Friday, June 20, 2008

Twostepcub's music chart for June 20, 2008...

Hey everyone, it's time for my tunes for the week. This week Leona Lewis hold on to the top spot for an eighth week, while Carrie Underwood (pictured above) jumps into the top-5. Happy Birthday, Lionel!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis (1)
2. Mercy - Duffy (2)
3. Feels Like Tonight - Daughtry (3)
4. Stay Beautiful - The Last Goodnight (5)
5. Last Name - Carrie Underwood (8)
6. Stop And Stare - OneRepublic (4)
7. In Love With A Girl - Gavin DeGraw (7)
8. Love Song - Sara Bareilles (6)
9. 4 Minutes - Madonna f/Justin Timberlake (10)
10. Pocketful Of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield (11)
11. Every Day - Rascal Flatts (9)
12. New Soul - Yael Naim (13)
13. Realize - Colbie Caillat (15)
14. Love Don't Live Here - Lady Antebellum (14)
15. Tryin' To Stop Your Leavin' - Dierks Bentley (16)
16. Won't Go Home Without You - Maroon5 (12)
17. Pork & Beans - Weezer (22)
18. All I See - Kylie Minogue (24)
19. Rise Above This - Seether (19)
20. No Air - Jordin Sparks f/Chris Brown (20)
21. I Remember - Keyshia Cole (21)
22. Whatever It Takes - Lifehouse (18)
23. Love Remains The Same - Gavin Rossdale (31)
24. Break The Ice - Britney Spears (28)
25. Nine In The Afternoon - Panic At The Disco (26)
26. Home - Blake Shelton (30)
27. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008 - Michael Jackson f/Akon (23)
28. Disco Lies - Moby (36)
29. Say It Again - Marie Digby (29)
30. Touch My Body - Mariah Carey (17)
31. Leavin' - Jesse McCartney (41)
32. Say - John Mayer (27)
33. If I Had Eyes - Jack Johnson (25)
34. Gunpowder & Lead - Miranda Lambert (44)
35. We Weren't Crazy - Josh Gracin (40)
36. Better As A Memory - Kenny Chesney (38)
37. Same Old F*cking Story - Cyndi Lauper (77)
38. Another Try - Josh Turner f/Trisha Yearwood (39)
39. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz (46)
40. Woman - Raheem DeVaughn (42)
41. Dance Like There's No Tomorrow - Paula Abdul & Randy Jackson (47)
42. Damaged - Danity Kane (74)
43. Sorry - Buckcherry (33)
44. This Is Not Real Love - George Michael f/Mutya Buena (49)
45. Hammerhead - The Offspring (58)
46. Take A Bow - Rihanna (84)
47. All Over You - The Spill Canvas (55)
48. I Will Possess Your Heart - Death Cab For Cutie (50)
49. Given Up - Linkin Park (69)
50. Underneath - Alanis Morissette (56)
51. Just Got Started Lovin' You - James Otto (35)
52. It's Not My Time - 3 Doors Down (54)
53. Me - Tamia (53)
54. Run The Show - Kat Deluna (34)
55. American Boy - Estelle f/Kanye West (62)
56. The Longest Road - Morgan Page f/Lissie (32)
57. What's Done Is Done - Tracy Young p/Ceevox (71)
58. Daylight - Kelly Rowland (43)
59. All Summer Long - Kid Rock (85)
60. Good Time - Alan Jackson (65)
61. Kristofferson - Tim McGraw (63)
62. I Can't Help Myself - Bellatrax f/Sophie May (51)
63. Love In This Club - Usher f/Young Jeezy (64)
64. Salute Your Solution - The Raconteurs (57)
65. I Still Miss You - Keith Anderson (75)
66. I'm Still A Guy - Brad Paisley (67)
67. Handlebars - The Flobots (73)
68. Violet Hill - Coldplay (90)
69. This Is Me You're Talking To - Trisha Yearwood (70)
70. Never - Jaheim (72)
71. Funplex - The B-52's (92)
72. The Right Life - Seal (81)
73. Love Is A Beautiful Thing - Phil Vassar (68)
74. Turn It Up - Mark Picchiotti p/Basstoy (95)
75. Hollywood's Not America - Ferras (37)
76. Black & Gold - Sam Sparro (60)
77. Stronger Woman - Jewel (48)
78. Just Dance - Lady Gaga f/Colby O'Donis (93)
79. Honey - Erykah Badu (79)
80. Back When I Knew It All - Montgomery Gentry (82)
81. Every Other Weekend - Reba McEntire f/Kenny Chesney (86)
82. Relax, Take It Easy - Mika (89)
83. These Hard Times - Matchbox Twenty (45)
84. Paralyzer - Finger Eleven (83)
85. Now You're Gone - Basshunters (61)
86. Lovelight - Robbie Williams (52)
87. Viva La Vida - Coldplay (DEBUT)
88. I Saw God Today - George Strait (87)
89. If I Never See Your Face Again - Maroon5 f/Rihanna (DEBUT)
90. Bottle It Up - Sara Bareilles (98)
91. She's A Hottie - Toby Keith (91)
92. See You Again - Miley Cyrus (80)
93. With You - Chris Brown (66)
94. Never Would Have Made It - Marvin Sapp (94)
95. Breakaway - DJ Bill Bennett & Inaya Day (59)
96. Put A Girl In It - Brooks & Dunn (100)
97. Rock With U - Janet Jackson (DEBUT)
98. In My Arms - Kylie Minogue (DEBUT)
99. Discipline - Nine Inch Nails (DEBUT)
100. Let It Die - Foo Fighters (DEBUT)

This week there are six new songs on the countdown, with two having also debuted with other songs last week. Coldplay's new album came out this past Tuesday, and the first promoted radio single "Violet Hill" is jumping up the list, while the title track debuts this week bolstered by a fancy I-Tunes commercial. Here's "Viva La Viva"...



The other repeating debut artist is Rihanna, who guests on the new Maroon5 single "If I Never See Your Face Again"...



Janet Jackson follows up her top-10 song "Feedback" with a retro-sounding "Rock With U" (which in my opinion cribs a lot from her brothers "Rock With You")...



Kylie already has "All I See" in the top-10, but across the ocean the current single "In My Arms" pops into my list...



I'm not sure what to make of the new "official video" of the Nine Inch Nails' "Discipline"....great song, but the Village People? Really?



Finally, The Foo Fighters' third single from their latest album sneaks on, here's "Let It Die"...



God Damn birds!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Song for the night (why aren't you watching Torchwood?)....



I love me some British shows, and my fave right now is the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood. It follows a Welsh X-Files-type institute investigating extraterrestials and paranormal occurances. The lead character, Jack Harkness, weaves in and out of storylines not unlike Scott Bakula in Quantum Leap. The one twist of note is that Harkness not only is immortal (happening with a death-resurrection plotline that has him usurping identity) but also matter-of-factly bisexual. My favorite episode is where Jack goes back and finds the man whose name he carries. By the end, Torchwood's Jack has fallen for the real Jack Harness, and share a dance and kiss before he is forced to go back through the portal. It still gives me goosebumps.

Well someone paired that episode with a beautiful Italian pop song called "Ostacoli Del Cuore", or Obstacles Of The Heart, by Elisa and Ligabue. It's a powerful song even without knowing the words...

There a beginning of magic
Between the obstacles of the heart
Which seizes us gladly
In the course of an evening which doesn't die out.
It's a night not to discard like a Christmas wrapping.
There's a beginning of irony in having caresses
The most secret thoughts and finding them revealed
And I was the one speaking, the one who gave them over.
How many things there are that you don't know about me.
How things thing there are that you cannot know.
How many things there are to take on this journey together.
There's a beginning of joy between the obstacles of the heart
That I want to be deserving of also while I am watching the sea and let myself be shipwrecked, a ridiculous thought.
How many things there are that you don't know about me
How many things there are that you cannot know
How many things there are to take on this journey together
How many things there are that you don't know about me
How many things that you ought to deserve
How many things there are to throw away on a journey together.
There's a beginning to energy
That forces me to sway
Between what I say and what I do
And listening makes noise
It makes noise to walk
Between the obstacles of the heart
How many things there are that you don't know about me
How many things there are that you cannot know
How many things there are to take on this journey together
How many things there are that you don't know about me
How many things there are that you don't want to know
How many things there are to throw away on this journey together.


Peace out.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Twostepcub's music charts for June 13, 2008

Hey guys, it's time for my tunes for the week. This week Leona Lewis spends her seventh week at the summit, while Gavin DeGraw (pictured above) holds on within the top-10. The new songs are marked with Link-o-rama, where you can click over to the artists' website. Happy Flag (I said FLAG) day!

This Week Song/Artist (Last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis (1)
2. Mercy - Duffy (2)
3. Feels Like Tonight - Daughtry (3)
4. Stop And Stare - OneRepublic (4)
5. Stay Beautiful - The Last Goodnight (5)
6. Love Song - Sara Bareilles (6)
7. In Love With A Girl - Gavin DeGraw (7)
8. Last Name - Carrie Underwood (10)
9. Every Day - Rascal Flatts (9)
10. 4 Minutes - Madonna f/Justin Timberlake (11)
11. Pocketful Of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield (13)
12. Won't Go Home Without You - Maroon5 (8)
13. New Soul - Yael Naim (14)
14. Love Don't Live Here - Lady Antebellum (17)
15. Realize - Colbie Caillat (15)
16. Tryin' To Stop Your Leavin' - Dierks Bentley (20)
17. Touch My Body - Mariah Carey (12)
18. Whatever It Takes - Lifehouse (18)
19. Rise Above This - Seether (23)
20. No Air - Jordin Sparks f/Chris Brown (28)
21. I Remember - Keyshia Cole (27)
22. Pork & Beans - Weezer (31)
23. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008 - Michael Jackson f/Akon (24)
24. All I See - Kylie Minogue (36)
25. If I Had Eyes - Jack Johnson (21)
26. Nine In The Afternoon - Panic At The Disco (30)
27. Say - John Mayer (16)
28. Break The Ice - Britney Spears (33)
29. Say It Again - Marie Digby (29)
30. Home - Blake Shelton (34)
31. Love Remains The Same - Gavin Rossdale (41)
32. The Longest Road - Morgan Page f/Lissie (25)
33. Sorry - Buckcherry (26)
34. Run The Show - Kat Deluna (22)
35. I Just Got Started Lovin' You - James Otto (35)
36. Disco Lies - Moby (49)
37. Hollywood's Not America - Ferras (19)
38. Better As A Memory - Kenny Chesney (39)
39. Another Try - Josh Turner f/Trisha Yearwood (40)
40. We Weren't Crazy - Josh Gracin (43)
41. Leavin' - Jesse McCartney (48)
42. Woman - Raheem DeVaughn (46)
43. Daylight - Kelly Rowland (37)
44. Gunpowder & Lead - Miranda Lambert (52)
45. These Hard Times - Matchbox Twenty (32)
46. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz (55)
47. Dance Like There's No Tomorrow - Paula Abdul & Randy Jackson (57)
48. Stronger Woman - Jewel (44)
49. This Is Not Real Love - George Michael f/Mutya Buena (60)
50. I Will Possess Your Heart - Death Cab For Cutie (50)
51. I Can't Help Myself - Bellatrax f/Sophie May
52. Lovelight - Robbie Williams (38)
53. Me - Tamia (54)
54. It's Not My Time - 3 Doors Down (56)
55. All Over You - The Spill Canvas (58)
56. Underneath - Alanis Morissette (62)
57. Salute Your Solution - The Raconteurs (58)
58. Hammerhead - The Offspring (67)
59. Breakaway - DJ Bill Bennett & Inaya Day (47)
60. Black & Gold - Sam Sparro (61)
61. Now You're Gone - Basshunters (42)
62. American Boy - Estelle f/Kanye West (63)
63. Kristofferson - Tim McGraw (65)
64. Love In This Club - Usher f/Young Jeezy (66)
65. Good Time - Alan Jackson (74)
66. With You - Chris Brown (53)
67. I'm Still A Guy - Brad Paisley (68)
68. Love Is A Beautiful Thing - Phil Vassar (64)
69. Given Up - Linkin Park (99)
70. This Is Me You're Talking To - Trisha Yearwood (71)
71. What's Done Is Done - Tracy Young Presents Ceevox (98)
72. Never - Jaheim (73)
73. Handlebars - The Flobots (83)
74. Damaged - Danity Kane (91)
75. I Still Miss You - Keith Anderson (90)
76. Break You - Ralph Falcon (51)
77. Same Old F*cking Story - Cyndi Lauper (DEBUT)
78. A&E - Goldfrapp (69)
79. Honey - Erykah Badu (89)
80. See You Again - Miley Cyrus (77)
81. The Right Life - Seal (95)
82. Back When I Knew It All - Montgomery Gentry (82)
83. Paralyzer - Finger Eleven (78)
84. Take A Bow - Rihanna (DEBUT)
85. All Summer Long - Kid Rock (97)
86. Every Other Weekend - Kenny Chesney (94)
87. I Saw God Today - George Strait (80)
88. Everybody Up - Altar f/Jeanie Tracy (70)
89. Relax, Take It Easy - Mika (RE-ENTRY)
90. Violet Hill - Coldplay (DEBUT)
91. She's A Hottie - Toby Keith (92)
92. Funplex - The B-52's (DEBUT)
93. Just Dance - Lady Gaga f/Colby O'Donis (DEBUT)
94. Never Would Have Made It - Marvin Sapp (100)
95. Turn It Up - Mark Picchiotti f/Basstoy (DEBUT)
96. Don't Stop The Music - Rihanna (79)
97. Picture To Burn - Taylor Swift (87)
98. Bottle It Up - Sara Bareilles (DEBUT)
99. Sweet & Low - Augustana (DEBUT)
100. Put A Girl In It - Brooks & Dunn (DEBUT)

This week, nine new songs debut and one re-enters the chart. The strongest entry comes from Cyndi Lauper, who manages successfully to merge dance and political prowess with her cutting song "Same Old Fucking Story"...



Next, Rihanna follows up the #1 "Don't Stop The Music" with the poignant "Take A Bow"...



My only re-entry is singer Mika with his fabulous "Relax, Take It Easy" I first had it on when it was an import and radio hit, now it's back in with the club mix...



Next up, the first "official" single from Coldplay's upcoming album, here's "Violet Hill"...



and talk about coming back - here's the B-52's with their camp in high gear with "Funplex"...



Lady Gaga pairs up with Akon-protege' Colby O'Donis for "Just Dance"..



Dance artists Mark Picchiotti is back under the Basstoy name with "Turn It Up"...



Sara Bareilles is still in the top-10 with "Love Song", but can't wait to add "Bottle It Up"...



Augustana follow's up their top-40 hit "Boston" with "Sweet And Low"...



and finally Brooks And Dunn score their millionth single on the list with "Put A Girl In It", this time without Reba embarrassing herself with it.



Friday the 13th....spooooky...

This is big...

That was the first thing I said after learning (from Sugarbear) about the passing of Tim Russert. As the political junkie that I am, Tim's career and work has had a profound effect on my knowledge of the political process. I may have had differences with his style at times, which probably spring from his desire to act so non-partisanally (as a former Democratic staffer) that it seemed almost like he overgrilled some, I cannot by any means disregard his ravenous quest for information and insight into the runnings of Washington. He also may have been a bit more enthralled with the "game" of politics at times, but he never talked down to the viewing audience, and always treated his guests with nothing but class, even when grilling them at their worst (example: see his ripdown interview of David Duke). Russert was one of the best in television journalism, on the level of Cronkite and Jennings. I thoroughly feel for his family, and only hope that he can now see at least from above the end of this race that was so exciting for him (if to see such a monumental change in this country).

Peace.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Things you didn't know about twostepcub, part 1...



When I was a kid, I was freaked out by hair salons because the word "unisex" was always plastered all over. I mean imagine being like 8. What does that mean? What horrible things do they do to you for 15$? Do you really see that word anywhere else?

It gave me the willies.

See You Next Tuesday of the week...


This week's honorary See You Next Tuesday award, given to the woman best breaking through the "glass sewer" of douchebaggery, goes to newly show-less Fox News host E.D. Hill. Most recently Ms. Hill is best known for suggesting that Barack and Michelle Obama's "victory fist bump" could be a "terrorist fist jab", introducing a story that doesn't even mention that phrase again. Ooooh, you gotta watch out for those "dark" folks, eh, Ms Hill (and yes, the "E.D." stands for "extra douchiness")? They're really signalling that their ready to give our freedoms to the other side.
and boy, it seems like they're going to do it, since there's a lot of accomplices to help their evil plans....




Oh yeah and this...

(thanks Mediamatters for catching these)

I could bloviate forever about how stupid she is. I mean, she did offer up an apology afterwards, though really she explained that it wasn't her views but floating around "the media", without calling out which "media" she's talking about. But, since she's been relegated to Fox's "John Gibson scumland" for now, I'll just leave it there.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

The right kind of speech...

Thank you, Hillary, for giving this much needed speech. There's been a lot of tension, but we all have one common goal. Peace out.

twostepcub's music chart for June 6, 2008...

Hey folks, time for my tunes for the week. This week Leona Lewis spends a sixth week on top, while the Last Goodnight (pictured above) march into the top-5. Stay Cool.

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis (1)
2. Mercy - Duffy (4)
3. Feels Like Tonight - Daughtry (2)
4. Stop And Stare - OneRepublic (3)
5. Stay Beautiful - The Last Goodnight (7)
6. Love Song - Sara Bareilles (5)
7. In Love With A Girl - Gavin DeGraw (8)
8. Won't Go Home Without You - Maroon5 (6)
9. Every Day - Rascal Flatts (10)
10. Last Name - Carrie Underwood (15)
11. 4 Minutes - Madonna f/Justin Timberlake (14)
12. Touch My Body - Mariah Carey (12)
13. Pocketful Of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield (19)
14. New Soul - Yael Naim (18)
15. Realize - Colbie Caillat (11)
16. Say - John Mayer (9)
17. Love Don't Live Here - Lady Antebellum (21)
18. Whatever It Takes - Lifehouse (16)
19. Hollywood's Not America - Ferras (13)
20. Tryin' To Stop Your Leavin' - Dierks Bentley (20)
21. If I Had Eyes - Jack Johnson (17)
22. Run The Show - Kat Deluna (23)
23. Rise Above This - Seether (27)
24. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008 - Michael Jackson f/Akon (28)
25. The Longest Road - Morgan Page f/Lissie (26)
26. Sorry - Buckcherry (22)
27. I Remember - Keyshia Cole (33)
28. No Air - Jordin Sparks f/Chris Brown (35)
29. Say It Again - Marie Digby (30)
30. Nine In The Afternoon - Panic At The Disco (31)
31. Pork & Beans - Weezer (51)
32. These Hard Times - Matchbox Twenty (25)
33. Break The Ice - Britney Spears (50)
34. Home - Blake Shelton (48)
35. Just Got Started Lovin' You - James Otto (43)
36. All I See - Kylie Minogue (63)
37. Daylight - Kelly Rowland (37)
38. Lovelight - Robbie Williams (32)
39. Better As A Memory - Kenny Chesney (46)
40. Another Try - Josh Turner f/Trisha Yearwood (41)
41. Love Remains The Same - Gavin Rossdale (61)
42. Now You're Gone - Basshunters (34)
43. We Weren't Crazy - Josh Gracin (49)
44. Stronger Woman - Jewel (38)
45. I Can't Help Myself - Bellatrax f/Sophie May (29)
46. Woman - Raheem DeVaughn (54)
47. Breakaway - DJ Bill Bennett f/Inaya Day (47)
48. Leavin' - Jesse McCartney (69)
49. Disco Lies - Moby (88)
50. I Will Possess Your Heart - Death Cab For Cutie (60)
51. Break You - Ralph Falcon f/The Weather Girls (40)
52. Gunpowder & Lead - Miranda Lambert (70)
53. With You - Chris Brown (45)
54. Me - Tamia (55)
55. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz (65)
56. It's Not My Time - 3 Doors Down (62)
57. Dance Like There's No Tomorrow - Paula Abdul & Randy Jackson (67)
58. Salute Your Solution - The Raconteurs (66)
59. All Over You - The Spill Canvas (78)
60. This Is Not Real Love - George Michael f/Mutya Buena (95)
61. Black & Gold - Sam Sparro (98)
62. Underneath - Alanis Morissette (94)
63. American Boy - Estelle f/Kanye West (76)
64. Love Is A Beautiful Thing - Phil Vassar (64)
65. Kristofferson - Tim McGraw (87)
66. Love In This Club - Usher f/Young Jeezy (93)
67. Hammerhead - The Offspring (99)
68. I'm Still A Guy - Brad Paisley (73)
69. A&E - Goldfrapp (53)
70. Everybody Up - Altar f/Jeanie Tracy (52)
71. This Is Me You're Talking To - Trisha Yearwood (81)
72. Love Is Free - Sheryl Crow (59)
73. Never - Jaheim (80)
74. Good Time - Alan Jackson (85)
75. I'm A Fire - Donna Summer (24)
76. It Ain't No Crime - Joe Nichols (56)
77. See You Again - Miley Cyrus (68)
78. Paralyzer - Finger Eleven (74)
79. Don't Stop The Music - Rihanna (71)
80. I Saw God Today - George Strait (72)
81. Apologize - Timbaland f/OneRepublic (75)
82. Back When We Knew It All - Montgomery Gentry (83)
83. Handlebars - The Flobots (91)
84. Handle Me - Robyn (42)
85. If - Colette (44)
86. Believe - The Bravery (39)
87. Picture To Burn - Taylor Swift (86)
88. Let Me Think About It - Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand (84)
89. Honey - Erykah Badu (DEBUT)
90. I Still Miss You - Keith Anderson (DEBUT)
91. Damaged - Danity Kane (100)
92. She's A Hottie - Toby Keith (92)
93. Sensual Seduction - Snoop Dogg (36)
94. Every Other Weekend - Reba McEntire f/Kenny Chesney (DEBUT)
95. The Right Life - Seal (DEBUT)
96. Drop That Beat - Twisted Dee (97)
97. All Summer Long - Kid Rock (DEBUT)
98. What's Done Is Done - Tracy Young f/Ceevox (DEBUT)
99. Given Up - Linkin Park (DEBUT)
100. Never Would Have Made It - Marvin Sapp (DEBUT)

This week I have eight new song on the list. First off, Erykah Badu has a great retro-soul track out, and it's the top debut on here. Really cool effects on the video, see if you can identify all the album covers. Here's "Honey"....



Next, country hunk Keith Anderson's new song "I Still Miss You" is a good tearful midtempo listen.



Reba McEntire was last heard paired with Kelly Clarkson for her "Because Of You". Now she does an original with Kenny Chesney about the heartbreak of divorce. Here's "Every Other Weekend"...



Mr. Heidi Klum, er, Seal, follows up his single "Amazing" with "The Right Life"...



Kid Rock can really annoy me at times, musically and personality-wise, but when he delivers he delivers. Here's his sample-driven hit "All Summer Long"...



next up, DJ Tracy Young recruits dance singer CeeVox for "What's Done Is Done"...

Whats Done Is Done - CeeVox

Linkin Park follows up their lowkey "Shadows Of The Day" with a more rough and tumble "Given Up"...



And finally, almost in time for Father's Day, is gospel preacher Marvin Sapp's tribute to his dad, "Never Would Have Made It"...



Rock on.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Old man yelling at cloud...

Last night had Barack Obama gave the speech that catapulted him squarely in the final race for the presidency. That same night, the Republicans for some crazy reason (maybe to steal some limelight or Clinton supporters?) shuttled John McCain into Louisiana to give a speech. Now mind, irony of ironies had befallen them, since the speech was preempted mid-ramble to announce Obama's reaching the required delegates (how's that for timing?), but either way that didn't detract from the utter suckfest that his "speech" was.



Besides the visual impact of the yellowed rest-home teeth over a lime-green backdrop with only emphasized his pale complexion (and what the fuck is going on with the left eye there? I'm definitely thinking mild stroke) and a filmstrip wheeze of a voice, McCain's input into the "national discussion" involved him whining about not being Bush, and that he has the experience to lead America to better programs. Well, fucktard, where were those programs over the last 30 years? Hidden up your ass? It's a laugh riot to hear him try to convince the public that he is the true "agent of change". Yeah, right. And declaring that only he can lead in times like when Katrina hit, claiming that he pushed to find the governments faults in the disaster. It's cute, if it wasn't a big LIE. He voted not once, but twice against a study on the outcome of Katrina. In fact, what was he doing the day Katrina hit?



Oh yeah, that's right, he was busy being Bush's bitch.

I mean, as the RudePundit (a Louisianan no less) said...

McCain began his speech with a lie: "Good evening from the great city of New Orleans." Kenner is a suburb that's got Metairie between it and New Orleans. It'd be like calling someone from Yonkers and saying that you're in New York City. And he was speaking in north Kenner, the whitest area of the town, where David Duke went to speak right after getting out of prison. Indeed, the only reason for choosing to speak in Kenner is that it's where the airport is.

That takes stupid to a whole new level. And saying change like a million times won't make it work. Nope. So congrats, dickweed, for being this week's "Republican Douchebag of the week" award.

Speaking of the Rudeness himself, here's his take on McCain from Philadelphia that I couldn't have worded better myself. Go to his website for the most hilariously irreverent take on politics you've ever heard.







It's just the beginning



In case you missed it, the awesome speech by Barack Obama in Minneapolis, Minnesota last night.

In retrospect, I'm thinking I was coloring Hillary Clinton's supporters sometimes with too broad a stroke (albeit being one former one myself). Not everyone who continues to support Clinton's campaign is like the "Harriet Christian" woman in the video. The media has failed in truly "dumbing down" the nomination process, though I will concede that many Americans carry the "ignorance is bliss" phrase too far. Either way, I do believe Hillary deserved to carry out her campaign to the end (with a surprising upset in South Dakota, mind), and be proud that she ran the first real viable campaign by a woman, and certainly not the last. Maybe it wasn't the idea of a woman running, but this woman running that kept one from winning the nomination.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

See You Next Tuesday of the week...

Hey everyone! I'm slowly but surely getting back in the groove, and what better place to continue than this week's "Cee U Next Tuesday" winner.

Leave it to the power of YouTube to convert an overheard rant reach cult status. I mean, this thing is up to over a million views!

For background, the DNC Rules committee hearings were held this weekend to arbitrate the inclusion/expulsion of delegates of two states, Michigan and Florida, that violated the "first in the nation" rules of having no primaries or caucuses before the quartet of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. Not just violated, but premeditatingly violated. Each state's Democratic association was warned specifically about the ability of the DNC to either reduce or strip altogether and delegate's voting power on the convention floor. Whereas both Michigan and Florida's change of placement at the start was predicated by the Republican-controlled state legislature ramming through a primary change, the Michigan primary was an "open primary" where one can vote for either the Democratic or Republican race, while Florida's only allowed registered Democrats to vote. In both cases, all the contenders (at that time including Edwards, Richardson, Kucinich, and Gravel - Dodd had withdrawn already) had publicly agreed to disregard the outcomes of both elections, with Obama (along with Edwards, Biden, and Richardson) removing themselves from the ballot as per DNC direction, since the announcement of Michigan's "stripped" delegates being made prior to the election. That left Clinton, Dodd, Gravel, and Kucinich) on the Michigan ballot, with the Democratic Party advertising for constituents who supported the non-listed candidates to vote "Uncommitted". Of course, in that atmosphere, many Democratic voters felt their votes wasted, and either stayed home or voted in the Republican primary to possibly have an influence there. Even so, a whopping 31% voted "Uncommitted". Figuring the other three's negligible portion of that, it's in itself a pretty hefty count. In the case of Florida, while both Obama and Clinton were on the ballot (along with Edwards and Gravel), everyone pledged not to actively campaign in the state. Now while there were slight transgressions (Obama had a countrywide ad that inevitably hit Florida homes, while Clinton more blatantly had fundraisers in the state), "unofficial" campaigns evolved in the state. In the end, Clinton won 52/35 over Obama, effectively netting a 105/67/13 delegate split (with Obama and Edwards). However as the DNC decreed, both contests were for moot.

Or were they?

Funny how a bunch of lost primaries can give someone's perspective. After slowing down to an almost insurmountable gap in pledged delegates, Clinton's team began bemoaning the exclusion of the results of Michigan and Florida. Of course, had the outcome been any different, no such outcry would have come. Even when it came to the point this past week where even including full seating of delegates from both states would not prevent Obama's nomination, the drumbeat of "they must be counted" grew larger and larger, to become a news phenomenon to itself. And it's alluring, especially with Democrats (including myself) still holding grudges over the botched '00 election. Add to this a subtle yet noticable play of the "gender card", and making the issue more about Hillary's entitlement than the differences in their platforms, and you've got a recipe for party chaos. McCain is drooling over himself more than usual.

Which brings us to the C-U-N-T of the week.

At the DNC hearings in Washington, Clinton sympathizers teamed up with stealth Republican operatives to attempt to disrupt the hearings with protests. Projects thousands of protesters turned out to be at best a hundred or so. In the meeting itself, random but singular outbreaks of pro-Clinton chants erupted, but in the end the process was very well-negotiated and balanced, with Florida's delegates all seated at the convention based on the primary results, but counting only a half-vote per delegate, while Michigan was (in my mind, graciously) awarded a 69-59 split in delegates with half-vote strength. Now I honestly say that though now I support Barack's candidacy, I did willfully vote for Hillary in my state's primary. At that time, I balanced the issues with the events of the time, and admittedly the Obama campaign's use of homophobe Donnie McClurkin on the campaign trail did weigh my judgement. However, Obama's evolution on GLBT rights, along with Clinton's increasing "political machine" attitude, balanced with the miniscule difference in their positions compared to McCain, as well as an understanding of a real need for a break from the dynastic presidential cycle the United States has become, have led me to be able to shift my support to Obama enthusiastically. I really do feel that his thoughtfulness and voice and willingness to listen to debate and listen to ideas is what this country crucially needs to get through the dire times we are facing.

Which brings me to this.



This lady, giving the name "Harriet Christian", embodies all the subtle racism and victimization of a diminishing, but still numerous, group of people, that aren't rich enough to be powerful, aren't poor enough to be destitute, and too ignorant to want to discuss issues. Jersey is full of 'em. So is places in every state of the union. Luckily they're a sad,dying breed that needs to re-assess themselves. But thanks, "Harriet" but being the blatant "C-U-N-T" that you are, allowed us to see in the open what is often hidden in American society.

But you still suck. Ass.

Monday, June 02, 2008

New bloggy goodness!

Hey guys, I'm up way too late, but found a new toy. Thanks to the power of imeem, I have a little mixer of my top-100 songs (well, missing a couple) on the right of this blog, just hit the play button for continuous play. I'm trying to figure the quirks (and why some are just 30 seconds), but for now it's a good way to sample my top tunes, and if you like anything go buy them, whether it be the CD or at your friend e-music dealer (I'm preferable to Zune Marketplace right now). Cheers!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Twostepcub's music chart for May 30, 2008...


Hey everyone. Apologize for being out of action pretty much for the last few weeks, I've had to recoup from a whirlwind month between our rodeo and the board meetings in Oklahoma. I'm back, and pledging to be more frequent on here. I thank you all for listening to my rants for so long. Now before then, back to the matters at hand, and what better way by my "tunes of the week"....

This week Leona Lewis goes week #5 at the summit, while Welsh songstress Duffy (pictured above) make it to the top-5. Tip those cows!

This week Song/Artist (Last Week's Position in parentheses)
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1. Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis (1)
2. Feels Like Tonight - Daughtry (2)
3. Stop And Stare - One Republic (3)
4. Mercy - Duffy (6)
5. Love Song - Sara Bareilles (4)
6. Won't Go Home Without You - Maroon5 (5)
7. Stay Beautiful - The Last Goodnight (9)
8. In Love With A Girl - Gavin DeGraw (8)
9. Say - John Mayer (7)
10. Every Day - Rascal Flatts (10)
11. Realize - Colbie Caillat (11)
12. Touch My Body - Mariah Carey (14)
13. Hollywood's Not America - Ferras (13)
14. 4 Minutes - Madonna f/Justin Timberlake (18)
15. Last Name - Carrie Underwood (17)
16. Whatever It Takes - Lifehouse (12)
17. If I Had Eyes - Jack Johnson (19)
18. New Soul -Yael Naim (26)
19. Pocketful Of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield (45)
20. Tryin' To Stop Your Leavin' - Dierks Bentley (20)
21. Love Don't Live Here - Lady Antebellum (30)
22. Sorry - Buckcherry (21)
23. Run The Show - Kat Deluna (24)
24. I'm A Fire - Donna Summer (15)
25. These Hard Times - Matchbox Twenty (16)
26. The Longest Road - Morgan Page f/Lissie (28)
27. Rise Above This - Seether (31)
28. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008 - Michael Jackson f/Akon (32)
29. I Can't Help Myself - Bellatrax f/Sophie May (22)
30. Say It Again - Marie Digby (38)
31. Nine In The Afternoon - Panic At The Disco (40)
32. Lovelight - Robbie Williams (25)
33. I Remember - Keyshia Cole (41)
34. Now You're Gone - Basshunters (29)
35. No Air - Jordin Sparks f/Chris Brown (47)
36. Sensual Seduction - Snoop Dogg (27)
37. Daylight - Kelly Rowland (43)
38. Stronger Woman - Jewel (39)
39. Believe - The Bravery (23)
40. Break You - Ralph Falcon f/The Weather Girls (42)
41. Another Try - Josh Turner f/Trisha Yearwood (49)
42. Handle Me - Robyn (34)
43. Just Got Started Lovin' You - James Otto (48)
44. If - Colette (33)
45. With You - Chris Brown (37)
46. Better As A Memory - Kenny Chesney (51)
47. Breakaway - DJ Bill Bennett & Inaya Day (50)
48. Home - Blake Shelton (54)
49. We Weren't Crazy - Josh Gracin (55)
50. Break The Ice - Britney Spears (57)
51. Pork & Beans - Weezer (58)
52. Everybody Up - Altar f/Jeanie Tracy (52)
53. A&E - Goldfrapp (53)
54. Woman - Raheem DeVaughn (56)
55. Me - Tamia (66)
56. It Ain't No Crime - Joe Nichols (46)
57. You're Gonna Miss This - Trace Adkins (35)
58. Psycho - Puddle Of Mudd (36)
59. Love Is Free - Sheryl Crow (44)
60. I Will Possess Your Heart - Death Cab For Cutie (69)
61. Love Remains The Same - Gavin Rossdale (92)
62. It's Not My Time - 3 Doors Down (63)
63. All I See - Kylie Minogue f/Mims (83)
64. Love Is A Beautiful Thing - Phil Vassar (60)
65. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz (73)
66. Salute Your Solution - The Raconteurs (72)
67. Dance Like There's No Tomorrow - Paula Abdul & Randy Jackson (74)
68. See You Again - Miley Cyrus (68)
69. Leavin' - Jesse McCartney (99)
70. Gunpowder & Lead - Miranda Lambert (98)
71. Don't Stop The Music - Rihanna (65)
72. I Saw God Today - George Strait (59)
73. I'm Still A Guy - Brad Paisley (75)
74. Paralyzer - Finger Eleven (70)
75. Apologize - Timbaland f/OneRepublic (71)
76. American Boy - Estelle f/Kanye West (86)
77. Like You'll Never See Me Again - Alicia Keys (64)
78. All Over You - Spill Canvas (85)
79. Get This Party Started - Shirley Bassey (61)
80. Never - Jaheim (82)
81. This Is Me You're Talking To - Trisha Yearwood (91)
82. Falling Down - Atreyu (67)
83. Back When I Knew It All - Montgomery Gentry (84)
84. Let Me Think About It - Ida Corr vs. Fedde LeGrand (79)
85. Good Time - Alan Jackson (93)
86. Picture To Burn - Taylor Swift (81)
87. Kristofferson - Tim McGraw (95)
88. Disco Lies - Moby (DEBUT)
89. Hands On Me - Vanessa Carlton (89)
90. Feedback - Janet Jackson (62)
91. Handlebars - The Flobots (96)
92. She's A Hottie - Toby Keith (94)
93. Love In This Club - Usher f/Young Jeezy (100)
94. Underneath - Alanis Morissette (DEBUT)
95. This Is Not Real Love - George Michael f/Mutya Buena (DEBUT)
96. Just Fine - Mary J. Blige (80)
97. Drop That Beat - Twisted Dee (97)
98. Black & Gold - Sam Sparro (DEBUT)
99. Hammerhead - The Offspring (DEBUT)
100. Damaged - Danity Kane (DEBUT)

This week there are six new songs on the list, all with great potential.

First, electronica pioneer Moby has returned with a bouncy, accessible dance song that uses the done-me-wrong cliche of club music and transposes it in the video to become an anti-meat rant, to good effect (and this, coming from a guy who loves his fried chicken). Here's "Disco Lies" [GRADE A-]...



next, another 90's blast from the past, Alanis Morissette. She's kept the pith, but dressed it up in poppy, Sheryl Crow like retro-pop. Here's "Underneath" [GRADE A-]



now going even farther back, former pop-icon turned tabloid fodder George Michael has never lost his talent despite his personal problems. Unfortunately that has taken precedence, but as his performance on "American Idol"'s finale shows, he can still deliver. The same hold true for his latest single, "This Is Not Real Love", from his latest greatest hit album "Twenty-five" with ex-Sugababe Mutya Buena. There's no official video I found, but here's a decent clip with the dance mix that's popular in the clubs. [GRADE B+]



I featured this next song a while ago. While Sam Sparro has yet to become known in the US, he's so far found success in Britain, and rightfully so, with this slinky number called "Black & Gold". It's sonically a breath of fresh air from the pop norm. [GRADE A-]



Pop-punksters the Offspring come back from a hiatus with new song taking off where they left. Here's "Hammerhead" [GRADE B-]



Lastly, pre-fab group Danity Kane is on my list for the first time with new song (and apparent Chris Crocker fave) "Damaged"...



Two bonus clip this week. First, Weezer's new song "Pork & Beans" debuted on here a few weeks ago, and at the time didn't have a proper video. Now that one's been released, and quite a classic one at this, I gotta post it on here. See how many You-Tube "stars" you can recognize....



and finally, my new angst-political punk band of the moment, Against Me!, with their recent single, "Stop!", with a revamped video done for the "Rock The Vote" organization. BIG kudos for them for such a thoughtful and progressive video...



Until the next time (hopefully very soon)...

Goodnight, Sugarbear.