Hipster Café Music

In an ideal world we could produce our best work at any time and in any setting. Alas, instead of living in such a world, we occupy a universe in which productivity is contingent on a number of factors, the most prominent of which might well be location. Whereas some people do their best work at home or in the office, we happen to be most productive in a setting that could best be described as the hipster café.

“What makes a hipster café,” you ask? There are a couple ways to answer this question. The first, if we may borrow Justice Potter Stewart’s phrasing, is that you know it when you see it. But that description isn’t very helpful. Instead, allow us to offer a definition: a hipster café is a local establishment that offers caffeinated beverages in a pleasant environment while playing music that doesn’t drive you to reach for your headphones. (TL;DR “Not Starbucks”)

For those of us who do our best work in hipster cafés, days without a visit to these caffeinated temples can be particularly frustrating. Today is one of those days; it’s snowy, a number of establishments are closed, and there is work to be done. We therefore present a partial solution: “Hipster Café Music” to tide you over until your nearest haunt reopens.

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