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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): June 3, 2017 – Black Wax Cratedigger’s Harvest!

 

Lots of my Student Loan kasheesh was spent at this SLC record shop. Going strong 30 plus years later. Removed 90% of their CDs to make room for MOAR vinyl

A life in cratedigging. Kick started the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive’s in my friend Neil’s dorm room. Fall of 1986. That lit the fuse!…..

<Black Uluru in a dorm room? Instant Reggae fanatic; 20 sec.>

…I’m going through a home remodel. 40 years of record collecting crammed into my garage right now. When I ran out of shelves, I bought some big ass tupperware bins to try and make it all fit.

This has to fit into my new addition. A Library for a Librarian

Between my organic collecting (used record stores, Ebay/Amazon, stock from my distributor when I sold Reggae online) and my binge buying when Record Stores started dying out in the mid 2000’s, my 1200 square foot house had reached a state of entropy.

So to make room for the demolition of two bedrooms to accommodate an actual Library (A Librarian with his own Library!), I had to move everything into my garage in a short amount of time.

Now that the project is coming to completion, I have to move everything back in!

Can 40 years of books, records, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes fit into a space 41 feet by 10 feet? Stay tuned!

My method?

  • Get up early on Saturday. Have my spinach determining what I’m going to sort and separate  in the garage.
  • Go have breakfast at Left Fork Grill with my best bredrin Leonard and his buddy John
  • Drink about 8 cups of coffee
  • Head back to mi casa in Sugarhouse
  • Grab a stack of disks for my CD boombox to while away the time sifting wax
  • Fully caffeinated: Start to organize the entropy.
    • I would separate by format: LP, 12″ disco mix, 10″ disco mix, non-Reggae vinyl
    • Then: look by title and cull albums if they fit one of my preferred set-genres
      • 420
      • Roots Dawtas
      • UFOria
      • Wailers Family Tree
      • Halloween
      • Marley Tribute songs
      • Rockers doing Reggae

I don’t know how many physical vinyl pieces I have (not even including 7″ 45s). CDs a whole separate issue.

10,000 pieces? 15,000? Somewhere in between.

It has literally taken me from early January to June to sort it all and separate for the final move into the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive.

From when I moved to SLC from Bozeman, MT in Sept. of 1986, I have been on a vinyl crusade. And the nostalgia of where and how I acquired the lion’s share of black wax really kicks off memories of a subculture that has mostly died out: the local record store.

Many great ones are still slinging wax: Like Randy’s in Salt Lake. Ditched their CDs to make room for the vinyl resurgence: 20 sec.

But over 500 stores have gone out of business in the last decade. When the music industry killed vinyl, they didn’t anticipate that digital music sales like Itunes, Spotify etc. would make those $18.99 CDs economically irrelevant.

Columbus and Bay in North Beach. I would stay across the street at the Travelodge and crate dig til closing. Nearly cried when I heard the news Tower was going under

And even though vinyl is making an awesome comeback (full vindication for I ‘n’ I), it’s too late for many of my favorite haunts.

Last summer my local Montana chain went out of business: Hastings. I would drive through gorgeous wheat fields and flowing rivers and cratedig from Butte, Missoula, Helena, Great Falls, Bozeman and Billings.

700 hundred miles from SLC to Fort Benton, Montana. Hastings books/cds/DVDs broke up the monotony of the drive. Went out of business Summer 2016

As much as I love Montana and my parents, I’m not driving home this summer. Not much for me to do there now but watch wheat grow.

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 3, 2017 – All Vinyl Showcase; 34 sec.

Set 1:

  • Brigadier Jerry – Everyman a Mi Bredrin; Jamaica, Jamaica (RAS) ’85 DC:
  • Bullwackie’s All Stars – Nature’s Dub; Nature’s Dub (Wackies) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Time Unlimited – Live Upright; Devil’s Angel (Live Wire) ’84 JA
  • Mother Liza – Ten to Ten; Mother Liza Meets Pappa Tollo (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK
  • Devon Russell- Homebound Train; Homebound Train (Freedom Sounds) ’83 JA
  • Zap Pow – Be Cool; Irie Land (Rhino) ’80 LA
  • Al Campbell – Collie Herb; 12” (Jah Life) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
The Record Room: Phoenix, AZ, 2016

Set 2:

  • Inner Circle – Forward Jah Jah Children; Reggae Thing (Capitol) ’76 US

<Inner Circle: Capitol’s answer to Bob Marley; 15 sec.>

  • Leroy Smart – What Will I Do; Rite Sound Reggae Story (Jah Live) ’77 Fr.
  • Barry Brown – Ital Rock; I’m Still Waiting (Rocktone International) ’83 Can.
  • Super Chick – Roach Killer; Reggae Dancehall Classics (Sleeping Bag) ’87 NY female dj

<Roach Killer shoes: favorites in the dancehall for killing roaches and rub a dubbing; 35 sec.>

Starboard Records, 1988 – West Valley City, UT. RIP

Set 3:

  • Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus – I Am an Ethiopian; Movements (Dynamic Sounds) ’78 JA

<I’m not Mr. Brown, Mr. Smith, Mr. White – I’m an Ethiopian; 12 sec.>

  • Dennis Brown – Wake Up; Wake Up (Natty Congo) ’85 UK
  • The Meditations – Running From Jamaica; Message From the Mediations (United Artists) ’76 US
  • Gregory Isaacs & Christine – Rock On; Rock On (Jah Live) ’75 Fr. Combination style
  • Prince Far I – Bendel Dub; Front Line Dub (Virgin Front Line) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

<Virgin record label in Nigeria; 50 sec.>

Randy’s Records: SLC, 1986

Set 4:

  • Lone Ranger – The Clock; Hi-Yo Silver, Away! (Greensleeves) ’82 UK
  • The Shakers – Emergency Call; Yankee Reggae (Asylum) ’76 Boston; female vox on Judy Mowatt tune
  • Eek a Mouse – Sensee Party; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’81 UK
  • Misty in Roots – Wandering Wanderer; 12” (People Unite) ’81 UK
Rough Trade Records: San Francisco, New Years Even 1988

Set 5: 420 Black Wax

  • Peter Culture – Coconut Chalwah; Behold 10” LP (Top Beat) 2000 UK 

<Coconut chalice; 14 sec.>

  • Clint Eastwood – Collie Weed Style; Love & Happiness (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK
  • Winston Reedy – Sensimilla; Dim the Lights (Inner Light) ’83 UK
  • Niney the Observer – My Spliff; Nuclear Jammin’ (Voiceprint) ’86 Chicago
  • John Holt – Police in Helicopter; 12” (Holt) ‘83

<Johnny Law in your rear view? 28 sec.>

Reckless Record, 1990 San Francisco/Haight Ashbury: RIP

Set 6:

  • The Wailers – Get Up, Stand Up; Wailers Vinyl Box Set (Island) #3484 of 10,000 vinyl box set

<Lessons in crate digging: Buy low ($70), sell high (working kidney)>

  • Bobby Culture, Brimstone & Fire, Nicodemus & Louie Culture – Going Home; Tidal Wave (Unicorn) ’83 Santa Monica: R.B. Greaves pop update
  • Junior Byles – I Don’t Know; Rasta No Pickpocket (Nighthawk) ’86 St. Louis
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Blackout in the Ghetto; Showdown vol. 3 (Hitbound) NY
  • Black Uhuru – What Is Life; 12” EP (4th & Broadway) ’83 US picture sleeve

<Not Marley, Tosh, Cliff or UB40: Black Uluru’s Anthem made I ‘n’ I a Reggae fanatic>

  • Ras Command – Education; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ.: Mutant Dub album of the hour
9 disk vinyl box set: Amoeba Records, Berkeley 2001: $70. Versus $3500 on eBay

Set 7:

  • Blue Riddim Band – Restless Spirit; Restless Spirit (Flying Fish) ’81 St. Louis

<Livicated to our KRCL bredrin: Bad Brad Wheeler>

  • Fab 5 – Shaving Cream; Jamaican Woman (Stage) ’87 JA
  • Aisha – I Know a Place; 12” (Ariwa) ’90 UK
Smokey’s Records, SLC 1987: RIP

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Black Uhuru – Boof’n’Baff’n’Biff (Fila Brazillia rmx no. 2); Dancehall Queen Soundtrack (Island Jamaica) ’97 US
  • Dub Syndicate – Roots Commandment; Echomania
  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Stormy Weather; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK female vox on Lena Horne classic
ON U Sound mail order, London: 1990?

Words of Wisdom:

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 7, 2017 (Stream + Track List). Mutant Dub New Year!

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<How to deal with the Trump-o-calypse: Let’s Go Out With a Bang!>

Greetings,

Hope everyone had a nice Holiday. I spent the first week at my sister’s in Albuquerque. My parents just became Snowbirds, so my second week was in Phoenix.

Phoenix is a great town for vinyl. CDs are becoming irrelevant, but the racks are full of black wax and lots of people doing what I do for 30 years: cratedig. So I will be visting often in the months of Dec-March. Otherwise, vinyl melts from the store to the car!

Found some nice gems to play in 2017. For over a decade now, the first show of the year on Smile Jamaica is devoted to what I call Mutant Dub: Jamaican drum and bass with modern electronic sounds and textures awash in echodelia.

The 3 hour Mutant Dub World Tour!

