Man am I exhausted by the divisiveness in this country and the world. Seems like we’re lurching to mass destruction through hatred and mean spiritedness. War is the first bag out of the club. Threats of war, sanctions, all negativity for surety.
What can we do? What comes first: Civil War in America or World War 3.0 in East Asia.
Reggae prophesied what happens when nations result to wars and rumors of wars.
Wish I had something more encouraging to report. But I don’t. So let’s hope we can cool down the pace and get along in the rat race
Have no fear for atomic energy ‘Cause none of them can stop the time
-Bob Marley : Redmeption Song
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Annotated Playlist: Jah-gust 12, 2017; 63 sec.
Don Carlos & Gold – Roots Rock Party; Showdown vol. 3 (Hitbound) ’84 JA vinyl
Dub Specialist – Hanging on the Wall; Dub Store Special (Studio One) ’74 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
Peter Tosh – No Nuclear War; No Nuclear War (EMI America) ’87
<Tosh’s murder – 1987; 26 sec.>
Hugh Mundell – Walk With Jah; King Jammy in Roots (Auralux) ’82
<Mundell’s murder 1983; 30 sec.>
Carlton Livingston – 100 Weight of Collie Weed; Retrospect (Grapevine) ’84 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
<Ask Ed – How people get busted for weed; 43 sec.>
3 Ways people get busted:
family members/significant others turn you in during quarrels
bad luck/wrong place at the wrong time
Naffi I – We Shall Not Want; 10” (Roots Injection) 2007 UK female militant steppers
Collie Buddz – Tomorrow’s Another Day Collie Buddz (Columbia) 2007
Mike Brooks – Culture; Classical Anthology (Teem) ‘75
Aswad – Just a Little Herb; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 herbtune
Marcia Aitken & Trinity/I’m Still in Love + Three Piece Suit (Trojan) ‘77
Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years
Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; Black Uhuru (Virgin) ’80
<Black Uhuru – adventures in cratedigging; 37 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).
Orrin Hatch put a stop to that.
DMCA verboten: Can’t play more than 4 songs by the same artist
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.
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 5, 2017 Annotated Playlist; 90 sec.
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.>
Bob Marley & the Wailers – So Much Things to Say; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original + 2017 Ziggy rmx
First week of President Trump. Baaah, don’t want to talk about it. 2016 Presidential Election: Ebola vs. Bubonic Plague. Gonna be a brutal four years. At least we have Reggae Music to remind us. Bobbylon Chants down Babylon!
Jamaican saying: Same thing for breakfast, same thing for tea:
What I find interesting? As a conspiracist, Trump’s election signaled the collapse of the Deep State: Neoliberal politics, irregardless of Political Party, enforced through Neocon Foreign Policy.
Bush gave us Afghanistan and Iraq 2.0. Obama wrecked Libya, Syria, Iraq 3.0, Yemen and Ukraine on his watch. How a Nobel Peace Prize winner got Cold War 2.0 off the ground with Russia is quite the feat of Deep State gymnastics!
Our first black President droned so many brown Middle Easterners that he literally ran out of bombs his last year in office! WTF?
Joe Sixpack and Sally Housecoat basically went outside the duopoly of Republicrats vs. Democans. Shockwaves throughout the MIC/SIC and bankster class.
So if that rigid system is in tatters, there is no clandestine force to keep us in the dark about Extraterrestrials.
First we had the incredible footage captured by the Chilean Navy: 9 plus minutes of Infrared camera action on a UFO. No effing swamp gas, or ball lightning or bumbaclaat weather balloons.
What does any of this have to do with last week’s Ark-Ive of Smile Jamaica.Absolutely nothing!
But I am hoping for more encounters as the shit-stem (as Peter Tosh says) continues to crumble. UFO sightings will lead to a full on Columbus style emergence to fill the political gap Trump’s howling Presidency has brought about.
Let us hope the Anunnaki (those who came from the sky) treat us better than Columbus did the Native Arawak and Caribs and Africans enslaved in the Middle Passage.