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Today’s Music News: Jimi Hendrix masters set free, and more

After decades of litigation, 88 studio recordings made by Jimi Hendrix as a member of Curtis Knight and the Squires between 1965 and 1967 have finally been cleared for release and will soon be available for fans of the legendary guitarist to hear. This isn’t all “before he became Jimi” stuff: some of the recordings were made after the release of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s seminal 1967 debut Are You Experienced. While the impending release is exciting news, be warned: Hendrix himself was never a big fan of these recordings. (Rolling Stone)

Sad and sudden news: Tim Alexander, a drummer known for his work for Primus and Puscifer, has suffered a heart attack and will have open heart surgery early this week, say Puscifer. In a tweet, the band asked for “global positive thoughts” in support of Alexander. (Billboard)

Justin Vernon of Bon Iver produced the Rosebuds’ Sand + Silence; the band’s Ivan Howard was in GAYNGS with Vernon. “Blue Eyes,” a sunny just-released single from the album, features contributions from Vernon as well as Bon Iver’s Matt McCaughan. (Pitchfork)

Making a movie about N.W.A. was never going to be an uncontroversial matter, but Universal Studios found themselves embroiled in the least constructive sort of controversy when a casting agency contracted to find actors for the biopic Straight Outta Compton posted a shockingly racist audition call, ranking prospective performers by body type and skin tone. All parties involved have now apologized, but the incident has revealed what the A.V. Club callsthe colorism that’s plagued filmmaking for decades.”

Lana Del Rey’s major labels were skeptical about her new album Ultraviolence, producer Dan Auerbach tells Rolling Stone. A quieter album than her debut Born to Die, and one without an obvious hit single, the release made Interscope and Polydor nervous. No one’s nervous any more, though: upon its release last month, the album shot to number one.

Meanwhile, Del Rey was recently in the studio with—wait for it—Brian Wilson. The Beach Boy mastermind is prepping a new album that will also feature contributions from Zooey Deschanel, Kacey Musgraves, and maybe even Frank Ocean. (Rolling Stone)

Grimes found a song she made in 2009 with Majical Cloudz. It’s about their surly, overweight cat. (Tumblr)

In local music news, the nonprofit organization DEMO is hoping to open a music education and appreciation center in a vacant Minneapolis elementary school. The school’s Longfellow neighborhood, as well as the City of Minneapolis, seem to be supportive of the effort to open what would be called the McClellan Center for Music—named for Steve McClellan, the DEMO leader who was a longtime manager of First Avenue—as soon as this winter. (Local Current)

A national real estate broker has crunched some numbers and created “heat maps” showing which music genres are popular in various parts of the U.S. Seemingly to everyone’s surprise but ours, the maps show our robust hip-hop scene. (Local Current)