As Joe Strummer sang, “Knives to the trebel!”

  1. Crank the volume!
  2. Set bass phasers to stun!

Happy New Year. Forward ever, backwards never!

bless, robt

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“Shit good this is”

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 7, 2017: Annotated Playlist – photos, soundbytes captions, Reggae History Lessons; 56 sec.

Set 1:

  • African Head Charge – Gospel Train; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ’90
  • The Vision – Dub Start; Dub Vision (Funfundvierig) ’88 Green Germ. Vinyl: Dub Album of the Hour
  • Afro Omega – Pick Up the Pieces; Pick Up the Pieces (Afro Omega) SLC dubbers w/ female vox
  • Jah Woosh – Woodpecker Sound; ON U Sound Celebration (Trance) ’88 West German comp
  • Sizzla – Rainshowers (Bronx Dogs Dub Mix); Dub Selector (Quango) 2001
  • Brain Damage Meets The Vibronics – Siege of Kut; Empire Soldiers (Hammerbass) 2013 Fr. w/ Arabic vox
  • The Archives feat. Ras Puma – Sensibility; The Archives (ESL) 2012 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcment
  • Butch Cassidy Sound Sytem – Hear What I Say; 12” EP (Fenetik) 2004 Glasgow, Scotland
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All aboard the Mutant Dub train!

 Set 2: Mutant Dub World Tour

  • Samia Farah –Le Monde; Many Moods of (SAM) 2008 Fr.-Tunisian female singer
  • Al Haca Soundsystem feat. Ras MC-Tweed – Libation; Inevitable (Different Drummer) 2003 Spanish
  • Asian Dub Foundation – Change; Time Freeze (Caroline) 2007 best of Hindi/Pak/UK collective
  • Audio Active – Paint Your Face Red; Startrec EP (ON U Sound) ’96 Jah-pon vinyl
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French-Tunisian dubstress Samia Farah

Set 3:

  • Dub Colossus – Shem City Steppers; In a Town Called Addis (RealWorld) 2008 Ethiopian female vox
  • Ripple – Sunday Morning Dub; Bay Area Dubstep volume 2 (Full Melt) 2008
  • Bush Chemists – Star Dub; 10” UK (Jah Tubby’s) 2006 Stormtrooper Theme from Star Wars

<Star Wars in dub>

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Set 4:

  • Hollie Cook – Tiger Balm; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 UK dubstress

<Dawta of a Sex Pistol; 20 sec.>

  • Dubblestandart – This One is About Flying; Immigration Dub (Collision) 2007 Jah-stria
  • Troubleman – Intergalactic You, Intergalactic Me; Far Out Spaced Odyssey (Far Out) 2010 Brazilian UFOria
  • Nomadix – Juggling; Rolling Papers: Ambient Dub Selection (Roar) ’93 UK – Dub Album of the Hour
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Mutant Dubstress – Hollie Cook: Daddy was a Sex Pistol!

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital Mutant Dub

  • Singers & Players feat. Sister P – Holy Scripture; Vacuum Pumping (ON U Sound) ’88 UK Bible stories: Mutant vinyl set
  • Martin Campbell – You Lick Me First; Rootsman – The Real Thing (Channel One UK) ’97 UK
  • Dub Syndicate – Pounding System; Pounding System (ON U Sound) ’82 UK
  • Zulu Warriors – Chanting Dub; Warrior Dub (Mr. Modo) ’89 UK
  • Doctor Pablo & the Dub Syndicate – Doctor Who?; ON U Journey Through Time & Space; 10” Dubplate (ON U Sound) 2015 UFO-ria
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ON U Sound Record Store Day, 2015

Set 6: Space Dust 420; 21 sec.

  • 2 Bad Card – Weed Specialist; Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ’95
  • Dr. Israel & Dreadtone International – Sensimilla; Patterns of War (ROIR) Brooklyn 2005
  • Soom T – I Need Weed; Ode to a Carrot (Jahtari) 2008 female weedstepper out of Glasgow, Scotland
  • Dry & Heavy – Kick the Bong Around + Dub; One Punch (Green Tea) Jah-pon ’98

<“Whenever I get low, I get high!> 9 sec.

