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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-nuary 12, 2019 – Studio Kinda Froggy!

Greetings,

  1. Flu shot – check
  2. Shingles shot – check
  3. Zicam and Vitamin C during the Holiday/plane rides – check

I shouldn’t have gone back to work. That was what laid me low. Second day back. Too busy to get sick so I paid the price Saturday.

Everyone else came from their travels and those of us working with the public are well exposed. After 2 weeks off air seeing family, I didn’t want to miss a show.

Bad radio etiquette to hack and wheeze on air, but I soldiered on. The worst thing about colds for a deejay? Not only the horrible voice croak announcing set lists, but worse: Congestion for me settles between my ears. That makes it rough to cue up the record when I drop the needle.

Very exact skill to place the needle pon the groove, back cue and remote start. Hard to do when deaf

bless, Bobbylon

<COLD, COLD WINTER>

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 12, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 27 sec.

Set 1:

  • Rasta Generation Band feat. King Caleb – Stand By Jah; Stand By Jah (Black Spade) ’90 Oakland, CA vinyl – Ben E. King update
  • The Aggrovators – A Version of Class; Dub Justice (Attack) UK vinyl dub album of the hour; 70’s Bunny Lee B-Sides
  • Eric “Rebel Lion” Bubble – Forward Jah People; Roots of Black People (Progressive International) 2013
  • Joy White – Tribulation; United Dreadlocks (Rhino UK) ’77
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – It Noh Funny; A Capella Live (LKJ) ’93 in Brussels UK dub poet

<LKJ poem; 46 sec.>

  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Stop That Train; Stop That Train (Greensleeves) ’83 UK cover of Keith & Tex
  • Dillinger – Buckingham Palace; CB 200 (Mango) ’76 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Hugh Mundell – False Rumours; 12″ (Rockers International) ’79 JA

Set 2:

  • Likkle Mai – Gypsy Woman; Roots Candy (Beat) 2005 Jah-pon roots dawta
  • Al Campbell – Rock Your Soul; 22 Karat Solid Gold vol. 1 (Jet Star) ’81
  • Sugar Minott – Herbman Hustling; Herbman Hustling (Heartbeat) ’84 comp.
  • Desi Roots – Warning; 12″ (DEB) ’79 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Marcia Griffiths – Dreamland; Steppin’ (Shanachie) Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years
  • Mighty Diamonds – Stoned Out of My Mind; Stand Up to Your Judgement (Hitbound) ’78 Chi-Lites cover
  • Wailing Souls – Old Broom; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ’87 comp.

<New broom sweeps clean, Old broom knows the corners; 13 sec.>

  • Bim Sherman – Lamb of Judah + Dub; Meets Horace Andy & U Black in a Rub-a-Dub Style (Original) ’79

Set 4: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • Carlton Livingston – Cold, Cold Winter; 7″ (Grade One) 
  • Dawn & Christine – Free Marijuana; 7″ (Thompson Sounds) herbtune
  • Freddie McGregor – Mark of the Beast; 7″ (Soul Syndicate) ’79
  • Bionic Steve – Bermuda Triangle; 7″ (Crystal) ’80
  • Keith Hudson Meets King Tubby – Satta Dub; Rough Guide to Dub (Rough Guide)

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • African Woman – Warrior Queen; In Progress (People Unite) ’84 UK female:
  • Heptones – I Shall Be Released; Party Time (Mango) ’77 Bob Dylan cover/Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Lee “Scratch” Perry – Dubbing Psycho Killer; Echomania (ON U Sound) ’93 UK mutant dub
  • Dennis Alcapone – Mava; Java Java Dub (Impact!) ’74 UK – take on Java

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natty Dread; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks)

<When the Wailers became Bob  Marley & the Wailers; 1 min. 14 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Soon Come; Live at My Father’s House (Beat Club) ’78 Roslyn, NY

<Toshisms; 39 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Mix Up; Hall of Fame (RAS) 50 Bob Marley covers for his 50th Birthday
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Guajira Ska; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 rare CD mix of early single
  • Centry – Release the Chains; Lead With the Bass II (Universal Egg) ’96 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae Live

  • Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright; At Budokan (Columbia) ’79 live in Jah-pon

<Dylan Reggae w/ heinous flute overdubs; 67 sec.>

  • Patti Smith – Redondo Beach; Horses Live (Arista) 6/26/2005 Royal Hall, London
  • Gov’t Mule feat. Toots Hibbert – Hard to Handle; Mighty High (ATO); 12/31/2006 at the Beacon Theatre, NY

Set 8: Mutant Dub Set

  • Thievery Corporation feat. David Byrne – The Heart’s a Lonely Hunter; Cosmic Game (ESL) 2004 DC 
  • The Slits – Grapevine; In the Beginning (Jungle) ’80 live; UK punk dub female group covers Marvin Gaye
  • Alpha & Omega – The Vibration; King & Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub
  • Pre-Fade Listening – Mr. Medicine; King Size Dub Chapter Seven (Echo Beach) 2001 Germ.

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 1, 2018: Deck the Halls!

<Deck the Halls!>

<Smile Jamaica’s Christmas Rulel 8 sec.>

Greetings,

No Xmas until Black Friday. No Xmas Reggae til Dec. 1. So enjoy some Holiday Reggae set (including a Hanukkah jam).

<Happy Reggae Hanukkah; 53 sec.>

Just got back from Las Vegas on a cratedig. So we hear the fruits of that labor. More vinyl than CDs. The CD is going, going, gone. Vinyl, even rare vinyl for I ‘n’ I as a collector, was really a good trip.

And in the land of 10 down (with 40 to go), I wasn’t a criminal. Here was my stop in Vegas. Since I’m an Ancient Astronaut Theorist, (who believes in the 12th planet Nibiru), of course my go to Vegas dispensary was Planet 13.

bless, Bobbylon

 

 

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-cember 1, 2018: 1 min. 54 sec.

Set 1:

  • Al Campbell – Words of Wisdom; Rainy Days (Hawkeye) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Soul Syndicate & Big Youth – Inside Out; Reggae Gi Dem Dub (Nichola Delita) ‘ JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Sammy Dread – Jah Guide; Roadblock (Hitbound) ’82
  • Zema – Joy in the Morning; Black Sheep (Melchizedek) 2003 So Cal female
  • Johnny Clarke – Waiting in Vain; Sings Bob Marley in a Dancehall Style (Rhino UK) ’77 Bob Marley cover
  • Dillinger – Hearsay; 12″ (A & M) ’81 US picture sleeve
Crate dig from Record City: Las Vegas

Set 2:

  • Jah Woosh – Chalice Blaze; Chalice Blaze (Original) ’78 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Carelene Davis – So Much Things to Say; Songs of Bob Marley (VP) ’93
  • Pato Banton – My Opinon/What the World Needs Now Is Love; Live in San Francisco (2B1) 2001
  • UB40 feat. Chrissy Hynde – I Got You Babe; 12″ (DEP) ’85 UK Sonny & Cher cover

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Misty in Roots – Mankind; Live at the Eurovision (Kaz) ’79
  • Cedric Myton & the Congos – Scoffers and Scorners; Face the Music (VP) ’84
  • Love Joys – Jah Light; Reggae Vibes (Wackies) ’81 female duo
  • Hugh Mundell – One God, One Aim, One Destiny; Blackman’s Foundation (Shanachie) ’83

<Senseless murder of Hugh Mundell; 53 sec.>

  • Sound Dimension – Heavy Beat; Jamaican Soul Shake vol. 1 (Soul Jazz/Studio One) ’71 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Judy Mowatt – One Day We’ll All Be Free; Gathering of the Saints (Shanachie) ’98
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – One Good Spliff; Spirit of Music (Elektra) ’99 herbtune
  • Starkey Banton & Dean Fraser – Another Day in Babiwrong + Warrior Sax (Maxiumum Sounds) 2005? Fr. over Aswad’s Warrior Charge riddim

Set 5: Vegas Vinyl

  • Lord Laro – Bob; Messenger of Songs (Trinjam) Soca tribute to Bob Marley
  • Ranking Scroo & Crucial Youth – Essential Chant; Thanks and Praises (Crucial Youth) ’84 Hawaii
  • Shadow – Snakes; Return of de Bassman (SR) ’83 Barbados soca EP
  • Pupa Curly – What’s Wrong With This World; What’s Wrong With This World (Fresh Breeze) ’89 LA EP
Cratedug: Moondog Records, Las Vegas

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • The Wailers – Get Up Stand Up; Wailers Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks) 12/2/73 live at KSAN Radio in San Francisco: Bob, Peter & Joe Higgs

<Wailers live ’73 KSAN Radio, San Francisco>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 10, 2018: 10 down, 40 to go!

<10 down, 40 to go!; 67 sec.>

Greetings,

No matter where you come down on the election: from Blue Wave to Purple Puddle, cannabis did well at the polls. Took 3 out of 4.

Green Wave at the ballot box:

<Green Wave: 19 sec.>

  1. Michigan legalized the Seven  Leaf
  2. Utah medical marijuana
  3. Missouri medical marijuana
  4. 10 legal + DC + all of Canada
  5. 33 states medical marijuana

<Without seeds; 23 sec.>

Had a great conversation with my window installer this summer. He was a young Mormon man with a family. We got to talking based on my Reggae/cannabis menagerie of posters up in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives.

He has excruciating pain in his back. None of the official pain meds were tolerable: gave him terrible constipation and nightmares. His wife was offered pharmaceutical anti-nausea medication while pregnant. Later the drug was found to cause birth defects.

Both of them relied on cannabis for pain and nausea relief. Not CBD. Cannabis. Smoked not eaten. My Dad uses it for neuropathy and carpal tunnel in Arizona. It’s a medicine. Congrats to Utahans for exercising their free agency.

Utah’s Prop 2 legalizing medical marijuana

So what will 2020 bring?

I’m predicting these states go for it:

  1. Wisconsin
  2. Ohio
  3. Illinois
  4. New Jersey
  5. Florida
  6. Montana (my homeland!)
  7. New Mexico
  8. Arizona (second try)
  9. Hawaii? (they should be  no brainer)

10 down, 40 to go! Maybe Pres. 45 will legalize it nationally if he wants to get re-elected?

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 10, 2018 – Annotated Playlist: 57 sec.

 

Set 1: 420 Victory Set

  • Clint Eastwood – Jah Lights Shining; Jah Lights Shining (Vista Sounds) ’79 UK vinyl
  • Mad Professor – Mind Jungle Dub; Bob Andy’s Dub Book (I-Anka) ’89 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Pato Banton – Legalize It (Acapella) + Don’t Sniff Coke; Live at Maritime Hall San Francisco (2B1) 2001 live: 4:20 Victory Set
  • Easy Star All-Stars feat. Junior Jazz & Daddy Lion – One Likkle Draw; First Light (Easy Star) 2011
  • Sugar Minott  – Herbman Hustling; Herbman Hustling (Heartbeat) ’84
  • Jacob Miller – Take a Lift; Mixed Up Moods (Top Ranking) ’80

Set 2:

  • Carlene Davis – Brother Bob; No Bias (Silveredge) ’91 Bob Marley tribute
  • Massive Dread – Vamps on the Corner; This Is Massive (Nyam Up) ’82
  • Ken Boothe – Can’t You See; 10″ EP (Trojan) ’71 deejay intromix
  • Leroy Smart – Love Me Tonight; 10″ (Hitbound) ’83 JA

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Greyhound – Black & White; Three Dog Night covered this (Trojan) ’71

<Black & White: Greyhound reggae before Three Dog Night rock; 48 sec.

  • Keith Hudson – No Compromise; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ’78
  • Mighty Diamonds – No Opportunity For the Youth; Tell Me What’s Wrong (Hitbound) ’78
  • Sister Carol – My Children; Black Cinderella (Heartbeat/Jah Life) ’84
  • Hi Fi Killers – Hieronymous; Turf War Dub (Contra Coup) 2007 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4: Wailers Family Tree

  • Wailing Wailers – It Hurts to Be Alone; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA vinyl feat. Junior Braithwaite on lead vox

<It Hurts to Be Alone; 89 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Stepping Razor; Live at My Father’s House (Rock) Summer ’78 live in Roslyn, NY
  • Bunny Wailer – Man to Man (Who the Cap Fit); Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95: 50 Bob covers for his 50th birthday
  • The Wailers – Burnin’ & Lootin’; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks) 11/23/73 live at Leeds Polytechnic in UK
Wailers singer Junior Braithwaite

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Jimmy Riley – Sweet Sensimilla; Put the People First (Shanachie) ’82 Ho Ho Kus, NJ vinyl herb tune
  • The Ethiopians – Best of 5 (Medley); No Baptism (Crystal) ’71 JA
  • Errol T, Bingy Bunny and General Echo – Extra-ordinary Dub; Java Java Dub (Impact!) ’74
  • Annette Brissette – Rise Again; Get Up and Dance (Zodiac) ’91 US
  • Jah Malla – Bad Moon Rising; Jah Malla (Modern) ’81 US  – CCR cover

<Jah Malla – kids from Reggae stalwarts; 29 sec.>

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Doctor Dread – I For an Eye; Theremin in Dub (Tsosume) 2013 Hungary – Rockers do Reggae Set: Bob Dylan’s I and I w/ Sly & Robbie

<Theremin; 33 sec.>

  • Flo & Eddie (Prince Flo & Jah Edward) – Moving Away; Rock Steady (Epiphany) ’81 of The Turtles
  • Corey Harris – Got to Be a Better Way; Daily Bread (Rounder) 2005 blues
  • Sade – By Your Side (Reggae Mix); CD Single (Sony) 2000 Sly & Robbie rmx
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers – Chemical Specialist; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox 7″

  • Dawn & Christine – Free Marijuana; 7″ (Thompson Sound)  ’79 herbtune
  • Freddie McGregor – Mark of the Beast; 7″ (Soul Syndicate) ’78
  • Danny Ray – Revolution Rock; 7′ (High Note) ’76 (riddim shower – Clash covered this)
  • Jackie Edwrds – African Language; 7″ (Golden Age) ’76 (riddim shower 2)
  • Jackie Edwards – Get Up; 7″ (High Note) ’76 (riddim shower 3)

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Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation – Richest Man in Babylon + Acoustic; CD Single (ESL) 2002
  • Bim Sherman – Heaven (Underwolves rmx); King Size Dub Chapter 5 (Echo Beach) ’99
  • Sevendub feat. Angelique – Rock With Me (Rockers Delight Mix); Dub Club Edition (Collision) 2006 Fr.
  • Jah Mason – Ganja For Life; 10″ (Calabash) 2010 UK
  • Natacha Atlas – Moustaqil; Halim (Mantra) ’97 North African dubstress

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Sept. 22, 2018 (Podcast & Playlist) – The Aliens are Here!

Greetings,

They are here. Who you say? The Aliens.

Listen to this incredible tale of Alien revelation that the Deep State tried to squelch but a woman revealed through her Facebook page of all places

<Sunspot 2018 Alien incident; 3 min.>

In a nutshell: several solar observatories, who were routinely monitoring the Sun, were staggered by what they saw on their deep space video feed:

A gigantic Mother Ship flanked by dozens of UFO’s!

Mother Ship sighting in front of the Sun, Sept. 8 2018
Photo captured by Maria Hill of Salem, Indiana and posted to her Facebook feed

The Sun is 93 million miles from Earth. Neither the United States nor the Russians have any space craft that could approach anywhere near the Sun without burning up.

So to bury the truth and shut down the video feed, several other observatories in Hawaii, Chile, Pennsylvania, Australia and Spain panicked.

Yet, it was a woman in Indiana who was taking photos of the Sun on her Iphone who showed us what the Deep State fuckers tried to keep hidden from We the People.

Facebook/Earth’s citizens 1

Deep State 0

***

So now that we have established the Highly Probable likelihood that Aliens exist and can travel the galaxy at will, are they headed our way?

They power their Spacecraft with energy from the Sun. We use the much more inefficient jet propulsion system of space  travel.

I have a theory on why they have emerged. They will not let Donald J. Trump weaponize space through his Space Force.

<Aliens coming to stop the Space Force; 78 sec.>

The Anunnaki are coming to wipe that smirk off Trump’s face

So even though General Giorgio of Ancient Aliens fame has tapped I ‘n’ I to be Minister of Lunar Agriculture, I think the Aliens are coming to shut us down…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

…with Heavy Manners

It’s a pity, I was about to bring in the first Harvest of Space Dust

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Sept. 22, 2018 Annotated Playlist; 2 min.

Set 1:

  • Mystic Youth feat. I-Skeeda & Irie Ites – Jah Rastafari; Best Wishes (Sunship) vinyl mid 80’s SF youth group w/ female vox
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & the Upsetters – Cloak and Dagger; Cloak and Dagger (Black Art) ’72 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Keith Hudson – Rasta Communication; Greatest Hits (Sky High) ‘78
  • Barry Brown – Come We Dub Tonight; Far East (Hitbound) ‘81
  • Horace Andy – Oh Lord, Why Lord; Best of (Studio One) ‘72
  • Cha Cha – One Day You’ll Know; 10” EP (Above Rock) 2010 UK – female singing in Chinese, rock steady
  • Ronnie Davis – Kaya; Sings Hits From Studio One (Rhino UK) ’78 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement (1) Bob cover vox
  • Big Joe – World Wide Kaya; At the Control (Jackpot) ’78 (2) deejay
  • Agrovators – Kaya Dub; Kaya Dub (Justice) ’78 JA vinyl (3) dub
Chinese Rock Steady singer

Set 2:

  • Prince Far I – Under Heavy Manners; Reggae Nuggets (Mojo/Trojan) Mojo magazine pays tribute to Trojan Records 50 years
  • Joy White – It Dread Out Deh; Holding Up Half the Sky (Shanachie) ’78 roots dawta comp
  • Junior Delgado – Caution; Uptown Top Ranking (Object Enterprise) ’79 Marley cover
  • Winston Jarrett & Jah Woosh – Must Be a Revolution +
    Wicked Melt Away (Original) ’94 UK
Free CD with Sept issue of Mojo. Go deh!

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+Years

  • Judy Mowatt – Down in the Valley; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 
  • Sammy Dread – Road Block; Road Block (Hitbound) ‘82
  • Doctor Alimantado – Marriage License; Born For a Purpose (Greensleeves) ‘76

<What if a marriage license expired every two years? 17 sec.>

  • Culture & Prince Weedy – See Dem a Come (12” Mix); Two Sevens Clash (Deluxe Edition) ‘77

<July 7, 1977; 40 sec.>

  • Aston “Family Man” Barrett – Cobra Style; Familyman In Dub (Heartbeat) Dub Album of the Hour*
Beware the curfew and roadblock

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Get Up Stand Up; Kentucky Fried Rockers (bootleg) Live @ the Rupp Arena: Lexington, KY 1978; opening for the Rolling Stones

<Tosh opens for The Stones; 70 sec.>

  • Ayo – Down on my Knees; Ayo (Polydor) 2006 Nigerian-German female soul/reggae/pop

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • The Wailing Wailers – It  Hurts to Be Alone; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA 
  • Nigger Kojak – Down By the Riverside; Showcase LP (Nigger Kojak) ’80 JA
  • Freddie McGregor – Natural Collie; FM (High Times)  ’82 JA herbtune
  • Deadly Headly feat. Bim Sherman – The Danger; 35 Years From Alpha (ON U Sound) ’82 UK
  • Barry Biggs – Just My Imagination; Yesterday, Today & Forever (Park Heights) ’89 Brooklyn: Temptations cover

Set 6:

  • The Wailers – Duppy Conqueror; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks) Nov. 23, 1973 – Live at Leeds Polytechnic (UK)

<Bob, Peter and the Wailers live in the UK, Nov. 1973; 1 min. 42 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Talkin’ Blues; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50
  • Hollie Cook – Free Falling; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2017 UK dawta
  • John Wayne & Johnny – Rain Fall, Sunshine; 10” (Hitbound) ‘83 JA
  • 4th Street Orchestra – Back Weh Babylon; Leggo! Ah Fe We Dis (EMI) ’76 UK Dennis Bovell dub album of the hour

Set 7:

  • Chris Hinze – East Kingston; Bamboo Reggae (Keytone) ’83 Dutch jazz flute with Word, Sound & Power reggae

<You’ve got jazz in my rub a dub! 53 sec.>

  • Queen Majeda – Earth’s Rightful Ruler; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93 Jamaican female dub poet
  • Sip a Cup All Roots – Watch and Peep Dub; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2005 UK militant steppers
Dutch Jazz inna rub a dub style

Set 8: UFO-ria

  • Symarip – Skinhead Moonstomp; Skinhead Moonstomp (Trojan) ’70
  • Dennis Alcapone – The Flying Machine (The Sky’s the Limit); Guns Don’t Argue (Trojan) ‘72
  • The Toyes – Waiting For the Aliens; Strange Animals (CD Tunes) ‘99
  • Nicky Thomas – Doing the Moonwalk; Love of the Common People (Trojan) ‘70
  • Thievery Corporation – Stargazer; Culture of Fear (ESL) 2012 DC dubbers w/ female vox
  • The Mighty Sparrow – Russian Satellite; Radio Radio Theme Time Radio Hour vol. 5 (Mischief Music) ’59 calypso song about Laika the Soviet Space dog; 56  sec.

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 25, 2018 (Podcast & Playlist) – The Wailers of Mutant Dub!

Not counting box sets, the most I have ever paid for a CD. $80

Greetings,

Advice after forty years of cratedigging: Buy low, sell high. I ‘n’ I built the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives when people were shedding vinyl for these over priced gadgets called the compact disk.

Titles I bought for 4 bucks on Haight Ashbury fetches hundreds now on ebay and discogs.

It’s not that I’m cheap. I spend the GDP of small third world nations on music. But I believe a record that is worth hundreds that I paid less than a Lincoln for, makes the sound oh so sweet.

Vinyl to the left, CDs and books on the right: The Smile Jamaica Ark-ives

Yet I have wish lists. Things I can’t find cratedigging and must scope online. One of my “white whales” was the 8 track version of Thievery Corporations silky herb tune, Lebanese Blonde.

<$80 dollars for Lebanese Blonde; 55 sec.>

I was coming back from a cratedig in Missoula, Montana. I saw a disk on the new record rack that had a cool cover, name and song titles.

Thievery Corporation – Richest Man in Babylon

Heading back to Salt Lake from my parents’ house in Fort Benton, Montana, I detour through Missoula to cratedig in their cool indie stores: Rockin’ Rudy’s and Ear Candy.

I pushed it too far and hit the dreaded Monida Pass at sundown. Anyone travelling on I-15 heading North knows that pass right at the Idaho Montana border. Not a good place to be in a snow storm.

Twice in 25 years of driving that stretch I had to go 100 miles back to Butte, on icy roads, because the pass was closed to traffic.

Monida Pass

I left Missoula too late and hit this pass at the worst time: dusk. As the sun went down at 7,000 feet I watched the road ice up ahead of me.

What every Montana kid is prepared for yet still dreads. Driving over an iced free way with only the guard rails to keep you out of the ditch.

Shit, this is how people die. Slide off the road on Monida. You have about 15 minutes before your car is totally iced over and NO CELL SERVICE. 

He died doing what he loved: record shopping. 

All right. Here we go. My All Wheel Drive Subaru. This is what I bought you for. Slow way down to about 25 MPH and just pick your way through the sheer ice. Even with AWD, do not hit the brakes.

I soldiered through. What usually takes 15 minutes, took me over an hour. Foot off the gas, when a truck would go by kicking up crystals to make visibility almost zero.

Once you hit Spencer, Idaho on the other side of the Pass, the road thaws a little. All through this, I am listening to Richest Man in Babylon and focused on their supple riddims, heavy bass and international vocalists. Kept me from freaking out through the worst of the road hazards.

As soon as I got home, I ordered their entire catalog. So, yeah $80 for one of their rare singles. Priceless.

bless, Bobbylon

 Thievery Corporation led to my last half hour Mutant Dub Sets: 21 sec.

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Wailers of Mutant Dub

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Annotated Playlist: Jah-gust 25, 2018; 89 sec.

Set 1:

  • Tinga Stewart – Fire; Key to Your Heart (Calabash) ’83 FL. vinyl
  • Augustus Pablo – El Rockers Chapter Three; Rockers International (Greensleeves) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Third World – 96 Degrees in the Shade (1865); 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’77

<Morant Bay Rebellion; 77 sec.> 

  • Aswad and Shabba Ranks – Fire; Lunatic Soundtrack (Mango) ’91
  • Zema – Check It Out; Strangers at the Gates (Melchizedek) ’97 So Cal female
  • Barry Brown – Sensemilla; Far East (Hitbound) ’81 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Papa Face & the Fashionaires – Girls; 10″ (Top Notch) ’82 UK

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Work; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95: 50 Bob Marley songs for his 50th birthday
  • Hollie Cook – Desdemona; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 UK dubstress
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Sonny’s Lettah; Mi Revalueshenary Fren (LKJ) live poem in Nymegen, Netherlands

<Sus law in UK against black youths; 40 sec.>

  • GT Moore – Ganja Flower; 10″ (Jah Works) 2002 UK militant steppers herbtune

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years1

  • The Clash – Police on My Back; Sandinista! (Epic) ’80 Eddy Grant/Equals cover
  • Black Slate – Legalise Collie Herb; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK herbtune
  • Dhaima – Ina Jah Children; Uptown Top Ranking (Object Enterprises) ’77 female
  • Lenox Miller & Jah Coller – Better Must Come + Jah Coller Speakers His Mind; Jack Ruby Hi-Fi (Auralux) ’80 Jack Ruby prod’n; Junior Byles cover
  • Aisha & the Mad Professor – Children of Dub; There Is More to Life (Ariwa) 2005 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Pick Myself Up; Kentucky Fried Rockers (bootleg) opening for the Rolling Stones in Lexington, KY, 1978
  • Food-a-Rama- Angellina; 10″ (Hitbound) ’80 update of Ken Boothe’s Artibella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Wailing Wailers – Ska Jerk; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA: based on Junior Walker’s Shotgun

<Ska Jerk = Shotgun; 71 sec.>

  • John Holt – Police in Helicopter; Police in Helicopter (Greensleeves) ’83 UK herbtune
  • Mother Liza – Joy to Your Soul; Chant Down Babylon (Sonic) JA
  • Icarus – Sinking Deep; State of Mind (Russian Roulette) ’82 UK
  • Bim Sherman & the Voluntary – Drifint Away; Century (Century) ’84 UK

Set 6:

  • The Wailers – Stop That Train; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks) May 24, 1973 live at the Paris Theatre London/Live on the BBC

<Wailers on the BBC; 69 sec.>

  • Sinead O’Connor – Prophet Has Arise; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 Abyssinians cover
  • Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska herbtune
  • King Tubby – Bag a Wire; 10″ (Select Cuts) ’75
  • Herbman Band – Dub O Much; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox of 45s

  • The Ability – Rasta Never Give Up; 7″ (Sky High) 7″ Jamaican Jukebox Set
  • Charley Ace – Ten Commandments of Joshua; 7″ (Scorpion) ’72 about Michael Manley; Prince Buster update

<Michael Manley as Joshua>

  • Cynthia Richards – Sentimental Reasons; 7″ (Duke Reid)
  • Bobby Hunt – Mother’s Love; 7″ (Flash) ’76
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Uganda; Dub Ranting (Radical Wallpaper) ’81 UK dub poet, picture sleeve; 9 poems EP
  • Neville Martini – The Cliques; 7″ (Clandisc) ’76

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Pamela Bricker – Around the World ; 8 Trk CD Single (4ad) ’98
  • Khato (Smith & Mighty rmx) – No Compromise; King Size Dub Chapter 4 (Echo Beach) ’98 female vox
  • Alpha & Omega – Africa; Watch & Pray (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub
  • Pama International – Float Like a Butterfly; Float Like a Butterfly (Asian Man) 2005 UK tribute to Muhammad Ali
  • Aldubb feat. Alcapone JJ – Free Sensimilla Now; 10″ (One Drop) 2009 Germ. herb dub
  • Dubcheck feat. Everton Sylvester – Reparation; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001 w/ dub poet

Words of  Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 23, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist): Poor Immigrants!

<Poor immigrant; 16 secs>

Greetings,

Smile Jamaica is a Roots Reggae radio program. Other than the Mutant Dub I spin in the last half hour, I would venture that 80% plus of what I have played for nearly 30 years comes from around 1970-1985. The Wailers, Burning Spear, Culture and their Rasta co-horts.

Turn off your Wolf Blitzers, Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow and get your news from this guy: Burning Spear

So much great heartical music about peace and love, socialism (small s), the plight of the poor and the 400 year legacy of slavery in Jamaica.

Songs from that era chanting down Babylon. Still have resonance and prophecy today. So when the outrage of immigrant children in cages hit the news cycle, I knew the perfect song to play.

o t Same thing for breakfast: 2014 under Obama’s Presidency

On community radio Deejays are not allowed to espouse political support for any cause, candidate or party. I don’t need to do that. I can let the music do the talking.

Jimmy Riley – Have mercy upon poor immigrants.  When Occupy Wall Street went hot, it was so easy and enjoyable to string a whole 3 hour Ark-ive backing the 99%ers.

Theme song: Peter Tosh – The Day the Dollar Died (1978)

That is why Reggae music from 40 plus years ago still has relevance. The Dreads and Dawtas warned us it would come to this. That is why you should listen to Smile Jamaica and ignore the Fake News Media

1979 Reggae. Fire bun the CIA News Network

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: June 23, 2018; 52 sec.

Set 1:

  • Jimmy Riley – Summer Time; 12″ (DEB) 70’s cover of Porgy & Bess Broadway tune
  • Jimmy Riley – Poor Immigrant; Put the People First (Shanachie) ’82
  • Black Uhuru – Chill Out; Liberation Anthology (Island) 2 disk best of ’83
  • Gladiators – Dub ina Babylon; Singles Collection (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Gracy & Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; female singer

<Canada legalizes cannabis; 12 sec.>

  • Eek a Mouse – Wild Like Tiger; 10″ (Hit Bound) ’83 JA
  • Crystalites – Rasta Is Love; Scrub a Dub (Crystal) ’74 JA vinyl dub album of the Hour
9 down plus Canada, 41 to go!

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Wake Up and Live; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95; 50 Bob covers
  • Belle Stars – Miss World; 80’s Romance (Salvo) ’81 UK New Wave female group
  • Daweh Congo – Herb Tree; Human Rights & Justice (Roots & Culture) 2000 herb tune
  • Bim Sherman & Yabby Youth – Happiness; 12″ (Jah Shaka) ’83 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years

  • Alpha Blondy & the Wailers – Jerusalem; Jerusalem (Shanachie) ’86 Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years
  • Carlene Davis – The Harder They Come; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley; Jimmy Cliff cover
  • Linval Thompson – Starlight; I Love Marijuana (Trojan) ’78 UFOria
  • Aswad – Babylon; Showcase (Mango) ’81 UK dub mixes
  • Black Disciples – The Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour (Burning Spear Marcus Garvey)

Set 4:

  • Ayo – Get Out of My Way; Gravity at Last (Wrasse) 2008 Nigerian-German soul/reggae
  • Prince Alla – Bosrah; I Can Hear the Children Singing (Blood & Fire) ’76 from the Bible Isaiah 63:1

<random Bible verse in the hotel room’s Gideon Bible waiting for my Sister to get married; 39 sec. >

  • Toyan – Tracks and Socks; 10″ (Jah Bible) ’79 over Sammy Dread’s Miserable Woman

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Look Back; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) 11/5/82 Temptations cover; Vinyl is Vital Set
  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Water the Garden; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’81 UK
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Satan Kicked the Bucket; Satan Kicked the Bucket (Wackie’s) ’88 US
  • Jah Lloyd the Black Lion – St. Ann’s Collie; The Humble One (Virgin Front Line) ’78 UK herbtune
  • Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop; (Smash) ’64 US
Latest purchase from Discogs.com

Set 6: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45’s

  • Sheila Hylton – Natural Misty; 7″ (Studio One) ’81 Natural Mystic cover
  • Jimmy Burke – Be Like a Star; 7″ (Reggae Bee) ’75 UK
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Riot in Progress; Dub Ranting 7″ EP (Radical Wallpaper) ’81 UK dub poet, picture sleeve
  • Inner Rose – Rise Up; 7″ (Inner Rose) 2012 Fr.
  • Hughie Izachaar – Ganja Smuggler; 7″ (Reggae on Top) ’99 UK herbtune
  • Lightman – Meanwhile in the City; Spring Time (Semi Sounds) 2004 Dub Album of the Hour (Finland)
There’s a natural misty(?) flowing through the air?

Set 7:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Lonesome Feeling; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA vinyl

<Wailers 1st LP in 1965; 55 sec.>

  • Aisha – Coke Ain’t No Joke; There s More to Life (Ariwa) ’95
  • Fred Locks – Rastafari Rule; The Missing Link (VP) 2000
  • Junior byles – Fun and Games (Take Two); Curly Locks (Heartbeat) rare early 70’s Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Junior Murvin & Chris Jay – Wise Man; 10″ (Dubwise) ’98 UK

Set 8: Mutant Dubstresses

  • Thievery Corporation feat. LouLou Ghelchknai- Time + Space; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2015 Mutant Dubstress Set
  • Deepchild eat. Andy B – Racist Friend; King Size Dub Chapter 69 (Echo Beach) 2009 Germ. Special AKA cover
  • Flying Lotus feat. Dolly – Roberta Flack; Man Machine (Mojo) 2009
  • Soom T – Jungle of Peace; Ode to a Carrot (Jahtari) 2008 Glaswegian weed stepper
  • Natacha Atlas – Duden; Essential Lounge: Bombay (UBL) 2006 UK
  • Afro-Mystik – Momentary Visions; Morphology (OM) 2003 US
Lou Lou of Thievery Corporation

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-bruary 24, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-lympic Motivation That Rules the Nations!

U.S Cross Country Olympic Ski Team

Greetings,

So I was getting ready to go on air in the last half hour of Smile Jamaica. The phone rings and I pick up. The guy on the other line was pretty animated. “Hey Robert, I’m here with the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team in South Korea and we are listening to your show. Play us a tune.”

<Crown of Creation livicated to the U.S. Olympic Cross Country Ski Team; 22 sec.>

Wow! If true, I am sure the Dubstep/Mutant Dub set I was about to spin would match heavy bass to skiing a fast race. I dunno? They did medal for the first time at the Olympics. Or as I call it, the Jah-lympics

bless, Bobbylon 

 

Smile Jamaica A.rk-Ives Annotated Playlist: Jah-bruary 24, 2018: 85 sec.

Set 1:

  • Cornell Campbell – O Jah Forgive Me; Stalowatt (Third World) ’76 UK vinyl

<Stalowatt = Stalwart in Jamaican patois; 23 sec.>

  • Winston Edwards – Natty Dub; Natty Locks Dub (Studio 16) ’74 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Hopeton Lindo – Black History; Rockers Vibration (Heartbeat) ’84 Mikey Dread prod’n
  • Carlene Davis – Quick Sand; 15 Classic Hits (Sonic)
  • Chalawa feat. Strangers Cole – Just Like a River; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’79 JA singer w/ Ontario Canada group
  • Daweh Congo – Ganja Baby; Ghetto Skyline (Goldheart) 2008 Sweden
  • Jah Shaka – Revelation 18; 12″ (Jah Shaka) ’82 UK

<Revelation 18; 28 sec.>

The Angel of Revelation 18 – Ancient Astronaut

Set 2:

  • Sister Nancy – Bam Bam; 300% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ’82 singjay classic
  • Ronnie Davis – People Bawling; Wheel of Life (Upstairs) ’83
  • Cedric Im Brooks – Lambs Bread Collie; Light of Saba (Honest Jon’s) ’78 horn instrumental herbtune
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Disco Devil; 12″ (Upsetter Disco Cork) ’77 UK take on Max Romeo’s I Chase the Devil

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years

  • Don Carlos & Gold – Black History; Raving Tonight (RAS) ’83: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years
  • Burning Spear – I’m Not the Worst; People of the World (Blue Moon) ’86
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Tracks + Nanny; Tracks (LKJ) ’91 UK female dub poet

<Who is Nanny?; 43 sec.>

  • Black Uhuru – Darkness/Dubness; 10″ (Island) ’82 UK picture sleeve
  • Delixx – Coming in From the Cold; Uprising in Dub (Micron) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour
Jamaican Heroine; expert markwwoman – Nanny of the Maroons

Set 4:

  • Chalice – Master Blaster (Jammin); Best of Reggae (Sonoma) 2011 Stevie Wonder cover
  • Jimmy Cliff – No Justice; Marked For Death (Delicious Vinyl) ’90
  • Thievery Corporation and Rockers Hi-Fi – Trance Mission Central; Abductions & Reconstructions (ESL) ’99 DC dubbers rmx
  • Cynthia Richards  Aily I; Reggae Classics (DCC) ’73 herbtune
  • Doctor Alimantado – It Cold in a Babylon; 12″ (ISDA) ’80 UK

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Dub Syndicate feat. Michael Franti – No No; Echomania
  • John Clarke – Good Collie Weed; Visions of John Clarke (Wackies) ’79 Bronx
  • Hortense Ellis – Wooden Heart; Ravers Rock vol. 2 ()
  • New Age Steppers feat. Bim Sherman – Dreamers; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound)
  • Amp-Ech – Blood Stains; Against Injustice (Amp-Ech) ’87 JA

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Cedella Marley Booker – He’s a Rastaman; Awake; Zion (Rykodisc) ’84 Wailers Family Tree
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Burnin’ & Lootin’; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) live in London June 1977
  • Bunny Wailer – Rastaman Vibration (Positive Vibration); Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 dubble disk of Bob Marley covers
  • Chris Hinze feat. Peter Tosh – Silver & Gold; Bamboo Reggae (Keytone) ’83 Dutch jazz flautist in JA
Dutch jazz flautist w/ Peter Tosh and crew

Set 7:

 

  • UB40 – Strange Fruit; Signing Off (DEP) ’80 – update of Billie Holiday

<Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit; 58 sec.>

  • Dubble feat. Molara – Crown of Creation; 10″ (Dub Tunnel) 2012 UK Mutant Dub w/ female vox

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Matty G – Sensimilla; Bay Area Dubstep vol. 3 (Full Melt) 
  • Alpha & Omega feat. Boney L – Babylon Children; Legend of A & O (Dopic) 2006 best of UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Dr. Israel & Dreadtone International – One; Patterns of War (ROIR) 2005 Brooklyn
  • Bush Chemists – Dub Secret; Light Up Your Chalice (Dubhead) ’99 UK
  • Dubblestandart feat. Ken Boothe – When I Fall in Love; Immigration Dub (Collision) 2007 Jah-stria

Words of Wisdom: