Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Single Life September 28, 2006....

Time for another "Single Life".... the odds and sods I pick up from I-Tunes, Beatport, the dwindling singles part of the record store, Perfect Beat, or wherever....Here's a bunch of what I've been jamming to. As always you can click on the artist's name to go to their website for more info.

Keith Urban - "Once In A Lifetime" This is the first single from Keith's new album due out in November. Strangely it starts out stealing the guitar intro to Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone", and proceeds to sound like a mashup of that song and his "Days Go By" song... Competently done, but after a whole lotta songs of his sounding like this already, it's not groundshaking. Grade: B-

Kaskade - "Be Still (Extended Mix)" Very New Order-esque trance song by the American DJ counterpart to acts like Tiesto or BT. Childlike vocals travel on a Mitsubishi-ad-style backing track works for its purposes. Good production on this one. Grade: B+

Luther Vandross
- "Shine (Freemasons Club Mix)" The Freemasons have made a little cottage industry of infusing current dance songs with old-school disco samples, so why not go to the source? As much as I usually wince about the post-mortem releases that have come out, Luther's "Shine" does him great justice. It brings his work full-circle to his days with the disco outfit Change. Awesome, happy groovy song. Deserves much wider play. Grade: A

Stefy - "Chelsea" Well, imagine Gwen Stefani redoing Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This" with Berlin as her backing band. And hell, it works, amazingly. Short and sweet retro-new-wave number about catfighting. Grade: B+

Dave Aude & Tall Paul f/Sisely Treasure
- "Common Ground" Dave Aude is good for remixing songs with an alternative but still accessible touch. Now for this own work, he does the same with a bouncy number with the requisite female dramatic and breathy vocals about some sort of longing/crisis/whatever. Just groove along. Grade: B+

Smash Mouth
- "Story Of My Life" Well they finally put this out way after it's run on the adult Top40 chart. However it's cashing in on the "All-Star" and "I'm A Believer" vein from "Shrek" without any movie to help it along (and "Surreal Life doesn't count). Innocuous Bar Music. Grade: C-

Pussycat Dolls
- "Buttons" You know, as much as I wanna hate 'em for being a Milli Vanilli-style manufactured act (only lead Nicole sings on the whole album), I have to admit as a package the PCD enterprise have put out pretty quality music. Best that money can buy, I guess (the Paris Hilton principle, without the assholiness). Great Middle-East groove with enough non-corny sexiness. Grade: B

O.A.R. - "Heard The World" Good for those of you into the hundreds of workingman alt-rock bands out now. Grade: C+

OK Go
- "Here It Goes Again" The band and song now universally know for it's video, arguably the best rock video of this millenium so far, this song as power-pop genius works just fine on it's on. I'm so glad rock re-found out about melody again. Grade: A

JoJo - "Too Little Too Late" This little pop song picks up from the void left when Backstreet Boys and Nsync faded. Same Swedish-pop style guitar strum/minor chord change/insistent chorus. In this year, surprisingly fresh. Grade: B-

Stone Sour - "Through Glass" Stone Sour is lead Corey Taylor's Dr Jeckyll to his other band Slipnot's Mr. Hyde. This song is a straightforward rock song, with not even a trace of edginess. But pretty well done, and Taylor's in good voice. Grade: B

Breaking Benjamin
- "The Diary Of Jane" With guitars sounding like I thought Stone Sour would sound like, basically brooding neo-teen-metal which isn't offensive, but not totally clear in its message. Grade: C+

She Wants Revenge
- "Welcome To The Black Parade" First glimpse into their forthcoming album, and a very good sign indeed. It looks like they've taken inspiration for Green Day and produced a punk-epic song that's really moving and fun without being corny. Can't wait for the album, and song "Mama" with Liza Minelli of all people! Grade: A-

Sugarland
- "Want To" I'm still unsettled by the exit of Kristen Hall from the band, which I so was happy for their success with their first album. I know it just can't be the old "I just want to write" story that's been handed around. Is it because her un-stereotypical un-barbiedoll appearance or her sexuality that got her kicked? Or strife with the band? Don't know if we'll ever find out. This is the first single without Hall, and somehow it does signal a slight change in sound. Though Jennifer Nettles' voice still shines, and the groups sincerity still shows. Grade: B

Craig Morgan
- "Little Bit Of Life" Morgan gives more of his white bread-neck music with this ditty. Somehow I think by the way he sings he never does the simple things he sings about. Grade: C

Taylor Swift
- "Tim McGraw" Very Very blatant cash-in on another singer's success. No reason for this, really. Blech. Grade: F+

George Strait
- "Give It Away" George strikes again with his 41st #1 country song. Not his worst, by far not his best. At least not hokey, like he is prone to do sometimes. Grade: C+

Goldfrapp
- "Fly Me Away (Ladytron, Chuck Barrett, and C2 Mixes)" Uber-electro artists put out new single, heavily cribbing "I Feel Love" and actually making it not as good. Ladytron puts a better spin on the song, with it's retro-wave synths. Grade: C+

Sergio Mendes f/Black Eyed Peas
- "Mas Que Nada (Master At Work Remix)" I had to pick this up on an import at Tower Records (please don't close, my dear store...) It's good to have Mendes back, even if to redo one of his classics. Not the most inspiring remix, but still cool and breezy and playable in a good restaurant/club without being embarassing. Grade: B-

And here's the video for Stefy's video for "Chelsea"... enjoy

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Twostepcub's music chart for 09-26-06...

Hey folks...it's that time again for my tunes for the week. As always you can click on the artist's highlighted name to go to their website and read about 'em, listen to 'em, watch 'em depending on how good their page is (some of them now just have myspace pages). You can right-click to bring up in a new window... This week Christina is at #1 for the sixth week, while big moves comes from songs by Scissor Sisters, Ohsha Kai, and OK Go. Leaving the chart are the Goo Goo Dolls, Toby Keith, and Brad Paisley. And Rascal Flatts have 3 songs on here again, who knew? Cheers.

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Ain't No Other Man - Christina Aguilera (1)
2. I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic At The Disco (2)
3. Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae (5)
4. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley (3)
5. Move Along - All-American Rejects (6)
6. Leave The Pieces - The Wreckers (4)
7. Would You Go With Me - Josh Turner (8)
8. Sunshine & Summertime - Faith Hill (9)
9. Is It Any Wonder? - Keane (7)
10. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol (11)
11. Every Mile A Memory - Dierks Bentley (14)
12. What Hurts The Most - Rascal Flatts (16)
13. Waiting For The World To Change - John Mayer (15)
14. Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado (10)
15. Brand New Girlfriend - Steve Holy (17)
16. Black Horse & The Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall (12)
17. Unfaithful - Rihanna (13)
18. How To Save A Life - The Fray (21)
19. Mama's Room - Under The Influence Of Giants (20)
20. A Public Affair - Jessica Simpson (22)
21. Buttons - Pussycat Girls f/Snoop Dogg (27)
22. Far Away - Nickelback (26)
23. When You Were Young - The Killers (31)
24. Steady As She Goes - The Raconteurs (24)
25. If You're Going Through Hell - Rodney Atkins (18)
26. Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers (19)
27. Lost - Roger Sanchez (28)
28. The Kill (Bury Me) - 30 Seconds To Mars (29)
29. Miss Murder - AFI (23)
30. I'm With Stupid - Pet Shop Boys (41)
31. The Riddle (You & I) - Five For Fighting (33)
32. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray (32)
33. Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace (34)
34. Like Red On A Rose - Alan Jackson (38)
35. Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence (40)
36. Savin' Me - Nickelback (25)
37. Original Fire - Audioslave (37)
38. Finding A Good Man - Danielle Peck (45)
39. Movin' On - Dynamix f/Jason Walker (44)
40. Let Me Hear The Music - L.E.X. f/Niki Haris (43)
41. Bring It On Home - Little Big Town (35)
42. Turn It Up - Paris Hilton (49)
43. Once In A Lifetime - Keith Urban (55)
44. Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield (42)
45. Call On Me - Janet Jackson f/Nelly (59)
46. I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - Scissor Sisters (76)
47. Who Knew - Pink (30)
48. The Glamorous Life - T-Funk f/Inaya Day (50)
49. Building Bridges - Brooks & Dunn f/Sheryl Crow & Vince Gill (51)
50. Life Is A Highway - Rascal Flatts (56)
51. Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango) - Bananarama (46)
52. Give It Away - George Strait (62)
53. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall (67)
54. Get Together - Madonna (48)
55. Free Your Mind - Ohsha Kai (69)
56. Just For One Night (Solamente Una Noche) - India (57)
57. Love You - Jack Ingram (63)
58. Boston - Augustana (58)
59. I Feel For You - John Kano Project f/Gia 7 (60)
60. Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney (61)
61. Tell Me Baby - Red Hot Chili Peppers (70)
62. Face The Music - Conjure One (36)
63. Hate Me - Blue October (53)
64. Goodbye My Lover - James Blunt (77)
65. C'est La Vie - Kim English (39)
66. He's A Pirate - Hans Zimmer (52)
67. Feels Just Like It Should - Pat Green (68)
68. I Call It Love - Lionel Richie (86)
69. Here It Goes Again - OK Go (91)
70. Deja Vu - Beyonce f/Jay-Z (97)
71. You Save Me - Kenny Chesney (78)
72. Diamonds - Los Lonely Boys (66)
73. Stars Are Blind - Paris Hilton (64)
74. Good Day - Jewel (85)
75. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood (100)
76. Swing - Trace Adkins (47)
77. Walk Away - Kelly Clarkson (65)
78. Sexyback - Justin Timberlake (88)
79. I Don't Know What She Said - Blaine Larsen (80)
80. Higher - Sanny X f/Tina Charles (74)
81. Underground Baby - Adam Freemer (75)
82. Somebody - Richard "Humpty" Vission f/Stranger Days (82)
83. Mas Que Nada - Sergio Mendes f/Black Eyed Peas (93)
84. Is It Love - iio (DEBUT)
85. Strut - Kevin Aviance (74)
86. Lips Of An Angel - Hinder (87)
87. Cut - Plumb (90)
88. Want To - Sugarland (96)
89. To Call My Own - Barton (72)
90. Why Why Why - Billy Currington (54)
91. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira f/Wyclef Jean (83)
92. I Loved Her First - Heartland (92)
93. Be Still - Kaskade (DEBUT)
94. What A Feeling - DJ Peter Luts & Dominico (DEBUT)
95. 8th of November - Big & Rich (95)
96. Can't Let Go - Landon Pigg (DEBUT)
97. My Wish - Rascal Flatts (DEBUT)
98. Where'd You Go - Fort Minor f/Holly Brook (94)
99. What's Left Of Me - Nick Lachey (71)
100. Through Glass - Stone Sour (DEBUT)

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

He's on the dance floor, yelling "Free Bird"...

Ahh when good country artists go bad. Neal McCoy was the Charley Pride of the modern country era, being the sole non-white country singer on the charts during the big-boom 90s. Even though he wasn't black (he's Filipino and Irish), he brought the winning charm attitude that borrows just as much from Pride as from Nat "King" Cole. In songs like "No Doubt About It", "Wink", and "You Gotta Love That", McCoy was the epitomy of classy, non-threatening, honkytonk that was able to garner him quite a career for awhile. But as fickle as country radio is, by the late nineties, his singles charted lower and lower, until he's been apparently castoff like so many others to independent label-land (in this case his own startup, 903 records). When this happens, usually this frees the artist to put out more quality material, without a bigwig from Sony or BMG or whatever breathing down your neck. With McCoy's amazing baritone, this could really work, with more heartfelt and original material than could be on his popular material? Does it happen. Well, notsomuch. Notsomuch at all.

That's Life, McCoy's first album on his label, is unfortunate chock full of all the stereotypical gunwaving and trash-praisin' cliches that people who don't like country music give for reasons they won't listen to country music. Starting out with "Got Mud", which has been done with its "we're hillbillies and we're dirty" theme too many times already, then slip down a whole bunch of notches by pandering out a cameo by Tommy Franks, rattling off about his dad (which apparently involved pronouncing flag with two syllables) and how he hopes he's not the "Last Of A Dying Breed", like fathers in the city can't be just as upstanding and valuable. This "we'll put you down by saying we're better cuz we're simple" line is a bit old, anyway, and TOmmy, ho'ws that invasion in Iraq going, anyway?

Luckily McCoy settles down a little bit and puts through a couple competent but benign ballads, the title track and "All Over Again". After that comes the score for the album, his top-10 single "Billy's Got His Beer Goggles On" which recaptures his playful side which won him over the first time. After that though there's just a plethora of cookie-cutter ballads and hokey redneck-alia (see the horrendously-named "Tail on the Tailgate" for that). The one blip on this half is the adoption-saga "Jessie" which does come across at least as sincere. He ends the CD with a crappy rehash of "Youre My Jamaica" with his mentor Charley Pride, and a live version of "Hillbilly Rap", which mashes Sugarhill Gang's Rapper's Delight with the theme from the Beverly Hillbilles. Interesting concept, done way better though on other CDs of his.

McCoy does still have his voice, and he does try to sell himself to the Branson crowd. For them, this'll work wonders. However to everybody else, be forewarned.

Grade: D
Best Cuts:
"Billy's Got His Beer Goggles On", "All Over Again"
Weakest Links: "Last Of A Dying Breed", "Got Mud", "Tail On The Tailgate"

That's Life made it to #32 pop albums, #8 country albums.
"Billy's Got His Beer Goggles On" hit #10 country, #75 Hot 100.
"Last Of A Dying Breed" hit #35 on the country chart.

You can buy That's Life at sites like here and here.


And here's the video for the single "Billy's Got His Beer Goggles On", with Rob Schneider.


Irony ....


Hmm... the closer it's getting to election day, and the lower gas prices are going. It's down to $2.17 near me. Color me paranoid, but since supply isn't exactly changed do you think that it may be a little ploy to raise American's complacency level for the upcoming midterms?

If this was only on Masterpiece Theatre...

Short clip from the "Jerry Springer Opera" of all things...

mantra for the day today...

i just wanna f-ing dance....

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Twostepcub music chart for September 19, 2006

Oh boys and girls, I'm almost back to a normal schedule on this. Like always, you can click on the highlighted name of the artist to go to their website to find out more info and listen to their music (right-click to bring up in a new window). It's five weeks now for Christina Aguilera at the top, with songs by Daniel Powter, Gary Allan, Gabriel & Dresden, and Bob Sinclar dropping off, and James Blunt replacing one song with another. Big moves come round by Pussycat Dolls, The Killers, Pet Shop Boys, and Janet Jackson. Cheers!

This Week Song/Artist (Last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Ain't No Other Man - Christina Aguilera (1)
2. I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic At The Disco (3)
3. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley (2)
4. Leave The Pieces - The Wreckers (4)
5. Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae (6)
6. Move Along - All-American Rejects (7)
7. Is It Any Wonder? - Keane (5)
8. Would You Go With Me - Josh Turner (11)
9. Sunshine & Summertime - Faith Hill (10)
10. Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado (12)
11. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol (15)
12. Black Horse & The Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall (8)
13. Unfaithful - Rihanna (9)
14. Every Mile A Memory - Dierks Bentley (18)
15. Waiting For The World To Change - John Mayer (16)
16. What Hurts The Most - Rascal Flatts (20)
17. Brand New Girlfriend - Steve Holy (19)
18. If You're Going Through Hell - Rodney Atkins (14)
19. Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers (13)
20. Mama's Room - Under The Influence Of Giants (25)
21. How To Save A Life - The Fray (24)
22. A Public Affair - Jessica Simpson (26)
23. Miss Murder - AFI (17)
24. Steady As She Goes - The Raconteurs (22)
25. Savin' Me - Nickelback (21)
26. Far Away - Nickelback (28)
27. Buttons - Pussycat Dolls f/Snoop Dogg (42)
28. Lost - Roger Sanchez (34)
29. The Kill (Bury Me) - 30 Seconds To Mars (37)
30. Who Knew - Pink (30)
31. When You Were Young - The Killers (49)
32. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray (32)
33. The Riddle (You & I) - Five For Fighting (31)
34. Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace (45)
35. Bring It On Home - Little Big Town (31)
36. Face The Music - Conjure One (23)
37. Original Fire - Audioslave (38)
38. Like Red On A Rose - Alan Jackson (48)
39. C'est La Vie - Kim English (27)
40. Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence (57)
41. I'm With Stupid - Pet Shop Boys (77)
42. Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield (39)
43. Let Me Hear The Music - L.E.X. f/Niki Haris (47)
44. Movin' On - Dynamix f/Jason Walker (53)
45. Finding A Good Man - Danielle Peck (50)
46. Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango) - Bananarama (35)
47. Swing - Trace Adkins (29)
48. Get Together - Madonna (36)
49. Turn It Up - Paris Hilton (61)
50. The Glamorous Life - T-Funk f/Inaya Day (56)
51. Building Bridges - Brooks & Dunn f/Sheryl Crow & Vince Gill (55)
52. He's A Pirate - Hans Zimmer (52)
53. Hate Me - Blue October (43)
54. Why Why Why - Billy Currington (33)
55. Once In A Lifetime - Keith Urban (74)
56. Life Is A Highway - Rascal Flatts (64)
57. Just For One Night (Solamente Una Noche) - India (58)
58. Boston - Augustana (60)
59. Call On Me - Janet Jackson f/Nelly (100)
60. I Feel For You - John Kano Project f/Gia 7 (68)
61. Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney (62)
62. Give It Away - George Strait (63)
63. Love You - Jack Ingram (73)
64. Stars Are Blind - Paris Hilton (65)
65. Walk Away - Kelly Clarkson (51)
66. Diamonds - Los Lonely Boys (44)
67. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall (80)
68. Feels Just Like It Should - Pat Green (69)
69. Free Your Mind - Ohsha Kai (97)
70. Tell Me Baby - Red Hot Chili Peppers (87)
71. What's Left Of Me - Nick Lachey (40)
72. To Call My Own - Barton (72)
73. Higher - Sanny X f/Tina Charles (54)
74. Strut - Kevin Aviance (70)
75. Underground Baby - Adam Freemer (75)
76. I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - Scissor Sisters (DEBUT)
77. Goodbye My Lover - James Blunt (DEBUT)
78. You Save Me - Kenny Chesney (98)
79. Stay With You - Goo Goo Dolls (66)
80. I Don't Know What She Just Said - Blaine Larsen (81)
81. A Little Too Late - Toby Keith (46)
82. Somebody - Richard "Humpty" Vission f/ Stranger Days (84)
83. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira f/Wyclef Jean (71)
84. The World - Brad Paisley (67)
85. Good Day - Jewel (91)
86. I Call It Love - Lionel Richie (DEBUT)
87. Lips Of An Angel - Hinder (88)
88. Sexyback - Justin Timberlake (96)
89. Wreck Of The Day - Anna Nalick (90)
90. Cut - Plumb (93)
91. Here It Goes Again - OK Go (DEBUT)
92. I Loved Her First - Heartland (94)
93. Mas Que Nada - Sergio Mendes f/Black Eyed Peas (DEBUT)
94. Where'd You Go - Fort Minor f/Holly Brook (83)
95. 8th of November - Big & Rich (95)
96. Want To - Sugarland (99)
97. Deja Vu - Beyonce f/Jay-Z (DEBUT)
98. Everything Changes - Staind (85)
99. Supermassive Black Hole - Muse (59)
100. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood (DEBUT)

Monday, September 18, 2006

I'll take "accessorizing farm animals" for 200, Alex....

Well finally I have some pictures form the event I was in at the Atlantic Stampede Rodeo in DC. Since I had hurt myself a little bit ago, I couldn't do the chute dogging (you can see what that is on the previous post), but I did get to do one of the other, funner, events, Steer Decoration, or "Steer Deco", if you will. There's teams of two, a header and a tail. (I was the tail, go fig.) The header (my buddy Jeffie) is near the gate with a rope that's tied around the steers horns. When the gate is open, I run up and he's got to bring to steer over his starting line, then I can tie a ribbon on it's tail (without getting kicked or runover) then the header undoes the rope from the horns and I can tag the timer. Best time wins. We got 4th on Saturday's rodeo, not bad at all for first time out, especially since our gate didn't open right (and forgot to drop the rope to get a redo). Got a ribbon and made half our entry fee back :-).

We got it finally under control ...
Here we go again on Sunday...
The damn thing kept goin' in circles..
And I'm getting the ribbon on....And I tagged the timer.. woohoo!
And here's Jeffie and I with our little ribbons, with Jen who's getting a whole slew of ribbons for her different events. For us, we're just happy to be there!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Trickling in more pictures from the rodeo...

I'm still waiting for my friends to get me pics from the rodeo, but here's a couple.
Chute Dogging (I'm pretty sure that's my buddy Jeffy, I was movin around at the time)

Jeff, Mike and Jan behind the chutes waiting...
Mike in the chute with the steer for chute dogging (they basically wrestle a steer to the ground)...

That's the before picture... and courtesy of Cowboy Frank here's the after...
I'm so proud and Jeff and him. They both got the steer down once on the two days.
My buddies in the stands....trying not to look like they've been drinking a barful the night before.

Jen chute dogging.
Cowboy Frank got me when I wasn't aware....I really like this picture.

OK....this cub's headin' to bed...g'nite all...

Twostepcubchart for September 12, 2006...

Hey guys....Sorry but I've been really swamped at work, and I'm posting my chart late instead of on Tuesday. Still have more reviews to write out as well. No rest for the wicked.... As always you can click on the name of the artist to bring up their webpage (right-click to bring up a new window). This week Christina Aguilera is on top for the fourth week, and big moves are made by Under The Influence Of Giants, Evanescence, and Keith Urban. Saying goodbye are tracks by the Dixie Chicks, Natasha Bedingfield, and Rob Thomas.

ThisWeek Song/Artist (Last Week's Position in parentheses)
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1. Ain't No Other Man - Christina Aguilera (1)
2. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley (2)
3. I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic At The Disco (4)
4. Leave the Pieces - The Wreckers (8)
5. Is It Any Wonder? - Keane (3)
6. Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae (11)
7. Move Alone - All-American Rejects (9)
8. Black Horse & The Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall (6)
9. Unfaithful - Rihanna (10)
10. Sunshine & Summertime - Faith Hill (15)
11. Would You Go With Me - Josh Turner (13)
12. Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado (14)
13. Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers (5)
14. If You're Going Through Hell - Rodney Atkins (7)
15. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol (17)
16. Waiting For The World To Change - John Mayer (20)
17. Miss Murder - AFI (12)
18. Every Mile A Memory - Dierks Bentley (25)
19. Brand New Girlfriend - Steve Holy (24)
20. What Hurts The Most - Rascal Flatts (22)
21. Savin' Me - Nickelback (16)
22. Steady As She Goes - The Raconteurs (21)
23. Face The Music - Conjure One (18)
24. How To Save A Life - The Fray (33)
25. Mama's Room- Under The Influence Of Giants (39)
26. A Public Affair - Jessica Simpson (34)
27. C'est La Vie - Kim English (27)
28. Far Away - Nickelback (35)
29. Swing - Trace Adkins (30)
30. Who Knew - Pink (36)
31. Bring It On Home - Little Big Town (29)
32. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray (32)
33. Why Why Why - Billy Currington (31)
34. Lost - Roger Sanchez (38)
35. Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango) - Bananarama (26)
36. Get Together - Madonna (28)
37. The Kill (Bury Me) - 30 Seconds To Mars (40)
38. Original Fire - Audioslave (51)
39. Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield (37)
40. What's Left Of Me - Nick Lachey (23)
41. The Riddle (You & I) - Five For Fighting (45)
42. Buttons - Pussycat Dolls f/Snoop Dogg (48)
43. Hate Me - Blue October (43)
44. Diamonds - Los Lonely Boys (44)
45. Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace (47)
46. A Little Too Late - Toby Keith (19)
47. Let Me Hear The Music - L.E.X. f/Niki Haris (55)
48. Like Red On A Rose - Alan Jackson (57)
49. When You Were Young - The Killers (59)
50. Finding A Good Man - Danielle Peck (52)
51. Walk Away - Kelly Clarkson (42)
52. He's A Pirate - Hans Zimmer (53)
53. Movin' On - Dynamix f/Jason Walker (61)
54. Higher - Sanny X f/Tina Charles (49)
55. Building Bridges - Brooks & Dunn f/Sheryl Crow & Vince Gill (56)
56. The Glamorous Life - T-Funk f/Inaya Day (66)
57. Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence (71)
58. Just For One Night (Solamente Una Noche) - India (68)
59. Supermassive Black Hole - Muse (54)
60. Boston - Augustana (63)
61. Turn It Up - Paris Hilton (75)
62. Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney (62)
63. Give It Away - George Strait (64)
64. Life Is A Highway - Rascal Flatts (72)
65. Stars Are Blind - Paris Hilton (65)
66. Stay With You - Goo Goo Dolls (41)
67. The World - Brad Paisley (46)
68. I Feel For You - John Kano Project f/Gia 7 (83)
69. Feels Just Like It Should - Pat Green (80)
70. Strut - Kevin Aviance (70)
71. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira f/Wyclef Jean (67)
72. To Call My Own - Barton (73)
73. Love You - Jack Ingram (84)
74. Once In A Lifetime - Keith Urban (100)
75. Underground Baby - Adam Freemer (87)
76. Life Ain't Always Beautiful - Gary Allan (50)
77. I'm With Stupid - Pet Shop Boys (DEBUT)
78. High - James Blunt (69)
79. World Hold On - Bob Sinclar f/Steve Edwards (60)
80. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall (DEBUT)
81. I Don't Know What She Said - Blaine Larsen (86)
82. Tracking Treasure Down - Gabriel & Dresden (58)
83. Where'd You Go - Fort Minor f/Holly Brook (78)
84. Somebody - Richard "Humpty" Vission f/Stranger Days (89)
85. Everything Changes - Staind (77)
86. MakeDamnSure - Taking Back Sunday (74)
87. Tell Me Baby - Red Hot Chili Peppers (DEBUT)
88. Lips Of An Angel - Hinder (93)
89. Bad Day - Daniel Powter (76)
90. Wreck Of The Day - Anna Nalick (90)
91. Good Day - Jewel (92)
92. Summertime - Kenny Chesney (88)
93. Cut - Plumb (98)
94. I Loved Her First - Heartland (96)
95. 8th Of November - Big & Rich (95)
96. Sexyback - Justin Timberlake (99)
97. Free Your Mind - Ohsha Kai (DEBUT)
98. You Save Me - Kenny Chesney (DEBUT)
99. Want To - Sugarland (DEBUT)
100. Call On Me - Janet Jackson f/Nelly (DEBUT)

Friday, September 15, 2006

Sorry I've been away so long....

I know it's been a busy week, I'll have more music stuff soon and the chart by saturday. I was at the Atlantic States Gay Rodeo in Washington DC. Had a blast. Actually won a ribbon and a check just for playing around with farm animals (more later on that, don't worry PETA people)...

Monday, September 04, 2006

Twostepcub music chart for September 5, 2006...

To those in the states, I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. Here's my tunes for this week. As usual you can click on the name of the artist highlighted to bring up their webpage (you can right-click to bring it up in a new window). Christina Aguilera spends a third week at the top, and songs by Oakenfold and Joey Negro as well as one of Rascal Flatts' three leave the chart. Some of the biggest moves this week come from Roger Sanchez, Dynamix & Jason Walker, and Evanescence.

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Ain't No Other Man - Christina Aguilera (1)
2. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley (2)
3. Is It Any Wonder? - Keane (3)
4. I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic At The Disco (7)
5. Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers (5)
6. Black Horse & The Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall (6)
7. If You're Going Through Hell - Rodney Atkins (4)
8. Leave The Pieces - The Wreckers (14)
9. Move Along - All-American Rejects (9)
10. Unfaithful - Rihanna (13)
11. Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae (16)
12. Miss Murder - AFI (10)
13. Would You Go With Me - Josh Turner (15)
14. Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado (18)
15. Sunshine & Summertime - Faith Hill (23)
16. Savin' Me - Nickelback (12)
17. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol (21)
18. Face The Music - Conjure One (19)
19. A Little Too Late - Toby Keith (8)
20. Waiting For The World To Change - John Mayer (25)
21. Steady As She Goes - The Raconteurs (20)
22. What Hurts The Most - Rascal Flatts (26)
23. What's Left Of Me - Nick Lachey (11)
24. Brand New Girlfriend - Steve Holy (28)
25. Every Mile A Memory - Dierks Bentley (36)
26. Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango) - Bananarama (17)
27. C'est La Vie - Kim English (31)
28. Get Together - Madonna (24)
29. Bring It On Home - Little Big Town (27)
30. Swing - Trace Adkins (33)
31. Why Why Why - Billy Currington (22)
32. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray (32)
33. How To Save A Life - The Fray (41)
34. A Public Affair - Jessica Simpson (47)
35. Far Away - Nickelback (42)
36. Who Knew - Pink (39)
37. Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield (35)
38. Lost - Roger Sanchez (56)
39. Mama's Room - Under The Influence Of Giants (58)
40. The Kill (Bury Me) - 30 Seconds To Mars (46)
41. Stay With You - Goo Goo Dolls (41)
42. Walk Away - Kelly Clarkson (40)
43. Hate Me - Blue October (44)
44. Diamonds - Los Lonely Boys (45)
45. The Riddle (You & I) - Five For Fighting (48)
46. The World - Brad Paisley (30)
47. Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace (49)
48. Buttons - Pussycat Dolls f/Snoop Dogg (52)
49. Higher - Sanny X f/Tina Charles (50)
50. Life Ain't Always Beautiful - Gary Allan (29)
51. Original Fire - Audioslave (61)
52. Finding A Good Man - Danielle Peck (54)
53. He's A Pirate - Hans Zimmer (59)
54. Supermassive Black Hole - Muse (55)
55. Let Me Hear The Music - L.E.X. f/Niki Haris (71)
56. Building Bridges - Brooks & Dunn f/Sheryl Crow & Vince Gill (57)
57. Like Red On A Rose - Alan Jackson (70)
58. Tracking Treasure Down - Gabriel & Dresden (43)
59. When You Were Young - The Killers (72)
60. World Hold On - Bob Sinclar f/Steve Edwards (38)
61. Movin' On - Dynamix f/Jason Walker (79)
62. Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney (62)
63. Boston - Augustana (64)
64. Give It Away - George Strait (67)
65. Stars Are Blind - Paris Hilton (66)
66. The Glamorous Life - T-Funk f/Inaya Day (80)
67. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira f/Wyclef Jean (60)
68. Just For One Night (Solamente Una Noche) - India (91)
69. High - James Blunt (37)
70. Strut - Kevin Aviance (75)
71. Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence (95)
72. Life Is A Highway - Rascal Flatts (86)
73. To Call My Own - Barton (74)
74. MakeDamnSure - Taking Back Sunday (65)
75. Turn It Up - Paris Hilton (94)
76. Bad Day - Daniel Powter (63)
77. Everything Changes - Staind (78)
78. Where'd You Go - Fort Minor f/Holly Brook (77)
79. The One That Got Away - Natasha Bedingfield (51)
80. Feels Just Like It Should - Pat Green (88)
81. I Will - Dolce (53)
82. Cafe Con Alegria - Tony Moran f/Deep Influence (68)
83. I Feel For You - John Kano Project f/Gia 7 (DEBUT)
84. Love You - Jack Ingram (93)
85. Ever The Same - Rob Thomas (83)
86. I Don't Know What She Just Said - Blaine Larsen (92)
87. Underground Baby! - Adam Freemer (99)
88. Summertime - Kenny Chesney (82)
89. Somebody - Richard "Humpty" Vission f/Stranger Days (DEBUT)
90. Wreck Of The Day - Anna Nalick (DEBUT)
91. Faith - Leana (85)
92. Good Day - Jewel (DEBUT)
93. Lips Of An Angel - Hinder (DEBUT)
94. I Will Stand - Claudja Barry (73)
95. 8th Of November - Big & Rich (97)
96. I Loved Her First - Heart Land (100)
97. Not Ready To Make Nice - Dixie Chicks (69)
98. Cut - Plumb (DEBUT)
99. Sexyback - Justin Timberlake (DEBUT)
100. Once In A Lifetime - Keith Urban (DEBUT)

First Anniversary of dumfuckery...


A year ago today, Barbara and George 41 toured Houston's evacuation shelter for Katrina victims. Behold, the words of today's Marie Antoinette...

In a segment at the top of the show on the surge of
evacuees to the Texas city, Barbara Bush said: "Almost
everyone I’ve talked to says we're going to move to
Houston."

Then she added: "What I’m hearing which is sort of
scary is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is
so overwhelmed by the hospitality.

"And so many of the people in the arena here, you
know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this (she
chuckles slightly) is working very well for them."


There's a special level of hell specially made for total fucktards like her. Makes perfect sense where her son got his bourgeois cluelessness from. Fuck her. Common troll she is. (Yeah, and she's ugly, too). If anyone thinks "Republicanism" in the Bush era is concerned for ordinary people, read this over and over.

Now breathe....

I suggest reading Digby's more thought-out analysis of the events a year ago in New Orleans by clicking on the link here (rightclick to bring up in another window).

The Single Life - September 4, 2006...

I almost forgot, another round of "Single Life"... long overdue (again). As always you can click on the artist to bring up their website (right-click to bring it up in another window).

John Kano Project featuring Gia 7 - "I Feel For You (John Kano's Club Mix)" A more poppier dance number in the spacey vein like Delerium, etc. Doleful and haunting heartbreak message, with a pretty good beat, but not totally mind-grabbing. Grade: B-

Ohsha Kai - "Free Your Mind (JH Original Club Mix)" A neo-house pumper, sung by Kai without the usual diva-ish histrionics. Pretty good uplifting dance number. Grade: B

Rhonda Vincent
- "Heartbreaker's Alibi" You know it's a great song if I run right from hearing the song on CMT to I-Tunes to buy it. For those of you thinking bluegrass music is hicky and dull, listen to this tune, with backing vocals by Dolly Parton. One of the most angelic voices in country (with Alison Krauss being another, are we seeing a pattern?) . Grade: A

Christina Aguilera - "Ain't No Other Man (Jake Ridley Club Mix)" I know, there's been a zillion different remixes on this song done already, which I can cover for the next year. This mix takes all the jazziness and replaces it with a techno-funk background. Not bad but not particularly earthshaking. Grade B-

Richard "Humpty" Vission
featuring Stranger Days - "Somebody" This is pretty different considering Vission's other work, a lot more techno than usual, which is actually pretty cool. More for the car than the dancefloor, but satisfying. Grade B+

L.E.X. featuring Niki Haris - "Let Me Hear The Music (LEX Original Xtended Mix)" Great positive dance anthem. Niki sings with a lot of soul without going overboard. I was going crazy trying to find this till Perfect Beat started selling it. Not too fluffy, and definitely not dark. Just right. Grade: B+

Teddy Geiger
- "These Walls" The followup to the hit "For You I Will", Geiger puts through a rocker that sounds not unlike a lot of alt-pop from a decade ago. Though that's not necessarily bad. If you like Five For Fighting but with a harder sounding vocal, here ya go. Grade: B-

Plumb
- "Cut (Andy Hunter Mix)" My mind's jury's still out on this one. On one hand, it's a pretty good spacey dance song like from Tiesto or Delerium or the like. But then this is a remix from an artist from the Christian market (belonging even to the Church of Nazarene, the end-timers) trying to cash in from the sinners (dance-primarily gays and adulterers) market (read; CeCe Winans). So I'm in the middle. Grade: C

Peter Luts & Dominico - "What A Feeling" Well luckily this isn't another remix of Flashdance. Though it does have that electro-pop feeling to it. Fluffy but good for the car. Grade B-

Montgomery Gentry
- "Some People Change" I'm trying to be objective here. I mean, friggin' Troy Gentry, even the cute one, had to go and get arrested for shooting a captive tame bear in a pen. (I know he's denying it, blah blah blah) The group unfortunately have veered to far into to he-man red-state crap that is way passe let alone plain puerile. Forgettable song. Take this song and "Something to be Proud Of" and right in the crapper it goes. Grade: D-

Bob Sinclar featuring Big Ali & Dollar Man - "Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now)" Okay now even C&C Music Factory is retro. Following two good singles ("Love Generation" and "World Hold On") with this reggae-tinged re-hash is a stunted idea. Would've been good to keep just the dancy part and left the reggae alone. Grade: D+

Hellogoodbye
- "Here (In Your Arms)" and "Bonnie Taylor Shakedown 2x4" I saved the best for last. Hellogoodbye rider the fun neo-emo-disco wave and goes totally for the dancy market. Their album Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! is crazyfun, and "Here (In Your Arms)" is a good distillation of that, filtering powerballad lyrics to a kick-ass beat (and apparently stealing Cher's vocoder). I went further and downloaded a track from their original EP, "Bonnie Taylor Shakedown 2X4", which takes the "My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean" ditty and throws it in a electrodisco blender. Way fun, and worth the 99 cents. Grade: A for both

And here's the video which makes Hellogoodbye all the more endearing
(though I'm waiting for "Jason" to come out of the darkness...)

Pissing the night away...


This was my birthday present from my ex and good compadre Sam a year ago. I have the Rhino box sets Have a Nice Decade (which covered the 70s) and Omigod! (handling the 80s), and this box brings us into the 90s. The first two boxsets were great playlists of cheese and good times, concentrating on mostly "fluffy" pop music, making you not miss the major artists they of course couldn't afford to licence. However, taking a slighty different tack this time, Whatever - The '90s Pop & Culture Box forgoes most of the "happy pop" music in exchange to mostly chronicling the rise of alternative rock music with a smattering of pop tunes. So no "Macarena". No "I'll Be Missing You". No "Livin' La Vida Loca".

Now of course that's all shot to hell with the first song, MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This", by far the cheesiest thing on all the 7 discs (well, maybe "Whoomp! There It Is" or "I'm Too Sexy" would give it competition ). From there though, the first disc goes right into alternative-mode with Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U". It's anything signifies the beginning of the 90s, that's it. Sinead was like nothing else on the radio, and it was the first big smash of the decade with a month at #1 on the singles chart and seven weeks topping the album chart, until of course she had the initial "Dixie Chick" treatment. After that it's Michael Penn (the Penn that neither married Madonna nor is dead) with "No Myth" a pleasant if not totally memorable (I mean for looking back 16 years) mid-charting pop song, representing the beginnings of one-hit-wonder alt-pop quirkiness found throughout the set here. [sidenote: Is his marriage to Aimee Mann the cosmic opposite to Britney Spears and Kevin Federline's?]There are new examples of hip-hop on here, with Queen Latifah's "Ladies First" being a cool, and surprising choice, being it's a song released way before her mainstream popularity. Then there's a spree of obscure alt-rock songs, with the poppier than usual "Ball And Chain" from Social Distortion, the crazy-fun They Might Be Giants' "Birdhouse In Your Soul", the proto-grunge Mother Love Bone with "Crown Of Thorns", and the Sundays' proto-Lilith "Here's Where The Story Ends". After that the only spate of dance songs come, though arguably with the best two dance songs of the decade, C&C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat" and Deee-Lite's "Groove Is In The Heart", with two songs that proved not only good in their own right but by consistently good acts. Also thrown in is the dancy-rock "Right Here Right Now" by Where-Are-They-Now candidates Jesus Jones. The compilers of this box then head-scratchingly stuck the only non-pop rap song on the seven-CD comp with Ice-T's "New Jack Hustler". I mean there was so much going on in rap throughout the decade in different sub-genres to even warrant its own boxset, let alone slipping in a good, though minor sample of underground rap. After that is some more pop-rock one-hits like the Divinyls' "I Touch Myself" (only in the 90s can a sweet song about spanking the monkey reach the top-10), EMF's "Unbelieveable" (seen on whatever commercial on TV right now), and Marc Cohn's "Walking In Memphis" (proving again the Grammy's new artist "kiss of death" curse), thrown in with the Black Crowes' rockin' take on Otis Redding's "Hard To Handle", Naughty By Nature's "so good it rises above novelty" "O.P.P.", and Boyz II Men's "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday (maybe not the most inspired choice of the group major 90s impact).

Disc two starts out sleepily with Queensryche quasi-metal-Floyd number "Silent Lucidity" puzzling at the front. then comes a comes minor chart hits, the still-proto-grunge Mudhoney with "Into The Drink" and Matthew Sweet, with "Girlfriend", claiming power-pop for the alt-rock contingent. Jarringly, "I'm Too Sexy" follows, though that song really doesn't blend really into anything else here (well maybe "Groove Is In The Heart"). Then there's another spurt of very obscure stuff, with Jane Siberry's "Calling All Angels" (which nice as it is wouldn't be missed), My Bloody Valentine's critic-fave "Only Shallow" (a cult classic which does belong here), and the Lemonheads' "It's A Shame About Ray" (again, OK but not totally memorable). After that is the 1-2-3 rap punch of Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back" (I think maybe one of the best if not the best pop/rap/novelty song ever), Das EFX cool but minor "I Got EFX", and Kris Kross' teeny-bopper-hard "Jump" (I have more affection for "Jump" than most, thinking it doesn't belong in the cheesy-rap category). The second half of the CD contains mostly unheard-of songs from acts as random as Pantera ("Walk"), Dada ("Dizz Knee Land"), and Supersuckers ("Coattail Rider"), while sticking a couple pop-alt acts like Spin Doctors ("Little Miss Can't Be Wrong") and Soul Asylum (Runaway Train").

The third is more pop-oriented than the last one, with classic songs like Red Hot Chili Peppers' somber "Under The Bridge" (starting another CD with a depressing song?), En Vogue's R&B/Rock hybrid "Free Your Mind", and Duran Duran's deserved comeback hit "Ordinary World". There's also the highest amount of crap on this one as well, between Wreckx-N-Effect's monotonous "Rump Shaker", Snow's faux-Canadian-street "Informer", Green Jello's funny but puerile "Three Little Pigs", Primus' "I just don't get it" "My Name Is Mud", and the totally excretable 4 Non-Blondes' "What's Up". Throw in a couple passable hits (House Of Pain's white-boy "Jump Around" and Silk's over-the-top "Freak Me"), a couple good minor hits (Stereo MC's groovy "Connected", Bob Mould's Sugar's "If I Get To Change Your Mind"), and a load of tossaway alt-rock songs, and you have the weakest CD as a total listen.

Disc four does contain the sublime "Possession" from Sarah McLachlan closing it out, and Salt-N-Pepa's joyous "Whatta Man", Gin Blossoms' jangling "Hey Jealousy", and Tori Amos' quirky "God" providing the highpoints. The low points are less common, with Tag Team's inane "Whoomp! There It Is!" and Me'Shell Ndegeocello's "If That's Your Boyfriend" symbolizing bad rap music comes in all styles, and the Muffs' "Eye To Eye" caught in a sea of samey jangle-rock.

The fifth CD is a little better, having the uplifting "You Gotta Be..." from Des'ree and Blues Traveler's jam-band classic "Run-Around". It's a little more varied as well, with only 7 Year Bitch's "MIA" and Soul Coughing's "Sugar Free Jazz" deletable. The hits though aren't as big, with "Run-Around", the Rembrandts' stuck-in-head-annoying "I'll Be There For You", and Natalie Merchant's beautiful but not stick-in-your-head memorable "Carnival" being the only top-10ers.

The next disc sets itself firmly in the modern rock camp, with only Busta Rhymes' "Woo-Hah! Got You All In Check" sticking out like a sore thumb dead center on the playlist. Otherwise you've good tunes by Oasis (signature song "Wonderwall") , Joan Osborne ("One Of Us"), and Jamiroquai ("Virtual Insanity"), as well as crappy ones by forgettable Cibo Matto (the truly awful "Birthday Cake") and Supergrass (shocking for them, the bad "Caught by the Fuzz"). The biggest hits on here are "Wonderwall", "One Of Us", the fondly-remembered one-hit Deep Blue Something's "Breakfast At Tiffany's", and "Woo-Hah!". Noticeable nugget, the sleeper hit "In The Meantime" by Spacehog.

Rhino seemed to rush the final years of the 70s and 80s boxes, so it's welcome to know the most consistently good CD for the 90s is the seventh. The best songs on here are also the most shocking for being successful: the alt-commie-protest-whatever band Chumbawamba with the gloriously un-serious drinking song "Tubthumping" (in the running for best one-hit-wonder) and totally depressingly yet beautifully serious abortion-tune "Brick" by Ben Folds Five. Then you've got more poppier fare like the Cardigans' "Lovefool", Meredith Brooks' "Bitch", Hanson's so-nerdy-it's-cool "MMMBop", post-grunge's powerhouse hit "Sex And Candy" by Marcy Playground, Smash Mouth's retro "Walking On The Sun", "Tubthumping" (of course), Shawn Mullins' quirky "Lullaby", Goo Goo Dolls alt-pop "Slide", Sixpense None The Richer's ok but saccharine "Kiss Me", LEN's summery "Steal My Sunshine" (which does sound more dated now), and former House of Pain's Everlast's temporary career-saver "What It's Like". Only a couple ok toss-ins (Fountains Of Wayne, Sleater Kinney) and Moby's ethereal "Natural Blues", and you've got a disc which would represent what this whole set coulda been.

As a document of a decade, Whatever doesn't exactly make the mark,with so many nominal tunes in comparison to era-defining songs, but it does hit the mark with a certain demographic, namely actually me, who has all the major pop stuff from that time but wanted to be exposed to more underground rumblings in the music scene form a lot of influential acts without having to pick up a stack of albums. But as a casual go-thru listen, you're gonna feel like you're on a roller coaster, which could be good yet bad. You can tell that the best cuts are also pop songs (though some of the worst are as well. Also of note is the packing, which has real (and aromatic) coffee beans in the cover (the 70s set had carpeting, and the 80s had the "Trapper Keeper" rubber).

Grade: C+ (each CD varies between B+ and C-)
Best Cuts: "Nothing Compares 2 U", "Gonna Make You Sweat", "Groove Is In The Heart", "Hard To Handle", "O.P.P.", "Baby Got Back", "Under The Bridge", "Free Your Mind", "Ordinary World", "Possession", "You Gotta Be...", "RunAround", "Brick", "Virtual Insanity", "Tubthumping"
Weakest Links: "Rump Shaker", "Three Little Pigs", "What's Up", "My Name Is Mud", "Whoomp! There It Is", "If That's Your Boyfriend", "Informer", "Birthday Cake"

You can buy Whatever - The 90s Pop & Culture Box in places like here.


And for a video, I originally was going to put up Jamiroquai's "Virtual Insanity" since it was such a big video of the area, but looking at it, it didn't have the umph I was expecting. However, eve more than before I've feel in love again with They Might Be Giants' "Birdhouse In Your Soul" video, or actually anti-video, as it were. You just don't get dancing like this anymore.