So enjoy this 3 hours of All killer….literally Jah-loween tunes: From driving around Kingston in a coffin to “roll a lickle spliff wif di papyrus”. Horror bytes, movie trailers and the monster menagerie!
From your Undead station that rules the nation!
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 26, 2019: Halloween Showcase; 2 min. 14 sec.
Ini Kamoze – Hole in the Pumpkin; Shocking Out (RAS) ’87
Scientist – Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (Greensleeves) ’81 dub
<Vinyl vindication: vinyl to outsell cds; 1 min. 55 sec.>
I’ve always been a record guy. Back in Montana as a youth, I would drive 35 miles each way to record shop at the local Hastings outlet in Great Falls. Usually buy a couple pieces of vinyl and a cassette for the drive back home.
When I moved to Utah for University in 1986, I was already dabbling in CDs. In 1985, Cactus Records in Bozeman, MT had a small rack of CDs in a corner of the shop. I remember buying Fleetwood Mac and the Police Outlandos d’Amour. $16.99 (in those days a fortune). I didn’t even have a CD player yet.
For Christmas, I got a Fisher deck, (probably from Montgomery Wards), – 1 drawer, no frills: just the song number in red LED. I was blown away! Space age technology in rural Montana!
What’s not to love? Smaller. Harder to scratch. Easier to store. Portable players to play them on.
Yet, the smaller size and lack of information on many of the disks didn’t make collecting CDs as enjoyable as buying vinyl. Especially, when I switched to collecting Reggae. Early on in CD’s history there was not a whole lot of Reggae available. And a total lack of the 12″, 10″ and 7″ vinyl I especially was looking for. The rarest of the rare.
I was in a Record Shop in San Francisco. Summer of ’87. Up to my elbows in vinyl racks. The shop owner was trying to up-sell me into CDs. He was like, “Why are you so hot for vinyl? Everybody is moving into CDs”. I shrugged, “I’ll always be a record guy.”
Here is how it worked back then. CDs were new. And expensive. So, many people sold their vinyl for pennies on the dollar to add up cash for CDs.
Vinyl was cheap and plentiful. CDs were exotic, limited in selection and expensive. So the stores were in transition from black wax to shiny metal disks. I built the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives this way: buying other people’s vinyl discards.
All the great things you hear me play today came about through hoovering up as much black wax as I could in the voluminous Bay Area Record stores. I was flush with student loan cash (Thanks Ronnie Raygun!) and I went from store to store digging through the crates.
I would stay at the Travelodge across the street from Tower Records in North Beach: Columbus and Bay. Some days, I would be tired after a day of cratedigging. It was awesome.
Wheel it forward 30 plus years. Most of the record stores are long gone, (Hastings went under in 2016), via over committing to CDs in a digital age of iTunes, Pandora and Spotify. People wised up and started piecing out vinyl for the Ebay collector’s market.
But for 20 years, I maxed out the opportunities even if around 2005 I started to notice stores were no longer there when I would visit.
When Tower Records and later Virgin and Circuit City went under, that was the nadir of my CD era collecting.
That is why when I heard on the news that 2019 will be the first year since 1986 that Vinyl is expected to surpass CDs in aggregate sales, I felt a sense of vindication.
Dress: Reggae T shirt for Smile Jamaica broadcast, shorts and sandals. Plus tin foil hat
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.
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 10, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 70 sec.
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
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
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
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
When you get to do a radio program on a non-commercial station for 31 years, that entitles one to some indulgences.
For I n’ I that is mashing up Reggae music with UFO’s. WTF?
<How I ‘n’ I got into UFOs; 27 sec.>
The connections of Smile Jamaica to UF0ria (UFO’s + euphoria = UFOria).
The TV show Ancient Aliens on History Channel; 55 sec.
2. Which taught us about the 1947 Roswell UFO crash
<Roswell UFO crash, July 1947; 90 sec.>
3. Ancient Astronaut Theory – the notion that Sumerian sky gods were in fact ancient astronauts coming from the outer edge of the galaxy. As an Assyrian-American, anything to do with my ancestors in Mesopotamia/Modern Iraq fascinates me.
4. The Skygods from Planet Nibiru* called the Anunnaki. Anu (sky) + na (verb – to go down) + Ki (Earth.) Those who came down from the sky.
*Also called Planet X or the 12th Planet
The Anunnaki created mankind to mine gold for their home planet (under climate change devastation….). When their creation got “noisy” and the minor gods were having sex with Earth women, the decision was to wipe out mankind with a Flood
<Who are the Anunnaki?; 75 sec.>
5. The connections between space travel and descriptions of celestial phenomenon in the Bible.
Chariots of the Gods – space ship
Jacob’s Ladder – space ship
Burning bush – space ship
Prophet Ezekiel and his crystal ship – space ship
Stairway to Heaven – space ship
Noah’s grand dad Enoch “walked with God and then was not”. Taken to heave in a space ship
Magic carpets in the Arabian Nights – space ship
Vimanas from Hindu cosmology – space ship
<Ancient astronauts in the Bible; 27 sec.>
<New Jerusalem in the Bible is a gigantic cubed space ship; 37 sec.>
6. And now the US government can’t keep UFO encounters secret or in the realm of “conspiracy theory”. Too many people with phone cameras. A new show on History Channel, Unidentified, covers Air Force, Navy and Deep State reports of UFO encounters with Tic Tac UFO’s.
<Unidentified TV show on History Channel; 75 sec.>
Roswell, The Anunnaki, Ancient Astronauts lead me to comb through the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives looking for UFO/space travel songs. I have about 150 CDs and another 50 LPs/vinyl singles.
So like my other theme shows, like Jah-loween and 420, enjoy these space age tunes from Reggae, Dub, Calypso and even a few rock tunes sifted in.
And as I say: Look to the skies! Do not scoff!
And if they are here with malevolent intent? Let’s go out with a bang!
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 6, 2019 – UFOria; 1 min. 22 sec.
John Williams Orchestra – Also Sprach Zarathustra (Columbia) ’68 soundtrack to 2001 a Space Odyssey – 3 hours of UFO-ria
Prince Jammy – Conspiracy on Neptune; Prince Jammy Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) ’82 UK vinyl
Michael Franti – Earth From Outer Space; All People (Capitol) 2013
Lee “Scratch” Perry – African Hitchhiker; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ‘90
Symarip – Skinhead Moonstomp; Skinhead Moonstomp (Trojan) ’70 UK ska
Intergalactic Farmer (Smile Jamaica UFOria rmx) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Thievery Corporation – Stargazer; Culture of Fear (ESL) 2011
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.
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!
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives June 22, 2019 – Annotated Playlist; 76 sec.
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
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
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
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
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)
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.>
Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: June 15, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 64 sec.
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
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
Cedric ‘Im Brooks & the Light of Saba – Song For My Father; Light of Saba (Honest Jon’s) ’76 nyah horns instrumental