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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 10, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist) Roswell 70th Anniversary Preview!

Giorgio Tsoukalos – The Bob Marley of Ancient Aliens, Friday Nights

<Roswell alien autopsy. My brother in law talked to a guy who knew the coroner who provided the coffins for the alien crash victims; 57 sec.>

Dateline: Roswell, New Mexico – July 4, 1947. In a small farming community a UFO crashed. Called a Flying Saucer.

Of course, the military claimed otherwise: It was a weather balloon. Fake News before its time.

My brother in law sells high tech pipe in New Mexico. One a sales call in Roswell he was told:

The coroner was asked by the Military to provide 3 child size coffins. You don’t need coffins for a weather balloon.

Smile Jamaica’s preview to our second annual UFOria 3 hour special coming up : July 8th – the 70th Anniversary of the crash.

Look to the skies and do not scoff!

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Playlist: June 10, 2017: soundbytes, photos, captions and Reggae History Lessons; 62 sec.

62 sec.

Set 1:

  • Barrington Levy & Jah Thomas – Sweet Reggae Music; Hunter Man (Burning Sounds) ’83 UK vinyl
  • King Tubby & Friends – Blackman’s Dub; Dub Album of the Hour
  • Misty in Roots – Peace & Love; Chronicles (Kaz’s) ’94 UK best of
  • Marcia Griffiths – Dreamland; Naturally (Shanachie) ’78 Bunny Wailer cover
  • Black Uhuru – Great Train Robbery; Reggae Dance Party (RAS) ’86 comp. Junior Reid on the vox
  • The Tamlins – Irie Collie; 10” (Irie Ites) 2012 Fr. 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2: Wailers Family Tree

<Exodus Riddim Shower; 43 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – One Love/People Get Ready; Exodus (Tuff Gong) ’77: riddim shower (1): vox
  • I Roy – Commandment V (One Love/People Get Ready); Ten Commandments (Virgin) riddim shower (2): dj ’80 UK vinyl: yellow picture sleeve
  • Chalawa – One Love/People Get Ready Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) riddim shower (3): dub ’77 Can.
  • Bunny Wailer – Don Dadda; Dance Massive (Shanachie) ‘92

<Bunny schools the Young Turks; 29 sec.>

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76: Bob Marley cover; Bob produced, Lee Perry mixed, Wailers on the riddims

<Broadway singer covers Bob without having to sleep with him; 32 sec.>

  • Cultural Roots – Worries Me a Yard; Running Back to Me (Mango) ‘88
  • Jimmy Cliff – Dear Mother; Follow My Mind (Wounded Bird) ’75 Joe Higgs cover
  • Don Carlos – Working Everyday; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ‘84
  • Aston Family Barrett – Cobra Style Dub; Familyman in Dub (Heartbeat) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Collie Buddz – Come Around; Come Around (Sony) 2007 dubstep/dancehall herbtune
  • Devon Russell – We Are Darker Than Blue; Classic Reggae Hits (Time Music) ’91 Curtis Mayfield cover
  • Nicky Thomas – Let It Be; 70’s Hits Reggae Style (Castle) ’70 Beatles cover
  • Dave Barker – Sunshine Rock; Chapter 2 of Words (Trojan) ‘70
  • Super Chick – Me a Champion; 10” (Hitbound) ‘81

Set 5: Roots Dawta vinyl

  • Jennifer Lara – Hand to Mouth; High Times All Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago label
  • Imo & the Soul Syndicate – Past History; Past History (Yah Way) ’86 Mill Valley, CA
  • Rasta Generation Band feat. Miss Mack – Cracking Up; Stand By Jah (Black Spade) ’90 San Francisco
  • Sista Ruby – Making of a Supa Dupa; Woman DJ (Keyman) ’99 UK
  • Aisha – Daughters of Zion; Daughters of Zion (Twinkle) ’93 UK

Set 6:

  • Peter Tosh – Bumba Klaat; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) rare live take

<Bumbaklaat – the Jamaican curse word: 1 min. 42 sec.>

<Peter fights the duppy trying to kill him BUMBAKLAAAT; 32 sec.!>

  • Peter Broggs – Jah Is Mighty; Rejoice (RAS) ’97 Bob Marley cover
  • Dillinger – Marijuana in My Brain; Cocaine (Charly) ’83 herbtune
  • Sister Africka – Wish I Well; 10” (Dub Jockey) ’93 UK
  • Jah Pelikaho – Mystic Cosmic Vibration; 21st Century Dub (ROIR) ’87 dub album of the hour: Jah-ponese dubbers w/ the Wailers

Set 7: UFO-ria set: 1 min.

  • Simaryp – Skinhead Moonstomp; Skinhead Moonstomp (Trojan) ’70 UK ska
  • Pink Floyd – Interstellar Overdub; Relics (Harvest) ’71 best of

<Pink Floyd on Smile Jamaica? WTF?>

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Angel Gabriel & the Space Boots; Lord God Muzick (Heartbeat) ‘91
  • SoKo – I Thought I Was an Alien; I Thought I Was An Alien (Because Music) 2012 Fr. Female singer
Before it was called fake news. This crash was explained away as swamp gas and a weather balloon.

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Laraaji and Audio Active – Space Visitors for Tea – That Lump on Your Head (Gyroscope) ’95: Jah-ponese dubbers
  • Alpha & Omega – The Vibration; King & Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub
  • Dubadelic – Operation Duppy Conqueror 2000 (Special Tactics); 2000 – a Bass Odyssey (WordSound) ’96 illbient
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Mr. Lif – Fight to Survive; Temple of I & I Sound (ESL) 2017 DC

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: 24th Annual 420 Show (4/22/17): Green Smoke, Black Wax!

Tree House of Horror Stylee – FOX runs the Simpson’s Halloween special after Oct. 31st because of their World Series telecasts: 24 sec.

<Say it with me!>

Greetings,

Some time around 91 or 92 a fellow DJ on KRCL used to do a little segment called 4:20 Funk. Station management told him to stop it. When he told me this, I immediately started doing the 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcements.

In 1993 that led to my first 3 hours Cannabis Service Showcase. Station management was none too pleased and I dared them to challenge me. Smile Jamaica is a cash cow at Radiothon so I knew I had some leverage.

Sometime around 2008 I discovered how to rip audio from CDs to import to Audacity and cut marijuana soundbytes like this:

<Watch out for Johnny Law! 16 sec.>

The cops and sheriff deputies in Fort Benton, MT always had the best dope

For the past ten years my harvest (pun intended) has grown to 107 soundbytes on my Itunes SOUNDBYTES_CANNABIS playlist. Plus I have about 2 dozen I didn’t rip that I found this year.

Whenever I listen to something and a bongrip or herb salutation appears, I play it on Smile Jamaica and then put it on the edit pile for 2018; Jah willing.

The ones I especially love are the 60’s and 70’s anti-marijuana Public Service Announcements (thus my Cannabis Service Announcements).

Let it not be said Smile Jamaica did not give equal time to to the prohibitionists!

<Marty was a good boy til his first joint>

So enjoy this exploration in musical free speech and hope for the day when Pres. Tulsi Gabbard legalizes marijuana in the United States and I can shout to the heavens: 50 D0WN, ZERO TO GO!”

Hawaiian Congresswoman submitted a bill to end federal marijuana criminalization.

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: 24th Annual 420 Herbal Extravaganza; 52 sec.

<Smile Jamaica’s 107 420 soundbytes between the songs 29 sec>

<24th Annual 420 Smile Jamaica; 1st all vinyl edition; 19 sec.>

Set 1:

  • Jah Woosh – Marijuana World Tour; Marijuana World Tour (Original) ’79 UK 
  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Marijuana; Black Ash Dub (Trojan) ’80 UK vinyl
  • Lovindeer – Free the Marijuana; De Blinkin’ Bus (TSOJ) ’83 JA

<End poverty in Jamaica; 9 sec.>

  • Chalawa – Jah Collie Weed; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Can.

