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American Idol in London: Tav Falco's Panther Burns the 100 Club Alive

Tav Falco and the Unapproachable Panter Burns played a rare couple of UK shows in London and Newcastle last week.

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by Hamilton High, for outsideleft.com
originally published: September, 2011
artist, musician, filmmaker, Tav Falco is an inspiration to us all. A real American Idol.

Tav Falco's Panther Burns
Live at the 100 Club,

Tav Falco and Panther Burns played a couple of rare UK shows last week and fortunately for us, we roused ourselves, got out of the house and got along to the show at the 100 Club. What a treat it was. 

To celebrate the reissue by Stag-o-Lee of their first two, now legendary recordings, (damn! they were legendary then, legendary even before they were originally released!) Behind The Magnolia Curtain LP and the Blow Your Top EP, Tav Falco brought the whole Unapproachable Panther Burns to the stage of London's renowned 100 Club. 

Look I don't know anything about Stag-o-Lee records but putting out those early Panther Burns records is an idea so great I wish I'd had it myself. I mean, Behind the Magnolia Curtain still sits on the turntable here so often, who'd have known it was even out of print?

Anyway, to the 100 Club and a Panther Burns set both blistering and languid, such is their nature, punctuated by a suit change - into the sharkskin item I'd say, (although my eyes are old and I can't really tell mohair from microfiber even), pretty well brought the house down. The songs were drawn mainly from those two aforementioned records, with a smattering of newer material sprinkled about too. It was great. As an artist, musician, filmmaker, Tav Falco is an inspiration to us all. An American Idol.

Afterwards we headed way East for more fun and a DJ set. Don't know what happened there. Really, just don't know what happened. 

Meanwhile aside from buying the records - check out Tav Falco's 10 Favorite Tunes published on the website Louder Than War. Or go to the Stag-o-Lee website and listen to Tav's Administrator Blues on their player. Wow!

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Hamilton High

Hamilton High was born on Doheny Ave in the gutter, is a poet, writer and observer of popular culture. Likes fashion and cares less for style. He's on the move, he's an alter ego and we hardly ever hear from him.

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