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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 10, 2019: Bin Laden on the Grassy Knoll!

Greetings,

My Saturday routine:

  1. Wake
  2. Bake
  3. Shower
  4. Dress: Reggae T shirt for Smile Jamaica broadcast, shorts and sandals. Plus tin foil hat
  5. Hit the morning news cycle of my favorite news sources via Ipad: RT, Truthdig, Moon of Alabama, Zerohedge

No CNN (CIA News Nutwork); No FUX news; No MS-NBC (Mainstream nothing but crap); No Presstitute Bullshit Syndicate (PBS) for I ‘n’ I.

Since 2003 and the corporate media’s providing of legitimate cover for an illegal war, I am strictly alt news. I do not trust the 6 companies who own 90+ percent of our news media. Mostly Alt-Left but I’m a fan of a libertarian Bulgarian market site called Zerohedge for leavening. (They predicted the 2008 economic collapse before anyone else.)

I’m so “alt” I am driving 500 plus miles to Denver in a week to watch this political comedian: Jimmy Dore.

Jeffery Epstein allegedly committed “suicide.” My first reaction? How neat and tidy. Dead men tell no tales, eh? Especially considering the document dump the day before outed several high profile politicians, academics and hedge fund billionaires as accused of having sex with underage girls procured by the odious creep.

<Jeffery Epstein’s murder? suicide? escape? 2 min. 29 sec.>

I try to live the moral and upright life that I absorb through 30+ plus years of listening to Reggae music. I’m more of a paradox of virtue than any sort of saint, but I do believe government corruption and the abuse of children are part of that lens. Government interference led to Epstein’s slap on the wrist sentence a decade ago.

As compelling a story as the lurid conspiracy theories surrounding Epstein’s death: Was it suicide? murder? alien abduction? It still comes down to the outrageous sexual exploitation of children. Which is getting completely lost in the #EpsteinMurder and #ClintonBodyCount back and forth.

Mea culpa. I am susceptible to conspiracy theories. Probably due to my belief in Ancient Astronaut Theory, via the Anunnaki skygods traveling back to Earth from Nibiru. I do not believe 9/11 happened  the way they said it did anymore than I would believe in the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy.

When this went down, my brother in law said to my sister: “Can’t wait to see how your wacko brother responds to  all this.”

I went for breakfast with my best friend Nardo-jan (fellow Anunnaki/UFOria enthusiast, Ph.D. in Medieval History, librarian) and our mutual friend John (former journalist at the Salt Lake Tribune).

Of course Epstein’s “suicide” was the coffee topic of conversation. I queried both of them: (I knew Nardo-jan’s answer) but wanted to see what a professional newsman thought.

None of us believed the suicide story. Neither does my Mom, Dad and Sister.

What do I believe?

Now you understand where my brother in law is coming from!Don’t even get me started on Building 7.

Inconvenient conspiracy fact. Trust your eyes! Do not scoff!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 10, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 70 sec.

Set 1:

  • Pancho Alphanso – Watch This Sound; Watch This Sound (Shanachie) ’82 Ho Ho Kus NJ vinyl
  • Supersonics – Construction Dub Style; Treasure Isle Dub vol. 1 (Treasure Isle) JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Third World – 96 Degrees in the Shade; Live at Reggae Sunsplash ’81: Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 Aug. in Montego Bay, JA

<“Entertainment for you, martyrdom for me”; 30 sec.>

  • Carlene Davis – My Mistake; 15 Classics (Sonic)
  • Horace Ferguson – Sensi Addict; Dancehall – The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture (Soul Jazz) ’87 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Dan I – Like a Seed; 10″ (Moa Anbessa) 2008 Jah-taly

Set 2:

  • Culture – This Train; Cumbolo (Shanachie) ’79 gospel/Woody Guthrie cover
  • The Rolands – Johnny Dollar; Crucial Reggae (Mango) ’84
  • Afro Omega – Watcha Need; Pick Up the Pieces EP (Afro Omega) 2006 SLC w/ female vox
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – City Too Hot; 12″ (Upsetter) ’77 UK Black Ark

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Prince Buster – Shake a Leg; Original Golden Oldies vol. 2 (Melodisc) ’61: Burning Spear – Oh What a Happy Day; Creation Rebel (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’74
  • Akabu – People Get Ready; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’89 UK roots dawtas; Curtis Mayfield tune
  • Jah Iney & Augustus Pablo – Classic Rockers Chapter 1 & Chapter 3; Rockers International (Greensleeves) ’80
  • Scientist – 11 Guava Road Dub; King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81 Dub album of the hour

Set 4:

