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This week + #FTHCflag Charity Auction

What a week it’s been. The album is out, I’ve been on tour around the UK, and everything has been going a bit insane. I’ve been holding on in the middle of the maelstrom (thanks Sleeping Souls) but overall, it’s good to be alive this week.

Lots of people have been buying ‘Tape Deck Heart‘, and I’m grateful to all of you for that. Madly enough, we are currently at #2 in the UK album charts, between Michael Buble and Will.I.Am. That’s not a sentence I thought I’d be typing any time soon. We will see how it goes come Sunday, but even to be here now is pretty funny, and kind of exciting too.

The UK shows have all been awesome (apologies for the hyperbole but it’s true). The #FTHCFlag also went better than I could have imagined, with a lot of really lovely people pulling together on Twitter to bring it around the country. We are now auctioning the flag off and raising funds for Shelter, watch a video about it here and bid on the flag here.

I’m now heading to Europe for Groezrock festival and more shows on the continent. I’m pretty intensely tired, but feeling good about things.

Thanks everyone for your support. Onwards and upwards.

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Watch My London Forum Show Live On YouTube

The UK tour so far has been great, nice to see everyone. ‘Tape Deck Heart’ was only released this week but people already know the words, which is ace. We even got an exercise class of sorts started to “Recovery” in Bristol, haha.

I’ve still got shows left in Birmingham and London but if you don’t have tickets, fear not! Thursday’s show at the Forum is going to be live streamed to the world via the magic of the internet.

So if you want to see the gig from the comfort of your living room, subscribe to my YouTube channel here or stream from Muzu.tv here and tune in at 9pm (BST) to watch it.

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‘Tape Deck Heart’ – Out Now!

The day is finally upon us – my new album ‘Tape Deck Heart’ is out now in the UK.

A lot of people have heard some of the tracks from various sessions and listening players and its had a good response so far, so thanks everyone for the kind words.

If you’ve not got your hands on a copy yet, you can order it from iTunes here, Amazon Digital (where it’s the Amazon Album Of The Week so you can grab it for a special discount price of £4.99 until Sunday), Amazon Physical, Google Play or my official online store.

USA people, ‘Tape Deck Heart’ is out tomorrow and you can pre-order the standard or deluxe editions now. Vinyl and physical copies can be bought from my online store here.

Additionally, ‘Recovery’ is single of the week on iTunes which means you can get it for free right here!

Don’t forget, I’m doing a Google hangout tonight with some of my friends and collaborators. It all kicks off at 5pm BST (that’s British Summer Time) so add me to your circle and get involved.

There’s still time to submit questions for me and my special guests (well, my mates) over on Facebook, Twitter using the hashtag #fthchangout or on my Google+ page.

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Google Hangout

The internet is amazing for many reasons. One of them is that it’ll allow me to to celebrate the release of my new album ‘Tape Deck Heart’ with a special Google Hangout and some of my friends and collaborators will be joining me too. It’s happening next Monday at 5pm BST, and all of you can watch it on my Google+ page as it happens.

I recorded a short video to explain a little more about it, watch it here.

If you’d like to join in the hangout and submit questions for me to answer, submit them via Facebook here, on Twitter using the hashtag #fthchangout or on my Google+ page here.

Don’t forget to add me to your circle on Google+ to get involved.

See you there!

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Record Store Day Instores

Not too much longer until Record Store Day, one of my favourite days of the year, rolls around again. I’ve prattled on enough about the merits of this little celebration elsewhere, but yeah, it’s a great thing to get involved in. With that in mind, I’ll be releasing an exclusive, limited 7″ of ‘Recovery’ on burgundy vinyl (1000 pressed), complete with the song ‘We Shall Not Overcome’ as a B-side (a song recorded for the album sessions that features on the deluxe edition).

Not only that, but I’ll be doing three instores in and around London to celebrate on Saturday (20th April). Keep an eye out for me, I’ll be at Rough Trade East at 11am, Sister Ray/Berwick Street at 2.30pm and Banquet at 7pm.

In the meantime, you can find out more about Record Store Day from www.recordstoreday.co.uk.

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Some UK Tour Things

Hello everyone. So, hitting the road around the UK this week, it’s been a (little) while. It feels good to be hitting home soil, as ever, and sold out shows are always fun. Three little things around the tour to let you know about…

– First up, supports for all UK shows are Larry & His Flask and George Frakes. As ever, I picked them myself and love their music, so I’d recommend getting down early.

– Secondly, if anyone has spare tickets they want to exchange, use the hashtag #fthctickets on Twitter. I always want tickets to go to a good home, but don’t want to clog up everyone’s Twitter feeds. Also, please try and keep it to face value (or plus booking fee), I’m not interested in helping out touts.

– Thirdly, a little bit of fun. We’ve made up a tour flag. It’ll be handed over to you, the great British public, at the first show (Manchester). The idea is that we all show the flag a good time around the country throughout the tour, using only the spirit of community (or something). I want you fine folks to take it to each of the cities – Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol, Birmingham and London – and let it see the sights, as well as making it to the shows. We want photos, stories, tags, whatever, and I’ll be checking up on it daily too.

Probably the hardest part will be getting it from one city to another, so if you’re heading to more than one show or can help out another way, get involved. Head over to my Facebook, or use the hashtag #fthcflag on Twitter, and let’s see if we can make this work.

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New US Dates Announced for Summer – Pre-sale Live Now!

Just announced, 7 new shows on the East Coast and in the Midwest have been added for July and August. The pre-sale for these shows is live at this link. You’ll get a code to access tickets when you pre-order Tape Deck Heart.

July 26 – The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY Pre-Sale
July 28 – Port City, Portland, ME Pre-Sale
July 30 – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY Pre-Sale
July 31 – Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY Pre-Sale
August 02 – Higher Ground, Burlington, VT Pre-Sale
August 05 – Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI Pre-Sale
August 06 – The Majestic, Madison, WI Pre-Sale

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Live EP On Spotify

If you take a look at Spotify today, you’ll see there’s a Live EP on there from yours truly featuring ‘Recovery’, ‘I Still Believe’ and brand new track ‘Losing Days’ from ‘Tape Deck Heart’.

Click here to check it out.

Not long until ‘Tape Deck Heart’ drops now, you can pre-order it from here if you’ve not done so already.

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‘The Way I Tend To Be’ Documentary

My good buddy and old collaborator Greg Nolan, he of the wonderful ‘Road To Wembley’ film, has done it again.

He’s made a short career retrospective film about yours truly, and I thought you might like to see it.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you, ‘The Way I Tend To Be’, a new film by Greg Nolan. Click here to watch it.

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Making Of Tape Deck Heart

Being down under certainly has its perks – lovely people, lovely weather, lovely scenery, lovely shows… And word on the street (OK then, Facebook) is that it’s been a little, well, less balmy back home lately. Not trying to brag, haha.

Everything is hotting up for the new album, we’re nearly there now people. Incidentally, I know one or two people have been a touch bamboozled by the amount of stuff happening on the site, Twitter, Facebook and so on. Don’t worry, this isn’t an indefinite state of affairs, just making sure everyone is on board for April 22nd.

Anyways. Here’s a behind the scenes video from the making of the album, hopefully it’ll shed some more light on ‘Tape Deck Heart’ and give you a taste of what’s coming.

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