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New Music Monday: Free Sampler from ATO Records

This week on New Music Monday we are excited to offer up a free sampler from ATO Records. ATO is one of the most eclectic independent record...
labels in the world today and features an outstanding and diverse roster which includes several of this year’s breakthrough artists. The...
compilation will appeal to fans of many...

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Living

Talking Shop with Six & Sons Founder Alexander Six

We love an awesome concept store, but we especially love happening upon one while on a European mini break. Strolling the streets of Amsterdam...
early one Sunday morning in March, we came across Six & Sons, which quickly became the find of the trip. The two-storey store houses a coffee...
house upstairs and all kinds...

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Fashion & Style

Brooklyn Boutique: Wolves Within

If we had a nickel for every time we have suggested to a retailer that it have an e-commerce presence we would be a wealthy website! Today having...
not just a website but a sales site is a must for a brick and mortar. Men around the country (and world!) are buzzing about new brands...

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Living

Tubecore’s Duo warms up your digital media with the glow of vacuum tubes

Here’s a little nugget of knowledge professional  musicians, recording engineers and audiofiles have known for decades: When it comes to...
amazing sound, nothing beats tubes. Sure, modern technology has lead to amazing advancements in digital amplification, but nothing sounds...
smoother and richer than tube-based audio gear. Now, a brand-new company out of Maryland is marrying...

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Living

Brew an Awesome Cup of Coffee With the Canadiano

We’re big fans of interesting coffee makers here at The Manual, and we’ve found a...
new one that is pretty cool. It’s called the Canadiano. What makes this coffee...
maker so special? The Canadiano is a locally manufactured coffee maker that is...
crafted from wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. All manufacturing is...
done...

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Food & Drink

Eat This: Zingerman’s Bacon of the Month Club

If The Manual post on Theresa Gilliam and E. Jane Armstrong ‘s book Bacon 24/7 is...
any indication, you guys love your bacon, and who wouldn’t? It’s crispy, greasy,...
and so delicious. Now if you want to mix it up a little, there’s a subscription...
service that’s just for you. Zingerman’s has a Bacon of...

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Living

Know Your Knife: A Guide to Good Steel

There is no tool as versatile, handy, and long lasting as a well-made knife. The only...
problem, however, is that telling a good knife from a bad one can be nearly...
impossible if you weren’t raised by a blacksmith. The biggest factor is the...
quality of the steel, and since steel is an alloy that’s...

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Fashion & Style

Soak Up The Sun (With Your Q&Q Watch)

It’s almost that time – everyone’s favorite holiday. Earth Day...
(April 22nd you guys – jeeze) - and we know the perfect way to celebrate- by...
purchasing a watch. Q&Q (Quest for Quality) SmileSolar watches are an insane...
collection of waterproof watches in rubber or canvas – that are maintenance...
free – and get this, battery-free. Yup,...

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Fashion & Style

Kavu Clothing Straight from the Woods of Washington State

Kavu is a Seattle-based company that places comfort and durability at the forefront...
without forgetting that you want to look good too.

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Living

First Drive: 2015 McLaren 650S

Standing in the courtyard of the hotel in Málaga, Spain, leaning against the fastest...
car I’ve ever driven, I glance over at my co-pilot. Slightly out of breath, he...
looks hypnotized by the orange supercar sitting before us. His eyes slowly wander...
from the car and onto my face. “Was I really going 275 kilometers...

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