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Ancient Astronaut Theorist, Giorgio Tsoukalos. Ancient Aliens Friday Nights on Viceland

Set 7:

  • The Slits – Man Next Door; In the Beginning (Jungle) ’80 – live version of The Paragons reggae classic
  • Rasheda & Mystikal Heights – I Love Jah + Jah Love (Discomix); 12″ (Zion Gate) 2007 Fr.: Don Carlos cover
  • The Outsider Meets High Tech Roots Dynamic – Alfa; At Channel One UK (Jah Works) ’91 UK vinyl: Dub Album of the Hour
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Ari Up Rest in Peace. The Slits: rudegirls do punkdub & roots reggae

Set 8: UFO-ria

  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Akua Naru – Last Night (I Fell in Love with an Ancient Astronaut); Into Time and Bass (ESL) 2011 Germ. w/ female vox
  • Spiritual Rez – March of the Reptoids + Let’s Go Out With a Bang; Apocalypse Whenever (Spiritual Rez) 2014 US
  • Thievery Corporation – Stargazer; Culture of Fear (ESL) 2011
  • Soko – I Thought I Was an Alien; I Thought I Was an Alien (Because Music) 2012 French female
  • Tena Stelin & Jah Warrior – UFO + Unidentified Flying Dub; Lion Symbol (Jah Warrior) ’99 UK
  • Flock of Seagulls – Space Age Love Song; Flock of Seagulls (Jive) ’82 UK New Wave

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  • Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica’s Mutant Dub Mash Down – Digital Dubplate Only (June 2016)!

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What is Mutant Dub?

Greetings,

Took last Saturday off on a cratedigging assignment. In order to keep fresh roots on my Mixcloud stream, I cooked up 3 hours of Mutant Dubwize in my Secret Dubratory.

I call these off-air Ark-I(ves: Digital Dubplates since they are online only.

Bass in yer Facd!

bless, robt

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Bass the Final Frontier on the Starship Dubwise

Digital Dubplate – Mutant Dub Mashdown (June 2016) Playlist:

0-30 hr.

  • Alpha & Omega – King and Queen; King and Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub w/ female vox: 3 Hours of Mutant Dub
  • Thievery Corporation – Sound the Alarm; It Takes a Thief (ESL) 2010  Best Of: DC dubbers
  • The Gorillaz – Ghost Train; G-Sides (EMI) 2002
  • Future Pigeon – Yuppy Conqueror; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect)  2006 So Cal
  • Samia Farah – Le Monde; Many Moods of Samia Farah (SAM) 2008 Tunisian-French singer
  • Roots Manuva Meets Wrongtom – Chin Up; Duppy Writer (Big Dada) 2010 UK chanter
  • Heavyweight Dub Champion – Champion’s Return + Higher Elevation; Survival Guide for the End of Time (Champion Nation) 2002 Boulder, CO
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Roots Manuva – UK toaster over dubblicious beats

30 min – 1 hr.:

  • Disrupt – Asteroid Dub Force; Jahtarian Dubbers vol. 3 (Jahtari) 2012 German
  • Hollie Cook – Postman; Twice (Mr. Bongo)  daughter of Sex Pistol Paul Cook
  • Dub Judah/Mad Professor – Standing Firm; In Captivity (Nubian) ’95 UK
  • Dreadzone – Cave of Angels; Second Light (Virgin) ’95 UK
  • Ben Wa – Break That Stone (Granite Mix); Docking Sequence: BSI Campaign vol. 1 (BSI) 2000 Portland, OR dub label
  • Sevendub feat. Angelique & Zakaya – Fire (Soul Fire mix); Dub Club Edition (Collision) 2006 Germ.
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Mutant Dubstress – Hollie Cook: dawta of a Sex Pistol. Former Slit

1 hr. – 90 min.:

  • Scott Hardkiss – Hey Deejay!; Technocolor Dreamer (God Within) 2009 San Fran
  • Balkan Beat Box – What a Night; Give (Nat Geo)  2011 NY/Israeli group. Necrophilia lyrics?
  • The Interruptor – African Satellite Dub; Roots of Dub Funk 4 (Tanty) 2004 Swiss artist
  • SoKo – I Thought I Was An Alien; I Thought I Was An Alien (Babycat) Fr. Female, 2013 UFO-ria
  • Klaatu – Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft; Hope (Capitol) ’77 Can. UFO-ria.
  • Full Moon Scientist – Lunar Base Dub; Planet Dub (Ultimate) ’96 UFO-ria
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French singer SoKo and her boy-alien as opposed to boy-friend

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Ari Up – Kill ‘em With Love; Dread More Dan Dead (Collision) female punk dubber of Slits, New Age Steppers
  • African Head Charge – Touch I; In Charge – Live in Japan (Beat) 2005
  • Anju Kumbz – Stand Up On Your Feet; Binghi Riddim (M) 2008 Neth.
  • Martin Campbell – No Farmer; Historical Tracks (Channel One UK) 2010 best of
  • Zion Train feat. Molara – Freedom; Love Revolutionaries (Universal Egg) ’99 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Singers & Players –  Thing Called Love (Don’t Fight); Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound)
  • Clive Hunt & the Dub Dancers – Marley Dub; Clive Hunt & the Dub Dancers  (Makasound) 2008 Fr. Bob cover
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RIP Ari Up – Slit, New Age Stepper. Step-daughter of Johnny Rotten

