Thanks for reviving this thread, my friend.
Music: Just recently I purchased some Rihanna tracks (I know, I know. They were for my wife! No, really!) and NIA by Blackalicious (hip-hop without the gangsta sh*t).
Books: ONE FOR SORROW by Christopher Barzak and THE QUIET GIRL by Peter Hoeg (in which the protagonist hears in musical keys and is a Bach aficionado. An extraordinary thriller.)