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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 14, 2020 – Reggae Virus Mini Opera!

Greetings,

Wed. AM about 7 o’clock. On the computer seeing how my best gal did in the Tuesday primaries the night before. (Tulsi who?)

Cup of coffee and a green rip. Breakfast of champions. All of a sudden. I hear something rumble. WTF? Did some Corona Virus infectee just slam my house with their car? If so why I am feeling my floor ripple?

Nah, Earthquake. Watch everything shake, rattle and roll. By the time I stabilized my television set, the rumbling stopped. Casualty: one bookcase in my hallway and a Bob Marley picture askew.

5.7 Magna Utah Earthquake. Shouldn’t have cancelled church over Corona Virus

My first thought? “Wow this place is a mausoleum!” Got the notice from our Dean that the Marriott Library was closing down completely. Went up to a ghostly campus at the U of U to pick up a few things and make sure all the posters and such didn’t crash off my office walls post Magna 5.7 Earthquake.

On the way home, stop at Smith’s grocery. Praise Anu! Toilet paper. Every mope in the store had one roll in their basket.

Lots of items still out of stock. Cold cuts, cheese, bread. Melotonin section wiped out. No isopropyl alcohol. A lot of people out there needing to clean their bongs? Purell and Lysol a distant memory.

Get home to a call from Ebay Hamilton, KRCL’s program director. No station that rules the nation. Could I curate a 3 hour Smile Jamaica episode for upload? Station on lockdown.

“Working” from home, no deejaying, no record shopping (Record Store Day postponed til June. Summer is the low period for cratedigging). Liquor store closed!  No Saturday breakfast with my friends at Left Fork Grill.

THIS VIRUS IS PISSING ME OFF

Everyone is moping around like it is  the end of the world. I understand why the need for social distance, etc. But I don’t have to like it.

So here is how I intend to fight back

  1. Not much of a beer drinker anymore, but I’m going to buy a sixer of Corona beer
  2. Watching Andromeda Strain from 1971

3. Friday 4:20 or as I call it “worship”, will continue with my mates six feet away from each other

4. Gonna cratedig on Saturday just to get out of the house and see who is open

5. Listen to Smile Jamaica, as a listener. 3 hour show called: Putting the Panic in Pandemic 2020. From Stomach Sick to Burial

<Smile Jamaica: March 21, 2020 Putting the Panic in Pandemic; 2 min>

Enjoy this teaser from this week’s podcast:

<Smile Jamaica Reggae Virus Mini Opera; 90 sec.>

  1. Ethiopians get the Hong Kong Flu
  2. Susan Cadogan exhibits The Fever
  3. Jah Lloyd says, no vaccine it will leave an infection. Gonna smoke the main jax – the collie weed
  4. That unfortunately “ital” choice leads to the Twinkle Brothers Stomach sick
  5. Alas, Peter Tosh’s Burial

Eat your heart out Frank Zappa and Pete Townshend. Now I ‘n’ I gonna give you 3 hours tomorrow. Gallows humor staves off the doom and gloom

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives March 14, 2020 Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 44 sec.

Beautiful but deadly

Set 1:

  • Ricky Grant & Augustus Pablo – I Love Jah Rastafari + dub; I Love Jah Rastafari (Message) ’78 JA vinyl
  • Sir Coxson Sound – King of Dubb Rock; King of Dubb Rock (Safari) ’75 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • African Brothers – Mystery of Nature;  Want Some Freedom (Easy Star) ’70’s era
  • Abassi All-Stars feat. Sis Sanae – Free Jah Dub; Dub Showcase (Universal Egg) 2007 UK militant
  • Dennis Bovell – Bettah; Brain Damage (Virgin Front Line) ’81 herbtune
  • John Clarke – Good Collie Weed; Visions of John Clarke (Wackies) ’79 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; over Only Sixteen riddim
  • Dub Syndicate – Can’t Take It Easy; 10″ (ON U Sound) ’93 UK mutant dub Gregory Isaacs cover; picture sleeve

Set 2:

  • Black Roots – Opportunity; In Session (Makasound) ’83 UK roots group
  • Mad Professor – Chillout Zone; Black Liberation Dub vol. 5: Afro-Centric Dub (Ariwa) ’99
  • Aisha – Prophecy; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 female cover of Faybian Miranda roots
  • Dubble – Southside Dub; 10″ (Dub Tunnel) 2012 UK militant steppers instrumental

Set 3:

  • Michigan & Smiley – Diseases; Dancehall (Soul Jazz) ’81
  • Mighty Diamonds – I Shall Be Releassed; Blowin’ in the Wind (RAS) 2002 Bob Dylan cover
  • The Selecter – On My Radio ’91; CD Single (Chrysalis) ’91 rmx/2 Tone ska w/ female vox
  • Daweh Congo – Jah Disciple; 10″ (Sip a Cup) 2005 UK militant steppers

 

Set 4: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45’s Roots Sisters

  • Sister Afreka – Rasta Light Is a Sunshine; 7″ (Jah Life)
  • Sister Carol – Get It Straight Africans’ 7″ (Jah Life Time) ’89
  • Sister Rasheda – Give Me More Jah Love; 7″
  • Sista Ruby – Woman D.J.; 7″ (Freedom Sound International) ’80
  • Sister Verna – No Broke No Fight; 7″ (N***** Kojak) ’80
  • Bob Andy – Hung Up Dub; Sweet Memories (Nectar) ’76 dub album of the hour

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Super Chick – Roach Killer; Sleeping Bag’s Dancehall Classics (Priority) ’87 US
  • Al Campbell – Give the People; Rainy Days (Burning Sounds)
  • Clint Eastwood – Blues Night; Sex Education (Greensleeves) ’80 US
  • Blues Busters – I Shot the Sheriff; Phillip & Lloyd (Scepter) ’75 US Wailers cover
  • Bim Sherman & Akabu – Stop That Train; 12″ (ON U Sound) ’86 UK Keith & Tex cover

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

Peter Touch & the Wailers – Toughest; The Toughest (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’67 

<Song bio – The Toughest>

  • Bunny Wailer – Bide Up; Jamaican Singles vol. 1 (Solomonic) ’72
  • Judy Mowatt – Concrete Jungle; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Wailers cover
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Lyrical Satirical I; Fy-ah Fy-ah (JAD) ’68 instrumental
  • The Revolutionaries – Sensi Dub vol. 1 (Original) ’70’s era dub album of the hour

Set 7: Reggae Virus Mini Opera

  • The Ethiopians – Hong Kong Flu; Original Hit Sounds (Trojan) ’69 
  • Susan Cadogan – Fever; Susan Cadogan (Trojan) ’76 Little Willie John/Peggy Lee cover
  • Jah Lloyd – Dispencer; Black Moses (Virgin Front Line) no injection, leaves an infection
  • Twinkle Brothers – Stomach Sick; Me No You (Twinkle) ’81
  • Peter Tosh – Burial; Remedies For Babylon (bootleg)

 

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation – Culture of Fear; Live at the London Roundhouse (ESL) 2017 
  • Alpha & Omega – Who Am I to Judge; Trample the Eagle and the Dragon and the Bear (Alpha & Omega) 2005 best of UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Virgin; King Size Dub ON U Sound (Echo Beach) re: Richard Branson of Virgin Records
  • Dubblestandart – 51 Dub; Immigration Dub (Collision) 2007 Jah-stria
  • Sip a Cup All-Stars – Watch and Peep; 10″ (Sip a Cup) 2005
  • Natacha Atlas – I Put on a Spell On You; Best of (Mantra) 2005 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Middle Eastern cover

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 4, 2020 – Mutant Dub, Gilgamesh & Neil Armstrong!

