House Of Marley Approved: Home Is Where You Park It

Some say, “Home is where the heart is,” but at the House of Marley, we agree wholeheartedly with the title of photographer Foster Huntington’s new book, Home Is Where You Park It. After leaving his cushy job and buying a VW van, Foster set about having the adventure of a lifetime while traveling around America.

The resulting photobook has the essence of the #LiveMarley movement at its very core. Based on the idea that adventure doesn’t come find you and that you need to seek it out, Foster’s photos document over 80,000 miles of his journey and fellow van owners from along the way. Check out the book and Foster’s killer blog for more of his incredible escapades.

HOM Teams With Little Kids Rock For Rockin’ The Bay 2013

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Music, more than any other form of art, is capable of connecting people, no matter the boundaries of their location, native language or religion. Transporting you to a certain place via a few chords, some memorable lyrics and a steady beat, music can easily bring together the masses. With that thought in mind, Little Kids Rock have spent over a decade furthering music education and bringing instruments to children all over the world.

In honor of Little Kids Rock’s latest fundraising effort, the 2013 Rockin’ The Bay Benefit, the House of Marley has commissioned some killer artwork via a few pieces of our audio gear. Taking place on November 9 at Facebook’s headquarters in San Francisco, these limited edition audio systems from the House of Marley will only be available at the event’s silent auction and the profits will be directly donated to Little Kids Rock.

The first piece comes from Team Marley member and pro skater Karl Watson who will be painting his own version of our Bag of Rhythm Bluetooth. Our second piece comes from David Flores, an infamous skateboard illustrator, who was has worked for companies like Real, Stereo, Anti-Hero and Spitfire. He’ll be transforming one of our Get Up Stand Up Bluetooth into a unique piece of art.

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Since its inception in 2002, Little Kids Rock has brought music to over 250,000 children by helping to keep music programs alive in underfunded schools. In addition, the organization has helped launch a series of two-day workshops where children get to learn about their favorite style of music and even record their own CDs and videos of their music. In order to keep funding these worthwhile projects, it’s vital that we help contribute to this great cause.

To make your own voice heard and contribute to the next generation of Bob Marleys, join us at the Rockin’ The Bay Benefit and bid on these amazing one-of-a-kind versions of our portable audio gear. Not only will you receive the fantastic work of Karl Watson and David Flores if you win, but you’ll also be helping to make sure that music stays where it belongs.

 

The Cultural Connection Between Reggae, Hip-Hop and Afrika Bambaataa

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It’s nearly impossible to point at one musician and say they started a genre, but if there were no Afrika Bambaataa, it’s safe to say there would be no such thing as hip-hop. From his early days of DJing/throwing parties in South Bronx to his mega-smash “Planet Rock,” Bambaataa has been a positive cultural touchstone for 40 years.

The House of Marley is excited to be taking part in Afrika’s 40th anniversary weekend, which includes a number of shows happening in New York City from November 6 through November 10. With a heavy hitting lineup that features live performances from hip-hop all stars including Ultramagnetic MCs, Ice T, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and more, this weekend is sure to be a killer time.

As Afrika has often said, the connection between reggae and hip-hop is one that runs extremely deep. The proof is in the music, as our namesake Bob Marley has been sampled by dozens of hip-hop artists throughout the years. In preparation of Afrika Bambaataa’ 40th anniversary party in New York, we’re taking a look at some of the best Bob Marley samples throughout the history of rap. Pop on some headphones and lose yourself in some of the best music of the past few decades.

Jungle Brothers “Doin’ Our Own Dang”

Naming himself after Afrika Bambaataa, the Jungle Brothers’ Baby Bam also makes a reference to Bob Marley with a sample of “Jammin’” on the group’s track “Doin’ Our Own Dang.” Bam will be DJing as a part of the festivities for November 6 and he is sure to break out more of the sick reggae records that inspired him.

Kardinal Offishall “Naughty Dread”

Taking the name of his track straight from the Bob Marley song he samples, Kardinal Offishall’s “Naughty Dread” is a laid back lesson in flow. Still rapping a decade after he first hit the hip-hop scene, Kardinal continues with his socially conscious efforts and has been working hard for charities in Haiti.

The Game w/ Swizz Beatz and Jay Electronica “Higher”

On The Game’s debut record, Dr. Dre utilized Bob Marley’s “Iron Lion Zion” as the propelling beat of the track “Higher.” Starting off with the classic chant from 1974 recording, the song quickly kicks into overdrive with a flourish of drums and sirens.

Public Enemy “Fight The Power”

“Fight The Power” is the ultimate hip-hop sound collage, as it pastes together some of the most commonly used samples in a way that has never been done again since. While at times it’s hard to hear Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff” in the song, it’s apparent Public Enemy’s social conscious music is deeply indebted to the reggae singer. Check out Public Enemy when they perform on November 8, at the National Black Theatre as a part of the Afrika Bambaataa birthday celebration.

House Of Marley Hangs At The Hurley Pro

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A few weeks back, the House of Marley crew had the chance to hang out at the Hurley Pro in the legendary surf spot of Lower Trestles in California. It was an epic contest that saw some sick waves and heavy competition amongst the best surfers on the ASP world tour including Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Taj Burrow.

In the end, the number seven stop of the 2013 tour was a dog fight between Burrow with fellow competitor Julian Wilson. Yet, it was Burrow’s heavy backhanded runs and some gnarlier righthanded runners that took the Busselton, WA native to the top of the podium. Despite finishing in ninth place, Mick Fanning took over the lead in overall points on the tour with only three contests left in this year’s schedule.

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While at the Hurley Pro, we had time to catch up with some of our friends including Hurley owner Bob Hurley, Hurley Waves For Water founder Jon Rose and HOM brand manager Jeffrey Baldwin. Check out these interviews below from our buds over at L.E.A.F., or Leaders of Environmental Action Films, and get up-to-date with what’s going on with the entire crew.

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As our brand manager, Jeffrey Baldwin has been in charge of shaping the direction of our brand and Team Marley. Stay tuned for some huge names that will be coming to the Team Marley crew and, in the meantime, check out this interview with Jeffrey.

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As the founder of one of the biggest extreme sports clothing companies in the world, Bob Hurley has made a huge impact on surf, skate and snow. Additionally, he has had an impact on the environment by starting Hurley H20, a water-based initiative. Way to #LiveMarley Bob!

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Ben Edwards and his Waves For Water crew also imbibe in the #LiveMarley spirit by taking great stride to bring clean water to those who need it. Through unique efforts like their “Buy a Filter” campaign, donation drives and location-based projects, Edwards and his team have already helped to make a huge difference.

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House Of Marley X Dave’s Wear House Bike Auction

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We kicked off our partnership with Dave’s Wear House in NYC last week with an epic party featuring the Team Marley crew and the uber-exclusive Dubwise on-ear headphones. The crown jewels of the event though were two custom-made bikes from the House of Marley and DWH that were strictly built for our collaboration. These one-of-a-kind bikes are unlike any other cruisers you’ve ever seen before.

To have your chance at owning one of these killer bikes, you’ll have to put on your philanthropic hat on and donate some dough to an awesome charity. Through a special auction going on over at CharityBuzz, DWH and yours truly will be handing over the bike to the highest bidder, and all of the money raised will be given to Stoked. Based in Brooklyn and LA, Stoked is a bi-coastal charity that has been helping kids learn more about themselves through surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding.

Check out these close-up shots of the HOM X DWH bike and see what you could potentially miss out on if you don’t bid right now:

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The HOM X DWH party was a blast as both crews brought out the best of the  skateboarding, biking, basketball and hip-hop world. Couldn’t join us for the #LiveMarleyNYC launch party? Relive the fun below with some sick snaps from the party and head over to CharityBuzz to try and win your HOM X DWH bike, a pair of Liberate on-ear headphones, a leather Scout Pack and our Hitch timepiece.

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House Of Marley Approved: Satori ReLife Skateboard Wheels

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Some people get skateboarding all wrong. They think it’s a destructive lifestyle. The truth is that most skateboarders (like the Satori Movement crew), have an alternative way of looking at how the world works. More concerned with creating something beautiful and making a contribution in the process, Satori has been creating low-impact skate products for over a decade.

Just like the earth-friendly gear we create at the House of Marley, Satori combines hemp, bamboo and organic cotton to make killer t-shirts, hoodies and pants. The company’s sickest achievement are some super slick wheels that actually made from recycled wheels dropped off at skate shops around the country.

Dubbed ReLife, these new wheels feature inner cores that are made from old wheels, as opposed to making completely brand new ones from urethane. Forget just trashing your old wheels, let Satori turn them into something new again.

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House of Marley Teams Up With Dave’s Wear House For #LiveMarleyNYC

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If you have your swag on lockdown in New York City than you probably already know about Dave’s Wear House. For those that are uninitiated, this emporium of killer street style gear in Lower Manhattan has been selling sick t-shirts, sneakers, bags, bikes, skateboards and audio gear since 2011. We’re proud to announce that the House of Marley has teamed up with Dave’s Wear House to bring the #LiveMarley movement to the streets of the Big Apple.

Dubbed #LiveMarleyNYC, we’re kicking off our partnership with Dave’s Wear House by throwing an epic party on October 3. With live DJ sets, giveaways and food from the infamous Miss Lilly’s, the celebration is going to be going off. The Team Marley crew including Mason Ho, Michael Ho, Owen Wright, Tyler Wright, Luis Tolentino, Danny Supa, Makua Rothman, Karl Watson, John Jackson, Tyson Chandler and Trey Burke will be invading Dave’s and mingling with the crowd for a night full of fun.

In honor of our collaboration with Dave’s Wear House, we’ve teamed up together to create some killer gear to giveaway at the #LiveMarleyNYC launch party. Our designers at the House of Marley have created an exclusive pair of on-ear headphones for Dave’s by taking the Positive Vibration headphones and giving them a new twist. Renamed Dubwise, these on ear-headphones feature Dave’s signature bright pink and light blue color scheme and are limited to only 50 pairs. It gets even sicker.

DavesWearHouseDave’s Ware House is known for selling both fixed gear and free wheel bikes that are perfect for tearing up the streets of New York. These bikes are already extremely tricked out, but the House of Marley and DWH have created a new, one-of-a-kind version to celebrate their collaboration. With slick new paint schemes based on both companies colors, 1Love logos on the frame and a #LiveMarleyNYC brand, you’ve got a chance to win one of these killer bikes. Your opportunity to win a new bike comes Monday, October 7. On that day, a live auction will start (Find more info on our Facebook page), the proceeds of which will go to Stoked, a Brooklyn based charity that focuses on help develop the skills of kids who skateboard, surf and snowboard.

It’s all going down October 3 in New York City when we launch the partnership of the House of Marley and Dave’s Wear House. Come hang out with the Team Marley crew and have a chance to walk away with a limited edition HOM/DWH pair of on-ear headphones or one of these unique bikes. We’ll see you in NYC!

 

House Of Marley Approved: Civilware

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They say, “It’s the little things in life that matter,” and at the House of Marley, we definitely agree with that sentiment. When you’re heading out on your next camping expedition, consider the bare minimum of what you need. An ax, a little coffee and a dry place to put some kindling, a flint stick or your in-ear headphones. Sound about right? If so, then Civilware and the House of Marley have your needs covered.

Taking a similar back to basics approach as the House of Marley, Civilware is creating unique goods that are perfect for the trail, mountain or just about any adventure you can handle. This gear has all been handcrafted and the gem of the collection is the Civilware Pathfinder Axe. Limited to only 12 axes, this tool is perfect for salvaging fallen wood, splitting logs and just about any job you can offer up to it. Another sick addition to the line are the service tins of coffee that will easily fit in a scout pack and keep all of your tiny needs dry in the event of rain.

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House Of Marley Approved: Bogobrush

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It’s time to keep brushing locally, but start thinking globally. The House of Marley recently found Bogobrush, a killer company that is focused on creating well-made earth-friendly toothbrushes. Just like our Chant Bluetooth Portable Audio System, these toothbrushes are made using bamboo, which is a material that grows fast and is also completely biodegradable. Once you’re done with your Bogobrush, you can simply throw it in your backyard and the brush will literally dispose of itself.

Why would you want to get rid of an awesome tooth brush? Simple. For every Bogobrush purchased, the company gives away a brush to a person in need, hence the name Bogo (Buy One Get One). With an initial goal of giving away 10,000 brushes, the company has already achieved a hefty sum of 8,000 and they aren’t finished yet. Give the boot to plaque and toothbrushes made from plastic in one fell swoop by helping to protect the environment and your next door neighbor.

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Take To The Trail With A Playlist Of Hiking Music

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Your gear is packed and you’re ready to hit the trail. Whether your heart leads you to the mountains, oceanside or the forest is your choice. No matter which adventure you decide on, check out our hiking music playlist for some songs that will have you feeling inspired.

Through the beauty of nature and the incredible music coming from your Zion in-ear headphones,  your path down the road seldom traveled will be joyous. From soul-stirring dub to bright, shiny electro-pop, you’ll keep moving to the spirit of the sounds.

Brian Jonestown Massacre “Super-Sonic”

With the morning sun breaking through the sky, BJM’s sitar-filled psychedelic sounds will evoke a sense of rebirth during the first moments of your trip.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra “Thought Ballune”

Carrying on with a similar floating vibe, “Thought Ballune” from Unknown Mortal Orchestra offers the perfect bouncing walking beat.

Young Dreams “First Day of Something”

This young UK band blends indie pop and world music together perfectly. Fit for a hiking music playlist on the beach or in the woods, the strings and anthemic drums offer up an upbeat soundtrack.

The G.G. All Stars “Mosquito — Dub”

With epic bass bubbling up from underneath reverb-laden drums, this dub classic from Alvin Ranglin’s group is perfect for deep forest hiking. Protect yourself with the bass and keep the real mosquitos away.

Bob Marley and the Wailers “Sun is Shining

Bob put it best, “Sun is shining / The weather is sweet / Yeah make you wanna move your dancing feet.” Get outside — take in all of Mother Nature’s beauty.

Doldrums “Egypt”

Let’s start picking up the pace of this hiking playlist. Doldrums, a one-man electronic experiment from Montreal, will have you practically dancing through the scenic landscape.

Frankie Rose “Daylight Sky”

The dreamy pop of Frankie Rose feels like the clouds that set in while trekking up the side of the mountain. The music is captivating, but light and airy.

Augustus Pablo “Nature Dub”

Even before Dub-Step, Augustus Pablo has been making unworldly sounds for Earth since the 1970s. Pablo reels his sounds down to the forest floor for the essential “Nature Dub.”

The Black Angels “Melanie’s Melody”

With their ethereal sound, the Black Angels match the meaning of their heavenly name. “Melanie’s Melody” combines swirling vocals and soundscapes with tight 1960s pop.

Lee “Scratch” Perry “Dreadlocks In Moonlight”

As Bob Marley’s infamous producer, Lee Perry’s sounds are the stuff of legend. “Dreadlocks In Moonlight,” will round out your nature music playlist with a bouncing reggae classic from the master.