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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): June 3, 2017 – Black Wax Cratedigger’s Harvest!

 

Lots of my Student Loan kasheesh was spent at this SLC record shop. Going strong 30 plus years later. Removed 90% of their CDs to make room for MOAR vinyl

A life in cratedigging. Kick started the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive’s in my friend Neil’s dorm room. Fall of 1986. That lit the fuse!…..

<Black Uluru in a dorm room? Instant Reggae fanatic; 20 sec.>

…I’m going through a home remodel. 40 years of record collecting crammed into my garage right now. When I ran out of shelves, I bought some big ass tupperware bins to try and make it all fit.

This has to fit into my new addition. A Library for a Librarian

Between my organic collecting (used record stores, Ebay/Amazon, stock from my distributor when I sold Reggae online) and my binge buying when Record Stores started dying out in the mid 2000’s, my 1200 square foot house had reached a state of entropy.

So to make room for the demolition of two bedrooms to accommodate an actual Library (A Librarian with his own Library!), I had to move everything into my garage in a short amount of time.

Now that the project is coming to completion, I have to move everything back in!

Can 40 years of books, records, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes fit into a space 41 feet by 10 feet? Stay tuned!

My method?

  • Get up early on Saturday. Have my spinach determining what I’m going to sort and separate  in the garage.
  • Go have breakfast at Left Fork Grill with my best bredrin Leonard and his buddy John
  • Drink about 8 cups of coffee
  • Head back to mi casa in Sugarhouse
  • Grab a stack of disks for my CD boombox to while away the time sifting wax
  • Fully caffeinated: Start to organize the entropy.
    • I would separate by format: LP, 12″ disco mix, 10″ disco mix, non-Reggae vinyl
    • Then: look by title and cull albums if they fit one of my preferred set-genres
      • 420
      • Roots Dawtas
      • UFOria
      • Wailers Family Tree
      • Halloween
      • Marley Tribute songs
      • Rockers doing Reggae

I don’t know how many physical vinyl pieces I have (not even including 7″ 45s). CDs a whole separate issue.

10,000 pieces? 15,000? Somewhere in between.

It has literally taken me from early January to June to sort it all and separate for the final move into the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive.

From when I moved to SLC from Bozeman, MT in Sept. of 1986, I have been on a vinyl crusade. And the nostalgia of where and how I acquired the lion’s share of black wax really kicks off memories of a subculture that has mostly died out: the local record store.

Many great ones are still slinging wax: Like Randy’s in Salt Lake. Ditched their CDs to make room for the vinyl resurgence: 20 sec.

But over 500 stores have gone out of business in the last decade. When the music industry killed vinyl, they didn’t anticipate that digital music sales like Itunes, Spotify etc. would make those $18.99 CDs economically irrelevant.

Columbus and Bay in North Beach. I would stay across the street at the Travelodge and crate dig til closing. Nearly cried when I heard the news Tower was going under

And even though vinyl is making an awesome comeback (full vindication for I ‘n’ I), it’s too late for many of my favorite haunts.

Last summer my local Montana chain went out of business: Hastings. I would drive through gorgeous wheat fields and flowing rivers and cratedig from Butte, Missoula, Helena, Great Falls, Bozeman and Billings.

700 hundred miles from SLC to Fort Benton, Montana. Hastings books/cds/DVDs broke up the monotony of the drive. Went out of business Summer 2016

As much as I love Montana and my parents, I’m not driving home this summer. Not much for me to do there now but watch wheat grow.

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 3, 2017 – All Vinyl Showcase; 34 sec.

Set 1:

  • Brigadier Jerry – Everyman a Mi Bredrin; Jamaica, Jamaica (RAS) ’85 DC:
  • Bullwackie’s All Stars – Nature’s Dub; Nature’s Dub (Wackies) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Time Unlimited – Live Upright; Devil’s Angel (Live Wire) ’84 JA
  • Mother Liza – Ten to Ten; Mother Liza Meets Pappa Tollo (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK
  • Devon Russell- Homebound Train; Homebound Train (Freedom Sounds) ’83 JA
  • Zap Pow – Be Cool; Irie Land (Rhino) ’80 LA
  • Al Campbell – Collie Herb; 12” (Jah Life) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
The Record Room: Phoenix, AZ, 2016

Set 2:

  • Inner Circle – Forward Jah Jah Children; Reggae Thing (Capitol) ’76 US

<Inner Circle: Capitol’s answer to Bob Marley; 15 sec.>

  • Leroy Smart – What Will I Do; Rite Sound Reggae Story (Jah Live) ’77 Fr.
  • Barry Brown – Ital Rock; I’m Still Waiting (Rocktone International) ’83 Can.
  • Super Chick – Roach Killer; Reggae Dancehall Classics (Sleeping Bag) ’87 NY female dj

<Roach Killer shoes: favorites in the dancehall for killing roaches and rub a dubbing; 35 sec.>

Starboard Records, 1988 – West Valley City, UT. RIP

Set 3:

  • Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus – I Am an Ethiopian; Movements (Dynamic Sounds) ’78 JA

<I’m not Mr. Brown, Mr. Smith, Mr. White – I’m an Ethiopian; 12 sec.>

  • Dennis Brown – Wake Up; Wake Up (Natty Congo) ’85 UK
  • The Meditations – Running From Jamaica; Message From the Mediations (United Artists) ’76 US
  • Gregory Isaacs & Christine – Rock On; Rock On (Jah Live) ’75 Fr. Combination style
  • Prince Far I – Bendel Dub; Front Line Dub (Virgin Front Line) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

<Virgin record label in Nigeria; 50 sec.>

Randy’s Records: SLC, 1986

Set 4:

  • Lone Ranger – The Clock; Hi-Yo Silver, Away! (Greensleeves) ’82 UK
  • The Shakers – Emergency Call; Yankee Reggae (Asylum) ’76 Boston; female vox on Judy Mowatt tune
  • Eek a Mouse – Sensee Party; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’81 UK
  • Misty in Roots – Wandering Wanderer; 12” (People Unite) ’81 UK
Rough Trade Records: San Francisco, New Years Even 1988

Set 5: 420 Black Wax

  • Peter Culture – Coconut Chalwah; Behold 10” LP (Top Beat) 2000 UK 

<Coconut chalice; 14 sec.>

  • Clint Eastwood – Collie Weed Style; Love & Happiness (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK
  • Winston Reedy – Sensimilla; Dim the Lights (Inner Light) ’83 UK
  • Niney the Observer – My Spliff; Nuclear Jammin’ (Voiceprint) ’86 Chicago
  • John Holt – Police in Helicopter; 12” (Holt) ‘83

<Johnny Law in your rear view? 28 sec.>

Reckless Record, 1990 San Francisco/Haight Ashbury: RIP

Set 6:

  • The Wailers – Get Up, Stand Up; Wailers Vinyl Box Set (Island) #3484 of 10,000 vinyl box set

<Lessons in crate digging: Buy low ($70), sell high (working kidney)>

  • Bobby Culture, Brimstone & Fire, Nicodemus & Louie Culture – Going Home; Tidal Wave (Unicorn) ’83 Santa Monica: R.B. Greaves pop update
  • Junior Byles – I Don’t Know; Rasta No Pickpocket (Nighthawk) ’86 St. Louis
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Blackout in the Ghetto; Showdown vol. 3 (Hitbound) NY
  • Black Uhuru – What Is Life; 12” EP (4th & Broadway) ’83 US picture sleeve

<Not Marley, Tosh, Cliff or UB40: Black Uluru’s Anthem made I ‘n’ I a Reggae fanatic>

  • Ras Command – Education; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ.: Mutant Dub album of the hour
9 disk vinyl box set: Amoeba Records, Berkeley 2001: $70. Versus $3500 on eBay

Set 7:

  • Blue Riddim Band – Restless Spirit; Restless Spirit (Flying Fish) ’81 St. Louis

<Livicated to our KRCL bredrin: Bad Brad Wheeler>

  • Fab 5 – Shaving Cream; Jamaican Woman (Stage) ’87 JA
  • Aisha – I Know a Place; 12” (Ariwa) ’90 UK
Smokey’s Records, SLC 1987: RIP

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Black Uhuru – Boof’n’Baff’n’Biff (Fila Brazillia rmx no. 2); Dancehall Queen Soundtrack (Island Jamaica) ’97 US
  • Dub Syndicate – Roots Commandment; Echomania
  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Stormy Weather; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK female vox on Lena Horne classic
ON U Sound mail order, London: 1990?

Words of Wisdom:

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Digital Dubplate – Roots Reggae vs. Mutant Dubbers!

Something nice gonna happen to your ears!

Greetings,

Took a week off from Smile Jamaica for Memorial Day Weekend.  I am building a permanent home for the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. So I spent 7 hours in my garage re-arranging vinyl for preparation for my big move in a couple weeks. Check it out!

Nearly 40 years of record collecting gotta fit in a Library 80 feet long and 10 feet wide.

I hope it all fits!

In the meantime, enjoy a Digital Dubplate of one half Orthodox Jamaican roots mashed up with Space Age Mutant Dub. I cooked this up in my Secret Dubratory.

You’ve got Roots Reggae inna mi New Age dub!

bless, robt

0-30 min.:

  • Aswad – Warrior Charge; Roots Rocking (Island) ’80 best of
  • Ganja Man – Light Up Your Spliff; Pro Cannabis IV (EFA) ’95 female mutant dub herbtune
  • Lazyboy TV – The Manual (Chapter 4); LazyboyTV (Universal) 2004 NY mutant dub herbtune
  • Culture – Garvey; Production Something (Heartbeat) ‘78

30-60 min.:

  • Dry & Heavy – Kick the Bong Around + Dub the Bong Around; One Punch (Green Tea) Jah-ponese Mutant dub herbtune w/ female vox
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Punky Reggae Party; 12” (Tuff Gong) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Johnny Clarke – Crazy Baldhead; Authorized Rockers (Virgin Front Line) ’76 Bob Marley cover
  • Dub Gabriel feat. Karen Gibson Roc – Spirit Made Flesh; Anarchy & Alchemy (Destroy A/C) 2008 Brooklyn mutant w/ female dub poet
  • Jonah Dan & Bush Chemists – Guidance; Dubs From Zion Valley (JKPD) ’94 UK Mutant Dub
  • Coco Tea – Reggae Music; Settle Down (Cornerstone) ’8
  • Mungo’s Hi Fi feat. Soom T – Soundboy Police; Forward Ever (Scotch Bonnet) 2011 UK mutant dub w/ female vox
  • The Beat (aka the English Beat) – Doors to Your Heart 12” mix; CD Single (IRS) ’81 2 Tone ska 

60-90 min.

  • The Orb – Towers of Dub; U.F.Orb (Island) ’92 UK Mutant Dub
  • Rockers Hi Fi feat. Ella Fitzgerald – Sunshine of Your Love; Groove Corporation Presents Remixes from the Elephant House (Guidance) 2001 UK, cover of The Cream
  • Gregory Isaacs – Soon Forward 12” mix; Dancehall (Soul Jazz)  ’79
Ella Fitzgerald makes her debut on Smile Jamaica

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Cosmic Rocker & Zeb feat. Harmony – Dub; Babylon Is Ours (Echo Beach) 2003 US Mutant Dub
  • Dubblestandart feat. Ari Up – Island Girl (JStar rmx); Immigration Dub (Collision) 2013 Jah-stria w/ female vox
  • Justin Hinds – War Time + Dub; Know Jah Better (Nighthawk)  ‘90
  • Rockers Galore – Western Roots; Babylon Central Soundtrack (ESL) 2010 Mutant Dub
  • Hepcat – Hooligans; Out of Nowhere (Moon Ska) ’95 LA Wailers ska cover
  • Zion Train – Good Day; Homegrown Fantasy (China) ’95 UK Trance Dub w/ female vox

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr

  • See-I – Global Gangsters; Dinner of Herb EP (Exlle Music) 2003 DC Mutant Dub
  • Matumbi & I Roy– Points of View 12” mix; Empire Road (EMI) UK Best of
  • Dub Pistols feat. Kitten & the Hip; Worshipping the Dollar (Sunday Best) 2012 UK Mutant Dub w/ female vox
  • Martin Campbell – Badmen Control; Historical Tracks (Channel One UK) ‘81
  • Peter Tosh – Mystic Man (Long Version); Mystic Man (EMI America)  ‘79

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr

  • Samia Farah – Cool (Original); Samia Farah (Sony) ’99 French-Tunisian female
  • Suns of Arqa – Brujo Magic ; Arqaology (Arka Sound) ’92 UK Hindi/Arab Mutant Dubbers best of
  • UB40 – Buzz Feeling; Baggariddim (DEP) ’85 UK herbtune
  • Marcia Griffiths – Give and You Get; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Thievery Corporation – In Pursuit; .38.45 EP (ESL) ’98 DC Mutant Dubbers
  • Major Lazer feat. Jah Dan – Cash Flow; Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do (Downtown) 2009 Dubstep
  • Wailing Souls – Riddim of Life; On the Rocks (Greensleeves)  ‘83
Let’s end this Digital Dubplate with the Riddim of Life

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: May 13, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Mother’s Day Vinyl Tribute!

<Livicated, never deadicated, to all the Irie Roots Muddah’s, Dawtas, and Granny’s; 12 sec.>

Greetings,

I’m a momma’s boy. Oldest kid. Every Sunday I get up, rise and shine, put the coffee on and around 9:30 either I call Mom or she calls me.

After 45 years of juggling the books in Fort Benton Montana’s High School, her and my dad are becoming Sunbirds in Sun City West, AZ.

So let’s celebrate that maternal goodness with a Smile Jamaica’s Mothers Day. Even better. Let’s make it all vinyl.

Female artists and male artists paying tribute to their mom’s: Paul Simon, Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh and more.

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 13, 2017 playlist: (63 sec.)

Set 1:

  • Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion; Paul Simon (Warner Bros.) ’72 19 sec.

<recorded in Jamaica at Dynamic Studios>

  • Scientist – 11 Guava Road Dub; King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Sonya Spence – No Charge; In the Dark (Skynote) ’78: Tammy Wynette cover

<Tammy Wynette Reggae stylee; 18 sec.>

<No Charge – mother’s lyrics to son wanting allowance; 19 sec.>

  • Sis Nya – Babylon Trap; Jah Jah Way (Jah Shaka) ’89 UK
  • Zema – Blood Money; Zema (Melchizedek) ’86 San Diego
  • Mystic  Youth feat. I-Skeeda & the Irie Ites – Save the Roaches Best Wishes (Sunship) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; Bay Area youth group

<Youth band from the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church, San Francisco; 43 sec.>

  • The Jaytees – Come to Me; 10″ (Music Lab) ’81 JA female duo
No Charge – Tammy Wynette mother’s day reggae tune

Set 2:

  • Dennis Brown – Songs My Mother Used to Sing; Aquarius Rock (Pressure Sounds) Herman Chin-Loy prod’n
  • The Main Attractions – Jam Up, Jam Down; Roots Rock Reggae (Creole) ’78 Fr.
  • Chalawa feat. Merri & Sandi Callender – If You Drop That Cross; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Can.
  • Sister Carol – Get It Straight Africans; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’89 DC
  • African Princess – Jah Children Cry; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’80 UK
Sister Carol – Mother Culture

Set 3:

  • Peter Tosh – Mama Africa; Mama Africa (EMI America) ’83 US
  • Pauline – Babylon; In Progress (People Unite) ’84 UK
  • Sister Africka – Rivers of Babylon; 10” (Dub Jockey) UK niyabinghi
  • Prince Lincoln – Love the Way It Should Be; Vortex Dub (Orange Street) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Benjamin Zephaniah – I Love Me Mudder (Poem); Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • Sophia George – Tenement Yard; Fresh (Winner) ’85 JA
  • Aura Lewis & Lee “Scratch” Perry – Full Experience; Full Experience) ’76  Black Ark EP (Fr.)
South African Reggae singer, Aura Lewis

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree

  • Cedella Marley Booker – Mother Don’t Cry; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84: Wailers Family Tree Set – Bob’s last words to his mom

<Bob’s last words turned into a song; 75 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – Melody Life; At Studio One (Studio One) ’68 JA
  • Judy Mowatt – Hush Baby Mother; Working Wonders (Shanachie) ‘85
  • Rita Marley – Good Morning Jah; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ‘80

<Good name for a Reggae show; 14 sec.>

Set 6:

  • The Triumphant Singers – Don’t Forget to Pray; Man from Galilee (Tabernacle) ’68 JA gospel
  • The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 UK 2 Tone Ska
  • Casselberry & DuPree’ – Positive Vibration; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Milwaukee, WI folk-reggae duo, Bob Marley cover
  • Sister Nancy – Bam Bam; One Two (Techniques) ’82 JA
  • Sister Rasheda – Jah is Love; 10” (Jah Warrior) 2006
  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84 Dub Album of the Hour
Mama says: Don’t forget to pray!

Set 7: Dawta Dub Poets

  • Jean Binta Breeze – Tracks + Nanny; Tracks (LKJ) ’90 UK

<Nanny of the Maroons – Jamaican Heroine; 97 sec.>

  • Lillian Allen – Rub a Dub Style in a Regent Park; Revolutionary Tea Party (Redwood) ’87 Toronto dubber
  • Louise Bennett – Dry Weather Houses;  Jamaican Folk Songs (Smithsonian Folkways) ’53 10”
  • Sister Netifa – Woman Determined; Woman Determined (A Luta) ’89 UK

Set 8: Mutant Dubstresses

  • Alpha & Omega feat. Tracey J – Rasta Woman; King & Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub
  • Akabu – Work; Akabu (Viva) ’89 U
  • Sinead O’Connor – War; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 UK dubble disk; Bob Marley cover
  • The Slits – Return of the Giant Slits – Walk About; Return of the Giant Slits (CBS) ’81 UK
  • Aisha – Raise Your Voice; 12” (Twinkle) ‘95
  • The Wild Bunch – Mr. President Man ; The Wild Bunch (Ariwa) ’84 UK

<Livicated to Pres. #45 – Vladimir Putin>

Words of Wisdom

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-pril 29, 2017: Spring Has Sprung!

Greetings,

I love this time of year. Winter and bad air inversions — done. Taxes and Spring Radiothon – done and done. Days are longer, mornings aren’t as dark.

The only downside for I ‘n’ I is the six week Claritin-D fog I have to endure until things dry out.

Rise and shine, wake ‘n’ bake, run the roots!

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 29, 2017 Tracklist:

Set 1:

  • Emperors – Come Reason With I; Fret Not (Positive) NY vinyl
  • Sly Dunbar & Black Uhuru– Sun is Shining; Simple Sly Man (Virign) ’78 UK – Dub Album of the Hour (vinyl)
  • Wingless Angels – Rivers of Babylon; Volume I (Mindless) ’96 – Keith Richards, Justin Hinds & Nyahbinghi drummers; Melodians cover
  • Pato Banton – Gwarn;  Never Give In (Primitive Man) ‘88
  • Afro Omega – It’s On the People; CD Single (demo) SLC dubbers w/ female vox
  • Mike Brooks – Rum Drinker/ Rum Drinker (Teams) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Junior Dan – Sligoville Tobacco; 10” (Hi Try) ‘70s UK instrumental herb tune

<Sligoville, JA – Rasta sanctuary; 25 sec.>

Sligoville, Jamaica

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – No Mercy; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ‘72
  • Black Slate – Freedom Time (Black Star Liner); Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK

<Marcus Garvey’s Black Star Liner; 30 sec.>

  • Eric “Rebel Lion” Bubbles – Love and Unity; Roots of Black People (Progressive International)
  • Angela Prince – Joker Lover; 10” (Channel One) ‘83
Marcus Garvey: New World Blacks back to Africa

Set 3:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jammin’; Exodus (Tuff Gong) ’77 riddim shower (1): vox

<Bob’s Exodus from Jamaica; 15 sec.>

  • I Roy – Commandment VII (Jammin’); Ten Commandments (Virgin) ’80 UK yellow vinyl: picture sleeve; riddim shower (2): dj
  • Chalawa – Jammin’ Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 riddim shower (3): dub
  • Bunny Wailer – Raggamuffin; Dance Massive (Shanachie) ’92 over Keep on Moving riddim

<Bunny Wailer – Roots does Dancehall; 25 sec.>

  • Israel Vibration – Why Worry Dub; Israel Dub (Greensleeves) ’78 dub album of the hour
Toasting over Bob’s Exodus riddims while quoting the Bible

Set 4:

  • Lightman – Spring Time; Spring Time (Semi Sounds) 2004 Finland melodica dub
  • Yabby You & Jah Walton – Zambia Dub; Dub It to the Top (Blood and Fire) ’79  
  • Don Carlos – Springheel Skanking; Reggae Dance Party (RAS) ’86 comp.
  • Molara – Crown of Creation; 10” (Dub Tunnel) 2012 UK female vox
Finlandian or Finlandish dubwise

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Mikey Dread – Roots and Culture (Theme From Rockers Roadshow); Pave the Way (Parts 1 & 2) (DEP) ’85 UK duble disk 
  • Coco Tea – Gather My Sheep; Sweet Sweet Coco Tea (Blue Mountain) ’85 NY
  • Kojak & Mother Liza – Chant Down Babylon; Chant Down Babylon (Gorgon)
  • Bobby Culture, Louie Rankin, Brimstone & Fire – Big Big Bust; Tidal Wave (Unicorn) ‘83
  • Senya & Familyman Barrett – Children of the Ghetto + Juvenile Delinquency; Juvenile Delinquent (Clappers)  femal vox ’81 Brooklyn
Familyman killer female vox and extended mix

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Aswad – Just a Little Herb; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 herbtune 
  • Dennis Brown – Rasta Children; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Burning Spear – This Experience; People of the World (Blue Moon) ‘86
  • Alpha & Omega – Suffer the Little Children + Dub Unto Me; Daniel in the Lion’s Den (A & O) ’90 UK trance dub w/ female vox

Set 7:

  • Leroy Smart – Ballistic Affair: Joey & Norman Jay – Good Times 2 (Nuphonic) 2001 UK deejay best of soul and reggae
  • Junior Delgado – Hypo; Tichen (Rhino UK) ‘90
  • Sis Aiesha (sic) – King Selassie I; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2001 UK

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Gorillaz – Andromeda; Humanz (Virgin) 2017 – Mutant Dub Set
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Stppers – Chemical Specialist; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 dub to Jah Woosh Woodpecker Sound
  • African Head Charge – Touch I; Live in Japan (Beat) 2005 Tokyo
  • International Farmers – Bassy Man Dub; Dub Sac: Featuring the Storytellers (Anicca) 2007 US
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Notch – Strike the Root; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017 DC
  • Najma – Ghoom Charakahna (Talvin Singh Future Sounds of India Mix); Mystic Groove (Quango) 2001 UK Paki female singer

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-pril 15, 2017: Asteroid Missed….This Time!

 

Photo of asteroid “near miss”: Apr. 19th, 2017

Greetings,

Spent 4/20 having breakfast with a friend. He said, “You almost sound disappointed that asteroid missed hitting Earth yesterday”.

<Asteroid Attack vs 4/20 Smile Jamaica>

I replied that I just am so cranky about corporate media vs. fake news that when the “Mainstream” Media is telling us that asteroid was gonna miss, my natural skepticism kicked in.

Why should I trust the same bunch who told me Hillary Clinton had a 98.3% chance of winning the Presidency

My friend replied, ‘You need to cut back on your fake news intake. It’s making you paranoid.”

<One’s man’s propaganda is Smile Jamaica’s first option news source>

I scoffed. Never! RT, Al Jazeera, Zero Hedge. Fiya bun New York Times, Washington Post and CNN.

I finished my coffee, paid the check and headed home to celebrate the “near miss” by sifting through the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives for a Vinyl Only 420 special on Apr. 22nd.

Better re-calibrate your aim next time, Aliens!

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Playlist: Jah-pril 15, 2017; 69 sec.

Set 1:

  • Freddie McGregor – Africa Here I Come; Studio One Roots (Soul Jazz/Studio One) ‘80
  • Impact All Stars – Java; Java Java Dub (Impact!) ’72 Dub Album of the Hour
  • The Marvetts – Man From Calvary; Man From Galilee (Tabernacle) ’68 JA gospel w/ female vox

<Jamaican gospe; 41 sec.l>

  • General Echo – Round the World; Teacher fi di Class (Pressure Sounds) ‘79
  • Phillip Fraser – Blood of the Saint; Blood of the Saint (Silver Kamel) ‘82
  • Black Slate – Legalise Collie Herb; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK herbtune
  • Sylford Walker & Welton Irie – Lambs Bread + Lambs Bread Inernational (Blood and Fire) ’79 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Happy Easter with some high energy Jamaican gospel

Set 2: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Wanna Get Busted; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds) acoustic live at KZEL studios 1978 Eugene Oregon – herbtune

<Peter live on KZEL, Eugene, Oregon; 40 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus; Exodus (Tuff Gong) ’77 riddim shower (1): vox

<Bob’s Exodus from Jamaica to London; 21 sec.>

  • I Roy – Commandment I (Exodus); Ten Commandments (Virgin) ’80 UK yellow/picture sleeve vinyl; riddim shower (2): dj
  • Chalawa – Exodus Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. Riddim shower 3 (dub)
Peter live acoustic on the radio

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years – 420 faves

  • Don Carlos – Frontline; Just a Passing Glance (RAS) ’84
  • Pato Banton – Don’t Sniff Coke; Never Give In (Primitive Man) ‘88
  • Josey Wales – Love Me Ishen Tree; Outlaw (Live & Learn) ’83 over Wailing Souls
  • Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee; Reggae Dance Party (RAS) ’86 UK trio
From my parents house in Sun City West to my first record store in Tempe: turn left on Don Carlos Way

Set 4:

  • Mystic Roots Band feat. Katherine Ramirez; Camp Fire (Stay Positive) 2013 Chico, CA band
  • Errol Blackwood – Today We Pray; Waking Up the Dream (Blade) ’94 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Little John  – Smoke Ganga (sic) Hard; 10” (Hitbound) ’81 herbtune
  • Ja Man All Stars – Dub Zone; In the Dub Zone (Blood and Fire) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital: 420 tunes

  • Coco Tea – There Is a Herb in My Garden; Sweet Sweet Coco Tea (Blue Mountain) ’85 Brooklyn: 420 Vinyl is Vital Set
  • Sister Carol – Wicked Collie; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’89 DC
  • Mikey Dread – Dizzy (Herb Smoker); Pave the Way Parts 1 & 2 (DEP) ’85 UK dubble album
  • Clint Eastwood – Ganja Baby; Jah Light Shining (Vista Sounds) ’84 UK
  • Horace Ferguson – Sensi Addict; Sensi Addict (Prince Jazzbo Music) ’87 JA
Sensimilla from the Spanish – without seeds

Set 6: Conspiracy Theory/Asteroid Attack

  • Sister Carol – Lost in a Space; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’89 DC vinyl 

<Space Travel offends Jah; 10 sec.>

  • Leroy Smart – Propaganda; Wicked A Go Feel It (Trojan) ‘78
  • The Archives feat. Ras Puma – Who’s Correct; The Archives (ESL) 2012 DC dubber Eric Hilton
  • Tena Stelin – I.D. Chip; 10” (Dub Corner) 2007 Mark of the Beast conspiracy; UK Mutant Dub

<Bar codes and ID chips – Mark of the Beat; 25 sec.>

  • Martin Campbell And Alien Dread – Rebel Salute (Log on!) 2007 UK Dub Album of the Hour
The Presstitutes call it “Propaganda”. I n’ I call it trusted news

Set 7:

  • Bunny Wailer – Dance Massive;  Dance Massic (Shanachie) ‘92
  • Ammoye – Dun Suh (System Echo Bristol Mix); CD Single (vx) 2007 Canadian female singer
  • Hi Fi Killer s- Stalag 13 Dub; Jamaica (Loose Groove) ‘98
  • Aldubb feat. Al Capone JJ – Free Sensimilla Now; 10” (One Drop) 2009 Germ. Herb dubstep

Set 8: Mutant Dub Space Dust

  • Thievery Corporation – Let the Chalice Blaze; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017: Mutant Dub Space Dust
  • Kid Loco – Three Foot High Reefer; Kill Your Darlings (Dimension One) 2002 Fr.
  • Soom T – Weed Rant; Ode to a Carrot (Jahtari) 2008 female weedstepper from Europe
  • GT Moore – Ganja Flower; 12” *(Jah Works)  2002 UK
  • Audio Active feat. Bim Sherman – Free the Marijuana; Happy Shopper in Europe EP (ON U Sound) ’95 Jah-pon

Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: Digital Dubplate Cannabliss Preview!

 

Greetings,

KRCL is able to spin Smile Jamaica because of its Non-Profit license. That means 2 shows in the Spring and 2 in the Fall are devoted to listener pledges so I can get 60 months of creative roots and dubbers.

Since my livelihood is a sound editor, it is easy for me to hunker down in my own studio, The Secret Dubratory, 

to craft what I call Digital Dubplates so I have weekly content (1 million minutes listened on Mixcloud!) on the Smile Jamaica Podcast.

April is Cannabliss!

bless, robt

0-30 min.

  • Rita Marley – One Draw 12” Mix; Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy) ‘81
  • Fun Boy Three – Farmyard Connection; Waiting (Chrysalis) ’81 – two farmers named Peter and Bob
  • Kid Loco – Here Comes the Munchies; Kill Your Darlings (Division One) 2001 mutant dub
  • Search Boys – Searchin’; Up in Smoke Soundtrack (Warner Bros.) ’78 Cheech  & Chong on old Coasters R& B
  • Soom T- Ganja Megamix (Smile Jamaica dubplate); Glasgow female weed stepper
  • Carlton Livingston – Trodding Through the Jungle; Retrospect (Grapevine)  ’81 – with chalice in hand!
…with chalice in hand!

30-60 min.

  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • Sister Carol – Herbal Affair; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ‘96
  • Peter Tosh – Buk-in-Hamm Palace; Mystic Man (EMI America)  ’79 smoking w/ the Quee
  • UB40 – Mi Spliff; Bagariddim (Virgin) ‘85
  • Melodians – Irie Feeling; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83

60-90 min.

  • Peter Broggs – International Farmer; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82
  • Peter Broggs – International Farmer; Rejoice (RAS) ‘97
  • Queen Omega – Ganja Baby; Weed a Bun vol. 1 (Charm) 2005
  • Ben Harper – Burn One Down;  Voodoo Child (bootleg)  Bonn, Germ.; 4/12/98
  • Stranger Cole & Gladdy – One Toke Over the Line; 70’s Hits Reggae Style (Sanctuary) Brewer & Shipley cover
  • Prince Far I – Lambs Bread Collie; Ten Commandments (Rhino UK)
  • Max Romeo – Smokey Room – War in a Babylon (Mango) 

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Bob Marley – Marleyjuana Mixup; Smile Jamaica dubplate
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja 12” mix; Headline News (Deluxe Edition) ’79 UK youth group
  • Yellowman – Couchie; One in a Million (Shanachie) ‘84
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Me Yah (Funfundvierzig)  ’91 Germ.
  • Pato Baton – Legalize It (Acapella); Live at the Maritime San Francisco (2B1) Tosh cover 

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Sammy Dread – Plant Mi Sensi; Jah Live! (Heartbeat City) ‘98
  • Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Ace Boon) ’81 UK ska
  • Michael Franti – Ganja Babe; Live at the Baobob (Boo Boo)  2000
  • Vivian Jones – Got a Light; 12” (Jah Shaka) ’86 UK
  • Wailing Souls – Ishen Tree; On the Rocks (Greensleeves) ‘83
  • Sylford Walker & Welton Irie – Lamb’s Bread + Lamb’s Bread International (Blood and Fire) ’79 (2 and ½ hr.)

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Dennis Alcapone – I Want a Draw; Good Old Days of the 70’s (Teams)
  • Prince Alla – Sesimilia; More Love (Jah Warrior) 2002
  • Dillinger – Marijuana in My Brain; Cocaine (Charly) ‘83
  • Junior Reid – Free That Little Tree; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 3 (Greensleeves) ‘93
  • Michael Rose – Ganja Bonanza; Happiness: The Best of (Heartbeat) 2004 best of
  • Peabody & Sherman – Guess Who’s Coming For Sweet Leaf; 7” (blank) Black Sabbath vs. Black Uhuru
Ozzy Osborne on Smile Jamaica WTF?