‘SUMMER HIGH’ on ROWLAND S. HOWARD ANTHOLOGY
Magic Dirt is so excited to be included on the new Rowland S. Howard anthology, ‘Six Strings That Drew Blood’. This anthology celebrates the life and work of Rowland S. Howard, an incredibly unique, gifted and uncompromising guitarist and songwriter who is known and loved the world over.
Rowland sadly passed away in December 2009.
Magic Dirt were fortunate enough to have befriended Rowland in the early 2000’s and subsequently spend some time with him recording for a few different projects, one of them being, ‘Summer High’ (a song I originally co-wrote and recorded with Joe McKee of now disbanded group, Snowman).
In 2008, Magic Dirt and Rowland recorded our own version of it at Birdland Studios with Lindsay Gravina and Rob Long for release on our White Boy EP in 2009 (Emergency Music).
Rowland was a beautiful man and hugely inspiring to us, on a musical as well as personal level.
Thank you to the Rowland trust, Genevieve McGuckin, Harry Howard and Mick Harvey and Liberation Music, who have included Summer High on this amazing anthology. We are so deeply honoured.
For all the details please click below.
It was five years ago today that we lost our beautiful man.
But we carry him with us in our hearts and in the music and in our memories and in our stories and words. Always, every day, forever.
In loving memory of our beautiful friend and incredible human being, Dean. We miss you mate. Hope you’re making a good punk rock racket wherever you may be.
‘Dirty Jeans’ by Magic Dirt features not only in the title but also in the track listing on new Australian compilation, ‘DIRTY JEANS: The Rise Of Australian Alternative Rock’. Spanning 1988-2002 the compilation also features the iconic ‘My Pal’ by GOD as well as classic tracks from Beasts Of Bourbon, Tumbleweed, The Meanies, Powder Monkeys, You Am I and many more. Adalita also contributes to the liner notes. Out now through Festival/Warner.
MAGIC DIRT OFFICIAL YOUTUBE CHANNEL
We finally have our very own special YouTube channel.
And for the first time we have been able to host many of our official video clips. Plus there’s loads more…live stuff, TV clips, interviews and more…! We’ll keep working to get even more official and not before seen clips in the near future.
Hope you all enjoy. Spread the word. Click on pic below.
the Dirtbags x
IN MEMORY OF DEAN
It is four years ago to this day that our beloved Dean passed away but we keep his memory alive and strong and never forget his lasting contribution to music, his dedication to his family and his loyalty as a friend and bandmate.
Dean. Innovator, trailblazer, mentor, funny guy, old soul, genius, true, dignified, music lover, sound perfector, diamond mind, zen creature, beautiful friend, fierce protector, sacred family, gatekeeper of sound, supporter of women in music, supporter of the outsider in music, missed, deep in our hearts, those who know, know well, that you are always here. The Dirtbags miss you mate. We all do. Love always. XXX
LATEST NEWS - LANEWAY FESTIVAL & THE DEAN TURNER PROJECT
On behalf of Laneway and Dean’s wife, Linda Bosidis-Turner, we are very proud to announce that last year the Dean Turner project, in conjunction with Laneway Festival and Dean’s wife, Linda Bosidis-Turner, raised over $20,000 to help support the Yiriman project, which is an aboriginal youth program run by aboriginal elders in the Kimberley region. This was made possible by the public making a voluntary donation to the Dean Turner Project when purchasing a Laneway ticket. It’s an incredible result for such a worthy cause.
The Laneway Festival also named the Melbourne stage ‘The Dean Turner stage’ in his honour. We are deeply touched by Danny Rogers’ and Jerome Borazio’s beautiful and moving gesture. Dean was such an incredible champion of Australian music and the live scene and this is such a great way to honour his legacy together with his deep and abiding respect for the Indigenous people of Australia and their culture. For more information please follow the link below.
(Here is a message from the Danny Rogers and Jerome Borazio, the promoters of the Laneway Festival in Melbourne)
“We are super excited to be back in Footscray for the third year in a row to celebrate our world class event. This year we are especially honored to be naming a stage after one of our local music heroes, Dean Turner, who passed away in August 2009 after a long courageous battle with an extremely rare form of cancer. As bass player and co-founder of Magic Dirt, Dean was deeply devoted to and passionate about music which was always evident in his energetic and enthusiastic stage presence. He was a unique individual with a beautiful soul and is a huge inspiration to many musicians. He provided his vast knowledge and support with humility, grace and integrity throughout his role as a songwriter, musician and producer. Dean worked tirelessly because music was one of the greatest joys in his life; he selflessly championed Australian music, was focused on encouraging young bands and hosted music workshops for secondary schools nationally. He was particularly generous with his time and advice and had a profound effect on people, always leaving a warm and inspired feeling.
The Dean Turner stage is an ongoing collaboration we will undertake with Dean’s wife, Linda Bosidis, and their two girls, Charlie and Evie. We ask that everyone has Dean in their thoughts while enjoying the incredible acts that we have curated on this stage. Further to that, in consultation with Linda, we are proud to be supporting the Yiriman Project.
The Yiriman Project is a cultural youth diversionary project designed and governed by Elders from within a cultural block in the south-west Kimberley region. Since 2001, the project has assisted young indigenous people at risk from suicide, drug and alcohol abuse and criminal activity by joining them with Elders and re-connecting them with their land and culture.
The funds collected go directly to Yiriman and help them to deliver genuine and positive results by responding to the needs, anti-social behaviour and profound social disadvantages that their young people face.
It was Dean who suggested to us a few years back that it would be a nice touch to give people free public transport to and from the event and we took this on in 2010. In 2012 we are offering free public transport again to punters as part of their ticket. With this in mind, we ask that you please tick the charity box to add $2.60 to your ticket which will go towards the Yiriman Project.
Dean was a lover of live music, a great friend, a true inspiration and leader in the local music scene. Our goal is to remember our friend as we are celebrating what he loved most: his family, friends and incredible music.
We love you Dean and we miss you so much. Ad, Raul and Adam xxx
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MAGIC DIRT VOTED IN TRIPLE J’s HOTTEST 100 AUSTRALIAN ALBUMS OF ALL TIME
In the industry voted Triple J Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time, Magic Dirt scored No. 49 with ‘Friends In Danger’ and No. 74 with ‘Young and Full of the Devil’. This result was gleaned from a poll of over 175 music industry heads, musicians and Triple J presenters themselves.
To view the full list visit www.abc.net.au/triplej
ADALITA SOLO LATEST NEWS
It’s been two years since Adalita first released her debut solo album to critical acclaim, garnering a Best Female Artist nomination at the 2011 ARIA Awards, shortlisted for the 2011 AMP prize and landing Best Album of 2011 at the AIR Independent Music Awards, it has been a momentous and exciting time.
Adalita is currently working on her second solo album due for release in 2013. For all the latest news please visit www.adalita.com
RAUL’S NEW BAND - RIVER OF SNAKES - CHERRY BAR residency DEC 2012
Raul Sanchez’s new band ‘River of Snakes’, a heavy, sonic noisy three-piece has been going gangbusters! They will be returning to the Cherry Bar as part of the ‘The 2012 best of Wednesday residencies’ month throughout December. Free entry and $4 Jagers. And look out for more gigs coming real soon!
For all River Of Snakes info check out www.riverofsnakes.tumblr.com
IN MEMORY OF DEAN
photo: Marty Williams
For nine years, Dean battled an extremely rare form of soft tissue cancer called dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP). This cancer became life threatening after it began to metastasize and cause various fatal tumours. Being a very private man, Dean chose to fight the cancer in a quiet and dignified manner. He displayed great courage and incredible stoicism. And above all else he had an unshakeable positive attitude throughout his long ordeal. His composure and grace during this time will never be forgotten and is an inspiration to us all.
As a founding member of Magic Dirt, Dean was the linchpin, the heart and soul of the band. He was the rock, the glue, the oracle, the cool filter. He was deeply dedicated and passionate about the music he made and the impact the band had on peoples lives. Dean always came up with fantastic ideas but he tempered these ideas with a rock solid work ethic and made them not only real but a success.
Dean’s bass playing and sound is unique and unmistakable. With a great flow and organic playing style, Dean dug deep into his role as bass player, supporting and creating a bedrock, the backbone of the Magic Dirt sound. And fans will never forget his melodic riffing, heavy thunder, sonic shimmers and noise fests at Magic Dirt’s live shows.
Dean worked tirelessly because music was one of the greatest joys in his life. Sadly, Dean had many projects and goals he wanted to achieve that will remain unrealised.
Dean championed a lot of Australian music, always interested in giving young bands a go, he was generous with his time and advice to those that sought his council. Dean was also a band manager, being instrumental in the rise of Brisbane band Violent Soho, he guided and tended the band and had an immensely positive impact on them. Dean was also an in demand producer. His vision and stabilizing effect in the recording studio allowed many bands the opportunity to realize their dreams of making great records. He produced such bands as Violent Soho, theredsunband, Gersey, Sons of the Sun and lastly worked on Adalita’s (Magic Dirt’s front woman) first solo album.
Dean also sat on VIC Rocks grants committee which he loved doing and he played an active role in giving artists the support they needed and was asked to return year after year by the board executives.
But the greatest joy and proudest achievement in Dean’s life is his family. He was an extremely dedicated and loving father and husband. His wife Linda and two children were the loves of his life and he cherished them with all his being. In the last nine years during his battle with the cancer he did everything he could to stay with them despite the pain and suffering he was enduring. He had a profound effect on people, always leaving a warm and inspiring feeling.
The surviving Magic Dirt members, Adalita, Raul and Adam are absolutely devastated at their loss and cannot fathom a future without him. Above all else they will remember Dean as their beautiful and precious friend. Kind, gentle, very funny and witty, had impeccable taste, a joy to be around, a great storyteller, extremely trustworthy, honest, direct, a diamond mind.
They are so very proud of Dean’s brave fight and will ensure that Dean’s legacy of integrity and spirit in everything he did, lives on.
Magic Dirt’s love and thoughts go out to Dean’s family and to his wife Linda and two beautiful daughters.
MESSAGE from LINDA BOSIDIS-TURNER & MAGIC DIRT
On behalf of Dean’s precious little girls Charlie & Evie, I’d like to extend my deep appreciation to anyone who generously donated to our daughters and provided support. I’m sorry that I have not been able to thank everyone individually but know that I am very grateful. Thank you, Linda
Thank you to all the fans for your incredible outpouring of love, care and support. We’d also like to acknowledge and thank all the wonderful bands, friends, venues and visual artists who were involved in putting together their own benefit shows in honour of Dean and in helping to contribute to his daughters trust fund. In gratitude, Adalita, Raul and Adam
poster: Rick Chesshire
WHITE BOY EP & VIDEO
Magic Dirt played a run of shows in late 2009 and released the White Boy EP in tribute to Dean Turner. The tour and the EP are among the final projects Dean worked on.
Dean founded Magic Dirt in 1992 and played bass in the band until he passed away on August 21, 2009. The band announced the run of shows as a loving tribute to their dear friend. It offered Magic Dirt and their fans an opportunity to give Dean the rousing and rowdy send-off he so richly deserved.
Adalita, Raul and Adam said when announcing the shows, “Dean loved playing live. He liked to play loud and hard and give it all he had. 110% all the way. We are so proud of Deans legacy and the gifts he has left with us all. His gifts of perseverance, passion and commitment to the music. And his endearing gifts of boyish fun, his invigorating and uplifting attitude on that long hard road and his pure punk rock spirit on stage, behind the scenes and around us at all times.”
Among one of the final recording projects that Dean assembled was the White Boy EP. This EP contains ‘White Boy’, lifted from the band’s latest album Girl as well as the track ‘Summer High’ featuring Rowland S Howard and produced by Dean. Other songs include ‘Love Is The Armour’ which features Gareth Liddiard from The Drones, two previously unreleased tracks ‘Deep In A Net Of Red’ and ‘Valley Of The Rose’ and ‘Future Fuck’ which is lifted off their 2008 tour ep.
There are only a few more copies existing of the limited edition White Boy EP. They are available to buy from good independent record stores and JB Hi Fi.
In conjunction with the release of the White Boy EP comes the White Boy video. Directed by Geelong wunderkid, Adam Harding, White Boy was shot in the eerie surrounds of the Old Geelong Gaol in Dec 1997. Adam came on the road with us in 2007 and shot the live footage that you see in the clip. We recommend the VIMEO link for high definition viewing.
White Boy on VIMEO
White Boy on YOUTUBE
THE BIG BOTTOM PEDAL V2 - A DEAN TURNER & TIM BRENNAN invention - AVAILABLE NOW
Together with Tim from Tym Guitars, Dean helped invent and design a special pedal called The Big Bottom V2.
It is specifically designed so that bass players can use guitar effects pedals without losing bottom end frequencies on the bass guitar.
The Big Bottom V2 is available to order now from Tym Guitars. Tim will kindly be donating all the profits to Deans family trust.
MAGIC DIRT ‘ICE’ in MUSHROOM MUSIC SONG BOOK
The Mushroom Music Song Book is a collection of 50 iconic Australian songs and Magic Dirt’s indie classic, ‘Ice’ has been included in this amazing book which also features such legendary songs as ‘I’m Stranded’ (The Saints), ‘Shivers’ (Boys Next Door) and ‘The Loved One’ (The Loved Ones) amongst many others.
The book is beautifully put together and features not only illustrations, photographs and personal anecdotes from the songwriters and peers but also includes the full sheet music to accompany each song.
Contributors to Magic Dirt’s ‘Ice’ anecdotes include Daniel Herring (Magic Dirt’s first guitarist) and Gareth Liddiard (The Drones).
Adalita from Magic Dirt states,
“…Magic Dirt is humbled and honoured to be a part of Australian music history and we know that Dean would’ve been extremely proud of this incredible achievement as we all are.”
The Mushroom Music Songbook is out now and available through all good music retailers and book stores.
‘PARADISE’ ON VIMEO NOW
Parts 1 & 2 of the ‘PARADISE’ film are now up on Vimeo. This short film was directed by the amazing Glendyn Ivin (Cannes Palme D’Or Winner 2003, AFI Award Winner 2003) and was inspired by Dean Turner’s experimental ‘noise’ album, Roky’s Room (2007).
‘Paradise’ had its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) in 2008.