Killer Headphones for Skateboarding

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When searching for the perfect in-ear headphones for skateboarding, look no further than the House of Marley. Skateboarding is all about fluid motion. No matter the ground you’re covering, whether it’s the street, the park, the vert ramp or just the backyard, any headphones for skateboarding should not restrict your ability to do tricks.

The House of Marley’s Zion and Redemption Song in-ear headphones allow for this while also making sure that the ear piece remains firmly in place, allowing you to concentrate on landing that trick.

Just like a pair of skate shoes or the bushings in your trucks, when headphones for skateboarding are created, designers attempt to make them as cushy and comfortable as possible. The House of Marley has taken extra care to outfit in-ear headphones like People Get Ready, Conqueror, Midnight Ravers and Smile Jamaica, with supremely comfortable earbuds that will conform to your ear. Slamming on the ground may hurt, but your ears won’t after wearing our earbuds.

While headphones for skateboarding are all about mobility comfort, Marley earbuds pack the musical punch necessary for motivation. With killer bass from our custom engineered acoustics system and coil drivers pumping out smooth sounds, Marley headphones are capable of projecting the perfect skateboard soundtrack.

While headphones for skateboarding may never be directly responsible for helping you land a kickflip, wearing a pair of Marley earbuds will give you the added style and inspiration points every time. Even when you’re just pushing down the street.

Jam These Bob Marley Covers On Our New “Get Up Stand Up” Home Audio System

When deciding what to name the new House of Marley home audio system, which is now available to fans in select countries, we had a relatively short list of song candidates. “Get Up Stand Up” quickly topped that list. Written by Bob Marley and his Wailer bandmate Peter Tosh, “Get Up Stand Up” is known as one of Marley’s signature songs and appeared on the 1973 record, Burnin’. The cultural relevance of the song runs deep and has persevered as one of the most popular Bob Marley covers by new artists.

From hip-hop and reggae to classic rockers and major pop stars, it’s no surprise that Bob Marley covers show up in all shapes and sizes. Often utilized as a mantra for protest, “Get Up Stand Up” has been proclaimed in songs by Guru, Common and Public Enemy. In the classic mid-90s hip-hop track, “Jayou,” Jurassic 5 don’t exactly perform a traditional Bob Marley cover, but rather sample the melody via a recurring woodwind loop.

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Elsewhere, there are more traditional Bob Marley covers of “Get Up Stand Up” throughout the past four decades. The Rolling Stones, who formed as an R&B band, later took a reggae turn in the late ‘70s when Marley’s popularity soared. On their Bigger Bang tour in 2005, The Stones paid homage to their hero with a spot-on cover of “Get Up Stand Up.” The recent queen of Bob Marley covers, Rihanna, has also chalked up a new version of the 1973 classic on a recent mixtape.

Listening to “Get Up Stand Up” isn’t just like listening to any other song. It’s an experience. The Marley sound will have you up and out of your seat and when pumped through the House of Marley’s Get Up Stand Up home audio system, it will have you ready for a revolution. Check out these Bob Marley covers we’ve collected below on your brand new Get Up Stand Up and prepare for a funky reggae party.

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Catch a Wave at the 2012 Florida Surfing Championships

It may almost be time for tricks and treats, but that won’t stop surfers from hitting the biggest waves that Jacksonville Beach, Florida has to offer. Sponsored by the House of Marley, the 2012 Florida Surfing Championships will offer eye candy of the surf variety to anyone who comes to check out the gnarliest surfers the world has to offer.

From October 4-7, the Florida Surfing Championships will feature both amateur and professional contests with big cash prizes totaling up to $30,000. The big event, the Goal-Zero Pro, will pit 64 competitors against each other and leave one winner with $10,000. Additionally, there will be unique surfing exhibitions including a Special Olympics surf demonstration, the Wounded Warrior Project and kids surfing events, so that there is a chance for everyone to experience Florida surfing.

The 2012 Florida Surfing Championships is more than just a beach blast for surfers, as the contest has a reputation for its laid-back vibe and feel-good event schedule. Need to learn about going green? There will be a wide array of unique environmental organizations on hand extolling the virtues of sustainable products like House of Marley eco-friendly headphones. The Florida surfing contest will even be holding a juried art show that focuses on green art that both promotes and benefits our planet’s ecosystem at the same time.

For fans of the House of Marley’s eco-friendly headphones and our namesake Bob Marley, the reggae legend’s backing band The Wailers will be apart of the live music event going on at the Florida Surfing Championships.

If you’re in Northern Florida during the first week of October, come meet up with the House of Marley at the Florida Surfing Championships, snap a pic of the Marley VW bus and check out our eco-friendly headphones. We’ll be soaking up the sun, the surf, the art and, of course, The Wailers as we revel in all that this awesome surfing competition has to offer. See you in Jacksonville Beach!

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What Does Eco-Friendly Mean to the House of Marley?

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At House of Marley, we aim to create highly stylized headphones with impeccable sound, and great fashion appeal, but the underlying focus has always been on creating a product that is sustainable and eco-friendly. But just what does eco-friendly mean? Created with both the safety of the planet and the consumer in mind, the House of Marley is excited about creating new green products.

Our idea to create headphones that answered the question, “What does eco-friendly mean?” goes back to incorporating the philosophies of our namesake, Bob Marley. The legendary artist was a consummate advocate for Mother Nature, who wrote songs extolling her many virtues as well as protest lyrics aimed at her detractors. With this in mind, the House of Marley looked to cut down on waste by using recycled material to create our products. While some products stamp their product as being “green” without considering what it really means, our brand uses everything from recycled hemp, cotton, plastic water bottles, metal and FSC Certified wood to create our unique products.

By using this recycled material, the House of Marley cuts down on the energy it takes to produce our eco-friendly headphones, eco-friendly bags, and portable audio systems. Instead of creating new pieces from scratch, we focus on using plastic bottles and metal refuse to turn out a new shiny product that hardly seemed possible given the prior state of the materials used. In addition, by using hemp to create fabric, the House of Marley is capable of yielding more fiber than with traditional cotton, and there are no pesticides used to control the crop.

When considering the question “What does eco-friendly mean?” many consumers previously assumed these items were only meant to serve for function and not for fashion. Yet, with the creation of new textiles like REWIND, the material used to create the House of Marley’s eco-friendly bags, there are a new breed of eco-friendly products that have changed the outlook of many on the versatility of green technology. Taking into account the looks of a product, its functionality and its reusability factor, the House of Marley is focused on well-designed products that can help, not hurt, the Earth.

In his song “Small Axe,” Bob Marley compares himself to as a hand axe that is used to cut down those that rule in a tyrannical fashion, metaphorically referring to them as “the big tree.” Using this comparison, Marley shows that those who band together to take down a big problem can truly triumph in the end. The House of Marley is committed to working to end the problems that plague Mother Nature’s eco-system. The first step is asking yourself “What does eco-friendly mean to me and how can I make a difference?”

How Do Noise-Canceling Headphones Work?

While the House of Marley Destiny TTR over-ear headphones cut out a lot of noise naturally because of their unique design, they are also outfitted with state-of-the-art noise canceling technology. Unlike traditional headphones that only have a sound source speaker, the Destiny headphones use active noise control, or ANC, technology to cut out the noises in the environment surrounding you. Through this battery-powered mechanism, your music experience will be undisturbed while listening on House of Marley Destiny over-ear headphones.

But just what is ANC technology and how do noise-cancelling headphones work? While the frequency of the music travels from your listening device to your headphones, there is another anti noise frequency that meets up with it, duplicates its frequency and flips it 180 degrees. The driver of your House of Marley Destiny over-ear headphones takes this frequency and pumps it through the aluminum enclosures surrounding your ears, enveloping you in the sounds of Bob Marley’s Trenchtown rock.

With further exploration into the world of headphones, one will find that there are both noise-cancelling headphones and noise-isolating headphones. How do noise-canceling headphones work differently from noise isolating headphones? House of Marley earbuds, like the Zion, Redemption Song, Conqueror, People Get Ready, Midnight Ravers and Smile Jamaica in-ear headphones create a seal when placed in your ear that conform to its shape. Without the more advanced technology found in the Destiny over-ear headphones, the House of Marley in-ear headphones are capable of partially blocking out some of the sounds from the outside world.

For the ultimate noise-canceling headphone experience, the House of Marley Destiny over-ear headphones will not only kick out the jams with proper authority, but also make the noises from the outside world fade away. Do yourself a favor by taking the time to become one with the music, experience the #LiveMarley lifestyle and listen to music the way it was intended to be listened to.

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Nice Time: Cedella Marley Interview

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Since there’s only a week left in the Nice Time Contest, the House of Marley wanted to take a moment to get better acquainted with the talented woman affectionately known as Nice Time: Cedella Marley.

As Bob Marley’s second child, Cedella was given the nickname “Nice Time” by her legendary father, who subsequently wrote a song about her with the same title. Today, Cedella is CEO of Tuff Gong International, a renowned fashion designer (you may have seen her wares on the Jamaican Olympic team this summer), children’s author, musician, and proud member of the Marley family.

Check out our interview with Cedella Marley and get to know Nice Time for yourself.

What does Marley mean in 2012?

This was a very special year with the debut of the documentary. We are all very proud to be able to share our dad with the world. As a family, we have some great projects on the horizon, so the remainder of the year will be a good one.

The Marley legacy is so far-reaching. Where are some of the most memorable places you’ve experienced it?

I am constantly amazed at the reach and impact my father’s music has made around the globe. His music is timeless. It’s universal to all ages, all walks of life.

Do you have any favorite lyrics of your father’s?

They all hold a special place in my daily life. Right now I am feeling the lyrics of “Positive Vibration” as I always like to stay focused on moving forward and staying positive.

How old were you when your father started calling you “Nice Time”? Which came first, the nickname or the song?

He had been calling me Nice Team since birth. I’m pretty sure the name came first, then the song.

When did you realize you wanted to be a fashion designer?

I have always loved fashion. Both my mother and father have made a huge impact on my work as a designer. To me and to many other people in the world, their style is iconic.

Where did you draw inspiration from when designing for the Jamaican Olympic team?

For the Olympic collection, I drew inspiration from the colors and vibes of Jamaica, vintage military cuts and, of course, Grace Jones. I felt that the fits worked well with the physics of the athletes, and the colors clearly represented our country and our ability to heat up the track.

Regarding your series of children’s books, how did you decide you wanted to bring your father’s message to this generation of youth?

That’s the beauty of my father’s message: it works for all ages. I am a mother of three, and I see how a positive message can impact their lives and their interactions with others. His positivity has been felt around the world, by all ages for decades. This was his greatest gift.

Visit the House of Marley’s Facebook page for a chance to win Stir It Up on-ear headphones signed by Cedella Marley

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Get Up Stand Up With The New House of Marley iPod Sound System

The House of Marley has become synonymous with creating eco-friendly headphones and we are now adding a new Marley iPod sound system to our family of products. The new House of Marley speakers, dubbed the Get Up Stand Up, packs the most powerful punch of any iPod sound system around, while still being built with sustainable materials.

Crafted with FSC certified Birch wood, the Get Up Stand Up portable audio system comes in a rich walnut color and is also emblazoned with our own infinity logo. Meant to be the centerpiece of any room, this iPod sound system has an effortless style that takes inspiration from the home sound systems of the 1970s.

“We thought back to how people used to admire the large floor speakers back in the 1970s and ‘80s and how those speakers were design elements in the home. Our Get Up Stand Up system delivers exceptional audio quality in a strikingly beautiful design, while staying true to our values and commitment to the planet,” Rohan Marley said of the new House of Marley speakers system.

Outfitted with our “Signature Sound” technology, these House of Marley speakers deliver booming bass and timely treble via twin 1” tweeters, twin 4.5” high-definition woofers and a powerful amplifier. While most speaker systems created today are the product of big box manufacturing, each House of Marley iPod sound system undergoes custom tuning to ensure that your Get Up Stand Up is just right for playing the sounds of Trenchtown Rock.

Now available in the United States, Canada and Australia, the Get Up Stand Up iPod sound system is a sign of what is to come from House of Marley. Stay tuned for the expansion of the House of Marley audio line with more earth friendly technology and a new line of lifestyle products, including our Lively Up bag line, watches and other accessories. In the meantime, let the Get Up Stand Up guide you into the new season with ease and prepare to #LiveMarley this fall.

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Nice Time Contest: Win a Pair of Headphones Signed by Cedella Marley

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Can you imagine getting your nickname from Bob Marley? Or having a song written for you by the reggae legend? For just about all of us, these are honors we’ve never known, but for Marley’s daughter Cedella, these are just a couple tributes paid to her by her iconic father. The nickname (and subsequent song), “Nice Time” was bestowed upon Cedella by her dad, and now she wants to hear your version of the song she holds so dear.

To enter the Nice Time Contest, visit the House of Marley Facebook page and click the contest WIN tab, and upload your own video cover of Bob Marley’s “Nice Time.” Contest ends Friday, September 21 at 5pm, est. Cedella Marley will choose her favorite and announce the winner on Monday, September 24 on her Facebook page. The winner will receive House of Marley Stir It Up on-ear headphones signed by Cedella and their video will be featured on the House of Marley blog, ANiceTime.com, and Tuff Gong Television. The winner will also be considered for the Featured Cover Friday song on the official Bob Marley Facebook page!

Benny Benassi Releases Official Bob Marley Remix

The birth of house music in the late 1980s was based on the idea of pushing music into a new direction that reflected the future instead of the past. Despite the forward thinking sound, the genre’s DJs still held the records of yesteryear in high regard including the work of House of Marley namesake Bob Marley. Hundreds upon hundred of DJs have taken the time to create their own unofficial Bob Marley remix, but few have ever been tasked with creating one with the Marley family’s blessing.

Italian-born Benny Benassi is just one of many DJs inspired by reggae and he is now on the verge of releasing the first official Bob Marley remix in over 10 years. On September 3, Island Records, Marley’s old label, will release Benny Benassi’s remix of one of the reggae icon’s most popular songs, “Jammin.” Set to a tinny high hat backbeat, Benassi uses the reverb-soaked vocals of “Jammin” and accents it with piano that goes from reggae to house in a matter of seconds.

When the beat drops through a pair of House of Marley in-ear headphones, on-ear headphones or over-ear headphones, you’re instantly transported to a New York nightclub by way of Kingston, Jamaica. Despite the fact “Jammin” was originally released nearly 40 years ago, Benassi brings the song into the 21st century by throwing down an impressive dub set breakdown at the peak of the song’s chorus. This new Bob Marley remix will make you say, “Skrillex who?”

Check out the new Benny Benassi Bob Marley remix below.


The House of Marley Heads Back to School

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After the long and winding road that was summer on the 2012 Van’s Warped Tour, the House of Marley is already back behind the wheel of the Marley VW bus and showing off our in-ear headphones, on-ear headphones and over-ear headphones. Braving the powerful winds and rain of Hurricane Issac, the House of Marley bus will be zigzagging all over the eastern seaboard throughout September with sunshine and music in hand.

Having already hit up George Mason University and University of Virginia, the House of Marley campus tour will next stop at West Virginia University and Virginia Tech later this week to welcome students back to school in proper style. It might be a bummer that all the summer fun is coming to an end, but the House of Marley is bringing a reminder that fun is never far away when our in-ear headphones, on-ear headphones or over-ear headphones are nearby.

Moving out of Virginia in the second week of the campus tour, the House of Marley bus will continue onto North Carolina, South Carolina, labama and Florida, until reaching its final destination of Central Florida University on September 28. Look out for the House of Marley team in your town. Let us know how you #LiveMarley and you never know what kind of soul satisfying swag may come your way.

Check out the House of Marley on your campus!

8/30 – West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)
8/31 – Virginia Tech University (Blacksburg, VA)
9/4 – Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC)
9/5 – Duke University (Durham, NC)
9/6 – North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)
9/11 – University of North Carolina-Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
9/12 – Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
9/13 – Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, GA)
9/19 – University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)
9/20 – Auburn University (Auburn, GA)
9/21 – South Florida University (Tampa, FL)
9/28 – Central Florida University (Orlando, FL)