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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 16, 2019: Your Perception is Not My Reality!

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I was fighting glaucoma with my bredrins Mike and Aqua Boy. I was laying out my Presidential strategy for taking down The Cheetolini in 2020:

Tulsi-Bernie

America’s only hope in 2020

With the JFK coup anniversary looming: Was it Bin Laden on the Grassy Knoll? Discuss!

But then the discussion took a turn. When baseball season is over, I ‘n’ I turn to a new time suck: Ancient Aliens on the History Channel.

I was talking about the documentary’s 2 hour tribute to Erich von Daniken, the Father of Ancient Astronaut Theory. His book, Chariots of the Gods, lit the fuse for a whole generation seeking a connection between ancient astronauts mis-labelled as Sky Gods by mankind.

I took to the alternative cosmology of Ancient Astronaut Theory late in life. But I should have been into it for 40 years….

I grew up in a small farming community in North Central Montana called Fort Benton. Beautiful little river city. We had a theater and a drive in. It was a short bike ride from my house to go see a movie to get out of the sun.

Fort Benton, Montana – the Birthplace of Montana and cattle multilations

It was sometime, summer 1975. I was ten years old. The movie was Young Frankenstein: Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman and Teri Garr. But, in the lobby was something that really intrigued me: a whole display of cut outs, movie stills and placards describing Chariots of the Gods. The movie.

One of the stills described a picture in Ancient Assyria; my mother’s homeland in the Fertile Crescent. I was totally enthralled and could not wait to see it in two weeks!

Coming soon to a farm implement dealership

The following week, the movie theater went out of business and became a farm implement manufacturing business. Cursed!

****

Wheel it forward to last weekend. I was regaling my mates, between bongrips and bourbon, of the story von Daniken described from the Bible: Ezekiel and the crystal ship. A wheel within a wheel.

Ezekiel 1:14-28. Ancient Astronaut Theory

 14And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

15 Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces.

16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

17 When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went.

18 As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.

19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.

20 Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

22 And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above.

23 And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies.

24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings.

25 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings.

26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.

27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.

28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

That, my friends, is the description of nothing other than a space ship which travels by gyration, the wheel within a wheel!

What the Prophet Ezekiel saw in the Old Testament

<Ezekiel’s crystal ship>

My bredrin Aquaboy, who reads dinosaur media like the New York Times and The Nation magazine, was not having it. He was giving me the red eyed hairy eyeball.

The hairy eyeball

So I’n’ I zone in on the kill shot: The Ancient Aliens episode devoted to Chariots of the Gods’ legacy talked about one of the original NASA scientists who thought von Daniken was a crank and set out to use physics to debunk the wheel within a wheel.

His name was Sidney Blumrich…

I ‘n’ I, who does not read the New York Times nor the Nation, never got to finish…Aquaboy was full on scoffing. I ‘n’ I held up my hand and calmly said,

“Your perception is not my reality.”

They’re here. They’ve always been here. And they’re coming! Scoffing won’t save you!

bless, Bobbylon

Bobbylon’s Top Ten Biblical Alien Encounters

  1. Moses and the burning bush – spaceship
  2. Ezekeiel and the Crystal Ship: the wheel within a wheel aka a gyroscopic spaceship
  3. Stairway to Heaven – walkway to a spaceship
  4. Enoch – Noah’s grandfather who walked with God and then was not
  5. Lot’s wife – turned into a pillar of smoke, not salt after Armageddon was destroyed in a nuclear attack
  6. The New Jerusalem – Borg cube massive space ship
  7. The Nephilim – Biblical giants describing the Anunnaki who created mankind and mated with their women
  8. Noah’s Flood (1) – Utnapishtim in a tessaract spaceship to wait for the flood waters to recede (Sumerian origin story)
  9. Noah’s Flood (2) – Ziusudra in a submarine to wait for the flood waters to recede (Sumerian origin story)
  10. Jacob’s Ladder – spaceship walkway (see #3)

How about some examples from Islam and Hinduism:

  • Magic/flying carpets
  • The Prophet Muhammad’s midnight journey to Heaven on the back of a winged horse Al-Buraq. Buraq means “lightning” in Arabic (one man space capsule)
  • Descriptions of flaming minarets in the sky (missiles)
  • Hindu Vimana’s: space chariots fighting battles
  • Shiva’s Trident – missile
Al-Buraq “lightning”. Took the Prophet Muhammad to heaven from earth….spaceship!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 16, 2019 Annotated Playlist: 73 sec.

