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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 19, 2019 – Hole in the Pumpkin!

 

High Fructose, the true horror of Halloween

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I have been hosting Smile Jamaica for 30 years now. October 1989. Don’t remember the first Halloween Reggae show I did, but it would have been early 90’s.

So a quarter century of the exploration of Jamaican, mostly, superstitions about witches, vampires, ghosts/duppies, Obeah Black Magic, The Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein and the rest!

About 10 years ago I was transitioned into head of the Audio Studio at the Marriott Library: Fall 2009. The early days of digital content. So I had started to notice many soundbytes in a horror vein from my Reggae CD collection.

I started ripping those clips from CDs, pull them into ProTools digital editor. “Snip, snip”. Export as .mp3. Same with a multitude of Halloween sound effects disks.

And there you go! Just like Dr. Frankenstein cutting up sound for your ghoulish pleasure!

Oct. 26th Smile Jamaica will be 3 hours of Boneyard Skanking. But play this podcast to keep the kids off your porch while you hand out your high fructose delights.

curse, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 19, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 91 sec.

Set 1:

  • Don Carlos & Gold – Harvest Time; Raving Tonight (RAS) ’83 DC vinyl
  • The Aggrovators – Strictly Rockers in the Dreadland (Justice) ’76 JA dub album of the week
  • Victor Essiet & the Mandators – Mi Friends (Duppy Conqueror); One Love One World (Mystic) 2006 Nigerian singers cover Bob Marley Halloween tune
  • Hortence Ellis – Words; Queen of Reggae (JA) ’82 soul cover?
  • Delroy Wilson – Better Must Come; Norman Jay MBE Presents Ska and Boogie (Sunday Best) ’71
  • The Itals – Herbs Pirate; Calling Rastafari (Nighthawk) ’82 comp: 4:20 Service Announcement
  • Mike Brooks – Devil’s Conspiracyj 10″ (Sip a Cup) Mid 2000’s UK militant steppers

Set 2:

  • George Faith – All the Love I’ve Got; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Milton Henry – Them a Devil; Who Do You Think I Am? (Wackies) ’85
  • Zema – Somebody Wrong; Look at the Heart (Melchizedek) ’99 Culver City, CA female
  • Dennis Bovell – Pow Wow; All Over the World (EMI) 2006 UK dubber on 70’s I Roy riddim
  • Moses – When the Vampire Comes to Your Neighbourhood; 12″ (Wackies) ’82 Bronx, NY

Set 3:

  • Dillinger – I Thirst; Cocaine (Charly) ’79 Barnabas Collins vampire: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years – Halloween
  • Don Carlos – Night Rider (In Danger); Deeply Concerned (RAS) ’87 ghostbuster
  • Willi Williams – Dungeon; Messenger Man (Blood & Fire) ’80
  • Wailing Souls – Face the Devil + Dub; Wailing (Jah Guidance) ’81

Set 4:

  • Sheryl Lee Ralph, Sharon and Cedella Marley – (I’m) Hurting Inside; Mighty Quinn soundtrack (A & M) ’89 Bob Marley cover
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Ras Pidow – The Outernationalist; Babylon Rewound (ESL) 2004 DC dubers rmx Rasta elder
  • Scientist – Blood on His Lips; Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampire (Greensleeves) ’81 Halloween dub
  • General Saint & Clint Eastwood – Talk About Run; 12′ (Greensleeves) ’81 UK
  • Sly & Robbie – Stepping Out a Space; Dub Revolutionaries (Ariwa) 2003 Dub Album of the Week

Set 5: Jah-loween Vinyl

  • Lone Ranger – Annie Palmer; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA – Jamaican witch

<Annie Palmer; 39 sec.>

  • Crucial Bee – Mark of the Beast; Just a Sting (All-Star) US Virgin Island
  • Dennis Brown – Spellbound; Spellbound (Joe Gibbs) ’80 Miami, FL
  • Chalice – Back Weh Evil Forces; Stand Up (CSA) ’85 UK
  • Amp-Ech – Living Dead + Dub; Against Injustice (Amp-Ech) ’87 JA

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Maga Dog; Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates (Studio One) ’66 Tosh vox

<Maga dog = mangy dog; 66 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Mystic Man; Live at the Ritz (bootleg) 9/29/81 in NYC
  • Bunny Wailer – Running Away; Hall of Fame (RAS) 50 Bob Marley songs for his 50th birthday
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ’86
  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84 UK dub album of the hour

Set 7: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox Halloween

  • Twinkle Brothers – Devil Worshippers; 7″ (Twinkle) ’99 – 7″ Jamaican Jukebox Jah-loween Set
  • Chezidek – Vampire; 7″ (Massive B) ’96
  • Levi Williams – Duppy Jamboree + Dub; 7″ (Mighty Cloud + Student) ’74

Set 8: Mutant Dub Halloween

  • Balkan Beat Box – What a Night; Give (National Geographic) 2012 Israeli about a ghost:

<Who is Jimmy Savile?>

  • Ghetto Priest – Dungeon; Vulture Culture (ON U Sound) 2003 UK: Singers & Players cover
  • Hollie Cook – Desdemona; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 UK dawta about a ghost encounter in the park
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Grim Reaper; On the Wire (Trojan) 200 UK
  • Finley Quaye – Mash Up Lucifer/Stone the Devil; CD EP (Epic) ’97
  • Dubchek – Duppy Train;  Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: Jah-tember 21, 2019 – 29.98% Years of Saturday Reggae Radio!

