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.
<Gilgamesh; 51 sec.>
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jan. 5, 2019 – Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 44 sec.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
<Prince Lincoln: The Aliens gonna whip you and put you in your rightful place!; 10 sec.>
If you have listened to Smile Jamaica regularly over the past 5 years or so you will notice that one of my musical fascinations is UFO tunes.
I used to do political interviews on KRCL. When the Radioactive program was changed by an odious new station manager, (who has since ignominiously resigned), to a lightweight news show as opposed to hard news format, I quit doing it. I charitably said I “retired” from political interviews.
That left me with a whole heap of time to explore other pursuits. Based on recommendations from a couple of my coffee buddies, I started watching the Ancient Aliens show on History Channel.
The gist of the show is that Ancient civilizations were impacted by travelling space visitors who helped create mankind to do their bidding: mining gold to repair their damaged atmosphere on their home world of Nibiru.
The 12th Planet that exists at the outside of our solar system.
The show tracks mostly Sumerian, Egyptian and Mayan stories and myths. I’m one half Assyrian – from the land of the two rivers (North of ancient Sumer.) So I was fascinated by the connection between one man’s mythology and an alternative world cosmology
<Cosmology vs. Mythology; 3 sec.>
One of the things I noticed, especially in Mutant Dub, was the number of Reggae and Dub tunes devoted to space travel, aliens and UFOs. Add in several dozen Rock examples and you have enough for a 3 hour showcase on Smile Jamaica. I got to nearly 300 on my Itunes UFOria playlist. A Smile Jamaica episode averages about 35 songs in 3 hours.
Since so much of Rastafari Reggae is devoted to the Bible, I could connect the dots between Sumerian Cosmology of the Anunnaki – Those who came from the sky and UFO’s in the Bible and other ancient stories.
Noah’s Ark – No: Ziusudra in his submarine or Utnapishtim in his Tesseract (spaceship)
Burning Bush – Spaceship
Ezekiel’s Wheel – Spaceship
Jacob’s Ladder and the Stairway to Heaven – Spaceship
Elijah’s Chariot of Fire – Spaceship
Enoch (Noah’s great grandfather) – “walked with God and then was not”. Taken to the Heavens via Spaceship
Magic Carpet Ride – from the Arabian A Thousand and One Nights – Spaceship
Vimanas from Hindu theology – flying spaceships who fought battles in the skies
Lot’s wife was not turned into a pillar of salt. That is the wrong Hebrew word. She was turned into a pillar of smoke after a nuclear attack to destroy the Sinai spaceport.
Even Led Zeppelin would agree:
There’s a lady who’s sure All that glitters is gold And she’s buying a stairway to heaven. When she gets there she knows If the stores are all closed With a word she can get what she came for.
The idea that space travellers from hundreds of thousands of years ago had the capacity to see Earth as a habitat to exploit seems far fetched. But is it any less fantastical than the Bible, Greek myths or Hindu stories?
But one man’s Skygod is another man’s Ancient Astronaut. According to Ancient Aliens, man’s evolution and creation is connected to the very same DNA that contains mysteries we mere humans can not yet comprehend.
Noah’s Ark is unbelievable. 2 of every animal on a ricketty ass wooden boat? 70 cubits is 105 feet. Less than a modern Aircraft carrier. So you’re gonna fit elephants, giraffes, hippos and rhinos etc? Plus all the smaller creatures. No way.
How you gonna keep the lion from eating the lamb?
Space ship or submarine? Makes more sense. And if the Anunnaki could travel from the outer reaches of our Solar System, they would have the advancement to use the DNA they developed to re-create the animal and plant kingdom from seed banks and DNA repositories they housed on board their space craft.
Modern technology we can’t even hope to approach in 2017 in an era of primitive Earth history. What local Sumerians, Arabs, Hebrews, Mayans and Hindus saw as chariots, or flying carpets or ladders we would immediately recognize as space craft.
Listen to my description and Tena Stelin’s song paying tribute to the Ancient Astronauts coming down from the sky…
<The Anunnaki phenomenon>
In America, UFOs are most connected with the July 1947 Roswell New Mexico crash. Wasn’t swamp gas or weather balloons until military censorship
Long story short: In early July 1947, a ranch foreman named William Brazel discovered debris of a downed space craft. He recovered bits of the material and took it home. When he crinkled the metallic material it resumed its smooth, flattened exterior.
The Air Force bullied him into giving up his souvenirs. The Air Force investigator, Jesse Marcel, was also finessed into claiming what he found was nothing more innocuous than a weather balloon.
I have a personal connection to what happened in Roswell that day. My brother in law, Michael, sells high tech pipe to computer companies. He is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
<Robert’s Roswell Recap; 1 min. 14 sec.>
He was in Roswell selling high tech pipe to local salsa manufacturers. He was having lunch in the local cafe with one of his clients. He innocuously asked, “What’s the deal with Roswell and UFOs?”
His lunch mate said that the coroner was instructed by the Air Force to bring 3 child size coffins to the Base. “You don’t need coffins for a weather balloon.” The coroner was total salt of the earth, rural roots and no big city conspiracy nut.
That was enough for me! Do not scoff, Look to the skies!
<Coffins for a weather balloon?>
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 8, 2017 Tracklist: 70th Anniversary of Roswell UFO Crash: 1 min. 17 sec.
Ancient Astronauts – From the Sky (ESL) 2009 Roswell UFO 70th Anniv. Show
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – Also Sprach Zarathustra; 2001 Space Odyssey (MGM) ’68
Jimi Hendrix Experience – EXP; Axis: Bold as Love (Reprise) ’67
Kingstonians – Come We go Moonwalk; Sufferer (Attack) ’70
Dubadelic – MIB; Bass Invaders (ROIR) ’98 Men in Black
Dennis Alcapone – The Sky Is the Limit (Flying Machine); Guns Don’t Argue (Trojan) ’70
WordSound I Powa – Intro; Live From Planet Crooklyn (ROIR) ’96 – Aliens looking for weed; 14 sec.
The Herbaliser – Moon Sequence; Road of Many Signs EP (Ninja Tunes) ’99 UK space chatter
Laurence Harvey – First Came the Sky Chariots; Ancient Astronauts (Laurence Harvey) 2008
Kraftwerk – Spacelab; Man Machine (Capitol) ’78
Dubblestandart feat. Devon D – We All Have to Get High; Immigration Dub (Collision) 2007 Jah-stria – quoting Jim Morrison – out here on the perimeter there are no stars, we is stoned immaculate; 15 sec.
Transcend – 2002; Earthrise.ntone.1 (Instinct) ’95 space chatter
Anubian Lights; Outer Space Music; Naz Bar (Crippled Dick Hot Wax) 2001 Ezekiel UFO
I know it’s spring when I have to go to the pharmacy for that behind the counter Claritin D
Love that extra hour of daylight on Smile Jamaica
I am going through a home remodel and have packed up my records until my room addition is completed. As I pack I pull out gems.
Musical nostalgia. Most of the shops I stocked the Ark-Ives from are long gone. Everything else is pieced out as single items on ebay.
Bim Sherman Century bought for $20 from UK now fetches $1250 on ebay.
When I started collecting Reggae in the mid 80s, people would sell their entire black collection for seed money for these new novelty items: the compact disk. So I scooped up as much Reggae vinyl as Ronald Reagan’s student loan check would allow. Bargain basement price.
I have records I bought for $4 in perfect condition that sell for $400 now in lousy condition.
In 2017 of all ironies: The Compact Disks is going the way of the dodo and vinyl (and vinyl only Record Huts) are coming back.
Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: March 18, 2017 – highlights 54 sec.
Jennifer Lara – Rocking Tonight; Presenting Jennifer Lara (Studio One) ’81 JA vinyl
Africjam – Woman I Love; Instrumental Dub Reggae Music ’93 UK vinyl; Dub Album of the Hour
<Guiltiness riddim shower; 27 sec.>
Bob Marley & the Wailers – Guiltiness; Exodus (Tuff Gong) ’77 riddim shower (1) – vox
I Roy – Commandment Ten (Guiltiness); Ten Commandments (Virgin Front Line) ’80: riddim shower (2) – deejay
I get together with some bredrins every Friday afternoon for bourbon and music sessions.
Of course politics are a common topic with my mates. My buddy Aquaboy, Sandroid turned Hillbot, was fairly cocky that the polls showed Hillary way ahead. Evan McMullin was gonna win Utah.
I would look over at my buddy Free-Mike and give him a cold stare and said, “When we meet next Friday, you will all be stunned.” Aquaboy would scoff. Who’s scoffing now?
My main blog roll is the Libertarian site, Zerohedge. Run by Bulgarian hedgefunders who predicted the 2008 economic collapse and theyrefuse to adhere to the usual corporate media consensus. They mercilessly mock the corporate media outlets.
Since I did political interviews, Radioactive 2003-2012, I am also a natural skeptic to corporate news:
CNN – The Clinton News Network
AP – Assimilated Presstitutes
NPR – Nationalist Propaganda Radio
Petroleum Bullshit Syndicate
I’m all the way Alt-Left. So from my deep political reading, I knew that Hillary Clinton was going to lose all the Midwest states but Illinois and Minnesota.
When I would run into my Liberal friends who would greet my skepticism with, “Nate Silver has Hillary Clinton a 98% likely winner.” I would scoff. The polls were oversampling Democrats who are a much smaller voting bloc since Obama came in.
4.5 million Obama voters became Indedendent. Huge mid term losses in 2010 and 2014 told me the Midwest had abandoned the Democratic Party over economic inequality.
When I would have these conversations with my Liberal friends, they would respond, “Why are you supporting Donald Trump?”.
I knew that Hillary Clinton was going to lose for these 5 reasons
Obama Fatigue – record inequality under his 8 years had Americans looking for a change at the top. Just like Obama won in part b/c of Bush Fatigue after his 8 years. Should have sent at least one banker to jail.
Obama voters would not be Hillary voters. Obama was young and black with a Muslim name. That candidacy resonated with blacks and Hispanics. Hillary is old and white. So minority vote turnout was way down. 137,000 fewer votes cast in Detroit and 129,000 fewer votes in Milwaukee cost her Michigan and Wisconsin
Millennials wanted Bernie. In the same way they came out for Obama they were YUUGE for Bernie Sanders. When he was aced out, they went back to their undervoting tendency.
Servergate/Wikileaks/Weinergate. At the end her untrustwory numbers were worse than Trump’s. In an emotions vs facts election, that was devastating for turnout and securing independent votes.
Obamacare notices went out in mid-Octboer. Average increase? 24%. Trump wants to get rid of Obamacare. Hillary wanted to “improve it.” She couldn’t come out for single payer, so if you had your policy cancelled and the new cost doubled (as happened to a classmate of mine in Montana), advantage Trump.
I was wrong on 3 states:
New Hampshire (for Trump) – I forgot they tend to be more conservative than their New England neighbors
Colorado (for Hillary) – I thought the rural and military areas would reject the Dems.
Nevada – I thought it would be Vegas for Hillary. Reno and the rest for Trump
I had a better result than Nate Silver!
I voted for Jill Stein. And I was wrong on her. I lost a bet (to my Hillbot buddy Aquaboy, in fact), that Jill would get 4%. Not even close! See you in 2020, Doctor Jill!
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Nov. 5, 2016 – Annotated playlist w/ photos, captions, Reggae History Lessons; 84 sec.
Triston Palma – Reggae Music Taking Over; Touch Me, Take Me (Abraham) ’82 Can. Vinyl
The Agrovators – Kaya Dub; Kaya Dub (Justice) ’78 UK: Dub Album of the Hour
Peter Tosh – Here Comes the Sun; Honorary Citizen: Jamaican Singles (Columbia) ’71 George Harrison/Beatles cover
UB40 – Reefer Madness; Signing Off (DEP/Sound) ’80 herbal instrumental
Garland Jeffreys feat. LKJ & the Dub Band – Miami Beach; Escape Artist (Columbia) ’81 feat. UK dub poet
King Kong – Legalize It; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Aisha – Glorify His Name; 10” (Ariwa) 2005 UK
Keith Richards – Love Overdue; Crosseyed Heart (Mindless/Republic) 2015: Gregory Isaacs cover
Gregory Isaacs & U Roy – Love Is Overdue; Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ’74 original
Benjamin Zephaniah – Belly of de Beast; Belly of de Beast (Ariwa) UK mutant dub
On the night of July 4, 1947 on a ranch outside Roswell, New Mexico a UFO crashed. That has never really been disputed. The Air Force even released a press release later that week that, of course, that later had to be “walked back.”
Binge watching Ancient Aliens on History Channel, I asked my brother in law – who lives in Albuquerque – about Roswell. My bro in law Michael sells high tech pipe to the labs at Sandia, Intel and even salsa manufacturers. Roswell is on his beat.
He asked someone in Roswell about the crash. One of the old timers told Michael: the local coroner was instructed by the Air Force to provide 3 children’s coffins. The local coroner was total salt of the earth rural America. He would never have been involved in any sensationalized tomfoolery about UFO’s.
That’s good enough for me. So I harvested all my sci fi, alien, UFO-ria for some late night skywatching in case they come back for more.
Look to the skies! Do not scoff!
Smile Jamaica’s Digital Dubplate Tribute to Roswell – UFO-ria
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – Also Sprach Zaratustra (CBS) UFO-ria Digital Dubplate: Roswell crash July 1947
Klaatu – Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft; Hope (Capitol) ’77 Canadian rock
The Byrds – Mr. Spaceman (Smile Jamaica UFO-ria Rmx)
Elegants – Little Star; Destroy All Humans (Lakeshore) 50’s doowop video game techno rmx
SoKo – I Thought I Was An Alien; I Thought I was an Alien (Because) 2012 Fr. Female singer
Spiritual Rez – Anunnaki Invasion + Let’s Go Out With a Bang (Spiritual Rez) 2014 US reggae
Steppenwolf – Magic Carpet Ride (Smile Jamaica Destroy All Humans rmx); Magic Carpet = ancient Arab space ship
Elton John – Rocket Man; Honky Chateau (Polygram) ‘72***30 min.
30 – 60 min.
David Bowie – Starman; Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (EMI) ‘72
Langley Schools Music Project – Space Oddity; Starman (Uncut) David Bowie cover by schoolkids
Tena Stelin – Flying Chariots; 7” (Mascot) 2003: singing about all the aliens from the Bible)