Coffee House PSA

A brief memo to any coffee house still playing the “Garden State” soundtrack on loop: Quit it. Please. You and your kind have been playing that album for over a year now. Yes, Yahoo/Burbank coffee house, I’m talking to you.

Thing is, it isn’t a bad album. I own a copy of it, and I enjoy listening to it from time to time, but whenever I hear it in a coffee house it makes me want to break people’s arms.

So get some new music. How about The Stones? Everybody likes The Stones. Play some Joan Baez if you want to stink of coffee house. I don’t really care, just so long as you give Garden State a rest. (And don’t you dare put Bob Marley’s “Legend” on, because I know that’s what you’re thinking….)

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4 responses to “Coffee House PSA”

  1. Jill
    December 1, 2005 at 2:18 pm |

    Heh, at least they’re not playing the “So I Married an Axe Murderer” soundtrack. Good recordings, but still got old after a while. I always think of the line about The Shins when that movie is mentioned, it was so funny.

    By the way, I dislike the Stones. You can call blasphemy if you want, Mick Jagger sings flat, and I have perfect pitch. Nuff said.

    I will reiterate: Only Monk is allowed to go flat in my book.

    On the other hand, Joan Baez would be good. Just as long as they don’t segue into Joni Mitchell too much. Smoothers Brothers or Tom Leher would be better though. Coffee house material? Maybe. Eh, screw it. Just throw on some Chopin and be done with it.

  2. cp
    December 1, 2005 at 2:25 pm |

    Yeah, there are actually only four or five Stones songs that I like. Or know, for that matter. I need to check my sources more carefully when I write these things ;)

    I’d spend far more time in coffee houses if they played Monk, btw.

  3. Jill
    December 1, 2005 at 2:54 pm |

    I’d spend more time in them if they played Monk too. wistful sigh

  4. heidi
    December 1, 2005 at 9:39 pm |

    They ought to take some tips from the cafeteria up north. During my several hour sojourn there in anticipation of the meetings I had (one of the two of which got cancelled), I had the chance to groove to some strange celtic / clogger music that I think had something to do with Christmas, but I’m not sure.

    For a while there, I was feeling like I was hanging with my dad’s hippie friends again. And since many of them have spent a lot of time in silicon valley, I probably wasn’t too far off…

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