#1- Blood's A Rover by James Ellroy.
Here's a clip of book designer rockstar Chip Kidd extolling the virtues of James Ellroy and vice-versa. (With thanks to Doug for the link)
#2- The Spirit of Apollo by N.A.S.A
Here's a beautiful animated clip of the track Spacious Thoughts featuring the epic team-up of Tom Waits AND Kool Keith!