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Host Sean Johnson’s “Songs of Summer 2014″

Each summer, there are always a slew of songs that pass through my playlists, but there are only a few that always get put on constant repeat.  After many walks around Boston, More »

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Cover Model Ryan: Photo Shoot and Interview

Hometown: Tewksbury, MA Profession: Welder/sheet metal fabricator Hobbies: Camping, hanging with friends, video games, skiing, hiking, card games, swimming, hitting the beach. Favorite Album: The Moon and Antarctica by Modest Mouse Favorite More »

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07.11.2014 F&G Bear Week + Hercules and Love Affair CD Release Party

F&G is ready for Bear Week this year, celebrating with the release of the new Hercules and Love Affair‘s newest album! Plus cover model Ryan really knows how to bring in the boys More »

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Fur and Gold’s Thoughts on PRIDE

Fur and Gold members, Host Sean M. Johnson, DJ Brent Covington, and DJ Taffy take a moment to look back at what it means to be part of the LGBTQIA Community, their More »

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Cover Model Soren: Photo Shoot & Interview

Hometown: Smithville, MO Profession: Data analyst at an education nonprofit Hobbies: poetry, reading, biking, porching, ribaldry and merriment Favorite Album: This is a tough one! If I were sixteen I would say More »

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Cover Model Christian: Photo Shoot & Interview

Hometown: I was born in Venezuela – But I consider NYC my hometown Profession: Trainer and I manage the GSTAR Raw store Hobbies: Photography and Working Out. Favorite Album: I have so More »

DJ Taffy’s Set List – July 11, 2014

No Sex For Ben – The Rapture
Sugar On The Side – Blondie
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? – Revolting Cocks
Everything I Ever Wanted – Bright Light Bright Light
In For The Kill – La Roux
Catch You – Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Call Me Hung Up (Madonna vs. Blondie) – A plus D
Walk Of Shame (Craig Welsh Pop Bootleg Mix) – P!nk
All Night (Cash Cash Radio Edit) – Icona Pop
Something Good – Utah Saints
Doctors Orders – Carol Douglas
Fuck You! – Cee Lo Green
Bitch (E-Team Funky Bitch Edit) – Meredith Brooks
Send Me An Angel – Real Life
Song 2 – Blur
Don’t Leave Me This Way – The Communards
Africa (Nikko Full Vocal White Label Club Mix) – Toto
100% Pure Love – Crystal Waters
West End Girls [Original Bobcat 12" Version] – Pet Shop Boys
Sexbomb – Mousse T. & Tom Jones
Little Red Corvette (LP Version) – Prince
Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
Moving On Up (M People Master Mix) – M People
Sucker DJ (Radio Edit) – Dimples D
It’s A Shame – Monie Love
Rapture – Blondie
Brick House – The Commodores
Too Shy – Kajagoogoo
I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ – Scissor Sisters
Wannabe – Spice Girls

DJ Brent Covington’s Set List – July 11, 2014

Go – Grimes ft. Blood Diamond
Can’t Do Without You – Caribou
2 On (Belanger Remix) – Tinashe
Falling Scrubs (Carlos Serrano Mashup) – TLC vs. HAIM
You & Me (Flume Remix) – Disclosure
Never Tear Us Apart (Jakob Carrison Remix) – INXS
Boy Boy Boy – andhim
Tous Les Memes (Aeroplane Remix) – Stromae
I Blame Myself (Negative Supply Remix) – Sky Ferriera
Warmbody – Wiz Kilo
Surrounded By Your Friends (Twin Shadow Remix) – Hooray For Earth
West Coast (MK Remix) – Lana Del Rey
Pretty Hurts (I Am A Camera Remix) – Beyonce
I’m Really Hot (Serge Santiago Remix) – Missy Elliott
Do It Again (Issac Christopher Remix) – Royksopp ft. Robyn
Freak – Chris Malinchack
Habits [Stay High](Chainsmokers Remix) – Tove Lo
Boom Clap (Cahill Remix) – Charli XCX
Hideaway (Gorgon City Remix) – Kiesza
Blind – Hercules & Love Affair ft. Antony
Invisible Light (Boys Noize Remix) – Scissor Sisters
Do What You Wanna Do – Nile Rodgers
Sissy That Walk (Dirty Pop Deconstruction Remix) – RuPaul
Chandelier (Cutmore Remix) – Sia
Always (Manhattan Clique Remix) – Erasure
Tough Love (Cyril Hahn Remix) – Jessie Ware
All She Wants (SNBRN & KLATCH Remix) – Ace Of Base
Fancy (Martin & Souza Remix) – Iggy Azalea

07.11.2014 Fur & Gold

Host Sean Johnson’s “Songs of Summer 2014″

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Each summer, there are always a slew of songs that pass through my playlists, but there are only a few that always get put on constant repeat.  After many walks around Boston, blasting music in my bedroom while I sing and dance in my underwear, I have come up with a list of ten songs that you cannot miss this summer!  You may hear some of them at Fur and Gold, or at the other party I work, Boyfriends, but if you love it, REQUEST IT!  I’m sure DJs Brent Covington and Taffy wouldn’t refuse many of these!

 

1.  Kiesza – Hideaway

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Kiesza is a singer-songwriter from Calgary, and is also an in-demand songwriter for acts across the globe, puts together her own stunning artwork, is a trained ballerina, and a former tall-ship sailor who the Army once attempted to train as a sniper.

Kiesza’s first songs had a distinctly folky edge, but her writing would soon expand to other genres. After recording a few demos with a friend, she decided to submit a CD to Selkirk’s music school, before setting sail for Hawaii. Upon arrival in Hawaii, she received a call saying she was accepted without an audition or interview. Kiesza left Hawaii, and after a year at Selkirk received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston.

After attending Berklee, she went to New York City to advance her music career. One professor knew Kiesza had a rare skill and put her in touch with recent graduate Rami Samir Afuni. The well-paired duo started experimenting with music and songwriting, and still does to this day. Kiesza’s transition from folk to her new evolving sound has developed naturally, as she idolized Michael Jackson when she was younger, and grew up listening to dance-floor dominating voices like Martha Wash, CeCe Peniston and Robin S. More recently, Disclosure and Hot Natured have been added to her musical influences, as well as nights spent dancing at New York’s Body & Soul events.

In January 2014, ‘Hideaway’ was released by Rami’s own Lokal Legend label, and soon after Kiesza moved to London. The track was recorded in just over an hour; just before Kiesza was due to get on a flight. The song’s video was shot in one-take on the streets of Brooklyn, and showcases Kiesza’s attention-grabbing dance moves.

There are no half measures for Kiesza. A committed artist whose extraordinary ambition is matched only by her unusual clarity of vision and overwhelming talent, this former queen of the high seas has spent years plotting a course to the epicenter of pop. In 2014 her voyage is just beginning, and everyone is welcome along for the ride.

 

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2. Clean Bandit – Rather Be

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Clean Bandit’s music has been described as ‘fusion’ music, mixing electronic music with classical and deep-house elements. Most of their music intertwines classical compositions, such as those from Beethoven, Dvorak, etc. (most typically, Mozart for their song “Mozart’s House”) and they say that some of their music has a lot of humor and a bit tongue in cheek at times.

They produce the music themselves and invite guest artists to sing their songs. Initially, many record labels refused to sign them up as they thought they were a ‘joke band.

“Rather Be” is super easy to listen to, easy to dance to, and great to walk along the river to, spinning and swirling.  I think the video is beyond adorable and love watching it over and over again!

 

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3. Charli XCX – Boom Clap

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You’ve loved what she’s done with Icona Pop’s “I Love It” last year and of course the catchy chorus for Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”, Charli XCX is an amazing pop music writer.  Boom Clap is sure to make the summer dance floor fill up with good vibes, sexual tension, and some great booty grinding.  Short and sweet, Boom Clap is catchy enough that you will listen to it again, and again, and again… haha!  Her new album is due out soon, and if you haven’t gotten her first one, then do so!  MUST MUST have!

 

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4. La Roux – Let Me Down Gently

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Finally La Roux is coming out with another album!  It’s like we’ve been on the edge of our seats for what seems to be the past 4 years, getting little leaks here and there.  After seeing her perform last month at the Paradise Rock Club, I was sold on the upcoming album!  Let Me Down Gently might be a sad song, but it’s produced so well, and finally getting a visual with the video to go with it, it is a solid strong single off the new album.  If you aren’t sold on her androgynous yet, think Tilda Swinton, and rest to assure you it’ll all come back to a good place.  La Roux never fails me, so everything she touches always turns to gold.  Look out for single after single to be a slam hit for a solid strong, well thought out and executed album.  Let’s do this!

 

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5.  Jessie Ware – Tough Love

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“Tough Love” snuck up on me the other week, caught me by surprise, and immediately captured my attention.  With the anticipation of Jesse Ware’s next album, I’m sure all of us who love a sad love song will be highly anticipating this album!  The song has a sleek dark tempo, that’s both sorrowful, but also quite sexy.  The vulnerability of the song and calling attention to the person she’s directing the song to is amazing.  Calling the figure out, letting them know she is there, but will you be?  Seems to be the theme of my life right now, so of course I relate!

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6.  Brooke Candy – Opulence

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Brooke Candy is vulgar, blunt, in your face, and does it all with a high L.A. Glam!  Opulence references quotes from the oh so famous LGBTQ movie you should all know, Paris is Burning, gets you twerking, twiddling, krumping, swagging, name it, you’ll be doing it.  Her vs. Iggy?  who knows who will win, Brooke totally has the whole “Queen B” vibe going on, so we’ll see if there is room in there for the “women in hip hop” scene.  She and her crew with Grimes, and all those other L.A. electro hipster twisters totally know how to show us a good time here, and teach us a thing or two about style!

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7.  Small Black – Real People

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Small Black has been on repeat for quite some time now, and was just a random find on YouTube!  Who knew “Real People” would be an instant hit in my playlist!  The video is AMAZING, referencing War of the Worlds, 80s, the Pacific Northwest, and all other things amazing, such as our androgynous figure throughout the piece.  I got the chance to see them perform last week at Great Scott, and they were very good live!  I would like to call them my little hidden GEM of music finds for the year!  Check it!

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8. Ellie Goulding - Beating Heart

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I know Ellie is an acquired taste for many, but I love her!  Beating Heart came out as the first single off the Divergent Soundtrack.  The movie is quite awful I heard from random viewers, but this single swooped me up in all my emotional cloudiness that I like to surround myself in!  You gotta love her little goaty voice!  Her personality is perfect in many ways, and I love to see an artist who doesn’t take themselves so serious!  Another great little hint if you love Ellie that much, snag up the Divergent Score, her voice can be heard on many of the well produced tracks!  If you are into that sort of thing…. or a hardcore Ellie Fan like myself!

If this song is too slow for you, make your way over to Dirty Remixes  and snag up a remix or two that you can run around or swirl in a cloud of emotional interpreted dances!

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9. Chet Faker – Talk Is Cheap

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One bearded brother to another, Chet had me swooning for him when he released the cover of the Blackstreet song “No Diggity” a year ago.  Now with with new album out, and a great tour ahead of him, this Bearded Ginger Melbourne Man has captured the hearts and swing of all the little bearded hipster gays out there!  Seeing him perform was even better and well, he totally had my friend Steven and I holding each other and acting like little school girls when he performed!  A very talented musician, “Talk Is Cheap” will have you strutting down the street like you are “owning it”, feeling both sexy and cool, never loosing your stride as you look through your shades at all the hotties that pass by.

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10.  Shura - Touch

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Oh Shura, you are in the top contenders with the most listened song of the year!  You came along with me on those long walks in the night, on repeat, spinning around in the field by my house, or sitting and watching your video over and over and over again, with tears in my eyes.  Emotional much?  Whatever, I don’t give a fuck!  Shura hit the nail on the head with this single, and my LOVE for this song shines more than anything at this moment!  It’s an unstoppable force that will slowly drive my roommates insane while I listen to it for the whole year!  The video is amazing, the song is so simple it’s easy to get into, and there are a slew of remixes out there if you need a little faster pace version of the song!  This song gave me the hashtag “#TheFeels” and I’m not afraid of using it!

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Cover Model Ryan: Photo Shoot and Interview

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Hometown: Tewksbury, MA
Profession: Welder/sheet metal fabricator
Hobbies: Camping, hanging with friends, video games, skiing, hiking, card games, swimming, hitting the beach.
Favorite Album: The Moon and Antarctica by Modest Mouse
Favorite Song: Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters by Elton John
Favorite Artist: Modest Mouse

F&G: How does it feel being a cover model for F&G? Have you ever modeled before?
Ryan: It’s a true honor to have been picked. I’ve seen the other models and honestly wasn’t sure if I was worthy of joining their ranks. I did a photo shoot with a friend for fun once but never anything like this.

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F&G: We heard that you do work with your hands? What type of work do you do? When not doing work, what type of creative things do you like to build?
Ryan: Yes I do haha. I work for an hvac company, fabricating and welding their duct work. Sometimes if I’m well behaved (more so lukcy) I get to go install it too! I’ve made several different things in my spare time. I forged some cobras out of rail road spikes, made countless lamps, coat hangers, car fenders.

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F&G: Host Sean Johnson created a blue collar image of yourself for the photo shoot. How do you feel about it? He thought it worked VERY well for you!
Ryan: Well for starters the photo shoot was really fun. Sean and I had a lot of good laughs while doing it. I was very pleased with the results of it and I’m glad we were able to work with the horrible 70′s wood paneling in my apartment. I think the blue collar look turned out great but I thinks its got a touch of 70′s porn star to it as well.

F&G: What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Ryan: Honest, Loyal and Genuine

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F&G: Tell us a little secret about yourself that someone might not know!
Ryan: I love watching cartoons….. especially Anime. It’s a guilty pleasure I guess.

F&G: What is your favorite thing to do on a hot summer day?
Ryan: Relax with an ice cold beer either poolside or at the beach.

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F&G: How does music fit into your every day life?
Ryan: Music plays a huge part in my life daily. It gets me through without going crazy, helps motivate me at the gym and just overall lifts my mood.

F&G: What songs are blowing up your play lists these past few months?
Ryan: HA! There’s way to many, so I’ll name just a few.
Bullet Train by Stephen Swartz
Up the Wolves by The Mountain Goats
Drowning by Banks

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F&G: How did you find out about F&G?
Ryan: It’s was so long ago now that I’m not completely sure. I want to say a few of my friends introduced me to it.

F&G: What about F&G makes you keep coming back for more?
Ryan: Haha are all the bears, cubs, otters and beard rubs an acceptable answer?

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07.11.2014 F&G Bear Week + Hercules and Love Affair CD Release Party

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F&G is ready for Bear Week this year, celebrating with the release of the new Hercules and Love Affair‘s newest album! Plus cover model Ryan really knows how to bring in the boys this year! Join us for some amazing music by DJ Brent Covington and DJ Taffy (Bruce Derfler) while host Sean Johnson snaps your pic in showing off all the fur you got for this year!

Come early or you might have to wait in line! Don’t want to miss all the bear rubbing to go around!

Host Sean Johnson invites you to dance, drink, and have a great time with DJ Brent Covington & DJ Taffy spinning Indie Rock/Pop/Dance, Post-Punk, ’80s, Britpop, Underground, New Wave, Electro, & Euro Hits.

A night at the Alley for Art Fags, Hipsters, Geeks, the Music Obsessed and all. Exploring the alternative side of the Boston Gay Nightlife scene with a new twist for a new generation. Enjoy Visual Entertainment (Music videos, Artist Works), and Cheap Drinks.

Bring your friends and spread the word.

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10pm – 2am
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The collaborative rotating door of personalities that makes up Hercules and Love Affair has always been a broad church. Ringmaster Andy Butler says he has only one consideration when assembling a new line-up for a pristine phase of his epic musical journey through the dynamics of past, present and future night-life. “The key to the Hercules project is that I don’t want people coming to the table with nothing to say.”


The new Hercules cast is impeccable. John Grant was first into the fold and unearthed a new way for Andy to record. His sexy tomcat voice and lyrical ability for translating hardship into elegance lent themselves greatly to the new album and the collaboration ?I Try To Talk To You? is an album highlight, future single and uniquely Hercules.. Another tremendous voice was found in the chameleon Rouge Mary, backstage at a Hercules show in Paris, looking “like a member of Fields of the Nephilim” in a floor length trenchcoat, wide-brimmed hat and heels. Rouge showcases a deep, fierce, spiritual voice found through a gospel education, with a look found through a degree in New Romanticism. Similarly Andy encountered Belgian singer Gustaph at a live gig. He has that perfect mezzo soprano voice that can handle a whole Sylvester vibe. On the first EP from the new album, Gustav heralds the acid pop house masterpiece, ‘Do You Feel The Same?’. And rounding out the vocalists is the smoky voiced virtuoso Krystle Warren. John Grant had introduced Andy to Krystle’s voice on a Youtube clip of her singing her own immortal heartbreak classic ‘Circles’. Tears ensued, with an inquiry as to who this crooner was. In Andy’s words, “Two months later Krystle was in Vienna and we were working together in what has been one of the most loaded musical relationships of my life.”


After finishing the last Hercules tour, in support of second album ‘Blue Songs’, Andy decamped to Vienna because “it was quite clear that this was a fundamentally European operation.” He found a tremendous old analogue studio in the city and began sketching his ideas down on tape. “I wanted ten minute tirades of 909s, nasty bass-lines, stormy, bleary-eyed sounds, fiery, rough, tough and ragged old school house productions that sounded almost techno. I didn’t want polite, I wanted aggressive.” Techno and Electro specialists and classic house devotees appeared through mutual friends in Vienna in the form of Haze Factory. They had already served up a great remix of Butler and Shaun J Wright’s “Forever More”. The rough collision of techno and house had already convinced Andy to take them on for the new Hercules album. Industrial stalwart Mark Pistel, also joined in on production duties, as a perfect compliment with a noise based, sample oriented take on swinging 909 drums.


This aesthetic coupled with substantial tales of emotional triumph makes for something that does not happen in dance music very much anymore. Put actual songwriting into the mix, and you have the goal of Hercules 3.0: meaningful house music that IS pop music and can speak to the most musically adept of tastes. More now than ever it is about delivering something deeper to the hedonistic precept of Hercules & Love Affair. “I am fascinated by belief,” Andy says, “Maybe the nightclub isn’t just decadent and meaningless.” His words resonate past memories of hearing the gospel house tones of Sounds of Blackness, Ten City and Mass Order under a mirror-ball. Andy lived and wowed through Francois Kevorkian and Danny Krivit’s pivotal Millennial Sunday night secular/spiritual nightclub transcendence, Body&Soul, in New York. Every house fanatic saves a special place for the gospel spiritual ‘Stand on the Word’ revitalised by Larry Levan. If they had done Greek Mythology already, why not God? So pay attention to the decree: let the party begin, once more with meaning!

Hercules & Love Affair – Feast of The Broken Heart – 12th May 2014

Connect with Hercules & Love Affair:

Facebook.com/herculesandloveaffair
Youtube.com/herculesala
Soundcloud.com/hercules-and-love-affair
Mixcloud.com/herculesandloveaffair
Twitter.com/herculesLA
Instagram.com/herculesandloveaffair
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DJ Taffy’s Set List – June 13, 2014

Chocolate – The 1975
Forever – Haim
Kangaroo Court – Capital Cities
California Eagles (Luxxury Edit) – The Eagles
National Anthem (Fred Falke Remix Edit) – Lana Del Rey
She Always Gets What She Wants – Florrie
I Try To Talk To You (feat. John Grant) – Hercules And Love Affair
Sweet And Low (Phil Harding 12 ” Mix) – Deborah Harry
Love Never Felt So Good (CLX Remix) – Michael Jackson
Sunday Drive (Gigamesh Remix) – Ladyhawke
Your Disco Needs You – Kylie Minogue
Pavement Cracks (Mac Quayle Extended Mix) – Annie Lennox
Peace Train [Hot Tracks - Digital Mix By Stephen L. Freeman] – Dolly Parton
Celebrity Skin – Hole
Russian Kiss – Annie
Yes Sir, I Can Boogie – Baccara
Hands – The Ting Tings
Rocket (Richard X One Zero Remix) – Goldfrapp
I Want You Back – The Jackson 5
Skyhigh (Pete Hammond Remix) – Jigsaw
I Am What I Am (from La Cage Aux Folles) – Gloria Gaynor
I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
What’s Your Name? – Depeche Mode
Why? – Bronski Beat
I Need A Man – Grace Jones
When I Think Of You – Janet Jackson
Holiday – Madonna

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DJ Brent Covington’s Set List – June 13, 2014

Without You My Life Would Be Boring (rRoxymore Remix) – The Knife
Hey Now (Tensnake Remix) – London Grammar
Uptight Downtown – La Roux
The Goonies R Good Enough (Dance Mix) – Cyndi Lauper
Falling Scrubs (Carlos Serrano Mashup) – TLC vs. Haim
2 On (Belanger Remix) – Tinashe
You & Me (Flume Remix) – Disclosure
I Blame Myself (Negative Supply Off The Hook Remix) – Sky Ferreira
My Love (Kimirah Remix) – Route 94
Frontin’ (Disclosure Re-Work) – Pharrell
I Got U (MK Remix) – Duke Dumont
Primtime (Kastle Remix) – Janelle Monae ft. Miguel
Hideaway (Gorgon City Remix) – Kiesza
Kids (Pet Shop Boys Synthpop Remix) – MGMT
Sissy That Walk (Dirty Pop Reconstruction Remix) – RuPaul
Do It Again (Issac Christopher Remix) – Royksopp ft. Robyn
Fancy (Martin & Souza Remix) – Iggy Azalea
Opulence – Brooke Candy
Problem (Noodles & Devastator Remix) – Ariana Grande
Boom – Le1f
Dance With Me (TWRK Remix) – Le Youth
Let Me Down Gently (Payless Remix) – La Roux
Chandelier (Cutmore Remix) – Sia
Habits (Stay High) (Chainsmokers Remix) – Tove Lo
Nobody Knows Me (Aviddiva Remix) – Madonna
West Coast (MK Remix) – Lana Del Rey
Genesis – Grimes
Enjoy The Silence (2014 Reconstruction) – Depeche Mode

Fur and Gold’s Thoughts on PRIDE

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Fur and Gold members, Host Sean M. Johnson, DJ Brent Covington, and DJ Taffy take a moment to look back at what it means to be part of the LGBTQIA Community, their first experiences, and what music and movies will always stay with them in memories of past Prides.

 

When and where did you attend your first Pride celebration? 

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Brent: I was visiting my lesbian aunt in Cincinnati, OH, in 1990 and it happened to be Pride Week there. She wanted to take me to the Pride Parade, and I was pretty hesitant. But, we did go, and I marched with her with the Lesbian Archives group. I had never been around so many gay people at once, and it was really empowering. I kind of took it all in, and then I came out about two months later.

Bruce: It must’ve been Northampton (Mass) pride in spring of 1984.  I was living and studying in Amherst, had come out the summer before, and attended with my good friend Leslie (we’re still best buddies decades later).  It was a lovely sunny day in a friendly college town, and thanks to Northampton’s active lesbian community I (mistakenly) assumed all Prides were female majority

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Sean:  My first pride event was my freshman year of college (2000).  I was living in Rhode Island at the time, and Providence was known for their Evening Pride Parade.  I went with a few friends who I knew from around the city and had no clue what to expect.  The parade was full of drag queens, LGBTQIA groups, politicians, and clubs that I would sometimes frequent.  It was so crazy being around this many LGBTQIA people, both welcoming and scary.  I remember finally feeling like I wasn’t the only one out there, but at the same time looking at all the diversity that was within the community.

 

What gay-themed songs and movies made an early impression on you?

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Brent: Music has always played a big role in my life. My first record was Culture Club’s Colour By Numbers, and I worshipped it! I was 12 when I got it, and even though I didn’t have a concept of what gay was; I knew that Boy George represented something “other.” I got my first Erasure and Morrissey albums when I was 15, and hearing Andy or Morrissey singing about male pronouns really stood out to me. It was subtle, but it felt amazing, like I was part of some secret club. As far as movies go, Madonna’s Truth Or Dare documentary came out during the Summer of 1991, and presented her gay backup dancers as they really were and showed them at the NYC Pride Parade. And I couldn’t help thinking of that when I got to march in the NYC Pride Parade in 1997. The first gay-themed movie I saw was My Beautiful Laundrette, from the UK.

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Bruce: I grew up with a transistor radio pressed to my ears, listening to AM radio in suburban New York, so the top 40 of the day was my first real exposure to music.  I think in the mid 70s I recall seeing pictures of Bowie, Jagger, and other glam rockers looking vaguely fey, and this piqued my interest.  Bowie songs like “Rebel Rebel” (“you got your mother in a whirl, not sure if you’re a boy or a girl”) were so thrilling, almost taboo.  Then fast-forwarding a bit, the first artist I had a serious crush on was Adam Ant in 1981, all decked out in pirate garb and swashbuckling his way to my heart.  The whole British new romantic/synthpop scene was a thrill, as I did my best to ape Phil Oakey, Marc Almond, Duran, Spandau, etc. with my own trashy take on androgyny (eye liner and face paint, a home-made “suit” made from hefty trash bags, fabric scraps repurposed as man-skirts, etc.).  The music was mostly coded, but I thought it obvious that it was made for special boys like me.  Bronski Beat’s Age of Consent album was the most blatantly gay musical statement imaginable in 1984, and remains an astounding piece of work three decades later.

The first gay themed film I recall seeking out was Making Love in 1981, starring the dreamy Michael Ontkean.  I went to see it in the theatre by myself so I wouldn’t have to explain why to friends.  It was a soapy melodrama, but stuck with me.  In the mid-80s I was obsessed with pretty English boys in love as seen in films like Another Country and Maurice, and the amazing gay/cultural clash of My Beautiful Launderette.

Sean:  I “Came Out” the year that Madonna’s “Ray of Light” was produced.  It acted as a stone setter to understanding gay-themed/fan music and myself.  This album was more “experimental” some would say compared to the rest of Madonna’s discography, and I really enjoyed this darker, experimental, and electronic side to it.   I’ve always been a fan of the obscure and unknown and new, so I was easily gravitated to this album.  I absorb music like a sponge, so I will listen to almost anything and everything placed before me.  Madonna then opened me up to other easy dance pop like Kylie, and then I got obsessed with any type of remix!  This didn’t necessarily paint the pattern of all the music that I listen to, but it did fit into the category if up beat, easy to listen to pop/club related music that my early 20s was mostly filled with.

As for movies, I was never really a big gay themed movie person.  I think my first gay themed movie I watched was “Trick”.  It was such a horrible movie that I blocked it out.  I have a hard time with extreme stereotypes of characters, and I just felt it boxed it in even more!  I was all over “American Beauty” when it came out, and sort of had a crush on Kevin Spacey in it.  I enjoyed the homoerotic undertones and thought it worked well for this movie without being so blunt about it.  Again, dark themed…. See a pattern?

 

How do you celebrate Boston Pride? Which events do you attend?

Brent: I moved here in 1996 and have always attended or marched in the Pride Parade. The first time I marched was with MASALA, the gay and lesbian South Asian group, along with some of my first friends in Boston. The day of the parade is always a long, fun day where you get to see all your gay friends and people you haven’t seen in years. And when Fur And Gold falls on the Friday before the parade, it’s really cool to be a part of that energy.

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Bruce:  I have attended Boston Pride every year from 1985 to the present (with the exception of 1989, as I was in Kenya!).  When I was younger I’d walk the parade route with boyfriend and friends, joining the masses behind some bar float.  We’d hang out at the Rally on the Common, especially if there was a musical act I wanted to see (Pansy Division and Joan Jett remain Pride Rally highlights for me). These days I watch the parade from a vantage point with some pals, and always run into people I didn’t expect to see.  Some friends actively avoid the parade or leave town, but it still gives me a thrill after all these years to see so many gay (and LBTQ etc) folks from all walks of life.  I love seeing PFLAG contingents the most; nothing makes me happier than some young gay person excitedly marching with their beaming parents or grandparents.  I don’t mind the increasing corporatization of Pride…just as long as we still get the full spectrum from boring bankers to whip-cracking leathermen.  And of course I love that June’s Fur & Gold is usually the night before Boston Pride, so we get to kick things off together.

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Sean:  I used to go to the Boston Pride Parade, but in the past few years I have not gone.  I’m actually looking to turn this around, and look to be someone who marches in the parade, and volunteer at it.  I’ve taken to helping others and being a participant who brings the event together, rather than spectator.  Since I started volunteering my services two years ago, I find it more fulfilling being a volunteer, as someone who is making a difference, every little step they can take.