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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:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 21, 2017: Jah-loween Monster Mashdown!

Nuff Jah-loween today. So don’t get stoned on my tombstone

Greetings,

I sent a Tweet that captures my nearly 30 years spinning Reggae Radio: Smile Jamaica love Halloween or as I call it Jah-loween as much as April 20th.

So I give you a taste of what I’m featuring for three hours Saturday Jah-tober 28th: 4-7 PM Mtn.; KRCL.or or 90.9FM i Salt Lake City.

Ghouls, Vampires, Witches, Frankenstein and The Mummy, Ghosts and Duppies in between Horror movie trailers and spooky soundbites.

<Smile Jamaica’s Jah-loween Monster Bash>

In today’s podcast I give you a preview of Halloween: Monster Hash, UB40, The Specials. 7″ Jamaican Jukebox, Vinyl is Vital and 12″ Disco Mixes.

Mutant Dub and 4 of my favorites from my usual Best of Smile Jamaica 28 Years set.

Boo-tiful!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 21, 2017: Annotated Playlist; 55 sec.

bless, I should say curse Bobbylon

Set 1:

  • Lion Youth – Easy Skanking; Love Comes and Goes (Virgo Stomach) ’81 UK clear vinyl
  • Hi-Tech Roots Dynamics – M.S.G. Dub; New York Dub (Top Beat) ’96 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Keith Hudson – Rasta Country; Greatest Hits (Sky High) ‘79
  • Althea & Donna – Jah Music; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • Jah Lloyd – Natty Bid Goodbye; Good Old Days of the 70’s (Teams) ‘78
  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 update of Boris Pickett; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • The Gladiators – Evil Doers; 12” (Virgin Front Line) ’77 UK

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Three Little Birds; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 + 2017 Ziggy rmx

<Exodus 40; 50 sec.>

<Three Little Birds – 77 to 2017; 36 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Rock With Me; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 live in Detroit

<Oct. 19 – Peter Tosh birthday and the Black Monday Stock Market crash; 45 sec.>

  • Calman Scott – Devil in the City (Kingston Connexion) ’77 Fr.
Peter Tosh murdered Sept. 11; crashed the stock market on his birthday from the next world 6 weeks later

Set 3: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ Halloween

  • Jah Fish – Vampire Rock; 7” (Mod) ’72 over Keble Drummond’s “Dangerous”
  • Carl Dawkins – Witchcraft; 7” (Sir JJ) ‘72
  • Freddie McGregor – Mark of the Beast; 7” (Soul Syndicate) ‘78
  • Sky High & the Mau Mau – Cemetary Robbery; 7”
  • Bionic Steve – Bermuda Triangle; 7” (Crystal) ‘80
  • The Wailers – Get Up Stand Up Dub; Wailers Dub (Tabou1) Dub Album of the Hour
Rare 45 from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive

Set 4:

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Sleepy Wonder & Gunjan (female) – Warning Shots; Cosmic Game (ESL) 2005 DC dubbers
  • Afro Omega – Love Letter; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC dubbers w/ female vox
  • Black Slate – Mind Your Motion; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK
  • GG All Stars – Vampire Rock; 12” (GG Hit) ’78

Set 5: Jah-loween Vinyl 

  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76 

<The Blackheart Man – even the lion fears him; 51 sec.>

  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ‘86
  • Willi Williams & the Armagideons – Dungeon; Messenger Man (Inland) ’80 Can.
  • Ras Karbi – Babylon Gravestone; Seven Seals (Rockstone) ’84 JA
  • Sly & Robbie – Gravestone Version; 7” (Rockstone) ‘84
Bought for the amazing cover even before I was a Reggae fanatic

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 28 Years – Halloween Stylee

<Don’t get stoned on my tombstone!; 22 sec.>

  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Big Youth – Graveyard Rock; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81
  • Black Uhuru – Satan Army Band; Black Sounds of Freedom (Greensleeves) ‘81
  • Junior Murvin – Lucifer; Police and Thieves (Mango) ‘77
  • King Tubby – Roots of Dub; Roots of Dub (Moll-Selekta) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour
Terrific bi racial New York soul rocker does reggae for Halloween

Set 7:

  • UB40 – Madame Medusa; More UB40 (DEP/Sound) ‘81
  • The Specials – Ghost Town; 12” (2 Tone) ’81 UK
A song about violence in the clubs. Livicated to the victims of the Mandalay Bay Shooting

Set 8: Mutant Dub Jah-loween

  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collection) 2006 LA

<The Mummy – roll a lickle spliff w/ di papyrus; 22 sec.>

  • Gorillaz – Ghost Train; G-Sides (Virgin) 2002 UK cartoon group
  • Soho – Zombies Walk the Cardboard City; Goddess (Atco) ’90 UK w/ female vox
  • Dan-I & King Kietu – Vampire + Dub Down the Vampire; Rastafari Judgement Fire (Imperial Roots) 2009 Italian dub
  • Dubchek – Duppy Train; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001 US – Duppy = Jamaican ghosts
Saturday: Jah-tober 28; 4-7 PM Mtn. Smile Jamica’s Jah-loween: KRCL 90.9 FM krcl.org

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 14, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Anti-Trump Deep State & UFO Conspiri-facts!

<Government UFO confirmation leaks; 2 min. 11 sec.>

Greetings,

Listen to the above clip on the crumbling UFO conspiracy wall….

I knew Donald Trump was going to be President….

I Praise Anu every Friday with my buddies Aquaboy and Mike. Bourbon, music and political/musical discussions.

My Anunnaki ancestors enjoyed partaking of the Tree of Lie

When I said Trump was gonna beat Hillary “bigly”, my mates looked at me and said, “Too much Space Dust has made you delusional.”

I wasn’t convinced. I said: As soon as Hillary called Trump supporters “Deplorable” she was toast. Same with Romney in 2012 when he said 47% of Americans are deadbeats.

After the Revenge of the Deplorables….I made another Friday prediction:

I was Deplorable before it was cool

The Deep State wouldn’t accept an outsider/game show host like The Cheetolini as legit.

Sure enough: Fake News, Russian “hacking”, Hillary whining and leaks out of the government on all fronts.

My prediction: Government would leak in two areas to embarrass Trump

  1. UFO’s
  2. JFK

The first half of my prediction just came true:

From “real news” Huffington Post*

<UFOria – Gov’t admits it! – No more scoffing!>

Fmr. Manager of DOD Aerospace Threat Program: “UFOs are Real”

*98.2% sure Hlilary would win

Something extraordinary was revealed today. Former high-level officials and scientists with deep black experience who have always remained in the shadows came forward on one platform. These insiders have long-standing connections to government agencies which may have programs investigating unidentifed aerial phenomena (UAP/UFOs).

Next stop on the Trump Derangement Express:

Who killed JFK? (If you put Governor John Connally in an elevated jump seat between the driver and the Kennedy’s sitting lower in the passenger seat, Oswald’s shooting lines up.) Sorry to disappoint!

bless, Bobbylon

Hoping for an Alien Intervention.

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 14, 2017 Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 21 sec.

Set 1:

  • Clint Eastwood – Jah Jah Forever; Love & Happiness (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK vinyl
  • Dread & Fred – Afrika Connection; Powerhouse (Dub Venture) ’95 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Judy Mowatt – Many Are Called; Black Woman (Mango) ‘76
  • Black Uhuru – Leaving to Zion; Tear It Up Live (Mango) ’81 European tour
  • Junior Dan – Look Out For the Devil; 10” (Hi Try/Honest Jon’s) ‘77

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Johnny B. Goode; Honorary Citizen (EMI America) ’82 live in Detroit
  • Dillinger – Forward 10 Commandments; Bionic Dread (Mango) ‘76
  • Sister Carol – Herbal Affair; Direct Hit! Live (Catapult) 2001 herbtune
  • Moses – When the Vampire (Comes to Your Neighborhood); 12” (Wackies) ‘82

Set 3:

  • Lacksley Castell – Wicked Man; Princess Lady (Negus Roots) ’83
  • Mystic Roots Band feat. Katherine Ramirez – Earthquake; Campfire vol. 1 (Stay Positive) 2013 Chico CA band
  • I Roy – African Herbsman; Crisus Time (Virgin Front Line) ’76 dj to Johnny Clarke’s African Roots
  • Culture – Too Long in Slavery; Production Something (Heartbeat) ’79 12” mix

Set 4:

  • Jennifer Gad – Thanks and Praise; Solid Foundation (Flag) ‘95
  • Thievery Corporation feat. David Byrne – The Heart’s a Lonely Hunter; Cosmic Game (ESL) ’99 UFOria
  • Desmond Dekker – 007 (Shanty Town); Israelites Anthology (Trojan) ‘67
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Two Bad D.J.; 12” (Greensleeves) ’81 UK “two bad duppy, ghosts”
  • King Tubby – Natty Dub; Roots of Dub (Moll-Selekta) ’75 Dub Album of the Hour
Welcome to David Byrne’s spaceship

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital – Halloween Stylee

  • Ethiopians – Obeah Book; Slave Call (Rohit) ’77 US
  • Laurel Aitken – Witchdoctor From Amsterdam; Eskapade en France; 12” EP (Blue Moon) ’91 Fr.
  • Crucial Bee – Mark of the Beast; Sting Like a Bee (All-Star) US Virgin Island
  • Jah Malla – Bad Moon Rising; Jah Malla (Modern) ’81 US – CCR cover

<Jah Malla – sons of Jamaican musical stalwarts; 20 sec.>

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Disco Devil; 12” (Upsetter) ’77 to Max Romeo’s I Chase the Devil

<Scratch was a nickname for The Devil; 17 sec.>

 

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Turn Your Lights Down Low; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 to 2017

<Love song to Damian’s mom: ’77 to 2017; 62 sec.>

  • Squeechie Dan – Ghost Rider; 12” (Greensleeves) ’85 UK
  • Sheriff Lindo & the Hammer – Dub House of Horrors; Ten Dubs That Shook the World (Endless) ’88 Australian Dub album of the hour

Set 7: Best of Smile Jamaica 28 Years: Halloween Gems

  • Don Carlos – Night Rider in Danger; Deeply Concerned (RAS) ’87 
  • Massive Dread – Vamps on the Corner; Massive Dread (Nyam Up) ‘82
  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ‘88
  • Keith Hudson – Darkest Night; Greatest Hits (Sky High) ‘74
Vamps on the corner with two long teeth

Set 8: UFOria

  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Akua Naru; Into Bass and Time (ESL) 2011 Jah-stria w/ female vox
  • Bassadelic – Thuds Like Scuds; Bass Invaders (WordSound) ‘98
  • Dubblestandart feat. Devon D  – We All Have to Get High; Immigration Dub (Collision) 2007 Jah-stria, Doors cover
  • Bush Chemists – Star Dub; 10” (Jah Tubbys) 2006 UK: Star Wars Stormtrooper Theme
  • Audio Active – Space Children; We Are Tokyo Space Cowboys (ON U Sound) ’94 Jah-pon

Words of Wisdom:

 

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: