’88 soul covers
  • Aswad – Tradition; Distant Thunder (Mango) ’88 UK
  • Ruts DC & the Mad Professor – Love and Fire; Rhythm Collision Dub (ROIR) ’82 UK punkdub
  • Jah Lloyd – Sharp Razor; Herb Dub (Teams); Dub Album of the Hour
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2 Tone Ska Herbtune with female vox

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – I’m the Toughest; Live at the Jamaica World Music Festival (Peter Tosh Foundation); 11/27/82: Montego Bay, JA
  • Bunny Wailer – Never Grow Old; Gumption (Shanachie) ’90: Toots cover
  •  The Tennors – Ride Your Donkey; Broken Flowers (Focus) Rock Steady tune from Jim Jarmusch Soundtrack

<Jarmusch and Tarantino Soundtracks: Top Rank! 17 sec.>

  • Boney ‘L’ & Vibronics – Babylon Children; 10” (Jah Tubbys) 2006 UK militant steppers w/ female vox
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Killer Jim Jarmusch soundtrack

Set 5: Vinyl is V-Ital Set

  • Lloyd Robinson – Cuss Cuss; Studio One Showcase volume 2 (Studio One) Vinyl is Vital Set: Riddim Shower (1): JA original

<Cuss Cuss; 16 sec.>

  • Dub Syndicate feat. Bim Sherman – Cuss Cuss; Strike the Balance (ON U Sound) ’89 UK: Riddim Shower (2): mutant dub cover

<Style Scot RIP; 28 sec.>

  • U Roy – Dynamic Fashion Way; Studio Kinda Cloudy (Trojan); ’69 Keith Hudson prod’n over Ken Boothe
  • Dr. Alimantado – This Little Bird; (Tell Me You Are Having a) Wonderful Time (Keyman) ’88 UK

<Even the birds ‘n’ bees’zes give Jah di Praises! 8 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – Truly; At Studio  One (Studio One) JA
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Dub Syndicate head man killed 2014

Set 6: Roots Dawta Set

  • Samia Farah – Cool (Original); Samia Farah (Sony) ’99 Tunisian-French

<Samia Farah: French language dubstress; 20 sec.>

  • Angie Stone – Wish I Didn’t Miss You; Fatboy Slim: Late Night Tales (Thrive) 2007
  • Aisha – I Can’t Change; There Is More to Life… (Ariwa) 2005 UK
  • Ayo – Who; Ticket to the World (Motown) 2013 Nigerian-German singer
  • Reggae on Top All Stars – Cutting Dub; Chalice Dub Part One (Reggae on Top) ’95 Dub Album of the Hour
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Samia Farah: French-Tunisian dubstress

Set 7:

  • Yellowman – Disco Reggae; King Yellowman (Columbia) ’84 Bill Laswell prod’n
  • Sophia George – Final Decision; For Everyone (Pow Wow)  ‘86
  • Robbie Valentine – Don’t You Be Blind; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2008 UK militant steppers
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Bill Laswell dancehall classic

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • 2 Bad Card – Weed Specialist; CD Single (ON U Sound) ’95 UK mutant dub set; herbtune

<Space Dust! 4 down, 46 to go! 9 sec.>

  • Dr. Israel & the Brooklyn Jungle Sound System – Equal Rights; Black Rose Liberation (Baraka Foundation) 2001 NYC
  • Snoop Lion feat. Angela Hunte – So Long; Reincarnated (Mad Decent) 2013
  • Audio Active – Robot War (Adrian Sherwood Dub Mix); Apollo Choco Remixed (ON U Sound) ’98 Japan
  • Abassi All Stars feat. Kenny Knots – Wicked Intention; Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK
  • Alpha & Omega – In the Beginning; Overstanding (A & O) ’82 UK trance dub
  • Clive Hunt & the Dub Dancers feat. Lizzard – Satta I; & the Dub Dancers (Makasound) 2008
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Space dust!

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Approved: Green Bud (Bowl) Packers! Dem a sting ‘n’ dem a shock!

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Does it surprise you that the Smile Jamaica Seven Leaf Army’s favorite team is GREEN BAY

<Loved the Packers since 2nd grade>


Greetings,

These are the Holy Trinity of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

  1. Reggae & Dubwise – collected Reggae since 1986. Reggae Radio, uninterrupted, since 1988.
  2. San Francisco Giants baseball; World Series champs 2010,2012,2014,2016,2018
  3. Green Bay Packers football: Bart Starr 2 Super Bowls, Brett Perve 1 Super Bowl, Aaron Rodgers 1 Superbowl
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Looking for a dubble dose of Rings this February

No surprise the guy who celebrates Cannabis Service Month, would be devoted to a team called GREEN Bay. Especially since I am predicting legalize for Jah-sconsin in 2016?

Aww, but another team in the Green is Seattle. Where they are one of the 4 down while Jah-sconsin is in the 46 to go column

<4 down, 46 to go!>

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Russell Wilson? Meh. Too nice for this blackheart

VS.

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I’ll go with the guy who has the Hollywood girlfriend

In 2010/2011 I got the dubble dose:

  1. 2010 World Series: Giants spanked the Rangers 4-1
  2. 2011 Super Bowl XV: Green Bay defeated the Steelers 31-25

Super Bowl? Smoked a Bowl, more like!

I’m hoping for the same result for 2014/2015

  1. San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals 4-3; 2014 World Series
  2. Green Bay Packers……?

<Go Green Bay!>

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Cheese head? Nah, Cheese Dread!

 

 

Smile Jamaica Reggae Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 10, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Inversion Galore!

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No two herbflakes are alike

Greetings,

Winter in Utah. Great for the skiiers. Not so great in the Valley. Bad air was killing all my friends: asthma, bronchitis, flu shot was a dud. I got a massive head cold sitting on the tarmac in Jah-buquerque trying to get home. Decongestant nah work. Maybe a cordless drill in my ear canal will free up some earway.

<Winter in the Salt Lake Valley: Chunky Style air; 12 sec.>

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Happy New Year 2015 in the Salt Lake Valley: Inversion galore!

Tis the season of the Hazy Shade of Winter. If your breathing is wrecked or the flu has you down for the count, just spin last week’s Smile Jamaica. Best way to complement your sick leave

<Pneumonia risk by breathing Utah’s winter smog>

bless, robt

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Peter Tosh Rx for all those suffering Utah chunky-air respiratory shitstem. Gotta get elevated. Rise above the haze. Selah!

Annotated Playlist: Jah-nuary 10, 2015 (photos, captions, clips, soundbytes, Reggae History Lessons) 

 Here are the High-lights of the Stream; 56 sec.

  • Best of Smile Jamaica 25 Years: The Reagan Year (1988) radio debut; 15 sec.
  • Wailers Family Tree: The Wailers Duo (Bob + Peter) Live at Leeds; 11/23/73. Tosh harangue that nearly got him killed after the One Love Peace Concert; 4/22/78 Kingston, JA. Introducing Bunny Wailer’s album Liberation ’88. Judy Mowatt classic Black Woman
  • Dub Album of the Week: Bullwackie’s All Stars – Free For All (Wackies). Heavy urban dub JA via NY.
  • Seven Leaf: Junior Dan, Mike Brooks, Aldubb

<4 down, 46 to go!>

  • Vinyl is V-Ital midway
  • Jamaican Jukebox: 7″ vinyl rarities
  • Disco Mix: Extended mix vox and dubwize vinyl
  • Roots Dawtas: Aisha lovers rock, The Selecter 2 Tone ska, Judy Mowatt, Mutant Dubstress Molara, Iskeeda, Alpha & Omega trance dub
  • Mutant Dub: UFOria skywatching soundtrack; last half hour
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Eyes to the skies!

Set 1:

  • Horace Andy – Tune in to the Airwaves; Don’t Stop (Island in the Sun)  ’85 NY vinyl
  • Bullwackies All Stars – Free For All; Free for All (Wackies) Dub Album of the Week
  • Prince Far I & the Arabs – Foggy Road; Message From the King (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • The Selecter – Selling Out Your Future; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 UK 2 Tone ska feat. Pauline Black
  • Junior Dan – Sligoville Tobacco; 10” (Hi-Try) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement (melodica instrumental)

<Reggae History Lesson: Sligoville Jamaica Rastas; 46 sec.>

  • Mike Brooks – Rhum (sic) Drinker – Classical Anthology (Teams) ’75; best of; herbtune

<You know me as a Rum Drinker, yah I’m a Sensi Smoker; 12 sec.>

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Sligoville Tobacco. 4 down, 46 to go!

Set 2:

  • The Wailers – Burnin’ & Lootin’; Burnin’ (Deluxe Edition) (Tuff Gong); Live at Leeds UK; 11/23/73; 28 sec.

<Live at Leeds: Bunny stays home: England cold; 28 sec.>

  • Aisha – It’s Not Right; True Roots (Ariwa) ’94 UK
  • Eric “Rebel Lion” Bubbles – Roots of Black People (Progressive International) ‘79
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Smile Jamaica’s favorite Lovers Rock Roots Dawta

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica: 25 Years

  • Austin Campbell – the Hotter the Battle; Babylon a Fall Down (Trojan); Best of 25 Years Set (1988-1990)
  • The Morwells – Educate Your Mind; Bingy Bunny: Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ‘75
  • Judy Mowatt – Put It On; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76; Wailers cover
  • Singers & Players – Thing Called Love (Don’t Fight); Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 mutant dub
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A+ Record. 1976

Set 4: Peter Tosh: harangue + Legalize It/Get Up Stand Up; 46 sec.

  • Peter Tosh – Speech + Legalize It/Get Up Stand Up; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds) 4/22/78: One Love Peace Concert; Kingston JA
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Chanting down the shitstem

Set 5: Vinyl is V-Ital

  • Dean Fraser – Sensimilia; Christmas Sting (Thunder Bolt) Vinyl is Vital Set; over Hallelujah Choir riddim JA
  • Basement 5 – Paranoiaclaustrophobia Dub; Basement in Dub (Island) ’80 UK Mutant Dub; future members part of Big Audio Dynamite

<Jurassic era Mutant Dub. Big Audio Dynamite; 39 sec.>

  • Bim Sherman – Haunting Ground; Haunting Ground (Revolver)  ’86 UK best of
  • Mystic Youth feat/ I-Skeeda & the Irie-Ites – Save the Roaches; Best Wishes (Sunship) female singer; junior high Bay Area reggae group; 52 sec.
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Before Political Correctness: Junior High Reggae Band saves the roaches. 4 down, 46 to go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set 6: Jamaican Jukebox of 7″ 45s; 33 sec.

  • General Echo – Love Bump; 7” (Jah Man) ’80 JA; 7”
  • Augustus Pablo & Lloyd Young – Our Man Flint; 7” (Black Art)
  • Lanford Graham – Where You Come From; 7” (Jungle Rock)
  • Delroy Gordon – Dizzy Spell; 7” (Portland)
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Second rate Neo Liberal Hit Man to James Bond

 Set 7:

  • Bunny Wailer – Rise and Shine; Liberation (Shanachie) ‘88
  • Dubble feat. Molara – Crown of Creation; 10” (Dub Tunnel)  2012 mutant dub w/ female vox
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Wailers Family Tree. 1988. Fresh the year I started Reggae Radio

Set 8: Mutant Dub

<UFO Watching Soundtrack; 13 sec.>

  • Alpha & Omega feat. Nishka – Jerusalem; Dub Plate Selections vol. 2 (A & O) ’97 trance dub w/ female vox; Mutant Dub Set

<Reggae History Lesson: Dubplate; 17 sec.>

  • Aldubb feat. Ras Perez – Tommy; Let There Be Dub (One Drop) 2010 herb tune; Jah-many

<4 down, 46 to go!; Jah-many, 15 sec.>

  • Aswad vs. Rhythm Riders – Under Palm Trees; Aswad vs the Rhythm Riders (Liaison)
  • Badawi – Pressurizor; Bedouin Sound Clash (ROIR) ’96 Middle Eastern/Jewish mystic dub

<Badawi = Bedouin; 18 sec.>

  • Ben Wa – Dubasaurus Rex; Devil Dub (Black Hole) ’98; Oakland, Colly-fornya
  • Sun Araw & M. Geddes Gengras – Sunshine; Meet the Congos (Icon Eye) 2012
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Smile Jamaica’s second favorite Green. Go Green Bay!

<Go Green Bay!>

 

 

 

 

 

Go Giants!

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Pablo Sandoval – Senor Octubre

Greetings,

<Even year magic: San Francisco Giants and the World Series>

The Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Holy Trinity of Obsessions

  • Reggae and Dubwize
  • Green Bay Packers NFL
  • San Francisco Giants baseball
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Smile Jamaica’s second favorite green

Sunday Night conundrum: My two favorites are playing at the same time. Praise Jah for DVR. Packers versus Saints. So I’m watching the World Series live while I “chop up” the Smile Jamaica Jah-loween Monster Hash 3 Hour Blast.

World Series: Royals vs my Giants. Madison Bumgarner is the Royals nightmare. Three down, 1 to go!

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Manager Bruce Bochy throwing the hairy eyeball against the weaksauce American League with their lame Designated Hitters. Fiya bun the DH!

Been a fan of both teams since I was in elementary school.  Suffered through decades of thin gruel till they started getting good with the sugar high (ha ha) of Barroid Bonds, the pre-perv Brett Favre era.

I got the dubble dose in 2010-2011. Giants finally broke through since they relocated from NYC to San Francisco in 1958. (I was so happy I bought a new car the day after they spanked the Rangers 4 games to 1).

Then when Brett Favre was showing his ding a ling to a bunch of gals, Aaron Rodgers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 leading the Packers to victory in the Super Bowl.

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From the San Francisco Chronicle, “Buster Posey said listening to the online Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives this past year helped raise his batting average 17 points over 2013.”

And after a roller coaster season, here comes the Giants again. However, I must admit. I grew up a Dodgers fan until something outrageous happened that made me hate Dodger Blue like Rastas hate pork chops.

Growing up in Fort Benton, Montana our family would pack up for two weeks every summer. Big old Ford Station wagon. My dad had to drive about 1250 miles each way. Back in the wooly days before MADD, he’d grab a sixer of Olympia beer and head out on the open road.

My grandfather lived in Turlock, Collie-fornya (home of Niners QB Colin Kapoernick) but if we were gonna check Disneyland and Knottsberry Farm, we would head for our relatives who lived in Hawthorne (home of the Beach Boys).

Probably through that connection I was a Dodgers fanatic. Here is what kind of fan I was: I won my age group’s Punt, Pass and Kick competition in Fort Benton. Rather than compete at the next level in Great Falls, I stayed home to watch the Dodgers play the Oakland A’s in the World Series.

Oct. 1974. The era of 3 channels; no VCR’s; no DVR’s.  The A’s spanked the Dodgers 4-1. I remember Dodger first basemen Bill Buckner being thrown out at home and I started crying. (9 years old.) I wasn’t a bit surprised he effed up that grounder to first as a Red Sock in 1986.

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Bill Buckner 12 years before immortal infamy as a Red Sock

Wheel it forward a few years. The old school Dodger manager, Walter Alston, retired. Tommy Lasorda took his place. Brash and Italian where Alston was serious and pensive. Lasorda might have been a paisan but he was Hollywood all the way.

Tommy Lasorda is the reason I became a Dodger hater and a life long San Francisco Giant fan. What happened? Tommy Lasorda committed the heinous crime of playing himself in a television episode of the 70’s crap TV show Fantasy Island. Mar. 28, 1978: That was an unforgivable sin.

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Fantsy Island Mar. 1978: Steve Garvey, Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalban), Dodger player, Sicilian ham actor/manager Tommy Lasorda. There is a thin line between love and hate

The next week the 1978 baseball season started. In order to be an anti-Dodger, the only play was to become a San Francisco Giants fan. 35+ years later whenever I see that camera hog Tommy Lasorda I throw the malocchio his way.

Go Giants!

bless, robt

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Pre-Steroids Barry Bonds. Never won a World Series ring