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President Barack Obama leads nation in moment of silence, as commemoration ceremonies take place in New York, the Pentagon and the Flight 93 memorial in Pennsylvania

Lanier, far right, with Blue Öyster Cult, the thinking person's heavy metal band

Allen Lanier: Founder-member of Blue Öyster Cult

The keyboard-player, guitarist and songwriter Allen Lanier was a founder-member of Blue Öyster Cult, the thinking man's heavy metal band best known for the spectral anthem "(Don't Fear) The Reaper''. Included in the John Carpenter horror film Halloween in 1978, two years after its original release on the group's fourth studio album Agents Of Fortune, and referenced in The Simpsons, "Reaper'' tends to overshadow the rest of BÖC's mercurial oeuvre.

Album: Samuel Purdey, Musically Adrift (Tummy Touch)

Interesting one this. Originally released in the 1990s, Musically Adrift is the work of Barney Hurley and Gavin Dodds, a session drummer and guitarist with links to Jamiroquai and the Acid Jazz label.

Album: Mayer Hawthorne, Where Does This Door Go (Republic)

After his sensitive soul-boy debut and a major label follow-up that flirted with ELO-style cleverness, Michigan auteur Hawthorne has synthesised his influences into perfect power pop, with the help of producers including Pharrell Williams.

Cream rises: Beware of Mr Baker explores the rollercoaster life of British drummer Ginger Baker

Film review: Beware of Mr Baker and Fast and Furious 6 - Furious Ginger packs a punch, but Vin Diesel is out of gas

A documentary about a rock drummer might seem more suited to BBC4 than to your local cinema, but most rock-docs don't open with their subject – in this case, Ginger Baker – cracking the director across the nose with his walking stick. Not a man who has ever needed an excuse to assault someone, Baker is incensed to learn that said director, Jay Bulger, is planning to interview some of his old associates, but in the event he had nothing to worry about.

Album: Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City (XL)

The third album by Vampire Weekend is, by some distance, their most outwardly straightforward.

Lara Downes, Exiles' Cafe (Steinway & Sons)

Album review: Lara Downes, Exiles' Cafe (Steinway & Sons)

Exiles' Cafe was inspired by hearing Michael Sahl's “Tango from the Exiles' Cafe”, after which Lara Downes fantasised the location as a source of comfort for transplanted composers, represented by this series of piano miniatures.

Todd Rundgren, State (Esoteric Antenna)

Album review: Todd Rundgren, State (Esoteric Antenna)

State sees Todd Rundgren deliver his customary laconic commentaries on a world gone mad from behind a wall of rock, techno and dubstep riffs.

Album review: Gary Clark Jr, Blak and Blu (Warner Bros)

Anointed even by Obama as "the future", young Texan blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr is widely viewed as heir apparent to such legends as Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a belief only partly confirmed by this debut album.

Singer Chubby Checker files $500m lawsuit over penis measuring app

The singer, Chubby Checker, has launched a $500m law suit against an app that claims to be able to estimate the size of a man's penis from his shoe size.

The Dave Clark Five performing during the Sixties with Dave Clark himself playing the drums and bassist Rick Huxley on bass (left). Musician Huxley, one of the founding members of the 1960s chart stars, has died at the age of 72.

Dave Clark Five 'devastated' at death of bassist Rick Huxley

Musician Rick Huxley, one of the founding members of 1960s chart stars The Dave Clark Five, has died at the age of 72.

One of the eight Monopoly tokens is being relegated to history in favour of a replacement that 'reflects the interests of today's players'

Monopoly's Scottie dog has new nemesis as fans vote to add cat and eliminate iron token

Board game makers launched online vote for fans to scrap one of its famous playing pieces

Beth Orton, Union Chapel, London


"Call me the sea/ Call me the stream/ Call me the sky/ Call me the leaves," Beth Orton informs us, in her distinctive nasally folk twang, on new track "Call Me the Breeze". There’s a great deal about the elements - the moon, the sun, the sky, the leaves, the breeze, the wind – in this patchy, mainly solo performance in these reverential environs.

IoS album review: John Beasley, Darryl Jones, Ndugu Chancier, 3 Brave Souls (Challenge)

All have done time with Miles Davis, one of them is the long-standing drummer with the Crusaders, another the regular live bassist with the Stones.

Vincent van Gogh letter expected to fetch $300,000 at auction

Rare letters written by Vincent van Gogh, John Lennon and other iconic figures are being offered at an upcoming auction of more than 300 historical documents in New York City.

Album: 10cc, Tenology (Universal)

Now that we have finally broken the connection between guilt and pleasure when it comes to music, it's time to reappraise these stalwarts of the 1970s pop charts.

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