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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 19, 2019 – New Year’s Vinyl Smash!

Greetings,

  1. Fill 2 bags or so full of vinyl Reggae out of the Smile Jamaica Ark-ives
  2. Haul records to KRCL

3. Pull vinyl from sleeve

4. Clean vinyl with Red record mitt

5. Drop the needle pon the record

6. Listen at maximum volume; rinse and repeat

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 19, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 36 sec.

Set 1:

  • Zema & Gladiators Band – Free At Last Dub; Black Sleep (Melchizedek) 2003 SoCal includes MLK Jr. speech
  • Cedric ‘Im Brooks – Mun-Dun-Go; Studio One Scorchers (Soul Jazz/Studio One) ’76 Instrumental Album of the Hour
  • Barry Brown – Leader of the Massive; I’m Still Waiting (Rocktone) ’83 Can.
  • Mystic Youth feat. I-Skeeda & the Irie-Ites – Miss America; Best Wishes (Sunspot) San Fran. youth group with female vox
  • Barrington Levy – Collie Weed; Hunter Man (Burning Sounds) ’83 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Dillinger – Reggae Beat; 12″ (A & M) ’81 US picture sleeve

Set 2:

  • Sister Carol – Murdee & Stylee; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Flick Wilson – I Don’t Mind; School Days (Jah Life) ’80 Brooklyn; Temptations Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
  • Yellowman & Fathead – Water Pumping; Yellow Man, Fat Head and the One Peter Metro (Absissa) ’82 Brooklyn
  • Dennis Lucas – Natty Dread Smile and Rejoice; 12″ (Samson) ’80 US

Set 3:

  • I Roy – African Herbsman; African Herbsman (Joe Gibbs) ’81 Miami – dj to Johnny Clarke “African Roots”

<6 states trying to legalize in 2019; 94 sec.>

  • Spartacus R. – Azania Song; Third World War (Zara) ’80 UK
  • Sister Candy – Pick Pocket; Laserbeam (World Enterprise) ’80 Brooklyn
  • David Isaacs – Jah Love I; 12″ (Wild Flower) ’70s

Set 4:

  • The Specials – Why?; 12″ EP (2 Tone) ’81 UK picture sleeve/2 Tone ska
  • Sista Ruby – Capture the Dance; Woman DJ (Keyman) ’99 UK speed rapper female
  • K.C. White – Cool It; Try a Little Happiness (Zola & Zola) 70’s Netherlands
  • Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie; 12″ (MCA) 1’82 US Mighty Diamonds update by UK youth singers

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – I Am Going Home; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ’64 JA 

<I am Going Home; 98 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – Everywhere; Marcia (RAS) ’89 DC – Fleetwood Mac cover
  • Peter Tosh – Rumours of War; Mystic Man (Rolling Stone) ’79 UK
  • Bunny Wailer – Peace Talks; 12″ (Shanachie) ’84 US

Set 6: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45s – Roots Dawtas Cover Rock ‘n’ Soul

  • Grace Jones – Love Is the Drug; 7″ (Island) ’80 US – picture sleeve cover of Roxy Music
  • Ebony Sisters – Son of a Preacher Man; 7″ (Form) ’75 Dusty Springfield cover
  • Hortense Ellis – Unexpected Places; 7″ (Gusse 76) ’76
  • Sheila Hylton – Breakfast in Bed; 7″ (Harry J) ’72 Dusty Springfield cover
  • Veronica Adams – Midnight Train to Georgia; 7″ (Impact!) ’75 Gladys Knight & the Pips cover
  • Blackbeard – Electrocharge; I Wah Dub (More Cut) ’80 UK Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Aisha – For Salvation; Daughters of Zion ( Twinkle) ’93 UK
  • UB40 – Theme From Labour of Love; 12″ EP (Virgin/DEP) ’85 UK dub to Don’t Break My  Heart
  • Freddie McGregor – Sergeant Brown; FM (High Times) JA herbtune
  • Mighty Threes – Rasta Business; 12″ (April) ’79 US

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Bedward the Flying Preacher; Pay It All Back vol. 1 (ON U Sound) ’84 UK sampler

<The Preacher couldn’t fly>

  • Basement 5 – Games. Dub; In Dub (Island) ’80 UK forerunners to Big Audio Dynamite
  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Stormy Weather; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 female vox on Lena Horne classic
  • The Vision – Dub Start; Dub Vision (Funfundvierzig) ’88 Germ. green vinyl
  • Dubfront  & Junior Murvin – Dub Order + Get Your House In Order; 10″ (Dubfront Outernational) 2000 Germ.
  • 101ers feat. Joe Strummer – Keys to Your Heart; Elgin Avenue Breakdown (Andalucia) ’81 comp. – before the Clash

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-nuary 12, 2019 – Studio Kinda Froggy!

Greetings,

  1. Flu shot – check
  2. Shingles shot – check
  3. Zicam and Vitamin C during the Holiday/plane rides – check

I shouldn’t have gone back to work. That was what laid me low. Second day back. Too busy to get sick so I paid the price Saturday.

Everyone else came from their travels and those of us working with the public are well exposed. After 2 weeks off air seeing family, I didn’t want to miss a show.

Bad radio etiquette to hack and wheeze on air, but I soldiered on. The worst thing about colds for a deejay? Not only the horrible voice croak announcing set lists, but worse: Congestion for me settles between my ears. That makes it rough to cue up the record when I drop the needle.

Very exact skill to place the needle pon the groove, back cue and remote start. Hard to do when deaf

bless, Bobbylon

<COLD, COLD WINTER>

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 12, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 27 sec.

Set 1:

  • Rasta Generation Band feat. King Caleb – Stand By Jah; Stand By Jah (Black Spade) ’90 Oakland, CA vinyl – Ben E. King update
  • The Aggrovators – A Version of Class; Dub Justice (Attack) UK vinyl dub album of the hour; 70’s Bunny Lee B-Sides
  • Eric “Rebel Lion” Bubble – Forward Jah People; Roots of Black People (Progressive International) 2013
  • Joy White – Tribulation; United Dreadlocks (Rhino UK) ’77
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – It Noh Funny; A Capella Live (LKJ) ’93 in Brussels UK dub poet

<LKJ poem; 46 sec.>

  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Stop That Train; Stop That Train (Greensleeves) ’83 UK cover of Keith & Tex
  • Dillinger – Buckingham Palace; CB 200 (Mango) ’76 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Hugh Mundell – False Rumours; 12″ (Rockers International) ’79 JA

Set 2:

  • Likkle Mai – Gypsy Woman; Roots Candy (Beat) 2005 Jah-pon roots dawta
  • Al Campbell – Rock Your Soul; 22 Karat Solid Gold vol. 1 (Jet Star) ’81
  • Sugar Minott – Herbman Hustling; Herbman Hustling (Heartbeat) ’84 comp.
  • Desi Roots – Warning; 12″ (DEB) ’79 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Marcia Griffiths – Dreamland; Steppin’ (Shanachie) Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years
  • Mighty Diamonds – Stoned Out of My Mind; Stand Up to Your Judgement (Hitbound) ’78 Chi-Lites cover
  • Wailing Souls – Old Broom; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ’87 comp.

<New broom sweeps clean, Old broom knows the corners; 13 sec.>

  • Bim Sherman – Lamb of Judah + Dub; Meets Horace Andy & U Black in a Rub-a-Dub Style (Original) ’79

Set 4: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • Carlton Livingston – Cold, Cold Winter; 7″ (Grade One) 
  • Dawn & Christine – Free Marijuana; 7″ (Thompson Sounds) herbtune
  • Freddie McGregor – Mark of the Beast; 7″ (Soul Syndicate) ’79
  • Bionic Steve – Bermuda Triangle; 7″ (Crystal) ’80
  • Keith Hudson Meets King Tubby – Satta Dub; Rough Guide to Dub (Rough Guide)

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • African Woman – Warrior Queen; In Progress (People Unite) ’84 UK female:
  • Heptones – I Shall Be Released; Party Time (Mango) ’77 Bob Dylan cover/Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Lee “Scratch” Perry – Dubbing Psycho Killer; Echomania (ON U Sound) ’93 UK mutant dub
  • Dennis Alcapone – Mava; Java Java Dub (Impact!) ’74 UK – take on Java

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natty Dread; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks)

<When the Wailers became Bob  Marley & the Wailers; 1 min. 14 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Soon Come; Live at My Father’s House (Beat Club) ’78 Roslyn, NY

<Toshisms; 39 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Mix Up; Hall of Fame (RAS) 50 Bob Marley covers for his 50th Birthday
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Guajira Ska; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 rare CD mix of early single
  • Centry – Release the Chains; Lead With the Bass II (Universal Egg) ’96 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae Live

  • Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright; At Budokan (Columbia) ’79 live in Jah-pon

<Dylan Reggae w/ heinous flute overdubs; 67 sec.>

  • Patti Smith – Redondo Beach; Horses Live (Arista) 6/26/2005 Royal Hall, London
  • Gov’t Mule feat. Toots Hibbert – Hard to Handle; Mighty High (ATO); 12/31/2006 at the Beacon Theatre, NY

Set 8: Mutant Dub Set

  • Thievery Corporation feat. David Byrne – The Heart’s a Lonely Hunter; Cosmic Game (ESL) 2004 DC 
  • The Slits – Grapevine; In the Beginning (Jungle) ’80 live; UK punk dub female group covers Marvin Gaye
  • Alpha & Omega – The Vibration; King & Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub
  • Pre-Fade Listening – Mr. Medicine; King Size Dub Chapter Seven (Echo Beach) 2001 Germ.

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 5, 2019 – Mutant Dub New Year!

Greetings,

And Happy New Year! On Smile Jamaica that means 3 hours of Mutant Dub. Let’s start out 2019 with heavyweight drum & bass.

<Mutant Dub New Year; 20 sec.>

<What is Mutant Dub? 36 sec.>

Not everybody likes it. I can expect about 1-2 complaints that Techno ain’t Reggae.

But I get to decide where those boundaries lie. And take Jamaican drum & bass and dub echo and stitch in some electronic sounds, dubstep and wobble. Turn up the subwoofer and take knives to the treble.

Plus it fits hand in glove with my recent UFOria fascination. Congrats to the China Space Agency. They landed what was said couldn’t be done: a probe on the dark side of the Moon. Alien lore says the Greys told NASA the dark side was off limits. The Chinese didn’t get the message, apparently

<Lunar Lander Module – Chang’e 4; 50 sec.>

Bonus Alien fascination. I tell you the story of the Epic of Gilgamesh and how a dread named Utnapishtim 

Wasn’t Noah in a ricketty ass wooden Ark. It was a tessaract space ship and DNA seed bank for plants and animals. 500 years in space until the flood water could recede and then the Anunnaki could re-seed Earth.

Astro-physicists of today are exploring the tessaract mode of space transport to flex in and out of time. That could shorten the massive distances in space from Earth and negate the inefficient jet propulsion space travel we engage in currently.

bless, Bobbylon

<Gilgamesh; 51 sec.>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jan. 5, 2019 – Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 44 sec.

Set 1:

  • African Head Charge – Gospel Train; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ’90 – Mutant Dub New Year show
  • Roots Radics – Storming the Death Star; Scientist & Jammy Strike Back! (Trojan) ’82 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Imperial Sound Army feat. Marcus Asher – Praise His Name; Dubplate Collection vol. 1 (Imperial Roots) 2013 Sicilian Roots
  • Major Lazer feat. Flux Pavilion – Jah No Partial; Free the Universe (Domino) 2013 dubstep
  • Noiseshaper feat. Juggla – All a Dem a Do; The Signal (Different Drummer) 2003 Jah-stria
  • Dry & Heavy – Kick the Bong Around; One Punch (Green Tea) ’99 Jah-pon 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2:

  • Afro Omega – Whatcha Need; Pick Up the Pieces (Afro Omega) 2006 SLC w/ female vox
  • Manasseh Meets the Equalizer – Shining; Shining (Acid Jazz) ’97 UK
  • Smith & Mighty feat. Andy Scholes – Down in Rwanda; Retrospective (!K7)  2005 Fr.
  • G.T. Moore & the Roots Crusaders – King David’s Dub; 10” (Jah Works) ’95

Set 3:

  • Little Axe – Long Way to Go; Hard Grind (Fat Possum) 2002 blues w/ Adrian Sherwood
  • Rockers Hi-Fi – What a Life; Rockers to Rockers (Gee Street) ’95 UK
  • Nightmares on Wax – 70’s & 80’s (Upbringing Mix); Roots Manuva – Back to Mine (DMC) 2005
  • Sista Jane & Nasree – Don’t Leave From Africa + Kunta Kinte; 10” (Dreadlyon) 2006 Fr.
  • Dub Syndicate – Surrey with the Fringe on Top; Pounding System (ON U Sound) ‘82

Set 4:

  • Thievery Corporation – Richest Man in Babylon (G-Corp rmx); Outernational Sound (ESL) 2004
  • Alpha & Omega – Freedom Fighers + Dub is Mightier Than the Sword; Overstanding (A & O) ’92 UK trance w/ female vox

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Super Mystic Brakes – Beri Version; 10” (ON U Sound) 2016 UK picture sleeve
  • Singers & Players feat. Brent Dowe – These Eyes; Vacuum Pumping (ON U Sound) ’89 UK: Melodians singer covers The Guess Who
  • The Clash feat. Mikey Dread – Crooked Beat; Sandinista (CBS) ’80 UK
  • African Princess – Jah Children Cry; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’85 UK comp.

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Them Belly Full (But We Hungry); Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 Bill Laswell ambient rmx
  • Hollie Cook – Lunar Addiction; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2018 UK mutant dubstress
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It (Echodelic Remix Secret Circuit Shockblast Mix) 10” (Delicious Vinyl) 2011 picture sleeve

Set 7:

  • Samia Farah – Hothentot; Many Moods of (SAM) 2009 Fr.-Tunisian songstress
  • The Lions – Givin Up Food for Jah; Jungle Struttin’ (Ubiquity) 2008 LA
  • Earl Cunningham – African Man; 12” (Jah Shaka) ’83 UK

Set 8: UFOria

  • UFO feat DeeDee Bridgewater – Flying Saucer; Saint Germain des Pres IV  (Wagram) 2004 Fr. – UFOria set
  • SoKo – I Thought I Was an Alien; I Thought I Was an Alien (Because Music) 2012 Fr. Female singer
  • Mutant Hi Fi – Apollo 11; Chainstore Massacre (ON U Sound) 2002 UK
  • Tena Stelin – Flying Saucer + Unidentified Flying Dub; Lion Symbol (Jah Warrior) ’99 UK
  • Systemwide – Gilgamesh; Live at the Festival de Jazz de Montreal (BSI) 2002

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 25, 2018 (Podcast & Playlist) – The Wailers of Mutant Dub!

Not counting box sets, the most I have ever paid for a CD. $80

Greetings,

Advice after forty years of cratedigging: Buy low, sell high. I ‘n’ I built the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives when people were shedding vinyl for these over priced gadgets called the compact disk.

Titles I bought for 4 bucks on Haight Ashbury fetches hundreds now on ebay and discogs.

It’s not that I’m cheap. I spend the GDP of small third world nations on music. But I believe a record that is worth hundreds that I paid less than a Lincoln for, makes the sound oh so sweet.

Vinyl to the left, CDs and books on the right: The Smile Jamaica Ark-ives

Yet I have wish lists. Things I can’t find cratedigging and must scope online. One of my “white whales” was the 8 track version of Thievery Corporations silky herb tune, Lebanese Blonde.

<$80 dollars for Lebanese Blonde; 55 sec.>

I was coming back from a cratedig in Missoula, Montana. I saw a disk on the new record rack that had a cool cover, name and song titles.

Thievery Corporation – Richest Man in Babylon

Heading back to Salt Lake from my parents’ house in Fort Benton, Montana, I detour through Missoula to cratedig in their cool indie stores: Rockin’ Rudy’s and Ear Candy.

I pushed it too far and hit the dreaded Monida Pass at sundown. Anyone travelling on I-15 heading North knows that pass right at the Idaho Montana border. Not a good place to be in a snow storm.

Twice in 25 years of driving that stretch I had to go 100 miles back to Butte, on icy roads, because the pass was closed to traffic.

Monida Pass

I left Missoula too late and hit this pass at the worst time: dusk. As the sun went down at 7,000 feet I watched the road ice up ahead of me.

What every Montana kid is prepared for yet still dreads. Driving over an iced free way with only the guard rails to keep you out of the ditch.

Shit, this is how people die. Slide off the road on Monida. You have about 15 minutes before your car is totally iced over and NO CELL SERVICE. 

He died doing what he loved: record shopping. 

All right. Here we go. My All Wheel Drive Subaru. This is what I bought you for. Slow way down to about 25 MPH and just pick your way through the sheer ice. Even with AWD, do not hit the brakes.

I soldiered through. What usually takes 15 minutes, took me over an hour. Foot off the gas, when a truck would go by kicking up crystals to make visibility almost zero.

Once you hit Spencer, Idaho on the other side of the Pass, the road thaws a little. All through this, I am listening to Richest Man in Babylon and focused on their supple riddims, heavy bass and international vocalists. Kept me from freaking out through the worst of the road hazards.

As soon as I got home, I ordered their entire catalog. So, yeah $80 for one of their rare singles. Priceless.

bless, Bobbylon

 Thievery Corporation led to my last half hour Mutant Dub Sets: 21 sec.

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Wailers of Mutant Dub

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Annotated Playlist: Jah-gust 25, 2018; 89 sec.

Set 1:

  • Tinga Stewart – Fire; Key to Your Heart (Calabash) ’83 FL. vinyl
  • Augustus Pablo – El Rockers Chapter Three; Rockers International (Greensleeves) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Third World – 96 Degrees in the Shade (1865); 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’77

<Morant Bay Rebellion; 77 sec.> 

  • Aswad and Shabba Ranks – Fire; Lunatic Soundtrack (Mango) ’91
  • Zema – Check It Out; Strangers at the Gates (Melchizedek) ’97 So Cal female
  • Barry Brown – Sensemilla; Far East (Hitbound) ’81 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Papa Face & the Fashionaires – Girls; 10″ (Top Notch) ’82 UK

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Work; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95: 50 Bob Marley songs for his 50th birthday
  • Hollie Cook – Desdemona; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 UK dubstress
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Sonny’s Lettah; Mi Revalueshenary Fren (LKJ) live poem in Nymegen, Netherlands

<Sus law in UK against black youths; 40 sec.>

  • GT Moore – Ganja Flower; 10″ (Jah Works) 2002 UK militant steppers herbtune

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years1

  • The Clash – Police on My Back; Sandinista! (Epic) ’80 Eddy Grant/Equals cover
  • Black Slate – Legalise Collie Herb; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK herbtune
  • Dhaima – Ina Jah Children; Uptown Top Ranking (Object Enterprises) ’77 female
  • Lenox Miller & Jah Coller – Better Must Come + Jah Coller Speakers His Mind; Jack Ruby Hi-Fi (Auralux) ’80 Jack Ruby prod’n; Junior Byles cover
  • Aisha & the Mad Professor – Children of Dub; There Is More to Life (Ariwa) 2005 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Pick Myself Up; Kentucky Fried Rockers (bootleg) opening for the Rolling Stones in Lexington, KY, 1978
  • Food-a-Rama- Angellina; 10″ (Hitbound) ’80 update of Ken Boothe’s Artibella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Wailing Wailers – Ska Jerk; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA: based on Junior Walker’s Shotgun

<Ska Jerk = Shotgun; 71 sec.>

  • John Holt – Police in Helicopter; Police in Helicopter (Greensleeves) ’83 UK herbtune
  • Mother Liza – Joy to Your Soul; Chant Down Babylon (Sonic) JA
  • Icarus – Sinking Deep; State of Mind (Russian Roulette) ’82 UK
  • Bim Sherman & the Voluntary – Drifint Away; Century (Century) ’84 UK

Set 6:

  • The Wailers – Stop That Train; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks) May 24, 1973 live at the Paris Theatre London/Live on the BBC

<Wailers on the BBC; 69 sec.>

  • Sinead O’Connor – Prophet Has Arise; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 Abyssinians cover
  • Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska herbtune
  • King Tubby – Bag a Wire; 10″ (Select Cuts) ’75
  • Herbman Band – Dub O Much; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox of 45s

  • The Ability – Rasta Never Give Up; 7″ (Sky High) 7″ Jamaican Jukebox Set
  • Charley Ace – Ten Commandments of Joshua; 7″ (Scorpion) ’72 about Michael Manley; Prince Buster update

<Michael Manley as Joshua>

  • Cynthia Richards – Sentimental Reasons; 7″ (Duke Reid)
  • Bobby Hunt – Mother’s Love; 7″ (Flash) ’76
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Uganda; Dub Ranting (Radical Wallpaper) ’81 UK dub poet, picture sleeve; 9 poems EP
  • Neville Martini – The Cliques; 7″ (Clandisc) ’76

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Pamela Bricker – Around the World ; 8 Trk CD Single (4ad) ’98
  • Khato (Smith & Mighty rmx) – No Compromise; King Size Dub Chapter 4 (Echo Beach) ’98 female vox
  • Alpha & Omega – Africa; Watch & Pray (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub
  • Pama International – Float Like a Butterfly; Float Like a Butterfly (Asian Man) 2005 UK tribute to Muhammad Ali
  • Aldubb feat. Alcapone JJ – Free Sensimilla Now; 10″ (One Drop) 2009 Germ. herb dub
  • Dubcheck feat. Everton Sylvester – Reparation; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001 w/ dub poet

Words of  Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 23, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist): Poor Immigrants!

<Poor immigrant; 16 secs>

Greetings,

Smile Jamaica is a Roots Reggae radio program. Other than the Mutant Dub I spin in the last half hour, I would venture that 80% plus of what I have played for nearly 30 years comes from around 1970-1985. The Wailers, Burning Spear, Culture and their Rasta co-horts.

Turn off your Wolf Blitzers, Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow and get your news from this guy: Burning Spear

So much great heartical music about peace and love, socialism (small s), the plight of the poor and the 400 year legacy of slavery in Jamaica.

Songs from that era chanting down Babylon. Still have resonance and prophecy today. So when the outrage of immigrant children in cages hit the news cycle, I knew the perfect song to play.

o t Same thing for breakfast: 2014 under Obama’s Presidency

On community radio Deejays are not allowed to espouse political support for any cause, candidate or party. I don’t need to do that. I can let the music do the talking.

Jimmy Riley – Have mercy upon poor immigrants.  When Occupy Wall Street went hot, it was so easy and enjoyable to string a whole 3 hour Ark-ive backing the 99%ers.

Theme song: Peter Tosh – The Day the Dollar Died (1978)

That is why Reggae music from 40 plus years ago still has relevance. The Dreads and Dawtas warned us it would come to this. That is why you should listen to Smile Jamaica and ignore the Fake News Media

1979 Reggae. Fire bun the CIA News Network

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: June 23, 2018; 52 sec.

Set 1:

  • Jimmy Riley – Summer Time; 12″ (DEB) 70’s cover of Porgy & Bess Broadway tune
  • Jimmy Riley – Poor Immigrant; Put the People First (Shanachie) ’82
  • Black Uhuru – Chill Out; Liberation Anthology (Island) 2 disk best of ’83
  • Gladiators – Dub ina Babylon; Singles Collection (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Gracy & Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; female singer

<Canada legalizes cannabis; 12 sec.>

  • Eek a Mouse – Wild Like Tiger; 10″ (Hit Bound) ’83 JA
  • Crystalites – Rasta Is Love; Scrub a Dub (Crystal) ’74 JA vinyl dub album of the Hour
9 down plus Canada, 41 to go!

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Wake Up and Live; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95; 50 Bob covers
  • Belle Stars – Miss World; 80’s Romance (Salvo) ’81 UK New Wave female group
  • Daweh Congo – Herb Tree; Human Rights & Justice (Roots & Culture) 2000 herb tune
  • Bim Sherman & Yabby Youth – Happiness; 12″ (Jah Shaka) ’83 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years

  • Alpha Blondy & the Wailers – Jerusalem; Jerusalem (Shanachie) ’86 Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years
  • Carlene Davis – The Harder They Come; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley; Jimmy Cliff cover
  • Linval Thompson – Starlight; I Love Marijuana (Trojan) ’78 UFOria
  • Aswad – Babylon; Showcase (Mango) ’81 UK dub mixes
  • Black Disciples – The Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour (Burning Spear Marcus Garvey)

Set 4:

  • Ayo – Get Out of My Way; Gravity at Last (Wrasse) 2008 Nigerian-German soul/reggae
  • Prince Alla – Bosrah; I Can Hear the Children Singing (Blood & Fire) ’76 from the Bible Isaiah 63:1

<random Bible verse in the hotel room’s Gideon Bible waiting for my Sister to get married; 39 sec. >

  • Toyan – Tracks and Socks; 10″ (Jah Bible) ’79 over Sammy Dread’s Miserable Woman

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Look Back; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) 11/5/82 Temptations cover; Vinyl is Vital Set
  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Water the Garden; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’81 UK
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Satan Kicked the Bucket; Satan Kicked the Bucket (Wackie’s) ’88 US
  • Jah Lloyd the Black Lion – St. Ann’s Collie; The Humble One (Virgin Front Line) ’78 UK herbtune
  • Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop; (Smash) ’64 US
Latest purchase from Discogs.com

Set 6: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45’s

  • Sheila Hylton – Natural Misty; 7″ (Studio One) ’81 Natural Mystic cover
  • Jimmy Burke – Be Like a Star; 7″ (Reggae Bee) ’75 UK
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Riot in Progress; Dub Ranting 7″ EP (Radical Wallpaper) ’81 UK dub poet, picture sleeve
  • Inner Rose – Rise Up; 7″ (Inner Rose) 2012 Fr.
  • Hughie Izachaar – Ganja Smuggler; 7″ (Reggae on Top) ’99 UK herbtune
  • Lightman – Meanwhile in the City; Spring Time (Semi Sounds) 2004 Dub Album of the Hour (Finland)
There’s a natural misty(?) flowing through the air?

Set 7:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Lonesome Feeling; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA vinyl

<Wailers 1st LP in 1965; 55 sec.>

  • Aisha – Coke Ain’t No Joke; There s More to Life (Ariwa) ’95
  • Fred Locks – Rastafari Rule; The Missing Link (VP) 2000
  • Junior byles – Fun and Games (Take Two); Curly Locks (Heartbeat) rare early 70’s Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Junior Murvin & Chris Jay – Wise Man; 10″ (Dubwise) ’98 UK

Set 8: Mutant Dubstresses

  • Thievery Corporation feat. LouLou Ghelchknai- Time + Space; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2015 Mutant Dubstress Set
  • Deepchild eat. Andy B – Racist Friend; King Size Dub Chapter 69 (Echo Beach) 2009 Germ. Special AKA cover
  • Flying Lotus feat. Dolly – Roberta Flack; Man Machine (Mojo) 2009
  • Soom T – Jungle of Peace; Ode to a Carrot (Jahtari) 2008 Glaswegian weed stepper
  • Natacha Atlas – Duden; Essential Lounge: Bombay (UBL) 2006 UK
  • Afro-Mystik – Momentary Visions; Morphology (OM) 2003 US
Lou Lou of Thievery Corporation

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 28, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist) – Peace Chalice!

Good thing we smoked the peace chalice. Not another war!

<Korean Peace Talks – Light up the chalice!; 16 sec.>

Greetings,

I graduated High School in 1983. Right as I was getting ready to matriculate at Montana State University in Bozeman, three major events sent me off:

  1. Soviets shot down a Korean airliner
  2. Marine barracks bombing in Beirut killed several hundred Americans
  3. America invaded the tiny island of Granada.
Fall 1983: Ronnie Raygun saving the Granadan people from an invasion of Cuban doctors

Welcome to the Cold War, son. After surviving  the first one, who wants to live through the sequel: Russia/China/Syria Iran vs. US/UK/France/Israel.

China rattling Taiwan. India and Pakistan nose to nose. And Trump came in and immediately gave North Korea the hairy eyeball. So I was very encouraged that the two  Koreas want peace.

Everyday I get to drop the needle pon the record at KRCL instead of a nuclear bomb shelter, it’s a good day.

So enjoy another World War III free edition of Smile Jamaica

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 28, 2018 Annotated Playlist; 18 sec.

Set 1:

  • Eek a Mouse – You Na Love Reggae Music; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’82 UK vinyl
  • Black Uhuru – Ion Storm; Dub Factor (Mango) ’83 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Hepcat – Coming on Strong; Push ‘N Shove (Hellcat) 2000 SoCal ska
  • Carlene Davis – The Harder They Come; 15 Tracks (Sonic) ’80 Jimmy Cliff cover
  • Dennis Brown – Tenement Yard; Best of Dennis Brown – Niney the Observer Years (Heartbeat) ‘77
  • Fred Locks – Collie Herb; 10″ (Sip a Cup) 2003 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Collie weed for Kali the Goddess of Destruction 36 sec.;>

Hindus from India brought cannabis to Jamaica. Kali the Liberator of souls. Collie – Jamaican herb

Set 2:

  • Afro Omega – Music Revolution; CD Single (Afro Omega) SLC roots w/ female vox
  • Charlie Chaplin – Chalice Burn; Take Two (RAS) ’90 herbtune
  • Winston McAnuff – Get Behind Thee Satan; Diary of the Silent Years (Makasound)
  • The Congos – Congoman Chant; 10″ (Glimmer) ’77 UK Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years

  • Abyssinians – Abednigo; Satta Amassagana (Heartbeat) ’76 

<Shadrach, Meschach & Abednigo – tossed in the furnace but not burned: Book of Daniel; 24 sec.>

  • Althea & Donna – Jah Rastafari; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78 dj duo
  • Coco Tea – There Is a Herb in My Garden; 20 Tracks (Sonic) ’85 herb tune
  • Mikey Dread – World War III; Beyond World War III (Heartbeat) ’82
  • King Jammy & Dry & Heavy – Night Flight Dub; In the Jaws of the Tiger (BSI) 2001 Jah-pon Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • UB40 – Cherry Oh Baby; Credit to the Nation (bootleg) ’86 UK tour; Eric Donaldson cover
  • Dublife Soundsystem; Puff Puff Pass; 1977 BaSS Thunder  (Dublife Soundsystem) 2008 SLC mutant dub herb tune
  • Barry Brown – Over Me; 10″ (Hitbound) ’83 Brooklyn

Set 5: 420 Vinyl Set

<The Month of Jah-pril is 420 month on Smile Jamaica; 44 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Bush Doctor; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) 11/5/82 Live at the Roxy, LA: 420 Vinyl Herb Set
  • Jr. Byles – Cally Weed; Rasta No Pickpocket (Nighthawk) ’86 St. Louis
  • Michigan & Smiley – Sensimilla; Step By Step (Hitbound) ’82 US
  • Chalice – Ital Love; Crossfire (CTS) ’85 JA
  • Mystic Youth feat. Sister I-Skeeda & the Irie-Ites – Save the Roaches; Best Wishes (Sunship) San Fran youth group

<San Fran junior high kids singing about saving roaches. Just Say No? 34 sec.>

Junior High kids from the St. John Coltrane School. During the 80’s singing about herb. Nancy Raygun would not approve

Set 6:

  • Bunny Wailer – Africa Unite; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 Bob Marley covers for his 50th birthday

<Hall of Fame – 50 for Bob’s 50th; 19 sec.>

  • Aisha – True Roots; True Roots (Ariwa) ’94
  • Marlon Asher – Ganja Cowboy; American Dream Cali’s Prop 215 () herbtune soundtrack
  • Bob Marley – I Know a Place + Dub; Black Ark Sessions (Ascension) rare 4 track EP of Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’ns
  • Skatalites – Christine Keeler; Foundation Ska (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’65 instrumental album of the hour
50 songs for Bob Marley’s 50th Birthday – 1995

Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox of 420 45’s

  • Tipper Lee & Rapper Robert – Minister For Ganja; 7″ (Studio One) ’85 JA

<Smile Jamaica’s dream job: Minister for Ganja; 31 sec.>

  • Charley Ace – Herb Man Special; 7″ (Swing a Ling) instrumental take on Rita Marley’s One Draw
  • Pauline – Bush Weed; 7″ (Uhuru) singjay over Light of Saba riddim
  • Jimmy Dean & Jah Wally – Peace Chalice; 7″ (New Flower) ’77

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Scott Hardkiss – Hey Deejay; Technicolor Dream (God Within) 2009
  • Thievery Corporation – Temple of I & I; Temple of I & I
  • Dubblestandart feat. Lee “Scratch” Perry & Gudrun – Chase the Devil Dub; Return From Planet Dub (Collision)
  • The Archives feat. Ras Puma – Sensibility The Archives (ESL) 2012
  •  Kraftwerk – Robots; Man Machine (Mojo) 2009
Kraftwerk on Smile Jamaica? WTF?

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Mar. 31, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist): At the Feast!

….of the Passover. Happy Easter too!

Greetings,

Let’s start of this week’s Smile Jamaica celebrating Easter and Passover  through music!

<Happy Easter; 33 sec.>

As a Sumerian Fundamentalist, my New Year starts at the same time. April 1. 2018 is our year 6768

And while I’m celebrating. Go Giants! 

Bobbylon’s 3 obsessions:

  1. Reggae & Dub music
  2. Green Bay Packers football
  3. San Francisco Giants baseball

First song before we celebrate Easter/Passover/Assyrian New Year, American poet and City Lights Bookstore owner love his Giants. 60th year in SF.

<Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem “Baseball Canto”; 32 sec.>

Spent time in City Lights Bookstore looking for Jamaican dub poetry

Getting ready to do our Spring Fund Drive at KRCL. So I thought I would give you a sampler of the theme sets I have done over the years and decades. 50 sec.

The Whitman Sampler of Smile Jamaica:

  1. Easter/Passover
  2. 4:20 herbtunes
  3. Wailers Family Tree
  4. Jamaican Jukebox 7″ – Roots Dawtas cover Bob Marley
  5. Vinyl is Vital
  6. Rockers do Reggae
  7. Roots Dawta CDs
  8. UFO-ria

bless, Bobbylon

Set 1: Easter/Passover

  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti – Baseball Canto; Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour – Baseball (Columbia)
  • Agrovators – None Shall Escape the Dub; Rasta Dub ’76 (Attack) ’76 JA dub album of the week
  • Bro. Marshall – Man From Galilee; Man From Galilee (Tabernacle)  ’68
  • Gloria Bailey & the Joy Bells – I Have Paid the Price; 7″ (Henry’s) ’81 JA gospel
  • The Gospelettes – Sign My Name’ 7″ (Glad Tidings) JA gospel
  • Norma King – Good Friday; 7″ (Zion Love) ’89 Can.
  • Marcia Griffiths & Tyrone Taylor – He Shed His Blood; 7″ (High Note) JA ballad
  • The Congos – At the Feast; 12″ (99) ’81  – Passover
Smile Jamaica celebrates all the Sky Gods: Christian, Jewish and Sumerian

Set 2: 4:20 Cannabis Service

  • Ben Harper – Burn One Down; Voodoo Child (bootleg) 4/97 live in Bonn, Germ. 
  • Soom T – Weed is Sweeter; Ode to a Carrot (Jahtari) 2008 Glasgow female weedstepper
  • Michael Rose – Draw the Weed; Never Give It Up (Heartbeat) 2001
  • Mikey Murka & Disrupt – Police; 12″ (Mahanee) 2009 Germ. cover of John Holt’s Police & Helicopter

Set 3: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – African; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) 11/5/82 live at the Roxy in LA
  • Bunny Wailer – No More Trouble; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95, 50 Bob covers on Bob’s 50th
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Is This Love; Kaya (Tuff Gong) ’78
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Is This Dub; CD Single (Tuff Gong) ’78
  • Scientist – Guava Road Dub; 11King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81: Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox: Roots Dawtas cover Bob Marley

  • Cindy Breakespeare – Turn Your Lights Down Low; 7″ (Riverside) 

<Damian Marley’s Mom; 32 sec.>

  • I Three – I Shot the Sheriff; 7″ (Rita Marley Music)
  • Anicia Banks – Thank You Lord; 7″ (Ashandan) Curtis Mayfield original, Bob cover
  • Sheila Hylton – Mellow Mood; 7″ (Harry J) ’77

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Prince Far I – Natty Champion; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK 
  • Jennifer Lara – Hand to Mouth; High Times All Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label does Reggae
  • New Age Steppers feat. Bim Sherman – Dreamers; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK Mutant Dub
  • Jackie Bernard – Economic Crisis; Lee “Scratch” Perry – Excaliburman (Seven Leaves) ’78 UK
  • Steel Pulse – Higher Than High; Caught You (Island) ’80 UK

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Johnny Clarke – Rebel Soldering; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’75: (1) – Original

<Soldering = cocksman; 36 sec.>

  • Hall & Oates – Soldering; Hall & Oates (Buddha) ’75 (2) cover

<Hall & Oates on Smile Jamaica? WTF? 26 sec.>

  • Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door; Live at Budokan (Columbia) ’78 Jah-pon

<2nd place to Cheap Trick;  14 sec.>

  • Linda McCartney – Sugartime; Wide Prairie (MPL) ’77 produced by Lee “Scratch” Perry
WTF?

Set 7: Roots Dawtas

  • Aisha – Only Jah Works; True Roots (Ariwa) ’94: Roots Dawta CD set
  • Althea & Donna – Sorry; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78
  • Rita Marley – Jah Jah Don’t Want; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’80
  • Love Joys – Chances Are; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ’82 female duo
Aisha – Smile Jamaica’s favorite female singer

Set 8: UFO-ria

  • Anubian Lights – Outflight; Outflight CD Single (Crippled Dick Hot Wax) 2001 – The New Jerusalem

<The New Jerusalem mentioned in Revelation is about a gigantic spaceship; 50 sec.;  <

  • U.F.O. feat. Deedee Bridgewater – Flying Saucer; Saint Germain des Pres Cafe IV (Wagram) 2004 Fr.
  • Creation Rebel – Starship Africa Part 1; 10″ EP (ON U Sound) 2015 UK
  • Dennis Alcapone – The Sky’s the Limit (Flying Machine); Guns Don’t Argue (Trojan) ’72
  • Tena Stelin – Flying Saucers; 7″ (River Bank) 2001 about the Anunnaki
  • Mighty Sparrow – Russian Sattelite; Bob Dylan Theme Time Radio Hour vol. 5 (Music Melon) ’59 about Laika the Soviet space dog, calypso

<Mighty Sparrow’s tribute to Laika, Soviet space dog who gave his life for space travel; 21 sec.>

The New Jerusalem from the Bible

Words of Wisdom: