I've said it before and I'll say it again, Maktub is my favorite band. Their fan-funded and independent recording model is unique and refreshing in today's world of packaged music.
I took pictures of them as they rehearsed for and played in last year's NYE show in Seattle. You can check em' out on their Web site.
Also, Reggie Watts was just awarded the Esquire Magazine 2008 Genius award.
To really get blown away, check out his freestyle music and comedy performance here.