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Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: Robert’s Reggae Roadtrip in Rona-ville!

“We will throw your sorry ass off this plane!”

Greetings,

<Robert’s Rona Roadtrip Diary; 2 min. 20 sec.>

Every time….

“You’re getting on a plane?

Yep.

“Wow. Seems risky.”

Ok, Karen. I ‘n’ I have no choice. I’m the eldest and tasked with the responsibility of helping my Mom with my Dad. (Temporarily dain bramaged from a build up of excess spinal fluid. Called NPH.)

Brain surgery to install a shunt drain of excess spinal fluid that flows down a tube and is absorbed harmlessly into the stomach lining.

Since the Rona Pandemic of 2020 I ‘n’ I have boarded/de-planed 10 different planes. At first they were mostly empty. Now they are packed to the rafters. Guess I’ll take my chances with a 99% recovery rate and hope for the best.

So far so good: Bobbylon 43 The Covid 0

Here’s a diary of my  trip.

  • Day 1: SLC to Denver to Phoenix

I ‘n’ I love the cattle car of Southwest Airlines. Pay 15 bucks extra for Early Bird boarding and aim for the back corner of the plane. Didn’t matter. Both legs of the journey were full. In the airport and on the plane I felt the flight staff were more strict on mask compliance than last year or during Xmas 2020. It seems like the more people are vaxxed the stricter they have become.

I wear my mask b/c it’s a bitch when you are scolded for pulling it down to take a sip of anything. It’s ridiculous anyway b/c they make you take down your mask at TSA checkpoint. So I pass on my gamboo to the security person and he/she gives me their cooties. Lovely.

  • Day 2: Cratedigging

Phoenix has great record shops. Several boutique vinyl mostly shops. Their local CD/Vinyl/DVD chain is called Zia and they are terrific. Didn’t find a whole lot this time, except at one store called In the Groove. Snagged about a dozen rare Greensleeves label 12″ vinyl records. Yes I!

Spent $200 filling in gaps for the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. Keep the vinyl shops alive before, during and after The Covid

The other thing? Mask optional. Where some stores had finally opened back up to actual “digging” as opposed to “curbside delivery”, the staff at In the Groove weren’t wearing a mask and there was no “No Mask, No Service” sign on the door

So neither did I’n’ I. I do the old hang off the ear just in case. It was strangely self conscious and exhilarating at the same time. Wow, how quickly we have been accustomed to breathing in our own carbon dioxide and huffing microscopic boogers that accumulate on those face diapers*

*My Pops: “Jesus Christ, would you quit calling masks a face diaper.” So good to have the old cantankerous dad back in the fold which we missed for almost two years!

Pops was days away from one of Cuomo’s Nursing Home/Covid Death Houses and battled back to flash the Hairy Eyeball directed at his ingrate first born!

Except stay six feet apart and keep wearing your face diaper

That was 2020 for I ‘n’ I. Keeping my Pops dodging the Covid. Thanks to Ishtar, the Granter of Wishes! Others weren’t as fortunate.

15,000+
  • Day 3: 420 on 4/20; 107 sec.

Arizona legalized the hippie lettuce in 2020. They didn’t waste any time converting medical only Weed Huts into rec stores. There is a terrific shop in Sun City West that helped my Pops with CBD cream for his neuropathy, 1:1 vape cartridges for my Mom – restless leg syndrome.

Got Mom a nice vape pen for Mother’s Day* since I ‘n’ I broke hers in Dec. (For some reason I am lethal on vape pens, either lose them somewhere or they quit charging.)

*I have always been a good son!

Hey Mom! Charging you an Uber fee for our Roadtrip thru Rona-ville!

I ‘n’ I figured April 20th is like Black Friday for potheads. So I called early. Found out they opened at 8am that sacred day. Sale of 40% off cartridges. Got there by 8:20AM.

Jumped in the long line assuming that was for recreational customers. Asked the guy in front of me. Nope, that was for Medical. Spun the wheel and won a $10 pre-roll. Nice.

Walked right up to rec line like a celebrity. Got in their system and went to the budtender. Nice young woman named, wait for it!…..Marley. (Last trip thru Vegas my budtender’s name was Kaya.) I ‘n’ I was so excited I violated the six foot rule. But at least I had my face diaper on.

The Natural Mystical way to beat back the Rona

Walked out with a little bit of everything. Indica (for sleep); Sativa (for cratedigging); Hybrid (for everyday life). The most unusual thing was that they took credit cards. I ‘n’ I have bought weed in Washington, Collie-rado, Nevada and now Phoenix. Everywhere else was cash for the kasheesh. How civilized. Just like going to Mall-Wart or Olive Garden.

Well fortified, let’s get on the road….

Doing it for the Vitamin C. Beat back The Vid
  • Day 4: Sun City West, AZ to Mesquite, NV (350 miles)

It’s a three day drive from Phoenix to Fort Benton, Montana (North Central part of the state.) 1296 miles

Early high-light (pun intended) was the Last Chance Rest Stop on an Indian reservation just before you cross from AZ to NV.

Alien gear, weed gear and Trump gear “Still My President”. It’s a little disturbing that I’m obsessed with two of the three. Bought some alien schwag, Area 51 T shirt and a bunch of fridge magnets.

Someone call a Karen. Al Leon is wearing his face diaper below his nose!

Pull in to the Virgin River Casino. Had a nice dinner. Near miss with Pops as he went ass over tea kettle. Dude still needs his cane. Two nice bikers helped my Mom and I get him back on his feet.

Pops safe in his room, Mom and I hit the machines. Video Poker for I ‘n’ I. Headed to the exact spot where I won $1000 last fall.

Royal Flush buys a lot of Vape cartridges and pens!

Nevada is a Karen state. Plexiglass is like gambling in a phone booth. I strategically aimed for an end machine close to the bar. Even then the cocktail server doesn’t venture often into the 25 cent video poker machines.

Of course you have to wear a face diaper. I ‘n’ I fire up my Sativa cart and do a little Dr. Ted recreation. (Vaping through a mask). Mmm. Strawberries.

Alas, lightning did not strike twice. The best I ‘n’ I could muster was 4 8’s (400 quarters.) But I got to play about 90 minutes and only dropped 60 bucks. I was crosseyed exhaling strawberry essence through my face diaper (sorry Pops!)

Someone call a Karen, Jed isn’t vaping THROUGH his mask
  • Day 5: Mesquite NV to Idaho Falls ID (550 miles)

Time to grind out the longest and dullest stretch of the 3 day journey. Since Utah and Idaho are 2/3 thirds of the Mormon Triangle States, there will be no vaping nor gambling.

There was ice cream. It was hilarious watching my parent’s little dog Bella go through a bowl of vanilla ice cream like she was going to the dog pound for the long sleep.

Santaquin, UT. Masks for the employees, didn’t see any on the customers.

Hit Idaho Falls, check into the hotel room (so tired I ‘n’ I forgot my face diaper but didn’t need it. Utah and Idaho are coming out of it and getting on with it.) Pizza Hut in the room and half a Law & Order re-run. One toke from Blueberry Indica and I was in dreamland.

  • Day 6: Idaho Falls ID to Fort Benton MT (401 miles)

It wouldn’t be Montana if you didn’t have to worry about snow in April. Montana’s spring lasts from Memorial Day to June 1st.

The Monida Pass between Idaho and Montana is the stuff of nightmares. BFD. We’re going. Praise Anu, a few snow flurries, some low level fog. I give it a B+ by the usual whiteout conditions I ‘n’ I have been used to. Home sweet home.

 

Fort Benton, MT – aka the Birthplace of Montana….and I ‘n’ I
  • Chillin’ in The Birthplace of Montana

Small Axe Mini-Series, Steve McQueen (Amazon Prime)

When you long haul it that early in the spring, you have to book a few extra days before I ‘n’ I would fly back to SLC. Not much to do, so I had some binge time. My parents have Amazon Prime. I carved out the time to watch a fantastic 5 movie series from UK director Steve McQueen.

Collectively it is called Small Axe.

From the Wailers song: You are the big tree, we are the small axe. Sharpened to cut you down.

Five individual films chronicling the West Indian/UK immigrant experience. Unremitting racism, immigrant mistrust, depression of the daily beat down for the color of your skin, lack of educational opportunity.

After the 2020 BLM protests you could truly see that endemic racism is a global phenomenon that didn’t start with an Orange dude still selling MAGA schwag.

Smile Jamaic’a movie review soon come!
  • Fort Benton down with the hemp

17 down, 33 to go. Montana legalized marijuana in Nov. 2020. They haven’t started recreational sales yet but it is legal to possess. Oct. 2021 retail starts….supposedly.

Fort Benton is a town of about 1500 people. Down from about 1800 when I grew up there. Too cold for industry, kids moving off the farm.

But there isn’t a house to be had because of a local hemp processing plant. Yes, hemp. Not cannabis, but I can imagine that will be on-deck now that legal marijuana will need suppliers. They are employing 35 employees in a huge plant on the hill close to my house. They would be the largest non-school/government employer in the entire county.

Indhemp  are making hemp powder for supplements, oil, seeds, CBD extraction and I understand they have expanded to process hemp fiber.

And I ‘n’ I can’t wait until recreational is legal so I can walk up to the old NAPA auto parts store downtown and buy some vape from the Fat Hippie.

Fort Benton’s local dispensary!

  • Rona in Fort Benton-a

So basically after a week of living out of a suitcase, the day after we get home, I wake up and am not feeling all that great. Achy, feverish, low appetite. Are you kidding me? Is it the Rona?

I’ve been talking shit for a year and now it caught me. On the road, 1300 miles of 99% time spent in a car with people/pets I have herd immunity with. In the house I grew up in?

Is the streak over? Bobbylon 43, The Covid 0. Bad news if the Rona scores at all!

I immediately took a vape hit…..waited…..yes, could it be? Strawberries! I ‘n’ I didn’t lose my sensi (pun) of taste! My Mom said to quit being a wuss and come up and empty the dishwasher.

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I ‘n’ I didn’t get my jab yet because I knew I had this massive trip in front of me. And I have talked to a couple people who had side effects. One guy had a tingling rash up and down his arms. My sister thinks it caused her outbreak of shingles.

So, a day later a friend of Pops comes over for a beer. He was setting up for a gun show in Great Falls. His tongue felt weird. And then he  had trouble breathing. His tongue was swelling. He high tailed into Instacare. Epi pen. 24 hours in ICU.

He was totally gobsmacked, a week early he had a 24 hour bout of uncontrolled hiccups that was worse than ICU.

I asked him if he had been recently vaccinated? Yep, two plus weeks earlier. Moderna. I asked an innocent question. Could his back to back adverse health incidences –  uncontrolled hiccups, anaphylactic shock – be a consequence of his jab? Oh, no. Take off your tin foil hat and believe the narrative.

And that’s why I’m waiting for the Sputnik V.

bless, Bobbylon

 

Smile Jamaica Playlist: May 1, 2021

  • Jacob Miller – Each One Teach One; Classic Rockers vol. 2 (Rockers) ’89 UK vinyl comp.
  • Sir Coxsone Sound – Black Wars Dub; King of the Dub Rock Part 2 (Tribesman);  ’82 UK vinyl dub Album of the hour
  • The Pioneers – Long Shot; Give and Take (Trojan) ’68 – Kentucky Derby Set
  • The Pioneers – Longshot Kicked the Bucket; In the Beginning (Jet Star) ‘69
  • The Race Fans – Bookieman; 7” (Upset) ’68 JA
  • Dillinger – Race Day; CB 200 (Mango) ‘76
  • Sugar Minott – One Horse Race; 7” (Chris & Squidley)
  • The Special AKA – Skinhead Symphony (Longshot Kick the Bucket); Stereo-typical A’s, B’s and Rarities (EMI) ‘80
  • Mr. Bojangles – Selassie I Cup; 7” (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ‘77***End of Set 1
  • Roots Gwaan – Good Trees; Exalt H.I.M. (Conscious Riddims) herbtune
  • Hollie Cook feat. Horseman – Cry; Hollie Cook (Mr. Bongo) 2011 UK dawta
  • The Ethiopians – Train to Skaville; Norman & Joey Jay: Good Times 3 (React) ’67 comp.
  • 4th Street Orchestra – Hawaii 5-0; 10” (Rama) ’77 UK TV theme***End of Set 2
  • Slim Smith – Rougher Yet; Full Up (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’67 comp. Best of Smile Jamaica 31+ Years Set
  • Samuel the First – Sounds of Babylon; Keep on Coming Through the Door (Trojan) ’70 comp.
  • Barry Brown – Sensimilla; Far East (Hitbound) ’81 herbtune
  • Hortense Ellis – Jah Mysterious Works; Holding Up Half the Sky (Shanachie) ’80 comp.***End of Set 3
  • The Beat aka The English Beat – Jackpot; I Just Can’t Stop It (Go Feet!) ’80 UK 2 Tone ska
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Perry Farrell – Revolution Solution; CD Single (ESL) DC dubbers
  • K – Right Direction; Nemozian Rasta (I Grade) 2001 female
  • The Congos – Music Maker; 12” (99) ’81 NY***End of Set 4
  • Winston Jarrett – Ishen Galore; Wise Man (Tamoki Wambesi) ’79 UK herbtune: Vinyl is Vital Set
  • Freddie McKay – Settle For Me; Alcatraz (Mr. Tipsy) ’85 JA
  • Devon Russell – People Get Ready; Roots Music (Studio One) ’82 JA
  • Kingpin – Hottest Shot; Lovers Delight (Ariwa) ’93 UK lovers rock
  • Norma King – Hot Child in the City; 12” (Zion Love) ’89 Can. Nick Gilder pop cover***End of Set 5
  • Robert Palmer – Love Can Run Faster; 7” (Island) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n; Rockers do Reggae Set
  • Graham Parker – Howlin’ Wind; Howlin’ Wind (Mercury) ’76
  • Sinead O’Connor – The Glory of Jah; Theology (Koch) 2007
  • The Long Beach Dub All-Stars – Astro-Dub; Sunny Hours EP (Dreamworks) 2001
  • Ja-Man All-Stars – Dub Zone; In the Dub Zone (Blood & Fire) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour***End of Set 6
  • Bob Marley & the Wailing Wailers – Thank You Lord; Wail ‘N Soul ‘M Singles (JAD) ’67: Wailers Family Tree
  • Peter Tosh – Crimson Pirate; Arise Blackman (Trojan) ’69 Jackpot 7” organ instrumental
  • Phyllis Dillon – Long Time No Nice Time; Trojan Bob Marley Tribute Box Set (Trojan) ’72 Wailers cover
  • Bunny Wailer – Rule Dancehall + version; Solomonic Singles vol. 2 (Solomonic) ‘87***End of Set 7
  • Dry & Heavy – Rumble Dub; 10” EP (Green Tea) 2000 UK – Jah-pon: Mutant Dub Set
  • Seeed – Million Dead Tongues; King Size Dub Chapter 6 (Echo Beach) 2000 Germ. comp
  • David Holmes – Slash the Seats; This Film’s Crap Let’s Slash the Seats (Go Disks!) ‘95
  • Ellen Allien feat. Miss Kitten  – Rippin Kitten (BPitch Control) 2004 comp.
  • Kid Loco – Here Copmes the Munchies; Kill Your Darlings (Bella Union) 2001 Fr.
  • Alpha & Omega feat. Lee “Scratch” Perry – Dub Fire;
  • Trample the Eagle and the Bear (Alpha & Omega) 2005 UK trance dubbers
  • Rara Avis – Guyatri Mantra; Essential Lounge: Bombay (UBL) 2005 Hindi dub

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Mar. 6, 2021 – Bunny Wailer Joins Jah’s Heavenly Choir

Bunny Wailer, b. Apr. 10, 1947 joins Jah’s Heavenly Choir

Greetings,

Crap. I ‘n’ I was still processing the loss of Reggae stalwart U Roy. I was actually at work editing a sound file when all of a sudden my phone lit up. Twitter, Rolling Stone, friends: Bunny Wailer passes of complications from a stoke he had last summer. At 73, that is far too young. But now he adds the high harmony to Bob’s tenor and Peter’s baritone.

As it was and ever shall be. Selah!

Bob was the rock star. Peter the militant. And Bunny was rightfully the mystic man of the trio. He didn’t want to fit into the rock star mold that Island owner Chris Blackwell wanted for the group. So he pulled out and re-trenched as a Rasta philosopher and dancehall pioneer. His high harmonies on Hallelujah Time*, which I lead off with today, speak to his gospel prowess.

*Great name for a Reggae radio show/podcast!

<Hallelujah Time; 32 sec.>

Bunny, Bob, Peter – locks grow in their heart!

As befit their ghetto roots that led to so much great music, they were all inter-related.  Bunny’s father lived with Bob’s mother and had a dawta. Bob’s half sister. Peter had Andrew Tosh with Bunny’s sister. So even when the 3 went their separate ways, they were still and always a family.

<Why I call it Wailers Family Tree; 30 sec.>

Bunny’s father; Bob’s mother; sister Pearl

For I ‘n’ I, Bunny Wailer always means two things. The record I purchased before I was even into Reggae: Blackheart Man. Saw it front and center at the foundation Salt Lake City record shop Cosmic Aeroplane. Great Neville Garrick cover art. Gatefold sleeve, rare for a Reggae record. Of Bunny, spliff in his mouth, a lion protruding from his third eye while an extra terrestrial looking Haile Selassie sits upon his shoulder. That album helped light the fuse.

The Blackheart Man. Indeed!

<Blackheart Man, earliest addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive; 58 sec.>

The other sublime Bunny Wailer is his stepping out on lead with the 1971 recording of Dreamland. The lyrics are all about going to heaven. (The last song on this podcast edition.) Lee “Scratch” Perry brought out that terrific mysticism that is so authentic and powerful. When its my turn, I’ve asked it to be played at any gathering my would family have.

Thank you Neville Livingston for making us enriched with the power of your music and the beauty of your voice.

bless, Bobbylon

Bonus Story: How Thievery Corporation saved me in a blizzard going over Monida Pass, Holiday 2002

The worst stretch of I-15 from Fort Benton, Mt to SLC: the dreaded Monida Pass. Snow, wind, ice, bitter cold

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives:  March 6, 2021  Playlist: 2 min. 35 sec.

Set 1:

  • Horace Andy – Oh Lord, Why Lord; Best of (Studio One) ’72 JA vinyl; Parliament/G. Clinton cover
  • Jah Shaka – Institution Dub; Dub Masters Vol. 1 (Mango) ’89 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • The Wailers – Hallelujah Time; Burnin’ (Island) ’73 UK vinyl: Bunny Wailer on vox. RIP
  • Bush Chemists – Time of Tribulation; Light Up Your Spliff (Conscious Sounds) ’96 UK Mutant Dub
  • Johnnie Moore & the Skatalites – South China Sea (Take 1); 10” EP (Top Deck) ’65 UK green vinyl trumpet ska
  • Cocoa Tea – There’s an Herb Tree in My Garden; Mr. Cocoa Tea (Blue Mountain) ’85 herbtune/Ben E. King Spanish Harlem
  • Universal Speakers – We Roots + Dub; We Roots (Catch Me Time) 2012 US roots dawta group
Cover of George Clinton’s pre-funk Parliament soul/gospel ballad. Beautiful!

Set 2:

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Emilia Torriani – Heaven Is In Your Eyes; Richest Man in Babylon (ESL) 2002 DC dubbers
  • Lee Perry & the Upsetters – Soul Man; Double Seven (Trojan) ’73 cover of Sam & Dave soul
  • Judy Mowatt – Black Woman; Women Hold Up Half the Sky (Shanachie) ’76 comp.
  • Welton Irie – Man Next Door; 12” (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’79 FL: dj to Paragons tune
  • Johnny Clarke – Every Knee Shall Bow; Dreader Dread (Blood & Fire) ’78 comp.
Trusted compan+ion through a blizzard over Monida Pass: Xmas 2002

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 31+ Years

  • Bunny Wailer – Cease Fire; Roots Radics Rockers Reggae (Shanachie) ’83 herbtune
  • Dr. Alimantado – Oil Crisis; Born For a Purpose (Greensleeves) ‘73
  • Marcia Griffiths – Give and You Get; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79
  • George Faith – Midnight Hour/Ya Ya; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark: Wilson Pickett/The Coasters cover
  • Dub Specialist – Starring Dub; Dub (Heartbeat/Studio One) 70’s dub album of the hour
Among the first 10 Reggae CDs added to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives; Oct. 1986, Salt Lake City

Set 4:

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  • Michigan & Smiley – Diseases; Dancehall (Soul Jazz) ’84 comp.
  • Wailing Souls – Wild Wild Life; Cool Runnings Soundtrack (Chaos) ’93 Talking  Heads cover
  • Black Harmony – Our Feelings; 12” (Cool Rockers) ’81 UK female lovers Rock
March 20th Live on Smile Jamaica – Crappy Ronaversary Year 1 krcl.org 909FM. 4-7 PM

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • U Roy – Control Tower; Rasta Ambassador (TR Groovemaster) ’77 JA 
  • Phyllis Barnes – Black Cinderella; Yabby You and King Tubby’s All-Stars (Yabby You) early 90’s JA
  • The Specials – Stereotypes; Top Chrysalis 2 (Chrysalis) ’80 Spanish comp
  • Bunny Wailer – Ballroom Floor; Live (Mango) 12/26/82 morn in JA US

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bunny Wailer – This Train; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76 US – Sister Rosetta Tharpe cover
  • Bunny Wailer – Galong So; Solomonic Singles vol. 2 (Solomonic) ‘81
  • Bob Marley & the Wailing Wailers – Nice Time; Wail ‘N Soul ‘M Singles (JAD) ‘67
  • Ranny Williams feat. Peter Tosh – Pepper Seed; Arise Blackman (Trojan) ’69 Unity label single. Peter on organ
  • King Tubby – Many Moods of the King Dub; I Am the King (Sprint) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • David Lindley – Tu-Ber-Cu-Lucas and the Sinus Blues; El Rayo-X (Asylum) ’81 Rockers do Reggae Set
  • The Members – Clean Men; 1980: The Choice is Yours (Virgin) ’80 UK pub rock
  • Robert Palmer – Hard Head; Some People Can Do What They Like (Island) ‘76
  • Grace Jones – Love You to Life + Dub; Hurricane (Wall of Sound) 2011

Set 8: Reggae Rona Mini Opera

  • David Fly – Coronavirus Covid-19; Digital File: Reggae Rona Mini Opera
  • The Ethiopians – Hong Kong Flu; Original Hit Sound (Trojan) ‘69
  • The Clash – Lost in the Supermarket; London Calling (Epic) ‘79
  • The Police – Don’t Stand So Close to Me; Zenatta Mondatta (A & M) ‘80
  • Junior Byles – Fever; Beat Down Babylon (Trojan) ’72 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Junior Delgado – Live Like a Hermit; Sisters and Brothers (Blue Moon) ‘79
  • Love Clinic – Love Clinic; Love Clinic (Ariwa) 2005 UK Roots Dawtas
  • The Wailers – Dreamland; Complete Upsetter Collection (Trojan) ’71 Bunny Wailer on vox
Love Clinic or one of Cuomo’s nursing homes? The choice is yours!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 20, 2021 – NASA vs. The God of Covid

NASA rover Perserverance lands on Mars to do battle with Nergal, the Sumerian God of Covid

Greetings,

Congratulations to NASA and the Jet Propulsion Lab. They landed their Perserverance rover on Mars and have been road  tripping across the red planet sending back data.

NASA rover successfully lands on Mars

From previous fly overs and images captured there are a lot of strange anthropomorphic sites on the surface of the planet.

Martian Stonehenge?
Martian bullfrog?
Martian fertility goddess?

The most famous image is at Cydonia: The Face on Mars.  In 1976, NASA’s Viking orbiter (couldn’t land a vehicle on the planet then) captured an image of a mesa with an obvious human face.

Cydonia – Rock face mesa (or temple?) on Mars. Not a trick of the light. Two eyes, bejeweled helmet, nose, two lips. Humanoid!

The unimaginative scoffers at NASA tried to write it off as a trick of the light and shadows. But another photo captured it with even more clarity.  Even after more pictures surfaced the agency still adheres to the notion Cydonia is an optical illusion.

Now is the time to put up or shut up. Send Perserverance to the base of the mesa shaped rock formation and let’s get a close up.

But that strategy is not without risk. Many of the Russian rovers who tried to map the surface were mysteriously fried and knocked out just to be a Martian junk yard.

Could it be the Martians don’t want to be found? Ancient Astronaut Theory says yes!

Marvin the Martian gives the hairy eyeball to NASA planetary exploration

<NASA on Mars! For how long? 45 sec.>

What do I think? Thanks for asking! Mars has always been associated as a war planet of hostile intent.

Mars gets its name from the Roman God of War. The reddish hue of the planet gives off a malevolent vibe down below on Earth. Hindus called the red planet Angakara after their God of War and the occult. Wikipedia mentions that In ancient China, the advent of Mars was taken as a portent for “bane, grief, war and murder”.

Angakara – Hindu God/ancient astronaut. Mars and the God of war

My hypothesis is this. Cydonia is a temple to the Sumerian God Nergal. Consulting multiple episodes of Ancient Aliens, reading the text  of my many Sumerian religion books (don’t call what came first mythology!), this is my analysis:

In the main 7 Ancient Astronaut pantheon of so-called Sumerian Gods, Nergal is the most malevolent. His planet is Mars.

Who is Nergal? The Greeks plagiarized him as Hades. God of the Underworld. Associated with fire, war, destruction, devastation, plagues, death. Pestilence. Consider him the God of Covid!

Nergal – Sumerian God of Death

<Nergal (Mars) – The God of Covid; 2 min 55 sec>

The Martians who worship him, do not want their temple at Cydonia defiled. They can see what happens when mankind discovers/invades. Ask the Mayans and Aztecs the tender kindness shown to them by Conquistadors four hundred years ago. They are  gonna protect what’s theirs. I don’t expect that cute little rover, Perserverance, to have a very long life.

Nergal on high alert since Trump created the Space Force

<Your Ace From Outer Space; 77 sec.>

China and Elon Musk are trying to get to Mars as well. I ‘n’ I play the song by Alpha Blondy “Interplanetary Revolution” on this Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive podcast. The Martians know we never come in peace and they will not allow Starbucks, McDonald’s or Amazon on the Red Planet. No strip mining for minerals for Iphones.

Heed my prophecy, this will lead to weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. And why does any of this matter? I ‘n’ I found a fresh stack of UFO tunes by Burning Spear, Alpha Blondy, Cornell Campbell and I ‘n’ I wanted to rinse them out on my typical UFOria sets on Smile Jamaica!

As I ‘n’ I always say: Look to the skies! Do not scoff!

Fly Me to the Moon? Mr. Spear needs to re-record as Fly Me to Mars

Reggae lost a giant this week. U Roy, age 78, joined Jah’s Heavenly Choir after a lifetime of diabetes. He wasn’t the first Jamaican to chant over Rock Steady riddims in the mid 60’s, but he was the most popular through his inventive lyrical style. He was the forefather to what came after: toasting (think Ranking Roger of the (English),  Beat), 70’s Reggae deejay chanters, dancehall ragga and especially hip hop and rap.

Many of the NYC hip hop originators like Kool Herc came from Jamaican emigrants who brought their record collections north from the Island. His records helped develop the most successful new music format since rock or soul. No U Roy, no Public Enemy, Jay Z or Snoop Dogg.

The last song on this Ark-ive podcast continues his origination: Your Ace From Space which led indirectly to Neil Armstrong skanking on the Moon a year later.

Now Bob Marley and Peter Tosh have someone to chant over their riddims in Jah’s abode.

bless, Bobbylon

<RIP U Roy – inventor of toasting, deejay, hip hop and rap; 56 sec.>

U Roy – “I originate while others imitate”. Indeed

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Feb. 20, 2021

Set 1:

  • Sister Frica – One in the Spirit; Rockers All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’78 Chicago vinyl; ’85 comp.
  • The Revolutionaries? – Ital Step; Vital Dub Strictly Rockers (Hitbound) ’76 Brooklyn vinyl dub album of the hour
  • U Roy – The Originator; Rock With I (RAS) ’78; RIP inventor of deejaying
  • Zema &  the Gladiators –  Trouble Never Set; Jubilee (Melchizedek) 2009 SoCal female artist
  • Jackie Opel & the Skatalites – Valley of Green (Take 2); 4 Track EP (Top Deck) ’65 UK green vinyl
  • Culture – International Herb; Livity (RAS) ’98 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2:

  • Rico Rodriguez – Rico’s Special (Reloaded); 10” (Above Rock) ’76 NY picture sleeve; trombone
  • Horace Andy – Better Collie; Prime of Horace Andy (Music Club) ’75 herbtune
  • Barry Brown – Stand Firm; Far East (Hitbound) ‘81
  • L.S. Diesel Meets Digidub – Skunk Funk (The Mix); King Size Dub Volume 1 (Echo Beach) ‘95
14 down, 36 to go. Lost South Dakota legal/medical weed

Set 3:

  • Rockers Hi Fi – Transmission Central; Thievery Corporation: DJ Kicks (!K7) ’99 dub comp
  • Big Youth – Get Up Stand Up; Trojan Tribute to Bob Marley Box Set (Trojan) ’76 Marley/Tosh cover
  • Roots Uprising – Master Blaster Jammin’; 12” (Top Ranking) ’81 Miami – Stevie Wonder cover/Marley Tribute
  • Sly Dunbar – Sesame Street Theme; Front Line Dub (Virgin Front Line) ’79 comp; Dub Album of the Hour
Stevie Wonder cover/Bob Marley tribute

Set 4: Jamaican Jukebox 7″

  • Susan Cadogan – Piece of My Heart; 7” (OB International) Janis Joplin/Erma Franklin cover ’80: 7” Jamaican Jukebox Set
  • Lui Lepkie – Tribute to Bob Marley; 7” (Joe Gibbs Ultra Sound) ‘81
  • Carlton Livingston – Cold Cold Winter; 7” (Grade One)
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – 13 Dead; Dub Ranting; 7” EP (Radical Wallpaper) ‘82 UK 8 track picture sleeve
8 track, 7″ 33 and 1/3 UK dub poetry

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Ken Boothe – This Love of Ours; Reggae For Lovers  (Generation) ’79 Missisauga, Ont. Canada
  • Prince Far I – The More We Are Together; Musical History (Trojan) ’83 UK herbtune
  • Gedeon Jerrubaal – Jedna Milosc, Jedna Nie Nawisc; Reggae From Around the world (RAS) ’88 DC; Polish Reggae mixed by Adrian Sherwood
  • Amjam – Every Little Thing; Live Off the Board (Celluloid) ’87 live at CBGB punk club
  • Baby Rose – Barb Wire; Can Jam  Reggae Rockers Disco Style (Rocktone) ’81 Toronto, CA; Nora Dean cover
Polish Reggae on Smile Jamaica!

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailing Wailers – Stir It Up; Wail ‘N Soul ‘M Singles (JAD) ’67
  • Peter Touch – Selassie Serenade; Arise Blackman (Trojan) ’69 B-side organ instrumental
  • Marcia Griffiths – Steppin’ Out of Babylon; Women in Reggae (Shanachie) ’79 comp.
  • Bunny Wailer – Rise & Shine ; Solomonic Singles vol. 2 (Solomonic) ‘81
Short lived Wailers boutique label: Wail ‘N Soul ‘M (1966-1968)

Set 7: Best of Smile Jamaica 31+ Years

  • U Roy – Music Addict; Music Addict (RAS) ’87 RIP:
  • Aisha – Tribulation; High Priestess (Ariwa) ‘88
  • Black Uhuru – Sinsemilla; Tear It Up! Live (Mango) ’82 live in London
  • Dr. Alimantado – Sons of Thunder; Born For a Purpose (Greensleeves) ‘73
  • 4th Street Orchestra – Ah Who Seh? Ah Who She? Go Deh! (Rama) ’76 Dennis Bovell dub album of the hour
RIP at age 78. Inventor of toasting, deejay talkover, hip hop, rap

Set 8: UFO-ria. NASA on Mars

  • Burning Spear – Fly Me to the Moon; Mistress Music (Slash) ’88
  • Alpha Blondy – Interplanetary Revolution; Cocody Rock!!! (Shanachie) ‘84
  • Cornell Campbell – Stars; The Minstrel (Westside) ‘75
  • Laurel Aitken – Apollo 12; The Pama Years (Grover) ‘69
  • Bam Bam – Star Wars + Dub; Power of  a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87 LA Vinyl/Roots Dawta
  • U Roy – Your Ace From Space; Version Galore (Treasure Isle) ‘68
U Roy – Your Ace from Space joins Jah’s Heavenly Choir

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 13, 2021 – Lovers rock Reggae

 

Greetings,

<Smile Jamaica Lovers Rock Showcase; 80 sec.>

For three plus decades if you have listened to Smile Jamaica, you know that with the Ark-ives I ‘n’ I have given regular showcases for 420, Jah-loween, Mutant Dub, UFOria, Bobfest, Roots Dawtas, etc.

But not a full show of the Reggae genre called Lovers Rock. This format is very popular in places like the United Kingdom and the Pacific Islands. For me, it’s a little too smooth when I’m going more for grit. Many a Reggae love song won’t make the playlist if I ‘n’ I hear strings overdubbed on the track.

The day before Valentine’s Day was all Lovers Rock Smile Jamaica.

I ‘n’ I subscribe mostly to Big Youth’s “No more songs about girls”. But there are many people in JA UK and worldwide who favor more of the John Holt’s, Beres Hammond’s and Eddie Lovette’s than the Spear’s, Tosh’s and Prince Fari’s.

Me being a Reggae curmudgeon, I  ‘n’ I can and will chant down Babylon all the live long day. But in places like mid 70’s UK, in the dancehalls and shebeens around London, if you wanted the dawtas to come down and rub a dub, you better juggle-in some sweet ladies and smooth operators to the mix.

The gals dress up nice, want to go out and have a dread buy her a drink, take her on the dancefloor for a little rub a dub session and see ya later! And they weren’t gonna leave their seat for heavy militant Rasta protest.

Doing the Rub a Dub

Women artists and groups like Brown Sugar, 15 16 17 (2 sisters and a cousin), all the great Mad Professor dawtas like Aisha, Kofi and Sandra Cross ruled the airwaves with smoother Reggae focusing mostly on themes of love and love lost.

Aisha – Smile Jamaica’s favorite Roots Dawta

So maybe there is a way, I ‘n’ I can split the difference. Can I keep to the rootsy Reggae riddim accompaniment while blending in a focus of all romance and not have it sound wimpy or soggy?

Started with Gregory Isaac singing about the Night Nurse “only you alone can quench this here dry unproductive cough, cough, cough”. Dubbled up the Roots Dawta quotient,  hit the Lovers Rock stalwarts like Barrington Levy, Cornell Campbell and George Faith. End it with a half hour of Mutant Lovers.

Mutant Dub

Listen for yourself. Would this Ark-ive edition get the lovelies on the dancefloor or is it still the Roots head fraternity in the corner burning spliff and plotting revolution?

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Lovers Rock Special Playlist: Feb. 13, 2021 

Set 1:

  • Ronnie Davis – All I Have Is Love; Crucial (Big Mac Soul Power) Can. Vinyl; Gregory Isaacs cover
  • Jah Shaka – Deliverance – Commandments of Dub Chapter 6 (Jah Shaka) ’87 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse; Night Nurse (Mango) ‘82
  • 15 16 17 – Someone Special; Magic Touch (DEB) ‘79
  • Toots & the Maytals – My Name Is So Strong; Pass the Pipe (Mango) ‘79
  • Cornell Campbell – Girl of My Dreams; Natty Dread in a Greenwich Farm (Striker Lee) ‘75
  • The Silvertones – Take a Little Love; Rare Reggae Grooves From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ‘79
“Night Nurse, only you alone can quench this dry, unproductive cough, cough cough…..”

Set 2:

  • June Lodge – Kiss and Say Goodbye; Someone Loves You Honey (Joe Gibbs) ’80 Manhattans cover
  • Culture – Roots Girl; Roots & Culture (Jah Life) ‘82
  • Junior Delgado – Love Tickles Like Magic; Treasure Found (Incredible Music) ‘75
  • Brown Sugar – I’m in Love With a Dreadlocks; I’m in Love With a Dreadlocks (Soul Jazz) ’79 UK female lovers rock trio
  • George Faith w/ Dillinger – To Be a Lover; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n

Set 3:

  • Pat Rhoden – Boogie On Reggae Woman: Just My Imagination vol. 3 (Trojan) ’75 Stevie Wonder cover
  • Akabu – My Love; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’95 UK female group
  • Aswad – Hooked on You; To the Top (Simba) ‘86
  • Leroy Smart – This Love; King Tubbys at the Controls vol. 2 (Original) late 70’s
  • Blackbeard – Electrocharge;  I Wah Dub (EMI) Dub ’80 Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Afro Omega – All My Love; Pick Up the Pieces EP (Afro Omega) 2006 SLC w/ female vox
  • Joe Higgs – My Baby Still Loves Me; Life of Contradiction (Esoldun) ‘75
  • Empress Rasheda – True Love; Hail H.I.M. (Roots) ‘95
  • Barrington Levy – Loving You; Time Capsule (RAS) ‘82***End of Set 4

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital Lovers Set

  • The Heptones – Soul Sister; Legends From Studio One (Trenchtown) ’72 Allen Toussaint cover: 
  • Barry Brown – True Love Is the Answer; Step It Up Youthman (Jackpot) ’79 UK
  • Jah Woosh – Falling in Love; Dreadlocks Affair (Trojan) ’75 UK dj to Midnight Train to Georgia
  • Honey Boy – Will You Be My Girl; In Dreamland (Taretone) ’81 UK
  • Sheila Hylton – Breakfast in Bed; 12” (Ballistic) ’79 UK Dusty Springfield cover

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree Lovers Rock

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Turn Your Lights Down Low; Exodus (Tuff Gong) ’78 Peter Tosh feat. Gwen Guthrie – Nothing But Love; Wanted Dread & Alive (EMI America) ’81 US vinyl
  • Marcia Griffiths – The Way I Feel About You; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Bunny Wailer – Love Fire; Solomonic Singles vol. 2 (Solomonic) ‘78

Set 7:

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Lorraine; Bass Culture (Mango) ‘80
  • Aisha – Love Is So Simple; High Priestess (Ariwa) ‘88
  • Susan Cadogan – Say a Little Prayer; Songs of Aretha (Ariwa) 2019 Aretha Franklin covers

Set 8: Lovers Rock Mutant Dub Set

  • Singers & Players – Thing Called Love; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 
  • New Age Steppers – My Love; 7” (Statik) ’81 UK picture sleeve
  • Bim Sherman – You Are the One; ON U Sound Reggae Archives vol. 2 (ON U Sound) BB Seaton cover
  • Claude Fontaine – Love Street; Claude Fontaine (Innovative Leisure) 2019 Fr. dawta
  • Dry & Heaven – Love Explosion; Full Contact (BSI) 2000 Jah-pon w/ female vox
  • UB40 – Love Is All Is Alright; UB44 (Virgin)
Roots Dawta: Claude Fontaine – French Mutant Lovers Rock

Smile Jamaica Jah-nuary 23, 2021: Oumuamua and UFO-ria!

Intergalactic artificial space visitor: Ouomuamua – Hawaiian for “probe”

Greetings,

I was reading RT earlier in the month and they are a good source of Extra Terrestrial runnings.

<Oumuamua and the Ancient Astronaut redemption>

They had an article regarding first proof of intergalactic visitation from outside our  Milky Way galaxy

Harvard astronomer says alien technology visited in 2017, may have been distant civilization’s trash

Now this isn’t coming from I ‘n’ I, your pothead Ancient Astronaut Theorist/Anunnaki enthusiast. It’s not coming from big haired Swiss Greek dude Giorgio.

You not down with Ancient Aliens on History Channel? Feel free to scoff. This is coming from Harvard University. Not some egghead in the Astronomy Department trying to make tenure.

This came from the Head of the Dept. himself, Prof. Avi Loeb.

The story is this:

Hawaii has the Haleakala Observatory. In early 2017, astronomers monitoring the feed saw a long cylindrical object pass by. The first time something crossed into our galaxy from beyond.

They named it Oumuamua which is Hawaiian for “scout”. I ‘n’ I watched enough John Wayne movies to know scouts were the ones who went out and reported on enemy movements.

Let’s call Oumuamua for what it really is: a probe. An advance craft seeking info throughout the skies and reporting back. Just like we have been doing since Carl Sagan was sending space probes, The Voyager 1977, into the outer reaches of our galaxy.

Carl Sagan believer in extraterrestrials until “they” threatened to take away his Cosmos TV show

But in alien pop culture, probe means this:

Everyone tends to think Flying Saucer, but just as prevalent are UFO’s shaped like cigars. Oumuamua is aerodynamic for long haul space probing…err, scouting.

In Prof. Loeb’s forthcoming book,  Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth, he describes why it’s not a comet or natural phenomenon:

“What would happen if a caveman saw a cellphone? He’s seen rocks all his life, and he would have thought it was just a shiny rock,”

Prof. Loeb’s observations:

  1. Oumuamua is a rare shape and was mistaken for a comet. The shape acts as a sun-sail which projects itself via sunlight energy.
  2. Unusual brightness for a celestial entity. 10x more than the usual asteroid or comet
  3. In addition to its blinding brightness, that brightness fluctuates unnaturally or predictably.
  4. Varying speeds and odd trajectory which suggests its own sort of post-gravitational acceleration when it should be decelerating as it moves away from our sun
  5. It could be a piece of space junk discarded by aliens like we have littered our galaxy with terrestrial made space material.

From the RT article: “The only way to look for [alien civilizations] is to look for their trash, like investigative journalists who look through celebrities’ trash,” Loeb said.

Terrestrial space junk littering the skies

 

Of course Prof. Loeb’s colleagues are giving the hairy eyeball to Oumuamua’s artificial bonafides and say it’s just a far travelling comet. One which does not have any water vapor tail.

And the scoffing begins with the same dismissive attitude as how humans built massive structures like the Great Pyramids, Puma Punku and Baalbek using stone and bone tools when massive cranes and 21st century technology could not rebuild those ancient wonders today.

Aliens took their tools with them when they left. Obviously.

More from RT:

Loeb has a simple response to those who deny potential new breakthroughs for fear of upending established conventions. “Reality is the one thing that never goes away, even if you ignore it,” he says.

I ‘n’ I don’t have a Ph.D. in Astronomy but that statement fits my personal philosophy of “your perception is not my reality!”

Prof. Avi Loeb, head of Harvard Astronomy Dept. Soon come on Ancient Aliens

And why does any of this matter? I ‘n’ I was in the mood to play some UFO Reggae

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jan. 23, 2021

Set 1:

  • Tapper Zukie – Jah Jah Is I Guiding Star; Dread Locks Rasta (Attack) ’76 JA vinyl
  • King Tubby – King Tubby’s Shock Attack; King Tubby’s Boom Shot  vol. 4 (Yabby You) ‘80’s JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Zema – Keep Justice; Stranger in the Gates (Melchizedek) ’97 So Cal roots dawta
  • Bedouin Soundclash feat. Vernon Buckley – Jealousy Get Free; Street Gospels (Sideonedummy) 2007 Canadian group feat. Maytones singer
  • Prince Jazzbo – Dreadlock Corner; Ital Corner (Clocktower) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • The Deacons – Hungry Man; 10” EP (Top Deck) ’65 green vinyl ska
  • Daweh Congo – Proverbs + Dub; Guidance/Guidance Dub (Charm) 2000 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2:

  • Peter Broggs – International Farmer; Rejoice (RAS) ’97 herbtune
  • Ayo – Only You; Ayo (Interscope) 2008 Nigerian-German dawta
  • Aggrolites – Countryman Fiddle; Unleashed Live vol. 1 (Brixton) 2011 So Cal ska/regge
  • Lloyd Hemmings & Ranking Joe – Garrison; Return of the Rub-a-Dub- Style (Echodelic) 2011
  • Silver Fox – Jamaica Nice; 10” (Jah Life) ’80 Brooklyn

Set 3:  Best of Smile Jamaica 31+ Years

  • Wailing Souls – Bredda Gravalicious; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ’77 comp.: 
  • Black Slate – Legalize Collie Herb; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK herbtune
  • Ika Black – Special Love; Special love (Keyman) ’90 UK female lovers rock
  • Burning Spear – Travelling/Walking; Spear Burning (Pressure Sounds) ‘75
  • Dub Syndicate/Centry – 2001 Struggle (Remix); 10” (ON U Sound) ’96 UK

Set 4:

  • Dennis Alcapone – The Sky’s  the Limit (Flying Machine); Guns Don’t Argue (Trojan) ’72 UFOria
  • Afro Omega – Love Is What I Need; Live at the Lazy Moon (bootleg)
  • Thievery Corporation – Amerimacka; Babylon Central Soundtrack (ESL)
  • Dry & Heavy – Private Plan Dub; 10”  EP (Green Tea) 2000 Jah-pon

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital Set

  • Tony Bell & Kutchie – Free ‘dem; Mercy (Blue Moon) ’89 Chicago: 
  • Doreen Schaeffer – This Love; Pirates Choice (Studio One) ’80 JA
  • Trinity Meets the Mighty Diamonds – Wait in Vain; Trinity Meets the Mighty Diamonds (Relic World) ’89 JA
  • Horace Andy – Cry Fe Me; Fresh (Island in the Sun) ’87 US
  • Barry Brown – Please Mr. Officer; Barry Brown (Thompson Sound) ’79 JA herbtune
  • Bullwackie’s All Stars – Black Heart Dub (Senrab) ’76 dub album of the hour

Set 6:  7” Jamaican Jukebox

  • Rob Smarley (aka The Gladiators) – Holiday Ride; 7” (Portland) ’78: 
  • Nedley Denton – I am a Lion; 7” (Breathern (sic) of Art Soundtrack)
  • Lasana Bandele’ – Col’ War; 7” (Storitela) picture sleeve
  • Dawn & Christine – Panadol; 7” (M & M) herbtune
  • The Lions – New Girl; 7” (Lions Bread) 2010 So Cal instrumental
Albert Griffiths of The Gladiators – New member of Jah’s Heavenly Choir

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – You Can’t Fool Me Again; Can’t Blame the Youth (JAD) ’69
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – African Herbsman (New Mix); Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Deluxe Edition)  (Studio One) ’70 herbtune
  • Dennis Brown – Armagideon; 7” (Emmanuel) ’84 Bunny Wailer cover
  • Bunny Wailer – Solidarity; Solomonic Singles vol. 2 (Solomonic) ’77 dub to Armagideon

Set 8: UFO-ria Set

  • Kofi – Reggae Starship; Black Coffee (Ariwa) ’90 UK dawta: 
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Angel Gabriel and the Space Boots; Lord God Muzick (Heartbeat) ‘90
  • Derrick Morgan – Do the Moon Hop; Do the Moonwalk (Trojan)
  • U Roy – Your Ace From Space; Version Galore (Treasure Isle) ’68 JA vinyl
  • Unity – Stargazing; Heat Your Body Up (Virgin) ’83 UK vinyl
  • Sister Carol – Lost inna Space; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’89 DC vinyl
  • Sly & Robbie – Space Invaders; Syncopation (Joe Gibbs) ’82 Miami vinyl
  • Tena Stelin – UFO + Unidentified Flying Dub; Lion Symbol (Jah Warrior) ‘99

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-vember 7, 2020 – 15 down, 35 to go!

Greetings,

<Cannabis 2020 – 15 down, 35 to go! 68 sec.>

Orange Daddy vs. Qtip? Didn’t care. Cannabis, legalization to rule the nation? That I n’  I care about.

In the Congressional and Presidential, the negativity is so disgusting, I ‘n’ I fall back on the Rasta notion of isms and schisms. Demopublicans vs. Republicrats. Fiyah bu’n!

I’m on the Wailers Party! (400  Years lyrics)

<Peter Tosh – 400 Years of the same philosophy>

We sick an’ tired of-a your ism-skism game
Dyin’ ‘n’ goin’ to heaven in-a Jesus’ name, lord.

On election night, I ‘n’ I was sitting on the couch watching an X-Files rerun and dialing up my dispensary route for my Vegas vacation next week. (Cratedigging in a pandemic? Better than staying home waiting for The Covid to tag me in Utah. Rona Rage, let’s get on the road!)

Yelp for potheads

 

Two fingers of Jim Beam, strawberry cough and my Ipad. Ding! Since I was scoping out Weedmaps, I got notifications.

  • Ding! New Jersey puff puff passes adult use Cannabis (12 down, 38 to go)
  • Ding! Mississippi puff puff passes medical marijuana (36 states including DC)
  • Ding! South Dakota puff puff passes medical and recreational marijuana (13 down, 37 to go)
  • Ding! Montana, my birthplace, puff puff passes recreational marijuana (14 down, 36 to go)
  • Ding! Arizona (where my Snowbird parents live half the year) puff puff passes marijuana (15 down, 35 to go)
My parents – Trump voters who also voted for the hippie lettuce.

Add DC legal and 16 of 51. Almost 1/3 of the nation states/entities. The 100 year American war against nature is crumbling! Like I ‘n’ crumble Sour Diesel inna mi Bob Marley grinder!

List of states medical and legal Seven Leaf

When you look at the map, the West is mostly covered. Even  in the Mormon Triangle states of Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, Utah has medical. 4 dispensaries according to Weedmaps!

Utah’s first dispensary

For I ‘n’ I, it is 1300 miles from Fort Benton Montana (home) to Sun City West, AZ (parents winter home). Except for that stretch through Idaho and Utah, I’m not a criminal.

Selah!

Bobbylon

Don’t get complacent, tokers. Joe Biden is the ultimate drug warrior. Not a fan of the Seven Leaf. Neither is his VP. Be vigilant!

Set 1: Legalize Herb Set

  • The Heptones – Mr. President; Party Time (Mango) ’76 US vinyl; Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Jah Lloyd – Herbs of Dub (Teem) ’74 UK blue vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Johnny Clarke – Legalize It; Authorized Rockers (Virgin Front Line) Peter Tosh cover: 15 down, 35 to go election weed set!
  • Black Slate – Legalise Collie Herb; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK
  • King Kong – Legalize It; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005
  • Kid Loco – Here Comes the Munchies; Kill Your Darling (Division 1) 2001 Fr. Dubber
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germany dawta on the vox
15 down, 35 to go!

Set 2:

  • Aswad – Caution; Roots Revival (Ark 21) ’99 Marley cover
  • Cornell Campbell – Just My Imagination; Sings Hits From Studio One & More (Rhino UK) ’80 Smokey Robinson cover
  • Culture – Down in Jamaica; Live in Africa (RAS) Dec. 2000 in South Africa
  • Buume – Seriously; 10” (ZTP) 2006 UK militant steppers

Set 3:

  • Sister Carol – Wild Thing; Something Wild Soundtrack (MCA) ’86 cover of the Troggs
  • Mighty Diamonds – I Need a Roof; I Need a Roof (Hitbound) ‘76
  • Prince Far I – Rain a Fall; Under Heavy Manners (Joe Gibbs) ‘76
  • Ranking Dillinger – African World Wide; None Stop Disco Style (Clocktower) ‘78

Set 4:

  • Fun Boy Three – Farmyard Connection; Waiting (Chrysalis) ’85 herbtune: farmers Peter & Bob
  • Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths – Still the Most; Sweet Memories (Nectar) ’76 married at the time
  • Mikey Dread – Barcoding; Life Is a Stage (Dread at the Controls) 2007
  • Dubble – South Side Dub; 10” (Dub Tunnel) 2012 UK militant steppers cover
Farmyard Connection: Two farmers named Peter & Bob

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Myrna Hague – Melody Life; Melody Life (Studio One) 70’s JA Marcia Griffiths cover
  • Horace Andy – Jah Rainbow; Natty Dread a Weh She Want (New Star) ’78 JA
  • Inner Circle – I’m a Rastaman; Ready for the World (Capitol) ’77 US Marley cover
  • The Police – Don’t Stand So Close to Me; Zenyatta Mondatta (A & M) ‘81
  • Keith Hudson – Leggo Dub; Brand (Pressure Sounds) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Bobby & the Midnites – Book of Rules; Bobby & the Midnites (Arista) ’81 Heptones cover:
  • Eric Clapton – Swing Low Sweet Chariot; There’s One in Ebvery Crowd (Polydor) ‘75
  • Bad Brains – Jah Love; Into the Future (Megaforce) 2012
  • Pretenders – Waste Not Want Not; Pretenders II (Sire) ‘81

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – 400 Years; The Toughest (Heartbeat) ’70
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Mellow Mood; Best of (Studio One) ‘67
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ‘86
  • Bunny Wailer – Dreamland; Solomonic Singles vol. 1 (Solomonic) ‘76

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Cooly G feat. Dubzee Up North – Blue Stems; Presents Dub Organizer Part 1 (Dub Organizer) 2012 UK female dubstepper
  • 2 Bad Card – Sergio Mendes (Part 1); Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ‘95
  • Aldubb – Big Time; Let There Be Dub (One Drop) 2010 Germany
  • X-O-Dus – English Black Boys; 12” (Factory) ’80 UK
  • Fela & Afrika 70 – Zombie; Zombie (Knitting Factory) ’77 Nigerian jazz/Halloween

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 22, 2020 – “Just in Case” Vinyl!

 

“Nancy sit upon the lap of Mr. T but she nah waan check for the good sensi!”

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I went back to work last week. Hadn’t been in since the Earthquake in Mid March and then everything got shut down.

There was hardly anyone there, but I had to make sure everything was working for a new semester of Covidized media.

I manage the Audio and Video Studios for the Marriott Library at the University of Utah campus. Audio Studio is used heavily for podcast creation.

New rules: 1 person can use a microphone, with a “condom”. 2 people have to record with their masks on. I ‘n’ I got the hairy eyeball from users on that suggestion. Not my rules, but I’m the Sheriff and have to enforce them.

So I ‘n’ I get home, without incident, and just sort of randomly cough. Immediately I thought. Oh no! Is the streak over?

Then I saw this:

Wuhan China water park party, Aug. 2020

I ‘n’ I said to my boss: I’m taking the first of classes as vacation. Let those Covid infested University students come on campus get their books, student loans, course registration, etc.

Spewing The Covid everywhere. Let it settle and then I’ll come back.

I’m not afraid of The Covid, but I ‘n’ I would just assume minimize risk where possible. I ‘n’ I have two nephews, one already picked up a case – no symptoms, no fear – so I know the mindset of the youth.

None of them are going to classmate’s funerals, so they feel immortal. Yet, there is the Reggae Saying that I ‘n’ I know  and live by:

<New broom sweeps clean, Old broom knows the corners>

My main reason is that as long as I ‘n’ I stay Covid free, I get to juggle the black wax at KRCL. They are Karen’s. I’m not. Right now, I’m the only Saturday person live at KRCL and intend to keep it that way .

Deejaying from home, without access to vinyl, offends my motto: No digital for I ‘n’ I.

<The joy of live KRCL; 36 seconds>

So just in case, they stash I ‘n’ I in a nursing home next week, I decided for one more vinyl showcase for the masses on Smile Jamaica.

<Bobbylon 11, The Covid 0; 1 min.>

So enjoy this Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive podcast and hear some stories while I’ n’ I go to the kitchen to dip my spliff in a jug of HCQ.

bless, Bobbylon

Story 1: the Tragic murder of youthman Hugh Mundell

Story 2: 80’s Live Reggae at the Triad Center, Salt Lake City; 45 sec.

KRCL Reggae shows in the late 80’s. Shutdown after a murder at a Zapp and Roger concert.

Story 3: Ganja trimmers from Ganjarado listen online to Smile Jamaica; 1 min. 22 sec.

Story 4: Bunny Wailer’s return to live performing; 56 sec.

Story 5: KUSF – From best college radio station to classical music; 54 sec.

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 22, 2020 Annotated Playlist; 66 sec.:

Set 1:

  • Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Build Up Your House; Revelation (Trojan) ’82 UK nyahbinghi
  • The Disciples – The Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 Burning Spear dub album of the hour
  • Big Youth – Cool Breeze; Everyday Skank (Trojan) ’72 UK dj to Stop That Train
  • U Roy – Rocking Vibration; Love Is Not a Gamble (TR International) ’80 JA dj to Gladiators
  • Ashanti Roy & Sister Bunny Brissett – Look Before You Leap; Berlin Wall (High Times) ’92 JA
  • Brown Eagle and Spear – Draw the Challice; Brown Eagle and Spear (New Name) ’88 JA 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Hugh Mundell – False Rumour; 12″ (Rockers International) ’78 JA

Set 2:

  • Yellowman – Throw Mi Corn; Under Me Fat Thing (Arrival) ’82 JA dj to Larry Marshall
  • Myrna Hague – Melody Life; Melody Life (Studio One) JA Marcia Griffiths cover
  • Horace Andy – Jah Rainbow; Natty Dread a Weh She Want (New Star) ’78 JA
  • Voice of Progress – Lost in Space; Mini Bus Driver (Negus Roots) ’82 JA
  • Tapper Zukie – Raggy Joey Boy; 10″ (Mobiliser) ’82 UK picture sleeve

Set 3: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox Set

  • The Gayletts – Son of a Preacher Man; 7″ (Steady) ’70 Dusty Springfield cover;
  • Jah Stitch – Collie Burn; 7″ (Soul Power) ’76 dj to Johnny Clarke/Tosh – Legalize It
  • Ashley Bennett – Leggo the Wrong; 7″ (Observer)
  • Junior Mervin – Defuse the Bomb; 7″ (Mervin)
  • The Revolutionaries – IRA; 7″ (Disco Mix) ’78 dub
  • Israel Vibration – Worry Dub; Israel Dub (Greensleeves) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour
Judy Mowatt lead vox

Set 4:

  • Carribbean All Stars – Reggae Down; Live and Direct (Raw Live) ’86 Oakland
  • Zap Pow – Sweet Lovin’ Love; Love Hits (LMS) ’74 JA
  • Lone Ranger – Legalise the Collie Herb; Hi Yo Silver, Away! (Greensleeves) ’82 UK herbtune
  • Boney L & Vibronics – Babylon Children; 10″ (Jah Tubbys) 2006 UK militant steppers dawta

Set 5:

  • Freddie McGregor – Natural Collie; FM (High Times) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Jennifer Lara – A Change Is Gonna Come; Studio One Presents (Studio One) ’81 JA – Sam Cooke cover
  • Jimmy Cliff – Rub a Dub Partner; Special (CBS) ’82 US
  • Ken Boothe – Jah Is My Nuclear Bomb; 12″ (Black Solidarity) ’85 JA
  • Jah Shaka – Giver of Life; 12″ (Jah Shaka) ’87 UK

 

 

Set 6: Politrix Set

  • Papa Kojie & Blue Riddim – Nancy Reagan Re-Election Remix; 12″ (ORA International) ’85 LA picture sleeve: 
  • The Heptones – Mr. President; Party Time (Mango) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark
  • The Wild Bunch – Mr. President Man; The Wild Bunch (Ariwa) ’84 UK – two dawtas, 1 dread
  • Roy C & the Honeydrippers – Impeach the President; 12″ (Tuff City) ’73 honey colored vinyl
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers – Chemical Specialist; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus; Lion’s Domain (bootleg) ’78 UK
  • Marcia Griffiths – Life Is Like a Garden; Rock My Soul (56 Hope Road) ’84 JA
  • Bunny Wailer – Ballroom Floor; Live (Solomonic) Dec. 26, 1982 Kingston, JA
  • Peter Tosh – Where You Gonna Run; 12″ (EMI America) ’83 US

Set 8:

  • Frank Caroll – Pimper’s Paradise; Making Life Easy (Little Train) ’87 Fort Lauderdale, FL; Bob Marley cover
  • Johnny Clarke – Reggae Music; Give Thanks (Ariwa) ’85 UK
  • Prince Far I – Natty Champion; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK
  • Pablo & Fay – Bedroom Mazurka; 10″ (Trojan) ’73 rude to Keith & Tex “Tonght”

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-gust 1, 2020: 32 Years of Dead Media!

RIP – the Compact Disk: 1985-2019

 

Greetings,

Pity the Compact Disk. Gone the way of the 8-Track cartridge and cassette tape. Relegated to the dustbin of dead media formats: VHS tapes and soon come, DVDs.

Digital on your phone. Fetishization of vinyl, the hipster medium. (I ‘n’ I never lost  faith in vinyl, even when people told me that CDs were what’s happening.)

The shiny aluminum coaster thingees suffered the ignominious fate of being outsold by the black wax in 2019:

Vinyl Is Poised to Outsell CDs For the First Time Since 1986

<The CD is a relic; 17 sec.>

Bobbylon’s cratedigging autobiography:

  • CD player for Christmas 1985: Fisher brand. Only showed track number. Low frills deck from Montgomery Ward. Bozeman Montana record shops. Summer vacation to Edmonton, CA Summer ’86
Very first CD in what was to become the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. Didn’t get the CD player til Xmas, 2 months later.
  • Moved to Salt Lake City, Utah Fall 1986 – Started adding CDs: Reggae, Blues, World, College Rock: from about a dozen great SLC record shops. (All but one out of business in 2020.)
Built my Reggae CD collection here. Smokey quit stocking Reggae b./c his shop was continually broken into to steal Reggae CDs…..gave I ‘n’ I the hairy eyeball afterward
  • Reggae fanatic; Oct. 1986-. I ‘n’ I had a pretty decent CD collection considering I had just moved from the rural Montana mountains. Dorms, Univ. of Utah. Met a Jewish upperclassman from Baltimore named Neil Cooperman.  His CD collection was incredible. This was at a time when major stars like Beatles, Stones, Marley had very little available on CD.

Neil and I would trade out disks like baseball cards. The U of U dorms were concrete bunkers. Neil had a top rank stereo, as did I. One day we were listening in his room.  He chose the disk that changed my life.

Black Uhuru – Anthem; 1 min. 20 sec.

1983 – Prince influence duly captured. From left to right: the Riddim Twins (Sly & Robbie)/ Puma Jones (dawta), Michael Rose (front man)

By then I ‘n’I had a nice little Reggae CD stash: Legalize It, No Nuclear War, Marley’s Uprising. Cliff, Toots, UB40 imports. Some grey market roots collections from Germany and Japan.

Neil started up Anthem on his NakamIchi with the Bose 301’s. When Anthem was recorded, 1983, Sly & Robbie were at the synth best. Worked with stalwarts like Bob Dylan, Grace Jones, Joan Armatrading. They added electronic drum and base to Reggae riddims.

80’s were all about synth drums. Everyone from the Stones to Springsteen were overdosing on amplified drum sound. When the lead off selection, What Is Life, built to the vox I ‘n’ I was staggered. This is what I have been looking for!

Music you felt, through the bass throb, as well as heard.

Michael Rose had an Afro-Arab vocal style that was aggressive, female harmonies from Puma Jones added to the militance. Sly & Robbie brought Jamaica to NY discos.

Militant roots: Michael Rose lead vox; Puma Jones & Duckie Simpson harmonies

Ka-boom! All my other genres receded to the background and I focused on building 80/20 into Reggae.

I ‘n’ I had the desire to binge as more Reggae cds hit the market, but disks were expensive. As much as $18.99 in ‘1987 dollars. (Probably 35 bucks today).

Meet the funder of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Ronald Wilson Reagan

  • Ronald (6)
  • Wilson (6)
  • Reagan (6)….as the Rastas would say. (35 sec.)

Back in the mid 80’s Pell Grants and Student Loans. Loans you had to pay back, grants were free and clear. I ‘n’ I would bank one of those checks and every summer from about 1987-1993. A couple New Year’s Eves. Time to feed the Reggae habit.

<Cratedigging with student loan cash>; 1 min. 27 sec.

I’m sure Pres. Reagan would give the screwface to my misuse of funds but in the end, I paid him back. I ‘n’ I like to joke: It took me 15 years to pay off my Reggae collection.

When I ‘n’ I had an aunt in SF and then Hayward, across the bay I would couch surf for two weeks:

Heading west on I-80: Sacramento, Reno,

San Fran, San Mateo, Mill Valley (across the Golden Gate), Oakland, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Hayward (East Bay).

When I didn’t have a relative to freeload, I would stay at the Travelodge: Columbus and Bay, near the Wharf. Literally across the street from Tower Records.

I ‘n’ I would scour the city or the hinterlands during the day, grab some dinner and then spend the evenings til closing in Tower Records (deceased 2006)

I ‘n’ I nearly cried when Tower Records went out of business mid 2000’s. 500 stores since 2008 Recession. How many more Covid?

The justification of any addict: How do I rationalize my consumption? In 1988 I ‘n’ I went from Reggae fan to the airwaves. With a radio show, I ‘n’ I can’t play the same thing twice. (Like a fashionista who wouldn’t be caught dead wearing the same outfit twice.)

Needed the Reggae Roadtrips for the masses on the radio. When I ‘n’ I started 3 0’Clock Roadblock – It was 3-6 AM Sunday Nights/Mondays.

Probably spent more dollars than ever had listeners: cab drivers, 7-11 workers and insomniacs.

But when I ‘n’ I hit “prime time” – Saturday afternoons: Smile Jamaica. Rationalization became justification.

Was it worth it? 32 years of Reggae CDs. 32 Years of Reggae Vinyl.

bless, Bobbylon

IIRC, the first Reggae CD addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Sept. 1986

 

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: August 1, 2020 – 32 Years of Reggae Radio (CDs) 1 min. 27 sec.

Set 1:

  • Black Uhuru – Solidarity; Anthem (Island) ’84 rmx of Little Steven
  • Blackbeard – Jazzz; I Wah Dub (More Cut) ’80 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Keith Hudson – I Shall Be Released; Flesh of My Skin, Blood of My Blood (Atra) ’74 Bob Dylan cover
  • Aswad – Ire Woman; Aswad (Mango) ’76
  • Third World – Dreamland; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’76 Bunny Wailer/Wailers cover
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’80 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Gregory Isaacs – Motherless Children; Sly & Robbie Present (RAS) ’80

Set 2:

  • Dr. Alimantado – I am the Greatest Says Muhammad Ali; Best Dressed Chicken in Town (Greensleeves) ’73 instrumental
  • Althea & Donna – If You Don’t Love Jah; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78 female dj duo
  • Ijahman Levi – Zion Train; Haile I Hymn (Mango) ’78
  • Michael Prophet – Love & Unity 12″ mix; Serious Reasoning (Mango) ’80
Hey Doc, Your fly is open!

Set 3:

  • Inner Circle – We a Rockers; Rockers (Mango) ’79 soundtrack
  • Horace Andy – Tonight (Dub); Bim Sherman Meets U Black & Horace Andy in a Rub-a-Dub Style (Original) ’79
  • Cassandra – Thank You; Babylon Soundtrack (EMI) ’80 UK female lovers rock
  • UB40 – Burden of Shame 12″; Sounding Off (Sound) ’80 comp.
  • King Tubby – The Dub Master Dub vinyl of the hour
Sam Goody’s – Crossroads Mall, SLC, Fall 1986

Set 4:

  • Johnny Osbourne – Jah Promise; Truths & Rights (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’80
  • Sisters Jam – People of the World; Rockers International (Greensleeves) ’81 A. Pablo prod’n
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Dreadlock; Black Ark in Dub (Esoldun) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Mikey Dread – Jah Jah Love in the Morning; World War III (Dread at the Controls) ’81

Set 5:

  • Dhaima – Ina Jah Children; Uptown Top Ranking (Perfect Object) ’77
  • Pablo Moses – Dubbing Is a Must; A Song (Mango) ’80
  • Toots & the Maytals – Beautiful Woman; Knock Out! (Mango) ’81
  • Prince Fari I – Survival; Umhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation) (Tamoki Wambesi) ’83
Sad irony: Prince Far I killed during the making of his last album. Survival is the Game

Set 6: Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark Set

<Reggae History Lesson: Black Ark Studio; 90 sec.>

  • The Congos – Children Crying; Heart of the Congos (Blood & Fire) ’77 –
  • Native – Rockstone ’77
  • Max Romeo – Uptown Babies Don’t Cry; War in a Babylon (Mango) ’76
  • Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man; Conscious Man (Seven Leaf) ’77
  • Elektro Robotik Dub Orkestra – Kentucky Was a Chicken (Ariwa) ’84 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
Lee “Scratch” Perry @ the controls of his mythic Black Ark studio, 1974-1979

Set 7:  Wailers Family Tree Set

  • Bunny Wailer – Dreamland; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76 
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It; Legalize It (Columbia) ’76
  • Judy Mowatt – Screwface; Love is Overdue (Shanachie) ’87 Bob Marley cover

<Screwaface – the look you get if you don’t wear your mask at the grocery store; 13 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Comin’ in From the Cold 12″; Uprising (Tuff Gong) ’80

Set 8:  Mutant Dub

  • Jah Woosh – Woodpecker Sound; ON U Sound Celebration (Trance) ’88 
  • Alpha & Omega – Ancient African Dub 12″ Mix; Sound System Dub (ROIR) ’95
  • London Underground – Watch Your Step; Compilation 80-84 (ON U Sound) ’89
  • Tena Stelin – Political Confusion; Wicked Intention (Mr. Modo) ’89
  • Singers & Players – Resolution Pt. 2 and v. 2; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82

Covid Humor:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 27, 2020 – 32 Yrs of Reggae Radio: Vinyl Celebration!

 

32 Years of Reggae Radio

<32 years of Reggae Radio; 2 min. 22 sec.>

Pres. 40 – The founder of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

As the Rastas would say when I ‘n’ I was a youth learning Reggae music circa Fall ’86:

  • Ronald (6)
  • Wilson (6)
  • Reagan (6)

Maybe so, but I owe it all to the man…..I’ll explain below

Always been a huge music fan and collector since growing up in Fort Benton Montana (mid 70’s-mid 80’s). When I came to the University of Utah in Fall of ’86, I brought with me a couple crates of indispensable vinyl and a couple boxes of these shiny aluminum coated novelties called the Compact Disk.

I n’ I first record. Woolworth’s Sept. 1977. Mom paid

Back in 1986, when the compact disk market was so new, there wasn’t a lot of contemporary titles available yet. You had to seek them out. In the dorms,I met a Jewish kid from Baltimore, MD named Neil Cooperman. Physics Major. (Me? Middle East Studies).

He and I were loaning out our rare finds like trading baseball cards. Think of the mid 80’s. Too much MTV synthesizer. All the rock acts from  the 70’s: Rolling Stones, Dylan, The Who, etc. were issuing pretty crappy records. Even my favorite punkers like The Ramones and The Clash had fallen on hard times.

Like most college kids, I was into college rock:  My Big Three: The Replacements, Husker Du, The Minutemen. When D. Boon of the Minutemen died in a car crash, that was the musical low point in my musical consumption for traditional rock.

D. Boon. The Bob Marley of 80’s College Rock

I ‘n’ I was finally living in a city with a plethora of record stores. (90% gone now in Salt Lake City). With all that choice in an emerging CD market, where was I gonna go musically as I built my collection?

Bought some Blues (Robert Cray, Stevie Ray, Muddy Waters Hard Again). Bought some World (King Sunny Ade, Rai Arabic pop, South African jive). Bought some Reggae (Jimmy Cliff, Toots, Steel Pulse)*. Nice

*In 1986, there was almost no Marley or Tosh on CD

No Island label CDs in ’86. Grey market, middling, low budget offerings only

And then the epiphany moment. Neil played for me a disk by a group named Black Uhuru. (Uhuru – Swahili for freedom).

<Black Uhuru – Anthem. The disk that lit the fuse; 87 sec.>

Yeah, the cover is pure 80’s but Michael Rose in full dreads flashing the hairy eyeball, Puma Jones looking fetching in her 80’s fashion clash.

And the Riddim Twins in the back, Sly & Robbie controlling the scene.

1983 sound of them working with Bob Dylan and Grace Jones. They were the drum and bass standouts in an synthesized sound that was 80’s rock. (Mostly bad, but Sly Dunbar (drums) & Robbie Shakespeare (bassie) were the best of the bombast.

The dorms at the U of U were concrete bunkers. You probably had bigger closets in your home.  Within 30 seconds of the lead off track, What Is Life?, that synth bass and vocoder vox ricocheted and throbbed throughout the room. I ‘n’ I didn’t burn the hippie lettuce then, (Eff you Ronnie Raygun!), but that CD lit the fuse.

That was what I came to Utah to find. A new sound. Reggae music.

Enter Ronald Reagan. I’n’ I said I lived at my Grandmother’s house to qualify for student loans and grants. My first two years of U of U (even with out of state tuition the first year) was paid for in Pell Grants and loans. The grants paid for room, board and tuition. The loans went for my Reggae collection.

Used vinyl was cheap. People were selling vinyl to buy CDs which were rare and ridiculously expensive. I hoovered up both formats.

Most likely my very first Reggae CD purchase. Smokey’s Records Salt Lake City

My last year at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, I discovered their college radio station, KGLT. Very similar to KRCL. Free form format, mix of college rock and community shows like bluegrass, folk, Sunday gospel. Loved it much more than the noise of commercial radio.

I ‘n’ I assumed that the Univ. of Utah radio station, KUER, would be the same. WTF is NPR? Why is a college station playing classical music?

One of the student leaders recognized this and tried to re-boot a failed college managed “radio” station that would be broadcast from the Student Union to patrons in the cafe and study tables.

It was (and is) called K-UTE. I jumped at the chance to spin disks. I did a volunteer Reggae show called Positive Vibrations (after the Bob tune.) Spring of 1987. Pure amateur setup, but fun none the less.

A year later my friend and I were in the Pie Pizzeria and heard them call out for volunteers on the community radio station, KRCL. It was not college managed. I had been listening to them, when someone told me about Smile Jamaica.

They were looking for a late night show featuring a mix of Reggae with World and Ska. I ‘n’ I submitted a proposal and was trained Spring of 1988. First show as the last Sunday Night/Monday Morning in June. 3-6 AM.

I ‘n’ I called it 3 o’clock Roadblock – from Marley’s Rebel Music. Now I had an outlet for my Reggae collection. Even if the only listeners were cab drivers, 7-11 workers and insomniacs.

<Before Smile Jamaica; 2 min. 6 sec.>

Learned the ropes. Made all my mistakes, Tried to find an on-air announcing sound that wasn’t horribly monotonous and filled with ands and ums. Great year of apprenticeship before I ‘n’ I moved over to Smile Jamaica, October 1989.

That’s a story for another day.

From June 25, 1988 to June 27, 2020: by my Liberal Arts math that is 32 years. We celebrate that with the first vinyl additions to the Ark-Ives on this SJ podcast.

Thanks for listening for 1 week or nearly 1/3 of a century!

Bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 27, 2020 = 32 Years of Reggae Radio

Jimmy Riley – Summertime; 12″ (DEB) ’76 UK Porgy & Bess cover- 32 years of Reggae Radio (Vinyl Show)

Sly & Robbie – Uhuru in Dub (CSA) ’82 Dub Album of the Hour

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Rebel Music (3 o’clock Roadblock); Natty Dread (Island) ’74 UK

<Cratedig re-collection: Bob Marley Vinyl Box Set>

Sister Candy – Laserbeam; Laserbeam (Enterprise) ’83 Brooklyn

Jah Lloyd – Dispencer; Black Moses (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Don Carlos – Mr. Sun; 12″ (Jah Guidance) ’82 JA***End of Set 1

Black Unuru – Antjem; Anthem (Island) ‘84 US Rmx

Bob Andy – Check It Out: Retrospective (I-Anna) ‘86 UK

Barbara Paige – Babylon Must Fall; Hear Me Now (Epiphany) ‘82 US

Prince Alla – Sun Is Shining; 12” ( Freedom Sounds ) ‘78 JA***End of Set 2

Culture – Lion Rock; Peel Sessions EP (Strange Fruit) Dec. 11, ‘82 UK John Peel Sessioms 

The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’82 UK 2 Tone Ska w/ Pauline Black vox

Dread Beat and Blood – Rainbow Warrior; Tribute to a Friend (Jayrem) ‘85 NZ Maori group

Eddy a Grant – Walking on Sunshime ; 12” (Ice) ‘79 UK

Mystic Youth feat. I Skeeda and Irie Ites – Save the Roaches: Best Wishes (Sunspot) ’82 SF: school group herbtune w/ female vo

Eek a Mousse – Hitler; Mouse and the Man (Greensleeves) ‘82 UK

Jimmy Becker & the Chariot Riders – Sunshine Kerry; 12″ JA (Crystal)***End of Set 4

Winston Fergus – Hail Rastaman; I Shall Sing (John Dread) ‘85 UK

Sophia George – Girlie, Girlie; Fresh (Winner) ‘85 UK

Gladiators – Small Axe, Symbol of Reality (Nighthawk) ‘82 St. Louis Wailers cover

Michael Administators – Summer Breeze; 12” (Cha Cha) UK Seals and a Croft cover blue vinyl***End of Set 5

Peter Tosh – Comin’ in Hot; Captured Live (EMI America) ‘82 LA

Joe Higgs – Tere’s a Reward; Life of Contradiction (Grounation) ’75 JA 

Jean Binta Breeze – Dubwise + Confusion (Warner); Tracks (LKJ) ‘90 UK female dub poet

Pat Kelly – Sunshine; 12” (KG Imperial) ’80 JA John Denver cover***End of Set 6

Bunny Wailer – Ballroom Floor; Rock ‘N Groove (Solomonic) ‘81 

Gregory Isaacs – Happiness Come; In Person (Trojan) ‘74 UK

Bam Bam – Star Wars; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam Internatioanal ‘87 LA female***End of Set 7

Aura Lewis Meets Lee “Scratch” Perry – Young Gifted and Broke;  Full Experience (Blue Moon) ’76 Aretha Franklin update; female vox

Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Mr. Brown; Rastafari (Top Ranking) ’75 JA

Ethiopian People; Rastafari (Trojan) ’82 UK

A.S. Brown – Sun Shines For are; 12” (Level Vibes) ’84 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 9, 2020 – Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon!

Navy captures UFO. Admits it as “Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon”

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I told you so!

<Pentagon admits UFO’s are real>

Those bastards thought they could slip something as earthshaking as the reality of extra terrestrial visitation buried under the maelstrom of the Covid doom porn.

But I’m into those scamps! A lot of scoffers owe I ‘n’ I an apology. I will be making the rounds as soon as the lock down is lifted!

The Department of Defense released three unclassified videos showing the U.S. Navy’s encounters with “unidentified aerial phenomena” in an attempt to “clear up any misconceptions” regarding whether the videos – which have been circulating for years – are real.

From their bulletin:

The U.S. Navy previously acknowledged that these videos circulating in the public domain were indeed Navy videos. After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena,” DOD said in a statement.

The TV program Unidentified, featuring UFO investigator Tom DeLonge of Blink 182, showed these videos. The Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon clips shocked the Naval pilots. They moved at speeds that would tear up any human pilot. The quote: It would turn them into tapioca pudding!

Those bastards have been bullshitting us since Roswell,1947. And this is what they deserve when the Aliens make their presence known.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 9, 2020

Set  1: Best of Smile Jamaica

  • Black Uhuru – What Is Life; Anthem (Island) ’83
  • Mighty Diamonds – You Are Just a Song; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’76 – Best of 30+ Years Set
  • UB40 – Sing Our Own Song; Rat in the Kitchen (Virgin) ’86
  • Judy Mowatt – Sing Our Own Song; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ’87
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet

Set 2: Roots Dawtas

  • Marcia Griffiths – Lonesome Feeling; Naturally (Shanachie) ’79 
  • Althea & Donna – If You Don’t Love Jah; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78
  • Della Grant  – Know Rastafari; Rootically Yours (Twinkle) ’94
  • Empress Rasheda – Babylon System; Hail HIM (Roots) ’95
  • Hollie Cook – Luna Addiction; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2018
  • Likkle Mai – My Old Flame; Roots Candy (Beat) 2006 Jah-pon
  • Queen Majeeda – Earth Rightful Ruler; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93 dub poetess

Set 3: Mutant Dub

  • Dub Syndicate – The Corporation; Stoned Immaculate (ON U Sound) ’91 UK 
  • Dub Pistols – Bad Cad; Worshipping the Dollar (Sunday Best) 2012 UK
  • kode9 & the Space Ape – Addiction; Memories of the Future (Hyperdub) 2006 UK
  • Noiseshaper – Bushmaster; Rough Out There (Echo Beach) 2005 Jah-stria
  • Thievery Corporation – .38 .45; Dub Selector 2 (Quango) 2002 DC dubbers
  • Dry & Heavy – Radical Star; One Punch (Green Tea) ’99 Jah-pon w/ female vox

Set 4: Bob Marley Covers

  • Cedella Marley Booker – Put It On; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84
  • Big Youth – Get Up Stand Up; Reggae Phenomenon (Trojan) ’78
  • Daddy Freddy Meets the Rootsman – The Heathen; Old School New School (BSI) 2000 UK
  • Dillinger – Check Sister Jane (Waiting in Vain); King Pharoah (Blue Moon) ’84
  • Fred Locks – Let Him Go; Culturally (Tan Yah) ’95
  • Junior Delgado – Caution; Treasure Found (Incredible Music) ’77
  • Joe Strummer – Redemption Song; CD Single (Hellcat)  2003

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree

  • The Melody Makers – Sugar Pie; Live at Reggae Sunsplash ’81 (Elektra)
  • Rita Marley – Good Girls Culture; Natty Roots Divas (Tuff Gong)
  • Bunny Wailer  – Rockers; Rockers Soundtrack (Mango) ’79
  • Peter Tosh – Sinner Man; The Toughest (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’66 original gospel update
  • Peter Tosh – Downpressor Man; The Toughest Heartbeat/Studio One) ’71  Sinnerman cover Lee Perry prod’n
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Coming in From the Cold 12″; Songs of Freedom (Tuff Gong) ’80

Set 6: UFOria

  • The Toyes – Waiting For the Aliens; Strange Animals (CD Tunes) ’99 UFO-ria Set
  • Nicky Thomas  – Doing the Moonwalk; Doing the Moonwalk (Trojan) ’71
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – African Hitchhiker; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ’90 alien from outerspace
  • Anubian Lights – In Flight/Out Flight; Naz Bar (Crippled Dick Hot Wax!) 2001 UK w/ female vox
  • Anjali – Space Lust in the Space Dust; Anjali (Wiija) 2000 UK Hindi mutant dubstress
  • Audio Active – Return of the Space Ape; Apollo Choco (ON U Sound) ’97 Jah-pon about the first two monkeys in space