 

Greetings,

Not many stories on this show before Radiothon, the 51st week of 29 years. Just kick back and enjoy 3 hours of 29.98 years!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-tember 21, 2019; 42 sec.

Set 1:

  • Third World – Freedom Song; This Is Reggae Music vol. 2 (Island) ’76 US vinyl
  • Scientist – Under Surveillance; Scientist Encounters Pac-Man (Greensleeves) ’82 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Inner Circle – We ‘a’ Rockers; Rockers Soundtrack (Mango) ‘79
  • Black Roots – The Father; In Sessions (Makasound) ’83 UK roots group
  • Hortense Ellis – Unexpected Places; Music Works vol. 2: Lovers Dancehall (Ambessa) ‘76
  • N***** Charley – Coventry Rock; 12” (Thebes Sounds) ’81 US
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja (Oldwah Mix) + dub; (Bristol Reggae Archives) ’85 unreleased; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2:

  • Zema & the Gladiators – Your Mercy Endureth; Overcome (Melchizedek) 2006 SoCal dawta
  • Dennis Brown & Big Youth – Ride On/Wild Goose Chase; Best of Dennis Brown: The Niney Years (Heartbeat) ‘74
  • English Beat – Twist & Crawl; Live at the US Festival (Shout Factory) Sept. 3, 1982; 2 Tone Ska
  • Leroy Sibbles – Garden of Life; 12” (Big Spanner Disco Ajax) ’79 UK Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Prince Buster – Ten Commandments of Man; Sings His Hit (RCA) ’67: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years
  • Princess Buster – Ten Commandments of Woman; Sings His Hit (RCA) ’67 answer record
  • Toots & the Maytals – Pressure Drop; Harder They Come (Mango) ’72 Soundtrack
  • Althea & Donna – The West; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • Aswad – Red Up; Aswad (Mango) ’76 instrumental
  • Now Generation – Jah Rock; Aquarius Dub (Black Solidarity) ’71 very first dub album (of the hour)

Set 4:

  • Sister Carol – Wild Thing; Something Wild Soundtrack (MCA) ’86 Troggs cover
  • Jah Woosh – Chalice Blaze; Harder Shade of Black (Pressure Sounds) ’78 – Leonard ‘Santic’ Chin p rod’n
  • Bim Sherman & U Black – What You Sweet So; 12” (Scorpio) ’78 JA

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Dance With Me; Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates (Studio One) ’65 JA

<Song Diary – Dance With Me; 1 min. 15 sec.>

  • The Specials – Dawning of a New Era; Gangsters (bootleg); Jan. 30, 1980 at the Paradise, Boston
  • Twinkle Brothers – Undergrond (Twinkle) ‘
  • Bunny & Ricky – Bushweed Corntrash; Creation Rockers vol. 3 (Trojan) Lee “Scratch” Perry herb prod’n
  • Baby Rose – Barb Wire; Can Jam Reggae Rockers Disco Style (Rocktone) ’81 Can. Nora Dean cover

Set 6: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • Anicia Banks – I Want to Thank You Jah; 7” (Ashandan) 7” JA; Jamaican Jukebox Set
  • Juks Dread & Big Youth – 23rd Psalm; 7” (Black Art) ’74 UK Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark prod’n
  • Madoo – Jamming So; 7” (Crazy Joe) ’79 JA
  • Roland Burrell – Hey Mama; 7” (Well Charge) ’82 JA
  • Richard Ace – Supernatural Thing; 7” (Clocktower) ’73 Brooklyn; Ben E. King cover
  • Roots Radics & the Gayladds – Love and Understanding version; Understanding (Tamoki Wambesi) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Peter Tosh – Walk & Don’t Look Back; Live at the Ritz, NYC (bootleg) Sept. 29, 1981 Motwn cover
  • Bunny Wailer – Simmer Down; Hall of Fame (RAS)
  • The Disciples feat. Empress Rasheda; Foundation of Roots in Dub vol. 1 (Roots) UK mutant dub
  • Leo Graham & the Upsetters – Voodooism; Voodooism (Pressure Sounds) Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark prod’n

  • Alpha & Omega – Guide Over Dub; Trample the Eagle, the Dragon & the Bear (Alpha & Omega) 2005 UK trance dub w/ female vox: Mutant Dub Set
  • Dr. Israel – Dub in a Babylon; One Dub (Interchill) 2009
  • Roots Manuva Meets Wrongtom – Duppy Writer; Duppy Writer (Big Dada) 2010 UK
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Notch – Drop Your Guns; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017 DC
  • Congo Sanchez – Democrazy; Vol. 1 (ESL) 2012 DC EP
  • Jah Rej & Seventh Sense – Yes I; 12” (Jah Works) 2007 UK militant steppers

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 14, 2019 – Vinyl Vindication That Rules the Nation!

Vinyl set to outpace CD sales in 2019

Greetings,

<Vinyl vindication: vinyl to outsell cds; 1 min. 55 sec.>

I’ve always been a record guy. Back in Montana as a youth, I would drive 35 miles each way to record shop at the local Hastings outlet in Great Falls. Usually buy a couple pieces of vinyl and a cassette for the drive back home.

Bankrupt 2016.

When I moved to Utah for University in 1986, I was already dabbling in CDs. In 1985, Cactus Records in Bozeman, MT had a small rack of CDs in a corner of the shop. I remember buying Fleetwood Mac and the Police Outlandos d’Amour. $16.99 (in those days a fortune). I didn’t even have a CD player yet.

For Christmas, I got a Fisher deck, (probably from Montgomery Wards), – 1 drawer, no frills: just the song number in red LED. I was blown away! Space age technology in rural Montana!

Bought this CD before I even owned a CD player. Fall 1985. Bozeman – Cactus Records

What’s not to love? Smaller. Harder to scratch. Easier to store. Portable players to play them on.

Yet, the smaller size and lack of information on many of the disks didn’t make collecting CDs as enjoyable as buying vinyl. Especially, when I switched to collecting Reggae. Early on in CD’s history there was not a whole lot of Reggae available. And a total lack of the 12″, 10″ and 7″ vinyl I especially was looking for. The rarest of the rare.

Jimmy Cliff’s Reggae Greats. Probably the 1st CD in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

I was in a Record Shop in San Francisco. Summer of ’87. Up to my elbows in vinyl racks. The shop owner was trying to up-sell me into CDs. He was like, “Why are you so hot for vinyl? Everybody is moving into CDs”. I shrugged, “I’ll always be a record guy.”

Here is how it worked back then. CDs were new. And expensive. So, many people sold their vinyl for pennies on the dollar to add up cash for CDs.

Vinyl was cheap and plentiful. CDs were exotic, limited in selection and expensive. So the stores were in transition from black wax to shiny metal disks. I built the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives this way: buying other people’s vinyl discards.

All the great things you hear me play today came about through hoovering up as much black wax as I could in the voluminous Bay Area Record stores. I was flush with student loan cash (Thanks Ronnie Raygun!) and I went from store to store digging through the crates.

I would stay at the Travelodge across the street from Tower Records in North Beach: Columbus and Bay. Some days, I would be tired after a day of cratedigging. It was awesome.

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Wheel it forward 30 plus years. Most of the record stores are long gone, (Hastings went under in 2016),  via over committing to CDs in a digital age of iTunes, Pandora and Spotify. People wised up and started piecing out vinyl for the Ebay collector’s market.

I saw a VG- record with a water damaged cover go for $400 on ebay. My cost? $4: Streetlight Records San Francisco

But for 20 years, I maxed out the opportunities even if around 2005 I started to notice stores were no longer there when I would visit.

When Tower Records and later Virgin and Circuit City went under, that was the nadir of my CD era collecting.

Record and DVD stores were crushed out of business during the 2008-2010 Great Recession

That is why when I heard on the news that 2019 will be the first year since 1986 that Vinyl is expected to surpass CDs in aggregate sales, I felt a sense of vindication.

Vinyl sales to eclipse CD sales in 2019

2019 to 1986 = 33 years. And what RPM does vinyl spin at? 33 and 1/3. Coincidence or prophecy!;

<33 years since vinyl last sold more than CDs. Records spin at 33 and 1/3 RPM; 40 sec.>

And as none other than Joe Biden said in the Sept. debate: play the turntable at night for the kids. Makes “sensi” to me Joe!

<The 7 Leaf inspired wisdom of Joe Biden; 27 sec.>

Makes “sensi” to me, Joe!

bless, Bobbylon

Set 1: 420 Vinyl

<Joe Biden’s advice on child raising: play your turntables for the youth; 51 sec.>

  • The Mellows + Gladstone Star Band – Pray to Jah + Give Thanks and Praise; Rite Sound Reggae Story (Jah Live) ’80 Fr. 
  • Blackbeard – Cut After Cut; Strictly Dub Wize (EMI) ’78 dub album of the hour
  • U Roy – Chalice in the Palace; Dread in a Babylon (Virgin Front Line) ’75 UK

<U Roy: smoking spliff w/ Queen Elizabeth; 15 sec.>

  • Chris Wayne – All the Plant Mi Plant; Progress (Heartbeat) ’87 US
  • Willin Prophet – Basehead; Revolution EP (1U) ’87 Los Angeles
  • Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng; Sleeping Bag’s Dancehall Classics (Sleeping Bag) ’87 US
  • Mighty Diamonds – Knowledge; 12″ (Music Works) ’82 JA – Pass the Kouchie
Smoking spliff with Queen Elizabeth

Set 2: Jah-loween Vinyl

  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumbo Claat; Wanted Dread & Alive (Rolling Stone) ’78 UK – demonic possession; 63 sec.
  • Black Uhuru – Satan Army Band; Love Crisis (Jammy) ’77 JA
  • Prince Alla – Evil Forces; In My Father’s House (Calabash) ’84 FL
  • Laurel Aitken – Witchdoctor of Amsterdam; Eskapade en France (Blue Moon) ’90 Fr. EP
  • Calman Scott & Jah Hugh – Devil in the City; 12″ (Kingston Connexion)  ’79 Fr.
Jah-loween soon come!

Set 3: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • Aisha – For Salvation; 7″ (Twinkle) ’95 UK
  • Jacob Miller – Sitting on the Dock of the Bay; 7″ (2nd Tracs) ’76 UK
  • Roots Radics – Hey Mama version; 7″ (Hitbound) ’82 JA
  • Bacca – George Foreman; 7″ (Roosevelt) ’73 JA boxing champ
  • Harry J All Stars – George Foreman version; Sucker Punch: Jamaican boxing tributes (Trojan) ’73

Set 4: Roots Dawta Vinyl

  • Nadine Sutherland – War in the City; Songs of Bob Andy (I-Anka) ’93 UK
  • Sister Carol – Lovers Rock Style; Liberation for Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC
  • Scotty & Lorna Bennett – Breakfast in Bed; This is Reggae Music vol. 2 (Island)  ’76 US Dusty Springfield cover
  • Black Harmony – Reasons; 12″ (Cool Rockers) ’81 UK
  • Black Disciples – Garvey’s Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour
Cratedig: Denver 2019

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree Vinyl

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; Countryman Soundtrack (Mango) ’82 US gatefold
  • Bunny Wailer – Johnny Too Bad; Protest (Mango) ’77 Slickers cover
  • The Melody Makers – What a Plot; Play the Game Right (EMI America) ’85 US
  • Peter Tosh – Johnny B. Goode; 12″ (EMI America) ’83 US – Chuck Berry cover

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae Vinyl

  • The Slits – Man Next Door; Typical Girls Live in Cincinatti & San Francisco (bootleg) Paragons cover
  • Ian Dury & the Blockheads – This Is What We Find;  Do It  Yourself (Stiff) ’79 UK
  • Papa Kojie & Blue Riddim – Nancy Reagan Re-election Remix; 12″ EP (Ora International) ’85 US picture
  • UB40 – My Way of Thinking; 12″ (Graduate) ’80 UK 
  • Dub Specialist – Starring Dub; Dub (Heartbeat/Studio One) 70’s dub album of the hour

Set 7: UFO-ria Vinyl

RED ALERT! RED ALERT!

Intergalactic body called Oumuamua, from outside our solar system, is heading our direction in time for the 2020 election!

<Giant Meteor 2020; 1 min. 28 sec.>

  • Roots Radics – Conspiracy on Neptune; Prince Jammy Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) 
  • Lone Ranger – UFO; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA
  • Lincoln Thompson & the Rasses – Spaceship; Natural Wild (United Artists) ’79 UK 
  • Bam Bam – Star Wars + Dub; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87 LA female singer

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Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • New Age Steppers feat. Bim Sherman – Dreaming; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK
  • X-O-Dus – See Them a Come; 12″ (Factory) ’80 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 7, 2019 – Guest Mutant Dub Selector!

Greetings,

School is in session. Quick upload of last week’s Smile Jamaica. Be sure to play through the last 45 minutes with Mutant Dub selections by guest Mixcloud deejay from Ogden: Nerd Show!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-tember 7, 2019: Annotated Playlist ; 50 sec.

Set 1:

  • Prince Far I – Natty Champion; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK vinyl
  • Natural Roots – Control Tower Dub; Natural Roots (Onlyroots) ’84 Fr. vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Bunny Wailer – Rainbow Country; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob Marley songs for his 50th Birthday
  • Aisha – Crisis; True Roots (Ariwa) ’94
  • Aswad – Roxanne; Big Up (Gut) ’97 Police cover
  • Rastafarmers – International Herb; Dread in America (Natural Mystic) ’94 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Dennis Brown & Welton Irie – Man Next Door; 12″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’79 Opa Locka, FL: Paragons cover

Set 2

  • Dillinger – Natty Kung Fu; When Rhythm Was King (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’75
  • Prince Buster – Sata a Masa Gana; Sister Big Stuff (Sunspot) ’72 Abyssinians cover
  • Bush Chemists feat. Talawa – Evil Doers Retire; Light Up Your Chalice (Conscious Sound) ’99 UK mutant dub w/ females vox
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Zap Pow – River/River Stone; 12″ (Kingston Connexion) ’77 Fr. Black Ark prod’n

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Third World – Dreamland; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’77 Bunny Wailer cover: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years
  • The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 2 Tone UK Ska w/ Pauline Black on the vox
  • Jah Pelicaho & the Wailers – Dub Jam Rock; 21st Century Dub (ROIR) ’87 Jah-ponese dubber
  • Pablo Gad – Blood Suckers + Dub; Blood Suckers (Melodie) ’78

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Coming in Hot; Live at the Ritz; Sept. 29, 1981 (bootleg)
  • Sarah B Band – Mali’o; Realign My Mind (Sarah B) 2011 SLC
  • Augustus Pablo & the Upsetters – Lama Lava; 12″ (Daddy Kool) ’79 UK

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Quasar – Get Up Stand Up; Fresh (LASN) US – Wailers cover
  • The Pioneers – Papa Was a Rolling Stone; Freedom Feeling (Trojan) ’73 UK
  • Tyrone Taylor – Mama Soca; Jamming in the Hills (World Enterprise) ’87 US
  • Jah Woosh – African Sound; D.J. Legend (Original) 70’s era UK
  • Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop; Millie Small (Smash) ’64 US

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Keith Richards – Love Overdue; Crosseyed Heart (Mindless) 2015 Gregory Isaacs cover: Rockers do Reggae set
  • HR – We Belong Together; Hey Wella (DC Hardcore) 2007 throat of Bad Brains
  • Wayne McGhie & the Sounds of Joy – Cool It; Wayne McGhie & the Sounds of Joy (Light in the Attic) ’70 Canadian soul group does reggae
  • Eric Clapton; Whatcha Gonna Do; Crossroads Box Set (Polydor) Peter Tosh cover
  • Bananarama – Tell Tale Signs; Deep Sea Skiving (London) ’83
  • Andrew Passey & Alien Dread – Cosmic Dub Clash (Log On!) 2007 mutant dub album of the hour

    Keef warbles Gregory Isaacs. WTF?
  • Nerd Show guest deejay: Mutant Dub Hour

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 17, 2019: Rocky Mtn. High!

View from the Tamarisk Cafe: Green River, Utah

Greetings,

I mentioned on this blog that 2019 was the year my Dad’s health went sideways. Other than a bad back, he’s like the Montana version of Clint Eastwood. A rare brain condition damn near sent him to Jah’s Heavenly Choir.

Long story short: Jan.-June was a distracting nightmare of back and  forth with my Mom reporting grim news and discouraging progress. Calls and texts to my brother and sister who all feel helpless hundreds of miles away.

Here is what Papa Bob had to recover from in 2019:

  1. NPH – Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus – spinal fluid build up on the brain which leads to dementia, incontinence and “gait deviations” — inability to walk
  2. Fell walking the dog: broken ribs, partial rotator cuff tear, infected elbow
  3. Two micro strokes
  4. Shingles (in spite of his having had the vaccine)
  5. Meningitis
  6. Allergic reaction to an opioid
In babies this condition leads to Down’s Syndrome

My Pops has spent more nights in either a hospital bed or “rehabilitation clinic” (aka nursing home)  than he spent at his Snowbird spot in Sun City West, AZ. Retire and then get seriously ill. Life is not fair.

Long story short: The Mayo Clinic in Phoenix “fixes” NPH by installing a shunt in your skull. It’s like the condensation hose on your AC unit. Excess fluid drains away and is absorbed, harmlessly, into the abdomen.

A medical equivalent of this installed in my Dad’s skull to treat NPH

I was there in Arizona when he turned a corner and now is walking with a cane, where he was formerly wheelchair bound.

Mayo Clinic. Wow, awesome. Thank you! Dr. Bendok; Dr. Krishna. All killer, no filler!

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So I have been basically “clenched” for seven months. It affects everything  and I was keeping all days free in case I had to make an emergency trip to Phoenix.  So once Dr. Krishna told my Dad “the pendulum is swinging in the right direction”, it was like Pops had permission to return to the way things were.

One day he said, “Hey go get my book.” He reads these detective novels one after another. Went back to reading the local paper. We watched the Chernobyl Mini Series on HBO together and he was totally engaged. Phew!

I was encouraged enough to think I could engage in a little self indulgence. No more Family With Medical Leave Act for I ‘n’ I.

Now, I want to go on vacation: cratedig, road trip, herbal excursion, concert. While everyone else was dealing with the chaos of the first week of school I was on my way to Denver for a comedy concert.

Jimmy Dore – best political comedian since George Carlin

My Version Excursion Itinerary:

  • I 70 to Green River for lunch at the Tamarisk Cafe’ my bredrin Aqua Boy recommended.

  • Stop in Palisade, CO at a dispensary. My weed concierge seemed a little grumpy. Hey fella, you could be slopping Slurpees at the Sev. Answering all my questions on my Seven Leaf purchases should be like a wine vendor sampling his wares. Come on man, you see Utah on the Driver’s License. It’s like having to talk to a toddler. But I don’t care — I’m on vacation.  Just gimme  my stash and choke on my cash!
  • Drove through the most beautiful stretch of country I have ever been on: Grand Junction to I 25 approach to Denver. Had it all: fruit stands, wineries, rivers, dams, mountain passes, tunnels, ski resorts, Amtrak. Treacherous driving even in the Summer at nearly 11,000 feet. Wow!
Idaho Springs, Colorado
  • Check into my hotel in Denver. Hit the liquor store. Stealth vape in my room while I plot my book and record store  mapping, neighborhood by neighborhood. Successful cratedig: picked up around $200 of fresh Reggae vinyl
Twist & Shout Record Store: spent about 4 hours hearing combing the racks. Vinyl is Vital
  • Had Dinner a couple nights with my friends who flew in to see comedian Jimmy Dore and because I hate flying, I had my car.
  • Listened to KGNU Boulder’s “Reggae Bloodlines” show on Sat. 1-4pm. Having a session and a cocktail just like millions of you all do every Saturday during Smile Jamaica. Reggae Bloodlines sounded like Smile Jamaica with more Rebelution type reggae than Mutant Dub I ‘n’ I play, but straight up killer roots!

  • Sat. 4:20 vape like a viper before the show
  • Call Uber
  • Standing online with about 75 fellow Tulsi Gabbard and Bernie Sanders fanatics wearing my brand new Ilhan Omar T shirt which got many thumbs up from the Progressive audience in attendance

  • A round of cocktails with my friends to combat cotton mouth and settle in for nearly 2 hours of gallows humor with comedian Jimmy Dore  surrounded by fellow travellers on the  Far Left political spectrum. Single payer or death!

  • Sunday morning sunrise return trip via I 80. Thermos full of bad coffee grinding out flat and bland prairie. Cruise control at 73 MPH churning up the mile markers as my Pops loves to say, “feeling like a whore in church”, watching for Johnny Law on the 525 mile stretch back to SLC.
  • Gassed up in Rock Springs and called my Mom and that is how I found out my Dad doesn’t need a cane around the house. Praise Anu!

So yeah, good week after a brutal year. Selah!

bless, Bobbylon

One Love to the Green Solution for their great service and love of my Giorgio Aliens Tee

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 17, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 43 sec.

Set 1:

  • Earl Zero – Only Jah; Only Jah Can Ease the Pressure (Freedom Sounds) ’79 JA vinyl
  • The Supersonics – Treasure Isle Dub vol. 2 (Treasure Isle) JA vinyl dub set of the hour
  • Leroy Smart – Number One; Vault Classics vol. 2 (Grapevine) ’87
  • 15 16 17 – Black Skin Boys; Magic Touch (DEB) ’78 Equals cover by 3 UK dawtas: 2 sisters & 1 cousin
  • Sugar Minott – Come On Home; When Rhythm Was King (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’77
  • Culture – Ganja Time + Legalization; Live in Africa (RAS) 2000 South Africa: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Oku Onuora – Wat a Situashan; 12″ (Heartbeat) ’83 US picture sleeve; dub poet

Set 2:

  • Mikey Dread – My Religion; World Tour (Dread at the Controls) 2000
  • Eric “Rebel Lion” Bubbles & Ranking Joe – Roots of Black People; Roots of Black People (Progress International) 2013
  • Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths – Lean on Me; Sweet Memories (Nectar) ’72 Bill Withers cover
  • Sip a Cup All-Stars – Rasta Ah Step; 10″ (Sip a Cup) 2004 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Gregory Isaacs & U Roy – Love Is Overdue; Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ’74
  • I Roy – Tribute to Michael Holding; Musical Shark Attack (Virgin Front Line) ’76
  • Mighty Diamonds – Why Me Black Brother Why; I Need a Roof (Hitbound) ’76
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Simple Things + A Song to Heal; Tracks (LKJ) ’91 UK female dub poet
  • Aswad – Dub Fire; New Chapter of Dub (Mango) ’82 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Samia Farah – Goodbye Dub; Many Moods of (SAM) 2008 Fr.-Tunisian female dubstress
  • Pappa Biggie  – Youth Them Have to Grow; General For All General (Hitbound) ’84
  • Papa Bruce – Loafter Smoker; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’82 dj to Triston Palmer herbtune

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • A. Doeman – Mighty Mighty High; Jah Jah Come Now (I & I Sound) LA vinyl
  • King Medious – This World; Version Like Rain (Trojan) ’73 UK; Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n; Fever riddim
  • Black Uhuru – Party Next Door; 12″ EP picture sleeve (4th & Broadway) ’83 US
  • Mary-Ann – Walk on By; Strictly Reggae (Omni) ’81 Can. Yvonne Warwick cover
  • Pablo Moses – A Step Before Hell + dub; Pave the Way (Mango) ’81 US

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Can’t You See; Marley, Tosh, Livinston & Associates (Studio One) ’66/’82 comp. JA vinyl

<Wailers rock out>; 80 sec.

  • Peter Tosh – African; Live at the Ritz (bootleg) Sept. 29, 1981 NYC
  • Bunny Wailer – Top Ranking; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob songs for his 50th Birthday
  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – One Love/People Get Ready; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient covers

Set 7:

  • Lady Ann – Informer; Dancehall – The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture vol. 2 (Soul Jazz) ’81
  • Mikey Mystic  Burial Dub; Foundation of Roots in Dub vol. 1 (Roots) ’95
  • Josey Wales – It a Fi Burn; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems (Greensleeves) ’83 herb tune
  • Carlton Livingston – Finders Keeper; 12″ (Satta Rock)

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation – .38 .45 (A Thievery Number); CD Single (4ad) ’98 DC dubbers: Mutant Dub Set
  • Gorillaz – 12D3; G-Sides (Virgin) 2002 UK cartoon group
  • Dub Gabriel feat. Karen Gibson Roc – Spirit Made Flesh; Anarchy & Alchemy (Destroy All Concepts) US w/ female dub poet
  • Dubbblestandart – Streets of Dub (Anxiety Dub); King Size Dub vol. 11 (Echo Beach) 2005 Jah-strian dubbers
  • Dub Front Outernational & Junior Murvin – Dub Front; Get Your House in Order; 10″ EP (Dub Front Outernational) 2000 Germ.
  • Natasha Atlas – I Put a Spell On You; Ayeshteni (Mantra) 2001 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins/North African mashup

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 15, 2019 – Father & Dreadlocks!

Greetings,

Smile Jamaica pays tribute to all the Fathers. In Reggae, of course, His Imperial Majesty – Haile Selassie I is the universal father

A little story about my father, also named Robert. 2019 was the year everything went sideways. On Jan. 3 he fell while walking the dog and was admitted to the emergency room in Sun City West, AZ.

We found out he has a condition called NPH. It’s a build up of excess spinal fluid on the brain. Its untreated effects include lack of co-ordination in walking, mental impairment and incontinence. It is treated by installing a shunt in the skull that absorbs the excess fluid harmlessly into the stomach lining.

But before he could have that procedure he had: shingles which  led to meningitis, two small strokes and a whole litany of deleterious side effects. He has been in hospital or a rehab facility more nights than he has spent at home.

Talking to him was like he was fading out and not there. So this Father’s Day show was livicated to him and the memories of our family and wondering why nothing seems to be working for him.

When I talked to him on Father’s Day, it was the first time in months we carried on an actual conversation. The first sense of optimism and now I don’t dread calling him.

So I always lead off with this song by Charlie Ace called Father and Dreadlocks: (37 sec.)

Father and Dread Locks – Charlie Ace (lyrics transcribed by Bobbylon)

  • Hail Daddy-man!
  • Wha’ppen when him come for the Holidays
  • Yes-I! Whap’n rate up a draw of herb fi I place y’know!
  • Son – who dat? No Parson’s son turn Rastaman!
  • Yes-I! Man sight the fullness y’know?
  • Parson send him one son fi (to) college for the study of religious knowledge
  • Some day the boy decides to come home for Holiday
  • But when he enter him home something strange happen
  • He wasn’t wearing slicker suit
  • He wasn’t wearing big heel boots
  • He was wearing dungarees and sandals
  • And when he moved his tam from his head
  • Parson frightened til him was drop down dead
  • When him natty dreadlocks drop to the ground
  • So, his Dad looked at him and said:
  • My son, my son what comes over you? What happened?
  • You pass your GCE and sit upon University. What happened?
  • I work morning, noon and night to get you there. What happened?
  • He said, Daddy you don’t understand like I do
  • But Jah has called upon I
  • I have sight of the Promised Land
  • Daddy, I know the way you feel but one day you will understand
  • My son, what is the plan for the future?
  • He said: Daddy, I plan to use my education to defend human rights, equality and justice throughout the Universe
  • This time the Mother is in the kitchen cooking the best dressed chicken
  • So she run when she realize her one son was home to greet her one son
  • When she sight Natty Dreadlocks she nearly drop down dead
  • She said: My son, my son. What are we going to tell the people of the neighborhood?
  • He said: Mom, tell them that the power of Jah is moving on-ya!

So that song has special significance Father’s Day 2019. The power of Jah is movin’ on ya! Foward ever, backwards never Papa Bob!

<The Power of Jah is movin’ on-ya!; 51 sec.>

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: June 15, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 64 sec.

Set 1:

  • The African Brothers – Lead Us Father; Want Some Freedom (Easy Star) ’74 3 hours of Father’s Day
  • Roots Radics – Time Capsule (RAS) ’82 Barrington Levy dubs
  • Charlie Ace – Father and Dreadlocks; 7″ (Studio One) JA
  • Dennis Brown – Created by the Father; Best of: The Niney Years (Heartbeat) ’79
  • Black Roots – The Father; In Session (Makasound) ’83 UK
  • Sylvan White – Mammy & Daddy; 7″ (Corner Stone Church of Music Congress) JA
  • Capital Letters – Daddy Was No Murderer; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK

Set 2:

  • Sister Carol – Mi Love the Father; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96
  • Jah T – Grandfather Land; The Sound Doctor (Pressure Sounds) ’72 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Prince Alla – In My Father’s House; Sweet Sensations (Corner Stone) ’84
  • Freddy McKay – Father Will Cut You Off; 7″ (Money Disc) ’83 JA
  • Ian Sweetness – Almighty Father; All I Have Is Love (Easy Star) 2001
  • Dennis Bovell – Oh Mama, Oh Papa; LKJ Presents (LKJ) ’93 UK dubmaster

Set 3:

  • Cedric ‘Im Brooks & the Light of Saba – Song For My Father; Light of Saba (Honest Jon’s) ’76 nyah horns instrumental
  • Big Youth – Mammy Hot, Daddy Cool; Reggae Phenomenon (Trojan) ’77
  • White Mice – Love Mom and Dad; White Mice (Intelitec Muzk) ’88 youth
  • Alton Ellis – Papa; 7″ (Clintones) ’75
  • Impact All-Stars – Easy Come Dub; Dubwise & Otherwise 2 (Blood Fire) Dub compilation of the hour

Set 4:

  • Desmond Dekker – Honor Your Mother and Father; Israelites (Trojan) ’62
  • Errol Dunkley – Created by the Father; Darling Ooh (Attack) ’72
  • Queen Majeeda – Oh Daddy; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93 dub poet
  • Fire Facts – Father Forgive Them; Remand Centre (Sky High) ’94

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Israel Vibration – Universal Father; Why You So Craven (Arrival) ’81 JA 

<Israel Vibration; 30 sec.>

  • Don Carlos – Ababa John I (Father Majesty); Spread Out
  • Michigan and Smiley – Sugar Daddy; Sugar Daddy (RAS) ’83 DC
  • Ras Michael – Don’t Sell Daddy No Whiskey; Love Thy Neighbour (Live & Learn) ’79 DC nyahbinghi
  • Jackie Mittoo – Dad Is Home; Macka Fat (Studio One) ’71 JA cover of Shep & the Limeliters Daddy’s Home

Set 6:

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Reggae fi Dada; acapella live (LKJ) ’94 live at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London – UK dub poet

<Dub poem to father; 43 sec.>

  • Big Youth – Papa Was a Rolling Stone; Reggae Phenomenon (Trojan) ’77 Temptations cover
  • Gregory Isaacs – Created by the Father; Cool Ruler (Virgin) ’78
  • Barry Brown – Thank You Mama and Papa; Barry (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK vinyl
  • Merger – Father’s Children; Prisoner of Your Love (Takoma) ’84 Los Angeles vinyl
  • 4th Street Orchestra – The Grunwick Affair; Yuh Learn (EMI) ’77 dub album of the hour

Set 7:

  • Derrick Morgan – Don’t Call Me Daddy; The Legend of Derrick Morgan (Imperial) ’80 Can. vinyl
  • Johnny Clarke – Don’t Call I Daddy; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’75 – cover of Derrick Morgan

<Don’t Call Me Daddy; 48 sec.>

  • The Maytals – Daddy; Sensational Ska (Jamaican Gold) ’65

Set 8:

  • Ky-Mani Marley – Dear Dad; 12″ (Shang) ’99
  • Winston Reedy – Message to Father; Dim the Lights (Inner Light) ’85 UK
  • African Head Charge – Healing Father; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ’91 UK
  • Robert Marley – Scandal Ska (Island) ’62 – Bob’s first dub
  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – Burnin’ & Lootin’; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It; While Relaxing (bootleg) March 14, 1979 – Live at the Bayou, Washington DC

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 20, 2019 – 420 on 4/20!

Greetings,

April 20th. 4/20. Smokers in San Rafael code for getting together for a toke. Grew from there to what we know now. The Smoker’s Holiday in 10 down, 40 to go.

Even my Mom sent me a Happy 420 meme

Vaping with my parents last Xmas is one of my fondest memories of the past few years. Especially now that my Dad is deathly ill.

So, every April I start looking for new soundbytes to “rip.” This year I “harvested” about 15 new ones

  • Blues Brothers:
  • Dub Side of the Moon:
  • Queen Elizabeth

And how about some Biblical affirmation of the Seven Leaf….

<Revelation 22:2 – Healing of the Nations; 22 sec.>

<Psalm 18:8 – Fire out of his nostrils; 20 sec.>

from the Holy Land to Egypt and Mesopotamia

As we roll a lickle spliff w/ di papyrus and smoke sensimenia inna Mesopotamia

<Mummy Rock; 11 sec.>

Then back to America for jazz chanteuse Billie Holiday’s Seven Leaf motivation…

<Whenever I get low, I get high…Billie Holiday; 12 sec.>

I wonder if there is anyone out there in terrestrial radio land that did 3 hours of all marijuana music in the middle of a Saturday afternoon. And even if they did, who stitches in 420 soundclips, movie dialog and musical bong rips? (The advantages of being a sound editor by trade.)

I ‘n’ I that’s who! Let’s celebrate some free speech while it is still allowed.

<Sensi…ng a theme?; 13 sec.>

So enjoy the 25th (or so) annual 420 on Smile Jamaica. Until it’s 50 down, none to go….

bless, Bobbylon

The only shotgunning that should be allowed between these two nuclear leaders

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 20 – 420 on 4/20 Annotated Playlist: ( 1 min. 55 sec.)

Set 1:

  • Jah Woosh – Mariguana World Tour; Marijuana World Tour (Original) ’79 UK vinyl: 420 Cannabis Service Show
  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Rizla; Black Ash Dub (Trojan) ’80 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK
  • The Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska
  • Glen Judah – Mr. Collie Man; 12″ (Atlantean) ’83 Houston

<Collie = Kali; 29 sec.>

Set 2:

  • Melodians – Irie Feeling; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83
  • Leroy Smart – Collie Give Me Wisdom; Let Everyman Survive (Jamaican Gold) ’78
  • Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee; 12″ (Must Dance) ’86 UK Roots Dawta trio
  • Soul Syndicate – Mariwana; Harvest Uptown, Famine Downtown (Epiphany) ’77    
Two spliff ‘n’ two Heineken

Set 3:

  • Eek a Mouse – Ganja Smuggling; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 1 (Greensleeves) ‘81
  • Michael Palmer – Don’t Smoke the Seed; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 2 (Greensleeves) ‘83
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’80
  • Jay McGee – One Draw; 12″ (Scorpio) ’81 Can. Rita Marley cover
  • Chariot Riders – Sensimilla Dub; Sensimilla Dub (Crystal) ’80 JA vinyl dub album of  the hour

Set 4:

  • Snoop Lion & Collie Budz – Smoke the Weed; Reincarnation (Berhane Sound System) 2013 Michael Palmer cover

<Snoop Lion vs. Bunny Wailer; 26 sec.>

  • Jacob Miller – Healing of the Nation; Classics Collection
  • Lone Ranger – Ganja Man; 12″ (Satta Rock) JA

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital 420

  • Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive; Wanted Dread & Alive (Rolling Stone) ’81 UK 

<Wanted Dread & Alive – I ‘n’ I first Reggae LP: 1981; 38 sec.>

  • Tinga Stewart – Give Me a Puff; Key to Your Heart (Calabash) ’83 Miami
  • Earl 16 – Herb Man Corner; Super Duper (Jam Rock) ’82 Miami
  • Soom T – Boom Shiva; 12″ (Scotch Bonnet) 2013 EP: female weedstepper
  • Reggae on Top All-Stars – Cutting Dub; Chalice Dub Part I (Reggae on Top) ’95 420 dub album of the hour

Set 6: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox 420

  • Black Uhuru Meets Black Sabbath – Guess Who’s Coming For Sweet Leaf (blank) 
  • Lighty of Saba – Lambsbread Collie; 7″ (Uhuru) ’75
  • Winston Jarrett & the Righteous Flames – Kaya; 7″ (Tony Shabazz) ’78 Bob Marley herbtune
  • Horace Ferguson – Sensi Addick; 7″ (Prince Jazzbo Music) ’87

Set 7:

  • The Toyes – Smoke Two Joints; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96
  • Future Pigeon – Mummy Rock; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 LA “roll a lickle spliff w/ di papyrus”
  • Bobby Melody – Low the Sensie Man; 12″ (Vibes & Vibes) ’85 UK
  • Jah Power Band – Sticky Sticky Weed Dub; Sensi Dub Part 7 (Original) 420 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 8: Mutant Dub 420

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Pam Bricker – Lebanese Blonde; Mirror Conspiracy (ESL) 2002 DC 
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – African Herbsman (Kooba Rmx); Roots, Rock, Remixed (Quango) 2007
  • Dry & Heavy – Kick the Bong Around feat. Likkle Mai ; 12″ UK (Green Tea)  ’99 Jah-pon w/ female vox
  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 Boris Pickett cover