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

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

Greetings,

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

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

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

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

Orrin Hatch put a stop to that.

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

So I switched up a new tradition: Rockers do Reggae

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

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

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

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

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

Check it!

bless, robt

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

Liberated from British colonial rule: Aug. 6, 1962

Set 1:

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

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

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

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

Set 2:

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

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

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

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

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

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

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

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

Set 4:

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

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

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

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

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

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

<Adventures in Cratedigging; 40 sec.>

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

Set 6:

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

<Reggae Dead Mashup>

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

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

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

Set 8: Mutant Dub

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

Wordcs of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 6, 2016 (Stream + Tracklist): Bob-stock: Happy Birthday Bob

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Livicated to Bob Marley: Feb. 5, 1945

Greetings,

<Livicated, nah dead-icatedj; 11 sec.>

 

Very nice that Bob Marley’s Birthday fell on a Saturday. So 3 hours of Bob Tribute songs for Smile Jamaica

When Bob died of cancer, May 11, 1981 – dozens of Reggae artists rushed to the studio to record tributes:

<Smile Jamaica Bob Marley Tribute songs; 11 sec.>

Last year I played all my Bob Marley 12” but that was too much Bob for the Digital Millennium Copy-wrong Act. So this year I had to “ration” my Bob to 4 tracks:

<DMCA. No more than 4 songs by an artist; 26 sec.>

High-lights of Jah-bruary 6: Bob Marley Birthday Tribute; 49 sec.

Bob Marley smoking a joint
Tuff Gong pon di spliff tail

Annotated Playlist: Jah-bruary 6, 2016: Bob Marley Tribute Show

Set 1:

  • Bankie Banx – Remember Bob; Soothe Your Soul (Redemption) ’82 Montserrat vinyl
  • Chalawa – Natural Mystic Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Marley’s Exodus in dub: Dub Album of the Hour
  • Robert Marley – Judge Not; Scandal Sountrack (Island) ’62 – Bob’s first song!
  • Sister Carol – Dedicated to Bob Marley; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ‘84
  • Mikey Dread – In Memory (Jacob, Marcus, Marley); S.W.A.L.K – Sealed With a Little Kiss (Heartbeat) ’82 US vinyl – Jacob Miller, Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley

<Mikey Dread’s Tributes; 13 sec.>

  • Abyssinians – Jah Marley; Last Days (Tabou1) ‘99
  • Psalm of Bob Marley – Culture; Good Things (RAS) ‘89
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Rude bwoy Robert Marley, 1962

Set 2:

  • Cedella Marley Booker – Mother Don’t Cry; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84 Bob’s mom

<Bob’s last words – Mother Don’t Cry, I’ll be alright; 13 sec.>

<Bob’s last day; 34 sec.>

  • Everton Blender – Bob Marley; Piece of the Blender (Heartbeat/Star Trail) ‘96
  • Brigadier Jerry – Tribute to Bob Marley; On the Road (RAS) ‘90
  • Winston Groovy – Night Shift; 12” (Sound City) ’85: Commodores tribute to soul artists + Bob
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Mother don’t cry – Cedella Marley Booker: Bob’s mom

Set 3:

  • The Wailers – Rastaman Chant; Talkin’ Blues (Tuff Gong) live at KSAN Radio, San Fran – Oct. ‘73
  • Ky-mani Marley – Dear Dad; CD Single (Gee Street) ‘99

<Ky-mani child 10 of 11 of Bob’s kids; 35 sec.>

  • Papa Finnigan & Junior Ranking – Tribute to Bob Marley; Two the Hard Way (Heartbeat) ’82 US
  • Delixx – Comin’ In From the Cold; Uprising in Dub (Micron) ’80 Germ. Dub of Uprising album. Dub Album of the Hour
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Bob’s 11 children by 7 women + 2 adoptions

Set 4:

  • Judy Mowatt – Joseph; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Bob = Joseph, Biblical prophet; 29 sec.
  • Alpha Blondy – Mystic Night Move; Masada (World Enterprise) ’92 Ivory Coast “why do black heroes die so soon”
  • Lui Lepki – Tribute to Bob Marley; Late Night Movie (Joe Gibbs) ‘81
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Smile Jamaica Rating: A+

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Bunny Wailer – Stay With the Reggae; Marketplace (Solomonic) ’85 JA
  • Toots & the Maytals – His Songs Live On; Live at Reggae Sunsplash (Reggae Sunsplash) ’82 Montego Bay, JA
  • Horace Andy – Bob Lives On; Exclusively (Solid Groove) ’81 UK: Riddim Shower (1): vox
  • Ringo – Great Superstar; 12” (Top Ranking) Riddim Shower (2): deejay
  • Sue Chaloner – Missin’ Mr. Marley; 12” (CNR) ‘84

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Set 6:

  • Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster Jammin’; Hotter Than July (Tamla) ’81: Riddim Shower (1) original
  • Roots Uprising – Master Blaster Jammin’; Beautiful Music (Top Ranking) ’81 FL vinyl: Riddim Shower (2): cover
  • Roots Uprising – Jamming Dub; 12” (Top Ranking) ’81 Riddim Shower (3) reggae dub
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Roots, Rock Dub; Bob Marley in Dub vol. 1 (Tuff Gong); Dub Album of  the Hour

<Bob dub’s; 17 sec.>

 

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Set 7:

  • Culture – Double Tribute to the O.M.; Lion Rock (Heartbeat)  ’82; O.M = Order of Merit
  • Randeesh – Bob Marley is a River of Love; Courage (Mountain Lion) 2004 British Columbia
  • Prince Far I – Tribute to Bob Marley; Voice of Thunder (Trojan) ’81 UK vinyl
  • Winston Reedy & Tim Hain – Reggae Man; 12” (Priority) ’87 UK
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Order of Merit

Set 8:

  • Alpha & Omega – Freedom Fighters; Sound System Dub (ROIR) ’95 trance dub tribute
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Burnin’ & Lootin’; Dream
  • Isaac Haile Selassie – Dear Bob (Tribute to Bob Marley); CD Single (Resin Music) ’99
  • Jah Thomas – Tribute to Bob Marley; 12” (Midnight Rock) ‘81

<Last Tribute from Bob’s songbirds; 19 sec.>

  • I Three – He’s a Legend; Beginning (EMI America) ’86 US vinyl
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HGH is not Ital

<How Smile Jamaica celebrated the Broncos; 21 sec.>

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 15, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Disco Mix Fever!

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True dat, Linus!

Greetings,

<Your place for maximum bass!>

Another tradition bites the dust on Smile Jamaica via the heinous Digital Millennium Copywrong Act.

Let us count the ways the DMCA has screwed me on Smile Jamaica

  1. No  bootlegs (I have dozens of killer Reggae bootlegs and rarities)
  2. No more 3 hour artist shows (No Bob Marley A to Z like I have done). Can’t play more than four songs by an artist in a 3 hour bloc
  3. No Album Side. Back in the day I used to play a whole side of a rare, non-CD disk to go beyond the one shot. Can’t play more than 2 songs in a row off an album
  4. No more Dub Album of the Week. The latest outrage. For 27 years I have always talked over a singular dub release to keep a consistent flow bubbling so the music never stops. But Mixcloud keeps flagging the shows for DMCA violations. Their algo’s pick up the signature of the CD even tho I have “wrecked the mix” by talking over it. Nope.

<DMCA follies (1): No more Dub Album of the Week; 15 sec.>

<DMCA follies (2): No more than 4 songs per album; 30 sec.>

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Fiya bun the asinine DMCA!

So I decided to just punt away from CD’s …

<…No aluminum for I ‘n’ I>

and drop down some Black Wax. All 12″ singles. Long dubble length, combination style all the while.

3 Hours of Disco Mix; 19 sec.

Plus bass-delic echo

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The role that the 12″ played in Jamaica was strictly for the dance. Dreads and pretty girls would head for the club. The clubs wanted the deejays to stretch out the songs so that a guy could rub a dub with his best gal and work up a thirst.

From there the 12″ spread into the New York and Miami discos catering to the gay, Latin and urban black markets. Reggae always ahead of its time!

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DISCO – Never a four letter word on Smile Jamaica

<Reggae History Lesson: The 12″ Single started in Jamaica; 37 sec.>

So enjoy these two dozen A+ riddim explosions!

<A+ for sure!; 9 sec.>

bless, robt

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Fred Flintstone loves the drum and the bass to make Wilma wind up her waist!

 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Annotated Playlist: Jah-gust 15, 2015

<The Vinyl Reasoning; 30 sec.>

Set 1:

  • Mighty Threes – Rasta Business; 12” (April) ’78 Haledon, N.J.
  • Frankie Paul – Zion Train; 12” (Glory Gold) ’85 NY
  • The Jayes & Ranking Trevor – Truly; 12” (Channel One) ’77 JA; Marcia Griffiths cover

<Reggae History Lesson: Combination Style; 10 sec.>

  • Hubert Lee & Ranking Joe – Sing a Long; 12” (Waistline) JA
  • Judy Mowatt & Sister Carol – Screwface/Them Vex; 12” (Jah Life); ’86 NY; Bob Marley cover
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The Screwface – Jamaican cousin to the Hairy Eyeball

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Rainbow Country; 12” (Daddy Kool) ’79 UK

<Daddy Kool: UK Record Store & Label; 22 sec.>

  • Ras Midass & I Roy – Trouble Town; 12” (Harry J) ’77 Miami
  • Augustus Pablo – Crucial Burial; 12” (Rockers International) ’79 JA: Tosh update

<Melodica Tosh stylee; 12 sec.>

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London Reggae Record shop

Set 3:

  • Pat Kelly – Sunshine; 12” (KG) ’80 UK;  John Denver cover

<Sunshine on my Shoulder; 16 sec.>

  • Cedric Myton & the Congos – Wherever He Leads; 12” (Go Feet!) ’81 UK
  • Johnny Osbourne – 2 YY’s U.R.; 12” (Hot Disc) Can. 
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Pat Kelly. Falsetto roots singer

Set 4:

  • Inai (sic) Kamosa (sic) – Trouble You a Trouble Me (Taxi) ’84 US

<Ini Kamoze – All Time Smile Jamaica favorite; 20 sec.>

  • Don McCarlos – Gimmie Gimmie Your Loving; 12” (Negus Roots) ’84 UK
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The Hotstepper

Set 5:

  • Lion Youth – Rat a Cut Bottle; 12” (Virgo Stomach) ’78 UK

<Time so hard that “rat a cut bottle” 9 sec.>

  • Junior Murvin – Bad Man Posse; 12” (Dread at the Controls) ‘82
  • Sister Netifa – Woman Determined; 12” (Jah Works) ’90 dub poet
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Time so hard that Rat a cut Bottle!

Set 6:

  • Tipper Lee & Rapper Robert – Come in a de Dance; 12” (Witty) NY
  • Naturalites – Black Roses; 12” (Realistics) UK
  • Misty in Roots – Wandering Wander; 12” (People Unite) ’81 UK
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Natural-Ites. Not the beer

Set 7:

  • Bim Sherman – Golden Locks; 12” (Revue) ’79 NY
  • Mighty Diamonds – Possie Are You Ready; 12” (Hot Heat) ’85 JA
  • L. Wright & Rockas – Shoot Me Some Food; 12” (Ubanghi) ‘82

<Hey Pres. Peace Prize, Shoot me some food! 9 sec.>

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Don’t shoot guns, shoot food!

Set 8:

  • Heptones & Prince Lamont – Meaning of Life; 12” (Black Lion) ’77 UK
  • Leroy Smart & Ranking Barnabas – Time is the Master; 12” (Jah Life) ‘80
  • The Meditations – World at War; 12” (Hitbound) ’77 JA
  • Sugar Minott & Captain Sinbad – Hard Time Pressure (Sufferers Heights) ’79 UK
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World at War. Same today as 1977

Words of Wisdom:

<Word, Sound & Power!>

Son of a Diddley!: DMCA 3 – Smile Jamaica 0

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Another Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive axed by Mixcloud over violations of the M** F***ing Digital Millennium Copy-wrong Act. Fiya bun!

<Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 8, 2015; 2 hr. 51 min.>

Greetings,

For 27 years I have always chatted over a particular dub album on every 3 hour edition of Smile Jamaica:

  1. So the music never has to stop: I want people to think Smile Jamaica is one three hour long song
  2. So I can avoid “dead air” if I am monkey-buterling at the Radio Station: I am the only guy there during Smile Jamaica. No engineer, no receptionist. There is a ton of shi…stuff I have to do to keep the signal firing out over the air, so rolling out some dub gives me time to juggle all the duties of being a Radio DJ
  3. Consistency of “the flow”

Since 2013 I have been hosting Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives at Mixcloud. Their algo’s must be extra sensitive: Even though I am talking over instrumental music, that counts as violating the idiotic Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Even though my voice makes the dub useless for piracy, doesn’t matter.

My shows are being flagged and blanked-out in America

Licensing restrictions

Mixcloud is a licensed Internet radio service with agreements with various Collecting Societies around the world (who in turn pay royalties to labels and artists based on their individual recording and publishing deals).

These agreements stipulate certain rules around what type of radio shows and DJ mixes can be listened to on Mixcloud:

US Rules:
– Maximum 4 tracks by an artist (and max 3 consecutively)
​- Maximum 3 tracks from an album (and max 2 consecutively)

As music lovers ourselves, we understand that this may be frustrating, and we are working on new frameworks with rights-holders to build a better service for everyone.

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Now I will have to swap out my dub CDs every hour and see if that is under the threshold.

Fiya-bun the DMCA!

bless, robt

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Son of a Diddley! Those M…elon F….armers at the DMCA, quit picking on Smile Jamaica!

<Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 8, 2015; 2 hr. 51 min.>

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 18, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Listen here not Mixcloud on this week. Sorry

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Mixcloud flagged my upload for July 18, 2015 for violating the Digital Millennium Copy-wrong Act. Sorry!

<Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 18, 2015: Best of 27 Years II – The 80’s; 2 hrs. 50 min.>

Greetings,

Loyal Mixcloud Smile Jamaica listeners. Feel free to listen to the Audio player above or at the end of this blog post. Not sure what happened. All I can think of is I must have replayed one of my Dub tracks that I chat over so the music never has to stop. Can’t do that according to the bullshit piece of legislation called the Digital Millennial Copy-wrong Act

Mixcloud’s naughty naughty:

Why can’t I listen? Licensing rules by country

Mixcloud is a licensed Internet radio service with agreements with various Collecting Societies around the world (who in turn pay royalties to labels and artists based on their individual recording and publishing deals).These agreements stipulate certain rules around what type of radio shows and DJ mixes can be listened to on Mixcloud:US Rules:
– Maximum 4 tracks by an artist (and max 3 consecutively)
​- Maximum 3 tracks from an album (and max 2 consecutively)As music lovers ourselves, we understand that this may be frustrating, and we are working on new frameworks with rights-holders to build a better service for everyone.
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What bites is how can anything think I am trying to scam a copyright holder when I purposefully talk over the music so it is worthless to steal. Riding dub riddims while I announce the set list has been a part of Smile Jamaica since the very first show in 1989!
Grrr.
When this scam of a bill, another sellout to the music cartel, was being debated. I wasted my time by writing to Orrin Hatch explaining how I always give: artist, song, album, label. I don’t want people to steal the music I play. I want them to buy the music I play.
He sent me back some bullshit about how he was a music artist of note (yeah, right) and he was concerned about piracy.
We the Sheeple take in the neck yet again from our “leaders”.
 
<Orrin Hatch gives the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives the finger>
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Hey Orrin! No one on earth is interested in thiefing your shitty music. Smile Jamaica gives you the hairy eyeball!
As they say in the dancehall, “Hey Mi Selecta, rewind and come again!”
bless, robt
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Ronnie Raygun is to blame

Greetings,

<Thanks for the positive feedback spinning Reggae Radio for 27 years! bless, robt; 17 sec.>

I have been fortunate enough to do Reggae Radio for 27 years now. July 1988-Aug. 1989 Graveyard stylee on 3 o’clock Roadblock (3 to 6am) Then by pure good luck of timing I moved over to Saturday Afternoons with Smile Jamaica (4 to 7 pm.) Oct. 1989-

<Much love to Juan Verde – John Greene. Who hired me to work for free on KRCL way back in 1988; 44 sec.>

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John Greene, or as I call him Juan Verde, headman of KUER radio. Used to manage KRCL. The Lion of Community Radio in Utah

I got accepted into grad school at UCLA but didn’t get a fellowship so I stayed put in Utah. Worked my way into the U of U’s academic library about the same time as I did Smile Jamaica.

Planted my flag and never left both institutions. Last week I decided to celebrate that legacy with a stroll down musical memory lane. Tried to recreate my first show. Being a Librarian I put all my faves into some semblance of chronological order. Pretty much from 1970-1979 for 3 hours.

Had lots of great listener feedback. Thanking me for 27 years of service and killer music selection. When you have something in the neighborhood of 10,000 pieces of Reggae. 30 songs out of that Ark-Ive are are hard as diamond.

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Why I have never moved from Salt Lake City. Too much hassle to move all this!

But I didn’t get into Reggae until 1986. So my contemporary absorption of Reggae would have been the 80’s era.

This week’s Podcast Ark-Ive celebrates that era.

  • Bob Marley died 1981
  • Yellowman became King of Reggae: slackness began to ascend while Roots started to wobble when Edward CIA-ga, the right wing Ronald Reagan fan took over Jamaica. The Socialists fell away and the Rastas lost their power base.
  • Cocaine took over for Ganja
  • Like all genres in the 80’s synthesized music began to replace traditional drum and bass.
  • Dancehall eclipsed Roots Reggae
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Edward Seaga. Called by the Rastas CIA-ga. Right wing Neoliberal PM of Jamaica. Eradicated the weed while cocaine and dancehall took over culturally

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I was alienated by modern dancehall. My contemporary fix was more into Mutant Dub. I paint a rather bleak picture!

But there was some great Roots Reggae even if the riddims started to blend traditional Reggae with digital drum and bass. This show fixates on the best of the 80’s Reggae that I collected alongside Reggae Revives and 70’s rarities.

I learned from the deejay on Smile Jamaica when I was a civilian listener, John “Rutabaga” Reese. He had the best Roots Reggae instincts of anyone around. I used to listen like the student I was, notebook in hand, jotting down names and titles of killer shots. One after another. Then I would take my list to the Bay Area and spend my student loan money building my Roots Collection; 22 sec.

bless, robt

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Former Smile Jamaica host Rutabaga Reese turned me on to this. Best of the 80’s today

Here’s what’s on tap for the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 18, 2015 – Best of 27 Years Version 2: Favorite 80’s: 1980-1988; 1 min. 52 sec.

Set 1:

  • Black Uhuru – Party Next Door; Anthem (Island) ‘84

<During 3 O’Clock Roadblock I led off each show with a Black Uhuru jam; 29 sec.>

  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa (Jah Shaka) ’84 Dub Album of the Week
  • Peter Tosh – Reggaemyelitis; Wanted Dread & Alive (EMI America) ’81

<My first reggae LP; Xmas ‘81. Thanks Mom!; 15 sec.>

  • The Beat (aka The English Beat) – Tears of a Clown; I Just Can’t Stop It (Go Feet) ’80; 2 Tone Ska; Smokey Robinson cover

<The Beat called English Beat in US to avoid confusion over SoCal new wave/power pop group; 27 sec.>

  • John Holt – Police in Helicopter; Police in Helicopter (Greensleeves) ’82; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<John Holt – You burn down our weed fields, we’ll burn down your sugar cane and cassava fields; 31 sec.>

  • Black Slate – Reggae Music; Amigo (bbr) ’80 UK
  • Michael Prophet – Help Them Please; Gunman (Greensleeves) ‘80
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#1 of thousands. Play on word: Not Wanted Dead or Alive. Wanted Dread and Alive

<Reggaemyelitis – There is no cure!; 25 sec.>

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Coming in From the Cold; Uprising (Tuff Gong) ‘80
  • Ranking Roger & Blue Riddim – America and Russia/Selective Service System (Nancy Goes to Moscow); 12” (ORA) La Habra, CA
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Street 66; Bass Culture (Mango) ’80 UK dub poet
  • The Selecter – Three Minute Hero; Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) ’80 UK; 2 Tone ska
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Let ’em eat jelly beans

Set 3:

  • Dennis Brown – If I Had the World; Foul Play (A & M) ‘81
  • Aswad – Back to Africa; Showcase (Mango) ’81 UK
  • Rastafarians – Hold on Jah Jah Children; Orthodox (Makasound) ’81 Santa Cruz, CA
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Dennis Brown – The Crown Prince of Reggae. Died in 1999 of pneumonia. 42 years young. Member of Jah’s Heavenly Choir

Set 4:

  • Steel Pulse – Ravers; True Democracy (Elektra) ’82 UK
  • Peter Broggs – Rastafari Liveth!; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82
  • Fab 5 – Ooh! Ahh!; Countryman (Mango) ’82 sountrack
  • Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse; Night Nurse (Mango) ‘82

<Jah’s Heavenly Choir: The Crown Prince of Reggae and his bredrin The Cool Ruler; 11 sec.>

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Gregory Isaacs – The Cool Ruler. Passed away of lung cancer, 2010. 59 years young

Set 5:

  • Twinkle Brothers – Since I Throw the Comb Away; Live at Reggae Sunsplash (Genes) Aug. 7, 1982 Montego Bay, JA

<Since I Throw the Comb Away – lost my job, my family and my girl; 27 sec.>

  • Mutabaruka – Everytime A Ear de Soun; Check It! (Alligator) ’83 dub poet
  • Prince Far I – Survival; Umkhonto we Sizwe – Spear of the Nation (Tamoki Wambesi) ’83

<Prince Far I: You know a rude bwoy by the way he wears his cap; 34 sec.>

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Gravel voiced deejay. Murdered in mysterious circumstances 1983. “Don’t drink Schweppes, drink Heineken”

Set 6:

  • Bad Brains – Rally Round Jah Throne; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83 DC Rasta punks do reggae

<Bad Brains produced by The Cars – Ric Ocasek; 19 sec.>

  • Aisha – Prophecy; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88; Faybiane Miranda cover
  • Bunny Wailer – Ceasefire; Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae (Shanachie) ’83 herbtune

<United States vs. Iran – Ceasefire 2015. Light the chalice! 26 sec.>

  • Don Carlos – Jah Jah Hear My Plea; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ‘84
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Urmia, Iran. My grandfather Jibrael from the Assyrian village of Borashan near the Lake

Set 7:

  • Ini Kamoze – General; Mini LP (Taxi) ‘84
  • Sister Carol – Jah Is Mine; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Michael Jackson/Carpenters mashup

<Sister Carol singjay: singing mixed with deejay, toasting; 16 sec.>

  • Roots Radics – Everywhere Natty Go; Freelance (Kingdom) ‘85

<Freelance album: held hostage in UK til they recorded an album since Gregory Isaacs was a no show; 39 sec.>

  • Yellowman – Strong Mi Strong; King Yellowman (Columbia) ’84 Bill Laswell
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One of the first 10 Lps added to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives, 1986. All killer, no filler!

Set 8:

  • UB40 – All I Want to Do; Rat in Mi Kitchen (A & M) ’86 UK

<Traded a cassette dub of this album for U of U football tickets when a linebacker from Collie-fornya heard this booming out of my dorm room 1986; 28 sec.>

  • Sophia George – Girlie, Girlie; For Everyone (Pow Wow) ‘86
  • Toots Hibbert – Love and Happiness; In Memphis (Mango) ’88 Al Green cover
  • Alpha Blondy & the Wailers – Jerusalem; Jerusalem (Shanachie) ’86; Cote d’Ivoire artist
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Livicated to dreads listening in Mali, West Africa

Words of Wisdom:

<Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 18, 2015: Best of 27 Years II – The 80’s; 2 hrs. 50 min.>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Preview: June 7, 2014: Johnny Cash, Yoko Ono & Lords of Acid

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Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer sing Bob Marley: Rockers do Reggae!

Greetings,

Smile Jamaica’s Chart Progress on Mixcloud: (May 24, 2014 Ark-Ive)

  • #5 on Vinyl
  • #15 on Reggae
  • #17 on Dub

Here is where you can go to help me push the latest podcast edition, May 31st into the charts. Give thanx!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Podcasts

This is the first Saturday of the month. For about the first decade of my 25 years hosting Smile Jamaica, I used to do a special feature every first Saturday musical episode: The Reggae Album Side of the Month.

My Reggae mentor, John “Rutabaga” Reese – who was hosting Smile Jamaica when I moved to town – started the Vinyl showcase. It was mainly so he could step out for a cigarette and get caught up on the monkey-butlering we deejays have to do at KRCL

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Monkey Butler – someone forced to do annoying, menial tasks of useless purpose in addition to, and at the same time, as their regular job

In tribute to my spar Rutabaga, I continued the Album Side of the Month. Smile Jamaica is mostly a Jamaican Jukebox of singles, (i.e. a single selection off an album or 7,10, or 12″ piece of vinyl singles). I wanted to play an obscure and top rank Reggae album from Side A or B: Tracks 1-4 or 1-5, usually. A roots Reggae album not re-issued on CD. Gems from my 30 year collecting Ark-Ive. Vinyl is Vital, of course. Sink into the riddim. Relax, stay awhile. Jus’ cool, dreadie.

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Album Side of the Month: rare, vinyl only, top rank

Then a piece of bullshit legislation came into law that made my Album Side of the Month illegal. The DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act). No more than 3 songs in a row off an album. I couldn’t do a whole 3 hours of one artist, like Bob Marley, anymore. No bootlegs. A bunch of other twaddle that did absolutely nothing to stem the tide of illegal downloads.

Clinton signed this in 1998 and it will be the reason I don’t vote for his wife in 2016. I wrote to Utah Senator Orrin Hatch to try and stop this bill from becoming law.

I basically told our Senator for Life my tale of woe, “Hey Dread, I’m a radio deejay in Salt Lake City, Utah. The state you supposedly represent. My show is called Smile Jamaica. I have this tradition of focusing on one album by an artist to hear what Reggae sounds like on a long player piece of wax. Rather than my usual habit of  juggling individual songs, featuring different artists, on a variety of formats. A little context. Part of my tradition of Reggae History Lessons. I’m trying to educate while I entertain. I’m showing off the fruits of my Ark-Ives. I have zero interest in aiding and abetting song  theft. I want people to buy this music. Begging you a ten cent, Senata Haatch!

“I volunteer my time on a non-commercial radio station. I am committed to public service in the community.I don’t get paid. Don’t want to get paid. How about a non-profit exception for what I do?”

I basically got the International Symbol of Ill Will

<Orrin Hatch 1; Smile Jamaica 0; 40 sec.>

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The International Symbol of Ill Will

So that brings me back to Johnny Cash. In the immortal words of Bob Marley, “When one door closes, another will open.” Somewhere in the last decade I have started a different, legal, tradition for the first Saturday edition of the month on Smile Jamaica.

Rockers do Reggae

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Yoko Ono makes her debut on Smile Jamaica this afternoon

Last month I gave you Billy Idol’s maiden voyage on Smile Jamaica. This week I have: Johnny Cash (debut), Taj Mahal (perennial) Wayne McGhie: Canadian-Jamaican soul/reggae hybrid and Yoko Ono (debut).

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: June 7, 2014 sets:

  • Rockers do Reggae (above)
  • Bonus Rockers: Version galore on Bob Dylan’s Man in Me: Matumbi vs The Clash; Morcheeba (mutant dub with female box) and I will end the show with Lords of Acid: mutant dub herb tune (debut). Yes, hard techno comes to Smile Jamaica in the same show as Johnny Cash. Selah!
  • Dub Album of the Week: More rock/dub crossover: The Mad Professor Meets Ruts DC: Rhythm Collision Dub (ROIR). Punkdub
  • Wailers Family Tree: Bob Marley’s last live show in Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania: Sept. 23, 1980; Peter Tosh rarities & obscurities from Equal Rights ’77; Bunny Wailer – Rootsman Skanking ’86
  • Vinyl is Vital: (midway). All female artists laying down the crispy black wax attack.
  • Mutant Dub: (last half hour): Even more Rockers: downtro-dubby cover of Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay”.
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Smile Jamaica debut: mutant dub swings off its axis into post industrial: Unholy Trinity: mutant dub(ish), female vox, Seven Leaf: “Marijuana in my Brain”

Good luck to Collie-fornya Chrome. It is going for the triple crown today at the Belmont Stakes. If he wins, I am going to play a Jamaican horse race tune with Dreadlocks versus The Pope around 5:00 PM

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Jah Guide Collie-fornya Chrome. First horse since ’78 to win the Triple Crown? 4:52 Mountain Time we’ll find out

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smile Jamaica live every Saturday 4-7 PM Mtn. Time:

  • 90.9FM in Utah
  • Stream:  Tune In Radio
  • Ark-Ive. Here on Smile Jamaica blog; without commercial interruptions
  • Twitter: SmileJ_KRCL for when it is live

Current chart status for May 31, 2014 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive (3 days):

  • Vinyl: 11
  • Dub: 41
  • Reggae: 59

Give a listen, spread the word, move Smile Jamaica up the charts!

bless, robt