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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-vember 7, 2020 – 15 down, 35 to go!

Greetings,

<Cannabis 2020 – 15 down, 35 to go! 68 sec.>

Orange Daddy vs. Qtip? Didn’t care. Cannabis, legalization to rule the nation? That I n’  I care about.

In the Congressional and Presidential, the negativity is so disgusting, I ‘n’ I fall back on the Rasta notion of isms and schisms. Demopublicans vs. Republicrats. Fiyah bu’n!

I’m on the Wailers Party! (400  Years lyrics)

<Peter Tosh – 400 Years of the same philosophy>

We sick an’ tired of-a your ism-skism game
Dyin’ ‘n’ goin’ to heaven in-a Jesus’ name, lord.

On election night, I ‘n’ I was sitting on the couch watching an X-Files rerun and dialing up my dispensary route for my Vegas vacation next week. (Cratedigging in a pandemic? Better than staying home waiting for The Covid to tag me in Utah. Rona Rage, let’s get on the road!)

Yelp for potheads

 

Two fingers of Jim Beam, strawberry cough and my Ipad. Ding! Since I was scoping out Weedmaps, I got notifications.

  • Ding! New Jersey puff puff passes adult use Cannabis (12 down, 38 to go)
  • Ding! Mississippi puff puff passes medical marijuana (36 states including DC)
  • Ding! South Dakota puff puff passes medical and recreational marijuana (13 down, 37 to go)
  • Ding! Montana, my birthplace, puff puff passes recreational marijuana (14 down, 36 to go)
  • Ding! Arizona (where my Snowbird parents live half the year) puff puff passes marijuana (15 down, 35 to go)
My parents – Trump voters who also voted for the hippie lettuce.

Add DC legal and 16 of 51. Almost 1/3 of the nation states/entities. The 100 year American war against nature is crumbling! Like I ‘n’ crumble Sour Diesel inna mi Bob Marley grinder!

List of states medical and legal Seven Leaf

When you look at the map, the West is mostly covered. Even  in the Mormon Triangle states of Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, Utah has medical. 4 dispensaries according to Weedmaps!

Utah’s first dispensary

For I ‘n’ I, it is 1300 miles from Fort Benton Montana (home) to Sun City West, AZ (parents winter home). Except for that stretch through Idaho and Utah, I’m not a criminal.

Selah!

Bobbylon

Don’t get complacent, tokers. Joe Biden is the ultimate drug warrior. Not a fan of the Seven Leaf. Neither is his VP. Be vigilant!

Set 1: Legalize Herb Set

  • The Heptones – Mr. President; Party Time (Mango) ’76 US vinyl; Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Jah Lloyd – Herbs of Dub (Teem) ’74 UK blue vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Johnny Clarke – Legalize It; Authorized Rockers (Virgin Front Line) Peter Tosh cover: 15 down, 35 to go election weed set!
  • Black Slate – Legalise Collie Herb; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK
  • King Kong – Legalize It; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005
  • Kid Loco – Here Comes the Munchies; Kill Your Darling (Division 1) 2001 Fr. Dubber
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germany dawta on the vox
15 down, 35 to go!

Set 2:

  • Aswad – Caution; Roots Revival (Ark 21) ’99 Marley cover
  • Cornell Campbell – Just My Imagination; Sings Hits From Studio One & More (Rhino UK) ’80 Smokey Robinson cover
  • Culture – Down in Jamaica; Live in Africa (RAS) Dec. 2000 in South Africa
  • Buume – Seriously; 10” (ZTP) 2006 UK militant steppers

Set 3:

  • Sister Carol – Wild Thing; Something Wild Soundtrack (MCA) ’86 cover of the Troggs
  • Mighty Diamonds – I Need a Roof; I Need a Roof (Hitbound) ‘76
  • Prince Far I – Rain a Fall; Under Heavy Manners (Joe Gibbs) ‘76
  • Ranking Dillinger – African World Wide; None Stop Disco Style (Clocktower) ‘78

Set 4:

  • Fun Boy Three – Farmyard Connection; Waiting (Chrysalis) ’85 herbtune: farmers Peter & Bob
  • Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths – Still the Most; Sweet Memories (Nectar) ’76 married at the time
  • Mikey Dread – Barcoding; Life Is a Stage (Dread at the Controls) 2007
  • Dubble – South Side Dub; 10” (Dub Tunnel) 2012 UK militant steppers cover
Farmyard Connection: Two farmers named Peter & Bob

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Myrna Hague – Melody Life; Melody Life (Studio One) 70’s JA Marcia Griffiths cover
  • Horace Andy – Jah Rainbow; Natty Dread a Weh She Want (New Star) ’78 JA
  • Inner Circle – I’m a Rastaman; Ready for the World (Capitol) ’77 US Marley cover
  • The Police – Don’t Stand So Close to Me; Zenyatta Mondatta (A & M) ‘81
  • Keith Hudson – Leggo Dub; Brand (Pressure Sounds) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Bobby & the Midnites – Book of Rules; Bobby & the Midnites (Arista) ’81 Heptones cover:
  • Eric Clapton – Swing Low Sweet Chariot; There’s One in Ebvery Crowd (Polydor) ‘75
  • Bad Brains – Jah Love; Into the Future (Megaforce) 2012
  • Pretenders – Waste Not Want Not; Pretenders II (Sire) ‘81

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – 400 Years; The Toughest (Heartbeat) ’70
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Mellow Mood; Best of (Studio One) ‘67
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ‘86
  • Bunny Wailer – Dreamland; Solomonic Singles vol. 1 (Solomonic) ‘76

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Cooly G feat. Dubzee Up North – Blue Stems; Presents Dub Organizer Part 1 (Dub Organizer) 2012 UK female dubstepper
  • 2 Bad Card – Sergio Mendes (Part 1); Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ‘95
  • Aldubb – Big Time; Let There Be Dub (One Drop) 2010 Germany
  • X-O-Dus – English Black Boys; 12” (Factory) ’80 UK
  • Fela & Afrika 70 – Zombie; Zombie (Knitting Factory) ’77 Nigerian jazz/Halloween

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-Tober 31, 2020: Jah-loween Monster Bash!

Greetings ghouls ‘n’ gals!

<All trix, no treats!>

Smile Jamaica loves Jah-loween. Here is the Monster Menagerie from the Ark-ives:

  • Anti-christ/Mark of the Beast/666 – 7
  • Bats – 2
  • Bermuda Triangle – 1
  • Black magic – 9
  • Cemeteries & graveyards – 7
  • Demons – 6
  • Devil, Lucifer, Satan – 59
  • Dungeons – 6
  • Duppies & Jumbies (Jamaican ghosts) – 14
  • Exorcist – 1
  • Frankenstein – 5
  • Ghosts – 19
  • Halloween holiday – 5
  • Haunted houses – 2
  • Hell hounds -1 
  • Loch Ness Monster – 1
  • Monsters – 4
  • Mr. Brown who rides around Trenchtown in a motorized coffin – 2
  • Mummies – 2
  • Obeah (Jamaican Black Magic) – 13
  • Skeletons – 2
  • Undertakers – 3
  • Vampires, Dracula and soap opera vampire Barnabas Collins – 63
  • Voodoo – 5
  • Werewolves – 4
  • Witches – 4
  • Zombies – 14

By my Liberal Arts math, that tallies up to over 260 Jah-loween gems. Plus all my horror soundbytes and movie trailers. (New additions in between the horrorfest such as The Exorcist, Planet of the Vampires,nNight of the Living Dead,  Phantasm).

All mixed into one bubbling cauldron of grimness. Perfect for this era of The Covid. I don’t listen to a lot of new Reggae releases but next year I’m sure to add some ghouly Covid delights.

There was once upon a time when I ‘n’ I never said a word and only played station ID’s during the 3 hours. It was truly 180 minutes of drum, bass and Afternoon of the Living Dead.

But since this is Smile Jamaica, I ‘n’ I tell you some stories to embellish the tunes:

  • Annie Palmer – the evil Jamaican wife of a slave plantation owner who used to whip her slaves mercilessly and continued to haunt them after she died

<Annie Palmer; 26 sec.>

In Jamaica police informers were referred to as Vampires:

<Vampire = informer; 27 sec.>

Peter Tosh always felt there were hell hounds on his trail. One night he was paralyzed from the forces of a demon. He prayed to Jah to save. Jah told him, “son, use the word and you will be as free as a bird.

That word? Bumba klaat. In Jamaica, that is as rude as saying Mother F’er in the US. Bum for vagina. Klaat = cloth. Rastas want nothing to do with their queen’s “monthly visitor”. So the epithet shocked the duppy (Jamaican ghost) out of Peter’s soul.

<Oh Bumba Klaat; 1 min. 22 sec.>

And how about the corpse who put a transmission, engine and four wheels on his coffin to terrorize the denizens of Trenchtown ghetto. His names was Mr. Brown.

<Mr. Brown rides around in a coffin; 21 sec.>

curse, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Jah-loween Monster Bash, 10/31/2020 Annotated Playlist: 85 sec.

Set 1:

  • Ini Kamoze – Hole in the Pumpkin; Shocking Out (RAS) ’87 3 Hours of Jah-loween
  • Scientist – The Voodoo Curse; Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (Greensleeves) ‘81
  • Black Uhuru – Anthem; Anthem (Island) ‘83
  • Ijahman Levi – Devil Disciple; Forward Rastaman (Jahmani) ‘87
  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ‘96
  • GG All-Stars – Haunted House; 12” (GG’s Hit!)   ‘78

Set 2:

  • Crucial Bee – Mark of the Beast; Just a Sting (All-Starr) US Virgin Islands vinyl
  • Sinead O’Connor – Vampire; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 Devon Irons cover
  • The Ethiopians – Obeah Book; Slave Call (Rohit) ’74 Obeah – Jamaican black magic
  • Ghetto Priest – Dungeon; Vulture Culture (ON U Sound) 2003 Singers & Players cover
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Talk About Run; 12” (Greensleeves) ’81 UK duppies in the cemetery

Set 3:

  • Lone Ranger – Annie Palmer; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA vinyl: Jamaican witch/ghost
  • Pablo Gad – Blood Suckers; Blood Suckers (Celluloid) ‘78
  • Chalice – Back Weh Evil Forces; Stand Up! (CSA) ’85 UK vinyl
  • Sky High & the Mau Mau – Cemetery Robbery; Origination (Sky High) 70’s
  • Moses – When the Vampire Comes to Your Neighborhood; 12” (Wackies) ’82 Bronx
  • Leo Graham – Voodooism; Magnetic Mirror Master Mix (Anachron) 70’s Dutch vinyl; Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n

Set 4:

  • Capleton & Big Youth – Mark of the Beast; I-Testament (Def Jam) ‘97
  • Jimmy Cliff – Satan’s Kingdom; I am the Living (MCA) ’80 US vinyl
  • Easy Star All-Stars feat. Mikey General & Spragga Benz – Thrillah (Easy Star) 2012 Michael Jackson/Vincent Prince
  • Carl McDonald – Satan Soldiers on the Run; 12” (Makdon) ’87 Brooklyn 

Set 5:

  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumba Klaat; 12” EP (Rolling Stone) ’81 UK fight off demonic possession
  • David Lindley – Werewolves of London; Very Greasy (Elektra) ’88 Warren Zevon cover
  • Pluto & Trinity – Vampire Year; Ire Mas Rockers Carnival (Top Ranking) ’81 FL vinyl
  • Laurel Aitken – Witchdoctor from Amsterdam; Eskapade en France (Blue Moon) ’90 Fr. Vinyl

Set 6:

  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echodelic Sounds (Record Collect) 2005 SoCal
  • Dennis Brown – Black Magic Woman; Black Magic Reggae (Trojan) ’72 Fleetwood Mac/Santana cover
  • Don Carlos – Night Rider (In Danger); Deeply Concerned (RAS) ’87 DC vinyl
  • The Wailing Souls – Face the Devil; Face the Devil (Jah Guidance) ’81 JA vinyl
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Mr. Brown; Black Magic Reggae (Trojan) ’70 rides around in a coffin

 

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate Oct. 2020 – Royal Flush!

Greetings,

<Leaving on a jet plane> 2 min. 48 sec.

I ‘n’ I father has been fighting a brain condition called NPH. Makes him wet, wobbly, and wacky. So as the eldest, I have been driving my parents from Sun City West, AZ retirement home to Fort Benton, Montana and back again. Montana summers and Phoenix winters. This is my excursion:

 

Day 1: Covid Airlines: SLC to Great Falls, MT.

Get up and get out of the house at 5:30 in the AM. Suitcase, Burning Spear tote bag I carry everywhere, like a man purse, cash and ID. Don’t forget your mask!

No worries, time to dial up Uber on my IPhone.

Credit card 1 rejected, credit card 2 rejected, credit card 3 rejected. Credit card 4? REJECTED. Paypal rejected. WTF? In my haste to call a cab I dropped my new IPhone on the pavement and the screen shattered. F-bomb! 

As Neil Young would say, “Piece of crap.” Luckily the phone feature still worked and I ‘n’ I hailed Ute cab like back in the day. When I got settled I wrote Uber a 1 star, EFF YOU review on the App Store,  deleted those fools and settled in for the dreaded wait.

Uber is unreliable: I entered four legitimate credit cards and Uber rejected them all. They also wouldn’t take my PayPal account. They don’t care. I deleted the app, told all my friends & family. Now I either use Lyft or will call a cab. FIYA BU’N UBER!!! Worse than Covid!

This trip is already starting out with a bad omen…

Flying. When I ‘n’ I told friends I was getting on planes their look of horror and incredulity was obvious. Like I need any reminders. I ‘n’ I have no choice. Maybe the plane will be mostly empty like when I flew out in May.

Nope. Tin can Skywest plane was completely full. Two seats, aisle, two seats. Luckily no Utah county maskholes. Flight to Great Falls was 2/3 full. Had to pull the mask down at TSA. WTF? Great, Covid to the left of me, Covid to the right of me….

Day 2:  Fort Benton, Montana to Ogden, Utah (578 miles)

Could not wait to get on the road. Watching TV in a state with competitive electoral races is a nightmare. Every commercial was Dem attacking R. R slandering Dem. Every. Single. Break. Doesn’t anyone just sell Coca-Cola and toothpaste anymore?

1300 miles from North Central Montana to Phoenix retirement community. Drove the first stretch as far as Ogden, Utah.

  1. Pops, who was still wheelchair bound when I ‘n’ I made the reverse trip in May. Now walking with a cane and doing well mentally.
  2. Yimma (my mom). Sat in the back with her Ipad
  3. Bella our lap dog/rabbit killer
  4. I ‘n I. Did all the driving
Bella 27, Rabbits and lizards 0

That stretch in the Fall is beautiful if the weather is good. Freshly harvested wheat fields, cross the Missouri River a bunch of times, Go up and over the Continental Divide.

I ‘n’ I told Yimma we had to get on the road early. Because I wanted to be in our Motel Room in time for the first debate between the Orange Guy and the Pale White Guy.

Forced to listen to The Bridge on Sirius/XM. Soft rock of the 70’s. By the time we hit Butte, MT, I ‘n’ I wanted to throw myself off a bridge. After about the third Christopher Cross “classic” I was itching to switch to the Metallica channel! 1300 miles of wimp rock. Mainline the caffeine straight into my veins.

Sirius XM – The Bridge Channel: 1300 miles of musical Ambien

Checked into a grungy Motel 6 just off I-15. Ordered up some dinner delivery. I got out my vape pen and for the first time ever(?) watched FOX News. Shit meet show!

I ‘n’ I was vaping Trainwreck while watching a train wreck. Remember the two old dudes from the Muppets? This is America?

Paint the taller one orange, and that was what watching the Presidential Debate was like

Day 3: Ogden, Utah to Mesquite, Nevada (376 miles); 45 sec.

Grinding through Utah in a Buick Enclave crammed so full of cra….stuff I had to rely on the side mirrors. Fighting off narcolepsy from the endless rotation of Seals & Croft, James Taylor and Carly Simon. I ‘n’ don’t think I’m gonna listen to any Steely Dan for at least a year.

Central Utah would be prettier if it were 100 miles shorter from SLC to Nevada.

Nevada has a Karen governor so we weren’t able to stay at the casinos in May. This time we checked in to Virgin River Casino. Yimma got the rooms while I ‘n’ I drove to Deep Roots Harvest.

Hit Yimma up for 2 Benjamins. My Uber fee, strike that Lyft fee for doing all the driving. That debate debacle depleted my vape stock, and so picked up a couple cartridges: Strawberry Cough and Grape Ape. I ‘n’ I have a sweet tooth.

Reward for 954 miles driven in two days

Drove back and we all had a pandemically correct dinner. I ‘n’ I hate ketchup and pepper packets. First world problems!

Pops squeezes the nickel til the buffalo shits, so he stayed in his room and watched baseball in empty stadiums. Yimma and I hit the casino floor. She is a slots player. I’m a video poker guy.

New rules on the casino floor. My Pops said he wished he had the plexiglass business. No doubt. Gambling now is like playing cards in a phone booth. I’m claustrophobic so I looked for a machine on the end.

Gambling Covid style in a plexiglass coffin. (Click image for better view)

Low stakes, 25 cents x 5 coins per play. That first Andrew Jackson lasted long enough to wash down my “strawberries” with a Jack and coke. The bosomy cocktail waitress doesn’t come around much to the quarter machines.

Put a second $20 in. Played it almost to the end. $60 is about all I’m willing to blow in one sitting. Then it happened…..

CALL ATTENDANT! CALL ATTENDANT!

Huh? I looked down and saw 4000 coins on the machine tally. I had just hit a Royal Flush. Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten of Spades.

When it dawned on me what 4000 quarters added up to, even by my Liberal Arts math “skills”, that was $1000. Then, of course, there was no attendant to be found! Covid casinos are still pretty empty. Lot of staff have been furloughed.

I ‘n’ I was afraid to venture from my machine b/c I figured the moment I step away, someone would sit down and claim my winnings. Finally I yelled at a Security Guy: HEY YOU! I WON THE JACKPOT!

He offered to get a person to pay out. That was a five minute wait that seemed like hours. I ‘n’ I was half paranoid that there would be a power outage or earthquake and the machine would black out. Once you win something like that you now have a reason to care about the outcome. Usually I play to fill time, sipping whiskey, surreptitiously toking up, (it’s flavored CBD!)  and listening to every 80’s hit by Madonna on the PA system.

Nice lady comes over with her notepad and a money bag. Counted out 9 $100 bills and 5 20’s. You know they want you to kick that last $100 back to them. My mind was wrecked, no way I ‘n’ I could concentrate. I took my cash and headed to find Yimma who had run out of a $100 pretty quickly. I was shaking. Never won a jackpot like that in my history of low stakes gambling in Vegas.

Ka-ching!

No 1099 either. Pure profit. We headed back to the rooms. Pops was looking at the two of us wearing shit eating grins. I laid down in front of him, 100, 200, 300….up to $1000. He just shook his head.

When I Tweeted out my winnings, a lot of well wishers said that I ‘n’ I deserved to win for risking The Covid (Bobbylon 17, Covid 0) to be the good son to drive my elderly parents all the way home.

<Tom Petty – Even the losers get lucky sometimes>; 75 sec.

As Tom Petty sang, “Even the losers get lucky sometimes.” Day 4: Mesquite to Sun City West, 350 miles. Sailed home that last stretch. Even the Air Supply tunes on Sirius XM sounded grittier than normal.

 

So when I ‘n’ I returned from 2 weeks on the road, cratedigging in 108 degree weather, this was my first song back on Smile Jamaica

Bless, Bobbylon

Set 1:

  • Sonya Spence – Jet Plane; In the Dark (Skynote) ’78 John Denver cover
  • Hi-Tech Roots Dynamics – Jammin’ Dub; 90 Degrees Dub (Top Beat) UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ‘88
  • Aswad – Not Satisfied; Not Satisfied (Columbia) ‘82
  • The Reddies – Voodoo Woman; Cultivation (The Reddies) 2009 Jah-stin TX
  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; Boris Pickett cover
  • Mike Brooks & Matic Horns – The Devil’s Conspiracy; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2005 UK

Set 2:

  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 herbtune
  • Ras Midas – Good Old Days; 12 the Hard Way (Tribesman) ‘78
  • Hollie – Desdemona; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 female singer
  • Barrington Levy – Murderer; 12” (MCA) ’84 US
Roll a lickle spliff with di papyrus. Smoking sensimeena inna Mesopotamia

Set 3: RIP producer Bunny Lee

  • Horace Andy – Skylarking; Prime of (Music Club) ’75: 4 favorite Bunny Lee (RIP) productions
  • Ronnie Davis – Kaya; Tribute to Bob Marley (Esoldun) ’78 Bob Marley herb cover
  • Hortense Ellis – Unexpected Places; Queen of Reggae (JA) ‘76
  • Johnny Clarke – Every Knee Shall Bow; Dreader Dread (Blood & Fire) ‘78
Producer Bunny Lee, 1941-2020

Set 4:

  • Pablo Gad – Sad Mistake; Hard Times (Soul Village) ’80
  • Wendy Shaw – Ease Off Satan; Passing Through the Flames (Issachar) ’92 So Cal
  • Qualia – Plasma (Freshwater Mix); Earthjuice (Waveform) ’98 US mutant dub
  • Bunny Lee & the Aggrovators – Dub Gospel; Dub Will Change Your Mind (King Spina) 70’s Dub album of the hour

Set 5: Halloween Vinyl

  • Peter Metro – Obeah in Jamaica; Music Works for the Future (Jah Life Time) ’87 JA
  • Kwame – Hellhounds; Follow I (Polydor) ’80 US
  • Massive Dread – Vamps on the Corner; Strictly Bubbling (UFO) ’82 JA
  • Prince Alla – Evil Forces; Evil Forces (Calabash) ’84 Opa-Locka, FL
  • Wailing Souls – Penny I Love You; Wailing (Jah Guidance)  

Set 6: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox Halloween

  • Dennis Alcapone – Mr. Brown; 7′ (Observer) …rides around in a coffin 
  • Freddie McGregor – Mark of the Beast; 7” (Soul Syndicate)
  • Larry Marshall – Duppyman Skank; 7” (Moodisc) ’96 duppy = Jamaican ghost
  • Bionic Steve – Bermuda Triangle; 7” ’80
  • Prince Buster – Ghost Dance; 7” (Prince Buster) ’72

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree Halloween

  • Peter Tosh – Jumbie Jamboree; The Toughest (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’64
  • Bob Marley and the Wailers – Duppy Conqueror; 7” (Upsetter) ‘70
  • Bob Marley and the Wailers – Mr. Brown; Songs of Freedom (Tuff Gong) ‘70
  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76

Set 8: Mutant Dub Halloween

  • Singers & Pl ayers – Dungeon + Jah Merchant Ship; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK
  • Gorillaz – Dracula; Gorillaz (Virgin) 2000
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Blood Suckers; Belly of the Beast (Ariwa) ’96 UK dub poet
  • Finley Quaye – Mashing Up Lucifer/Stone the Devil; CD Single (Epic) ‘97
  • Earl Sixteen – Gates of Hell; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2004 UK
  • Natacha Atlas – I Put a Spell on You; Best of (Mantra) 2005 Algerian dawta, Screaming Jay Hawkins cover

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 22, 2020 – “Just in Case” Vinyl!

 

“Nancy sit upon the lap of Mr. T but she nah waan check for the good sensi!”

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I went back to work last week. Hadn’t been in since the Earthquake in Mid March and then everything got shut down.

There was hardly anyone there, but I had to make sure everything was working for a new semester of Covidized media.

I manage the Audio and Video Studios for the Marriott Library at the University of Utah campus. Audio Studio is used heavily for podcast creation.

New rules: 1 person can use a microphone, with a “condom”. 2 people have to record with their masks on. I ‘n’ I got the hairy eyeball from users on that suggestion. Not my rules, but I’m the Sheriff and have to enforce them.

So I ‘n’ I get home, without incident, and just sort of randomly cough. Immediately I thought. Oh no! Is the streak over?

Then I saw this:

Wuhan China water park party, Aug. 2020

I ‘n’ I said to my boss: I’m taking the first of classes as vacation. Let those Covid infested University students come on campus get their books, student loans, course registration, etc.

Spewing The Covid everywhere. Let it settle and then I’ll come back.

I’m not afraid of The Covid, but I ‘n’ I would just assume minimize risk where possible. I ‘n’ I have two nephews, one already picked up a case – no symptoms, no fear – so I know the mindset of the youth.

None of them are going to classmate’s funerals, so they feel immortal. Yet, there is the Reggae Saying that I ‘n’ I know  and live by:

<New broom sweeps clean, Old broom knows the corners>

My main reason is that as long as I ‘n’ I stay Covid free, I get to juggle the black wax at KRCL. They are Karen’s. I’m not. Right now, I’m the only Saturday person live at KRCL and intend to keep it that way .

Deejaying from home, without access to vinyl, offends my motto: No digital for I ‘n’ I.

<The joy of live KRCL; 36 seconds>

So just in case, they stash I ‘n’ I in a nursing home next week, I decided for one more vinyl showcase for the masses on Smile Jamaica.

<Bobbylon 11, The Covid 0; 1 min.>

So enjoy this Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive podcast and hear some stories while I’ n’ I go to the kitchen to dip my spliff in a jug of HCQ.

bless, Bobbylon

Story 1: the Tragic murder of youthman Hugh Mundell

Story 2: 80’s Live Reggae at the Triad Center, Salt Lake City; 45 sec.

KRCL Reggae shows in the late 80’s. Shutdown after a murder at a Zapp and Roger concert.

Story 3: Ganja trimmers from Ganjarado listen online to Smile Jamaica; 1 min. 22 sec.

Story 4: Bunny Wailer’s return to live performing; 56 sec.

Story 5: KUSF – From best college radio station to classical music; 54 sec.

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 22, 2020 Annotated Playlist; 66 sec.:

Set 1:

  • Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Build Up Your House; Revelation (Trojan) ’82 UK nyahbinghi
  • The Disciples – The Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 Burning Spear dub album of the hour
  • Big Youth – Cool Breeze; Everyday Skank (Trojan) ’72 UK dj to Stop That Train
  • U Roy – Rocking Vibration; Love Is Not a Gamble (TR International) ’80 JA dj to Gladiators
  • Ashanti Roy & Sister Bunny Brissett – Look Before You Leap; Berlin Wall (High Times) ’92 JA
  • Brown Eagle and Spear – Draw the Challice; Brown Eagle and Spear (New Name) ’88 JA 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Hugh Mundell – False Rumour; 12″ (Rockers International) ’78 JA

Set 2:

  • Yellowman – Throw Mi Corn; Under Me Fat Thing (Arrival) ’82 JA dj to Larry Marshall
  • Myrna Hague – Melody Life; Melody Life (Studio One) JA Marcia Griffiths cover
  • Horace Andy – Jah Rainbow; Natty Dread a Weh She Want (New Star) ’78 JA
  • Voice of Progress – Lost in Space; Mini Bus Driver (Negus Roots) ’82 JA
  • Tapper Zukie – Raggy Joey Boy; 10″ (Mobiliser) ’82 UK picture sleeve

Set 3: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox Set

  • The Gayletts – Son of a Preacher Man; 7″ (Steady) ’70 Dusty Springfield cover;
  • Jah Stitch – Collie Burn; 7″ (Soul Power) ’76 dj to Johnny Clarke/Tosh – Legalize It
  • Ashley Bennett – Leggo the Wrong; 7″ (Observer)
  • Junior Mervin – Defuse the Bomb; 7″ (Mervin)
  • The Revolutionaries – IRA; 7″ (Disco Mix) ’78 dub
  • Israel Vibration – Worry Dub; Israel Dub (Greensleeves) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour
Judy Mowatt lead vox

Set 4:

  • Carribbean All Stars – Reggae Down; Live and Direct (Raw Live) ’86 Oakland
  • Zap Pow – Sweet Lovin’ Love; Love Hits (LMS) ’74 JA
  • Lone Ranger – Legalise the Collie Herb; Hi Yo Silver, Away! (Greensleeves) ’82 UK herbtune
  • Boney L & Vibronics – Babylon Children; 10″ (Jah Tubbys) 2006 UK militant steppers dawta

Set 5:

  • Freddie McGregor – Natural Collie; FM (High Times) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Jennifer Lara – A Change Is Gonna Come; Studio One Presents (Studio One) ’81 JA – Sam Cooke cover
  • Jimmy Cliff – Rub a Dub Partner; Special (CBS) ’82 US
  • Ken Boothe – Jah Is My Nuclear Bomb; 12″ (Black Solidarity) ’85 JA
  • Jah Shaka – Giver of Life; 12″ (Jah Shaka) ’87 UK

 

 

Set 6: Politrix Set

  • Papa Kojie & Blue Riddim – Nancy Reagan Re-Election Remix; 12″ (ORA International) ’85 LA picture sleeve: 
  • The Heptones – Mr. President; Party Time (Mango) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark
  • The Wild Bunch – Mr. President Man; The Wild Bunch (Ariwa) ’84 UK – two dawtas, 1 dread
  • Roy C & the Honeydrippers – Impeach the President; 12″ (Tuff City) ’73 honey colored vinyl
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers – Chemical Specialist; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus; Lion’s Domain (bootleg) ’78 UK
  • Marcia Griffiths – Life Is Like a Garden; Rock My Soul (56 Hope Road) ’84 JA
  • Bunny Wailer – Ballroom Floor; Live (Solomonic) Dec. 26, 1982 Kingston, JA
  • Peter Tosh – Where You Gonna Run; 12″ (EMI America) ’83 US

Set 8:

  • Frank Caroll – Pimper’s Paradise; Making Life Easy (Little Train) ’87 Fort Lauderdale, FL; Bob Marley cover
  • Johnny Clarke – Reggae Music; Give Thanks (Ariwa) ’85 UK
  • Prince Far I – Natty Champion; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK
  • Pablo & Fay – Bedroom Mazurka; 10″ (Trojan) ’73 rude to Keith & Tex “Tonght”

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-ly 4, 2020: Ancient Astronaut Theorists 17, Scoffers 0

 

Greetings,

Here’s hoping you had a pandemically correct 4th of July. It’s okay to be paranoid, they are watching  if you didn’t!

Do you know what else happened around the 4th of July? 1947? The Alien crash at Roswell, New Mexico.

Roswell is the air field that delivered the atomic bombs that destroyed Jah-pon. Created at Los Alamos in New Mexico. Do you think it is a coincidence that the ground zero for nuclear weaponry was “probed” (pun intended) by extra terrestrial watchers?

Sometime in late June 1947 a ranch foreman in the rural scrub land around the Roswell Army Air Field, named Brazel collected debris, that was non-earth metals in origin.  Ultimately, he delivered the pieces to the Army.

On July 8, 1947 the local paper, the Roswell Record, published a statement from the Army….

<Roswell UFO crash: June 1947 audio story>

Army press release is fascinating:

The many rumors regarding the flying disc became a reality yesterday when the intelligence office of the 509th Bomb group of the Eighth Air Force, Roswell Army Air Field, was fortunate enough to gain possession of a disc through the cooperation of one of the local ranchers and the sheriff’s office of Chaves County. The flying object landed on a ranch near Roswell sometime last week. Not having phone facilities, the rancher stored the disc until such time as he was able to contact the sheriff’s office, who in turn notified Maj. Jesse A. Marcel of the 509th Bomb Group Intelligence Office. Action was immediately taken and the disc was picked up at the rancher’s home.

Flying disc. It wasn’t theirs. Flying object. Disc. Disc, Disc. Extra Terrestrial.

Ancient Astronaut Theorists 1; Scoffers 0

Little known fact: other Roswell army officers believe multiple UFO’s crashed near Roswell late June 1947

Alas, it couldn’t be…

The higher ups in the military back in DC freaked out. They issued a weak sauce retraction. Jesse Marcel, the local intelligence officer assigned to the Roswell Army Air Field had to issue a mea culpa. It wasn’t flying disc. It was a  “weather balloon.”

Marcel’s family says that he was threatened to comply even though he knew it was not a weather balloon but a crashed spaceship.

He is holding a “piece” of the “balloon” as he bleats “weather balloon to the press.” Look at his eyes. He is not looking at the camera, but off camera. Regurgitating something he didn’t believe to please his superior officers.

Jesse Marcel walks it back: You can’t hide your lyin’ eyes

If you read this blog, your take on what I ‘n’ I says next comes down to the Manichean choice. Do you believe Wikipedia or your Ace From Outer Space, Bobbylon the Ancient Astronaut Theorist?

Pick your choice: Giorgio? or Wikipedia?

My brother in law used to sell high tech pipe to irrigation and water conservation clients in Roswell. One day he took his client to lunch and asked, “So what’s the deal with the UFO’s”.

His customer, a ranch supply distributor, salt of the earth Southwest cowboy said outright. “The local coroner was told by the Army to deliver 3 child size coffins to the base. Why do you need coffins for a weather balloon?”

Game. Set. Match.

Ancient Astronaut Theorists 2; Scoffers 0

Roswell, NM July 1947

If you don’t trust I ‘n’ I do you trust Dwight Eisenhower. (He signed a treaty with the aliens. They can surveill us and we get their technology.)In 1954 Pres.  Eisenhower went to play golf and developed a “tooth crisis” instead. He disappeared from Secret Service protection. Why?

He went up into a flying saucer to negotiate the treaty

Eisenhower signs treaty with Aliens

Ike’s treaty saved the planet from Alien annihilation

Ancient Astronaut Theorists 3; Scoffers 0

Don’t like Ike? How about Tricky Dick? Nixon showed entertainer Jackie Gleason alien cadavers in cold storage at an Air Force base in Florida. Gleason had the world’s biggest UFO collection at the time, but seeing the reality of the alien corpses haunted him.

Jackie Gleason sees dead Aliens

“To the Moon, Alice!”

Ancient Astronaut Theorists 4; Scoffers 0

How best to spread the truth of Ancient Astronaut Theory to the benighted masses? Via Reggae, Dub and Ska! Mutant Dub I-specially for the UFO mood!

 

<Alien fascination that rules the nation!>

I ‘n’ I favorite Smile Jamaica theme shows for 3 plus decades?

  1. 4:20 Cannabliss
  2. Jah-loween
  3. UFO-ria

Here is how I ‘n’ I celebrate the UFO-ria

  • Vegas Area 51s AAA baseball cap

  • Attach a couple pins:

  • Glow in the Dark Roswell Tee shirt
  • Rear view mirror on I ‘n’ I 2020 Subaru Legacy

  • License plate cover

  • Last but not least…

Because,  truly. They came for the nukes, but stay for the weed!

<Why are the Aliens still here? For our weed!l 24 sec.>

“Take us to your dealer!”

So enjoy the Extra Terrestrial mash up of Reggae, Ska, Rock Steady, Rock, Dub, Mutant Dub and even some Classical.

Stories on Ancient Astronaut Theory, Aliens in the Bible/Anunnaki Tales and famous men and mammals in space.

Look to the skies! Do not Scoff!

It’s Smile Jamaica UFO-ria Stylee. Acoustic Levitation inna Irie meditation!

bless, Bobbylon

Ancient Astronaut Theory

<Utnapishtim and his space ship. Not Noah’s Ark; 1 min. 45 sec.>

Not Noah and an Ark to survive the Great Flood. Just like outer space is the only way to escape the Covid, so was interplanetary travel the only way to survive the deluge. 500 years before the mud receded. No wooden ark with one family could survive that.

No ark. Spaceship….

Similar to The Borg in Star Trek: New Gen. The Tesseract spaceship was how to survive the Great Flood

More likely scenario? Sumerian immortal ancient alien, Utnapishtim, DNA seedbank to spaceship or . Noah’s Ark. 70 cubits by 70 cubits. Ricketty-ass wooden ark. One family to separate the carnivores from the herbivores, shovel shit and feed animals.

Ancient Astronaut Theory 5; Scoffers 0

 

Noah story predecessor: (Sumerian) Utnapishtim preparing his Space Ark

<Gilgamesh, immortality and the serpent; 56 sec.>

As part of the Epic of Gilgamesh, Gil was half mortal/half immortal. He sought out Utnapishtim on his tesseract spaceship. Utnapushtim gave him the Tree of Life. Immortality secured, an exhausted Gilgamesh returned to Sumer (Shinar in the Bible) and fell asleep on a river bank.

The treacherous serpent slithered out of the reeds and stole away the Tree of Life (Eden). Gilgamesh died a mortal. As did Adam and Eve after their encounter with the snake.

Ancient Astronaut Theory 6, Scoffers 0

Gilgamesh loses the Tree of Life (immortality) to a Serpent

In Revelation, John the Revelator mentions the New Jerusalem. But he isn’t describing a city. It is a massive spaceship 1400 miles x 1400 miles:

Revelation 21:2 – I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband

Coming down out of heaven, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed. The jeweled dressing are the lights on the spaceship.

<New Jerusalem from the Book of Revelation is a spaceship>

Ancient Astronaut Theory 7; Scoffers 0

From Revelation: The New Jerusalem is a Spaceship, not a city. 1400 miles x 1400 miles

The Anunnaki – Those who camr down from the sky. The Ancient Sumerian Skygods: Anu, Marduk, Enki, Ishtar, Enlil and more. They created mankind to mine gold and travel in from the Planet Nibiru. My fellow Ancient Astronaut, Rasta bredrin, Tena Stelin does the roll call of all of Biblical stories of Ancient Aliens.

Tena Stelin – Flying Saucers; 7″ (River Bank) 2000; 1 min. 29 sec.

AnunnakiAnu-Anunnaki
Anunnaki, El Kuluwm

Flying Saucers
Them a chat bout on-ya
Flying Saucers
Up in the Sky near and far
It’s coming like Star Wars…Watch it!

Please tell me: what is the meaning?
The meaning of these sightings?
So many people claim to see the same thing
I guess it must mean something

Talking about Extra Terrestrials!
Ask yourself: is it real or is it impossible? Watch out!

In the Book of Ezekiel
It’s like he describes a Crystal Ship

I’ve got to wonder if he was for real?
Was he just a raving lunatic? Hallelu-Jah!

Enoch walked with God
And he was found not

Elijah was taken up into a Chariot
A Chariot of Fire!

Inna Ancient Mesopotamia
They talked about the Anunnaki
They said they came from beyond the Sky
Oh tell me! Was they telling a lie?

El Kuluwm means the Source
El Kuluwm the highest course
All and Iley and Allah is the Same
So the Rastaman tell me no feel no way

These are the Biblical, Islamic and Hindu examples of Ancient Astronaut Encounters:

  • Chariots of the Gods – space ship
  • Jacob’s Ladder – space ship
  • Burning bush – space ship
  • Prophet Ezekiel and his crystal ship – space ship
  • Stairway to Heaven – space ship
  • Noah’s grand dad Enoch “walked with God and then was not”. Taken to heaven in a space ship
  • New Jerusalem – space ship
  • Magic carpets in the Arabian Nights – space ship
  • Muhammad’s night journey to Heaven on a winged horse: El Buraq – Space ship
  • Vimanas from Hindu cosmology – space ship

Ancient Astronaut Theory 17; Scoffers 0

Ezekiel’s Crystal Ship: The wheel within a wheel gyroscopic spaceship

Stories: Space Travel

<1986 Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster; 36 sec.>

Sister Carol warns of the hubris of mankind treading on Jah’s Heavenly abode. The Challenger Space Shuttle crash was the comeuppance for human technological arrogance.

Neil Armstrong first man on the Moon. Yuri Gagarin, first man in space.

<Yuri Gagarin: First Man in Space – Soviet Cosmonaut; 25 sec.>

Yuri Gagarin

Space mammals

Before man could venture into space, mammals had to go first. The Soviets had Laika the space dog. Burned up within hours of flight on Sputnik 2.

<Laika, space pup martyred>

RIP Laika

America went with primates while figuring out space travel. Same result. Audio Active pays tribute to the Space monkey pioneer martyrs

 

Smile Jamaica UFO-ria July 4, 2020 – Playlist

  • Herbert von Karjan – Also Sprach Zarathustra; 2001 A Space Odyssey (MGM)
  • Alpha & Omega – The Dub Is Out There; Serious Joke (A & O) 2002 X-Files dub
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead – Earth From Outer Space; All People (Boo Boo Wax) 2013
  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Akua Naru – Last Night (I Fell in Love With an Ancient Astronaut); Ancient Astronauts; Into Bass and Time (ESL) 2011 female singer
  • Word Sound I Powa – Intro; Live From Planet Crooklyn (WordSound) ’96 – weed in McCarran Park (Brooklyn)
  • Devin the Dude – Zeldar; Just Tryin’ ta Live (Rap a Lot) 2002 Zeldar from Beldar finds weed
  • Prince Jammy – Conspiracy on Neptune; Prince Jammy Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) ’82***End of Set 1
  • Laurel Aitken – Apollo 12; The Pama Years (Grover) ’69
  • UFO feat. DeeDee Bridgewater – Flying Saucer; Saint Pres des Cafe IV (Wagram) 2004 female vox
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – African Hitchhiker; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ’90 alien from outer space
  • The Police – Walking on the Moon; Reggata de Blanc (A & M) ’80
  • Space Lounge Syndicate – Enter the Spaceport; Live From the Omega Station (Crypticon) 2007***End of Set 2
  • Mighty Sparrow – Russian Satellite; King Sparrow’s Calypso Carnival (Cook) ’59
  • Spacemonkeyz Meets the Gorillaz – Starshine; Laika Come Home (Virgin) 2002
  • Toyes – Waiting For the Aliens; Strange Animals (CD Tunes) ’99
  • Roots Radics – Storming the Death Star; Scientist and Jammy Strike Back! (Trojan) ’82***End of Set 3
  • Anubian Lights – Outflight Edit; Outflight EP (Crippled Dick Hot Wax!) 2001 about the New Jerusalem space ship
  • Symarip – Skinhead Moonstomp; Skinhead Moonstomp (Trojan) ’70
  • Armgadieon – Galactic Travel; Natural Elements Dub (Armagideon Sounds) ’94***End of Set 4
  • Lone Ranger – UFO; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA: Vinyl is Vital Set
  • Lincoln Thompson – Spaceship; Natural Wild (United Artists)
  • ’80 UK
  • U Roy – Your Ace From Outer Space; Version Galore (Treasure Isle) ’68 JA
  • Sister Carol – Lost in a Space; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’89 DC: about ’86 Challenger Space Shuttle tragedy
  • Bush Chemists – Star Dub; 10″ (Jah Tubby’s) 2006 UK Stormtrooper theme from Star Wars***End of Set 5
  • Systemwide – Gilgamesh; Live at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (BSI) 2002
  • Thievery Corporation – Stargazing; Culture of Fear (ESL) 2011 DC w/ female vox
  • Ziggy Marley – I Don’t Want to Live on Mars; Fly Rasta (Tuff Gong) 2013
  • Nicky Thomas – Doing the Moonwalk; Love of the Common People (Trojan) ’70
  • Sly & Robbie – Space Invaders; Syncopation (Joe Gibbs) ’80 FL vinyl***End of Set 6
  • Audio Active – Return of the Space Ape; Apollo Choco (ON U Sound) ’97 Jah-pon
  • SoKo – I Thought I Was an Alien; I Thought I Was an Alien (Because) Fr. female singer
  • Derrick Morgan – Do the Moon Hop; Moon Hop (Doctor Bird) ’70
  • London Symphony – Cantina Theme; Star Wars (20th Century) ’77 US vinyl***End of Set 7
  • Tena Stelin – Flying Saucer; 7″ (River Bank) 2000 UK
  • Anjali – Space Lust in the Space Dust (Wiija) 2000 UK Hindi female
  • International Dub System – J’s Space Flight; I.D.S (Red Arrow) ’95
  • Public Service Broadcating – Gagarin; Beyond Saturn (Mojo) 2015 first man in Space

Set 1:

  • Herbert von Karjan – Also Sprach Zarathustra; 2001 A Space Odyssey (MGM)
  • Alpha & Omega – The Dub Is Out There; Serious Joke (A & O) 2002 X-Files dub
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead – Earth From Outer Space; All People (Boo Boo Wax) 2013
  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Akua Naru – Last Night (I Fell in Love With an Ancient Astronaut); Ancient Astronauts; Into Bass and Time (ESL) 2011 female singer
  • Word Sound I Powa – Intro; Live From Planet Crooklyn (WordSound) ’96 – weed in McCarran Park (Brooklyn)
  • Devin the Dude – Zeldar; Just Tryin’ ta Live (Rap a Lot) 2002 Zeldar from Beldar finds weed
  • Prince Jammy – Conspiracy on Neptune; Prince Jammy Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) ’82

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 13, 2020 – Out of the Living Room, Back to KRCL!

Greetings,

March 14th. That was the last time I ‘n’ I set foot in the Temple of Sound: KRCL. The beginning of the pandemic and then a few days later the Utah Earthquake.

A full 3 months of Living Room Editions out of the Secret Dubratory of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives.

Stitching the shows together from home was a nice way to fill the time spent under quarantine. But it did take a lot of time:

  • Upload song, move it into place on digital editor
  • Record set breaks with a decent but not great USB microphone
  • Edit it all together into 6 x 30 minute sets
  • Upload to cloud storage so Program Director can add it into the queue

I ‘n’ I would venture out at 4pm Saturday, (in my brand new Subaru Legacy) and run my weekend errands just like a regular Smile Jamaica listener. Just me and a few other intrepid souls on the Covid deserted roadways.

What’s not to love? I ‘n’ I could do this forever. Except…..

In the Ark-Ive, I ‘n’ I don’t have a wheel of steel connected to my laptop. That knocks about half of my potential out of rotation for homegrown shows.

The joy of taking  the record out of the sleeve, placing it on the turntable, back queuing the song to start crisp. The warm rumble as the song kicks into life.

April slides into May. I’m getting antsy. Gentle inquiries about when KRCL deejays could return. Not yet. Not yet.

“I’ll go first. I’m too ornery for the Covid.”

Okay, okay. Grumble grumble.  Then I ‘n’ I get the green light.

Rules for in-station deejays:

  • Only  1 deejay per day allowed live in the studio
  • Masks worn except when announcing
  • Wipe down surfaces
  • Wear gloves. Couldn’t queue records with two gloves, so went “commando” on my “queue” hand to find the right starting point
  • Disposable microphone “condom”
  • Studio keyboard wrapped in shrink wrap, so kept a playlist off my Ipad
The new normal?

Great to have a microphone that didn’t pop my “P’s”.  Just came off the road ferrying my parents from Sun City West, AZ to Fort Benton, MT. Little cratedig in Missoula with my down time.

The days, weeks, months, slide together. So what should I do in my first live Smile Jamaica in 90 days?

Missed out on Mother’s Day Showcase because of lack of vinyl capacity. Let’s do Father’s Day!

So there I am juggling wax: 7″, 10″, 12″, LP. Even CDs. Back to my motto: No digital for I ‘n’ I

Hailing up the fathers! Then I ‘n’ I get a  phone call. “Uh, according Google, Father’s Day is next Sunday.”

In radio, you are taught to never call attention to your mistakes. So I ‘n’ I just soldiered on knowing  that by the time you get this Ark-Ive link, it will be properly Father’s Day Weekend.

Just as I ‘n’ I ….errr, planned it. Yeah!

bless, Bobbylon

Wisdom of the youth

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 13, 2020 – Father’s Day Showcase; 2 min. 27 sec.

Set 1:

  •  
  • The Wailers – Hallelujah Time; Burnin’ (Tuff Gong) ’73
  • IInd Street Dreds  – Culture Rock; Dub of the 70’s (Atra) UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Charlie Ace – Father and Dreadlocks; 7″ (Studio One)
  • Black Roots – The Father; In Session (Makasound) ’85
  • Big Youth – Papa Was a Rolling Stone; Reggae Phenomenon (Trojan) ’77
  • Fort Knox Five – Papa Was Stoned; Radio Free DC (ESL) 2008 DC dubbers
  • George Nooks – Created by the Father; 12″ (Joe Frazier)

Set 2:

  • Prince Alla – In My Father’s House; Sweet Sensation (Cornerstone) ’84
  • Israel Vibration – Universal Father; Why You So Craven (RAS) ’81
  • Sister Carol – Mi Love the Father; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96
  • Lascelles Perkins – Our Father; (Voice of Voice) ’70
  • Michigan & Smiley – Sugar Daddy; 12″ (RAS) ’83 dj duo

Set 3:

  • Errol Dunkley – Created by the Father; Darling Ooh  (Attack) ’72
  • Lone Ranger – DJ Daddy; DJ Daddy (Techniques) ’84
  • Dennis Alcapone – Me and My Father a Spar; Good Old Days of the 70’s (Teams)
  • Fred Locks – Moving With the Father; Culturally (Tan Yah) ’95
  • R. Zee Jackson – Come Now Father; 10″ (Sip a Cup) 2005 UK

Set 4:

  • Aswad – In My Father’s House; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84
  • Michael Robinson & XLR – Mother and Father; 7″ (Horse) ’75
  • The Ethiopian – Heavenly Father; Return of Jack Sparrow (Nighthawk) 8’7
  • Alton Ellis – Papa; 7″ (Clintones) ’75

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Don Carlos – Ababa John I (Father Majesty); Spread Out (Burning Sounds) ’83 UK
  • Merger – Father’s Children;  Prisoner of Your Love (Takoma) ’84 US
  • Winston Reedy – Message to Father; Dim the Lights (Inner Light) ’85 UK
  • A. Doeman – Heavenly Father; Jah Jah Come Now (I & I Sound) 80’s LA

Set 6:

  • Ky-Mani Marley – Dear Dad; 12″ (Shang) ’99
  • Queen Majeeda – Oh Daddy; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93
  • Gregory Isaacs – Created by the Father; Cool Ruler (Virgin Front Line) ’78
  • The African Brothers –  Lead Us Father; Want Some Freedom (Easy Star) ’74

Set 7:

  • Derrick Morgan – Don’t Call Me Daddy; (Imperial) ’80 Can.
  • Johnny Clarke – Don’t Call I Daddy; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’75
  • The Slickers – Papa Was a Rolling Stone; 7″ (Ice)
  • Sylford Walker – My Father’s Homeland; Lambsbread International (Blood & Fire) ’79­­

Set 8:

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Reggae Fi Dada; Making History (Mango) ’84
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Reggae Fi Dad; Live A Capella (LKJ)
  • Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Don’t Sell Daddy No Whiskey; Love Thy Neighour (Live & Learn) ’79 nyahbinghi
  • ­­­The Maytals – Daddy; Sensational Ska Sensation (Jamaican Gold) ’65
  • Desmond Dekker – Honor Your Mother and Father; Anthology (Trojan)
  • African Head Charge – Healing Father; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ’90

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate June, 2020 – Crategdigging inna Pandemic!

The Covid – Beautiful but deadly

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I been on lockdown since the Utah Earthquake: March 17, 2020. All the Smile Jamaicas “curated” out of the Secret Dubratory  within the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives.

Spring forward to mid May. The plan was to fly to Phoenix, drive my parents to Albuquerque for my nephew Aitch’s graduation. Poor kid, born two months after the 9/11 tragedy. Now, the New Mexico Gator Aid player of the year – baseball scholarship to Pepperdine University – his season gets scrapped b/c of the Covid.

Hayden Walker, lefty like his Uncle. Soon to be a San Francisco Giant is my hopes for this kid!

My plan was in between the graduation ceremony (which, of course never happened) and the party, I ‘n’ I was gonna make my pilgrimage to Roswell.

Jews have Jerusalem. Muslims have Mecca. I ‘n’ I have Roswell, New Mexico.

Change of plans. New route: Sun City West, AZ to Fort Benton, Montana.

Diary of a Cratedigger:

Day 1: Flight from Salt Lake to Phoenix.

Flying is surreal. Had no problem with getting an Uber to the airport. The airport was abandoned on a Monday. The big travel day. Two cars at drop off, no wait at the airline, no wait through security.

More workers than flyers. Get to the TSA line. I ‘n’ I have my mask on. So does the TSA ID checker. Put my phone on the scanner, show my driver’s license. The officer says, “Please remove your mask so I can check you against your ID.”

I ‘n’ I was like, “What? You want me to take off my mask? I thought the whole point of masking up was to prevent potential aerosol spread of the Covid? Now you want me to expose myself to the other flyers’ goomba who were ahead of me in line?  I’m sure they all had dry cough and were sneezing Covid like a machine gun. Why don’t I just lick the ticket scanner while I’m at it. WTF”.

Of course I said none of that. And spread my germ cocktail all over the effing place.

A couple of restaurants open. But most closed. Flying felt like going to a funeral. Surprisingly half full plane, no one in the middle seats. No beverage service. Guy in the seat ahead of me was mask shamed before take off. Phoenix 105 degrees.

No beverages, just here to check for masks

Day 2: Sun City West, AZ to Cedar City, UT – 432 miles.

Left 105 degree Arizona. I’m driving a stuffed Buick Enclave where my only view is the side mirrors. Passenger manifest: Pops (recovering from a neurological condition called NPH – wet, wobbly and wacky).  Beloved mother and bunny killer Bella.

Do not trust the sweet face of Bella the Bunny Killa

The plan was to stay at the Virgin River Casino in Mesquite, Nevada. Two problems:

  1. Nevada still a “Shelter in Place” state. No resort rooms until this week.
  2. The dispensary in Mesquite, was like a Seinfeld episode. Remember the Soup Nazi? Had to call in an appointment, meet  at a set time, order off a web menu, stay in the car, wear your mask. “Sorry you didn’t say Simon Says, NO VAPE FOR YOU!

A loaded car, a fidgety dog, a dad in a wheelchair in 105 weather. Another first world problem/Covid inconvenience.

So we stopped in North Las Vegas. I ‘n’ I  told my Mom, there will be an Uber fee for this trip. Roll into Reef Dispensary in NLV. Mom and I walked right up. She got her CBD/THC “diet coke” vape. And I’n’ I got my elephant tranquilizer vape.

We arrive to our non-smoking, non-vaping, non-whatnot motel and unload for the night: Cedar City, Utah.

From 105 to 35 degrees in 400 miles. Everything is curbside. Cedar City is deserted. Highways are mostly empty. No reason to sight see because nothing is open. Everything is in a holding pattern and tense.

Taking Bella for a walk – looking for poor bunnies to kill – you could feel the Covid around every corner.

Dystopian almost. Three people and a rabbit killer trying to be normal. Will we actually make it to Montana. Second best Covid state when it comes to total cases. Third best in mortality (17 dead.)

Day 3: Cedar City, Utah to Idaho Falls, Idaho – 405 miles

Pretty uneventful. Grinding down an empty highway looking for handi-capable rest stops. Forced to listen to The Bridge on Sirius XM. 1400 miles of wimp rock: Cat Stevens vs. Seals and Croft to see who plays The Eagles in the Mellow Rock championship.

Idaho Falls is a beautiful river city, but we never got farther than curbside at Olive Garden.

Mom and I ‘n’ I vaped while watching Game 6 of the Bulls-Jazz Finals on ESPN. I ‘n’ I should be two months into a season watching my beloved San Francisco Giants struggle to reach .500.

Jordan pushed off

Day 4: Idaho Falls, ID to Fort Benton, MT – 401 miles 

Left Idaho Falls, 29 degrees. I ‘n’ I still in shorts and sandals from Phoenix. Heavy fog over the Monida border pass. Giving me vertigo. Ah, what would it be to not have treacherous weather heading into Montana.

We sailed home. Beautiful rivers and green wheat fields. Arrive at the birthplace of Montana and the house I ‘n’ I grew up in.

Fort Benton, MT – Birthplace of Montana

What better place to hide from the Covid than a river town where the mosquitos are the size of house flies.

Two days later Mom gets this letter from the Chouteau County Health Department:

It has been brought to our attention you may have recently returned from travel out of state in a non- business related capacity. 

You are required to do a 14 day self quarantine upon arriving in Montana. This directive is established by Executive Order of the Governor of Montana and is MANDATORY for visitors and residents alike.

This is essential because travel from another state or country is a common source of Covid-19 infection; with 25% of COVID cases in Montana being travel associated.

First and foremost, people don’t want to get sick and don’t want others to get sick. Montanans understand that. The Governor is confident that most Montanans will take this directive seriously and understand their role in cutting off the chain of transmission to save lives and minimize long term impacts to our economy.

Self-quarantine means that the resident MUST stay within the boundaries of the property on which they are residing in while in Montana and CANNOT leave those boundaries or interact with other people.

This includes the resident being prohibited from grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations/convenience stores, bars, places of worship/churches, schools, gatherings.

Exceptions will only be made in the event of medical emergency, fire, natural disaster or other acts of God preventing the ongoing healthful habitat in a residence.

Self-quarantine must be maintained through the expiration of June 1, 2020 for those arriving prior to June 1.

Please call us when you have completed your self-quarantine 

This is the world of Covid-1984. The state of Montana had license plate cameras and then harvested my Mom’s GPS locator info from her fancy Iphone. Since when did I need a passport to travel within the United States? But then, maybe trampling a few civil rights is how Montana smashed their curve.

How nice of the Governor of Montana to let my parents escape a burning house or act of God. To abide by this stricture, my parents would have starved before their 14 day home confinement were up.

And this applies to guests too. So how did I spend my self-quarantine?…….a favorite from Fort Benton keggers circa 1983. Judas Priest – Breaking the Law

Day 5: Cratedigging in Missoula.

Ah, the People’s Republic of Missoula. Once we got unpacked, found some rabbits for Bella to munch on and got the house ready for “self quarantine”, I got on the Google and tapped in “Record Stores — Missoula, Montana.”

It’s not enough that they are still in business.  (How many will be fatal victims of the Covid.  I shudder to think. I fear that more than the critter killing 80 year olds.) They have to be open for customers.

Curbside record shopping is a joke. I have a curbside record hut, it’s called Amazon. I ‘n’ I wanna go in and dig through the crates. Don’t care about curbside.

  • Rockin’ Rudy’s – still in business – open to customers
  • Record Heaven, Rockin’ Rudy’s vinyl sister; 2 for 2
  • Ear Candy records – 3 for 3.

I’m going!

More than a Record Store, it’s a lifestyle roots ‘n’ culture shop

Pack up, grab my vape works and hit the road. Still freezing, but the drive over mountain pass at Lincoln (home of the Unabomber), was free and clear. More rivers to cross, per Jimmy Cliff. Listening to a mix of Led Zeppelin Radio and Little Steven’s Underground Radio. Heard nuff Christopher Cross to last 10 lifetimes.

Cratedigging in a pandemic

Time to grow cannabis alongside the wheat and barley as Jah intended
  • Montana, as a Shelter in Place state. (As my Pops said – Jesus Christ, the whole state is already shelter in place). Mask mandatory. I ‘n’ I was talking to my Sister getting my vape on before a day of cratedigging. Anyone approaching Rock and Rudy’s without mask was turned away.

Grape Ape vape, 82% Sativa. I’m ready to dig. Fiya burn the Covid!

  • Rockin’ Rudys – $250 (Reggae, Stones bootleg, Marley banner I didn’t have)
  • Ear Candy – $30 (more of a college rock shop where I am looking for dubstep fill ins I didn’t have)
  • Record Heaven – $150. Very impressed. About $120 of that was Reggae collectors titles and 12″ mix I didn’t have. Bravo. That is more Roots Reggae than I’ve purchased in either Vegas or Phoenix in the past year.

Who knows? Maybe by 2022 KRCL will let me back into the station to juggle some of this great black wax on the turntables.

Better vinyl selection, new and collectors, than cities 10 times its size

So there you have it. Cratedigging under quarantine. I ‘n’ I write this blog post from the state prison at Deer Lodge, MT. I left the premises in Fort Benton and spread my goomba to Missoula. They had me before I put the first Bob Marley bootleg CD in the player!

Dammit, shoulda turned off my locator setting on my fancy Iphone!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – 2020 Roots Reggae Mashup

  • Zema – Fear Not; Black Sleep (Melchizedek) SoCal female Zap Pow – Last War; Zap Pow (Island) ’78

    Yellowman – Lost Mi Love; Mr. Yellowman (Shanachie) ’82

    Yabby You – Carnal Mindl; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ’84

    Winston Jarrett – Babylon Red; Bushwackers Gangbangers (Bigmore) 2010

    White Mice – Youths of Today; White Mice (Intelitc)

    Wackies All-Stars – Version Pipe; Dub Generals (Wackie’s) (30 min.)

    U Roy – Natty Rebel; Natty Rebel (Virgin Front Line) ’76

    UB40 – Little By Little; Signing Off (DEP/Sound) ’80

    Zion Tribe – Feelin’ High; Barre Chords (Zion Tribe) Equators ska/herb tune, SLC

    Toots & the Maytals – Funky Kingston; Funky Kingston (Mango) ’74

    Willie Nelson – The Harder They Come; Countryman (Lost Highway) 2005 Jimmy Cliff cover

    Wendy Shaw – Jah Rastafari; Passing Through the Flames (Issachar) ’92

    War – Why Can’t We Be Friends; Why Can’t We Be Friends (United Artists) ’75 (1 hr.)

    Third World – Lagos Jump; All the Way Strong (Columbia) ’83

    Twinkle Brothers – Distant Drums; Love (Virgin Front Line) ’78

    The Pioneers – Chucky; 20 Original Famous Hits (Pioneer International)

    The Gladiators – My Thoughts; Serious  Thing (Nighthawk) ’84

    The Ethiopians – One; Clap Your Hands (Sir JJ) ’69?

    Tena Stelin – Orthodox Music; Wicked Intention (Mr. Modo) ’89

    Tapper Zukie – City of Mt. Zion; Peace in the Ghetto (Virgin Front Line) ’78 (90 min.)

    Sugar Minott – Africa Is the Black Man’s Home; Ghetto-ology (Easy Star) ’79

    Sister Carol – Gimme Mi Freedom; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’99

    Sammy Dread – Black Princess; Wrap Up a Draw (Seven Leaf)

    Ras Midas – Kude a Bamba; Confirmation (JML) ’76

    Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – I’m a Man (Just Like You); Know Now (Shanachie) ’89

    Ranking Dillinger – Don’t Take Another Man’s Life; None Stop Disco Style (Clocktower) ’77 (2 hr.)

    Queen Majeeda – Down in a Africa; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93 female dub poet

    Prince Alla – Thank You Lord; Lion a Go Bite Yu (Headphone)

    Pablo Moses – Music  is My Desire; A Song (Mango) ’80

    Noah House of Dread – Dem People; Heart 2 (ON U Sound)  ’88

    Misty in Roots – Ghetto in the City; Live at the Euro Countervision 78 (Kaz) ’79

    Miliant Barry – Mojo Working; Green Valley (Manic) ’79 (2 and 1/2 hr.)

    Mikey Dread – African Map; Dread at the Controls (Trojan) ’79

    Mighty Diamonds – Country Living; Stand Up to Your Judgment (Channel One) ’78

    Michael Franti – Ganja Babe; Live at the Baobab (Boo Boo Wax) 2000

    Marcia Griffiths – I’ve Got to Go Back Home; Naturally (Shanachie) ’79

    Love Joys – Jah Light; Reggae Vibes (Wackies) ’81 female duo

    Likkle Mai – My Old Flame; Roots Candy (Beat) 2006 Jah-pon Dubstress

Smile Jamaica Living Room Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 18, 2020 – Qanneh Bossom (The Aromatic Reed)

Living room kind a cloudy for a while

Greetings from Quarantine,

Raise your hand if this Covid Clampdown has you One Toke Over the Line? From Lawrence Welk – covering Brewer & Shipley:

(The guy with the accordion announcing the two tokers sounds like he just took a hit off the spliff!)

Lawrence Welk thought that was a gospel song! “Modern spiritual”

Like Jesus did. The necessary ingredient for His miracles was cannabis oil:

Jesus consumed cannabis

Smile Jamaica locked out of your station that rules the nation, KRCL, till at least the end of May. So I ‘n’ I have the entirety of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives to peruse for the infamous, notorious, humorous, outrageous, quasi legalish 420 Cannabis Service Show.

I ‘n’ I would say 25 of the 30 or so Jah-prils of being your host, has been devoted to the Seven Leaf

I’n’ I was chatting up a friend recently: “Wouldn’t it be great if the purgative lung properties of inhaling cannabis could mitigate against the severity of the Covid?”

What if doctors were able to tell their patients. “You have tested positive for the Covid. My suggestion is to start smoking marijuana immediately!”

I mean, really. You want to go on a ventilator or smoke two joints? Lot cheaper and the mortality rate of those on ventilators is about 90%. I ‘n’ I guess we’re stuck with bleach enemas and injecting Lysol.

So all the Doom Porn I’m forced to read as opposed to news, tells us we are heading into an economic Depression. You want a leg up on revenue? Do what Lebanon did.

Lebanon – First Arab Nation to Legalize Cannabis

From the Bekaa Valley, recently liberated from ISIL tyranny. Home of the legendary Lebanese Blonde hash

They became the first Middle East nation to legalize cannabis. From the Aramaic – qanneh (reed) bossom (aromatic) – so the aromatic reed = ganja stalk

So don’t call it marijuana – that is a made up name by the 30’s anti-drug thugs in the US government: Maria + Juan = Marijuana. To stigmatize the drug with Mexican laborers so they could be easily deported during the depression.

Quick history of Cannabis:

  1. The Scythians (an Iranian people) – were the first to  throw Cannabis seeds on the hot plate to inhale the vapors.

From 5th Century BC historian, Herodotus:

The Scythians said, take some of this hemp-seed [presumably, flowers], and, creeping under the felt coverings, throw it upon the red-hot stones; immediately it smokes, and gives out such a vapour as no Grecian vapour-bath can exceed; the Scyths, delighted, shout for joy.” Yes I!

  1. They puff puff passed it to the Medes (forefathers of today’s Kurds)
  2. The Medes spread it to the expansive Assyrian-Akkadian-Babylonian empires.
  3. Trade with Egypt allowed for the plant to go West through the Maghreb (Arab North Africa) and north through the Mediterranean
  4. 2020 – Lebanese blonde

So, while you are forced indoors – whether sick or healthy, enjoy this cannabliss podcast: 35 Reggae songs plus special efx, movie dialog and other seven leaf snippets.

Stay safe!

Bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Playlist: Apr. 18, 2020 – 420 Special

Set 1:

  • The Toyes – Green Doctor; Strange Animals (CD Tunes) ’96 LA
  • Eek a Mouse – Sensee Party; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’82
  • John Clarke – Good Collie Weed; Visions of John Clarke (Wackies) ’79 to Only Sixteen riddim
  • Junior Byles – Cally Weed; Rasta No Pickpocket (Nighthawk) ’86
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Follow Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. female

Set 2:

  • Black Uhuru – Sinsemilla; Sinsemilla (Mango) ’80 without seeds
  • Angie Angel – Sativa Info; All I Have Is Love (Easy Star)  2001
  • Lone Ranger – Collie Dub; Rosemarie (Techniques)  ’81
  • Jah Woosh – Chalice Blaze; Chalice Blaze (Original) ’78
  • Mikey Dread – Pound a Weed; Life Is a Stage (Dread at the Controls) 2007
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja 12″; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK

Set 3:

  • Prince Alla – Sensimilla; More Love (Jah Warrior) 2002
  • Sammy Dread – Wrap Up a Draw; Wrap up a Draw (Seven Leaves)
  • The Pioneers – Feeling High; 20 Greatest Hits (Trojan) ’79
  • UB40 – Mi Spliff; Baggariddim (DEP) ’85
  • Carlton Livingston – Chalice in Mind; Crucial Reggae (Mango) ’82
  • Ganja Woman – Light Up Your Spliff; Pro Cannabis 4 (EFA) 2002

Set 4:: Queen Elizabeth weed set

  • Heavy Manners – Taking the Queen to Tea; Heavier Than Now (NoVo) ’96 Chicago w/ female vox
  • U Roy – Chalice in the Palice; Dread in a Babylon (Virgin Front Line) ’75
  • Bush Chemists – Light Up Your Spliff; Light Up Your Spliff (Conscious Sounds) ’96 UK mutant dubbers
  • Dillinger – Buckingham Palace; CB 200 (Mango) ’76
  • Peter Tosh – Buk-in-Hamm Palace; Mystic Man (EMI America) ’79

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree Herb Set

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Marley-juana Mix; Smile Jamaica Dubplate
  • Bunny Wailer – Cease Fire; Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae (Shanachie) ’83
  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Want to Get Busted; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds) ’76 KZEL Eugene, OR radio acoustic
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers- African Herbsman; Joy and Blues (Virgin) ’93
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; 12″ (Shanachie) ’83

Set 6:

  • Johnny Osbourne – Mushroom; Fally Lover (Greensleeves) don’t pee in my garden, or mushroom will grow
  • The Selecter – My Collie (Not a Dog); Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) UK ska w/ female vox
  • Jacob Miller – Healing of the Nation;  Wanted (Top Ranking) ’78
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • Mighty Diamonds – Pass the Kouchie; Big Blunts (Tommy Boy) ’81
  • The Toyes – Smoke Two Joints; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96

Smile Jamaica From the Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 4, 2020 – Living Room Kinda Cloudy!

Living Room kinda cloudy!

Greetings,

How is your quarantine treating you? This show is the third Homegrown edition of Smile Jamaica since the clampdown.

I  ‘n’ I have whiled away the daylight hours crafting  the 6 x half hour sets to upload to KRCL to play live, Saturday 4-7 PM on air. This and the next edition of Smile Jamaica is  a dubble dose of 420.

Pot-cast as opposed to podcast. All Mutant Dub herbal enthusiasts. Included are my infamous marijuana related soundbytes, movie dialog and specialty bong effects. More than 25 years of such green leafy goodness

For an introvert, you would think I ‘n’ I would  be loving Shelter in Place. Been listening to about 4-5 hours of music a day. Hate daytime TV. Probably 60 disks in the queue for when the all clear is given to rinse out on the radio

You would think quarantine would be a piece of cake.

Not so. I ‘n’ I have been mostly good. Stick to home during the week. But I refused to be an invalid on the weekends. Mini excursions as a Smile Jamaica listener:

  • Bought gas for $1.99 a gallon. Too bad you can’t drive anywhere
  • Broke the glass bowl on my smoking utensil – Praise Anu the headshops are open!
  •  Ordered some missing Jah Shaka 10″ and 12″ vinyl off Discogs to complete my collection. $50 a pop. The cratediggers equivalent of comfort food
  • I ‘n’ I did do some cratedigging  at Graywhale. Mask, gloves and no one in the Reggae, Techno, World sections. Man, record stores are gonna be lucky to survive the economics of Covid-19
  •  Make a loop looking for some items: have toilet paper and paper towels. Scored two bottles of bleach at the Mall-wart (where I would never shop during normal times.) Can’t find rubbing alcohol which I ‘n’ I need for cleaning my smoking utensil
  • Ordered some bass traps for my new subwoofer so maybe my neighbor will quit bitching about “bass infection”
  • Binge watched the last 2 seasons of Ancient Aliens – did you know viruses were created by Aliens to manipulate mankind’s evolution? Well, now you know!
Ancient aliens have shaped human evolution by inducing us with viruses. Covid19? Blame Aliens not the Chinese!
  • Switched to an HBO comedy series called High Maintenance about a NYC weed delivery guy
  • Bombed out of line at the liquor store. Too many people outside even at six feet apart? Not worth it for my 1750 ml of Makers Mark
  • Cleaned out my storage shed I ‘n’ I probably hadn’t been in in over a decade
  • Organized my T shirt collection by: Marley, Weed, Aliens, Sumerians, rockers
  • Slogged through my taxes . Check daily for my $1200 Trumpbux, because….
  • Found out my car is dying. Took it in for 90k service and got told $3500 in my future for repairs. Gonna car shop on Sunday for a new Soob. Hope new models still have CD players!
  • Dodging the daily earthquakes SLC has been having.
  • Walking from the living room to the Ark-ives is not enough physical activity. Bought a pedometer and stealth walking my neighborhood avoiding all other people doing the same. I ‘n’ I will pay the jaywalking ticket.
  • Did a little work for the University

The one thing I ‘n’ I am not doing much? Reading politics. Tired of body counts, doom porn and the inevitable political bickering on who to blame for the Covid.

So I’m going old school: Found this book in a box in the shed I ‘n’ I had bought during my last cratedig to San Francisco. City Lights Bookstore:

The Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

Something moody and macabre to fit the mood as we all wait for the Covid to come get us.

The Unparalleled Adventures of One Hans Pfaal

  • With a heart of furious fancies,
  • Whereof, I am commander,
  • With a burning spear and a horse of air ,
  • To the wilderness I wander

Did someone say Burning Spear? I ‘n’ I think I made a good choice to counter the doom porn until we are all let out in 2022.

Stay safe, don’t hoard and bless,

Bobbylon

Burning Spear fighting the Covid

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 4, 2012 – Mutant Dub 420 Pot-cast

Set 1:

  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 LA: Mutant Dub 420
  • 2 Bad Card – Weed Specialist; Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ’95 UK
  • Adrian Sherwood feat. Bim Sherman – Nu Rizla; Becoming a Cliche (RealWorld) 2006 UK
  • Dubblestandart feat. Devon D – We All Have to Get High; Immigration Dub (Collision) 2006 Jah-stria
  • African Head Charge feat. Prince Far I – Take Heed and Smoke Your Collie Weed (ON U Sound) 2011 UK
The Mummy – will his shroud stop Coronavirus?

Set 2:

  • Armagideon – Eternal Combustion; Steppin’ Forward (Armagideon Sounds) ’95 UK
  • Audio Active – Wa-Nanna; Tokyo Space Cowboys (ON U Sound) ’94 Jah-pon
  • Dub Congress – Dub Up the Hemp; Babylon Is Ours (Select Cuts) 2003 US
  • Martin EZ – Light It Up; Babylon Central Soundtrack (ESL)  2006 UK
  • Abassi All-Stars – Good Sensimilla; Live As One (Remixed) (Universal Egg)  UK

Set 3:

  • Bush Chemists – Light Up Your Spliff; Light Up Your Spliff (Conscious Sounds) UK
  • Hughie Izachaar – Jsut a Little Spliff; Jah Warrior Showcase (Jah Warrior) ’99 UK
  • Zion Train feat. Earl 16 – Good Sensi; Live as One Remixed (Universal Egg) 2009 UK
  • Soom T – I Need Weed; Ode to a Carrot (Jahtari)  2010 Glasgow roots dawta
  • Vivian Jones – Got a Light; 12″ (Jah Shaka) ’86 UK
  • Junior Delgado – Fully Legalise; Chainstore Massacre (ON U Sound) 2002 UK

Set 4:

  • Alpha & Omega feat. Gregory Isaacs – Bush Ganja; Trample the Eagle and the Dragon and the Bear (A & 0) 2005 UK
  • Dr. Israel Presents Dreadtone International – Sensimilla; Patterns of War (ROIR) 2005 NY
  • Kid Loco – Here Comes the Munchies; Kill Your Darlings (Division One) 2001 Fr.
  • Brooklyn Funk Essentials – Istanbul Twight – The Sex, The City, The Music (Petrol) 2003
  • Dry & Heavy – Kick the Bong Around; One Punch (Green Tea)  ’99 Jah-pon w/ female vox
Whenever I get low, I get high

Set 5:

  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It (Dub Club Version); 10″ Echodelic Remixes (Delicious Vinl) 2010 Picture Sleeve
  • Pama International – Evening Time; Float Like a Butterfly (Do the Dog) 2005 UK
  • Dub Lounge International – Herb Hangover; Dub Lounge International (Anchor Vessel) 2006 Seattle
  • The Archives feat. Ras Puma – Sensibility; The Archives (ESL) 2012 DC
  • Lazy Boy – The Manual; Lazy Boy TV (Universal) 2004
  • Black Uhuru Meets Black Sabbath – Guess Who’s Coming For Sweet Leaf; 7″ (blank) mashup

Set 6:

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Pamela Bricker- Lebanese Blonde; Mirror Conspiracy (ESL) ’98 DC
  • Kenny Knots – Good Sensi; Gi Me the General (Conscious Sounds) 2003 UK
  • King General – They Say (Sensimilla Can’t Smoke); Money Run Tings (Conscious Sounds) ’96 UK
  • Groove Corporation feat. UB40 – Legalise It; Presents Remixes From Elephant House (Guidance) 2002
  • Devind the Dude – Zeldar; Just Tryin’ Ta Live (Rap a Lot) 2002
  • WordSound I Powa – Intro; Live From the Planet Crooklyn (ROIR) ’96 NY

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-burary 22, 2020 – Reggae Apocrypha!

June 13, 1980 – Dortmund (West) Germany

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I know Black History Month (February) as Bob Marley Month (Bob-ruary). Born Feb. 6, 1945 he would have been 75 had he not died of melanoma on May 11, 1981 (36 years old.)

In the Rasta community, they avoid death. So part of that Ras’pect is to say “livicate” not deadicate.

As a major Reggae collector I ‘n’ I had picked up some Marley reissues in the past year.

  • Boston, ’78

Plus, a CD/DVD combo that was published on the West German rock television show Rockpalast. (See image at top.)

If you were a youth in the 70’s as I was, weekend night time rock and roll TV programs, like Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert and Midnight Special with Wolfman Jack fed viewers music television fix before the advent of MTV.

The Uprising disk/DVD = Rockpalast performance was recorded in Dortmund (West) Germany on June 13, 1980.

It was haunting. Bob was at his high point. I ‘n’ I always tell people you can gauge Bob’s age by the length of his dreads. The short and wiry, athletic Bob roamed the stage like a lion. Dreads flashing. Moving about the other group members. Full of energy and passion.

Bob’s nickname was Skipper. He was an exacting band leader who would even fine his wife Rita, among other band members, if they made a mistake. This was the video performance of a man and group leading Reggae into the mainstream.

The 80’s would have seen him at the top of the pop music pinnacle alongside stalwarts like Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, U2 and Madonna.

Alas, it wasn’t to be. Almost 3 months later Bob collapsed running  in New York’s Central Park. He performed one more show in Pittsburgh, PA (Sept. 23, 1980). And made his Exodus to Jah’s Heavenly Choir less than 8 months later.

As someone with a Ph.D. in Bobology, I was stunned. On stage in front of thousands, this was not the look of a many being ravaged by cancer.

<Bob’s Rockpalast performance; 72 sec.> 

Bob’s passing shocked the Reggae world as well. In Jamaica, and elsewhere over the decades since May ’81, I ‘n’ I have  culled nearly 50 Bob Tributes.

One thing about music when it hits you, you feel no pain. Artists exacted their grief in an expression of platonic love. Every Bobruary, I’n’ I rinse out those songs throughout the 4 weeks of Smile Jamaica editions.

<Marley Tribute phenomena; 40 sec.>

***

For the past several months I ‘n’ I have been tracking through the Wailers’ early pre-Island label catalog. We are on the 1970 recordings for Chinese Jamaican restauranteur, Leslie Kong

The Wailers had huge ska success with Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label. But they would sell 80,000 copies of a  record and be compensated $25.

Studio One owner made thousands on sales. The Wailers made $25 on 80k sold

 

So the group quit Studio One and created their own label: Tuff Gong. However, the Jamaican music business was cut throat. DIY groups like the Wailers couldn’t get their songs into the shops or on the radio as independents. So the label folded.

Thus they turned to one of Dodd’s competitors, Leslie Kong. Beverley’s, his label, was a successful Rock Steady label selling thousands of records in the UK, especially.

Record producer is the guy that funds the sessions.

  • Recording in a music studio; pay for time
  • Paying the musicians
  • Paying the sound engineer
  • Paying to mix the tape recording
  • Paying to press the records
  • Paying to distribute the records to shops domestically and internationally
  • Payola to get the song on the radio.

The Wailers recorded about 10 songs. What to call it. Since Kong knew the group was hot, but records by the Wailers were hard to find, he wanted to call it Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers.

The group were hostile to that notion and felt they were being ripped off again. These weren’t their best songs. “Best” signifies the group was at its end, not a re-boot. The album is not exactly filler, and there are some great performances. But Best was a misnomer…at best.

The group wanted the album to be called Caution. This is where the Reggae apocrypha sneaks in. The Wailers were sighting up Rasta. With all that mystical and magical revelation, they warned Kong this offense would not go unpunished….Caution indeed.

Here is how Bunny Wailer described what happened in the liner notes of the Bunny album I have introduced on this podcast edition of Smile Jamaica. As part of I ‘n’ I Wailers Family Tree selections.

<The mysterious death of Leslie Kong; 2 min. 48 sec.>

As Bunny noted, Kong wanted to exploit the group’s sales potential: notoriety + scarcity = $$$.  Call it Best Of and watch the records fly off the shelves.

He wasn’t interested in “art” but commerce. The Wailers took their craft seriously. Here was another rip off.  Call it black magic obeah, divine justice or just the eerie circumstance of timing.

On the very day the records were to be sent to the shops, Kong died of a brain aneurysm.  He was 38 years old. Caution indeed!

Caution – the road is wet. Black soul is black as jet. Caution the road is hot. You can do better than that

How about one more story:

Haile Selassie visited Jamaica in 1966. For Peter Tosh it was a foundation moment in the development of Rastafari worship.

<Rasta Shook Them Up: Peter Touch & the Wailers>

bless, Bobbylon

Haile Selassie

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 22, 2020 Annotated Playlist

Set 1:

  • Jah Woosh – Love Jah and Live; D.J. Legend (Original) ’70’s UK vinyl
  • Scientist & Forces of Music – Marcus Mosiah Garvey; International Heroes  of Dub (Tamoki Wambesi) early 80’s UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Horace Andy – Get Up; Living in the Flood (Melankolik) ’99 hidden track
  • Johnny Clarke – Hypocrites; Be Thankful (Foundation Music) 70’s Bunny Lee prod’n
  • Akabu – Blackbird; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’89 UK roots dawta group
  • Prince Far I – Lambs Bread Collie; Ten Commandments (Rhino) ’79? 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • I Roy – Rootsman; 10″ (Observer Gold) ’76 UK

 

Set 2:

  • Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths – Lean on Me; Sweet Memories (Nectar) ’76 married duo cover Bill Withers
  • Taxi Gang – Twilight Zone; Many Moods of Sly, Robbie & the Taxi Gang (Sonic) ’86 TV theme instrumental
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Black Uhuru – Boof ‘n’ Baff ‘n’ Biff; Abductions and Reconstructions (ES)
  • Ganja Tree – Hard Road to Travel; 10″ (I-Grow) 2006 Fr. militant steppers

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30+ Years

  • King Stitt – Fire Corner; Keep on Coming in the Dance (Trojan) ’69 comp.

<How King Stitch becomes King Stitt>

  • Zap Pow – Roots Man Reggae; Zap Pow (VP) ’78
  • Gregory Isaacs – Happiness Come; Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ’74
  • Judy Mowatt – Sisters Chant; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76
  • Jah Power Band – No Formula Dub; Sensi Dub vol. 7 (Original) ’95 dub album of the hour

Set 4:

  • Bunny Wailer – Tread Along; Jamaican Singles vol. 1 (Solomonic) ’69
  • Triston Palmer & Jah Thomas – Give Me a Chance + Please Mr. Officer; In Disco Style Entertainment (Munich) ’80; Jah Thomas herbtune
  • Bedouin Soundclash feat. Vernon Buckley – Higher Ground; Street Gospels (Sideonedummy) 2008 vox from The Maytones
  • Abassi All-Stars feat. Minoo – December; No Answer 10″ EP (Deep Root) 2008 UK militant steppers feat. female vox

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Ranking Joe – Tribute to Bob Marley; Rebel DJ (Jam Rock) ’81 Miami vinyl
  • The Blackstones – Soul Shakedown Party; Insight (Burning Sounds) ’81 UK red vinyl Bob Marley cover
  • Sophia George – Tenement Yard; Fresh (Winner) ’85 UK
  • Lee Milo – Hell is On Fire; Positive Movements (Rooney) ’89 Miami
  • Ini Kamoze – I Want it Ital; Here Comes the Hotstepper (Columbia) ’84 US comp.

 

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Back Out; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Beverley’s) ’70 JA vinyl
  • Chalice – Master Blaster Jammin; Best of Bob Marley Stevie Wonder Bob Marley Tribute
  • Aisha – Tribulation; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88
  • Sane Inmates – Masquerade Dance; 10″ (Ariwa) 2006 UK
  • Burning Babylon – Roots Fi Kool; Knives to the Trebel (Mars) 2004 Dub Album of the hour
This erroneously titled LP got the producer, Leslie Kong

Set 7:

  • The Wailers feat. Peter Touch – Rasta Shook Them Up; The Toughest (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’66 about Selassie’s visit to Jamaica
  • Bobby & Carol Kalphat – Memories of Bob; 7″ (Hit Vibes) ’81?
  • Faith D’Aguilar – Reggae Pioneers; 7″ (Gorgon) ’83
  • Lone Ranger – Tribute to Bob Marley; 7″ (Studio One) ’81
  • Jennifer Lara – Natural Misty; 7″ (Studio One) ’81 Bob Marley’s Natural Mystic

Set 8; Mutant Dub

  • Dub Syndicate feat. Big Youth – Wake Up; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98 Mutant Dub Set
  • Aldubb feat. Longfingah – Straight From the Heart; Welcome to Bassland (One Drop) 2012 Germ.
  • African  Heard Charge feat. Prof. Stretch – Brother of Reality; Drums of Defiance (ON U Sound) ’98 UFOria
  • Kid Loco – Three Foot High Reefer; Kill Your Darlings (Division One) 2001 Fr. herbtune
  • 2 Badcard – Noise Polluters; Chainstore Massacre (ON U Sound) 2003 comp.
  • Alpha & Omega feat. Nishka – Stepping Up + The Firmament; Dub Plate Selection vol. 2 (A & O) 2001 UK trance dub w/ female vox