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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 7, 2019 – 3 Songs for 30 Years!

Greetings,

KRCL celebrated 40 years on air with a party in downtown SLC. My tenure of that for Smile Jamaica is 30 years. (31 and 1/2 total).

I attended the birthday bash and it was great to see a lot of volunteers I hadn’t talked to since KRCL’s format change in 2008.

Plus there was a great love of what I ‘n’ I do with Roots Reggae and Dub with many listeners who were happy to meet me and pass on their thanks. Great to collect stories from people and how they discovered and continue to enjoy my sets on Smile Jamaica.

People love my commitment to vinyl!

The common thread is what Smile Jamaica means to their Saturday afternoon routines. For decades. Fathers and sons. Mom’s and dawtas. If I ‘n’ I had accepted every drink offer, I would have been a drunken mess! (However, it would have been downright rude to decline surreptitious hits of green vapor. Ask me no questions, and I’ll tell you no lies…)

It really was a validation of my joy of community radio that is still driven by independent music selection. Where you might hear a Scorpions Reggae jam followed by some UFO dubwize.

You ain’t gwan hear that on your Spotify playlist.

Spotify Reggae vs. Smile Jamaica. Computers or a human?

When my great friend and now KRCL station manager, Tristin Tabish asked me to spin a 15 minute set between bands, I ‘n’ I agreed.

This is essentially I ‘n’ I speech from the stage.

KRCL celebrates 40 years of all killer no filler radio. It has been my pleasure to be a part of that ride for 30 plus years.

“And KRCL has always championed Reggae music from day 1. Dreadlock Holiday to Smile Jamaica. My bredrin Rutabaga Reese taught me about quality Roots Reggae. Much love to Papa Pilgrm on Nite Roots.”

“For my set, I ‘n’ I was asked to put together 15 minutes of Smile Jamaica. How do you distill 10,000 albums. 10,000 cds and 10,000 singles into 3 songs?”

“A little bit of Marley. A little bit of 420. A little bit of dubwise.”

And Selah! Did the crowd roar when that opening lick of Bob Marley’s Smile Jamaica blast forth on the club’s hi-fi!

Thank you KRCL. And thank you KRCL listeners for the kind words for this deejay on your station that rules the nation! Forward ever, backwards never.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica: KRCL 40th Anniversary Set live and on-air; Dec. 4, 2019 at the Union; Salt Lake City, Utah (60 sec.)

  1. Bob Marley – Smile Jamaica (Marley)
  2. Rita Marley – One Draw (420)
  3. Yellowman – Strong Mi Strong (Dub – Bill Laswell mix)

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-cember 7, 2019

Set 1:

  • Prince Far I & the Arabs – Foggy Road; Message From the King (Virgin Front Line) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Wackies Rhythm Force – African Roots Act I (Wackies) ’77 Bronx, NY vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Smile Jamaica; Kaya (Deluxe Edition) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry mix: 40th Anniversary Party Mix (1) – Marley
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy) ’82 (2) – 420
  • Yellowman – Strong Mi Strong; King Yellowman (Columbia) ’84 (3) – dub/Bill Laswell mix
  • Culture – Legalisation + Ganja Time; Live in Africa (RAS) Dec. 15, 2000 live in Capetown, South Africa; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2:

  • Meta and the Corner Stones – Cornerstone/ Forward Music (No Soundz) 2008 Senegalese
  • Sugar Minott – The Devil Is After Me/ Happy Together (Heartbeat) ’91
  • Hortense Ellis – Woman of the Ghetto; Impact! (Universal Sound) ’70? Marlena Shaw cover
  • Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man; 12″ (Ballstic) ’78 UK Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
Cratedig – Las Vegas 2019

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years

  • Prince Buster – Judge Dread; Judge Dread – Rocksteady Hush Up (Melodisc) ’67
  • Burning Spear – Bad to Worst; Rocking Time (Studio One) ’74
  • Third World – Jah Glory; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’76
  • Sheila Hylton – Bed’s Too Big Without You; Reggae Sunsplash ’81: Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81; Police cover

Set 4:

  • Noel Phillips – Jah No Dead; Youthman Vibrations (Jammys) ’81 UK vinyl
  • The Congos – Ark of the Covenant; Heart of the Congos (Black Art) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark prod’n
  • DJ Rupture feat. Sister Nancy – A Little More Oil; Special Gunpowder (Tigerbeat6) 2004 dubstep
  • Monyaka – Go Deh Yaka (Go Deh to the Top); 12″ (Easy Steet) ’83 NY
Cratedig – Las Vegas 2019

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital Christmas

  • Michigan & Smiley – LIttle Drummer Boy; Reggae Christmas (RAS) ’84 DC
  • Norwood Rockers – Rocking; Christmas Time (Studio One) JA instrumental medley
  • John Holt – Happy Xmas (War Is Over); Reggae Christmas Album (Trojan) ’86 UK – John Lennon cover
  • Mutabaruka – Postpone Christmas; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label
  • Jennifer Lara – Hands of the Lord; Christmas Stylee (Studio One) ’79? JA

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Soul Shakedown Party; Best of (ALA) ’71 JA vinyl: Lesley Kong sides

<Lesley Kong producer who exploited The Wailers and died suddenly soon after; 1 min 51 sec>

  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumba Klaat; Wanted (bootleg) Sept. 29, 1981 –  NYC at the Ritz
  • Bunny Wailer – So Much Things to Say; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 – 50 Bob songs for 50th birthday
  • Marcia Griffiths – Tribulation; 12″ (Solomonic) ’76 JA – Bunny Wailer prod’n

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Bad Brains – Jah Love; Into the Force (Megaforce) 2012: DC punk dub; Rockers do Reggae Set
  • H.R. – We Belong Together; Hey Wella (DC Hardcore) 2007
  • Ben Harper – With My Own Hands; CD Single (Virgin) 2003
  • Tom Tom Club – Bamboo Town; Close to the Bone (Sire) ’83


Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Mr. Lif – Culture of Fear (ESL) 2012 DC dubbers: Mutant Dub Set
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Big Youth – Emanuel; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98
  • Djosos Krost feat. Jah Bobby – Creation; No Sign of Bad (Quango) 2006 Norwegian dub w/ JA dub poet
  • Jonah Dan Meets the Bush Chemists – Guidance; Dubs From Zion Valley (Conscious Sounds/Abba Christos Tafari)
  • Bush Chemists – Respect Dubwise; Light Up Your Chalice (Dubhead) ’96
  • Alpha & Omega Meets Bangarang feat. Nishka – Show Me a Purpose; Show Me a Purpose (Hammerbass) 2004 UK trance dub w/ female vox

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-tober 12, 2019 – 400 Years/Anti-Columbus Special

Greetings,

They called it”spoilage”. That is what you lose when your cargo goes bad. Or you are a trucker and you are overweight for the Interstate. I remember asking my Dad once in California. “Why did that trucker dump a bunch of oranges by the side of the road?” Pops: “The truck is too heavy and he had to lighten his load.”

Now picture that same dynamic on a slave voyage from 1526 til the Mid 1800s. Spoilage was the loss of life on the journey from West Africa to the New World. Either dead slaves, or if the ship was overloaded, several excess slaves would be simply chucked over the side to drown.

<Spoilage in the Slave Trade; 65 sec.>

Prince Far I – “When the boat overload, they threw some of us overboard”

Reggae music came about in Jamaica because of slavery. The Brits lived in the upscale plantation house. Irish and Scottish immigrants worked as overseers in the fields. Black slaves worked the sugar plantations.

Eventually, The Irish and Scottish wiled away their time by playing fiddle and piano. As time went on, blacks picked up those instruments and learned to play. Usually on Sunday – Church services. When you absorb African drumming onto Western melodies and instruments — that is how you get Reggae music.

<British instruments + African drums = Reggae; 41 sec.>

In October, Columbus Day, is a Holiday. Christopher Columbus. The Genovese explorer who stumbled onto “India” on behalf of the Spanish Crown.  Thus began the American Holocaust

David Stannard’s classic about the ravages of slavery gave context to my love of Reggae Music

Columbus was looking for a Western route to India that wouldn’t take Europeans through Muslim territory for the riches of the Subcontinent.

Ancient Astronaut Theory Suggests….Columbus had two UFO Encounters

<Columbus, The Bermuda Triangle and UFOs>

Christopher Columbus and UFO’s

Columbus wrote in his journal

  • The incident took place on October 11th 1492, 10pm. At the time of the incident it is said that Santa Maria (the ship) was sailing through what is now known as the Bermuda Triangle. The crew first noticed a disc shaped object emerging from the sea. The description given in the ship’s log is that of a wax candle light moving up and down in the night sky.
  • Prior to this incident the ship’s logs in the month of September (17th and 20th) provide accounts of what are described as stars making noticeable movements in the night sky.
Christopher Columbus tracked by UFOs

Columbus’s crew reached what is now the Bahamas in 1492. He thought he had landed in India. The Taino and Arawak natives, (soon to be wrongly called Indians), greeted the explorers with friendly intent. Unfortunately for them, they arrived in gold finery.

The Euros returned the generosity with massacres, cholera, syphilis and  rape. Whoever survived the onslaught was enslaved and forced to mine gold. After a generation the Indigenous tribes fought back with the only real weapon they had: mass suicide. They would simply jump off cliffs into the sea. Or eat a meal of poisonous roots.

<Taino and Arawak devastation by Columbus; 1 min. 55 sec.>

As the Conquistadors prepared to burn Hatuey alive, a “helpful” Catholic Priest offered salvation to him. If he accepted Christ he would immediately go to Heaven and not burn for Eternity in Hell as a Heathen.

Hatuey politely declined. “I have seen what the Christians are like on Earth. Why would I want to meet anymore of them in the Sky?”

***

In 1526 the Portugese kicked off the Atlantic Slave Trade. Soon to follow were the Spanish, English and Dutch. Thus began what Peter Tosh sang: “400 Years and it’s the same philosophy)

<Wailers and Peter Tosh – 400 Years; 1 min. 15 sec.>

Actually, this is Peter Tosh with Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Upsetters

Thus began 3 centuries of the Middle Passage

  1. Europeans would load ships full of commercial goods: textiles, rifles, flint locks
  2. They would dock on the Gold Coast of West Africa. They would trade their goods for slaves. (Most slaves were captives in tribal wars.)
  3. The slaves would be packed on the ships “like sardines in a tin” and shipped to the New World: America, Mexico, South America, the Caribbean and especially Brazil.

<The Dungeon in the Merchant Ship; 36 sec.>

Human cargo packed like sardines in a tin

4. The slaves, in Jamaica, would be forced to harvest sugar cane.

5. The ships return to Europe with sugar products: granular sweetener, rum, molasses.

6. European factory workers, driven by their sugar rush, in the beginning of the Industrial Revolution , could make the consumer goods….to return to Africa

The “Middle Passage” was the leg between Europe to the  New World. As many as as 12.5 million “human cargo” made the excruciating journey over 3 centuries. As many as 2.5 million of those unfortunate wretches perished during the journey.

That’s a spoilage rate of 20%.  And yes, those losses were expected and factored into the price.

<The horrors of the Middle Passage; 90 sec.>

The major themes of Reggae music explore this psychic disruption. Songs about loss, the repatriation to Zion away from Babylon. Rastas worshiping a Black Christ – His Imperial Majesty in  Ethiopia.

Those were the stories that made me a Reggae fanatic. Epitomized by Eek a Mouse’s “Do You Remember”. Song 2 of this podcast

Do you, do you remember those days of slavery?
It wasn’t black man alone, who died through bravery
‘Though some a dem threw dem self over board
Because dis ya slaveship overload

 

Before KRCL moved their Radiothon fund drives to October, I would do an Anti-Columbus show. I would always lead off with Burning Spear‘s takedown of the Italian mass murderer, Columbus

 

This year the beg-a-thon took place a week earlier. Felt good to harvest 40 songs for Indigenous People’s Day. Not Columbus. Or Comb-buss’ (bust) us as Peter Tosh called him.

 

<1526-1970’s: 400 Years of Slavery; 30 sec.>
bless, Bobbylon

 

<Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Annotated Playlist: Jah-tober 12, 2019 – Anti-Columbus Day> 

Set 1:

  • Burning Spear – Columbus; Hail H.I.M. (Burning Spear) ’80 JA vinyl
  • Big Youth/Soul Syndicate – Reggae Gi Dem Dub (Nichola Delita) ’78 JA vinyl dub album of the week
  • Eek a Mouse – Do You Remember?; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’82 do you remember the days of slavery?
  • Misty in Roots – Slavery Days; Wise and Foolish (People Unite) ’81 UK vinyl
  • Dillinger – Plantation Heights; CB 200 (Mango) ’76
  • Culture – Pirate Days; Two Sevens Clash (Shanachie) ’77
  • Don Carlos – Black History; 12″ (Live & Learn) ’82 DC
This poster hangs over the Secret Dubratory when I cut up Smile Jamaica’s

Set 2:

  • Gregory Isaacs – Slave Master; Mr. Isaacs (Shanachie) ’77
  • Mutabaruka – Witeman Country; Check  It! (Alligator) ’83 JA dub poet
  • Bam Bam – Slave; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87 LA vinyl w/ female vox
  • Joe Higgs – More Slavery + Dub; Life of Contradiction (Lagoon) ’75

Set 3:

  • Third World – Human Market Place; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Third World) ’76
  • Hugh Griffiths – 400 Years; Mother Africa (Gone Cold) (My-O-Lanta) ’86 UK vinyl
  • Althea & Donna – The West; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78 female dj duo
  • Jimmy Cliff – Poor Slave; Unlimited (Reprise) ’73 US vinyl
  • The Skulls – Black Slavery Days; Black Slavery Days (Clappers) ’80
  • King Tubby – Natty Dub; Roots of Dub (Moll-Selekta) ’75 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Bob Andy – Unchained; Bob Andy’s Song Book (Studio One) ’72 JA vinyl (1) original
  • Sister Carol – Shackles; Liberation For Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC vinyl (2) dj coer
  • Ken Boothe – Christopher Columbus; 7″ (Fox) JA 70’s era
  • Aswad – African Children; New Chapter (CBS) ’81 UK

Set 5:

  • Rastafari Elders – 400 Years; Rastafari Elders (RAS) ’90 nyahbinghi
  • Black Slate – Bondage and Slavery; Black Slate (Alligator) ’80 Chicago vinyl
  • Rashani – Columbus Myth; Who’s Feelin’ Who (Zamani) ’98 Duncanville, TX
  • Courtney Melody – Black Liberation; 12″ (CRAT) 80’s digital

Set 6:

  • The Congos – Children Crying; Heart of the Congos (Blood & Fire) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark
  • Lorna Asher – True History; Straight to Your Heart (Twinkle) ’99
  • Little Roy – Christopher Columbus; Prophecy (Tafari) ’75 US vinyl
  • Jay Boys – African People; Babylon a Fall Down (Trojan) ’72 reggae cover of Paul Revere’s Indian Reservation
  • Sheriff Lindo & the Hammer – Dub House of Horror; Ten Dubs That Shook the World (Endless) ’88 Australian Dub Album of the Hour
aka Jay Boys “African People”

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – 400 Years; The Toughest (Heartbeat) ’70 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n – riddim shower (1) Peter solo
  • The Wailers – 400 Years; Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong) (2) – ’72 Jamaican mix
  • The Wailers – 400 Years; Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong) (3) – ’72 Chris Blackwell rmx
  • Bunny Wailer – Slave Driver; Tribute (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl – Bob Marley covers

Set 8:

  • Singers & Players – Dungeon + Merchant Ship; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK mutant dub
  • Junior Delgado – Sons of Slaves; Treasure Found (Incredible Music) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark prod’n
  • Earl Zero – Shackles and Chains; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ’79
  • Abyssinians – Black Man’s Strain; Satta Massagana (Heartbeat) ’76
  • I Kong – Set Jah People Free (Rohit) ’87
  • Capital Letters – Out of Africa; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK
  • Djosos Krost feat. Jah Bobby – Creation; Djosos Krost (Quango) 2004 Swedish dub w/ dub poet

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Halloween Voodoo Boogaloo!

Greetings,

Much love to any and all who might have made a donation to your station that rules the nation on KRCL’s Fall Radiothon.

Enjoy this infamous Digital Dubplate of my favorite Reggae & Dub Jah-loween tunes “stitched” in between with Horror Movie trailers.

It’s boo-tiful!

curse, Bobbylon

 

0-30 min.

  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 Boris Pickett cover
  • Future Pigeon – Mummy Rock; Echodelic Sound of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 LA
  • David Lindley & El Rayo-X – Werewolves of London; Very Greasy (Elektra) ’88 Warren Zevon cover
  • The Vulcans – Blackula; Black Magic Reggae (Trojan)
  • Soho – Zombies Walk The Cardboard City; Goddess (Atco) ’90 UK dubbers w/ female vox
  • Lucky Dube – Dracula; Prisoner (Shanachie) ’90
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Mr. Brown; Rasta Revolution (Trojan) ’71 rides around in a coffin 
…rides around in a coffin!

30-60 min.

  • Junior Murvin – Lucifer; Police & Thieves (Mango) ’77
  • Peter Tosh – Vampire; No Nuclear War (EMI America) ’87
  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Big Youth – Graveyard Rock; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ’86
  • Devon Irons & Dr. Alimantado – Vampire; Open the Gate (Trojan) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark

60-90 min.

  • Sinead O’Connor – Vampire; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 Devon Irons cover
  • UB40 – Madame Medusa; Signing Off (Sound) ’80
  • Bim Sherman – Nightmare; Crucial Cuts vol. 1 (Century) ’90
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Blood Suckers; Belly of De Beast (Ariwa) ’96 UK dub poet 

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Toasters – Frankenska; Thrill Me Up (Skaloid) ’88 American ska
  • Little Roy – Frankenstine; Longtime (ON U Sound) ’96
  • Ijahman Levi – Devil Disciple; Forward Rastaman (Jahmani) ’87
  • Leo Graham – Voodooism; Voodooism (Pressure Sounds) 70’s Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark
  • Easy Star All-Stars – Thrillah; Thrillah (Easy Star) Michael Jackson cover

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76
  • Dennis Brown – Black Magic Woman; Raw Roots (Phil Pratt) ’72 Fleetwood Mac cover
  • Dillinger – I Thirst; Cocaine (Charley) ’83 Barnabas Collins soap opera vampire
  • Milton Henry – Them a Devil; Who I You Think I Am (Wackies) ’85
  • Niney the Observer – The Ghost & the Duppy; Freaks (Heartbeat) ’92 Duppy is Jamaican ghost 

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Laurel Aitken – Witch Doctor From Amsterdam; Eskapade En France (Blue Moon) ’77 Fr. EP
  • Desmond Dekker – Dracula; Writing on the Wall (Trojan) ’64
  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88
  • Black Survivors – Catch a Vampire; Nations of the World (Black Survivors) ’94
  • Dubchek – Duppy Train; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001 dubber

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 17, 2019: Rocky Mtn. High!

View from the Tamarisk Cafe: Green River, Utah

Greetings,

I mentioned on this blog that 2019 was the year my Dad’s health went sideways. Other than a bad back, he’s like the Montana version of Clint Eastwood. A rare brain condition damn near sent him to Jah’s Heavenly Choir.

Long story short: Jan.-June was a distracting nightmare of back and  forth with my Mom reporting grim news and discouraging progress. Calls and texts to my brother and sister who all feel helpless hundreds of miles away.

Here is what Papa Bob had to recover from in 2019:

  1. NPH – Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus – spinal fluid build up on the brain which leads to dementia, incontinence and “gait deviations” — inability to walk
  2. Fell walking the dog: broken ribs, partial rotator cuff tear, infected elbow
  3. Two micro strokes
  4. Shingles (in spite of his having had the vaccine)
  5. Meningitis
  6. Allergic reaction to an opioid
In babies this condition leads to Down’s Syndrome

My Pops has spent more nights in either a hospital bed or “rehabilitation clinic” (aka nursing home)  than he spent at his Snowbird spot in Sun City West, AZ. Retire and then get seriously ill. Life is not fair.

Long story short: The Mayo Clinic in Phoenix “fixes” NPH by installing a shunt in your skull. It’s like the condensation hose on your AC unit. Excess fluid drains away and is absorbed, harmlessly, into the abdomen.

A medical equivalent of this installed in my Dad’s skull to treat NPH

I was there in Arizona when he turned a corner and now is walking with a cane, where he was formerly wheelchair bound.

Mayo Clinic. Wow, awesome. Thank you! Dr. Bendok; Dr. Krishna. All killer, no filler!

****

So I have been basically “clenched” for seven months. It affects everything  and I was keeping all days free in case I had to make an emergency trip to Phoenix.  So once Dr. Krishna told my Dad “the pendulum is swinging in the right direction”, it was like Pops had permission to return to the way things were.

One day he said, “Hey go get my book.” He reads these detective novels one after another. Went back to reading the local paper. We watched the Chernobyl Mini Series on HBO together and he was totally engaged. Phew!

I was encouraged enough to think I could engage in a little self indulgence. No more Family With Medical Leave Act for I ‘n’ I.

Now, I want to go on vacation: cratedig, road trip, herbal excursion, concert. While everyone else was dealing with the chaos of the first week of school I was on my way to Denver for a comedy concert.

Jimmy Dore – best political comedian since George Carlin

My Version Excursion Itinerary:

  • I 70 to Green River for lunch at the Tamarisk Cafe’ my bredrin Aqua Boy recommended.

  • Stop in Palisade, CO at a dispensary. My weed concierge seemed a little grumpy. Hey fella, you could be slopping Slurpees at the Sev. Answering all my questions on my Seven Leaf purchases should be like a wine vendor sampling his wares. Come on man, you see Utah on the Driver’s License. It’s like having to talk to a toddler. But I don’t care — I’m on vacation.  Just gimme  my stash and choke on my cash!
  • Drove through the most beautiful stretch of country I have ever been on: Grand Junction to I 25 approach to Denver. Had it all: fruit stands, wineries, rivers, dams, mountain passes, tunnels, ski resorts, Amtrak. Treacherous driving even in the Summer at nearly 11,000 feet. Wow!
Idaho Springs, Colorado
  • Check into my hotel in Denver. Hit the liquor store. Stealth vape in my room while I plot my book and record store  mapping, neighborhood by neighborhood. Successful cratedig: picked up around $200 of fresh Reggae vinyl
Twist & Shout Record Store: spent about 4 hours hearing combing the racks. Vinyl is Vital
  • Had Dinner a couple nights with my friends who flew in to see comedian Jimmy Dore and because I hate flying, I had my car.
  • Listened to KGNU Boulder’s “Reggae Bloodlines” show on Sat. 1-4pm. Having a session and a cocktail just like millions of you all do every Saturday during Smile Jamaica. Reggae Bloodlines sounded like Smile Jamaica with more Rebelution type reggae than Mutant Dub I ‘n’ I play, but straight up killer roots!

  • Sat. 4:20 vape like a viper before the show
  • Call Uber
  • Standing online with about 75 fellow Tulsi Gabbard and Bernie Sanders fanatics wearing my brand new Ilhan Omar T shirt which got many thumbs up from the Progressive audience in attendance

  • A round of cocktails with my friends to combat cotton mouth and settle in for nearly 2 hours of gallows humor with comedian Jimmy Dore  surrounded by fellow travellers on the  Far Left political spectrum. Single payer or death!

  • Sunday morning sunrise return trip via I 80. Thermos full of bad coffee grinding out flat and bland prairie. Cruise control at 73 MPH churning up the mile markers as my Pops loves to say, “feeling like a whore in church”, watching for Johnny Law on the 525 mile stretch back to SLC.
  • Gassed up in Rock Springs and called my Mom and that is how I found out my Dad doesn’t need a cane around the house. Praise Anu!

So yeah, good week after a brutal year. Selah!

bless, Bobbylon

One Love to the Green Solution for their great service and love of my Giorgio Aliens Tee

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 17, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 43 sec.

Set 1:

  • Earl Zero – Only Jah; Only Jah Can Ease the Pressure (Freedom Sounds) ’79 JA vinyl
  • The Supersonics – Treasure Isle Dub vol. 2 (Treasure Isle) JA vinyl dub set of the hour
  • Leroy Smart – Number One; Vault Classics vol. 2 (Grapevine) ’87
  • 15 16 17 – Black Skin Boys; Magic Touch (DEB) ’78 Equals cover by 3 UK dawtas: 2 sisters & 1 cousin
  • Sugar Minott – Come On Home; When Rhythm Was King (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’77
  • Culture – Ganja Time + Legalization; Live in Africa (RAS) 2000 South Africa: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Oku Onuora – Wat a Situashan; 12″ (Heartbeat) ’83 US picture sleeve; dub poet

Set 2:

  • Mikey Dread – My Religion; World Tour (Dread at the Controls) 2000
  • Eric “Rebel Lion” Bubbles & Ranking Joe – Roots of Black People; Roots of Black People (Progress International) 2013
  • Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths – Lean on Me; Sweet Memories (Nectar) ’72 Bill Withers cover
  • Sip a Cup All-Stars – Rasta Ah Step; 10″ (Sip a Cup) 2004 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Gregory Isaacs & U Roy – Love Is Overdue; Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ’74
  • I Roy – Tribute to Michael Holding; Musical Shark Attack (Virgin Front Line) ’76
  • Mighty Diamonds – Why Me Black Brother Why; I Need a Roof (Hitbound) ’76
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Simple Things + A Song to Heal; Tracks (LKJ) ’91 UK female dub poet
  • Aswad – Dub Fire; New Chapter of Dub (Mango) ’82 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Samia Farah – Goodbye Dub; Many Moods of (SAM) 2008 Fr.-Tunisian female dubstress
  • Pappa Biggie  – Youth Them Have to Grow; General For All General (Hitbound) ’84
  • Papa Bruce – Loafter Smoker; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’82 dj to Triston Palmer herbtune

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • A. Doeman – Mighty Mighty High; Jah Jah Come Now (I & I Sound) LA vinyl
  • King Medious – This World; Version Like Rain (Trojan) ’73 UK; Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n; Fever riddim
  • Black Uhuru – Party Next Door; 12″ EP picture sleeve (4th & Broadway) ’83 US
  • Mary-Ann – Walk on By; Strictly Reggae (Omni) ’81 Can. Yvonne Warwick cover
  • Pablo Moses – A Step Before Hell + dub; Pave the Way (Mango) ’81 US

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Can’t You See; Marley, Tosh, Livinston & Associates (Studio One) ’66/’82 comp. JA vinyl

<Wailers rock out>; 80 sec.

  • Peter Tosh – African; Live at the Ritz (bootleg) Sept. 29, 1981 NYC
  • Bunny Wailer – Top Ranking; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob songs for his 50th Birthday
  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – One Love/People Get Ready; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient covers

Set 7:

  • Lady Ann – Informer; Dancehall – The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture vol. 2 (Soul Jazz) ’81
  • Mikey Mystic  Burial Dub; Foundation of Roots in Dub vol. 1 (Roots) ’95
  • Josey Wales – It a Fi Burn; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems (Greensleeves) ’83 herb tune
  • Carlton Livingston – Finders Keeper; 12″ (Satta Rock)

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation – .38 .45 (A Thievery Number); CD Single (4ad) ’98 DC dubbers: Mutant Dub Set
  • Gorillaz – 12D3; G-Sides (Virgin) 2002 UK cartoon group
  • Dub Gabriel feat. Karen Gibson Roc – Spirit Made Flesh; Anarchy & Alchemy (Destroy All Concepts) US w/ female dub poet
  • Dubbblestandart – Streets of Dub (Anxiety Dub); King Size Dub vol. 11 (Echo Beach) 2005 Jah-strian dubbers
  • Dub Front Outernational & Junior Murvin – Dub Front; Get Your House in Order; 10″ EP (Dub Front Outernational) 2000 Germ.
  • Natasha Atlas – I Put a Spell On You; Ayeshteni (Mantra) 2001 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins/North African mashup

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Roots Bash!

Greetings,

Stepped away from the airwaves last week for a four day weekend. So I bunkered down in the Secret Dubratory and cooked up 3 hours of my favorite roots tunes for the massive.

Bless, Bobbylon

0-30 min.

  • 10 Foot Ganja Plant – Deliver Us Jah; Bass Chalice (ROIR) 2005 NY
  • Afro Omega – Move Like Light; Move Like Light (Afro Omega) 2012 SLC
  • Burning Spear – African Postman; Hail H.I.M. (Heartbeat) ’80
  • Culture – Lion Rock; Lion Rock (Heartbeat) ’82
  • Dub Skin – Heavy Load; No End in Time (Dubskin) 2009 Boulder, Collie-rado
  • Eek a Mouse – Virgin Girl; Live at Reggae Sunsplash (Genes) ’82 Montego Bay, JA

30-60 min.

  • Foundation – Beverly Hills; Flames (Mango) ’88
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Natty Dread Locks a Superstar; Free Us Now (ACL) ’77
  • Heavy Manners – Turtle on Its Back; Heavier Than Now (NoVo) ’96 Chicago ska/reggae w/ female vox
  • Inner Circle – We ‘a’ Rockers; Best of (Island) ’79 (’92 comp.)
  • Jah Bull – Fuckery’s a Gwan; Press Along Rasta (Bull Don) ’96
  • King Sighta – Dollar fe a Reaffer (sic); Master of All (Jet Set) ’78
  • Love Joys – Let Me Rock You Now; Lovers Rock Reggae Style (Wackies) ’83 female duo

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Mighty Diamonds – Back Weh Mafia; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’76 Allen Toussaint prod’n
  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Fade Away; New Age Steppers (ON U Sound) ’80 Junior Byles cover w/ female lead vox
  • Johnny Osbourne – Man of Jahoviah; Fally Lover (Greensleeves) ’80
  • Prince Far I & the Arabs – A Message; Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter 1 (ROIR) ’78
  • Queen Majeeda – Our Creator; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93 female dub poet
  • Ranking Slackness – Bathroom Sex; Slackest LP (Techniques) ’80
  • Sly Dunbar – Sesame Street; Sly, Wicked & Slick (Virgin Front Line)  ’79 children’s TV theme
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Sleepy Wonder – Radio Retaliation; Radio Retaliation (ESL) 2008 DC

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • UB40 – Johnny Too Bad; Labour Love (Virgin) ’83 Slickers cover
  • Velvet Shadows – Wailing of Black People; Babylon a Fall Down (Trojan) ’77
  • Wailers Movement & I Roy – President Sadat; Chant Down Babylon (Paradise) ’80
  • X-O-Dus – English Black Boys; 12″ (Factory) ’80 UK
  • Yellowman – Strong Mi Strong; King Yellowman (Columbia) ’84 Bill Laswell prod’n
  • Zion Tribe – Herbissimo; Barre Chords (Zion Tribe) SLC herbtune ’97 

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • The Beat (aka The English Beat) – Hands Off She’s Mine; I Just Can’t Stop It (Go Feet!) ’80 2 Tone Ska
  • The Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man (Extended); Conscious Man (Seven Leaf) ’77
  • The Meditations – Stoning Me Away; Anthology 1971-1979 (Nighthawk) ’78
  • The Pretenders – Private Life; The Pretenders (Sire) ’80
  • The Rolling Stones – Luxury; It’s Only Rock and Roll (Columbia) ’74
  • The Ruts – Give the Youths a Chance; Punk Singles (Captain Oi!) ’79 punk dub

2 and 1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • The Selecter – Jams Bond; Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) ’80 UK 2 Tone ska
  • The Marvels – Rock Steady; 100% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ’71 Aretha Franklin cover w/ female vox
  • U Roy – Chalice in the Palace; Big Blunts (Tommy Boy) ’75
  • Jr. Byles – Fever; Curly Locks (Heartbeat) 70’s cover of Little Willie John
  • 311 – Who’s Got the Herb; Hempilation (NORML) ’95 H.R. herbtune
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Pass It On; Hawaii Five-0 Soundtrack (CBS) 2011 Bob Marley cover
  • Jr. Reid – Concrete Castle King; History Of Tamoki Wambesi (Tamoki Wambesi) ’85
  • Joan Armatrading – I Can’t Lie to Myself; Walking Under Ladders (A & M) ’81 w/ Sly & Robbie

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 18, 2019 – All Vinyl!

Greetings indeed,

Been organizing all my vinyl in my Ark-Ive. It’s a never ending proposition of memory refresh. I haul and pull about 40 gems for you on this show.

Find out from where I get my nickname. Bobbylon. (PS – not one of the Reggae good guys!); 51 sec.

When I was a youth in Montana I collected baseball cards and comic books. You had a visual/literary context. But not like the satisfaction of finding a rare record, pulling it from the sleeve, dropping the needle pon the groove and listening to the bass wash over the room.

Now that is the joy of collecting!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Annotated Playlist: May 18, 2019 – All Vinyl; 68 sec.

Set 1:

  • Half Pint – Greetings; Greetings (Power House) ’86 JA vinyl
  • Black Disciples/Burning Spear – The Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Barbara Paige – Jah Love; Hear Me Now (Epiphany) ’82 San Francisco
  • Merge – Vision of Life; Prisoner of Your Love (Takoma) ’84 Hollywood, CA
  • Steel Pulse – Nyahbinghi Voyage; Caught You (Island) ’80 UK
  • Wailing Souls – Ishen Tree; On the Rocks (Greensleeves) ’83 UK herbtune (1) vox
  • Josey Wales – Love Me Ishen Tree; Ganja Pipe Is Harmless (Live & Learn) ’83 DC herbtune (2) dj
  • Pad Anthony – Praise Without Raise; 12″ (Sunset) ’85 JA

Set 2:

  • Yellowman & Fathead – Proud of Me; Yellow Man, Fat Head and the One Peter Metro (Absissa) ’82 JA
  • The Meditations – Fly Your Natty Dread; Greatest Hits (Shanachie) ’84 Ho Ho Kus, NJ
  • Mighty Invaders – Mr. Officer; Invasion! (Rave) ’83 Syracuse, NY youth group w/ female vox
  • Sister Nancy – One, Two; One, Two (Techniques) ’82 JA
  • Carl McDonald – Jah Is Coming; 12″ (Makdon) ’87 US

Set 3:

  • Gregory Isaacs & Christine – Rock On + Saturday Night; Rock On (Jah-Live) ’75 Fr.
  • Hugh Griffiths – African Dream; Motherland Africa – Gone Clear (My-0-Lantic) ’86 NY
  • Inner Circle – Rock the Boat; Rock the Boat (Trojan) ’74 UK – Hues Corp. disco cover
  • Dennis Brown w/ Nigger Kojak & Liza – Hole in the Bucket/Cork It; 12″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’78 JA – Luther Ingram cover
  • 4th Street – Ah Who Seh? Ah Who Sey? Go-Deh1 (EMI) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Junior Reid – Love Mama; Original Foreign Mind (Harry J) ’85 JA
  • Lillian Allen – The Subversives; Revolutionary Tea Party (Redwood) ’85 Emoryville, CA; Toronto dub poet
  • Latty Guzang – Forward to Zion; 12″ (Atlantean) ’84 Houston, TX

Set 5:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers feat. Bunny – Sunday Morning; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ‘ 66 JA

<Sunday Morning: gospel ballad; 1 min. 16 sec.>

  • Sis Nya – Works of Jah; Jah Music (Jah Shaka) ’87 UK dawta
  • Jah Lion – Soldier & Police War; Scratch on the Wire (Island) ’79 UK; dj to Police & Thieves
  • George Faith – Please Stay; Ravers Rock vol. 2 (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK
  • Calman Scott – Devil in the City (Dubplate); 12″ (Kingston Connexion) ’77 Fr.

Set 6:

  • Akabu – Life; Akabu (Viva) ’89 UK roots dawta group
  • The Heptones – Book of Rules; Night Food (Mango) ’76 UK
  • Horace Andy – Mr. Talkative; Reggae Jamboree (Moodisc) ’92 Miami
  • Tony Tuff – Take It Down Low; Wha We A Go Do (Top Rank) ’84
  • Eek  a Mouse – Noah’s Ark; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’80 UK

<Utnapishtim in his tesseract space ship. Not Noah and a wooden boat>

They waited 500 years for the flood to recede on a space ship. Not an ark

  • Threat to Creation (Cherry Red) ’82 UK mutant dub album of the hour

Set 7:

  • Freddie McGregor – Bobby Bobbylon; Bobby Bobbylon (Studio One) ’79 JA; how I get my nickname
  • Shakeena – Reggae Music; Dance Music (Majicaa) ’87 Los Angeles
  • Phillip Frazer – Come Ethiopians; Reggae All Star (Freedom Sounds) ’79 JA
  • Bingy Bunny – Coca-Cola Bad Boy; 12″ (12 Star) ’80 New York

Set 8:

  • Singers & Players feat. Lizard & Prince Far I; Dungeon/Merchant Ship; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK mutant dub

<The horror of the Middle Passage; 50 sec.>

  • Niney the Observer – My Spliff; Nuclear Jammin’ (Voiceprint) ’86 Chicago herbtune
  • Junior Byles – Education Rock; Reggae Hit the Town (Pama) ’68 UK
  • The Regulars – Ital Club; Victim (CBS) ’79 UK
  • Dry & Heavy feat. Likkle Mai – Radical Star (Green Tea) ’99 Jah-pon w/ female vox

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 13, 2019 – Emotional Rescue!

<Emotional Rescue is dub?; 44 sec.>

Greetings,

Having some bourbon over at my buddy Aquaboy’s house. He, I and our friend Mike like combat glaucoma Friday afternoons with some music on the Hi Fi.

My choIice was Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue. In my elevated condition I’m sitting by the right speaker and noticed the dubby echo of the title track. Mick’s falsetto, Bill Wyman’s bubbling bass and Charlie Watts tapping out a retro Reggae riddim.

Praise Anu! That’s mutant dub! Sounded almost like the Public Image Limited LP Second Edition.  A-tonal echo and meandering pace.

As a drum and bass follower, I always thought Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts are underrated for their syncopation. In my mind, they are the best things on suspect Stones albums like Undercover and Dirty Work. (Before I got into Reggae, living in Montana the Rolling Stones were my most listened to group.)

<Stones drum & bass; 26 sec.>

So listen keenly at around the 2 hour and 30 minute mark on today’s Ark-ive for Mutant Dub Rolling Stones – thus I decree.

Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman September 1981

Also, this show is a prelude to next Saturday’s penultimate 420 blow out on 4/20, April 20th. I harvested 15 new soundbytes, bong rips and movie trailers

10 down, 40 to go!

bless, Bobbylon

<Psalm 18 Verse 8 – The Good Sensi; 18 sec.>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Annotated Playlist: Apr. 13, 2019; `1 min.

 

Set 1:

  • Matumbi – Music in the Air; Matumbi (EMI) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Glen Brown – Detrimental Music; Music From the East (Fashion) ’89 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Judy Mowatt – Put It On; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Wailers cover
  • Gladiators – Jah Jah Version; Studio One Singles (Heartbeat/Studio One) 70’s era
  • Clancy Eccles – Don’t Brag, Don’t Boast; Bob Dylan: Artists Choice (Starbucks) Rock Steady era
  • Prince Jazzbo – Jamaican Collie; Mr. Funny (Pressure Sounds) ’75? 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Bunny & Ricky – Bushweed Corntrash; 10″ (Upsetter) ’75 UK herbtune

Set 2

  • Steel Pulse – Throne of Gold; Earth Crisis (Elektra) ’83
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Dubwize + Confusion; LKJ Presents (LKJ) ’96
  • The Pioneers – Pusher Man; Give and Take (Trojan) ’78 Best of
  • Barry Isaac – Mission Against Herbs; 10″ (Reggae on Top) 2008 UK militant steppers

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 420

  • Search Boys – Searchin’; Up in Smoke (Warner Bros.) ’74 Coasters update: 420 Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years
  • U Brown – Tu Sheng Peng; Rub a Dubble Reggae vol. 2 (CSA) ’83
  • Frankie Jones – Collie George; King Jammy a Man and His Hits vol. 1 (RAS) herbtune

<Collie from the Goddess Kali; 15 sec.>

  • The Love Joys – One Draw; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ’83 Rita Marley cover
  • Ja Man All-Stars – Dub Zone; In the Red Zone (Blood & Fire) 70s era dub album of the hour

Set 4:

  • Aisha – Free My Mind; Raise Your Voice (Twinkle) ’95
  • Gentlemen’s Dub Club – Bad Girl; The Big Smoke (Easy Star) 2015 herbtune
  • Sylford Walker & Welton Irie – Lambsbread; 10″ (South East Music) ’79 UK herbtune

<Lambsbread: herb from Jamaica; 13 sec.>

from Jamaica>

Set 5: 420 vinyl set

  • Steel Pulse – Drug Squad; Caught You (Island) ’80 UK 
  • Freddie McGregor – Natural Collie; FM (High Times) ’82 JA
  • Jah Woosh & Sis Bee – Herb Reasoning; Rebellion (FORM) Ireland
  • Shorty the President – Kaya; Fire Fire (Charmers) ’78 UK Bob Marley cover
  • Soom T – I Need Weed; 12″ EP (Mungo’s Hi Fi) Glasgow female weedstepper 2013 UK picture sleeve

Set 6: 420 7″ Jamaican Jukebox Set

  • Queen Omega – Good Cannabis; 7″ (Special Delivery Muzik) 7″ 
  • Jah Lion – Colombia Colly; 7″ (Black Art) ’76
  • Linval Thompson – Smoke Mariguana; 7″ (Thompson Sound) ’79
  • Eek a Mouse – Sensiemena (sic); 7″ (Thompson Sound) ’83
  • King Tubby Meets the African Brothers – Original Dub; In Dub (Nature Sounds) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Arthur Louis – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door; This Is Reggae Music vol. 2 (Island) ’75 US vinyl version of Bob Dylan
  • Krieger-Densmore Reggae Bonanza – Get Up Stand Up; 12″ (Rhino) ’83 LA Wailers cover: 1/2 of The Doors
  • Stranger Cole & Gladdy – One Toke Over the Line; 70’s Reggae Style (Castle Pulse) 70’s herbtune of Brewer & Shipley
  • Gregory Isaacs & Kenny Knots – Bush Ganja + Love Is The Key; 10″ (Inner Sanctuary) 2005 UK herbtune

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue; Emotional Rescue (Rolling Stones) ’80
  • Dub Syndicate – Higher Than High Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98 herbtune
  • Bush Chemists – Good Sensi Dub; One Dub (Interchill) 2009
  • Reggae on Top All-Stars – Cutting Dub; Chalice Dub Part 1 (Reggae on Top) 2005
  • Kenny Knots – Good Sensi; 10″ (Conscious Sounds) 2004 UK herbtune
  • Ex-Centric Sound System – Lullaby; Electric Voodooland (Loud) 2004 Israeli/African