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Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: Jah-bruary 2, 2019 – Polar Vortex Stylee!

Greetings,

My brother lives in Minneapolis. When the Polar Vortex hit, it took me back to my youth in Montana.

Cold so bitter, just closing the car door shattered glass. Only Chinook winds, (warm winds) kept Montana from being Alaska

<Chinook Winds; 46 sec.>

So when it became our turn in Utah to be homebound with a massive mid week snowstorm, I took advantage of the day:

Feb. 6 – Bob Marley’s Birthday. Once I got the notice on my phone to stay home. I turned off the alarm, cranked up the furnace and decided what better way to celebrate a Snow Day than starting with The Wailers Catch a Fire and play through to Uprising.

Turned out to be a fine way to endure Cabin Fever.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 2, 2019: Annotated Playlist: 101 sec.

Set 1:

  • Gladiators – Can’t Stop Righteousness; Showdown vol. 3 (Hitbound) ’83 US Brooklyn vinyl
  • Blackbeard – Cut After Cut; Strictly Dub Wize (Ballistic) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour
  • UB40 – I Think It’s Going to Rain Today; Signing Off (DEP) ’80
  • Dhaima – Ina Jah Children; Love of the Common People (Trojan) ’77 female; Joe Gibbs prod’n

<Dhaima; 24 sec.>

  • Alpha Blondy – God Is One; Masada (World Enterprise) ’92
  • 2 Bad Card – Weed Specialist; CD Single (ON U Sound) ’96 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • The Morwells – They Hold Us Down; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’79 UK

Set 2:

  • Sugar Minott & Captain Sinbad – Hard Time Pressure; Herbman Hustling (Heartbeat) ’78
  • Ika Black – Human Life; Special Love (Keyman) ’90 UK dawta
  • Johnny Osbourne – If Jah Didn’t Love You; 12″ (Rockers Forever) ’85 Brooklyn

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29 + Years

  • Bim Sherman – Golden Locks; Across the Red Sea (ON U Sound) ’82
  • Delroy Wilson – Get Ready; Best of (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’67 Temptations cover
  • Althea & Donna – If You Don’t Love Jah; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78
  • Gayladds – I.N.I.R.I.; Understanding (Tamoki Wambesi) ’79

Set 4:

  • Dennis Brown – Whip Them Jah; United Dreadlocks (Joe Gibbs) ’77
  • Dub Organiser – Herbal Dub; Fashion in Fine Style (Fashion) UK instrumental
  • Zema – Their Own Sight; Look at the Heart (Melchizedek) ’99 SoCal dawta
  • Hubert Lee – Table’s Gonna Turn; 12″ (Wild Flower) Pembroke Pines, FL; Blues Busters update
  • Black Disciples – The Ghost (Marcus Garvey) Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 dub to Burning Spear Marcus Garvey

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Sister Carol – Dedicated to Bob Marley; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Purple Man – King On His Way; Laserbeam (Enterprize) ’83 Brooklyn
  • Lion Youth – Couchie Vibes; Love Comes & Goes (Virgo Stomach) ’81 UK clear
  • Exuma – Superstar Who Do You Think You Are; Universal (Cat Island) ’82 Bahama
  • Alpha & Omega – Dub Flute; Watch & Pray (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub

 

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Bend Down Low; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ’64 JA vinyl

<Bend Down Low ’64; 98 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Give Thanks and Praises; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob tribute for his 50th birthday
  • Peter Tosh – The Toughest; Live at My Father’s House (Beat Club) ’78 Roslyn, NY
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – No Woman, No Cry; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks) Live at the Lyceum; 7/17/75

<Live! – Best of 100 best Live by Rolling Stone mag; 61 sec.>

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Bad Brains – Long Time; God of Love (Maverick) ’95 
  • Bob Dylan – God Gave Names to All the Animals; Slow Train Coming (Columbia) ’79
  • David Lindley – Pay the Man; El Rayo-X (Asylum) ’81
  • Grace Jones – Pull Up to the Bumper; 12″/80s (Family) ’81 w/ Sly & Robbie

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Morcheeba – Small Town; Who Do You Trust? (Indochina) ’96 w/ female vox
  • Dub Syndicate – Higher Than High; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98
  • Anima Sound System – ’68; King Size Dub Chapter Eight (Echo Beach) 2002 Germ.
  • Vicegrip & Dub Front Outernational – Run Come Children + Dub and Run; 10″ (Dub Front) 2000 Germ.
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Baba Maal – I Will Follow You; Abductions & Reconstructions (ESL) ’99

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-nuary 12, 2019 – Studio Kinda Froggy!

Greetings,

  1. Flu shot – check
  2. Shingles shot – check
  3. Zicam and Vitamin C during the Holiday/plane rides – check

I shouldn’t have gone back to work. That was what laid me low. Second day back. Too busy to get sick so I paid the price Saturday.

Everyone else came from their travels and those of us working with the public are well exposed. After 2 weeks off air seeing family, I didn’t want to miss a show.

Bad radio etiquette to hack and wheeze on air, but I soldiered on. The worst thing about colds for a deejay? Not only the horrible voice croak announcing set lists, but worse: Congestion for me settles between my ears. That makes it rough to cue up the record when I drop the needle.

Very exact skill to place the needle pon the groove, back cue and remote start. Hard to do when deaf

bless, Bobbylon

<COLD, COLD WINTER>

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 12, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 27 sec.

Set 1:

  • Rasta Generation Band feat. King Caleb – Stand By Jah; Stand By Jah (Black Spade) ’90 Oakland, CA vinyl – Ben E. King update
  • The Aggrovators – A Version of Class; Dub Justice (Attack) UK vinyl dub album of the hour; 70’s Bunny Lee B-Sides
  • Eric “Rebel Lion” Bubble – Forward Jah People; Roots of Black People (Progressive International) 2013
  • Joy White – Tribulation; United Dreadlocks (Rhino UK) ’77
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – It Noh Funny; A Capella Live (LKJ) ’93 in Brussels UK dub poet

<LKJ poem; 46 sec.>

  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Stop That Train; Stop That Train (Greensleeves) ’83 UK cover of Keith & Tex
  • Dillinger – Buckingham Palace; CB 200 (Mango) ’76 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Hugh Mundell – False Rumours; 12″ (Rockers International) ’79 JA

Set 2:

  • Likkle Mai – Gypsy Woman; Roots Candy (Beat) 2005 Jah-pon roots dawta
  • Al Campbell – Rock Your Soul; 22 Karat Solid Gold vol. 1 (Jet Star) ’81
  • Sugar Minott – Herbman Hustling; Herbman Hustling (Heartbeat) ’84 comp.
  • Desi Roots – Warning; 12″ (DEB) ’79 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Marcia Griffiths – Dreamland; Steppin’ (Shanachie) Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years
  • Mighty Diamonds – Stoned Out of My Mind; Stand Up to Your Judgement (Hitbound) ’78 Chi-Lites cover
  • Wailing Souls – Old Broom; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ’87 comp.

<New broom sweeps clean, Old broom knows the corners; 13 sec.>

  • Bim Sherman – Lamb of Judah + Dub; Meets Horace Andy & U Black in a Rub-a-Dub Style (Original) ’79

Set 4: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • Carlton Livingston – Cold, Cold Winter; 7″ (Grade One) 
  • Dawn & Christine – Free Marijuana; 7″ (Thompson Sounds) herbtune
  • Freddie McGregor – Mark of the Beast; 7″ (Soul Syndicate) ’79
  • Bionic Steve – Bermuda Triangle; 7″ (Crystal) ’80
  • Keith Hudson Meets King Tubby – Satta Dub; Rough Guide to Dub (Rough Guide)

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • African Woman – Warrior Queen; In Progress (People Unite) ’84 UK female:
  • Heptones – I Shall Be Released; Party Time (Mango) ’77 Bob Dylan cover/Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Lee “Scratch” Perry – Dubbing Psycho Killer; Echomania (ON U Sound) ’93 UK mutant dub
  • Dennis Alcapone – Mava; Java Java Dub (Impact!) ’74 UK – take on Java

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natty Dread; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks)

<When the Wailers became Bob  Marley & the Wailers; 1 min. 14 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Soon Come; Live at My Father’s House (Beat Club) ’78 Roslyn, NY

<Toshisms; 39 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Mix Up; Hall of Fame (RAS) 50 Bob Marley covers for his 50th Birthday
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Guajira Ska; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 rare CD mix of early single
  • Centry – Release the Chains; Lead With the Bass II (Universal Egg) ’96 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae Live

  • Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright; At Budokan (Columbia) ’79 live in Jah-pon

<Dylan Reggae w/ heinous flute overdubs; 67 sec.>

  • Patti Smith – Redondo Beach; Horses Live (Arista) 6/26/2005 Royal Hall, London
  • Gov’t Mule feat. Toots Hibbert – Hard to Handle; Mighty High (ATO); 12/31/2006 at the Beacon Theatre, NY

Set 8: Mutant Dub Set

  • Thievery Corporation feat. David Byrne – The Heart’s a Lonely Hunter; Cosmic Game (ESL) 2004 DC 
  • The Slits – Grapevine; In the Beginning (Jungle) ’80 live; UK punk dub female group covers Marvin Gaye
  • Alpha & Omega – The Vibration; King & Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub
  • Pre-Fade Listening – Mr. Medicine; King Size Dub Chapter Seven (Echo Beach) 2001 Germ.

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Mar. 31, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist): At the Feast!

….of the Passover. Happy Easter too!

Greetings,

Let’s start of this week’s Smile Jamaica celebrating Easter and Passover  through music!

<Happy Easter; 33 sec.>

As a Sumerian Fundamentalist, my New Year starts at the same time. April 1. 2018 is our year 6768

And while I’m celebrating. Go Giants! 

Bobbylon’s 3 obsessions:

  1. Reggae & Dub music
  2. Green Bay Packers football
  3. San Francisco Giants baseball

First song before we celebrate Easter/Passover/Assyrian New Year, American poet and City Lights Bookstore owner love his Giants. 60th year in SF.

<Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem “Baseball Canto”; 32 sec.>

Spent time in City Lights Bookstore looking for Jamaican dub poetry

Getting ready to do our Spring Fund Drive at KRCL. So I thought I would give you a sampler of the theme sets I have done over the years and decades. 50 sec.

The Whitman Sampler of Smile Jamaica:

  1. Easter/Passover
  2. 4:20 herbtunes
  3. Wailers Family Tree
  4. Jamaican Jukebox 7″ – Roots Dawtas cover Bob Marley
  5. Vinyl is Vital
  6. Rockers do Reggae
  7. Roots Dawta CDs
  8. UFO-ria

bless, Bobbylon

Set 1: Easter/Passover

  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti – Baseball Canto; Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour – Baseball (Columbia)
  • Agrovators – None Shall Escape the Dub; Rasta Dub ’76 (Attack) ’76 JA dub album of the week
  • Bro. Marshall – Man From Galilee; Man From Galilee (Tabernacle)  ’68
  • Gloria Bailey & the Joy Bells – I Have Paid the Price; 7″ (Henry’s) ’81 JA gospel
  • The Gospelettes – Sign My Name’ 7″ (Glad Tidings) JA gospel
  • Norma King – Good Friday; 7″ (Zion Love) ’89 Can.
  • Marcia Griffiths & Tyrone Taylor – He Shed His Blood; 7″ (High Note) JA ballad
  • The Congos – At the Feast; 12″ (99) ’81  – Passover
Smile Jamaica celebrates all the Sky Gods: Christian, Jewish and Sumerian

Set 2: 4:20 Cannabis Service

  • Ben Harper – Burn One Down; Voodoo Child (bootleg) 4/97 live in Bonn, Germ. 
  • Soom T – Weed is Sweeter; Ode to a Carrot (Jahtari) 2008 Glasgow female weedstepper
  • Michael Rose – Draw the Weed; Never Give It Up (Heartbeat) 2001
  • Mikey Murka & Disrupt – Police; 12″ (Mahanee) 2009 Germ. cover of John Holt’s Police & Helicopter

Set 3: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – African; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) 11/5/82 live at the Roxy in LA
  • Bunny Wailer – No More Trouble; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95, 50 Bob covers on Bob’s 50th
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Is This Love; Kaya (Tuff Gong) ’78
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Is This Dub; CD Single (Tuff Gong) ’78
  • Scientist – Guava Road Dub; 11King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81: Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox: Roots Dawtas cover Bob Marley

  • Cindy Breakespeare – Turn Your Lights Down Low; 7″ (Riverside) 

<Damian Marley’s Mom; 32 sec.>

  • I Three – I Shot the Sheriff; 7″ (Rita Marley Music)
  • Anicia Banks – Thank You Lord; 7″ (Ashandan) Curtis Mayfield original, Bob cover
  • Sheila Hylton – Mellow Mood; 7″ (Harry J) ’77

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Prince Far I – Natty Champion; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK 
  • Jennifer Lara – Hand to Mouth; High Times All Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label does Reggae
  • New Age Steppers feat. Bim Sherman – Dreamers; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK Mutant Dub
  • Jackie Bernard – Economic Crisis; Lee “Scratch” Perry – Excaliburman (Seven Leaves) ’78 UK
  • Steel Pulse – Higher Than High; Caught You (Island) ’80 UK

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Johnny Clarke – Rebel Soldering; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’75: (1) – Original

<Soldering = cocksman; 36 sec.>

  • Hall & Oates – Soldering; Hall & Oates (Buddha) ’75 (2) cover

<Hall & Oates on Smile Jamaica? WTF? 26 sec.>

  • Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door; Live at Budokan (Columbia) ’78 Jah-pon

<2nd place to Cheap Trick;  14 sec.>

  • Linda McCartney – Sugartime; Wide Prairie (MPL) ’77 produced by Lee “Scratch” Perry
WTF?

Set 7: Roots Dawtas

  • Aisha – Only Jah Works; True Roots (Ariwa) ’94: Roots Dawta CD set
  • Althea & Donna – Sorry; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78
  • Rita Marley – Jah Jah Don’t Want; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’80
  • Love Joys – Chances Are; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ’82 female duo
Aisha – Smile Jamaica’s favorite female singer

Set 8: UFO-ria

  • Anubian Lights – Outflight; Outflight CD Single (Crippled Dick Hot Wax) 2001 – The New Jerusalem

<The New Jerusalem mentioned in Revelation is about a gigantic spaceship; 50 sec.;  <

  • U.F.O. feat. Deedee Bridgewater – Flying Saucer; Saint Germain des Pres Cafe IV (Wagram) 2004 Fr.
  • Creation Rebel – Starship Africa Part 1; 10″ EP (ON U Sound) 2015 UK
  • Dennis Alcapone – The Sky’s the Limit (Flying Machine); Guns Don’t Argue (Trojan) ’72
  • Tena Stelin – Flying Saucers; 7″ (River Bank) 2001 about the Anunnaki
  • Mighty Sparrow – Russian Sattelite; Bob Dylan Theme Time Radio Hour vol. 5 (Music Melon) ’59 about Laika the Soviet space dog, calypso

<Mighty Sparrow’s tribute to Laika, Soviet space dog who gave his life for space travel; 21 sec.>

The New Jerusalem from the Bible

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 3, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist): Lemonhead vs. The Cheetolini!

Bad Vlad Putin or as I call him affectionately – Lemonhead

<World War III – soon come? 54 sec.>

Greetings,

My first semester at college – Montana State, Fall 1983:

  1. Soviet Union shot down a Korean jet liner
  2. Beirut bombing of US army barracks killing hundreds
  3. America invaded Grenada

It looked like the Cold War was getting “thawed”. Yet, by the time I graduated from the University of Utah in 1989, the wall had fallen and the Cold War was over.

Not so fast….

Wheel it forward to 2016. Trump defeats Hillary. How could that have happened? Let’s blame the Russians. Add in Syria and Ukraine, the recent aggressive update of our Nuclear Response Review. And 1 Trillion in nuclear “improvements.” Mueller’s investigation and innuendo against Russian “hacking”.

Rachel Maddow might call me Ivan, but the reality is:

Rachel Maddow – peddling war for higher ratings

Russia, no longer the Soviet Union, is feeling the strain of a new Cold War. Their incumbent President, Vladimir Putin, has an election of his own next week. His State of the Nation was a warning to America  and its allies.

I no longer do Radioactive political interviews on KRCL  but I still follow the news. I am worried a confrontation in the Syrian Panhandle could lead to World War III.

See that splotch of Green in the Northeast. That is where World War III could start

Of course, my antennae is attuned to Reggae as prophecy. I played a Justin Hinds song on this Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive edition that brought me right back to Sept. 1983.

So until the bombs drop, enjoy this March edition of Smile Jamaica. Forward ever, backwards never. War Time is over!

bless, Bobbylon

Lemondhead vs.
The Cheetolini

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March , 2018 Annotated Playlist; 100 sec.

Set 1:

  • Devon Russell – Homebound Train; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 vinyl Chicago blues label
  • Scientist – Hail HIM Dub; High Priest of Dub (Tamoki Wambesi) ’82 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Mikey Dread – Positive Reality; SWALK (Heartbeat) ’82
  • Cassandra – Thank You For the Many Things You’ve Done; Babylon Soundtrack (EMI) ’80 UK
  • Dennis Brown – If I Had the World; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) Aug. 1981, Jarrett Park Montego Bay, JA
  • Jah T – Lick the Pipe Peter; Jr. Byles – Curly Locks (Heartbeat) ’75 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; dj to “Fever” riddim
  • Bushman & Alton Ellis – Back Weh Vampire + Jah Make Me Stronger; 10″ (Sting Ray) 2012 UK
9 down, 41 to go!

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Roots Rock Reggae; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 dubble disk of Bob Marley cover
  • The Emotions – There Are More Questions Than Answers; Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles (Stax) ’74 female soul group in Jamaica
  • Eric Donaldson – Drug Addict; Oh What a Feeling (Rhino UK) ’97
  • Dub Syndicate – ’93 Struggle; 10″ (ON U Sound) ’93 UK Mutant Dub picture sleeve. Prince Far I cover
It’s a struggle all over the world…

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years 

  • Judy Mowatt  – Screwface; Sing Our Own Song (Shanachie) ’86 Bob Marley cover

<Don’t give me your Screwface; 12 sec.>

  • Keith Hudson – Bloody Eyes; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ’78
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Free Us Now; Free Us Now (ACL) ’77
  • Justin Hinds – War Time + Dub; Know Jah Better (Nighthawk) ’90
  • Mad Professor – Black Heroes; Afrocentric Dub – Black Liberation Dub Chapter 5 (Ariwa) ’99 UK Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox – Tributes to Bob Marley

<Extending Black History Month w/ Bob tributes; 37 sec.>

  • Prince Ital Joe – I Miss Bob Marley; 7″ (Royal Safari) Hollywood, CA 
  • Lone Ranger – Tribute to Bob Marley; 7″ (Studio One)
  • Errol Scorcher – Sounds of Hon. Marley (Dance Hall) ’81
  • Lui Lepke – Tribute to Bob Marley; 7″ (Joe Gibbs Ultra Sound) ’81
  • Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster (Jammin) (Dub); 7″ (Motown) ’80

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Eugene Paul – Blowin’ in the Wind; Sentimental Reasons (World) ’84 UK Bob Dylan cover:
  • Mighty Invaders – Evil Spirits; Invasion! (Rave) ’83 Syracuse, NY
  • Ranking Joe – One Draw; Rebel DJ (Jam Rock) ’82 Miami herbtune dj to Doret Myers cover of Rita Marley
  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Thing Called Love (Don’t Fight); Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK Mutant Dub
  • Marcia Griffiths – Everywhere; Marcia (RAS) ’89 DC Fleetwood Mac cover
Jamaican soul take on Bob Dylan

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door; No More Trouble (Columbia) 6/27/81 London 

<Bob Dylan – The Christian Era: 1979-1981; 87 sec.>

  • Eric Clapton – Swing Low Swing Chariot; Timepieces (RSO) ’82 Best of; Negro Spiritual
  • Prince Flo & Jah Edward – Happy Together; Rock Steady With Flo and Eddie (Epiphany) ’87
  • Bananarama – Tell Tale Signs; Deep Sea Skiving (London) ’83 UK female trio New Wave
  • UB40 – Present Arms in Dub; Present Arms in Dub (DEP) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Chris Hinze feat. Peter Tosh – Puss and Dog; Kings of Reggae (Keytone) ’83 Dutch jazz flautist w/ Peter’s band – Word, Sound and Power
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jamming; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) Live in London – June 1977
  • Ayo – Down on My Knees; Ayo (Wrasse) 2008 Nigerian-German female singer
  • Max Romeo & Dennis Brown –  African + I am the Conqueror; 10″ (Observer Gold) ’75

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation – Passing Stars; It Takes a Thief (ESL) 2010 DC dubbers best of: Mutant Dub Set
  • Alpha & Omega – Moving Out of Babylon Dub; Legend of A & O (Dopic) 2006 UK trance dub
  • Bush Chemists – This Souond; Dub Fire Blazing (Dubhead) ’99 UK herbtune
  • Heavyweight Dub Champion – We Will Conquer; Rise of the Champion Nation (Champion Nation) 2009 Dub-hop out of Boulder, CO
  • Little Annie – Going For Gold; 10″ (ON U Sound)
  • Samia Farah – Personne; Many Moods of Samia Farah (SAM) 2008 Fr.Tunisian female

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 5, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist: Ella Fitzgerald does Clapton inna Rub a Dub Stylee!

Ella makes her Smile Jamaica debut. Singing The Cream classic. Eric Clapton shows up too this week!

Greetings,

Before we start: Happy Jamaican Independence Day – 55 years old

<Aug. 6, 1962 – Jamaican Independence Day; 21 sec.>

Before the crappy Digital Millennium Copyright ACT (DMCA)  I used to spin one half of an album midway on Smile Jamaica. Usually something rare that hadn’t been issued on CD (much less digital).

Before Orrin Hatch’s DMCA this is the sort of out of print album. I would spin one half of the vinyl. Rarity for surety!

Orrin Hatch put a stop to that.

  1. DMCA verboten: Can’t play more than 4 songs by the same artist
  2. DMCA verboten: Can’t play more than three songs in a row of any one album.

So I switched up a new tradition: Rockers do Reggae

I ‘n’ I am a music obsessive who listens to a lot more than Reggae. So I have 2 CD Suitcases and then some of Rock, Soul, Jazz, Punk artists doing (usually) one shot Reggae riffs.

Every once in a while someone pitches a bitch. Got a nasty email when playing UK angry rocker Graham Parker’s soul riff down rub a dub “More Questions than Answers”.

Another time I had a caller asking me when Smile Jamaica would be over because I played a Camper Van Beethoven ska tune!

But you gotta trust me. Reggae is universal. Not all of it is great, but some of it is right on.

With that in mind enjoy this week’s Ark-Ive and listen for:  Last week it was jazbo Herbie Mann. Get set this week – Ella Fitzgerald, Eric Clapton, Bad Brains, Judy (Mowatt)  does Jerry (Garcia). From Bad Brains to Bob Dylan.

Check it!

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 5, 2017 Annotated Playlist; 90 sec.

Liberated from British colonial rule: Aug. 6, 1962

Set 1:

  • Brigadier Jerry – Jah Jah Move; Jamaica Jamaica (RAS) ’85 DC vinyl
  • Desmond & Joe – Bristol Rock; Dubbing in the U.K. (Starlight) UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Peter Tosh – Coming in Hot; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 Boulder, Collie-radio live
  • Bad Brains – Leaving Babylon; Babylon Central Soundtrack (ESL) ’83 DC punk-dubbers
  • Capital Letters – Rumours; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group

<Headline News? Roots Reggae vs. The CIA News Network; 13 sec.>

  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. Female herbtune
  • John Holt – Police In Helicopter; 12” (Holt) ’81 siren mix: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Police Siren in your rearview? Johnny Law or Smile Jamaica? 32 sec.>

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – So Much Things to Say; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original + 2017 Ziggy rmx

<Ziggy remixes Exodus 40 – 77 to 2017; 79 sec.>

<1977 to 2017: So Much Things to Say; 44 sec.>

  • Wailing Souls – Wild Wild Life; Cool Runnings Soundtrack (Chaos) ’93 Talking Heads cover
  • Christine Miller & Roots Hi-Tek – Trod Away Home (Roots Hi-Tek) 2005 UK militant steppers

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • The Selecter – Bombscare; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 UK 2 Tone ska

<Pauline Black & The Selecter; 2 wars to 7 in 8 years: Bombscare! 25 sec.>

  • Barrington Levy – Please Jah Jah; Prison Oval Rock (RAS) ‘84
  • Aswad – Hooked On You; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • African Head Charge – Hold Some More; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ’91 UK African/dub
  • Jack Ruby & the Black Disciples – Marcus Garvey Dub; Black Foundation in Dub (Heartbeat) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Black Uhuru – Bull in the Pen; Anthem (Island) ’84 – US rmx

<Fence can’t hold 2 big bull inna the pen; 56 sec.>

  • Mungo’s Hi Fi feat. Top Cat & Soom T – Herbalist + Did You Know?; 12” (Scotch Bonnet)  2007 UK dubstep; herbtune + female vox

<Dubstep = the punk of the Reggae genre; 19 sec.>

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Bunny Wailer – Whirly Girly; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA
  • Akimbo – So Long Trouble;  So Long Trouble (Forward Sounds International) ’85 UK w/ female vox

<Adventures in Cratedigging; 40 sec.>

  • Horace Ferguson – Tranquilizer; Sensi Addict (Prince Jazzbo Music) ’87 JA herbtune
  • Desi Roots – Black Justice; Doing It Right (Hawkeye) ’80 UK
  • New Age Steppers – 5 Dog Race; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK Adrian Sherwood/mutant dub instrumental

Set 6:

  • Judy Mowatt – They Love Each Other; Fire on the Mountain 2 (Pow Wow) ’97 Jerry Garcia cover

<Reggae Dead Mashup>

  • Jimmy Lindsay – Easy; 12 the Hard Way (Tribesman) ’77 Commodores cover
  • Squire Jon – Are We Really Free?; 10” (Hi Try) 2006 UK spoken word
  • King Jammy Meets Dry and Heavy In the Jaws of the Tiger – Do Dub Up Your Fight (BSI) 2001 Jah-pon: Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Ella Fitzgerald – Sunshine of Your Love; Groove Corporation Presents Remixes From Elephant House 2 (Distant Drummer) 2001 covering The Cream rmx 
  • Eric Clapton – Willie and the Hand Jive; 461 Ocean Boulevard (Island) ‘75
  • Garland Jeffreys – Zoo; Garland Jeffreys (Collector’s Music) ’73 NYC rocker
  • Bob Dylan – Man Gave Names to All the Animals; Slow Train Running (Columbia) ‘79
Welcome to Smile Jamaica, Ella!

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Dan-I & King Kietu – Pope; Rastafari Judgement Fire (Imperial Roots) 2009 Sicily: Mutant Dub Set
  • Allan Pillay – Demonic Forces; Wild Paarty Sounds vol. 1 (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 UK
  • Tony Tuff – The Answer; Time Will Tell: Henry & Louis Meet Blue and Red (BSI) 2001 Portland, OR
  • Grace Jones – Hurricane + Dub; Hurricane (Wall of Sound) 2011

Wordcs of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Snowbound Excursion – Jah-nuary 27, 2017!

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Greetings,

I knew it was gonna be trouble. Last Saturday we got 6 inches in the Salt Lake Valley. My garage is in the alley way. Dangerous for getting high centered and sliding into power poles.

So I waited for a lull in the storm and moved my car to the front street.  My street was unploughed and there was snow accumulated over the curb.

Loaded up my stacks of wax and suitcase of disks. And headed for KRCL.….

Goosed my All Wheel Drive Subaru to plow through virgin snow. Best intentions….. 4 wheels on top of snowpack just skidded me to the curb and I was wedged in a snow drift and dead in the water.

Two hour wait for AAA. First show I had been a no show for in 27+ years.

So after I got towed out and back into my garage, I hunkered down in my Secret Dubratory and pulled together 3 hours of Digital Dubplate sound.

Snowmageddon Stylee!

bless, robt

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Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Jah-nuary 27, 2017 Playlist

0-30 min.:

  • Black Uhuru – World is Africa; Sinsemilla (Mango) ‘80
  • Keith Hudson – I Shall Be Released; Flesh of My Skin, Blood of My Blood (Atra) ’74 Bob Dylan cover
  • Bim Sherman – Gold & Silver; Crucial Cuts vol. 1 (Century) ‘86
  • Sister Nancy – Transport Connection; 600% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ‘82
  • Yabby You – Judgment Time; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ‘84
  • Ijahman Levi – Jah Heavy Load; Haile I Hymn (Jahmani) ‘78
  • Mikey Dread – Saturday Night Style; African Anthem (Big Cat)  ’79 dubs

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30-60 min.:

  • Phyllis Dillon – Woman of the Ghetto; Midnight Confessions (Westside)  ’72 Marlena Shaw cover
  • Jacob Miller – Healing of the Nation; Jacob Miller Meets Fatman Riddim Section (Crocodisc) ’78 herbtune
  • kode9 + the spaceape – Portal; Memories of the Future (Hyperdub) 2002 UK: mutant dub w/ dub poetry
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Turn Your Lights Down Low; Redemption (bootleg) ’77 studio demo
  • Carol Kalphat & Clint Eastwood – African Land/Africa We Want to Go; Reggae Archive vol. 1 (ON U Sound) ’78 Prince Far I prod’n
  • The Orb – Towers of Dub; U.F.Orb  (Island) ’92 UK mutant dub 
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Look to the skies!

60-90 min.

  • Christ Hinze feat. Peter Tosh – Puss and Dog; Kings of Reggae (Pop-Eye) Dutch flautist w/ Sly & Robbie
  • Dennis Bovell & Janet Kay – Silly Dub; Dub Dem Silly (Arawak International) ‘93
  • Ras Command – Kali Dub; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ. Mutant dub
  • Barrington Levy – Jah a The Creator + Stinkin’ Dub; Time Capsule (RAS) ‘83
  • Ranking Ann – Black Rock Possee; A Slice of English Toast (Ariwa) ’82 singjay 
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Dutch Flute inna rub a dub stylee

90 min. – 2 hr.:

  • Burning Spear – Farover; Farover (Heartbeat) ‘83
  • Pablo Gad – What Makes a Natty Dread Cry (Discomix); Bloodsuckers (Melodie) ‘78
  • Peter Metro & Lady Ann – Bossanova; Dedicated to You (Grapevine) ’84
  • Sky High & the Mau Mau – Na Lend Out Me Chalice; Origination (Sky High) herbtune
  • Yellowman – Cocky Did Hurt Me; Mister Yellowman (Shanachie) ’82 rude
  • Sam Carty – I Don’t Mind; Black Arkives (Justice League) ‘75
  • Lijadu Sisters – Reincarnation; Sunshine (Afrodisia/Knitting Factory) ’78 Nigerian sisters

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2 hr. – 2 & 1/2 hr.:

  • The Wailers – Concrete Jungle Dub; Dub Marley (Tabou1) ’76 rare dubs
  • The Pioneers – Pusher Man; Give & Take: Best of (Trojan) ‘78
  • Gorillaz vs. Space Monkeyz – Starshine; Laika Come Home (Astralwerks) 2002 Mutant Dub UFOria
  • Sonya Spence – Give Thanks; In the Dark (Skynote)
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Little David– Yes It’s Bless; Acres of Space (Lion & Roots)  2001 UK Mutant Dub 
  • Black Slate – Thin Line Between Love and Hate; Amigo (Ensign) ’80: Persuaders soul cover
  • Martha Velez – Get Up Stand Up; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76: Bob/Peter cover
  • The Meditations – Woman Piabba; Anthology (Nighthawk) ’76 herbtune
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Bob Marley produced Martha Velez w/ Lee Perry & the Wailers

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Inglan Is a Bitch; Bass Culture (Mango)  ’80 UK dub poet
  • Love Joys – One Draw; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ’82 Rita Marley herbtune
  • Lone Ranger – Jamaican Weed; Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy) ’80 herbtune
  • The Rolling Stones – Cherry Oh Baby; Black and Blue (Rolling Stones) ’76 Eric Donaldson cover
  • Trinity – Put it On; Burning (Rhino UK)
  • J. Geils Band – Give It To Me; Bloodshot (Atlantic) ‘73

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist) Jah-vember 12, 2016: 8 down, 42 to go!

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Make America Green again

Greetings,

First re-cap after the election. I have been voting since 1984 and I can’t imagine two worse choices for President than what we got this go round: A greedy, law flaunting incompetent who helped ruin the other states in the Middle East George W didn’t destroy  versus a human Cheeto reality host. Ick.

The only good that came out of this election was this Nation dubbled the number of States that can re-assert mankind’s 8000 year connection to Jah’s wisdom weed. Three other states (including my homeland – Montana) approved Medical Marijuana.

A greener America: Marijuana’s big statement in Election 2016

Legalized: Collie-fornya, Jah-vada, Jah-suchusetts, Maine. (Arizona failed)

Medical MJ: Jah-rkansas, Jah-rida, Jah-tana, North Jah-kota

Jah-chigan’s legalization bid was yanked by an activist judge.

20% of this Nation now have benefitted from cannabis now.

  • In 2013 – 2 down, 48 to go!
  • In 2015 – 4 down, 46 to go!
  • In 2017 – 8 down, 42 to go!
  • In 2019 – ???

Maybe Obama will use an Executive Order and just legalize it everywhere. Finally some “Hope” for “Change” as he is packing up and moving out of the White House.

bless, robt

<8 down, 42 to go! 67 sec.>

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Come on Prez? You smoked it. Your dawta got busted smoking. Since Hillary went down in flames, here is your last chance for a legacy! LEGALIZE IT EVERYWHERE

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Annotated Playlist: Jah-vember 12, 2016

Set 1:

  • The Heptones & Jah Lion – Mr. President; Turn and Fire (Anachron) ’77 Neth. vinyl – Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark production
  • Jah Shaka – Zulu Chalice Dub; Sensi Dub vol. 5 (Original) ’91 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Roy C & the Honey Drippers – Impeach the President; 12” (Tuff City) ’73 soul groover on honey colored wax: 2016 Election Set
  • Carlene Davis – Ism Schism; 7” (Sonic) no capitalism, socialism, racism, communism
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Vote For we; Stop That Train (Greensleeves) ’83 UK dj duo
  • Papa Kojie & Blue Riddim – Nancy Reagan Re-election Remix; 12” (Ora International) ’85 LA
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Oops!

Set 2: 7 inch Jamaican Jukebox cannabis set

  • Peabody & Sherman – Guess Who’s Coming For Sweet Leaf; 7” (blank): Black Uhuru mashup Black Sabbath
  • Lincoln Grant – Marijuana; 7” (Big A)
  • Frankie Paul – Weed Without Seed; 7” (Techniques) Sinsemilla = weed without seed
  • Dawn & Christine – Free Marijuana; 7” (Thompson Sound) dawtas
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8 down, 42 to go!

Set 3: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – Here Comes the Judge; Honorary Citizen (Columbia) ’73 best of rare singles
  • Bunny Wailer – Dog War; Retrospective (Shanachie) ’90 – Toots Hibbert cover
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jamming + Version; Exodus (Deluxe Edition) ‘77

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Set 4:

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Bass Culture; a capella live (LKJ) ’93 Belgium poetry reading
  • Yellowman – Sensimilla; Dancehall 2 (Soul Jazz)
  • Sinead O’Connor – Y Mas Gan; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla)
  • Ethiopians – Slave Call; Slave Call (Heartbeat) ‘77
  • Anthony Johnson – Let Go This One; 12” (Greensleeves) ‘81
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UK dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Matumbi – Man in Me; Best of Matumbi (Trojan) ’74 Bob Dylan cover

<Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan finally accepts his prize>

  • Wayne Wade in Down in Iran; Poor and Humble (Live & Learn) ’82 DC
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Dubwise + Confusion; Tracks (LKJ) ’91 UK: female dub poet
  • Righteous Vibes – Them Don’t KNow Love; Heart of the Ark vol. 2 (Seven Leaf) UK
  • Willin Prophets – Tribute to McCartney; Resurrection (1U) ’87 LA
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Bob Dylan – Nobel Prize toker

Set 6:

  • Tchiya Amet – Tsalogi Thankful; Rise Again Truth (Milky Way) ’99 female
  • Black Survivors – Trim Your Lamp; Nations of the World (Sword Lion) ’95 UK
  • Johnny Clarke – Every Knee Shall Bow; 10″ (Glimmer) ’78
  • Sound Dimension – Rockfort Rock; Downbeat the Ruler (Heartbeat/Studio One) Dub Album of the Hour

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Set 7: Best of 27 Years – Smile Jamaica

  • Burning Spear – He Prayed; Presenting (Studio One) ’73
  • Lacksley Castell – Black Sheep; Princess Lady (Negus Roots) ’83
  • Aisha – Hi-Tech; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88
  • Prince Lincoln Thompson – Natural Wild; Natural Wind (Orange Street) ’80 produced  by New Waver Joe Jackson

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Set 8: Mutant Dub Dawtas

  • Alpha & Omega – Respect to the Warrior; Legend of A & O (Dopic Sounds) 2006 Japanese best of from UK trance dub w/ female vox:
  • Dubblestandart feat. Noa More – Love Can Grow; Are you Experienced (Collision) 2006 Jah-stria
  • Samai Farah – Le Temps s’Immobilse; Samia Farah (Small) ’99 Fr.-Tunisian singer
  • Emperor’s New Clothes feat. Jenny Stancliffe – Tears Inside (Acid Jazz) ’95 UK
  • Jah Wobble feat. Natacha Atlas – Just a Prayer; Umbra Sumus (30 Hertz) ’98 UK

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