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Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate June, 2020 – Crategdigging inna Pandemic!

The Covid – Beautiful but deadly

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I been on lockdown since the Utah Earthquake: March 17, 2020. All the Smile Jamaicas “curated” out of the Secret Dubratory  within the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives.

Spring forward to mid May. The plan was to fly to Phoenix, drive my parents to Albuquerque for my nephew Aitch’s graduation. Poor kid, born two months after the 9/11 tragedy. Now, the New Mexico Gator Aid player of the year – baseball scholarship to Pepperdine University – his season gets scrapped b/c of the Covid.

Hayden Walker, lefty like his Uncle. Soon to be a San Francisco Giant is my hopes for this kid!

My plan was in between the graduation ceremony (which, of course never happened) and the party, I ‘n’ I was gonna make my pilgrimage to Roswell.

Jews have Jerusalem. Muslims have Mecca. I ‘n’ I have Roswell, New Mexico.

Change of plans. New route: Sun City West, AZ to Fort Benton, Montana.

Diary of a Cratedigger:

Day 1: Flight from Salt Lake to Phoenix.

Flying is surreal. Had no problem with getting an Uber to the airport. The airport was abandoned on a Monday. The big travel day. Two cars at drop off, no wait at the airline, no wait through security.

More workers than flyers. Get to the TSA line. I ‘n’ I have my mask on. So does the TSA ID checker. Put my phone on the scanner, show my driver’s license. The officer says, “Please remove your mask so I can check you against your ID.”

I ‘n’ I was like, “What? You want me to take off my mask? I thought the whole point of masking up was to prevent potential aerosol spread of the Covid? Now you want me to expose myself to the other flyers’ goomba who were ahead of me in line?  I’m sure they all had dry cough and were sneezing Covid like a machine gun. Why don’t I just lick the ticket scanner while I’m at it. WTF”.

Of course I said none of that. And spread my germ cocktail all over the effing place.

A couple of restaurants open. But most closed. Flying felt like going to a funeral. Surprisingly half full plane, no one in the middle seats. No beverage service. Guy in the seat ahead of me was mask shamed before take off. Phoenix 105 degrees.

No beverages, just here to check for masks

Day 2: Sun City West, AZ to Cedar City, UT – 432 miles.

Left 105 degree Arizona. I’m driving a stuffed Buick Enclave where my only view is the side mirrors. Passenger manifest: Pops (recovering from a neurological condition called NPH – wet, wobbly and wacky).  Beloved mother and bunny killer Bella.

Do not trust the sweet face of Bella the Bunny Killa

The plan was to stay at the Virgin River Casino in Mesquite, Nevada. Two problems:

  1. Nevada still a “Shelter in Place” state. No resort rooms until this week.
  2. The dispensary in Mesquite, was like a Seinfeld episode. Remember the Soup Nazi? Had to call in an appointment, meet  at a set time, order off a web menu, stay in the car, wear your mask. “Sorry you didn’t say Simon Says, NO VAPE FOR YOU!

A loaded car, a fidgety dog, a dad in a wheelchair in 105 weather. Another first world problem/Covid inconvenience.

So we stopped in North Las Vegas. I ‘n’ I  told my Mom, there will be an Uber fee for this trip. Roll into Reef Dispensary in NLV. Mom and I walked right up. She got her CBD/THC “diet coke” vape. And I’n’ I got my elephant tranquilizer vape.

We arrive to our non-smoking, non-vaping, non-whatnot motel and unload for the night: Cedar City, Utah.

From 105 to 35 degrees in 400 miles. Everything is curbside. Cedar City is deserted. Highways are mostly empty. No reason to sight see because nothing is open. Everything is in a holding pattern and tense.

Taking Bella for a walk – looking for poor bunnies to kill – you could feel the Covid around every corner.

Dystopian almost. Three people and a rabbit killer trying to be normal. Will we actually make it to Montana. Second best Covid state when it comes to total cases. Third best in mortality (17 dead.)

Day 3: Cedar City, Utah to Idaho Falls, Idaho – 405 miles

Pretty uneventful. Grinding down an empty highway looking for handi-capable rest stops. Forced to listen to The Bridge on Sirius XM. 1400 miles of wimp rock: Cat Stevens vs. Seals and Croft to see who plays The Eagles in the Mellow Rock championship.

