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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Jah-bruary 3, 2018) = Stream + Tracklist – Tributes to Bob Marley!

Feb. 6, 1945 – Reggae’s Rambo as Bunny Wailer calls his bredrin

<Bob Marley would have been 73 years old by my Liberal Arts math; 29 sec.>

<How Smile Jamaica got its name>

Greetings,

For decades now nearest the closest Saturday to Feb. 6, I have flooded the airwaves devoted to Reggae’s Rambo, as his spar Bunny Wailer called him.

Digital Millennial Copywrong act forced me down to only 1 Bob song per hour. So we sift in 34 ital Bob livications plus the one per hour of Bob they allow me to shuffle.

Tribute to the Reggae King!

bless, Bobbylon

The band conductor in Jah’s Heavenly Choir

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 3, 2018 – Happy Birthday Robert Nesta Marley, Feb. 1945; 80 sec.

Set1:

  • Jah Thomas & Roots Radics – Tribute to the Reggae King; 12” (Midnight Rock) ’81 JA Bob Marley Birthday Special
  • Abyssinians – Jah Marley; Last Days (Tabou1) ‘97
  • Ijahman Levi – Bob and Friends Over There; Inside Out (Jahmani) ’89 Jah’s heavenly choir of fallen Reggae heroes
  • Culture – Double Tribute to the O.M.; Lion Rock (Heartbeat) ’82 Order of Merit – Jamaica’s highest civilian honor

<Order of Merit; 30 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Kaya; Kaya (Tuff Gong) ’78 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Everton Blender – Bob Marley; Piece of the Blender (Heartbeat/Star Trail) ‘96
  • Delixx – Coming in From the Cold Dub (Tuff Gong) ’80 vinyl dub
Vinyl is Vital

Set 2:

  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Lyin’ in Bed; Time Has Come: Best of (EMI America) ’88

<Ziggy’s dreads; 31 sec.>

  • Brigadier Jerry – Tribute to Bob Marley; On the Road (RAS) ’90 singjay
  • Macka B – Bob; Hold On to Your Culture (Ariwa) ’90 UK deejay
  • Sue Chaloner – Missin’ Mr. Marley; 12” (CNR) ’84 Neth.
Circa 1988

Set 3:

  • Ky-Mani Marley – Dear Dad; CD Single (Gee Street) ‘99

<Bob’s brood – 11 kids by 7 moms; 22 sec.>

  • Isaac Haile Selassie – Dear Bob; CD Single (Resin Music) ‘99
  • Lui Lepke – Tribute to Bob Marley; Late Night Movie (Joe Gibbs) ‘81
  • Winston Reedy & Tim Hain – Reggae Man; 12” (Priority)  ’87 UK
#10 of 11

 

Set 4

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Positive Vibration; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) Live at the Rainbow Theatre June 1977

<How Smile Jamaica lead to Exodus; 52 sec.>

  • Horace Andy – Bob Lives On; Exclusively (Solid Groove) ’82 (1) – vox
  • Ringo – Great Superstar; 12” (Top Ranking) ’82 (2) – deejay

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Mikey Dread – In Memory (Jacob, Marcus, Marley); SWALK (Heartbeat) ’82 US – Jacob Miller, Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley
  • Shaka Man – Tribute to Bob (If It Wasn’t For the Rastaman); 2030 A.D. (Majicaa) Santa Monica, CA
  • Papa Finnigan & Junior Ranking – Tribute to Bob Marley; Two the Hard Way (Heartbeat) ’83 US
  • Tinga Stewart – Musical King; Key to Your Heart (Calabash)
  • Winston Groovy – Nightshift; 12” (Sound City) ’85 cover of the Commodores tribute to Marvin Gaye & Sam Cooke
  • Barrett Brothers – Bradsta Dub; Macka Dub (Clocktwer) drum & bass Wailers: ’80 Bronx vinyl dub album of the hour
Commodores cover livicated to Bob Marley as well as Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson

Set 6: Master Blaster riddim shower

  • Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster (Jammin’); Hotter Than July (Tamla) ’80 riddim shower (1) – original
  • Roots Uprising – Master Blaster; Beautiful Music (Top Ranking) ’81 FL. Vinyl (2) – reggae cover
  • Roots Uprising – Blaster Dub; 12” (Top Ranking) ’81 FL (3) – vinyl dub mix

Set 7:

  • Bunny Wailer – Stay With the Reggae; Marketplace (Shanachie) ‘85
  • Sister Carol – 70 Sup’m Pieces of Bob; ISIS – The Original Womb-Man (Tuff Gong)
  • Bobby & Carol Kalphat – Memories of Vibe; 7” (Hit Vibes)
  • Doctor Alimantado – Nat King Cole/Bob Marley; 12” (Isda) ’80 UK
Psycho bass

Set 8:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Smile Jamaica; 7” (Tuff Gong) ’76 JA;Lee Perry mix
  • Faith D’Aguliar – Reggae Pioneers; 7” (Gorgon) JA
  • Alpha Blondy – Mystic Night Moves – Masada (World Pacific) ‘92
  • Alpha & Omega – Freedom Fighters; Sound System Anthology (ROIR) ’95 UK trance dub
  • Suns of Arqa feat. Prince Far I – ‘83 Struggle; Musical Revue (ROIR) live in Manchester, Dec. 7, ’82 – Bring us another Moses and bring back Bob Marley
  • The I Three – He’s a Legend; Beginning (EMI America) ’86 US – Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths
Judy, Rita, Marcia

Words of Wisdom  – Know your rights

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 13, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist) – The Good Son!

The Healing of the Nation

Greetings,

<Digital story on my parents’ excursion into Medical Marijuana; 1 min. 46 sec.>

As an amateur missionary for the benefits of medical marijuana, I had been relaying the story of my parents’ excursions into Seven Leaf pain relief on the past two episodes of Smile Jamaica.

My parents just became snowbirds from Northern Montana to Sun City West, Arizona

Christmas 2017 in the homeland

My Mom has knee pain, anxiety and sleep issues and my dad: neuropathy, back pain and carpal tunnel issues. Last week I told the story about taking my Dad in to get a Medical MJ card.

<Medical Marijuana for Ma and Pa; 90 sec.>

Took a week to get the card, and I was back in Utah. So they went to the dispensary and had a little shopping spree

  1. pain relief pills
  2. topical CBD ointment
  3. pain patch

Because they bought so much and were first time customers, they got a free vape pen. And bought a 4 to 1; CBD to THC cartridge.

Better than Walgreens or CVS

Long story short: they call me for guidance on how to work the vape pen. Trial and error and voila! My parents are vaping like Bob & Rita Marley.

And hour later I get another call….”We’re not feeling anything.” I said, you got the stuff that doesn’t “feel”.  Oh. Ok.

Last Sunday I call and looks like Mom wants to try a little more kick to her healing regimen. Why not? It’s medicinal and legal.

Last Friday my sister texts me: Mom and Dad just had a toke!

Me: Cheech & Chong!

Sis: 

Me: 

I had a listener call me after I told this story and we got into a discussion about having parents who are sick of the pills, cost and side effects of the Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex

Once the (recent) stigma of weed is overcome through the relief of daily pain and social anxiety, cannabis reclaims its rightful place in our 10,000 year history of the Seven Leaf plant.

Revelation 22:2King James Version (KJV)

In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

As I concluded my reasoning with the caller on the benefits of cannabis for our parents, he said, “You know Robert? You’re a good son.”

And I said, I really want my parents to enjoy their retirement pain free and unencumbered by the daily pill regimen they are currently under. However, I am definitely taking my vape pen with me on my next visit to Sun City West.

A little dab will do ya!

Bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 13, 2018 – Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 20 sec.

Set 1:

  • Soul Syndicate – King’s Highway; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label
  • Winston Edwards – Natty Dub; Natty Locks Dub (Studio 16) ’74 UK vinyl dub album of the hour 
  • Bad Brains – I and I Survive; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83
  • Rupie Dan and Jennifer Gad – Blazing Fire; Solid Foundation (Flag) ’92
  • Carlene Davis – The Harder They Come; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 Jimmy Cliff cover
  • Dub Syndicate – Higher Than High; 10″ (Lion & Roots) ’98 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh & the Wailers – 400 Years; Peter Tosh & Friends (Upsetter0 ’70 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n

<400 Years  – The Middle Passage; 35 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Forever Loving Jah; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 Bob Marley covers
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natural Mystic; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London; June 1977

<Exodus Live inna London June 1977; 46 sec.>

  • Rita Marley – That’s The Way; 12″ (Shanachie) ’80 US picture sleeve

Set 3:

  • Wingless Angels – Inviting You + Shady Tree; Wingless Angels II (Mindless) ’96 Keith Richards, Justin Hinds; nyah drums

<Keith Richards on Smile Jamaica? WTF?; 32 sec.>

  • UB40 – Don’t Break My Heart; LIttle Baggariddim (A & M) ’85 EP
  • King Kong – Unity; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005
  • Grace Nelson – Jah Is Real; Ire Hi Fi – Play de Music (Plant Music) 2007 Germ.
  • Lee Perry & the Upsetters – Jah; Black Ark in Dub (Upsetter) ’77 Dub Album of the hour

Set 4:

  • Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; Black Uhuru
  • Bush Chemists feat. Ras I – Borderline; Light Up Your Chalice (Conscious Sounds) ’99 UK mutant dub
  • Super Chick – Bees Man; 10″ (Channel One) ’83
Michael Rose, Puma Jones and Duckie Simpson – The group that got me into Reggae

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Sister Carol – International Style; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Laurel Aitken – Je t’aimerai toujours ( I Love You, Yes I Do!)  ; Eskapade en France (Unicorn) ’90 Fr. ska EP
  • The Specials – Sock it to ’em J.B.!; More Specials (2 Tone) ’80 UK tribute to neoliberal hitman, James Bond
  • Chalice; Dangerous Disturbances; Stand Up! (CSA) ’85 UK
  • Amp-Ech – Living Dead + Version; Against Injustice (Amp-Ech) ’87 JA
Ska praise to neoliberal hitman, James Bond

Set 6″ Roots Dawtas Rockers – Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ years

  • Patti Smith Group – Ain’t It Strange; Radio Ethiopia (Arista) ’76
  • Joan Armatrading – I Can’t Lie to Myself; Walking Under Ladders (A & M) ’81; feat. Sly & Robbie
  • Tom Tom Club – Bamboo Town; Close to the Bone (Sire) ’83; Tina & Chris from Talking Heads
  • Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape from Babylon (Sire) ’76: Bob cover, Bob production, Wailers & I-Three. Lee Perry engineer
You’ve got dub in my proto-punk rock

Set 7:

  • Tapper Zukie – Chalice to Chalice; MPLA (Virgin Front Line) ’78 herbtune
  • Jimmy Cliff – I Can See Clearly Now; Cool Runnings Soundtrack (Chaos) ’93 cover of Johnny Nash 
  • Don Evans & the Paragons – Danger in Your Eyes; Full Up – More Hits From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’76 
  • Sis Aesha (sic)  & Robbie Valentine – King Selassie I + Conditions; 10″ (Sip a Cup)  2001 UK
8 down, 42 to go!

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Luciano & Sis Sanae – What You Gonna Do Now + Free Jah Children; Abassi All-Stars Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK
  • Alpha & Omega – Solomon and Sheba; Overstanding (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub
  • Dr. Israel & the Brooklyn Jungle Sound System – Afrika Youth; Black Rose Liberation (Baraka Foundation)  2001 Brooklyn
  • Dry & Heavy – Night Flight dub; Meet King Jammy in the Jaws of the Tiger (BSI)  2000 Jah-pon
  • Charlie P & the Dubateers – Lock Me Up + Dub; Hustle (Dubateers) 2011 UK

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Christmas Stylee!

Not the naughty or nice list. Who’s getting probed list.

Greetings,

Eff Bing Crosby! Bob Marley’s White Christmas. Fiyah bun Nat King Cole or Sinatra! Let’s hear Jacob Miller Deck the Halls with Boughs of Collie. Pa rum, pu-pum pum!

As a Sumerian Fundamentalist who knows that Ancient Astronaut Theory suggests Santa was an Alien*, I wish all my Bredrins and Sistrins a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

*Sleigh = spaceship. Rudolph’s Red Nose? Tracking beacon

<Santa Claus – Space Alien; 30 sec.>

Don’t take my word for it…listen to John Holt – A Spaceman Came Travelling

Spin this Yuletide podcast crafted in my Secret Dubratory while opening your gifts, slogging down Rum fortiied Egg Nog and sparking up the “christmas tree”.

bless, Bobbylon

0 – 30 min.

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – White Christmas; Christmas at Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’65
  • Kiddus I – Love Child; Natty & Nice (Rhino) 70’s era
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – All I Want For Ismas; Natty Christmas (RAS) ’78 All I want for Ismas is my collie herb
  • Coco Tea – Christmas is Coming; Badd Santa (Stones Throw) ‘84
  • Trinity – Santa Claus Comes Once a Year; Big Big Man (Esoldun) ‘84
  • Tennessee Brown & the Silvertones – Little Drummer Boy; Reggae Christmas From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Half Pint – Christmas Vibes; Christmas Vibes (Studio One)

30-60 min.

  • Johnny Clarke & the Aggrovators – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus; Reggae Christmas (Trojan)
  • Mighty Diamonds & Dean Fraser – Frosty the Snowman; Reggae Pulse – Christmas Songs (Trojan)
  • The Notables feat. Lynval Golding – Good King; A Notable Christmas (Mossburg)
  • John Holt – Happy Xmas (War is Over); Reggae Christmas Hits Album (Trojan) John Lennon cover
  • Fishbone – Slick Nick You Devil you; Nuttasaurusmeg (Sony) ’87 SoCal funk/ska
  • Yellowman -12 Days of Christmas; Very, Very Yellow Christmas (RAS) ’98

60-90 min.

  • Kofi – Silent Night; A Very Reggae Christmas (Atlantic) ‘94
  • Rough Sounds – Comfort and Jah; Reggae Xmas Party (Rough Sounds)
  • Vince Charles – Mary’s Little Boy Child; Caribbean Christmas (Oglio) ’97 steel drums
  • Johnny Osbourne – Christmas Stylee; Reggae Christmas From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ‘80
  • Doreen Scheaffer – Wish You a Merry Christmas; Christmas Vibes (Studio One)
  • Horace Andy – Christmas Time; Greetings From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Toots & the Maytals – Happy Christmas; Natty & Nice (Rhino) ’73

90 min- 2 hr.

  • Silvertones – Bling Bling Christmas; Christmas Greetings From Studio One  (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Alton Ellis – Praise Jah It’s Christmas; Christmas Vibes (Studio One)
  • Happy Christmas – Washington & Clarke; Natty and Nice (Rhino)
  • Freddie McGregor – Irie Christmas; Reggae Christmas From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Don Carlos & Glenice Spencer – Jingle Bells; Reggae Pulse 4 – Christmas Songs (RAS) ‘84
  • June Lodge – Joy to the World; Reggae Pulse 4 – Christmas Songs (RAS) ‘84
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Sandra Robinson – Merry Christmas, Happy New Year (Trojan) ‘86
  • Rough Sounds – Rude Lang Syne; Reggae Xmas Party vol. 1 (Rough Sounds)

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 2, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist) Vinyl Cratedig Rinse-out!

Zia Records on West Sahara in Las Vegas. Great source for black wax

Greetings,

2017 was a topsy turvy year for the Smile Jamaica Ark-ives. Massive home remodel was supposed to start Nov. 2016. Alas, weather, Questar natural gas company and Salt Lake City zoning couldn’t agree on when to move my gas line. WHICH WAS UNDER MY HOUSE!

Stones Throw’ record label brags about “my vinyl weighs a ton!” Mine actually did. I had so many records packed into my Record Room that it sunk the floor below the baseboards.

Surprised a racoon or Burmese python didn’t come in through the hole in my floor, sunk below the baseboard!

So the depressing and frustrating delays didn’t even start until March 2017. Seven months of building out an actual physical archive. No more storing boxes of CDs in the bathroom, bedroom, garage and hallway!

Pre-remodel: Bedroom
Pre-Remodel storage shed
Pre-Remodel – Garage

Like any home remodel it was a daily grind of aggravation and interruption to my routine. (If you see me ask me about the bong and the Koran story.)

But once it was done, $25k in over-runs regardless, it has been awesome! New roof, new garage, new AC/furnace/gasline, siding.

I’m no longer that house on the block that looks like a shack with strange smells and jungle drums booming to the street!

Before….
…After

***

From my usual cratedig excusion during Thanksgiving Week to Las Vegas 2016 through Fall 2017,  I had done a moratorium on cratedigging. Didn’t see the point in just stacking up new titles til my Archive was finished.

During any major remodel, you can’t really leave the city in case the workmen need a decision. My house was built in 1901. A half ass renovation conducted in the early 90’s and I bought it in 1995.

So there were a lot of problems that needed construction troubleshooting.

Once I paid my final tab to my contractor: $5,059. Ouch! I was stoked to make up for lost time and hit Vegas with a vengeance.

And as I said on Smile Jamaica last week. Glad to be only a cliche’ and not a criminal in the land of 8 down!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Dec. 2, 2017 Annotated Playlist: 69 sec.

Set 1:  4:20 Set

  • Cornell Campbell – Stalowatt; Stalowatt (Third World) ’76 UK 

<Stalowatt = stalwart; 10 sec.>

  • Scientist – 11 Guava Road Dub; King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Mungo’s Hi-Fi & Soom T – I Need Weed; 10” EP (Scotch Bonnet) 2013 UK picture sleeve; female weedstepper
  • Clint Eastwood – Ganja Baby; Jah Lights Shining (Vista Sounds) ’79 UK
  • Barrington Levy & Jah Thomas ? – Collie Weed; Hunter Man (Burning Sounds) ’83 UK
  • I Roy – African Herbsman; African Herbsman (Joe Gibbs) ’81 US to Johnny Clarke’s African Roots
  • Chariot Riders – Sensimilla Dub; Sensimilla Dub (Crystal) ’80 JA dub take
Las Vegas cratedig 2017 – Moondog Records.

Set 2:

  • Tony Tuff – Sweet Reggae Music; Wha We a Go Do (Top Rank) ’84 JA
  • Jimmy Cliff – I Am the Living; I Am the Living (MCA) ’80 US

<Jimmy Cliff: pop star or reggae singer? 32 sec.>

  • Crucial Bee – Give Thanks & Praise; Just a Sting (All-Star) US Virgin Islands
  • The Ethiopians – Good Ambition; No Baptism (Crystal) ‘70
  • Sister Carol – Santa Claus; 12” (Grade One) Christmas tune
More Pop than Reggae

Set 3: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Zimbabwe; Zimbabwe (Island) ’82 UK vinyl box set

<Zimbabwe in the news; 1 min. 5 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – Trenchtown Rock; Marcia (RAS) ’89 DC Marley cover
  • Peter Tosh – 400 years; Dealing with the Shytstem (bootleg) Nov. 5, 1985 LA, Roxy
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; 12” (Shanachie) ’81 US picture sleeve herbtune

<Rita the Teacher schooled by Herbie, Smokey & Milla; 16 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer & the Solomonic Reggae’stra  – Love Fire; Dub D’sco vol. 1 (Solomonic) ’78 JA
  • The Wailers – Get Up Stand Up Dub; Marley Dub (Tabou1) Dub Album of the Hour

<Adventures in cratedigging – Marley vinyl box set; 85 sec.>

2017 Ebay offering $225. Amoeba Records 1992 – $75

Set 4:

  • Judy Mowatt – Mellow Mood; Mellow Mood (Ashandan) ’75 JA Marley cover
  • Eddie Hooper & Storm – Pass It on; 12” (HCR) ’79 disco/reggae/calypso hybrid

Set 5:

  • Mutabaruka – Postpone Christmas; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label

<No Xmas music before Black Friday! 32 sec.>

  • The Mighty Invaders – Hatred; Invasion! (Rave) ’83 Syracuse, NY w/ female vox
  • Twinkle Brothers – New Song for Jah; New Songs for Jah (Twinkle) ’89 UK
  • Ras Imru – The Marshall; 12” (Jah Shaka) ’81 UK

Set 6: Roots Dawtas

  • Vibal Smash feat. Queen Ekanem – Take a Load Off Dreadlocks; 12” EP (ECKO) ’87  LA cover of The Band’s The Weight  

<Soundtrack to my Vegas crate dig – 36 CDs of Bob Dylan w/ The Band; 35 sec.>

  • Azanyah feat. Marva Shelton – Guiding Light; “The One” (Path of Light) ’87 Atlanta, GA militant jazz

<Rhodesia to Zimbabwe; South African to Azanyah; 31 sec.>

  • Sister Netifa – Don’t Talk to Me Babylon; Woman Deterimined (A luta) ’89 UK female dub poet
  • Lloyd Brevett and the Skatatlites – Stream in the Meadow; African Roots (Moon Ska) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour
Take a load off dreadlocks!

Set 7:

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Judgement in a Babylon; 12” (Lion of Judah) ’81 JA picture sleeve – Christ Blackwell is a vampire

<Lee said Chris killed Bob Marley to take away his royalties; 36 sec.>

  • Tad’s Logic Dub Band – Science; Chapter 1 Mix (Tad’s) ’84 UK dub of Thomas Dolby’s She Blinded Me With Science
  • Ras Karbi – Discrimination; Seven Seals (Rockstone) ’84 JA cover of Five Man Electrical Band’s Signs

<Reggae cover of Five Man Electrical Band’s “Signs”; 24 sec.>

<I am a stud, I do not drink blood – Lee “Scratch”; 46 sec.>

Hey Chris, I am a stud I do not drink blood!

Set 8: UFOria

<Great moon watching for some vinyl UFOria; 36 sec.>

Awesome Moon on the night of this Smile Jamaica podcast

<Space Dust at Blade Runner 2049 in Las Vegas; 25 sec.>

  • Prince Jammy  – Martian Encounter; Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) ’82 UK 
  • Prince Lincoln & the Royal Rasses – Spaceship; Natural Wild (United Artists) ’80 UK

<Aliens gwan whip you, and put you in your rightful place; 9 sec.>

  • Lone Ranger – UFO; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA
  • Prince Jammy – War in the Asteroid Belt; Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) ’82 UK
  • Bush Chemists – Star Dub; 10” (Jah Tubby’s) 2005 UK Star Wars Stormtrooper theme
Better than popcorn, Soda and milk duds while watching Bladerunner 2049 in Las Vegas in the land of 8 down!

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 11, 2017 (Stream+ Tracklist): Acoustic Levitation inna Irie Meditation!

Temple of Jupiter at Baalbek Lebanon. Prior to the Romans, it was a temple to the God Baal

Greetings,

How did they do it?

Every Friday I get together with my bredrins Mike and Aquaboy for bourbon and banter.

If you are regular listener to Smile Jamaica, you are well acquainted with my recent fascination with Ancient Aliens.

The television series on the History Channel goes into the notion that antiquity and all of its massive structures were effected by visiting Aliens we mistook as Sky Gods.

How did they carve out massive stone structures like the Temple of Jupiter in Baalbek, Lebanon (base slab is 1200 tons of a single cut stone?  By my Liberal Arts  math, that’s 2,400,000 pounds!

Or Puma Punku in Bolivia? How did “primitive” peoples haul multiple stone blocks (130 tones – 260,000 pounds) 10,000 feet up the mountain. They stack these massive blocks on top of each other with such precision you can’t get a human hair between the blocks. Who needs mortar?

Puma Punku in Western Bolivia

I’ll tell you how they did it: Acoustic Levitation.

The things that modern construction can’t do today. Lifting that weight with cranes or multiple cranes? Ancient Astronauts achieved these stupendous feats by using sound to move those stones into place.

In the last episode I watched, as a Sound Engineer/Deejay, I was fascinated by how sound equates to energy. It is why the most effective prayer must be recited out loud: in cathedrals, temples, tabernacles and mosques. It is the sound of prayer that produces powerful energy.

I play a song in the second half of this podcast edition called God is Great. The power of Muslim prayer, thousands in synchronicity reciting prayers heard by God. Allahu Akbar – God is Great.

And so…one man’s Skygod is another’s Ancient Alien. I want to think The Watchers plugged in big stacks of speakers and pumped heavy bass to lift those hundreds of thousands of pounds into place.

Imagine a Nubian ancestor of Jah Shaka plugging in and firing off dub shots while the Ancient Astronauts looked on in approval as sound equates energy.

Jah Shaka, co-inventor of Mutant Dub, practicing some acoustic levitation

The Anunnaki – the originators of Mutant Dub?

Acoustic levitation inna Irie meditation. How the Ancients “got high”.

bless, Bobbylon

<Acoustic Levitation, prayer and Ancient Alien architecture; 80 sec.>

How many decibels to lift the Pyramids into place? I want that subwoofer!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 11, 2017 Annotated Playlist: 47 sec.

Set 1:

  • Peter Tosh – Recruiting Soldiers; Mystic Man (Rolling Stone) ’79 UK vinyl – livicated on Veterans Day

<Happy Veterans Day to my pops! 29 sec.>

  • Sly & Robbie & the Paragons – Man Next Door; Raiders of the Lost Dub (Mango) ’81 US Dub Album of the Hour
  • Mighty Diamonds – Know Your Culture; Tell Me What’s Wrong (Hitbound) ‘78
  • Norma Frazer – First Cut Is the Deepest; Full Up – Best of Studio One vol. 2 (Studio One/Heartbeat) ’67 Cat Stevens cover
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Notch – True Sons of Zion; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017 DC dubbers
  • Black Slate – Legalise Collie Herb; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Maine’s governor refuses to implement the commercial weed market voted on by the citizens; 29 sec.>

  • Barrington Levy – Murderer; 12” (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn; Murderer – dem suck out your blood

<In Jamaica gov’t informers are called Vampires; 14 sec.>

Happy Veterans Day to my Pops and all the Vets

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Chant Down Babylon; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 Bob covers on his 50th birthday
  • Moodie – Repatriation; Moodie in Dub vol. 2 (Moodies) ’74 UK dub
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Children of Today; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 female singer w/ deejay
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jammin’ 7” mix; 12” (Tuff Gong) ’77
50 Bob covers for his 50th Birthday – Feb. 6, 1995

Set 3:

  • Candy McKenzie – Sky at Night; Lee “Scratch” Perry Presents (Trojan) 70’s Black Ark prod’n
  • Junior Delgado – Fully Legalise; Chainstore Massacre (ON U Sound) 2002 UK herbtune
  • Aswad feat. Shabba Ranks – Fire; The Lunatic Soundtrack (Mango) ’91 dancehall
  • Junior Murvin – Memories (12” mix); Police and Thieves (Deluxe Edition) ’77 Black Ark prod’n
  • Familyman Barrett – Cobra Style Dub; Familyman in Dub (Heartbeat) Dub Album of the Hour
Working up a Digital Dubplate of Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark/Upsetters productions

Set 4:

  • The Disciples – Herbsman Skuffle; Global Explorer (ZipDog) ’97 UK mutant dub herb tune
  • Big Joe – Take It But Don’t Break It; At the Controls (Attack) ’78 dj to Pat Kelly’s cover of Angel of the Morning (Merrilee Rush/Juice Newton)
  • Charley Ace – Harder They Come; From Chapter to Version (Jamaican Gold)  ’70 dj: not the Jimmy Cliff classic
  • African Princess – Jah Children Cry; 12” (Jah Shaka) ’81 UK
A+ record from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Jah Lloyd – Rudy Come Back; Black Moses (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK
  • Lion Youth – Bring the Couchie Come; Love Comes and Goes (Virgo Stomach) ’81 UK clear vinyl; herbtune
  • Crutches & the Heptones – Kelly’s Place; Java Java Dub (Impact!) ’74 UK combination style
  • Jah Woosh – I Can’t Hide; Marijuana World Tour (Original) ’79 UK
  • Sena – Children of the Ghetto; Juvenile Delinquent (Clapper’s) ’81 Brooklyn: female vox
Killer female roots from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 28 Years

  • Sheila Hylton – The Bed’s Too Big Without You; Live at Reggae Sunsplash ’81 (Elektra) Police cover
  • Bad Brains – The Meek; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83 DC punkdub
  • African Head Charge – God Is Great; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ‘90
  • Don Carlos – Tuff We Tuff; Deeply Concerned (RAS) ‘87
  • The Upsetters – Noah Sugar Pan Dub; Upsetter Shop vol. 2 (Heartbeat) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour
From the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Autographe by H.R> – Throat of Bad Brains

Set 7:

  • Peter Tosh – Get Up Stand Up; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’76 acoustic live on WXFM Chicago; 43 sec.
  • Hortense Ellis – Suspicious Minds; All Shook Up (Trojan) early 70’s Elvis Presley cover

<Pop hits in America get the Jamaican Reggae treatmen; 36 sec.t>

  • Tena Stelin – Cosmic Session; 10” (Roots Hi-Tek) 2006 UK UFOria

<Tena Stelin: Fellow Ancient Astronaut Theorist; 32 sec.>

Fellow Ancient Astronaut Theorist laying down the Cosmic Session

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Dry & Heavy – Riders on the Storm; From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon covers the Doors: Mutant Dub Set
  • Tassili Players – Sensi; Lead With the Bass II (Universal Egg) ’96 UK dub herbtune
  • Jah “Pecker” Pelicaho & the Wailers – Concrete Jungle Dub; 21st Century Dub (ROIR) ’87 Jah-pon dubber meets Jamaican roots

<The Wailers in Jah-pon; 50 sec.>

  • Natacha Atlas – Yalla Chant (Transglobal Under Remix); Remix Collection (Mantra) ’99 Belgian singer in Arabic

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 4, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Ancient Astronaut Theory Suggests!

Greetings,

I have told this story on air many times. I did political interviews on KRCL between 2003 (Iraq War) and 2012 when a new station GM  – hired from Clear Channel radio – told me if I wanted to continue doing Progressive Political interviews I had to do two things

  1. Quit expressing opinions
  2. Must be objective.

I said no thanks and quit. I wasn’t going to dumb down my content like the CIA News Network or Washington Compost: being a stenographer of the news.

I quit radio interviews ratherr than being the radio equivalent of a presstitute stenographer

I would put a huge amount of time into that one hour, weekly interview. Post “retirement” I was left with a significant gap in free time.

That’s when I discovered a new time suck: Ancient Aliens on the History Channel.

As an Assyrian-American, a huge part of the show is about the Sumerians who wrote about contact from Astronauts (we humans mistook for Sky Gods.)

Do not scoff! Look to the skies!

I binged watched everything to catch up on all that history/cosmology.

So it wasn’t long before I started combing through the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives “probing” (pun intended) for UFO themed Reggae tunes.

Believe it or not, I could fill a 60 CD suitcase and a record bag full of examples on sets I call UFO-ria (euphoria, get it?).

From the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Now every July 2 (Roswell UFO crash anniversary) I do 3 hours of Alien fascination that rules the nation!

July 2, 1947 Roswell, New Mexico

just like my traditions of Jah-loween, 4:20 and Bob Marley Tribute shows.

I’ve really gotten into it to the point where someone said, “Do you believe in this for real or is it entertainment?”

I said: I guess I do believe in it. Ancient Astronaut Theory  makes the most ‘sensi’. to me.”

From the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Ancient Astronauts, mistaken by humans as Sky Gods, created mankind to mine gold to take back to their planet Nibiru: the 12th Planet or Planet X.

Guess what? They had wrecked their home world through environmental degradation (just like Earth) and needed gold to re-generate their atmosphere on Nibiru.

If you are on my Twitter at SmileJ_KRCL. I post 3 topics:

  1. Reggae and Radio
  2. Alt-Left, anti corporate Democratic Party snark
  3. UFOria

Now I tell my friends, forced to endure my proselytizing, that I put the “man” in Manichaean and the “fun” in Sumerian Fundamentalism.

Anu is my Sky God. The Greeks called him Zeus

So I did a radio show last week with a UFO set. Just finished up Season 10 DVD of Ancient Aliens.

Guess what? My beef with archaeologists is that their calculations on when these massive structures from antiquity were built was thousand of years off.

Giza Plateau – Anunnaki Tessaract (space ships) powered by the pyramid energy.

Listen to my clip about the Great Pyramid of Giza that proves my point: Not 2500 BC, 10500 BC.

It’s not Khufu/Cheops’ tomb. It’s a power station for the Anunnaki’s Spaceships when they left and landed at the Sinai Spaceport.

Praise Anu! Bobbylon

<Giza pyramid and archaeo-imperialism; 1 min. 50> 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 4, 2017 Annotated Playlist; 49 sec.

Set 1:

  • I Roy – Jah Is the Best; Best of I Roy (GG’s) ’77 JA vinyl
  • Impact All-Stars – Java; Java Java Dub (Impact!) ’74 UK – Vinyl Dub Album of the Hour
  • Junior Murvin – Roots Train; Police & Thieves (Mango) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Lorna Asher – Your Mama is Calling; Straight to Your Heart (Twinkle) ’99
  • Hepcat – Pharaoh’s Dream; Right on Time (Hepcat) ’97 SoCal ska
  • Massive Dread – This is Massive; This Is Massive (Nyam Up) ’82
  • Dub Syndicate – Higher Than High; 10″ (Lion & Roots) ’98 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2:

  • Black Uhuru – Love Crisis; Black Sounds of Freedom (Greensleeves) ’77 original; ’81 rmx

<Various Black Uhuru lineups; 31 sec.>

  • Louisa Marks – Caught You in a Lie; 12 the Hard Way
  • Sheriff Lindo & the Hammer – Sky Dubbing; Ten Dubs That Shook the World (Crucial Vibes) ’88 Australian dubber
  • Junior Dan – Gives Thanks No Skanks/Yanks & Ises; 10″ (Hi Try) ’77 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28 Years

  • Gregory Isaacs – Hot Stepper; Night Nurse (Mango) ’82
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Time Gawn + Arising; Tracks (LKJ) ’90 UK female dub poet
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Sonny’s Lettah (Anti-Sus Poem); Forces of Victory (Mango) ’79 UK dub poet

<Sus: similar to stop and frisk in England; 28 sec.>

  • Ini Kamoze – Them Things Deh; Mini LP (Mango) ’84
  • Monty Alexander; Evening Time; Tribute to Reggae’s Keyboard King: Interpretations and Improvisations – Reggae’s Keyboard King (VP) 2004 Instrumental tribute to Jackie Mittoo

Set 4: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – One Love/People Get Ready ’77 + 2017 rmx; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) Ziggy’s rmx next to original

<Bob’s Exodus; 1 min 23 sec>

<Song Analysis: One Love/People Get Ready 77 vs. 2017 rmx; 20 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Get Up Stand Up; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 live Boulder, Collie-rado
  • Bunny Wailer – Roots; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 Bob Marley covers

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Lone Ranger – Annie Palmer; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA – wicked witch of Jamaica who terrorized the slaves
  • Sister Carol – International Style; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Chalice – Back Weh Evil Forces; Stand Up! (CSA) ’85 UK
  • Jah Woosh – Marijuana World Tour; Marijuana World Tour (Original) ’79 UK herbtune
Singing about Annie Palmer – the evil witch who terrorized Jamaican slaves

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Robert Plant – Lively Up Yourself (live); Principles of Moments (box set edition) (Es Paranza) ’83 Bob Marley
  • Led Zeppelin – Dy’er Ma’ker; Houses of the Holy (Atlantic) ’73 Dy’er Maker = Jamaica if you say it fast
  • Garland Jeffreys – Christine; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81 NYC bi-racial rock/soul singer
  • UB40 feat. Chrissie Hynde – I Got You Babe; 12″ (DEP) ’85 UK Sonny & Cher cover

<Sony & Cher vs. Chrissie Hynde & UB40; 47 sec.>

  • Jah Pelicaho & the Wailers – Mystical Cosmic Vibration; 21st Century Dub (ROIR) Jah-ponese dub album; Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: UFOria

  • Audio Active – Adventure in Time & Space; Happy Happer (On U Sound) ’95 Jah-pon
  • U.F.O. feat. DeeDee Bridgewater – Flying Saucer; Saint-Germain-des-Pres IV (Wagram) 2004 Fr. future jazz
  • Derrick Morgan – Moon Hop; Original Reggae Recordings (Trybute) ’70
  • Elegants – Little Star (Static Revenger Mix); Destroy All Humans! (Lakeshore) 2005 video game soundtrack of 50’s doo woop
  • Audio Active – The Adventure is Still Going On; Happy Happer (ON U Sound) ’95 Jah-pon
Smile Jamaica loves UFO-ria

Set 8: Mutant Dubstresses

  • Afro Omega – It’s on the People; demo; SLC dub group
  • Thievery Corporation feat. LouLou – The Time We Lost Our Way; Cosmic Game (ESL) 2005 French chanteuse
  • Soom T – Ganja Ganja; Ode to a Carrot (Jahtari) 2008 Glasgow Weedstepper
  • Dry & Heavy – New Creation; From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon
  • Alpha & Omega – The Homeless People + No Man’s Land (dub); Overstanding; (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 28, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): All Tricks, No Treats Jah-loween Special!

Greetings,

Smile Jamaica loves Halloween. Or Jah-loween as I call it. Plenty of Reggae songs dealing with the Undead. Tapping into the superstitious nature of many Reggae artists. I harvest about 2 cd suitcases, 1 bag of 7″ 45s and a crate full of vinyl devoted to….

Satan, Vampires, Ghosts & Duppies, Frankenstein, Zombies and other evil forces and black magicians..

In between, I stitched in a whole heap of Halloween movies trailers: Wolfman, Frankenstein and Young Franenstein, Nosferatu and many more.

So in the words of Lee “Scratch” Perry: Pick up your cross and follow me!

curse, Bobbylon

0-30 min.

  • Ini Kamoze – Hole in the Pumpkin; Shocking Out (Greensleeves) ’87
  • Yabby You – Anti-Christ; One Love One Heart (Shanachie) ‘75
  • Scientist – The Curse of the Mummy; Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (Greensleeves) ‘81
  • Yellowman – Me Kill Barnie; Them a Mad Over Me (Hitbound) ’82 – soap opera Vampire Barnabas Collins
  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collection) 2006 LA
  • Niney the Observer – The Ghost & the Duppy; Freaks (Heartbeat) ‘96

30-60 min.

  • Prince Alla – Evil Forces; Sweet Sensation (Corner Stone) ‘84
  • The Reddies – Voodoo Woman; Cultivation (Thereddies.com) 2009 Jah-stin Texas
  • Max Romeo – I Chase the Devil; War in a Babylon (Mango) ‘76
  • Ghetto Priest – Dungeon; Vulture Culture (ON U Sound) 2003 UK cover of Singers & Players original
  • Laurel Aitken – Witchdoctor From Fr. EP Amsterdam; Eskapade En France (Unicorn) ’90

60-90 min

  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Blood Sucker; Belly of the Beast (Ariwa) ’96 UK dub poet
  • Milton Henry – Them a Devil; Who Do You Think I Am (Wackie’s) ‘85
  • Black Uhuru – Black Uhuru Anthem; Anthem (Mango) ’83 – hard not to be a dread in this Dawn of the Living Dead
  • Roots Nation – Dungeon; Temperature’s Risin’ (Rare Roots) 2011 Dover, NH covers Willi Williams herb tune arrest
  • Lucky Dube – Dracula; Prisoner (Shanachie) ’90 South African

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Peter Tosh – Mark of the Beast; 7” (Intel Diplo) ’73
  • Larry Marshall – Duppyman Skank; 7” (Moodisc) ’96;to all the fallen Jamaican singers (Duppy = ghost)
  • Nerious Joseph – Ole Vampire; 7” (Rad’s) UK
  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 herbal update of Boris Pickett song
  • David Lindley & El Rayo-X – Werewolves of London; Very Greasy (Elektra) ’88 Warren Zevon cover (2 hr.)

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Hooters – All You Zombies; All You Zombies (CBS) ’85 Rockers do Reggae
  • Dennis Brown – Black Magic Woman; Black Magic Woman (Trojan) ’72 Fleetwood Mac/Sanatana cover
  • Lone Ranger – Frankenstein; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA vinyl
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Talk About Run; 12” (Greensleeves) ’81 making out in the graveyard
  • Easy Star All Stars feat. Mikey General & Spragga Benz – Thriller; Thrillah (Easy Star) 2012 Michael Jackson cover

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Femi Kuti – Vampires; Radio Retaliation (ESL) 2008
  • Gorillaz – Dracula; Gorillaz (Virgin) 2001 UK cartoon group
  • Death in Vegas – Aisha; Milk It (Concrete)  2005 UK about a serial killer
  • Natacha Atlas – I Put a Spell on You; Best of (Mantra) 2005 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins cover