House of Marley Approved: Vapur Eclipse Anti-Bottle

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Leave the Starbucks plastic cup at home. If you’re reaching for the next piece of the mountain or in the middle of an epic run, you need something reliable, something sturdy to grab. Enter the Vapur Eclipse Anti-Bottle. Short of carting you up the face of the rock wall itself, the Eclipse Anti-Bottle is perfect for carrying water with you, no matter where you are going. Created with an easily foldable material, an unbreakable seal and a built-in carabiner, Vapur has once again created the best innovation for your next adventure in the wilderness or urban exploring trip.

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House of Marley and Shwood Wood Sunglasses Team For Instagram Contest

shwood-marley1 A recycled tree limb might be the last place you’d expect to get a pair of shades from, but a Portland-based company Shwood is creating stylish sunglasses out of all types of materials. Created by Eric Singer and his co-founders in 2009, the brand has made their stamp by creating some dope eyewear with a handcrafted DIY touch.

It’s always exciting to see companies like Shwood creating awesome gear with the same resources that we use to produce our earth-friendly headphones, portable audio systems, Lively Up bags and watches. Recently, we caught up with Singer and talked about how Shwood’s wood sunglasses are made from scratch. Check out the interview below and learn how you can win a pair of Shwood sunglasses and Stir It Up on-ear headphones from The House of Marley:

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What made you decide on sunglasses when you took that first tree limb and made a new product? It could have been anything… why sunglasses?

I guess my logic was “WHY NOT sunglasses?”  It all happened during a stagnant time for me creatively. It was the summer after graduating from high school. I had made so many random things, and my house was full of this junk pile of it all. I always kept a pretty nice collection of vintage sunglasses I would find. The second that these two things (making something/sunglasses) popped into my mind was the exact moment that I started building the first pair.

What’s the process of making each pair of sunglasses? How much time goes into creating one pair? How many hands touch each pair?

Our process has always been pretty intense. One pair of sunglasses will travel through upwards of 25 hands before it leaves our doors. On average, hand time per pair is one hour and 34 minutes, though if you calculate dry times of glues and finishes you’re at about six and a half hours.  The process starts with hand-selecting our various woods to weed out bad lumber.

From there it passes through all the stages of milling that lumber down to workable veneers. These veneers are laser cut to produce our shapes, which are then pressed up and glued together, parts are attached and sanded, re-worked, hand sanded and shaped some more, and hinges are attached and set. These frames are then finished for protection from the elements, and lenses are cut specific to each frame. Once fitted with the right lenses, they are cleaned by hand to ensure a flawless first impression by the consumer and packaged, ready for the always-friendly UPS courier.

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Tell us about the Shwoodshop in Portland. How big is it? How many employees? What is some of the equipment that you use on a daily basis?

Shwood officially launched in 2009, and currently employs 50 people in our Portland, Oregon workshop. With 150 pairs made every day, and our growing awareness around the world, it’s exciting to see how much our sales are constantly outpacing production. Every step from veneering and precision lens cutting, to shaping and finishing, is conducted in house, and Shwood has seen a steady growth in sales every year. Our large equipment arsenal consists of a man-sized band saw, dual drum sander, hydraulic presses, a 60 gallon industrial air compressor, a few massive dust collectors, a tabletop CNC, 5 lasers and a couple of really big shop fans.

At House of Marley, we work with Earth-friendly materials like FSC-certified wood, recycled aluminum and organic cotton. Is using eco-friendly materials important to Shwood?

Yes, using eco-friendly materials is very important to us… The root of our brand is to “Experiment With Nature”, and since 2009 we’ve been producing sunglasses using sustainably harvested wood sourced from local mills in Portland, now stone, and even recycled skateboards and whiskey barrels… The nature around us is translated through each product we develop: the woods we use are all as premium as it gets, and all locally-sourced and sustainably harvested. Each piece we make gathers inspiration from vintage and classic silhouettes, and takes inspiration from the environment where Shwood is located.

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In an era where it’s so easy to get a mold and make a million plastic products cheaply, why did you want to take the time to create something that was so hands-on?

Many products are not made how they used to be – so much is developed from plastic now. In our opinion, the way the world operated before plastics carried a sense of quality that’s hard to find today. At Shwood, we all felt that the sunglasses industry was no exception to this opinion, so we did something about that. We have chosen a classic route for the image of our brand, and this is represented in our styles. It’s a good feeling to be able to look at a piece of nature around us, and recycle it into an amazing pair of sunglasses.

What pair are you wearing at the moment? Do you have a personal favorite?

My favorite is the Dark Walnut Belmont Original outfitted with brown polarized lenses. They look good while keeping things subtle.

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Teaming together with Shwood, we are giving you a chance to win a pair of Canby wood sunglasses and our Stir It Up on-ear headphones. Head to your Instagram, like and regram the contest photo from our account and be sure to follow and tag @houseofmarley and @shwoodshop. Add #MarleyShwood to your post and you will instantly be entered to win the giveaway. Submissions must be regrammed by the contest’s closing date, June 30. This contest is open to United States citizens only.  

Thanks to our friends at Shwood for getting involved with us on our latest Instagram contest and, more importantly, for staying true to their values. Creating unique goods with Earth-friendly materials is what we are all about and we are excited that other companies, like Shwood, are getting in on the action.

 

Bob Marley Transforms on New Legend: Remixed Album

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FACT: Bob Marley’s music is timeless. Period. Over the years, artists of all genres, from funk to punk and everything in between, have felt a kinship to the records made by The Wailers. The music has now become so deeply engrained in memory banks that many producers are weaving the spirit of Bob’s sound into their work. With that idea in mind, the Legend: Remixed album was born.

Building on the foundation of one of the greatest hits albums ever, the Legend: Remixed album transforms the reggae classic into an all-star EDM remix creation. Overseen by producer Jason Bently, the album brings together major stars like Thievery Corporation and Pretty Lights with reggae heroes like Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley and Lee “Scratch” Perry.

With a street date of June 25, the Legend: Remixed album is a must-hear record, no matter whether you prefer reggae or electronic music. Strap on a pair of our over-ear headphones and check out the album’s trailer below. Then, read our picks for the five best remixes on the record and be prepared to have your mind blown by these epic tracks.

“Waiting In Vain (Jim James Remix)”

LegendRemixed1Importing a throbbing and stuttering bass into “Waiting In Vain,” this classically tight Marley song has turned into a spacious affair on Legend: Remixed. Although primarily known as the frontman of country-rockers My Morning Jacket, the song’s producer Jim James created a minimal sound that plays primarily off Bob’s backing vocals and some light drum and horn sounds.

“Stir It Up (Ziggy Marley Remix)”

LegendRemixed2Handling his father’s song with deft care, Ziggy Marley stripped down “Stir It Up” to its bare bones and lovingly recreated it from the ground up. Filled with lush synthesizers and hand clap-inducing drums, the new remix has maximized the song’s original anthemic quality by 200 percent.

“Get Up Stand Up (Thievery Corporation Remix)”

LegendRemixed3Bob Marley’s legendary version of “Get Up Stand Up” is very much based on the earthy sounds of Jamaican. However, the Thievery Corporation, an electronic/dub/acid jazz duo from Washington D.C., blast the track into outer space, almost nearly past Lee “Scratch” Perry’s home planet. Honoring the traditional dub sound, the Legend: Remixed track is smothered in heavy reverb.

“Exodus (Pretty Lights Remix)”

LegendRemixed4“Exodus”, perhaps more than any other track on the Legend: Remixed album, captures the spirit of this remix record. The Pretty Lights version of the classic Marley song hits all of the EDM trademarks, including soaring to major highs over static-filled drums and dropping a huge bass bomb.

“Buffalo Soldier (Stephen Marley Remix)”

LegendRemixed5Despite being known as an amazing reggae musician, Stephen Marley shows off his technical tenacity with his intense EDM production work on “Buffalo Soldier.” Rounding out the Legend: Remixed album, the track expands on the horns of the original version and brings a new tension via needling electronic sounds and a bit of Daft Punk atmospherics.

House of Marley Approved: Hess Handplanes

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Do you love surfing? Can’t get enough sea foam sprayed in your face? Well, then you’ve got to try Hess Handplanes. Go find’em. Right now. Lovingly built by surfboard shaper Danny Hess from found wood and broken surfboards, these small pieces of wood are created to conform to the shape of your palm. Strap on one to each of your hands, paddle out to the break and ride them into shore. “Ride what,” you say? RIDE YOUR HANDS. You’ve now become your own surfboard.

 

House of Marley Approved: The Clash Sound System

ClashSoundSystem1Out in the city streets of 1950s Kingston, DJs and MCs traveled around in massive, moving trucks, packed with generators, turntables and speakers. These mobile sound systems sent ripples all the way up to London, England, where the Jamaican party vibe meshed with punk bands like The Clash. On their intense new box set, aptly named Sound System, the band has packed their entire career into one small portable audio system-like creation. Capturing the band from their youthful punk days on through to their heavy dub and reggae period, Sound System is a document of why The Clash has long been considered “The Only Band That Matters.”

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The Greatest Bob Marley Live Concert Moments

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Imagine it. You’re going to see Bob Marley live in concert. The electricity flows through the crowd. There is a hushed silence and then… BOOM! Aston Barrett’s bass hits you in the face as the Wailers engulf you in sound. Bob appears and commands the stage for two hours with a special aura that will never be matched.

If you never saw Bob Marley live in concert, you missed out. Thanks to bootlegs, there are hundreds of rare recordings that capture the intense performances of the Wailers. Strap on a pair of our in-ear headphones, on-ear headphones or over-ear headphones and check out this list of the greatest Bob Marley live concert moments. From massive arenas to intimate club shows, there is magic in these recordings rarely seen anywhere else in music history.

Smile Jamaica Concert, Kingston, Jamaica, 1976

Two days after gunmen attempted to assassinate him, Bob Marley trudged on to play one of his biggest concerts ever. Opening up with an intense medley of “War,” “No More Trouble” and “Get Up Stand Up,” National Heroes Park erupted into one mass of dancing bodies.

Live in London, England, 1977

On four consecutive nights in 1977, Bob Marley and the Wailers played the Rainbow Theatre and recorded one of the greatest live albums ever, Live! At the Rainbow. Unlike most live records, this album launched three monster singles and stayed in the charts for over a year.

One Love Peace Concert, Kingston, Jamaica, 1978

Jamaica was at a dividing point and only one man could put it back together. Bob Marley returned from his self-imposed exile for the One Love Peace Concert and united Jamaica’s two opposing political parties. He followed this up with one of his most soul stirring performances ever.

Live in Santa Barbara, California, 1979

Just after the release of Survival, The Wailers embarked on a major US tour, but the highlight was a show at the beautiful Santa Barbara Bowl. Built right into the side of a large hill, the venue had a mystic vibe and it fed into the electric feel of Marley’s set. Stocked with hits like “Positive Vibration,” “I Shot The Sheriff” and “Get Up, Stand Up,” this concert is a thing of beauty.

Live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1980

Before passing in 1981, Bob Marley’s live concert experience reached its apex at his final show in Pennsylvania. Three encores, a fully stacked set list and a stunning near seven minute version of “Get Up Stand Up” made Marley’s final show unlike anything else ever seen in music history.