Are you following the House of Marley on Facebook and Instagram? If you aren’t, stop reading this blog right now and do it! We’ll wait…
Alright, now that you’re following the House of Marley, you will notice that every week one Instagram user is selected as the House of Marley Featured Fan. How is one bestowed with this honor?
Becoming a Featured Fan is as simple as can be. Nab your phone and flip the camera on to show us how you live #LiveMarley. Whether you’re in the library with a pair of in-ear headphones, rocking out in your bedroom with some over-ear headphones, or at the beach for a day of surf with a portable audio system, all you have to do is capture yourself while you #LiveMarley. The more creative, the better! Ingenuity is a plus. Once you’ve got the pic, prepare it for posting and be sure to tag @houseofmarley and #LiveMarley into your caption.
Broadcast to our network of House of Marley faithful via Instagram and Facebook, your picture will be admired by many for seven days. Just get creative and make sure to tag @houseofmarley and #LiveMarley in order to be eligible for the House of Marley Featured Fan contest. Show us how you #LiveMarley!
Traveling alone can be one of the most fun and introspective experiences in a person’s life. But it’s essential to have a proper soundtrack. No matter if you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, jamming this list of best travel songs through your House of Marley on-ear headphones will only enhance your experience.
5 Of The Best Travel Songs
The Kinks – “This Time Tomorrow”
From the roar of the jet to the frenetic banjo solo in the waning seconds of the song, Ray Davies and The Kinks perfectly capture the frantic, but amazing feeling of traveling in “This Time Tomorrow.”
Paul Simon – “Graceland”
Despite writing “Graceland” during his own travels to South Africa, Paul Simon reflects on the American south in one of the best travel songs ever written. Perfect for taking in the sights, no matter where you are traveling to, “Graceland” has a vibe that crosses continents.
Scotty – “Draw Your Breaks”
Reggae hero Scotty’ single “Draw Your Brakes” maybe one of the most underrated tracks on our list of the best travels songs, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a classic. This epic cut has a groove that propels itself like a train cutting through the landscape.
M.I.A. – “Paper Planes”
With all the talk of visas and train stops in the lyrics of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes,” along with the driving beat and unstoppable hook, it’s no wonder we picked this one for our list of the best travel songs.
Iggy Pop – “The Passenger”
A new wave classic from proto-punk Iggy Pop, “The Passenger” tells the tale of a nighttime car ride. With 40+ years of touring under his belt, its no wonder the punk rock legend has a knack for writing the best travel songs.
Pack up you Marley Lively Up bags, grab your favorite pair of on-ear headphones and load up this collection of the best travel songs before taking to the highways and byways.
While the stars of the rock ‘n’ roll world shined brightly at the 2012 Right to Rock gala, an event celebrating the ten year anniversary of Little Kids Rock, it was the children who shined the brightest. The event, sponsored by the House of Marley and 1Love, saw children from schools benefited by Little Kids Rock playing in front of a packed Manhattan Center Ballroom, and rocking the house like pros.
Many fans in attendance knew how attendees Elvis Costello, Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and Little Steven Van Zandt could swing an axe, but the smaller performers displayed a musical prowess beyond their years. Proving why musical education is so important for children, the extremely gracious audience was in awe, contributing over $800,000 through live and silent auctions to Little Kids Rock.
Photo by Mark Jaworski
Adding to the night’s festivities, Little Steven was given the Big Man Award, in honor of his tireless work with the Little Kids Rock charity. Named in tribute to his deceased E Street Band-mate Clarence “The Big Man” Clemons, both men have been huge contributors to the Little Kids Rock cause, donating their time, money and musical knowledge. “The kids still love playing music and we still love hearing it,” Van Zandt exclaimed. “The music can’t stop and we won’t let it.”
Photo by Mark Jaworski
The House of Marley, 1Love and event co-chairs Maureen Van Zandt and E Street Band Drummer Max Weinberg brought together a group of Little Steven’s favorite musicians to close out the night with an all-star jam. Ranging from ‘60s artists like Darlene Love and Dion to younger acts like Jesse Malin, the eclectic mix of musicians lit up the stage before Little Steven’s boss Bruce Springsteen hit the stage to team with his old friend on a few songs.
Photo by Mark Jaworski
With $800,000 in donations, we’re are extremely pleased to see so many people offering their time and hard earned money to benefit musical education in schools. Little Kids Rock has already brought music to more than 85,000 students, and with this large sum of money from the gracious donators at the Right to Rock gala, so many more kids will continue to get the music education they deserve.
Fans of tweets and tunes: listen up! The House of Marley is partnering with singer-songwriter Ben Taylor for a brand new Twitter contest.
Ben Taylor is currently on tour in support of his latest disc, Listening, and the House of Marley is offering you a chance to win signed copies of his album and tons of other free swag! Here’s all you have to know to get in on this Twitter contest:
-Follow both @houseofmarley and @bentaylorHQ on Twitter
-Tweet the following at both accounts: “I want #MarleyMusic from @houseofmarley & @bentaylorHQ”
-Note: Valid entries must include the hashtag #MarleyMusic
-Contest ends Friday, October 26.
We will select a series of random users to win CDs, signed booklets and other awesome merch. Check out the tour dates to see when Ben Taylor will be in your neck of the woods:
10/19/12 Decatur, GA Eddie’s Attic
10/20/12 Charlotte, NC Evening Muse
10/21/12 Morgantown, WV Creative Arts Center
10/23/12 Wilmington, NC The Soapbox
10/24/12 Carrboro, NC The ArtsCenter
10/25/12 Columbia, SC Tin Roof
10/26/12 Greenville, SC The Handlebar
Don’t delay! Tweet at Ben Taylor and the House of Marley today for a chance to win our latest Twitter contest. And while you’re at it, check out this clip of Taylor performing the title track to his latest album, Listening.
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.
A day at the beach, capped off by a night spent around the fire with good music and great friends is a great way to cap off a day. With nighttime fun around the fire on our brains, we’ve created a list of the best sing along songs for you and your friends to jam on your Bag of Rhythmportable audio system. Download the tunes, get some firewood, warm up that angelic singing voice and prepare yourself for a night full of the best sing along songs.
Bob Marley – “No Woman No Cry”
Our list starts off with our namesake’s classic “No Woman No Cry.” Let your voices ring out with your portable audio system providing the backing track and remind everyone that “Everything’s gonna be alright.”
Harry Belafonte – “Day O (Banana Boat Song)”
Before Lil Wayne sampled this song for “6 Foot 7 Foot,” “Day O (Banana Boat Song)” was made popular by the “King of Calypso” Harry Belafonte. Yet, the song’s roots come from a traditional Jamaican folk song, one that will sound great echoing out of the Bag of Rhythm portable audio system.
Sublime – “Santeria”
“Santeria” may be the newest entry into our playlist of the best sing along songs, but it captured the reggae feel that appeals to Marley fans and established Sublime as the one of heirs to the reggae-rock throne. The late Bradley Nowell inflected this song with his trademark humor and made it the perfect song for both good and bad times.
Jimmy Cliff – “The Harder They Come”
Bob Marley’s fellow countryman Jimmy Cliff is well known for his role in the film The Harder They Come. The singer’s mammoth hit of the same name propelled Cliff to stardom and has since become one of the most memorable reggae songs to ever be written. One of the best sing along songs for any occasion.
Otis Redding – “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”
Wind down the night with one of the best sing along songs from the late, great Otis Redding. Released after his death in a plane crash in 1967, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” has memorable lyrics that are perfect for group singing and wastin’ time with the ones you love.
So you don’t have a skating mixtape? Here, the House of Marley has compiled a playlist of five of the best songs to skate to, whether you’re bombing a hill or just picking up a deck for the first time.
No matter what your style, experience level, or age, sometimes music is just as big an element to skating as the deck and wheels themselves. Download our list of the best songs to skate to, throw in some of your favorites and get out on your own four wheels.
Bob Marley – “Punky Reggae Party”
In “Punky Reggae Party,” the first track on our list of the best songs to skate to, the House of Marley’s namesake sings about how music brought together punks and Rastas. Similarly, skateboarding has always connected kids of different backgrounds and inspired them to push the limits with one another. Oh, and it’s also awesome to just cruise too.
Agent Orange – “Bloodstains”
The dark and brooding “Bloodstains” is a blast of California hardcore punk from the ‘80s that screams “Skate or Die!” Perfect for skating a city, if you have this song blaring on your House of Marley over-the-ears headphones you will be 1000% guaranteed to push faster, skate harder and take all your bails with a huge smile on your face.
Lupe Fiasco – “Kick, Push”
It’s a surprise that no one has used Lupe Fiasco’s “Kick, Push” as the soundtrack to their epic tech skate video segment. Perfect for a skater with the right flow, “Kick, Push” is the ultimate jam for a skater with tons bench/ledge tricks and a bunch of killer manual variations.
Jimi Hendrix – “Ezy Ryder”
Choosing the Hendrix classic “Ezy Ryder” as one of the best songs to skate to comes courtesy of one of the most stylish skate crews ever, the Dogtown and Z-Boys. Providing the background music for a revolution, “Ezy Rider” was one of the tracks that pushed Tony Alva, Jay Adams and Stacy Peralta to make skating a beautiful piece of artwork.
Misfits – “Skulls”
The Misfits Crimson Skull logo is just as synonymous with skating as any skate company logo. “Skulls,” from the band’s debut Walk Among Us, speaks to the enduring qualities that make any Misfits song instantly skatable; it’s fast, it’s short, and it’s brutal.
With music education waning in the public school system, the House of Marley and 1Love.org have teamed up with Little Kids Rock to bring the instruments back to music classrooms. In celebration of a musical icon who has been working toward the same goal, the House of Marley, 1Love and Little Kids Rock will be presenting Steven Van Zandt with the “Big Man of the Year Award” at this year’s Right to Rock Celebration on October 16.
Past honorees of the Little Kids Rock “Big Man of the Year Award” include Lady Gaga and Steven Van Zandt’s fellow E Street Band member, Clarence Clemmons, who the award was named after following his untimely passing in 2011.
As for this year’s award winner, “Little” Steven Van Zandt has been an avid philanthropist, radio show host and Bruce Springsteen’s right-hand man in the E Street Band for four decades now. His involvement with Little Kids Rock has helped the charity bring free music lessons and instruments to over 100,000 school children from all over the United States.
In addition to honoring Little Steven, the event will also function as a live and silent auction with proceeds going to Little Kids Rock. Offering up incredible collectible items including a custom guitar featuring Bob Marley painted by Mister Cartoon, a guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band, a keyboard signed by Lady Gaga, and so much more. The House of Marley, 1Love and Little Kids Rock are hoping to pull some big funds in to help further develop the public school system’s take on music education.
Taking place at the Manhattan Center’s Grand Ballroom on October 16, the House of Marley and 1Love.org sponsored Right to Rock Celebration will also include a rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza featuring Van Zandt’s accomplished music friends. Performers including Elvis Costello, Tom Morello, Dion, Darlene Love and many members of the E Street Band will take to the stage to salute Van Zandt and Little Kids Rock commitment to sharing the power of music with children around the world.
Whether you can or can’t attend the Right to Rock Celebration in person, join the House of Marley and Little Kids Rock in the fight to put music back into our schools. Helping can be as simple as monetary donations, offering up your time or even giving up used music equipment. If you’re in New York on October 16, check out the Right to Rock Celebration and join the House of Marley in honoring one of the most active members of the music education movement: Steven Van Zandt.
Some people are just born with a certain destiny in life. For ten-year-old surfing champion wunderkind, Zander Venezia, it’s already clear that riding waves is what he was born to do.
Raised in Barbados, Zander Venezia is already a veteran in the surf world despite his small stature and young age. Surfing waves with the big boys since the age of four, Venezia has quickly risen through the amateur ranks to achieve some of the highest honors possible. Among them, consecutive national championships and the Barbados Surfing Association’s Surfer of the Year award.
As a new recruit to Team Marley, we’re pleased to see that Zander has continued his winning ways with our infinity logo on his board. The pint-sized surfing champion went wild in this past weekends Barbados Surfing Association U12 division competition at the world famous Soup Bowl spot in Bathsheba. A long time favorite surf spot for Venezia, the young surfer showed up his fellow surfers by scoring two points higher than the next closest competitor.
With his next event, The Independence Pro, on the horizon, Team Marley’s young surfing champion will be headed back to the Soup Bowl for another set of waves on November 30. Until then, you’ll probably be able to find Venezia hanging out in the waves, catching some concrete surf on his beloved skateboard and listening to some tunes on his eco-friendly headphones from the House of Marley.
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!