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For Your Consideration — February 21, 2013 

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You can’t neglect cheap, mass-produced disposables for all of your life. So don’t deny yourself the pleasure of laughing at the ridiculous products you see lining the shelves of your local Dollar Store, such as off-brand, deformed Peeps, and find something you didn’t know you needed while you’re at it. This place was the cornucopia of crap we loved as kids; unexpectedly, it still is. I’d pick up some Mexican Guadalupe Veladoras (religious candles) or cheap and easy party favors. Personally, I wouldn’t trust their Dollar Store Brand pregnancy or drug tests, and neither should you. Oh, yeah, did I mention everything is still a dollar?


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The lead singer of King Krule, Archy Marshall (formerly Zoo Kid), is a sweater-wearing, ginger Brit, who you would expect to have a voice like a young Weasley sibling. But when he opens his mouth, the voice of a smooth, chain-smoking, cockney cabbie comes out. Marshall has grown from bedroom mixtapes to releasing his most recent single, “Rock Bottom/Octopus,” which can be likened to that of old Morrissey with a new-wave twist. He recently released two videos to match, in which he champions grungy voyeurism, a nice pairing to his very dark and colloquial lyrics. He layers his vocals with twangy guitar lines and deep bass — for an overall raw, yet addicting, musical effect. 


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To counteract your ethical woes, here’s an option to consume something made in the Northwest. Make it Good hand-sews their delicates and leggings in Portland, Ore. If you opt-in to their Underwear of the Month Club (sold in 3-, 6-, and 12-month increments) you’ll have a nice, fresh pair of undies waiting for you on your doorstep periodically, all made with reclaimed cotton/Lycra blends, and printed using the most eco-friendly inks available. With fun prints for both ladies and gents like a glow in the dark solar system, you won’t regret skipping the Cheese of the Month Club this year. 

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