Dirty Three’s Mick Turner Drops “Post-Rock Opera” in Nov.

Mick Turner

Gifted Aussie artist draws upon his multifarious connections and conundrums….

 By Blurt Staff

 Mick Turner releases solo record Yeah, Don’t Tell the Driver on Nov. 19 via Drag City, natch, but it’s being billed as “a different kind of record from all the Mick Turner records – not just his own, but the ones he’s done with Dirty Three, Bonny Billy, Cat Power, Fungus Brains and Venom P. Stinger (reviewed here recently at BLURT) put together… the first post-rock rock opera of our times – by an artist running out of time.”

 Some details: “Over the last four years, Mick put together the pieces at Big Moth Studios in Melbourne, working his magic with aquatic guitar-and-drums chemistry, augmenting the tracks with melodica, piano and Fender Rhodes, and then bringing in the vocalists, including Caroline Kennedy-McCraken (Dead Star, The Plums, Caroline No) and progressive classical/opera singer Oliver Mann, plus other additional players, such as bassist Peggy Frew (Art of Fighting). Sitting in the drum throne of Tren Brother (and Dirty 1/3rd) Jim White, drummers Ian Wadley (Bird Blobs, Minimum Chips), Jeff Wegener (Laughing Clowns) and Kishore Ryan (Kid Sam, Where Were You At Lunch) do more than just fill the space equitably – they meet Mick out in his wild landscapes and ride the winds with him, bringing expert percussive colors to his soundworld.”

 Well, all right then!

      Mick Turner tour dates:

 Fri. Nov. 8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool

Tue. Nov. 12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room w/ Bill Callahan

Wed. Nov. 13 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy and Harriets Pioneertown Palace w/ Bill Callahan

Thu. Nov. 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Japan American Theater w/ Bill Callahan

Fri. Nov. 15 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Restaurant & Music Club w/ Bill Callahan

Sat. Nov. 16 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ Bill Callahan

Sun. Nov. 17 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel w/ Bill Callahan

Tue. Nov. 19 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater w/ Bill Callahan

Wed. Nov. 20 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s w/ Bill Callahan

Thu. Nov. 21 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom w/ Mono

Fri. Nov. 22 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge w/ Mono

Sat. Nov. 23 – Detroit, MI @ The Loving Touch w/ Mono


01. All Gone

02. Sometimes

03. Long Way Home

04. Don’t Tell the Driver

05. Gone Dreaming

06. Here’s a Way

07. The Navigator

08. Over Waves

09. The Birdcatcher

10. We’re Not Going Home

11. The Last Song


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