Idaho Falls is a beautiful river city, but we never got farther than curbside at Olive Garden.

Mom and I ‘n’ I vaped while watching Game 6 of the Bulls-Jazz Finals on ESPN. I ‘n’ I should be two months into a season watching my beloved San Francisco Giants struggle to reach .500.

Jordan pushed off

Day 4: Idaho Falls, ID to Fort Benton, MT – 401 miles 

Left Idaho Falls, 29 degrees. I ‘n’ I still in shorts and sandals from Phoenix. Heavy fog over the Monida border pass. Giving me vertigo. Ah, what would it be to not have treacherous weather heading into Montana.

We sailed home. Beautiful rivers and green wheat fields. Arrive at the birthplace of Montana and the house I ‘n’ I grew up in.

Fort Benton, MT – Birthplace of Montana

What better place to hide from the Covid than a river town where the mosquitos are the size of house flies.

Two days later Mom gets this letter from the Chouteau County Health Department:

It has been brought to our attention you may have recently returned from travel out of state in a non- business related capacity. 

You are required to do a 14 day self quarantine upon arriving in Montana. This directive is established by Executive Order of the Governor of Montana and is MANDATORY for visitors and residents alike.

This is essential because travel from another state or country is a common source of Covid-19 infection; with 25% of COVID cases in Montana being travel associated.

First and foremost, people don’t want to get sick and don’t want others to get sick. Montanans understand that. The Governor is confident that most Montanans will take this directive seriously and understand their role in cutting off the chain of transmission to save lives and minimize long term impacts to our economy.

Self-quarantine means that the resident MUST stay within the boundaries of the property on which they are residing in while in Montana and CANNOT leave those boundaries or interact with other people.

This includes the resident being prohibited from grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations/convenience stores, bars, places of worship/churches, schools, gatherings.

Exceptions will only be made in the event of medical emergency, fire, natural disaster or other acts of God preventing the ongoing healthful habitat in a residence.

Self-quarantine must be maintained through the expiration of June 1, 2020 for those arriving prior to June 1.

Please call us when you have completed your self-quarantine 

This is the world of Covid-1984. The state of Montana had license plate cameras and then harvested my Mom’s GPS locator info from her fancy Iphone. Since when did I need a passport to travel within the United States? But then, maybe trampling a few civil rights is how Montana smashed their curve.

How nice of the Governor of Montana to let my parents escape a burning house or act of God. To abide by this stricture, my parents would have starved before their 14 day home confinement were up.

And this applies to guests too. So how did I spend my self-quarantine?…….a favorite from Fort Benton keggers circa 1983. Judas Priest – Breaking the Law

Day 5: Cratedigging in Missoula.

Ah, the People’s Republic of Missoula. Once we got unpacked, found some rabbits for Bella to munch on and got the house ready for “self quarantine”, I got on the Google and tapped in “Record Stores — Missoula, Montana.”

It’s not enough that they are still in business.  (How many will be fatal victims of the Covid.  I shudder to think. I fear that more than the critter killing 80 year olds.) They have to be open for customers.

Curbside record shopping is a joke. I have a curbside record hut, it’s called Amazon. I ‘n’ I wanna go in and dig through the crates. Don’t care about curbside.

  • Rockin’ Rudy’s – still in business – open to customers
  • Record Heaven, Rockin’ Rudy’s vinyl sister; 2 for 2
  • Ear Candy records – 3 for 3.

I’m going!

More than a Record Store, it’s a lifestyle roots ‘n’ culture shop

Pack up, grab my vape works and hit the road. Still freezing, but the drive over mountain pass at Lincoln (home of the Unabomber), was free and clear. More rivers to cross, per Jimmy Cliff. Listening to a mix of Led Zeppelin Radio and Little Steven’s Underground Radio. Heard nuff Christopher Cross to last 10 lifetimes.

Cratedigging in a pandemic

Time to grow cannabis alongside the wheat and barley as Jah intended
  • Montana, as a Shelter in Place state. (As my Pops said – Jesus Christ, the whole state is already shelter in place). Mask mandatory. I ‘n’ I was talking to my Sister getting my vape on before a day of cratedigging. Anyone approaching Rock and Rudy’s without mask was turned away.

Grape Ape vape, 82% Sativa. I’m ready to dig. Fiya burn the Covid!

  • Rockin’ Rudys – $250 (Reggae, Stones bootleg, Marley banner I didn’t have)
  • Ear Candy – $30 (more of a college rock shop where I am looking for dubstep fill ins I didn’t have)
  • Record Heaven – $150. Very impressed. About $120 of that was Reggae collectors titles and 12″ mix I didn’t have. Bravo. That is more Roots Reggae than I’ve purchased in either Vegas or Phoenix in the past year.

Who knows? Maybe by 2022 KRCL will let me back into the station to juggle some of this great black wax on the turntables.

Better vinyl selection, new and collectors, than cities 10 times its size

So there you have it. Cratedigging under quarantine. I ‘n’ I write this blog post from the state prison at Deer Lodge, MT. I left the premises in Fort Benton and spread my goomba to Missoula. They had me before I put the first Bob Marley bootleg CD in the player!

Dammit, shoulda turned off my locator setting on my fancy Iphone!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – 2020 Roots Reggae Mashup

  • Zema – Fear Not; Black Sleep (Melchizedek) SoCal female Zap Pow – Last War; Zap Pow (Island) ’78

    Yellowman – Lost Mi Love; Mr. Yellowman (Shanachie) ’82

    Yabby You – Carnal Mindl; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ’84

    Winston Jarrett – Babylon Red; Bushwackers Gangbangers (Bigmore) 2010

    White Mice – Youths of Today; White Mice (Intelitc)

    Wackies All-Stars – Version Pipe; Dub Generals (Wackie’s) (30 min.)

    U Roy – Natty Rebel; Natty Rebel (Virgin Front Line) ’76

    UB40 – Little By Little; Signing Off (DEP/Sound) ’80

    Zion Tribe – Feelin’ High; Barre Chords (Zion Tribe) Equators ska/herb tune, SLC

    Toots & the Maytals – Funky Kingston; Funky Kingston (Mango) ’74

    Willie Nelson – The Harder They Come; Countryman (Lost Highway) 2005 Jimmy Cliff cover

    Wendy Shaw – Jah Rastafari; Passing Through the Flames (Issachar) ’92

    War – Why Can’t We Be Friends; Why Can’t We Be Friends (United Artists) ’75 (1 hr.)

    Third World – Lagos Jump; All the Way Strong (Columbia) ’83

    Twinkle Brothers – Distant Drums; Love (Virgin Front Line) ’78

    The Pioneers – Chucky; 20 Original Famous Hits (Pioneer International)

    The Gladiators – My Thoughts; Serious  Thing (Nighthawk) ’84

    The Ethiopians – One; Clap Your Hands (Sir JJ) ’69?

    Tena Stelin – Orthodox Music; Wicked Intention (Mr. Modo) ’89

    Tapper Zukie – City of Mt. Zion; Peace in the Ghetto (Virgin Front Line) ’78 (90 min.)

    Sugar Minott – Africa Is the Black Man’s Home; Ghetto-ology (Easy Star) ’79

    Sister Carol – Gimme Mi Freedom; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’99

    Sammy Dread – Black Princess; Wrap Up a Draw (Seven Leaf)

    Ras Midas – Kude a Bamba; Confirmation (JML) ’76

    Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – I’m a Man (Just Like You); Know Now (Shanachie) ’89

    Ranking Dillinger – Don’t Take Another Man’s Life; None Stop Disco Style (Clocktower) ’77 (2 hr.)

    Queen Majeeda – Down in a Africa; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93 female dub poet

    Prince Alla – Thank You Lord; Lion a Go Bite Yu (Headphone)

    Pablo Moses – Music  is My Desire; A Song (Mango) ’80

    Noah House of Dread – Dem People; Heart 2 (ON U Sound)  ’88

    Misty in Roots – Ghetto in the City; Live at the Euro Countervision 78 (Kaz) ’79

    Miliant Barry – Mojo Working; Green Valley (Manic) ’79 (2 and 1/2 hr.)

    Mikey Dread – African Map; Dread at the Controls (Trojan) ’79

    Mighty Diamonds – Country Living; Stand Up to Your Judgment (Channel One) ’78

    Michael Franti – Ganja Babe; Live at the Baobab (Boo Boo Wax) 2000

    Marcia Griffiths – I’ve Got to Go Back Home; Naturally (Shanachie) ’79

    Love Joys – Jah Light; Reggae Vibes (Wackies) ’81 female duo

    Likkle Mai – My Old Flame; Roots Candy (Beat) 2006 Jah-pon Dubstress

Smile Jamaica From the Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 4, 2020 – Living Room Kinda Cloudy!

Living Room kinda cloudy!

Greetings,

How is your quarantine treating you? This show is the third Homegrown edition of Smile Jamaica since the clampdown.

I  ‘n’ I have whiled away the daylight hours crafting  the 6 x half hour sets to upload to KRCL to play live, Saturday 4-7 PM on air. This and the next edition of Smile Jamaica is  a dubble dose of 420.

Pot-cast as opposed to podcast. All Mutant Dub herbal enthusiasts. Included are my infamous marijuana related soundbytes, movie dialog and specialty bong effects. More than 25 years of such green leafy goodness

For an introvert, you would think I ‘n’ I would  be loving Shelter in Place. Been listening to about 4-5 hours of music a day. Hate daytime TV. Probably 60 disks in the queue for when the all clear is given to rinse out on the radio

You would think quarantine would be a piece of cake.

Not so. I ‘n’ I have been mostly good. Stick to home during the week. But I refused to be an invalid on the weekends. Mini excursions as a Smile Jamaica listener:

  • Bought gas for $1.99 a gallon. Too bad you can’t drive anywhere
  • Broke the glass bowl on my smoking utensil – Praise Anu the headshops are open!
  •  Ordered some missing Jah Shaka 10″ and 12″ vinyl off Discogs to complete my collection. $50 a pop. The cratediggers equivalent of comfort food
  • I ‘n’ I did do some cratedigging  at Graywhale. Mask, gloves and no one in the Reggae, Techno, World sections. Man, record stores are gonna be lucky to survive the economics of Covid-19
  •  Make a loop looking for some items: have toilet paper and paper towels. Scored two bottles of bleach at the Mall-wart (where I would never shop during normal times.) Can’t find rubbing alcohol which I ‘n’ I need for cleaning my smoking utensil
  • Ordered some bass traps for my new subwoofer so maybe my neighbor will quit bitching about “bass infection”
  • Binge watched the last 2 seasons of Ancient Aliens – did you know viruses were created by Aliens to manipulate mankind’s evolution? Well, now you know!
Ancient aliens have shaped human evolution by inducing us with viruses. Covid19? Blame Aliens not the Chinese!
  • Switched to an HBO comedy series called High Maintenance about a NYC weed delivery guy
  • Bombed out of line at the liquor store. Too many people outside even at six feet apart? Not worth it for my 1750 ml of Makers Mark
  • Cleaned out my storage shed I ‘n’ I probably hadn’t been in in over a decade
  • Organized my T shirt collection by: Marley, Weed, Aliens, Sumerians, rockers
  • Slogged through my taxes . Check daily for my $1200 Trumpbux, because….
  • Found out my car is dying. Took it in for 90k service and got told $3500 in my future for repairs. Gonna car shop on Sunday for a new Soob. Hope new models still have CD players!
  • Dodging the daily earthquakes SLC has been having.
  • Walking from the living room to the Ark-ives is not enough physical activity. Bought a pedometer and stealth walking my neighborhood avoiding all other people doing the same. I ‘n’ I will pay the jaywalking ticket.
  • Did a little work for the University

The one thing I ‘n’ I am not doing much? Reading politics. Tired of body counts, doom porn and the inevitable political bickering on who to blame for the Covid.

So I’m going old school: Found this book in a box in the shed I ‘n’ I had bought during my last cratedig to San Francisco. City Lights Bookstore:

The Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

Something moody and macabre to fit the mood as we all wait for the Covid to come get us.

The Unparalleled Adventures of One Hans Pfaal

  • With a heart of furious fancies,
  • Whereof, I am commander,
  • With a burning spear and a horse of air ,
  • To the wilderness I wander

Did someone say Burning Spear? I ‘n’ I think I made a good choice to counter the doom porn until we are all let out in 2022.

Stay safe, don’t hoard and bless,

Bobbylon

Burning Spear fighting the Covid

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 4, 2012 – Mutant Dub 420 Pot-cast

Set 1:

  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 LA: Mutant Dub 420
  • 2 Bad Card – Weed Specialist; Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ’95 UK
  • Adrian Sherwood feat. Bim Sherman – Nu Rizla; Becoming a Cliche (RealWorld) 2006 UK
  • Dubblestandart feat. Devon D – We All Have to Get High; Immigration Dub (Collision) 2006 Jah-stria
  • African Head Charge feat. Prince Far I – Take Heed and Smoke Your Collie Weed (ON U Sound) 2011 UK
The Mummy – will his shroud stop Coronavirus?

Set 2:

  • Armagideon – Eternal Combustion; Steppin’ Forward (Armagideon Sounds) ’95 UK
  • Audio Active – Wa-Nanna; Tokyo Space Cowboys (ON U Sound) ’94 Jah-pon
  • Dub Congress – Dub Up the Hemp; Babylon Is Ours (Select Cuts) 2003 US
  • Martin EZ – Light It Up; Babylon Central Soundtrack (ESL)  2006 UK
  • Abassi All-Stars – Good Sensimilla; Live As One (Remixed) (Universal Egg)  UK

Set 3:

  • Bush Chemists – Light Up Your Spliff; Light Up Your Spliff (Conscious Sounds) UK
  • Hughie Izachaar – Jsut a Little Spliff; Jah Warrior Showcase (Jah Warrior) ’99 UK
  • Zion Train feat. Earl 16 – Good Sensi; Live as One Remixed (Universal Egg) 2009 UK
  • Soom T – I Need Weed; Ode to a Carrot (Jahtari)  2010 Glasgow roots dawta
  • Vivian Jones – Got a Light; 12″ (Jah Shaka) ’86 UK
  • Junior Delgado – Fully Legalise; Chainstore Massacre (ON U Sound) 2002 UK

Set 4:

  • Alpha & Omega feat. Gregory Isaacs – Bush Ganja; Trample the Eagle and the Dragon and the Bear (A & 0) 2005 UK
  • Dr. Israel Presents Dreadtone International – Sensimilla; Patterns of War (ROIR) 2005 NY
  • Kid Loco – Here Comes the Munchies; Kill Your Darlings (Division One) 2001 Fr.
  • Brooklyn Funk Essentials – Istanbul Twight – The Sex, The City, The Music (Petrol) 2003
  • Dry & Heavy – Kick the Bong Around; One Punch (Green Tea)  ’99 Jah-pon w/ female vox
Whenever I get low, I get high

Set 5:

  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It (Dub Club Version); 10″ Echodelic Remixes (Delicious Vinl) 2010 Picture Sleeve
  • Pama International – Evening Time; Float Like a Butterfly (Do the Dog) 2005 UK
  • Dub Lounge International – Herb Hangover; Dub Lounge International (Anchor Vessel) 2006 Seattle
  • The Archives feat. Ras Puma – Sensibility; The Archives (ESL) 2012 DC
  • Lazy Boy – The Manual; Lazy Boy TV (Universal) 2004
  • Black Uhuru Meets Black Sabbath – Guess Who’s Coming For Sweet Leaf; 7″ (blank) mashup

Set 6:

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Pamela Bricker- Lebanese Blonde; Mirror Conspiracy (ESL) ’98 DC
  • Kenny Knots – Good Sensi; Gi Me the General (Conscious Sounds) 2003 UK
  • King General – They Say (Sensimilla Can’t Smoke); Money Run Tings (Conscious Sounds) ’96 UK
  • Groove Corporation feat. UB40 – Legalise It; Presents Remixes From Elephant House (Guidance) 2002
  • Devind the Dude – Zeldar; Just Tryin’ Ta Live (Rap a Lot) 2002
  • WordSound I Powa – Intro; Live From the Planet Crooklyn (ROIR) ’96 NY

Words of Wisdom: