-- Sound on the Sound: The blog--celebrating its third birthday the birthdays of its contributors with Zoe Muth (among others), Friday at Blue Moon--has an early mp3 from Jack Endino's band, Kandi Coded. The band plays The Sunset on Feb. 12.
-- USA Today: Jimi Hendrix's new album (yeah, we know), Valleys of Neptune, is out March 9. It includes a batch of unreleased studio material, including a cover of Cream's Sunshine of Your Love.
-- Pitchfork: Okkervil River backs Roky Erickson on his new album, True Love Cast Out All Evil, out April 20.
-- NME: Slash says he turned down money in the $10 million range to reunite with Guns N' Roses. Damn.
-- LiveDaily: James Taylor's playing KeyArena with Carole King on May 9.
-- The Guardian: Simon's leaving American Idol after this season. Shucks.