Set 1:

  • Mikey Dread – Voice of Jah; Dread at the Controls (Trojan) ’79 UK vinyl
  • Aggrovators – Dread Locks in Jamaica (Attack) ’76 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Chachi feat. Sister Carol – Natty Dread;  (Kariang) ’99 Ethiopian dawta cover Bob Marley
  • Sister Carol – Natty Live Up; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96 Bob Marley’s Natty Dread
  • Jah Thomas – Tribute to the Reggae King; In Disco Style – Entertainment (Midnight Rock) ’81 Bob Marley tribute
  • Sublime – Legalize It; Hempilation (Capricorn) ’96 Peter Tosh cover; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Junior Murvin – Bad Weed; 12” (Upsetters) ’78 UK – Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n; herbtune over Police & Thieves

Set 2:

  • Zema – Joy in the Morning; Black Sleep (Melchizedek) 2003 Culver City, CA dawta
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Sonny’s Lettah; a capella live (LKJ)

<UK sus laws against “vagrancy”; 28 sec.>

  • The Eagles – Country Living; Reggae Classics (DCC) ‘73
  • Tapper Zukie – Black Man 12”; I Can Hear the Children Singing (Blood & Fire) ’78 dj to Prince Alla
  • Barry Brown – Release the Chains; 10” (Rockers) ’80 UK; Augustus Pablo prod’n

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years

  • Martha Velez – Get Up Stand Up; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76; Wailers cover
  • Mighty Diamonds – Gnashing of Teeth; I Need a Roof (Hitbound) ‘76
  • Junior Delgado – Armed Robbery; Brothers (DEB) ‘77
  • Ranking Dillinger – African Worldwide; None Stop Disco Style (Abraham) ’77 dj to Johnny Clarke’s “African Roots

Set 4:

  • Winston “King” Cole – Black Magic Woman; Impact! (Soul Jazz) 70’s Fleetwood Mac/Santana cover
  • Hopeton Lewis – Dreadlocks Lewis; 7” (Thorough Bred) ’75 herbtune
  • Black Harmony – Reasons; 12” (Cool Rockers) ’81 UK female lovers rock
  • King Tubby Meets the African Brothers – Original Dub; In Dub (Nature Sounds) ’75 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital 

  • Michael Rose – Born Free; Trojan Story (Trojan) 3 LP UK box set
  • Tony Brown Band – Iration Song; Prisoners in Paradise (Mountain Railroad) ’81 Madison, WI
  • Matumbi – Man in Me; Best of (Trojan) ’75 UK: Bob Dylan cover
  • Kofi – Reggae Starship; Black…With Sugar (Ariwa) ‘89 UK roots dawta UFOria

Set 6: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • Aisha – Give a Little Love; 7” (Rockers International) 7” Jamaican Jukebox Set
  • Richard Ace – Supernatural Thing; 7” (Clocktower) 70’s Ben E. King cover
  • Madoo – Jamming So; 7” (Crazy Joe) ‘79
  • The Lions – Roll It ‘Round’ 7” (Lions Bread) 2010 LA roots group*
  • Sly & the Revolutionaires – Cocaine; Bill Laswell: Dub Massive Chapter One (Trojan) 2005 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers feat. Bunny Wailer – Dreamland; Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates (Studio One) ’66 JA vinyl

<Dreamland – Bunny Wailer’s vision of heaven; 1 min. 23 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Natural Mystic; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95: 50 Bob songs for Bob’s 50th birthday
  • Peter Tosh – Get Up Stand Up; Wanted (bootleg) Sept. 29, 1981 at the Ritz, NYC
  • Ziggy Marley – Live on Mars; Fly Rasta (Tuff Gong) 2013 UFOria
Bunny’s vision of heaven

Set 8: UFOria

  • Tena Stelin – Flying Saucers; 7” (Mascot) ’99 UFO-ria
  • Unity – Stargazing; Heat Your Body Up (Virgin) ’83 UK
  • Thievery Corporation  feat. Sleepy Wonder – Stargazing; Culture of Fear (ESL) 2011
  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Akua Naru – Last Night; Into Bass and Time (ESL) 2010 w/ female vox alien love song
  • Rockers Hi-Fi – Dick From Outerspace; Rockers to Rockers (Gee Street) ’95 UK
  • Spiritual Rez – Let’s Go Out With a Bang; Apocalypse Whenever (Spiritual Rez) 2014

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 2, 2019 – 89th Anniv. of Haile Selassie I’s Coronation!

From Ras Tafari Makonnen to Haile Selassie I – Power of the Trinity; Nov. 2, 1930

Greetings,

In 1920, Jamaican pan-African Nationalist Marcus Garvey issued a prophecy:

Look to Africa, when a black king shall be crowned, for the day of deliverance is at hand”. That was the signal to take the Black Star Liner* out of Babylon (the West, Jamaica) to return to Africa.

*(The White Starliner was the passenger ship company of Titanic notoriety.)

To dispossessed black Jamaicans living in the slums of Kingston, the alienation from a white God/Jesus and a longing to return to the glory of the Mother Continent was a catalyst moment in the development of what became Roots Reggae.

Slavery, poverty and the stigma of human bondage weighed heavy on the frustrated masses left behind after 19th century emancipation.

Four hundred years,
and it’s the same, the same philosophy
I’ve said it’s four hundred years – look, how long
And, the people, they still can’t see – Peter Tosh

Nov.  2, 1930 Garvey’s prophesy came to pass.

Ras Tafari Makonnen was a reforming governor serving the first African Empress, Zewditu.  The East African nation of Ethiopia was trying to break free of the crushing poverty of a feudal society where dirt poor tenant farmers served a small, exploitative rentier class.

How to usher the nation, free from European colonial rule, into the modern era of science, medicine, education, trade.

Ethiopian Empress Zewditu: ruled 1916-1930

Empress Zewditu had no surviving children. Ras Tafari* had a strong pedigree as a potential successor:

*Ras is the equivalent of Prince or Duke; Tafari is an honorific  – “one who is respected”. To Rastas, those who worship Selassie as the living God, Ras Tafari means “Head Creator.”

  • Descended from the Solomonic lineage of Makeda – the Queen of Sheba who married the Israelite King Solomon
  • His maternal grandfather was the grandson of a previous Ethiopian King
  • Ras Tafari‘s father was a general in the Ethiopian army who helped defeat the Italian invaders in 1896
The Battle of Adowa – stopped the Italians from adding Ethiopia as a colony, 1896

Royal reactionaries tried to stop Ras Tafari from competing with Zewditu. She had proclaimed him King (Negus) but Ras Tafari declined the offer to leave the capital of Addis Ababa for one of the outer provinces, which was tradition for the heir apparent.

Only one person can sit upon the throne

The Royal Throne of Ethiopia

Near the end of the Empress’s life, she tried to have him deposed as regent – successor. These coup attempts to stop him failed.

Zewditu’s husband raised an army against Ras Tafari but he was killed fighting provincial troops loyal to the Negus/Ras . In early 1930 the Empress died from the “shock” of her husband’s defeat. (But many think she was poisoned.)

Ras Tafari proved the victor and consolidated his power. He went from King (Negus) to Emperor (Negusa Negast – King of Kings.)

Ras Tafari Makonnen became forever known as Haile Selassie I, first of his name – in Game of Thrones parlance.  Power of the Trinity

The Imperial standard of Haile Selassie I

Nov. 2, 1930 a royal coronation ceremony was held in Addis Ababa. It was a grand affair with many European, Middle Eastern and Asian dignitaries in attendance. I ‘n’ I have included the news reel footage below the text.

Jamaicans saw this five minute film clip played before the feature at the local Kingston movie theaters. Garvey’s prophecy writ large.

That event eventually sparked the rise of Rastafari worship in Jamaica expressed through the “gospel” music of the Wailers, Burning Spear, Culture and hundreds of others.

<Selassie’s coronation that rules the nation! 1 min. 22 sec.>

I ‘n’ I consider myself a Rastafari empathizer. Platonic love songs to a man who started out with noble ideas and eventually came to an ignoble demise: deposed by Communist revolutionaries in 1974.

Shortly thereafter, the captive Negusa Negast, was strangled in his bed and buried beneath the latrines in the Royal Palace.

In an ironic and tragic twist of events, the reforming governor Ras Tafari Makonnen was let down by his corrupt provincial governors as Emperor Selassie I.

The governors in the provinces reported that there were record harvests when in fact there was a horrible famine killing tens of thousands.

The definitive biography of Selassie’s downfall

But in the immortal words of Bob Marley – Jah Live:

Fools say in their hearts
Rasta, your god is dead
But I and I know, Jah Jah
Dread it shall be dreaded and dread

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 2, 2019 Annotated Playlist: 50 sec.

Set 1:

  • African Princess – Jah Children Cry; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’85 UK vinyl
  • Dillinger – Daylight Saving Time; Listen Up! Deejay Style (Kingston Sounds)
  • Bim Sherman – Nightmare; Crucial Cuts vol. 1 (Century) ‘86
  • Itals – Jah Glory; Calling Rastafari (Nighthawk) ‘82
  • Cynthia Richards – Aily I; Reggae Classics (DCC) ’73 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Full Experience w/ Prince Jazzbo – Disco Devil; 12” (Upsetter) ’77 UK
  • Augustus Pablo – Thriller; Thriller (Echo) ’80 UK dub vinyl album of the hour

Set 2:

  • Cymande – Rastafarian Folk Song; Cymande (Sequel) ’74 UK expat group: soul, jazz, reggae
  • Hortense Ellis – Unexpected Places; Music Works vol. 2: Lovers Dancehall (Red Arrow) ‘76
  • Junior Ross & the Spears – Judgement Time; I Can Hear the Children Singing (Blood and Fire) ‘76
  • Lone Ranger – Barnabas Collins; 12” (GG’s Hit) ’78 JA; soap opera vampire

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years

  • Prince Buster – Ghost Dance; FABulous Greatest Hits (Melodisc) ’72
  • The Ethiopians – Obeah Book; Slave Call (Heartbeat) ’75 obeah = Jamaican black magic
  • Aisha – Evil Forces; High Priestess (Ariwa) ‘88
  • Lucky Dube – Dracula; Prisoner (Shanachie) ‘90

<Lucky Dube’s Dracula in SLC and South Africa; 66 sec.>

  • Aba Shanti – Joseph; Wrath of Jah: Verse 1 (Falasha) ’96 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Yellowman – Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt; Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt (Shanachie) ‘84 Request
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Emiliana Torrianni – Until the Morning; Babylon Rewound (ESL) 2004 DC dubbers rmx EP
  • Mystic Bowie & the Pallbearers – Voodooman; Rebirth (Zimbra) 2001 Connecticut
  • The Gladiators – Evil Doers; 12” (Virgin) ’81 UK

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Kwame – Hellhound; Follow I (Polydor) ’83 US
  • Bushman – Back Weh Vampire; 10” EP (Stingray) 2010 UK
  • Inner Circle – Duppy or Gunman; Rock the Boat (Trojan) ’74 UK
  • Icarus – Land of the Tarot; State of Mind (Russian Roulette) ’83 UK
  • Nigger Kojak & Liza – Two Bad Duppy; Showcase (Nigger Kojak) ’80 UK

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – I Want Somewhere; Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates (Studio One) ’66 JA vinyl

<I Want Somewhere song biography; 1 min. 15 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Rastafari Is; Wanted (bootleg) Sept. 29, 1981 Live at the Ritz, NYC
  • Bunny Wailer – Guiltiness; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob covers for 50th Birthday
  • Jonah Dan Meets Bush Chemists – Dangerous Dub; Dubs From Zion Valley  (Conscious Sounds) ’94  Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • The Hooters – All You Zombies; Nervous Night (Columbia)  ’85 Rockers do Reggae
  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Big Youth – Graveyard Rock; Escape Artist (Epic) ‘81
  • The Scorpions – Is There Anybody There; Lovedrive (Mercury) ‘79
The Scorpions on Smile Jamaica? WTF?

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Noiseshaper – Daemons; Rough Out There (Collision) 2005 Jah-stria
  • The Gorillaz – Dracula; The Gorillaz (Virgin) 2000
  • Dubblestandart feat. Gudrun & Lee “Scratch” Perry – Chase the Devil; Return From Planet Dub (Collision) 2009 Max Romeo cover w/ female vox
  • Omar Perry – The Ghostmakers; Can’t Stop Us (Makasound) 2009
  • Funky Porcini – Flesh Eater Boulevard; Zombie (Crippled Dick Hot Wax!) 2000 Germany
  • Kode9 & the Spaceape – Ghost Town; 5 Years of Hyperdub (Hyperdub) 2009 dubstep Specials cover

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 26, 2019: Bone Yard Skank!

Greetings Ghouls ‘n Gals,

I live in Sugarhouse; on a narrow street that only has one street lamp. I rarely get any Trick or Treaters and my Doc says high fructose is not Ital. And I have a physical coming up in 3 weeks.

The last thing I need is a bunch of left over candy. On Halloween night, my doorbell camera picked up two sets of kids at my door. They were adorable. And I felt guilty. It was a record cold night.

Next year I’m gonna put a little dish near my front door and let the tykes grab whatever they want.

Just don’t do this!

