With their revolutionary take on reggae, John Brown’s Body have created one of the genre’s best albums in 2013 with their release, Kings And Queens. The band’s new record may be their tenth full length, but they have hit a stride of meshing electronic and hip-hop with the sounds of Bob Marley’s Jamaica. Check out “Starver,” a track off Kings and Queens and feel the rhythm when John Brown’s Body hits your town as they tour America throughout January and February.Follow Me
The House of Marley, The Roots and Okayplayer packed the Brooklyn Bowl this past Monday at the seventh annual Holiday Jam in New York City. With a lively and energized crowd of over a thousand people in attendance, The Roots took the stage for their yearly tradition of playing house band and backing up some surprise musical guests.
In 2013, the guest list didn’t disappoint. Hip-hop legend Big Daddy Kane ruled the stage, which also saw killer performances from Rahzel, Bilal, Valerie June and dancehall legend Mr. Vegas. There were more tender moments though, like when Sufjan Stevens took the stage for a collab with The Roots on tracks like “Holland” and even a seasonally appropriate cover of “A Holly Jolly Christmas.”
Later in the night, the crowd went completely crazy when Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan hit the stage and joined The Roots for a trip through time with the ghost of hip-hop past. Starting with his first record, Only Built 4 Cuban Links, Rae and Black Thought ripped through an onslaught of solo and Wu classics. Check out the video below for some of their performance:
Aside from the on-stage performances, the Okayplayer Holiday Jam was full of all sorts of other kinds of mischief and mayhem. The Okayplayer/House of Marley Photo Booth offered an opportunity for fans to get in on the act and create fun GIFs of themselves at the event. See some of our favorites below and then head over to the Okayplayer/House of Marley Photo Booth to relive all of the party’s best moments:
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Art has always been a way to voice a dissenting opinion, but Hawaiian street artist BERT has taken it to a whole different level with his provocative pieces. While some people might not think there are extreme politics in the world of surfing, BERT has a unique opinion on the subject and has used artwork to boycott the outcomes of the sport’s biggest event.
The House of Marley is sponsoring BERT’s first ever foray into public exhibition outside of the street at an art show this week in Waialua, Hawaii. The exhibition opens at Third Stone Surf Shop this Friday, December 13, and will chronicle the entire year of BERT street art, in addition to some new pieces that will coincide with the 2013 ASP World Championship.
If you haven’t seen any of BERT’s killer street art in person than you have to make it out to Third Stone during the exhibition’s run. Want a sneak peak of what you’ll see? Check out these incredible pieces and find out why BERT was dubbed the surfing world’s vision of Banksy by Surfer Magazine.
It all goes down this Saturday, December 13, when the BERT show opens up at Third Stone with tons of art, live music, food, drinks and prizes. The House of Marley will be on hand to support the cause and all proceeds from the event will be going directly to Hale’iwa Elementary, a local school in Hawaii. Come out to Third Stone and see the future of art and surfing with the House of Marley.Follow Me
Ty 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.Follow Me
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.