Daily Archives: January 8, 2009

New Music: Ezra Furman & The Harpoons

Well, they’re not too new, only new to me, they’ve been around for a couple years now. But I just heard them.

Their song Take Off Your Sunglasses was the song of the day KEXP’s Podcast yesterday.

Something about the song just stood out to me, a good combination of lyrics, vocals and interesting sounds all blended together.

They’ve got some music on their myspace page you can stream. They did a Daytrotter Session not too long ago. And they’ve been on NPR’s World Cafe show not once, but twice.

Here’s their official website.

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My First Ever White Christmas

Photo by Kinsee Morlan

As close as I came to a Snowman. Photo by Kinsee Morlan

I spent my first ever white Christmas in Bayfield, CO with my fiance and future family-in-law.

It snowed quite a bit before we got there, and kept snowing for almost two days straight after we arrived. Even though it was about 25F outside most of the time, it didn’t feel like what I expected that to feel like. It was cold but I thought it would feel colder.

We spent some time in downtown Durango, which has a nice main street that reminds me a lot of Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz. I also got my first taste of one of the many Durango craft breweries, we had lunch at Carver Brewing Co. Quite fine beers indeed. I got to meet a ton of Kinsee’s old high school friends and spend time with her family.

I also acted like a small child playing in the snow much of the weekend. I think I had only seen snow fall once before this. I shoveled the driveway quite a bit (I’m told the novelty wears off soon), made a snow angel, went sleding and tobaganing and even made a face print in the snow (that was cold!).

I really wanted to build a snowman and have a snowball fight, but the snow was far too powdery and soft, it crumbled in your hand as you tried to ball it up, it was nothing like the icey hard snow I’ve played in before.

Kinsee shot some video of my playing in the snow, I’ll post some of that soon.