Jesse Royal releases ‘Feel Your Pain’

House of Marley reggae rock star Jesse Royal has once again blessed his fans with a delightful video for his single “Feel Your Pain”. This song is filled with wisdom and encouragement and beautiful dancers that gracefully embody the smooth flow of Jesse’s voice. These enticing lyrics describe how Jesse is trying to express his love to a woman who isn’t quite sure if she wants his love, and love is not an emotion anyone wants to waste. You can even catch a cameo of our TTR Over Ear headphones in the video too; a favorite of Royal’s Marley selection.

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Last month Mr. Royal performed at the legendary SOB’s in NYC and had the crowd rocking out! Here is a quote from the homies at Frank151:

“Royal and his band have the unique ability to slip into different genres of music without skipping a beat and although the show’s theme was oriented around traditional roots reggae and his faith in Rastafari, he also confronts a lot of heavier topics with his music like colonialism, racism, classism and political corruption. “

Read the full recap of Frank151’s experience at Jesse’s SOB’s Show here! 

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Music Monday: Jo Mersa Marley – Rock And Swing

Director Ras Kass and Jo Mersa teach us a thing or two in his new video for his single Rock and Swing. These beautiful visuals take us on a intimate tour of his home island Jamaica while touching on deep subjects such as politics, pedophilia and the misunderstanding of the youth within his generation. You can even catch House of Marley friend Shama Beckford skateboarding in a few scenes. This track can be found on Jo’s Comfortable EP which can be purchased on iTunes.

Benny Fairfax “PALE FIRE”

“We awoke at the crack of dawn, 11am to be exact, swooped Benny, picked up some breakfast and were on our way. As the pale fire burned in the distance we set out to capture the essence of cruising. The weather was great and the fuzz was out on high alert for humans operating video recording devices on the streets like criminals, but they were no match for our jedi mind tricks. Before we knew it we had compiled hundreds of gigabytes of footage and the sun was setting on the day just as we needed to wrap. It felt like a success and after years of shooting with various snowboarders/skateboarders it was pretty easy to add Benny to my top 5 list of people to work with. Hopefully you all enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed making it.”

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Directed by Eddie Grams

Cinematography by Ian Rigby

Creative Direction by Gabe Kuo

Featuring the Liberate XLBT Wireless Headphones

Phil Frost Interview

Chances are, if you’re familiar with street artists you’ve probably come across works of Phil Frost, whether you know it or not. (Remember that Frank 151 chapter?) One of the original artists to hit the scene in the early 90’s, Phil helped shape where contemporary art’s at today.

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Cruising the depths of Instagram on Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday, we were tagged in a post that brought us a new fact about Phil – that he’s a big fan of reggae music and in particular, Bob Marley. Naturally, we had to reach out to him and hear more. Peep the interview below!

HOM: Are you still NYC based?

PF: I actually live in upstate New York now. I moved up here 7 years ago. I was always moving around trying to find more space to make my work while I was in town. I relocated up here after I found a giant space that facilitates all of my work.

HOM: A lot of our team members quote your work with Frank 151 as a way they discovered you. Can you tell me about that?

PF: Steve Malbon from Frank151 arranged for a studio visit and came upstate to do so. There he saw the drawings that MQ and I were collaboratively making, and the conversation to participate by sharing an issue together came from that.

image1HOM: I came across your post in celebration of Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday on Instagram, where you talk about Bob Marley and reggae – what is it that draws you to the two?

PF: I’m drawn to reggae music because of it’s inherent morale and uplifting nature; to want to better yourself and your surroundings and be humble, kind and respectful of things. So it appeals to me like that, in that I like the message of it; and then I like the energy and rythym also. It is good natured and positive and I was taken by it. At some point, I got really interested in wanting to hear it more. I began to collect the 45’s and records because a lot of the music isn’t necessarily released digitally. I don’t know too much about digital music anyway, but at the time a lot of the music wasn’t really able to be found on a CD or digital format so a lot of the rare music is only on a 45. Seeking out the records and collecting them was a way to be able to introduce myself to parts of the sound I couldn’t find otherwise. At some point, it began to seem like I was protecting old records by archiving them, like a way of preserving them and their relevant importance.

HOM: Do you mostly listen to music on records?

PF: I guess I mostly listen to music on records. For some reason its kind of relaxing.

HOM: Would you say you listen to it when you work, when you’re painting?

PF: Music has its place in my life. A lot of times I listen to silence, but then silence gets in the way. Listening to music is actually something of a distraction when I’m working, in that i’m not able to focus as much on whatever is resounding inside me. Yet, then there are times where I’m working, and I’m not experiencing that kind of inner dialogue and music can be something that helps the time pass more enjoyably. Sometimes I listen to music when I work and sometimes I don’t. There is part of my work process that music is just in the way of; and for that, it’s silence that keeps me more nimble. Then there are times where there is a task, something I am supposed to do, and I don’t have to figure anything out and nothing’s on my mind, and it’s those parts of the working experience where listening to music is more fitting. I guess it can be like therapeutic, the parts of process where you can zone out.

image3HOM: Such a great answer and one that really makes sense to me, personally. Can you tell us a bit about how you got started making art and what that was like for you?

PF: In the mid and late 80’s I was into skateboarding. I was skating a lot in Brooklyn with friends. Thats where I can say I really got into art, and by skating in the city and being into hardcore music I was exposed to graffiti. I started to get into tagging. When I was 18 I moved to Queens and then I began to work more seriously with it. Before that I would tag a bit when skateboarding, but it wasn’t an all consuming thing. Then when I was 18 I was on my own and living in Queens and working in the city – it’s when it took over and kinda became a part of me in an overall way for a period. I started to draw all the time and do wheat pastings. Then I started to spend a lot of time with Revs. I started to help out and do missions with he and Cost.

HOM: What was it like working with Revs and Cost?

PF: Revs and Cost, they kind of started the whole wheat pasting thing and the block buster rooftop rollers. I was so honored to help and work with them and spend so much time with Revs. I started to help them. Mostly, I started to help Revs all the time, but both of them sometimes too, on their missions, and sometimes with Revs simultaneously while doing my own. After a while it just kinda started to be a thing I used to do. I would find some sort of weird industrial thing coming out of a building or some sort of utilitarian piping, or venting boxes coming off a building. I would measure off the different panels and cut the measured panels out of brown butcher paper. Then I would draw with ink and paint paintings on those paper panels. I would figure out the best option for pulling it off, like a particular night or if even in broad daylight and then I would go and wheat paste them onto those things to create some type of painting sculpture sort of work in the street and feel that pulsing inner rush type of inspiration from it.

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There are meetings with people that leave you feeling inspired and almost in awe – wanting to learn more and understand, and this certainly was one of them. We hope to bring you more of Phil Frost’s works in the near future! In the meantime, you can check out more of his work on his gallery’s website – Galeria Javier Lopez, Phil’s personal website, and if you’re like us, Phil Frost’s Instagram. Big thanks to Phil for taking the time to speak with us!

Incase You Missed It: The Get Together at Miss Lily’s

Big Thank You to everyone who came out to our event at Miss Lily’s on Tuesday! The crowd was blessed with the presence of the beautiful Zuri Marley and the sweet sounds and Q&A from her uncle Ky-Mani Marley. The drinks and grub were flowing all night long and of course we had our guests grooving when Dj Jasmine Solano (JSMN) was on the 1’s and 2’s.

Incase you missed it, we’ve got you covered with JSMN’s set and Ky-Mani and Zuri’s interview below. Check it! Stay tuned for the next go around of The Get Together.

 

Check out the photos from the event below!

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Catching Up With Zuri Marley

For the Marley New York crew, the planning of our latest monthly ‘Get Together’ parties have kept us busy. The good news – we have the help of our host, Zuri Marley, who will be playing an integral role in curation of each event. We met Zuri at none other than our (pretty much) home base, Miss Lily’s, the very location we’ll be hosting each Get Together event. It was time for a collaborative brainstorm and the taste testing of all of the new menu items and classic favorites.

As the daughter of Ziggy Marley, it’s no surprise that Zuri is a natural creative. The collective decision to collaborate together for each Get Together event though, goes far beyond that.

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A student at The Clive Davis Institute Of Recorded Music Business at The Tisch School of The Arts, NYU, Zuri is also what she describes to be, a  “student of life” – teaching herself everyday. “I’m still fresh in the city and there are so many vibes to cultivate. People get lost out here, so its nice to have Miss Lily’s to remind me where I come from (876).” Zuri’s own work – visual and musical, reflects her own image of the American Dream; shining through in individual works as well as collaborations within her collective. “My art is freedom – and thats why I think I connect with The House Of Marley. House of Marley is cutting edge, redefining and modernizing a great man’s vision – making it accessible to people who weren’t able to be touched by the legacy – thats dope as hell. “ 

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The best type of collaborating is fueled with great food. Miss Lily’s chef Andre made sure everything on the menu was an A+.

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After our rum cake, Zuri insisted we not leave without all enjoying a Ting soda, her favorite growing up, and still today.

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Great people, delicious food, and a constant flow of creative energy left us eager for the green light of our very first Get Together at Miss Lily’s. You’ll hear more about each party as they take off; be sure to join our Marley newsletter for up to date information on all of the happenings!

 

Sundance Film Festival Selects

Sundance Film Festival  is now in full effect. Since 1985 the festival has highlighted the best of the best of storytellers and beyond. Park City, Utah will be filled with the film industries most creative indie directors, videographers and actors from January 22nd to February 1st. 

While we’re not there to witness it all first hand this time around, we’ve compiled a list of a few films we’re psyched about. Check them out below!

Dope – Shot in Inglewood, California, this film blends together an interesting fusion of hip-hop, drugs, and the all mighty Bitcoin. A$AP Rocky makes his proper acting debut.

Being Evel –  This film is about Evel Knievel, an American daredevil who attempted 75 ramp to ramp deathly jumps which shot him to stardom. Every child born in the 70’s new his name and wanted to mimic his greatest, so this film will be a great blast in the past.

Cronies – Filmed in 2014 and produced by Spike Lee, this film features three friends struggling to maintain their relationships as they enter adulthood, a growing pain all of us can relate to.

James White – This film is about a troubled man and his journey surviving in New York city, while balancing a positive relationship with his mother. With a feature from rapper Kid Cudi of course we are excited about this film.

Digging for Life – A “boys will be boys” type film set in East LA which showcases a couples juggle with young parenthood. While trying to make ends meet the couple picks up house sitting for a gig and winds up surprised at what they find at the residence.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck - This documentary features never-before-seen visuals, interviews and home movies from the world of Kurt Cobain.

Celebrate: Happy Birthday Jasmine Solano!

The birthday girl and House of Marley Ambassador Jasmine Solano will be celebrating another year of greatness at The Studio at W Union Square this Friday, January 22nd in New York. Join Jasmine and special guest DJ’s Ms. Nix and Stretch Armstrong from 10pm – 3am. Happy Birthday Jasmine! RSVP HERE to turn it all the way up and Get Together for the celebration.

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Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise, 2015

 

1.ochorios liberateThe 2nd Annual Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise tickets are on sale now and our sources say they’re going fast. After last year’s experience, the word is out to say the least, so you’ll want to make sure you cop these tickets while you can.

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1.tarrus riley mainLast years cruise was bananas, Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Sean Paul, Cham, Morgan Heritage and Wayne Marshall were just a few of the headlining acts on the ship.

 

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This year after a successful first go around, the Jamrock Reggae Cruise team has decided to bring out 2 major cruise ships to head out to sea. The first cruise takes off November 30th and lands back to shore on December 5th, with the second cruise running from December 5th through the 10th. Featured artists include, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Third World, Capleton, and of course Damian “Jr Gong” Marley and much more.

 

Call your friends and family and lets get ready for *THE* Reggae experience on the ocean. Peep the video below for a bit of what we were fortunate enough to experience last year incase you need some further convincing.

For tickets, updates and more information, visit the Jamrock Reggae Cruise site.

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New Music from Chronixx – Tenement Yard

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This #MusicMonday we bring to you sounds and visuals from none other than our good friend, Chronixx. Just before the long weekend, Chronixx dropped new visuals for his “Tenement Yard (News Carryin’ Dread)” featuring Inner Circle and Jacob Miller. In this song and video, you’ll notice some powerful messages all about the digital, socially savvy world we live in today, and how to lighten things up a bit. Something else you’ll see? Two members of our Liberate family: The Liberate XLBT headphones and The Liberate BT Speaker.

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The single can be purchased on iTunes here!

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