Urban Legend: Stoners giving edibles out for Halloween

So enjoy this 3 hours of All killer….literally Jah-loween tunes: From driving around Kingston in a coffin to  “roll a lickle spliff wif di papyrus”. Horror bytes, movie trailers and the monster menagerie!

From your Undead station that rules the nation!

curse, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 26, 2019: Halloween Showcase; 2 min. 14 sec.

Set 1:

  • Ini Kamoze – Hole in the Pumpkin; Shocking Out (RAS) ’87
  • Scientist – Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (Greensleeves) ’81 dub
  • Bim Sherman – Haunting Ground; Crucial Cuts vol. 1 (Century) ’86
  • Sky High & the Mau Mau – Cemetary Robbery; (Origination) ’94
  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 cover of Bobby “Boris” Pickett
  • Barrington Levy – Murderer (Vampire); 12″ (Jah LIfe) ’84

Set 2:

  • Yellowman – Me Kill Barnie; Them a Mad Over Me (Hitbound) ’82 Barnabas Collins: soap opera vampire

<Please Sir, may I have a cup of blood? 41 sec.>

  • Black Uhuru – Vampire; Sinsemilla (Mango) ’80
  • Laurel Aitken – Witchdoctor From Amsterdam; Eskapade en France (Blue Moon) ’77
  • The Specials – Ghost Town; 12″ (2 Tone) ’81 UK 2 Tone ska; picture sleeve
Soap Opera vampire Barnabas Collins

Set 3:

  • Capleton feat. Big Youth – Mark of  the Beast; I Testament (Def Jam) ’97
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Blood Suckers; Belly of De Beast (Ariwa) ’96 UK dub poet
  • Carl McDonald – Satan Soldiers on the Run; 12″ (Makdon) ’87 US

Set 4:

  • Pablo Gad – Sad Mistake; Hard Times (Melodi) ’80 vampire tune
  • Max Romeo & Lee “Scratch” Perry – Horrorzone + Dub; Horrorzone (Nu Roots) 2016

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Massive Dread – Vamps on the Corner; This Is Massive (UFO) ’80 JA

<In Jamaica vampires = informers; 35 sec.>

  • Prince Alla – Evil Forces; In I Father’s House (Calabash) ’84 Miami
  • Sinead O’Connor – Vampire; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 UK: Devon Irons cover
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Two Bad D.J.; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’81 UK – duppies/Jamaican ghosts
  • Scientist – The Mummy’s Shroud; Scientist Rids the Curse of the Vampires (Greensleeves) ’81

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Mr. Brown; Rasta Revolution (Trojan) rides around in a coffin:

<Mr. Brown; 48 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76
  • Peter Tosh – Dracula; Equal Rights (Deluxe Edition) (Columbia) ’76
  • Peter Tosh – Dracular; 7″ (Shock) ’76 dubwize

Set 7:

  • David Lindley – Werewolves of London; Very Greasy (Elektra) ’88 rocker cover Warren Zevon
  • Dean Stone – Vampire Rock; 12″ (GG’s Hit) ’79 UK
  • Scientist – Blood on His Lips; Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (Greensleeves) ’81

Set 8:

  • Future Pigeon – Mummy Rock; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 LA: Mutant Dub Jah-loween
  • Tayo Meets the Acid Rockers feat. Pupa Jim – Vampayas; 12″ (Scrub a Dub) 2010 UK
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Femi Kuti – Vampires; It Takes a Thief (ESL) 2010 best of
  • Allan Pillay – Demonic Forces; Wild Paarty Sounds (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81
  • Natacha Atlas – I Put a Spell on You; Best of (Mantra) 2005 Arabic singer covers Screaming Jay Hawkins

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Halloween Voodoo Boogaloo!

Greetings,

Much love to any and all who might have made a donation to your station that rules the nation on KRCL’s Fall Radiothon.

Enjoy this infamous Digital Dubplate of my favorite Reggae & Dub Jah-loween tunes “stitched” in between with Horror Movie trailers.

It’s boo-tiful!

curse, Bobbylon

 

0-30 min.

  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 Boris Pickett cover
  • Future Pigeon – Mummy Rock; Echodelic Sound of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 LA
  • David Lindley & El Rayo-X – Werewolves of London; Very Greasy (Elektra) ’88 Warren Zevon cover
  • The Vulcans – Blackula; Black Magic Reggae (Trojan)
  • Soho – Zombies Walk The Cardboard City; Goddess (Atco) ’90 UK dubbers w/ female vox
  • Lucky Dube – Dracula; Prisoner (Shanachie) ’90
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Mr. Brown; Rasta Revolution (Trojan) ’71 rides around in a coffin 
…rides around in a coffin!

30-60 min.

  • Junior Murvin – Lucifer; Police & Thieves (Mango) ’77
  • Peter Tosh – Vampire; No Nuclear War (EMI America) ’87
  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Big Youth – Graveyard Rock; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ’86
  • Devon Irons & Dr. Alimantado – Vampire; Open the Gate (Trojan) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark

60-90 min.

  • Sinead O’Connor – Vampire; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 Devon Irons cover
  • UB40 – Madame Medusa; Signing Off (Sound) ’80
  • Bim Sherman – Nightmare; Crucial Cuts vol. 1 (Century) ’90
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Blood Suckers; Belly of De Beast (Ariwa) ’96 UK dub poet 

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Toasters – Frankenska; Thrill Me Up (Skaloid) ’88 American ska
  • Little Roy – Frankenstine; Longtime (ON U Sound) ’96
  • Ijahman Levi – Devil Disciple; Forward Rastaman (Jahmani) ’87
  • Leo Graham – Voodooism; Voodooism (Pressure Sounds) 70’s Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark
  • Easy Star All-Stars – Thrillah; Thrillah (Easy Star) Michael Jackson cover

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76
  • Dennis Brown – Black Magic Woman; Raw Roots (Phil Pratt) ’72 Fleetwood Mac cover
  • Dillinger – I Thirst; Cocaine (Charley) ’83 Barnabas Collins soap opera vampire
  • Milton Henry – Them a Devil; Who I You Think I Am (Wackies) ’85
  • Niney the Observer – The Ghost & the Duppy; Freaks (Heartbeat) ’92 Duppy is Jamaican ghost 

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Laurel Aitken – Witch Doctor From Amsterdam; Eskapade En France (Blue Moon) ’77 Fr. EP
  • Desmond Dekker – Dracula; Writing on the Wall (Trojan) ’64
  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88
  • Black Survivors – Catch a Vampire; Nations of the World (Black Survivors) ’94
  • Dubchek – Duppy Train; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001 dubber

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tumnal Roots Digital Dubplate!

Greetings,

As we take a pause to raise money for the support that community radio provides for prime time, Saturday afternoon, Reggae programming, enjoy this Digital Dubplate.

Recent additions from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives to the ITunes Library. Converting analog to digital for the social media/podcasting massive.

And it starts with a perfect theme song for I ‘n’ I: Music is My Desire!

bless, Bobbylon

  • Pablo Moses – Music Is My Desire; A Song (Mango) ’76      
  • Derrick Morgan – Black Superman (Muhammad Ali); Sucker Punch (Trojan) ’75 Johnny Wareika cover
  • The Selecter – My Collie Not a Dog; Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) ’80 UK ska w/ female vox
  • African Head Charge – Wicked Kingdom; Sankofa (Bonjo I) ’97 Mutant Dub recorded in Ghana
  • Bad Brains – Jah Love; Into the Future (ROIR) 2012 DC punk/reggae
  • Dillinger – Flour Dumplin; D.J. Originators (Rocky One) 70’s
  • Prince Buster & The Folkes Brothers – Oh Carolina; Original Golden Oldies vol. 2 (Melodisc) ’69
  • Lloyd Charmers & the Hippy Boys – African Zulu; Psychedelic Reggae (Trybute) ’70

30-60 min.

  • General Public – Tenderness; All the Rage (I.R.S.) ’84 post 2 Tone UK ska group
  • Ronnie Davis & Idren – Rough Cut; Come Straight (NIghthawk) ’96
  • Bedouin Soundclash – Midnight Rockers; Street Gospels (Side One Dummy) 2007 US
  • Clancy Eccles – Fatty Fatty (X-Rated Version); Feel the Rhythm (Jamaican Gold) ’70
  • St. Germain – Pink Panther Theme; Norman Jay MBE – Skank & Boogie (Sunday Best) 2015
  • Rita Marley – So Much Things to Say; Tribute to Bob Marley (Disky) ’87
  • Judah Tafari Eskender – Always Trying (Extended Mix); #1 Sound From the Vaults (Studio One)
  • Norm – Waiting in Vain; Everybody Loves Bob Marley (Neos) 2006 Bob Marley cover

60-90 min.

  • Asa – Be My Man; Perfect Imperfection (Naive) 2010 Fr. – female Nigerian singer
  • Asherman Meets Dub Street Rockers – Jah Seed + Seed Grow; Zion Ready (Jump Up) 2006 Chicago
  • Dennis Brown & Big Youth – Equal Rights; 12″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’78 FL.
  • Culture & I Roy – I’m Not Ashamed (12″ mix); Two Sevens Clash – 30th Anniversary Edition (Shanachie) ’77
  • Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths – I’m Ready; Sweet Memories (Nectar) ’70

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Dub Syndicate – Not a Word; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98
  • Brooklyn Funk Essentials feat. Everton Sylvester – I Got Cash; Make Them Like It (Shanachie) 2000
  • The Frightnrs – Do Unto Others; Nothing More to Say (Daptone) 2016 modern rock steady
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Time Bums; Married to the Mob Soundtrack (Reprise) ’88
  • Burning Spear – Post Man; Langerado Music Festival (Burning Spear) 3/11-12, 2006 Sunrise, FL
  • Dub Pistols feat. Sir Real & Dan Bowskill – Bad Card; Worshipping the Dollar (Sunday Best) 2012 UK dubbers

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Creation Rebel – Independent Man Pt. 1 & 2; Lows & Highs (Cherry Red/O U Sound) ’82 UK dubbers
  • Cymande – Pon de Dungle; Best of (Sequel) ’74 UK roots/jazz/soul group
  • General Echo – It’s My Desire to Set Your Crutches on Fire; 12″ Inches of Pleasure (Greensleeves)  ’80 rude
  • Dennis Bovell – Pickin’ Up the  Pieces; All Over the World (Frontline) 2006 to Dylan’s “Man in Me”
  • Prince Far I – Psalm 2; Psalms For I (Carib Gems) ’76

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Roots Gwaan – War; Exalt H.I.M. (Conscious Riddims) Bob Marley cover incl. Selassie’s UN speech (2 and 1/2 hours)
  • Sister Carol – Man to Man; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96 Marley’s Who the Cap Fit
  • Chachi – Natty Dread; Hoya Hoye (Kariang) ’99 Ethiopian dawta covers Bob Marley
  • Bill Laswell & Sacred System – Babylon Ghost; Sacred System Chapter One: Book of Entrance (ROIR) ’96 Mutant Dub
  • Dubblestandart feat. Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting (Hongkong Harbor Dub); Streets of Dub (Echo Beach) 2004 Jah-strian dubbers
  • Sugar Minott – Happy Together; Happy Together (Heartbeat) ’91 Turtles cover
  • Hortense Ellis – Loving Arms; Queen of Reggae Music (JA) ’77
  • Niney – Blood and Fire; Freaks (Heartbeat) ’92 update

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

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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 Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 31, 2019: Ganjarado Cratedig Rinse Out!

Twist & Shout. Terrific Denver record shop

<Cratedigging in Denver; 79 sec.>

Greetings,

To “rinse out” is a deejay term commonly used to showcase a fresh stash of vinyl on your sound system or deejay gig.

I ‘n’ I use it on this edition of Smile Jamaica as a way to juggle the Reggae vinyl I recently purchased while on vacation in Denver.

Bobbylon’s Guide to Cratedigging

  1. Plan your record (and book and dispensary) shopping before you leave the house. I tend to go neighborhood by neighborhood to minimize transit time. Yelp, Yellowpages online, Google.
  2. Upload my discographies to Google Drive or Dropbox so I know what I have and don’t buy duplicates
  3. Print out my wishlist of items I’m looking for
  4. Load up on coffee and green smoke for the excursion. Cratedigging on the Seven Leaf is one of life’s great pleasures
  5. Comb through the racks: I start with Rock and Blues. Spend time on Soul and Jazz. Mutant Dub gets the second most time “digging”: Techno, electronic, lounge. Then Reggae CDs (many of them I already have.)
  6. Spend the bulk of time in the Reggae Vinyl section.
  7. Mention I’m a Radio Deejay and try and score 10% off
  8. Take my trusty Burning Spear record bag to keep everything together
  9. Never leave vinyl in the car during warm months.
  10. Always put your stash in the trunk to deter break ins
  11. At the end of the day sift and sort my haul

And that is how you Cratedig!

*****

So I bought about $200 work of Reggae vinyl and let it simmer for the week. So I could hear it fresh from the needle to the monitor speakers on Smile Jamaica. 

First time audio experience for I ‘n’ I as well as the masses. Tune in and hear the fruits of my labor!

bless, Bobbylon

Wax Trax records. Parking is a bitch but worth the wait

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-gust 31, 2019: All Vinyl

Set 1:

  • Black Uhuru – What Is Life; Anthem (Island) ’83 JA vinyl (no overdub mix): 3 Hour Vinyl Show
  • Blackbeard – Electrocharge; I Wah Dub (More Cut) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour
  • The In Crowd – Born in Ethiopia; His Majesty Is Coming (Creole) ’78 Fr.
  • Judy Mowatt – Mr. Big Man; Mellow Mood (Ashandan) ’75 JA
  • Johnny Organ – Bewitched; Come Back Darling (Techniques) ’70 JA
  • Sugar Minott – Ease Up Mr. Customs Man; Time Longer Than Rope (Greensleeves) ’85 UK
  • Idren Natural & Seventh Sense – Sip a Cup; 12″ (Jah Works) 2007 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Jamaican mix of the album that made me a stone cold Reggae fanatic

Set 2:

  • Paul Davidson – Midnight Rider; Reggae Chartbusters 76 (Cactus) ’76 UK
  • Yellowman – Honour Your Mother; Jack Sprat (Hit) ’82 JA
  • Barbara Paige – Babylon Must Fall; Hear Me Now (Epiphany) ’82 Santa Cruz, CA
  • The Upsetters feat. The Heptones – Zion Blood; Super Ape (Mango) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Mark Jah Jah  Bryan – Revelation Song (Rohit International) ’83 Barbados Reggae
Cratedig Denver: 2019 addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 3:

  • Dennis Brown – Slave Driver; Joseph’s Coat of Many Colours (Laser) ’79 UK
  • Bomb Shelter – Stampede; Human Rights (Total Sounds) ’89 US
  • Doreen Shaffer – This Love; Pirates Choice (Studio One) ’80 JA
  • Jonathan Arthur – Burnin; 12″ (Emerald Isle) ’89 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Bullwackies All Stars – Recording Connection; Black World (Wackies) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour
Rootsy for 1989. Cratedig: Denver 2019 score!

Set 4:

  • Dillinger – Tallowah; Tribal War (New Cross) ’86 UK
  • Kojak & Liza – Two Bad Duppy; Showcase L.P. (Kojak) ’80 JA
  • Michael Palmer – Mr. Officer; Ghetto Living (Bebo’s Music) ’85 Wheaton, MD
  • Carlton Livingston & U Brown – Mr. Deejay; 12″ (A1) ’81
Cratedig from Ganjarado

Set 5:

  • Kofi – Reggae Starship; Black…With Sugar (Ariwa) ’89 UK female
  • Owen Gray – Turning Point (Version); Dreams of Owen Gray (Trojan) ’79 dub to Tyrone Davis soul cover
  • U Roy – Babylon Burning; Natty Rebel (Virgin Front Line) ‘ UK dj to Turning Point
  • Sylford Walker – Books of the Old Testament; 12″ (Art & Craft) ’79 UK
Ganjarado cratedig

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Let Him Go; Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates (Studio One) ’66 JA – Wailers Family Tree; Bunny/Peter on vox

<Let Him Go; 90 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – No Sympathy (1972 mix); This Is Reggae Music vol. 3 (Mango) ’76 US diff. mix than on Legalize It
  • Bunny Wailer – Crazy Baldhead; Tribute (Solomonic) ’80 Bob Marley covers
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Rainbow Country; 12″ (Daddy Kool) ’77 UK picture sleeve
  • Creation Rebel & New Age Stppers – Chemical Specialist – Threat to Creation (Cherry Red) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Wild Bunch – Mr. President Man; Wild Bunch (Ariwa) ’84 UK w/ female vox
  • The Pioneers – Smokin’; Freedom Feeling (Trojan) ’73 UK
  • Matumbi – Man in Me; Best of (Trojan) ’76 UK Bob Dylan cover

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Alien Dread feat. Martin Campbell & Hi Tech Roots Dynamics – Valley of Decision; Overcharge 10″ (ACL 2000) 2010 UK picture sleeve: Mutant Dub Set
  • The Clash – Armagideon Time/Justice Tonight & Kick It Over; Black Market Clash 10″ (Nu Disk) 2010 UK picture sleeve; Willi Williams cover
  • Mungo’s Hi Fi feat Soom T – Boom Shiva (Scotch Bonnet) 2012 herbtune w/ female vox
  • Dub Syndicate – Green Stick; Echomania (ON U Sound) ’93 UK
  • Dubfront Outernational w/ Vice Grip – Run Come Children + Dub and Run; 10″ (Dubfront) 2000 Germ.
Ganjarado cratedig 2019