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.
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!
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
Wailers Family Tree
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.
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.
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.
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 3, 2017 – All Vinyl Showcase; 34 sec.
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
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.>
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.>
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
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.>
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
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
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
<How to deal with the Trump-o-calypse: Let’s Go Out With a Bang!>
Hope everyone had a nice Holiday. I spent the first week at my sister’s in Albuquerque. My parents just became Snowbirds, so my second week was in Phoenix.
Phoenix is a great town for vinyl. CDs are becoming irrelevant, but the racks are full of black wax and lots of people doing what I do for 30 years: cratedig. So I will be visting often in the months of Dec-March. Otherwise, vinyl melts from the store to the car!
Found some nice gems to play in 2017. For over a decade now, the first show of the year on Smile Jamaica is devoted to what I call Mutant Dub: Jamaican drum and bass with modern electronic sounds and textures awash in echodelia.
The 3 hour Mutant Dub World Tour!
As Joe Strummer sang, “Knives to the trebel!”
Crank the volume!
Set bass phasers to stun!
Happy New Year. Forward ever, backwards never!
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 7, 2017: Annotated Playlist – photos, soundbytes captions, Reggae History Lessons; 56 sec.
African Head Charge – Gospel Train; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ’90
The Vision – Dub Start; Dub Vision (Funfundvierig) ’88 Green Germ. Vinyl: Dub Album of the Hour
Afro Omega – Pick Up the Pieces; Pick Up the Pieces (Afro Omega) SLC dubbers w/ female vox
Jah Woosh – Woodpecker Sound; ON U Sound Celebration (Trance) ’88 West German comp
On (or thereabouts) the 4th of July 1947, an Alien spacecraft crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. Smile Jamaica celebrates 3 hours of Alien stylee; 1 min. 16 sec.
<Two stories on the date of the Roswell crash>
True story on Roswell:
My brother in law sells high tech pipe to agricultural, research labs, salsa manufacturers. He lives in Albuquerque but travels the length of New Mexico.
One day in Roswell he asked his customer about the 1947 UFO crash. Was it real or bullflop?
His customer said: the local mortuary owner, salt of the earth rural America. Veteran. Straight shooter. The Air Force came to him and asked him to provide 3 children’s size coffins.
“If that’s what he said, that’s how it happened”
Look to the skies! Do not scoff!
Smile Jamaica’s Alien media consumption
Ancient Aliens TV – Friday Nights on the History Channel. This explores the various connections between Earth’s history and Alien contact before there was recorded history.
<My love of Sumerian history led to UFO-ria; > 2 min 6 sec
Basically Aliens from Nibiru called Anunnaki (Those who came down from the sky) who came to Earth b/c we had the gold they needed for their ruined planet. They were essentially too lazy to mine the gold themselves so they created a race of humans to do the work. When the humans got too noisy, they were destroyed with a flood.
Click image for a better view of how Nibiru’s orbit intersects with Earth and the Sun
Every 3600 years the orbit of Nibiru approaches earth: The Anunnaki drop their space ships to space ports in:
Sumer (lower Iraq)
Sinai (Egypt) – the pyramids are guide posts for entry
Mohenjo Daro (Pakistan)
Humans mine the gold. Nibiru whips around the sun heading back out to the edge of our Universe, the ships go up and land on Nibiru for the journey home.
They will be back in 3440 AD.
2. Zecharia Sitchin
An Azerbaijani Jew who translated thousands of cuneiform texts that showed what we know from the Bible and Greek Mythology were actually much older from original source stories from Sumer.
His book series, Earth Chronicles, discusses these topics
What have I learned from my bingewatching and binge reading?
All those stories from the Bible and parts of stories from Greek Mythology, Iraqi A Thousand and One Nights, Hindi religious literature is all “plagiarized” from my ancestors the Sumerians (I am an Assyrian from that area on my mom’s side. Assyrians adapted from the Sumerian cosmology).
What is in the Bible or world literature that relates to Alien space travel?