Winter in our rear view. Time to plant your garden! First pleasant Saturday in March I will lead off a Smile Jamaica with Monty Montgomery and his song Seeds. 13 sec.
For I ‘n’ I, Winter has been a harvest. I have spent my weekends in my Ark-ive sorting out several thousand 7″ 45’s . Pulling titles out for my theme sets: herb, Halloween, Roots Dawtas, Wailers Family Tree, Reggae covers, etc.
I collected baseball cards as a kid. Flipping 45’s took my back to my youth. I am up to letter O for Johnny Osbourne
I give you a serving of 7″‘s in this Ark-Ive edition: Reggae covers of Soul & Rock; 27 sec.
I also feature the second addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives of tens of thousands of pieces: vinyl – LPs, 7″, 10″, 12″; cassettes and CDs.
Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive (Christmas ’81) – thanks Mom!
Musical Youth – Youths of Today (Spring ’83).
As a youth growing up in North Central Montana. I had to drive from my hometown, Fort Benton (1500 people) to Great Falls. 40 miles away.
I would shop at the local record hut (Eli’s or Budget Tapes & Records). Usually I would buy a piece or two of vinyl: Led Zeppelin, Ramones, Police, Rolling Stones. But I usually also bought a cassette for the hour drive home.
That was how I acquired the smash novelty hit of 1983. A group of ex-pat Jamaican kids living in the UK who turned the Mighty Diamonds herb tune, Pass the Kutchie into a song about going hungry: Pass the Dutchie.
<Musical Youth, #2 in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. Before I knew about Smile Jamaica; 84 sec.>
Among all the synth rock and New Wave of the early 80’s, a cute Reggae toasting jam ruled the airwaves.
Alas, in Great Falls now if you want to buy a CD or record your only hope is Wal-Mart or Target.
Ahh, the forlorn memories of a cratedigger who’s world of record shopping is fading away.
Forward ever, backwards never
Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: March 24, 2018; 82 sec.
Monty Montgomery – Seeds; Seeds (Fusion) Atlanta vinyl
Dub Specialist – Luanda Dub; African Rub a Dub (Studio One) ’80 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
Freedom Singers – Train Is Coming; Denzil Dennis – Me Nah Worry (Trojan)
Junior Byles – Fever; Curly Locks (Heartbeat) ’72 cover of Little Willie John/Peggy Lee
Lorna Asher – Leave Them; Straight to Your Heart (Twinkle) ’99
Black Uhuru – Satan Army Band; Love Crisis (Greensleeves) ’77
Barrington Levy – Under Me Sensi (Ganjaman Mix); 10″ (MCA) ’93 green vinyl 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
My first semester at college – Montana State, Fall 1983:
Soviet Union shot down a Korean jet liner
Beirut bombing of US army barracks killing hundreds
America invaded Grenada
It looked like the Cold War was getting “thawed”. Yet, by the time I graduated from the University of Utah in 1989, the wall had fallen and the Cold War was over.
Not so fast….
Wheel it forward to 2016. Trump defeats Hillary. How could that have happened? Let’s blame the Russians. Add in Syria and Ukraine, the recent aggressive update of our Nuclear Response Review. And 1 Trillion in nuclear “improvements.” Mueller’s investigation and innuendo against Russian “hacking”.
Rachel Maddow might call me Ivan, but the reality is:
Russia, no longer the Soviet Union, is feeling the strain of a new Cold War. Their incumbent President, Vladimir Putin, has an election of his own next week. His State of the Nation was a warning to America and its allies.
I no longer do Radioactive political interviews on KRCL but I still follow the news. I am worried a confrontation in the Syrian Panhandle could lead to World War III.
Of course, my antennae is attuned to Reggae as prophecy. I played a Justin Hinds song on this Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive edition that brought me right back to Sept. 1983.
So until the bombs drop, enjoy this March edition of Smile Jamaica. Forward ever, backwards never. War Time is over!
