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Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Mutant Dub Meltdown!

 

Before there was a Dubstep, I was calling it Mutant Dub!

Greetings,

Needed a long weekend to begin the giant move into the newly renovated Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

The Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives – Day 1

Last Saturday: From 7:30 AM to 6 PM. Moved all my LPs, 10″ and 12″ black wax from my detached garage to the Ark-Ive.

Loaded massive Tupperware tubs full of records. Loaded them on a Dolly and pushed them the 50 feet from garage to the back door. Lifted them over the door stop and finessed them into the new room.

Since I had spent all winter and spring sorting 15,000? pieces of black vinyl goodness into proper categories, moving from the tubs to the shelf was easy.

Now if I want to find Mutant Dub, herbtune, Halloween songs by female artists. I know right where to go. Before it was a game of needle in a haystack trying to remember which pile to dig through.

Other than a quick lunch, it was 9 hours of physical, exhausting labor. I was drenched in sweat and sore all over..

But it was worth it. Looks very nice and neat. Unlike the hoarder/collector vibe of massive cardboard boxes filled with stock bought out from long dead record store chains.

CDs are next. So because i don’t like to go a week without new content at Mixcloud’s Smile Jamaica Podcast link: enjoy 3 hours of Mutant Dub not interruptions, just bass in ur face!

I’ll be checking it while I spend 10AM to 3PM Saturday huffing CDs into the Ark-Ive

Vinyl last Saturday. Non-Reggae CDs and DVDs this Saturday – From the garage into the Ark-ives

bless, robt

0-30 min.

  • Avatars of Dub – Uptown Jungle; Babylon Is Ours (Echo Beach) 2003 Germ.
  • Morcheeba – Small Town; Who Can You Trust? (Indochina) ’96 UK w/ female vox
  • Digital Dubs feat. Jeru Banto – Liga Legalise; #1 (ROIR) 2011 Brazilian herbtune
  • Djins feat. Venudas – Indi’ka; Verbalistic (Hammerbass) 2003 Fr./Arabic
  • Afro Omega – Whatcha Need + Dub; Pick Up the Pieces (Afro Omega) 2006 SLC w/ female vox
  • Dr. Israel – Counting Out Stones; Patterns of War (ROIR) 2005 Brooklyn dubber

30-60 min.

  • Dub Syndicate – Dubbing Is a Must; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98 UK
  • Thievery Croproation feat. Pamela Bricker – Lebanese Blonde (French version) + Dub; CD Single (ESL) ’98 herbtune
  • OSC – Originate; Bay Area Dub Step (Full Melt) 2011
  • Pama International – I Found Sunshine; Float Like a Butterfly (Asian Man) 2005 UK
  • Ther Herbaliser feat. What What– Herbal Blend; CD Single (Ninja Tunes) ’97 UK female vox

60-90 min.

  • Dub Gabriel feat. 77 Klash – Crooklyn Crouds; Anarchy & Alchemy (Destroy A/C) 2008 Brooklyn; herbtune
  • Bush Chemists feat. Talawa – Stand Up Dub; Light Up Your Spliff (Conscious Sounds) UK w/ female vox
  • The Orb – Earth Orbit One: Little Fluffy Clouds; The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld (Island)  ’91 UK
  • Dubateers Meets Charlie P – Policeman +Dub; Hustle (The Dubateers) 2011 UK herbtune
  • International Dub System feat. K-Tee on vox – 05:30 am; I.D.S. (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ. w/ female vox
  • Groove Corporation – Concrete Jungle; Presents Remixed From the Elephant House (Guidance) 2001 UK Bob Marley cover

90  min. – 2 hr.

  • King Earthquake – Native Dance Dub; Dub Plates Chapter Two (King Earthquake) 2010 UK
  • Dubblestandart feat. Gudrun & Truman Chewstick – Money; Immigration Dub (Collision) 2007 Jah-stria; female vox on Horace Andy tune
  • Death in Vegas – Aisha: The Contino Sessions; Milk It (Sony) 2005 Best of
  • Armagideon – Spiral Galazy (Vince Vinyls Beats Mix); Through the Haze (Dubhead) ’98 UK
  • Dry & Heavy feat. Likkle Mai – Love Explosion + Version; Full Contact (BSI) 2000 Jah-pon w/ female vox 

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Ras Command – Education; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ.
  • Sounds From the Ground – Sweetdust; the Egg Files (Universal Egg) ’97 UK
  • Alpha & Omega – Who Jah Bless + Bless This Dub; Serious Joke (A & O) 2002 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Audio Active – Stiff Wheel; Apollo Choco (ON U Sound) ’97 Jah-pon
  • 2 Bad Card – Mentally Ska’d; Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ’95

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Bajka – Surfing the Silvatide; We Are to Answer (ESL)  2009 Germ. w/ female vox
  • Gorillaz – Strobelite; Humanz (Virgin) 2017
  • Earl Sixteen – Is It Because I’m Black; Steppin’ Out (Downbeat) Syl Johnson blues cover
  • Santigold – Guns of Brixton; Top Ranking: A Diplo Dub (Mad Decent) 2008 female take on The Clash
  • Adrian Sherwood feat. Bim Sherman – Nu Rizla; Becoming a Clich’ (RealWorld) 2006 UK herbtune
  • Fort Knox Five – The Big Score; The Underground Sound of DC (ESL) 2000
  • Martha Cinadar – Living It; Cannabis Café (Ministry) 2002

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: May 20, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Good Luck Mr. Gorsky!

Conspiracy Theory UFOria: Neil Armstrong’s first words on the Moon? “I’m so high right now!”

Greetings,

Reggae music is my number one leisure time pursuit. Aliens and Sumerian Cosmology is my next fave obsession.

Surfing around and came across this: the Legend of Neil Armstrong’s true first words on the Moon.

Fake News version: “This is one small step for man, one giant leap for Mankind”

Alt-Reality version:  “Good Luck Mr. Gorsky”

Who dat? It’s part of a dirty joke:

Here is my sound clip From this week’s Smile Jamaica. (I bungled the famous Armstrong quote); 55 sec.

Here is Snopes.com’s take

http://www.snopes.com/quotes/mrgorsky.asp

When he was a kid, Neil was playing baseball with his brother in the backyard. His brother hit a fly ball which landed in front of his neighbors’ bedroom window. The neighbors were Mr. and Mrs. Gorsky. As he leaned down to pick up the ball, he heard Mrs. Gorsky shouting at Mr. Gorsky, “Oral sex? Oral sex you want? You’ll get oral sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!”

Who ya gonna believe?

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives May 20, 2017 Playlist:; 50 sec.

Set 1:

  • Sister Carol – Reggae Gone International; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 NY vinyl
  • Africjam – Woman I Love; Instrumental Dub Reggae Music (Africjam Productions) ’93 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Mikey Dread – Behold Jah; World Tour (Dread at the Controls) 2000
  • Mike Brooks – Man to Man; Rum Drinker (Teams) ‘70’s
  • Josey Wales – Tax Me; Outlaw (Live & Learn) “83 dj to Wailing Souls
  • Chosen Brothers & ? DJ – Mother I Love You; 12” (City Line) ’77

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Veteran; Dance Massive (Shanachie) ‘92

<Bunny Wailer – Dancehall Veteran; 32 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Dracula; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’76 version to Vampire 7”
  • Dubtonic Kru – Freedom Dub; Dub Tonic (Dubtonic) 2009 JA group
  • Sister Nancy – Ball a Roll; 10” (Hitbound) ‘80
The Veteran schools the whippersnappers

Set 3: Best of 27+ Years

  • Burning Spear – Don’t Mess With Jill; Presenting (Studio One) ’73 Marvellettes Motown cover
  • Marcia Griffiths – Peaceful Woman; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Lacksley Castell – Leaving; Morning Glory (Negus Roots) ‘82
  • Aswad – Noh Bodda Wid It; To the Top (Simba) ‘86
  • Soul Syndicate – Hungry Dub;  Ghetto-ology Dub (Easy Star) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour
Tower Records, Las Vegas – Spring 1987. Early addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 4: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • Debra Keese  & the Black Five – Travelling; 7’ (Orchid) ’77
  • Keith Coley – Fill My Heart With Joy; 7” (Solid State) ‘78
  • Steve Baswell – I Am Getting Bad; 7” (Phase 1) ‘78
  • Fred Locks – When O When; 7” (Shaka) ‘77
  • Brigadier Jerry – Roots Girl; 7” (Jahlovemuzik) ‘84

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Gregory Isaacs – Mother’s Day; Reggae It’s Fresh (Tad’s) ’88 US 
  • Azeem & Session – Big Head Spliff; Dreadfly (Joe Gibbs) ’82 Miami – herbtune
  • Aisha – Suffering; Daughters of Zion (Twinkle) ’95 UK
  • Crucial DBC – Mama, Mama; Dread Rock For a Long Time (Dread Beat Control) ’89 EP: Santa Monica
  • Akimbo – Kalimbo 2; So Long Trouble (Forward Sounds International) ’85 UK kalimba instrumental  

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Three Little Birds; Exodus (Tuff Gong) riddim shower (1): vox
  • I Roy – Commandment VI (Three Little Birds); Ten Commandments (Virgin) ’80 UK vinyl: yellow picture sleeve; (2): deejay
  • Chalawa – Three Little Birds Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 (3): dub
  • Senya – Children of the Ghetto; Cobra Style (Heartbeat) ’79 Familyman prod’n, female vox
  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Cocaine; Bill Laswell: Dub Massive (Trojan) 2000 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Dennis Alcapone – I Want a Draw; Good Old Days of the 70’s (Teams) 70’s herbtune

<Draw of the chalice>

  • Hi Fi Killers – Evil Dub;  Jamaica (Loose Groove) ’98
  • Bad Brains – To the Heavens; God of Love (Maverick) ‘85
  • Cha Cha & Ranking Joe – One Day You’ll Know; 10” (Above Rock) 2010 Chinese female vocalist
Chinese ska singer

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Afro Omega – It’s On the People; CD Single (Afro Omega) SLC w/ female vox: Mutant Dub set
  • Word Sound I Powa – Theme From Dread Western (Magnificent 7 Mix); Live From Planet Crooklyn (ROIR) ‘96
  • Transglobal Underground – Good Luck Mr. Gorsky; Psychic Karaoke  (Nation) ’96 UK word dub
Neil Armonstrong’s first words on the Moon: Good Luck Mr. Gorsky

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 13, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Mother’s Day Vinyl Tribute!

<Livicated, never deadicated, to all the Irie Roots Muddah’s, Dawtas, and Granny’s; 12 sec.>

Greetings,

I’m a momma’s boy. Oldest kid. Every Sunday I get up, rise and shine, put the coffee on and around 9:30 either I call Mom or she calls me.

After 45 years of juggling the books in Fort Benton Montana’s High School, her and my dad are becoming Sunbirds in Sun City West, AZ.

So let’s celebrate that maternal goodness with a Smile Jamaica’s Mothers Day. Even better. Let’s make it all vinyl.

Female artists and male artists paying tribute to their mom’s: Paul Simon, Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh and more.

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 13, 2017 playlist: (63 sec.)

Set 1:

  • Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion; Paul Simon (Warner Bros.) ’72 19 sec.

<recorded in Jamaica at Dynamic Studios>

  • Scientist – 11 Guava Road Dub; King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Sonya Spence – No Charge; In the Dark (Skynote) ’78: Tammy Wynette cover

<Tammy Wynette Reggae stylee; 18 sec.>

<No Charge – mother’s lyrics to son wanting allowance; 19 sec.>

  • Sis Nya – Babylon Trap; Jah Jah Way (Jah Shaka) ’89 UK
  • Zema – Blood Money; Zema (Melchizedek) ’86 San Diego
  • Mystic  Youth feat. I-Skeeda & the Irie Ites – Save the Roaches Best Wishes (Sunship) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; Bay Area youth group

<Youth band from the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church, San Francisco; 43 sec.>

  • The Jaytees – Come to Me; 10″ (Music Lab) ’81 JA female duo
No Charge – Tammy Wynette mother’s day reggae tune

Set 2:

  • Dennis Brown – Songs My Mother Used to Sing; Aquarius Rock (Pressure Sounds) Herman Chin-Loy prod’n
  • The Main Attractions – Jam Up, Jam Down; Roots Rock Reggae (Creole) ’78 Fr.
  • Chalawa feat. Merri & Sandi Callender – If You Drop That Cross; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Can.
  • Sister Carol – Get It Straight Africans; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’89 DC
  • African Princess – Jah Children Cry; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’80 UK
Sister Carol – Mother Culture

Set 3:

  • Peter Tosh – Mama Africa; Mama Africa (EMI America) ’83 US
  • Pauline – Babylon; In Progress (People Unite) ’84 UK
  • Sister Africka – Rivers of Babylon; 10” (Dub Jockey) UK niyabinghi
  • Prince Lincoln – Love the Way It Should Be; Vortex Dub (Orange Street) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Benjamin Zephaniah – I Love Me Mudder (Poem); Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • Sophia George – Tenement Yard; Fresh (Winner) ’85 JA
  • Aura Lewis & Lee “Scratch” Perry – Full Experience; Full Experience) ’76  Black Ark EP (Fr.)
South African Reggae singer, Aura Lewis

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree

  • Cedella Marley Booker – Mother Don’t Cry; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84: Wailers Family Tree Set – Bob’s last words to his mom

<Bob’s last words turned into a song; 75 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – Melody Life; At Studio One (Studio One) ’68 JA
  • Judy Mowatt – Hush Baby Mother; Working Wonders (Shanachie) ‘85
  • Rita Marley – Good Morning Jah; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ‘80

<Good name for a Reggae show; 14 sec.>

Set 6:

  • The Triumphant Singers – Don’t Forget to Pray; Man from Galilee (Tabernacle) ’68 JA gospel
  • The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 UK 2 Tone Ska
  • Casselberry & DuPree’ – Positive Vibration; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Milwaukee, WI folk-reggae duo, Bob Marley cover
  • Sister Nancy – Bam Bam; One Two (Techniques) ’82 JA
  • Sister Rasheda – Jah is Love; 10” (Jah Warrior) 2006
  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84 Dub Album of the Hour
Mama says: Don’t forget to pray!

Set 7: Dawta Dub Poets

  • Jean Binta Breeze – Tracks + Nanny; Tracks (LKJ) ’90 UK

<Nanny of the Maroons – Jamaican Heroine; 97 sec.>

  • Lillian Allen – Rub a Dub Style in a Regent Park; Revolutionary Tea Party (Redwood) ’87 Toronto dubber
  • Louise Bennett – Dry Weather Houses;  Jamaican Folk Songs (Smithsonian Folkways) ’53 10”
  • Sister Netifa – Woman Determined; Woman Determined (A Luta) ’89 UK

Set 8: Mutant Dubstresses

  • Alpha & Omega feat. Tracey J – Rasta Woman; King & Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub
  • Akabu – Work; Akabu (Viva) ’89 U
  • Sinead O’Connor – War; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 UK dubble disk; Bob Marley cover
  • The Slits – Return of the Giant Slits – Walk About; Return of the Giant Slits (CBS) ’81 UK
  • Aisha – Raise Your Voice; 12” (Twinkle) ‘95
  • The Wild Bunch – Mr. President Man ; The Wild Bunch (Ariwa) ’84 UK

<Livicated to Pres. #45 – Vladimir Putin>

Words of Wisdom

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): May 6, 2017 – Mars or Busted!

We better be here by 2120 – Mars

<Stephen Hawking: To save mankind we have 100 years to Mars; 1 min. 5 sec.>

Greetings,

We are screwed. No Jah Love for I ‘n’ I optimism on this blog post. We need to face facts.

Stephen Hawking: Colonize Mars or humankind perishes

As Smile Jamaica warns during my UFOria sets: We need to quit skylarking and get to the skies.

Mother Earth is finished. It is dead. Not dying. Dead. We killed it. It is a zombie.

Every President has an Oil of the Above energy policy. Industry and government collusion prevented renewables from replacing carbon.

I’m not that much of a tree hugger (more of a leaf burner), but I know it’s over. In 50 years every coastal city will be under water.

Every year living in Utah the air quality gets worse. Even I, with my spongy lung capacity, gets hit by bronchitis frequently.

Soon they will be taxing clean air while the rest of us working stiffs choke. I like my air just my peanut butter: smooth and nah chunky!

My vista in Salt Lake City every January and February. Chunky stylee

I don’t have kids. But if I did I would weep for my nieces and nephews’ great grand kids.

This shouldn’t have happened…

After great promise with the Moon Landing in 1969, we stopped our momentum and put all of our R & D in heinous weapons of mass destruction.

Imagine the trillions on nukes and bombs and jet fighters devoted to Space Travel.

Too bad. So sad. We’re fucked. All we got from Neil Armstrong walking on the moon? Velcro, teflon and Tang.

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 6, 2017 Annotated Playlist; 51 sec.

Set 1: Kentucky Derby Horse Race set

  • Barbara Paige – Jah Love; Hear Me Now (Epiphany) ’82 San Fran vinyl
  • Roots Radics – Storming the Death Star; Scientist and Jammy Strike Black (Trojan) ’82 UK – vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Dillinger – Caymanas Park; 7” (Well Charge) Jamaican race track
  • Abyssinians – In a Kalda; Reunion (AO!) ‘98 
  • The Pioneers – Longshot Kick the Bucket; 7” (Trojan) ‘69
  • Bo Jangles – Selassie I Cup; 7” (Joe Gibbs Record Globe)
  • GT Moore – Ganja Flower; 10” (Jah Works) 2002 UK mutant dub 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Congrats to Always Dreaming for winning the 2017 Kentucky Derby

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Mark of the Beast; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’76 single

<Mark of the Beast – beating from the cops; 17 sec.>

<The cruelty of beating a guitar player’s hands; 34 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – The Specialists; Dancehall Massive (Shanachie) ’92 Hypocrites riddim
  • John Brown’s Body – Fight Them a Fight; Burning: Live at the Annex,  Madison, Wisconsin (bootleg)
  • Joy & Trevor – Love at First Sight; 10” (Well Charge) ‘81
I see the Mark of the Best on their ugly faces. Congregating in evil places.

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Aswad – Rainbow Culture; Showcase (Mango) ’80
  • Bingy Bunny – Bit by Bit; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ’75 of the Morwells
  • Rita Marley – Easy Sailing; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ‘80
  • Burning Spear – Give Me + Brain Food ; Marcus Garvey + Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’75/’76 w/ dub

<Winston, Rupert & Delroy – Burning Spear; 13 sec.>

  • Bush Chemists – Respect Dubwise; Light Up Your Chalice (Dubhead) ’99 mutant dub album of the hour

Set 4:

  • Don Carlos – Jah People Unite; Deeply Concerned (RAS) ‘87
  • Stranger Cole & Gladdy – One Toke Over the Line; 70’s Hits Reggae Style – Brewer & Shipley herb cover
  • Gondwana – Los Defendos (The Defenders); Second Coming (RAS) ’99 Chile; 16 sec.
  • Aisha – Raise Your Voice; 12” (Twinkle) ‘95

Set 5: UFOria Vinyl Is Vital

  • Prince Jammy – Conspiracy on Neptune; Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) ’82 UK
  • Lone Ranger – UFO; Barnabas in Collins Wood (GG) ’79 JA
  • U Roy – Your Ace From Space; Version Galore (Treasure Isle) ’68 JA
  • Bam Bam – Star Wars; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87 LA, female singer
  • Lone Ranger – Beam Me Up Scotty; 12”

Set 6: Waiting in Vain Riddim shower

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Waiting in Vain; Exodus (Tuff Gong) Riddim Shower (1): vox
  • Dillinger – Check Sister Jane; King Pharaoh (Blue Moon) ’84 UK vinyl
  • I Roy – Commandment III (Waiting in Vain); Ten Commandments (Virgin) ’80 UK yellow vinyl/picture sleeve vinyl
  • Chalawa – Waiting in Vain Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. Dub

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • The Clash – Police on My Back; Sandinista (Epic) ’80: Eddy Grant cover
  • Eric Clapton – Whatcha Gonna Do; Crossroad (Polydor) ’74 Tosh cover from box set
  • Blues Brothers – Groove Me; Briefcase Full of Blues (Atlantic) ’78 reggae take on King Floyd
  • Nina Hagen – UFO; Nunsexmonkrock (CBS) ’82 West. Germ.
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers – Chemical Specialist; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red) ’81 mutant dub album of the hour

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Word Sound I Powa – Intro; Live From Planet Crooklyn (ROIR) ’96 – mutant dub set
  • Alpha & Omega – King and Queen; King and Queen (A & O) ’90 UK trance dub
  • Braindead feat. Justin Warfield – Braindead; clear (Quango) ’95 UK
  • Dub Syndicate – More Kaya; Acres of Space (Lion & Roots) 2001
  • Systemwide – Interferene; Pure and Applied (BSI) 2002 Portland
  • Bush Chemists – Star Dub; 10” (Jah Tubby’s) 2006 UK – Star Wars theme

Words of Wisdom:

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-pril 29, 2017: Spring Has Sprung!

Greetings,

I love this time of year. Winter and bad air inversions — done. Taxes and Spring Radiothon – done and done. Days are longer, mornings aren’t as dark.

The only downside for I ‘n’ I is the six week Claritin-D fog I have to endure until things dry out.

Rise and shine, wake ‘n’ bake, run the roots!

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 29, 2017 Tracklist:

Set 1:

  • Emperors – Come Reason With I; Fret Not (Positive) NY vinyl
  • Sly Dunbar & Black Uhuru– Sun is Shining; Simple Sly Man (Virign) ’78 UK – Dub Album of the Hour (vinyl)
  • Wingless Angels – Rivers of Babylon; Volume I (Mindless) ’96 – Keith Richards, Justin Hinds & Nyahbinghi drummers; Melodians cover
  • Pato Banton – Gwarn;  Never Give In (Primitive Man) ‘88
  • Afro Omega – It’s On the People; CD Single (demo) SLC dubbers w/ female vox
  • Mike Brooks – Rum Drinker/ Rum Drinker (Teams) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Junior Dan – Sligoville Tobacco; 10” (Hi Try) ‘70s UK instrumental herb tune

<Sligoville, JA – Rasta sanctuary; 25 sec.>

Sligoville, Jamaica

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – No Mercy; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ‘72
  • Black Slate – Freedom Time (Black Star Liner); Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK

<Marcus Garvey’s Black Star Liner; 30 sec.>

  • Eric “Rebel Lion” Bubbles – Love and Unity; Roots of Black People (Progressive International)
  • Angela Prince – Joker Lover; 10” (Channel One) ‘83
Marcus Garvey: New World Blacks back to Africa

Set 3:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jammin’; Exodus (Tuff Gong) ’77 riddim shower (1): vox

<Bob’s Exodus from Jamaica; 15 sec.>

  • I Roy – Commandment VII (Jammin’); Ten Commandments (Virgin) ’80 UK yellow vinyl: picture sleeve; riddim shower (2): dj
  • Chalawa – Jammin’ Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 riddim shower (3): dub
  • Bunny Wailer – Raggamuffin; Dance Massive (Shanachie) ’92 over Keep on Moving riddim

<Bunny Wailer – Roots does Dancehall; 25 sec.>

  • Israel Vibration – Why Worry Dub; Israel Dub (Greensleeves) ’78 dub album of the hour
Toasting over Bob’s Exodus riddims while quoting the Bible

Set 4:

  • Lightman – Spring Time; Spring Time (Semi Sounds) 2004 Finland melodica dub
  • Yabby You & Jah Walton – Zambia Dub; Dub It to the Top (Blood and Fire) ’79  
  • Don Carlos – Springheel Skanking; Reggae Dance Party (RAS) ’86 comp.
  • Molara – Crown of Creation; 10” (Dub Tunnel) 2012 UK female vox
Finlandian or Finlandish dubwise

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Mikey Dread – Roots and Culture (Theme From Rockers Roadshow); Pave the Way (Parts 1 & 2) (DEP) ’85 UK duble disk 
  • Coco Tea – Gather My Sheep; Sweet Sweet Coco Tea (Blue Mountain) ’85 NY
  • Kojak & Mother Liza – Chant Down Babylon; Chant Down Babylon (Gorgon)
  • Bobby Culture, Louie Rankin, Brimstone & Fire – Big Big Bust; Tidal Wave (Unicorn) ‘83
  • Senya & Familyman Barrett – Children of the Ghetto + Juvenile Delinquency; Juvenile Delinquent (Clappers)  femal vox ’81 Brooklyn
Familyman killer female vox and extended mix

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Aswad – Just a Little Herb; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 herbtune 
  • Dennis Brown – Rasta Children; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Burning Spear – This Experience; People of the World (Blue Moon) ‘86
  • Alpha & Omega – Suffer the Little Children + Dub Unto Me; Daniel in the Lion’s Den (A & O) ’90 UK trance dub w/ female vox

Set 7:

  • Leroy Smart – Ballistic Affair: Joey & Norman Jay – Good Times 2 (Nuphonic) 2001 UK deejay best of soul and reggae
  • Junior Delgado – Hypo; Tichen (Rhino UK) ‘90
  • Sis Aiesha (sic) – King Selassie I; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2001 UK

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Gorillaz – Andromeda; Humanz (Virgin) 2017 – Mutant Dub Set
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Stppers – Chemical Specialist; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 dub to Jah Woosh Woodpecker Sound
  • African Head Charge – Touch I; Live in Japan (Beat) 2005 Tokyo
  • International Farmers – Bassy Man Dub; Dub Sac: Featuring the Storytellers (Anicca) 2007 US
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Notch – Strike the Root; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017 DC
  • Najma – Ghoom Charakahna (Talvin Singh Future Sounds of India Mix); Mystic Groove (Quango) 2001 UK Paki female singer

Words of Wisdom: