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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-vember 7, 2020 – 15 down, 35 to go!

Greetings,

<Cannabis 2020 – 15 down, 35 to go! 68 sec.>

Orange Daddy vs. Qtip? Didn’t care. Cannabis, legalization to rule the nation? That I n’  I care about.

In the Congressional and Presidential, the negativity is so disgusting, I ‘n’ I fall back on the Rasta notion of isms and schisms. Demopublicans vs. Republicrats. Fiyah bu’n!

I’m on the Wailers Party! (400  Years lyrics)

<Peter Tosh – 400 Years of the same philosophy>

We sick an’ tired of-a your ism-skism game
Dyin’ ‘n’ goin’ to heaven in-a Jesus’ name, lord.

On election night, I ‘n’ I was sitting on the couch watching an X-Files rerun and dialing up my dispensary route for my Vegas vacation next week. (Cratedigging in a pandemic? Better than staying home waiting for The Covid to tag me in Utah. Rona Rage, let’s get on the road!)

Yelp for potheads

 

Two fingers of Jim Beam, strawberry cough and my Ipad. Ding! Since I was scoping out Weedmaps, I got notifications.

  • Ding! New Jersey puff puff passes adult use Cannabis (12 down, 38 to go)
  • Ding! Mississippi puff puff passes medical marijuana (36 states including DC)
  • Ding! South Dakota puff puff passes medical and recreational marijuana (13 down, 37 to go)
  • Ding! Montana, my birthplace, puff puff passes recreational marijuana (14 down, 36 to go)
  • Ding! Arizona (where my Snowbird parents live half the year) puff puff passes marijuana (15 down, 35 to go)
My parents – Trump voters who also voted for the hippie lettuce.

Add DC legal and 16 of 51. Almost 1/3 of the nation states/entities. The 100 year American war against nature is crumbling! Like I ‘n’ crumble Sour Diesel inna mi Bob Marley grinder!

List of states medical and legal Seven Leaf

When you look at the map, the West is mostly covered. Even  in the Mormon Triangle states of Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, Utah has medical. 4 dispensaries according to Weedmaps!

Utah’s first dispensary

For I ‘n’ I, it is 1300 miles from Fort Benton Montana (home) to Sun City West, AZ (parents winter home). Except for that stretch through Idaho and Utah, I’m not a criminal.

Selah!

Bobbylon

Don’t get complacent, tokers. Joe Biden is the ultimate drug warrior. Not a fan of the Seven Leaf. Neither is his VP. Be vigilant!

Set 1: Legalize Herb Set

  • The Heptones – Mr. President; Party Time (Mango) ’76 US vinyl; Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Jah Lloyd – Herbs of Dub (Teem) ’74 UK blue vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Johnny Clarke – Legalize It; Authorized Rockers (Virgin Front Line) Peter Tosh cover: 15 down, 35 to go election weed set!
  • Black Slate – Legalise Collie Herb; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK
  • King Kong – Legalize It; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005
  • Kid Loco – Here Comes the Munchies; Kill Your Darling (Division 1) 2001 Fr. Dubber
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germany dawta on the vox
15 down, 35 to go!

Set 2:

  • Aswad – Caution; Roots Revival (Ark 21) ’99 Marley cover
  • Cornell Campbell – Just My Imagination; Sings Hits From Studio One & More (Rhino UK) ’80 Smokey Robinson cover
  • Culture – Down in Jamaica; Live in Africa (RAS) Dec. 2000 in South Africa
  • Buume – Seriously; 10” (ZTP) 2006 UK militant steppers

Set 3:

  • Sister Carol – Wild Thing; Something Wild Soundtrack (MCA) ’86 cover of the Troggs
  • Mighty Diamonds – I Need a Roof; I Need a Roof (Hitbound) ‘76
  • Prince Far I – Rain a Fall; Under Heavy Manners (Joe Gibbs) ‘76
  • Ranking Dillinger – African World Wide; None Stop Disco Style (Clocktower) ‘78

Set 4:

  • Fun Boy Three – Farmyard Connection; Waiting (Chrysalis) ’85 herbtune: farmers Peter & Bob
  • Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths – Still the Most; Sweet Memories (Nectar) ’76 married at the time
  • Mikey Dread – Barcoding; Life Is a Stage (Dread at the Controls) 2007
  • Dubble – South Side Dub; 10” (Dub Tunnel) 2012 UK militant steppers cover
Farmyard Connection: Two farmers named Peter & Bob

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Myrna Hague – Melody Life; Melody Life (Studio One) 70’s JA Marcia Griffiths cover
  • Horace Andy – Jah Rainbow; Natty Dread a Weh She Want (New Star) ’78 JA
  • Inner Circle – I’m a Rastaman; Ready for the World (Capitol) ’77 US Marley cover
  • The Police – Don’t Stand So Close to Me; Zenyatta Mondatta (A & M) ‘81
  • Keith Hudson – Leggo Dub; Brand (Pressure Sounds) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Bobby & the Midnites – Book of Rules; Bobby & the Midnites (Arista) ’81 Heptones cover:
  • Eric Clapton – Swing Low Sweet Chariot; There’s One in Ebvery Crowd (Polydor) ‘75
  • Bad Brains – Jah Love; Into the Future (Megaforce) 2012
  • Pretenders – Waste Not Want Not; Pretenders II (Sire) ‘81

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – 400 Years; The Toughest (Heartbeat) ’70
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Mellow Mood; Best of (Studio One) ‘67
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ‘86
  • Bunny Wailer – Dreamland; Solomonic Singles vol. 1 (Solomonic) ‘76

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Cooly G feat. Dubzee Up North – Blue Stems; Presents Dub Organizer Part 1 (Dub Organizer) 2012 UK female dubstepper
  • 2 Bad Card – Sergio Mendes (Part 1); Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ‘95
  • Aldubb – Big Time; Let There Be Dub (One Drop) 2010 Germany
  • X-O-Dus – English Black Boys; 12” (Factory) ’80 UK
  • Fela & Afrika 70 – Zombie; Zombie (Knitting Factory) ’77 Nigerian jazz/Halloween

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-Tober 31, 2020: Jah-loween Monster Bash!

Greetings ghouls ‘n’ gals!

<All trix, no treats!>

Smile Jamaica loves Jah-loween. Here is the Monster Menagerie from the Ark-ives:

  • Anti-christ/Mark of the Beast/666 – 7
  • Bats – 2
  • Bermuda Triangle – 1
  • Black magic – 9
  • Cemeteries & graveyards – 7
  • Demons – 6
  • Devil, Lucifer, Satan – 59
  • Dungeons – 6
  • Duppies & Jumbies (Jamaican ghosts) – 14
  • Exorcist – 1
  • Frankenstein – 5
  • Ghosts – 19
  • Halloween holiday – 5
  • Haunted houses – 2
  • Hell hounds -1 
  • Loch Ness Monster – 1
  • Monsters – 4
  • Mr. Brown who rides around Trenchtown in a motorized coffin – 2
  • Mummies – 2
  • Obeah (Jamaican Black Magic) – 13
  • Skeletons – 2
  • Undertakers – 3
  • Vampires, Dracula and soap opera vampire Barnabas Collins – 63
  • Voodoo – 5
  • Werewolves – 4
  • Witches – 4
  • Zombies – 14

By my Liberal Arts math, that tallies up to over 260 Jah-loween gems. Plus all my horror soundbytes and movie trailers. (New additions in between the horrorfest such as The Exorcist, Planet of the Vampires,nNight of the Living Dead,  Phantasm).

All mixed into one bubbling cauldron of grimness. Perfect for this era of The Covid. I don’t listen to a lot of new Reggae releases but next year I’m sure to add some ghouly Covid delights.

There was once upon a time when I ‘n’ I never said a word and only played station ID’s during the 3 hours. It was truly 180 minutes of drum, bass and Afternoon of the Living Dead.

But since this is Smile Jamaica, I ‘n’ I tell you some stories to embellish the tunes:

  • Annie Palmer – the evil Jamaican wife of a slave plantation owner who used to whip her slaves mercilessly and continued to haunt them after she died

<Annie Palmer; 26 sec.>

In Jamaica police informers were referred to as Vampires:

<Vampire = informer; 27 sec.>

Peter Tosh always felt there were hell hounds on his trail. One night he was paralyzed from the forces of a demon. He prayed to Jah to save. Jah told him, “son, use the word and you will be as free as a bird.

That word? Bumba klaat. In Jamaica, that is as rude as saying Mother F’er in the US. Bum for vagina. Klaat = cloth. Rastas want nothing to do with their queen’s “monthly visitor”. So the epithet shocked the duppy (Jamaican ghost) out of Peter’s soul.

<Oh Bumba Klaat; 1 min. 22 sec.>

And how about the corpse who put a transmission, engine and four wheels on his coffin to terrorize the denizens of Trenchtown ghetto. His names was Mr. Brown.

<Mr. Brown rides around in a coffin; 21 sec.>

curse, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Jah-loween Monster Bash, 10/31/2020 Annotated Playlist: 85 sec.

Set 1:

  • Ini Kamoze – Hole in the Pumpkin; Shocking Out (RAS) ’87 3 Hours of Jah-loween
  • Scientist – The Voodoo Curse; Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (Greensleeves) ‘81
  • Black Uhuru – Anthem; Anthem (Island) ‘83
  • Ijahman Levi – Devil Disciple; Forward Rastaman (Jahmani) ‘87
  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ‘96
  • GG All-Stars – Haunted House; 12” (GG’s Hit!)   ‘78

Set 2:

  • Crucial Bee – Mark of the Beast; Just a Sting (All-Starr) US Virgin Islands vinyl
  • Sinead O’Connor – Vampire; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 Devon Irons cover
  • The Ethiopians – Obeah Book; Slave Call (Rohit) ’74 Obeah – Jamaican black magic
  • Ghetto Priest – Dungeon; Vulture Culture (ON U Sound) 2003 Singers & Players cover
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Talk About Run; 12” (Greensleeves) ’81 UK duppies in the cemetery

Set 3:

  • Lone Ranger – Annie Palmer; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA vinyl: Jamaican witch/ghost
  • Pablo Gad – Blood Suckers; Blood Suckers (Celluloid) ‘78
  • Chalice – Back Weh Evil Forces; Stand Up! (CSA) ’85 UK vinyl
  • Sky High & the Mau Mau – Cemetery Robbery; Origination (Sky High) 70’s
  • Moses – When the Vampire Comes to Your Neighborhood; 12” (Wackies) ’82 Bronx
  • Leo Graham – Voodooism; Magnetic Mirror Master Mix (Anachron) 70’s Dutch vinyl; Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n

Set 4:

  • Capleton & Big Youth – Mark of the Beast; I-Testament (Def Jam) ‘97
  • Jimmy Cliff – Satan’s Kingdom; I am the Living (MCA) ’80 US vinyl
  • Easy Star All-Stars feat. Mikey General & Spragga Benz – Thrillah (Easy Star) 2012 Michael Jackson/Vincent Prince
  • Carl McDonald – Satan Soldiers on the Run; 12” (Makdon) ’87 Brooklyn 

Set 5:

  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumba Klaat; 12” EP (Rolling Stone) ’81 UK fight off demonic possession
  • David Lindley – Werewolves of London; Very Greasy (Elektra) ’88 Warren Zevon cover
  • Pluto & Trinity – Vampire Year; Ire Mas Rockers Carnival (Top Ranking) ’81 FL vinyl
  • Laurel Aitken – Witchdoctor from Amsterdam; Eskapade en France (Blue Moon) ’90 Fr. Vinyl

Set 6:

  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echodelic Sounds (Record Collect) 2005 SoCal
  • Dennis Brown – Black Magic Woman; Black Magic Reggae (Trojan) ’72 Fleetwood Mac/Santana cover
  • Don Carlos – Night Rider (In Danger); Deeply Concerned (RAS) ’87 DC vinyl
  • The Wailing Souls – Face the Devil; Face the Devil (Jah Guidance) ’81 JA vinyl
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Mr. Brown; Black Magic Reggae (Trojan) ’70 rides around in a coffin

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 22, 2020 – “Just in Case” Vinyl!

 

“Nancy sit upon the lap of Mr. T but she nah waan check for the good sensi!”

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I went back to work last week. Hadn’t been in since the Earthquake in Mid March and then everything got shut down.

There was hardly anyone there, but I had to make sure everything was working for a new semester of Covidized media.

I manage the Audio and Video Studios for the Marriott Library at the University of Utah campus. Audio Studio is used heavily for podcast creation.

New rules: 1 person can use a microphone, with a “condom”. 2 people have to record with their masks on. I ‘n’ I got the hairy eyeball from users on that suggestion. Not my rules, but I’m the Sheriff and have to enforce them.

So I ‘n’ I get home, without incident, and just sort of randomly cough. Immediately I thought. Oh no! Is the streak over?

Then I saw this:

Wuhan China water park party, Aug. 2020

I ‘n’ I said to my boss: I’m taking the first of classes as vacation. Let those Covid infested University students come on campus get their books, student loans, course registration, etc.

Spewing The Covid everywhere. Let it settle and then I’ll come back.

I’m not afraid of The Covid, but I ‘n’ I would just assume minimize risk where possible. I ‘n’ I have two nephews, one already picked up a case – no symptoms, no fear – so I know the mindset of the youth.

None of them are going to classmate’s funerals, so they feel immortal. Yet, there is the Reggae Saying that I ‘n’ I know  and live by:

<New broom sweeps clean, Old broom knows the corners>

My main reason is that as long as I ‘n’ I stay Covid free, I get to juggle the black wax at KRCL. They are Karen’s. I’m not. Right now, I’m the only Saturday person live at KRCL and intend to keep it that way .

Deejaying from home, without access to vinyl, offends my motto: No digital for I ‘n’ I.

<The joy of live KRCL; 36 seconds>

So just in case, they stash I ‘n’ I in a nursing home next week, I decided for one more vinyl showcase for the masses on Smile Jamaica.

<Bobbylon 11, The Covid 0; 1 min.>

So enjoy this Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive podcast and hear some stories while I’ n’ I go to the kitchen to dip my spliff in a jug of HCQ.

bless, Bobbylon

Story 1: the Tragic murder of youthman Hugh Mundell

Story 2: 80’s Live Reggae at the Triad Center, Salt Lake City; 45 sec.

KRCL Reggae shows in the late 80’s. Shutdown after a murder at a Zapp and Roger concert.

Story 3: Ganja trimmers from Ganjarado listen online to Smile Jamaica; 1 min. 22 sec.

Story 4: Bunny Wailer’s return to live performing; 56 sec.

Story 5: KUSF – From best college radio station to classical music; 54 sec.

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 22, 2020 Annotated Playlist; 66 sec.:

Set 1:

  • Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Build Up Your House; Revelation (Trojan) ’82 UK nyahbinghi
  • The Disciples – The Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 Burning Spear dub album of the hour
  • Big Youth – Cool Breeze; Everyday Skank (Trojan) ’72 UK dj to Stop That Train
  • U Roy – Rocking Vibration; Love Is Not a Gamble (TR International) ’80 JA dj to Gladiators
  • Ashanti Roy & Sister Bunny Brissett – Look Before You Leap; Berlin Wall (High Times) ’92 JA
  • Brown Eagle and Spear – Draw the Challice; Brown Eagle and Spear (New Name) ’88 JA 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Hugh Mundell – False Rumour; 12″ (Rockers International) ’78 JA

Set 2:

  • Yellowman – Throw Mi Corn; Under Me Fat Thing (Arrival) ’82 JA dj to Larry Marshall
  • Myrna Hague – Melody Life; Melody Life (Studio One) JA Marcia Griffiths cover
  • Horace Andy – Jah Rainbow; Natty Dread a Weh She Want (New Star) ’78 JA
  • Voice of Progress – Lost in Space; Mini Bus Driver (Negus Roots) ’82 JA
  • Tapper Zukie – Raggy Joey Boy; 10″ (Mobiliser) ’82 UK picture sleeve

Set 3: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox Set

  • The Gayletts – Son of a Preacher Man; 7″ (Steady) ’70 Dusty Springfield cover;
  • Jah Stitch – Collie Burn; 7″ (Soul Power) ’76 dj to Johnny Clarke/Tosh – Legalize It
  • Ashley Bennett – Leggo the Wrong; 7″ (Observer)
  • Junior Mervin – Defuse the Bomb; 7″ (Mervin)
  • The Revolutionaries – IRA; 7″ (Disco Mix) ’78 dub
  • Israel Vibration – Worry Dub; Israel Dub (Greensleeves) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour
Judy Mowatt lead vox

Set 4:

  • Carribbean All Stars – Reggae Down; Live and Direct (Raw Live) ’86 Oakland
  • Zap Pow – Sweet Lovin’ Love; Love Hits (LMS) ’74 JA
  • Lone Ranger – Legalise the Collie Herb; Hi Yo Silver, Away! (Greensleeves) ’82 UK herbtune
  • Boney L & Vibronics – Babylon Children; 10″ (Jah Tubbys) 2006 UK militant steppers dawta

Set 5:

  • Freddie McGregor – Natural Collie; FM (High Times) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Jennifer Lara – A Change Is Gonna Come; Studio One Presents (Studio One) ’81 JA – Sam Cooke cover
  • Jimmy Cliff – Rub a Dub Partner; Special (CBS) ’82 US
  • Ken Boothe – Jah Is My Nuclear Bomb; 12″ (Black Solidarity) ’85 JA
  • Jah Shaka – Giver of Life; 12″ (Jah Shaka) ’87 UK

 

 

Set 6: Politrix Set

  • Papa Kojie & Blue Riddim – Nancy Reagan Re-Election Remix; 12″ (ORA International) ’85 LA picture sleeve: 
  • The Heptones – Mr. President; Party Time (Mango) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark
  • The Wild Bunch – Mr. President Man; The Wild Bunch (Ariwa) ’84 UK – two dawtas, 1 dread
  • Roy C & the Honeydrippers – Impeach the President; 12″ (Tuff City) ’73 honey colored vinyl
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers – Chemical Specialist; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus; Lion’s Domain (bootleg) ’78 UK
  • Marcia Griffiths – Life Is Like a Garden; Rock My Soul (56 Hope Road) ’84 JA
  • Bunny Wailer – Ballroom Floor; Live (Solomonic) Dec. 26, 1982 Kingston, JA
  • Peter Tosh – Where You Gonna Run; 12″ (EMI America) ’83 US

Set 8:

  • Frank Caroll – Pimper’s Paradise; Making Life Easy (Little Train) ’87 Fort Lauderdale, FL; Bob Marley cover
  • Johnny Clarke – Reggae Music; Give Thanks (Ariwa) ’85 UK
  • Prince Far I – Natty Champion; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK
  • Pablo & Fay – Bedroom Mazurka; 10″ (Trojan) ’73 rude to Keith & Tex “Tonght”

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-gust 1, 2020: 32 Years of Dead Media!

RIP – the Compact Disk: 1985-2019

 

Greetings,

Pity the Compact Disk. Gone the way of the 8-Track cartridge and cassette tape. Relegated to the dustbin of dead media formats: VHS tapes and soon come, DVDs.

Digital on your phone. Fetishization of vinyl, the hipster medium. (I ‘n’ I never lost  faith in vinyl, even when people told me that CDs were what’s happening.)

The shiny aluminum coaster thingees suffered the ignominious fate of being outsold by the black wax in 2019:

Vinyl Is Poised to Outsell CDs For the First Time Since 1986

<The CD is a relic; 17 sec.>

Bobbylon’s cratedigging autobiography:

  • CD player for Christmas 1985: Fisher brand. Only showed track number. Low frills deck from Montgomery Ward. Bozeman Montana record shops. Summer vacation to Edmonton, CA Summer ’86
Very first CD in what was to become the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. Didn’t get the CD player til Xmas, 2 months later.
  • Moved to Salt Lake City, Utah Fall 1986 – Started adding CDs: Reggae, Blues, World, College Rock: from about a dozen great SLC record shops. (All but one out of business in 2020.)
Built my Reggae CD collection here. Smokey quit stocking Reggae b./c his shop was continually broken into to steal Reggae CDs…..gave I ‘n’ I the hairy eyeball afterward
  • Reggae fanatic; Oct. 1986-. I ‘n’ I had a pretty decent CD collection considering I had just moved from the rural Montana mountains. Dorms, Univ. of Utah. Met a Jewish upperclassman from Baltimore named Neil Cooperman.  His CD collection was incredible. This was at a time when major stars like Beatles, Stones, Marley had very little available on CD.

Neil and I would trade out disks like baseball cards. The U of U dorms were concrete bunkers. Neil had a top rank stereo, as did I. One day we were listening in his room.  He chose the disk that changed my life.

Black Uhuru – Anthem; 1 min. 20 sec.

1983 – Prince influence duly captured. From left to right: the Riddim Twins (Sly & Robbie)/ Puma Jones (dawta), Michael Rose (front man)

By then I ‘n’I had a nice little Reggae CD stash: Legalize It, No Nuclear War, Marley’s Uprising. Cliff, Toots, UB40 imports. Some grey market roots collections from Germany and Japan.

Neil started up Anthem on his NakamIchi with the Bose 301’s. When Anthem was recorded, 1983, Sly & Robbie were at the synth best. Worked with stalwarts like Bob Dylan, Grace Jones, Joan Armatrading. They added electronic drum and base to Reggae riddims.

80’s were all about synth drums. Everyone from the Stones to Springsteen were overdosing on amplified drum sound. When the lead off selection, What Is Life, built to the vox I ‘n’ I was staggered. This is what I have been looking for!

Music you felt, through the bass throb, as well as heard.

Michael Rose had an Afro-Arab vocal style that was aggressive, female harmonies from Puma Jones added to the militance. Sly & Robbie brought Jamaica to NY discos.

Militant roots: Michael Rose lead vox; Puma Jones & Duckie Simpson harmonies

Ka-boom! All my other genres receded to the background and I focused on building 80/20 into Reggae.

I ‘n’ I had the desire to binge as more Reggae cds hit the market, but disks were expensive. As much as $18.99 in ‘1987 dollars. (Probably 35 bucks today).

Meet the funder of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Ronald Wilson Reagan

  • Ronald (6)
  • Wilson (6)
  • Reagan (6)….as the Rastas would say. (35 sec.)

Back in the mid 80’s Pell Grants and Student Loans. Loans you had to pay back, grants were free and clear. I ‘n’ I would bank one of those checks and every summer from about 1987-1993. A couple New Year’s Eves. Time to feed the Reggae habit.

<Cratedigging with student loan cash>; 1 min. 27 sec.

I’m sure Pres. Reagan would give the screwface to my misuse of funds but in the end, I paid him back. I ‘n’ I like to joke: It took me 15 years to pay off my Reggae collection.

When I ‘n’ I had an aunt in SF and then Hayward, across the bay I would couch surf for two weeks:

Heading west on I-80: Sacramento, Reno,

San Fran, San Mateo, Mill Valley (across the Golden Gate), Oakland, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Hayward (East Bay).

When I didn’t have a relative to freeload, I would stay at the Travelodge: Columbus and Bay, near the Wharf. Literally across the street from Tower Records.

I ‘n’ I would scour the city or the hinterlands during the day, grab some dinner and then spend the evenings til closing in Tower Records (deceased 2006)

I ‘n’ I nearly cried when Tower Records went out of business mid 2000’s. 500 stores since 2008 Recession. How many more Covid?

The justification of any addict: How do I rationalize my consumption? In 1988 I ‘n’ I went from Reggae fan to the airwaves. With a radio show, I ‘n’ I can’t play the same thing twice. (Like a fashionista who wouldn’t be caught dead wearing the same outfit twice.)

Needed the Reggae Roadtrips for the masses on the radio. When I ‘n’ I started 3 0’Clock Roadblock – It was 3-6 AM Sunday Nights/Mondays.

Probably spent more dollars than ever had listeners: cab drivers, 7-11 workers and insomniacs.

But when I ‘n’ I hit “prime time” – Saturday afternoons: Smile Jamaica. Rationalization became justification.

Was it worth it? 32 years of Reggae CDs. 32 Years of Reggae Vinyl.

bless, Bobbylon

IIRC, the first Reggae CD addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Sept. 1986

 

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: August 1, 2020 – 32 Years of Reggae Radio (CDs) 1 min. 27 sec.

Set 1:

  • Black Uhuru – Solidarity; Anthem (Island) ’84 rmx of Little Steven
  • Blackbeard – Jazzz; I Wah Dub (More Cut) ’80 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Keith Hudson – I Shall Be Released; Flesh of My Skin, Blood of My Blood (Atra) ’74 Bob Dylan cover
  • Aswad – Ire Woman; Aswad (Mango) ’76
  • Third World – Dreamland; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’76 Bunny Wailer/Wailers cover
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’80 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Gregory Isaacs – Motherless Children; Sly & Robbie Present (RAS) ’80

Set 2:

  • Dr. Alimantado – I am the Greatest Says Muhammad Ali; Best Dressed Chicken in Town (Greensleeves) ’73 instrumental
  • Althea & Donna – If You Don’t Love Jah; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78 female dj duo
  • Ijahman Levi – Zion Train; Haile I Hymn (Mango) ’78
  • Michael Prophet – Love & Unity 12″ mix; Serious Reasoning (Mango) ’80
Hey Doc, Your fly is open!

Set 3:

  • Inner Circle – We a Rockers; Rockers (Mango) ’79 soundtrack
  • Horace Andy – Tonight (Dub); Bim Sherman Meets U Black & Horace Andy in a Rub-a-Dub Style (Original) ’79
  • Cassandra – Thank You; Babylon Soundtrack (EMI) ’80 UK female lovers rock
  • UB40 – Burden of Shame 12″; Sounding Off (Sound) ’80 comp.
  • King Tubby – The Dub Master Dub vinyl of the hour
Sam Goody’s – Crossroads Mall, SLC, Fall 1986

Set 4:

  • Johnny Osbourne – Jah Promise; Truths & Rights (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’80
  • Sisters Jam – People of the World; Rockers International (Greensleeves) ’81 A. Pablo prod’n
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Dreadlock; Black Ark in Dub (Esoldun) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Mikey Dread – Jah Jah Love in the Morning; World War III (Dread at the Controls) ’81

Set 5:

  • Dhaima – Ina Jah Children; Uptown Top Ranking (Perfect Object) ’77
  • Pablo Moses – Dubbing Is a Must; A Song (Mango) ’80
  • Toots & the Maytals – Beautiful Woman; Knock Out! (Mango) ’81
  • Prince Fari I – Survival; Umhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation) (Tamoki Wambesi) ’83
Sad irony: Prince Far I killed during the making of his last album. Survival is the Game

Set 6: Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark Set

<Reggae History Lesson: Black Ark Studio; 90 sec.>

  • The Congos – Children Crying; Heart of the Congos (Blood & Fire) ’77 –
  • Native – Rockstone ’77
  • Max Romeo – Uptown Babies Don’t Cry; War in a Babylon (Mango) ’76
  • Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man; Conscious Man (Seven Leaf) ’77
  • Elektro Robotik Dub Orkestra – Kentucky Was a Chicken (Ariwa) ’84 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
Lee “Scratch” Perry @ the controls of his mythic Black Ark studio, 1974-1979

Set 7:  Wailers Family Tree Set

  • Bunny Wailer – Dreamland; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76 
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It; Legalize It (Columbia) ’76
  • Judy Mowatt – Screwface; Love is Overdue (Shanachie) ’87 Bob Marley cover

<Screwaface – the look you get if you don’t wear your mask at the grocery store; 13 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Comin’ in From the Cold 12″; Uprising (Tuff Gong) ’80

Set 8:  Mutant Dub

  • Jah Woosh – Woodpecker Sound; ON U Sound Celebration (Trance) ’88 
  • Alpha & Omega – Ancient African Dub 12″ Mix; Sound System Dub (ROIR) ’95
  • London Underground – Watch Your Step; Compilation 80-84 (ON U Sound) ’89
  • Tena Stelin – Political Confusion; Wicked Intention (Mr. Modo) ’89
  • Singers & Players – Resolution Pt. 2 and v. 2; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82

Covid Humor:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 27, 2020 – 32 Yrs of Reggae Radio: Vinyl Celebration!

 

32 Years of Reggae Radio

<32 years of Reggae Radio; 2 min. 22 sec.>

Pres. 40 – The founder of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

As the Rastas would say when I ‘n’ I was a youth learning Reggae music circa Fall ’86:

  • Ronald (6)
  • Wilson (6)
  • Reagan (6)

Maybe so, but I owe it all to the man…..I’ll explain below

Always been a huge music fan and collector since growing up in Fort Benton Montana (mid 70’s-mid 80’s). When I came to the University of Utah in Fall of ’86, I brought with me a couple crates of indispensable vinyl and a couple boxes of these shiny aluminum coated novelties called the Compact Disk.

I n’ I first record. Woolworth’s Sept. 1977. Mom paid

Back in 1986, when the compact disk market was so new, there wasn’t a lot of contemporary titles available yet. You had to seek them out. In the dorms,I met a Jewish kid from Baltimore, MD named Neil Cooperman. Physics Major. (Me? Middle East Studies).

He and I were loaning out our rare finds like trading baseball cards. Think of the mid 80’s. Too much MTV synthesizer. All the rock acts from  the 70’s: Rolling Stones, Dylan, The Who, etc. were issuing pretty crappy records. Even my favorite punkers like The Ramones and The Clash had fallen on hard times.

Like most college kids, I was into college rock:  My Big Three: The Replacements, Husker Du, The Minutemen. When D. Boon of the Minutemen died in a car crash, that was the musical low point in my musical consumption for traditional rock.

D. Boon. The Bob Marley of 80’s College Rock

I ‘n’ I was finally living in a city with a plethora of record stores. (90% gone now in Salt Lake City). With all that choice in an emerging CD market, where was I gonna go musically as I built my collection?

Bought some Blues (Robert Cray, Stevie Ray, Muddy Waters Hard Again). Bought some World (King Sunny Ade, Rai Arabic pop, South African jive). Bought some Reggae (Jimmy Cliff, Toots, Steel Pulse)*. Nice

*In 1986, there was almost no Marley or Tosh on CD

No Island label CDs in ’86. Grey market, middling, low budget offerings only

And then the epiphany moment. Neil played for me a disk by a group named Black Uhuru. (Uhuru – Swahili for freedom).

<Black Uhuru – Anthem. The disk that lit the fuse; 87 sec.>

Yeah, the cover is pure 80’s but Michael Rose in full dreads flashing the hairy eyeball, Puma Jones looking fetching in her 80’s fashion clash.

And the Riddim Twins in the back, Sly & Robbie controlling the scene.

1983 sound of them working with Bob Dylan and Grace Jones. They were the drum and bass standouts in an synthesized sound that was 80’s rock. (Mostly bad, but Sly Dunbar (drums) & Robbie Shakespeare (bassie) were the best of the bombast.

The dorms at the U of U were concrete bunkers. You probably had bigger closets in your home.  Within 30 seconds of the lead off track, What Is Life?, that synth bass and vocoder vox ricocheted and throbbed throughout the room. I ‘n’ I didn’t burn the hippie lettuce then, (Eff you Ronnie Raygun!), but that CD lit the fuse.

That was what I came to Utah to find. A new sound. Reggae music.

Enter Ronald Reagan. I’n’ I said I lived at my Grandmother’s house to qualify for student loans and grants. My first two years of U of U (even with out of state tuition the first year) was paid for in Pell Grants and loans. The grants paid for room, board and tuition. The loans went for my Reggae collection.

Used vinyl was cheap. People were selling vinyl to buy CDs which were rare and ridiculously expensive. I hoovered up both formats.

Most likely my very first Reggae CD purchase. Smokey’s Records Salt Lake City

My last year at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, I discovered their college radio station, KGLT. Very similar to KRCL. Free form format, mix of college rock and community shows like bluegrass, folk, Sunday gospel. Loved it much more than the noise of commercial radio.

I ‘n’ I assumed that the Univ. of Utah radio station, KUER, would be the same. WTF is NPR? Why is a college station playing classical music?

One of the student leaders recognized this and tried to re-boot a failed college managed “radio” station that would be broadcast from the Student Union to patrons in the cafe and study tables.

It was (and is) called K-UTE. I jumped at the chance to spin disks. I did a volunteer Reggae show called Positive Vibrations (after the Bob tune.) Spring of 1987. Pure amateur setup, but fun none the less.

A year later my friend and I were in the Pie Pizzeria and heard them call out for volunteers on the community radio station, KRCL. It was not college managed. I had been listening to them, when someone told me about Smile Jamaica.

They were looking for a late night show featuring a mix of Reggae with World and Ska. I ‘n’ I submitted a proposal and was trained Spring of 1988. First show as the last Sunday Night/Monday Morning in June. 3-6 AM.

I ‘n’ I called it 3 o’clock Roadblock – from Marley’s Rebel Music. Now I had an outlet for my Reggae collection. Even if the only listeners were cab drivers, 7-11 workers and insomniacs.

<Before Smile Jamaica; 2 min. 6 sec.>

Learned the ropes. Made all my mistakes, Tried to find an on-air announcing sound that wasn’t horribly monotonous and filled with ands and ums. Great year of apprenticeship before I ‘n’ I moved over to Smile Jamaica, October 1989.

That’s a story for another day.

From June 25, 1988 to June 27, 2020: by my Liberal Arts math that is 32 years. We celebrate that with the first vinyl additions to the Ark-Ives on this SJ podcast.

Thanks for listening for 1 week or nearly 1/3 of a century!

Bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 27, 2020 = 32 Years of Reggae Radio

Jimmy Riley – Summertime; 12″ (DEB) ’76 UK Porgy & Bess cover- 32 years of Reggae Radio (Vinyl Show)

Sly & Robbie – Uhuru in Dub (CSA) ’82 Dub Album of the Hour

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Rebel Music (3 o’clock Roadblock); Natty Dread (Island) ’74 UK

<Cratedig re-collection: Bob Marley Vinyl Box Set>

Sister Candy – Laserbeam; Laserbeam (Enterprise) ’83 Brooklyn

Jah Lloyd – Dispencer; Black Moses (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Don Carlos – Mr. Sun; 12″ (Jah Guidance) ’82 JA***End of Set 1

Black Unuru – Antjem; Anthem (Island) ‘84 US Rmx

Bob Andy – Check It Out: Retrospective (I-Anna) ‘86 UK

Barbara Paige – Babylon Must Fall; Hear Me Now (Epiphany) ‘82 US

Prince Alla – Sun Is Shining; 12” ( Freedom Sounds ) ‘78 JA***End of Set 2

Culture – Lion Rock; Peel Sessions EP (Strange Fruit) Dec. 11, ‘82 UK John Peel Sessioms 

The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’82 UK 2 Tone Ska w/ Pauline Black vox

Dread Beat and Blood – Rainbow Warrior; Tribute to a Friend (Jayrem) ‘85 NZ Maori group

Eddy a Grant – Walking on Sunshime ; 12” (Ice) ‘79 UK

Mystic Youth feat. I Skeeda and Irie Ites – Save the Roaches: Best Wishes (Sunspot) ’82 SF: school group herbtune w/ female vo

Eek a Mousse – Hitler; Mouse and the Man (Greensleeves) ‘82 UK

Jimmy Becker & the Chariot Riders – Sunshine Kerry; 12″ JA (Crystal)***End of Set 4

Winston Fergus – Hail Rastaman; I Shall Sing (John Dread) ‘85 UK

Sophia George – Girlie, Girlie; Fresh (Winner) ‘85 UK

Gladiators – Small Axe, Symbol of Reality (Nighthawk) ‘82 St. Louis Wailers cover

Michael Administators – Summer Breeze; 12” (Cha Cha) UK Seals and a Croft cover blue vinyl***End of Set 5

Peter Tosh – Comin’ in Hot; Captured Live (EMI America) ‘82 LA

Joe Higgs – Tere’s a Reward; Life of Contradiction (Grounation) ’75 JA 

Jean Binta Breeze – Dubwise + Confusion (Warner); Tracks (LKJ) ‘90 UK female dub poet

Pat Kelly – Sunshine; 12” (KG Imperial) ’80 JA John Denver cover***End of Set 6

Bunny Wailer – Ballroom Floor; Rock ‘N Groove (Solomonic) ‘81 

Gregory Isaacs – Happiness Come; In Person (Trojan) ‘74 UK

Bam Bam – Star Wars; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam Internatioanal ‘87 LA female***End of Set 7

Aura Lewis Meets Lee “Scratch” Perry – Young Gifted and Broke;  Full Experience (Blue Moon) ’76 Aretha Franklin update; female vox

Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Mr. Brown; Rastafari (Top Ranking) ’75 JA

Ethiopian People; Rastafari (Trojan) ’82 UK

A.S. Brown – Sun Shines For are; 12” (Level Vibes) ’84 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 13, 2020 – Out of the Living Room, Back to KRCL!

Greetings,

March 14th. That was the last time I ‘n’ I set foot in the Temple of Sound: KRCL. The beginning of the pandemic and then a few days later the Utah Earthquake.

A full 3 months of Living Room Editions out of the Secret Dubratory of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives.

Stitching the shows together from home was a nice way to fill the time spent under quarantine. But it did take a lot of time:

  • Upload song, move it into place on digital editor
  • Record set breaks with a decent but not great USB microphone
  • Edit it all together into 6 x 30 minute sets
  • Upload to cloud storage so Program Director can add it into the queue

I ‘n’ I would venture out at 4pm Saturday, (in my brand new Subaru Legacy) and run my weekend errands just like a regular Smile Jamaica listener. Just me and a few other intrepid souls on the Covid deserted roadways.

What’s not to love? I ‘n’ I could do this forever. Except…..

In the Ark-Ive, I ‘n’ I don’t have a wheel of steel connected to my laptop. That knocks about half of my potential out of rotation for homegrown shows.

The joy of taking  the record out of the sleeve, placing it on the turntable, back queuing the song to start crisp. The warm rumble as the song kicks into life.

April slides into May. I’m getting antsy. Gentle inquiries about when KRCL deejays could return. Not yet. Not yet.

“I’ll go first. I’m too ornery for the Covid.”

Okay, okay. Grumble grumble.  Then I ‘n’ I get the green light.

Rules for in-station deejays:

  • Only  1 deejay per day allowed live in the studio
  • Masks worn except when announcing
  • Wipe down surfaces
  • Wear gloves. Couldn’t queue records with two gloves, so went “commando” on my “queue” hand to find the right starting point
  • Disposable microphone “condom”
  • Studio keyboard wrapped in shrink wrap, so kept a playlist off my Ipad
The new normal?

Great to have a microphone that didn’t pop my “P’s”.  Just came off the road ferrying my parents from Sun City West, AZ to Fort Benton, MT. Little cratedig in Missoula with my down time.

The days, weeks, months, slide together. So what should I do in my first live Smile Jamaica in 90 days?

Missed out on Mother’s Day Showcase because of lack of vinyl capacity. Let’s do Father’s Day!

So there I am juggling wax: 7″, 10″, 12″, LP. Even CDs. Back to my motto: No digital for I ‘n’ I

Hailing up the fathers! Then I ‘n’ I get a  phone call. “Uh, according Google, Father’s Day is next Sunday.”

In radio, you are taught to never call attention to your mistakes. So I ‘n’ I just soldiered on knowing  that by the time you get this Ark-Ive link, it will be properly Father’s Day Weekend.

Just as I ‘n’ I ….errr, planned it. Yeah!

bless, Bobbylon

Wisdom of the youth

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 13, 2020 – Father’s Day Showcase; 2 min. 27 sec.

Set 1:

  •  
  • The Wailers – Hallelujah Time; Burnin’ (Tuff Gong) ’73
  • IInd Street Dreds  – Culture Rock; Dub of the 70’s (Atra) UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Charlie Ace – Father and Dreadlocks; 7″ (Studio One)
  • Black Roots – The Father; In Session (Makasound) ’85
  • Big Youth – Papa Was a Rolling Stone; Reggae Phenomenon (Trojan) ’77
  • Fort Knox Five – Papa Was Stoned; Radio Free DC (ESL) 2008 DC dubbers
  • George Nooks – Created by the Father; 12″ (Joe Frazier)

Set 2:

  • Prince Alla – In My Father’s House; Sweet Sensation (Cornerstone) ’84
  • Israel Vibration – Universal Father; Why You So Craven (RAS) ’81
  • Sister Carol – Mi Love the Father; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96
  • Lascelles Perkins – Our Father; (Voice of Voice) ’70
  • Michigan & Smiley – Sugar Daddy; 12″ (RAS) ’83 dj duo

Set 3:

  • Errol Dunkley – Created by the Father; Darling Ooh  (Attack) ’72
  • Lone Ranger – DJ Daddy; DJ Daddy (Techniques) ’84
  • Dennis Alcapone – Me and My Father a Spar; Good Old Days of the 70’s (Teams)
  • Fred Locks – Moving With the Father; Culturally (Tan Yah) ’95
  • R. Zee Jackson – Come Now Father; 10″ (Sip a Cup) 2005 UK

Set 4:

  • Aswad – In My Father’s House; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84
  • Michael Robinson & XLR – Mother and Father; 7″ (Horse) ’75
  • The Ethiopian – Heavenly Father; Return of Jack Sparrow (Nighthawk) 8’7
  • Alton Ellis – Papa; 7″ (Clintones) ’75

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Don Carlos – Ababa John I (Father Majesty); Spread Out (Burning Sounds) ’83 UK
  • Merger – Father’s Children;  Prisoner of Your Love (Takoma) ’84 US
  • Winston Reedy – Message to Father; Dim the Lights (Inner Light) ’85 UK
  • A. Doeman – Heavenly Father; Jah Jah Come Now (I & I Sound) 80’s LA

Set 6:

  • Ky-Mani Marley – Dear Dad; 12″ (Shang) ’99
  • Queen Majeeda – Oh Daddy; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93
  • Gregory Isaacs – Created by the Father; Cool Ruler (Virgin Front Line) ’78
  • The African Brothers –  Lead Us Father; Want Some Freedom (Easy Star) ’74

Set 7:

  • Derrick Morgan – Don’t Call Me Daddy; (Imperial) ’80 Can.
  • Johnny Clarke – Don’t Call I Daddy; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’75
  • The Slickers – Papa Was a Rolling Stone; 7″ (Ice)
  • Sylford Walker – My Father’s Homeland; Lambsbread International (Blood & Fire) ’79­­

Set 8:

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Reggae Fi Dada; Making History (Mango) ’84
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Reggae Fi Dad; Live A Capella (LKJ)
  • Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Don’t Sell Daddy No Whiskey; Love Thy Neighour (Live & Learn) ’79 nyahbinghi
  • ­­­The Maytals – Daddy; Sensational Ska Sensation (Jamaican Gold) ’65
  • Desmond Dekker – Honor Your Mother and Father; Anthology (Trojan)
  • African Head Charge – Healing Father; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ’90

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 9, 2020 – Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon!

Navy captures UFO. Admits it as “Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon”

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I told you so!

<Pentagon admits UFO’s are real>

Those bastards thought they could slip something as earthshaking as the reality of extra terrestrial visitation buried under the maelstrom of the Covid doom porn.

But I’m into those scamps! A lot of scoffers owe I ‘n’ I an apology. I will be making the rounds as soon as the lock down is lifted!

The Department of Defense released three unclassified videos showing the U.S. Navy’s encounters with “unidentified aerial phenomena” in an attempt to “clear up any misconceptions” regarding whether the videos – which have been circulating for years – are real.

From their bulletin:

The U.S. Navy previously acknowledged that these videos circulating in the public domain were indeed Navy videos. After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena,” DOD said in a statement.

The TV program Unidentified, featuring UFO investigator Tom DeLonge of Blink 182, showed these videos. The Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon clips shocked the Naval pilots. They moved at speeds that would tear up any human pilot. The quote: It would turn them into tapioca pudding!

Those bastards have been bullshitting us since Roswell,1947. And this is what they deserve when the Aliens make their presence known.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 9, 2020

Set  1: Best of Smile Jamaica

  • Black Uhuru – What Is Life; Anthem (Island) ’83
  • Mighty Diamonds – You Are Just a Song; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’76 – Best of 30+ Years Set
  • UB40 – Sing Our Own Song; Rat in the Kitchen (Virgin) ’86
  • Judy Mowatt – Sing Our Own Song; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ’87
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet

Set 2: Roots Dawtas

  • Marcia Griffiths – Lonesome Feeling; Naturally (Shanachie) ’79 
  • Althea & Donna – If You Don’t Love Jah; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78
  • Della Grant  – Know Rastafari; Rootically Yours (Twinkle) ’94
  • Empress Rasheda – Babylon System; Hail HIM (Roots) ’95
  • Hollie Cook – Luna Addiction; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2018
  • Likkle Mai – My Old Flame; Roots Candy (Beat) 2006 Jah-pon
  • Queen Majeeda – Earth Rightful Ruler; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93 dub poetess

Set 3: Mutant Dub

  • Dub Syndicate – The Corporation; Stoned Immaculate (ON U Sound) ’91 UK 
  • Dub Pistols – Bad Cad; Worshipping the Dollar (Sunday Best) 2012 UK
  • kode9 & the Space Ape – Addiction; Memories of the Future (Hyperdub) 2006 UK
  • Noiseshaper – Bushmaster; Rough Out There (Echo Beach) 2005 Jah-stria
  • Thievery Corporation – .38 .45; Dub Selector 2 (Quango) 2002 DC dubbers
  • Dry & Heavy – Radical Star; One Punch (Green Tea) ’99 Jah-pon w/ female vox

Set 4: Bob Marley Covers

  • Cedella Marley Booker – Put It On; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84
  • Big Youth – Get Up Stand Up; Reggae Phenomenon (Trojan) ’78
  • Daddy Freddy Meets the Rootsman – The Heathen; Old School New School (BSI) 2000 UK
  • Dillinger – Check Sister Jane (Waiting in Vain); King Pharoah (Blue Moon) ’84
  • Fred Locks – Let Him Go; Culturally (Tan Yah) ’95
  • Junior Delgado – Caution; Treasure Found (Incredible Music) ’77
  • Joe Strummer – Redemption Song; CD Single (Hellcat)  2003

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree

  • The Melody Makers – Sugar Pie; Live at Reggae Sunsplash ’81 (Elektra)
  • Rita Marley – Good Girls Culture; Natty Roots Divas (Tuff Gong)
  • Bunny Wailer  – Rockers; Rockers Soundtrack (Mango) ’79
  • Peter Tosh – Sinner Man; The Toughest (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’66 original gospel update
  • Peter Tosh – Downpressor Man; The Toughest Heartbeat/Studio One) ’71  Sinnerman cover Lee Perry prod’n
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Coming in From the Cold 12″; Songs of Freedom (Tuff Gong) ’80

Set 6: UFOria

  • The Toyes – Waiting For the Aliens; Strange Animals (CD Tunes) ’99 UFO-ria Set
  • Nicky Thomas  – Doing the Moonwalk; Doing the Moonwalk (Trojan) ’71
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – African Hitchhiker; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ’90 alien from outerspace
  • Anubian Lights – In Flight/Out Flight; Naz Bar (Crippled Dick Hot Wax!) 2001 UK w/ female vox
  • Anjali – Space Lust in the Space Dust; Anjali (Wiija) 2000 UK Hindi mutant dubstress
  • Audio Active – Return of the Space Ape; Apollo Choco (ON U Sound) ’97 Jah-pon about the first two monkeys in space

Smile Jamaica Living Room Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 18, 2020 – Qanneh Bossom (The Aromatic Reed)

Living room kind a cloudy for a while

Greetings from Quarantine,

Raise your hand if this Covid Clampdown has you One Toke Over the Line? From Lawrence Welk – covering Brewer & Shipley:

(The guy with the accordion announcing the two tokers sounds like he just took a hit off the spliff!)

Lawrence Welk thought that was a gospel song! “Modern spiritual”

Like Jesus did. The necessary ingredient for His miracles was cannabis oil:

Jesus consumed cannabis

Smile Jamaica locked out of your station that rules the nation, KRCL, till at least the end of May. So I ‘n’ I have the entirety of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives to peruse for the infamous, notorious, humorous, outrageous, quasi legalish 420 Cannabis Service Show.

I ‘n’ I would say 25 of the 30 or so Jah-prils of being your host, has been devoted to the Seven Leaf

I’n’ I was chatting up a friend recently: “Wouldn’t it be great if the purgative lung properties of inhaling cannabis could mitigate against the severity of the Covid?”

What if doctors were able to tell their patients. “You have tested positive for the Covid. My suggestion is to start smoking marijuana immediately!”

I mean, really. You want to go on a ventilator or smoke two joints? Lot cheaper and the mortality rate of those on ventilators is about 90%. I ‘n’ I guess we’re stuck with bleach enemas and injecting Lysol.

So all the Doom Porn I’m forced to read as opposed to news, tells us we are heading into an economic Depression. You want a leg up on revenue? Do what Lebanon did.

Lebanon – First Arab Nation to Legalize Cannabis

From the Bekaa Valley, recently liberated from ISIL tyranny. Home of the legendary Lebanese Blonde hash

They became the first Middle East nation to legalize cannabis. From the Aramaic – qanneh (reed) bossom (aromatic) – so the aromatic reed = ganja stalk

So don’t call it marijuana – that is a made up name by the 30’s anti-drug thugs in the US government: Maria + Juan = Marijuana. To stigmatize the drug with Mexican laborers so they could be easily deported during the depression.

Quick history of Cannabis:

  1. The Scythians (an Iranian people) – were the first to  throw Cannabis seeds on the hot plate to inhale the vapors.

From 5th Century BC historian, Herodotus:

The Scythians said, take some of this hemp-seed [presumably, flowers], and, creeping under the felt coverings, throw it upon the red-hot stones; immediately it smokes, and gives out such a vapour as no Grecian vapour-bath can exceed; the Scyths, delighted, shout for joy.” Yes I!

  1. They puff puff passed it to the Medes (forefathers of today’s Kurds)
  2. The Medes spread it to the expansive Assyrian-Akkadian-Babylonian empires.
  3. Trade with Egypt allowed for the plant to go West through the Maghreb (Arab North Africa) and north through the Mediterranean
  4. 2020 – Lebanese blonde

So, while you are forced indoors – whether sick or healthy, enjoy this cannabliss podcast: 35 Reggae songs plus special efx, movie dialog and other seven leaf snippets.

Stay safe!

Bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Playlist: Apr. 18, 2020 – 420 Special

Set 1:

  • The Toyes – Green Doctor; Strange Animals (CD Tunes) ’96 LA
  • Eek a Mouse – Sensee Party; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’82
  • John Clarke – Good Collie Weed; Visions of John Clarke (Wackies) ’79 to Only Sixteen riddim
  • Junior Byles – Cally Weed; Rasta No Pickpocket (Nighthawk) ’86
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Follow Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. female

Set 2:

  • Black Uhuru – Sinsemilla; Sinsemilla (Mango) ’80 without seeds
  • Angie Angel – Sativa Info; All I Have Is Love (Easy Star)  2001
  • Lone Ranger – Collie Dub; Rosemarie (Techniques)  ’81
  • Jah Woosh – Chalice Blaze; Chalice Blaze (Original) ’78
  • Mikey Dread – Pound a Weed; Life Is a Stage (Dread at the Controls) 2007
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja 12″; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK

Set 3:

  • Prince Alla – Sensimilla; More Love (Jah Warrior) 2002
  • Sammy Dread – Wrap Up a Draw; Wrap up a Draw (Seven Leaves)
  • The Pioneers – Feeling High; 20 Greatest Hits (Trojan) ’79
  • UB40 – Mi Spliff; Baggariddim (DEP) ’85
  • Carlton Livingston – Chalice in Mind; Crucial Reggae (Mango) ’82
  • Ganja Woman – Light Up Your Spliff; Pro Cannabis 4 (EFA) 2002

Set 4:: Queen Elizabeth weed set

  • Heavy Manners – Taking the Queen to Tea; Heavier Than Now (NoVo) ’96 Chicago w/ female vox
  • U Roy – Chalice in the Palice; Dread in a Babylon (Virgin Front Line) ’75
  • Bush Chemists – Light Up Your Spliff; Light Up Your Spliff (Conscious Sounds) ’96 UK mutant dubbers
  • Dillinger – Buckingham Palace; CB 200 (Mango) ’76
  • Peter Tosh – Buk-in-Hamm Palace; Mystic Man (EMI America) ’79

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree Herb Set

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Marley-juana Mix; Smile Jamaica Dubplate
  • Bunny Wailer – Cease Fire; Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae (Shanachie) ’83
  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Want to Get Busted; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds) ’76 KZEL Eugene, OR radio acoustic
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers- African Herbsman; Joy and Blues (Virgin) ’93
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; 12″ (Shanachie) ’83

Set 6:

  • Johnny Osbourne – Mushroom; Fally Lover (Greensleeves) don’t pee in my garden, or mushroom will grow
  • The Selecter – My Collie (Not a Dog); Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) UK ska w/ female vox
  • Jacob Miller – Healing of the Nation;  Wanted (Top Ranking) ’78
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • Mighty Diamonds – Pass the Kouchie; Big Blunts (Tommy Boy) ’81
  • The Toyes – Smoke Two Joints; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96

Smile Jamaica From the Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 4, 2020 – Living Room Kinda Cloudy!

Living Room kinda cloudy!

Greetings,

How is your quarantine treating you? This show is the third Homegrown edition of Smile Jamaica since the clampdown.

I  ‘n’ I have whiled away the daylight hours crafting  the 6 x half hour sets to upload to KRCL to play live, Saturday 4-7 PM on air. This and the next edition of Smile Jamaica is  a dubble dose of 420.

Pot-cast as opposed to podcast. All Mutant Dub herbal enthusiasts. Included are my infamous marijuana related soundbytes, movie dialog and specialty bong effects. More than 25 years of such green leafy goodness

For an introvert, you would think I ‘n’ I would  be loving Shelter in Place. Been listening to about 4-5 hours of music a day. Hate daytime TV. Probably 60 disks in the queue for when the all clear is given to rinse out on the radio

You would think quarantine would be a piece of cake.

Not so. I ‘n’ I have been mostly good. Stick to home during the week. But I refused to be an invalid on the weekends. Mini excursions as a Smile Jamaica listener:

  • Bought gas for $1.99 a gallon. Too bad you can’t drive anywhere
  • Broke the glass bowl on my smoking utensil – Praise Anu the headshops are open!
  •  Ordered some missing Jah Shaka 10″ and 12″ vinyl off Discogs to complete my collection. $50 a pop. The cratediggers equivalent of comfort food
  • I ‘n’ I did do some cratedigging  at Graywhale. Mask, gloves and no one in the Reggae, Techno, World sections. Man, record stores are gonna be lucky to survive the economics of Covid-19
  •  Make a loop looking for some items: have toilet paper and paper towels. Scored two bottles of bleach at the Mall-wart (where I would never shop during normal times.) Can’t find rubbing alcohol which I ‘n’ I need for cleaning my smoking utensil
  • Ordered some bass traps for my new subwoofer so maybe my neighbor will quit bitching about “bass infection”
  • Binge watched the last 2 seasons of Ancient Aliens – did you know viruses were created by Aliens to manipulate mankind’s evolution? Well, now you know!
Ancient aliens have shaped human evolution by inducing us with viruses. Covid19? Blame Aliens not the Chinese!
  • Switched to an HBO comedy series called High Maintenance about a NYC weed delivery guy
  • Bombed out of line at the liquor store. Too many people outside even at six feet apart? Not worth it for my 1750 ml of Makers Mark
  • Cleaned out my storage shed I ‘n’ I probably hadn’t been in in over a decade
  • Organized my T shirt collection by: Marley, Weed, Aliens, Sumerians, rockers
  • Slogged through my taxes . Check daily for my $1200 Trumpbux, because….
  • Found out my car is dying. Took it in for 90k service and got told $3500 in my future for repairs. Gonna car shop on Sunday for a new Soob. Hope new models still have CD players!
  • Dodging the daily earthquakes SLC has been having.
  • Walking from the living room to the Ark-ives is not enough physical activity. Bought a pedometer and stealth walking my neighborhood avoiding all other people doing the same. I ‘n’ I will pay the jaywalking ticket.
  • Did a little work for the University

The one thing I ‘n’ I am not doing much? Reading politics. Tired of body counts, doom porn and the inevitable political bickering on who to blame for the Covid.

So I’m going old school: Found this book in a box in the shed I ‘n’ I had bought during my last cratedig to San Francisco. City Lights Bookstore:

The Complete Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.

Something moody and macabre to fit the mood as we all wait for the Covid to come get us.

The Unparalleled Adventures of One Hans Pfaal

  • With a heart of furious fancies,
  • Whereof, I am commander,
  • With a burning spear and a horse of air ,
  • To the wilderness I wander

Did someone say Burning Spear? I ‘n’ I think I made a good choice to counter the doom porn until we are all let out in 2022.

Stay safe, don’t hoard and bless,

Bobbylon

Burning Spear fighting the Covid

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 4, 2012 – Mutant Dub 420 Pot-cast

Set 1:

  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 LA: Mutant Dub 420
  • 2 Bad Card – Weed Specialist; Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ’95 UK
  • Adrian Sherwood feat. Bim Sherman – Nu Rizla; Becoming a Cliche (RealWorld) 2006 UK
  • Dubblestandart feat. Devon D – We All Have to Get High; Immigration Dub (Collision) 2006 Jah-stria
  • African Head Charge feat. Prince Far I – Take Heed and Smoke Your Collie Weed (ON U Sound) 2011 UK
The Mummy – will his shroud stop Coronavirus?

Set 2:

  • Armagideon – Eternal Combustion; Steppin’ Forward (Armagideon Sounds) ’95 UK
  • Audio Active – Wa-Nanna; Tokyo Space Cowboys (ON U Sound) ’94 Jah-pon
  • Dub Congress – Dub Up the Hemp; Babylon Is Ours (Select Cuts) 2003 US
  • Martin EZ – Light It Up; Babylon Central Soundtrack (ESL)  2006 UK
  • Abassi All-Stars – Good Sensimilla; Live As One (Remixed) (Universal Egg)  UK

Set 3:

  • Bush Chemists – Light Up Your Spliff; Light Up Your Spliff (Conscious Sounds) UK
  • Hughie Izachaar – Jsut a Little Spliff; Jah Warrior Showcase (Jah Warrior) ’99 UK
  • Zion Train feat. Earl 16 – Good Sensi; Live as One Remixed (Universal Egg) 2009 UK
  • Soom T – I Need Weed; Ode to a Carrot (Jahtari)  2010 Glasgow roots dawta
  • Vivian Jones – Got a Light; 12″ (Jah Shaka) ’86 UK
  • Junior Delgado – Fully Legalise; Chainstore Massacre (ON U Sound) 2002 UK

Set 4:

  • Alpha & Omega feat. Gregory Isaacs – Bush Ganja; Trample the Eagle and the Dragon and the Bear (A & 0) 2005 UK
  • Dr. Israel Presents Dreadtone International – Sensimilla; Patterns of War (ROIR) 2005 NY
  • Kid Loco – Here Comes the Munchies; Kill Your Darlings (Division One) 2001 Fr.
  • Brooklyn Funk Essentials – Istanbul Twight – The Sex, The City, The Music (Petrol) 2003
  • Dry & Heavy – Kick the Bong Around; One Punch (Green Tea)  ’99 Jah-pon w/ female vox
Whenever I get low, I get high

Set 5:

  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It (Dub Club Version); 10″ Echodelic Remixes (Delicious Vinl) 2010 Picture Sleeve
  • Pama International – Evening Time; Float Like a Butterfly (Do the Dog) 2005 UK
  • Dub Lounge International – Herb Hangover; Dub Lounge International (Anchor Vessel) 2006 Seattle
  • The Archives feat. Ras Puma – Sensibility; The Archives (ESL) 2012 DC
  • Lazy Boy – The Manual; Lazy Boy TV (Universal) 2004
  • Black Uhuru Meets Black Sabbath – Guess Who’s Coming For Sweet Leaf; 7″ (blank) mashup

Set 6:

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Pamela Bricker- Lebanese Blonde; Mirror Conspiracy (ESL) ’98 DC
  • Kenny Knots – Good Sensi; Gi Me the General (Conscious Sounds) 2003 UK
  • King General – They Say (Sensimilla Can’t Smoke); Money Run Tings (Conscious Sounds) ’96 UK
  • Groove Corporation feat. UB40 – Legalise It; Presents Remixes From Elephant House (Guidance) 2002
  • Devind the Dude – Zeldar; Just Tryin’ Ta Live (Rap a Lot) 2002
  • WordSound I Powa – Intro; Live From the Planet Crooklyn (ROIR) ’96 NY

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 21, 2020 – Putting the Panic in Pandemic!

 

Greetings,

Banished to your living room. No work, no school, no shopping, no travel, no toilet paper. In Chicago even going for a walk outside can get you arrested.

A whole lotta down time while we all wait for the virus to come get us!

I ‘n’ I was telling Tristin Tabish, KRCL station manager, that a “shelter in place” situation would be ideal for radio listeners. Already we are seeing Netflix and Prime streaming explode.

For. I ‘n’ I, home is a work space. In the Secret Dubratory of the Smile Jamaica Ark-ives, when called  upon to generate digital content while KRCL is on lockdown, I just do what I always do, cut and mix sound

Routine is how people can handle the doom porn the media has generated during this crisis. Whenever friends or family start to hyperventilate, I ‘n’ I remind them:

By my Liberal Arts science background, it is not a pandemic until newborns and third graders start dropping like flies.

But what about the boredom? Many diehard KRCL listeners have a weekend pattern of turning on classic rock for breakfast and listen all the way through to Roots Reggae for dinner. Repeat a similar pattern on Sunday.

If you are shut in and forced inside, KRCL ought to have a captured audience of weekday listening akin to weekend “radio companionship.”

Then I get a call from Program Director, Ebay Jamil Hamilton. KRCL is locking down its studio and offices. Mayday! He asked if I would curate a three hour Smile Jamaica from home.

I gladly complied. I’m stir crazy as everyone else.

Everybody is frazzled. Instead of repeating the same old reminders: “social distance, wash your hands, don’t eat bat soup, etc.”, Smile Jamaica listeners have a tether to normality as part of their weekend routine. How about three hours of distraction on a beautiful first Saturday of Spring?

Except…

So those listeners wanting to chill with “One Love” or “Irie Up Yourself” or “Burn One Down” you are in for a rude shock. I ‘n I introduced the show with “Smile Jamaica puts the panic in pandemic!”

<Pandemic show intro; 2 min.>

First five Reggae jams:

  1. Twinkle Brothers – Stomach Sick­­; Me No You (Twinkle) ’81
  2. The Police – Don’t Stand So Close to Me; Zenyatta Mondatta (A & M) ’81
  3. Tenor Saw – Fever; Fever (Blue Mountain) ’85
  4. The Clash – Lost in the Supermarket; London Calling (Epic) ’79
  5. Michigan & Smiley – Diseases; Dancehall (Soul Jazz) ’81

In the same way Pete Townshend wrote Tommy. Or Frank Zappa’s Joe’s Garage rock opera, I ‘n’ I was crafting a narrative through a digital medium.

I was driving around a deserted Salt Lake City looking for toilet paper and blasting Smile Jamaica, as a listener, from my car hi fi. When I got home a friend texted me: “After ten fever songs followed by Burial , I thought I had the virus.”

Just like Ira Glass. Digital storytelling in a quarantine. Nearly everyone who hit me up on social media wanted to know the same thing: “What was that song you played at the end of Smile Jamaica?”

Spiritual Rez – Let’s Go Out With a Bang

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LUUq_xk4ZE

Be well. Don’t hoard. Try to ration your panic like you are with using toilet paper

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 21, 2020 – Homegrown Pandemic Edition

Set 1:

  • Twinkle Brothers – Stomach Sick­­; Me No You (Twinkle) ’81
  • The Police – Don’t Stand So Close to Me; Zenyatta Mondatta (A & M) ’81
  • Tenor Saw – Fever; Fever (Blue Mountain) ’85
  • The Clash – Lost in the Supermarket; London Calling (Epic) ’79
  • Michigan & Smiley – Diseases; Dancehall (Soul Jazz) ’81
  • Neville Grant – Sick and Tired; Give Me Power (Trojan) ’73 Fats Domino cover
  • The Toyes – Green Doctor; Strange Animals (CD Tunes) ’99 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Half Pint – It’s Too Late; Greetings (Power House) ’86 

Set 2:

  • Horace Andy – Fever; Studio One Classics (Studio One) ’73
  • The Clash – Clampdown; London Calling (Epic) ’79
  • David Lindley – Tu-ber-cu-lucas and the Sinus Flu; El Rayo-X (Elektra) ’81
  • The Pioneers – Reggae Fever; Best of (Trojan) ’77
  • The Ethiopians – Hong Kong Flu; Original Hot Sounds (Trojan) ’69
  • The Dynamics – Fever; Version Excursions (Groove Attack) 2007 dubby version of Little Willie John/Peggy Lee
  • Max Romeo – Horror Zone; Horror Zone (Nu Roots) 20016
  • Junior Byles – Fever; Curly Locks (Heartbeat) ’74 Little Willie John/Peggy Lee cover
  • Twinkle Brothers – Constipated People; Me No You (Twinkle) ’81 

Set 3:

  • Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse; Night Nurse (Mango) ’82
  • Thievery Corporation – Culture of Fear; Culture of Fear (ESL) 2011
  • Thievery Corporation – Sound the Alarm; Radio Retaliation (ESL) 2014
  • Yerba Buena – Fever; Island Life (Razor & Tie) 2005 African
  • Dennis Alcapone – Fever Teaser; My Voice Is Insured For Half a Million Dollars (Trojan) ’72 dj to Horace Andy Fever
  • Hepcat – Earthquake and Fire; Out of Nowhere (Moon) ’93 LA ska group
  • Laurel Aitken – Witchdoctor From Amsterdam; It’s Too Late (Unicorn) ’90
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – No Water (Can Quench My Thirst)  ’70 

Set 4:

  • The Maytals – Fever; Sensational Ska Explosion (Jamaican Gold) ’65
  • Lady Ann – Doctor, Doctor; Bad Gyal Inna Dance (Jump Up)  2008
  • Jingo – Fever; Afro Rock (Evolver) African
  • Peter Tosh – Bush Doctor 12″; Bush Doctor (Rolling Stones) ’78 herbtune
  • The Rolling Stones – Dear Doctor; Beggars Banquet (abkco)  ’68
  • Peter Tosh – Reggae Myelitis; Wanted Dread and Alive (Rolling Stones) ’81

Set 5:

  • Dr. Alimantado – Still Alive; Born For a Purpose (Greensleeves) ’76
  • Susan Cadogan – Fever; Susan Cadogan (Trojan) ’76 cover to Little Willie John/Peggy Lee
  • Tenor Saw – Ring the Alarm; 200% Dynamite (Soul Jazz)
  • I Roy – Hospital Trolley; Don’t Check Me With No Lightweight Stuff (Blood & Fire) ’73
  • Laurel Aitken – It’s Too Late; It’s Too Late (Unicorn) ’71
  • Barry Brown – Burial; Rich Man Poor Man (Moll-Selekta) Peter Tosh cover
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Redemption Song; Uprising (Tuff Gong) ’80
  • Third World – Dreamland; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’76 Bunny Wailer cover

 

 Set 6: 

  • Fela & Afrika 70 – Zombie; Zombie (Polydor) ’76 African
  • 8750 Band – Stayin’ Alive; Run For Cover (Tommy Chong) Telluride reggae cover of Bee Gees
  • Spiritual Rez – Let’s Go Out With a Bang; Apocalypse Whenever (Spiritual Rez) 2014

Words of Wisdom: