April 20th. 4/20. Smokers in San Rafael code for getting together for a toke. Grew from there to what we know now. The Smoker’s Holiday in 10 down, 40 to go.
Even my Mom sent me a Happy 420 meme
Vaping with my parents last Xmas is one of my fondest memories of the past few years. Especially now that my Dad is deathly ill.
So, every April I start looking for new soundbytes to “rip.” This year I “harvested” about 15 new ones
Dub Side of the Moon:
And how about some Biblical affirmation of the Seven Leaf….
<Revelation 22:2 – Healing of the Nations; 22 sec.>
<Psalm 18:8 – Fire out of his nostrils; 20 sec.>
…from the Holy Land to Egypt and Mesopotamia
As we roll a lickle spliff w/ di papyrus and smoke sensimenia inna Mesopotamia
<Mummy Rock; 11 sec.>
Then back to America for jazz chanteuse Billie Holiday’s Seven Leaf motivation…
<Whenever I get low, I get high…Billie Holiday; 12 sec.>
I wonder if there is anyone out there in terrestrial radio land that did 3 hours of all marijuana music in the middle of a Saturday afternoon. And even if they did, who stitches in 420 soundclips, movie dialog and musical bong rips? (The advantages of being a sound editor by trade.)
I ‘n’ I that’s who! Let’s celebrate some free speech while it is still allowed.
<Sensi…ng a theme?; 13 sec.>
So enjoy the 25th (or so) annual 420 on Smile Jamaica. Until it’s 50 down, none to go….
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 20 – 420 on 4/20 Annotated Playlist: ( 1 min. 55 sec.)
Jah Woosh – Mariguana World Tour; Marijuana World Tour (Original) ’79 UK vinyl: 420 Cannabis Service Show
Sly & the Revolutionaries – Rizla; Black Ash Dub (Trojan) ’80 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK
The Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska
Glen Judah – Mr. Collie Man; 12″ (Atlantean) ’83 Houston
<Collie = Kali; 29 sec.>
Melodians – Irie Feeling; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83
Leroy Smart – Collie Give Me Wisdom; Let Everyman Survive (Jamaican Gold) ’78
Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee; 12″ (Must Dance) ’86 UK Roots Dawta trio
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
Smile Jamaica 2019 Digital Dubplate: 420
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
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
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
KRCL is able to spin Smile Jamaica because of its Non-Profit license. That means 2 shows in the Spring and 2 in the Fall are devoted to listener pledges so I can get 60 months of creative roots and dubbers.
Since my livelihood is a sound editor, it is easy for me to hunker down in my own studio, The Secret Dubratory,
to craft what I call Digital Dubplates so I have weekly content (1 million minutes listened on Mixcloud!) on the Smile Jamaica Podcast.
April is Cannabliss!
Rita Marley – One Draw 12” Mix; Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy) ‘81
Fun Boy Three – Farmyard Connection; Waiting (Chrysalis) ’81 – two farmers named Peter and Bob
Kid Loco – Here Comes the Munchies; Kill Your Darlings (Division One) 2001 mutant dub
Search Boys – Searchin’; Up in Smoke Soundtrack (Warner Bros.) ’78 Cheech & Chong on old Coasters R& B
Smile Jamaica’s Lessons in Deejaying: Why They Call it the “One Drop”
Radio Studio setup 8 Tracks: 3 CDs, 2 Turntables, 1 Microphone, 1 Computer. Any sound on a “hot” track goes over the airwaves.
1 CD for my Dub Album of the Week
If a deejay wants to sample a portion of a song without that song going onto the airwaves, he puts the Track into “cue” mode
The cue speaker is on a different, internal sound channel within the mixing board. Separate from the Tracks that go over the airwaves. The deejay hears those “live” Tracks over the studio’s monitor speakers.
Had to turn the cue volume up to 11 to hear where to drop the needle on the vinyl, back-cue (reverse direction) on the Turntable till dead silence. This is where the next song starts on beat 1 – hot on the air. The One Drop!
Here’s the nitty gritty on Smile Jamaica’s Year-End Vinyl Blowout! (Jah-cember 27, 2014; 1 min. 55 sec.)
Rarities/Vinyl Only classics out of the Ark-Ives
Seven Leaf, 4 down, 46 to go.
<Smile Jah-pocrypha: Skilers want to be in their cars, heading home in time to hear the Smile Jamaica 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement>