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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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.

 

The Greatest Bob Marley Live Concert Moments

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Imagine it. You’re going to see Bob Marley live in concert. The electricity flows through the crowd. There is a hushed silence and then… BOOM! Aston Barrett’s bass hits you in the face as the Wailers engulf you in sound. Bob appears and commands the stage for two hours with a special aura that will never be matched.

If you never saw Bob Marley live in concert, you missed out. Thanks to bootlegs, there are hundreds of rare recordings that capture the intense performances of the Wailers. Strap on a pair of our in-ear headphones, on-ear headphones or over-ear headphones and check out this list of the greatest Bob Marley live concert moments. From massive arenas to intimate club shows, there is magic in these recordings rarely seen anywhere else in music history.

Smile Jamaica Concert, Kingston, Jamaica, 1976

Two days after gunmen attempted to assassinate him, Bob Marley trudged on to play one of his biggest concerts ever. Opening up with an intense medley of “War,” “No More Trouble” and “Get Up Stand Up,” National Heroes Park erupted into one mass of dancing bodies.

Live in London, England, 1977

On four consecutive nights in 1977, Bob Marley and the Wailers played the Rainbow Theatre and recorded one of the greatest live albums ever, Live! At the Rainbow. Unlike most live records, this album launched three monster singles and stayed in the charts for over a year.

One Love Peace Concert, Kingston, Jamaica, 1978

Jamaica was at a dividing point and only one man could put it back together. Bob Marley returned from his self-imposed exile for the One Love Peace Concert and united Jamaica’s two opposing political parties. He followed this up with one of his most soul stirring performances ever.

Live in Santa Barbara, California, 1979

Just after the release of Survival, The Wailers embarked on a major US tour, but the highlight was a show at the beautiful Santa Barbara Bowl. Built right into the side of a large hill, the venue had a mystic vibe and it fed into the electric feel of Marley’s set. Stocked with hits like “Positive Vibration,” “I Shot The Sheriff” and “Get Up, Stand Up,” this concert is a thing of beauty.

Live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1980

Before passing in 1981, Bob Marley’s live concert experience reached its apex at his final show in Pennsylvania. Three encores, a fully stacked set list and a stunning near seven minute version of “Get Up Stand Up” made Marley’s final show unlike anything else ever seen in music history.

Five Classic Reggae Artists That Influenced Snoop Lion

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While he may be better known as Snoop Dogg, the artist now called Snoop Lion has flipped the reggae world upside down with his new album, Reincarnated. Finding inspiration in classic reggae artists like Bob Marley, Gregory Isaacs and Jimmy Cliff, Snoop has paired with producer Diplo to define his own take on the genre.

Reggae has had a strong influence on modern music since its rise from the streets of Kingston decades ago. From classic artists like The Clash and The Rolling Stones to newer pop stars like Bruno Mars and Rihanna, the music has maintained a hold on all kinds of artists. We’ve brought together some of the classic reggae artists that acted as inspiration for the Snoop Lion album. Check ‘em out below!

Bob Marley and The Wailers “Duppy Conqueror”

Aside from inspiring the name of our earbuds, the Conqueror in-ear headphones, Bob Marley’s classic reggae song features an uplifting take on living freely. Marley wrote “The bars could not hold me / Force could not control me / They tried to keep me down / But Jah put I around.”   

Gregory Isaacs “Night Nurse”

The influence of the signature synthesizer sound on Gregory Isaacs’ “Night Nurse” is particularly apparent in Diplo’s production work for Reincarnated. As an early example of mixing electronic music and live instrumentation, “Night Nurse” set a precedent for the entire Snoop Lion project.

The Abyssians “Satta Massagana”

With “Satta Massagana,” The Abyssians went beyond creating a pop hit and wrote a classic hymnal. Widely sang during Rastafarian services in Jamaica, the song shows a connection between religion and reggae, which has been an inspiration for generations of artists.

Jimmy Cliff “You Can Get It If You Really Want”

In learning more about Jamaican culture, listeners will discover the uplifting spirit behind most reggae songs. While many artists have sung about making their lives better, no one has done it better than Jimmy Cliff.

Prince Far I “Survival”

Before producing Reincarnated, Diplo became known for making mix tapes featuring classic reggae artists. From his compilation for VP Records titled Riddimentary: Diplo Selects Greensleeves, the world-famous producer selected Prince Far I’s classic “Survival” as his grand finale track.

Exploring With a Backpack Survival Kit

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The world is our playground — It’s time to explore it. Create your own backpack survival kit and take the path less traveled.

Carabiner Water Bottle
Unlike your house, nature’s water isn’t filtered. In fact, it can be straight up nasty. You never know when you’ll be around clean water again. Pack a carabiner water bottle and purification tablets to make your supply last.

Headphones
Keep your pack light by using small items that are worth more than their weight. Our in-ear headphones will keep you moving with musical inspiration, but won’t make for a heavy load.

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Lighter
It wouldn’t be called a backpack survival kit if it had a bunch of things you didn’t need inside. Buy a lighter. You’re going to use it.

Compass
At some point in any journey, you will get lost. No matter how gnarly a mountain or forest is, the old school technology of a compass always works.

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Notebook
Feeling inspired? Having a notebook with you to record your thoughts, sketches and directions is essential to any journey. If you carve it into tree, your never going to see it again.

Lively Up Bags
Perfect for any hike, nature walk or urban exploring trip, our Earth-friendly bags are necessary for any new adventure. With roomy pockets, straps to hang water bottles from and a padded laptop sleeve, it’s meant for making a backpack survival kit.

To do is to live. Explore, scavenge and create new expeditions for yourself. After all, no one else is going to live your life for you.

Photography: Carl Zoch