Alexis Taylor @ Manhattan Inn earlier in May (via @brooklynvegan instagram)
Alexis Taylor's new solo album, Await Barbarians, is out in a couple weeks (June 17) on Domino and he's got a new video for mellow single "Without a Crutch" which you can watch, along with the previously released "Elvis Has Left the Building," below.
You may have seen Alexis perform those and about half a dozen other new tracks when he played a very intimate solo show at Manhattan Inn earlier this month, right after the William Onyeabor tributes at BAM, where he was backed by Jonny Lam and current Hot Chip (and New Young Pony Club) drummer Sarah Jones. It was a nice set that also included a cover of Smokey Robinson's "Tracks of My Tears" plus Hot Chip songs "Look at Where We Are" and "Made in the Dark." If you missed that, Alexis will be back in NYC to play a solo show at Joe's Pub on July 14. Tickets are on sale now.
That seems to be the only North American date for Alexis currently. He will, however, be doing some DJ gigs over here around the same time, including one in NYC at Williamsburg club Verboten on July 10 with additional sets by Klangkarrussell, Headband + Hooligan, and Alex English. As to which members of the band will be doing the DJing, that's unclear but tickets are on sale now. Taylor will also DJ San Francisco's Mezzanine on July 11 with the Juan Maclean and Sleazemore.
And while we're on the subject, The 2 Bears, which is HC's Joe Goddard and mate Raf Rundell, will release their second album The Night Is Young in September. The first single, "Angel (Touch Me)," is out now and you can stream it below. You can also watch the Dan Henshaw-directed video which pays humourous homage to Wim Wenders' Wings Of Desire.
All Alexis Taylor tour dates, plus videos and streams, below....
Alexis Taylor - Without a Crutch
Alexis Taylor - Elvis Has Left The Building
Alexis Taylor - 2014 Tour Dates
June 16 The Vortex, London (w/ very Special Secret Guests!)
June 17 The Art Bar, Oxford
June 18 Brudenell Social, Leeds (support from Rozi Plain)
June 19 Band On The Wall, Manchester (again w/ Rozi Plain)
June 20 Roundhouse (Camden Crawl), London
June 28 The Glade, Glastonbury Festival (with Jon Hopkins, the Radiophonic Workshop, Dinos Chapman)
July 10 BROOKLYN, NY Verboten (DJ SET)
July 11 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Mezzanine (DJ SET)
July 12 LOS ANGELES, CA Avalon (DJ SET)
July 13 LOS ANGELES, CA The Mint
July 14 NEW YORK, NY Joe's Pub
The 2 Bears - "Angel (Touch Me)"
The 2 Bears - The Night is Young tracklist:
01 Get Out
02 Angel (Touch Me)
03 Money Man
04 Not This time
05 See You
06 Son of The Sun
07 Unbuild It
08 Modern Family
09 Mary Mary
10 Run Run Run
11 My Queen
12 The Night Is Young