1. This Thomas Demand Character is pretty slick. He's like Tim Roth in Pulp Fiction. Cool yet enigmatic. You want to get to know him, but are afraid that he'd not like you. I like his piece reconstructing the set of a German TV show, but that's really only the tip of the iceberg.
2. I bought this Sony mic called a "ecm-ms907" and it rules. The live sound of it must be hard to beat in it's price range. ($95.00).
3. North Carolina BBQ is surely the perfect foodstuff. See, It's different that your normal catsup based BBQ sauce. It's made with a vinegar-based sauce which makes it tangy and spicy. It's primarily sold in the upper piedmont region of NC, and it's a sure bet you can find some of it in the Raleigh/Durham area. But if you find yourself in Atlanta GA. you go to Dusty's BBQ, by Emory, and savor the deliciousness.
4. Errorsmith came out with a brilliant abstraction of house music last year, and now he's back with a collaboration with Soundhack with their new release: " Tribute" under the updated moniker of "Smith and Hack". Grab it now and be "in the know".
5. Funny how one of the best bands in America are all immigrants. Blonde Redhead started as a sort of Sonic Youth outcropping, but they've really come into their own. Although you should be wary of their mid-career stuff produced by Guy Picciotto of Fugazi- which is unfocused.
6. AC Fucking DC!
7. Let's all give it up for Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. He's a true American iconoclast, hand carving many of the most unusual cars to ever be shown in a car show. Sure, he alienated just about everyone who ever worked with him, even some of his own children, but he was and is a true genius.
8. Speaking of true geniuses, Chris Ware has the full reprint of his "Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth" series; published as a nice, big, shinny book. His ongoing comic book The ACME Novelty Library is just about one of the very best things created in the whole wide world. It's right up they're with puppies and crisp fall leaves. Maybe even as good as The Beatles, well, maybe.
9. Some say that vinyl records have a better, more human sound than the cold sound of CD's. But CD's do indeed sound better, no noise attached. But vinyl is far cooler to look at and play and have bigger covers.
10. The 1968 film "5 Million Years To Earth" AKA "Quatermass and the Pit" (http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/8504/qatp.htm) is so awesome that you really just need to see it to believe it. Some construction workers accidentally find a black space ship buried in the mud under London as they build a new stretch of "Tube". Super-national forces quickly start to take hold, and before you know we find out that Martians originally colonized the earth and conducted medical/psychological tests on ancient humans. Watch out for the insect invasion flashbacks!