RIP: Chinx, member of French Montana’s Coke Boys group

From ABC:

A Queens-born rapper was killed and another person wounded early Sunday after someone opened fire on a car in Queens.

The victim, shot multiple times in the torso, has been identified as 31-year old Lionel Pickens of Ozone Park, known as Chinx.

It happened just after 4 a.m. at Queens Boulevard and 84th Drive in Briarwood. […]

• Chinx: https://www.facebook.com/ChinxDrugzOfficial

Jim O’Rourke and PBK release collaborative LP on Lasse Marhaug’s Pica Disk

When you pull the string embedded in our backs and point us in the direction of Jim O’Rourke, we at Tiny Mix Tapes have a number of catchphrases. For instance, we might say “Holy shit,” or, “Yes, we are familiar with the concept of downloading music digitally,” or even, “Hey now that you mention it, where did you buy that sweet bucket hat?” Well now, our manufacturers have seen fit to add an additional phrase to our arsenal, namely: “Well, I suppose, just give me a minute and let me pull out my wallet here so I can order that collaborative LP you did with Phillip B. Klingler.” The reason for this new catchphrase is the fact that Jim O’Rourke and Phillip B. Klingler (a.k.a. PBK) have released a collaborative LP entitled Unidentified Again.

The new LP is out now on Lasse Marhaug’s Pica Disk. It’s the culmination of a long, epistolary friendship (with an almost equally longstanding intention to collaborate) between the two that began in the late 80s, paused for a bit in the 90s and early 2000s, and was born again on the occasion of the shipment of a Merzbow record in 2012. Fittingly, Unidentified Again came about by way of the two musicians sending one another source materials to mix and manipulate.

Read more about the album on the Pica Disk website and listen to a sample track below.

In other news, Jim O’Rourke’s new solo album, Simple Songs, is out next week on Drag City. If you’re in Japan tomorrow, be sure to head to the Tokyo Festival of Modular, where Mr. O’Rourke will be performing with his Serge Modular!

Unidentified Again tracklisting:

A. The Turning Night
B. Myths in Translation
C. End of the Landscape
D. Long Lain in the Stream

• Jim O’Rourke: http://steamroom.bandcamp.com
• PBK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/PBK/47347591452
• Pica Disk: http://www.picadisk.com

Ryan Hemsworth announces Just Rap tour, rap rap rappity rap rap rap

Rap, get into it! It’s the brand-new, 30+ year craze that’s sweeping the nation! The young and old agree: rap is where it’s at. Just look at Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth. Now there’s a young man who knows his rap. He’ll prove it to you this summer with the Just Rap tour, a series of shows headed up by him and Tommy Kruise set to feature different special guest rappers in each city. Now that is one rapstravaganza!

To get the world prepped for all this rapping, Hemsworth has created a “Just Rap” mix for menswear shop Frank & Oak. Rap and fine suits — a match made in heaven. Read Frank & Oak’s interview with Hemsworth at their site and check out the mix below. Now, if you don’t mind me, I’ll be over here, enjoying some rapping.

Ryan Hemsworth dates (all with Tommy Kruise):

06.04.15 - Montreal,QC - TBD
06.05.15 - Ottawa, ON - Babylon
06.06.15 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
06.11.15 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East
06.12.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Palisades
06.13.15 - New York, NY - Santos Party House
06.17.15 - Denver, CO - The 1UP
06.18.15 - Minneapolis, MN - The Loft
06.19.15 - Chicago, IL - The Mid
06.20.15 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
06.25.15 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
06.26.15 - San Francisco, CA - 1015 Folsom
06.27.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Lot 613

• Ryan Hemsworth: http://ryanhemsworth.com

Raekwon and Ghostface Killah plan joint tour in honor of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx’s 20th anniversary

There once was a fellah named Ghostface
he was a Killah who could rap at a quick pace
and with his good friend named Rae
they did rappings all day
and sometimes, no reason, they’d talk outer space

“We should travel the world,” said the Ghost
Rae thought for a moment, and then he did a toast
He said, “I agree with your thought
A tour, yes we ought!”
And so they plotted a course coast to coast

“It will help to promote 36 Seasons
Which stands strong as one of 12 Reasons
All more we need are eleven
And I’ve just thought up seven,”
Ghostface mused as Rae edgewised a word in

And indeed Rae knew something Ghost had forgot
About the year Cuban Linx had first dropped
That classic package of songs
Was now out 20 years long
And this tour would celebrate its canonical spot

So in sum, as these verses have shown
Ghost and Rae, yes they’re skilled, but it’s known
That rhyming’s something I’m good at
And that’s a cold hard rap fact
Peep my mixtape, because I, Taylor, go hard in the zone

Tickets go on sale today, May 15.

Dates:

07.07.2015 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of the Living
07.08.2015 - Silver Springs, MD - The Fillmore
07.09.2015 - Columbus, OH - Park Street Saloon
07.10.2015 - Joliet, IL - Mojoes
07.11.2015 - St. Louis, MO - Ready Room
07.12.2015 - Minneapolis, MN - The Cabooze
07.14.2015 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
07.15.2015 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
07.16.2015 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
07.17.2015 - Boston, MA - Paradise Theater
07.19.2015 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
07.20.2015 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
07.23.2015 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
07.24.2015 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
07.25.2015 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
07.26.2015 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
07.28.2015 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
07.30.2015 - Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom
07.31.2015 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
08.01.2015 - Chattanooga, TN - Track 29
08.02.2015 - Columbia, SC - Music Farm
08.05.2015 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
08.06.2015 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
08.07.2015 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
08.08.2015 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
08.09.2015 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
08.11.2015 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
08.12.2015 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
08.13.2015 - Tuscon, AZ - Rialto Theatre
08.15.2015 - Riverside CA - Riverside Municipal Auditorium
08.16.2015 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
08.18.2015 - Los Angeles, CA - Belasco Theater

• Ghostface Killah: https://twitter.com/ghostfacekillah
• Raekwon: http://www.raekwonchronicles.com

Voice of the Valley Noise Rally VII starts July 23, features Mark McGuire, Good Willsmith, Forma, Secret Boyfriend, way more!

If you’re like me, I know you’re wondering if valleys really even have voices. Well, I can tell you right now in this little text box in the Tiny Mix Tapes content management system that they do not. But don’t try to tell that to the organizers of the Voice of the Valley Noise Rally. Nope! No matter how many times you try to get in to their cars at stoplights or visit them during breakfast, they will not listen to you! Whatever, though — what do I know? It’s not like I’m the one organizing a four-day experimental musical running from July 23 through July 26 in Millstone, West Virginia. They are the ones doing that. And so, I don’t know, maybe I could stand to be less arrogant about valleys. It’s a problem I have. I’m working on it.

With the likes of Forma, Mark McGuire, Good Willsmith, Secret Boyfriend, Brett Naucke, Leslie Keffer, Quicksails, and holy crap (!!) a whole lot of others, it kind of seems petty to argue about whether or not valleys really have voices anyway. There will be so much good music happening over the course of this festival that if you roll up and say something like “Yo, are you sure that geographical features have literal voices?” either no one will hear you because of how hard Headboggle is jamming out or you’ll just get laughed at all the way to the porta-potties.

You can grab tickets — $50 pre-sale, $60 at the gate — and see the full lineup on the fest’s website. Peep the fest on Twitter for all the sweet real-time updates you can handle, and RSVP to the event on Facebook so your aunt knows you’re busy that week.

• Voice of the Valley Noise Rally: http://vovnoise.blogspot.com/

Mas Ysa announces debut album Seraph, sating the public’s demand for more debut albums

Hoy! Are y’all as hungry for debut LP announcements as I am? Because I am starvin’ over here. “Feed me, feed me” said Lil Wayne on his mixtape Da Drought 3, after proclaiming himself the “Rapper Eater.” I’m also saying that, upon proclaiming myself the “Debut Album Announcement Eater.” Gimme those debuts!

Well, here’s a three-course meal of a debut album announcement for you. Mas Ysa, the recording project of Thomas Arsenault, will release his first album, Seraph, on July 24 through Downtown Records. Although created at home, Arsenault received production help on the record from Steve Rivette (Liars, Black Dice) and had it mixed by Damian Taylor (Björk, Arcade Fire). Hear two tracks from the record: the just-premiered “Margarita” below, and the previously-released “Look Up”. And, really, while you’re at it, listen to “Why,” a song I like an awful lot, from last year’s Worth EP.

Before Mas Ysa was in the debut-album-releasing business, he was in the playing-shows-with-the-likes-of-Deerhunter-and-Purity-Ring business. Playing shows with notable groups is still very much his business, though, as he’s announced a lengthy tour with Tanlines. Look on those dates below.

Seraph tracklist:

01. Seraph
02. Margarita
03. Look Up
04. Sick
05. Suffer
06. Gun
07. Service
08. Garden
09. Arrows
10. I Have Some
11. Running
12. Don’t Make

Mas Ysa dates (all w/ Tanlines):

05.22.15 - Mayer, AZ - Forms Arcosanti (without Tanlines)
06.26.15 - Millvale, PA - Mr Smalls Theater
06.27.15 - Columbus, OH - The Grog Shop
06.28.15 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch
06.29.15 - Cincinnati, OH - Madison Live in
07.01.15 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
07.02.15 - Lincoln, NE - Vega
07.03.15 - Denver, CO - Larmirer Lounge
07.05.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
07.07.15 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl
07.08.15 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
07.09.15 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
07.11.15 - San Francisco, CA - Phono Del Sol
07.14.15 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
07.15.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
07.17.15 - Austin, TX - Red 7
07.18.15 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
07.19.15 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
07.21.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
07.22.15 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
07.23.15 -Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
07.24.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Voyeur
07.25.15 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair

• Mas Ysa: http://masysa.com
• Downtown: http://downtownrecords.com

RIP: B.B. King

From B.B. King’s official website:

Mr. King passed peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 pm Pacific time May 14 2015.

• B.B. King: http://www.bbking.com

Elysia Crampton (formerly E+E) releases debut vinyl release

I don’t like using the word “best,” but I have to say it: Elysia Crampton (formerly E+E) is one of the best musicians out there. Her music is at once sublime and disruptive, rapturous and devastating, a “gaping silence” of transubstantiation and materialism. Last year was an especially big year for her, with two incredible mixes and the release of her debut album, THE LIGHT THAT YOU GAVE ME TO SEE YOU (which made it to #13 on our year-end list).

TMT has been honored to follow her trajectory thus far, and we’re ecstatic to be right alongside her for her vinyl debut. It’s a 7-inch release called “Moth / Lake,” and it kicks off the first chapter of her “Shenandoah” series. According to Boomkat, the A-Side — which was previewed back in February last year (perhaps in a different form) — features the vocals of Money Allah, who alongside Elysia “pays tribute to legendary Afro-American comedians Stepin Fetchit and Bert William.” “Lake,” meanwhile, is Elysia’s take on a Bolivian Saya, “a work song/dance style which can trace its roots back to the original mixture of Andean and African traditions during the first days of slavery in South.”

It’s limited to 300. Grab it now from Boomkat before the TMT staff gets them all.

• Elysia Crampton: https://soundcloud.com/eande
• Boomkat: http://boomkat.com

Ride announce East Coast dates, true shoegazers to the front

Shoegazers to the front! Press up against this stage, but keep your necks bent forward and your eyes squarely on your beat-up Sketchers. Get up here, ‘cause Ride is back.

After announcing their reunion this past November, shoegaze originals Ride have added a number of North American dates to their previously announced world tour. This fall, the group will be staring into their sneakers all throughout the East Coast. Tickets for those shows are on sale now.

Ride have also added a few international festival dates, for those of you who can’t be constrained by the quaint notion of American coasts. The band has actually been full-swing into its reunion for a few months now, making both club and festival appearances. Watch them playing “Vapour Trail” at Coachella below.

Ride dates:

05.22.15 - Glasgow, UK - Barrowland Ballroom
05.23.15 - Manchester, UK - Albert Hall
05.24.15 - London, UK - Roundhouse
05.26.15 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
05.27.15 - Paris, FR - Olympia
05.29.15 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound
06.01.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
06.02.15 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
06.04.15 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
06.06.15 - Porto, PT - NOS Primavera Sound
06.07.15 - London, UK - Field Day (Headlining)
06.19-21.15 - Hilvarenbeek, NL - Best Kept Secret Festival
07.17-19.15 - Gräfenhainichen, DE - Melt! Festival
07.24.15 - South Korea - Ansan Valley Rock Festival
07.24-26.15 - Niigata Prefecture, JP - Fuji Rock Festival
08.07-09.15 - Katowice, PL - OFF Festival
08.13.15 - Oslo, Norway - Øya Festival
08.14.15 - Finland - Flow Festival
09.04.15 - Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic Festival
09.17.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
09.19.15 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
09.21.15 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
09.22.15 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
09.25.15 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Festival
09.26.15 - Chicago, IL - Riviera
09.27.15 - Champaign, IL - Pygmalion Festival
09.29.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Mill City
10.01.15 - Detroit, MI - St Andrews
10.02.15 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
10.03.15 - Boston, MA - Paradise

• Ride: http://ridemusic.net

Wavves side project Spirit Club announces record release show

RIP garage rock. It’s officially over. Wavves, SoCal’s reigning kings of the garage scene, have given up the genre ghost. Instead, Mr. Wavves himself, Nathan Williams, has taken a turn toward queasy Twin Peaksian electro doo-wop with a self-titled album as Spirit Club. It came out this week via the lad’s own Ghost Ramp label, but you can totally stream it below courtesy of SoundCloud, maaaaan.

Spirit Club is the newish project of Williams, plus Sweet Valley’s Joel Williams and Andrew Caddick of Jeans Wilder. In the spirit of TOTAL DIY, the record was recorded at Nathan Williams’s L.A. home and produced by — drum roll, please — Sweet Valley. And obviously, in true Cali style, the dudes are holding the record release show on May 27 in glorious Echo Park, Los Angeles.

• Ghost Ramp: http://ghostramp.com