2 hr. – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Creation Rebel – Chatti Chatti Mouth/Threat to Creation; Psychotic Jonkanoo (Statik) ’81 UK: Adrian Sherwood prod’n
  • Soho – Shake Your Thing; Goddess (Atco) ’90 UK dubbers w/ female vox
  • Audio Active – Return of the Space Ape; Apollo Choco (ON U Sound) ’97 Jah-pon; UFO-ria
  • Bomb the Bass w/ Spikey Lee – Darkheart (7” Edit); clear (Quango) ’95 UK
  • Congo Ashanti Roy & Singers & Players – African Blood; Disco Plates Collection Part I (ON U Sound) ’81 UK
  • Akabu – Fate of the World; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’95 UK female group
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Adrian Sherwood’s collector vinyl. Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.:

  • Black Star Liner – Bonus Track; Yemen Cutta Connection (Echo Beach) ’96 UK/Hindi group
  • Survival Soundz – Dub Is Dub; Land of Baboon (Baraka Foundation) ’96 Brooklyn
  • Dub Syndicate – Herbal Roots; Acres of Space (Lion & Roots) 2001 UK
  • Kanka feat. Moyenei – Ya Estas Aqui; Sub.mersion (Hammerbass)  2009 Fr. w/ female vox
  • Kode9 – Magnetic City; Box of Dub (Soul Jazz)  2007 UK dubstep
  • Dubmatix feat. Ammoye – Lock Down; Clash of the Titans (Collision) 2011 Can. w/ female vox

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist) Mar. 19, 2016 – Feel the Bern!

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Bernie! 80% in Utah. WOW!

<Bernie v. Hillary; Trump v. Romney; 21 sec.>

Greetings,

  • 14,000 people to see Bernie Sanders in SLC
  • During Spring Break
  • During Ute NCAA Basketball
  • Trump drew 1200

80% trouncing. Nearly ever colleague talked about how their caucus ran out of ballots or they queued in line for 90 minutes to 2 hours.

Congratulations Bernie Sanders. You want more votes? Call for legalizing the Seven Leaf!

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Bern one down!

(PS – I’m voting or Jill Stein. From one Green to another!)

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Annotated Playlist – March 19, 2016; 69 sec.

Set 1:

  • Aswad – Hey Jah Children; Babylon Soundtrack (Takoma) ’80 UK
  • Bunny Wailer – Dub D’sco vol. 2 (Solomonic/RAS) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Barrington Levy – Please Jah Jah; Prison Oval Rock (RAS) ’84 on Sugar Minott’s Oh Mr. DC
  • Mystic Roots Band feat. Marko & Katherine Ramirez – Running; Campfire vol. 1 (Stay Positive) 2013 Chico, CA
  • Inner Circle – We Come to Rock You; Best of (Mango) ‘80
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – African Herbsman; African Herbsman (Trojan) ’73 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Leroy Smart – See Them Go; 10” (Fatman) ’85 UK
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Early addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 2:

  • Rico & the Special A.K.A. – Jungle Music; A Checkered Past (2 Tone/Chrysalis) ’82: ska trombonist with 2 Tone Ska

<UK 2 Tone Ska; 35 sec.>

  • Laurel Aitken – Witchdoctor From Amsterdam; Rise & Fall (Unicorn) ‘90
  • Tchiya Amet – Natural Woman; Rise Again Truth (Redemption Way) ’99 Chicago female
  • Robert Emanuel – You Can’t Push I Over; 10” (Main Line)

 

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Set 3: Best of 26+ Years of Smile Jamaica

  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Observe Life; Action Battlefield (ON U Sound) ’82 Michael Rose cover
  • Desi Roots – Go There Right; Strictly For Rockers (Mango) ’85 comp.
  • Steel Pulse – Leggo Beast; True Democracy (Elektra) ’82 UK roots
  • Ken Boothe & the Iranian Students – Peace Time; Jack Ruby Hi Fi  (Auralux) ’79

<Producer Jack Ruby – discovered Burning Spear; 8 sec.>

  • Sound Dimension & Ernest Wilson – Why Oh Why Version ; Version Dread – 19 Dub Hits From Studio One (Studio One/Heartbeat) Dub Album of the Hour

<Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One labe; 28 sec.l>

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Reggae producer Jack Ruby

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Fight Apartheid; No Nuclear War (EMI America) ‘87

<Tosh Murdered just as I discovered Reggae, Fall ’87>

<Reggae History Lesson: Apartheid and South Africa; 17 sec.>

  • Ranking Roger & Blue Riddim Band – America and Russia/Selective Service System + Nancy Goes to Russia (ORA International) ’83 St. Louis – Nancy Reagan tune

<Nancy loves fashion but Ron loves money; 24 sec.>

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RIP Nancy Reagan

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Cimarons – Mull of Kintyre; Reggaebility (MPL) ’82 Paul McCartney cover

<Cimarons love McCartney; 19 sec.>

  • Niney – My Spliff; Nuclear Jammin’ (Voiceprint) Chicago ’86 herbtune
  • Jah Thomas – Love and Happiness; Stop Yu Loafin’ (Greensleeves) ’78 UK over Leroy Smart’s cover of Waiting in Vain
  • Louise Bennett – Funny Names; Yes M’Dear Live! (Island) ‘83
  • Jimmy Shondell – Snake in the Grass; Hit Me With Music (Trojan) ’73 UK
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Busted in Jah-pon: Paul McCartney and the Seven Leaf

Set 6:

  • Aisha – Someday; There is More to Life (Ariwa)  2005
  • Capital Letters – Do We Really Need a Government?; Bread and Water (Greensleeves) ’80 7” EP
  • Barry Brown – Pass Up the Chalice; Rich Man Poor Man (Moll-Selekta) herbtune
  • Errol Dunkley & Errol Bellot – Live Right + Everything Is Possible; 10” (Reality Shock) 2011
  • Tassili Players – Interstellar Overdub; Outer Space (Universal Egg) ’96 Mutant Dub Album of the Hour

<Tassili Algeria – Ancient Aliens; 28 sec.>

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Ancient Aliens in Tassili Algeria caves

Set 7:

  • John Brown’s Body – Plantation; Kings and Queens (Esy Star) Upstate NY
  • Backbeat Soundsystem – Burnin’ Up; Together Not Apart (Easy Star) 2014 Cornwall, England
  • Rebelution – Fade Away; Count Me In (Easy Star) 2014 Santa Barbara

<Easy Star Records>

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Set 8: Mutant Dub UFO-ria

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  • Dubadelic – Thuds Like Scuds; Bass Invaders (WordSound) ’98: UFOria set – Mutant Dub
  • African Head Charge & Professor – Stretch; Brother of Reality (ON U Sound) ’98 UK
  • Nina Hagen – UFO; Nunsexmonkrock (Columbia) ’80 Germ.
  • Boxcutter – SPACEBASS; Arecibo Message (Planet Mu) 2009 UK dubstep
  • Dubvisionist and TVS – Moonsteppa; King Size Dub Special (Echo Beach) Germ. 2014
  • Fedayi Pacha – Gilgamesh I / 4b-1-23; Global Pillage (Hammerbass) 2012 Fr.
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Epic of Gilgamesh – way earlier than Noah

Words of  Wisdom:

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-nuary 30, 2016: Stupor Bowl Caucus

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Fess up Bernie. Hillary stole it fair ‘n’ square!

Greetings,

Super Bowl 50. Meh.

Since Green Bay isn’t in it, I have only a passing interest. I am rooting for Denver only because their back up QB is from Kalispell,  or Collie-spell, Montana. Borck Rottweiler or some such.

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Smile Jamaica’s Peyton Manning Game: Take a hit or down a shot every time Peyton says Omaha!

Same with the Iowa Caucus.

As Bob said, “No bide your isms an schisms.” I’m feelin’ fine with Jill Stein.

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Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for President. Smile Jamaica approved

But in the Hillary vs. Bernie hoe-down (no pun intended), I’m kind of like: tastes great, less filling. In our winner take all “Democracy”, you can only  have 1 winner and 1 loser.

So I ‘n’ I gwan Bern one down, till I vote for Jill the Thrill in November

bless, robt

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Smile Jamaica’s tie-breaker for New HEMP-shire: best 2 out of 3 – Rock, paper, scissors

Here is what I have on-tap for the Jah-nuary 30, 2016 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives; 39 sec.

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Next up New Hemp-shire. Revenge of the Bern!

Set 1:

  • Sugar Minott – Jah Got the Handle; Roots Lovers Showcase (Black Roots) ’81 JA vinyl
  • Keith Hudson – Image Dub; Brand (Pressure Sounds) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Natty Dreadlocks a Superstar; Free Us Now
  • Errol Holt – Babylon Queendom; Vision of Africa (Original Music) Peter Tosh cover
  • Rita Marley – Who Feels It Knows It; Who Feels It Know It (Shanachie) ’81 Bunny Wailer cover
  • Triston Palma – Collyman; Dancehall 2 (Soul Jazz)  ’81 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; 
  • Roman Stewart – True Colours; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2001 UK: Over Hawaii 5-0 riddim
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5 down, 45 to go? Vermont Legislator could legalize it this session

