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
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.
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
Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Roots Reggae New Year 2018 Tracklist
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
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
2017 is already off to a wacky start. President Donny Tiny Hands isn’t weird and wild enough, looks like the break down of the Deep State have emboldened Aliens to start revealing themselves to us.
The Chilean Navy captured a UFO with 10 minutes of compelling footage using infrared cameras.
Watch this and it becomes clear. It isn’t swamp gas, or light refraction or ball lightning, weather balloons.
Although the weaksauce debunkers are already claiming it was a plane. Trust your eyes.
<Extraterrestrials 1, Swamp Gas 0; 50 sec.>
As if UFO’s aren’t enough, we get President Trump today (Jan. 20). As a Progressive, I have offered my humble services to our new President in a way that one of my Reggae idols Prince Buster did to Jamaica in the 60’s.
I volunteer to be Trump’s Minister of Ganja & Space Exploration; 44 sec.
I can advise our President why they are here….
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 14, 2017
Gussie P – Who’s Safe; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2003 UK: mutant dub beats over MLK’s I Have a Dream Speech; 23 sec.
Dub Specialist – Luanda; African Rub a Dub (Studio One) ’80 JA vinyl: Dub Album of the Hour
Blue Riddim – Love People; Club Paradise Soundtrack (Columbia) ‘86
Taxi Gang – Twilight Zone; Many Moods of Sly, Robbie & the Taxi Gang (Sonic) ’86 TV soundtrack cover
I have been doing Roots Reggae Radio for about 27 years now. Thousands of hours and most of it is devoted to Heavy Roots
<Smile Jamaica – The King’s Music, Jamaican Blues>
Smile Jamaica’s prevailing themes for 25+ Years:
socialism (small s) – Reggae the music of the community. The music of the Underdog. Universality for sure-ty. No isms and schisms!
Rastafari – I am myself not a Rasta but consider myself a Rasta empathizer who acts as a missionary for Jah’s Gospel and let you decide. It’s good enough just to enjoy the inspiration of the lyrics along with the groove of the Beat.
Politrix and politics – I did political interviews for 9 years as The Angry Liberal. Reggae music was talking about what Occupy Wall Street championed 40 years before the Greenspan Recession. Reggae music totally influenced my personal politics of peace and love to all. No war, no racism, no sexism, no exploitation
The one music sub genre I play somewhat sparingly is Lover’s Rock.Romantic Reggae. I will play romantic tunes if it has a hard riddim. But lyrically that’s never been a big motivator.
Every Saturday I bring down about 200 pieces of music. I get to play about 33 per week (Natch!) The gems I pull out of the crate tend to be Orthodox Roots and earsplitting Dubwize.
<At the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: I put the Fun in Roots Fundamentalism>
Don’t kid yourself. There is plenty of great Lover’s Rock in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. I played the best of it for 3 Hours – Lover’s Rock Showcase.
<Smile Jamaica: Happy Valentine’s Day; 20 sec.>
Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-bruary 14, 2015: Happy Valentine’s Day; 33 and 1/3 sec.
Melodians – Passion Love; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83 DC Vinyl
Black Slate Meets Soul Syndicate – Moodie in Dub (Moodie) ’78 Dub Album of the Week
The Dynamics – Whole Lotta Love; Version Excursion (Groove Attack) 2007; Led Zeppelin cover feat. Female vox
Aswad – Star of My Show; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK; Aswad means “black” in Arabic, Amharic
<Out of thousands, one of the first 10 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives – Aswad “To the Top”; 22 sec.>
Lacksley Castell – Princess Lady; Princess Lady (Negus Roots) ’83 youth voiced singer
<Reggae History Lesson: Only the Good die Young – Lacksley Castell; 24 sec.>
Maxine Miller – How Many Times; Showcase (Wackie’s) ’80 Brooklyn vinyl; Bob Marley cover
Johnny Clarke – No Woman No Cry; Jah Live (Music Club); Marley covers CD
Prince + Princess Buster – Ten Commandments of Man to Woman; Woman to Man; Sings His Hit Song Ten Commandments (RCA) ‘67
<Answer Record: Lover’s Quarrel? 19 sec.>
Dennis Brown – If I Had the World; Complete A & M Years (A & M)
<Crown Prince of Reggae: Dennis Brown; 29 sec.>
Dillinger – Take Care of Your Wife; King Pharaoh (Blue Moon) ’84 UK vinyl over Melody Life
<Dillinger’s Marital advice: Don’t stab your wife with a knife! 19 sec.>
I don’t want no ice cream love, That’s too cold for me, little girl. I don’t want no ice cream love, girl can’t you see?
I want a love that’s warmer than the summer sunshine, I want a love that’s as warm as mine, Because my love, is warmer than a chocolate fudge. Because my love, is warmer than a chocolate fudge.
And that is why, I don’t want no ice cream love, It is too cold for me, girl. I don’t want no ice cream love, it is too cold, can’t you see, little girl? I don’t want no ice cream love, It’s too cold for me.
Love in the winter, Should be warmer than the summer sun.. But if you’re giving me a ice cream love, little girl, that’s no fun, And that is why I say, Because my love, is warmer than a chocolate fudge. I say, my love, is warmer than a chocolate fudge.
No-no-no, ice cream love, too cold for me. No-no-no, ice cream love at all. No-no-no-no.. ice cream love, It’s too cold for me..