Mystery death of acclaimed Britpop star

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The Friday Playlist: British image revisited

As Blur's reunion reaches an extended crescendo this week with a triumphant Glastonbury gig and their Hyde Park shows, it only seemed right and proper that this week's Spotify playlist would be Britpop thermed

Telstar, Nick Moran, 118 mins, (15)

The story of Sixties pop producer Joe Meek and his north London hit factory is told not as tragedy, but as farce

Album: Various Artists, British Rock'n'Roll Anthology (Spectrum)

As much as anything, this box set charting the development of British pop from 1956 to 1964 confirms that the medium is indeed the message.

Album: Tony Allen, Secret Agent, (World Circuit)

Allen was the principal wheel in the engine room of Fela Kuti's monumental Afrobeat, a driving yet relaxed kit-drummer for the ages.

Album: Lightning Seeds, Four Winds, (Universal)

A first album in 10 years by the Good Egg of proto-Brit pop, and if Ian Broudie's themes have acquired a sense of melancholy and reflectiveness with the passage of life, then his breezy pop formalism remains as, well, breezy as ever.

Album: Colin Blunstone, The Ghost of You and Me, (Ennismore)

If we must have mainstream pop about mature romance, then we should ask that it always be sung by Colin Blunstone. The Zombies' frontman's pipes are a miracle of softness and tensile strength.

SXSW blog: Sneak peeks and Gomez

After a morning stop for a few live sets, I gathered my official SXSW music badge and visited the offices of C3 – the folks behind Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza. I got a sneak peak into some new music, including a country-style collaboration between Heartless Bastards singer Erika Wennerstrom and the Black Angels.

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/mixtape-i-cant.html">MixTape: I can't believe I like Keane</a>

I have officially surprised my musical taste with a band which I formerly thought were a big pile of appalling musical rubble, toppled off with some poppycock; let's just say I wasn't very keen on, er, Keane.

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