Mutant Dubbers unite!

Greetings,

And Happy New Year from Smile Jamaica.

A Mutant Dub New Year. For over a decade now, I have been starting the year with the outer fringes of Reggae music that you hear I ‘n’ I play for centuries at the last half hour of Smile Jamaica.

<What is Mutant Dub?; 34 sec.>

Mutant Dub definition: Take Reggae drum and bass, attach it to modern electro/dance/post pop textures. Apply copious echo and special effects.

Epitomized by the Holy Trinity of producers: Adrian Sherwood/ON U Sound; Jah Shaka and the Mad Professor

Adrian Sherwood – the Bob Marley of Mutant Dub

My bredrin/mentor, Rutabaga Reese – previous Smile Jamaica host, turned me onto this style of dub as I ‘n’ I was absorbing my Roots Reggae knowledge.

Moody, atmospheric, modernesque. Some orthodox Reggae heads hate it*. But I ‘n’ I love it. If you do a Google search on Mutant Dub. Smile Jamaica is what pops up first!

The highest rated show in the podcast history of Smile Jamaica, circa 2013, is my Mutant Dub 420 showcase.

Mutant Dub 420 on Smile Jamaica

*I used to get angry calls “quit playing that techno crap.” Not anymore!

Even KRCL station manager, Tristin Tabish, is a Mutant…

<KRCL management loves Mutant Dub; 3 sec.>

Since nothing is static after doing radio for 30 plus years, after I was retired from political interviews on KRCL’s Radioactive, I ‘n’ I switched to Ancient Aliens on History Channel.

Giorgio and von Daniken’s Sumerian Skygods/Ancient Astronauts combined my Mesopotamian ancestry to outer space.

Giorgio Tsoukalos – The Bob Marley of Ancient Aliens

***

So I ‘n’ I do what I ‘n’ I always does. Start combing the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives for Alien Reggae and Dub songs. I ‘n’ I don’t have a single Mutant Dub Christmas tune, but found nearly 200 UFOria (UFO’s + euphoria = UFOria).

Tenastelin – The Bob Marley of Sumerian/Biblical astronaut songs

So, for Mutant Dub New Year, I switch up the traditional last half hour to UFO tunes.

Two stories. One ancient. One modern

The Epic of Gilgamesh – The story of a man seeking immortality. Comes across the original “Noah” plagiarized from the Bible. Utnapishtim was tasked by Enki, a major Skygod of the Anunnaki (Sumerian sky gods, “those who came from the sky”).

Enki’s brother Enlil was disgusted that the humans they created to mine gold on behalf of the Anunna (singular of Anunnaki) were instead having sex with Earth women.

Anu, the Bob Marley of the Anunnaki, agreed to wipe out the human experiment with a flood. But Enki took pity. He worked with a dread named Utnapishtim. Enki told him to gather up his family along with a DNA seedbank of animals and plants.

Sumerian Tree of Life is the double helix DNA

The Skygod loaned him a spaceship called a tesseract. A cube shaped ship that orbited Earth for 500 years. When the flood waters receded, Utnapishtim returned to the planet to start anew.

Tesserect space cube. Similar to the Borg on Star Trek

Gilgamesh sought out Utnapishtim who gave him the root of immortality. Gil, going through the trials and tribulations of his Epic, was exhausted and satisfied that he had been successful in his quest. Everlasting life.

So, the now God in his own right, lay by the side of the road for a well deserved nap. Alas, a snake slithered out of the reeds and stole his root of immortality. Gilgamesh died a mortal man.

<Epic of Gilgamesh; 76 sec.>

Gilgamesh loses his root of immortality to a serpent

Neil Armstrong story.

Neil Armstrong. First man on the moon. We have all heard the famous sound clip as he touches down on the lunar surface.

“This is one small step for man. And one giant leap for mankind.”

Fake news. That was the SECOND thing he said on the “comm” to NASA

Neil Armstrong – the Bob Marley of lunar astronauts

When Armstrong was a youth, he was playing catch with his brother in the yard. As happens, the ball went across the fence into the neighbor’s yard. Neil went to fetch it back.

Hot summer afternoon. The neighbors, a family named Gorsky, were having a little “afternoon delight”. Neil, curious, listened in on the pillow talk.

He heard Mr. Gorsky ask his wife for oral sex. She guffawed, “I’ll give you oral sex when the Armstrong kid next door walks on the moon.”

So wheel it forward to July 20, 1969. As Neil touched down on the moon’s surface his actual first words were. “Good luck Mr. Gorsky!”

<Good luck Mr. Gorsky! 42 sec.>

And I ‘n’ I don’t have time for the story of how Neil Armstrong became a Muslim. Or how the Apollo 11 moonlanding was a Stanley Kubrick production.

As I ‘n’ I always say: “Look to the skies! Do not scoff!

bless, Bobbylon

Mutant Dub New Year Annotated Playlist: Jah-nuary 4, 2020 

Set 1:

  • African Princess – Jah Chilren Cry; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka)
  • The Vision – Dub Start; Dub Vision (Funfundvierzig) ’88 Germ. green vinyl: dub album of the hour
  • Dr. Israel – Jacob’s Ladder; Inna City Pressure (ROIR) 2005
  • Dubmatix – Soul Dread Dub; Renegade Rocker (7 Arts) 2008 Can.
  • Badmarsh & Shri – Signs; Signs (Outcaste) 2001 UK East Indian dub cover of Tenor Saw
  • Ruben da Silva – Sensi Skank; 12″ (Reggae Roast) 2011 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2:

  • Gary Clail – Two Thieves and a Liar; End of the Century Party (ON U Sound) ’90 UK
  • Afro Omega – Know My Name; Pick Up the Pieces EP (Afro Omega) 2006 SLC w/ female vox
  • Dubphonic – All You Weed is Love; Relight (Hammerbass) 2009 Fr.
  • Undivided Roots – Move Up; 10″ (Well Crucial) ’82 UK picture sleeve

Set 3:

  • Claude Fontaine – Little Sister; Claude Fontaine 2019 Fr. female
  • African Head Charge – Rastaman; Sankofa (Bonjo I) ’97 recorded in Ghana
  • The Lions – Ethio-Steppers; Jungle Struttin’ (Ubiquity) 2008 LA
  • Bim Sherman – The Dream; 12″ (Mr. Modo) ’89 UK
  • Alien Dread – Dubnology; Cosmic Dub Clash (Log Out ) 2007 dub album of the hour

Set 4:

  • Easy Star All-Stars – Speak to Me/Breathe in the Air; Dub Side of the Moon (Easy Star) 2003
  • Manasseh Meets the Equalizer – Shining; Shining (Acid Jazz) ’96 Bob Marley Sun is Shining cover
  • Hollie Cook – Far From Me; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2018 UK dawta
  • Singers & Players feat. Mikey Dread – Autobiography; 10″ (ON U Sound)  ’83 UK picture sleeve

Set 5: Mutant Dub Vinyl

  • Dub Syndicate – Boof Um Baff; Strike the Balance (ON U Sound) ’89 UK
  • London Underground – Between the Lines; Current Affairs Session (ON U Sound) ’83 UK
  • Sheriff Lindo – Dub House of Horrors; Ten Dubs That Shook the World (Endless) ’88 Australia
  • Singers & Players feat. Sister P – Holy Scripture (ON U Sound) ’89 UK
  • The Clash – Mustapha Dance; 12″ (Epic) ’82 US picture sleeve (dub to Rock the Casbah)

Set 6:

  • Thievery Corporation – Sound the Alarm; Radio Retaliation (ESL)  DC dubbers
  • Aswad – Roxanne; Bigt Up (Gut) ’97 Police cover
  • Likkle Mai – (Japanese lyrics); Roots Candy (Beat) 2005 Jah-ponese dawta
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Makumba Rock; 10″ (ON U Sound) 2019 picture sleeve

Set 7:

  • Karsh Kale – Spirits in the Material World; Backspin (Six Degrees) East Indian cover of The Police
  • Alpha & Omega – Night and Day; Dub  Magic  (Zion Gate) 2001 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Ticklah vs. Axelrod – Answer Me; Ticklah vs. Axelrod (Easy Star) 2007
  • Suns of Arqa feat. Prince Far I – G.D. Magick; 12″ EP (Antler) ’83 UK picture sleeve
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers – Chemical Specialist (Cherry Red) ’81 ON U dub album of the hour

Set 8: UFOria

  • Systemwide – Gilgamesh; Live at the Jazz Festival de Montreal (BSI) 2002
  • Word Sound I Powa – Intro; Live From Planet Crooklyn (WordSound) ’96
  • Transglobal Underground feat. Natacha Atlas – Mr. Gorsky; Psychotic Karaoke (Nation)  ’96 about Neil Armstrong
  • Disrupt – Asteroid Dub Force; Jahtarian Dubbers vol. 3 (Jahtari) 2012
  • Tena Stelin – UFO + Unidentified Flying Dub; Lion Symbol (Jah Warrior) ’99

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 7, 2019 – 3 Songs for 30 Years!

Greetings,

KRCL celebrated 40 years on air with a party in downtown SLC. My tenure of that for Smile Jamaica is 30 years. (31 and 1/2 total).

I attended the birthday bash and it was great to see a lot of volunteers I hadn’t talked to since KRCL’s format change in 2008.

Plus there was a great love of what I ‘n’ I do with Roots Reggae and Dub with many listeners who were happy to meet me and pass on their thanks. Great to collect stories from people and how they discovered and continue to enjoy my sets on Smile Jamaica.

People love my commitment to vinyl!

The common thread is what Smile Jamaica means to their Saturday afternoon routines. For decades. Fathers and sons. Mom’s and dawtas. If I ‘n’ I had accepted every drink offer, I would have been a drunken mess! (However, it would have been downright rude to decline surreptitious hits of green vapor. Ask me no questions, and I’ll tell you no lies…)

It really was a validation of my joy of community radio that is still driven by independent music selection. Where you might hear a Scorpions Reggae jam followed by some UFO dubwize.

You ain’t gwan hear that on your Spotify playlist.

Spotify Reggae vs. Smile Jamaica. Computers or a human?

When my great friend and now KRCL station manager, Tristin Tabish asked me to spin a 15 minute set between bands, I ‘n’ I agreed.

This is essentially I ‘n’ I speech from the stage.

KRCL celebrates 40 years of all killer no filler radio. It has been my pleasure to be a part of that ride for 30 plus years.

“And KRCL has always championed Reggae music from day 1. Dreadlock Holiday to Smile Jamaica. My bredrin Rutabaga Reese taught me about quality Roots Reggae. Much love to Papa Pilgrm on Nite Roots.”

“For my set, I ‘n’ I was asked to put together 15 minutes of Smile Jamaica. How do you distill 10,000 albums. 10,000 cds and 10,000 singles into 3 songs?”

“A little bit of Marley. A little bit of 420. A little bit of dubwise.”

And Selah! Did the crowd roar when that opening lick of Bob Marley’s Smile Jamaica blast forth on the club’s hi-fi!

Thank you KRCL. And thank you KRCL listeners for the kind words for this deejay on your station that rules the nation! Forward ever, backwards never.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica: KRCL 40th Anniversary Set live and on-air; Dec. 4, 2019 at the Union; Salt Lake City, Utah (60 sec.)

  1. Bob Marley – Smile Jamaica (Marley)
  2. Rita Marley – One Draw (420)
  3. Yellowman – Strong Mi Strong (Dub – Bill Laswell mix)

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-cember 7, 2019

Set 1:

  • Prince Far I & the Arabs – Foggy Road; Message From the King (Virgin Front Line) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Wackies Rhythm Force – African Roots Act I (Wackies) ’77 Bronx, NY vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Smile Jamaica; Kaya (Deluxe Edition) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry mix: 40th Anniversary Party Mix (1) – Marley
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy) ’82 (2) – 420
  • Yellowman – Strong Mi Strong; King Yellowman (Columbia) ’84 (3) – dub/Bill Laswell mix
  • Culture – Legalisation + Ganja Time; Live in Africa (RAS) Dec. 15, 2000 live in Capetown, South Africa; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2:

  • Meta and the Corner Stones – Cornerstone/ Forward Music (No Soundz) 2008 Senegalese
  • Sugar Minott – The Devil Is After Me/ Happy Together (Heartbeat) ’91
  • Hortense Ellis – Woman of the Ghetto; Impact! (Universal Sound) ’70? Marlena Shaw cover
  • Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man; 12″ (Ballstic) ’78 UK Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
Cratedig – Las Vegas 2019

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years

  • Prince Buster – Judge Dread; Judge Dread – Rocksteady Hush Up (Melodisc) ’67
  • Burning Spear – Bad to Worst; Rocking Time (Studio One) ’74
  • Third World – Jah Glory; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’76
  • Sheila Hylton – Bed’s Too Big Without You; Reggae Sunsplash ’81: Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81; Police cover

Set 4:

  • Noel Phillips – Jah No Dead; Youthman Vibrations (Jammys) ’81 UK vinyl
  • The Congos – Ark of the Covenant; Heart of the Congos (Black Art) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark prod’n
  • DJ Rupture feat. Sister Nancy – A Little More Oil; Special Gunpowder (Tigerbeat6) 2004 dubstep
  • Monyaka – Go Deh Yaka (Go Deh to the Top); 12″ (Easy Steet) ’83 NY
Cratedig – Las Vegas 2019

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital Christmas

  • Michigan & Smiley – LIttle Drummer Boy; Reggae Christmas (RAS) ’84 DC
  • Norwood Rockers – Rocking; Christmas Time (Studio One) JA instrumental medley
  • John Holt – Happy Xmas (War Is Over); Reggae Christmas Album (Trojan) ’86 UK – John Lennon cover
  • Mutabaruka – Postpone Christmas; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label
  • Jennifer Lara – Hands of the Lord; Christmas Stylee (Studio One) ’79? JA

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Soul Shakedown Party; Best of (ALA) ’71 JA vinyl: Lesley Kong sides

<Lesley Kong producer who exploited The Wailers and died suddenly soon after; 1 min 51 sec>

  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumba Klaat; Wanted (bootleg) Sept. 29, 1981 –  NYC at the Ritz
  • Bunny Wailer – So Much Things to Say; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 – 50 Bob songs for 50th birthday
  • Marcia Griffiths – Tribulation; 12″ (Solomonic) ’76 JA – Bunny Wailer prod’n

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Bad Brains – Jah Love; Into the Force (Megaforce) 2012: DC punk dub; Rockers do Reggae Set
  • H.R. – We Belong Together; Hey Wella (DC Hardcore) 2007
  • Ben Harper – With My Own Hands; CD Single (Virgin) 2003
  • Tom Tom Club – Bamboo Town; Close to the Bone (Sire) ’83


Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Mr. Lif – Culture of Fear (ESL) 2012 DC dubbers: Mutant Dub Set
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Big Youth – Emanuel; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98
  • Djosos Krost feat. Jah Bobby – Creation; No Sign of Bad (Quango) 2006 Norwegian dub w/ JA dub poet
  • Jonah Dan Meets the Bush Chemists – Guidance; Dubs From Zion Valley (Conscious Sounds/Abba Christos Tafari)
  • Bush Chemists – Respect Dubwise; Light Up Your Chalice (Dubhead) ’96
  • Alpha & Omega Meets Bangarang feat. Nishka – Show Me a Purpose; Show Me a Purpose (Hammerbass) 2004 UK trance dub w/ female vox

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 9, 2019 – Wailers Family Stories!

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I just have time to share 3 Wailers Family Tree stories:

Why Jamaicans called Peter Tosh – Peter Touch (1); 1 min. 46

Aesop’s fable about the craven choke puppy (2); 26 sec.

Haile Selassie’s speech to the United Nations, in Amharic, chanting down war (3); 32 sec.

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 9, 2019 annotated playlist: 36 sec.

bless, Bobbylon

Set 1:

  • Cimarons – Reggae Time; In Time (Trojan) ’75 UK vinyl

<Cimarons in Jamaica; 29 sec.>

  • Studio One Band – A Gal Dem a Lie; Jucks Dub vol. 2 (Studio One) ’77 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Eclipse – Let Jah Be the One; Corrupted Society (Bristol Reggae Archive) ’81 UK
  • Aisha – Downpressor; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88
  • Barry Brown – Give Thanks; Reggae Heights (Mafia & Fluxy) 2001
  • Charley Ace – Country Boy; Impact! (Soul Jazz) ’73 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Jacob Miller – Tired Fe Lick Weed in a Bush; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems (Greensleeves) ’75 herb tune
  • Don Carlos – Here I Come; 12″ (Live & Learn) ’82 DC

Set 2:

  • Lloyd Parks & Hugh Brown – Into the Night; Music Works vol. 2: Lovers Dancehall (Red Arrow) ’81 Benny Mardones pop cover
  • Lucky Dube – War and Crime; Prisoner (Shanachie) ’90
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Elen Melgarejo – Lose to Find; Temple of I & I (ESL)
  • Gladiators – Pocket Money; 12″ (Virgin Front Line) ’81 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years

  • Burning Spear – Door Peep Shall Not Enter; Presenting (Studio One) ’73
  • Gregory Isaacs – How Long (Extended); Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ’74
  • I Roy – Everybody Ballin’; Musical Shark Attack (Virgin Front Line) ’76
  • Senya – Children of the Ghetto; Cobra Style (Heartbeat) ’76 roots dawta

Set 4:

  • Smashmouth – Virgin Girl; Half Baked soundtrack (MCA) ’97 Eek a Mouse/herbal cover
  • Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 Bob Marley cover
  • Ruts DC – Weakheart (Rob Smith rmx); King Size Dub (Echo Beach) punk dub rmx
  • Carl McDonald – Jah Is Coming; 12″ (Makdon) ’87 US
  • Jah Shaka – Coronation Dub: Commandments of Dub Chapter 9 (Jah Shaka) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Pluto – I Shot the Sheriff; Ramgoat (Wild Flower) ’74 JA Bob Marley cover
  • The Specials – Why?; 12″ EP (2 Tone) ’81 UK 2 Tone UK ska picture sleeve
  • Mikey Dread – Barber Saloon; Dread at the Controls (Trojan) ’79 UK
  • Chalawa – Jah Collie Herb; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Can. herb tune
  • Casselberry & DuPree – War; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Jahwaukee; Bob Marley cover/Haile Selassie UN speech
folk reggae dawta duo covers Bob Marley/Haile Selassie

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers feat. Peter Tosh – Hoot Nanny Hoot (Studio One) ’65 ska take: Wailers Family Tree Set
  • Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive; Wanted (bootleg) 9/29/81 The Ritz: NYC
  • Bunny Wailer – Craven Choke Puppy; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob Marley songs for 50 years
  • Haile Selassie I, Bob Marley & Buffalo Bill; War/Selassie Is the Chapel; 12″ (Human Race) Selassie speech to UN
  • King Jammy Meets Dry & Heavy***End of Set 6

Set 7: Mutant Dub Roots Dawtas

  • Morcheeba feat. Skye Edwards – Small Town; Who Can You Trust? (Indochina) ’96: Mutant Dub Roots Dawta set
  • Bush Chemists feat. Talawa – Dub of Nations; Light Up Your Chalice (Dubhead) ’99
  • Alpha & Omega feat. Sonia Pensar & Ital Lion – Sapno Mei; Jonah Dan: Spirit of the Ancients (Inner Sanctuary) 2004
  • Afro Mystic – The Odyssey; Morphology (OM) 2003
  • Massive Attack feat. Shara Nelson – Daydreaming; Blue Lines (Virgin) ’91
  • Natacha Atlas – Amulet; Halim (Nation) ’97 Belgian/Arabic/Sephardic chanteuse

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 17, 2019: Rocky Mtn. High!

View from the Tamarisk Cafe: Green River, Utah

Greetings,

I mentioned on this blog that 2019 was the year my Dad’s health went sideways. Other than a bad back, he’s like the Montana version of Clint Eastwood. A rare brain condition damn near sent him to Jah’s Heavenly Choir.

Long story short: Jan.-June was a distracting nightmare of back and  forth with my Mom reporting grim news and discouraging progress. Calls and texts to my brother and sister who all feel helpless hundreds of miles away.

Here is what Papa Bob had to recover from in 2019:

  1. NPH – Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus – spinal fluid build up on the brain which leads to dementia, incontinence and “gait deviations” — inability to walk
  2. Fell walking the dog: broken ribs, partial rotator cuff tear, infected elbow
  3. Two micro strokes
  4. Shingles (in spite of his having had the vaccine)
  5. Meningitis
  6. Allergic reaction to an opioid
In babies this condition leads to Down’s Syndrome

My Pops has spent more nights in either a hospital bed or “rehabilitation clinic” (aka nursing home)  than he spent at his Snowbird spot in Sun City West, AZ. Retire and then get seriously ill. Life is not fair.

Long story short: The Mayo Clinic in Phoenix “fixes” NPH by installing a shunt in your skull. It’s like the condensation hose on your AC unit. Excess fluid drains away and is absorbed, harmlessly, into the abdomen.

A medical equivalent of this installed in my Dad’s skull to treat NPH

I was there in Arizona when he turned a corner and now is walking with a cane, where he was formerly wheelchair bound.

Mayo Clinic. Wow, awesome. Thank you! Dr. Bendok; Dr. Krishna. All killer, no filler!

****

So I have been basically “clenched” for seven months. It affects everything  and I was keeping all days free in case I had to make an emergency trip to Phoenix.  So once Dr. Krishna told my Dad “the pendulum is swinging in the right direction”, it was like Pops had permission to return to the way things were.

One day he said, “Hey go get my book.” He reads these detective novels one after another. Went back to reading the local paper. We watched the Chernobyl Mini Series on HBO together and he was totally engaged. Phew!

I was encouraged enough to think I could engage in a little self indulgence. No more Family With Medical Leave Act for I ‘n’ I.

Now, I want to go on vacation: cratedig, road trip, herbal excursion, concert. While everyone else was dealing with the chaos of the first week of school I was on my way to Denver for a comedy concert.

Jimmy Dore – best political comedian since George Carlin

My Version Excursion Itinerary:

  • I 70 to Green River for lunch at the Tamarisk Cafe’ my bredrin Aqua Boy recommended.

  • Stop in Palisade, CO at a dispensary. My weed concierge seemed a little grumpy. Hey fella, you could be slopping Slurpees at the Sev. Answering all my questions on my Seven Leaf purchases should be like a wine vendor sampling his wares. Come on man, you see Utah on the Driver’s License. It’s like having to talk to a toddler. But I don’t care — I’m on vacation.  Just gimme  my stash and choke on my cash!
  • Drove through the most beautiful stretch of country I have ever been on: Grand Junction to I 25 approach to Denver. Had it all: fruit stands, wineries, rivers, dams, mountain passes, tunnels, ski resorts, Amtrak. Treacherous driving even in the Summer at nearly 11,000 feet. Wow!
Idaho Springs, Colorado
  • Check into my hotel in Denver. Hit the liquor store. Stealth vape in my room while I plot my book and record store  mapping, neighborhood by neighborhood. Successful cratedig: picked up around $200 of fresh Reggae vinyl
Twist & Shout Record Store: spent about 4 hours hearing combing the racks. Vinyl is Vital
  • Had Dinner a couple nights with my friends who flew in to see comedian Jimmy Dore and because I hate flying, I had my car.
  • Listened to KGNU Boulder’s “Reggae Bloodlines” show on Sat. 1-4pm. Having a session and a cocktail just like millions of you all do every Saturday during Smile Jamaica. Reggae Bloodlines sounded like Smile Jamaica with more Rebelution type reggae than Mutant Dub I ‘n’ I play, but straight up killer roots!

  • Sat. 4:20 vape like a viper before the show
  • Call Uber
  • Standing online with about 75 fellow Tulsi Gabbard and Bernie Sanders fanatics wearing my brand new Ilhan Omar T shirt which got many thumbs up from the Progressive audience in attendance

  • A round of cocktails with my friends to combat cotton mouth and settle in for nearly 2 hours of gallows humor with comedian Jimmy Dore  surrounded by fellow travellers on the  Far Left political spectrum. Single payer or death!

  • Sunday morning sunrise return trip via I 80. Thermos full of bad coffee grinding out flat and bland prairie. Cruise control at 73 MPH churning up the mile markers as my Pops loves to say, “feeling like a whore in church”, watching for Johnny Law on the 525 mile stretch back to SLC.
  • Gassed up in Rock Springs and called my Mom and that is how I found out my Dad doesn’t need a cane around the house. Praise Anu!

So yeah, good week after a brutal year. Selah!

bless, Bobbylon

One Love to the Green Solution for their great service and love of my Giorgio Aliens Tee

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 17, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 43 sec.

Set 1:

  • Earl Zero – Only Jah; Only Jah Can Ease the Pressure (Freedom Sounds) ’79 JA vinyl
  • The Supersonics – Treasure Isle Dub vol. 2 (Treasure Isle) JA vinyl dub set of the hour
  • Leroy Smart – Number One; Vault Classics vol. 2 (Grapevine) ’87
  • 15 16 17 – Black Skin Boys; Magic Touch (DEB) ’78 Equals cover by 3 UK dawtas: 2 sisters & 1 cousin
  • Sugar Minott – Come On Home; When Rhythm Was King (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’77
  • Culture – Ganja Time + Legalization; Live in Africa (RAS) 2000 South Africa: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Oku Onuora – Wat a Situashan; 12″ (Heartbeat) ’83 US picture sleeve; dub poet

Set 2:

  • Mikey Dread – My Religion; World Tour (Dread at the Controls) 2000
  • Eric “Rebel Lion” Bubbles & Ranking Joe – Roots of Black People; Roots of Black People (Progress International) 2013
  • Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths – Lean on Me; Sweet Memories (Nectar) ’72 Bill Withers cover
  • Sip a Cup All-Stars – Rasta Ah Step; 10″ (Sip a Cup) 2004 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Gregory Isaacs & U Roy – Love Is Overdue; Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ’74
  • I Roy – Tribute to Michael Holding; Musical Shark Attack (Virgin Front Line) ’76
  • Mighty Diamonds – Why Me Black Brother Why; I Need a Roof (Hitbound) ’76
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Simple Things + A Song to Heal; Tracks (LKJ) ’91 UK female dub poet
  • Aswad – Dub Fire; New Chapter of Dub (Mango) ’82 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Samia Farah – Goodbye Dub; Many Moods of (SAM) 2008 Fr.-Tunisian female dubstress
  • Pappa Biggie  – Youth Them Have to Grow; General For All General (Hitbound) ’84
  • Papa Bruce – Loafter Smoker; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’82 dj to Triston Palmer herbtune

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • A. Doeman – Mighty Mighty High; Jah Jah Come Now (I & I Sound) LA vinyl
  • King Medious – This World; Version Like Rain (Trojan) ’73 UK; Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n; Fever riddim
  • Black Uhuru – Party Next Door; 12″ EP picture sleeve (4th & Broadway) ’83 US
  • Mary-Ann – Walk on By; Strictly Reggae (Omni) ’81 Can. Yvonne Warwick cover
  • Pablo Moses – A Step Before Hell + dub; Pave the Way (Mango) ’81 US

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Can’t You See; Marley, Tosh, Livinston & Associates (Studio One) ’66/’82 comp. JA vinyl

<Wailers rock out>; 80 sec.

  • Peter Tosh – African; Live at the Ritz (bootleg) Sept. 29, 1981 NYC
  • Bunny Wailer – Top Ranking; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob songs for his 50th Birthday
  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – One Love/People Get Ready; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient covers

Set 7:

  • Lady Ann – Informer; Dancehall – The Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture vol. 2 (Soul Jazz) ’81
  • Mikey Mystic  Burial Dub; Foundation of Roots in Dub vol. 1 (Roots) ’95
  • Josey Wales – It a Fi Burn; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems (Greensleeves) ’83 herb tune
  • Carlton Livingston – Finders Keeper; 12″ (Satta Rock)

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation – .38 .45 (A Thievery Number); CD Single (4ad) ’98 DC dubbers: Mutant Dub Set
  • Gorillaz – 12D3; G-Sides (Virgin) 2002 UK cartoon group
  • Dub Gabriel feat. Karen Gibson Roc – Spirit Made Flesh; Anarchy & Alchemy (Destroy All Concepts) US w/ female dub poet
  • Dubbblestandart – Streets of Dub (Anxiety Dub); King Size Dub vol. 11 (Echo Beach) 2005 Jah-strian dubbers
  • Dub Front Outernational & Junior Murvin – Dub Front; Get Your House in Order; 10″ EP (Dub Front Outernational) 2000 Germ.
  • Natasha Atlas – I Put a Spell On You; Ayeshteni (Mantra) 2001 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins/North African mashup

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-ly 6, 2019: UFO-ria!

Greetings,

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).

  1. 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.>

DENVER – UNDATED: Major Jesse Marcel from the Roswell Army Air Field with debris found 75 miles north west of Roswell, NM, in June 1947. The debris has been identified as that of a radar target. The Air Force released a report on 24 June debunking reports of a UFO crash near Roswell, NM, in 1947. (Photo by: UNITED STATES AIR FORCE/AFP/Getty Images)

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.>

Stairway to Heaven – Page and Plant Ancient Astronaut Theorists?

<New Jerusalem in the Bible is a gigantic cubed space ship; 37 sec.>

New Jerusalem is not a city but a huge space shipReggae and Dub have plenty of songs about outer space and UFOs.

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!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 6, 2019 – UFOria; 1 min. 22 sec.

Set 1:

  • 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

Set 2:

  • Thievery Corporation – Stargazer; Culture of Fear (ESL) 2011
  • Kingman + Jonah feat. Claudious Linton – Star Wars; Signtime (Sun King) 2008
  • Laurel Aitken – Apollo 12; Pama Years (Pama) ’69

<Apollo 12  – 2nd moon landing; Nov. ’69; 39 sec.>

  • The Toyes – Waiting For the Aliens; Strange Animals (CD Tunes) ’99 LA

Set 3:

  • Sister Carol – Lost ina Space; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’89 DC vinyl

<Challenger Space Shuttle tragedy; 58 sec.>

  • Jimi Hendrix Experience – EXP; Axis: Bold as Love (MCA) ‘67
  • Dubadelic – MIB; Bass Invaders (WordSound) ’98 Men in Black
  • Dennis Alcapone – Flying Machine (The Sky’s the Limit); Guns Don’t Argue (Trojan) ’70
  • Phil Pratt – Lazer Dub; Star Wars 2 (Pratt Music) ‘96

Set 4:

  • Anubian Lights – Outflight;  Outflight EP (Crippled Dick Hot Wax) 2001 New Jerusalem space ship
  • Alpha & Omega – Dub is Out There; Serious Joke (A & O) 2002 X-Files Theme
New Jeruslam from the Bible is a gigantic spaceship

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • U Roy – Your Ace From Space; Version Galore (Treasure Isle) ’68 JA: UFO vinyl set
  • Prince Lincoln & the Rasses – Spaceship; Natural Wild (United Artists) ’80 UK produced by new waver Joe Jackson
  • Lone Ranger – U.F.O.; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA
  • Bam Bam – Star Wars + Dub; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87 LA female

Set 6:

  • David Bowie – Space Oddity; Changesonebowie (MCA) ‘69
  • Elton John – Rocket Man; #1s (MCA) ‘72

<Livicated to Kim Jong Un from Donald J. Trump; 35 sec.>

  • Derrick Morgan – Moon Hop; Original Reggae Recordings (Trybute) ‘69
  • Gene Roddenberry – Star Trek Theme
  • Sly & Robbie – Space Invaders; Syncopation (Joe Gibbs) ’80 FL. Vinyl

Set 7:

  • Leonard Nimoy – Alien;  Presents Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space (Dot) ‘67
  • Mighty Sparrow – Russian Satellite;  Calypso Carnival (Cook) ’58 calypso about Sputnik and Laika the space dog

<Laika the Space puppy. Gave his life for space travel; 35 sec.>

  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Akua Naru – Last Night; Into Bass & Time (ESL) female in love with an Ancient Astronaut
  • Scientist – Beam Down; Meets the Space Invaders (Greensleeves) ’81 dub

Set 8:

  • Tena Stelin – Flying Saucers; 7” (Mascot) 2001
  • Flock of Seagulls – Space Age Love Song; Flock of Seagulls (Zomba) ’82 UK New Wave
  • Easy Star feat. The Meditations – Eclipse; Dubber Side of the Moon (Easy Stars) 2010 Pink Floyd cover
  • Pink Floyd – Interstellar Overdrive; Relics (Capitol) ’71 comp.
  • Spiritual Rez – Let’s Go Out With a Bang; Apocalypse Whenever (Spiritual Rez) 2014

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 22, 2019: Space Farce!

 

Greetings,

I’m annoyed with our President. Listen why…

<Trump scoffs at UFO’s;  97 sec.>

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.

Pentagon admits to UFO investigations

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!

Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives June 22, 2019 – Annotated Playlist; 76 sec.

Set 1:

  • 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

Set 2:

  • 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

Set 3:

  • 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

Set 4:

  • 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
  • Rita Marley – That’s the Way; 12″ (Shanachie) ’82 picture sleeve
  • Culture – Dubbing in the Capital; Stoned (RAS) ’97 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • The Specials – The Man at C & A; More Specials (2 Tone) ’80 UK 2 Tone ska; anti-nuclear war
  • Pancho Alphanso – Red Eye; Watch This Sound (Shanachie) ’82 Ho Ho Kus, NJ
  • Charlie Chaplin – Naw Leave Me Chalwa; Red Pond (Tamoki Wambesi) ’82 UK
  • Pluo Shervington – Ms. Gace; Pluto (Wild Flower) ’75 JA
  • Soom T – 31st Century Song; 12″ EP (Scotch Bonnet) 2012 UK female weedstepper

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Sister Carol – Lost inna Space; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’99 UFO tune; Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ years
  • Bad Brains – The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth; Rock for Light (Caroline) ’83 DC punk dubbers
  • Michael Prophet – Fight to the Top 12″ version; Serious Reasoning (Mango) ’80
  • Martin Campbell & Hi-Tech Roots Dynamics: Cosmic Dub Clash (Log On!) 2007 UK dub album of the hour

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Another Dance; Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates (Studio One) ’65 JA vinyl

<Another Dance>

  • Peter Tosh – Mystery Babylon; Jamaica (Putomayo) ’76

<Tosh bio>

  • Bunny Wailer – Winepress (Babylon System); Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95: 50 tracks for 50th birthday
  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient dubs

Set 8: UFOria

  • Word Sound I  Powa – Intro; Live From Planet Crooklyn (WordSound) UFOria
  • UFO feat. Dee Dee Bridgewater – Flying Saucer; Saint German des Prev IV (Wagram)
  • Tena Stelin – UFO + Unidentified Flying Dub; Jah Warrior Presents
  • Winston Wright & Tommy McCook – Moon Invader; Greater Jamaica Moon Walk-Reggay (Treasure Isle) ’69 instrumental
  • Rockers Hi-Fi – Dick From Outta Space; Rockers to Rockers (Gee Street) ’95 UK
  • Bob Marley – So Much Trouble in the World; Songs of Freedom (Tuff Gong)

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 1, 2019 – #2 is Musical Youth!

Greetings,

I was born in a small north central Montana town called Fort Benton. Along the Missouri river, it was the furthest the steamboats could go before you had to pack wagon trains of goods to Oregon and Canada.

Brutally cold in the winter. Gorgeous in the summer,  although the mosquitos are the size of kittens. A town of 1500 didn’t have much in the way of shopping, so you had to drive 35 miles to Great Falls.

Movies, clothes shopping, better restaurants. When the drinking age in Montana was 19, we would buy beer where no one knew us. They had a good record store there called Hastings. It was across the street from the mall, so I would always try and swing by there before I left for home.

Usually, I would buy vinyl. But, it was about 45 minutes to drive home, at 55 max MPH speed limit. So I would tend to buy a cassette to listen to for the drive home.

I was getting ready to graduate May of 1983. I remember the album I bought: Ramones – Subterranean Jungle. The cassette was the big novelty hit of ’83. MTV crossover: Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie.

Youth group from UK singing and toasting over a sanitized version of the Mighty Diamonds’ Pass the Kutchie.

Kutchie = cannabis utensil. Can’t have kiddies singing about the Seven Leaf, so they switched up the lyrics to the cooking pot, dutch pot = dutchie.

I bought it for the song, not because it was Reggae. That was #2 Reggae addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive. Over the years, I picked it up on LP and various 12″ promo singles. Then, cratedigging in Minneapolis a few years ago, I got their 2 albums on 1 CD for $5 in the discount rack. Nice price!

I was cleaning out my garage and came across a shoebox full of cassettes and found it there. (First Reggae album you are wondering? Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive; Xmas ’81. Thanks Mom!

bless, Bobbylon

<Musical Youth – second addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-ive>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 1, 2019 annotated playlist

Set 1:

  • Michael Prophet – Jah Jah Is My Master; Yabby You & King Tubby’s All Stars (Yabby You) early 80’s JA vinyl
  • Augustus Pablo – The Big Rip-Off; Ital Dub (Trojan) ’74 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Cymande – Zion I; Renegades of Funk (Newhouse) ’72 UK soul/rock/reggae
  • Sugar Minott – Devil Is At Large; Tempo Explosion (Black Victory) ’85
  • Natural Vibes – Life Hard a Yard; King Jammy a Man and His music Volume 1 (RAS) ’82
  • Tristan Palma – Sensimilla; Return of the Rub-a-Dub Style (Echodelic) 2011 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Lucy Clark – Just One Look; 12″ (Bullet) US Doris Troy cover

Set 2:

  • Sister Carol – Natty Live Up; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96
  • Nerious Joseph – Guidance; Fashion in Fine Style vol. 1 (Fashion) ’92
  • The Royals – Pick Up the Pieces: Full Up: Best of Studio One vol. 2 (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Wingless Angels feat. Justin Hinds & Keith Richards – Come Down Wicked Man; Wingless Angels II (Mindless) ’96 nyahbinghi
  • Junior Delahaye – Working Hard For the Rent Man; 12″ (Wackies) ’83 Bronx

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Dennis Brown – Westbound Train; Some Like It Hot (Heartbeat) ’75: 
  • Aisha Morrison – Ethiopias; Stay Red (Esoldun) 77? Black Ark prod’n
  • Freddie McGregor – Rastaman Camp; Bobby Bobylon (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’79
  • Musical Youth – Rub ‘N Dub; Youth of Today (MCA) ’82 UK youth group
  • Aswad – Dub Fire; New Chapter of Dub (Mango) ’82 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Puma – Babylon Falling; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017
  • Afro Omega – Don’t Stop; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2011 SLC w/ female vox
  • Junior Reid – Free That Little Tree; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 3 (Greensleeves) ’94 herbtune
  • Flick Wilson – My Lady; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’80 UK

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Anthony Johnson – Mother, Mother; Reggae Feelings (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK –
  • Dilinger – Tribal War; Tribal War (New Cross) ’86 UK
  • Zulu Warriors – Chalwa Dub; Warrior Dub (Mr. Modo) ’89 UK herbtune
  • Nicodimus (sic) – Keep It In the Family; She Love It In the Morning (Hitbound) ’82 JA
  • Sinead O’Connor – Curly Locks; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 UK – Jr. Byles cover

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – He Who Knows It Feels It; Best of Studio One (Studio One) ’66 JA vinyl

<Song history; 88 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Fancy Curls; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob covers for 50th
  • Soon Come/I’m the Toughest/Bush Doctor; Live at the Bayou (bootleg) Mar. 14, 1979 Wash’n DC
  • Black Uhuru – Ion Storm; Dub Factor (Mango) ’83 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Rockers Hi-Fi w/ Ella Fitzgerald – Sunshine of Your Love; Groove Corporation Presents Remixes From Elephant House (Guidance) 2001 Cream cover
  • Daryl Jenifer – Away Away; In Search of Black Judas (ROIR) 2010 Bad Brains bassie
  • Jeff Beck Group – She’s a Woman; Live With the Jan Hammer Group (Epic) ’77
  • Blues Brothers – Groove Me; Briefcase Full of Blues (Atlantic) ’78 herbtune King Floyd cover

<75 pounds of lambsbread from Jamaica; 29 sec.>

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – So Much Trouble in the World; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient translations

<Bob not a fan of UFOs; 22 sec.>

  • Dub Syndicate – The Corporation; Ital Breakfast (ON U Sound) ’96 conspiracy theory
  • Alpha & Omega – Twelve Fruits; Tree of Life (A & 0) ’96 UK trance w/ female vox
  • Sugar Dee – Humble Mr. Babylon; 12″ (Know Thyself) 2012 UK
  • Roots Manuva feat. Wrongtom – Wol’ a Mine; Duppy Writer (Big Dada) 2010

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Roots Bash!

Greetings,

Stepped away from the airwaves last week for a four day weekend. So I bunkered down in the Secret Dubratory and cooked up 3 hours of my favorite roots tunes for the massive.

Bless, Bobbylon

0-30 min.

  • 10 Foot Ganja Plant – Deliver Us Jah; Bass Chalice (ROIR) 2005 NY
  • Afro Omega – Move Like Light; Move Like Light (Afro Omega) 2012 SLC
  • Burning Spear – African Postman; Hail H.I.M. (Heartbeat) ’80
  • Culture – Lion Rock; Lion Rock (Heartbeat) ’82
  • Dub Skin – Heavy Load; No End in Time (Dubskin) 2009 Boulder, Collie-rado
  • Eek a Mouse – Virgin Girl; Live at Reggae Sunsplash (Genes) ’82 Montego Bay, JA

30-60 min.

  • Foundation – Beverly Hills; Flames (Mango) ’88
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Natty Dread Locks a Superstar; Free Us Now (ACL) ’77
  • Heavy Manners – Turtle on Its Back; Heavier Than Now (NoVo) ’96 Chicago ska/reggae w/ female vox
  • Inner Circle – We ‘a’ Rockers; Best of (Island) ’79 (’92 comp.)
  • Jah Bull – Fuckery’s a Gwan; Press Along Rasta (Bull Don) ’96
  • King Sighta – Dollar fe a Reaffer (sic); Master of All (Jet Set) ’78
  • Love Joys – Let Me Rock You Now; Lovers Rock Reggae Style (Wackies) ’83 female duo

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Mighty Diamonds – Back Weh Mafia; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’76 Allen Toussaint prod’n
  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Fade Away; New Age Steppers (ON U Sound) ’80 Junior Byles cover w/ female lead vox
  • Johnny Osbourne – Man of Jahoviah; Fally Lover (Greensleeves) ’80
  • Prince Far I & the Arabs – A Message; Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter 1 (ROIR) ’78
  • Queen Majeeda – Our Creator; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93 female dub poet
  • Ranking Slackness – Bathroom Sex; Slackest LP (Techniques) ’80
  • Sly Dunbar – Sesame Street; Sly, Wicked & Slick (Virgin Front Line)  ’79 children’s TV theme
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Sleepy Wonder – Radio Retaliation; Radio Retaliation (ESL) 2008 DC

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • UB40 – Johnny Too Bad; Labour Love (Virgin) ’83 Slickers cover
  • Velvet Shadows – Wailing of Black People; Babylon a Fall Down (Trojan) ’77
  • Wailers Movement & I Roy – President Sadat; Chant Down Babylon (Paradise) ’80
  • X-O-Dus – English Black Boys; 12″ (Factory) ’80 UK
  • Yellowman – Strong Mi Strong; King Yellowman (Columbia) ’84 Bill Laswell prod’n
  • Zion Tribe – Herbissimo; Barre Chords (Zion Tribe) SLC herbtune ’97 

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • The Beat (aka The English Beat) – Hands Off She’s Mine; I Just Can’t Stop It (Go Feet!) ’80 2 Tone Ska
  • The Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man (Extended); Conscious Man (Seven Leaf) ’77
  • The Meditations – Stoning Me Away; Anthology 1971-1979 (Nighthawk) ’78
  • The Pretenders – Private Life; The Pretenders (Sire) ’80
  • The Rolling Stones – Luxury; It’s Only Rock and Roll (Columbia) ’74
  • The Ruts – Give the Youths a Chance; Punk Singles (Captain Oi!) ’79 punk dub

2 and 1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • The Selecter – Jams Bond; Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) ’80 UK 2 Tone ska
  • The Marvels – Rock Steady; 100% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ’71 Aretha Franklin cover w/ female vox
  • U Roy – Chalice in the Palace; Big Blunts (Tommy Boy) ’75
  • Jr. Byles – Fever; Curly Locks (Heartbeat) 70’s cover of Little Willie John
  • 311 – Who’s Got the Herb; Hempilation (NORML) ’95 H.R. herbtune
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Pass It On; Hawaii Five-0 Soundtrack (CBS) 2011 Bob Marley cover
  • Jr. Reid – Concrete Castle King; History Of Tamoki Wambesi (Tamoki Wambesi) ’85
  • Joan Armatrading – I Can’t Lie to Myself; Walking Under Ladders (A & M) ’81 w/ Sly & Robbie

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 4, 2019: Kentucky Derby Stylee!

Spark up a mint julep. Smile Jamaica celebrates the Kentucky Derby

Greetings,

Jamaicans love horse racing just like Americans do. One way to celebrate that love is through music.

So on behalf of the “Super Bowl” of American racing (to mix metaphors), the  I play my annual Jamaican horse racing set.

I always start with this song….

<The Selassie I Cup>

The horses and their odds of winning:

  • Babylon 2-1
  • Soul Youth 3-1
  • Rome is Even
  • The Pope 3-5
  • Dreadlocks 8-1
  • Baldhead 15-1
Jamaican race track

Listen to this clip to see who won!

<The Selassie I Cup: win, place and show; 20 sec.>

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 4, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 73 sec.

Set 1:

  • The Chantells – Children of Jah; Waiting in the Park (Phase One) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Zulu Warriors – Warrior Dub; Warrior Dub (Mr. Modo) ’89 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Silvertones – Give Thanks; Stay Red (Esoldun) mid 70’s Black Ark/Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n;
  • Prince Hammer – Dutty Man Skank; Rastafari Bible (Patate) late 70’s Deejay
  • The Nazarenes – Song of Sharing; Songs of Sharing (Heartbeat) 2004 Ethiopians outta Swedung
  • Bushman – Weed fi Bun (You Got Me Gone); Weed  Bun vol. 1 (Charm) 2005 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • 15 16 17 – Suddenly Happiness; 12” (DEP) ’78 UK: 2 sisters & a cousin

Set 2: Horse Racing

  • Mr. Bojangles – Selassie I Cup; 7” (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) Kentucky Derby/horseracing set
  • Race Fans – Bookie Man; 7” (Upset) ‘68
  • Dillinger – Caymanas Park; 7” (Well Charge) race track in Kingston, JA

<Caymanas Park in Jamaica>

  • The Pioneers – Longshot Kick de Bucket; Give & Take (Trojan) ‘68
  • The Specials – Longshot Kick de Bucket (Live): Too Much Too Young  (Receiver) ’79 Pioneers cover live at Aston Univ., UK
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Ride Natty Ride; 12” (Tuff Gong) ’80 JA
Jamaican race track

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Dambala – Future; Azania (Dada Music) ’83 – Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years
  • Cedella Marley Booker – Put It On (Lord I Thank You); Awake Zion (Rykodisc)
  • Pato Banton – My Opinion; Recaptured (Ariwa) ‘89
  • Pablo Moses – A Step Before Hell + dub; Pave the Way (Mango) ‘80
  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Lambs Bread; Trojan Dub Box Set 2 (Trojan) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour
Bob’s mom. Smile Jamaica celebrates Mother’s Day Sat. May 11

Set 4:

  • Wingless Angels – No Dark There; Wingless Angels (Mindless) ’96 Keith Richards, Justin Hines and nyah drummers

<Wingless Angels; 41 sec.>

  • Lorna Asher – Straight to Your Heart; Straight to Your Heart (Twinkle) ‘99
  • Cornell Campbell & U Brown – Pride & Joy + Rock to the Rhythm; 12” (Mash It) Brooklyn
Wingless Angels feat. Keith Richards

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • The Shakers – Emergency Call; Yankee Reggae (Asylum) ’76 female vox
  • Bim Sherman & the Voluntary – Dreaming; Century (Century) ’84 UK
  • Barry Brown – Ital Rock; I’m Still Waiting (Rocktone International) ’83 Can.
  • Laurel Aitken – Je T’aimerai Toujours (I Love You, Yes I Do); Eskapade en France (Unicorn) ’90 Fr. EP
  • Bankie Banx – Oh Caroline; Soothe Your Soul (Redemption) ’82 Cayman Islands
Rolling Stone Record Guide called Yankee Reggae the worst reggae LP ever released

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Dancing Shoes; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One)  JA vinyl

<Dancing Shoes; 1 min. 28 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Judge Not; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 songs for Bob’s 50th birthday
  • Peter Tosh – Burial; Live at the Bayou (bootleg) 3/14/1979 Wash’n DC
  • Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger – Honorary Citizen (Columbia) Request

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • The Rolling Stones – Too Rude; Dirty Work (CBS) ’85 cover of Half Pint “Winsome”: Rockers do Reggae Set
  • Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Watching the Detectives; Live at Hollywood High Hip-O) June 4, 1978
  • Grace Jones – Sunset Sunrise + Dub; Hurricane + Dub (PIAS) 2011

Set 8: Mutant dub

  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – So Much Trouble in the World; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient dub; Mutant Dub Set
  • Thievery Corporation – The State of the Union; Babylon Rewound (ESL) 2004 DC rmx
  • Dry & Heavy – New Creation; From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon w/ female vox from Likkle Mai
  • Dub Syndicate – What Happened?; 10” (ON U Sound) ’93 UK picture sleeve