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March , 2018 Annotated Playlist; 100 sec.
Devon Russell – Homebound Train; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 vinyl Chicago blues label
Scientist – Hail HIM Dub; High Priest of Dub (Tamoki Wambesi) ’82 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
<Digital story on my parents’ excursion into Medical Marijuana; 1 min. 46 sec.>
As an amateur missionary for the benefits of medical marijuana, I had been relaying the story of my parents’ excursions into Seven Leaf pain relief on the past two episodes of Smile Jamaica.
My parents just became snowbirds from Northern Montana to Sun City West, Arizona
My Mom has knee pain, anxiety and sleep issues and my dad: neuropathy, back pain and carpal tunnel issues. Last week I told the story about taking my Dad in to get a Medical MJ card.
<Medical Marijuana for Ma and Pa; 90 sec.>
Took a week to get the card, and I was back in Utah. So they went to the dispensary and had a little shopping spree
pain relief pills
topical CBD ointment
Because they bought so much and were first time customers, they got a free vape pen. And bought a 4 to 1; CBD to THC cartridge.
Long story short: they call me for guidance on how to work the vape pen. Trial and error and voila! My parents are vaping like Bob & Rita Marley.
And hour later I get another call….”We’re not feeling anything.” I said, you got the stuff that doesn’t “feel”. Oh. Ok.
Last Sunday I call and looks like Mom wants to try a little more kick to her healing regimen. Why not? It’s medicinal and legal.
Last Friday my sister texts me: Mom and Dad just had a toke!
Me: Cheech & Chong!
I had a listener call me after I told this story and we got into a discussion about having parents who are sick of the pills, cost and side effects of the Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex
Once the (recent) stigma of weed is overcome through the relief of daily pain and social anxiety, cannabis reclaims its rightful place in our 10,000 year history of the Seven Leaf plant.
Revelation 22:2King James Version (KJV)
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
As I concluded my reasoning with the caller on the benefits of cannabis for our parents, he said, “You know Robert? You’re a good son.”
And I said, I really want my parents to enjoy their retirement pain free and unencumbered by the daily pill regimen they are currently under. However, I am definitely taking my vape pen with me on my next visit to Sun City West.
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 13, 2018 – Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 20 sec.
Soul Syndicate – King’s Highway; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label
Winston Edwards – Natty Dub; Natty Locks Dub (Studio 16) ’74 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
Bad Brains – I and I Survive; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83
Rupie Dan and Jennifer Gad – Blazing Fire; Solid Foundation (Flag) ’92
Carlene Davis – The Harder They Come; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 Jimmy Cliff cover
Dub Syndicate – Higher Than High; 10″ (Lion & Roots) ’98 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Set 2: Wailers Family Tree
Peter Tosh & the Wailers – 400 Years; Peter Tosh & Friends (Upsetter0 ’70 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
<400 Years – The Middle Passage; 35 sec.>
Bunny Wailer – Forever Loving Jah; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 Bob Marley covers
Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natural Mystic; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London; June 1977
<Exodus Live inna London June 1977; 46 sec.>
Rita Marley – That’s The Way; 12″ (Shanachie) ’80 US picture sleeve
Wingless Angels – Inviting You + Shady Tree; Wingless Angels II (Mindless) ’96 Keith Richards, Justin Hinds; nyah drums
<Keith Richards on Smile Jamaica? WTF?; 32 sec.>
UB40 – Don’t Break My Heart; LIttle Baggariddim (A & M) ’85 EP
King Kong – Unity; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005
Grace Nelson – Jah Is Real; Ire Hi Fi – Play de Music (Plant Music) 2007 Germ.
Lee Perry & the Upsetters – Jah; Black Ark in Dub (Upsetter) ’77 Dub Album of the hour
Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; Black Uhuru
Bush Chemists feat. Ras I – Borderline; Light Up Your Chalice (Conscious Sounds) ’99 UK mutant dub
Super Chick – Bees Man; 10″ (Channel One) ’83
Set 5: Vinyl is Vital
Sister Carol – International Style; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
Laurel Aitken – Je t’aimerai toujours ( I Love You, Yes I Do!) ; Eskapade en France (Unicorn) ’90 Fr. ska EP
The Specials – Sock it to ’em J.B.!; More Specials (2 Tone) ’80 UK tribute to neoliberal hitman, James Bond
Chalice; Dangerous Disturbances; Stand Up! (CSA) ’85 UK
Amp-Ech – Living Dead + Version; Against Injustice (Amp-Ech) ’87 JA
Set 6″ Roots Dawtas Rockers – Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ years
Patti Smith Group – Ain’t It Strange; Radio Ethiopia (Arista) ’76
Joan Armatrading – I Can’t Lie to Myself; Walking Under Ladders (A & M) ’81; feat. Sly & Robbie
Tom Tom Club – Bamboo Town; Close to the Bone (Sire) ’83; Tina & Chris from Talking Heads
Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape from Babylon (Sire) ’76: Bob cover, Bob production, Wailers & I-Three. Lee Perry engineer
Tapper Zukie – Chalice to Chalice; MPLA (Virgin Front Line) ’78 herbtune
Jimmy Cliff – I Can See Clearly Now; Cool Runnings Soundtrack (Chaos) ’93 cover of Johnny Nash
Don Evans & the Paragons – Danger in Your Eyes; Full Up – More Hits From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’76
Sis Aesha (sic) & Robbie Valentine – King Selassie I + Conditions; 10″ (Sip a Cup) 2001 UK
Set 8: Mutant Dub
Luciano & Sis Sanae – What You Gonna Do Now + Free Jah Children; Abassi All-Stars Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK
Alpha & Omega – Solomon and Sheba; Overstanding (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub
Dr. Israel & the Brooklyn Jungle Sound System – Afrika Youth; Black Rose Liberation (Baraka Foundation) 2001 Brooklyn
Dry & Heavy – Night Flight dub; Meet King Jammy in the Jaws of the Tiger (BSI) 2000 Jah-pon
Charlie P & the Dubateers – Lock Me Up + Dub; Hustle (Dubateers) 2011 UK
Happy 2018! By tradition for the past decade or so, I have devoted the first Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive of the year to Mutant Dub. What I tend to end the shows with in the last half hour, showcased 3 hours of drum and bass glory.
Not everyone is a fan of the “wobble” as much as the Orthodox Roots Reggae “echo.” I can expect at least one listener to call in that it is all too much. (2018 complaint received around 6:15 this year.)
Yet, I was also encouraged by people calling in to say how unexpectedly refreshing it is to hear a classic Massive Attack tune on a Roots Reggae show. (I cast the Reggae net far and wide.) Much love shown to the ON U Sound massive. Creation Rebel, Dry & Heavy, New Age Steppers and Singers & Players. Adrian Sherwood – the Godfather of Mutant Dub
And this year a listener checked in to say that he was unhappy with the flat sound of his Klipsch speakers. (I also fire up Klipsch at the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives.) Until he flipped on Smile Jamaica and the bass woke-up on his Hi-Fi.
<Smile Jamaica brings out the bass in your speaker array; 24 sec.>
After two weeks showing love to my family from Albuquerque to Sun City West, AZ – it felt good to get back on the decks and juggle bassadelica for all who love and loathe the modern sound of downtro, dubstep, lounge, jungle, electronica, post-punk, 420 dubbers, Roots Dawtas and Disco Mix vinyl.
Lo-fi for I ‘n’ I
I took up the show right in the middle of a personal crisis. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, committed enemy to the Seven Leaf, waited until Collie-fornya legalized the collie weed on New Year’s Day 2018 and sicc’d his Justice Department attorneys to stop the people’s will.
I just set my parents up with medical marijuana in Arizona and literally the day after my Pops get his card, Sessions lowered the boom.