Sprudge.com’s Official Coffee Shop Music Blacklist

By 19 October 2010

As a courtesy to coffee shops everywhere (and as a follow-up to our 8 Barista No-Nos), the editors at Sprudge.com are proposing the following industry-wide music blacklist for cafes, banning the following from airing over the speakers during business hours. These artists/albums aren’t necessarily bad. They’ve just been completely bastardized and overplayed and if we go to another cafe and the following is playing, so help us God…

  • Portishead
  • The Shins
  • The Amelie Soundtrack
  • Any Wes Anderson Soundtrack
  • Coldplay
  • Radiohead’s “Kid A”
  • Any Modest Mouse record after “The Moon and Antarctica”
  • The Mountain Goats
  • MGMT
  • Iron and Wine
  • The Decemberists
  • The Arcade Fire
  • Aimee Mann/Neko Case
  • Any Ani DiFranco record released after 1998
  • Johnny Cash
  • Bob Marley “Legend”
  • Death Cab For Cutie
  • Jack Johnson/Jason Mraz/David Gray
  • Buena Vista Social Club

Have we missed anything? Leave a comment below. Thank-you.

A quick side-note: now that cold weather is upon us (unless you’re Aussie), we recommend bumping as much music as possible from or inspired by the nation of Trinidad to heat things up indoors. For starters, try the Smithsonian Folkways compilation of early Mighty Sparrow recordings, “First Flight”, or Van Dyke Parks’ 1972 Calypso masterpiece “Discover America”.

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