Monday, July 30, 2007

Twostepcub's music chart for July 27, 2007...

Hey guys, it's time for my tunes for the week. After nine weeks Maroon5 finally gets displaced by Keith Urban, while Rihanna (pictured above) makes a big move in the top-10. This week sees big jumps by Enrique Iglesias, The White Stripes, Fall Out Boy, Stevie Nicks, and Pink, while The Killers and Lola drop off the list. Happy 6 months, SB!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. I Told You So - Keith Urban (2)
2. Makes Me Wonder - Maroon5 (1)
3. Rehab - Amy Winehouse (4)
4. Paralyzer - Finger Eleven (6)
5. Never Again - Kelly Clarkson (3)
6. Umbrella - Rihanna (9)
7. What I've Done - Linkin Park (7)
8. Wrapped - George Strait (8)
9. U & Ur Hand - Pink (5)
10. Home - Daughtry (10)
11. Dig - Incubus (14)
12. Lost In The Moment - Big & Rich (16)
13. 4 In The Morning - Gwen Stefani (17)
14. Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's (21)
15. Because Of You - Ne-Yo (20)
16. I Need You - Tim McGraw f/Faith Hill (22)
17. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood (11)
18. Rockstar - Nickelback (28)
19. Girlfriend - Avril Lavigne (15)
20. The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani f/Akon (19)
21. Do You Know (The Ping Pong Song) - Enrique Iglesias (36)
22. First Time - Lifehouse (32)
23. Que Hiciste - Jennifer Lopez (23)
24. Beautiful Liar - Beyonce & Shakira (18)
25. Rapture 2007 - iio (34)
26. Icky Thump - The White Stripes (44)
27. All Good Things (Must Come To An End) - Nelly Furtado (31)
28. Thks Fr Th Mmrs - Fall Out Boy (46)
29. Undeniable - Mat Kearney (30)
30. Stand Back (Remix) - Stevie Nicks (61)
31. Can't Keep It A Secret - Jacinta (41)
32. You're The One - Ono (27)
33. I Could Fall In Love With You - Erasure (12)
34. All Around The World - Lionel Richie (38)
35. My Destiny - Kim English (45)
36. Johnny Cash - Jason Aldean (37)
37. Put 'Em Up - Edun (47)
38. Who Knew - Pink (79)
39. Tarantula - Smashing Pumpkins (43)
40. Rollercoaster - Erika Jayne (49)
41. If Everyone Cared - Nickelback (29)
42. I Want Your Love - Jody Watley (24)
43. Ticks - Brad Paisley (26)
44. I Wonder - Kellie Pickler (39)
45. The Other Side Of The World - KT Tunstall (13)
46. Find Out Who Your Friends Are - Tracy Lawrence (25)
47. Never Wanted Nothing More - Kenny Chesney (43)
48. Extraordinary - Mandy Moore (48)
49. The World Is Mine - David Guetta (40)
50. (You Want To) Make A Memory - Bon Jovi (51)
51. Candyman - Christina Aguilera (33)
52. Cupid's Chokehold - Gym Class Heroes (35)
53. Defying Gravity - Idina Menzel (71)
54. Cry For You - September (42)
55. Better Than Me - Hinder (50)
56. Face Down - Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (57)
57. Capital G - Nine Inch Nails (83)
58. Teardrops On My Guitar - Taylor Swift (62)
59. Say It Right - Nelly Furtado (55)
60. Tough - Craig Morgan (63)
61. Alive - Tim Rex Experiment (66)
62. Before It's Too Late - Goo Goo Dolls (70)
63. Moments - Emerson Drive (53)
64. Startin' With Me - Jake Owen (65)
65. If You're Gonna Leave - Emerson Hart (72)
66. Beautiful Disaster - Jon McLaughlin (67)
67. A Little More You - Little Big Town (52)
68. How I Feel - Martina McBride (73)
69. Summer Love - Justin Timberlake (76)
70. Big Girls Don't Cry - Fergie (74)
71. Feel Together - Ben Macklin f/Tiger Lily (81)
72. Little Wonders - Rob Thomas (56)
73. Lucky Man - Montgomery Gentry (58)
74. Everything - Michael Buble (75)
75. Change - Kimberley Locke (59)
76. I Got More - Cole Deggs & The Lonesome (77)
77. He's Alive - A Girl Called Jane (69)
78. Forever - Papa Roach (64)
79. Forever - Alyson (60)
80. A Different World - Bucky Covington (80)
81. It's Not Over - Daughtry (68)
82. Because Of You - Reba McEntire f/Kelly Clarkson (93)
83. These Are My People - Rodney Atkins (85)
84. Everyday America - Sugarland (94)
85. Sorry - Kaskade (86)
86. I Can't Wait - Dianne Wesley (96)
87. When You're Gone - Avril Lavigne (99)
88. Lost & Found - Delerium (DEBUT)
89. All My Friends Say - Luke Bryan (91)
90. Guys Like Me - Eric Church (92)
91. All At Once - The Fray (DEBUT)
92. Whine Up - Kat Deluna (DEBUT)
93. Que Lloren - Ivy Queen (DEBUT)
94. Breath - Breaking Benjamin (90)
95. The Story - Brandi Carlile (95)
96. If You're Reading This - Tim McGraw (100)
97. Real Girl - Mutya Buena (98)
98. Proud Of The House We Built - Brooks & Dunn (DEBUT)
99. Stranger - Hilary Duff (DEBUT)
100. Love Me If You Can - Toby Keith (DEBUT)

Debuting down at the bottom is Toby Keith, with "Love Me If You Can", and here's a live clip...



Next up, Hilary Duff comes on with her followup to Top-40 "With Love", "Stranger"...



Reggaeton artist Ivy Queen enters with "Que Lloren"..



Also in the reggaeton groove is Kat Deluna with "Whine Up"..



The Fray have their fourth hit from their debut on here, "All At Once"...



And the top debut is Delerium's "Lost And Found" - Clip coming shortly..Cheers!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

A song for sugarbear....

After I heard this the first time, I had to post this up...

Love you and sweet dreams, Sugarbear...

Lightning strikes when he touches my hand, the earth beneath subsides...


In the years following the “death” of disco, dance music became the most “underground” genre, even eclipsing the cresting punk movement. Kept going by the gay clubs, the soul of disco morphed into a cleaner, more robotic groove influenced by new wave. Compilations of this music are hard to find, and they’re mostly on independent labels. Such is the case with Gay Classics Vol V: Heading Out, one of a series of obscure dance records on obscure labels by obscure artists on Hot Productions records. And it is a somewhat harder listen than a normal dance record. Underground it may be, but very derivative, especially in its reliance on covers, with Heading Out featuring three, a disjointed take on “Do You Know The Way To San Jose” which doesn’t fit the pace or phrasing, a megamix of gay icons Bronski Beat/Communards tunes called “Commumix” (though I got to hand it to the singer for keeping up with the falsetto), and a passable version of “Touch Me In The Morning”. There were few “stars” of this genre, though the better songs on here were from more consistent artists like Earlene Bentley with the uplifting “I’m Living My Own Life”, Barbara Mason with the “caught my man on the down-low” of “Another Man”, and Northern Soul diva Frances Nero with the anti-stalkin’ “Footsteps Following Me”. But the true gem of the set is the Flirtations’ “Earthquake”. I had been looking for this on CD for a long time, and had to order this from Amazon even to get it used! With its thundering tympani, and girl-group charm, it transcends its modern-style cheesiness. The rest of the bunch goes from the soundtrack-style fluff like Eastbound Expressway’s “You’re A Beat” to the just plain weirdness of Dekko’s “I’ll Be Your Man”. As a whole, the “gay classics” denotation is kind of flimsy, since besides the obvious gayness of the “Commumix” and the vague self-help from Earlene, none of this is specifically queer, and even “Another Man” as good as it is is sort of a “damn, he’s gay” statement, though I guess you’re really not supposed to think about it. I give this way more bonus points singularly on “Earthquake”’s presence alone, but besides a couple mid-to-low-chart dance diddies, this would require more effort to pay attention from being background music than it may be worth.
Grade: C
Best Cuts:
“Earthquake”, “I’m Living My Own Life”, “Another Man”
Weakest Link:
“I’ll Be Your Man”
"I'm Living My Own Life" by Earlene Bentley hit #14 dance.
"Emergency" by Laura Pallas hit #71 dance.
"Another Man" by Barbara Mason made #33 dance and #45 in the UK.
"Footsteps Following Me" by Frances Nero made #17 in the UK.
"Earthquake" by the Flirtations hit #26 dance club..
Buy: You can pick up Gay Classics Vol. V: Heading Out at sites like here and here.
And here's a you-tube clip (with only the cover but the whole song) for "Earthquake"..Enjoy.


I was born in the South sometimes I have a big mouth when I see something I don't like...


First off, I never saw Cars. Odd, then eh, having the soundtrack? No, since for this Pixar flick the soundtrack included a top-20 pop and country hit, lite-country stars Rascal Flatts and their version of (irony aside) “Life Is A Highway”. The CD itself, though has a dual personality – roughly half music-artist contributions and half Randy Newman’s score. Sheryl Crow’s “Real Gone” starts things off with a seemingly happy tune that I felt listening to the lyrics to be a commentary on the Dixie Chicks bashing affair – who she’s worked with before – but I may be wrong. Rascal Flatts does an adequate workman’s version of Tom Cochrane’s “Life Is A Highway”, though it’s undetectably any more “country” that way. Brad Paisley has two songs here, both which could be left-offs from his last album, though entertaining nonetheless. “Behind The Clouds” is wistfully dreamy, while “Find Yourself” is mildly inspiring. James Taylor submits a by-the-book soft-rock of “Our Town”, while John Mayer’s version of “Route 66” is eclipsed here by Chuck Berrys version, as well as being way too long (though probably I can see it as the “credits rolling” piece). And along with Chuck Berry, the set includes two other oldies, which are the true gems of the piece, the Chords fast doo-wop pre-rock of “Sh-Boom”, and Hank Williams’ flawless “My Heart Would Know”. Both of these, of course, have homes on a zillion other CDs, so their inclusion here is no real revelation, and reveals the B-team status of the newer material. As for Randy Newman’s score, I’m sure it serves its purpose in the film, which its pseudo-country tinges and racing-fast pace. However in purely audio medium, most of the pieces are disjointed or too short for a sit-down listen. I’m sure “Life Is a Highway” will show up on a RF hits set sometime if you didn't get it on a late version of their Me And My Gang album, and while the rest of the tracks (Crow’s especially) deserve a listen, Cars is certainly a collection for Pixar fans or “buyer bewares”.
Grade: C
Best Cuts:
“Sh-Boom”, “My Heart Would Know”
Weakest Links: “Route 66” (John Mayer’s), the score
Cars (Soundtrack) hit #6 US pop albums.
"Life Is A Highway" by Rascal Flatts hit #7 pop singles and #18 country.
"Sh-Boom" hit #2 pop and #5 R&B (in 1954)

Buy: You can pick up a copy of Cars (soundtrack) at websites like here and here.

And for some clips...first off Sheryl Crow's "Real Gone"....



And here's Rascal Flatt's take on "Life Is A Highway"...

Monday, July 23, 2007

Twostepcub's music chart for July 20, 2007...


Hey boys and girls, already time again for the tunes for the week. This week Maroon5 makes it nine weeks at the top, while Finger Eleven (pictured above), who I'll be seeing August 23, makes a good jump within the top-10. Billy Currington and Alan Jackson drop off the list, while Gwen Stefani, Enrique Iglesias, Martina McBride and Fergie make some of the biggest jumps. Happy Birthday, Jeffie!

This Week Title/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Makes Me Wonder - Maroon5 (1)
2. I Told You So - Keith Urban (3)
3. Never Again - Kelly Clarkson (2)
4. Rehab - Amy Winehouse (6)
5. U & Ur Hand - Pink (4)
6. Paralyzer - Finger Eleven (9)
7. What I've Done - Linkin Park (8)
8. Wrapped - George Strait (10)
9. Umbrella - Rihanna (16)
10. Home - Daughtry (13)
11. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood (11)
12. I Could Fall In Love With You - Erasure (7)
13. The Other Side Of The World - KT Tunstall (5)
14. Dig - Incubus (18)
15. Girlfriend - Avril Lavigne (15)
16. Lost In This Moment - Big & Rich (20)
17. 4 In The Morning - Gwen Stefani (33)
18. Beautiful Liar - Beyonce & Shakira (12)
19. Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani f/Akon (19)
20. Because Of You - Ne-Yo (31)
21. Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's (25)
22. I Need You - Tim McGraw f/Faith Hill (30)
23. Que Hiciste - Jennifer Lopez (24)
24. I Want Your Love - Jody Watley (22)
25. Find Out Who Your Friends Are - Tracy Lawrence (17)
26. Ticks - Brad Paisley (14)
27. You're The One - Ono (27)
28. Rockstar - Nickelback (38)
29. If Everyone Cared - Nickelback (23)
30. Undeniable - Mat Kearney (32)
31. All Good Things (Must Come To An End) - Nelly Furtado (37)
32. First Time - Lifehouse (36)
33. Candyman - Christina Aguilera (21)
34. Rapture 2007 - iio (41)
35. Cupid's Chokehold - Gym Class Heroes (26)
36. Do You Know? (Ping Pong Song) - Enrique Iglesias (59)
37. Johnny Cash - Jason Aldean (39)
38. All Around The World - Lionel Richie (43)
39. I Wonder - Kellie Pickler (34)
40. The World Is Mine - David Guetta (40)
41. Can't Keep It A Secret - Jacinta (47)
42. Cry For You - September (28)
43. Tarantula - Smashing Pumpkins (46)
44. Icky Thump - White Stripes (48)
45. My Destiny - Kim English (50)
46. Thks Fr Th Mmrs - Fall Out Boy (61)
47. Put 'Em Up - Edun (51)
48. Extraordinary - Mandy Moore (53)
49. Rollercoaster - Erika Jayne (60)
50. Better Than Me - Hinder (52)
51. (You Want To) Make A Memory - Bon Jovi (56)
52. A Little More You - Little Big Town (42)
53. Moments - Emerson Drive (29)
54. Never Wanted Nothing More - Kenny Chesney (72)
55. Say It Right - Nelly Furtado (45)
56. Little Wonders - Rob Thomas (44)
57. Face Down - Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (57)
58. Lucky Man - Montgomery Gentry (58)
59. Change - Kimberley Locke (35)
60. Forever - Alyson (49)
61. Stand Back (Remix)- Stevie Nicks (76)
62. Teardrops On My Guitar - Taylor Swift (66)
63. Tough - Craig Morgan (65)
64. Forever - Papa Roach (55)
65. Startin' With Me - Jake Owen (67)
66. Alive - Tim Rex Experiment (71)
67. Beautiful Disaster - Jon McLaughlin (68)
68. It's Not Over - Daughtry (64)
69. He's Alive - A Girl Called Jane (70)
70. Before It's Too Late - Goo Goo Dolls (80)
71. Defying Gravity - Idina Menzel (81)
72. If You're Gonna Leave - Emerson Hart (84)
73. How I Feel - Martina McBride (94)
74. Big Girls Don't Cry - Fergie (91)
75. Everything - Michael Buble (75)
76. Summer Love - Justin Timberlake (88)
77. I Got More - Cole Deggs & The Lonesome (77)
78. Ice Box - Omarion (63)
79. Who Knew - Pink (RE-ENTRY)
80. A Different World - Bucky Covington (82)
81. Feel Together - Ben Macklin f/Tiger Lily (DEBUT)
82. Glamorous - Fergie (69)
83. Capital G - Nine Inch Nails (96)
84. Pegate - Ricky Martin (74)
85. These Are My People - Rodney Atkins (89)
86. Sorry - Kaskade (87)
87. Read My Mind - The Killers (62)
88. I Can't Take It - Lola (54)
89. Working Class Hero - Green Day (73)
90. Breath - Breaking Benjamin (83)
91. All My Friends Say - Luke Bryan (95)
92. Guys Like Me - Eric Church (93)
93. Because Of You - Reba McEntire f/Kelly Clarkson (98)
94. Everyday America - Sugarland (100)
95. The Story - Brandi Carlile (DEBUT)
96. I Can't Wait - Dianne Wesley (DEBUT)
97. Time Won't Let Me Go - The Bravery (DEBUT)
98. Real Girl - Mutya Buena (DEBUT)
99. When You're Gone - Avril Lavigne (DEBUT)
100. If You're Reading This - Tim McGraw (DEBUT)

This week sees seven debuts, as well as one re-entry, which enters the highest, and it's Pink, with "Who Knew" which reached the top-30 the first time...



Next up is dance artist Ben Macklin featuring singer Tiger Lily with "Feel Together" which effectively channels Culture Club's song "Victims"...



And for the Melissa Etheridge/Sheryl Crow camp, here's Brandi Carlile with "The Story", which to me really brings to mind Radiohead's "Creep"...



Dance artist Dianne Wesley comes on with "I Can't Wait"...

Listen: "I Can't Wait (Flash Brothers Remix)" - Dianne Wesley (Link)

British rock group The Bravery returns to the list with "Time Won't Let Me Go"...



And for another sample-happy tune, ex-Sugababe Mutya Buena uses Lenny Kravitz's "It Ain't Over Til It's Over" for her girl-power song "Real Girl"...



Avril Lavigne, already in the top-15 with "Girlfriend", enters with new power-ballad "When You're Gone"...



And finally, Tim McGraw, who's climbing the chart with wife Faith Hill and "I Need You", bumps onto the chart with the unreleased song he performed at the ACM's, "If You're Reading This"...



If you're reading this, Sugarbear, I love you...

Friday, July 20, 2007

Video of the week....

Sorry about the light posting this week, still getting back into the groove. Though after the idiocy of the Plame trial outcome, I needed to post a little KO.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Twostepcub's music chart for July 13, 2007...

I'm back from my trip to Colorado, and pictures are forthcoming...until then I'm playing catchup, and here's my tunes for the week. This week Maroon5 is on top for an eighth week, while British punk-diva Amy Winehouse (pictured above) makes a big jump within the top-10. Big moves are made by Rihanna, Kim English, Enrique Iglesias, Erika Jayne, Fall Out Boy, and Kenny Chesney, while Rocco DeLucca, 30 Seconds to Mars (again), and Ultra Nate fall off. Cowboy up!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Makes Me Wonder - Maroon5 (1)
2. Never Again - Kelly Clarkson (3)
3. I Told You So - Keith Urban (4)
4. U & Ur Hand - Pink (2)
5. The Other Side Of The World - KT Tunstall (6)
6. Rehab - Amy Winehouse (10)
7. I Could Fall In Love With You - Erasure (8)
8. What I've Done - Linkin Park (9)
9. Paralyzer - Finger Eleven (16)
10. Wrapped - George Strait (11)
11. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood (7)
12. Beautiful Liar - Beyonce & Shakira (12)
13. Home - Daughtry (15)
14. Ticks - Brad Paisley (5)
15. Girlfriend - Avril Lavigne (21)
16. Umbrella - Rihanna (31)
17. Find Out Who Your Friends Are - Tracy Lawrence (13)
18. Dig - Incubus (19)
19. The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani f/Akon (17)
20. Lost In This Moment - Big & Rich (30)
21. Candyman - Christina Aguilera (14)
22. I Want Your Love - Jody Watley (22)
23. If Everyone Cared - Nickelback (20)
24. Que Hiciste - Jennifer Lopez (25)
25. Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's (29)
26. Cupid's Chokehold - Gym Class Heroes (23)
27. You're The One - Ono (28)
28. Cry For You - September (26)
29. Moments - Emerson Drive (18)
30. I Need You - Tim McGraw f/Faith Hill (34)
31. Because Of You - Ne-Yo (41)
32. Undeniable - Mat Kearney (33)
33. 4 In The Morning - Gwen Stefani (42)
34. I Wonder - Kellie Pickler (27)
35. Change - Kimberley Locke (24)
36. First Time - Lifehouse (38)
37. All Good Things (Must Come To An End) - Nelly Furtado (44)
38. Rockstar - Nickelback (48)
39. Johnny Cash - Jason Aldean (39)
40. The World Is Mine - David Guetta (43)
41. Rapture 2007 - iio (45)
42. A Little More Love - Little Big Town (32)
43. All Around The World - Lionel Richie (47)
44. Little Wonders - Rob Thomas (37)
45. Say It Right - Nelly Furtado (35)
46. Tarantula - Smashing Pumpkins (49)
47. Can't Keep It A Secret - Jacinta (51)
48. Icky Thump - The White Stripes (56)
49. Forever - Alyson (50)
50. My Destiny - Kim English (66)
51. Put 'Em Up - Edun (53)
52. Better Than Me - Hinder (52)
53. Extraordinary - Mandy Moore (55)
54. I Can't Take It - Lola (36)
55. Forever - Papa Roach (46)
56. (You Want To) Make A Memory - Bon Jovi (60)
57. Face Down - Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (63)
58. Lucky Man - Montgomery Gentry (58)
59. Do You Know? (Ping Pong Song) - Enrique Iglesias (77)
60. Rollercoaster - Erika Jayne (82)
61. Thks Fr Th Mmrs - Fall Out Boy (81)
62. Read My Mind - The Killers (40)
63. Ice Box - Omarion (57)
64. It's Not Over - Daughtry (62)
65. Tough - Craig Morgan (73)
66. Teardrops On My Guitar - Taylor Swift (70)
67. Startin' With Me - Jake Owen (68)
68. Beautiful Disaster - Jon McLaughlin (71)
69. Glamorous - Fergie (59)
70. He's Alive - A Girl Called Jane (72)
71. Alive - Tim Rex Experiment (80)
72. Never Wanted Nothing More - Kenny Chesney (88)
73. Working Class Hero - Green Day (74)
74. Pegate - Ricky Martin (64)
75. Everything - Michael Buble (93)
76. Stand Back (Remix) - Stevie Nicks (DEBUT)
77. I Got More - Cole Deggs & The Lonesome (78)
78. Good Directions - Billy Currington (65)
79. With Love - Hilary Duff (61)
80. Before It's Too Late - Goo Goo Dolls (90)
81. Defying Gravity - Idina Menzel (DEBUT)
82. A Different World - Bucky Covington (83)
83. Breath - Breaking Benjamin (75)
84. If You're Gonna Leave - Emerson Hart (94)
85. Give It To Me - Timbaland f/Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake (85)
86. In The Clouds - Under The Influence Of Giants (86)
87. Sorry - Kaskade (87)
88. Summer Love - Justin Timberlake (97)
89. These Are My People - Rodney Atkins (91)
90. Don't Matter - Akon (67)
91. Big Girls Don't Cry - Fergie (96)
92. A Woman's Love - Alan Jackson (69)
93. Guys Like Me - Eric Church (95)
94. How I Feel - Martina McBride (DEBUT)
95. All My Friends Say - Luke Bryan (98)
96. Capital G - Nine Inch Nails (DEBUT)
97. Life Is Beautiful - Vega4 (54)
98. Because Of You - Reba McEntire f/Kelly Clarkson (DEBUT)
99. Earth Intruders - Bjork (DEBUT)
100. Everyday America - Sugarland (DEBUT)

This week sees seven songs debut, a pretty good number though not like last week. At the head of the pack is Stevie Nicks debuting with remixes of her classic track "Stand Back"...



Next up is Broadway star Idina Menzel, with remixes of her showstopper from Wicked, "Defying Gravity"....



Martina McBride is back again with "How I Feel" here's a "fan" video for a teen-drama with the song...



On the opposite end of the spectrum is Nine Inch Nails with "Capital G"...




Reba McEntire takes a break from plastic surgery and her show to put out another single. This time is a remake of "Because of You" with Kelly Clarkson helping out...



Icelandic siren Bjork is also back with Timbaland-produced "Earth Intruders". She never
disappoints in the "weird" video department...



and finally Sugarland returns with "Everyday America"..



Tomorrow it's back to the grind, until then good memories from the weekend.





Saturday, July 07, 2007

Libby, Libby, Libby on the table table table...

Witness journalism in action as David Shuster, filling in for Chris Matthews on Hardball, shows what it's like to do a real interview, and not a one-sided puff piece, as neo-nutjob Fouad Ajami is taken to task for his writings on the Libby case. Thoughtful, researched, and forceful, Shuster proves there's just no beating calling a spade a spade. He debunks all his accusations, from the "no crime" crap to the "hero" crap. Ajami is a major slimy dick. And a snake. And hopefully he'll learn. But probably not.

Twostepcub's music chart for July 6, 2007...

Hey folks, dang if this vacation week went by too quickly, it's time already for my tunes of the week. This week Maroon5 stays at the top for a seventh week, while KT Tunstall (pictured above) moves up in the top-10. There's big jumps by Gwen Stefani, Jacinta, Jon McLaughlin, Green Day, and the White Stripes, while there's an exodus from the list, as Justin Timberlake, John Mayer, Mika, The Fray (with 2 songs!), Samantha James, S-Blush, Sugarland drop off. Happy Live Earth Day!

This Week Song/Artist (Last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Makes Me Wonder - Maroon5 (1)
2. U & Ur Hand - Pink (2)
3. Never Again - Kelly Clarkson (3)
4. I Told You So - Keith Urban (4)
5. Ticks - Brad Paisley (6)
6. The Other Side Of The World - KT Tunstall (7)
7. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood (5)
8. I Could Fall In Love With You - Erasure (9)
9. What I've Done - Linkin Park (11)
10. Rehab - Amy Winehouse (16)
11. Wrapped - George Strait (15)
12. Beautiful Liar - Beyonce & Shakira (12)
13. Find Out Who Your Friends Are - Tracy Lawrence (13)
14. Candyman - Christina Aguilera (8)
15. Home - Daughtry (17)
16. Paralyzer - Finger Eleven (21)
17. The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani f/Akon (14)
18. Moments - Emerson Drive (10)
19. Dig - Incubus (26)
20. If Everyone Cared - Nickelback (18)
21. Girlfriend -Avril Lavigne (25)
22. I Want Your Love - Jody Watley (23)
23. Cupid's Chokehold - Gym Class Heroes (22)
24. Change - Kimberley Locke (20)
25. Que Hiciste - Jennifer Lopez (29)
26. Cry For You - September (24)
27. I Wonder - Kellie Pickler (27)
28. You're The One - Ono (31)
29. Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's (35)
30. Lost In The Moment - Big & Rich (39)
31. Umbrella - Rihanna (43)
32. A Little More You - Little Big Town (32)
33. Undeniable - Mat Kearney (34)
34. I Need You - Tim McGraw & Faith Hill (36)
35. Say It Right - Nelly Furtado (28)
36. I Can't Take It - Lola (37)
37. Little Wonders - Rob Thomas (30)
38. First Time - Lifehouse (42)
39. Johnny Cash - Jason Aldean (40)
40. Read My Mind - The Killers (19)
41. Because Of You - Ne-Yo (50)
42. 4 In The Morning - Gwen Stefani (61)
43. The World Is Mine - David Guetta (46)
44. All Good Things (Must Come To An End) - Nelly Furtado (42)
45. Rapture 2007 - iio (68)
46. Forever - Papa Roach (47)
47. All Around The World - Lionel Richie (55)
48. Rockstar - Nickelback (64)
49. Tarantula - Smashing Pumpkins (59)
50. Forever - Alyson (51)
51. Can't Keep It A Secret - Jacinta (66)
52. Better Than Me - Hinder (54)
53. Put 'Em Up - Edun (56)
54. Life Is Beautiful - Vega4 (53)
55. Extraordinary - Mandy Moore (60)
56. Icky Thump - The White Stripes (71)
57. Ice Box - Omarion (57)
58. Lucky Man - Montgomery Gentry (58)
59. Glamorous - Fergie (49)
60. (You Want To) Make A Memory - Bon Jovi (62)
61. With Love - Hilary Duff (41)
62. It's Not Over - Daughtry (44)
63. Face Down - Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (73)
64. Pegate - Ricky Martin (48)
65. Good Directions - Billy Currington (45)
66. My Destiny - Kim English (94)
67. Don't Matter - Akon (67)
68. Startin' With Me - Jake Owen (69)
69. A Woman's Love - Alan Jackson (33)
70. Teardrops On My Guitar - Taylor Swift (72)
71. Beautiful Disaster - Jon McLaughlin (87)
72. He's Alive - A Girl Called Jane (75)
73. Tough - Craig Morgan (80)
74. Working Class Hero - Green Day (98)
75. Breath - Breaking Benjamin (74)
76. Colorful - Rocco DeLucca & The Burden (38)
77. Do You Know? - Enrique Iglesias (DEBUT)
78. I Got More - Cole Deggs & The Lonesome (79)
79. Lazy Eye - Silversun Pickups (65)
80. Alive - Tim Rex Experiment (95)
81. Thnks Fr Th Mmrs - Fall Out Boy (DEBUT)
82. Rollercoaster - Erika Jayne (DEBUT)
83. A Different World - Bucky Covington (83)
84. The Kill (Bury Me) - 30 Seconds To Mars (85)
85. Give It To Me - Timbaland f/Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake (86)
86. In The Clouds - Under The Influence Of Giants (88)
87. Sorry - Kaskade (DEBUT)
88. Never Wanted Nothing More - Kenny Chesney (100)
89. Automatic - Ultra Nate (70)
90. Before It's Too Late - Goo Goo Dolls (99)
91. These Are My People - Rodney Atkins (93)
92. Make It Happen - Maya Azucena (63)
93. Everything - Michael Buble (DEBUT)
94. If You're Gonna Leave - Emerson Hart (DEBUT)
95. Guys Like Me - Eric Church (96)
96. Big Girls Don't Cry - Fergie (DEBUT)
97. Summer Love - Justin Timberlake (DEBUT)
98. All My Friends Say - Luke Bryan (DEBUT)
99. Wish Upon A Dog Star - Perry Farrell's Satellite Party (DEBUT)
100. High Maintenance Woman - Toby Keith (91)

This week sees ten, count 'em ten debuts. Whew! I guess I'm in for the big summer dump. Here's some new stuff...

First up, ex-Jane's Addiction and ex-Porno for Pyros frontman Perry Ferrell comes in with a dance track, "Wish Upon A Dog Star", here's the video of the original....



Next, country newcomer Luke Bryan enters with the after-bar bar-song "All My Friends Say" ...



No sooner than when his last song drops off, does Justin Timberlake come back with appropriately-titled "Summer Love", same Timbaland thump, I guess there's no need for a video yet, so here's a cheesy vid-mash for it...



Black Eye Pea Fergie is descending the chart with "Glamorous", but has "Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal)" enter the list. Behold the "softballad" cheese...



Former lead singer for rock band Tonic, Emerson Hart, comes on with "If You're Gonna Leave"...no video I can find yet, but here's a live clip of him performing it..



Neo-crooner Michael Buble' is back with a more modern sound, this time it's really growing on me, here's "Everything"...



Dance artist Kaskade is back with the ultra-smooth "Sorry"..



I have no idea who Erika Jayne is, maybe judging from the video a former/present Vegas showgirl? But apparently someone is shelling out for a video here, for "Rollercoaster"...



Fall Out Boy's new album is amazing, and here's the second single, "Thks Fr Th Mmrs"...



and finally the debut of the week, Enrique Iglesias debuts with "Do You Know (The Ping Pong Song)" which did convey to me how it got its title...



...have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

I get a heart full of butterflies looking into your dreamy eyes....

No one’s accused Perry Como of being too cool. Making Pat Boone look like a hooligan, Como was the stalwart from the 40’s that was dragged kicking and not-so-screaming into the rock era. In fact, according to the liner notes, he had this to say about Elvis himself: “When I hear ‘Hound Dog’, I have to vomit a little, but in 1975 it will probably be a slightly ancient classic.” Bitter a little, eh? Well like Sinatra, Martin, and Davis, Como persevered in the 60s (though to less success than Frank), before hitting big again with a short early-70s comeback. The Essential 60’s Singles Collection puts together his singles from the decade to fill in a gap in the major artists’ career. And as representative of the adult contemporary music of the time, most of the collection comes up blander than expected. Starting off with “Delaware”, a novelty march of puns that belongs more on a Barney album, doesn’t set the tone well (though it was huge in England and to a lesser extent here in the States). However, following that is the collection’s best track, “I Know What God Is”, where Como allows himself to actually belt out and give you the full impression of his singing. Those types of moments are few and far between, with “The Father Of Girls” coming the closest to that, and the softly swinging “Dream On Little Dreamer” being the most laid-back of these “cardigan” songs. There’s a couple more OK songs here, like a bouncy “Make Someone Happy”, the Italian-wedding-cute “Caterina”, and the by-the-book pop of “Here Comes My Baby” and “Stop And Think It Over”. Otherwise Como’s immersed in kitsch (“Oowee Oowee”, “Coo Coo Roo Coo Coo Paloma”, “Forget Domani”), banality (“You Looked Back”), or oversentimentality (“Sunshine Wine”). The upsides of the collection are its sound (very crisp and clear) and its completeness. For Perry’s fans, who mostly should be women in their 80s, this collection definitely fulfills its purpose. It has everything of worth he put out in the 60s. But beware, his best material came both before and slightly after this.

Grade: C
Best Cuts:
“I Know What God Is”, “Dream On Little Dreamer”, “The Father Of Girls”
Weakest Links:Delaware”, “Oowee Oowee”, “Forget Domani”

"Delaware" hit #22 pop singles, and #3 in the UK.
"I Know What Love Is" hit #81 pop singles.
"Make Someone Happy" made #80 pop.
"You're Following Me" made #92 pop.
"Caterina" hit #23 pop, #6 Adult Contemporary, and #37 in the UK.
"(I Love You) Don't You Forget It" hit #39 pop, and #16 AC.
"Dream On Little Dreamer" made #25 pop and #3 AC.
"Oowee Oowee" made #88 pop and #18 AC.
"Coo Coo Roo Coo Coo Paloma" hit #128 pop and #12 AC>
"Here Comes My Baby" hit #124 pop.
"Stop! And Think It Over" made #92 pop and #1 AC.
"I Looked Back" made #11 Adult Contemporary.
"You Made It That Way" hit #2 AC.
"The Father Of Girls" hit #92 pop singles, and #10 AC.
"Happy Man" made #134 pop and #12 AC.
"Seattle" made #38 pop and #2 AC.
"Sunshine Wine" hit #18 AC.
"That's All This Old World Needs" hit #37 AC.

Buy: You can pick up a copy of Perry Como's The Essential 60's Singles Collection at websites like here and here.

Listen: "I Know What God Is"

And
here's a video featuring his theme from Here Come The Brides, "Seattle"...



And if you're a little patient, as a tie-in to last week's CD, here's Como's TV special from the Bahamas from 1980 with Captain & Tennille singing "Happy Together" at the 2:53 mark...

Monday, July 02, 2007

Twostepcub's music chart for June 29, 2007..

Hey boys and girls, it's time for my tunes of the week, a little late (a trend, eh?) due to the fact that I'm on holiday week (woohoo!). This week Maroon5 spend a sixth week at the summit, while Keith Urban (pictured above) jumps into the top-5 with his third single from his latest album. Snow Patrol, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Lily Allen, and Carrie Underwood all have songs leaving the list, while iio, Jennifer Lopez, Nickelback, Jacinta, and The White Stripes make the biggest moves. And the links are back! Click on any highlighted name of the artist to go to their website for more info, clips, music, and more....Party on!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Makes Me Wonder - Maroon5 (1)
2. U & Ur Hand - Pink (2)
3. Never Again - Kelly Clarkson (3)
4. I Told You So - Keith Urban (9)
5. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood (5)
6. Ticks - Brad Paisley (6)
7. The Other Side Of The World - KT Tunstall (7)
8. Candyman - Christina Aguilera (4)
9. I Could Fall In Love With You - Erasure (10)
10. Moments - Emerson Drive (8)
11. What I've Done - Linkin Park (14)
12. Beautiful Liar - Beyonce & Shakira (16)
13. Find Out Who Your Friends Are - Tracy Lawrence (17)
14. The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani f/Akon (12)
15. Wrapped - George Strait (19)
16. Rehab - Amy Winehouse (25)
17. Home - Daughtry (21)
18. If Everyone Cared - Nickelback (13)
19. Read My Mind - The Killers (11)
20. Change - Kimberley Locke (15)
21. Paralyzer - Finger Eleven (31)
22. Cupid's Chokehold - Gym Class Heroes (20)
23. I Want Your Love - Jody Watley (28)
24. Cry For You - September (24)
25. Girlfriend - Avril Lavigne (35)
26. Dig - Incubus (32)
27. I Wonder - Kellie Pickler (27)
28. Say It Right - Nelly Furtado (26)
29. Que Hiciste - Jennifer Lopez (41)
30. Little Wonders - Rob Thomas (30)
31. You're The One - Ono (36)
32. A Little More Love - Little Big Town (33)
33. A Woman's Love - Alan Jackson (22)
34. Undeniable - Mat Kearney (38)
35. Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's (42)
36. I Need You - Tim McGraw f/Faith Hill (47)
37. I Can't Take It - Lola (37)
38. Colorful - Rocco DeLucca & The Burden (18)
39. Lost In This Moment - Big & Rich (44)
40. Johnny Cash - Jason Aldean (40)
41. With Love - Hilary Duff (29)
42. First Time - Lifehouse (46)
43. Umbrella - Rihanna (52)
44. It's Not Over - Daughtry (34)
45. Good Directions - Billy Currington (23)
46. The World Is Mine - David Guetta (50)
47. Forever - Papa Roach (48)
48. Pegate - Ricky Martin (39)
49. Glamorous - Fergie (49)
50. Because Of You - Ne-Yo (58)
51. Forever - Alyson (53)
52. All Good Things (Must Come To An End) - Nelly Furtado (63)
53. Life Is Beautiful - Vega4 (54)
54. Better Than Me - Hinder (56)
55. All Around The World - Lionel Richie (62)
56. Put 'Em Up - Edun (60)
57. Ice Box - Omarion (57)
58. Lucky Man - Montgomery Gentry (59)
59. Tarantula - Smashing Pumpkins (64)
60. Extraordinary - Mandy Moore (61)
61. 4 In The Morning - Gwen Stefani (67)
62. (You Want To) Make A Memory - Bon Jovi (66)
63. Make It Happen - Maya Azucena (43)
64. Rockstar - Nickelback (92)
65. Lazy Eye - Silversun Pickups (55)
66. Can't Keep It A Secret - Jacinta (93)
67. Don't Matter - Akon (77)
68. Rapture 2007 - iio (100)
69. Startin' With Me - Jake Owen (70)
70. Automatic - Ultra Nate (65)
71. Icky Thump - The White Stripes (94)
72. Teardrops On My Guitar - Taylor Swift (78)
73. Face Down - Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (84)
74. Breath - Breaking Benjamin (74)
75. He's Alive - A Girl Called Jane (80)
76. Signal Fire - Snow Patrol (76)
77. What Comes Around...Goes Around - Justin Timberlake (45)
78. Gravity - John Mayer (51)
79. I Got More - Cole Deggs & The Lonesome (83)
80. Tough - Craig Morgan (89)
81. Grace Kelly - MIKA (69)
82. How To Save A Life - The Fray (79)
83. A Different World - Bucky Covington (87)
84. Rise - Samantha James (75)
85. The Kill (Bury Me) - 30 Seconds To Mars (85)
86. Give It To Me - Timbaland f/Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake (86)
87. Beautiful Disaster - Jon McLaughlin (88)
88. In The Clouds - Under The Influence Of Giants (90)
89. Look After You - The Fray (68)
90. It's My Life - S-Blush (73)
91. High Maintenance Woman - Toby Keith (81)
92. Settlin' - Sugarland (71)
93. These Are My People - Rodney Atkins (95)
94. My Destiny - Kim English (DEBUT)
95. Alive - Tim Rex Experiment (DEBUT)
96. Guys Like Me - Eric Church (99)
97. Spotlight - Amador & Carrillo f/Georgia Nicole (72)
98. Working Class Hero - Green Day (DEBUT)
99. Before It's Too Late - Goo Goo Dolls (DEBUT)
100. Never Wanted Nothing More - Kenny Chesney (DEBUT)

This week has five new songs. Kenny Chesney's newest song, "Never Wanted Nothing More", is too new to have a clip up. Blech. At least now it's on I-Tunes till the album comes. And thankfully not a "beach tune".

The Goo Goo Dolls, though, come on with the theme from the movie Transformers, "Before It's Too Late (Sam & Mikaela's Theme)", which of course sounds like every other Goo Goo Dolls song...



Green Day debuts with their track from the very worthy Darfur charity compilation of Lennon songs, with "Working Class Hero"...



The Tim Rex Experiment featuring Graziella arrive with the track "Alive"...

Listen: "Alive (Destination X Remix)" [link]

And the top debut of the week is Dance Diva Kim English, with "My Destiny".