  • General Public – Never You Done That; All the Rage (I.R.S.) ’84 post 2 Tone ska/pop
  • Rhoda Dakar – The Wreck; Cleaning in a Another Woman’s Kitchen (Moon Ska World) 2007
  • Pablo Gad – What Makes a Natty Dread Cry; Blood Suckers (Melodie) ’78
  • Earl Sixteen – Gates of Hell; 10″ (Sip a Cup) 2004 UK

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital Set

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Rolling Stone; Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates (Studio One) ’82 JA vinyl; Bunny Wailer lead vox

<Bob Dylan cover; 2 min.>

  • The Jaytees – A Prayer to Jah; Pirates Choice (Studio One) ’81 JA female duo
  • Inner Circle – Mary, Mary; Everything Is Great (Island) ’79 UK herbtune
  • Ken Boothe – I Shot the Sheriff; Blood Brothers (Trojans) ’78 UK Wailers cover

<Why the Sheriff hated Bob; 27 sec.>

  • Arthur Louis – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door; This Is Reggae Music (Island) ’75 US – Bob Dylan cover

Set 6: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45’s

  • King Stitt – Herbsman Shuffle; 7″ (Trojan) ’80 UK picture sleeve: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox
  • Carl Dawkins – Witchcraft; 7″ (Sir J.J.) ’72 JA
  • Sharon Black – Struggling; 7″ (Clintones) ’77 US
  • Dennis Brown – Armagideon; 7″ (Emmanuel) ’80 Bunny Wailer cover
  • Sly & Robbie – Plastic Dub; Overdrive in Overdub (Sonic) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Black Uhuru – Somebody’s Watching Me; Anthem UK Rmx (Island) ’83 cover of Rockwell soul
  • Bunny Wailer – Revolution; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob songs for 50th birthday
  • Peter Tosh – Pick Myself Up; Wanted (bootleg) Sept. 29, 1981 NYC @ the Ritz

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – Is This Love; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient translation: Mutant Dub Set
  • Likkle Mai – Your Love; Roots Candy (Beat) 2006 Jah-ponese dawta from Dry & Heavy
  • Alpha & Omega – Fire; Watch and Pray (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub
  • Bush Chemists – Haste Make Waste; Light Up Your Chalice (Dubhead) ’99 on Bunny Wailer Armagideon riddim
  • Rockers Vibration – 23 + 2; King Size Chapter 10 (Echo Beach) 2003 Germ.
  • Mahanee feat. Mikey Murka & Disrupt – Police; 12″ (Police in Helicopter) 2009 Germ. John Holt herbtune cover

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah’ly 27, 2019: 31 Years of Reggae Vinyl!

Greetings,

The year was 1988. Early Spring. My college roommate and I were having a slice at The Pie Pizzeria near our apartment close to the University of Utah campus.

The pizza place had KRCL 90.9FM on the hi fi. Community radio. Programmed by volunteers who pick their own music. We heard they were doing a new volunteer training. My roommate wanted to do 80’s indie. I had recently discovered KRCL’s Smile Jamaica.

Another college friend had turned me on to Reggae via the album at the top of this blog post: Sly & Robbie 80’s hardcore digital mix of Black Uhuru. Militant Reggae in a drum and bass style.

<Black Uhuru – Anthem and what it means to Smile Jamaica; 38 sec.>

Thanks to Pres. Ronald Raygun’s student loan program, I  started collecting Reggae and had enough to be trained for an late Sunday night/early Monday morning show called 3 o’clock Roadblock

<How I started at KRCL; 39 sec.>

It was just before 4th of July 1988 when I debuted. I found that I couldn’t sleep if I needed to be loading my car for the 20 minute drive to the station. So I would stay up all night, lay down riddims, go home and crash and then get up to go class mid Monday morning.

I did the show for a little more than a year. It was a great way to learn radio without a lot of pressure. My listeners? Night owls, insomniacs, graveyard shift workers and cab drivers.

A month prior, I tried to recreate the first radio show of 3 o’clock Roadblock with what was a new medium at the time: the compact disk. This week I went through my Ark-Ive and harvest vinyl LPs.

And to mix it up, I organize from A-Z and Z-O for the black wax nostalgia mixdown.

<Early vinyl gems laid out A-Z; 36 sec.> 

And 31 years later, except for 1 LP (Eek a Mouse), the black wax is sounding crisp. Or criss as the dreads would say.

Enjoy and thanks for listening!

bless, Bobbylon

“Vinyl is what we listened to before CDs.”

Smile Jamaica Ark-ives July 27, 2019: 31 Years of Vinyl A-Z

Set 1: A-E

  • Jimmy Riley – Summer Time; 12″ (DEB) ’76 UK Porgy & Bess cover
  • Soul Syndicate – Only Jah Dub; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour (Earl Zero bonus dubs)
  • Horace Andy – Oh Lord, Why Lord; Best of Horace Andy (Coxsone) ’72 JA
  • Black Uhuru – Anthem; Anthem (Island) ’83 UK Groucho Smykle rmx
  • Culture – Behold the Land; Africa Stand Alone (April) ’79 US
  • Carlene Davis; Angel in Your Arms; At the Right Track (Carib Gems) ’80 UK Hot soul cover
  • Eek a Mouse – Sensee Party; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’82 US 4:20 Cannabis Service
Just about the only LP that had surface noise from today’s all vinyl show

 

Set 2: F-J

  • Phillip Frazer – 2000 Years; Come Ethiopians (Freedom Sounds) ’79 JA
  • Sophie George – Girlie Girlie; Fresh (Winner) ’86 UK
  • Heptones – Cool Rasta; Cool Rasta (Trojan) ’76 UK
  • I Roy – Union Call; Whap’n Bap’n (Virgin) ’80 UK
  • Wayne Jarrett – Love in a Mi Heart; Chip In (Greensleeves) ’82 UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set 3: K-N

  • Ini Kamoze – Rough; Pirate (Mango) ’86 US
  • Ijahman Levi – Are We a Warrior; Are We a Warrior (Mango) ’79
  • Judy Mowatt – Mr. Big Man; Mellow Mood (Ashandan) ’75 JA
  • Natural Ites – What About the Africans; Marvellous (CSA) ’87 UK
  • Scientist – Miss Know It All; Trojan Dub Box Set (Trojan) ’98 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4: O-R

  • Johnny Osbourne – Rude Boy; In Ah Disco Style (Cha Cha) ’81 UK
  • Michael Prophet – Give Me the Right; Blood Stain (Ashantites) ’83 DC
  • Quasar – Stir It Up; Fresh (LASN) US Bob Marley cover
  • Ras Midas – Too Long in the Wind; Rastaman in Exile (Disc’ AZ International) ’80 Fr.

Set 5: S-W

  • Sister Nancy –  Gwan a School; One Two (Techniques) ’82 JA
  • Tamlins – Big Girl Now; I’ll Be Waiting (Live & Learn) ’87 DC Stylistics cover
  • U-Roy – Babylon Burning; Natty Rebel (Virgin) ’76 UK
  • Viceroys – Brethren & Sistren; Brethren & Sistren (CSA) ’83 UK
  • Wailing Souls – Stranded in L.A.; Stranded (Greensleeves) ’84 US

Set 6: X-Z

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus; Exodus (Island) ’77 UK
  • Yellowman – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt; Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt (Greensleeves) ’84 US
  • Zema – Blood Money; Zema (Melchizedek) ’86 SoCal dawta
  • Dub Syndicate – Overloader; Towering Dub Inferno (Rykodisc) ’90 Dub Album of the Hour
Letter X – Exodus

Set 7: Z-V

  • Zap Pow – Roots Man Reggae; Zap Pow (Mango) ’78 US
  • Yabby U & the Prophets – Get Lost Babylon; Babylon Queen (Clappers) ’82 US
  • Delroy Williams – Learn; I Stand Black (Message) ’84 US
  • Martha Velez – Get Up Stand Up; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 US Wailers cover

Set 8: U-O

  • Unity – Star Gazing; Heat Your Body Up (Charisma) ’83 UK
  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumbo Klaat; 12″ EP (Rolling Stone) ’81 US
  • Sister Netifa – Don’t Talk to Me Babylon + Scream; Woman Determined (Aluta) ’89 UK dub poet
  • Ras Michael – Mr. Brown; Rastafari (Top Ranking) ’75 JA
  • Barbara Paige – Babylon Must Fall; Hear Me Now (Epiphany) ’82 US
  • Oku Onuora – Wi a Come; 12″ (Heartbeat) ’83 US picture sleeve

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate Summer Roots – Cratedigging in 115 Degrees!

Greetings,

My Dad has been laid up in Sun City West, AZ. He has something called NPH: Excess spinal fluid builds up on the part of the brain that controls walking, bowel/bladder control and short term dementia.

I, my brother and sister have been tag teaming with my Mom in his treatment. July was my turn.

Long story short, in the week I had been here, his recovery has improved enough for me to do a little cratedigging.

I am mainly on the hunt for collector Reggae vinyl. The temp in Phoenix is 115 degrees.

Here is how you cratedig in triple digits without your vinyl stash melting.

  1. From the retirement community my parents live in, Sun City West, to Tempe is about 45 minutes. Run the AC at 60 degrees. By the time I got out of the car, I was frozen. I literally wished I had worn socks.
  2. But, getting out of the car into that heat felt good. My joints thawed out from the drive. Enter the shop ad cratedig.
  3. Going back to the car was like walking into a furnace blower.
  4. My mom had set up one of those cooling bags and we added a zip loc bag full of ice. Even then I placed a thick blanket. Must avoid sunlight and high temps.
  5. Placed the records in the bag and rinse and repeat.

The uniqueness of cratedigging. At Xmas time, I didn’t find any vinyl in Phoenix. Hellish summer I found good collectors vinyl if three shops. Getting them home is part of the story.

Enjoy this musical mash up podcast for when I was off air.

bless, Bobbylon

Vinyl only shop by the Phoenix Skyharbor Airport

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate July 2019 Playlist:

0-30 min.

  • UB40 – Many Rivers to Cross – Version Girl (Virgin) ’85 Jimmy Cliff cover
  • Marcia Griffiths – Peaceful Woman; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ’79
  • Culture – Trod On (Extended Mix); Production Something (Heartbeat) ‘77
  • Yellowman – Don’t Burn It Down; One in a Million (Shanachie) ’84 herbtune
  • Taj Mahal – Slave Driver; Mo’ Roots (Columbia) ’74 Wailers cover
  • Organized Kryme feat. Johnny Osbourne – Ice Cream Love; Organized Kryme (1st Step) 2000

30-60 min.

  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Fade Away; New Age Steppers (ON U Sound) ’80 female vox on Jr. Byles cover
  • Yabby You – Run Come Rally; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ’75 comp.
  • Love Joys – Chances Are; Lovers Rock Reggae Showcase (Wackies) ’83 female duo
  • Jah Lion – Hay Fever; Colombia Colly (Mango) ’76 dj to Susan Cadogan’s “Fever”
  • Overproof Sound System – Kunta Kinte; Nothing to Proove (sic) (Different Drummer) 2004 mutant dub to Creole classic
  • Massive Dread – Strictly Bubbing; This Is Massive (Nyam Up) ‘82
  • Tassilli Players – Interstellar Overdub; Outer Space (Universal Egg) ’96 UK mutant dub

60-90 min.

  • Burning Spear – Foggy Road; Hail HIM (Heartbeat)  ‘80
  • Foundation – Beverly Hills; Flames (Mango) ’88
  • Aisha – Prophecy; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 female cover of Faybiane Miranda
  • Prince Far I – Tribute to Bob Marley; Voice of Thunder (Trojan) ’82
  • Queen Majeeda – Gye Name; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93 female dub poet
  • Cocoa Tea – Jah Made Them That Way; Rocking Dolly (RAS) ’82 
  • Mighty Diamonds – The Real Enemy; The Real Enemy (Rohit) ‘87
  • Heavy Manners – Complicated Decency;  Heavier Than Now (NoVo) ’96 Chicago group w/ female vox

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Third World – Rhythm of Life; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’76
  • Dillinger – Crabs in My Pants; Cocaine (Charly) ’83 rude
  • Prince Alla – Sun Is Shining; More Love (Jah Warrior) 2002
  • Revolutionary Dub Warriors – Warrior; Deliverance (ON U Sound) ‘94 UK mutant dub
  • Welton Irie – Jah Come;  Lambsbread International (Blood & Fire) ‘79
  • Aswad – Love Fire; Live and Direct (Mango)  ’83
Sun City West, AZ – 115 degrees in the shade

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Noah House of Dread – Revelation Time; Heart (ON U Sound) ’82 UK mutant dub
  • Cymande – The Message;  Cymande (Sequal/Janus) ’72 UK reggae/rock/soul/jazz
  • Zion Train – Customs Check; Passage to Indica (China) ’93 UK mutant dub
  • Ras Command – Culture Move; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ. Mutant Dub
  • Black Uhuru – Mondays; Chill Out (Mango) ’83
  • U Roy – Trenchtown Rock; Dread in a Babylon (Virgin Front Line) ’76

2 and 1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • Musical Youth – Political /General; 7″ (021) ‘81
  • Big Youth – A Luta Continua; A Luta Continua (Heartbeat)  ’84 the struggle
  • continues
  • King Kong – Ethiopia; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) ‘97
  • Kings of Reggae feat. Chris Hinze – Let’s Have a Party; Bamboo Reggae (Keytone) ’83 flute jazz reggae
  • Afro Omega – Set in the Sky; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC w/ female vox
  • Alpha & Omega – The Roots; Dub Magic (Zion’s Gate) ‘98 UK trance dub

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 29, 2019: 31 Years of Reggae Radio!

Greetings,

<New broom sweeps clean, old broom knows the corners!>

Early spring 1988,  my roommate and I were in the Pie Pizzeria near the Univ. of Utah campus. They were listening to the local community radio station, KRCL. I had discovered its Saturday afternoon Reggae program called Smile Jamaica about a year previous. KRCL were looking for new volunteers to train for graveyard shift shows.

My roommate, also a music fanatic, wanted to do a mid 80s college show. I was interested in Reggae. They had enough rock programmers but wanted someone to do a late night program that could mix up Reggae with Ska and World.

I started training late spring and was granted a show that debuted just before the 4th of July 1988: 3 o’clock Roadblock – named for the Bob Marley song because the show aired from 3am-6am late Sunday night/early Monday morning.

includes 3 o’clock Roadblock

I learned how to juggle tunes for a radio audience for probably a couple hundred graveyard shift workers, night owls and insomniacs.

Black Uhuru was the group that got me into Reggae music. I loved them: Michael Rose, Puma Jones (dawta) and Ducky Simpson (dread.) Their album, Anthem (the first Reggae Grammy award) was a booming 80’s synth from Sly & Robbie meshed with heartical roots and dread anthems.

I had met a guy in the U of U dorms, Neil Copperman. Jewish kid from Baltimore who had all these new compact disks on a massive hi fi with Bose speakers. I had been an early adopter of the round aluminum disks, (and I also favored Bose 301’s),  when I moved to SLC from Bozeman, Montana; Fall Semester 1986. So we would trade disks and listen to each other’s selections.

The dorms were concrete bunkers and the drum and bass from Sly & Robbie ricocheted around the room.  I was hooked on Reggae from that moment forward. I had a few Marley’s, Tosh’s, Toot’s & Cliff’s. None of them made the instant impact Black Uhuru did.

From late June 1988-Aug. 1989 when I quit the late night, I would always start each edition of 3 o’clock Roadblock with a Black Uhuru tune.

<Anthem lit the fuse; 66 sec.>

I was only off air for about 2 months. In Oct. 1989, my mentor Rutabaga Reese offered to have me split Smile Jamaica with him. And that lead to my Saturday adventure of almost 30 years.

In between I have been a part of the digital media transition and this podcast was created before there was even a word for it. I knew that radio was gonna go internationally online.

<Smile Jamaica pre-podcasting “podcast”; 23 sec.>

But that’s a story I will continue Oct. 2019 – when, Jah wiling, I get my 30 year badge.

Humans of the U: Robert Nelson

So enjoy this possible recreation of the very first 3 hours of Reggae Radio from I ‘n’ I. CDs on this podcast. In a month, I will do the same for vinyl.

Thanks for listening from day 1 or 31 years fresh.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 29, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 56 sec.

Set 1: 1972-1976

  • Black Uhuru – Party Next Door; Anthem (Mango) ’83 Best of 31 Years of Reggae Radio
  • Augustus Pablo – Unity Dub; Africa Must Be Free by 1983 Dub (Rockers) ’83 YS US vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come; The Harder They Come Soundtrack (Mango) ’72

<The Harder They Come and Reggae in US/UK; 74 sec.>

  • The Wailers – Stir It Up; Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong) ’73 US w/ guitar and piano overdubs

<Catch a Fire and Reggae in the US/UK; 65 sec.>

  • Burning Spear – Down By the Riverside; Presenting (Studio One) ’73
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It; Legalize It (Columbia) ’76

Set 2: 1976

  • The Mighty Diamonds – Back Weh Mafia; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’76 soul producer, Allen Toussaint prod’n
  • Judy Mowatt – Put It On; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Wailer cover
  • Max Romeo – One Step Forward; War ina Babylon (Mango) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark riddim shower (1) – vox
  • Prince Jazzbo – Ital Corner; Ital Corner (Clocktower) ’76 Black Ark riddim shower (2): deejay

<Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Black Ark studio>

Set 3: 1976-1977

  • Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 Bob prod’n/Perry mix/Wailers on the riddims/Wailers cover

<Martha Velez; 38 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – This Train; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76 Woody Guthrie cover
  • The Congos – Children Crying; Heart of the Congos (Black Art) ’77 Black Ark prod’n
  • The Revolutionaries – Dawn Creation; Phase  One Dub Wise volume 2 (Phase One) ’80 UK vinyl dub album of the hour

Set 4: 1977

  • Culture – Two Sevens Clash; Two Sevens Clash (Shanachie) ’77

<When the 2 7’s clashed; 72 sec.>

  • Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man; Conscious Man (Seven Leaf) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark prod’n
  • Yabby You – Judgment Time; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ’77

Set 5: 1978-1979

  • I Roy – Tiddle Le Bop; Heart of a Lion (Virgin Front Line) ’78 nursery rhyme
  • Ijahman Levi – Jah Heavy Load; Haile I Hymn (Jahmani) ’78 feat. Steve Winwood on organ
  • Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking; Uptown Top Ranking (Object Enterprise) ’78 female dj duo
  • Dennis Brown – Love Jah; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ’79

Set 6: 1979

  • The Morwells feat. Bingy Bunny – Bit By Bit; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ’79
  • Capital Letters – Run Run Run; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group w/ female harmonies
  • Marcia Griffiths – Steppin’ Out of Babylon; Steppin’ (Shanachie)
  • Sugar Minott & Soul Syndicate – Walking Through the Ghetto; Ghetto-ology + Dub (Easy Star) ’79
  • Roots Radics – Rockers Almighty Dub; Rockers Almighty Dub (Clocktower) Bronx, NY vinyl dub album of the hour

Set 7: 1979-1980

  • Keith Hudson – Musicology; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ’79
  • Johnny Osbourne – Jah Promise; Truths and Rights (Studio One) ’79
  • Earl Zero – I No Lie; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ’79
  • Pablo Moses – Dubbing is a Must; A Song (Mango) ’80
  • Wailing Souls – Old Broom; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ’80 comp.
New broom sweeps clean. Old broom knows the corners!

Set 8: 1980-1981

  • Ken Booth (sic) & the Iranian Students – Peace Time/Khomeni Skank; Jack Ruby Hi-Fi (Auralux/Clappers) ’80
  • Sister Jam – People of the World; Rockers International (Greensleeves) ’80 Augustus Pablo prod’n
  • Flo & Eddie – Rock With Me; Rock Steady With Flo & Eddie (Epiphany) ’81 of the Turtles; Melodians cover
  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Linton Kwesi Johnson – Miami Beach; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81 NY rock artist w/ dub poet
  • Mikey Dread – World War III; Beyond World War III (Dread at the Controls) ’81

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 22, 2019: Space Farce!

 

Greetings,

I’m annoyed with our President. Listen why…

<Trump scoffs at UFO’s;  97 sec.>

This summer I started watching a new program on History Channel called Unidentified

The show features a guy named Lew Elizondo who quit our intelligence service to alert the world about UFO encounters. Our naval pilots are being harassed and traumatized by their encounters with flying “Tic Tacs”. Craft that can neutralize weapons defense systems on our most sophisticated planes.

Pentagon admits to UFO investigations

This popped up on the corporate news cycle and during an interview with George Stephanapolous, The Cheetolini said he didn’t believe in UFO’s. I would have thought he would have believed in UFO’s bigly.

So here is why I am perturbed: Pres. 45 created the Space Force. General Giorgio of Ancient Aliens is heading the effort.

General Giorgio tapped I ‘n’ I to be in charge of Lunar agriculture. I am leading the effort to plant the space dust. The moon is gonna be lonely for a while. That’s why NASA invented vaping. You can’t spark a doobie in space. No oxygen, am I right?

I ‘n’ I am not growing moon weed and deejaying for the harvesters’ entertainment up there, just so Raytheon and Boeing can add to their Military Industrial Complex profits.

Hey 45: It ain’t swamp gas, ball lightning or mother effing weather balloons. It is Extra Terrestrials wary of our nuclear war insanity.

Between Trump’s betrayal and the Walrus of War (John Bolton’s) game of chicken in the Strait Hormuz, I am fed up!

So I told the Mad Tweeter: I QUIT; 60 sec.

The Aliens do not want to see a World War III in the Middle East that could go nuclear. Alien sightings became common after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They don’t care about us humans, but they need our gold and water. A Bitter Wind destroyed Sumer – and what was that bitter wind? Nuclear weapons inna Mesopotamia

<No war with Iran; 52 sec.>

<Specials – anti-war ska; 27 sec.>

Watching Unidentified and hearing military people talk about a “rain of UFO’s” mankind should heed the warning. If you weaponize space, the Aliens will intercede and it won’t turn out well.

Watch the movie from 1951, the Day the Earth Stood Still and how the Aliens (or  my ancestors – The Anunnaki if you are like me, an Ancient Astronaut Theorist), will put mankind under heavy manners, as the Rastas used to say

<Klaatu Barada Nikto; 54 sec.>

Look to the skies! Do not scoff!

Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives June 22, 2019 – Annotated Playlist; 76 sec.

Set 1:

  • Black Uhuru – Solidarity; 12″ EP (4th & Broadway) ’83 US picture sleeve
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & the Upsetters – Cloak & Dagger; Cloak & Dagger (Black Art) ’72 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • IBA – Zion Trail; Many Lives (Mt. Nebo) 2006 Chattenham
  • Sister V – V’s Version; Baggariddim (DEP) ’85 female dj over UB40 Version Girl
  • Tippa Lee & Lone Ranger – Me No Call No Police + Keep on Dubbing in the Dance; Return of the Rub-a-Dub Style (Echodelic) 2011
  • Barrington Levy – Collie Weed; 12″ (Jah Life) ’79 JA 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2:

  • Mikey Dread – I Love My Mother; World Tour (Dread at the Controls) ’99
  • Alton & Hortense Ellis – I’m Just a Guy; Cry Tough (Treasure Isle/Heartbeat) ’68
  • Junior Delgado – Tell Me How You Feel; Tichen (Rhino UK) ’90
  • Leonard Dillon – Done ‘I Done; One Step Forward (House of Reggae) ’91
  • Early B – Send in the Patient; 12″ (Vibes and Vibes) ’85 JA

Set 3:

  • Fred Locks – Moving With the Power; Culturally (Tan-Yah) ’95
  • Bush Chemists feat. Talawa – Stand Up Dub; Light Up Your Chalice (Conscious Sounds) ’99 mutant dub w/ female vox
  • Ken Boothe – Tears in My Eyes; 10″ EP (Trojan) ’71 BB Seaton cover
  • Pablo Gad – Bloodsuckers + dub; Bloodsuckers (Melodie) ’78

Set 4:

  • Thievery Corporation – It Takes a Thief/DJ Kicsk; DJ-Kicks (!K7) ’99
  • Chris Wayne – Don’t Worry Yourself; Tempo Explosion (Black Victory) ’85
  • Rasta Rafiki – Congregation; Stream of Consciousness (Blue Duck) ’95 Morgantown, WV
  • Rita Marley – That’s the Way; 12″ (Shanachie) ’82 picture sleeve
  • Culture – Dubbing in the Capital; Stoned (RAS) ’97 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • The Specials – The Man at C & A; More Specials (2 Tone) ’80 UK 2 Tone ska; anti-nuclear war
  • Pancho Alphanso – Red Eye; Watch This Sound (Shanachie) ’82 Ho Ho Kus, NJ
  • Charlie Chaplin – Naw Leave Me Chalwa; Red Pond (Tamoki Wambesi) ’82 UK
  • Pluo Shervington – Ms. Gace; Pluto (Wild Flower) ’75 JA
  • Soom T – 31st Century Song; 12″ EP (Scotch Bonnet) 2012 UK female weedstepper

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Sister Carol – Lost inna Space; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’99 UFO tune; Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ years
  • Bad Brains – The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth; Rock for Light (Caroline) ’83 DC punk dubbers
  • Michael Prophet – Fight to the Top 12″ version; Serious Reasoning (Mango) ’80
  • Martin Campbell & Hi-Tech Roots Dynamics: Cosmic Dub Clash (Log On!) 2007 UK dub album of the hour

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

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

<Another Dance>

  • Peter Tosh – Mystery Babylon; Jamaica (Putomayo) ’76

<Tosh bio>

  • Bunny Wailer – Winepress (Babylon System); Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95: 50 tracks for 50th birthday
  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient dubs

Set 8: UFOria

  • Word Sound I  Powa – Intro; Live From Planet Crooklyn (WordSound) UFOria
  • UFO feat. Dee Dee Bridgewater – Flying Saucer; Saint German des Prev IV (Wagram)
  • Tena Stelin – UFO + Unidentified Flying Dub; Jah Warrior Presents
  • Winston Wright & Tommy McCook – Moon Invader; Greater Jamaica Moon Walk-Reggay (Treasure Isle) ’69 instrumental
  • Rockers Hi-Fi – Dick From Outta Space; Rockers to Rockers (Gee Street) ’95 UK
  • Bob Marley – So Much Trouble in the World; Songs of Freedom (Tuff Gong)

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: June 8, 2019 – Conspiracies, Casinos, Cannabis & Keith;

Greetings,

Lots of stories on this edition of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. During our vinyl segment I played a song by Yellowman chronicling the fallen heroes of Reggae music, Many of them murdered: Peter Tosh, General Echo….and Bob Marley? (Lee “Scratch” Perry blamed Island records own Chris Blackwell of killing Bob for his royalties.)

Alex Jones also believes the CIA killed Bob Marley to stop his revolutionary music from influencing liberation movements in South Africa, Palestine and Central America. My cryptic comment. How does a black man die of melanoma (skin cancer.)

<Did the CIA kill Bob Marley? 27 sec.>

On a more positive note, the state of Illinois is so broke they had no choice but to legalize the seven leaf — through their legislature. Signed by the governor! Now it’s 11 down, 39 to go!; 41 sec.

Illinois also legalized casinos throughout the state. State Casino Board chairman, Al Capone III, said blackjack and cannabis are a winning combination that rules the nation!

<weed and casinos in Illinois; 71 sec.>

Al Capone spins in his grave: legal weed and gambling

And lastly, a guy who likes weed, Reggae and probably conspiracy theories, one Keith Richard, guitarist of the Rolling Stones shows his love of the rub-a-dub by covering Half Pint off the Dirty Work CD.

bless, Bobbylon

<Winsome = Too Rude; 49 sec.>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives June 8, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 77sec

Set 1:

  • Jah Woosh – Psalms; D.J. Legend (Original) ’82 UK vinyl
  • Derrick Harriott & the Crystalites – Rasta Is Love; Scrub-a-Dub (Crystal) ’74 JA dub album of the hour
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; 12″ (Shanachie) ’81 4:20 for Illinois legalize
  • Jay McGee – One Draw; 12″ (Scorpio) ’81 Canada
  • Loi – One Draw; 12″ (Abraham) Willowdale, Ontario Canada; female
11 down, 39 to go!

Set 2:

  • Aswad – Caution; Roots Revival (Ark 21) ’98 Bob Marley cover
  • Dhaima – Ina Jah Children; Love of the Common People (Trojan) ’77 female Joe Gibbs comp.

<Dhaima – Roots Dawta; 16 sec.>

  • Ronnie Davis – Wheel of Life; Wheel of Life (Upstairs Music) ’83
  • Horace Andy – Get Up; Living in the Flood (Melankolic) ’99
  • Pad Anthony – Lovin’ Stylee; 12″ (Sunset) ’85 JA

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years Set

  • Macka B – Black Man; Natural Suntan (Ariwa) ’90 take on Batman Theme
  • Ranking Ann – Black Rock Posse; A Slice of English Toast (Ariwa) ’82
  • Barrington Levy – Jah a The Creator; Time Capsule (RAS) ’83
  • Alton Ellis & U Roy – Can’t Stand It (Extended Mix);  Cry Tough (Heartbeat/Treasure Isle) ’68
  • 4th Street Orchestra – Higher Ranking; Scientific, Higher Ranking Dubb (EMI) ’76 Dennis Bovell dubplates; Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Musical Youth – 007 (Shanty Town); Different Style (MCA) ’83 UK youth group cover Desmond Dekker
  • Ayo – What’s This All About; Gravity at Last (Wrasse) 2008 Nigerian-German dawta
  • Jah Bunny – Gimme African Leggo Babylon; 12″ (Must Dance) ’86 UK

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Blackstones – Soul Shakedown; Insight (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK red vinyl; Bob Marley cover – Vinyl is Vital Set
  • Yellowman – In Memory; Rides Again (RAS) ’88 tributes to fallen heroes
  • Boom Shaka – Wicked Man; Creation (Moving  Target) ’86 Los Angeles
  • Pancho Alphanso – Babylonian; Watch This Sound (Shanachie) ’82 Ho Ho Kus, NJ
  • Hortense Ellis – Sweetheart; Dance Hall Session (Studio One) JA vinyl

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Straight and Narrow Way; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ’64 feat. Junior Braithwaite

<Junior Braithwaite on lead Wailers vox; 2 min.>

Bunny Wailer – Zimbabwe; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob songs for 50 years

  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Look Back; While Relaxing (bootleg) Mar. 14, 1979 in Wash’n DC
  • Roots Radics – Love and Understanding (Version); Understanding (Deluxe Edition) (Tamoki Wambesi) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Half Pint – Winsome; In Fine Style (Sun Set) ’84 JA vinyl: (1) – original
  • Rolling Stones – Too Rude; Dirty Work (Columbia) ’85 (2) – Keith’s cover
  • Love Clinic – Love Rapture; Love Clinic (Ariwa) 2005 female dj & singer over Blondie’s Rapture
  • UB40 feat. Admiral Jerry – Up and Coming M.C.; I Got You Babe EP (Virgin) ’85 UK toaster
  • Junior Murvin – Cross Over; 12″ (Upsetter) ’77 UK

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – Exodus; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 
  • Morcheeba – Who Can You Trust; Who Can You Trust (Indochina) ’96 UK
  • Alpha & Omega – Back Against the Walls of Babylon; Mystical Things (BSI) 200 UK trance dub
  • Sugar Dee – High Grade; 12″ EP (Know Thyself) 2012 UK herbtune