Happy New Year

2010, a new decade, blah blah blah, Christ, our collective cultural bed-wetting at what is, essentially, the milometer ticking over two columns at once is pretty damning. Humbug. Anyways, it’s good to be back in the saddle, well rested and ready to take on the world in the new year / decade / whatever. Lots to talk about today, so let’s get cracking.

First of all, I’m pleased to say that American denizens of the internet can now buy my merch online from the good people at Kings Road. The store can be found here. Even better news is the fact that, to celebrate the launch, we’ve finally got the first pressing of Love Ire & Song on Vinyl! Yes! 2 colours (black and red), 1000 pressed to start off with, so get them while they’re hot. We have plans to get everything else done soon enough as well. Good times.

Speaking of the North American landmass, I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be returning to Montreal on January 28th for a solo show at Chez Baptiste. More details of supports and ticket links to follow shortly.

Another one-off show for you. My very good old friends at Banquet Records have had some problems of late with their regular (and excellent) club night, New Slang. They’ve now moved to a new venue (the Hippodrome), and I’ll be playing a show there on January 21st. Tickets are £5 and onsale now from this link, and going fast.

Next up. One of my favourite discoveries of recent years has been The Dawn Chorus, an excellent country band from the Portsmouth area. Last summer I went down to the studio to sing on a song of theirs, “Carnivalesque”. You can now vote that song up on BBC 6 Music’s Rebel Playlist, right over here. Check the song out on their myspace and show them some love.

Finally, the European headline full-band tour in March / April this year has now been unveiled in all its glory. The full dates are:

  • 28th March @ Exil, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 29th March @ Universum, Stuttgart, Germany (Tickets)
  • 30th March @ Raucherkammer, Wiesbaden, Germany (Tickets)
  • 31st March @ Zakk, Dusseldorf, Germany (Tickets)
  • 1st April @ Uebel & Gafahrlich, Hamburg, Germany (Tickets)
  • 3rd April @ Lagerhaus, Bremen, Germany (Tickets)
  • 4th April @ AB Club, Brussels, Belgium (Tickets)
  • 6th April @ Tivoli, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 7th April @ Vera, Groningen, Netherlands
  • 9th April @ Boule Noire, Paris, France

More details, including full ticket links and tour support acts, to follow as soon as possible. For those who we’re missing this time round, we’ll be back in Europe in the summer and then again later in the year. And just to round things off nicely, here’s the final installment of the tour diary from last time I was out on the continent:

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