Sunday, December 28, 2008

Twostepcub's music chart for December 26, 2008...


Hey guys, I hope everyone who celebrated Christmas had a good one, and for those celebrating Hanukkah a big Shalom, and to everyone else I wish you peace and joy as well. Time for my tunes of the week. This week Nickelback sticks around at the top for a third week, while Katy Perry (pictured above) jumps into the top 3. The biggest moves come from songs by Beyonce, Ultra Nate, and The Pussycat Dolls, while former big hits by Estelle, Carrie Underwood, and Tami Chynn drop off the list. Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on the name of any artist to go to their website (sorry, I fixed a couple links this week that were wrong last week). Countdown to New Year progressing...1...4...3...

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Gotta Be Somebody - Nickelback (1)
2. Better In Time - Leona Lewis (3)
3. Hot N Cold - Katy Perry (6)
4. Magic (Touch) - Robin Thicke f/Mary J. Blige (4)
5. Fall For You - Secondhand Serenade (5)
6. Shattered (Turn The Car Around) - O.A.R. (2)
7. I Don't Care - Apocalyptica f/Adam Gontier (9)
8. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz (7)
9. Human - The Killers (11)
10. You're Gonna Go Far, Kid - The Offspring (10)
11. Already Gone - Sugarland (17)
12. Here - Rascal Flatts (16)
13. Crush - David Archuleta (19)
14. Re-Education (Through Labor) - Rise Against (13)
15. Keeps Gettin' Better - Christina Aguilera (22)
16. Let It Go - Tim McGraw (14)
17. Love Remains The Same - Gavin Rossdale (15)
18. Green Light - John Legend f/Andre3000 (18)
19. Spotlight - Jennifer Hudson (8)
20. Broken - Lifehouse (12)
21. Let Me Be Myself - 3 Doors Down (27)
22. Beating My Heart - Jon McLaughlin (23)
23. Don't - Billy Currington (25)
24. Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon (28)
25. Addicted - Saving Abel (33)
26. Disturbia - Rihanna (24)
27. What About Now - Daughtry (21)
28. Start A Band - Brad Paisley f/Keith Urban (38)
29. The Greatest - Michelle Williams (39)
30. Right Here (Departed) - Brandy (40)
31. Let It Rock - Kevin Rudolf f/Lil Wayne (41)
32. Anything Goes - Randy Houser (35)
33. In Color - Jamey Johnson (36)
34. If I Were A Boy - Beyonce (44)
35. Grass Is Greener - Dave Aude f/Sisely Treasure (37)
36. Feel That Fire - Dierks Bentley (42)
37. Sandcastle Disco - Solange (49)
38. Love Remembers - Craig Morgan (20)
39. Chasing Pavements - Adele (30)
40. Sweet Thing - Keith Urban (50)
41. Beautiful Life - Jody Watley (34)
42. Light On - David Cook (48)
43. So What - Pink (43)
44. I Hate This Part - Pussycat Dolls (66)
45. Reach Out - Hilary Duff (47)
46. Behind - Flanders (51)
47. Just Dance - Lady GaGa f/Colby O'Donis (57)
48. Love Story - Taylor Swift (52)
49. Twisted (Got Me Goin' Round) - Ultra Nate (67)
50. Lookin' For A Good Time - Lady Antebellum (54)
51. She Wouldn't Be Gone - Blake Shelton (58)
52. Underlying Feeling - Sylvia Tosun (63)
53. Don't Call Me Baby - Kreesha Turner (26)
54. Here I Stand - Usher (55)
55. Second Chance - Shinedown (64)
56. I Can't Get No Sleep 2008 - India (45)
57. Love Hurts - Incubus (70)
58. One Step At A Time - Jordin Sparks (32)
59. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce (91)
60. Every Word - Ercola (31)
61. Breakdown - Seether (73)
62. Viva La Vida - Coldplay (56)
63. Roll With Me - Montgomery Gentry (65)
64. Troublemaker - Weezer (46)
65. IfULeave - Musiq Soulchild f/Mary J. Blige (68)
66. Womanizer - Britney Spears (76)
67. Leave Out All The Rest - Linkin Park (59)
68. Let Me - Pat Green (69)
69. Lovers In Japan - Coldplay (74)
70. Come On Get Higher - Matt Nathanson (29)
71. Cobrastyle - Robyn (61)
72. Feel Your Love - Kim Sozzi (62)
73. Juliet Of The Spirits - The B-52's (84)
74. The Sweetest Love - Robin Thicke (75)
75. Worked Up - Brian Anthony (86)
76. We're The Pet Shop Boys - Robbie Williams f/Pet Shop Boys (90)
77. Country Boy - Alan Jackson (79)
78. Chicken Fried - The Zac Brown Band (78)
79. Break Me - Tina Sugandh (53)
80. Get Up - Mary Mary (60)
81. The Show - Lenka (77)
82. Down The Road - Kenny Chesney f/Mac McAnally (88)
83. Rock N Roll Train - AC/DC (83)
84. Where I Stood - Missy Higgins (85)
85. The Promise - Girls Aloud (87)
86. Love Lockdown - Kanye West (80)
87. God Love Her - Toby Keith (94)
88. Cowgirls Don't Cry - Brooks & Dunn (92)
89. Without You - Hinder (89)
90. You Found Me - The Fray (95)
91. Energy - Keri Hilson (82)
92. Need U Bad - Jazmine Sullivan (72)
93. Decode - Paramore (97)
94. Last Call - Lee Ann Womack (DEBUT)
95. Miss Independent - Ne-Yo (100)
96. Stuck To You - Nikka Costa (DEBUT)
97. Nothing Left To Say - Mint Condition (99)
98. River Of Love - George Strait (DEBUT)
99. Good Time - Celeda (DEBUT)
100. 1,2,3,4 - Plain White T's (DEBUT)

This week five new songs debut. The first is by country singer Lee Ann Womack, who is most known for thoughtful, classy ballads like "I Hope You Dance" and "A Little Past Little Rock". In that same vein is "Last Call", where she despair over being the "last resort" in a codependent relationship with an alcoholic.




Next up is singer Nikka Costa, who has been hanging around the underground soul-pop scene for awhile. Her new song "Stuck To You" is getting airplay in dance clubs as a remix, but the original is just as good, with a easy funky sound..



George Strait has been a mainstay on the country charts since 1981, and his third single from his Troubadour album, "River Of Love", borrows from the beachy, Buffett/Chesney canon. Here he is performing at the CMA awards..



Victoria Sharpe records under the moniker Celeda, and the New York-based diva follows up her former #1 Billboard dance hit "Amazing" with the similar-themed "Good Time", which is made for the dance first, think later club crowd...



and finally, rock band Plain White T's from Illinois may have gotten themselves in a pickle by the overwhelming success of emo-ballad "Hey There Delilah", as the next song to make it here replicates it pretty well. It's a long way from their breakthrough song "Hate (I Really Don't Like You)". Here's "1,2,3,4 (I Love You)"...

The job that never ends.

Well, I resolved that starting after Christmas I'd work as much overtime as I can handle to try to pay down the bills. I admit I should be really lucky that I'm in the position that I can work overtime (let alone at all), yet I'm hating dreading going into work. Didn't use to be like that. Oh well. At least part of my top 2008 reviews were typed on lunch. Whee...

Sunday, December 21, 2008

O Tannenbaum....

Well the tree's up. It's officially Christmas. Thanks, Sugarbear. Twinkle light dreams..

twostepcub's music chart for December 19, 2008...

Hey everybody...the nasty nasty cold is beginning to go, and just in time for Christmas! Woohoo! This week's list has Nickelback sticking around up top, while Leona Lewis (pictured above) sneaks into the top three. Hit songs by Bucky Covington, Georgie Porgie, and Lindsay Lohan drop off the list, while Keith Urban, Ultra Nate, and Robin Thicke make the biggest moves. Link-O-Rama is in full effect, so you can click on the name of any artist to go to their website. Ho Ho Ho!


This Week Song/Artist (Last Week's position in parentheses)
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1. Gotta Be Somebody - Nickelback (1)
2. Shattered (Turn The Car Around) - O.A.R. (2)
3. Better In Time - Leona Lewis (4)
4. Magic (Touch) - Robin Thicke f/Mary J. Blige (6)
5. Fall For You - Secondhand Serenade (5)
6. Hot N Cold - Katy Perry (6)
7. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz (7)
8. Spotlight - Jennifer Holiday (3)
9. I Don't Care - Apocalyptica f/Adam Gontier (11)
10. You're Gonna Go Far, Kid - The Offspring (10)
11. Human - The Killers (15)
12. Broken - Lifehouse (12)
13. Re-Education (Through Labor) - Rise Against (9)
14. Let It Go - Tim McGraw (16)
15. Love Remains The Same - Gavin Rossdale (13)
16. Here - Rascal Flatts (18)
17. Already Gone - Sugarland (21)
18. Green Light - John Legend f/Andre 3000 (23)
19. Crush - David Archuleta (26)
20. Love Remembers - Craig Morgan (20)
21. What About Now - Daughtry (17)
22. Keeps Getting Better - Christina Aguilera (34)
23. Beating My Heart - Jon McLaughlin (25)
24. Disturbia - Rihanna (22)
25. Don't - Billy Currington (31)
26. Don't Call Me Baby - Kreesha Turner (27)
27. Let Me Be Myself - 3 Doors Down (32)
28. Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon (33)
29. Come On Get Higher - Matt Nathanson (19)
30. Chasing Pavements - Adele (14)
31. Every Word - Ercola (24)
32. One Step At A Time - Jordin Sparks (28)
33. Addicted - Saving Abel (44)
34. Beautiful Life - Jody Watley (36)
35. Anything Goes - Randy Houser (35)
36. In Color - Jamey Johnson (37)
37. Grass Is Greener - Dave Aude f/Sisely Treasure (39)
38. Start A Band - Brad Paisley f/Keith Urban (41)
39. The Greatest - Michelle Williams (46)
40. Right Here (Departed) - Brandy (52)
41. Let It Rock - Kevin Rudolf f/Lil Wayne (50)
42. Feel That Fire - Dierks Bentley (48)
43. So What - Pink (43)
44. If I Were A Boy - Beyonce (53)
45. I Can't Get No Sleep 2008 - India (47)
46. Troublemaker - Weezer (30)
47. Reach Out - Hilary Duff (51)
48. Light On - David Cook (54)
49. Sandcastle Disco - Solange (76)
50. Sweet Thing - Keith Urban (73)
51. Behind - Flanders (63)
52. Love Story - Taylor Swift (56)
53. Break Me - Tina Sugandh (38)
54. Looking For A Good Time - Lady Antebellum (58)
55. Here I Stand - Usher (64)
56. Viva La Vida - Coldplay (42)
57. Just Dance - Lady GaGa f/Colby O'Donis (57)
58. She Wouldn't Be Gone - Blake Shelton (62)
59. Leave Out All The Rest - Linkin Park (49)
60. Get Up - Mary Mary (60)
61. Cobrastyle - Robyn (55)
62. Feel Your Love - Kim Sozzi (40)
63. Underlying Feeling - Sylvia Tosun (69)
64. Second Chance - Shinedown (68)
65. Roll With Me - Montgomery Gentry (67)
66. I Hate This Part - Pussycat Dolls (77)
67. Twisted - Ultra Nate (83)
68. IfULeave - Musiq Soulchild f/Mary J. Blige (74)
69. Let Me - Pat Green (70)
70. Love Hurts - Incubus (85)
71. Just A Dream - Carrie Underwood (45)
72. Need U Bad - Jazmine Sullivan (65)
73. Breakdown - Seether (90)
74. Lovers In Japan - Coldplay (93)
75. The Sweetest Love - Robin Thicke (96)
76. Womanizer - Britney Spears (84)
77. The Show - Lenka (78)
78. Chicken Fried - The Zac Brown Band (80)
79. Country Boy - Alan Jackson (79)
80. Love Lockdown - Kanye West (81)
81. Frozen - Tami Chynn f/Akon (66)
82. Energy - Keri Hilson (82)
83. Rock N Roll Train - AC/DC (88)
84. Juliet Of The Spirits - The B-52's (98)
85. Where I Stood - Missy Higgins (92)
86. Worked Up - Brian Anthony (97)
87. The Promise - Girls Aloud (89)
88. Down The Road - Kenny Chesney f/Mac McAnally (99)
89. Without You - Hinder (91)
90. We're The Pet Shop Boys (Close My Eyes) - Robbie Williams f/Pet Shop Boys & Sander Van Doorn (DEBUT)
91. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce (DEBUT)
92. Cowgirls Don't Cry - Brooks & Dunn (96)
93. Someone Like You - Safetysuit (94)
94. God Love Her - Toby Keith (100)
95. You Found Me - The Fray (DEBUT)
96. American Boy - Estelle f/Kanye West (86)
97. Decode - Paramore (DEBUT)
98. Middle Of The Dancefloor - Jipsta (87)
99. Nothing Left To Say - Mint Condition (RE-ENTRY)
100. Miss Independent - Ne-Yo (DEBUT)

This week five new songs debut and one re-enters. The highest of them is Robbie Williams, though not literally anymore, since he's thankfully up and getting himself together in rehab. The third song from his Rudebox album (after "Lovelight" and "She's Madonna") was originally an homage "We're The Pet Shop Boys", featuring none other than the duo themselves, but now has been revamped with Dutch DJ Sander Van Doorn with the subtitle "Close My Eyes"...



and I'd be remiss not to include the original, which I admit to prefer..



Beyonce is already scaling the chart with "If I Were A Boy", but the follow-up couldn't wait. Internet meme and all, it's a friggin' powerhouse. Witness the thighmaster thickness of "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)"...



Not my friend Karl would not hear it if I didn't mention this video is a knockoff of the delightfully trippy dance number of Gwen Verdon titled "Mexican Breakfast"...here it is...



and then there's this...



Denver-based rock band the Fray, most notable for songs like "Over My Head" and "How To Save A Life" are back with a new single from their upcoming album, here's "You Found Me"..


Another rock band that was nominated for a Grammy, Tennesseans Paramore, are back with a track from the soundtrack from the vampire-love movie "Twilight". Here's "Decode"...



And now for a blast from the past, the group that gave us this top-ten song in 1991 (the days of the new-jack swing)...



re-enter with the smooth R&B of "Nothing Left To Say"..



and finally singer Ne-Yo, previously in my top-5 with "Closer", sends a second single, "Miss Independent", into the bottom spot...



Hopefully I'll make it back on before Christmas, but if not I hope everyone has a peaceful, love-filled holiday...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I can't breathe!

Oh man. It's Christmastime, and I'm sick. Sick sick. Can't breathe through my nostrils and my head's pounding sick. I don't have the energy to even go into why Barack Obama is a fucktard for throwing us under the bus by having the homophobe dickwad Rick Warren give the inaugural invocation. No, no energy for that.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Twostepcub's music chart for December 12, 2008...


Hey guys, I think at least with my chart I'm back on track. This week Nickelback takes over the top spot (pictured above). And a whopping fifteen new songs debut and another one re-enters the list - talk about some house-cleaning! Former big hits by Metallica, Seether, Staind, Cyndi Lauper, Bimbo Jones, AnnaGrace, Kid Rock, 3 Doors Down, and Natasha Bedingfield drop off, and Beyonce, Brandy, and Sylvia Tosun make some of the biggest jumps (big jumps in red). Link-O-Rama is still on full effect - so you can click on any artist's name to go to their website (right click, and you can do it in a new window). Hope everyone is enjoying the season if they are...this weekend it's tree-huntin' season!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Gotta Be Somebody - Nickelback (3)
2. Shattered (Turn The Car Around) - O.A.R. (2)
3. Spotlight - Jennifer Hudson (1)
4. Better In Time - Leona Lewis (5)
5. Fall For You - Secondhand Serenade (7)
6. Magic (Touch) - Robin Thicke f/Mary J. Blige (9)
7. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz (6)
8. Hot N Cold - Katy Perry (16)
9. Re-Education (Through Labor) - Rise Against (10)
10. You're Gonna Go Far, Kid - The Offspring (11)
11. I Don't Care - Apocalyptica f/Adam Gontier (13)
12. Broken - Lifehouse (12)
13. Love Remains The Same - Gavin Rossdale (8)
14. Chasing Pavements - Adele (4)
15. Human - The Killers (17)
16. Let It Go - Tim McGraw (19)
17. What About Now - Daughtry (14)
18. Here - Rascal Flatts (25)
19. Come On Get Higher - Matt Nathanson (15)
20. Love Remembers - Craig Morgan (23)
21. Already Gone - Sugarland (31)
22. Disturbia - Rihanna (22)
23. Green Light - John Legend f/Andre3000 (34)
24. Every Word - Ercola (24)
25. Beating My Heart - Jon McLaughlin (30)
26. Crush - David Archuleta (36)
27. Don't Call Me Baby - Kreesha Turner (28)
28. One Step At A Time - Jordin Sparks (18)
29. Move 4 Me - Kaskade f/Deadmau5 (21)
30. Troublemaker - Weezer (20)
31. Don't - Billy Currington (40)
32. Let Me Be Myself - 3 Doors Down (46)
33. Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon (39)
34. Keeps Gettin' Better - Christina Aguilera (48)
35. Anything Goes - Randy Houser (43)
36. Beautiful Life - Jody Watley (37)
37. In Color - Jamey Johnson (38)
38. Break Me - Tina Sugandh (32)
39. Grass Is Greener - Dave Aude f/Sisely Treasure (49)
40. Feel Your Love - Kim Sozzi (41)
41. Start A Band - Brad Paisley f/Keith Urban (44)
42. Viva La Vida - Coldplay (35)
43. So What - Pink (45)
44. Addicted - Saving Abel (51)
45. Just A Dream - Carrie Underwood (26)
46. The Greatest - Michelle Williams (59)
47. I Can't Get No Sleep 2008 - India (52)
48. Feel That Fire - Dierks Bentley (54)
49. Leave Out All The Rest - Linkin Park (50)
50. Let It Rock - Kevin Rudolf f/Lil Wayne (61)
51. Reach Out - Hilary Duff (63)
52. Right Here (Departed) - Brandy (90)
53. If I Were A Boy - Beyonce (89)
54. Light On - David Cook (58)
55. Cobrastyle - Robyn (56)
56. Love Story - Taylor Swift (60)
57. Just Dance - Lady GaGa f/Colby O'Donis (57)
58. Looking For A Good Time - Lady Antebellum (62)
59. Can You Feel That Sound - Georgie Porgie (29)
60. Get Up - Mary Mary (64)
61. I'll Walk - Bucky Covington (27)
62. She Wouldn't Be Gone - Blake Shelton (74)
63. Behind - Flanders (75)
64. Here I Stand - Usher (76)
65. Need U Bad - Jazmine Sullivan (65)
66. Frozen - Tami Chynn f/Akon (55)
67. Roll With Me - Montgomery Gentry (69)
68. Second Chance - Shinedown (83)
69. Underlying Feeling - Sylvia Tosun (96)
70. Let Me - Pat Green (71)
71. What I Want - Bob Sinclar presents Fireball (53)
72. Bossy - Lindsay Lohan (42)
73. Sweet Thing - Keith Urban (DEBUT)
74. IfULeave - Musiq Soulchild f/Mary J. Blige (99)
75. The Space Dance - Danny Tenaglia (68)
76. Sandcastle Disco - Solange (DEBUT)
77. I Hate This Part - The Pussycat Dolls (DEBUT)
78. The Show - Lenka (91)
79. Country Boy - Alan Jackson (81)
80. Chicken Fried - Zac Brown Band (82)
81. Love Lockdown - Kanye West (DEBUT)
82. Energy - Keri Hilson (92)
83. Twisted - Ultra Nate (DEBUT)
84. Womanizer - Britney Spears (86)
85. Love Hurts - Incubus (DEBUT)
86. American Boy - Estelle f/Kanye West (73)
87. Middle Of The Dancefloor - Jipsta (88)
88. Rock N Roll Train - AC/DC (DEBUT)
89. The Promise - Girls Aloud (93)
90. Breakdown - Seether (DEBUT)
91. Without You - Hinder (DEBUT)
92. Where I Stood - Missy Higgins (RE-ENTRY)
93. Lovers In Japan - Coldplay (DEBUT)
94. Someone Like You - Safetysuit (98)
95. Cowgirls Don't Cry - Brooks & Dunn f/Reba McEntire (100)
96. The Sweetest Love - Robin Thicke (DEBUT)
97. Worked Up - Brian Anthony (DEBUT)
98. Juliet Of The Spirits - The B-52's (DEBUT)
99. Down The Road - Kenny Chesney f/Mac McAnally (DEBUT)
100. God Love Her - Toby Keith (DEBUT)

Wow. Sixteen songs come on to the list. Actually to be truthful, when I compile my list, there's about 15-20 more songs that just about made the list every week. I listen to that much stuff. Jeez. No wonder I have no time for anything...

First off, Keith Urban is already on the chart in a duet with Brad Paisley ("Start A Band"), but the new single from his new album coming out early next year is already out, and it's in the cookie cutter feel-good style of his first-single releases from all his other albums - though he does have the talent to pull it off. Here's Sweet Thing....



Beyonce debuted last week with her latest, and younger sister Solange follows suit with the percolating dance track "Sandcastle Disco"...



The first single from the Pussycat Dolls' sophomore effort, "When I Grow Up", was a mess that I only liked in the tribal mask of a club remix...Nicole et al redeem themselves (face it, it's really only her) with "I Hate This Part"...



Kanye West dives from his Daft Punk sampling to pure electronica with the cool experimental minimalism of "Love Lockdown"...



Dance superstar Ultra Nate is back with another song from her awesome 2001 album "Stranger Than Fiction"...here's "Twisted (Got Me Goin' Round)"...



American rock band Incubus mines their lastest album for another radio fave, here's "Love Hurts"...



If you go to AC/DC's website, you can watch a clip of a video for their latest single, "Rock N Roll Train", done in Excel. How nerdily awesome is that! Here's the regular video.



Seether's third single from their latest CD is "Breakdown". It fits their gloomy, post - Amy Lee - buzz...



Rock band Hinder had one of the more execrable singles of the decade with "Lips Of An Angel", and again they mine the faux-ballsy pussy-rock, but to better effect here, with "Without You"...



Australian Missy Higgins re-enters the chart with the plaintive "Where I Stood". Very pretty.



Coldplay almost debuted with two songs this week (Lost is moving up there) but "Lovers In Japan" makes in on first...



Robin Thicke is still moving up the chart with "Magic (Touch)", thanks to the remix featuring Mary J. Blige, but that doesn't stop him from debuting with the new single "The Sweetest Love"...



Dance singer Brian Anthony debuts with his first single on here, "Worked Up"...



The always-fun B-52's place their second single from album Funplex with "Juliet Of The Spirits"...



Kenny Chesney's last single, "Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven", drops off this week, to be replaced by his new single, "Down The Road", with songwriter and 80's AC singer Mac McAnally..



Finally, Toby Keith takes a break from singing on the Stephen Colbert Christmas special to sneak onto the chart with his latest, "God Love Her"..



Now where's my saw?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Just in time for Christmas...


Well, the inbred hillbilly seen here - no not the former vice-presidential candidate, the one gleefully slaughtering turkeys during a thanksgiving interview - put up the 37 pound turkey on ebay for a whopping 225$ (to give them credit, the farm says they're donating half to the local department of Veteran's Affairs). And the circus continues...

A little corruption, no?


Jeez. You'd think that governors were like royalty - any schmuck born to the right people can be one. I mean, the best person Illinois has to run the state is this guy? I mean Sarah Palin is a ignorant airhead, but Rod Blogojevich is certifiable. After months of investigations over his abuse of power in awarding contracts to cronies and fundraisers, US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (yes, that Patrick Fitzgerald) and his office - through an already court-authorized wiretap - caught Rod-B plotting to use his power to appoint Barack Obama's successor as senator of Illinois to his personal gain. Trying to wiggle in either an appointment for himself, or a cushy job for his apprarently foulmouthed wife, or even to use the possibility of appointing himself as a last threat, Blogo crossed a line I don't even believe Palin could have even crossed. The idea that he still believes that he can appoint someone that Congress would really seat is stupefying.

It's sad. I lived in Chicago for a few years, and volunteered for Mayor Harold Washington's campaign way back in the day. I was so naive as to not have a clue how corrupt the political system in the city really is. I went back and read all kinds of bios about him, and even saw the amusing Daily Show clip of the governor defending his actually rational position requiring pharmacists to dispense any prescription regardless of religious belief...



Rod-B also pushed for important gun control laws, and improved education and safety in the state. How power ultimately poisoned him is a scary lesson that there always needs to be checks and balances on every level of government. God knows what we'd have if there really were some during the last eight years.

My feeling is that (probably unwillingly) he will resign his seat and the State Legislature will call for a special election. That's the best plan, since anybody appointed by either Blogo or a potential new governor (the next up would be Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn) would be tainted by the goings-on.

As for Obama, Fitzgerald strongly reiterated that there is no connection with the case, though he possibly didn't do himself any favors by trying to be too PC in condemning the acts involved. Grow some, man!

Friday, December 05, 2008

Twostepcub's music chart for December 5, 2008...

Hey everyone...it's been a whopping six weeks since my last posted chart before my regroup. Wow. I mean in the time in between Nickelback went from debuting to being in the top-3! I'll try not to do that again...my OCD can't handle it. Mind you, I hadn't stopped making charts for my little ol' self, I've been doing my own top-100 over a year before I had even been doing this blog, and I haven't missed a week. (Jeez, as I'm writing this, I realize how pathetic I sound LOL). Well I'm back, and with the new on-the-go 'puter on the way, I should have no excuse for the future, music politicking or just plain old rambling like now. Thanks for reading, whomever finds me here...

This week Jennifer Hudson spends a sixth week at the top, while American band O.A.R. (standing for Of A Revolution, and pictured above) is parked in the runner-up spot. Big moves are made by Michelle Williams, Hilary Duff, and Kevin Rudolf (the biggest jumps all in red), while five of the strongest female music talents are amongst the debuts. God Danged McAfee!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Spotlight - Jennifer Hudson (1)
2. Shattered (Turn The Car Around) - O.A.R. (2)
3. Gotta Be Somebody - Nickelback (6)
4. Chasing Pavements - Adele (4)
5. Better In Time - Leona Lewis (5)
6. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz (3)
7. Fall For You - Secondhand Serenade (7)
8. Love Remains The Same - Gavin Rossdale (8)
9. Magic (Touch) - Robin Thicke f/Mary J. Blige (15)
10. Re-Education (Through Labor) - Rise Against (11)
11. You're Gonna Go Far, Kid - The Offspring (13)
12. Broken - Lifehouse (12)
13. I Don't Care - Apocalyptica f/Adam Gontier (17)
14. What About Now - Daughtry (10)
15. Come On Get Higher - Matt Nathanson (9)
16. Hot N Cold - Katy Perry (26)
17. Human - The Killers (27)
18. One Step At A Time - Jordin Sparks (14)
19. Let It Go - Tim McGraw (19)
20. Troublemaker - Weezer (16)
21. Move 4 Me - Kaskade f/Deadmau5 (22)
22. Disturbia - Rihanna (18)
23. Love Remembers - Craig Morgan (30)
24. Every Word - Ercola (32)
25. Here - Rascal Flatts (34)
26. Just A Dream - Carrie Underwood (20)
27. I'll Walk - Bucky Covington (29)
28. Don't Call Me Baby - Kreesha Turner (35)
29. Can You Feel That Sound - Georgie Porgie (24)
30. Beating My Heart - Jon McLaughlin (33)
31. Already Gone - Sugarland (36)
32. Break Me - Tina Sugandh (28)
33. The Day That Never Comes - Metallica (23)
34. Green Light - John Legend f/Andre 3000 (49)
35. Viva La Vida - Coldplay (21)
36. Crush - David Archuleta (39)
37. A Beautiful Life - Jody Watley (38)
38. In Color - Jamey Johnson (40)
39. Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon (43)
40. Don't - Billy Currington (44)
41. Feel Your Love - Kim Sozzi (46)
42. Bossy - Lindsay Lohan (25)
43. Anything Goes - Randy Houser (47)
44. Start A Band - Brad Paisley f/Keith Urban (48)
45. So What - Pink (45)
46. Let Me Be Myself - 3 Doors Down (51)
47. Rise Above This - Seether (31)
48. Keeps Gettin' Better - Christina Aguilera (53)
49. Grass Is Greener - Dave Aude f/Sisely Treasure (57)
50. Leave Out All The Rest - Linkin Park (50)
51. Addicted - Saving Abel (56)
52. I Can't Get No Sleep 2008 - India (59)
53. What I Want - Bob Sinclar presents Fireball (54)
54. Feel That Fire - Dierks Bentley (64)
55. Frozen - Tami Chynn f/Akon (41)
56. Cobrastyle - Robyn (69)
57. Just Dance - Lady GaGa f/Colby O'Donis (55)
58. Light On - David Cook (74)
59. The Greatest - Michelle Williams (83)
60. Love Story - Taylor Swift (61)
61. Let It Rock - Kevin Rudolf f/Lil' Wayne (78)
62. Looking For A Good Time - Lady Antebellum (68)
63. Reach Out - Hilary Duff (79)
64. Get Up - Mary Mary (65)
65. Need U Bad - Jazmine Sullivan (75)
66. We Don't Have To Look Back Now - Puddle Of Mudd (58)
67. Believe - Staind (37)
68. The Space Dance - Danny Tenaglia (60)
69. Roll With Me - Montgomery Gentry (73)
70. Bad Girlfriend - Theory Of A Deadman (62)
71. Let Me - Pat Green (81)
72. Into The Nightlife - Cyndi Lauper (52)
73. American Boy - Estelle f/Kanye West (52)
74. She Wouldn't Be Gone - Blake Shelton (84)
75. Behind - Flanders (97)
76. Here I Stand - Usher (86)
77. Call My Name - Morgan Page f/Tyler James (63)
78. And I Try - Bimbo Jones (42)
79. You Make Me Feel - AnnaGrace (77)
80. Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven - Kenny Chesney f/The Wailers (72)
81. Country Boy - Alan Jackson (85)
82. Chicken Fried - The Zac Brown Band (82)
83. Second Chance - Shinedown (96)
84. Faded - Cascada (70)
85. All Summer Long - Kid Rock (67)
86. Womanizer - Britney Spears (89)
87. Nothing Left To Say - Mint Condition (91)
88. The Middle Of The Dancefloor - Jipsta (88)
89. If I Were A Boy - Beyonce' (DEBUT)
90. Right Here (Departed) - Brandy (DEBUT)
91. The Show - Lenka (92)
92. Energy - Keri Hilson (DEBUT)
93. The Promise - Girls Aloud (95)
94. It's Not My Time - 3 Doors Down (87)
95. Sneakernight - Vanessa Hudgens (90)
96. Underlying Feeling - Sylvia Tosun (DEBUT)
97. Angel - Natasha Bedingfield (71)
98. Someone Like You - Safetysuit (100)
99. IfULeave - Musiq Soulchild f/Mary J. Blige (DEBUT)
100. Cowgirls Don't Cry - Brooks & Dunn f/Reba McEntire (DEBUT)

There are six debut songs on this week's list, starting with superstar (and recently official Mrs. Jay-Z) Beyonce is back with a double-album, I Am...Sasha Fierce, which in the consensus of my friends who have the album that it'd been fiercer reduced by half, still knocks it out of the park with the lead single, "If I Were A Boy"...



Brandy is back after four years (and a highly publicized car accident) with new the first single from her new album Human, and kicking new track "Right Here (Departed)"...

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Singer/Songwriter Keri Hilson was last seen here with Timbaland on "The Way I Are", and now debuts with her first solo single, "Energy"...



Sylvia Tosun had previous made my list with the dance hit "Sanctuary", and now comes back with the dreamy "Underlying Feeling"...



Local Philadelphian Musiq Soulchild is about to release his fifth album On My Radio, and the second single from the album hits my chart in a duet with Mary J. Blige, here's "IfULeave"...



And finally, on their fourth single from their Cowboy Town album has been revamped as a collaboration with Reba McEntire. Here's "Cowgirls Don't Cry"...

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

A song for an angel...

Sugarbear, you'll know who this is for.

One More Lullabye - Michael Callen

Michael Callen - "One More Lullabye"

Jesus, it's been a MONTH already?!?!?!?!?!


The night didn't seem real at times...I was back and forth between the computer and the teevee on Election Night. It was a really freeing feeling that the "way of reason" won over the old-school racist/jingoist/know-nothing/school team mentality that has totally infected the party of the man at least a little responsible for this moment to be taking place at all. It is clear that their are two America's when it comes to politics, it just seems now that one of those Americas is confined to the old Confederacy and land of christofascist ignorance.

However, it was equally disheartening that proposition 8 in California, negating the already-in-progress legality of same-sex marriage in the state. Now mind you, not only was this a result of the California Supreme Court deciding the marriage ban illegal, but also after the California Legislature had once passed authorization for gay marriage, only to have Gov. Schwarzenegger veto it, wanting it put through the courts. The only way the bigot fucktards (and yes they ARE bigot fucktards, no matter what argument you can give me) figured they could win this is by putting a constitutional amendment vote out. Now think about it.

1) Who is benefiting from banning gay marriage? Are there only so many marriage slots that someone was going to feel left out?

2) Wouldn't it be the same to propose a segregational amendment, in, say, a southern state, to forbid blacks from occupying the same places as other ethnic groups? How about a amendment to require baptism for every person, whether Christian, Jew, Buddhist, or other? Does the voice of the people overtake common humanity and reason?

3) The Mormon church as an institution can go fuck itself. Bloody fuck itself. I never gave a rat's ass whether they have 15 wives (as long as they're not 13 years old) or wear special underpants or whatever. Unless somebody is a-scared that a big homo is gonna come break in their house and gay-marry them, they should stay the FUCK away. And by all means, tax the fuckers now. If they have the money to shell out for oogedy-boogedy commercials, they can certainly pay the IRS to defend their pale flabby asses. (And that goes second for the Catholic Church)

4) Yes, I know it's been spread that in a poll (and yes, just a poll), 70% of blacks in California voted for Prop 8, but it wasn't just them that turned it over. However, anybody of any minority voting for this blatant piece of prejudical shit can stick their "religious convictions" shtick up their ass as well.

5) Finally, this one is just a conjecture, but I really feel that what's evolved into the "mainstream gay culture" was too fixated on what Britney/Brangelina/TomKat/Paris was doing in between their shopping and being the party girl/snappy bitch to push this to the prominence it deserved. Mind you there were a lot of devoted people trying to get it done, but IMHO the "A-List" gays were too busy being "A-list" to give more than a passing cocktail tip to the cause. I just hope the protest that followed wasn't a one-off thing.

I leave it at this, Marc Shaiman, was the fuck didn't you put this out before the election! Jesus!

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Time flies when you're...well...

Hey everyone.

I guess I got on another "writer's block" streak, where even though there was a million things I could pontificate about happened, I was at a loss for words. Also, not to make excuses, but work has been utter hell, and by the time I get home, I am way too emotionally and mentally wiped to think beyond a blank stare. I've given in and splurged on a laptop which should arrive shortly (my early one selfish Holiday present to myself), and I'll be at least able to do something more than crash on a couch on my lunch hour. I really appreciate anyone who's come across this blog over the past couple years, as well to my biggest fan reader (no, not literally). SB, here's to noticing the little sidebars the past (almost) two years...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

dawning of a new day...

Hey everyone.

We did it. We meaning the USA. We proved that we are not run by the ignorant, the hateful, and the backward. For once there is true promise.

more later.