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A Reflection of 5 Years of F&G

On February 10, 2010, I went to the Alley Bar with David Dancer with hopes that our new night, Fur and Gold would be a hit in Boston.  Little did I know, 5 More »

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Cover Model John Photo Shoot and Interview

Hometown: Blackstone, MA Profession: Store Artist/ Illustrator for Whole Foods Market Hobbies: The Great Outdoors, Art, Running, Music Favorite Album: Currently been listening to Fear Fun by Father John Misty on repeat. More »

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01.09.2015 F&G

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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DJ Taffy’s Best of 2014 Top Ten Lists

Time to wrap up 2014 nice and tidy, put a big red bow on it, and call it a year. As always, opinionated, mouthy DJs everywhere crack open the iTunes library, pull More »

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DJ Brent Covington’s Best of 2014 Top 10 Lists

Fur And Gold Songs: Brooke Candy – Opulence Disclosure ft. Mary J. Blige – F For You Duke Dumont – I Got U Hercules & Love Affair – My Offence Kiesza – More »

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Sean Johnson’s Best of 2014 Top 10s

2014 was a year of great change, new challenges, and a a brand new outlook on life.  With that, the soundtrack that followed me along for the year was always emotional, spiritual, More »

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Cover Model Katya: Photo Shoot and Interview

Hometown: I can’t remember. Profession: Fitness Guru/Sexual Terrorist Weapon of Choice: My vagina. Favorite Wig: How dare you! Favorite Outfit: Anything with a loud print. Signature Dance Move: “The Reluctant Queef”   More »

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12.12.2014 F&G Paloma Faith 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 »

DJ Taffy’s Set List – February 13, 2015

Pray to God (feat. HAIM) – Calvin Harris
Ghost (Dave Aude Extended Mix) – Ella Henderson
Are You Jimmy Ray? (Xenomania Club Mix) – Jimmy Ray
These Days (Stuart Price Remix) – Take That
Do It Again (The Penelopes Remix) – The Ting Tings
Left To My Own Devices – Pet Shop Boys
Look On The Floor (Angel City Extended Remix) – Bananarama
Love Me Like You Do (Disco Suckz Remix) – Ellie Goulding
Just Don’t Care (Icona Pop vs. Depeche Mode) – Chambaland
You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) – Dead Or Alive
Push It – Salt-N-Pepa
Just A Little Bit – Gina G
Jump – Van Halen
Light Years – Kylie Minogue
Break the Rules (Obscene Extended) – Charli XCX
My Time (Radio Edit) – Dutch Feat. Crystal Waters
Long Hot Summer – Girls Aloud
The Perfect Kiss – New Order
Gloria – Laura Branigan
Bohemian Like You – Dandy Warhols
Stand Back – Stevie Nicks
Cantaloop – Us3
Sexotheque – La Roux
Bust A Move – Young MC
Stand By The Jams – the KLF Feat Tammy Wynette
Cannonball – The Breeders
Changes – David Bowie
Konichiwa Bitches – Robyn

DJ Brent Covington’s Set List – February 13, 2015

Brown Sauce – Marcus Marr
Danceteria – Fiorious
(Who?) Keeps Changing Your Mind – South Street Player
Shine On You (Mighty Mouse Remix) – Satin Jackets ft. Esser
Sordid Affair (LO’99 Remix) – Royksopp
New Name (Busy P Remix) – Sinkane
I See You Baby (Bit Thief Remix) – Groove Armada
Blindfolded – Irregular Disco Workers
Blind – Hercules & Love Affair
Brooklyn Baby (Richard X Remix) – Lana Del Rey
Solo Dancing (Seamus Haji Remix) – Indiana
With Every Heartbeat (Punks Jump Up Remix) – Robyn
Living For (What Is) Love [Robin Skouteris Mashup) – Madonna vs. Haddaway
R E A L (Bixel Boys Remix) – Le Youth
Talking Body (Jad Desenchanntee Vs Alex Gaudino & Jason Rooney Remix) – Tove Lo
Hideaway (Gorgon City Remix) – Kiesza
Elastic Heart (Cosmic Dawn & BTS Remix) – Sia
Right Here Right Now (Long Version) – Giorgio Moroder ft. Kylie Minogue
Huarache Lights – Hot Chip
Open Season (WEKEED Remix) – Josef Salvat
The Girl Is Mine – 99 Souls
Everybody’s Free (X-Tropic Remix) – Rozalla
You’re Not Alone (Patrice Baumel Secret Mix) – Olive
Pass the Dutch (Casino Times Remix) – Missy Elliott
Drunk In Love (CJay Swayne All Night Club Mix) – Beyonce
Wrong (Mood II Swing) – EBTG

A Reflection of 5 Years of F&G

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On February 10, 2010, I went to the Alley Bar with David Dancer with hopes that our new night, Fur and Gold would be a hit in Boston.  Little did I know, 5 years later, F&G has been one of the most memorable accomplishments achieved during my time in Boston.  As I  set sail over to the West Coast to figure out my life’s passions, I’m sad to not be part of our 5 year celebration.  It’s hard to believe that it’s been 5 years and 60 Parties!  I’ve met so many amazing people, photographed over 60 cover models, and been able to meet amazing musicians and give away their great music.

 

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Fur and Gold has been more than a party, it has been a judgement free LGBTQIA nightlife space for everyone to enjoy.  With the help of DJ Brent Covington and Taffy, we focused on the music, culture, and atmosphere, giving our attendees a place to relax and feel welcome.  Fur and Gold was more than going out to a bar, it was about meeting up with your friends, hearing the music you love but rarely hear out in a bar or club.  We loved seeing people get excited about the music we gave away, taking photos with our cover models, and meeting new and interesting people.  It always brought a smile to my face when people connected at our event.  Focusing on community, we have been able to bridge community gaps and bring people together from all over the state, and also from around the world!  Connecting with the LGBTQ film festival, Bear Week, and other LGBTQIA communities within Boston, we have transformed our event beyond the bar scene.

 

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I’ve always wanted to feel connected to a community, and F&G has brought this reality to life.  It is great seeing people I’ve met walking down the street, at live music shows, or even catching up with them at a coffee shop.  F&G has brought together the LGBTQIA music  lovers, and it is always great to connect with like minded individuals in the busy and transient city of Boston.  Having a cover model each month has brought in different groups, fans, and has allowed me to get to know the different people who attend F&G.  These cover models are more than just a pretty face, they are real people, people of Boston, but most of all, my friends.

 

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I wanted to also take the time to thank Brent and Bruce for being part of F&G.  Without them, we would never have any music to hear, promotions to give away, and most of all their great spirit and energy!  They have been part of this amazing team for almost the whole time F&G has been running, always excited for our next event, and constantly brainstorming with me to make the night always fun and entertaining.  I will miss working with them, and who knows, maybe one day our paths will meet again!  But for now, I leave the night in their hands, to shape and develop it to what it may become.

 

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I wanted to finish my little rant by saying Thank You to everyone who has ever attended and supported F&G, Brent and Bruce, The Alley Bar, all our musicians we’ve promoted, our beautiful cover models, all the hugs and kisses I’ve gotten, and the many amazing people that I’ve met over the years.  You have all given me the courage to create and follow through with creating these amazing community events, knowing that I can bring a F&G to where I go.  I will miss you all and remember, smile, give a lot of love, and most of all, have a great time!

DJ Taffy’s Set List – January 9, 2015

Uptight Downtown – La Roux
Tough Love (Dave Kudera Edit) – Jesse Ware
Move This – Technotronic
Love Never Felt So Good (CLX Remix) – Michael Jackson
Blow Me (One Last Kiss) (Fred Falke Radio Edit) – P!nk
Let’s Do It Right (feat. Eva Simons) – The Young Professionals
World (The Price Of Love) (Paul Oakenfold & Steve Osbourne Perfecto Edit) – New Order
Open Up (Radio Edit) – Leftfield/Lydon
Heart Of Glass (Quattro Remix) – Blondie Vs Edison
Umbrella (Jody Den Broeder Lush Radio Edit) – Rihanna
Hello (Original Mix) – Martin Solveig ft Dragonette
I Feel Love (Extended) – Donna Summer
Don’t Leave me This Way – Communards
Heart Strings – Kylie Minogue
Hands – The Ting Tings
I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind Of Thing – Pet Shop Boys
Let it Whip – Dazz Band
Girls On Film (Night Version) – Duran Duran
The Passenger – Iggy Pop
When I Think Of You – Janet Jackson
Where Is My Man – Eartha Kitt
Dancing On My Own – Robyn
Borderline – Madonna
Go West – Pet Shop Boys
Sweet Nothing (Extended Mix) – Calvin Harris (feat. Florence Welch)

DJ Brent Covington’s Set List – January 9, 2015

New Name (Busy P Remix) – Sinkane
Do You Feel The Same? (Purple Disco Machine Remix) – Hercules & Love Affair
Warm Body – Wiz Kilo
Thinking About It (Crom & Thanh Remix) – Just Kiddin
Happiness Juice (Superlover Remix) – Munk
Monument Dance (Marcus Marr Mix) – Royksopp
Open Season (WEKEED Remix) – Josef Salvat
Faded (Bruno Be Remix) – ZHU
Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi 2014 (Argonaut Remix) – Kylie Minogue
Little Bird (Hot Tracks Remix) – Annie Lennox
Elastic Heart (Steve Pitron and Max Sanna Club Mix) – Sia
Right Now (Manufactured Superstars Remix) – Mary J. Blige
Living For Love (Djemba Djemba Club Mix) – Madonna
R E A L (Club Mix) – Le Youth
Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Cerato Remix) – Tears For Fears
You’re Not Alone (Matthew Roberts Cloud 10 Mix) – Olive
Don’t Call Me Baby (Motez Vicious 21 Remix) – Madison Avenue
Outlines (Zoo Station Remix) – Mike Mago ft. Dragonette
We Sink – Chvrches
Feeling Myself (Kue Remix) – Nicki Minaj ft. Beyonce
Talking Body (Jad Desenchanntee Vs Alex Gaudino & Jason Rooney Remix) – Tove Lo
I Had This Thing (Featuring Jamie Irrepressible) – Royksopp
Do It Again (Dave Aude Club Remix) – Royksopp ft. Robyn
Emotions (Christofi Remix) – Mariah Carey
She Works Hard for the Money (Division 4 Radio Edit) – Donna Summer

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Cover Model John Photo Shoot and Interview

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Hometown: Blackstone, MA
Profession: Store Artist/ Illustrator for Whole Foods Market
Hobbies: The Great Outdoors, Art, Running, Music
Favorite Album: Currently been listening to Fear Fun by Father John Misty on repeat.
Favorite Song: Sweet Nothing by Calvin Harris Feat. Florence Welch came along at a significant turning point in my life and speaks volumes to me.
Favorite Artist: Death from Above 1979

F&G: How does it feel being a cover model for F&G? Have you ever modeled before?
John: It’s incredibly flattering! I definitely had fun with it. I have done a little here and there, lastly with Sean Johnson for his Burials Series.

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F&G: If you could be a mystical creature, what would you be? What would be your special power or weapon?
John: I know you said creature, but I’d be An X-Men. I’d be a telepath. The Phoenix was always a favorite.

F&G: You are a tall one, being 6ft 7inches, you must be easy to spot within a crowd. What is one of the worst pick up lines said to you?
John: There’s the ever popular, “Do you play basketball?” No. But recently I got “Your beard is very woofable. Woof!”

F&G: What three words would you use to describe yourself?
John: Genuine, Compassionate, Clumsy.

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F&G: Tell us a little secret about yourself that someone might not know!
John: I came out to my father when he was chopping wood with an axe and lived to tell the tale.

F&G: We heard you are a talented artist, where can we see your illustrations? What do you like to draw on your free time?
John: Most of my work the past couple years has been for Whole Foods in Bellingham and a lot if it is displayed there. It’s usually food with the occasional animal or person. I post pictures of it all among the randomness of my Instagram. However, my passion is drawing concept art usually relating to fantasy and science fiction. My resolution this year is to make my personal work a focus and get that out Into the world.

F&G: How does music fit into your every day life?
John: I am listening to music any chance I get. It gets me through my work day, inspires my artwork at home, and I use it to feel better when I’m stressed or upset. I can always find music to fit my mood. It’s free therapy.

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F&G: What songs are blowing up your play lists these past few months?
John: I’m all over the place. Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, a lot of Lana del Rey’s Born to Die Album, The House That Heaven Built by Japandroids, Virgins by Death from above 1979, First Aid Kit’s Stay Gold album is amazing… The list goes on.

F&G: How did you find out about F&G?
John: I first heard about Fur & Gold from Sean and it sounded like fun!

F&G: What about F&G makes you keep coming back for more?
John: I always have a good time at Fur & Gold. There’s always a great mix of people that go.

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01.09.2015 F&G

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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.
21+
10pm – 2am
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Fur and Gold wants to take a moment to acknowledge our Host, Sean Johnson, who has been the backbone to F&G over the past 5 years, and wish him the best of luck on his journey to Portland, OR at the end of January. Please come to give him hugs, wishes, kisses, tummy rubs, and enjoy the festivities we have this month! XOXO Facebook Event

DJ Taffy’s Best of 2014 Top Ten Lists

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Time to wrap up 2014 nice and tidy, put a big red bow on it, and call it a year. As always, opinionated, mouthy DJs everywhere crack open the iTunes library, pull the CDs off the shelf, and remind themselves what was good, great, and crappy about the year in music. Reminding myself is only the first step, the next one is to compile the lists which I must foist onto friends and strangers alike. Sharing music is a joy, so feel free to share yours with me (just be prepared to defend your choices if we disagree!).
As always, my rankings aren’t set in stone, and could shuffle a bit with my mood.

 

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Top Ten Taffy Songs of the Year:
Hercules And Love Affair – I Try To Talk To You (feat. John Grant)
Royksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
The Young Professionals – Let’s Do It Right (feat. Eva Simons)
Katy B – Crying For No Reason
Bright Light Bright Light – Everything I Ever Wanted
Autoheart – Beat The Love
Annie – Russian Kiss (feat. Bjarne Melgaard)
Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)
Perfume Genius – Queen
Michael Jackson – Love Never Felt So Good (the version WITHOUT Justin Timberlake!!)

 

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Five More Songs:
Coldplay – Midnight (Giorgio Moroder Remix)
Robyn – Tell You (Today)
Tove Lo – Habits (Stay High)
Charli XCX – Boom Clap
Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me

Random thoughts on the songs…
Hercules and John Grant created my favorite kind of dance track, the kind where an unlikely voice singing about an unlikely subject matter brings the listener/dancer on a journey where head, heart, and hips are all equally engaged. Just stupendous.

Bright Light Bright Light gifted us with more yearning, uplifting synth-pop.

The Young Professionals ode to a little house party with the one you love (and the songs you love) was ear candy of the highest order.

Mark Ronson fused the Gap Band (think Oops Upside Your Head) with The Time to create the best Prince/James Brown pastiche of this or any year.

Michael Jackson’s 1983 demo sounded like an Off The Wall session, and reminded us of a talent lost forever.

Giorgio Moroder took a typically dull Coldplay track and spun it into a thing of Kraftwerkian beauty.

Pop girls killed it this year…with Scandinavians leading the pack. Whether collaborating with Royksopp or covering Arthur Russell, Robyn always delivered. Annie’s fuck you to Putin was heartfelt and catchy.

In a year without Adele, Katy B ’s sweeping Crying For No Reason was my big barnstorming ballad of choice.

 

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Top Ten Taffy Albums of the Year:
Bright Light Bright Light – Life Is Easy
La Roux – Trouble In Paradise
Erasure – The Violet Flame
The Primitives – Spin-O-Rama
Perfume Genius – Too Bright
Bryan Ferry – Avonmore
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
Royksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
Echo & The Bunnymen – Meteorites
Tove Lo – Queen Of The Clouds

 

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Five More Albums:
Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Wanderlust
The Drums – Encyclopedia
James – La Petite Mort
Chrissie Hynde – Stockholm
Blondie – Ghosts Of Download

Random Thoughts on the albums:
Full disclosure – I am friendly with Mister Rod “Bright Light Bright Light” Thomas, but didn’t feel that this was reason enough to exclude his sweetly melodic album of electro-yumminess. This is my album of the year precisely because his sweet tunes are never sugary; like his (and MY) heroes the Pet Shop Boys, the uplifting music marries perfectly with the sadness, longing, regret and even bitterness of his words and voice.

La Roux’s Elly Jackson split from her songwriting partner and finally released a followup to 2009’s debut. There may be trouble in paradise, but this collection of songs expands on the 80s synth sound to incorporate funk, calypso (do I hear steel drums on Sexotheque?), etc. My one criticism of this wonderful pop album; it sounds tinny and thin, a very bad thing when so much music is listened to through earbuds.

Pigeonholing Erasure as an 80s nostalgia act is a misguided thing to do, as they’ve produced shiny happy albums for thirty years now. Thanks to knowing production by Richard X and a sturdy batch of catchy tunes, The Violet Flame rarely left my CD player this fall.

Some old vets reemerged with strong releases. Sixty-nine year old Bryan Ferry sounded slightly weary but still vital on the lush Avonmore. Echo & The Bunnymen and Chrissie Hynde (recording without whatever is left of the Pretenders) rarely strayed from mid tempo territory, but wore their maturity with grace and verve.

Since reuniting in 2009, the Primitives have been on a winning streak, and Spin-O-Rama keeps it going with a 30 minute blast of garage-y 60s-influenced power pop.
My favorite debut album of 2014 was Tove Lo’s concept album detailing the arc of a relationship from “the sex” through “the love” to “the pain.” It sounds lame on paper, but is ambitious and successful on disc.

 

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Top Five Concerts:
Queen + Adam Lambert (TD Garden, Boston, July 22) – Queen karaoke starring an American Idol runner-up? Yes please! Killer set list, guitar theatrics, and a set of vocal cords which threatened to out-Freddie the late Mr Mercury, this show was entertaining, nostalgic, and pushed every button you wanted pushed.

Royksopp & Robyn (Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, August 22) – Winner of the hat trick – placing in best song, album and concert categories! Great music, light show, Robyn – the three things every concert needs to be memorable.

Dum Dum Girls (Brighton Music Hall, Boston, March 27) – Buzzy, indie garage-rock at its best. Head Dum Dum Dee Dee charged her band through an hour or so of perfectly precise fuzzbombs.

Erasure (House Of Blues, Boston, September 27) – I spent my birthday in the presence of Andy Bell and Vince Clark. Their show was one great synth- pop gift to me (and 2400 other fans).

Johnny Marr (The Paradise, Boston, November 1) – Johnny’s punky mod solo tunes are best appreciated by aging Britpop fans (like myself). Hearing him play those Smiths songs is a necessary reminder that guitar god doesn’t have to mean Clapton or Page. Those monster riffs are indelible. And genius.

Speaking of genius…
Honorable Mention. Perfume Genius (Brighton Music Hall, Boston, October 6) – This show was’t just enjoyable, it was illuminating. I got the feeling we were witnessing the growth of an artist on his way to much bigger things. Happily, he was willing to take us with him.

DJ Brent Covington’s Best of 2014 Top 10 Lists

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Fur And Gold Songs:
Brooke Candy – Opulence
Disclosure ft. Mary J. Blige – F For You
Duke Dumont – I Got U
Hercules & Love Affair – My Offence
Kiesza – Hideaway
Le Youth – Dance With Me
Royksopp ft. Robyn – Do It Again
Sia – Chandelier
Tinashe – 2 On
Tove Lo – Habits (Stay Hi)

 

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Albums:
Banks – Goddess
Erasure – The Violet Flame
FKA Twigs – LP1
Jessie Ware – Tough Love
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
La Roux – Trouble In Paradise
Mary J. Blige – The London Sessions
Perfume Genius – Too Bright
The Drums – Encyclopedia
The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave

 

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Songs:
Cyril Hahn – Open
Hooray For Earth – Somewhere Else
Kylie Minogue – Feels So Good
Lana Del Rey – West Coast
La Roux – Sexotheque
MNEK – Wrote A Song About You
Perfume Genius – Queen
Royksopp – I Had This Thing
SBTRKT ft. Ezra Koenig – NEW DORP. NEW YORK
The Drums – Kiss Me Again