Jamie-James Medina, the Tourist’s Editor comments on his 2011 essentials, “Before photography, I wanted to be a magician. That never worked out, but I still love magic, so I was excited by The Jewish Museum’s Houdini: Art and Magic exhibition earlier this year. The best part of the show had to be seeing Raymond Pettibon’s sketches of Houdini up close. The inscription reads “With each fading breath he (Houdini) vomited up another skeleton key. You see his memory fading upon the page. A counted number of pulses only is given to us of a variegated, dramatic life. What you hoard you soon spit out.” I also loved Cory Arcangel's Pro Tools exhibition at the Whitney. The exhibition featured his piece Various Self Playing Bowling Games, which is a virtual bowling alley consisting of large-scale projections of bowling games from the late 1970s to the 2000s, hacked and rearranged to throw only gutter balls. If you’re not familiar with Arcangel, check out his brilliant blog that just reposts other people apologizing for not posting on their own blog. Noah Lyon continues to make some of the funnest zines with his Retard Riot series. Nathaniel Matthews is a designer and artist working within the DIY genre. When it comes to self-publishing, no one is putting out funnier, more irreverent zines than this guy. Check out his latest book HALEY JOEL OSMENT MAKES ME FEEL WEIRD, a creepy character study of the child actor throughout his career. If you love zines and culture, then you have to check out TOUCH AND GO: THE COMPLETE FANZINES BOXSET, which recreates the original issues in all their glory. On a more mainstream level, Terry Richardson put out 2 great books; his very personal MOM & DAD and his collaboration with Lady Gaga, Lady Gaga X Terry Richardson. I just got Annie Leibovitz's new book Pilgrimage for Christmas, which I’m already loving. Finally, I buy pretty much anything that Little Big Man put out. Julian Berman takes photos of what he knows - being young and having fun with his friends. It just so happens his best friends are all in ODD FUTURE and have the most fun ever. Shooting on film, you can check out his work here  and in ODD FUTURE's GoIf Wang book. 2011 was such an exciting year for music with 3 incredible debut album being released. First up we had Tyler, the Creator’s GOBLIN, introducing the entire ODD FUTURE movement. Coming with a different sound, but the same cutthroat energy were Cerebral Ballzy with their self-titled debut album. Over in Europe, Copenhagen’s Iceage delivered the brutal, but also kinda beautiful New Brigade. I also love the new Tom Waits record, Bad As Me, AA Bondy made his best record with Believers, Gil Scott-Heron’s collaboration with Jamie xx, We’re New Here, was timeless and completely forward-thinking and I’m not gonna front, I quite liked Drake’s Take Care. Trash Talk are the best live band in the world right now and if anyone says any different they’re lying…But if you don’t feel like dying then Justin Townes Earle is the only way to go.”

Jamie-James Medina, the Tourist’s Editor comments on his 2011 essentials, “Before photography, I wanted to be a magician. That never worked out, but I still love magic, so I was excited by The Jewish Museum’s Houdini: Art and Magic exhibition earlier this year. The best part of the show had to be seeing Raymond Pettibon’s sketches of Houdini up close. The inscription reads “With each fading breath he (Houdini) vomited up another skeleton key. You see his memory fading upon the page. A counted number of pulses only is given to us of a variegated, dramatic life. What you hoard you soon spit out.” I also loved Cory Arcangel's Pro Tools exhibition at the Whitney. The exhibition featured his piece Various Self Playing Bowling Games, which is a virtual bowling alley consisting of large-scale projections of bowling games from the late 1970s to the 2000s, hacked and rearranged to throw only gutter balls. If you’re not familiar with Arcangel, check out his brilliant blog that just reposts other people apologizing for not posting on their own blog. Noah Lyon continues to make some of the funnest zines with his Retard Riot seriesNathaniel Matthews is a designer and artist working within the DIY genre. When it comes to self-publishing, no one is putting out funnier, more irreverent zines than this guy. Check out his latest book HALEY JOEL OSMENT MAKES ME FEEL WEIRD, a creepy character study of the child actor throughout his career. If you love zines and culture, then you have to check out TOUCH AND GO: THE COMPLETE FANZINES BOXSET, which recreates the original issues in all their glory. On a more mainstream level, Terry Richardson put out 2 great books; his very personal MOM & DAD and his collaboration with Lady GagaLady Gaga X Terry Richardson. I just got Annie Leibovitz's new book Pilgrimage for Christmas, which I’m already loving. Finally, I buy pretty much anything that Little Big Man put out. Julian Berman takes photos of what he knows - being young and having fun with his friends. It just so happens his best friends are all in ODD FUTURE and have the most fun ever. Shooting on film, you can check out his work here  and in ODD FUTURE's GoIf Wang book. 2011 was such an exciting year for music with 3 incredible debut album being released. First up we had Tyler, the Creator’s GOBLIN, introducing the entire ODD FUTURE movement. Coming with a different sound, but the same cutthroat energy were Cerebral Ballzy with their self-titled debut album. Over in Europe, Copenhagen’s Iceage delivered the brutal, but also kinda beautiful New Brigade. I also love the new Tom Waits record, Bad As Me, AA Bondy made his best record with Believers, Gil Scott-Heron’s collaboration with Jamie xx, We’re New Here, was timeless and completely forward-thinking and I’m not gonna front, I quite liked Drake’s Take Care. Trash Talk are the best live band in the world right now and if anyone says any different they’re lying…But if you don’t feel like dying then Justin Townes Earle is the only way to go.”

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