Unreleased Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix As great as Hendrix was, do we really need another posthumous album? Sure, the latest one - called Both Sides of the Sky - features 10 previously unheard songs from 1968-1970, including a cover of Joni Mitchell’s 'Woodstock', but at some point we need to say no. If you don't feel the same way, you'll be happy to know that the album is out on March 9th via Sony Legacy Recordings.

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Charli XCX is back

Charli XCX's forthcoming mixtape, called POP 2, is out next week (it bloody well features the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen, Tove Lo, Caroline Polacheck, Mykki Blanco, CupcakKe, Brooke Candy, and MØ!), which means Charli XCX season is finally upon us. Check out 'Out Of My Head', which features Tove Lo & Alma, with production from SOPHIE and A.G. Cook.

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Unseen Rihanna

Italian photographer Paolo Roversi has unveiled some unseen photos of our Queen and saviour, Rihanna. The photographs were taken in 2015 for i-D's music issue, and are currently on display at Palazzo Reale in Milan as part of the Vogue Photo Festival until December 17th. Here's what Paolo had to say about working with Rihanna (via Vogue): “She’s fantastic, a true artist. We worked in my studio for two days. Her presence is extraordinary: how she moves, the confidence, the control over her body, the energy, the sensuality. She’s completely aware of the power of her beauty. She’s an artist, in the very same way that a good model is also an artist, not only a pretty face.”

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The LA Weekly Boycott

LA Weekly LA Weekly was recently bought out by Semanal Media - a company run by a bunch of unsavoury folks - and of course their first move was to fire a bunch of great writers and editors. But just like Howard Beale in Network, they're mad as hell and they're not gonna take it anymore. Leading an advertiser boycott is venues such as The Echo and The Regent Theater, the legendary Amoeba Music record store, Mello Music Group, and Spaceland Presents. Here's what Amoeba had to say about it:

"We were as surprised as anyone to hear about the sale and layoffs at the LA Weekly this past week. Amoeba has had long-standing friendships and working relationships with the writers and editorial staff at the Weekly, and we have shared a history of commitment and passion for the creative community. Our community was rocked by these unexpected, major layoffs. These are friends and colleagues whose voices have been intertwined with ours over the past 16 years as we have all struggled to keep the creative community thriving in Los Angeles.

"As an independent retailer, we have historically found the Weeklies (LA, Pasadena, and SF) to be like-minded partners that serve our community responsibly. They have also been acceptable to our advertising partners (primarily artists, music labels, distributors, and charitable organizations). Having print media visibility still carries tremendous value for us, and most of the advertising we run is through the Weeklies.

Our holiday advertising in LA Weekly was planned with our label and distribution partners months ago and has been booked through the end of this year. However, yesterday we pulled our sponsorship from their annual “Sips & Sweets” event and today we pulled a planned back page “institutional” ad for this Thursday’s issue in protest of the recent handling of staff and contractors. We will evaluate our ongoing relationship with the LA Weekly in the New Year, after determining whether or not LA Weekly is able to re-establish itself as credible, empathetic and supportive of the community it serves."

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And finally... this video from IDER

We've always got time for IDER. And this song goes a long way towards explaining why. So damn beautiful.