It's been a big year for Carl Barât, erstwhile leader of British garage-punkers the Libertines, who's not only gotten Pete Doherty off the smack long enough to reunite for Libertines shows at Reading and Leeds, but is releasing his first solo album and an accompanying memoir. Barât, who played with Dirty Pretty Things following the demise of the Libs in 2004, will release the self-titled album on October 4 featuring appropriately titled songs like "Run With The Boys," "Je Regrette, Je Regrette" and "What Have I Done" (a little on the nose, mate.) He'll collaborate with Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt and The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon, and of course, the NME will probably run a dozen articles speculating on whether or not Doherty or any of the other ex-Libertines will make an appearance.
In addition, Barât will pen Three Penny Memoir, a book about his life experiences that will thankfully feature stories about being in the Libertines, which will fill in all the blanks left by his semi-confessional songs. That one will come out the same day as the album, and shortly after, Barât will embark on a tour of Europe. There are no plans to hit America, but if he does, get ready to hear some jackass shout "Time For Heroes!!!" a thousand times at every show. That jackass will probably be me.