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Filipino Malls Are Hipper than Brooklyn Bodegas

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We all know their cover bands are awesome, but, until I took a recent trip, I had no idea Filipinos fell so hard for esoteric Brooklyn indie acts. This picture captures stacks of CDs by home-borough faves Crystal Stilts and the Pains of Being Pure At Heart as featured prominently at a chain store in the center of a Manila Mall. After the jump, the Filipino equivalents of Ra Ra Riot and Weezer (both recommended by an amused employee) add even more unexpected awesome.