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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 14, 2019 – Vinyl Vindication That Rules the Nation!

Vinyl set to outpace CD sales in 2019

Greetings,

<Vinyl vindication: vinyl to outsell cds; 1 min. 55 sec.>

I’ve always been a record guy. Back in Montana as a youth, I would drive 35 miles each way to record shop at the local Hastings outlet in Great Falls. Usually buy a couple pieces of vinyl and a cassette for the drive back home.

Bankrupt 2016.

When I moved to Utah for University in 1986, I was already dabbling in CDs. In 1985, Cactus Records in Bozeman, MT had a small rack of CDs in a corner of the shop. I remember buying Fleetwood Mac and the Police Outlandos d’Amour. $16.99 (in those days a fortune). I didn’t even have a CD player yet.

For Christmas, I got a Fisher deck, (probably from Montgomery Wards), – 1 drawer, no frills: just the song number in red LED. I was blown away! Space age technology in rural Montana!

Bought this CD before I even owned a CD player. Fall 1985. Bozeman – Cactus Records

What’s not to love? Smaller. Harder to scratch. Easier to store. Portable players to play them on.

Yet, the smaller size and lack of information on many of the disks didn’t make collecting CDs as enjoyable as buying vinyl. Especially, when I switched to collecting Reggae. Early on in CD’s history there was not a whole lot of Reggae available. And a total lack of the 12″, 10″ and 7″ vinyl I especially was looking for. The rarest of the rare.

Jimmy Cliff’s Reggae Greats. Probably the 1st CD in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

I was in a Record Shop in San Francisco. Summer of ’87. Up to my elbows in vinyl racks. The shop owner was trying to up-sell me into CDs. He was like, “Why are you so hot for vinyl? Everybody is moving into CDs”. I shrugged, “I’ll always be a record guy.”

Here is how it worked back then. CDs were new. And expensive. So, many people sold their vinyl for pennies on the dollar to add up cash for CDs.

Vinyl was cheap and plentiful. CDs were exotic, limited in selection and expensive. So the stores were in transition from black wax to shiny metal disks. I built the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives this way: buying other people’s vinyl discards.

All the great things you hear me play today came about through hoovering up as much black wax as I could in the voluminous Bay Area Record stores. I was flush with student loan cash (Thanks Ronnie Raygun!) and I went from store to store digging through the crates.

I would stay at the Travelodge across the street from Tower Records in North Beach: Columbus and Bay. Some days, I would be tired after a day of cratedigging. It was awesome.

*****

Wheel it forward 30 plus years. Most of the record stores are long gone, (Hastings went under in 2016),  via over committing to CDs in a digital age of iTunes, Pandora and Spotify. People wised up and started piecing out vinyl for the Ebay collector’s market.

I saw a VG- record with a water damaged cover go for $400 on ebay. My cost? $4: Streetlight Records San Francisco

But for 20 years, I maxed out the opportunities even if around 2005 I started to notice stores were no longer there when I would visit.

When Tower Records and later Virgin and Circuit City went under, that was the nadir of my CD era collecting.

Record and DVD stores were crushed out of business during the 2008-2010 Great Recession

That is why when I heard on the news that 2019 will be the first year since 1986 that Vinyl is expected to surpass CDs in aggregate sales, I felt a sense of vindication.

Vinyl sales to eclipse CD sales in 2019

2019 to 1986 = 33 years. And what RPM does vinyl spin at? 33 and 1/3. Coincidence or prophecy!;

<33 years since vinyl last sold more than CDs. Records spin at 33 and 1/3 RPM; 40 sec.>

And as none other than Joe Biden said in the Sept. debate: play the turntable at night for the kids. Makes “sensi” to me Joe!

<The 7 Leaf inspired wisdom of Joe Biden; 27 sec.>

Makes “sensi” to me, Joe!

bless, Bobbylon

Set 1: 420 Vinyl

<Joe Biden’s advice on child raising: play your turntables for the youth; 51 sec.>

  • The Mellows + Gladstone Star Band – Pray to Jah + Give Thanks and Praise; Rite Sound Reggae Story (Jah Live) ’80 Fr. 
  • Blackbeard – Cut After Cut; Strictly Dub Wize (EMI) ’78 dub album of the hour
  • U Roy – Chalice in the Palace; Dread in a Babylon (Virgin Front Line) ’75 UK

<U Roy: smoking spliff w/ Queen Elizabeth; 15 sec.>

  • Chris Wayne – All the Plant Mi Plant; Progress (Heartbeat) ’87 US
  • Willin Prophet – Basehead; Revolution EP (1U) ’87 Los Angeles
  • Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng; Sleeping Bag’s Dancehall Classics (Sleeping Bag) ’87 US
  • Mighty Diamonds – Knowledge; 12″ (Music Works) ’82 JA – Pass the Kouchie
Smoking spliff with Queen Elizabeth

Set 2: Jah-loween Vinyl

  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumbo Claat; Wanted Dread & Alive (Rolling Stone) ’78 UK – demonic possession; 63 sec.
  • Black Uhuru – Satan Army Band; Love Crisis (Jammy) ’77 JA
  • Prince Alla – Evil Forces; In My Father’s House (Calabash) ’84 FL
  • Laurel Aitken – Witchdoctor of Amsterdam; Eskapade en France (Blue Moon) ’90 Fr. EP
  • Calman Scott & Jah Hugh – Devil in the City; 12″ (Kingston Connexion)  ’79 Fr.
Jah-loween soon come!

Set 3: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • Aisha – For Salvation; 7″ (Twinkle) ’95 UK
  • Jacob Miller – Sitting on the Dock of the Bay; 7″ (2nd Tracs) ’76 UK
  • Roots Radics – Hey Mama version; 7″ (Hitbound) ’82 JA
  • Bacca – George Foreman; 7″ (Roosevelt) ’73 JA boxing champ
  • Harry J All Stars – George Foreman version; Sucker Punch: Jamaican boxing tributes (Trojan) ’73

Set 4: Roots Dawta Vinyl

  • Nadine Sutherland – War in the City; Songs of Bob Andy (I-Anka) ’93 UK
  • Sister Carol – Lovers Rock Style; Liberation for Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC
  • Scotty & Lorna Bennett – Breakfast in Bed; This is Reggae Music vol. 2 (Island)  ’76 US Dusty Springfield cover
  • Black Harmony – Reasons; 12″ (Cool Rockers) ’81 UK
  • Black Disciples – Garvey’s Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour
Cratedig: Denver 2019

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree Vinyl

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; Countryman Soundtrack (Mango) ’82 US gatefold
  • Bunny Wailer – Johnny Too Bad; Protest (Mango) ’77 Slickers cover
  • The Melody Makers – What a Plot; Play the Game Right (EMI America) ’85 US
  • Peter Tosh – Johnny B. Goode; 12″ (EMI America) ’83 US – Chuck Berry cover

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae Vinyl

  • The Slits – Man Next Door; Typical Girls Live in Cincinatti & San Francisco (bootleg) Paragons cover
  • Ian Dury & the Blockheads – This Is What We Find;  Do It  Yourself (Stiff) ’79 UK
  • Papa Kojie & Blue Riddim – Nancy Reagan Re-election Remix; 12″ EP (Ora International) ’85 US picture
  • UB40 – My Way of Thinking; 12″ (Graduate) ’80 UK 
  • Dub Specialist – Starring Dub; Dub (Heartbeat/Studio One) 70’s dub album of the hour

Set 7: UFO-ria Vinyl

RED ALERT! RED ALERT!

Intergalactic body called Oumuamua, from outside our solar system, is heading our direction in time for the 2020 election!

<Giant Meteor 2020; 1 min. 28 sec.>

  • Roots Radics – Conspiracy on Neptune; Prince Jammy Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) 
  • Lone Ranger – UFO; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA
  • Lincoln Thompson & the Rasses – Spaceship; Natural Wild (United Artists) ’79 UK 
  • Bam Bam – Star Wars + Dub; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87 LA female singer

8

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • New Age Steppers feat. Bim Sherman – Dreaming; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK
  • X-O-Dus – See Them a Come; 12″ (Factory) ’80 UK

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate Summer Roots – Cratedigging in 115 Degrees!

Greetings,

My Dad has been laid up in Sun City West, AZ. He has something called NPH: Excess spinal fluid builds up on the part of the brain that controls walking, bowel/bladder control and short term dementia.

I, my brother and sister have been tag teaming with my Mom in his treatment. July was my turn.

Long story short, in the week I had been here, his recovery has improved enough for me to do a little cratedigging.

I am mainly on the hunt for collector Reggae vinyl. The temp in Phoenix is 115 degrees.

Here is how you cratedig in triple digits without your vinyl stash melting.

  1. From the retirement community my parents live in, Sun City West, to Tempe is about 45 minutes. Run the AC at 60 degrees. By the time I got out of the car, I was frozen. I literally wished I had worn socks.
  2. But, getting out of the car into that heat felt good. My joints thawed out from the drive. Enter the shop ad cratedig.
  3. Going back to the car was like walking into a furnace blower.
  4. My mom had set up one of those cooling bags and we added a zip loc bag full of ice. Even then I placed a thick blanket. Must avoid sunlight and high temps.
  5. Placed the records in the bag and rinse and repeat.

The uniqueness of cratedigging. At Xmas time, I didn’t find any vinyl in Phoenix. Hellish summer I found good collectors vinyl if three shops. Getting them home is part of the story.

Enjoy this musical mash up podcast for when I was off air.

bless, Bobbylon

Vinyl only shop by the Phoenix Skyharbor Airport

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate July 2019 Playlist:

0-30 min.

  • UB40 – Many Rivers to Cross – Version Girl (Virgin) ’85 Jimmy Cliff cover
  • Marcia Griffiths – Peaceful Woman; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ’79
  • Culture – Trod On (Extended Mix); Production Something (Heartbeat) ‘77
  • Yellowman – Don’t Burn It Down; One in a Million (Shanachie) ’84 herbtune
  • Taj Mahal – Slave Driver; Mo’ Roots (Columbia) ’74 Wailers cover
  • Organized Kryme feat. Johnny Osbourne – Ice Cream Love; Organized Kryme (1st Step) 2000

30-60 min.

  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Fade Away; New Age Steppers (ON U Sound) ’80 female vox on Jr. Byles cover
  • Yabby You – Run Come Rally; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ’75 comp.
  • Love Joys – Chances Are; Lovers Rock Reggae Showcase (Wackies) ’83 female duo
  • Jah Lion – Hay Fever; Colombia Colly (Mango) ’76 dj to Susan Cadogan’s “Fever”
  • Overproof Sound System – Kunta Kinte; Nothing to Proove (sic) (Different Drummer) 2004 mutant dub to Creole classic
  • Massive Dread – Strictly Bubbing; This Is Massive (Nyam Up) ‘82
  • Tassilli Players – Interstellar Overdub; Outer Space (Universal Egg) ’96 UK mutant dub

60-90 min.

  • Burning Spear – Foggy Road; Hail HIM (Heartbeat)  ‘80
  • Foundation – Beverly Hills; Flames (Mango) ’88
  • Aisha – Prophecy; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 female cover of Faybiane Miranda
  • Prince Far I – Tribute to Bob Marley; Voice of Thunder (Trojan) ’82
  • Queen Majeeda – Gye Name; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93 female dub poet
  • Cocoa Tea – Jah Made Them That Way; Rocking Dolly (RAS) ’82 
  • Mighty Diamonds – The Real Enemy; The Real Enemy (Rohit) ‘87
  • Heavy Manners – Complicated Decency;  Heavier Than Now (NoVo) ’96 Chicago group w/ female vox

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Third World – Rhythm of Life; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’76
  • Dillinger – Crabs in My Pants; Cocaine (Charly) ’83 rude
  • Prince Alla – Sun Is Shining; More Love (Jah Warrior) 2002
  • Revolutionary Dub Warriors – Warrior; Deliverance (ON U Sound) ‘94 UK mutant dub
  • Welton Irie – Jah Come;  Lambsbread International (Blood & Fire) ‘79
  • Aswad – Love Fire; Live and Direct (Mango)  ’83
Sun City West, AZ – 115 degrees in the shade

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Noah House of Dread – Revelation Time; Heart (ON U Sound) ’82 UK mutant dub
  • Cymande – The Message;  Cymande (Sequal/Janus) ’72 UK reggae/rock/soul/jazz
  • Zion Train – Customs Check; Passage to Indica (China) ’93 UK mutant dub
  • Ras Command – Culture Move; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ. Mutant Dub
  • Black Uhuru – Mondays; Chill Out (Mango) ’83
  • U Roy – Trenchtown Rock; Dread in a Babylon (Virgin Front Line) ’76

2 and 1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • Musical Youth – Political /General; 7″ (021) ‘81
  • Big Youth – A Luta Continua; A Luta Continua (Heartbeat)  ’84 the struggle
  • continues
  • King Kong – Ethiopia; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) ‘97
  • Kings of Reggae feat. Chris Hinze – Let’s Have a Party; Bamboo Reggae (Keytone) ’83 flute jazz reggae
  • Afro Omega – Set in the Sky; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC w/ female vox
  • Alpha & Omega – The Roots; Dub Magic (Zion’s Gate) ‘98 UK trance dub

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 18, 2019 – All Vinyl!

Greetings indeed,

Been organizing all my vinyl in my Ark-Ive. It’s a never ending proposition of memory refresh. I haul and pull about 40 gems for you on this show.

Find out from where I get my nickname. Bobbylon. (PS – not one of the Reggae good guys!); 51 sec.

When I was a youth in Montana I collected baseball cards and comic books. You had a visual/literary context. But not like the satisfaction of finding a rare record, pulling it from the sleeve, dropping the needle pon the groove and listening to the bass wash over the room.

Now that is the joy of collecting!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Annotated Playlist: May 18, 2019 – All Vinyl; 68 sec.

Set 1:

  • Half Pint – Greetings; Greetings (Power House) ’86 JA vinyl
  • Black Disciples/Burning Spear – The Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Barbara Paige – Jah Love; Hear Me Now (Epiphany) ’82 San Francisco
  • Merge – Vision of Life; Prisoner of Your Love (Takoma) ’84 Hollywood, CA
  • Steel Pulse – Nyahbinghi Voyage; Caught You (Island) ’80 UK
  • Wailing Souls – Ishen Tree; On the Rocks (Greensleeves) ’83 UK herbtune (1) vox
  • Josey Wales – Love Me Ishen Tree; Ganja Pipe Is Harmless (Live & Learn) ’83 DC herbtune (2) dj
  • Pad Anthony – Praise Without Raise; 12″ (Sunset) ’85 JA

Set 2:

  • Yellowman & Fathead – Proud of Me; Yellow Man, Fat Head and the One Peter Metro (Absissa) ’82 JA
  • The Meditations – Fly Your Natty Dread; Greatest Hits (Shanachie) ’84 Ho Ho Kus, NJ
  • Mighty Invaders – Mr. Officer; Invasion! (Rave) ’83 Syracuse, NY youth group w/ female vox
  • Sister Nancy – One, Two; One, Two (Techniques) ’82 JA
  • Carl McDonald – Jah Is Coming; 12″ (Makdon) ’87 US

Set 3:

  • Gregory Isaacs & Christine – Rock On + Saturday Night; Rock On (Jah-Live) ’75 Fr.
  • Hugh Griffiths – African Dream; Motherland Africa – Gone Clear (My-0-Lantic) ’86 NY
  • Inner Circle – Rock the Boat; Rock the Boat (Trojan) ’74 UK – Hues Corp. disco cover
  • Dennis Brown w/ Nigger Kojak & Liza – Hole in the Bucket/Cork It; 12″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’78 JA – Luther Ingram cover
  • 4th Street – Ah Who Seh? Ah Who Sey? Go-Deh1 (EMI) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Junior Reid – Love Mama; Original Foreign Mind (Harry J) ’85 JA
  • Lillian Allen – The Subversives; Revolutionary Tea Party (Redwood) ’85 Emoryville, CA; Toronto dub poet
  • Latty Guzang – Forward to Zion; 12″ (Atlantean) ’84 Houston, TX

Set 5:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers feat. Bunny – Sunday Morning; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ‘ 66 JA

<Sunday Morning: gospel ballad; 1 min. 16 sec.>

  • Sis Nya – Works of Jah; Jah Music (Jah Shaka) ’87 UK dawta
  • Jah Lion – Soldier & Police War; Scratch on the Wire (Island) ’79 UK; dj to Police & Thieves
  • George Faith – Please Stay; Ravers Rock vol. 2 (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK
  • Calman Scott – Devil in the City (Dubplate); 12″ (Kingston Connexion) ’77 Fr.

Set 6:

  • Akabu – Life; Akabu (Viva) ’89 UK roots dawta group
  • The Heptones – Book of Rules; Night Food (Mango) ’76 UK
  • Horace Andy – Mr. Talkative; Reggae Jamboree (Moodisc) ’92 Miami
  • Tony Tuff – Take It Down Low; Wha We A Go Do (Top Rank) ’84
  • Eek  a Mouse – Noah’s Ark; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’80 UK

<Utnapishtim in his tesseract space ship. Not Noah and a wooden boat>

They waited 500 years for the flood to recede on a space ship. Not an ark

  • Threat to Creation (Cherry Red) ’82 UK mutant dub album of the hour

Set 7:

  • Freddie McGregor – Bobby Bobbylon; Bobby Bobbylon (Studio One) ’79 JA; how I get my nickname
  • Shakeena – Reggae Music; Dance Music (Majicaa) ’87 Los Angeles
  • Phillip Frazer – Come Ethiopians; Reggae All Star (Freedom Sounds) ’79 JA
  • Bingy Bunny – Coca-Cola Bad Boy; 12″ (12 Star) ’80 New York

Set 8:

  • Singers & Players feat. Lizard & Prince Far I; Dungeon/Merchant Ship; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK mutant dub

<The horror of the Middle Passage; 50 sec.>

  • Niney the Observer – My Spliff; Nuclear Jammin’ (Voiceprint) ’86 Chicago herbtune
  • Junior Byles – Education Rock; Reggae Hit the Town (Pama) ’68 UK
  • The Regulars – Ital Club; Victim (CBS) ’79 UK
  • Dry & Heavy feat. Likkle Mai – Radical Star (Green Tea) ’99 Jah-pon w/ female vox

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 4, 2019: Kentucky Derby Stylee!

Spark up a mint julep. Smile Jamaica celebrates the Kentucky Derby

Greetings,

Jamaicans love horse racing just like Americans do. One way to celebrate that love is through music.

So on behalf of the “Super Bowl” of American racing (to mix metaphors), the  I play my annual Jamaican horse racing set.

I always start with this song….

<The Selassie I Cup>

The horses and their odds of winning:

  • Babylon 2-1
  • Soul Youth 3-1
  • Rome is Even
  • The Pope 3-5
  • Dreadlocks 8-1
  • Baldhead 15-1
Jamaican race track

Listen to this clip to see who won!

<The Selassie I Cup: win, place and show; 20 sec.>

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 4, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 73 sec.

Set 1:

  • The Chantells – Children of Jah; Waiting in the Park (Phase One) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Zulu Warriors – Warrior Dub; Warrior Dub (Mr. Modo) ’89 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Silvertones – Give Thanks; Stay Red (Esoldun) mid 70’s Black Ark/Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n;
  • Prince Hammer – Dutty Man Skank; Rastafari Bible (Patate) late 70’s Deejay
  • The Nazarenes – Song of Sharing; Songs of Sharing (Heartbeat) 2004 Ethiopians outta Swedung
  • Bushman – Weed fi Bun (You Got Me Gone); Weed  Bun vol. 1 (Charm) 2005 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • 15 16 17 – Suddenly Happiness; 12” (DEP) ’78 UK: 2 sisters & a cousin

Set 2: Horse Racing

  • Mr. Bojangles – Selassie I Cup; 7” (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) Kentucky Derby/horseracing set
  • Race Fans – Bookie Man; 7” (Upset) ‘68
  • Dillinger – Caymanas Park; 7” (Well Charge) race track in Kingston, JA

<Caymanas Park in Jamaica>

  • The Pioneers – Longshot Kick de Bucket; Give & Take (Trojan) ‘68
  • The Specials – Longshot Kick de Bucket (Live): Too Much Too Young  (Receiver) ’79 Pioneers cover live at Aston Univ., UK
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Ride Natty Ride; 12” (Tuff Gong) ’80 JA
Jamaican race track

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Dambala – Future; Azania (Dada Music) ’83 – Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years
  • Cedella Marley Booker – Put It On (Lord I Thank You); Awake Zion (Rykodisc)
  • Pato Banton – My Opinion; Recaptured (Ariwa) ‘89
  • Pablo Moses – A Step Before Hell + dub; Pave the Way (Mango) ‘80
  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Lambs Bread; Trojan Dub Box Set 2 (Trojan) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour
Bob’s mom. Smile Jamaica celebrates Mother’s Day Sat. May 11

Set 4:

  • Wingless Angels – No Dark There; Wingless Angels (Mindless) ’96 Keith Richards, Justin Hines and nyah drummers

<Wingless Angels; 41 sec.>

  • Lorna Asher – Straight to Your Heart; Straight to Your Heart (Twinkle) ‘99
  • Cornell Campbell & U Brown – Pride & Joy + Rock to the Rhythm; 12” (Mash It) Brooklyn
Wingless Angels feat. Keith Richards

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • The Shakers – Emergency Call; Yankee Reggae (Asylum) ’76 female vox
  • Bim Sherman & the Voluntary – Dreaming; Century (Century) ’84 UK
  • Barry Brown – Ital Rock; I’m Still Waiting (Rocktone International) ’83 Can.
  • Laurel Aitken – Je T’aimerai Toujours (I Love You, Yes I Do); Eskapade en France (Unicorn) ’90 Fr. EP
  • Bankie Banx – Oh Caroline; Soothe Your Soul (Redemption) ’82 Cayman Islands
Rolling Stone Record Guide called Yankee Reggae the worst reggae LP ever released

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Dancing Shoes; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One)  JA vinyl

<Dancing Shoes; 1 min. 28 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Judge Not; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 songs for Bob’s 50th birthday
  • Peter Tosh – Burial; Live at the Bayou (bootleg) 3/14/1979 Wash’n DC
  • Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger – Honorary Citizen (Columbia) Request

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • The Rolling Stones – Too Rude; Dirty Work (CBS) ’85 cover of Half Pint “Winsome”: Rockers do Reggae Set
  • Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Watching the Detectives; Live at Hollywood High Hip-O) June 4, 1978
  • Grace Jones – Sunset Sunrise + Dub; Hurricane + Dub (PIAS) 2011

Set 8: Mutant dub

  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – So Much Trouble in the World; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient dub; Mutant Dub Set
  • Thievery Corporation – The State of the Union; Babylon Rewound (ESL) 2004 DC rmx
  • Dry & Heavy – New Creation; From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon w/ female vox from Likkle Mai
  • Dub Syndicate – What Happened?; 10” (ON U Sound) ’93 UK picture sleeve

 

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Pot-Cast 2019; 4 hrs., 20 min., 0 sec.!

Greetings,

That time of year. Just after winter, just before allergy season. While we were off raising money for your station that rules the nation (thank you for your continued support for KRCL), I was in my Secret Dubratory stitching up 4 hours and 20 minutes, 00 seconds of herbal medication inna irie meditation.

Includes all my infamous bong rips, movie trailers, Reggae and Dub soundbytes all for your mood elevation that rules the nation!

10 down, 40 to go

bless, Bobbylon

You all got Sensi. We got Ruderalis

Smile Jamaica 2019 Digital Dubplate: 420

0-30 min.

  • The Toyes – Smoke Two Joints; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96
  • Dillinger – Marijuana in My Brain; Cocaine (Charly)
  • Dub Syndicate- Higher Than High; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98
  • Glen Brown – Lambsbread; Way to Mt. Zion (ROIR) ”79
  • Yesca – Searchin’; Up in Smoke Soundtrack (Warner Bros.) ’78 Coasters update
  • Dr. Israel Presents Dreadtone International – Sensimilla; Patterns of War (ROIR) 2005

30-60 min.

  • Frankie Paul – Pass the Tu-Sheng Peng; Pass the Tu-Sheng Peng (Greensleeves) ’84
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. female
  • Jacob Miller – Healing of the Nation; Meets the Fatman Riddim Section (Top Ranking) ’78
  • Johnny Clarke – Legalize It; Authorized Version (Virgin Front Line) ’76 Peter Tosh cover
  • Kid Loco – Here Comes the Munchies; Kill Your Darlings (Division One) 2001
  • Love Joys – One Draw; Reggae Vibes (Wackies) Rita Marley cover 

60-90 min.

  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Wanna Get Busted; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds) acoustic live on KCGL Eugene, OR
  • Macka B & Mad Professor – Legalise the Herb + Smoking Dub; Hold Onto Your Culture (Ariwa) ’95 UK
  • Mike Brooks – Good Herb; Earth Is the Fullness (Moll-Selekta) 2004
  • Prince Alla – Sensimilla; More Love (Jah Warrior) 2002

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’80
  • Seefari – Homegrown; Dread Pon da Scene (Upful Sound) ’98
  • See-I – Dinner of Herb; Dinner of Herb EP (Exile) 2004
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Marley-juana Megamix (Smile Jamaica 420 Rmx)
  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Rizla; Black Ash Dub (Trojan) ’80
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Johnny Osbourne – Mushroom; Fally Lover (Greensleeves) ’80
  • Sammy Dread – Plant the Sensi; Jah Live (Heartbeat Europe)
  • Vivian Jones – Got a Light; 12″ (Jah Shaka) ’86 UK
  • Soom T Marijuana-Mix (Bobbylon Seven Leaf Rmx)
  • Black Uhuru Meets Black Sabbath – Guess Who’s Coming For Sweet Leaf; 7″ (blank)  Mashup
  • Rootz Underground – Herb Fields; Movements (Mystic Urchin) 2007

2 and 1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • Prince Far I –  Lambs Bread Collie; Ten Commandments (Rhino UK) ’79?
  • Future Pigeon – Mummy Rock; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 LA
  • Bunny Wailer – Cease Fire; Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae (Shanachie) ’83
  • Lone Ranger – National Herb; Collections (Grapevine) ’84
  • Black Uhuru – Sinsemilla (Disco Mix); Sinsemilla (Mango) ’80
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Redder Than Red + Dubb; All the Hits (Rohit) ’73

3-3 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Yellowman – Couchie; One in a Million (Shanachie) ’84
  • Daweh Congo – Herb Tree; Human Rights & Justice (Roots & Culture) 2000
  • The Selecter – My Collie (Not a Dog); Too Much Pressure (2 Tone)
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Harvest Time; Raving Tonight (RAS) ’83
  • Dub Lounge International – Dub Hangover; Dub Lounge International (Anchor & Vessel)
  • Eek a Mouse – Ganja Smuggling; Wa Do Dem (Greensleeves) ’81
  • Eric Smith – Marijuana; Rocky Road (CTA) 2007 cover of Black Uhuru Sinsemilla

3 and 1/2 – 4 hrs.

  • Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Sip Your Cup; Rally Round (Shanachie) ’78 nyahbinghi
  • Sugar Minott – Sensimilla; 20 Super Hits (Sonic)
  • Zion Tribe – Herbissimo; Barre Chords (Zion Tribe) SLC world/reggae group
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Herbs an’ Spices; Jahmekya (Virgin) ’91
  • Tippa Irie – Senci (Remix); Sign of the Times (Chackhouse) 2003
  • Wailing Souls – Ishen Tree; On the Rocks  (Wailing Souls) ’83
  • Ronnie Davis – Kaya; 7″ (Attack) ’78 Bob Marley cover

4 hr. and 20 min.

  • The Ethiopians – Well Red; Original Hit Sounds (Trojan) ’69
  • Adrian Sherwood – Nu Rizla; Becoming a Cliche (Real World) 2006
  • Armagideon – Herbal Input; Steppin’ Forward (Armagideon Sounds) ’95
  • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Burn One Down; Live From Mars (Virgin) 2001 

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Mutant Dub A – Z 2019!

Greetings,

KRCL is a community radio station which means it doesn’t sell advertising but raises funds to operate via a radiothon. We take 2 shows in the Spring and Fall to replenish the coffers.

That means that I have to fund raise for donations after every song. So I put up these Digital Dubplates in lieu of 3 hours of begging for kasheesh.

Last week it was all Roots Reggae. This week the genre I “invented”: Mutant Dub. Contemporary electronic sounds with Jamaican drum & bass and echo.

At max volume it will clean the cobwebs from your speakers!

bless, Bobbylon

0-30 min.

  • 2 Bad Card – Pabloesque; Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ’95
  • Afro Omega – Whatcha Need + dub; Pick Up the Pieces (Afro Omega) 2007 SLC w/ female vox
  • Brooklyn Funk Essentials feat. Everton DaSilva – I Got Cash; Make Them  Like It (Shanachie) 2000
  • Creation Rebel – Chatti Chatti Mouth; Psychotic Jonkanoo (Statik) ’81
  • Dry & Heavy – Rider on the Storm; From Creation (Beat) 2002 Doors cover from Jah-pon 

30-60 min.

  • Ex-Centric Sound System – Chenki; Electric Voodooland (Loud) 2000
  • Future Pigeon feat. Mikey Dread – Wicked Man; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 LA
  • Gorillaz – Sound Check (Gravity); Spacemonkeyz vs. Gorillaz: Laika Come Home (Virgin)
  • Heavyweight Dub Champion – Return of the Champion; Survival Guide For the End of Time (Champion Nation) 2002 Boulder, Collie-rado
  • Improvisators Meets Iration Steppas – Wah Wah 12″; Inna Steppas Dub (Hammerbass) 2008 Fr.
  • Jah Wobble – Dreadlock Don’t Deal in Wedlock; the Legend Lives On (Virgin) ’80 

60-90 min.

  • Kid Loco – Three Foot High Reefer; Kill Your Darlings (EastWest) 2001 Fr. herbtune
  • Lightman – Spring Time; Spring Time (Semi Sounds) 2004 Finland
  • Massive Attack – Be Thankful For What You’ve Got; Blue Lines (Virgin) ’91 William deVaughn cover
  • Nightmares on Wax  – Pretty Dark; Though So… (Warp) 2008 UK
  • The Orb – Towers of Dub; U.F.Orb (Island) ’92 UK

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Playgroup – The Slither; Epic Battles Part 1 (Cherry Red) ’82 UK Adrian Sherwood prod’n
  • Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – Dub Del Pacifico; Death of a Revolution (Tru Thoughts)
  • Ras Command – Kali Dub (Ambient Mix); In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ.
  • Suns of Arqa – Steppin’ to the Music; Arqaology (Arka Sound) ’82 UK

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  •  Tassili Players – Bass the Final Frontier; In Outer Space (Universal Egg) ’96 UK
  • Universe Crew – The Big You See For; What’s Inside Your Afro? (Green Tea) ’97 UK
  • Version Xcursion feat. Katie Murphy – Boom Boom (Dubmatix Mix); Past and Present (vx) Can.
  • Warrior Charge feat. Blu Miller – Vampires; No Foundation, No House (Beat) 2006 w/ female vox
  • X-O-Dus – English Black Boys; 12″ (Factory) ’80 UK

  • Yabby You – Conquering Lion (Smith & Mighty Rmx); Select Cuts From Blood and Fire (Select Cuts) 2000
  • Zion Train – Healing of the Nation; Homegrown Fantasy (China) ’95 UK herbtune
  • Bush Chemists – Power of Tape; Light Up Your Spliff (Conscious Sounds) ’96 UK
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Sleepy Wonder – Radio Retaliation; Radio Retaliation (ESL) 2008 DC
  • Hollie Cook – Far From Me; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2017 mutant dubstress
  • Dubchek – Duppy Train; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001
  • Reggae On Top All-Stars – Sensi Mek You Smile (Reggae on Top) 2003 UK herbtune

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 2, 2019 – Local Crisis vs. World Crisis!

Cheetolini vs. Rocket Man inna rub-a-dub stylee!

<Cheetolini vs. Rocket Man – The World Crisis>

Greetings,

To turn Smile Jamaica radio into the Smile Jamaica podcast, I need to record a digital signal from the soundboard. I take that .mp3 recording and begin my edits and voila. Smile Jamaica Podcasts

On-demand media is where it’s at. But lately I have had meltdowns in the Studio with electrical gremlins or crashed recordings. Grrr.

Luckily, my job as a Sound Editor: I ripped the KRCL stream from their site, ran it through  a file converter and away we go!

LOCAL CRISIS

WORLD CRISIS

So when I spun Al Campbell‘s  massive jam, World Crisis, I couldn’t help think how my petty problems pale to Trump vs. Kim and nuclear weapons.

Like a baby playing with a rattlesnake!

Then in that crummy mood, I played a second version/cover of Bob Marley’s So Much Trouble in the World (Carlene Davis)

You see men sailing on their ego trips
Blast off on their spaceships
Million miles from reality
No care for you, no care for me

Bob Marley not a fan of the United States Space Force

So even if Bob gives the hairy eyeball to the Space Force, I’ve been watching Project Bluebook on the History Channel. Allen J. Hynek and the birth of the UFO “conspiracy”

And speaking of Bob Marley and conspiracies. Alex Jones thinks the CIA killed Bob Marley. (As do I). Uh oh. I hope I don’t start linking to Infowars

bless, Bobbylon

Can’t have musical revolutionaries

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 2, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 49 sec.

Set 1:

  • Barry Brown – I Love Jah Jah; Not So Lucky (Black Roots) ’80 JA vinyl
  • Zema feat. Albert Griffiths – Son and Daughter of Jah; Overcome (Melchizedek) 2006 SoCal roots dawta w/ Gladiators front man
  • Sugar Minott – The Devil Is at Large; Tempo Explosion (Black Victor)
  • Ronnie Davis – It’s  Raining; Sings Hits From Studio One and More (Rhino UK) Carlton Patterson cover
  • Eric Donaldson – The System; Oh What a Feeling (Rhino UK) ’85
  • The Pioneers – Feelin’ High; From the Beginning (Charm) ’75 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Ranking Trevor – Give Thanks and Praise Unto Jah; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’79 UK – dj to Morwells Heart & Soul
  • Blakamix – List to Jah;  Blakamix Presents New Dimension Dub (Blakamix) ’89T UK vinyl dub album of the hour

Set 2:

  • Rhoda Dakar – Landlord; Cleaning in Another Woman’s Kitchen (Moon World Ska) 2007 – 2 Tone ska dawta
  • Easy Star All-Stars – Don’t Stop the Music; First Light (Easy Star) 2011
  • Bongo Dashi – Chalwa Dub; Ruff Cutt in Roots (Tabou1) Fr. instrumental
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry, Full Experience & Prince Jazzbo – Disco Devil; 12″ (Upsetter) ’77

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Black Uhuru – Eye Market; Chill Out (Mango) ’83 – Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Yars
  • Aswad – Behld; Hulet (Mango) ’79
  • Charlie Chaplin & Don Carlos – Unity Is Strength: Rub-a-Dubble Reggae Vol. 1 (CSA) ’83
  • Dub Specialist – Starring Dub (Dub) 70’s Studio dub album of the hour

 

Set 4:

  • Burning Spear – Slavery Days; Marcus Garvey (Mango) ’76 Request
  • Martha Cinadar – Living It; Cannabis Cafe (Ministry) 2002 mutant dub herbtune
  • Bunny Lye-Lye – Mr. Dynamite; Protect Them Lord (Twin Bros.) ’83
  • Bingy Bunny – Coca-Cola Bad Boy; 12″ (Star) ’80 NY

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Ranking Joe – Tribute to Bob Marley; Rebel DJ (Jam Rock) ’82 Miami 
  • Freddie McGregor – Natural Collie; FM (High Times) ’82 JA herbtune
  • ‘Im & David – Chuky (sic); Your Jamaican Girl (Studio One) ’71 JA
  • Della Grant – Murder We Charge For; Ruff ‘n’ Tuff (Twinkle) ’91 UK
  • Toyan – Talk of the Town; Yellowman Has Arrived With Toyan (Joe Gibbs) ’82 Miami

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Bad Brains – Rally Round Jah Throne; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83 DC punk dubbers: 
  • Ayo – Get Out of My Way; Gravity at Last (Wrasse) 2008; Nigerian-German roots dawta
  • The Clash – Armagideon Time; Yellow Riot (bootleg) ’82 Willi Williams cover
  • Gov’t Mule – I’m a Ram; Mighty High (ATO) 2007 Al Green cover
  • Bunny Wailer -Roots Raddics; Dubd’sco vol. 1 (Solomonic) Dub Album of the Hour ’78

 

Set 7: 

  • Peter Tosh – Get Up Stand Up; Live at My Father’s House (Beat Club) Summer ’78 Roslyn, NY
  • Carlene Davis – So Much Trouble in the World; Songs of Bob Marley (VP) ’91
  • Al Campbell – World Crisis; 12″ (Jah Life) early 80’s

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley – The Heathen; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 Bill Laswell ambient translations
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Ras Pidow – The Outernationalist; Richest Man in Babylon (ESL) 2002 DC dubbers with Rasta Elder
  • Dub Syndicate – 2001 Love Part 1 & 2; 10″ (ON U Sound) ’93 UK picture sleeve
  • Fun-Da-Mental feat. Subi Shah – Mother India; Essential Lounge Bombay (UBI) 2006: Asian dawta pays tribute to woman heroes of the Middle East/South Asia