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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

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

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

Greetings,

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

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

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

<Smile Jamaica’s Jah-loween Monster Bash>

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

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

Boo-tiful!

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

bless, I should say curse Bobbylon

Set 1:

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

Set 2:

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

<Exodus 40; 50 sec.>

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

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

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

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

Set 3: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ Halloween

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

Set 4:

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

Set 5: Jah-loween Vinyl 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Set 7:

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

Set 8: Mutant Dub Jah-loween

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

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

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

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 16, 2017: Natty Dreadlocks vs. Babylon!

<World politics is like a boxing match: Natty Dreadlocks vs. Babylon; 14 sec.>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 16, 2017: Annotated Playlist: 33 sec.

Set 1:

  • Bunny Wailer – Rockin’ Time; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl
  • The Revolutionaries – Killer’s Goal Range; Spider’s Web (Virgin Front Line) ’78 UK vinyl dub album of the week to  I Roy’s The General
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Natty Dreadlocks a Superstar; Free Us Now (ACL) ‘77
  • Hepcat – Dance Wid’ Me; Hepcat; Out of Nowhere (Moon Ska) ’95 LA ska
  • Empress Rasheda – Hail HIM (Acapella); Foundation in Roots vol. 1 (Roots) ’95 UK dubstress
  • Sugar Minott – International Herb; 12” (Stamma) ’83 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • The Melodians – Get Up and Dance; Irie Feeling (RAS) ‘83

<Adventures in Cratedigging: The Melodians – Irie Feeling; 51 sec.>

Sublime Rock Steady reunion, 1983

Set 2:

  • Afro Omega – Love Emergency; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC mutant dubstress on vox
  • Johnny Clarke – Rebel Soldering; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ‘75

<Soldering = slang for the Jamaican stud; 12 sec.>

  • Prince Alla – Sun Is Shining; More Love (Jah Warrior) 2002 update
  • Misty in Roots – Crying Out For Peace; 1” (People Unite) ’81 UK

Soldering the young girls want

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Bad Brains – I and I Survive; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83 punk dub

<HR throat of Bad Brains – weirdest interview I ever did; 40 sec.>

  • Judy Mowatt – Put It On; Black Woman (Shanachie) ‘76
  • Burning Spear – Bad to Worst; Fittest of the Fittest (Heartbeat) ‘83
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Jah Jah Hear My Plea; Raving Tonight (RAS) ‘84
  • Roots Radics – Storming the Death Star; Scientist and Jammy Strike Back (Trojan)
Autographed by HR – throat of Bad Brains

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Glass House; Honorary Citien (Columbia/Leacy) ’82 live in Calgary, Canada

<If you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones!>

  • Chris Hinze feat. Peter Tosh – Puss and Dog; Kings of Reggae (Keytone) ’81 Dutch flute player w/ Word, Sound and Power in JA

<You’ve got jazz flute inna mi roots reggae! 26 sec.>

  • Dillinger – Buckingham Palace; Plantation Heights (Mango) ’76

<Smoking spliff wif Queen Elizabiff! 11 sec.>

  • Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking (Trojan) ’78 UK
Smoke up the chalice inna Buckingham Palace

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Prince Far I – Natty Champion; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK
  • Barry Brown – Conversation Slip Away; I’m Still Waiting (Rocktone International) ’83 Brooklyn cover of Stephen Stills’ Love the One You’re ith
  • Sister Carol – Black Cinderella; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Eek a Mouse – Sensee Party; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ‘8 UK
  • Three Dimension – Undertaker; Roadblock (Nubian) ’89 UK
Smile Jamaica – the soundtrack to your Sensee Party!

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jamming; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original + new Ziggy rmx

<Exodus 1977 to 2017; 69 sec.>

  • Black Uhuru – Somebody’s Watching You; Anthem (Island) ’83 Rockwell soul cover

<Rockwell; 31 sec.>

  • Aisha – Don’t Tell Me No More Lies; 12” (Twinkle) ’95 UK
  • Brentford Road All Stars – Moon Ride; Downbeat the Ruler (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’70: Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Nicky Thomas – New Morning; Doing the Moonwalk (Trojan) ‘73

<Bob Dylan’s New Morning; 26 sec.>

  • Bush Chemists – Long Time I No Smoke; Dub Fire Blazing (Dubhead) 2001 UK mutant dub herbtune
  • Mungo’s Hi-Fi & Soom T – Bong Bong; 12” EP (Scotch Bonnet) 2013 UK herb mutant dub w/ female vox

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Sista Pat – Wires and Watchtowers; Cosmic Game (ESL) 2004 
  • Dr. Israel & the Brooklyn Jungle Sound System – Sensi Man; Black Rose Liberation (Baraka Foundation) 2001 herbtune
  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Water the Garden; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ‘82
  • Systemwide – Reclame; Pure and Applied (BSI) 2002
  • Alpha & Omega – Sharu Att Our Aunt (Beginning and End); King and Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub w/ female vox

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 9, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Steely Dan’s Reggae Debut!

Cactus Records: Bozeman, MT; my go-to shop from 1983-86

Greetings,

I went to Montana State University in Bozeman from Fall of ’83 to Spring of ’86. I had a studio apartment right around the corner from Cactus Recyords.

I would spend hours there on Saturdays. Buying vinyl. Music magazines like Trouser Press and Spin. (AlreadIy a subscription to Rolling Stone.)  had read in an electronics magazine about these space age inventions called the compact disk.

Aluminum based not vinyl. Harder to scratch or warp. Smaller and lighter so easier to store. For me the best benefit was you could play the whole disk without need to get up and flip the disk over for Side 2.

I wanted these. November ’85 Cactus put up a little rack of these disks. I didn’t even have a CD player yet. So I bought 2 of a very limited stock. The first Fleetwood Mac album (Nicks/Buckingham edition) and Steely Dan a Decade of Hits. I think they each cost $20 which was a fortune in 1985 dollars.

I would stare at them and wait impatiently for Christmas. I had asked for a CD player for the Holiday. Got a Fisher Deck. Mom probably got it from Sears or Montgomery Ward’s.

The deck itself was bare bones. All it did was display track number. No time counter, no programming. I think it had a repeat feature but that was it.

So when Walter Becker, one half of Steely Dan passed away this week, I fetched this disk and livicated the Reggae jam “Babylon Sisters” on this Ark-ive edition of Smile Jamaica

Livicated to Walter Becker; 22 sec.

<Babylon Sisters – turn that jungle music down; 26 sec.>

I can usually find a Reggae jam

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 9, 2017 Annotated Playlist; 52 sec.

Set 1:

  • I Roy – African Continent; The General (Virgin Front Line) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Chalawa – So Much Things to Say Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. Dub vinyl of the hour
  • Bunny Wailer – Cease Fire; Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae (Shanachie) ’83 – cease fire and light the chalice: Trump vs. Kim Jong-un

<2  guys w/ bad hair – Cease Fire and light the chalice!; 30 sec.>

  • Sylford Walker & Welton Irie – Chant Down Babylon + Ghettoman Corner; Lambs Bread International (Blood and Fire) ‘79
  • Abassi All-Stars feat. Omar Perry & Minoo – Ain’t So Fine + Jah Is Here; 10” EP (Deep Root) 2006 UK militant steppers w/ female vox
Always start a Smile Jamaica episode with rare vinyl!

Set 2:

  • Black Uhuru – Sensimilla; Tear It Up – Live (Mango) ’82 live in London; herbtune
  • Winston Jarrett – Selassie Is the Chapel; By the Rivers of Babylon (Shanachie) ’95 cover of Bob’s cover of the Orioles gospel tune
  • Michigan and Smiley – Reggae Ska; Reggae Dance Part (RAS) ‘83
  • Rita Marley – That’s The Way; 12” (Shanachie) ‘81
Duckie Simpson, Michael Rose and the late Puma Jones. My Holy Trinity of Reggae

Set 3: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45s

  • Horace Andy – My Soul; 7” (Clintones) 
  • Dyema – Jah-Jah-I; 7” (Paradise) ’77 female singer
  • Georges – The Light’ 7” (More Relation)
  • Ronald Auboine – Unity; 7” (Little Sports)
  • Cecil Barker – Pay the Bills; 7” (Hit Maker) ‘76
  • Black Slate Meets Soul Syndicate – Bum Dub; Moodie in Dub vol. 1 (Moodie) Dub Album of the Hour
Ultra rare out of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 4: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original vs. Ziggy’s rmx: Wailers Family Tree set

<Bob’s Exodus; 93 sec.>

<’77 vs. Ziggy Remix: Exodus title track; 25 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Speech; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 Reseda, CA live

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Max Romeo – Bell the Cat; Holding Out My Love to You (Shanachie) ’81 Keith Richards prod’n
  • The Gladiators – That Nuh Right; Showdown vol. 3 (Hitbound) ’84 Brooklyn
    Clint Eastwood – Collie Weed Style; Love & Happiness (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK herbtune
  • Sista Ruby – Think and Wanda; Woman DJ (Keyman) ’99 UK singjay
  • Peter Metro – Metric Connection; Yellowman, Fat Head and the One Peter Metro (Absissa) ’82 JA

<Ancient Aliens and the metric system; 51 sec.>

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Steely Dan – Babylon Sisters; Gaucho (MCA) ’80
  • Garland Jeffreys – Midnight Cane; Garland Jeffreys (Atlantic) ’73 NYC bi racial rocker/soul guy
  • Jerry Garcia Band – Stop That Train; Jerry Garcia Band (Arista) ’91 San Rafael, CA live – Tosh cover
Walter Becker RIP

Set 7: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years: Lee “Scratch” Perry

  • The Upsetters – Tell Me Something Good; Return of the Super Age (Upsetter) ‘78: Best of Smile Jamaica – 27+ Years: Lee Perry set (Rufus cover)
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – You Thought I Was Dead; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ’90 – Adrian Sherwood co-production
  • Candy McKenzie – Ice Cream; Lee “Scratch” Perry Presents (Trojan) ‘77
  • The Diamonds – Talk About It/Ya-ma Ky; Open the Gate (Trojan) (aka Mighty Diamonds) ‘75
Lee “Scratch” Perry in his mythic Black Ark studio, 1974-1979

Mutant Dub Set

  • DeeDee Bridgewater & UFO – Flying Saucer; Saint-Germain Des-Pres IV (Wagram) 2004 Fr.: Mutant Dub Set
  • Thievery Corporation – Exilio (Rewound); Babylon Rewound (ESL) EP: 2004 remixes
  • Abassi All-Stars feat. Earl 16 – Stem the Tide; Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK
  • Alpha & Omega – Suffer Little Children + Dub Unto Me; Daniel in the Lion’s Den (Alpha & Omega) ’90 UK trance w/ female vox
  • South – Remedies; Groove Corporation Presents Remixes from the Elephant House (Guidance) 2002 UK  

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 20, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Good Luck Mr. Gorsky!

Conspiracy Theory UFOria: Neil Armstrong’s first words on the Moon? “I’m so high right now!”

Greetings,

Reggae music is my number one leisure time pursuit. Aliens and Sumerian Cosmology is my next fave obsession.

Surfing around and came across this: the Legend of Neil Armstrong’s true first words on the Moon.

Fake News version: “This is one small step for man, one giant leap for Mankind”

Alt-Reality version:  “Good Luck Mr. Gorsky”

Who dat? It’s part of a dirty joke:

Here is my sound clip From this week’s Smile Jamaica. (I bungled the famous Armstrong quote); 55 sec.

Here is Snopes.com’s take

http://www.snopes.com/quotes/mrgorsky.asp

When he was a kid, Neil was playing baseball with his brother in the backyard. His brother hit a fly ball which landed in front of his neighbors’ bedroom window. The neighbors were Mr. and Mrs. Gorsky. As he leaned down to pick up the ball, he heard Mrs. Gorsky shouting at Mr. Gorsky, “Oral sex? Oral sex you want? You’ll get oral sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!”

Who ya gonna believe?

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives May 20, 2017 Playlist:; 50 sec.

Set 1:

  • Sister Carol – Reggae Gone International; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 NY vinyl
  • Africjam – Woman I Love; Instrumental Dub Reggae Music (Africjam Productions) ’93 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Mikey Dread – Behold Jah; World Tour (Dread at the Controls) 2000
  • Mike Brooks – Man to Man; Rum Drinker (Teams) ‘70’s
  • Josey Wales – Tax Me; Outlaw (Live & Learn) “83 dj to Wailing Souls
  • Chosen Brothers & ? DJ – Mother I Love You; 12” (City Line) ’77

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Veteran; Dance Massive (Shanachie) ‘92

<Bunny Wailer – Dancehall Veteran; 32 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Dracula; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’76 version to Vampire 7”
  • Dubtonic Kru – Freedom Dub; Dub Tonic (Dubtonic) 2009 JA group
  • Sister Nancy – Ball a Roll; 10” (Hitbound) ‘80
The Veteran schools the whippersnappers

Set 3: Best of 27+ Years

  • Burning Spear – Don’t Mess With Jill; Presenting (Studio One) ’73 Marvellettes Motown cover
  • Marcia Griffiths – Peaceful Woman; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Lacksley Castell – Leaving; Morning Glory (Negus Roots) ‘82
  • Aswad – Noh Bodda Wid It; To the Top (Simba) ‘86
  • Soul Syndicate – Hungry Dub;  Ghetto-ology Dub (Easy Star) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour
Tower Records, Las Vegas – Spring 1987. Early addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 4: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • Debra Keese  & the Black Five – Travelling; 7’ (Orchid) ’77
  • Keith Coley – Fill My Heart With Joy; 7” (Solid State) ‘78
  • Steve Baswell – I Am Getting Bad; 7” (Phase 1) ‘78
  • Fred Locks – When O When; 7” (Shaka) ‘77
  • Brigadier Jerry – Roots Girl; 7” (Jahlovemuzik) ‘84

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Gregory Isaacs – Mother’s Day; Reggae It’s Fresh (Tad’s) ’88 US 
  • Azeem & Session – Big Head Spliff; Dreadfly (Joe Gibbs) ’82 Miami – herbtune
  • Aisha – Suffering; Daughters of Zion (Twinkle) ’95 UK
  • Crucial DBC – Mama, Mama; Dread Rock For a Long Time (Dread Beat Control) ’89 EP: Santa Monica
  • Akimbo – Kalimbo 2; So Long Trouble (Forward Sounds International) ’85 UK kalimba instrumental  

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Three Little Birds; Exodus (Tuff Gong) riddim shower (1): vox
  • I Roy – Commandment VI (Three Little Birds); Ten Commandments (Virgin) ’80 UK vinyl: yellow picture sleeve; (2): deejay
  • Chalawa – Three Little Birds Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 (3): dub
  • Senya – Children of the Ghetto; Cobra Style (Heartbeat) ’79 Familyman prod’n, female vox
  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Cocaine; Bill Laswell: Dub Massive (Trojan) 2000 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Dennis Alcapone – I Want a Draw; Good Old Days of the 70’s (Teams) 70’s herbtune

<Draw of the chalice>

  • Hi Fi Killers – Evil Dub;  Jamaica (Loose Groove) ’98
  • Bad Brains – To the Heavens; God of Love (Maverick) ‘85
  • Cha Cha & Ranking Joe – One Day You’ll Know; 10” (Above Rock) 2010 Chinese female vocalist
Chinese ska singer

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Afro Omega – It’s On the People; CD Single (Afro Omega) SLC w/ female vox: Mutant Dub set
  • Word Sound I Powa – Theme From Dread Western (Magnificent 7 Mix); Live From Planet Crooklyn (ROIR) ‘96
  • Transglobal Underground – Good Luck Mr. Gorsky; Psychic Karaoke  (Nation) ’96 UK word dub
Neil Armonstrong’s first words on the Moon: Good Luck Mr. Gorsky

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: 24th Annual 420 Show (4/22/17): Green Smoke, Black Wax!

Tree House of Horror Stylee – FOX runs the Simpson’s Halloween special after Oct. 31st because of their World Series telecasts: 24 sec.

<Say it with me!>

Greetings,

Some time around 91 or 92 a fellow DJ on KRCL used to do a little segment called 4:20 Funk. Station management told him to stop it. When he told me this, I immediately started doing the 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcements.

In 1993 that led to my first 3 hours Cannabis Service Showcase. Station management was none too pleased and I dared them to challenge me. Smile Jamaica is a cash cow at Radiothon so I knew I had some leverage.

Sometime around 2008 I discovered how to rip audio from CDs to import to Audacity and cut marijuana soundbytes like this:

<Watch out for Johnny Law! 16 sec.>

The cops and sheriff deputies in Fort Benton, MT always had the best dope

For the past ten years my harvest (pun intended) has grown to 107 soundbytes on my Itunes SOUNDBYTES_CANNABIS playlist. Plus I have about 2 dozen I didn’t rip that I found this year.

Whenever I listen to something and a bongrip or herb salutation appears, I play it on Smile Jamaica and then put it on the edit pile for 2018; Jah willing.

The ones I especially love are the 60’s and 70’s anti-marijuana Public Service Announcements (thus my Cannabis Service Announcements).

Let it not be said Smile Jamaica did not give equal time to to the prohibitionists!

<Marty was a good boy til his first joint>

So enjoy this exploration in musical free speech and hope for the day when Pres. Tulsi Gabbard legalizes marijuana in the United States and I can shout to the heavens: 50 D0WN, ZERO TO GO!”

Hawaiian Congresswoman submitted a bill to end federal marijuana criminalization.

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: 24th Annual 420 Herbal Extravaganza; 52 sec.

<Smile Jamaica’s 107 420 soundbytes between the songs 29 sec>

<24th Annual 420 Smile Jamaica; 1st all vinyl edition; 19 sec.>

Set 1:

  • Jah Woosh – Marijuana World Tour; Marijuana World Tour (Original) ’79 UK 
  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Marijuana; Black Ash Dub (Trojan) ’80 UK vinyl
  • Lovindeer – Free the Marijuana; De Blinkin’ Bus (TSOJ) ’83 JA

<End poverty in Jamaica; 9 sec.>

  • Chalawa – Jah Collie Weed; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Can.

<Chalawa = sacred chalice; 13 sec.>

  • Brigadier Jerry – Kushumpeng; Jamica Jamaica (RAS) ’85 DC

<Kushumpeng = African bong; 5 sec.>

  • John Holt – Police in Helicopter (Holt) ’83 JA

<Burn the herb fields? We’ll burn your sugar cane, cassava, potato; 12 sec.>

Set 2:

  • Culture – International Herb; International Herb (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK
  • Brown, Eagle & Spear – Draw the Challace; Brown, Eagle & Spear (New Name) ’88 JA
  • Junior Byles – Cally Weed; Rasta No Pickpocket (Nighthawk) ’86 St. Louis
  • Loi – One Draw; 12” (Abraham) female vox covering Rita Marley
  • I-Shensound – Deep in Dub Purple; King Size Dub (Hypoxia) ’95 UK
Don’t be a gerbil, get down with the herbal

Set 3:

  • Carlton Livingston – 100 Weight of Collie Weed; 100 Weight of Collie Weed (Greensleeves) ’84 UK

<Bad idea: driving 55 in a 35 carrying 100 weight; 17 sec.>

  • Desi Roots – Weedfields; Doing it Right (Hawkeye) ’80 UK

<Jamaica’s Operation Eradication; 33 sec.>

  • Inner Circle – Tired fe Lick Weed inna Bush; Reggae Thing (Capitol) ’76 US

<City weed betta than bush weed; 8 sec.>

  • Johnny Clarke – No Lick No Cup; 10” (Jamaican Recordings)

Set 4: Jamaican Jukebox of 45’s

  • Stranger Cole & Gladdy – One Toke Over the Line; 7” (Gay Feet) Brewer & Shipley cover

<One toke over the line, sweet Negus>

  • Hopeton Lewis – Dreadlocks Chalice; 7” (Thorough Bred) ‘75
  • Al Campbell – Pass the Chalice; 7” (God Bless Muzik)
  • Ronnie Davis – Kaya; 7” (Attack) ’78 Bob Marley cover

Set 5:

  • Meditations – Woman Piabba; Message From the Meditations (United Artists) ’78 US
  • Lone Ranger – Legalise the National Herb; Hi Yo Silver, Away! (Greensleeves) ’82 UK
  • Jah Lloyd – Dispencer; Black Moses  (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK
  • Tamlins – Better Collie; 10” (Irie Ites) 2012 Fr.

Set 6:

  • The Toyes – Smoke Two Joints; 12” (Neurotic) ’95 US
  • Peter Broggs – Interntional Farmer; Rise and Shine (RAS) ’85 DC
  • Teddy Brown – Get Stoned; 12” (Eruption)
  • Bush Chemists – Light Up Your Spliff; Light Up Your Spliff (Conscious Sounds) ’96 UK

<Healing of the Nation; 35 sec.>

Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45’s

  • Black Uhuru vs. Black Sabbath – Guess Who’s Coming for Sweetleaf; 7” (blank) 
  • Hughie Izachaar – Ganja Smuggling; 7” (Reggae on Top) ’99 UK
  • Collie Buddz – Herb Tree; 7” (Massive B) 2009 US
  • Ranking Joe – Ganja Pipe; 7” (Education) 2005 Fr.
  • Chariot Riders – Sensimilla Dub; Sensimilla Dub (Crystal)  ’80 JA
Where else you gwan hear Black Sabbath on a Reggae show but on Smile Jamaica!

Set 8: Mutant Dub Space Dust 420

  • Alpha Steppa Meets Alpha & Omega – Highest Grade; 7” EP (Steppa) 2012 South Korea: 420 Space Dust
  • Fred Locks – Collie Herb; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2003 UK
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It (Secret Circuits Echodelic Shockdown Mix);  2012 10” picture sleeve EP
  • Weeding feat. Humble-I – Sound of Reality; 10” (Control Tower) 2009 Fr.
Keep safe, keep blazing!

 

Words of Weeds-dom

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 11, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist) 3 Hours of Roots Dawtas!

Greetings,

It was Chinese leader Mao Zedong who said Women Hold Up Half the Sky. I was inspired by what I saw during the International Women’s Day celebrations and remembrances.

As many specialty shows I have done over the Years (Mutant Dub, Jah-loween, 4:20, Marley Tributes), I had never done a full on Women’s Reggae Special

I have been doing radio for almost 30 years. No one has really critiqued or analyzed how i program Smile Jamaica in decades. So I can get into ruts like anyone else.

Reggae music is a largely male, Rasta music form. I don’t play much romantic Reggae, which is where quite a bit of female Reggae fixates.

It was probably around Iraq War 2.0, if I remember correctly, I was slinging  Roots and got a phone call from a listener. Woman said to me, “I love Smile Jamaica but you don’t play very much women’s Reggae.”

I took that criticism to heart and ever since I try to juggle at least 1 female tune in my four song sets. And it certainly isn’t tokenism. It’s just methodically harvesting all my Dawtas out of my massive archives of CDs, LPs, 10″ and 12″ and 7″ 45s. Now I can rotate in the best Roots with Quality female artists.

What I call Roots Dawtas or Mutant Dubstresses.

Livicated to all the wives, mothers, dawtas, grandmothers, sisters, nieces, girlfriends and friends.

bless, robt

 

Annotated Playlist for Smile Jamaica: March 11, 2017 – Roots Dawta Showcase; 1min 10 sec.

Set 1:

  • Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee; Nice Up Dancee (RAS) ’86 
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Racquel Jones – Road Block; Temple of I & I

<Smile Jamaica’s favorite album of 2017; 22 sec.>

  • Sister Nancy – Bam Bam; 300% Dynamite (Soul Jazz ’82 singjay
  • Althea & Donna – If You Don’t Love Jah;  Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line)
  • Sophia George – Girlie, Girlie; For Everyone (Pow Wow) ‘85
  • Ganja Woman –  Light Up Your Spliff; Pro Canabis 4 (EFA) ’94 – 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Come on Mr. President, smoke the chronic, this time inhale it beats gin ‘n’ tonic; 18 sec.>

Thievery Corporation: female singjays and chanteuses

Set 2:

  • Afro Omega – All My Love; Pick Up the Pieces (Afro Omega) 2006 feat. Lady O – SLC group
  • Joy White – Tribulation; United Dreadlocks (Rhino UK) ‘75
  • Lovejoys – Chances Are; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ‘83
  • Senya – Children of the Ghetto; Cobra Style (Heartbeat ’76 Aston “Familyman” Barrett prod’n
Lady O of Salt Lake City’s Afro Omega. Mutant Dubstress

Set 3:

  • Hollie Cook – Milk and Honey; Hollie Cook (Mr. Bongo) 2011 dawta of Sex Pistol drummer, Paul Cook
  • June Lodge – Someone Loves You Honey; Someone Loves You Honey (Joe Gibbs) ’80 Charley Pride cover

<#1 all time of the Pacific Islander Reggae Charts; 13 sec.>

  • Ayo – Who; Ticket to the World (Universal) 2013 Germ.-Nigerian singer
  • The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’80 UK 2 Tone Ska
  • Joy Card – Black Girl; 12” (Wackies) ’82
Country singer Charley Pride – JC Lodge’s cover of Someone Loves You Honey, huge hit in the Islands

Set 4: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ set

  • Faith D’Aguilar – Reggae Pioneers; 7” (Gorgon) Marley tribute
  • Dawn and Christine – Free Marijuana; 7” (Thompson Sounds)
  • Carlene Davis – Ism Schism; 7” (Sonic)

<No isms or schisms; 12 sec.>

  • The I Three – He’s a Legend; 7” (Tuff Gong) ’86 Marley tribute

<Rita + Judy + Marcia = I Three; 10 sec.>

  • Merva Grey – Stop the War; 12” (Uhuru)
No socialism, capitalism, communism, racism, sexism = ism and schism

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Rita Marley – Who Feels It Knows It; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’80 Bunny Wailer cover
  • Casselberry & DuPree’ – Comin’ in From the Cold; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Jahwaukee, Jahsconsin, Bob cover
  • Sister Candy – Nation Connection; Laserbeam (World Enterprise) ’83 Brooklyn herbtune
  • Aisha – Daughters of Zion; Daughters of Zion (Twinkle) ’93 UK
Midwestern Folk Reggae inna Bob Marley stylee

Set 6:

  • Phyllis Dillon – Midnight Confessions; Midnight Confessions

<AM radio Reggae covers; 16 sec.>

  • 15 16 17 – Girls Imagination; Magic Touch (DEB) ’78 Smokey Robinson cover
  • Nora Dean – Barbwire; Monkey Business (Trojan) ‘69
  • Judy Mowatt – Mellow Mood; Mellow Mood (Ashandan) ’75 Bob Marley cover
  • Marcia Griffiths – Don’t Ever Leave; 12” (Sheba) ‘81
“Oh, Mama! He got barbwire in him underpants!”

Set 7: Rocking Sisters do Reggae

  • Patti Smith – Redondo Beach; Horses (Arista) ’75

<Patti Smith on Smile Jamaica? WTF?>

  • Bananarama – Tell Tale Signs; Deep Sea Skiving (London) ’83 bonus
  • The Emotions – There’s More Questions Than Answers; Complete Stax/Volt Singles (Stax/Volt) ’74
  • Sinead O’Connor – Downpressor Man; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There Is Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 Peter Tosh cover
  • Vibal Smash feat. Queen Ekanem – Take a Load Off Dreadlocks; Fight For What You Believe In; 12” EP (Ecko); ’87 LA cover of The Band’s The Weight
Aka The Band’s The Weight

Set 8: Mutant Dubstresses

  • Massive Attack feat. Shara Nelson; Blue Lines (Virgin) ’91 – Mutant Dubstresses
  • M.I.A. – Double Bubble Trouble; Matangi (Interscope) 2013
  • Morcheeba – Smal Town; Who Can You Trust (Indochina) ‘96
  • The Slits – Man Next Door; Live (Jungle) punk dub covers the Paragons
  • Dry & Heavy feat. Likkle Mai – New Creation; 12” (Green Tea) 2002 Jah-pon

Words of Wisdom: