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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 27, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist) – 9 down, 41 to go!

#Berniewouldhavewon

Vermont – the GREEN STATE makes it 9 down, 41 to go!; 90 sec.

  1. Collie-rado
  2. Washington
  3. Jah-laska
  4. Jah-regon
  5. Collie-fornya
  6. Jah-vada
  7. Jah-suchusetts
  8. Maine
  9. Vermont
  10. DC* not a state

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-nuary 27, 2018; 80 sec.

Set 1:

  • Blue Riddim Band – One Love, One Heart; Restless Spirit (Flying Fish) ’81 St Louis band, vinyl
  • Peter Tosh – Brand New Second Hand; Peter Tosh and Friends (Upsetter) ’70 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Desmond Dekker – Reggae Recipe; Israelites (Trojan) ’73 dubble disk Best of
  • Hollie Cook – Superfast; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 UK dawta of Sex Pistol
  • Thievery Corporation – Passing Stars; It Takes a Thief (ESL) 2010 best of w/ female vox
  • Dubblestandart feat. Devon D – We All Have to Get High; Immigration Dub (Collision) 2007 Jah-strian: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Leroy Smart- Love Me Tonight; 12″ (Channel One) ’83
  • Earl Chinna Smith & High Times Players – Selassie Dub; Musicians & Friends (Corner Stone) JA vinyl dub album of the hour

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Guiltiness; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 June: live in London at the Rainbow Theatre
  • UB40 feat. Sister V – V’s Version; Baggariddim (Virgin) ’85 female dj to Version Girl
  • Tapper Zukie – Stop the Gun Shooting; MPLA (Virgin Front Line) ’76 dj to Horace Andy’s Skylarking
  • Joe Axumite – Simple Little Woman; 10″ (Wackies) ’79 Brooklyn

Set 3:

  • Bunny  Wailer – Three Little Birds;  Hall of Fame (RAS) dubble disk of Bob Marley covers
  • Etana – By Your Side; I Rise (VP) 2014 JA female singer
  • Black Uhuru – Boof’n’Baff’n’Biff (Filla Brazilia rmx 2); Dancehall Queen (Island Jamaica)
  • Chalawa – Natural Mystic Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. dub album of the hour
50 Bob Marley/Wailers covers

Set 4:

  • Samia Farah – Du Signe du Lion; Many Moods of (SAM) 2008 Fr.-Tunisian dubstress
  • Michael Rose – Ganja Bonanza; Happiness (Heartbeat) 2004 Best of; Herbtune
  • Dub Syndicate – 93 Struggle; 10″ (ON U Sound) ’93 UK picture sleeve update of Prince Far I tune

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Bankie Banx – Remember Bob; Sooth Your Soul (Redemption) ’82 Anguilla Bob Marley tribute
  • John Clarke – Wasn’t It You; Visions of John Clarke (Wackies) ’79 Brooklyn
  • Jimmy Cliff – Satan’s Kingdom; I Am the Living (MCA) ’80 US
  • ILive – Build I Up; Jah Guide (Out of Many, One) ’90 Oakland – female vox
  • Junior Brown – Warriors; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’85 UK best of 12″ mixes
Sat. Feb. 3 from 4-7 PM Mtn. Time – Smile Jamaica’s Annual Livication to Bob Marley. KRCL.org; 90.9FM SLC

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years

  • Judy Mowatt – Joseph; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Bob Marley tribute; Joseph the Biblical Prophet; 18 sec.
  • Cocoa Tea – Jah Made Them That Way; Rocking Dolly (RAS) ’83; take on Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature”
  • Burning Spear – Fittest of the Fittest; Fittest of the Fittest (Heartbeat) ’83
  • Don Carlos – Living in Harmony; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ’84
  • Lincoln Thompson – Love the Way It Should Be; Vortex Dub (Orange Street)  ’89 Dub Album of the Hour

The Prophet Joseph leading his people out of bondange. As Bob Marley did the Rastas out of Babylon – Judy MowattSet 7:

  • Toots & the Maytals – Beautiful Woman; Lunatic Soundtrack (Mango) ’81 country reggae/’91 film
  • Fathead – Gi Mi de Music; Live at Aces (Joe Frasier) ’82 live in the club herbtune
  • Mighty Diamonds – Stoned Out of My Mind; Stand Up to Your Judgement (Hitbound)  ’78 Chi-lites soul cover
  • Webcam Hi-Fi feat. Naima – Jah Jah Love; 10″ (Tube Dub) 2007 Fr. mutant dub w/ female vox
You’ve got country in my reggae!

Set 8: UFOria – New Jerusalem

<Revelation 21 – the New Jerusalem spaceship; 81 sec.>

  • Brentford Road All-Stars – Moon Ride; Downbeat the Ruler (Heartbeat/Studio One) instrumental
  • Derrick Morgan – Moon Hop; Original Reggae Recordings (Trybute) ’69
  • Nina Hagen – UFO; Nunsexmonkrock (CBS) ’82 Germ.
  • Kingman + Jonah  feat. Claudius Linton – Star Wars; Sign of the Time (Sunking) 2008
  • Roots Radics – Flash Gordon Meets Luke Skywalker; Scientist & Jammy Strike Back!  (Greensleeves) ’82 dub
  • Audio Active – Space Children; We Are Tokyo Space Cowboys (ON U Sound) ’94 Jah-pon
  • Tena Stelin – Sun + Moon; Sun + Moon (Dub Venture) ’92 UK
1,440,000,000 acre size spaceship – New Jerusalem. Revelation 21

Words of Wisdom:

 

 

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 20, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist) – Vitamin D for Dubwize!


<Ma and Pa – Medical MJ weekly? report; 34 sec.>

Greetings,

Quick update on Bob & Rita* Nelson’s medical mj progress from Sun City West, Jah-rizona

  1. Dad’s neuropathy treatment allowed him to hit a bucket of golf balls. But the Carpal Tunnel pain isn’t any better
  2. Mom toying with the idea of vaping a 1/2 CBD, 1/2 THC oil rather than 4/1 CBD. She’s hit a mental block about becoming a “junkie” but she wants better sleep.

*Jeannette actually

Stay tuned!

Real quick.

Winter. January. Or Jah-nuary. Nuff respect to the skiers. We need the snowpack. But ugh.

How do we get our Vitamin D when the sun ain’t shining? If you have cabin fever get your Vitamin D for Dubwize. Enjoy last week’s showcase of Smile Jamaica

bless, Bobbylon

Vitamin D for Dubwize

Annotated Playlist: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives – Jah’nuary 20, 2018; 49 sec.

Set1:

  • Eddy Grandyson – Jah Garden; Rite Sound Reggae Story (Jah Live) ’78 Fr. vinyl
  • Chariot Riders – Sensimilla Dub; Sensimilla Dub (Crystal) ’80 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Half Pint – Greetings; Dancehall (Soul Jazz) ’85
  • Phyllis Dillon – Woman of the Ghetto; Midnight Confessions (Westside) ’72 cover of Marlena Shaw
  • Augustus Pablo – East of the River Nile (Original); East of the River Nile (Dexlue Edition) (Shanachie) ’78
  • Dubskin – Heavy Load; No End in Time () Boulder, Collie-rado
  • Dillinger – Cokane in My Brain; 12″ (Island blank) ’76 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Dillinger – powder vs. herb?; 37 sec.>

A knife, a fork, a bottle & a cork – that’s the way we spell New York!

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – So Much Things to Say; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London: June 1977

<Exodus 40 – 3 disk reissue: original, Ziggy’s rmx, Live in London; 53 sec.>

  • Hi Fi Killers feat. Clinton Fearon – Tell Dem; Jamaica (Loose Groove) ’98. Seattle roots w/ Gladiators bassie
  • Rhoda Dakar – Easy Life; Cleaning in Another Woman’s Kitchen (Moon Ska World) 2007 acoustic update of 2 Tone Ska Bodysnatchers tune
  • Black Uhuru – Darkness/Dubness; 10″ (Island) ’82 UK picture sleeve 

 

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+  Years

  • Johnny Clarke – Tribal War; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’76

<State of Emergency in JA, Jan. 18 2018; 1 min.>

Jamaican State of Emergency

  • Burning Spear – O’Jah; Farover (Heartbeat) ’83
  • Lacksley Castell – Cold Winter Night; Morning Glory (Negus Roots) ’82
  • Lovejoys – All I Can Say; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ’83 female duo
  • Bullwackies All Stars – Black World (Wackies) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour
State of Emergency declared in Jamaica

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh & the Wailers – No Sympathy; Peter Tosh & Friends (Upsetters) ’70
  • UB40 – Reefer Madness; Signing Off (DEP) ’80 dub
  • Lone Ranger – Jamaican Weed; Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy) ’79
  • Omar Perry & Minoo – Ain’t So Fine + Jah Is Here; Humble Lion 10″ EP (Deep Root)  2008 UK militant steppers; Minoo is female singer

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Jennifer Lara – Hand to Mouth; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label
  • Kwame – Hell Hounds; Follow I (Polydor) ’80 US
  • Brown, Eagle & Spear – Draw the Challace (sic); Brown, Eagle & Spear (New Name) ’88 JA herbtune
  • Dub Syndicate – Roots Commandment;  Echomania (ON U Sound) ’93 UK

Set 6:

  • Bunny Wailer – Chant Down Babylon; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 dubble disk of Bob Marley covers
  • Ayo – Lonely; Gravity at Last (Polydor) 2008 Nigerian-German singer
  • Peter Broggs – Rastafari Liveth; Rejoice (RAS) ’97 – riddim shower (update)
  • Peter Broggs – Rastafar Liveth (extended); Never Forget Jah (Nocturne) ’82 riddim shower
  • Martin Campbell vs. Alien Dread –  Rebel Salute; Cosmic Dub Clash (Log On) 2007 Mutant Dub album of the Hour
Nigerian-German chanteuse singing reggae, soul and pop

Set 7:

  • Mad Professor – Studio 54 Dub; Black Liberation Dub Chapter 5 – Afrocentric  Dub (Ariwa) ’98 female vox on Blondie’s Rapture
  • Jimmy London – Suspicion; All Shook Up (Trojan) ’73
  • Vivian Weathers; Hip Dub; Frontline in Dub (Virgin Front Line) compilation ’78
  • TenaStelin – Mother’s Song; 10″ (Roots Hi-Tek) ‘ 2006 UK mutant dub
clever dub remix of Blondie’s Rapture

Set 8: Mutant Dubstresses

  • Dry & Heavy feat. Liklle Mai – Bright Shining Star; From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon
  • Massive Attack feat. Shara Nelson – Daydreaming; Blue Lines (Virgin) ’91
  • Waldeck – Defenceless; Abductions and Reconstructions (ESL) ’99 Thievery Corporation fmx
  • Bush Chemists feat. Talawah – Dub Up Nations; Light Up Your Chalice (Conscious Sounds) ’99 UK
  • Andrea – Breathe (Dubmatix Re-Rub); CD Single (Version Xcursion) 2006 Canadian.
  • Dubblestandart & Lee “Scratch” Perry feat. Ari Up – Idiots Dub; Reutnr From Planet Dub (Collision) 2009; Jah-strian feat. female vox from The Slits
Foundation Mutant Dub

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 6, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist) Mutant Dub New Year!

Greetings,

Happy 2018! By tradition for the past decade or so, I have devoted the first Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive of the year to Mutant Dub. What I tend to end the shows with in the last half hour, showcased 3 hours of drum and bass glory.

Not everyone is a fan of the “wobble” as much as the Orthodox Roots Reggae “echo.” I can expect at least one listener to call in that it is all too much. (2018 complaint received around 6:15 this year.)

Yet, I was also encouraged by people calling in to say how unexpectedly refreshing it is to hear a classic Massive Attack tune on a Roots Reggae show. (I cast the Reggae net far and wide.) Much love shown to the ON U Sound massive. Creation Rebel, Dry & Heavy, New Age Steppers and Singers & Players. Adrian Sherwood – the Godfather of Mutant Dub

Adrian Sherwood – the Godfather of Mutant Dub

And this year a listener checked in to say that he was unhappy with the flat sound of his Klipsch speakers. (I also fire up Klipsch at the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives.) Until he flipped on Smile Jamaica and the bass woke-up on his Hi-Fi.

<Smile Jamaica brings out the bass in your speaker array; 24 sec.>

After two weeks showing love to my family from Albuquerque to Sun City West, AZ – it felt good to get back on the decks and juggle bassadelica for all who love and loathe the modern sound of downtro, dubstep, lounge, jungle, electronica, post-punk, 420 dubbers, Roots Dawtas and Disco Mix vinyl.

Lo-fi for I ‘n’ I

I took up the show right in the middle of a personal crisis. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, committed enemy to the Seven Leaf, waited until Collie-fornya legalized the collie weed on New Year’s Day 2018 and sicc’d his Justice Department attorneys to stop the people’s will.

I just set my parents up with medical marijuana in Arizona and literally the day after my Pops get his card, Sessions lowered the boom.

Jeff Sessions war on legal/medical weed

My Dad has neuropathy in his feet, sciatica and still has pain from a recent carpal tunnel surgery. Mom’s has knee pain and wants to get off anxiety meds and sleep aids.

Marijuana and its CBD/THC concoctions are the way. 28k die per year of opioid overdose. In the 10k history of mankind and the Seven Leaf, zero fatalities.

So in the first set of Smile Jamaica Mutant Dub New Year I fight back as best I know how. Through music and riddim.

<Medical MJ in Arizona vs. Jeff Sessions; 89 sec.>

States rights for Marijuana just like abortion laws, voting requirements and gun laws. Nuff hypocrisy

Even in conservative Utah, our governor believes that Utah Medical Marijuana is an inevitablity.

And why shouldn’t he? His name is Gary HERBert; 78 sec.

Utah governor and Utah Medical Marijuana

I know I have nuff aches and pains myself to qualify!

bless, Bobbylon

Seven Leaf relief soon come to the Beehive State. Selah!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 6, 2018 – Mutant Dub New Year: Annotated Playlist; 73 sec.

Set 1: Mutant Dub 4:20 

  • Dub Syndicate – Dubbing Is a Must; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98 
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers – Chemical Specialist; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Dry & Heavy – Kick the Bong Around; One Punch (Green Tea) ’99 Jah-pon 
  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2005 LA – roll a lickle spliff w/ di papyrus!

<Getting high in the sarcophagi; 11 sec.>

  • Martha Cinadar – Living It; Cannabis Café (Ministry) 2002
  • Bob Marley – Easy Skanking; Legend Remixed (Tuff Gong) 2013 Stephen Marley dubstep rmx
  • Ganja Tree – Medicine Man; 10” (I-Grow) 2006 Fr

 

“Whenever I get low, I get high”

Set 2:

  • Ari Up – Kill Em With Love; More Dread Dan Dead (Collision) 2005 former lead singer of The Slits punk-female group
  • Thievery Corporation – In Pursuit; .38 .45 (a Thievery Number); CD Single (4ad) ’98 DC dubbers
  • Sizzla – Rain Showers (Bronx Dogs Mix); Dub Selector (Quango) 2001
  • Tayo Meets Acid Rockers feat. PupaJim – Vampayaa; 12” (Scrub a Dub) 2010 UK
The late, great Ari Up. Member of The Slits punk/reggae; New Age Steppers and dawta in law to Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten

Set 3: Roots Dawtas

  • Hollie Cook – Milk and Honey; Hollie Cookc (Mr. Bongo) 2011 Roots Dawta set
  • Massive Attack – Five Man Army; Blue Lines (Virgin) ‘91
  • Alpha & Omega feat. Dandylion – Because I Love You; Daniel In the Lion’s Den (A & O) ’90 UK trance dub
  • Afro Omega – Watcha Need; Pick Up the Pieces (Afro Omega) 2006 SLC E
Dawta of Sex Pistol Paul Cook

Set 4:

  • Stick Figure – Fire on the Horizon; Set In Stone (Stick Figure) 2015 Duxbury, MA
  • Little Annie – Bless Those; 10” (ON U Sound) ’93 UK pic sleeve
Dubby recommendation from a youth man co-worker

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Singers & Players – Thing Called Love; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK vinyl set
  • Soom T & Mungo’s Hi-Fi – Boom Shiva; 12” EP (Scotch Bonnet) 2013 UK picture sleeve; female weedstepper on herbtune
  • New Age Steppers feat. Bim Sherman – Vice of My Enemies; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’82 UK
  • Omar Perry & Carlton Livingston – Daily Bread + No Answer; No Answer EP (Deep Root) 2008 UK
Female Glaswegian Weedstepper – Soom T

Set 6:

  • Pama International – Evening Time; Float Like a Butterfly (Asian Man) 2005 UKherb tune
  • Dub Pistols – New Skank; Worshipping the Dollar (Sunday Best) 2012 UK
  • Jah Shaka – Jah Jah Dub; 12” (Jah Shaka) ’81 dub to African Princess
Members of The Specials, Special Beat, Pop Will Eat Itself and Bentley Rhythm Ace

Set 7:

  • Kode9 & the Spaceape feat. Cha Cha – Love Is the Drug; Black Sun (Hyperdub)  2011 dubpoet w/ female vox
  • Bush Chemists – Light Up Your Spliff; Light Up Your Spliff (Conscious Sounds) ’96 UK herbtune
  • Tenastelin – Cosmic Session; 10” (Roots Hi-Tek) 2006 UK UFOria

Set 8: UFOria

<Cratedigging for Ancient Aliens books as well as vinyl; 42 sec.>

  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Akua Naru – Last Night; Into Bass & Time (ESL) 2009 German. Dub w/ female vox. UFOria
  • The Elegants – Little Star (Static Revenger Mix); Destroy All Humans! (Lakeshore) 2005 video gam soundtrack: 50’s doo wop remixed
  • Flock of Seagulls – Space Age Love Song; Flock of Seagulls (Zomba) ’81 UK New Wave
  • Starkey – Spacecraft; Ear Drums and Black Holes (Planet Mu) 2010 UK
  • Dubadelic – Thuds Lke Skuds; Bass Invaders (WordSound) ’96: Are Aliens real?
  • Alpha & Omega – The Dub Is Out There; Serious Joke (A & O) X-Files Theme
  • Spiritual Rez – Let’s Go Out With a Bang; Spiritual Rez (Spiritual Rez
I’m probably the only guy who is reading the Bible for Alien visitation stories

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Roots Reggae New Year 2018!

Greetings,

Happy New Year! 2018. Just got off the road. Two weeks with my family. First week in Albuquerque at my Sister’s place. Cratedigging in 50+ degree weather.

Caught up on some Reggae Revives and picked up reissues from favorite soul/funk labels Now and Then, VamiSoul and Soul Jazz.

Best score were two 60 CD Suitcases. That fetch $80+ on Amazon (when even listed.) Bought mine for $10 each

Ceased making in the era of digital downloads. Now fetch a king’s ransom on Ebay and Amazon

Then drove with my parents due West to Phoenix at their new retirement pad. Beautiful drive from Flagstaff south. 75 degrees all week.

My Dad has neuropathy and is still in pain from recent carpal tunnel surgery. While picking up our dog from the Doggy Hotel and that was right next to the Sun Valley Certification Clinic.

Set up an appointment to fill out a six page questionnaire of his pain history. Wait 2 weeks for his card, so I couldn’t go with him “shopping” for Seven Leaf products. Next year I’m taking my vape pen.

Got in some more cratedigging. Didn’t find much vinyl but picked up some delights at Zia Records.

Zia Records Phoenix

Watched Green Bay sleep walk through a Detroit Lions loss. New Year’s Eve for my Mom’s 75th birthday and flew out at the butt crack of down on New Year’s Day to get back to Utah. Took my first Uber. Cheaper and quicker than a cab ride.

First priority: New roots for Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive listeners. 3 hours of my favorites Roots Reggae delights. Let us enjoy Nuff Roots as our collective New Year’s Resolution

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Roots Reggae New Year 2018 Tracklist

0-30 min.

  • African Head Charge – Gospel Train; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ‘90
  • Yabby You – Judgment Time; One Love, One Heart; (Shanachie) ‘77
  • Althea & Donna – Make a Truce; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • UB40 – Earth Dies Screaming; More UB40 Music (DEP)  ‘80
  • Aswad – Back to Africa; BBC Sessions (Strange Fruit) UK live in the studio
  • Pioneers – Pusher Man; Give and Take – Best of (Trojan) ‘78
  • Akabu – Africans United; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’95 UK female group

30-60 min.

  • Jolly Brothers – Dread Dreader; Conscious Man (Seven Leaves) ’77 Lee Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Barrington Levy – Jah a Creator; Time Capsule (RAS) ‘83
  • The Congos – At the Feast; Heart of the Congos (Blood & Fire) ’77 Lee Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Bim Sherman – Gold & Silver; Crucial Cuts vol. 1 (Century)  ‘86
  • Tapper Zukie – Message to Pork Eaters; Man Ah Warrior (Trojan)  ’77 Patti Smith/Lenny Kaye prod’n
  • Aisha – Guide and Protect; Roots Daughters (Ariwa)  ‘88
  • The Morwells feat. Bingy Bunny – In God We Trust; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS)  ’77

60-90 min.

  • Sheriff Lindo & the Hammer – Dub House of Horrors; Ten Dubs That Shook the World (Endless) ‘88 Australian dubwize
  • Sonya Spence – Peace and Unity; In the Dark (Skynote) ‘78
  • Black Uhuru – Youth of Eglington; Red (Mango) ‘81
  • Prince Far I – Shake the Nation; Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter 3 (Pressure Sounds) ‘80
  • Carlene Davis – The Harder They Come; 15 Hits (Sonic) ’80 Jimmy Cliff cover
  • Cocoa Tea – Rocking Dolly; Rocking Dolly (RAS) ‘83
  • Prince Buster – Satta Massaganna; Sister Big Stuff  (Sunspot) ’72 Abyssinians cover

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Turn Your Lights Down Low (rehearsal); Redemption (bootleg) ‘77
  • Phyllis Dillon – Woman of the Ghetto; One Life to Live (Treasure Isle) ’72 Marlena Shaw soul cover
  • Bunny Wailer – Put It On; Rule Dancehall (Shanachie) ’87 Wailers cover
  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumbo Klaat; Wanted Dread & Alive (Rolling Stone) ‘81
  • Burning Spear – Farover; Faroever (Heartbeat) ‘82
  • The Marvels – Rock Steady; 100% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ’71 female vox – Aretha Franklin cover
  • Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion; Paul Simon (Warner Bros.) ’72 recorded in Jamaica
  • Culture – This Train; Cumbolo (Heartbeat) ‘79

2-2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Pablo Gad – What Makes a Natty Dread Cry; Blood Suckers (Celluloid) ‘79
  • Yellowman – Soldier Take Over; Crucial Reggae Driven By Sly & Robbie (Mango) ‘82
  • Sister Nancy – Transport Connection; 600% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ‘82
  • Mutabaruka – Whey Mi Belond; Check It! (Alligator) ’83 JA dub poet
  • Doctor Alimantado – Born For a Purpose; Born for a Purpose (Greensleeves) ‘81
  • Musical Youth – Youth of Today; Youth of Today (MCA) ’82 youth group
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Dubwise; Tracks (LKJ) ’90 UK female dub poet
  • Earl Zero – Home Sweet Home; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ‘80

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Mikey Dread – Saturday Night Style; African Anthem (Dread at the Controls) ‘79
  • Love Joys – Wherever Jah Send Me; Reggae Vibes (Wackies) ’81 female duo
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Inglan Is a Bitch; Bass Culture (Mango) ’80 UK dub poet
  • Lion Youth – Rat a Cut Bottle; Don’t Call Us Immigrants (Pressure Sounds) ‘78
  • George Faith – In the Midnight Hour/Ya Ya; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n; Wilson Pickett & Lee Dorsey covers
  • Judy Mowatt – Rock Me; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ‘87
  • Lacksley Castell – Righteous Stand; Morning Glory (Negus Roots) ‘82

Smile Jamaica: Digital Dubplate – Mutant Dub Endless Summer!

Greetings,

I am going through a home remodel. Pretty much since the beginning of March, my whole house has been chaotic as the contractor built me a real Ark-Ive. No more having to search through dozens of book boxes looking for that Mutant Dub herbtune recorded by a female singer.

I was handling the topsy turvy nature of workmen, dealing with the contractor, weather delays, etc. 4 months of inconvenience for a lifetime of organization.

The room looks great.  New roof, siding? Awesome.

Time to unpack and fill the shelves in the brand new, good for you, Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive
No more life as a music/media hoarder

Until the garage….the charlatans who sold me my house in 1995 scammed me. Rotted wood of the detached garage on my alley way. Put on dirt, not concrete footings. Filled the walls with cardboard filler and some sort of cotton candy junk. I can’t believe the whole thing never collapsed after 20 years of snow storms on that roof.

So they had to demolish it rather than repair it. $13k later. Parking my car on the street in the Sugarhood. It seems like it’s taking forever.

Has looked like this for 2 weeks. I think they did roofing and siding on my house in about the same time it is taking them to work on the garage. Grrr. Home remodels

Long story short. I had a home emergency right as I was leaving for last week’s Smile Jamaica. I told them I had no choice. I would have to get the show started, try to call a substitute and then rush home.

So I did just that. Got home about 5:30 for a five minute consult. Enjoy this Mutant Dub showcase cooked up in my Secret Dubratory to make amends for cutting and running last Saturday over the Airwaves.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica’s Digital Dubplate: Mutant Dub Endless Summer of 2017

0 – 30 min.

  • Doctor Dread feat. Bob Dylan – I and I Dub; Theremin Dub (Tsosume) 2013
  • 2 Bad Card feat. U Brown – Equality and Justice; Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ’95 UK + JA DJ
  • Afro Omega – Don’t Stop; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC lovers-dub w/ female vox
  • African Head Charge – Run Come See; In Charge: Live in Japan (Beat) 2005
  • Audio Active – Ala-Mecka-Bickally Dub; We Are Tokyo Space Cowboys (ON U Sound) 2005 Jah-pon

30-60 min.

  • Beat Pharmacy – Happy Daze; Earthly Delights (Deep Space) 2005 South Africa
  • Black Star Liner – Superfly and Bindi; Bengali Bantam Youth Experience (WEA) ’98 UK Hindi-dubbers
  • Alpha & Omega – The Lion’s Den; Legend of A & O (Dopic) 2005 UK trance dubbers
  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Phat Old Mamas – Bitter Hypnotic; Into Bass & Time (ESL) 2009 Germ. female vox
  • Creation Rebel and New Age Steppers – Ethos Design; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red) ’81 UK Adrian Sherwood prod’n
  • David Holmes – Mosh It; This Films Crap, Lets Slash the Seats (1500) ’95 jungle
  • Destroy Babylon – Nuh Skin Up + Shades of Hudson; Shadow Army (Music Add) 2008 Keith Hudson cover

60-90 min

  • Samia Farah – Sous Influence; Samia Farah (Small) ’99 Fr.-Tunisian dubstress
  • Bush Chemists – Respect Dubwise; Light Up Your Chalice (Duibhead) ’99 UK
  • Dr. Israel & Dreadtone International – Dread inna Babylon; Patterns of War (ROIR) 2005 Brooklyn
  • Dry & Heavy – Right Track; From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon
  • Dub Pistols feat. Kitten and The Hip – Bang Bang; Worshipping the Dollar (Sunday Best) 2012 UK w/ female vox
  • Dubchek – Lee Perry; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone) 2001
  • Dubsultan – Yalla Ya Habibi; Dub Sultan (Dub Sultan) Bozeman, MT Middle East dub 2012
Middle Eastern dub out of Bozeman, MT! My former homestead

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Dub Syndicate – Dubbing is a Must; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98 UK
  • Dubbelstandart feat. Ari Up – Island Girl; Immigration Dub (Collision) 2007 Jah-stria w/ female vox
  • Future Pigeon – Yuppy Conqueror; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collection) 2006 LA
  • Spacemonkeyz vs. Gorillaz – 19/2000 (Jungle Fresh; Laika Come Home (Virgin) 2002 UK
  • Hollie Cook – 99; Twice (Mr. Bongo) UK dubstress 2014 UK dawta of Sex Pistol
Dubbing is a must….True dat!

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Blessed Is the Seed; Survival Guide For the End of Time (Champion Nation) 2002 Boulder, Collie-rado hip hop/dubbers
  • Kid Loco – Cocaine Diana feat.Louise Quinn; Kill Your Darlings (Division One) 2001 Fr.
  • Laurence Harvey – Star Child; Ancient Astronauts (Laurence Harvey)
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry feat. ; From the Secet Laboratory (Mango) ’90 A. Pablo cover
  • Manasseh Meets the Equalizer – Surface Tension; Dub the Millennium (Acid Jazz) ’94 UK
  • Massive Attack – Hymn of the Big Wheel; Blue Lines (Virgin) ’91 UK feat. Horace Andy on vox

2 & 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Morcheeba – Moog Island; Who Can You Trust? (Indochina) ’96 UK w/ female vox
  • Nightmares on Wax – 195lbs.; Thought So (Warp) 2008 UK
  • Ras Command – Kali Dub; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ.
  • Natacha Atlas – Duden (Spooky Mix); Remix Collection (Mantra) ’99 Fr./Arab/Jewish Middle East dubmix
  • Thievery Corporation – Exilio; Babylon Rewound (ESL) 2005 DC rmx
Let us save the best for last!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 5, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist: Ella Fitzgerald does Clapton inna Rub a Dub Stylee!

Ella makes her Smile Jamaica debut. Singing The Cream classic. Eric Clapton shows up too this week!

Greetings,

Before we start: Happy Jamaican Independence Day – 55 years old

<Aug. 6, 1962 – Jamaican Independence Day; 21 sec.>

Before the crappy Digital Millennium Copyright ACT (DMCA)  I used to spin one half of an album midway on Smile Jamaica. Usually something rare that hadn’t been issued on CD (much less digital).

Before Orrin Hatch’s DMCA this is the sort of out of print album. I would spin one half of the vinyl. Rarity for surety!

Orrin Hatch put a stop to that.

  1. DMCA verboten: Can’t play more than 4 songs by the same artist
  2. DMCA verboten: Can’t play more than three songs in a row of any one album.

So I switched up a new tradition: Rockers do Reggae

I ‘n’ I am a music obsessive who listens to a lot more than Reggae. So I have 2 CD Suitcases and then some of Rock, Soul, Jazz, Punk artists doing (usually) one shot Reggae riffs.

Every once in a while someone pitches a bitch. Got a nasty email when playing UK angry rocker Graham Parker’s soul riff down rub a dub “More Questions than Answers”.

Another time I had a caller asking me when Smile Jamaica would be over because I played a Camper Van Beethoven ska tune!

But you gotta trust me. Reggae is universal. Not all of it is great, but some of it is right on.

With that in mind enjoy this week’s Ark-Ive and listen for:  Last week it was jazbo Herbie Mann. Get set this week – Ella Fitzgerald, Eric Clapton, Bad Brains, Judy (Mowatt)  does Jerry (Garcia). From Bad Brains to Bob Dylan.

Check it!

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 5, 2017 Annotated Playlist; 90 sec.

Liberated from British colonial rule: Aug. 6, 1962

Set 1:

  • Brigadier Jerry – Jah Jah Move; Jamaica Jamaica (RAS) ’85 DC vinyl
  • Desmond & Joe – Bristol Rock; Dubbing in the U.K. (Starlight) UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Peter Tosh – Coming in Hot; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 Boulder, Collie-radio live
  • Bad Brains – Leaving Babylon; Babylon Central Soundtrack (ESL) ’83 DC punk-dubbers
  • Capital Letters – Rumours; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group

<Headline News? Roots Reggae vs. The CIA News Network; 13 sec.>

  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. Female herbtune
  • John Holt – Police In Helicopter; 12” (Holt) ’81 siren mix: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Police Siren in your rearview? Johnny Law or Smile Jamaica? 32 sec.>

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – So Much Things to Say; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original + 2017 Ziggy rmx

<Ziggy remixes Exodus 40 – 77 to 2017; 79 sec.>

<1977 to 2017: So Much Things to Say; 44 sec.>

  • Wailing Souls – Wild Wild Life; Cool Runnings Soundtrack (Chaos) ’93 Talking Heads cover
  • Christine Miller & Roots Hi-Tek – Trod Away Home (Roots Hi-Tek) 2005 UK militant steppers

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • The Selecter – Bombscare; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 UK 2 Tone ska

<Pauline Black & The Selecter; 2 wars to 7 in 8 years: Bombscare! 25 sec.>

  • Barrington Levy – Please Jah Jah; Prison Oval Rock (RAS) ‘84
  • Aswad – Hooked On You; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • African Head Charge – Hold Some More; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ’91 UK African/dub
  • Jack Ruby & the Black Disciples – Marcus Garvey Dub; Black Foundation in Dub (Heartbeat) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Black Uhuru – Bull in the Pen; Anthem (Island) ’84 – US rmx

<Fence can’t hold 2 big bull inna the pen; 56 sec.>

  • Mungo’s Hi Fi feat. Top Cat & Soom T – Herbalist + Did You Know?; 12” (Scotch Bonnet)  2007 UK dubstep; herbtune + female vox

<Dubstep = the punk of the Reggae genre; 19 sec.>

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Bunny Wailer – Whirly Girly; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA
  • Akimbo – So Long Trouble;  So Long Trouble (Forward Sounds International) ’85 UK w/ female vox

<Adventures in Cratedigging; 40 sec.>

  • Horace Ferguson – Tranquilizer; Sensi Addict (Prince Jazzbo Music) ’87 JA herbtune
  • Desi Roots – Black Justice; Doing It Right (Hawkeye) ’80 UK
  • New Age Steppers – 5 Dog Race; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK Adrian Sherwood/mutant dub instrumental

Set 6:

  • Judy Mowatt – They Love Each Other; Fire on the Mountain 2 (Pow Wow) ’97 Jerry Garcia cover

<Reggae Dead Mashup>

  • Jimmy Lindsay – Easy; 12 the Hard Way (Tribesman) ’77 Commodores cover
  • Squire Jon – Are We Really Free?; 10” (Hi Try) 2006 UK spoken word
  • King Jammy Meets Dry and Heavy In the Jaws of the Tiger – Do Dub Up Your Fight (BSI) 2001 Jah-pon: Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Ella Fitzgerald – Sunshine of Your Love; Groove Corporation Presents Remixes From Elephant House 2 (Distant Drummer) 2001 covering The Cream rmx 
  • Eric Clapton – Willie and the Hand Jive; 461 Ocean Boulevard (Island) ‘75
  • Garland Jeffreys – Zoo; Garland Jeffreys (Collector’s Music) ’73 NYC rocker
  • Bob Dylan – Man Gave Names to All the Animals; Slow Train Running (Columbia) ‘79
Welcome to Smile Jamaica, Ella!

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Dan-I & King Kietu – Pope; Rastafari Judgement Fire (Imperial Roots) 2009 Sicily: Mutant Dub Set
  • Allan Pillay – Demonic Forces; Wild Paarty Sounds vol. 1 (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 UK
  • Tony Tuff – The Answer; Time Will Tell: Henry & Louis Meet Blue and Red (BSI) 2001 Portland, OR
  • Grace Jones – Hurricane + Dub; Hurricane (Wall of Sound) 2011

Wordcs 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: