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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 Ark-Ives Jah-cember 16, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Last Show of 2017!

Set 1:

  • Lee Perry & Sandra Robinson – Merry Christmas, Happy New Year; 12” EP (Trojan) ’86 UK
  • Rough Sounds – Comfort and Jah; Reggae Xmas Party (Rough Sounds) Redondo Beach Xmas dub album of the hour
  • The Wailers feat. Bob Marley – Sound the Trumpet; Irie Christmas in Jamaica (Heartbeat/Studio One) ‘65
  • Althea & Donna – Sorry; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • Brentford Road All Stars – Throw Me Corn; Downbeat the Ruler (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – All I Want for Ismas; Natty Christmas (RAS) ’78 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement All I want for ismas is my collie herb!
  • Shinehead – Reggae Christmas Medley; 12” (African Love/Elektra) ‘89

Set 2:

  • Kiddus I – Love Child; Graduation in Zion (Dub Store) ’78 sublime Christmas tune
  • Rupie Dan & Jenifah Gad – Rastafari Live; Reparation (Flag) 2000
  • Afro Omega – Work It Out; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC w/ female vox
  • Bush Chemists – This Sound; Dub Fire Blazing (Dubhead) 2001 UK mutant dub herb tune
  • Michael “Scooby Doo” Powell – Christmas Time; 12” (Hot Stuff) ’83 US

Set 3:

  • Sinead O’Connor – Rivers of Babylon; Theology (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2007 Psalms cover of The Melodians
  • Eek a Mouse – Wa Do Dem; Live at Reggae Sunsplash 1981 (Elektra) ’81 Montego Bay, JA
  • Black Roots – Pin in the Ocean (Extended Mix); All Day All Night (Deluxe Edition) (Bristol Archive) ’87 UK
  • Familyman Barrett – Cobra Style Dub; Familyman in Dub (Heartbeat) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Coco Tea – Christmas is Coming; Badd Santa (Stones Throw) ‘84
  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Phat Old Mamas – Bitter Hypnotic; Into Bass & Time (ESL) 2011 German dub group w/ female vox
  • UB40 – Mi Spliff; Little Baggariddim (DEP) ’85 UK herbtune
  • Tyrone Evans – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; 12” (Clocktower) ’78 Brooklyn

 

Set 5: Christmas Vinyl 

  • Silvertones – Merry, Merry Christmas; Christmas Stylee (Studio One) ’80 JA
  • Hortense Ellis & Trinity – Santa is Black + My Santa; African Christmas (Top Ranking) ’79 FL
  • Joe Gibbs Family – We Three Kings; Reggae Christmas (Joe Gibbs) ’82 FL
  • Michigan & Smiley – Little Drummer Boy; Reggae Christmas (RAS) ’84 DC
  • Dean Frazer – Sensimilia; Christmas Sting (Thunder Bolt) ’81 JA to Handel’s Messiah; herbtune

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica – 28 Years

  • Marcia Griffiths – Dreamland; Naturally (Shanachie) ’78 
  • The Morwells – Reggae Party; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ‘79
  • Aswad – Bubbling; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – Deck the Halls; Natty Christmas (RAS) ’78 deck the halls w/ boughs of collie!
  • Dry and Heavy – King Jammy Meets Dry and Heavey in the Jaws of the Tiger (BSI) 2001 Jah-pon dub album of the hour

Set 7:

  • John Holt – A Spaceman Came Travelling; Reggae Christmas Hits Album (Trojan) ’86 UFOira tune
  • Keith Richards – Run Rudolph Run; 7” (Rolling Stones) ’79 Chuck Berry cover
  • Glen Adams – Joyful Tidings; 12” (Clocktower) ’78 B side to Tyrone Evans Christmas tune

Set 8: Mutant Dub 

  • Dubcheck – Lee Perry; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001 Mutant Dub Set
  • Soho – Shake Your Thing; Goddess (Atco) ’90 UK dub w/ female vox
  • Gorillaz – Hip Albatross; G Sides (Virgin) 2002 UK cartoon group
  • 2 Bad Card – Noise Pollution; Chainstore Massacre (ON U Sound) 2002 UK
  • Jonah Dan w/ Alpha & Omega – Watching Over w/ dub; Spirit of the Ancients  (Part Two) (A & O) 2007     UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 9, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Inversion Galore!

Salt Lake City. Some call it Inversion. I call it mutant pollution

Greetings,

Brutal. Absolutely brutal. The air in Utah since I got back from Holiday has been beyond atrocious. “Inversion”. Sounds so innocuous. How about death inducing pollution. Killer smog.  Climate change up front and center.

It got me too. I have lived in Salt Lake City since Fall of 1986. The winter pollution gets geometrically worse every year.

I work on the hill at the University of Utah. Driving on my way home (mea culpa!), I can’t believe that orange toxic shit is going into my lungs and a million others. I know several people who have had to go to the emergency room with triggered asthma.

For me, it’s a near bronchial hack and wheeze. (Coughed so hard I thought I broke a rib.) Add to that, my congestion doesn’t settle in my sinuses. But right between my ears.

I am mostly deaf until I clear it out. I was in search committee meetings this week and could not hear the candidates talk.

The Smile Jamaica hearing aid. Found at Bed, Bath and Beyond

And as a deejay that is not ideal either. Tough to find the queue point on the vinyl when I can hear/feel only low end bass.

This takes precision hearing to queue a record

So I was hoping that the heavy bass of Smile Jamaica blasting through KRCL’s monitor speakers would do what Mucinex could not. Blow out my ear tubes.  Acoustic levitation in a Irie meditation?

FAIL!

<Inversion vs. Bass; 27 sec.>

Green smoke nah work neither. FAIL!

<Green smoke vs. lung butter; 20 s ec.>

If you are homebound and can’t venture out into the toxic smog, Smile Jamaica works wonders against cabin fever.

Smog

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 2, 2017: Annotated Playlist

Set 1:

  • Prince Far I – Jah Will Provide; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK vinyl
  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Burn Pipe Dub; Sensi Dub (Revolver) ’81 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Steel Pulse – Sound System; Live at Reggae Sunsplash ’81 (Elektra) Montego Bay, JA
  • 15 16 17 – The Weather; Magic Touch (DEB) ’78 UK 2 sisters/cousin’s ages
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Notch – True Sons of Zion; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017
  • Don Carlos – Frontline; Deeply Concerned (RAS) ’87 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Relator Willard Harris – Christmas Is Yours, Christmas in Mine; 12” (RAPE) ’81 Soca Christmas
Soca Christmas

Set 2:

  • Wingless Angels – Rasta Army; Volume 1 (Mindless) ’96 Keith Richards, Justin Hinds & nyah drummers

<Keith Richards & the Wingless Angels; 35 sec.>

  • I Roy – Love Your Neighbour; Crisus Time (Virgin Front Line) ‘76
  • Afro Omega – Pick Up the Pieces; Pick Up the Pieces (Afro Omega) 2006 SLC dub group w/ female vox
  • Dennis Brown & Welton Irie – Man Next Door + No Do It Pon Your Hungry Belly; 12” (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’79 update of Paragons original
The Wingless Angels – Keith Richards’ other group

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28 Years

  • Alpha Blondy & the Wailers – Jerusalem; Jerusalem (Shanachie) ’86 

<Jerusalem – Shalom/Selaam Aleikum; 1 min. 26 sec.>

  • Black Uhuru – Chill Out; Chill Out (Mango) ‘82
  • Alpha & Omega – Rastafari; Watch and Pray (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Aswad – Three Babylon; Showcase (Mango) ’81 12” mix EP
  • Ronnie Davis – Jamming in Dub (Jamaican Sounds) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers  – The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow; Fy-ah, Fy-ah (JAD) ’68 Box
  • Sister Carol – Isis – 70 Sup’m Pieces of Bob;The Original Womb-man (Tuff Gong) ’99 Bob Marley tribute
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Healing in the Balmyard; 12” (Greensleeves) ’81 UK
Isis the Egyptian goddess; not the terrorist scourge of Syraq

Set 5: Roots Dawta Vinyl

  • Jennifer Lara – Hands of the Lord; Christmas Stylee (Studio One) ’80 Xmas – Vinyl Roots Dawta set
  • Mighty Invaders feat. Ichelle Cole – Rasta Woman; Invasion! (Rave) ’83 Syracuse NY youth group
  • Mungo’s Hi-Fi feat. Soom – 31st First Century Song; 12” EP (Scotch Bonnet) 2013 Glasgow w/ female weedstepper
  • Sena & Familyman Barrett – Natural Woman +  Strictly Woman; Juvenile Delinquent (Clappers) ’81 Brooklyn

Set 6:

  • Peter Broggs – International Farmer; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ’82 – original
  • Peter Broggs – International Farmer; Rejoice (RAS) ’99 – update
  • Aisha – Carnal Mind; True Roots (Ariwa) ‘84
  • Still Cool – To Be Poor is a Crime; 12” (Jah Shaka) ’81 UK
  • Keith Hudson – Image Dub; Brand (Pressure Sounds) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Jimmy Lindsay – Easy; 12 the Hardway (Tribesman) ’77 cover of the Commodores
  • Jenifah Gad – Oh Clap Your Hands; Reparation (Flag) 2000
  • Smashmouth feat. Chopper – Virgin Girl; Half Baked Soundtrack (MCA) ’98 cover of Eek a Mouse
  • Fishbone – Slick Nick You Devil You; It’s a Wonderful Life (Columbia) ’87 SoCal ska and funk

<Santa Claus – Ancient Alien>

Ancient Astronaut theory suggests….Santa Claus was an Alien. Rudolph with his red nose tracking beacon

Set 8: Mutant Dub 420

  • Dr. Israel & the Brooklyn Jungle Sound System – Sensi Man; Black Rose Liberation (Baraka Foundation) 2001 Brooklyn Seven Leave Mutant Dub Set
  • Bush Chemists – Good Sensi Dub 2; One Dub (Interchill) 2011 UK
  • Dubwiser – Sensi Drinka; Dub Action Captures Hammerbass (Hammerbass) 2001 Fr.
  • Charlie P and the Dubateers – Policeman; Hustle (Dubateers) 2011 UK
  • Dubblestandart feat. Devon D – We All Have to Get High; Return from Planet Dub (Collision) 2009 Jah-stria
  • Audio Active – Wanna-Na + Dub; We are Tokyo Space Cowboys (ON U Sound) ’94 Jah-pon

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: Jah-ly 29, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): You’ve got Jazz Vinyl inna mi Roots Reggae!

Herbie Mann – what’s this guy doing on Smile Jamaica?

Greetings,

Doing Reggae Radio for three decades, you do what you can to mix it up and stay out of ruts.

About six weeks ago, a listener Stephen – hit me up on Twitter asking me if I had heard of an obscure Reggae album by a traditional jazz flute player, Herbie Mann.

Indeed I had. My sister lives in Albuquerque. So we meet there for Christmas now, instead of me having to make a 600  mile drive through the frozen North to get to Montana.

Whenever I go anywhere, I pick up the Yellow Pages (now have to do it from their app.) Where are the Record stores?

ABQ has a good boutique shop called Mecca. Past downtown as you get to Old Town. I chat up the owner on soul reissues and what I call Mutant Dub: Dubstep, lounge, experimental ambient.

The tiny shop crammed with disks and cds lends itself to a cozy, relaxed atmosphere. Along the lines of the movie High Fidelity

Last Christmas I walk in and he greets me. Reaches behind the counter and pulls out a record. “Now that you’re here, maybe you want this”

It was a copy of herbie Mann “Reggae’. Once I saw the vinyl sleeve and knew it was vintage and not recent, all I had to say was put in on my pile.

1974. Love that era of Reggae and Rock. Everything was real music. Not synthed overdubs.

Legit if Tommy McCook, Mick Taylor and Albert Lee are in the mix

I tend to buy in waves and so I have a queue of about 100 priorities. Vinyl gets played first.

It took me about 6 months for this to jump from the crate to the turntable. Damn good on the riddims and the flute. Nothing soft or cheesy. I don’t know a lot about jazz. But I know an encyclopedia’s worth of Reggae.

When Stephen inquired about this. I dropped the 18 minutes of Side 2 during this week’s Vinyl is Vital segment. Smokey Robinson’s My Girl.

After Tosh and before Marley, that instrumental gem fit hand in glove with the Roots.

3 decades of Smile Jamaica – It’s Reggae when I say it’s Reggae. Gonna play Ella Fitzgerald covering The Cream inna rub  a dub style this Saturday!

bless, robt

Mecca Records on West Central ABQ, New Mex. Shop there. These stores are dying out and it saddens me. My lifestyle is under threat: cratedigging

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-ly 29, 2017 Annotated Playlist: 1 min. 50 sec.

Set 1:

  • Bunny Wailer – Rockers; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl
  • Augustus Pablo feat. The Crystalites & Big Youth; Melodica Melodies (Trojan) ’81 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Ken Boothe – In the Summertime; Freedom Street (Beverley’s/Jet Set) ’70 – Mungo Jerry cover
  • Wingless Angels – Rasta Army; Wingless Angels vol. II (Mindless) ‘96 – Keith Richards, Justin Hinds nyah group; 18 sec.
  • The Equators – Police on My Back; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska update of Eddy Grant & the Equals
  • Prince Alla – Sensimilla; More Love (Jah Warror) 2002
  • Christine Miller & Roots Hi Tek – The Light; 10” (Roots Hi Tek) 2009
Keith Richards and his Rasta Army

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Rastafari Is; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy)  Nov. 5, 1982 live the Roxy – Los Angeles
  • Jay Tees – Come to Me; 10″ (Music Lab) ’81 JA female duo

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Althea & Donna – Jah Rastafari; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78 
  • Sylford Walker & Welton Irie – Give Thanks and Praise to Jah + Rolling Stone; Lambs Bread International (Blood & Fire) ‘79
  • Wailing Souls – Jah Is Watching You; On the Rocks (Greensleeves) ‘83
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Rasta; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • E.T & Randy’s All Stars – Ordinary Version 3; Rough Guide to Dub (Rough Guide) 2005 Dub compilation of the hour

Set 4:

  • Mike Brooks – Rum Drinker; Classical Anthology (M-10) herbtune
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ‘86
  • Christine Adelsi – Babylon Shores; 10” (King Earthquake) 2012 UK militant steppers

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

Herbie Mann – My Girl; Reggae (Atlantic) ’74 – flute player covers Motown w/ the Tommy McCook Band; Request

<New Orleans Jazz flute + Motown Reggae; 90 sec.>

<Flautist Herbie Mann, Mick Taylor -gits; Albert Lee; Tommy McCook Band: 80 sec.>

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natural Mystic; Exodus (Tuff Gong) ’77 original
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natural Mystic (Ziggy rmx); Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) 2017 remix

<Exodus – movement of Bob’s people; 2 min. 45 sec>

<Natural Mystic: Original & Ziggy’s rmx; 40 min.>

  • Mikey Ras Starr – Jah Man of Calvary; Fire & Rain (Makasound) 70’s
  • Judy Mowatt – I Am Not Mechanical; Only a Woman (Shanachie) ‘82
  • Willi Williams & Brentford Rockers– Armagideon Version; Version Dread (Studio One/Tuff Gong) ’82 Studio One Dub Album of the Hour
Bob ’77 & Ziggy 2017 – Version Galore!

Set 7:

  • Rita Marley – A Jah Jah; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ‘80
  • Dillinger – Crabs in My Pants; Cocaine (Charly) ’83 JA disco
  • Tena Stelin – Intelligent Design; 10” (Dub Corner) 2007 UK mutant dub

<Putting the “fun” in Rasta fundamentalism – Tena Stelin, conspiracy theorist/UFOlogist; 40 sec.>

Tena Stelin – Putting the “fun” in Rasta Fundamentalism, UFOlogy and conspiracy theories

Set 8:

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Lou Lou – Time and Space; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017 DC dubbers w/ female vox: Mutant Dub Set
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers – Chemical Specialist (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 dub to Jah Woosh
  •  “Woodpecker Sound”
  • Jeb Loy & the Oil Wells – Things that Made the U.S.; Wild Paarty Sounds vol. 1 (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 UK
  • David Holmes feat. Sarah Cracknell – Gone (Kruder & Dofrmeister Session TM); This Films Crap Let’s Slash the Seats (1500) ‘98

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-cember 3, 2016: Christmas Soon Come!

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<Smile Jamaica’s Christmas dilemma>

Greetings,

I don’t get hung up on the Holiday PC stuff. Happy Holidays? Okay. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kool Kwanza. Most awesome Mawlid (that’s what the Muslims call Jesus’ birthday – one of their Top 5 Prophets.)

My skygod of choice is Anu, Marduk and Isthar. Those who came down from the sky

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Anunnaki goddess: Ishtar. Don’t put this Angel pon your Christmas Tree!

My dilemma hosting Smile Jamaica for 27+ years is how much and when to start Xmas Reggae. Some years I get complaints, “Bah humbug Nelson – play some Christmas jams!” Other years it it, “I listen to Smile Jamaica to not hear commercial Christmas”.

So this week? One Christmas tune. All I want for Christmas is my Collie herb! 8 down 42, to go!

bless, robt

santa

Smile Jamaica Playlist: Jah-cember 3, 2016

Set 1:

  • Phillip Frazer – Give King Selassie I Praises + Jah Blessing Flowing Dub; I and I in Inity (I & I Sound) ’87 US vinyl
  • Natural Roots – Natural Roots (Only Roots) ’84 Fr. Vinyl: Dub Album of the Hour
  • Beres Hammond – Bubbling; Beres Hammond and Friends (ERC)
  • The Specials – Rude Boy Outa Jail; Stereo-Typcial (2 Tone) ’80 3 CD best of
  • Ayo – What’s This All About; Gravity At Last (Wrasse) 2008: Nigerian-German female artist
  • The Pioneers – Papa Was a Rolling Stone; From the Beginning (Jet Star) ’73 Temptations cover
  • Aswad – Just a Little Herb; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Freddie McGregor – Jahovah; 10” (Observer Gold) over Satta riddim

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Set 2:

  • Johnny Osbourne – Trench Town School; Dancehall 2 (Soul Jazz) ‘80
  • Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping; Classic Reggae Hits (Time)
  • Black Slate – Legalize Collie Herb; Amigo (bbr) ’80 herbtune
  • Buume – Seriously; 10’ (Zimatime) 2006 UK mutant dub instrumental

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Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Gregory Isaacs – Happiness Come; Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ’74: 
  • Rita Marley – Who Is Your Neighbor; Harambe (Shanachie) ‘82
  • UB40 – Little by Little; Signing Off (Sound/DEP) ’80 singles collection
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – Twelve Days of Ismas; Natty Christmas (RAS) ’78 xmas herbtune
  • Burning Spear & the Black Disciples – The Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) Dub Album of the Hour
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All I want for Christmas is my collie herb!

Set 4: Rockers do Reggae

  • Keith Richards feat. Lee “Scratch” Perry – Love Overdue; Crosseyed Heart (Republic) 2015 Gregory Isaacs cover

<Keef Meets the Cool Ruler>

  • Eric Clapton – Whatcha Gonna Do; Crossroads Box Set (Polydor) ’74: Peter Tosh cover, unreleased
  • Magic! – Rude; Don’t Kill the Magic! (RCA) 2014 Canadian
  • The Slits – Fade Away; In the Beginning (Jungle) ’80 live female punk cover of Junior Byles original

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Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Trinity – Bad Card; Bad Card  (Joe Gibbs) ’81 FL
  • Sis Nya – Serious Time; Jah Music (Jah Shaka) ’87 UK
  • No Fixed Address – Black Man’s Rights; Wrong Side of the Road (Black Australia) ’81  Australian soundtrack
  • Sugar Minott – This Old Man; Studio One Sales Conference (Studio One) ’75 JA: nursery rhyme
  • Frankie Paul – Brothers; Strictly Reggae Music (Londisc) ’84 JA

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Set 6:

  • Pato Banton – No Worry; Never Give In (Primitive Man) ‘88
  • Ras Command – Kali Dub; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ. Mutant dub
  • Peter Broggs – International Farmer; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ’82 herbtune, request  

<420 Election Tally: 8-1-1>

  • Love Joys – Let Me Rock You Now; Showcase (Wackies) ‘82
  • Ja-Man All-Stars  – Dub Zone; In the Dub Zone (Blood and Fire) Dub Album of the Hour
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Don’t worry. It’s only going to be for four years. 8 years tops

Set 7:

  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Comfortable; Movements (Funfundvierzig) ’94 Germ. Female singer
  • King Kong – Earth Is the Lord; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005
  • Rob I Peart – Scorpion; 10” (Kingston Connexion)

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Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Alpha & Omega – Roots; Legend of A & O (Dopic Sounds) 2006 UK trance dubbers: Mutant Dub Set
  • Audio Active – Kick the Bong Around (Adrian Sherwood mix); Bong (Birdman) 2000 Jahpon
  • Dubblestandart – Steets of Dub (Anxiety Mix); Are You Experienced (Collision) 2006 Jah-stria
  • Dubchek – Duppy Train; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone Wold) 2001
  • Jim Nastics & Mungo’s Hi Fi – Nah Lef Africa; Jahtarian Dubbers vol. 3 (Jahtari) 2012 Germ.

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Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist) Nov. 5 2016: Election Re-cap!

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Smile Jamaica News Service reports: “Ebola defeated Bubonic Plague in the 2016 Presidential Election”

Greetings,

I predicted this. President Donald J. Trump. 

I get together with some bredrins every Friday afternoon for bourbon and music sessions.

Of course politics are a common topic with my mates. My buddy Aquaboy, Sandroid turned Hillbot, was fairly cocky that the polls showed Hillary way ahead. Evan McMullin was gonna win Utah.

I would look over at my buddy Free-Mike and give him a cold stare and said, “When we meet next Friday, you will all be stunned.” Aquaboy would scoff. Who’s scoffing now?

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Or as Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan calls it: Snooze-weak

My main blog roll is the Libertarian site, Zerohedge. Run by Bulgarian hedgefunders who predicted the 2008 economic collapse and  theyrefuse to adhere to the usual corporate media consensus. They mercilessly mock the corporate media outlets.

Since I did political interviews, Radioactive 2003-2012, I am also a natural skeptic to corporate news:

  • CNN – The Clinton News Network
  • AP – Assimilated Presstitutes
  • NPR – Nationalist Propaganda Radio
  • MS-DNC
  • FUX News
  • Petroleum Bullshit Syndicate
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Michael Franti: Television…drug of the nation. Breeding ignorance and feeding radiation

I’m all the way Alt-Left. So from my deep political reading, I knew that Hillary Clinton was going to lose all the Midwest states but Illinois and Minnesota.

When I would run into my Liberal friends who would greet my skepticism with, “Nate Silver has Hillary Clinton a 98% likely winner.” I would scoff. The polls were oversampling Democrats who are a much smaller voting bloc since Obama came in.

4.5 million Obama voters became Indedendent. Huge mid term losses in 2010 and 2014 told me the Midwest had abandoned the Democratic Party over economic inequality.

When I would have these conversations with my Liberal friends, they would respond, “Why are you supporting Donald Trump?”.

I knew that Hillary Clinton was going to lose for these 5 reasons

  1. Obama Fatigue – record inequality under his 8 years had Americans looking for a change at the top. Just like Obama won in part b/c of Bush Fatigue after his 8 years. Should have sent at least one banker to jail.
  2. Obama voters would not be Hillary voters. Obama was young and black with a Muslim name. That candidacy resonated with blacks and Hispanics. Hillary is old and white. So minority vote turnout was way down. 137,000 fewer votes cast in Detroit and 129,000 fewer votes in Milwaukee cost her Michigan and Wisconsin
  3. Millennials wanted Bernie. In the same way they came out for Obama they were YUUGE for Bernie Sanders.  When he was aced out, they went back to their undervoting tendency.
  4. Servergate/Wikileaks/Weinergate. At the end her untrustwory numbers were worse than Trump’s. In an emotions vs facts election, that was devastating for turnout and securing independent votes.
  5. Obamacare notices went out in mid-Octboer. Average increase? 24%. Trump wants to get rid of Obamacare. Hillary wanted to “improve it.” She couldn’t come out for single payer, so  if you had your policy cancelled and the new cost doubled (as happened to a classmate of mine in Montana), advantage Trump.
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Poli Sci classes will be studying the DNC campaign of Hillary Clinton for decades to come. How not to run a campaign lessons

I was wrong on 3 states:

  1. New Hampshire (for Trump) – I forgot they tend to be more conservative than their New England neighbors
  2. Colorado (for Hillary) – I thought the rural and military areas would reject the Dems.
  3. Nevada – I thought it would be Vegas for Hillary. Reno and the rest for Trump

I had a better result than Nate Silver!

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So called polling savant, Nate Silver: 0 for 3 lately: British elections, BREXIT, Pres. Trump

I voted for Jill Stein. And I was wrong on her. I lost a bet (to my Hillbot buddy Aquaboy, in fact), that Jill would get 4%. Not even close! See you in 2020, Doctor Jill!

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bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Nov. 5, 2016 – Annotated playlist w/ photos, captions, Reggae History Lessons; 84 sec.

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Set 1:

  • Triston Palma – Reggae Music Taking Over; Touch Me, Take Me (Abraham) ’82 Can. Vinyl
  • The Agrovators – Kaya Dub; Kaya Dub (Justice) ’78 UK: Dub Album of the Hour
  • Peter Tosh – Here Comes the Sun; Honorary Citizen: Jamaican Singles (Columbia) ’71 George Harrison/Beatles cover
  • UB40 – Reefer Madness; Signing Off (DEP/Sound) ’80 herbal instrumental
  • Garland Jeffreys feat. LKJ & the Dub Band – Miami Beach; Escape Artist (Columbia) ’81 feat. UK dub poet
  • King Kong – Legalize It; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Aisha – Glorify His Name; 10” (Ariwa) 2005 UK
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Dub album of the hour. Vinyl of course

Set 2:

  • Keith Richards – Love Overdue; Crosseyed Heart (Mindless/Republic) 2015: Gregory Isaacs cover
  • Gregory Isaacs & U Roy – Love Is Overdue; Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ’74 original
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Belly of de Beast; Belly of de Beast (Ariwa) UK mutant dub
  • Sister Nadia & Dubcreator – Deliver Us Jah; 10” (Asalah) 2006 Neth. Mutant dub
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Keith Richards does lovers rock

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27 Years

  • Prince Buster – Chubby; Original Golden Oldies (Melodisc) ’67 nyahbinghi style
  • Sophia George – Runnings Well Dread; For Everyone (Pow Wow) ‘89
  • Aswad – Hey Jah Children; Babylon Soundtrack (EMI) ’80: UK movie on Caribbean diaspora
  • Earl Sixteen Daley & the Rockers All Stars – The Rastaman; Rockers International (Greensleeves) ’80 Augustus Pablo prod’n
  • Sly & Robbie & the Revolutionaries – Rizzla Dub; Sensi Dub vol. 4 (Original) ‘76 Dub Album of the Hour
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Herbal dub of the hour

Set 4:

  • Sinead O’Connor – Throw Down Your Arms; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 w/ Sly & Robbie: Burning Spear cover
  • Judah Eskender Tafari – Jah Light; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2001
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Sly & Robbie pon the riddims

Set 5: 4:20 Vinyl is Vital set

<5 on the ballot to legalize the Seven Leaf; 11 sec.>

  • Tenastelin – The Anunnaki; 7” (Mascot) 

<UFO’s in the Bible and Sumerian Anunnaki – those whom came from the sky; 49 sec.>

  • Systemwide – Epic of Gilgamesh; Live at the Montreal Jazz Festival (BSI) 2002
  • Lee Perry & the White Belly Rats – Greetings; Panic in Babylon (DAMP) 2004: greetings from outerspace
  • Dennis Alcapone – The Sky’s the Limit (Flying Machine); Guns Don’t Argue (Trojan) ‘72
  • Transcend – 2002; Earthrise.ntone.1 (Instinct) 2001 US more space chatter

<The story of Gilgamesh and Enkidu; 50 sec.>

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Sumerian demi-god Gilgamesh mourns the death of his bredrin Enkidu

Words of Wisdom: