i have made a few good purchases recently...

on the music side of things we have:
  • elbow - cast of thousands
  • franz ferdinand
  • air - talkie walkie
  • snow patrol - final straw

    and for reading material:
  • professional ibm websphere 5.0 - application server
  • java 2 core language - little black book

    all are worth a look if you are into good music or programming respectively but i would especially recommend franz ferdinand and the little black book.