TAV FALCO & THE UNAPPROACHABLE PANTHERS BURNS
Seance for Deranged Lovers

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1-Ballad of the Rue de la Lune
2-Sympathy for Mata Hari
3-Chamber of Desire
4-Administrator Blues
5-Tango Fatale
6-Budapest
7-Secret Rendez-vous
8-Garden of the Medicis
9-Lady From Shanghai
10-Gentleman in Black
11-PhantĂ´me Demoiselle
12-Conjuration of Masques



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Tav Falco has been mining the deep, dark recesses of backwater Southern roots, rock, rockabilly, and even tango for decades now and is truly a cult figure in the best sense and is one of the most stylish figures in music. "Conjurations" finds Falco mining the territory that serves him well: brooding mid-tempo ballads rife with mystery, passion, and the secret whispered vocabulary of the lover of the night, the poetry, tortured by the muse, reaching for the moon for enlightenment and guidance with a pocket full of hidden charms just in case. Unlike some of Tav Falco's recent recordings, "Conjurations" features very strong songs, performances, and the key element for Tav: beautiful production values. The sound is rich, clean, and gorgeous which highlights the brooding sincerity and instantly recognizable crooning style that Tav has honed into a distinctively masculine but, nuanced, intimate approach that can give you goosebumps. Highlights include "Rue De La Lune" and "Gentleman In Black." Conjurations displays Tav Falco's considerable talents in a beautiful light.

Tav Falco et The Panthers Burns sont l'un des derniers représentants de la fusion rockabilly blues noise comme le sont les Cramps ou Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Enregistré dans un studio secret au coeur de Saint Germain des Près à Paris, ce nouvel album emmène encore plus loin le groupe dans son accomplissement.La voix exceptionnelle de Falco est mise en valeur par le groupe fort de plus de dix anneés de colaboration: Giovana Pirrorno à la batterie, Grégoire Cat à la guitare, Laurent Lanouzière à la basse. A noter en invités Bertrand Burgalat et Olivier Manoury.

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02-24-2011:

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Author Robert Gordon included a sizeable segment about Tav Falco and the beginnings of his group Panther Burns in his acclaimed book on Memphis music, It Came From Memphis. Falco has formed a legendary reputation nationally and internationally over the past three decades since the formation of Tav Falco’s Panther Burns, releasing dozens of recordings, produced by the comrades, Jim Dickinson, and Perry Michael Allen of Hi Records.

Tav Falco first felt the twinges of musical inspiration growing up in rural Arkansas, where he was drawn to the rustic blues and jazz forms that abounded in the Mississippi Delta area. While working as a brakeman on the Missouri Pacific railroad, Falco would hop rides into Memphis -- where “music was just in the air,” He remembers hearing 1st generation country blues artists like Sleepy John Estes, Bukka White, Furry Lewis, Fred McDowell and Houston Stackhouse.

Falco later moved to Memphis, where he crafted avant-garde video documentaries of local musicians for the experimental TeleVista group. Around that time, he joined Jim Dickinson’s offbeat band Mud Boy & The Neutrons as a performance artist. “We would do these alternative theatrical art actions within the context of rock’n’roll shows," he recalls. “We were being hoisted up in harnesses and slung out over the audience and re-enacting scenes from William Burroughs involving shipwrecks, finger amputations and onstage explosions.”

Mud Boy eventually disbanded, but their free-for-all at Memphis’ Orpheum Theater would be Falco’s dramatic entry into the world of music making. Falco arrived with his battered Silvertone guitar (purchased from a neighbor for five dollars) on which he’d learned an odd, drone style from then obscure honky-tonk bluesman R.L. Burnside, and, between sets, he took the stage. “I was in evening clothes -- frock coat and tails, white tie and gloves -- and I had a chainsaw and an electric Skilsaw set up on two
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Tav Falco et The Panthers Burns sont l'un des derniers représentants de la fusion rockabilly blues noise comme le sont les Cramps ou Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Enregistré dans un studio secret au coeur de Saint Germain des Près à Paris, ce nouvel album emmène encore plus loin le groupe dans son accomplissement.La voix exceptionnelle de Falco est mise en valeur par le groupe fort de plus de dix anneés de colaboration: Giovana Pirrorno à la batterie, Grégoire Cat à la guitare, Laurent Lanouzière à la basse. A noter en invités Bertrand Burgalat et Olivier Manoury.


Trente ans après ses débuts à Memphis dans une veine rockabilly qui lui a valu d’être un des pionniers du rock garage moderne (retour aux racines rock’n’roll, esthétique façon années cinquante, énergie punk, son abrasif), Tav Falco démontre qu’il n’a rien perdu de sa pertinence avec cet excellent album enregistré à Paris. Toujours entouré de ses Panther Burns, Falco démontre sur "Conjurations.." qu'il n’a rien perdu de sa ferveur lorsqu’il s’agit de jouer un rock’n’roll âpre et classieux, que ce soit sur les rythmes primitifs de "Sympathy For Mata Hari" ou les complaintes bluesy de "Gentleman In Black" et "Administrator Blues". Falco éblouit lorsqu’il prend des poses de crooner sur des ballades pop (la superbe "Ballad of the Rue De La Lune", "Garden Of The Medicis" sur laquelle Bertrand Burgalat joue du clavecin) ou lorsqu’il chante le tango le sourire en coin ("Secret Rendez-Vous", "Tango Fatale").

Tav Falco is an American underground icon and internationally renowned tango dancer of indeterminate age. Panther Burns, the band he formed in Memphis in 1979, is now staffed by glamorous Parisians. Being French, Falco’s hired guns approach American trash culture as high art, and give this slinky garage blues a veneer of decadent sophistication. The brute confidence of Falco’s smoky cabaret croon defies ridicule; he claims Borges, Bobby Pickett’s Monster Mash and Renaissance Florence as influences for the loping, louche standout track, Garden of the Medicis, and gets away with it. He is your new favorite cult figure, but these days his back catalogue is priced way beyond your means.

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