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by Ancient Champion

originally published: December, 2017

It's going straight into the car alongside the Ella, Mariah & Mary J. Christmas Collections. It's that good.

It's going straight into the car alongside the Ella, Mariah & Mary J. Christmas Collections. It's that good.


story by Ancient Champion

originally published: December, 2017

Tav Falco
A Tav Falco Christmas
ORG Music/FRENZI Music & Films

Tav Falco has been a great friend to outsideleft over the years. Last Christmas, our Christmas with Tav Falco feature - consisting mainly of his photo shoot in Memphis and the story of how Tav spends the holidays, (at times on a Norton), is simply one of my favorite ever things in outsideleft or any magazine anywhere. So you can imagine our excitement when we heard about A Tav Falco Christmas Album. And now finally it is here, and it is perfect. It really does capture everything that is cool about Christmas and a dash of the miasma with which I recall christmases from my heyday. There was one once. Anyway, Awash with bells, dreamy teetering background vocals and authenticity. It's going straight into the car alongside the Ella, Mariah & Mary J  Christmas Collections. It's that good. It's gonna get me through. 

Recorded in Memphis at Sam Phillips Sound Recording Studio with a band of indie rock superstars Mike Watt on bass, Toby Dammit on drums, Mario Monterosso on guitars and pianist Francesco D'Angelo. Probably in July or something you know how these things go...

Of the record, Tav says, "I’ve had the notion of recording a solo Christmas mini-album for quite some time. I pitched the idea and a playlist to record labels, but labels come and go while the songs themselves seem eternal. Familiar Christmas tunes were tossed in the punchbowl - evergreens from genres of pop, jazz, and ghetto funk. In large part these were songs that I listened to as a young boy around Christmas time. The classic ones made a merry backdrop as I ran my 1947 American Flyer steam locomotive on an oval track around our Christmas tree freshly cut in the backwoods of Arkansas where we lived. The music and the clickety-clack of the tiny wheels under the rustic freight train made a montage of sounds that will ever conjure the jaunty bonhomie of Christmas for me." 

Tav CHristmas album

Featuring Santa Claus Is Back in Town, White Christmas, Jingle Bell Rock, Blue Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Christmas Blues, Holly Jolly Christmas and Soulful Christmas. A Tav Falco Christmas is the perfect gift from Tav to you. And from you to anyone you love.

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Ancient Champion

Ancient Champion only ever communicates with us online so, so much we don't know. Proud Citizen of Nowhere is the response when we ask where you from? We do know the Ancient Champion is releasing a new single each month of 2018. Instrumental music characterised as easy listening for difficult people. And a collection of extremely short stories, Six Stories About Motoring Nowhere as part of the SideCartel's Sextet series. More info at

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