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Johnny B. Goode; Complete Captured Live (EMI America) Chuck Berry cover: 8/23/83 Los Angeles
  • Zema – Black Sheep; Black Sheep (Melchizedek) 2003 So Cal female
  • Alton Ellis – Play It Cool; Fashion in Fine Style (Fashion)
  • Johnny Clarke – Leggo Violence; 10” (Jamaican Recordings)
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So Cal Roots Dawta – Smile Jamaica approved

Set 3: Best of 26 Years – Smile Jamaica

  • Capital Letters – Fire; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group:
  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Love Forever; New Age Steppers (Statik) ’81 UK Michael Rose cover w/ female vox
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Stop de War; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83: UK dub poet w/ The Wailers
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & the Heptones – Party Time; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ’91 Adrian Sherwood co-production

 

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You’ve got chocolate in my peanut butter: UK dub poet + The Wailers pon de riddims

Set 4:

  • Bunny Wailer – Togawar Game; Crucial! (Shanachie)
  • Judy Mowatt – King of Kings; Only a Woman (Shanachie) ‘82
  • Mike Brooks – Money Makes Friend; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2005 UK
  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad; Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84: Dub Album of the Hour

<Mutant Dub Holy Trio – Jah Shaka, Mad Professor, Adrian Sherwood; 20 sec.>

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Mutant Dubber – Jah Shaka

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Pat Kelly – Struggling; Revives: The Jamaican Connection (Fashion) UK

<Revives = Reissues; 11 sec.>

  • Pauline – Vision; In Progress (People Unite) ’84 UK
  • Melodians – Irie Feeling; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83 DC herbtune
  • Amp-Ech; International Plea; Against Injustic (Amp-Ech) JA
  • 10 Foot Ganja Plant – Collect the Trophy; Skycatcher (ROIR) NY 2013

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Set 6:

  • The Wailers – Walk the Proud Land; Talkin’ Blues (Tuff Gong) live at KSAN radio, San Francisco: Oct. 1973

<Wailers live on KSAN Radio; 38 sec.>

  • Remember When – Sister Carol; Jah Disciple (RAS) ‘89
  • Horace Andy – Ain’t No Sunshine; 10” (Cou$ins) Bill Wither cover
  • Skatalites – Coconut Rock; Studio One Scorchers (Soul Jazz) Instrumental album of the hour

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Set 7:

  • Alpha & Omega – The Dub Is Out There; Serious Joke (A & O) 2002 X Files Theme

<Smile Jamaica’s X-Files 2015 review; 57 sec.>

  • Conroy Smith – Original Sound;  Firehouse Revolution (Pressure Sounds) King Tubby dancehall prod’n
  • Sister June – Tell You What Police Can Do; Dancehall Roots (Metro) ‘86
  • Flourgon – Build a Spliff; Dancehall Techniques (Pressure Sounds) herbtune

Betty Anreasson Alien Abductee

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Betty Andresson – her story on the X Files

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Set 8: Mutant Dub female set

  • Botom Botom – La bien / Le mal – This is Not a Stereotype (Hammerbass) 2006 Fr.: Mutant Set w/ female vox
  • Little Annie & the Legally Jammin’ – Take It From Me; Little Annie & the Legally Jammin (Italic) 2003 Germ.
  • Soom T – Weedhawks; Ode to a Carrot (Jahtari) 2008 Glasgow weedstep
  • Abassi All Stars feat. Sis Sanae – Suffering; Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK
  • Abassi All Stars feat. Minoo – December; 10” No Answer EP (Universal Egg) 2008 UK
  • Alpha & Omega – Show Me a Purpose; Sound System Dub (ROIR) ’95 UK trance dub

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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 Playlist Jah-gust 29, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Sturgeon Moon Stylee!

Greetings,

As an avid skywatcher looking for UFOs, last Saturday was a special treat. The Supermoon (aka the Sturgeon Moon). Hot end of Summer Saturday. Watched a little baseball, waited for the sun to go down and around Midnight I sat on my front steps with a little bourbon (and some spinach salad) and scanned the skies while Thievery Corporation* boomed in my living room. I look for Aliens but alas have never seen one of their crafts.

*Mutant Dub your UFO skywatching soundtrack

One summer on my way home to Montana one of the Supermoons was so bright, I shut off my headlights and drove a mile down I 15 illuminated only by Moonlight.

One day before it’s my time, I will see a UFO. Because they are out there! Do not scoff!

bless, robt

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Who do you believe? The liars in the government or your own eyes?

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 29, 2015 Playlist: photos, captions, soundbytes, Reggae History Lessons

Show High-lights; 43 sec.

Set 1:

  • A Doeman – Jah Jah Come Now; Jah Jah Now Come (I & I Sounds) Los Angeles vinyl
  • Sly & Robbie – Plastic Dub; (Overdrive in Overdub (Sonic); Dub Album of the Hour

<“Don’t show I your teeth, your plastic smile nah work” – Michael Rose, Black Uhuru; 39 sec.>

  • Rastafarians – Roll Call; Orthodox (Makasound) ’81 Santa Cruz, CA
  • Johnny Clarke & U Brown – Stop Tribal War/No More Tribal War; 10” (Observer Gold) ‘76
  • Jah Lion – Colombia Colly; Colombia Colly (Mango) ’76; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
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Set 2:

  • The Wailers – Stop That Train (JA + UK/US); Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong) ‘73

<Catch a Fire: JA original mix vs. US/UK overdubs. Both A+; 16 sec.>

<Differences in the two mixes: Stop That Train; 33 sec.>

  • Black Survivors – Catch a Vampire; Nations of the World (Sword Lion) ’95 UK
  • Christine Miller – The Light; 10” (Roots Hi-Tek) 2006 militant steppers
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Gritty Jamaican mix vs. Euro/US psychedelic rocker mix? You’ve got chocolate in my peanut butter!

Set 3: Best of 27 Years – Reggae Radio; 16 sec.

  • The Itals – Living in the Ghetto; Early Recordings (Nighthawk) ’71-’79: Best of 27 Years Set
  • Roots Radics – Ear Say; Freelance (Kingdom) ‘85

<Roots Radics: Held hostage in England when Gregory Isaacs was a no show>

  • Alpha Blondy & the Wailers – Kalachnikov Love; Jerusalem (Shanachie) ’86 Ivory Coast
  • Akabu – Blackbird; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’89 UK female group
  • Crazy Caribs – 50 Pence Dub; Dancehall Dub (Ariwa); 2004 Dub Album of the Hour
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Added in the first month of the 3 decades of building the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Rastafari Is; Live at the Jamaica World Music Festival (Peter Tosh Foundation): Montego Bay, JA: 11/27/82 – sunrise
  • Bunny Wailer – Dog War; Gumption (Shanachie) ’90 Toots Hibbert cover

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Set 5: Vinyl is Vital 

  • Triston Palma – Jailhouse; Joker Lover (Jah Guidance) ’82 JA
  • Mighty Diamonds – Pass the Kouchie; Indestructible (Alligator) ’82 Chicago; herbtune
  • Nicodimis (sic) – Mother in Law; She Love It in the Morning (Hit Bound) ’82 Brooklyn
  • Alton Ellis – Too Late to Turn Back Now; Fashion Revives – The Jamaican Connection (Fashion) UK; Cornelius Brothers soul cover
  • Lillian Allen – Revolutionary Tea Party; Revolutionary Tea Party (Redwood) ’86 Canadian dub poet
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Canadian Dub Poet “trumps” the American Tea Party by 20 plus years

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae Set

  • David Lindley – Do You Wanna Dance; Very Greasy (Elektra) ’88 
  • Daryl Jenifer – Black Judas; In Search of Black Judas (ROIR) 2010; bass player for Bad Brains
  • Hot Chocolate – Confetti Day; Every 1’s a Winner (RAK) ’78 UK soul/rock hybrid
  • Patti Smith  – Redondo Beach; Horses (Arista) ’75
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Patti’s roommate Robert Mapplethorpe snapped the cover photo

Set 7: Livicated to His Imperial Majesty; 18 sec.

  • Althea & Donna – Jah Rastafari; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78: Hail HIM Set
  • Devon Russell – Thank You Jah; Prison Life (Tamoki Wambesi) ‘83
  • Chronicle – Jah Rise; Culture Jugglin’ (Massive B) 2005
  • Leroy Smart – Jahoviah; Hit Bound! Revolutionary Sound of Channel One (Heartbeat) ‘77

<Reggae History Lesson: Rockers 20 sec. intro on Channel One 7″s; 1 min 15>

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Roots Dawta Deejay Duo – Smile Jamaica favorite

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Ari Up – Kill ‘em With Love; Dread More Dan Dead (Collision) 2005 former lead singer of the Slits, New Age Steppers: Mutant Dub Set

<RIP Ari Up – Johnny Rotten’s stepdaughter; 26 sec.>

  • Aswad – African Children ’06; Aswad vs. the Rhythm Riders (Liaison) 2006 jungle remix of UK roots reggae
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Lee’s Garden; Mighty Upsetter (ON U Sound) 2008
  • Congo Natty/Adrian Sherwood – Lion of Judah Hath Prevailed; Process Meets Ghetto Priest
  • Jah Warrior – Herbsman Anthem; Hi-Fidelity Dub Sessions 2 (Guidance) 2000 Chicago label
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Ari Up (left) of The Slits – punk dub and reggae

Words of Wisdom: