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Cover Model Sean: Photo Shoot and Interview

Hometown: Providence, RI Profession: Grad student Hobbies: Music, Olympic weightlifting, creative coding Favorite Album: Changes all the time. Today I’ll just say Alopecia by WHY? Favorite Song: Same deal here, but right More »

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F&G Exclusive Interview with Wiz Kilo

Fur And Gold first heard of Montreal-based indie musician Wiz Kilo from his song “Warmbody” on his new album Jungle Disco. DJ Brent Covington talked to him about his songwriting process, being More »

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08.08.2014 F&G Tove Lo and Wiz Kilo CD Release Party

Bringing together Queers, Music, and Art together for everyone Host Sean Johnson invites you to dance, drink, and have a great time with DJ Brent Covington & DJ Taffy spinning Indie Rock/Pop/Dance, More »

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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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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 »

DJ Taffy’s Set List – August 8, 2014

Thea (Twin Shadow Mix) – Goldfrapp
Uncontrollable Love – Blow Up feat. Deborah Harry
Summer Nights – Florrie
Dry County – The B-52s
Satellite (Escort Remix) – Little Boots
Let’s Do It Right (feat. Eva Simons) – The Young Professionals
My Time (Radio Edit) – Dutch Feat. Crystal Waters
Aftermath (Here We Go) [feat. Andy Bell] – Dave Audé
Mr. Vain (Vain Mix) – Culture Beat
Room At The Top (21st Century Mix) – Adam Ant
Jealous (I Aint With It) – Chromeo
Spacer Woman From Mars – Johan Agebjorn With Sally Shapiro
Slut Like You – P!nk
Mandinka – Sinéad O’Connor
Dancing On My Own All Night Long (Robyn vs AC/DC) – DJ Schmolli
Hot Topic – Le Tigre
I Believe (12″ Version) – Bright Light Bright Light
Tears Run Rings (The Just Rite Edit) – Marc Almond
C’mon ‘n Ride It (The Train) (Remix Edit) – Quad City DJ’s
Seether – Veruca Salt
An Honest Mistake – The Bravery
Somebody Told Me – The Killers
Voulez-Vous – ABBA
Kiss And Not Tell – La Roux
Into The Groove – Madonna
Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell
The One – Kylie Minogue
Video Games (Lana Del Rey Cover) – The Young Professionals
Real Wild Child – Iggy Pop
Take Your Mama – Scissor Sisters
Gone Daddy Gone – Violent Femmes
Hard Out Here – Lily Allen

DJ Brent Covington’s Set List – August 8, 2014

Queen – Perfume Genius
Go – Grimes ft. Blood Diamonds
Can’t Do Without You – Caribou
All Under One Roof Raving – Jamie XX
New Dorp, New York – SBTRKT ft. Ezra Koenig
Wrote A Song About You – MNEK
I Learned From The Best (Gryffin Remix) – Whitney Houston
Tous Les Memes (Aeroplane Remix) – Stromae
Ultraviolence (The Penelopes Remix) – Lana Del Rey
I’m Not The Only One (Armand Van Helden Remix) -Sam Smith
All She Wants (SNBRN x Klatch Remix) – Ace Of Base
Warmbody – Wiz Kilo
Boom Clap (Aeroplane Remix) – Charli XCX
I Blame Myself (Negative Supply Off The Hook Remix) – Sky Ferreira
Chandelier (Cutmore Remix) – Sia
Paris’ Acid Ball – Hannah Holland
Sissy That Walk (Gustavo Scorpio Remix) –RuPaul
Habits (Stay High)[The Chainsmokers Remix) – Tove Lo
Do It Again (Dave Aude Remix) – Royksopp ft. Robyn
I Beg Your Pardon 2k14 (Matt Consola & LFB Remix) – Barry Harris (Presents Kon Kan)
Flawless (Remix ft. Nicki Minaj) – Beyonce
Heavy Metal & Reflective – Azealia Banks
Drop It Like It’s Hot (Hedegaard Remix) – Snoop Dogg
Pump Up The Volume – M.A.R.R.S.
Fastlove – Pt. 1 (Ben Gomori Remix) – George Michael
2 On (ft. Brooke Candy) – Tinashe

08.08.2014 Fur and Gold

Cover Model Sean: Photo Shoot and Interview

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Hometown: Providence, RI
Profession: Grad student
Hobbies: Music, Olympic weightlifting, creative coding
Favorite Album: Changes all the time. Today I’ll just say Alopecia by WHY?
Favorite Song: Same deal here, but right now it might be Transatlantic Foe by At the Drive-In
Favorite Artist: Anathallo

 

F&G: How does it feel being a cover model for F&G? Have you ever modeled before?
Sean: Other than this one time in the public gardens when a guy asked to take a picture of my face for his retirement project, I’ve never modeled. F&G is my favorite party around Boston, so it was pretty flattering to be asked to be cover model.

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F&G: So what brought interest into powerlifting versus just regular weightlifting/going to the gym?
Sean: I learned about the sport of Olympic weightlifting (or just weightlifting, for short) when I was doing Crossfit a few years ago. I was always terrible at the lifts (snatch and clean & jerk), and one day after a really frustrating workout I decided to be an Olympic lifter full time until I wasn’t terrible at it anymore.
I had never really gotten into training solely for physique; before I started competing as a weightlifter, I always had a hard time getting motivated to go to the gym and couldn’t stay consistent. Weightlifting keeps me coming back because it’s like a game. I’m always trying to beat my numbers, or my friends’ numbers, and that keeps me focused.

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F&G: There is another side to Sean that creates a very interesting dynamic to your personality. You have a diverse background in music and technology. Do you see a cross over between the two?
Sean: Music and technology have a lot of confluences. Technology dictates what type of sounds are available to musicians at any point in time. I bet any 16th century composer would have loved to be able to make music with a Macbook, but all they had were harpsichords and stuff. Technology’s relationship with music isn’t all good, though. Computers may enable us to find and listen to more music than ever before, but this also makes people less inclined to go out to see live music. They’re also replacing musicians in a lot of contexts, especially drummers like me. Being involved in both fields sometimes makes for a lot of cognitive dissonance.

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F&G: What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Sean: Ask again later

F&G: Tell us a little secret about yourself that someone might not know!
Sean: I’m terrified of roller coasters

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F&G: When not lifting weights or studying, where could we find you?
Sean: Behind a drum kit somewhere.

F&G: How does music fit into your every day life?
Sean: It’s just sort of omnipresent. I always have snatches of different songs going through my head at any given moment. I try to get out to shows as much as I can, and I’m constantly hunting for new stuff to listen to.

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F&G: What songs are blowing up your play lists these past few months?
Sean:
- Everybody’s Something by Chance the Rapper
- Breezeblocks by alt-J
- Real Thing by tUnE-yArDs
- Alternate World by Son Lux

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F&G: How did you find out about F&G?
Sean: A good friend convinced me to go a few years ago. I think it might have only been the second time I’d ever been to the Alley.

F&G: What about F&G makes you keep coming back for more?
Sean: F&G attracts a lot of quality people, and the Alley just has that vibe.

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F&G Exclusive Interview with Wiz Kilo

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Fur And Gold first heard of Montreal-based indie musician Wiz Kilo from his song “Warmbody” on his new album Jungle Disco. DJ Brent Covington talked to him about his songwriting process, being influenced by Amy Winehouse, the Canadian music scene, and his cool videos. Jungle Disco is out now, so check it out.

Fur And Gold: Wiz, your new album titled Jungle Disco has just been released. As an independent (indie) musician, what has been the process of writing and releasing your music?

Wiz Kilo: Writing it was liberating, releasing it was stressful, hahaha! With the Internet, everyone can release songs these days. Getting people to listen/talk about it; now that’s a challenge. Your music has to have that something special in order to move/impress people enough for them to share it with others and so forth. I wrote a lot the past few years, and wanted to put an album together (instead of just continuously releasing singles like I was doing), it was more a question of taking the time to do it right. I had a lot on my mind and it took me a while to get my thoughts in order, but once I did, it felt so good. I would sometimes write or demo songs and put them aside for a few months before finally finishing them. It’s my first full-length album ever and I was really nervous about doing an ambitious project like this one (although I’ve released a lot of material in the past, it was never as personal or as complete as this). That being said, when I was deciding which songs would make the cut, it was definitely a hard process. I produce, write, record, engineer, mix, and master all my music myself, so as a self-funded independent artist, I’m in charge, even though sometimes I don’t want to be… On the other hand, I get to be bold, take risks and do it my way. That’s exactly what I did with “Jungle Disco”. Once I said, “those are the songs I’m putting on the album”, I had to believe that I was making the right selection.

F&G: The tracks on Jungle Disco span electro, hip-hop and R&B. Yet, the album has a surprisingly cohesive flow. How would you describe your sound, and what genres or musicians influence you?

WK: Describing my sound is a bit of a mind-fuck…I’m versatile in my musical taste, I tend to find inspiration in a wide variety of genres and love ALL music. I am however more inclined to start building my songs on a “Hip Hop/R&B” base; after all, those are my musical roots. Lyrically, I look for truth and honesty; Amy Winehouse is a strong influence in the way I write, and the way the way my lyrics flow. Michael Jackson is also a big influence…He does things in a way that only HE can, and that motivates and inspires me to create songs that I only I can/want to make, not what people “think” I should make. When you are true to yourself, people will appreciate it and I guess that’s the reason why “Jungle Disco” makes sense and is surprisingly cohesive. I love timeless songs and I can only hope that people will look back on these tracks and still vibe to them the way they do now.

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F&G: I’ve read that you really like Michael Jackson. He was a songwriter, singer and dancer. Are you also a triple threat?

WK: That is correct: MJ, love him. And yes, I would say I am a triple (or multi) threat hahaha; I wear many hats. It’s funny because when I was younger, I always found myself doing a lot of things at the same time and seemed to be decent at everything (including sports, theater, and school). I started out writing poems and lyrics, and then moved on to producing music for others and then found myself singing and rapping, making my own songs….One thing led to another and after a lot of hard work, I started getting booked to perform my songs. Problem was: I had no dancers and although I’ve always danced, I’d never had any proper training… So one day after a show I did, I met a choreographer/dancer and started working with him to put the “dancing” in my performances and before I knew it, I fell in love with the art of dance and wanted to learn more on my own. I was surrounded by talented dancers/friends in Toronto and took classes, went to drop-ins and eventually started substituting my friend’s classes when he was double booked for some projects he was working on, and then I got hired to teach my own classes. Everything went hand in hand, so I became a triple/multi-threat with time…

F&G: You live in Montreal now and have lived in Toronto. I know of many cool indie bands from both cities. What are the music scenes like in those cities?

WK: They’re blooming. I would say Montreal and Toronto are playgrounds for some of the most talented artist I know, so much potential. There are a lot of opportunities to expose your music as an indie act; North By North East (NXNE), Canadian Music Week (CMW), POP Montreal, OSHEAGA, and the list goes on. There are always amazing acts that are emerging onto the International stage [i.e. Chromeo, Azarii & III, Arcade Fire, and many more].

F&G: You got your start in a Quebec boy band called 2Much back in 2002. Can you tell us about your evolution from that to becoming a solo indie musician?

WK: HAHAHAH, I won’t deny it, it is true, I was in a Boy-Band in my early career…Wow, I came a long way I must say…On the musical side, it’s pretty obvious that I’ve matured and have gone deeper, darker, and more personal with the content of my songs. I kept an open mind, dared to be experimental, and took risks when I was recording new material as time went on. While I was in the Boy-Band, I was young and naïve and wanted to become a POP star (not ashamed to admit that, it was in the early 2000’s!). When I left the band, I continued with those hopes until I quit music in 2008. I didn’t want to be that person anymore, didn’t want to play any “games”, be anyone’s puppet, and so I became more and more detached from the Teen Idol/POP dream and started to really focus on my craft; starting again from scratch and with a whole new outlook on my career and my personal life. I wasn’t the same person anymore, and I needed to highlight that in my music. I wanted to be honest about my lyrics, my situations, the things I’ve dealt with, and I couldn’t do it if I wasn’t 100% me. I dabbled in folk, indie, old-school hip-hop, etc, and realized that I’m not just “ONE” thing. I’m many things, and I should showcase that. I guess that’s when people started realizing that I wasn’t just a “pretty-boy-pop-wanna-be”!

F&G: My introduction you was the promo video you made for the Jungle Disco track, “Warmbody.” I was instantly hooked by the song and by the straightforward visuals of the promo video. How involved are you with your visuals – videos and cover art?

WK: I’m very involved; everything you see or hear, I had something to do with. I work closely with different people to make the visuals possible. I have crazy talented stylists Danik Yopp and Dina Habib (D.Y.D.H. Productions) and amazing videographer Lawrence Dupuis helping me out, so it’s a team effort; I like to be a part of the whole process until the “finished” product. I usually tell them what I’m looking for when we collaborate, then I hear what THEY think we should do, and then we discuss it. I trust them completely and we won’t do anything that we don’t all agree upon, so it’s a win/win for all of our creative needs. I do the artwork for my albums, but for this one, I didn’t have much to do since I was working with the fabulously talented/jack-of-all-trades Tristan “Ginger” Harris who took the cover pic when we were all goofing around with the smoke machine, behind the scenes at the “Coming 4 U” video shoot. I‘m always thinking of “what’s next” in terms of promotion for upcoming releases and I wanted people to see something while listening to the tracks leading up to the release of “Jungle Disco”, so I directed, shot, and edited the “promo videos” – “Warmbody” being one of them.

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F&G: You have an upcoming gig at Montreal’s Gay Pride celebration this August. Do you see much difference in how gay vs. more mainstream audiences respond to your music and persona?

WK: There’s a slight difference…I will say though, my music would be considered “a-sexual” and “gender-free”; I like to blur sexual-orientation lines which doesn’t seem to affect response to my music from either world. If you notice, I don’t use terms like “he or she” because I want all audiences to feel included in the message of the songs. I don’t think it matters whether you’re gay, straight, bi, or transgendered, love is love, pain is pain, and any/everyone can relate to partying…Image-wise, that’s where there might be a slight difference; I tend to get a bit more attention/reactions from the gay community; maybe it’s the beard (I’ve getting lots of compliments on that from my gay fans lately)…or maybe not, who knows? lol.

F&G: Considering that you’re a singer and dancer, what can one expect from your live performances, and will you be touring in the US for the new album?

WK: You can expect an energetic performance! I like to move a lot on stage, and because I’m also a dancer, I will pop in a few moves when you least expect it…I’ve been performing solo lately because I really want the music to be “center stage”, but I sometimes I perform with back-dancers. People seem to really respond either way! I love feeding off the crowd’s energy, and when I see them moving to something I created, it gets me going in turn! hahaha! As for U.S. tour dates, I will say this: nothing is yet confirmed but there’s a strong possibility of a West Coast tour on the horizon. You can always check on my website or facebook, I update my stuff often and there’s always a way to find out when and where my next show will be.??

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www.wizkilo.com

facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/wiz.kilo

youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/wizkilo

twitter:

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instagram:

http://instagram.com/wizkilo/

soundcloud:

Links to buy “JUNGLE DISCO” album:
itunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/jungle-disco/id890004040

amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Jungle-Disco-Explicit-Wiz-Kilo/dp/B00L3ZCTQ4

google play:

https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Wiz_Kilo_Jungle_Disco?id=B2anohqe32pwg2mvk4ivokxcice

hmv digital:

https://www.hmvdigital.com/releases/3602142

dearborn music:

http://www.dearbornmusic.net/Item/9006538922

08.08.2014 F&G Tove Lo and Wiz Kilo CD Release Party

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Bringing together Queers, Music, and Art together for everyone

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
$$No Cover$$

 

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Swedish singer/songwriter Tove Lo was born Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson on October 29, 1987 in a suburb of Stockholm. Beginning to write poetry and short stories at a young age, she went on to study at the famous Rytmus Musikergymnasiet — a music-oriented high school comparable to the U.K.’s BRIT School — where she met and befriended the future members of Icona Pop. After singing in the band Tremblebee, made up of students from the school, and a spell playing one-man-and-his-dog nightclub gigs as frontwoman of a math rock band, she decided to focus on her own songs, spending six months in her shed studio working on a demo. Upon the occasion of a party celebrating Icona Pop’s first record deal, she used the opportunity to foist the demo on a staff member at their label, leading to a publishing deal with Warner Chappell and a trip to L.A. to work with fellow Swede and pop songwriting/production supremo Max Martin.

Lo gradually developed her own idiosyncratic style of epic, electronically tinged songwriting with raw, brutally honest lyrics, influenced as much by ’80s pop as by contemporary EDM. In 2012 she self-released her debut single, “Love Ballad,” a catchy, beat-driven pop track that showcased her powerful voice. It was followed in 2013 by “Habits,” a dark breakup anthem that generated such Internet buzz that it led to a deal with Universal. “Habits” and its follow-up, “Out of Mind,” which was much in the same vein, appeared on her debut EP for the label, Truth Serum, in 2014. ~ John D. Buchanan, Rovi

 

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On the verge of dropping “Jungle Disco” [July 7, 2014], Wiz Kilo’s blend of singing & rapping over Hip Hop/Electronic/Synth Pop fusion-beats is making a loud splash on the Montreal music scene and around the world. Energetic shows, sincere self-reflective lyrics, beat-thumping tracks, and infectious melodies are on the menu for this up-coming full length album, which he wrote, produced, and recorded entirely on his own.

“When I write or produce, I’m not about fiction…All my music comes from real-life experiences and situations I’ve been through; from love and heartaches, observations of the world around me, and of course my desire to make people move and have a good time!”, says the two-time International Songwriting Competition Semi-Finalist. His lyrical structure and musical inspirations stand on the solid foundation of his diverse musical taste ranging from the Motown era, to some of today’s leading players such as Amy Winehouse and Justin Timberlake; giving his sound a fresh and current flow with a twist of nostalgia. A true entertainer, he has performed on many stages that include a long list of festivals and club tours (Grand-Prix Weekend, Gay Pride, Latin Fest, Clubs and High School Tours [Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa], European Tour [Germany & Switzerland], The Village Underground and Mobile Beat DJ Show [NY & Las Vegas]).

After the release of two videos and singles this past year ["Ovah U" & "Coming 4 U"], “Jungle Disco” is the next step for Wiz Kilo, a jack of all trades who continues to prove he is a down-to-earth star in-the-making with rhythm and soul!

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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