5-The Gorillaz ‘Dare’ Video – Damon Albarn may just want to hang out in the spotlight a little longer in his post-Blur incarnation with the Gorillaz, but I don’t care. “Dare” is an awesome jam, as is all of Demon Days, and the video has a weirdly erotic animated character named “Noodle” dancing in it. Throw in some 360-degree camera turns, sparkling lights and Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder’s giant head and I’m sold.

Sarah Royce
(Courtesy of Dane Cook)

4-‘One Way, It’s Every Way’ – This CD has been on repeat for a while at my place. Released last month, it’s 10 tracks of experimental post-rock bliss. Clue to Kalo is sexy, poppy electronica that’s great for relaxing, thinking and writing for me.

3-‘Killing Yourself to Live’ – I’m not finished with this book yet, but I can’t put it down. The senior writer at Spin magazine drives across the country touring famous rock star death sites in his follow-up to the fantastic Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, and waxes poetic about rock in general along the way. Klosterman can be irritating, pompous and irrational, but he’s always entertaining.

2-Dane Cook -He’s everywhere, and no matter how reluctant you are to laugh at him, you should. He’s hysterical live, and I can’t get enough of him. I’m glad he’s finally getting some real recognition. From “I CAN’T HEAR YOU BK BROILER!” to “I will punch every bee in the face …” he’s consistently hysterical.

1-Vanity Fair Music Issue – The sixth annual music issue of a magazine that’s usually about fashion, culture and politics, the November 2005 Vanity Fair is textbook thick. It has a huge feature on hip hop with photos by Mark Seliger, the top-25 road trip albums and more. Music, celebrities and good writing? Gimme.

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