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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: June 13, 2020 – Out of the Living Room, Back to KRCL!

Greetings,

March 14th. That was the last time I ‘n’ I set foot in the Temple of Sound: KRCL. The beginning of the pandemic and then a few days later the Utah Earthquake.

A full 3 months of Living Room Editions out of the Secret Dubratory of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives.

Stitching the shows together from home was a nice way to fill the time spent under quarantine. But it did take a lot of time:

  • Upload song, move it into place on digital editor
  • Record set breaks with a decent but not great USB microphone
  • Edit it all together into 6 x 30 minute sets
  • Upload to cloud storage so Program Director can add it into the queue

I ‘n’ I would venture out at 4pm Saturday, (in my brand new Subaru Legacy) and run my weekend errands just like a regular Smile Jamaica listener. Just me and a few other intrepid souls on the Covid deserted roadways.

What’s not to love? I ‘n’ I could do this forever. Except…..

In the Ark-Ive, I ‘n’ I don’t have a wheel of steel connected to my laptop. That knocks about half of my potential out of rotation for homegrown shows.

The joy of taking  the record out of the sleeve, placing it on the turntable, back queuing the song to start crisp. The warm rumble as the song kicks into life.

April slides into May. I’m getting antsy. Gentle inquiries about when KRCL deejays could return. Not yet. Not yet.

“I’ll go first. I’m too ornery for the Covid.”

Okay, okay. Grumble grumble.  Then I ‘n’ I get the green light.

Rules for in-station deejays:

  • Only  1 deejay per day allowed live in the studio
  • Masks worn except when announcing
  • Wipe down surfaces
  • Wear gloves. Couldn’t queue records with two gloves, so went “commando” on my “queue” hand to find the right starting point
  • Disposable microphone “condom”
  • Studio keyboard wrapped in shrink wrap, so kept a playlist off my Ipad
The new normal?

Great to have a microphone that didn’t pop my “P’s”.  Just came off the road ferrying my parents from Sun City West, AZ to Fort Benton, MT. Little cratedig in Missoula with my down time.

The days, weeks, months, slide together. So what should I do in my first live Smile Jamaica in 90 days?

Missed out on Mother’s Day Showcase because of lack of vinyl capacity. Let’s do Father’s Day!

So there I am juggling wax: 7″, 10″, 12″, LP. Even CDs. Back to my motto: No digital for I ‘n’ I

Hailing up the fathers! Then I ‘n’ I get a  phone call. “Uh, according Google, Father’s Day is next Sunday.”

In radio, you are taught to never call attention to your mistakes. So I ‘n’ I just soldiered on knowing  that by the time you get this Ark-Ive link, it will be properly Father’s Day Weekend.

Just as I ‘n’ I ….errr, planned it. Yeah!

bless, Bobbylon

Wisdom of the youth

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 13, 2020 – Father’s Day Showcase; 2 min. 27 sec.

Set 1:

  •  
  • The Wailers – Hallelujah Time; Burnin’ (Tuff Gong) ’73
  • IInd Street Dreds  – Culture Rock; Dub of the 70’s (Atra) UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Charlie Ace – Father and Dreadlocks; 7″ (Studio One)
  • Black Roots – The Father; In Session (Makasound) ’85
  • Big Youth – Papa Was a Rolling Stone; Reggae Phenomenon (Trojan) ’77
  • Fort Knox Five – Papa Was Stoned; Radio Free DC (ESL) 2008 DC dubbers
  • George Nooks – Created by the Father; 12″ (Joe Frazier)

Set 2:

  • Prince Alla – In My Father’s House; Sweet Sensation (Cornerstone) ’84
  • Israel Vibration – Universal Father; Why You So Craven (RAS) ’81
  • Sister Carol – Mi Love the Father; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96
  • Lascelles Perkins – Our Father; (Voice of Voice) ’70
  • Michigan & Smiley – Sugar Daddy; 12″ (RAS) ’83 dj duo

Set 3:

  • Errol Dunkley – Created by the Father; Darling Ooh  (Attack) ’72
  • Lone Ranger – DJ Daddy; DJ Daddy (Techniques) ’84
  • Dennis Alcapone – Me and My Father a Spar; Good Old Days of the 70’s (Teams)
  • Fred Locks – Moving With the Father; Culturally (Tan Yah) ’95
  • R. Zee Jackson – Come Now Father; 10″ (Sip a Cup) 2005 UK

Set 4:

  • Aswad – In My Father’s House; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84
  • Michael Robinson & XLR – Mother and Father; 7″ (Horse) ’75
  • The Ethiopian – Heavenly Father; Return of Jack Sparrow (Nighthawk) 8’7
  • Alton Ellis – Papa; 7″ (Clintones) ’75

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Don Carlos – Ababa John I (Father Majesty); Spread Out (Burning Sounds) ’83 UK
  • Merger – Father’s Children;  Prisoner of Your Love (Takoma) ’84 US
  • Winston Reedy – Message to Father; Dim the Lights (Inner Light) ’85 UK
  • A. Doeman – Heavenly Father; Jah Jah Come Now (I & I Sound) 80’s LA

Set 6:

  • Ky-Mani Marley – Dear Dad; 12″ (Shang) ’99
  • Queen Majeeda – Oh Daddy; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93
  • Gregory Isaacs – Created by the Father; Cool Ruler (Virgin Front Line) ’78
  • The African Brothers –  Lead Us Father; Want Some Freedom (Easy Star) ’74

Set 7:

  • Derrick Morgan – Don’t Call Me Daddy; (Imperial) ’80 Can.
  • Johnny Clarke – Don’t Call I Daddy; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’75
  • The Slickers – Papa Was a Rolling Stone; 7″ (Ice)
  • Sylford Walker – My Father’s Homeland; Lambsbread International (Blood & Fire) ’79­­

Set 8:

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Reggae Fi Dada; Making History (Mango) ’84
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Reggae Fi Dad; Live A Capella (LKJ)
  • Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Don’t Sell Daddy No Whiskey; Love Thy Neighour (Live & Learn) ’79 nyahbinghi
  • ­­­The Maytals – Daddy; Sensational Ska Sensation (Jamaican Gold) ’65
  • Desmond Dekker – Honor Your Mother and Father; Anthology (Trojan)
  • African Head Charge – Healing Father; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ’90

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

Smile Jamaica Living Room Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 18, 2020 – Qanneh Bossom (The Aromatic Reed)

Living room kind a cloudy for a while

Greetings from Quarantine,

Raise your hand if this Covid Clampdown has you One Toke Over the Line? From Lawrence Welk – covering Brewer & Shipley:

(The guy with the accordion announcing the two tokers sounds like he just took a hit off the spliff!)

Lawrence Welk thought that was a gospel song! “Modern spiritual”

Like Jesus did. The necessary ingredient for His miracles was cannabis oil:

Jesus consumed cannabis

Smile Jamaica locked out of your station that rules the nation, KRCL, till at least the end of May. So I ‘n’ I have the entirety of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives to peruse for the infamous, notorious, humorous, outrageous, quasi legalish 420 Cannabis Service Show.

I ‘n’ I would say 25 of the 30 or so Jah-prils of being your host, has been devoted to the Seven Leaf

I’n’ I was chatting up a friend recently: “Wouldn’t it be great if the purgative lung properties of inhaling cannabis could mitigate against the severity of the Covid?”

What if doctors were able to tell their patients. “You have tested positive for the Covid. My suggestion is to start smoking marijuana immediately!”

I mean, really. You want to go on a ventilator or smoke two joints? Lot cheaper and the mortality rate of those on ventilators is about 90%. I ‘n’ I guess we’re stuck with bleach enemas and injecting Lysol.

So all the Doom Porn I’m forced to read as opposed to news, tells us we are heading into an economic Depression. You want a leg up on revenue? Do what Lebanon did.

Lebanon – First Arab Nation to Legalize Cannabis

From the Bekaa Valley, recently liberated from ISIL tyranny. Home of the legendary Lebanese Blonde hash

They became the first Middle East nation to legalize cannabis. From the Aramaic – qanneh (reed) bossom (aromatic) – so the aromatic reed = ganja stalk

So don’t call it marijuana – that is a made up name by the 30’s anti-drug thugs in the US government: Maria + Juan = Marijuana. To stigmatize the drug with Mexican laborers so they could be easily deported during the depression.

Quick history of Cannabis:

  1. The Scythians (an Iranian people) – were the first to  throw Cannabis seeds on the hot plate to inhale the vapors.

From 5th Century BC historian, Herodotus:

The Scythians said, take some of this hemp-seed [presumably, flowers], and, creeping under the felt coverings, throw it upon the red-hot stones; immediately it smokes, and gives out such a vapour as no Grecian vapour-bath can exceed; the Scyths, delighted, shout for joy.” Yes I!

  1. They puff puff passed it to the Medes (forefathers of today’s Kurds)
  2. The Medes spread it to the expansive Assyrian-Akkadian-Babylonian empires.
  3. Trade with Egypt allowed for the plant to go West through the Maghreb (Arab North Africa) and north through the Mediterranean
  4. 2020 – Lebanese blonde

So, while you are forced indoors – whether sick or healthy, enjoy this cannabliss podcast: 35 Reggae songs plus special efx, movie dialog and other seven leaf snippets.

Stay safe!

Bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Playlist: Apr. 18, 2020 – 420 Special

Set 1:

  • The Toyes – Green Doctor; Strange Animals (CD Tunes) ’96 LA
  • Eek a Mouse – Sensee Party; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’82
  • John Clarke – Good Collie Weed; Visions of John Clarke (Wackies) ’79 to Only Sixteen riddim
  • Junior Byles – Cally Weed; Rasta No Pickpocket (Nighthawk) ’86
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Follow Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. female

Set 2:

  • Black Uhuru – Sinsemilla; Sinsemilla (Mango) ’80 without seeds
  • Angie Angel – Sativa Info; All I Have Is Love (Easy Star)  2001
  • Lone Ranger – Collie Dub; Rosemarie (Techniques)  ’81
  • Jah Woosh – Chalice Blaze; Chalice Blaze (Original) ’78
  • Mikey Dread – Pound a Weed; Life Is a Stage (Dread at the Controls) 2007
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja 12″; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK

Set 3:

  • Prince Alla – Sensimilla; More Love (Jah Warrior) 2002
  • Sammy Dread – Wrap Up a Draw; Wrap up a Draw (Seven Leaves)
  • The Pioneers – Feeling High; 20 Greatest Hits (Trojan) ’79
  • UB40 – Mi Spliff; Baggariddim (DEP) ’85
  • Carlton Livingston – Chalice in Mind; Crucial Reggae (Mango) ’82
  • Ganja Woman – Light Up Your Spliff; Pro Cannabis 4 (EFA) 2002

Set 4:: Queen Elizabeth weed set

  • Heavy Manners – Taking the Queen to Tea; Heavier Than Now (NoVo) ’96 Chicago w/ female vox
  • U Roy – Chalice in the Palice; Dread in a Babylon (Virgin Front Line) ’75
  • Bush Chemists – Light Up Your Spliff; Light Up Your Spliff (Conscious Sounds) ’96 UK mutant dubbers
  • Dillinger – Buckingham Palace; CB 200 (Mango) ’76
  • Peter Tosh – Buk-in-Hamm Palace; Mystic Man (EMI America) ’79

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree Herb Set

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Marley-juana Mix; Smile Jamaica Dubplate
  • Bunny Wailer – Cease Fire; Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae (Shanachie) ’83
  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Want to Get Busted; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds) ’76 KZEL Eugene, OR radio acoustic
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers- African Herbsman; Joy and Blues (Virgin) ’93
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; 12″ (Shanachie) ’83

Set 6:

  • Johnny Osbourne – Mushroom; Fally Lover (Greensleeves) don’t pee in my garden, or mushroom will grow
  • The Selecter – My Collie (Not a Dog); Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) UK ska w/ female vox
  • Jacob Miller – Healing of the Nation;  Wanted (Top Ranking) ’78
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • Mighty Diamonds – Pass the Kouchie; Big Blunts (Tommy Boy) ’81
  • The Toyes – Smoke Two Joints; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96

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:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 21, 2020 – Putting the Panic in Pandemic!

 

Greetings,

Banished to your living room. No work, no school, no shopping, no travel, no toilet paper. In Chicago even going for a walk outside can get you arrested.

A whole lotta down time while we all wait for the virus to come get us!

I ‘n’ I was telling Tristin Tabish, KRCL station manager, that a “shelter in place” situation would be ideal for radio listeners. Already we are seeing Netflix and Prime streaming explode.

For. I ‘n’ I, home is a work space. In the Secret Dubratory of the Smile Jamaica Ark-ives, when called  upon to generate digital content while KRCL is on lockdown, I just do what I always do, cut and mix sound

Routine is how people can handle the doom porn the media has generated during this crisis. Whenever friends or family start to hyperventilate, I ‘n’ I remind them:

By my Liberal Arts science background, it is not a pandemic until newborns and third graders start dropping like flies.

But what about the boredom? Many diehard KRCL listeners have a weekend pattern of turning on classic rock for breakfast and listen all the way through to Roots Reggae for dinner. Repeat a similar pattern on Sunday.

If you are shut in and forced inside, KRCL ought to have a captured audience of weekday listening akin to weekend “radio companionship.”

Then I get a call from Program Director, Ebay Jamil Hamilton. KRCL is locking down its studio and offices. Mayday! He asked if I would curate a three hour Smile Jamaica from home.

I gladly complied. I’m stir crazy as everyone else.

Everybody is frazzled. Instead of repeating the same old reminders: “social distance, wash your hands, don’t eat bat soup, etc.”, Smile Jamaica listeners have a tether to normality as part of their weekend routine. How about three hours of distraction on a beautiful first Saturday of Spring?

Except…

So those listeners wanting to chill with “One Love” or “Irie Up Yourself” or “Burn One Down” you are in for a rude shock. I ‘n I introduced the show with “Smile Jamaica puts the panic in pandemic!”

<Pandemic show intro; 2 min.>

First five Reggae jams:

  1. Twinkle Brothers – Stomach Sick­­; Me No You (Twinkle) ’81
  2. The Police – Don’t Stand So Close to Me; Zenyatta Mondatta (A & M) ’81
  3. Tenor Saw – Fever; Fever (Blue Mountain) ’85
  4. The Clash – Lost in the Supermarket; London Calling (Epic) ’79
  5. Michigan & Smiley – Diseases; Dancehall (Soul Jazz) ’81

In the same way Pete Townshend wrote Tommy. Or Frank Zappa’s Joe’s Garage rock opera, I ‘n’ I was crafting a narrative through a digital medium.

I was driving around a deserted Salt Lake City looking for toilet paper and blasting Smile Jamaica, as a listener, from my car hi fi. When I got home a friend texted me: “After ten fever songs followed by Burial , I thought I had the virus.”

Just like Ira Glass. Digital storytelling in a quarantine. Nearly everyone who hit me up on social media wanted to know the same thing: “What was that song you played at the end of Smile Jamaica?”

Spiritual Rez – Let’s Go Out With a Bang

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LUUq_xk4ZE

Be well. Don’t hoard. Try to ration your panic like you are with using toilet paper

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 21, 2020 – Homegrown Pandemic Edition

Set 1:

  • Twinkle Brothers – Stomach Sick­­; Me No You (Twinkle) ’81
  • The Police – Don’t Stand So Close to Me; Zenyatta Mondatta (A & M) ’81
  • Tenor Saw – Fever; Fever (Blue Mountain) ’85
  • The Clash – Lost in the Supermarket; London Calling (Epic) ’79
  • Michigan & Smiley – Diseases; Dancehall (Soul Jazz) ’81
  • Neville Grant – Sick and Tired; Give Me Power (Trojan) ’73 Fats Domino cover
  • The Toyes – Green Doctor; Strange Animals (CD Tunes) ’99 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Half Pint – It’s Too Late; Greetings (Power House) ’86 

Set 2:

  • Horace Andy – Fever; Studio One Classics (Studio One) ’73
  • The Clash – Clampdown; London Calling (Epic) ’79
  • David Lindley – Tu-ber-cu-lucas and the Sinus Flu; El Rayo-X (Elektra) ’81
  • The Pioneers – Reggae Fever; Best of (Trojan) ’77
  • The Ethiopians – Hong Kong Flu; Original Hot Sounds (Trojan) ’69
  • The Dynamics – Fever; Version Excursions (Groove Attack) 2007 dubby version of Little Willie John/Peggy Lee
  • Max Romeo – Horror Zone; Horror Zone (Nu Roots) 20016
  • Junior Byles – Fever; Curly Locks (Heartbeat) ’74 Little Willie John/Peggy Lee cover
  • Twinkle Brothers – Constipated People; Me No You (Twinkle) ’81 

Set 3:

  • Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse; Night Nurse (Mango) ’82
  • Thievery Corporation – Culture of Fear; Culture of Fear (ESL) 2011
  • Thievery Corporation – Sound the Alarm; Radio Retaliation (ESL) 2014
  • Yerba Buena – Fever; Island Life (Razor & Tie) 2005 African
  • Dennis Alcapone – Fever Teaser; My Voice Is Insured For Half a Million Dollars (Trojan) ’72 dj to Horace Andy Fever
  • Hepcat – Earthquake and Fire; Out of Nowhere (Moon) ’93 LA ska group
  • Laurel Aitken – Witchdoctor From Amsterdam; It’s Too Late (Unicorn) ’90
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – No Water (Can Quench My Thirst)  ’70 

Set 4:

  • The Maytals – Fever; Sensational Ska Explosion (Jamaican Gold) ’65
  • Lady Ann – Doctor, Doctor; Bad Gyal Inna Dance (Jump Up)  2008
  • Jingo – Fever; Afro Rock (Evolver) African
  • Peter Tosh – Bush Doctor 12″; Bush Doctor (Rolling Stones) ’78 herbtune
  • The Rolling Stones – Dear Doctor; Beggars Banquet (abkco)  ’68
  • Peter Tosh – Reggae Myelitis; Wanted Dread and Alive (Rolling Stones) ’81

Set 5:

  • Dr. Alimantado – Still Alive; Born For a Purpose (Greensleeves) ’76
  • Susan Cadogan – Fever; Susan Cadogan (Trojan) ’76 cover to Little Willie John/Peggy Lee
  • Tenor Saw – Ring the Alarm; 200% Dynamite (Soul Jazz)
  • I Roy – Hospital Trolley; Don’t Check Me With No Lightweight Stuff (Blood & Fire) ’73
  • Laurel Aitken – It’s Too Late; It’s Too Late (Unicorn) ’71
  • Barry Brown – Burial; Rich Man Poor Man (Moll-Selekta) Peter Tosh cover
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Redemption Song; Uprising (Tuff Gong) ’80
  • Third World – Dreamland; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’76 Bunny Wailer cover

 

 Set 6: 

  • Fela & Afrika 70 – Zombie; Zombie (Polydor) ’76 African
  • 8750 Band – Stayin’ Alive; Run For Cover (Tommy Chong) Telluride reggae cover of Bee Gees
  • Spiritual Rez – Let’s Go Out With a Bang; Apocalypse Whenever (Spiritual Rez) 2014

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 14, 2020 – Reggae Virus Mini Opera!

Greetings,

Wed. AM about 7 o’clock. On the computer seeing how my best gal did in the Tuesday primaries the night before. (Tulsi who?)

Cup of coffee and a green rip. Breakfast of champions. All of a sudden. I hear something rumble. WTF? Did some Corona Virus infectee just slam my house with their car? If so why I am feeling my floor ripple?

Nah, Earthquake. Watch everything shake, rattle and roll. By the time I stabilized my television set, the rumbling stopped. Casualty: one bookcase in my hallway and a Bob Marley picture askew.

5.7 Magna Utah Earthquake. Shouldn’t have cancelled church over Corona Virus

My first thought? “Wow this place is a mausoleum!” Got the notice from our Dean that the Marriott Library was closing down completely. Went up to a ghostly campus at the U of U to pick up a few things and make sure all the posters and such didn’t crash off my office walls post Magna 5.7 Earthquake.

On the way home, stop at Smith’s grocery. Praise Anu! Toilet paper. Every mope in the store had one roll in their basket.

Lots of items still out of stock. Cold cuts, cheese, bread. Melotonin section wiped out. No isopropyl alcohol. A lot of people out there needing to clean their bongs? Purell and Lysol a distant memory.

Get home to a call from Ebay Hamilton, KRCL’s program director. No station that rules the nation. Could I curate a 3 hour Smile Jamaica episode for upload? Station on lockdown.

“Working” from home, no deejaying, no record shopping (Record Store Day postponed til June. Summer is the low period for cratedigging). Liquor store closed!  No Saturday breakfast with my friends at Left Fork Grill.

THIS VIRUS IS PISSING ME OFF

Everyone is moping around like it is  the end of the world. I understand why the need for social distance, etc. But I don’t have to like it.

So here is how I intend to fight back

  1. Not much of a beer drinker anymore, but I’m going to buy a sixer of Corona beer
  2. Watching Andromeda Strain from 1971

3. Friday 4:20 or as I call it “worship”, will continue with my mates six feet away from each other

4. Gonna cratedig on Saturday just to get out of the house and see who is open

5. Listen to Smile Jamaica, as a listener. 3 hour show called: Putting the Panic in Pandemic 2020. From Stomach Sick to Burial

<Smile Jamaica: March 21, 2020 Putting the Panic in Pandemic; 2 min>

Enjoy this teaser from this week’s podcast:

<Smile Jamaica Reggae Virus Mini Opera; 90 sec.>

  1. Ethiopians get the Hong Kong Flu
  2. Susan Cadogan exhibits The Fever
  3. Jah Lloyd says, no vaccine it will leave an infection. Gonna smoke the main jax – the collie weed
  4. That unfortunately “ital” choice leads to the Twinkle Brothers Stomach sick
  5. Alas, Peter Tosh’s Burial

Eat your heart out Frank Zappa and Pete Townshend. Now I ‘n’ I gonna give you 3 hours tomorrow. Gallows humor staves off the doom and gloom

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives March 14, 2020 Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 44 sec.

Beautiful but deadly

Set 1:

  • Ricky Grant & Augustus Pablo – I Love Jah Rastafari + dub; I Love Jah Rastafari (Message) ’78 JA vinyl
  • Sir Coxson Sound – King of Dubb Rock; King of Dubb Rock (Safari) ’75 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • African Brothers – Mystery of Nature;  Want Some Freedom (Easy Star) ’70’s era
  • Abassi All-Stars feat. Sis Sanae – Free Jah Dub; Dub Showcase (Universal Egg) 2007 UK militant
  • Dennis Bovell – Bettah; Brain Damage (Virgin Front Line) ’81 herbtune
  • John Clarke – Good Collie Weed; Visions of John Clarke (Wackies) ’79 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; over Only Sixteen riddim
  • Dub Syndicate – Can’t Take It Easy; 10″ (ON U Sound) ’93 UK mutant dub Gregory Isaacs cover; picture sleeve

Set 2:

  • Black Roots – Opportunity; In Session (Makasound) ’83 UK roots group
  • Mad Professor – Chillout Zone; Black Liberation Dub vol. 5: Afro-Centric Dub (Ariwa) ’99
  • Aisha – Prophecy; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 female cover of Faybian Miranda roots
  • Dubble – Southside Dub; 10″ (Dub Tunnel) 2012 UK militant steppers instrumental

Set 3:

  • Michigan & Smiley – Diseases; Dancehall (Soul Jazz) ’81
  • Mighty Diamonds – I Shall Be Releassed; Blowin’ in the Wind (RAS) 2002 Bob Dylan cover
  • The Selecter – On My Radio ’91; CD Single (Chrysalis) ’91 rmx/2 Tone ska w/ female vox
  • Daweh Congo – Jah Disciple; 10″ (Sip a Cup) 2005 UK militant steppers

 

Set 4: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45’s Roots Sisters

  • Sister Afreka – Rasta Light Is a Sunshine; 7″ (Jah Life)
  • Sister Carol – Get It Straight Africans’ 7″ (Jah Life Time) ’89
  • Sister Rasheda – Give Me More Jah Love; 7″
  • Sista Ruby – Woman D.J.; 7″ (Freedom Sound International) ’80
  • Sister Verna – No Broke No Fight; 7″ (N***** Kojak) ’80
  • Bob Andy – Hung Up Dub; Sweet Memories (Nectar) ’76 dub album of the hour

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Super Chick – Roach Killer; Sleeping Bag’s Dancehall Classics (Priority) ’87 US
  • Al Campbell – Give the People; Rainy Days (Burning Sounds)
  • Clint Eastwood – Blues Night; Sex Education (Greensleeves) ’80 US
  • Blues Busters – I Shot the Sheriff; Phillip & Lloyd (Scepter) ’75 US Wailers cover
  • Bim Sherman & Akabu – Stop That Train; 12″ (ON U Sound) ’86 UK Keith & Tex cover

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

Peter Touch & the Wailers – Toughest; The Toughest (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’67 

<Song bio – The Toughest>

  • Bunny Wailer – Bide Up; Jamaican Singles vol. 1 (Solomonic) ’72
  • Judy Mowatt – Concrete Jungle; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Wailers cover
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Lyrical Satirical I; Fy-ah Fy-ah (JAD) ’68 instrumental
  • The Revolutionaries – Sensi Dub vol. 1 (Original) ’70’s era dub album of the hour

Set 7: Reggae Virus Mini Opera

  • The Ethiopians – Hong Kong Flu; Original Hit Sounds (Trojan) ’69 
  • Susan Cadogan – Fever; Susan Cadogan (Trojan) ’76 Little Willie John/Peggy Lee cover
  • Jah Lloyd – Dispencer; Black Moses (Virgin Front Line) no injection, leaves an infection
  • Twinkle Brothers – Stomach Sick; Me No You (Twinkle) ’81
  • Peter Tosh – Burial; Remedies For Babylon (bootleg)

 

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation – Culture of Fear; Live at the London Roundhouse (ESL) 2017 
  • Alpha & Omega – Who Am I to Judge; Trample the Eagle and the Dragon and the Bear (Alpha & Omega) 2005 best of UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Virgin; King Size Dub ON U Sound (Echo Beach) re: Richard Branson of Virgin Records
  • Dubblestandart – 51 Dub; Immigration Dub (Collision) 2007 Jah-stria
  • Sip a Cup All-Stars – Watch and Peep; 10″ (Sip a Cup) 2005
  • Natacha Atlas – I Put on a Spell On You; Best of (Mantra) 2005 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Middle Eastern cover

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: 7″ Roots Dawtas for International Women’s Day

Greetings,

It was about 20 years ago. I ‘n’ I was juggling Roots Reggae on Smile Jamaica. One roots gem after another. Phone rings.

Listener calls in. “I appreciate everything you do with Smile Jamaica, but I notice you don’t play very much female Reggae.”

Remember, I ‘n’ I deejay for a small, community radio station. I haven’t had a show review in over a decade. Surely, I ‘n’ I can get into ruts like any other media or arts person.

In my defense, 80% of Reggae recorded in Jamaica, or worldwide for that matter, is performed by male artists. And I ‘n’ I subscribed to Rasta militant dj Big Youth’s maxim: No more songs about girls!

Strictly haaard Roots telling stories about the political underdogs , Rastafari gospel and the 400 years of slavery.

No more songs about girls!

I ‘n’ I thanked the listener for the critical input.  From that day on, I want to sift in at least one Roots Dawta into the mix. My sets  average 3-4 songs. It has definitely improved the sound of Smile Jamaica  and broadens the universal appeal.

And after harvesting through my Ark-Ive, it is every easy to find female Reggae artists singing about roots topics beyond Lovers Rock.

So I ‘n’ I am at the point in organizing and cataloging my Ark-Ive of several thousand Reggae 7″ 45’s. Same as with LP’s and CD’s. Harvest the Roots Dawtas in all my various categories: herb, Marley covers and tributes, rock ‘n’ soul covers, etc.

So, what a great idea to celebrate International Women’s Day with a 3 hour showcase of Reggae Roots Dawtas 7″ 45’s. The Jamaican Jukebox

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 7, 2020 – Roots Dawta 7″ Jamaican Jukebox; 69 sec.

Set 1:

  • Dhaima – Ina Jah Children; 7″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’77
  • Prince Fatty – Hollie Cook in Dub (Mr. Bongo) 2012 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Anicia Banks – I Want to Thank You; 7″ (Ashandan) ’77 Curtis Mayfield/Bob Marley cover
  • Jennifer Gad – Survival; 7″ (Black Roots) Marcia Griffiths cover
  • Della Grant – Leggo Africa; 7″ (Twinkle) ’99
  • Audrey Hall – Groove Situation; 7″ (Kebar) ’76 Keith Rowe cover
  • Massawa – Free at Last; 7″ (Full Moon) livicated to Nelson Mandela
  • Sister Nancy – Telephone Challice; 7″ (Volcano) ’82 4:20 Herb
  • Queen Ifrica – Burn Some Herbs; 7″ (Fire Links)  20005 bonus herbtune

Set 2:

  • Daughter Whinny – Shame & Scandal; 7″ (Hitbound) ’82 rude mento cover
  • Debra Keese – Travelling; 7″ (Orchid) ’79 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Taliasha Love – Roots Man; 7″ (Jah Music) ’76
  • Sharon Black – Struggling; 7″ (Clintones) ’77
  • Brenda Harry – Rise Up Stand Firm (Twinkle) 2001

Set 3:

  • The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; 7″ (Chrysalis) ’81 UK 2 Tone Ska
  • Sharon Little – Mash Up Creation; 7″ (One Love) ’81
  • Lady Ann – Shine Eye Boy; 7″ (Roots Tradition) ’78
  • Dawn Love – Watering; 7″ (Ja Man) ’75 over Welding
  • Daughter Cherry – Babylon You Guilty; 7″ (High Note) ’78
  • Chuck Foster – California Dubbin’ Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Little Natural – Put Good Lyrics in the Music; 7″ (Conscious) youth gal dub poet
  • Althia – Down Town Thing; 7″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe)
  • Novellette Barnett – Fire de a Town; 7″ (High Note)
  • Barbara Jones – Slim Boy; 7″ (Impact!) ’75

Set 5:

  • Rita Marley – Beauty of God’s Plan; 7″ (Hansa) ’80 picture sleeve; Wailers Family Tree set
  • Cedella Marley Booker – Mommy’s Daddy; 7″ (Ghetto Youths) Bob Marley’s mom
  • Marcia Griffiths – Dreamland; 7″ (High Note) ’78
  • Yvonne Harrison – Knotty Screwface; 7″ (Mart’s) ’78 Bob Marley cover
  • Judy Mowatt – Hush Baby Mother; 7″ (Ashandan) ’85

Set 6:

  • Dawn & Christine – Panadol; 7″ (M & M) herbtune
  • Sheila Hylton – Mellow Mood; 7″ (Harry J) ’77 Bob Marley cover
  • The Marvels – Rock Steady (Pama) ’71 Aretha Franklin cover
  • Norma Frazer – First Cut Is the Deepest; 7″ (Studio One) ’67 Cat Stevens cover
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Jah; Black Ark in Dub (Black Ark) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Grace Jones – Love Is the Drug; 7″ (Island) picture sleeve
  • Veronica Adams – Midnight Train to Georgia; 7″ (Impact!) ’75
  • Sheila Hylton – Lotta Love; 7″ (Jaywax) ’79 Neil Young/Nicolette Larson cover
  • Doreen Schaeffer – Sugar, Sugar; 7″ (Studio One)
  • Joy White – My Guy; 7″ (Hawk)  ’75 Deborah Wells Motown cover

Set 8:

  • Aisha – Give a Little Love; 7″ (Rockers)
  • Duche Gold – I Have a Dream; 7″ (Massawa) ’94 hailing MLK
  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Fade Away; 7″ (ON U Sound) ’80 UK Jr. Byles cover
  • Cynthia Schloss – No Brother No Cry; 7″ (Merritone) ’80 Bob Marley cover
  • Ebony Sisters – Son of a Preacher Man; 7″ (FORM) ’75 Dusty Springfield cover
  • Claudette Miller – Too Much Heaven; 7″ (Roots International) ’79 Bee Gees cover
  • Nora Dean – Barbwire; 7″ (Treasure Isle) ’70 rudeness

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 29, 2020 – Leap Day Reggae Vinyl!

 

Greetings,

Ah, yes. The endorphin rush of finding that record. I ‘n’ I been a vinyl collector since clothes shopping with my Mom at Woolworth’s the beginning of 7th grade: ‘Sept. 77. The year the two sevens clashed.

My first “dig”: Best of the Doobie Brothers. (For a Seven Leaf guy, who knew the significance of that purchase 40 years on!)

With an extra Saturday, during the shortest month of the year, why note celebrate that legacy of vinyl collection with a trip down black wax memory lane on Smile Jamaica .

I was getting crosseyed with my bredrins Mike and Aquaboy. Friday 4:20. I ‘n’ I brought over a 60 minute mix for Mixcloud of my favorite UK Reggae faves. Segue into the first Black Sabbath album.

WTF?

So I’n’ I said: Would you believe I have a 7″ record that mashes up Black Sabbath with Black Uhuru?

That’s the delight in record obsession. You’ve got Satanic Heavy Metal inna mi Rasta Roots Reggae!

<Guess Who’s Coming For Sweet Leaf>

bless, Bobbylon

Set 1:

  • Judah Eskender Tafari – Jah Light; Pirates Choice (Studio One) ’80 JA – 3 Hour Vinyl is Vital Show
  • Bullwackie’s All-Stars – Black Heart Dub; Dub Unlimited (Senrab) ’76 Dub album of the hour
  • Phillip Frazer – Watch This Sound; Big Showdown (Black Solidarity) ’85 JA Buffalo Springfield cover
  • The Specials – Friday Night Saturday Morning; 12″ (2 Tone) ’81 UK EP Ghost Train picture sleeve; 2 Tone ska
  • Quasar – Get Up Stand Up; Fresh (LASN) US Wailers cover
  • Chris Wayne – All the Plant Mi Plant; Progress (Heartbeat) ’89 US 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Black Harmony – Our Feelings; 12″ (Cool Rockers) ’81 UK female lovers rock

Set 2:

  • Marcia Griffiths – Ghetto Stays in the Mind; Songs of Bob Andy (Jove) ’93 UK; her ex-husband
  • The In Crowd – More Employment; His Majesty Is Coming (Creole) ’78 Fr.
  • Johnny Osbourne & the Sensations – See and Blind; Come Back Darling (Techniques) ’70 JA
  • Leroy Sibbles – Garden of Life; 12″ (Big Spanner Disco) ’77 UK Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n

Set 3:

  • Yellowman – Two to Six Supermix; Jack Sprat (Hit!) ’82 JA
  • Amjam feat. Leisa Salesman – 99 Times; Live Off the Board (Celluloid) ’87 US w/ female vox
  • Dillinger – Hearsay; Badder Than Them (A & M) ’81 US
  • UB40 – My Way of Thinking; 12″ (Graduate) ’80 UK
  • Israel Vibration – Dub Worry; In Dub  (Greensleeves) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour


Set 4:

  • Triston Palma – Out a Hand; Big Showdown (Black Solidarity) ’85 JA – request
  • Big Youth – Chi Chi Run; Chi Chi Run (Prince Buster) ’72 JA herbtune
  • The Selecter – Selling Out Your Future; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 UK 2 Tone ska w/ female vox
  • Jonathan Arthur – Burnin; 12″ (Emerald Isle) ’89 Ft. Lauderdale

Set 5:

  • Doctor Alimantado – This Little Bird; (Tell Me You are Having a) Wonderful Time (Keyman)
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Tracks + Nanny; Tracks (LKJ) ’90 UK female dub poet

<Nanny – Shero of Jamaica>

  • Unity – Rasta Man; Heat Your Body Up (Virgin) ’83 UK
  • Ranking Roger & Blue Riddim – America & Russia/Selective Service System (ORA Interntional) ’85 LA

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Do It Twice; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Beverley’s) ’71 JA

<Do It Twice>

  • Sister Carol – Black Woman; Liberation For Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC
  • Matumbi – Brother Louie; Best of (Trojan) ’77 cover of the Stories AM pop hit
  • Teddy Brown – Get Stoned; 12″ (Eruption) ’84 US herbtune

Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45’s

  • Black Sabbath Meets Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming For Sweetleaf; 7″ (bootleg) 7″ 
  • Negus Dawtas – I Speak the Truth; 7″ (Natty Cong) ’78 UK female roots group
  • The Clash – Armagideon Time; 7″ (Epic) US picture sleeve cover of Willi Williams reggae
  • Leroy Smart & the Revolutionaries – Waiting in Vain+ dub; 7″ (Black Star + Channel One) ’77 JA cover of Bob Marley

Set 8:

  • Jimmy Cliff – Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow; Pop Gold (Warner Bros.) ’75 German
  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Bedward the Flying Preacher; Pay It All Back vol. 1 (ON U Sound) ’84 UK
  • Mungo’s Hi Fi feat. Soom T – I Need Weed; 12″ EP (Scotch Bonnet) ’84 UK female weedstepper
  • Noiseshaper – Only Redeemer; 12″ EP (Quango) 2002 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 15, 2020 – Aliens Don’t Stream!

They are here and they are coming!

Greetings,

Sometimes I get asked: “What’s with all the UFO tunes on Smile  Jamaica. It’s even been mentioned in KRCL staff meetings: “Does he really belief that stuff?”

I do. My code of life is – Your perception is not my reality.

From my Sumerian Fundamentalist heritage through Ancient Aliens, Reggae is right in the middle.

Spaceship Egyptian glyph

Those who don’t like it, can scoff on over to another radio station. Because I ‘n’ I am vindicated in my belief.

Radio SOS signals from the next galaxy. Radio. Just like Carl Sagan reached out in 1977, the Aliens heard his message and are calling back.

A literal gold record

The Voyager mission when the 2 7’s clashed (1977) was meant to reach out to any sentient beings in the vastness of space. The gold record, which included Sumerian greetings: “May all be well” along side Chuck Berry’s Johnny B. Goode.

Well, it appears they got our gift. And here they come…..

Deep space radio signals on 16.5 day repetitive cycle

<Radio signals from outerspace; 33 sec.>

“Mysterious radio signals from space have been known to repeat, but for the first time, researchers have noticed a pattern in a series of bursts coming from a single source half a billion light-years from Earth”

Not random. But on a cycle. Like we would do: Are You There?…(repeat). Now they are doing the same to us: We got your message (repeat). If you have ever seen the Jodie Foster movie, Contact, that is the plot.

The Bulgarian libertarians at Zerohedge muse:

So could it be aliens seeking to establish contact via hidden messages meant to be deciphered from rational patterns?

Naw. This is what I think happened. They got our package from the Voyager. But those fools at NASA didn’t include a record player. Plus zero gravity in space makes it impossible to “drop the needle pon the record.”

I ‘n ‘I think it is fascinating that the contact is by a “dead medium” of radio. In 10 years, on Earth, 70% of all media will be streamed. Not broadcast (radio, satellite radio, television).

Aliens, embrace my philosophy: No digital for I ‘n’ I.

So just like Pres. 45 listens to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives while watching CNN with the sound muted, maybe someway, somehow,  some miracle, the Aliens found a fellow traveller, via I ‘n’ I Mixcloud archive, and appreciate the outer space inna terrestrial rub a dub.

Black wax. Shiny aluminum disks. No 1’s and 0’s. Why not?

Remember: Your perception is not  my reality.

Smile Jamaica’s Three reasons why Aliens made radio contact; 1 min. 44

  1. They need our gravity to play records

2. Qanon told I ‘n’ I that the radio signal on repeat isn’t an SOS but was deciphered as Play more Bob Marley”

3. No oxygen in space to spark a doobie

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 15, 2020 Annotated Playlist; 61 sec.

Set1:

  • Dillinger – Rockers; Tribal War (New Cross) ’86 UK vinyl
  • Roots Radics – Roy Cousins Presents Kings and Queens of Dub (Tamoki Wambesi) 80’s UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Lorna Asher – It Comes From Afar; Straight to Your Heart (Twinkle) ’99
  • Bunny Lye Lye – Keep on Dancing; Protect Me Lord (Twin Bros) 80’s
  • Dubblestandart feat. Devon D – We All Have to Get High; Immigration Dub (Collision) 2007 Jah-stria: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Junior Dan – Give Thanks No Skanks + Yanks & Ises; 10″ (Hi Try) ’76 JA

Set 2:

  • Hollie Cook – Vessel of Love; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2018 UK dawta of Sex Pistol Paul Cook
  • Sly Dunbar – Mr. Music; Sly, Wicked & Slick (Virgin) ’79 dub to Brothers Johnson “Strawberry Letter No. 23”
  • Asherman Meets Dub Street Rockers – Jah Seed + Seed Grow;  Zion Ready (Jump Up) 2002 vox + dj
  • Max Romeo & Dennis Brown – African + I Am the Conqueror; 10″ (Observer Gold) ’75

Set 3: Smile Jamaica’s 30+ Years of Bob Tributes

  • Cedella Marley Booker – Mother Don’t Cry; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84 Bob’s Mom 
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Lyin’ in Bed; Best of (EMI America) ’88
  • Lui Lepki – Tribute to Bob Marley; Latenight Movie (Joe Gibbs) ’81
  • Prince Far I & the Suns of Arqa – ’83 Struggle; Musical Revue (ROIR) 12/7/82 in Manchster UK
  • Aba-Shanti-I & the Shanti-Ites – Tower of Babel; Jericho Walls Verse III (Falasha) ’99 UK Mut tant dub album of the hour

Set 4:

  • Sister Carol – Man to Man; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96 Marley cover
  • Horace Andy – Bob Marley (His Songs Live On); Exclusively (Solid Groove) ’81 UK vinyl
  • Ringo – Great Superstar; 12″ (Top Ranking) ’81 FL dj to Horace Andy

Set 5: Vinyl Tributes to Bob Marley Set

  • Yellowman – In Memory; Rides Again (RAS) ’88 DC –
  • Session feat. Azeem – Tribute to Marley; Tribute to Bob Marley (M. Al’s) ’81 Oakland
  • Roots Uprising – Master Blaster; Beautiful Music (Top Ranking) ’81 Opa Locka, FL
  • Psalm of Bob Marley + Dub – Culture; Good Things (RAS) ’89 DC

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Cheer Up; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Beverley’s) ’70 JA vinyl

<Cheer Up; 97 sec.>

  • Carlene Davis – Harder They Come; 15 Classic Hits (Sonic) ’80 Jimmy Cliff cover
  • Cocoa Tea – The Weed; The Herbalist (Xterminator) ’98 herbtune
  • Doctor Alimantado – Nat King Cole/Bob Marley; 12″ (ISDA) ’80 UK
  • Bunny Wailer – Dub D’sco vol. 2 (Solomonic) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • The Wailers feat. Peter Tosh – Sinner Man; The Toughest (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’66 gospel cover

<Sinner Man; 42 sec.>

  • Afro Omega – All My Love; Pick Up the Pieces (Afro Omega) 2006 SLC w/ female vox
  • R. Zee Jackson – Come Now Father; 10″ (Sip a Cup) 2006 UK militant steppers

Set 8: UFOria

  • Devin the Dude – Zeldar; Just Tryin’ to Live (Rap a Lot) 2002 herbtune
  • Nicky Thomas – Doing the Moonwalk; Love of the Common People (Trojan) ’70
  • U Roy – Your Ace From Space; Version Galore (Virgin) ’68
  • UFO feat. Dee Dee Bridgewater – Flying Saucer; Saint Germain des Pres Cafe’ IV (Wagram) 2004 female vox
  • Thievery Corporation – Stargazing; Culture of Fear (ESL) 2012
  • Tena Stelin – UFO; Lion Symbol (Jah Warrior) ’99