Favorite bands :
Beatles and their solo stuff (well, not Ringo so much...), Dylan, The Who, The Kinks, Stones, Beach Boys, Hollies, Moody Blues, Byrds, Left Banke, The Zombies, Velvets, Bowie, Fairport, Simon & Garfunkel, anything from Motown and Stax and "nuggets"-ish garage and psych rock.
Nick Drake, Big Star, Tom Petty, The Band, T-Rex, Badfinger, Buzzcocks, Clash, The Jam, Cat Stevens, Joe Jackson, The Police, Ramones, Pink Floyd, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello.
The Cars, The Stone Roses, Pixies, Bangles, XTC, Smithereens, Husker Du/Sugar/Bob Mould, Crowded House.
Wilco, Guided By Voices, Belle & Sebastian, Cake, New Pornographers, Brendan Benson, Shins, Alexi Murdoch, Neutral Milk Hotel, Fleet Foxes, Bellowhead, Vaccines, First Aid Kit.
Favorite guitarists :
Richard Thompson, Pete Townshend, Leo Kottke, Nick Drake, Linsday Buckingham, George Harrison, Keith Richards, Steve Cropper, Mike Campbell, Nels Cline.
Favorite bassists :
Paul McCartney, James Jamerson, Colin Moulding, Bruce Thomas, Andy Fraser,
Favorite books :
How The Mind Works and other books by Steven Pinker, along with lots of other pop-sci books about psychology, brains, and evolution, Calvin & Hobbes, not enough actual literature.
Favorite tv :
Monty Python's Flying Circus, Brooklyn 99, Sherlock, The Crown, Blackadder, Fawlty Towers, Frasier, Scrubs, Teachers, Dead Like Me, GOT, Community.
Favorite movies :
A Hard Day's Night/ Help!, The Monty Python Films, Rushmore, pretty much any Hitchcock, Raiders of the lost ark, Star Wars and most anything scored by John Williams.