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5 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Tav Falco. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Tav Falco, often where they are interviewed.

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5 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Tav Falco. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Tav Falco, often where they are interviewed.

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Tav Falco

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VIPop #12

Fully fledged artist, Tav Falco, American musician, continues his solitary path, begun in the mid-70's, with flamboyance and courage.... In his amorous search for the most obscure songs of the American repertoire, but not that, in order to reappropriate them completely, we are not far from the alchemist's quest to transform lead into gold ... No one better than him can play with the codes of rock'n'roll, constantly and gracefully sneaking between light and shadow... A rare life and word

Artiste à part entière, Tav Falco, musicien américain, continue son chemin solitaire, commencé au milieu des années 70's, avec flamboyance et courage ... Dans sa recherche amoureuse des chansons les plus obscures du répertoire américain, mais pas que, pour ensuite se les réapproprier totalement, on n'est pas loin de la quête de l'alchimiste voulant transformer le plomb en or ... Personne mieux que lui arrive à jouer avec les codes du rock'n'roll en se faufilant constamment avec grâce entre ombre et lumière ... Une vie et une parole rares.

Broadcast for the first time on radio Le Village Pop on 29/01/20 Le Village Pop

Diffusé pour la première fois sur la radio Le Village Pop le 29/01/20 Le Village Pop

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Apr 03 2020 · 58mins
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Tav Falco special

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Tav Falco in conversation with David Eastaugh

Impressed by a 1978 performance of Falco's at The Orpheum in Memphis that culminated in the chainsawing of a guitar, Alex Chiltonteamed with him. They developed the self-styled "art damage" band, Tav Falco's Panther Burns. The group recorded a first album for Rough Trade at Ardent Studios in Memphis. Their previous 1980 session for the label at Phillips Recording was temporarily shelved (it was later re-released in 1992 on Marilyn Records as The Unreleased Sessions).

Falco devoted some of his musical career highlighting great traditional artists who had not gained media attention. He introduced their work to his audiences and to writers following his work by performing Panther Burns shows on billings with these artists, recording interpretations of their songs, and occasionally collaborating with some of them on projects for small record labels he's been associated with, such as Au Go Go and New Rose. Among these artists were blueswoman Jessie Mae Hemphill and rockabilly pioneer Charlie Feathers. Falco and Lux Interior of The Cramps worked on the photography and liner notes, respectively, for the 1982 Honky Tonk Man album by Feathers. Both younger vocalists had been influenced by Feathers' energetic, hiccup-styled vocals of the 1950s. Falco has invited such musicians as Cordell Jackson, R. L. Burnside, Mose Vinson, and Van Zula Hunt to perform at this Panther Burns concerts. Falco has released numerous Panther Burns albums on small international indie labels. He also has co-released some recordings by his band and other Memphis-area artists on his own Frenzi label.

Falco has appeared as an actor with small parts in films such as Great Balls of Fire! (1989 - USA), The Big Post Office Robbery (1992 - Hungary), Highway 61 (1991 - Canada), Downtown 81 (2001 - USA), and Wayne County Rambling (2002 - USA). Long a student of the tango under European and Argentine instructors, he appeared in Dans Le Rouge du Couchant (2003 - France) as a tango dancer, and choreographed his part in the film. He has appeared in several short films, most of which he produced and in some cases served as the filmmaker. These have been shown in underground arts venues such as The Horse Hospital in London.

In 2003 six of Falco's short films were accepted and archived into the permanent collection of the Cinémathèque Française in Paris. The short films archived are Love's Last Warning(1996), Born Too Late (1993), Helene of Memphis (1991), Memphis Beat (1989), Shadetree Mechanic (1986), and 71 Salvage (1971). A selection of Falco's short films were shown in a retrospective at the Cinémathèque Française in 2006. His first feature film, Urania Descending, was announced in 2014, having been completed the prior year.

Tav Falco has collaborated with Erik Morse, an American underground author, rock writer and journalist, on a two volume encyclopedic history and psychogeography of the city of Memphis, Tennessee, entitled MONDO MEMPHIS. Falco's book, Ghosts Behind The Sun/Mondo Memphis: Volume 1, is a study of Memphis beginning with the Civil War up to more recent autobiographical accounts set in the city. Morse's Bluff City Underground/Mondo Memphis: Volume 2 roman noir follows a West Coast graduate student and his encounters with a Memphis secret society. They were published by Creation Books; a paperback edition of Falco's volume was published in November 2011.

Falco has said his main artistic purpose is "to stir up the dark waters of the unconscious."

Falco has released more than nine album recordings.Conjurations was released in 2011 on a German label, Stag-O-Lee, and a French label, Bang! Records, followed by an American CD release on the Cosmodelic label in October 2011. A live album, Live In London, was released on Stag-O-Lee in 2012. In 2014, Falco compiled a double album of some of his favorite tracks from his music collection, Tav Falco's Wild & Exotic World of Musical Obscurities, released on Stag-o-Lee Records. The album set included a Panther Burns song, "Real Cool Trash", and liner notes by Falco.

In 2015, Falco's first book of photography, a collection of images of the gothic South called Iconography of Chance: 99 Photographs of the Evanescent South, was published by Elsinore and distributed by University of Chicago Press. The same year, he toured with Panther Burns and released another album, Command Performance.

Tav's most recent studio album is Cabaret of Daggers, released by ORG Music in November 2018.

Dec 10 2019 · 46mins
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Tav Falco of Panther Burns

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I was interviewing Dave Alvin when he realized he had sat down next to an ant bed, and while talking to Tav Falco of Panther Burns for this podcast, he briefly hung up on me while the bandmate driving the van got popped for speeding. Such is the glamorous life of the touring musician.

Falco made his name in Memphis in the early '80s by occupying the space where punk, art, and the avant-garde intersected. In 1979, he performed a cover of "Train Kept A-Rollin'" on a local television show, and that version prompted the host to ask, "That's anti-music, right?" then announce, "That's the worst sound I've heard come out on television." His Behind the Magnolia Curtain (1982) chronicles that phase of his career, and while his music has always come from a personal place, it was never as out as that again.

In 2017, he surprised fans when he released A Tav Falco Christmas, which featured him playing some of the most popular songs in the Christmas songbook in ways that took the songs at face value. It seemed odd at first blush, but the title of his 1994 album--The World We Knew--could serve as his mission statement. His fascination with what we've lost over time was always going to lead him to Christmas music at some point. 

For more on Tav Falco and Panther Burns, here's a critical essay I wrote in 2012 an interview with him from the same time, and a review of the photography exhibit that he showed at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, accompanied by a showing of his films, and a concert by Panther Burns.

May 29 2019 · 26mins
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Stereo Embers The Podcast: Tav Falco (Tav Falco's Panther Burns)

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“Tav Falco Got A Late Start”

The legendary Tav Falco is our guest this week and mid-way through the interview he confesses that he got a late start in life. Well, he’s sure made up for it. Not only is Tav Falco one of the most enigmatic and authentic musicians out there, it's hard to think of a bigger champion of underground music, art and literature in the modern age. A musician, photographer, historian, and filmmaker, Falco is a true American original. What’s he like? Imagine if Harry Dean Stanton was cast in a biopic about Gene Vincent and the film was directed by David Lynch. Tav sits down with Alex and gives him the scoop
on his new record. He also talks about his friendships with Alex Chilton and Lux Interior of The Cramps, the psychology of David Bowie and how to avoid self parody. Tav is an authentic and unique artist and this conversation is a studied chat about art,
history and how to keep the danger and the romance alive in music.
Apr 18 2018 · 59mins
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Tav Falco & Pather Burns, Jenny Hval (Norway) и другие в 12-ом выпуске программы "Записки из Подполья". (012)

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Tav Falco & Pather Burns, Jenny Hval (Norway) и другие в 12-ом выпуске программы "Записки из Подполья". Трэк лист передачи:
1. Tav Falco & Pather Burns (USA/Italy) Fire Island LP Command performance (Twenty Stone Platt)
2. Jenny Hval (Norway) The Battle Is Over LP Apocalypse Girl (Sacred Bones)
3. Jenny Hval (Norway) Heaven LP Apocalypse Girl (Sacred Bones)
4. New Order ft Iggy Pop (UK/USA) Stray Dog LP Music Complete (Mute)
5. Club Del Rio (Spain) Idolos LP Monzon (El Volcan)
6. Standard of Living (USA) N.F.A. LP "Bay Area Retrograde Vol 1&2" (Dark Entries)
7. Red Asphalt (USA) Red Asphalt LP "Bay Area Retrograde Vol 1&2" (Dark Entries)
8. Baby Buddha (USA) Little Things LP "Bay Area Retrograde Vol 1&2" (Dark Entries)
9. Zru Vogue (USA) Nakweda Dream LP "Bay Area Retrograde Vol 1&2" (Dark Entries)
10. Gemma Hayes (Ireland) Chasing LP Bones and longing (Chasing Dragons)
11. Archive (UK) Feel It LP Restriction (Dangervisit)
12. Erkki Sven Tuur + Nguyen Le + UMO Orchestra (Estonia/Vietnam?Finland) Symphony #5, part 2
LP Symphony #5/Prophecy(Ondine)
May 07 2016 · 59mins