The Record Collective: Jason Lehning

November 21st, 2014

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Welcome to The Record Collective. Our passion and love for music is what makes Ful unique. The specific and intentional relationship we have with artists gives us an opportunity to share insight into writing songs, the creation of an album and life on the road.

Jason Lehning is a producer, musician, composer, mixer and engineer based in Nashville, TN. He has contributed work to over 350 albums and has collaborated with a stunning list of artists including George Jones, Mat Kearney, Guster and Alison Krauss. Jason shares his unique musical perspective, what inspires him to create and some of his favorite projects for our latest edition of The Record Collective.

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JASON: Every artist has a unique set of strengths and weaknesses. My challenge is to figure out which version of myself is going to most compliment them. I try to create environments that invite the best in people, shine a unique light on the artist’s vision, then get out of the way and let it happen.

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JASON: Thad Cockrell “To Be Loved”, all of The Silver Seas albums, Viktor Krauss – “II”, anything I’ve done with Bill Frisell and soon-to-be-released albums for Good Old War and Kelleigh Bannen.

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JASON: Like Ken Watanabe says at the end of The Last Samurai… “They are all perfect.”

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JASON: Architects, designers and film directors for sure. Tom Kundig, Louis Kahn, Charles & Ray Eames, Philippe Starck, Quentin Tarantino, Mel Brooks. My favorite book of the last few years is “Man With A Blue Scarf”, by Martin Gayford about the painter Lucian Freud. I like it because it’s more about artistic discipline than art.

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JASON: My wife. She doesn’t speak ‘musician’ so I get a great (sometimes brutal!) first opinion in different terms.

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JASON: It’s constantly changing, but I’ve probably listened to The Pixies “Doolittle” more than any other album.

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JASON: Word of mouth and there’s a weekly newsletter called New Releases Now that I like.

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JASON: 12 notes and endless possibilities! The amazing people I collaborate with are always teaching me. The learning never ends.

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JASON: Arctic Monkeys – AM, Tweedy – Sukierae, Daniel Lanois – Flesh And Machine, Dungen – Ta Det Lugnt, Moon Taxi – Mountains Beaches Cities, Radiohead – TKOL RMX 1234567

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Jason is carry the Strummer tablet messenger from our sister-brand, Red Label.

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# P L A Y L I S T W E D N E S D A Y

November 19th, 2014

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Ful presents a brand new edition of #PLAYLISTWEDNESDAY. Music inspires our brand in every avenue, from the creation of product to designing innovative carry solutions. Each week, we collaborate to share what music, artists and songs have motivated our work. This week, we have loved Oh Land’s new album ‘Earth Sick’. Plus tracks from Tune-Yards, Wild Belle, Cults and more. Not to mention, a Spice Girls cover of ‘Say You’ll Be There’ by MO. Listen and share below.

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What’s your favorite track from this week’s playlist? Share with us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag, “#PLAYLISTWEDNESDAY”. Follow us on Spotify to have access to all of our playlists. If you missed last week’s playlist, you can listen HERE.

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Carry On: Double Time

November 17th, 2014

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With all the traveling the Holidays require, we designed a travel companion unlike any other. Checkout the Ful Double Time, a 2-in-1 upright, rolling luggage with detachable backpack. The Double Time is perfect for taking it all or just what you need this Holiday travel season.

DOUBLE TIME: 2-in-1 luggage with detachable backpack, backpack docking zipper for easy attachment, skate wheels, spacious interior compartment, retractable carry handles, front internal zipper pocket, signature padded back handle

The Double Time is now available on Ful.com in black, red and grey.

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The Record Collective: Mayday Parade

November 14th, 2014

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Welcome to The Record Collective. Our passion and love for music is what makes Ful unique. The specific and intentional relationship we have with artists gives us an opportunity to share insight into writing songs, the creation of an album and life on the road.

After releasing their 2007 debut album, Mayday Parade has been on a whirlwind ride of tours, creation and chart toppers. The Tallahassee, Florida based band is a marriage between classic punk and their unique, trademark sound. Ful connected with the guys of Mayday Parade to learn about the creation of their fourth studio album, ‘Monsters In The Closet’, life on a tour bus and what inspires them to make music.

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MAYDAY PARADE: Most of our songs are based on real experience whether it’s relationships or things that just happen with family or friends or life in general.

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MAYDAY PARADE: Our first single “Ghost” was the song that stood out to all of us. That song was the spark that helped make that record happen.

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MAYDAY PARADE: We came about from two bands that were trying to make it out of the Tallahassee, FL music scene. Both bands ended up practicing out of the same warehouse and after a few conversations decided to try forming a new band. We wrote for a week and that confirmed everything.

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MAYDAY PARADE: We’re huge fans of many different styles of music from Queen, Led Zepplin, Guns N Roses, Green Day, Foo Fighters and Taking Back Sunday.

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MAYDAY PARADE: We all rely on each other. That’s what makes it so great. We all realize we’re only as good as the guy next to us. We all work together to make the best songs possible.

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MAYDAY PARADE: Right now it’s Jimmy Eat World or You Me At Six

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MAYDAY PARADE: We find new music from word of mouth and the internet. We hardly find anything from listening to the radio or watching TV.

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MAYDAY PARADE: Music, itself, is just so moving regardless of the genre. Each person/band is different and that helps to create so many different varieties or sounds.

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MAYDAY PARADE: We listen to Jimmy Eat World’s song “Kill” a bunch. Even Arianna Grande’s “Bang Bang” has been a banger on our bus during parties. haha!

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MAYDAY PARADE: We’re currently touring across the USA and Canada until the middle of November then we start writing/creating a new record next year.

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The band is carrying (left to right): Jeremy – Free Fall’n Laptop Backpack, Derek – Payload backpack, Brooks – Beale Street Laptop Backpack, Jake – Canine Crib, Alex – Tennman Laptop Backpack.

Follow Mayday Parade on Facebook and Twitter for updates on tours, music and more.

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# P L A Y L I S T W E D N E S D A Y

November 12th, 2014

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Once again, we’ve combined our favorite tracks from the past week to create a killer edition of #PLAYLISTWEDNESDAY for you to enjoy! We cannot get enough of these classic tracks from artists like Two Door Cinema Club, Lykki Li and Cold War Kids. However, we appreciate the artists who are ushering in a new wave of music, like Royksopp and Haim.

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What’s your favorite track from this week’s playlist? Share with us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag, “#PLAYLISTWEDNESDAY”! If you missed last week’s playlist, you can listen HERE.

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Carry On: Shutter Bugger

November 10th, 2014

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The perfect accessory for the holiday season is the Shutter Bugger small camera case. This case’s small, compact body corresponds with protecting many point and shoot cameras. The Shutter Bugger’s single main camera pocket also allows for battery or memory card storage. Plus, the belt attachment and wrist strap keep your camera close for capturing special moments.

SHUTTER BUGGER: Small camera pouch, single main compartment with a) interior elastic slip pocket and b) battery retaining strap, belt loop attachment, wrist strap, metal resin logo

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The Record Collective: Emily Hearn

November 7th, 2014

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Welcome to The Record Collective. Our passion and love for music is what makes Ful unique. The specific and intentional relationship we have with artists gives us an opportunity to share insight into writing songs, the creation of an album and life on the road.

As a singer-songwriter based in Georgia, Emily Hearn has been one of Ful’s long time pals. Emily first sat down with us in 2013 and now with the release of an EP, plus an upcoming album we had to touch base with her again.

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EMILY: I’ve recorded a new album (to be released soon!) and I’ve been touring a lot. We use our FUL bags on every trip.

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EMILY: Promises was inspired by falling in love and getting married. It’s a lot about relationships and love. Some of it is about me, while some of it is inspired by other people and relationships I’ve observed.

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EMILY: Found A Heart. It’s the song that’s specifically about my wedding. It set the tone for the whole album.

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EMILY: That’s tough! Every album process is different, but for Promises I went a little bit radio silent–didn’t read, watch movies, or listen to much music. I wanted a clean slate and fresh perspective.

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EMILY: My husband Michael is fantastic at helping me figure out what I want in a song. I cherish his feedback so much that for this brand new upcoming album we wrote a lot of the songs together.

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EMILY: Depends on the mood and the season but right now my favorite artist is probably Ray LaMontagne

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EMILY: I play Pandora or iTunes Radio while I run, and that helps me find new stuff. But also I discover great musicians who are a friend-of-a-friend all the time. I love that the most.

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EMILY: I love that I can write a new album every year and each one can have a different feeling. I look back at old albums and can see that I change with my music–each new album is a snapshot of who I am and how I’m feeling. So it’s fun to look back at all of my albums and see a clear path to where I am today. Even if the genres and sounds vary a bit, it’s still very “me”.

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EMILY: I’m very into feel-good jazz right now. A bunch of old Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. Their duet albums are my life right now.

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EMILY: Check out emilyhearn.com and you’ll find a tour schedule that I’m constantly updating. There’s a 3 week tour coming up in November, so check the website to see where you can come see a show!

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# P L A Y L I S T W E D N E S D A Y

November 5th, 2014

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Let Ful cure your midweek blues with songs full of fun and funky beats, beautiful rhythms and smooth melodies. This week’s #PLAYLISTWEDNESDAY is well packed to fit your daily music demands. Ful’s love for music is deeply rooted and our goal each week is to share songs we find creative, inspiring and unique. This edition of #PLAYLISTWEDNESDAY does just that featuring tracks from Lucius, Terraplane Sun and Party Supplies. Listen and share below!

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Find Us. Follow Us.

November 3rd, 2014

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Have you followed Ful on Facebook, Twitter and Spotify yet? Our social networks are the perfect way to shop Ful bags, connect with what inspires our brand and listen to music filling our offices.

Ful invites you to connect with our conversations. What are you looking for in your next backpack? What makes your commute difficult and how could your Ful gear make it easier? We want to know. Share with us on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag, “#CarryOn”.

Take some time and listen to good music. If it’s becoming difficult to find inspiration for a new playlist or you cannot seem to locate the right artist for your mood, follow us on Spotify to connect with all of our playlists and what artist and tracks we’re currently obsessing over.

You can find Ful on Facebook, Twitter and Spotify.

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Getaway: A Travel Series

October 31st, 2014

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Ful presents a unique view on autumn travel with the ‘GetAway’ series. Join us as we explore this new season and discover Ful’s creative design for both urban and rustic tours.

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The 30” Drop Bottom Duffel was crafted with durability and functionality in mind. Created to carry everything you may need while traveling far from home, the DBD is innovatively designed to provide you with hassle free travel gear.

Start small by packing your toiletries in one of the side pockets. These pouches are large enough to hold plenty of personal items without taking space away from the main compartment. The Drop Bottom Duffel’s roomy main compartment is perfect for packing your warmest fall clothes. Finally, the bottom compartment is the perfect place to store boots and shoes while traveling.

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