House of Marley Approved: Ty Segall

TySegallTy Segall is the ultimate riff wunderkind. Channeling Black Flag, Bob Marley and everything in between, his sound can range from raucous to introspective in one single song. In 2013 alone, he released music on every kind of format possible including an LP from his band Fuzz, a few split seven inches, CDs and even cassettes. His latest solo masterpiece Sleeper (out now on Drag City), is a combination of distorted guitars and lilting acoustics. Check out this live performance from Pickathon 2013 below and see why we picked him to top our Surfer Poll playlist from last year.

House of Marley Approved: Soul Poles

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Do you live life skiing on the edge of the mountain? Still want to maintain a sustainable lifestyle? A Park City, Utah company called Soul Poles is using earth-friendly materials, similar to what we use for our line of over-ear headphones, to create super durable ski gear. Enjoying Mother Nature and limiting your impact has never been easier.

Check out the Soul Pole dudes creating some crazy scorched ski poles in the video below and be sure to grab a set before the snow melts away.

House of Marley X Oshima Surf And Skate Launch #LiveMarleyBigIsland

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In October, we launched #LiveMarleyNYC with our Team Marley crew on-hand, but this month we’re headed off the mainland and setting down some roots in Hawaii. Partnered together with our friends at Oshima Surf And Skate, we’re bringing the #LiveMarleyBigIsland movement to the Big Island and beyond.

Oshima, which means “Big Island” in Japanese, has been gathering all the best gear and delivering it to the skaters and surfers of Hawaii since forming in October 2011. It started out as the dream of two fishermen-by-day, Mike Abe and Time Jones, who felt the need to bring killer products to their homeland. Just under two years later, the original brick-and-mortar has seen so much success that it has led to Oshima opening two more storefronts.

The #LiveMarleyBigIsland collab kicks off this weekend when Team Marley invades the Oshima shop for a party of epic proportions. Join us for a night full of music from HOM DJ Pat Simpson, great food and prizes with Team Marley members including Michael Ho, Makua Rothman, Donovan Frankenreiter and recent HIC Pro winner, Mason Ho. The man himself, Rohan Marley will be in the house and spreading the love, in honor of the House of Marley.

Head to the Oshima Hilo location on November 16 and get ready to experience the start of something epic, the #LiveMarleyBigIsland movement. In addition to the party, there will be a House of Marley pop-up shop within Oshima that will feature our earth-friendly headphones, audio systems, Lively Up Bags and timepiece collection. It’s going to be a fun time on the Big Island when the House of Marley and Oshima crews unite for the perfect combo of skate, surf, style and sound.

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House Of Marley Pop-Up Shop At Downtown LA Art Walk

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This week the House of Marley is teaming up with Bob Marley’s daughter Karen Marley for an exclusive pop-up shop during the Downtown LA Art Walk. Starting on Thursday night, November 14, at 6 PM, Karen’s shop Buttons and Bows will act as host to a killer selection of our new timepiece collection, headphones, audio systems and Lively Up bags.

The partnership between the House of Marley and Buttons and Bows  couldn’t be more perfect, as Karen and her business partner Monique Aquino know their fair share about what’s fashionable. The duo opened Buttons and Bows in 2012 and have been dressing LA’s finest in some of the most unique resale clothing around.

Taking place every second Thursday of the month, the Downtown LA Art Walk is a fun event for discovering new art from in and around the city limits. For this special edition, the House of Marley pop-up shop will include a DJ spinning sick reggae, complimentary Jamaican grub and you can check out all of our latest gear in person.

If that’s not enough to entice you out for the art walk on Thursday, Buttons and Bows are giving away a Bob Marley t-shirt away on Instagram as a part of all the fun. Grab some Buttons and Bows swag at the event and drop #HouseofMarley #ButtonsandBowsLA into an Instagram photo and you’ll instantly be entered to win.

Be sure to stop by Buttons and Bows on Thursday, give a shout out to the House of Marley team and snap a few pictures with our tricked out VW bus. We hope to see you out on the streets of LA, enjoying the art scene and living it up with our street team crew.

 

LowLine: New York’s New Underground Park

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New York City may seem like the last place that you’d expect to see plantlife set amongst the grit and grime of the streets. Think again! Two visionaries named Dan Barasch and Jay Ramsey are taking green life to somewhere even more unique and unusual — under the streets of NYC. Meet their vision for one of the world’s first underground parks, LowLine.

Barasch and Ramsey are at the helm of this brand new project that includes plans to use solar technology to help transform an unused trolley terminal into a lush, green space. Opened in 1908, the Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal on the Lower East Side was used by commuters until 1948 when the transportation services were ended. While the space has been untouched in the six decades since, much of the original architecture stands intact. This includes incredible vaulted ceilings, trolley tracks and cobblestrone streets once walked by the population of Manhattan.

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After first making waves with their Kickstarter efforts in 2012, the Lowline team raised over $150,000 for their project and set about creating a functioning full-scale model in a building above the trolley terminal. The key to the greenery in the park is the solar technology developed by Ramsey himself. With solar collection discs above grounds (think    satellite dishes), light from the sun is brought below the surface of the street and allows plantlife to complete photosynthesis.

With the full model scale functioning aboveground, the team has been working on securing the proper permits and support from elected officials to complete the underground project. In 2014, the Lowline team will continue to work with the transit authority and New York City to transfer ownership to the group. While it may seem far away, Ramsey and Barasch hope to have the Lowline park up and running by 2018.

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The concept of an underground park and the technology used to create such a dream space is something that the crew at the House of Marley can easily relate too. Ever since our company started, we’ve been dreaming up ways to create earth-friendly audio gear and we can’t help but be excited by any others who take on the same commitment to the earth. Cheers to the Lowline crew and hopefully we’ll see you under the Big Apple after your project is completed!

Photo Credit: Lizzy Zevallos/Lowline

 

The Street Art of David Flores

David Flores, a street artist and close friend of the House of Marley, has been creating incredible artwork on the sides of buildings, shoes and skateboards for a long time. Getting his start at Shorty’s Skateboards, David has designed iconic skate imagery for companies like Flip, Vans, Real, Anti-Hero, Powell Peralta and so many more. Now with his sights sets on back the street, David has been comissioned for some killer work all over California.

His latest piece was a large scale project for the side of the revamped Viper Room. The infamous Sunset Strip bar is in the middle of a makeover and David’s brand new Johnny Cash piece on the building will remind of it’s rock ‘n’ roll past, present and future. Talk about #LiveMarley? Not only is the artwork phenomenal, but David goes to some pretty great heights to finish the piece via a cherry picker.

Ever wanted to see how a great piece of street art is made? Well, you’re in luck, the House of Marley was on hand to witness the making of David’s wall piece and there is some epic footage of the entire painting process. Check it out below and witness a music legend become a timeless piece of artwork for all of Hollywood to see. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for a guest appearance from our House of Marley bus!

Bonus: See below for more of David’s artwork and be sure to check out his site for more of his street art.

 

 

House Of Marley Joins S.T.E.A.M. For Childrens Event

Teamed together with S.T.E.A.M., which stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math,” the House of Marley spent last weekend educating L.A.-area children and showing off our earth-friendly gear. With the Marley van in tow, we were able to talk about the environment and why it’s important to use technology that supports our planet.

The event, dubbed S.T.E.A.M Nation, was created to offer inspiration to local kids and help them develop a love of the planet earth and new technology. With children ranging in age from first to eighth grade, 2400 participants explored West LA college and learned more about how the worlds of tech, environment and humans all interact with one another.

One place where all three intersect is at the House of Marley. By showing off our sustainable goods, we were able to demonstrate to these young thinkers that products can be both great for the environment and look stylish at the same time. By using recycled metal, leather, cotton, hemp and water bottles, the House of Marley has been able to create powerful audio gear that helps to remove unwanted products from the wastestream.

Have you ever wondered just how many recycled water bottles go into our Bag of Riddim, Lively Up Scout Pack, Marital Watch and Rise Up Over-Ear Headphones? At the House of Marley, we place great value on creating awesome gear and the chart below shows just how we do it.

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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.