House of Marley Approved: Kite Patch

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There is nothing like getting back to basics and hitting the trail for a hike. However, there is also nothing like the experience of becoming a human pin cushion and getting a million mosquito bites. Kick harmful bug sprays to the curb, and make a unique contribution to society, by picking up a Kite Patch. All it takes is sticking one of these small squares on your clothing and mosquitos will keep on buzzing by.

Wanna know the best part? Kite is working to take their patches to third-world countries. The company will donate a patch to someone who truly needs it every time you buy one for yourself. At the House of Marley, we believe that giving back and helping the world is one of the most important things a person can do. Thankfully, because of companies like Kite, it just became easier to make a difference on a personal level.

House Of Marley Celebrates Playing For Change Day

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You’ve probably heard the statistics about the impact of music on young ears. Forget about the stats though. Remember the first time you heard a Bob Marley song? Think about the feeling it sent through your body. Think about how it shaped your values. Think about where you would be now if you didn’t hear that one song. Music shapes us in a special way rarely seen or heard elsewhere. Hence, the birth of Playing For Change Day.

Created by 1Love and the Playing For Change Foundation, the third annual Playing For Change Day is a holiday that aims to bring together the global community with music. All over the world on September 21, 2013, there will be music events sprouting up to bring about change. From musicians on big stages to buskers on street corners, artists of all levels of will unite with the hope of raising money to give music instruction and instruments to kids who really deserve them.

Do you want to get involved in the action? Playing For Change Day is open to everyone, whether you can play guitar like Bob Marley or not. Find out about the many different ways you can contribute and make your voice heard on September 21 below:

Attend An Event

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There are currently 167 events happening in 42 countries on Playing For Change Day and that means there is most likely a concert near you. Join in on the fun, listen to some new artists and make a contribution that will help kids around the world learn more about the magic of music. A donation as small as $15 can help to fix music equipment while a $1000 gift can fund three music programs in Nepal for a month.

Create Your Own Event

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If you are a musician and would love an opportunity to contribute to the community, put on your own show in your hometown. Playing For Change Day is a grassroots movement that anyone can get involved, no matter your level of musicianship. Grab some buds, come up with a set list, create some tickets and make an impactful donation to Playing For Change that will help kids around the world receive a proper introduction to music. Here are some tips for creating and registering your own event through the PFC organization.

Fundraise Online

playingforchangeday3Maybe you can’t play any instruments, but you still love music. You can still make an impact on September 21. Take to your social network accounts and spread the message of Playing For Change Day by sharing links, informing your friends and bringing new light to the cause of musical education.

Pick Up Some PFCD Swag

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Available through our charity partner 1Love, you can pick up a killer Playing For Change Day action kit and celebrate music in your own special way. You’ll get some awesome buttons, stickers, guitar picks and a PFC t-shirt to show your support on September 21.

At the House of Marley, our focus is primarily on music and making an impact in the world. With that being said, the idea of Playing For Change Day is what we are all about. Just by simply strumming a guitar or making a beat, you can unite the world in song.

IF you take part in Playing For Change Day, you can make an impact here and now. By helping to educate the next generation of new musicians, you’ll guarantee that you have something to listen to on your House of Marley headphones for the rest of your life.

Legend: Remixed Documentary Debuts At El Rey Theatre

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The House of Marley was out in force at the debut of the Making of Bob Marley Legend: Remixed. The documentary, which showcases modern musicians and producers remixing classic Bob Marley tracks, premiered at the beautiful El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, California to a huge crowd.

The party went off before the movie even started with hype DJ sets from Beat Antique and Photek. Some of the crew taking in the sights and sounds of the House of Marley, 1Love and Tuff Gong party included Ziggy Marley, Team Marley member skate ambassador Karl Watson, The Heavy, Jim James and Legend: Remixed producer Jason Bentley.

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While introducing the film, Jason Bentley talked about the process that he went through in assembling the artists to create this tribute to Bob Marley. With the idea of modernizing the revolutionary message of Marley’s music, the main concept focused on bringing a new appeal to music with a peaceful message.

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The party may be over, but the new legacy of the Legend: Remixed album has just begun. The documentary is now available online for free (Check out the bonus section of this blog!), and to celebrate we are offering you a chance to win a copy of the Legend: Remixed album and a pair of our earth-friendly headphones. Head over to the House of Marley Facebook contest page, sign up and you’ll be automatically entered to be one of 25 winners.

Bonus: As we mentioned above, the Making of Bob Marley Legend: Remixed is now available online. Watch the full documentary below and learn more about all of the work that went into remixing the classic greatest hits album, Legend.

The Evolution of Bob Marley’s Guitars

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While he was never known for his intense fret work, Bob Marley’s guitar playing still has become renowned the world over. Allowing his lyrics to do the majority of the talking, his guitar sound could become hushed or overpowering in an instant, depending on what the moment called for. This focus on song and emotional feel is what has always made Bob’s music so memorable.

Even during the excessive 1970s, when guitarists used gigantic amp rigs and traded off guitars between every song in a set, Bob stuck to using the same few that he had always used. It’s hard to imagine not seeing a picture of Bob performing live, dreads swinging away and Gibson Les Paul Special in hand. Yet, there it was. Always wrapped up in his arms. Every performance. While some remain in the possession of the Marley family and others have been sold at auction, Bob Marley’s guitars still remain just as iconic as he does. Check out the evolution of Bob’s guitar lineup and you’ll see how his influence has lasted from the 1970s to the present:

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Regarded as many guitarist’s favorite model, the Fender Stratocaster played by Bob Marley is known for its sharp, clean sound. This makes it perfect for playing the slinky reggae of Bob’s earlier records. Here below on a performance of “Stir It Up” from the Old Grey Whistle Test, Bob plays his brown sunburst Fender strat and shows off its trademark sound.

Ovation Adamas

Used during his 1980 tour, Bob Marley’s Ovation Adamas guitar made an impact on his son, Julian, who still uses the same model of guitar today. While the newer models of Ovation Adamas still have the signature sound holes near the top of the guitar’s body, the inside of these beauties have been changed to create a lighter body. Click below to watch Bob Marley play “Redemption Song” on his infamous acoustic in Dortmund, Germany.

Washburn 22 Series Hawk

Of the seven guitars Bob Marley is said to have owned, it’s nearly impossible to find a picture of the singer playing his Washburn 22 series Hawk. Given as a gift from Bob Marley to his former guitar tech, Gary Clausen, the guitar was shrouded in secrecy since leaving its original owner’s hands. Said to be in the possession of the Jamaican government, it’s still considered one of the most valuable guitars in the world at $1 to 2 million dollars.

Gibson Les Paul Special

Perhaps the most well known of all Bob Marley’s guitars, the Les Paul Special holds a special significance for fans who saw him perform live with it. Customizing it with some of his own retro-fitting, Bob took off a few pieces of the guitar’s hardware and filled in some holes with wooden dowels. When Gibson recreated the classic guitar in 2002, they followed Bob’s handmade specs when building the limited edition run of 200 instruments. In the live performance of “Satisfy My Soul” below, Marley uses his classic Gibson and shows off its signature fat sound.

House of Marley Approved: Kinfolk Magazine

Kinfolk4The concept of #LiveMarley is all about living life to the fullest, while being responsible for the environment and community around you. Kinfolk, a magazine based in Portland, also embraces this concept of free and easy living with a conscious mind. With stark photography, interesting essays and epic how-tos, Kinfolk depicts life as it was meant to be — simple. Head to the Kinfolk Online Pass now and check out the incredible magazine that editor Nathan Williams and his team have created.

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Tyson Chandler Slam Dunks With The House of Marley

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Tyson Chandler doesn’t fit the stereotypical mold of a professional athlete. As a seasoned NBA veteran, now approaching his 13th year in the league, Chandler’s outlook has always been proof that a positive attitude shines over a negative one. With that being said, we’re proud to announce that Tyson will now be representing the House of Marley as a member of Team Marley.

Being a part of Team Marley is a lifestyle. It means that not only are you the best at your game, but that you also have an interest in supporting the world that surrounds you. Through his numerous charity initiatives and volunteer man hours, Tyson has always demonstrated compassion for others, both on and off the basketball court.

We recently had an opportunity to sit down with Tyson and pick his brain about everything ranging from his start in basketball to his favorite on-ear headphones. Get the lowdown on Tyson’s views on style, role models and the #LiveMarley movement below and find out what this NBA champion does to give back to the community.

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Who or what inspired you to pursue basketball professionally?

I would say my surroundings. Growing up in the area I grew up in… I grew up in a lot of rough neighborhoods. Basketball was a way to get out for me.

Now that you’ve made it to the NBA and have won a championship and an Olympic medal, what inspires you to keep pushing?

My family. My family and the drive to be the best.

Are there certain people in your life who have served as role models for the way you live?

Yeah. For sure. Outside of my sport, my grandfather. He definitely showed me what a true work ethic is and how to be professional and how to take my professionalism seriously. I would say that he has been the biggest role model throughout my career.

What about in terms of basketball players? Who has influenced your career?

Bill Russell, Scottie Pippen, Charles Oakley. Those are a couple of guys that have inspired me.

What made you want to work with the House of Marley over other Audio/Lifestyle brands that you could have represented?

I love the passion behind the House of Marley and what they are trying to create and do. The quality, what they stand for… I love the creativity. Obviously, Bob Marley and what he stood for and how he creative he was. It just has inspired us all so much. I just wanted to be a part of it.

What’s your favorite House of Marley product? What about the House of Marley style were you drawn to?

The wooden headphones. When I was first introduced to the products, I loved the creativity with the wood. It was something that I had never seen before or seen anywhere else. It’s not only an audio system or a product, it’s also a fashion statement and art piece. That is one of the things that really drew me to it.

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How do you #LiveMarley? What does #LiveMarley mean to you?

I #LiveMarley because whatever situation I’m in, whether it be the team I’m on or the various charities I’m involved in, I try to make the situation better than I found it. To me, that’s what Marley is all about. It’s about coming into a situation, putting your stamp on it and making it better than you found it.

How important is philanthropy, helping those less fortunate and giving back?

It’s very important. That should be the circle of life. You have to evolve as a person. I didn’t come from a great area and I definitely wasn’t privileged. It’s very important to me to give back to children who are less privileged because I was once in that situation. I want to inspire them and show them that they don’t have to stay in their current situation. They can get out of it and become anything they want to. I think it’s important for everyone to do that. It not only helps who you are aiming to help, but it also helps you within. It can also help you get a grip on reality.

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What charities are you currently working with?

I work with UNICEF and that’s the biggest thing that I’m into right now. I went over to Africa last summer and really saw a lot of what they are doing and what they are trying to accomplish. That’s really my driving force right now.

How important is family to you?

My family is me. It’s what I live for everyday. I have three little ones and I’m molding them to be young women and a young man in society. I want to do the best I can. It’s the same as I said before… Put your stamp on something and leave it better than you found it. I’m molding them to do the same so that they can put their own stamp on the world and leave it better than they found it.

Bonus: Aside from being an all around nice guy and charitable person, Tyson Chandler can straight up play basketball. Check out some crazy jams, putbacks and alley-oops from his past few seasons with the New York Knicks.

 

House of Marley Hits The Big Screen With Making of Legend Remixed

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Imagine having the chance to remix a Bob Marley song. Pulling Aston Barrett’s bass sounds from the original track, adding spacey echo to Bob’s vocal tracks and putting your own stamp on a classic song. It’d be a dream, right? That’s exactly what a group of musicians set out to do with the Legend Remixed album, and now an accompanying documentary is set for release this week.

Entitled Making of Legend Remixed, the film follows the creative process of musicians and producers (ranging from reggae to rock to EDM), trying their hand at remixing Marley tracks. The goal? Reimagining the greatest hits album, Legend, and creating a new spin on a timeless sound. Chosen by Ziggy Marley, producer Jason Bentley oversaw the project which features Stephen Marley, Pretty Lights, Thievery Corporation, Jason Bentley, Lee “Scratch” Perry and more.

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The Making of Legend Remixed makes its debut this week at the legendary El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, August 7, and the premiere is going to be crazy.  With DJ sets coming from Photek and Beats Antique (both were contributors to Legend Remixed), expect tons of stars walking the red carpet and lots of love for the music of Bob Marley.

Can’t make it to Los Angeles? No worries. The film will be making its online debut on August 7, when the Making of Legend Remixed is broadcast live on the Tuff Gong TV YouTube channel. Tune in and you’ll be able to check out in-depth, behind-the-scenes footage of the creative process that went into the Legend Remixed album. Catch rare glimpses of studio life and what it’s like to turn a reggae classic into a electronic masterpiece.

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Skate Legend Karl Watson Joins Team Marley

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How do you explain Karl Watson’s skate style in one word? Butter. Whether on a ledge, rail, Hubba, manny pad, hill or regular old curb, Karl is as smooth as possible on four wheels. His effortless command is something rarely seen. That’s why we’re extremely excited to welcome Karl as the newest member of Team Marley.0440000

Growing up in the skateboarding mecca of San Francisco, everything in Karl’s skate life came organically. Living amongst legendary spots like Embarcadero and Pier 7, he learned from some of the best and pushed his skills forward with a natural ability. “I’ve been skating for 25 years and being an ambassador of House of Marley is an honor to me,” Karl says of joining Team Marley.

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In addition to his skateboarding evolution, Karl has parlayed his positive vibes into doing charity work with his organization, Karl’s Kauses. “Karl’s Kauses and OneLove mesh well as we both strive to give back to our communities,” Karl states. Working together with other skaters, Karl’s Kauses strives to bring skateboarding to kids around the world.

In 2003, Karl took a life changing trip to Bob Marley’s home country. “I visited Jamaica with a group of 25 skaters in hopes of introducing skateboarding to the youth of the island,” Karl says of his experience. “We assembled and gave away 200 complete skateboards. We also built two ramps in some of the roughest villages in Jamaica.”

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Karl’s love for Bob Marley started at a young age and says “[Bob's] positive message helped me become the person I am today.” Yet, it was his trip to Jamaica further cemented the influence of Bob on his life. “While I was there I became even more inspired by Bob Marley’s legacy. I saw many murals of him and everybody had the utmost respect for the legend.”

Between his sick style, charity work and overall positive attitude, Karl Watson truly embodies what it means to be a member of Team Marley. We’re extremely excited to have him on board and look forward to seeing him skate for many years to come.

Bonus: Karl’s creative flow is something to be seen and not read about. Check out these tight clips below of Karl showing off his neighborhood and talking about his skating past, present and future.

House of Marley Approved: Stereo Remix Vinyl Cruiser

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Summer means it’s time to bomb hills and get wild in the streets. Stereo Skateboards brand new Remix Vinyl Cruiser offers the best option for shredding in style as owners Jason Lee and Chris Pastras have built the perfect old school skateboard. Dubbed “banana boards” in a prior life, the new Remix model has a wider nose and longer tail for easier control.

House of Marley Teams With Tilly’s For A Pinterest Giveaway

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By teaming together with Tilly’s, we are offering you the chance to win an awesome package via our killer Pinterest giveaway. One lucky Pinterest follower will win their favorite House of Marley Lively Up bag packed with five additional House of Marley products from Tilly’s! All you have to do is… Pack It. Pin It. Win It.

The contest is simple, even if you have never been on Pinterest before. Start by signing up or logging in to your current Pinterest account. Head to our Pinterest page and the Tilly’s page, then click the “Follow All” button on both pages. In order to win the sick prizes, you have to be following each account.

Now the fun starts! Head back to your own Pinterest account and create a new board titled “House of Marley x Tilly’s.” Pick your favorite Lively Up Bag from our contest board and pin it to your brand new “House of Marley x Tilley’s” board. When pining to your own board, be sure to include the #houseofmarley and #tillys to each and every photo. The last step of the giveaway is selecting your five favorite House of Marley products from the Tilly’s board titled “House of Marley x Tilly’s” and pining them to your board of the same name.

Lock in your favorite products on your board and you could possibly be selected as the grand prize winner of the House of Marley and Tilly’s giveaway. You will receive the Lively Up Bag that you chose and have it stuffed full of the five products that you pined to your “House of Marley x Tilly’s” board. Don’t delay and start pining today as the contest ends on August 30, 2013 at 11:59 EST. This contest is open to US residents only.