2017 was a topsy turvy year for the Smile Jamaica Ark-ives. Massive home remodel was supposed to start Nov. 2016. Alas, weather, Questar natural gas company and Salt Lake City zoning couldn’t agree on when to move my gas line. WHICH WAS UNDER MY HOUSE!
Stones Throw’ record label brags about “my vinyl weighs a ton!”Mine actually did. I had so many records packed into my Record Room that it sunk the floor below the baseboards.
So the depressing and frustrating delays didn’t even start until March 2017. Seven months of building out an actual physical archive. No more storing boxes of CDs in the bathroom, bedroom, garage and hallway!
Like any home remodel it was a daily grind of aggravation and interruption to my routine. (If you see me ask me about the bong and the Koran story.)
But once it was done, $25k in over-runs regardless, it has been awesome! New roof, new garage, new AC/furnace/gasline, siding.
I’m no longer that house on the block that looks like a shack with strange smells and jungle drums booming to the street!
From my usual cratedig excusion during Thanksgiving Week to Las Vegas 2016 through Fall 2017, I had done a moratorium on cratedigging. Didn’t see the point in just stacking up new titles til my Archive was finished.
During any major remodel, you can’t really leave the city in case the workmen need a decision. My house was built in 1901. A half ass renovation conducted in the early 90’s and I bought it in 1995.
So there were a lot of problems that needed construction troubleshooting.
Once I paid my final tab to my contractor: $5,059. Ouch! I was stoked to make up for lost time and hit Vegas with a vengeance.
And as I said on Smile Jamaica last week. Glad to be only a cliche’ and not a criminal in the land of 8 down!
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Dec. 2, 2017 Annotated Playlist: 69 sec.
Set 1: 4:20 Set
Cornell Campbell – Stalowatt; Stalowatt (Third World) ’76 UK
<Stalowatt = stalwart; 10 sec.>
Scientist – 11 Guava Road Dub; King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour
Mungo’s Hi-Fi & Soom T – I Need Weed; 10” EP (Scotch Bonnet) 2013 UK picture sleeve; female weedstepper
I don’t get hung up on the Holiday PC stuff. Happy Holidays? Okay. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kool Kwanza. Most awesome Mawlid (that’s what the Muslims call Jesus’ birthday – one of their Top 5 Prophets.)
My skygod of choice is Anu, Marduk and Isthar. Those who came down from the sky
My dilemma hosting Smile Jamaica for 27+ years is how much and when to start Xmas Reggae. Some years I get complaints, “Bah humbug Nelson – play some Christmas jams!” Other years it it, “I listen to Smile Jamaica to not hear commercial Christmas”.
So this week? One Christmas tune. All I want for Christmas is my Collie herb! 8 down 42, to go!
Smile Jamaica Playlist: Jah-cember 3, 2016
Phillip Frazer – Give King Selassie I Praises + Jah Blessing Flowing Dub; I and I in Inity (I & I Sound) ’87 US vinyl
Natural Roots – Natural Roots (Only Roots) ’84 Fr. Vinyl: Dub Album of the Hour
Beres Hammond – Bubbling; Beres Hammond and Friends (ERC)
The Specials – Rude Boy Outa Jail; Stereo-Typcial (2 Tone) ’80 3 CD best of
Ayo – What’s This All About; Gravity At Last (Wrasse) 2008: Nigerian-German female artist
The Pioneers – Papa Was a Rolling Stone; From the Beginning (Jet Star) ’73 Temptations cover
Aswad – Just a Little Herb; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Freddie McGregor – Jahovah; 10” (Observer Gold) over Satta riddim
Johnny Osbourne – Trench Town School; Dancehall 2 (Soul Jazz) ‘80
Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping; Classic Reggae Hits (Time)
Black Slate – Legalize Collie Herb; Amigo (bbr) ’80 herbtune
Buume – Seriously; 10’ (Zimatime) 2006 UK mutant dub instrumental
Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years
Gregory Isaacs – Happiness Come; Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ’74:
Rita Marley – Who Is Your Neighbor; Harambe (Shanachie) ‘82
UB40 – Little by Little; Signing Off (Sound/DEP) ’80 singles collection
Jacob Miller & Ray I – Twelve Days of Ismas; Natty Christmas (RAS) ’78 xmas herbtune
Burning Spear & the Black Disciples – The Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) Dub Album of the Hour
Set 4: Rockers do Reggae
Keith Richards feat. Lee “Scratch” Perry – Love Overdue; Crosseyed Heart (Republic) 2015 Gregory Isaacs cover
<Keef Meets the Cool Ruler>
Eric Clapton – Whatcha Gonna Do; Crossroads Box Set (Polydor) ’74: Peter Tosh cover, unreleased
Magic! – Rude; Don’t Kill the Magic! (RCA) 2014 Canadian
The Slits – Fade Away; In the Beginning (Jungle) ’80 live female punk cover of Junior Byles original
Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital
Trinity – Bad Card; Bad Card (Joe Gibbs) ’81 FL
Sis Nya – Serious Time; Jah Music (Jah Shaka) ’87 UK
No Fixed Address – Black Man’s Rights; Wrong Side of the Road (Black Australia) ’81 Australian soundtrack
Sugar Minott – This Old Man; Studio One Sales Conference (Studio One) ’75 JA: nursery rhyme
Frankie Paul – Brothers; Strictly Reggae Music (Londisc) ’84 JA
Pato Banton – No Worry; Never Give In (Primitive Man) ‘88
Ras Command – Kali Dub; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ. Mutant dub
Peter Broggs – International Farmer; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ’82 herbtune, request
<420 Election Tally: 8-1-1>
Love Joys – Let Me Rock You Now; Showcase (Wackies) ‘82
Ja-Man All-Stars – Dub Zone; In the Dub Zone (Blood and Fire) Dub Album of the Hour
Gracy & the Herbman Band – Comfortable; Movements (Funfundvierzig) ’94 Germ. Female singer
King Kong – Earth Is the Lord; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005
Rob I Peart – Scorpion; 10” (Kingston Connexion)
Set 8: Mutant Dub
Alpha & Omega – Roots; Legend of A & O (Dopic Sounds) 2006 UK trance dubbers: Mutant Dub Set
Audio Active – Kick the Bong Around (Adrian Sherwood mix); Bong (Birdman) 2000 Jahpon
Dubblestandart – Steets of Dub (Anxiety Mix); Are You Experienced (Collision) 2006 Jah-stria
Dubchek – Duppy Train; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone Wold) 2001
Jim Nastics & Mungo’s Hi Fi – Nah Lef Africa; Jahtarian Dubbers vol. 3 (Jahtari) 2012 Germ.
<Hey Donald Trump – Jesus was born a refugee; 14 sec.>
Ho Ho Highlights of this nice December Saturday the 12th before a massive Monday storm in Salt Lake City. Well nitty and gritty. Took me three hours to get from Sugar House to the University of Utah. About 3 miles. 1 min. 16 sec.
Wailers Family Tree – Bob/Bunny/Joe Higgs Live in San Fran KSAN Radio; Peter Live in SoCal ’83. Bunny Roots Best Of
Vinyl Is Vinyl
UFO-ria Mutant Dubwize – in time for the new Star Wars flick!
Hey crowd a people: put the Prius in the garage until at least April!