posted August 30th, 2013

Mick Turner is risen! Rose? Resin? Rizla? Whatever! Replete with classic epics and timely reprises, Don't Tell the Driver is an inspired and focused collection of Mick Turner music that reaches for new borders without sacrificing the dizzy wandering and painterly stillness that has typified Mick's best work of the past. With the help of his many friends, Mick Turner has turned over a powerful page of life and music on Don't Tell the Driver.

Yeah, Don't Tell the Driver is different from all other Mick Turner records - not just his own, but the ones he's done with Dirty Three, Bonny Billy, and Venom P. Stinger put together. But how, you ask? Well, Mick grew a mustache for this one. That must mean it's his Sgt. Pepper; a consolidation and development of everything he's done up until now, streamlined and presented under the sophisticated umbrella known as the rock opera/concept album! Write it down so you won't forget it - Don't Tell the Driver is unarguably the first post-rock rock opera of our times!

It wouldn't be a rock opera without a vague/indecipherable theme of wonder and disenchantment, and indeed, Don't Tell the Driver delivers in spades on that account - but if you're guessing that it can't be a rock opera without a bunch of caterwauling as well on it, you're damn right too. But some call it singing - in fact, people like us, so step off with your fancy opinions then, right? Right! As much as guitar, Don't Tell the Driver features heaps of help from friends, adding piano, melodica, Fender Rhodes, the aforementioned vocals, and more! A big heavy from the southern hemisphere, is what it is! Coming our way, this freakin' November! Wanna listen? Soon enough! First, dig the tour dates:

11/8/13 Union Pool Brooklyn NY
11/12/13 Rhythm Room Phoenix AZ w/ Bill Callahan
11/13/13 Pappy and Harriets Pioneertown Palace Pioneertown CA w/ Bill Callahan
11/14/13 Japan American Theatre Los Angeles CA w/ Bill Callahan
11/15/13 Soho Restaurant & Music Club Santa Barbara CA w/ Bill Callahan
11/16/13 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA w/ Bill Callahan
11/17/13 The Chapel San Francisco CA w/ Bill Callahan
11/19/13 Aladdin Theater Portland OR w/ Bill Callahan
11/20/13 Neumo's Seattle WA w/ Bill Callahan
11/21/13 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland OH w/ Mono
11/22/13 Bottom Lounge Chicago IL w/ Mono
11/23/13 The Loving Touch Detroit MI w/ Mono

Artists in this story: Mick Turner