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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

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 27, 2019! Reggae Loves American Radio

Greetings,

When I was a youth in Montana, radio in the 70’s and early 80’s was “format agnostic.” The one pop radio station we could receive out of Great Falls would mix a singer songwriter, like Jackson Browne, next to a rock artist like the Rolling Stones or Boston and then expect to hear some classic 70’s soul from the Spinners.

In the late 70’s it was not unreal to go from a Kiss rocker straight into thumping disco.

Radio is not that way any longer. Everything is separated and boxed in with narrow playlists.

So having nearly two decades of pop music knowledge, even in a rural place like Northern Montana, I have a keen ear for pop hits.

We even had disco in Montana

In Jamaica, even cheap transistor radios could pick up stations from Miami and New Orleans. So what I heard in rural Montana was also picked up in Jamaica.

So nearly every pop hit had a local Reggae “chucka chucka” cover. That guitar chop in Reggae comes because of wave distortion in the radio single. The modulation was thought to be a part of the song.

I cold do dozens of shows of covers and we hear some of these examples on today’s Smile Jamaica.

  • The Pioneers cover one hit wonder Steam
  • Junior Murvin falsetto on Curtis Mayfield
  • Lloyd Charmers AM hit by Tommy James; 40 sec.
  • The Clash turn the tables and cover Reggae – Willi Williams

From Fort Benton Montana to Kingston Jamaica inna rub a dub stylee!

bless, Bobbylon

<Pioneers cover Steam>

Set 1:

  • Dillinger – Rock to the Music; Tribal War (New Cross) ’86 UK vinyl
  • Glenmore Brown – South East Rock; Dube From the South East (Rhythm Foundation) Stevanger, Norway vinyl Dub Album of the Hour
  • Judy Mowatt – Sing Our Own Song; Sing Our Own Song (Shanachie) 2003 UB40 cover
  • General Plough – No Pity in the City; One and One = Two (JA) ’83
  • The Pioneers – Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye; Give & Take (Trojan) ’69 Steam soul cover
  • Prince Hammer – Legalise (Discomix); Rastafari Bible (Patate) ’76 Peter Tosh cover 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Lee “Scatch” Perry & the Upsetters – Stay Dread; 10″ (Upsetter) ’75 UK herbtune

Set 2:

  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – High Tide or Low Tide; Spirit of Music (Elektra) ’99 riddim shower (1) – cover of Dad’s
  • The Wailers – High Tide or Low Tide; Songs of Freedom (Tuff Gong) ’73 riddim shower (2) original

<High Tide or Low Tide; 49 sec.>

  • Candy McKenzie – Jah Knows; Lee “Scratch” Perry Presents Candy McKenzie (Trojan) ’70’s Black Ark prod’n
  • Junior Delahaye & Wackies Riddim Force – Mystic Revellation (sic); 12″ (Wackies) ’83 Bronx herbtune

Set 3:

  • Lloyd Charmers – Crimson and Clover; Psychedelic Reggae vol. 3 (Trybute) ’69 Tommy James & the Shondells cover
  • Soulettes – Shoo Be Doo; 7″ (Upsetter pre) Rita Marley’s rock steady group
  • UB40 – Don’t Break My Heart; Baggaridim (DEP) ’85
  • UB40 – Theme From Labour of Love; 12″ EP (DEP) ’85 UK – dub
  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Burn Pipe Dub; Sensi Dub vol. 1 (Original) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Junior Murvin – Rasta Get Ready; Police & Thieves (Deluxe Edition) ’77 Curtis Mayfield cover
  • Ras David – Legalizer Dub; One Love Vibration (Gold Poet) ’95 Santa Barbara 420 dub
  • Gideon Zinger & U-Brown – So They Say + Can’t Keep a Good Man Down; Ire Hi-Fi (Play de Music) 2007 Germ.
  • Marcia Griffiths – Don’t Ever Leave; 12″ (Sheba) ’81 JA

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Love Won’t Be Mine; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA

<Doo wop Bob 1 min. 28 sec.;>

  • Shaka Man – Tribute to Bob (If It Wasn’t For the Rasta Man); 2030 A.D. (Majicaa) LA Bob Marley tribute
  • Mother Liza – Ten to Ten; Mother Liza Meets Pappa Tullo (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK
  • Linval Thompson – Lick Up the Chalice; Look How Me Sexy (Greensleeves) ’82 UK herbtune
  • The Clash – Armagideon Time/Justice Tonight/Kick It Over; Black Market Clash (NuDisk) ’80 10″ EP

<10″ oil crisis; 1 min. 2 sec.>

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Aisha – The Creator; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 
  • Aswad – Bubbling; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • Burning Spear – Fire Man; (Heartbeat) ’83 aka Mr. Fire Coal Man
  • Naturalites – Lion inna Jungle; Rub-a-Dubble Reggae Part 2 (CSA) ’85 UK

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – 400 Years/Stepping Razor – Live at The Bayou (bootleg) Mar. 14, 1979 Wash’n DC
  • Bunny Wailer – Rastaman Rides Again (Ride Natty Ride); Hall of Fame; RAS (1995) 50 Bob covers for his 50th birthday

 

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – Waiting in Vain; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient translations
  • Thievery Corporation/Boojoo Bazou – Under Me Sensi Remix; Outernational Sound (ESL) 2004
  • Heavyweight Dub Champion – Raise the Dead; Survival Guide for the End of Time (Champion Nation) 2002 Boulder, Collierado dub-hop
  • Dry & Heavy – Riders on the Storm; From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon Doors cov
  • Dub Syndicate – Not a World; 10″ (Lion & Roots) ’98 UK