Folder – Plastic Operator
To Cut A Long Story Short – Spandau Ballet
Freaky (LP Version) – Soho
Move This – Technotronic
Russian Kiss – Annie feat. Bjarne Melgaard
Move Any Mountain [I.R.P. In The Land Of Oz] – The Shamen
Cha Cha Heels – Eartha Kitt & Bronski Beat
Be With you Tonight – The Young Professionals
Desert Rose [Melodic Club Mix Radio Edit] – Sting feat. Cheb Mami
Catch You – Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Real Wild Child – Iggy Pop
Demolition Man (Long Version) – Grace Jones
Thursday – Pet Shop Boys Feat. Example
My Time (Radio Edit) – Dutch Feat. Crystal Waters
Bring Me Edelweiss (Single Version) – Edelweiss
Da Funk – Daft Punk
Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Vocal Mix) – Lana Del Rey
Hello (Original Mix) – Martin Solveig ft Dragonette
Dancing On My Own All Night Long (Robyn vs AC/DC) – DJ Schmolli
Broken Record (Shapeshifters Vox Remix) – Little Boots
Jump [Extended Album Version] – Madonna
When I Think Of You – Janet Jackson
C O O L (Brass Knuckles Remix) – Le Youth
You Know I’m No Good – Amy Winehouse
Happy (from “Despicable Me 2″) – Pharrell Williams
Crying For No Reason – Katy B
Come Alive (Le Youth Remix) – Chromeo
Jerk Ribs (Ben Pearce Remix) – Kelis
Year Of The Spawn (Alixander III Remix) – Hidden Cameras
Love Sublime (Duke Dumont Remix) – Tensnake ft. Nile Rodgers and Fiora
Nasty Girl (Navy Shade Remix) – Notorious B.I.G.
Everything Counts (Oliver Huntemann & Stephan Bodzin Remix) – Depeche Mode
Fantasy (Kele Remix) – MS MR
Bulletproof (Gamper & Dadoni Remix) – La Roux
Into The Blue (Patrick Hagenaar Remix) – Kylie
F For You (ft. Mary J. Blige) – Disclosure
No Scrubs (Davidian Bootleg) – TLC
I Got U – Duke Dumont
Heartbeat (Heartbeat II Remix) – Jimmy Somerville
Dance With Me (MK Remix) – Le Youth
Justify My Love (CoSmik Remix) – Madonna
Do What U Want (Red Ant & AmpLexvas Remix) – Lady Gaga ft. Christina Augilera
Call Your Girlfriend (Kaskade Remix) – Robyn
Got It – Boys Noize ft. Snoop Dogg
She’s A Bitch – Missy Elliott
Partition (Noodle & Devastator Remix) – Beyonce
Say My Name (Cyril Hahn Remix) – Destiny’s Child
You’re Not Alone (TLGB Remix) – Olive
In The Morning – Junior Boys
No Fit State – Hot Chip
Thinkin Bout You (Lonsdale Boys Club Remix) – Frank Ocean
Everything Is Embarrassing (MK Remix) – Sky Ferreira
Hometown: Worth, IL (south burbs of Chicago)
Profession: Student, Musician, Flute Repair Technician
Hobbies: Origami, Friendship Bracelets, and Good Food
Favorite Album: Ceremonials: Florence + The Machine
Favorite Song: Spectrum (Say My Name) (Calvin Harris Remix)
Favorite Artist: Igor Stravinsky
F&G: How does it feel being a cover model for F&G? Have you ever modeled before?
Ted: I was a bit nervous at first because my Mom is on Facebook, but she approved of the picture! Yay! I’ve never really modeled before…unless you count the imaginary runway my best friend and I used to strut down dressed up like Disney princesses. In that case, yes. I was pretty good, too.
F&G: So Valentine’s Day eh? Are you the type of guy that likes to get flowers or chocolates? If not, what can a guy do to charm that fuzzy heart of yours?
Ted: Uhhh…BOTH. Duh. But, if you really want to charm me, cook me dinner and come to a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert with me.
F&G: How do you feel being the 4 Year Anniversary model? Do you feel you need to step it up at the night? We know from our event post that you seem to be quite popular!
Ted: I’m quite honored! I just hope that I can mingle with all of the available bachelors… And about the being popular thing…I’m horribly unphotogenic. It’s a miracle I got a decent picture taken! Sean is capable of witchcraft.
F&G: What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Ted: Outgoing, Sensitive, and Optimistic
F&G: Tell us a little secret about yourself that someone might not know!
Ted: I won cup stacking (like those speed stacking nerds on YouTube) competitions in elementary school.
F&G: When you are not in school or being an adorable model, what can we find you doing?
Ted: I work a lot with my small music business and I spend a lot of time at the gym. Either that, or watching some really horrible gay drama movie on Netflix.
F&G: How does music fit into your every day life?
Ted: Considering I’m a classical flutist, I spend every day playing music. Most of the music I listen to though isn’t classical. I just leave my Pandora on the Lana Del Rey station even when I work out.
F&G: How did you find out about F&G?
Ted: I heard about it before I was even of legal age on Facebook. I new as soon as I became old enough that I wanted to go to this event. Glad I did!
F&G: What about F&G makes you keep coming back for more?
Ted: The crowd is really great. Really nice guys that just want to have a fun time being themselves. Oh…and a bunch of cuties tend to show up
Wow how time flies! It’s been 4 amazing years! We get to celebrate 4 years and going strong with a lovely holiday full of chocolate and sweets! So bring you Valentines Day Date, or a sweetie pie or two? three? Who cares! Let’s share all the love that we’ve had over the past 4 years and give each other one big group hug!
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.
10pm – 2am
Love Vigilantes – New Order
Love Of The Common People – Paul Young
Beat Box – Art Of Noise
Get The Message – Electronic
Notorious [Extended] – Duran Duran
I Am Not A Robot – Marina & The Diamonds
Mad World – Tears For Fears
Love Part II – Bright Light Bright Light
Who’s Leaving Who – Hazell Dean
American Boy (feat. Kanye West) – Estelle
Bittersweet – Sophie Ellis-Bextor
The Loving Kind – Girls Aloud
Love To Hate You – Erasure
Every Little Earthquake (Gold Panda Remix) – Little Boots
Overload (Original Edit) – Sugababes
Burn (Tiesto Remix) – Ellie Goulding
Memorabilia – Soft Cell
Eurodisco – Bis
Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
Boys Say Go – Depeche Mode
Ghosts – Ladytron
Somebody To Love Me (Holy Ghost Remix) – Mark Ronson And The Business Intl
Red Hills Road – Candy Flip
Paninaro [Italian Remix] – Pet Shop Boys
Hard Out Here – Lily Allen
Begging Me – Florrie
Relax (Original New York 12″ Mix) – Frankie Goes To Hollywood
The Magnificent Seven – The Clash
Shake It Out – Florence & The Machine
Hallelujah (Club Remix) – Happy Mondays
Two Worlds Collide – Inspiral Carpets
Prescilla – Bat For Lashes
Pompeii (Kat Krazy Remix) – Bastille
What I Might Do (Club remix) – Ben Pearce
I Didn’t See It Coming (Richard X Remix) – Belle & Sebastian
I Got U – Duke Dumont ft. Jax Jones
Relax (Take It Easy) – Mika
Best Be Believing (Shadow Child Remix) – AlunaGeorge
Wrong (Mood II Swing Remix) – EBTG
By Your Side (Ben Watt Remix) – Sade
Voices (Le Youth Remix) – Disclosure
This Woman’s Work (Echoes Remix) – Kate Bush
Crying For No Reason – Katy B
Let Go For Tonight (Fred Falke Remix) – Foxes
And I Was A Boy From School – Hot Chip
The Last Of The Famous International Playboys – Morrissey
Back To Black (Mushtaq Remix) – Amy Winehouse
Sex Crimes (Extended Mix) – Eurythmics
Chorus (Hot Tracks Remix) – Erasure
Ride A White Horse (Serge Santiago Remix) – Goldfrapp
Love U More (Hot Tracks Remix) – Sunscreem
Praise You (Michael Calfan Remix) – Fatboy Slim
White Noise – Disclosure ft. AlunaGeorge
Buffalo Stance – Neneh Cherry
AlunaGeorge – Body Music
Beacon – The Ways We Separate
Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
Disclosure – Settle
Haim – Days Are Gone
Inc. – No World
MS MR – Secondhand Rapture
Pet Shop Boys – Electric
Rhye – Woman
Woodkid – The Golden Age
Autre Ne Veut – Play By Play
BANKS – This Is What It Feels Like
Bastille – Pompeii
Beacon – Feeling’s Gone
Bright Light Bright Light – An Open Heart
Chvrches – We Sink
Daft Punk ft. Julian Casablancas – Instant Crush
Flume – Holdin On
MS MR – Hurricane
Sam Smith – Safe With Me
Fur And Gold Songs
Charli XCX – You (Ha Ha Ha)
Disclosure ft. AlunaGeorge – White Noise
Duke Dumont – Need U (100%)
Garcon Garcon – Instant Attraction
HAERTS – Wings
Kylie Minogue – Skirt
Le Youth – C O O L
Lorde – Royals
Sky Ferreira – Everything Is Embarassing
Tegan And Sara – Closer
As 2014 bears down upon us, heads turn back to review the year that was. What was the soundtrack to the past twelve months of your life? Mine was a happy mixture of pop tunes from new artists and veterans alike. Happier still was the welcome return of long dormant rock ’n roll acts to active duty (thank you Bowie, Suede, My Bloody Valentine, et al). Beyonce might have perfected the surprise album drop, but she sure didn’t invent it. Of course this sort of marketing strategy works best in the download era where you can purchase music literally seconds after its release (and good luck finding a “record store” if you wanted it the old-fashioned way anyhow).
Anyway, after much hair-tugging and hand-wringing, I have narrowed my choices to ten songs and ten albums (with five runners-up tossed in for good measure). Rankings aren’t set in stone (except #1) – basically I love all my children, but I do love some of them just a little bit more!
Happy reading, and happy listening!
Top Ten Taffy Songs of the Year:
1. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
2. Capital Cities – Safe and Sound
3. Empire Of The Sun – Alive
4. Autoheart – Moscow
5. Annie – Ralph Macchio
6. Young Galaxy – Pretty Boy (Peaking Lights Remix)
7. Haim – The Wire
8. Pet Shop Boys feat. Example – Thursday
9. Kim Smith – Jealous
10. Monarchy feat. Dita Von Teese – Disintegration
Five More Songs:
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Bright Light Bright Light – In Your Care
Lana Del Rey – Young and Beautiful
St. Lucia – Elevate
Pulp – After You
Random thoughts on the songs…
Get Lucky was THE jam of the year. Everyone covered it, everyone loved it, nobody (well, not me) got sick of it. And nothing was more welcoming than Nile Rodgers and his stuttering, funky guitar back on the radio and the dancefloor.
Haim’s The Wire accomplished the unthinkable – it made me love a song which cribs heavily from the much loathed Eagles (their 1979 single Heartache Tonight). Similarly, Annie’s sleek and bubbly Ralph Macchio gave me a reason to care about the former Karate Kid!
We’ll probably never hear from Capital Cities again, but with such an ultra-catchy earworm as Safe and Sound, they should be thrilled to have achieved one-hit wonder status at all.
I stumbled across Australian electropop singer Kim Smith in a random music blog, and fell hard for his single Jealous. Likewise with Autoheart’s Moscow.
I’ve always appreciated the pompous side of pop, so Empire Of the Sun’s divinely bombastic Alive rarely left my iPod.
Arcade Fire went funky with Reflektor, Lana remained Lana and pleased those who appreciate Lana, and Bright Light Bright Light delivered another gorgeous slice of wistful emo-electro.
And obviously, my favorite song from my favorite album had to make this list. “It’s Thursday night. Lets get it right. I want to know you’re gonna stay for the weekend.”
Top Ten Taffy Albums of the Year:
1. Pet Shop Boys – Electric
2. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – English Electric
3. Little Boots – Nocturnes
4. Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob
5. Sky Ferreira – Night Time, My Time
6. My Bloody Valentine – mbv
7. Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
8. Helen Love – Day-Glo Dreams
9. Alison Moyet – The Minutes
10. Franz Ferdinand – Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions
Five More Albums:
David Bowie – The Next Day
Suede – Bloodsports
Goldfrapp – Tales Of Us
Future Bible Heroes – Partygoing
Johnny Marr – The Messenger
Random thoughts on the albums…
Both the Pet Shop Boys and OMD brought forth a twelfth studio album with Electric in their title, and topped my list. What year was this again? Electric found Neil and Chris doing what they do best, offering up nine sublime dance tracks for an adoring fanbase. OMD likewise sounded reinvigorated, reminding us that as the biggest Kraftwerk fans out there, they still know how to compose elegant, stately, and occasionally oddball synthpop.
Alison Moyet went back to electronics for her best solo album in decades, while Tegan and Sara went full-on pop mode to exuberantly joyous effect.
Debut albums of the year to these ears were by Chrvches and Sky Ferreira, each a cohesive collection of solid songs by self-assured artists.
Little Boots sophomore effort didn’t seem to get the critical love her debut did, but I loved it’s somewhat darker (as in nighttime) approach to electro.
Finally – give it up one more time to rock gods doing what they do best after years away from the spotlight. Marr gave us a solo album worthy of an ex-Smith, Bowie showed us the vitality of a 60-something genius, and Suede and My Bloody Valentine may have once defined decades-old genres (Britpop and shoegaze) but returned to expand on them.
Top Five Concerts:
1. Pet Shop Boys (The Music Center at Strathmore, Bethesda, Sept 19) – as always, an unparalleled aural and visual treat. A Pet Shop Boys concert neatly encapsulates the best of the past quarter century of pop.
2. Bright Light Bright Light (Joe’s Pub, NYC, Oct 25) – my favorite new-ish electronic act delivered the goods in a personable, intimate show. One questions why auto-tuned abominations exist in the pop world when all one needs is the warm voice of Rod Thomas.
3. Garbage (House of Blues, Boston, March 26) – Shirley Manson stomped her way through town to remind everyone why she’s the baddest chick in rock. You probably forgot how much you love this band. Here was the reminder.
4. Simple Minds (Roseland Ballroom, NYC, Oct 24) – Forget Don’t You Forget About Me! Jim Kerr and the boys have been releasing music for 30+ years now, but this show concentrated on their early, sparkling post-punk gems.
5. Future Bible Heroes (The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA, July 21) – While Stephin Merritt only guested on a few songs, the other Heroes brought their literate, witty songs to life before an appreciative hometown audience.