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Smile Jamaica Playlist Jah-gust 29, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Sturgeon Moon Stylee!

Greetings,

As an avid skywatcher looking for UFOs, last Saturday was a special treat. The Supermoon (aka the Sturgeon Moon). Hot end of Summer Saturday. Watched a little baseball, waited for the sun to go down and around Midnight I sat on my front steps with a little bourbon (and some spinach salad) and scanned the skies while Thievery Corporation* boomed in my living room. I look for Aliens but alas have never seen one of their crafts.

*Mutant Dub your UFO skywatching soundtrack

One summer on my way home to Montana one of the Supermoons was so bright, I shut off my headlights and drove a mile down I 15 illuminated only by Moonlight.

One day before it’s my time, I will see a UFO. Because they are out there! Do not scoff!

bless, robt

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Who do you believe? The liars in the government or your own eyes?

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 29, 2015 Playlist: photos, captions, soundbytes, Reggae History Lessons

Show High-lights; 43 sec.

Set 1:

  • A Doeman – Jah Jah Come Now; Jah Jah Now Come (I & I Sounds) Los Angeles vinyl
  • Sly & Robbie – Plastic Dub; (Overdrive in Overdub (Sonic); Dub Album of the Hour

<“Don’t show I your teeth, your plastic smile nah work” – Michael Rose, Black Uhuru; 39 sec.>

  • Rastafarians – Roll Call; Orthodox (Makasound) ’81 Santa Cruz, CA
  • Johnny Clarke & U Brown – Stop Tribal War/No More Tribal War; 10” (Observer Gold) ‘76
  • Jah Lion – Colombia Colly; Colombia Colly (Mango) ’76; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
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1976

Set 2:

  • The Wailers – Stop That Train (JA + UK/US); Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong) ‘73

<Catch a Fire: JA original mix vs. US/UK overdubs. Both A+; 16 sec.>

<Differences in the two mixes: Stop That Train; 33 sec.>

  • Black Survivors – Catch a Vampire; Nations of the World (Sword Lion) ’95 UK
  • Christine Miller – The Light; 10” (Roots Hi-Tek) 2006 militant steppers
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Gritty Jamaican mix vs. Euro/US psychedelic rocker mix? You’ve got chocolate in my peanut butter!

Set 3: Best of 27 Years – Reggae Radio; 16 sec.

  • The Itals – Living in the Ghetto; Early Recordings (Nighthawk) ’71-’79: Best of 27 Years Set
  • Roots Radics – Ear Say; Freelance (Kingdom) ‘85

<Roots Radics: Held hostage in England when Gregory Isaacs was a no show>

  • Alpha Blondy & the Wailers – Kalachnikov Love; Jerusalem (Shanachie) ’86 Ivory Coast
  • Akabu – Blackbird; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’89 UK female group
  • Crazy Caribs – 50 Pence Dub; Dancehall Dub (Ariwa); 2004 Dub Album of the Hour
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Added in the first month of the 3 decades of building the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Rastafari Is; Live at the Jamaica World Music Festival (Peter Tosh Foundation): Montego Bay, JA: 11/27/82 – sunrise
  • Bunny Wailer – Dog War; Gumption (Shanachie) ’90 Toots Hibbert cover

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Set 5: Vinyl is Vital 

  • Triston Palma – Jailhouse; Joker Lover (Jah Guidance) ’82 JA
  • Mighty Diamonds – Pass the Kouchie; Indestructible (Alligator) ’82 Chicago; herbtune
  • Nicodimis (sic) – Mother in Law; She Love It in the Morning (Hit Bound) ’82 Brooklyn
  • Alton Ellis – Too Late to Turn Back Now; Fashion Revives – The Jamaican Connection (Fashion) UK; Cornelius Brothers soul cover
  • Lillian Allen – Revolutionary Tea Party; Revolutionary Tea Party (Redwood) ’86 Canadian dub poet
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Canadian Dub Poet “trumps” the American Tea Party by 20 plus years

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae Set

  • David Lindley – Do You Wanna Dance; Very Greasy (Elektra) ’88 
  • Daryl Jenifer – Black Judas; In Search of Black Judas (ROIR) 2010; bass player for Bad Brains
  • Hot Chocolate – Confetti Day; Every 1’s a Winner (RAK) ’78 UK soul/rock hybrid
  • Patti Smith  – Redondo Beach; Horses (Arista) ’75
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Patti’s roommate Robert Mapplethorpe snapped the cover photo

Set 7: Livicated to His Imperial Majesty; 18 sec.

  • Althea & Donna – Jah Rastafari; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78: Hail HIM Set
  • Devon Russell – Thank You Jah; Prison Life (Tamoki Wambesi) ‘83
  • Chronicle – Jah Rise; Culture Jugglin’ (Massive B) 2005
  • Leroy Smart – Jahoviah; Hit Bound! Revolutionary Sound of Channel One (Heartbeat) ‘77

<Reggae History Lesson: Rockers 20 sec. intro on Channel One 7″s; 1 min 15>

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Roots Dawta Deejay Duo – Smile Jamaica favorite

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Ari Up – Kill ‘em With Love; Dread More Dan Dead (Collision) 2005 former lead singer of the Slits, New Age Steppers: Mutant Dub Set

<RIP Ari Up – Johnny Rotten’s stepdaughter; 26 sec.>

  • Aswad – African Children ’06; Aswad vs. the Rhythm Riders (Liaison) 2006 jungle remix of UK roots reggae
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Lee’s Garden; Mighty Upsetter (ON U Sound) 2008
  • Congo Natty/Adrian Sherwood – Lion of Judah Hath Prevailed; Process Meets Ghetto Priest
  • Jah Warrior – Herbsman Anthem; Hi-Fidelity Dub Sessions 2 (Guidance) 2000 Chicago label
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Ari Up (left) of The Slits – punk dub and reggae

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica: Jah-tana Cratedigging Report!

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Fort Benton, Jah-tana the Birthplace of Jah-tana and Smile Jamaica

Greetings,

Back from the land of my birth: Fort Benton, Jah-tana. Put a thousand miles on the Dubmobile. I took the long way home

Wheel it back to July 12…

Finished up Smile JamaicaSaturday Night Stylee from SLC north on a hot evening jag to Idaho Falls. Nice to have late night sun to cruise to. Heavy duty bass tunes to keep me awake without caffeination. Every. Step. of the Way. Bunk for the night. Get in to a Super Full Moon dark sky about Midnite. (213 miles).

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Super Moon – the Subwoofer of Moons. I looked for UFO’s. No luck, sadly. New Season of Ancient Aliens on H2 cable/satellite. Friday nights. Smile Jamaica approved

Straight up I-15. Sunday Morning. No road rage here. 6am and I am up. As Bob sang, “Sun is shining and the weather is sweet. Makes me wanna move my dancing feet.” In Jah-tana in July, the Sun is up at 5am and sets after 11pm.

Caffeine + bass = caffabass. Better set the cruise control or Johnny Law will give I the Hairy Eyeball.

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Caffeine the Subwoofer of stimulants. Lot of miles of open terrain at maximum volume on the Subaru Hi Fi. Sonicboomya

A heinous drive in the Winter. Until my fams started having Xmas in Jah-buquerque, New Jah-xico a few years back, I got stopped at the Monida pass 3 times in 20+ years You have two choices when the Roads on I-15 get shut down  between Spencer, Idaho and Lima, Jah-tana. Or as I call it the 30 Miles of White Knuckles at 25 MPH.

  1. Live like a refugee with thousands of other Snowbirds from Canada, long haul and livestock trucks and other Holiday travelers in the school gymnasium in Lima (population 227)
  2. Hope to Jah you can get a hotel room in Dillon, Jah-tana (-50 miles back over brutal roads) or worse Butte (-112 miles).
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Montana + Idaho = Monida Pass. 30 Miles of Vertigo at 50 MPH winds and 30 below. Do not be on this road after dark from November to May. Smile Jamaica Public Service Warning

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Summer is a different story than White Out Jah-tana

I cross the Continental Divide a half dozen times, half a dozen rivers. Spring Wheat is a carpet of green. Winter Wheat starting to turn golden brown.

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Bitterroot Valley, Jah-tana. Like driving through a summer postcard

Jah-tana Runnings:

  • Wind my way till Butte, Jah-tana. (Hastings chain book/music/movie spot in any Metro city of the Big Sky state.) Lots of cheap rock catalog stuff: Black Sabbath, Alice  and Aerosmith for $5. New Beats Antique. (205 miles)
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Hastings, Butte, Jah-tana. Smile Jamaica Approved. Worldly dubbers. Female vox. All killer
  • Headed for the People’s Republic of Missoula for two days of cratedigging and bookdigging (Rockin’ Rudys, Ear Candy Records). Saw the new Planet of the Apes movie. Good but the Hercules trailer looks better. North of $300 at Rockin’ Rudy’s. Lots of buttons, magnets and T-shirts. Added to my Dylan and Drake bootleg collection. Took three clerks and the owner came out as they rang me up. I am known as a “whale” in the Cratedigging biz. Lots of great used stock I read about in Rolling Stone and Mojo. Bob & Gene, Cheech and Chong. Some Missoula reggae, The New CSNY reissue. Ear Candy: Bombay Disco and a group called Kadavar. Checked everywhere but no Vinyl for I’n’ I to be had in Jah-tana. The vagaries of cratedigging. (118 miles)
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Not ze German ZZ Top: Kadavar: Ear Candy Records Missoula, Jah-tana
  • One day back in my old University town, Bozeman, Jah-tana. Main Street stroll: Cactus Records, Vargo’s Jazz and Books. A beer at the resurrected Rockin’ R
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Main Street Bozeman. I lived two blocks from here from Sept. 1984-June 1986. Bought 100’s of albums
  • Not finding good luck in Bozeman lately. The Anchorman 2 and American Hustle Soundtracks was about it. Funny story buying Bob Marley and Johnny Cash Tee shirts in the mall. More to come…(202 miles)
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Good movie but better Soundtrack. Hastings: Bozeman, Jah-tana

Then home to the Hi Line (North Central Montana) through Helena (the Capitol) and Great Falls. 35 miles to the Birthplace of Jah-tana: Fort Benton. (225 miles).

bless, robt

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Fort Benton, Jah-tana. North Central. Midpoint between Great Falls and Havre.