Books to Check Out

A few Simonds-oriented books have come out in the last year.  Check them out:

Graceland Cemetery: A Design History just came out which covers O.C. Simonds role in the landscape design of the cemetery.  Sadly I have never been to this cemetary (keep having it on my list when I visit Chicago), and have not read the book yet.

Graceland Cemetery: A Design History

Mountain by Sandy Hill is a great (and huge) coffee table photo book that just came out all about mountains and the history of mountain climbing. Sandy Hill is a famous climber who also barely escaped death on Everest in 1996 captured in the book Into Thin Air.  I was approached more than a year ago to include a photo in the book.  Great to see it finaly come out.

Mountain: Portraits of High Places

Low-Key Genius is a biography of the work of O.C. Simonds by Barbara Geiger which came out in May, 2011.

Low-Key Genius: The Life and Work of Landscape-Gardener O.C. Simonds


Tunefest 2011

<updated w/Gus and Brian’s entries>

We had an annual tunefest up at the DeWeirdt cabin this holiday break.  It had been too long since we had gathered. Present were Brian, Mark, Gus, Tom and myself.  I thought it worthwhile to document the songs played that evening.

Here is my list:

  • Rush – Hope
  • Dick Dale & His Del-Tones – Miserlou
  • They Might Be Giants – Cloisonné
  • Raphael  Saadiq – Day Dreams
  • Paul Simon – Rewrite
  • The Rolling Stones – Loving Cup (with Jack White)
  • Cage the Elephant – Back Against The Wall
  • System of a Down – Radio/Video
  • Tenacious D – Classico
  • Ennio Morricone – L’Estasi Dell’Oro
  • Ennio Morricone – Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo
  • California Guitar Trio – Ghost Riders In The Storm
  • tUnE-yArDs – Gangsta
  • Glen Hansard – Say It to Me Now
  • Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke
  • Sir Mix A Lot – Seattle Ain’t Bullshittin’
  • Dread Zeppelin – Going to California
  • Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Possess Your Heart

Artists I had cued up but never had the time to get to (so sad)

Beck,The Smashing Pumpkins, Black Joe Lewis, Young the Giant, Mark Knopfler, Cake, Otis Taylor, Steve Miller Band, Steve Howe, Roxy Music, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Ben Harper, Robert Plant

Brian’s List:

  • Jake Shimabukuro – The star spangled banner
  • Flight of the bumblebee – The Frank and Joe Show
  • The Frank and Joe Show – Sweet Rhythm
  • Hayes Carll – She left me for Jesus
  • Martin Harley  – Chocolate Jesus
  • Tim O’brien – Hoss Race
  • John Butler Trio – Used to get high
  • Dennis Caplinger  – Eruption
  • Hayseed Dixie  – Fat Bottomed girls
  • Gillian Welch – Elvis Presley Blues
  • Government Mule – Broke down on the brazos
  • Anders Osborne  – Ohio
  • Those Poor Bastards  – Is this Hell

Gus’s List:

  • Airplane – over the sea
  • Presidents of the United States -Lump
  • Hayssses Cart- She Left Me For Jesus
  • Martin Herley – Chocolate Jesus
  • Tim Obrien -Hoss Race
  • Dawn Tyler Watson -Cold Shot
  • Jerry Garcia Pizza Tapes -Gimme Shelter
  • Neil Young Live 1971 -Old Man and The Damage Done
  • Chickenfoot – Dubai Blues
  • Ted Nugent- Great White Buffalo – Live
  • Califonia Chocolate Drops – Do em right
  • Steve Martin -Rare bird alert and Athiests have no songs.
  • The Who – God speaks to Marty Robbins