Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Twostepcub's music chart for January 30, 2007...

Hey boys and girls..it's time for my tunes of the week. As per the drill, you can click on the highlighted artist name of nay artist to go to their webpage to find out more information, listen to songs, see videos, yadda yadda yadda (it's better to right-click to bring up another window). This week Justin Timberlake makes it to the top spot, while George Strait (above) has the highest ranking country song this week on here. Saying goodbye are songs by the Scissor Sisters, Landon Pigg, The Bird & The Bee, Robin, and James Blunt, while big moves are made by Rodney Atkins, Shakira, and Dierks Bentley. Keep Warm!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. My Love - Justin Timberlake (3)
2. Hurt - Christina Aguilera (1)
3. Welcome To The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance (2)
4. It Just Comes Natural - George Strait (5)
5. U & Ur Hand - Pink (7)
6. Here (In Your Arms) - hellogoodbye (4)
7. Moving Too Fast - Supafly, Inc. (9)
8. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol (8)
9. How To Save A Life - The Fray (10)
10. Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney (11)
11. Through Glass - Stone Sour (6)
12. Streetcorner Symphony - Rob Thomas (12)
13. My, Oh My - The Wreckers (15)
14. When You Were Young - The Killers (13)
15. Good As Gone - Little Big Town (16)
16. Irreplaceable - Beyonce (25)
17. Watching You - Rodney Atkins (29)
18. Amarillo Sky - Jason Aldean (22)
19. Far Away - Nickelback (19)
20. So Excited - Janet Jackson (20)
21. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall (21)
22. Here It Goes Again - OK Go (18)
23. It Ends Tonight - All-American Rejects (27)
24. Jump - Madonna (14)
25. She's Everything - Brad Paisley (26)
26. Too Little Too Late - JoJo (17)
27. Snow (Hey Oh) - Red Hot Chili Peppers (35)
28. Borderline - Jody Watley (33)
29. Waiting On The World To Change - John Mayer (28)
30. Let Love In - Goo Goo Dolls (32)
31. Party People - Altar f/Jeanie Tracy (36)
32. I Believe - Georgie Porgie (24)
33. Love Like Winter - AFI (30)
34. Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne (38)
35. Want To - Sugarland (23)
36. Stupid Boy - Keith Urban (42)
37. Face Down - Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (41)
38. The Real Thing - Rachel Panay (39)
39. Starlight - Muse (44)
40. Anna-Molly - Incubus (40)
41. Melt With The Sun - Amber f/Sweet Rains (45)
42. World - Five For Fighting (43)
43. It's Not Over - Daughtry (47)
44. Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence (34)
45. Lost Yo Mind - Pepper Mashay (31)
46. The Whistle Song (Revisited) - Frankie Knuckles (37)
47. Into The Ocean - Blue October (48)
48. We Ride - Rihanna (59)
49. You'll Always Be My Baby - Sara Evans (50)
50. Leave The Pieces - The Wreckers (54)
51. Red High Heels - Kellie Pickler (58)
52. Boston - Augustana (52)
53. Bones - The Killers (57)
54. One Day My Lover - N'Dea Davenport (61)
55. My Wish - Rascal Flatts (53)
56. Wind It Up - Gwen Stefani (63)
57. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood (49)
58. I Go Crazy - D.H.T. (70)
59. Martyr - Depeche Mode (60)
60. Believe In Us - Joi Cardwell (69)
61. A Feelin' Like That - Gary Allan (65)
62. From Yesterday - 30 Seconds To Mars (68)
63. Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now) - Bob Sinclar (71)
64. Window In The Skies - U2 (64)
65. Say It Right - Nelly Furtado (74)
66. Everlasting Love - GTS f/Mink (55)
67. Ring The Alarm - Beyonce (46)
68. Love's The Only Drug - Ultra Nate (51)
69. By The Way - Jenna Drey (73)
70. Illegal - Shakira (98)
71. Maneater - Nelly Furtado (62)
72. Save A Place On The Dance Floor For Me - Dawn Tallman (67)
73. Long Trip Alone - Dierks Bentley (88)
74. I'll Wait For You - Joe Nichols (78)
75. Lips Of An Angel - Hinder (77)
76. Minimal - Pet Shop Boys (DEBUT)
77. Runaway - Jamiroquai (DEBUT)
78. One Wing In The Fire - Trent Tomlinson (75)
79. Alyssa Lies - Jason Michael Carroll (79)
80. The Reason Why - Vince Gill (66)
81. Number One In Heaven - Nemesis (DEBUT)
82. Sexyback - Justin Timberlake (72)
83. Rockstar - Nickelback (90)
84. Is It Any Wonder? - Keane (56)
85. Mandolin Moon - Sister Hazel (85)
86. A Little Bit Of Life - Craig Morgan (86)
87. Level - The Raconteurs (87)
88. Anyway - Martina McBride (89)
89. Pain - Three Days Grace (97)
90. The Diary Of Jane - Breaking Benjamin (82)
91. If Everyone Cared - Nickelback (99)
92. Tim McGraw - Taylor Swift (92)
93. Ladies Love Country Boys - Trace Adkins (93)
94. Dangerous Power - Gabriel & Dresden (DEBUT)
95. Like A Star - Corinne Bailey Rae (DEBUT)
96. Proper Education - Eric Prydz vs. Pink Floyd (DEBUT)
97. Sex 'N' Money - Oakenfold f/Pharrell Williams (DEBUT)
98. Beer In Mexico - Kenny Chesney (DEBUT)
99. Not Ready To Make Nice - Dixie Chicks (95)
100. Wasted - Carrie Underwood (DEBUT)

And here's the video for this week's highest debut song, the Pet Shop Boys' "Minimal". Enjoy!



And here's the video for Jamiroquai's "Runaway".



And finally the video for Nemesis' "Number One In Heaven". Peace out.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Like needles and pins, people say, she's been making out okay...


One of the biggest fallacies is that the only good pop music after the rock-n-roll breakout mid-fifties and the psychedelic late sixties was either Brit Invasion or Motown. Not true. Doo-wop, evolving from the primordial music ooze which by way of groups like the Crew Cuts and the Platters helped bring rock music and soul music together. And doowop, like girl group music, was not all cookie-cutter lovey-dovey ditties. In flashes of greatness, many artists contributed classic songs to the American songbook.

One of those groups were Little Anthony & The Imperials. Coming from New York City, and led by the appropriately diminutive Anthony Gourdine, the Imperials first hit in 1958 with the classic "Tears On My Pillow", making the US top 10 pop chart on their first try. After a bunch more minor singles, they left End Records for DCP Records. With the guidance of Teddy Randazzo, the group hit the trifecta with three classic soul songs, "I'm On The Outside (Looking In)", "Goin' Out Of My Head", and "Hurt So Bad", hitting the R&B top 10 3 for 3 (and 2 for 3 on the pop top-10). After that, their releases were less and less successful, though not diminishing in quality, and the Imperials faded into oldies-circuit notoriety.

The Best Of Little Anthony & The Imperials
(EMI, 1996) focuses on the singles from the DCP, Veep, and United Artists labels from 1964 to 1970, passing up on the "Tears On My Pillow" phase. However the songs picked out for this set work well as a cohesive summary of their orchestral-soul period. Starting off with the classic three songs mentionned above, it packs quite a wallop from the beginning. Anthony's powerful yet mournful voice matched up with the sweeping strings and horns in the background swell up so emotion over the lyrics, all relating the pain in a love unreturned. In fact even the next three singles, "Take Me Back", "I Miss You So", and "Hurt" mine the same territory, to a good but lesser degree. Apparently then it probably was thought not good to be so mopey, but instead took a harsher tack with songs like "Better Use Your Head" and "Gonna Fix You Good" (bitter, eh?). This collection is filled out with such good soul tunes as "It's Not The Same", "Out Of Sight Out Of Mind" and "Help Me Find A Way". Even tacked on is the least hokiest version of "The Ten Commandments Of Love" around.

It would be great to hear "Tears On My Pillow" (or there near-miss-hit "Shimmy Shimmy KoKoBop") on this CD, and there are collection that include them, but the sound and remastering on this set is worth it for the fans of 60s soul and pop. Pick it up if you can get it.

Grade: B+
Best Cuts:
"Goin' Out Of My Head", "Hurt So Bad", "I Miss You So"
Weakest Link: the weird "Careful Driving" radio spot. yank that for "Tears On My Pillow".

To pick up a copy of The Best of Little Anthony & The Imperials you can go to websites like here and here.

"I'm On The Outside (Looking In)" hit #15 pop and #8 R&B.
"Goin' Out Of My Head" hit #6 pop and #6 R&B.
"Hurt So Bad" made #10 pop and #3 R&B.
"Take Me Back" made #16 pop and #15 R&B.
"I Miss You So" hit #34 pop and #23 R&B
"Hurt" hit #51 pop.
"Better Use Your Head" hit #54 pop (in 1966) & #42 in the UK (in 1977)
"It's Not The Same" made #92 pop.
"Out Of Sight Out Of Mind" made #52 pop and #38 R&B.
"The Ten Commandments Of Love" hit #82 pop.
"Help Me Find A Way (To Say I Love You)" hit #92 pop & #32 R&B.

To listen to the classic track "Goin' Out Of My Head" you can click here to download (right-click to bring up another window).

and click here to see the awesome live performance from TV of my fave, "Hurt So Bad" (It's one of my top 10 songs of all time). Whoever says these type of groups are fabricated has to watch this. And below is a "revival" concert video of the song. He hasn't lost it at all.

Da Bears!

And they said it wouldn't be happening. Forever tagged the underdog, even with the best record in the NFC, Da Bears are going to Miami for the Superbowl. I am totally psyched. I was going to put up the SNL skit, or the Superbowl Shuffle (maybe next week), but for now this clip just about does it. Enjoy.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

We tire of the city, we tire of it all, we long for just that something more...


Kate Bush is one of those artists you're supposed to love, even though you may not remember anything beyond "Running Up That Hill". She's in that triumverate with Enya and Tori Amos to nab the "sensitive chick" in the 90s (not like I would know anything about that). Bush had been insanely popular in England since the late 70s/early 80s though, and helped usher in the musical climate that brought new wave music to pop radio. recently she has slowed down her output so that this is only her third studio album in the last 20 years. But it's a double. Was it worth the wait? On a whole, yes.


Aerial
is split up into disc themes, "A Sea Of Honey" and "A Sky Of Honey". "Sea" is the more experimental of the two in terms of musical structure, though explores more mundane subjects like laundry ("Mrs. Bartolozzi") or math ("Pi"). Lead-off single "King Of The Mountain" is by no means a standard pop song, though it does contain an accessible air about it. With the rest of the first disc, everything kind of works as mood pieces, but it does lull a bit. The second disc, however, changes that. Formed as an album unto itself, "A Sky Of Honey" starts strangely with both a short prelude and a longer "Prologue" to more expansive themes, like "An Architect's Dream" and "The Painted Link", which I can interpret to be about Frank Lloyd Wright and Picasso (though I have no idea if this is what she was going for). "Sunset", "Somewhere In Between", "Nocturn", and "Aerial" (along with another interlude) form a suite to nature and the skies. It works much better as a cohesive unit than the first disc, as well as being a better listen. "Sunset" uses subtle African rhythms for an almost Peter Gabriel-ish feel, while "Nocturn" is the highlight of the whole set, with a spacey and almost funky instrumentation, and is the perfect culmination of the story of a woman yearning to break free from the ordinary. With an open mind, Aerial would inspire you to possibly to do the same.

Grade: B+
Best Cuts:
"Nocturn", "Sunset", "Somewhere In Between", "King Of The Mountain"
Weakest Links: "Mrs. Bartolozzi", "Bertie"

Aerial hit #48 US pop albums and #3 UK albums.
"King of The Mountain" made #6 UK singles.

You can pick up Aerial at websites like here and here.

To listen to the standout track "Nocturn", you can download by clicking here (right-click to bring up a new window).

And here's the video for the single "King Of The Mountain".

Thursday, January 25, 2007

I wish I could unremember everything my heart's been through...

Kenny Rogers is the Cher of country music.

Hear me out.

First off, let me say, I generally like Kenny. In fact, as a younger cub I sorta had a weird little crush on Kenny. Not really like in a sexual way, but like "he's Prince Charming-husband material sort of way". Of course seeing Sixpack 2 gazillion times on HBO probably didn't hurt. His music, was alright, but always there. There always was some kind of Kenny Rogers music in my early years, from the First Edition stuff to his country stuff to his pop stuff to his soft rock stuff. But lots of things also tip me off to make him the country "Cher" for me.

Cases in point:
#1) He's survived like roaches after a nuclear war. I mean, where other country artists can get put to pasture after even 3-5 years of relevance, Kenny is like the great-great-grandfather to the newbies. Even having a top-20 hit in 2006, at the age of 68. Like Cher's "Believe" hit #1 at 52. Hmmm...

#2) Kenny's gone through a myriad of style changes, some drastic, but not shocking (like a Madonna). Observe:

(doesn't really count cause it was his pre-career, but here it is)

Kenny in his First Edition hippie period.

Kenny in his "The Gambler" western era period.

Kenny in his late 70's pop balladeer/extra Commodore period.

The Sixpack crush phase.

His second coming of Guilty-era Streisand period with the Gibbs (hmmm.....)

His plodding along seemingly-gracefully period... and then...

The OMG plastic surgery Kenny. The "I hope he sued" Kenny. The "you can't look 30 when you're almost 70" Kenny. Man.

#3) As with his looks, his music isn't really definable throughout the course of his career, and there's no one signature song of his, but a few big ones, and he's more known as a celebrity entity (and one-time roasted-chicken dealer) than a musician.

and the most damning evidence he's the Cher of country music.

#4) There's Kenny Rogers Drag.

There's nothing quite like the men who parade around pretending to look like Kenny Rogers. They even have a website for this, www.menwholooklikekennyrogers.com, which is so crazy waffle-house funny you have to see it. Besides Elvis, I don't know any other widespread guy who is aped so damn much. Amen.

So now for the new album.


Water And Bridges is Rogers' third regular-release album in his newest comeback phase which started with the surprise number-one hit "Buy Me A Rose" in 2000. It follows pretty much the same pattern of "safe" adult-country ballads with a few peppier numbers (but not too peppy to jolt you out of the seat at bingo). Lead single "I Can't Unlove You" was a deserved if not totally notable pleasant song, and there are scattered small gems in here like "You'll Know Love", the preaching "Someone Is Me", and the duet with rock dinosaur Don Henley, "Calling Me". The rest of the album ranges from the music-by-numbers ("Half A Man") to the hokey ("My Petition") to the "throw out names for the hell of it cuz Billy Joel did it" ("The Last Ten Years"). All and all not a horrific effort, but clearly he's playing safe to keep himself in the majors (which admittedly is a hard thing to do when you're pushing 70). If you're a fan, you'll be happy with getting Water And Bridges. If you're tryin' to get a feel for Kenny's music, try one of his greatest hits sets, or ITunes a couple cuts from here.

Grade: C-
Best Cuts:
"You'll Know Love", "I Can't Unlove You"
Weakest Links: "The Last Ten Years (Superman)", "My Petition", "Half A Man"

Water And Bridges hit #5 on the Country Albums chart & #14 on the Billboard 200.
"I Can't Unlove You" hit #17 country singles and #93 pop singles.
"The Last Ten Years (Superman)" made #56 country singles.

You can pick up Water And Bridges at websites like here and here.

To listen to the track "You'll Know Love", you can download by clicking here (right click to bring up another window).

And though you can't see a video on youtube, yahoo has the video for "I Can't Unlove You" at this link.

But hell, here's the way way funny MAD-TV clip with Will Sasso playing Kenny.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Twostepcub's music chart for January 23, 2006


It's time again for my tunes of the week. Each artist is highlighted, and if you click on it you can bring up their webpage to find out more about 'em, listen to their music, etc, etc. (Rightclick to bring up another window). This week Christina Aguilera returns to the top spot with the second single from her album, while Justin Timberlake (above) makes it in the top three. Big moves this week are made by Supafly, Inc., Bob Sinclar, and 30 Seconds To Mars, while songs by Keith Urban and All-American Rejects leave the charts (but with followups both already in the top 50). Da Bears!

This Week Song/Artist (last weeks position in parentheses)
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1. Hurt - Christina Aguilera (2)
2. Welcome To The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance (1)
3. My Love - Justin Timberlake (4)
4. Here (In Your Arms) - hellogoodbye (3)
5. It Just Comes Natural - George Strait (7)
6. Through Glass - Stone Sour (6)
7. U & Ur Hand - Pink (10)
8. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol (8)
9. Moving Too Fast - Supafly, Inc. (18)
10. How To Save A Life - The Fray (11)
11. Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney (13)
12. Streetcorner Symphony - Rob Thomas (12)
13. When You Were Young - The Killers (9)
14. Jump - Madonna (5)
15. My, Oh My - The Wreckers (15)
16. Good As Gone - Little Big Town (20)
17. Too Little Too Late - JoJo (17)
18. Here It Goes Again - OK Go (14)
19. Far Away - Nickelback (19)
20. So Excited - Janet Jackson (22)
21. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall (21)
22. Amarillo Sky - Jason Aldean (24)
23. Want To - Sugarland (16)
24. I Believe - Georgie Porgie (25)
25. Irreplaceable - Beyonce (34)
26. She's Everything - Brad Paisley (27)
27. It Ends Tonight - All-American Rejects (28)
28. Waiting On The World To Change - John Mayer (26)
29. Watching You - Rodney Atkins (30)
30. Love Like Winter - AFI (31)
31. Lost Yo Mind - Pepper Mashay (23)
32. Let Love In - Goo Goo Dolls (32)
33. Borderline - Jody Watley (39)
34. Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence (30)
35. Snow (Hey Oh) - Red Hot Chili Peppers (40)
36. Party People - Altar f/Jeanie Tracy (38)
37. The Whistle Song (Revisited) - Frankie Knuckles (37)
38. Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne (42)
39. The Real Thing - Rachel Panay (45)
40. Anna-Molly - Incubus (41)
41. Face Down - Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (46)
42. Stupid Boy - Keith Urban (47)
43. World - Five For Fighting (43)
44. Starlight - Muse (48)
45. Melt With The Sun - Amber f/Sweet Dreams (54)
46. Ring The Alarm - Beyonce (36)
47. It's Not Over - Daughtry (53)
48. Into The Ocean - Blue October (49)
49. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood (44)
50. You'll Always Be My Baby - Sara Evans (55)
51. Love's The Only Drug - Ultra Nate (35)
52. Boston - Augustana (52)
53. My Wish - Rascal Flatts (51)
54. Leave The Pieces - The Wreckers (57)
55. Everlasting Love - GTS f/Mink (56)
56. Is It Any Wonder? - Keane (50)
57. Bones - The Killers (61)
58. Red High Heels - Kellie Pickler (62)
59. We Ride - Rihanna (65)
60. Martyr - Depeche Mode (60)
61. One Day My Love - N'Dea Davenport (66)
62. Maneater - Nelly Furtado (33)
63. Wind It Up - Gwen Stefani (73)
64. Window In The Skies - U2 (64)
65. A Feelin' Like That - Gary Allan (71)
66. The Reason Why - Vince Gill (67)
67. Save A Place On The Dance Floor For Me - Dawn Tallman (68)
68. From Yesterday - 30 Seconds To Mars (98)
69. Believe In Us - Joi Cardwell (81)
70. I Go Crazy - D.H.T. (82)
71. Rock This Party - Bob Sinclar (95)
72. Sexyback - Justin Timberlake (70)
73. By The Way - Jenna Drey (90)
74. Say It Right - Nelly Furtado (85)
75. One Wing In The Fire - Trent Tomlinson (86)
76. I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - Scissor Sisters (63)
77. Lips Of An Angel - Hinder (78)
78. I'll Wait For You - Joe Nichols (83)
79. Alyssa Lies - Jason Michael Carroll (84)
80. Can't Let Go - Landon Pigg (59)
81. F*cking Boyfriend - The Bird & The Bee (72)
82. The Diary Of Jane - Breaking Benjamin (79)
83. The DJ Made Me Do It - Robin (69)
84. My Little Girl - Tim McGraw (58)
85. Mandolin Moon - Sister Hazel (76)
86. A Little Bit Of Life - Craig Morgan (80)
87. Level - The Raconteurs (89)
88. Long Trip Alone - Dierks Bentley (100)
89. Anyway - Martina McBride (93)
90. Rockstar - Nickelback (96)
91. Love Don't Let Me Go - David Guetta vs. The Egg (87)
92. Tim McGraw - Taylor Swift (92)
93. Ladies Love Country Boys - Trace Adkins (94)
94. Be Still - Kaskade (74)
95. Not Ready To Made Nice - Dixie Chicks (86)
96. Goodbye My Lover - James Blunt (91)
97. Pain - Three Days Grace (DEBUT)
98. Illegal - Shakira (DEBUT)
99. If Everyone Cared - Nickelback (DEBUT)
100. The Woman In My Life - Phil Vassar (DEBUT)

And as a bonus here's the video for one of Nickelback's three songs on here, "If Everyone Cared".

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Ah yeah, straight out of nowhere-ness, like a fist, can't resist ya...

God bless Q magazine. Otherwise I wouldn't know about gems like Hard-Fi's Stars Of CCTV. Pretty much unknown in the US, this thoroughly English rock band is miles ahead of even hip bands like the Libertines and the Kaiser Chiefs. Combining punky brat licks with funky almost-disco highlights, Stars is a all-round great listen for those pining for the next answer to Blur and the like.

The set starts out with "Cash Machine", a poor-boy-with-a-problem lament that has a killer bass line that wouldn't be out of place in a Bowie or a Blondie set. "Middle Eastern Holiday" shows of Hard-Fi's punk leaning's, while offering a subtle jab at the Iraq war from the view of a hapless kid sent off to the desert. After that, "Tied Up Too Tight" is a classic Britpop tune that makes you wanna get up and dance without being "dancy". That attitude continues with "Gotta Reason", then leads to the highlight track, the ultra-cool "Hard To Beat", both seemingly giving an everyman's night out looking for love. In fact, "Hard To Beat" sounds a lot like a Daft Punk song, I can imagine what a remix by them would be like. "Living For The Weekend" comes even closer, with string-like backgrounds filling in the spaces from the guitar hooks. The rest of the album keeps the pace, with only "Feltham Is Singing Out" being a little to British to crossover. But on all the most noticable part is a killer bass hook all around.

All in all Stars Of CCTV deserved its place in the top 10 albums of 2005 by Q magazine. For fans of rock music that actually appreciate a groove and melodies, you can't go wrong here.

Grade: B+
Best Cuts:
"Cash Machine", "Tied Up Too Tight", "Hard To Beat"
Weakest Link: "Feltham Is Singing Out"

Stars Of CCTV hit #1 on the UK albums chart.
"Tied Up Too Tight/Middle Eastern Holiday" made #15 on the UK Singles chart.
"Hard To Beat" hit #9 on the UK Singles chart, and #34 on the US Modern Rock Chart.
"Living For The Weekend" made #15 on the UK singles chart.
"Cash Machine" hit #14 in the UK, and #15 on the US Modern Rock chart.
"Better Do Better" made #14 in the UK.

You can buy Stars Of CCTV at sites like here and here.

If you wanna hear the track "Living For The Weekend", you can click here to download (right-click to bring up a new window).

And here's the video of the highlight song on here, "Hard To Beat"...

Friday, January 19, 2007

What does it take, stop remaking the same mistake...

I've been thinking about this song lately, it never got released here, but was a hit in Australia. Tina Arena is a great artist and writer, authoring Jo Dee Messina's great "Burn".

To listen to "Dare You To Be Happy" with James Ash's Remix you can click here to download (rightclick to bring up another window).

And here's the video of the original version.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Twostepcub music chart for January 16, 2007...


Hey folks, it's time again for my tunes of the week. You can check out these songs by going to the webpages of the artists by clicking on the highlighted name (its better to rightclick to bring up a new window). This week My Chemical Romance is at the top for a third week, while hellogoodbye (above) make it into the top 3. A big song by Kenny Chesney is leaving the list, but songs by Supafly Inc, Depeche Mode, Kellie Pickler, and Little Big Town are doing well. Cheers!

This Week Song/Artist (last weeks' position in parentheses)
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1. Welcome To The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance (1)
2. Hurt - Christina Aguilera (2)
3. Here (In My Arms) - hellogoodbye (4)
4. My Love - Justin Timberlake (5)
5. Jump - Madonna (3)
6. Through Glass - Stone Sour (6)
7. It Just Comes Natural - George Strait (10)
8. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol (8)
9. When You Were Young - The Killers (9)
10. U & Ur Hand - Pink (13)
11. How To Save A Life - The Fray (12)
12. Streetcorner Symphony - Rob Thomas (14)
13. Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney (15)
14. Here It Goes Again - OK Go (11)
15. My, Oh My - The Wreckers (16)
16. Want To - Sugarland (7)
17. Too Little Too Late - JoJo (18)
18. Moving Too Fast - Supafly, Inc. (36)
19. Far Away - Nickelback (19)
20. Good As Gone - Little Big Town (33)
21. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall (21)
22. So Excited - Janet Jackson (29)
23. Lost Yo Mind - Pepper Mashay (20)
24. Amarillo Sky - Jason Aldean (24)
25. I Believe - Georgie Porgie (25)
26. Waiting On The World To Change - John Mayer (26)
27. She's Everything - Brad Paisley (27)
28. It Ends Tonight - All-American Rejects (31)
29. Watching You - Rodney Atkins (30)
30. Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence (17)
31. Love Like Winter - AFI (34)
32. Let Love In - Goo Goo Dolls (32)
33. Maneater - Nelly Furtado (22)
34. Irreplaceable - Beyonce (38)
35. Love's The Only Drug - Ultra Nate (23)
36. Ring The Alarm - Beyonce (28)
37. The Whistle Song (Revisited) - Frankie Knuckles (37)
38. Party People - Altar f/Jeanie Tracy (43)
39. Borderline - Jody Watley (45)
40. Snow (Hey Oh) - Red Hot Chili Peppers (41)
41. Anna-Molly - Incubus (42)
42. Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne (46)
43. World - Five For Fighting (44)
44. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood (35)
45. The Real Thing - Rachel Panay (54)
46. Face Down - Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (53)
47. Stupid Boy - Keith Urban (56)
48. Starlight - Muse (52)
49. Into The Ocean - Blue October (49)
50. Is It Any Wonder? - Keane (47)
51. My Wish - Rascal Flatts (39)
52. Boston - Augustana (50)
53. It's Not Over - Daughtry (64)
54. Melt With The Sun - Amber f/Sweet Rains (68)
55. You'll Always Be My Baby - Sara Evans (55)
56. Everlasting Love - GTS f/Mink (60)
57. Leave The Pieces - The Wreckers (59)
58. My Little Girl - Tim McGraw (48)
59. Can't Let Go - Landon Pigg (57)
60. Martyr - Depeche Mode (80)
61. Bones - The Killers (71)
62. Red High Heels - Kellie Pickler (73)
63. I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - Scissor Sisters (40)
64. Window In The Skies - U2 (66)
65. We Ride - Rihanna (70)
66. One Day My Love - N'Dea Davenport (87)
67. The Reason Why - Vince Gill (72)
68. Save A Place On The Dance Floor For Me - Dawn Tallman (69)
69. The DJ Made Me Do It - Robin (58)
70. Sexyback - Justin Timberlake (67)
71. A Feelin Like That - Gary Allan (81)
72. F*cking Boyfriend - The Bird & The Bee (51)
73. Wind It Up - Gwen Stefani (96)
74. Be Still - Kaskade (74)
75. One Wing In The Fire - Trent Tomlinson (65)
76. Mandolin Moon - Sister Hazel (63)
77. Nothing In This World - Paris Hilton (62)
78. Lips Of An Angel - Hinder (78)
79. The Diary Of Jane - Breaking Benjamin (77)
80. A Little Bit Of Life - Craig Morgan (61)
81. Believe In Us - Joi Cardwell (DEBUT)
82. I Go Crazy - D.H.T. (DEBUT)
83. I'll Wait For You - Joe Nichols (85)
84. Alyssa Lies - Jason Michael Carroll (88)
85. Say It Right - Nelly Furtado (91)
86. Not Ready To Make Nice - Dixie Chicks (82)
87. Love Don't Let Me Go - David Guetta vs. The Egg (83)
88. Move Along - All-American Rejects (84)
89. Level - The Raconteurs (93)
90. By The Way - Jenna Drey (DEBUT)
91. Goodbye My Lover - James Blunt (76)
92. Tim McGraw - Taylor Swift (86)
93. Anyway - Martina McBride (95)
94. Ladies Love Country Boys - Trace Adkins (94)
95. Rock This Party - Bob Sinclar (DEBUT)
96. Rockstar - Nickelback (98)
97. Once In A Lifetime - Keith Urban (75)
98. From Yesterday - 30 Seconds To Mars (DEBUT)
99. Some People Change - Montgomery Gentry (97)
100. Long Trip Alone - Dierks Bentley (DEBUT)

And here's the video for D.H.T.'s song "I Go Crazy". Yes, that "I Go Crazy". Paul friggin' Davis "I Go Crazy". Made into a dance song. Who knew. And they had the balls to make a video aping like they wrote the song. But hey. It's too good of a song to mess up too badly.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

By The Time I Get To Phoenix....



It'll be friggin' FREEZING! Well besides the record cold weather and losing my digicam, I had a blast in Phoenix. Wish I could have spent more time, but hey that's for another day. Here's some preliminary pics from my friend Jen.
Yeah, that's lil' ol' me trying to unrope the steer.

Well lately I've been noticin' a gradual escalation in your inability to handle your libation...


Trent Tomlinson's Country Is My Rock is a seemingly ready-made-for Hogs-n-Heifers outlaw-country prefab that pops up every now and then. However this one features one very killer song ("Drunker Than Me", relating Trent's frustration over his apparently intoxicated-to-deal-with-him state), one good country take ("The Bottle"), a couple ok tunes, and a lot of filler. The usual themes of honky-tonks, rock and country in the same line, sports analogies, and bad-guy-really-is-good are scattered throughout like there was a checklist. The album does get better by the last four songs, but a lot of people may not wait around for that. More hooky songs like "Drunker" would help a second effort bigtime.

Grade: C
Best Cuts:
"Drunker Than Me", "The Bottle"
Weakest Links: "Hey Batter Batter", "Country Is My Rock", "Cheatin' On My Honkytonk"

Country is My Rock hit #20 country albums and #95 pop albums.
"Drunker Than Me" made #19 country singles and #103 pop singles.
"One Wing In The Fire" so far made #14 country singles and #96 pop singles.

To buy a copy of Country Is My Rock, you can go to sites like here and here.

To listen to the song "Drunker Than Me", you can click here to download (right-click to bring up in another window)

And here's the video for the current single, "One Wing In The Fire"...

Look how my tiara can be bent back to the shape it was....

Ok Gap, you've got your new ad. The blond, the brunette, and the redhead, a collective "Josie & the Pussycats" of country-pop, if you will.

SHeDaisy (don't ask me about the capitals, it's how they spell it) is another in the long line of Utah-based (read "probably Mormon") family singing groups that culminated in the death-star of pop that were the Osmonds (gotta love those Osmonds). After three albums (as well as a kick-ass Christmas album and a weirdly-made "remix" album), Kristyn, Kelsi, and Kassidy (awww, how cute, the same letter, even) have chugged along as a moderately successful female answer to Rascal Flatts, who by the way came out on the same label at around the same time....hmmm. Fortuneteller's Melody continues the soccer-mom easy country style they've succeeded with on their other albums, however the songs here aren't as strong or memorable. The leadoff single, "I'm Taking The Wheel", a standard female-somewhat-empowerment anthem is about the best thing on there, and even that's not as memorable as their best work on their previous albums (like "I Will (But)" or "Mine All Mine"). Also their second single, the ballad "In Terms Of Love" is a pretty good track in its own right, but again not as heart-tugging as their previous "Still Holding Out For You" or "Come Home Soon". The rest of the album is competently performed, but not really noteworthy. It even includes their contribution to the Desperate Housewives soundtrack, "God Bless The American Housewife" (cute but a little plastic). The only totally boring duds are the filler "Bring It On Back" and "Kickin' In". If you're inclined to like the harmonizing pop-country group sound, you'll like this as background music. Better yet, pick up the Little Big Town album first.

Grade: C+
Best Cuts:
"I'm Taking The Wheel", "In Terms Of Love"
Weakest Links: "Kickin' In", "Bring It On Back"

Fortuneteller's Melody made #6 country albums and #22 pop albums.
"I'm Taking The Wheel" hit #26 country songs.
"In Terms Of Love" hit #32 country songs.

You can pick up a copy of Fortuneteller's Melody at sites like here and here.

To listen to the song "Burn Down The House", you can click here to download (rightclick to bring it up in a new window).

And here's the cute video to the song "God Bless The American Housewife".

Cowboy up!...

I'm back from the Phoenix rodeo, minus one digital camera (dammit!) but with a ton of memories. Thank goodness I'll have pics from a friend of mine, but until then here's a video I found on the ol' youtube from the rodeo in DC last September. It has my buddies Jeff, Mike, Jen, Frank, and Cindy in it. woohoo!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Twostepcub music chart for January 9, 2007...


Hey boys and girls, it's that time again. I know I've been short on reviews lately, when I get back from Phoenix, I promise to do catchup. For now, here's my tunes for the week, and as usual you can click on the highlighted name of the artist or band to bring up their webpage (it's better to right-click to bring it up in a new window). This week My Chemical Romance is at #1 for a third week, with Christina Aguilera (above) inching in at the runner-up spot. Saying goodbye from the chart are songs by the Pussycat Dolls and Cerrone, and big moves are made by songs by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Daughtry, and The Killers. Cowboy up!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Welcome To The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance (1)
2. Hurt - Christina Aguilera (3)
3. Jump - Madonna (4)
4. Here (In My Arms) - Hellogoodbye (5)
5. My Love - Justin Timberlake (13)
6. Through Glass - Stone Sour (7)
7. Want To - Sugarland (2)
8. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol (9)
9. When You Were Young - The Killers (10)
10. It Just Comes Natural - George Strait (11)
11. Here It Goes Again - OK Go (6)
12. How To Save A Life - The Fray (12)
13. U & Ur Hand - Pink (16)
14. Streetcorner Symphony - Rob Thomas (14)
15. Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney (15)
16. My, Oh My - The Wreckers (18)
17. Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence (8)
18. Too Little Too Late - JoJo (19)
19. Far Away - Nickelback (17)
20. Lost Yo Mind - Pepper Mashay (20)
21. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall (21)
22. Maneater - Nelly Furtado (22)
23. Love's The Only Drug - Ultra Nate (23)
24. Amarillo Sky - Jason Aldean (26)
25. I Believe - Georgie Porgie (29)
26. Waiting On The World To Change - John Mayer (24)
27. She's Everything - Brad Paisley (27)
28. Ring The Alarm - Beyonce (28)
29. So Excited - Janet Jackson (30)
30. Watching You - Rodney Atkins (31)
31. It Ends Tonight - All-American Rejects (33)
32. Let Love In - Goo Goo Dolls (32)
33. Good As Gone - Little Big Town (35)
34. Love Like Winter - AFI (38)
35. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood (34)
36. Moving Too Fast - Supafly, Inc. (41)
37. The Whistle Song (Revisited) - Frankie Knuckles (39)
38. Irreplaceable - Beyonce (43)
39. My Wish - Rascal Flatts (37)
40. I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - Scissor Sisters (25)
41. Snow (Hey Oh) - Red Hot Chili Peppers (54)
42. Anna-Molly - Incubus (47)
43. Party People - Altar f/Jeanie Tracy (53)
44. World - Five For Fighting (45)
45. Borderline - Jody Watley (52)
46. Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne (51)
47. Is It Any Wonder? - Keane (46)
48. My Little Girl - Tim McGraw (42)
49. Into The Ocean - Blue October (49)
50. Boston - Augustana (50)
51. F*cking Boyfriend - The Bird & The Bee (36)
52. Starlight - Muse (59)
53. Face Down - Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (61)
54. The Real Thing - Rachel Panay (64)
55. You'll Always Be My Baby - Sara Evans (56)
56. Stupid Boy - Keith Urban (60)
57. Can't Let Go - Landon Pigg (48)
58. The DJ Made Me Do It - Robin (44)
59. Leave The Pieces - The Wreckers (69)
60. Everlasting Love - GTS f/Mink (71)
61. A Little Bit Of Life - Craig Morgan (55)
62. Nothing In This World - Paris Hilton (62)
63. Mandolin Moon - Sister Hazel (63)
64. It's Not Over - Daughtry (81)
65. One Wing In The Fire - Trent Tomlinson (66)
66. Window In The Skies - U2 (83)
67. Sexyback - Justin Timberlake (65)
68. Melt With The Sun - Amber f/Sweet Rains (85)
69. Save A Place On The Dance Floor For Me - Dawn Tallman (70)
70. We Ride - Rihanna (88)
71. Bones - The Killers (97)
72. The Reason Why - Vince Gill (73)
73. Red High Heels - Kellie Pickler (92)
74. Be Still - Kaskade (72)
75. Once In A Lifetime - Keith Urban (58)
76. Goodbye My Lover - James Blunt (57)
77. The Diary Of Jane - Breaking Benjamin (67)
78. Lips Of An Angel - Hinder (78)
79. You Save Me - Kenny Chesney (40)
80. Martyr - Depeche Mode (DEBUT)
81. A Feelin' Like That - Gary Allan (89)
82. Not Ready To Make Nice - Dixie Chicks (75)
83. Love Don't Let Me Go - David Guetta vs. The Egg (79)
84. Move Along - All-American Rejects (82)
85. I'll Wait For You - Joe Nichols (87)
86. Tim McGraw - Taylor Swift (86)
87. One Day My Love - N'Dea Davenport (93)
88. Alyssa Lies - Jason Michael Carroll (90)
89. You Gonna Want Me - Tiga (84)
90. The Pot - Tool (68)
91. Say It Right - Nelly Furtado (100)
92. What The World Needs Now - Joyce Sims (74)
93. Level - The Raconteurs (DEBUT)
94. Ladies Love Country Boys - Trace Adkins (96)
95. Anyway - Martina McBride (98)
96. Wind It Up - Gwen Stefani (DEBUT)
97. Some People Change - Montgomery Gentry (94)
98. Rockstar - Nickelback (DEBUT)
99. River - Sarah McLachlan (DEBUT)
100. I Just Came Back (From A War) - Darryl Worley (DEBUT)


And for a bonus here's the video for the high debut of the week, Depeche Mode's newest, "Martyr"...