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Acoustic Coffee House: Volume 1

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When I was in college, and for a good many years after, I was a serious coffee house dweller. I studied, ate, listened to music, and made life-long friendships at a number of caffeine-pushing establishments.

There is just something about a coffee house that is close to heaven for me. Intelligent crowds, great conversation and of course, the wonderful smells don't hurt either.

Coffee houses have a reputation for supporting the arts, music included, and many songwriters got their start here. Cafés tend to be small, so a songwriter can sit on a stool with an acoustic guitar, or behind a piano and perform with very little, or no amplification. Add this to the fact that the coffee house demographic tends to love music, and you have a fine performance option for the songwriter.

I'll take a coffee house over a bar any day of the week.

This playlist was inspired by all the time I've spent in cafés. I've selected each song based on a few criteria.They had to be acoustic-based, sparsely produced and wonderful.

The end result is an extra-long playlist that's goes perfectly with a cup of Joe and some good friends.

The Playlist:

1. Heartbeats - Jose Gonzalez

2. Naked As We Came - Iron & Wine

3. Eli, The Barrowboy - The Decemberists

4. Girl In The War - Josh Ritter 

5. New Slang - The Shins

6. I Will Follow You Into The Dark - Death Cab For Cutie

7. Winter - Joshua Radin

8. Ain't No Reason - Brett Dennen 

9. Shelter - Ray Lamontagne

10. Sail Away - David Gray

11. Nothing's Lost - Patrick Park

12. Two Different Things - Caitlin Cary 

13. The Wind That Blew My Heart Away - Fruit Bats

14. Sky Blue Sky - Wilco

15. Sunday Noises - Califone

16. Dancing Virginia - Jump, Little Children 

17. John Wayne Gacy, Jr. - Sufjan Stevens

18. I Fought In A War - Belle & Sebastian

19. Toxic Girl - Kings Of Convenience 

20. Whisper - Imaad Wasif

21. Orange Sky - Alexi Murdoch 

22. Eskimo - Damien Rice

23. Hi-Fi - M. Ward

24. Christmas Sweater - Brenda Weiler

25. This Is That New Song - Badly Drawn Boy 

26. 2:45 AM - Elliott Smith

27. All Mixed Up - Red House Painters

28. Death's Black Train Is Coming - Gob Iron

29. Home - Engineers 

30. Your Rocky Spine - Great Lake Swimmers

31. Star Witness - Neko Case

32. The Greatest - Cat Power

33. Up To My Neck In You - Mark Kozelek

34. Somewhere A Star Shines For Everyone - The Innocence Mission 

35. Silja Line - The Rosebuds

36. Born - Over The Rhine 

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