<Chalawa = sacred chalice; 13 sec.>

  • Brigadier Jerry – Kushumpeng; Jamica Jamaica (RAS) ’85 DC

<Kushumpeng = African bong; 5 sec.>

  • John Holt – Police in Helicopter (Holt) ’83 JA

<Burn the herb fields? We’ll burn your sugar cane, cassava, potato; 12 sec.>

Set 2:

  • Culture – International Herb; International Herb (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK
  • Brown, Eagle & Spear – Draw the Challace; Brown, Eagle & Spear (New Name) ’88 JA
  • Junior Byles – Cally Weed; Rasta No Pickpocket (Nighthawk) ’86 St. Louis
  • Loi – One Draw; 12” (Abraham) female vox covering Rita Marley
  • I-Shensound – Deep in Dub Purple; King Size Dub (Hypoxia) ’95 UK
Don’t be a gerbil, get down with the herbal

Set 3:

  • Carlton Livingston – 100 Weight of Collie Weed; 100 Weight of Collie Weed (Greensleeves) ’84 UK

<Bad idea: driving 55 in a 35 carrying 100 weight; 17 sec.>

  • Desi Roots – Weedfields; Doing it Right (Hawkeye) ’80 UK

<Jamaica’s Operation Eradication; 33 sec.>

  • Inner Circle – Tired fe Lick Weed inna Bush; Reggae Thing (Capitol) ’76 US

<City weed betta than bush weed; 8 sec.>

  • Johnny Clarke – No Lick No Cup; 10” (Jamaican Recordings)

Set 4: Jamaican Jukebox of 45’s

  • Stranger Cole & Gladdy – One Toke Over the Line; 7” (Gay Feet) Brewer & Shipley cover

<One toke over the line, sweet Negus>

  • Hopeton Lewis – Dreadlocks Chalice; 7” (Thorough Bred) ‘75
  • Al Campbell – Pass the Chalice; 7” (God Bless Muzik)
  • Ronnie Davis – Kaya; 7” (Attack) ’78 Bob Marley cover

Set 5:

  • Meditations – Woman Piabba; Message From the Meditations (United Artists) ’78 US
  • Lone Ranger – Legalise the National Herb; Hi Yo Silver, Away! (Greensleeves) ’82 UK
  • Jah Lloyd – Dispencer; Black Moses  (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK
  • Tamlins – Better Collie; 10” (Irie Ites) 2012 Fr.

Set 6:

  • The Toyes – Smoke Two Joints; 12” (Neurotic) ’95 US
  • Peter Broggs – Interntional Farmer; Rise and Shine (RAS) ’85 DC
  • Teddy Brown – Get Stoned; 12” (Eruption)
  • Bush Chemists – Light Up Your Spliff; Light Up Your Spliff (Conscious Sounds) ’96 UK

<Healing of the Nation; 35 sec.>

Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45’s

  • Black Uhuru vs. Black Sabbath – Guess Who’s Coming for Sweetleaf; 7” (blank) 
  • Hughie Izachaar – Ganja Smuggling; 7” (Reggae on Top) ’99 UK
  • Collie Buddz – Herb Tree; 7” (Massive B) 2009 US
  • Ranking Joe – Ganja Pipe; 7” (Education) 2005 Fr.
  • Chariot Riders – Sensimilla Dub; Sensimilla Dub (Crystal)  ’80 JA
Where else you gwan hear Black Sabbath on a Reggae show but on Smile Jamaica!

Set 8: Mutant Dub Space Dust 420

  • Alpha Steppa Meets Alpha & Omega – Highest Grade; 7” EP (Steppa) 2012 South Korea: 420 Space Dust
  • Fred Locks – Collie Herb; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2003 UK
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It (Secret Circuits Echodelic Shockdown Mix);  2012 10” picture sleeve EP
  • Weeding feat. Humble-I – Sound of Reality; 10” (Control Tower) 2009 Fr.
Keep safe, keep blazing!

 

Words of Weeds-dom

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: Digital Dubplate Cannabliss Preview!

 

Greetings,

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!

bless, robt

0-30 min.

  • 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
  • Soom T- Ganja Megamix (Smile Jamaica dubplate); Glasgow female weed stepper
  • Carlton Livingston – Trodding Through the Jungle; Retrospect (Grapevine)  ’81 – with chalice in hand!
…with chalice in hand!

30-60 min.

  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • Sister Carol – Herbal Affair; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ‘96
  • Peter Tosh – Buk-in-Hamm Palace; Mystic Man (EMI America)  ’79 smoking w/ the Quee
  • UB40 – Mi Spliff; Bagariddim (Virgin) ‘85
  • Melodians – Irie Feeling; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83

60-90 min.

  • Peter Broggs – International Farmer; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82
  • Peter Broggs – International Farmer; Rejoice (RAS) ‘97
  • Queen Omega – Ganja Baby; Weed a Bun vol. 1 (Charm) 2005
  • Ben Harper – Burn One Down;  Voodoo Child (bootleg)  Bonn, Germ.; 4/12/98
  • Stranger Cole & Gladdy – One Toke Over the Line; 70’s Hits Reggae Style (Sanctuary) Brewer & Shipley cover
  • Prince Far I – Lambs Bread Collie; Ten Commandments (Rhino UK)
  • Max Romeo – Smokey Room – War in a Babylon (Mango) 

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Bob Marley – Marleyjuana Mixup; Smile Jamaica dubplate
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja 12” mix; Headline News (Deluxe Edition) ’79 UK youth group
  • Yellowman – Couchie; One in a Million (Shanachie) ‘84
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Me Yah (Funfundvierzig)  ’91 Germ.
  • Pato Baton – Legalize It (Acapella); Live at the Maritime San Francisco (2B1) Tosh cover 

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Sammy Dread – Plant Mi Sensi; Jah Live! (Heartbeat City) ‘98
  • Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Ace Boon) ’81 UK ska
  • Michael Franti – Ganja Babe; Live at the Baobob (Boo Boo)  2000
  • Vivian Jones – Got a Light; 12” (Jah Shaka) ’86 UK
  • Wailing Souls – Ishen Tree; On the Rocks (Greensleeves) ‘83
  • Sylford Walker & Welton Irie – Lamb’s Bread + Lamb’s Bread International (Blood and Fire) ’79 (2 and ½ hr.)

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Dennis Alcapone – I Want a Draw; Good Old Days of the 70’s (Teams)
  • Prince Alla – Sesimilia; More Love (Jah Warrior) 2002
  • Dillinger – Marijuana in My Brain; Cocaine (Charly) ‘83
  • Junior Reid – Free That Little Tree; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 3 (Greensleeves) ‘93
  • Michael Rose – Ganja Bonanza; Happiness: The Best of (Heartbeat) 2004 best of
  • Peabody & Sherman – Guess Who’s Coming For Sweet Leaf; 7” (blank) Black Sabbath vs. Black Uhuru
Ozzy Osborne on Smile Jamaica WTF?

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Mutant Dub Mash-down 2017!

Greetings,

In the middle of Spring fund drive at your station that rules the nation. So in order to keep fresh roots on the podcast version of Smile Jamaica, I cooked up three hours of my specialty: Mutant Dub.

Requested by a Twitter follower. These are the heavy bass and echo with Jamaican drum ‘n’ bass with modern electronic and echodelia.

Play loud so the bass pulsates!

bless, robt

Princess Leia pon the riddims

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Mutant Dub Mash-down Playlist:

0-30 min.

  • Thievery Corporation – Let the Chalice Blaze; The Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017 DC herb instrumental
  • Afro Omega – Set in the Sky; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC dubbers w/ female vox
  • Benga – Light Bulb; Diary of an Afro Warrior (Tempa) 2008 UK
  • Bass Communion – Ghosts on Magnetic Tape IV; Ghost on Magnetic Tape (Headphone Dust) 2003 UK
  • The Herbaliser feat. What What; The Blend (Cuban Blend); CD Single ’97 UK feat. Female vox
Thievery Corporation – Temple of I & I – best of 2017

30-60 min

  • Bentley Rhythm Ace – Do the Christmas Rush (EMI) 2000 UK
  • Chris Joss – Get With It; Teraphonic Overdubs (ESL) 2007 Fr.
  • Black Star Liner – Swimmer; Bengali Bantam Youth Experience (Warner) ’99 UK Hindi-dub
  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Phat Old Mamas – A Hole to Swallow Us; We are to Answer (ESL) 2009 Germ. w/ female vox
  • Audio Active – Happy Shopper; Happy Happer (ON U Sound) ’95 Jah-pon
  • Nightmares on Wax – Da Feelin; Thought So… (Warp) 2008 UK
  • Shantel feat. Angela Palladino; Wow! Experience; Club Guerilla (Shadow) ’95 Germ.
Look to the skies! Do not scoff!

60-90 min.

  • Sub Version – Soul-Jah Boogie; Box of Dub 2 (Soul Jazz) 2007 UK: Dubstep and Future Dub
  • Sandoz – Higher Than That; Sandoz in Dub – Chant to Jah (Soul Jazz) 2002 UK
  • Seinan – Lion; Frequent Flyer Kingston, Jamaica (Kinky Sweet) 2005
  • Seksu Roba – Moon Song; Pleasure Vibrations (Eenie Meenie) 2003 Japanese/Korean duo w/ female vox
  • Kode9 & Space Ape – Sine of the Dub; Dub Echoes (Soul Jazz) 2009 UK dubstep dub poetry
  • Tassilli Players in Outer Space –  Bass, the Final Frontier (Universal Egg)  ’96 UK
Seksu Roba – Sexx Donkey

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Bill Laswell – Space-Time Paradox; Essential Dub (ROIR) 2007 dub compilation
  • Bassnectar feat. Persia – Kick It Complex Remix; Underground Communication (Amorphous) 2007 San Francisco w/ female vox
  • Tena Stelin – Lion Symbol + Symbolic Dub; Lion Symbol (Jah Warrior) ’99 UK
  • Butch Cassidy Sound System – Brothers and Sisters; Dub Selector 2 (Quango) 2002 Glasgow, Scotland
  • Red I feat. Camoi – Lost in Space; Jahdgement Day (Red I) 2012 Phillippines w/ female vox
  • Spiritual Rez – March of the Reptoids!; Apocalypse Whatever (Spiritual Rez) 2014 US
Bill Laswell – American Dub Pioneer

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Black Uhuru – Boof’n’Baff’’n’Biff (Fila Brazillia Rmx #2); Dancehall Queen Soundtrack (Island Jamaica) ’97
  • Up, Bustle & Out – Ascending Sun; City Breakers – Ascending Sun; City Breakers – 18 Frames Per Second (Groove Attack) 2006 Germ.
  • Quadron – Favorite Star; Avalanche (Vested in Culture) 2013 Danish downtro w/ female vox
  • Dubadelic – MIB; Bass Invaders (WordSound) ’98 Men in Black – UFOria
  • Brooklyn Funk Essentials Everton Sylvester – I Got Cash; Make Them Like It (Shanachie)  2000 NYC dub poet rudeness
  • Kid Loco – Cocaine Diana; Kill Your Darlings (Division One) 2001 downtro

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Manasseh Meets the Equaliser – Souljah; Dub the Millennium (Acid Jazz)  ’96 UK   
  • Word Sound I Powa – Dungeon of Dub; Live From the Planet Crooklyn (ROIR) ’96 Brooklyn
  • Natacha Atlas – Man’s World; Something Dangerous (Mantra) 2003 Fr. Arabic/Jewish sings James Brown
  • Jeb Loy & the Oil Wells – Things That Made U.S. – Wild Paarty Sounds (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ‘81
Natacha Atlas: Belgian, Jewish, Moroccan

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (March 18, 2017): From Yodel Reggae to Sumerian Flood stories!

Greetings,

I know it’s spring when I have to go to the pharmacy for that behind the counter Claritin D

Love that extra hour of daylight on Smile Jamaica

I am going through a home remodel and have packed up my records until my room addition is completed. As I pack I pull out gems.

Musical nostalgia. Most of the shops I stocked the Ark-Ives from are long gone. Everything else is pieced out as single items on ebay.

Bim Sherman Century bought for $20 from UK now fetches $1250 on ebay.

When I started collecting Reggae in the mid 80s, people would sell their entire black collection for seed money for these new novelty items: the compact disk. So I scooped up as much Reggae vinyl as Ronald Reagan’s student loan check would allow. Bargain basement price.

I have records I bought for $4 in perfect condition that sell for $400 now in lousy condition.

In 2017 of all ironies: The Compact Disks is going the way of the dodo and vinyl (and vinyl only Record Huts) are coming back.

bless, robt

An unpaid intern hard at work in the Smile Jamaica Ark-ives

Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: March 18, 2017 – highlights 54 sec.

Set 1:

  • Jennifer Lara – Rocking Tonight; Presenting Jennifer Lara (Studio One) ’81 JA vinyl
  • Africjam – Woman I Love; Instrumental Dub Reggae Music ’93 UK vinyl; Dub Album of the Hour

<Guiltiness riddim shower; 27 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Guiltiness; Exodus (Tuff Gong) ’77 riddim shower (1) – vox
  • I Roy – Commandment Ten (Guiltiness); Ten Commandments (Virgin Front Line) ’80: riddim shower (2) – deejay
  • Chalawa – Guiltiness Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. vinyl
  • Bunny Wailer – Conscious Lyrics; Dancehall Massive (Shanachie) ’92
  • Black Slate – Legalise Collie Herb; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement 
  • Junior Dan – Look Out For the Devil + version; Junior Dan (Hi Try) 70’s
I Roy deejays over Bob’s Exodus LP

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh & the Wailers – No Mercy; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’72 – Rare Jamaican singles
  • Grace Nelson & Ire Hi-Fi; Jah Is Real; Play de Music (Planet Dread) 2007 Germany
  • Mutabaruka – Witeman Country; Check It! (Alligator) ’83 dub poet
  • Cornell Campbell – What Kind of World; 10″ (Music Lab) cover of The Cables classic

Set 3: Best of 27+ Years

  • Lacksley Castell – Morning Glory; Morning Glory (Negus Roots) ’83
  • Johnny Clarke – Rebel Soldering; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’75

<Reggae History Lesson: Soldering; 11 sec.>

  • Cocoa Tea – Rocking Dolly; Rocking Dolly (RAS) ’82
  • Sophia George – Girlie, Girlie; For Everyone (Pow Wow) ’85 – version galore (female vox)
  • Charlie Chaplin – Boyie, Boyie; 12″ (Winner) ’85 – version galore (male vox)
  • Augustus Pablo – East of the River Nile; (Shanachie) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour
“Soldering dem young girls want”

Set 4:

  • Don Carlos – Just a Passing Glance  + DJ version; Just a Passing Glance (RAS) ’84
  • Big Joe – World Wide Kaya; AT the Control (Attack)  ’78 dj to Ronnie Davis’ cover of Bob Marley; herbtune
  • Admiral Tibett – Poor Freddy; Dancehall Roots (Metro) ’91
  • Christine Miller – Warmonger; 10″ (Backyard Movements) 2003 UK militant steppers
in the original 10 Reggae purchases of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital Set

  • Bim Sherman & the Voluntary – Keep You Dancing; Century (Century) ’84 UK ON U Sound

<Bim Sherman record worth $1250; 1 min 12 sec.>

  • Time Unlimited – Devil’s Angel; Devil’s Angel (Live Wire) ’84 JA
  • Jennifer Lara – Hand to Mouth; High Times All Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago
  • Dennis Brown – Hallelujah; Wake Up (Natty Congo) ’85 JA
  • The Gladiators – You Can’t Say That I’m Lying; Show Down vol. 3 (Hitbound) ’84 NY
Vinyl going for $1250 on ebay

Set 6:

  • Chris Hinze feat. Peter Tosh – Silver & Gold; Kings of Reggae (Keyman) ’80 Dutch jazz flute player w/ Word, Sound & Power

<Dutch flautist with Sly & Robbie + Peter Tosh; 44 sec.>

  • Joan Armatrading – I Can’t Lie to Myself; Walk Under Ladders (A & M) ’80 feat. Sly & Robbie
  • Pfaff Family Dog – Two Hits and the Joint Turned Brown; Marijuana’s Great Hit Revisited (Re-Hash) ‘92 Dillard Hartford Dillard bluegrass/reggae herb tune
  • Chariot Riders – Sanford and Son; 12” (Crystal) ’79 cover of Quincy Jones TV theme
  • Scientist – 11 Guava Road Dub; King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Leroy Gibbs – Yodel Reggae; 12” (Echo) ’87 Sleng Teng riddim

“You’ve got Swiss Miss inna mi Jamaican rum”; 28 sec.

  • Prince Buster – Police Trim Rasta; Sister Big Stuff (Sunset) ‘72

<Reggae History Lesson: Police would shave Rastas in jail as a religious insult; 36 sec.>

  • Aisha – Glorify His Name; 10” (Ariwa) 2005
Yodel-a-ee-hoo!Set 8: Mutant Dub

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Systemwide – Gilgamesh; Live de International Festival de Jazz (BSI) 2002 Mutant Dub Set

<The original Sumerian flood story; 80 sec.>

  • Abassi All Stars feat. Sis Sanae – Free jah Dub; Dub Showcase (Universal Egg) 2005 UK
  • Matty G – Sensimilla; Bay Area Dub Step vol. 3 (Full Melt) 2011 herbtune
  • Tena Stelin – I.D. Chip; 10” (Dub Corner) 2007 UK – conspiracy theory
  • Black Uhuru – Journey; Red (Mango) ’80 request
Sumerian hero Gilgamesh. So bad ass he kept a lion as a kitty

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-bruary 4, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Bobstock – Happy Birthday Bob Marley!

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Feb. 6, 1945

<Woodstock? Nah, Bobstock/Bob-stalk; 12 sec.>

Greetings,

It was Spring of 1984 in Bozeman, Montana. After a brutal winter, students at Montana State University thaw out thanks to warm air from Chinook wins.

The local record store, Cactus, was two blocks from my apartment. I walked in and right on the front display was the gatefold vinyl of Bob Marley’s Legend.

I picked it up sight unseen.

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I took it to the counter and paid for it immediately. I wish I could say that was the catalyst moment that led to being a Reggae Deejay — I love all kinds of music in the mid 80s: The Clash, Neil Young and 60’s Rolling Stones especially.

It took 2 years for me to have the Hallelu-JAH moment with Black Uhuru’s Anthem….

So we celebrate Bob Marley’s Birthday with Tributes. I wanted to do Bob Marley A (Ambush) to Z (Zion Train. But the Digital Millennium Copyright Act won’t let me…

<How the Digital Millennium Copy-WRONG Act screws over Bob Marley; 22 sec.>

Bobstock on Smile Jamaica!

Enjoy the Marley family and Bob’s bredrins and sistrens in celebrating his legacy as the King of Reggae!

bless, robt

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Giorgio loves Bob Marley

Smile Jamaica’s Tribute to Robert Nesta Marley: Jah-bruary 4, 2017; 39 sec.

Set 1:

  • Jah Thomas – Happy Birthday to You; 12” (Midnight Rock) ’81 – 3 Hour Bob Marley Birthday Tribute
  • Bunny Wailer – Stay With the Reggae; Marketplace (Shanachie) ‘85
  • Culture – Double Tribute to the O.M.; Lion Rock (Heartbeat) ’82 – Order of Merit – Jamaican civilian honor; 14 sec.
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – African Herbsman; African Herbsman (Trojan) ’73 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Winston Groovy – Nightshift; 12” (Sound City) ’85 – Commodores cover

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Set 2:

  • Cedella Marley Booker – Mother Don’t Cry (Rykodisc) ’84 Bob’s mom

<Bob at the end with his family at his bedside; 30 sec.>

  • Brigadier Jerry – Tribute to Bob Marley; On the Road (RAS) ‘90
  • Alpha Blondy & the Solar System – Mystic Night Move; Masada (World Pacific) ’92 Ivory Coast artist
  • Bankie Banx – Remember Bob; Remember Bob (Redemption) ’82 Anguilla vinyl
  • Chalawa – Exodus; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. Vinyl: dub to Bob album

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Set 3:

  • Ky-mani Marley; Dear Dad; CD Single (Gee Street) ’92; child 10 of 11 (or maybe 13?)
  • Lui Lepki – Tribute to Bob Marley; Late Night Movie (Joe Gibbs) ‘81
  • Mikey Dread – In Memory (Jacob, Marcus, Marley); S.W.A.L.K (Heartbeat) ‘82: Jacob Miller, Marcus Garvey & Bob

<Jamaican heroes cut down in their prime; 17 sec.>

  • Sue Chaloner – Missin’ Mr. Marley; 12” (CNR) ‘84
  • Delixxx – Comin’ in From the Cold Dub; Uprising in Dub (Micron) ’80 Can.: Dub Album of the Hour

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Set 4:

  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Lyin’ in Bed; Time Has Come: Best of (EMI America) ’88 kids miss their Dad. So do we

<Bob’s Kids: 11 from 7 mom’s; 29 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Iron Lion Zion 12” Remix; CD Single (Tuff Gong) ‘92

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Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Prince Far I – Tribute to Bob Marley; Voice of Thunder (Trojan) ’81 UK
  • Toots & the Maytals – Marley’s Gone (His Songs Live On); Live at Reggae Sunsplash ’82 (Genes)  Live @ Montego Bay, JA
  • Horace Andy – Bob Lives On; Exclusively (Solid Groove) ’82 UK (1) vox
  • Ringo – Great Superstar; 12” (Top Ranking) ’82 (2) deejay

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Set 6:

  • Judy Mowatt – Joseph; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Biblical prophet

<Out of Egypt, Joseph the Biblical Prophet>

  • Abyssinians – Jah Marley; Last Days (Tabou1) ‘97
  • Session feat. Azeem – Tribute to Bob Marley; Tribute to Marley (M. Al’s) ’81 Oakland

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Set 7:

  • Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster Jammin’; Hotter Than July (Tamla) ’80: riddim shower (1): original
  • Roots Uprising & Trinity – Master Blaster Jammin’; 12” (Top Ranking)

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Set 8:

  • Alpha & Omega – Freedom Fighters; Sound System Dub (ROIR) UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Everton Blender – Bob Marley; Piece of the Blender (Heartbeat) ‘96
  • Ranking Joe – Tribute to Bob Marley; Rebel D.J. (Jamrock) ’82 Miami vinyl
  • Randeesh – Bob Marley is a River of Love; Courage (Mountain Lion) 2004
  • Isaac Haile Selassie – Dear Bob (Tribute to Bob Marley); CD Single (Resin Music) ‘99
  • Cedella Marley Booker – Redemption Song; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ‘84
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Redemption Song (band mix); CD Single (Tuff Gong) ‘80

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