Saturday, January 31, 2009

Republican Douchebag of the week: Cheesus Christ!...

Sugarbear and I were at the local Wegman's last week, and I was in a quandary on whether to pick up possibly the last affordable chance to get one of the most flavorful cheese ever - Roquefort. Only made in the same-titled town in the south of France, Roquefort makes an awesome blue cheese sauce for steak, as well as being a savory cracker spread. Well unfortunately former U.S. Trade Representative and culinary cunt Susan Schwab (as in, my vagina's so nasty that CSI has to Schwab it for evidence) did a proverbial middle finger to France by imposing a 300% duty on the cheese rendering it possibly unprofitable to market in the states. The semi-official explanation/bitch is that it was retaliation for the European Union banning US Beef with hormones. Yeah, God forbid they would want to control a potential health risk from our shitty agricultural policies.
Sue, and I don't give a shit is you don't like me calling you Sue, don't let the door hit your fat Republican ass on the way out. Actually, let it hit it. You're not welcome here no more.

Distant Shores Song of the Night...

Tonight DSS is from Mando Diao, a garage-rock band from Borlänge, a town in central Sweden. Even though they do sing in English, they are massive in Europe, notably in Germany, where "Dance With Somebody" is currently at #2. It's a cool piece of indie rock...



Their new album, Give Me Fire, comes out in Europe on February 13, but until then you can catch them on Myspace by clicking here.

Story of a day...If It quacks like a duck...

Failed Governor candidate and apologist Michael Steele (pictured above) was elected as head of the Republican National Committee after (count 'em) after six rounds of voting that threatened to be cutoff by the deadline of...wait a minute...a pending wedding party booked for that room.

Heralded as being a moderate choice forward for the Repukes, moderate apparently means comparing stem cell research to the Holocaust. Lesson: Fucktards come in all shades.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Twostepcub's music chart for January 30, 2009...

It's time for my tunes for the week. This week Nickelback reclaims the top spot for a non-consecutive sixth week, while Sugarland (pictured above) hangs on in the top-5. Former big hits by Kim Sozzi and Jamey Johnson drop off, while Britney Spears, Darius Rucker, and Kanye West make the biggest jumps. Link-O-Rama is back, so you can click on the name of any artist to go to their website. Ahh, sleep.

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Gotta Be Somebody - Nickelback (2)
2. Hot N Cold - Katy Perry (1)
3. Keeps Gettin' Better - Christina Aguilera (3)
4. Human - The Killers (4)
5. Already Gone - Sugarland (5)
6. Addicted - Saving Abel (10)
7. Let Me Be Myself - 3 Doors Down (9)
8. I Don't Care - Apocalyptica f/Adam Gontier (6)
9. Just Dance - Lady GaGa f/Colby O'Donis (23)
10. Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon (15)
11. Don't - Billy Currington (16)
12. Start A Band - Brad Paisley f/Keith Urban (14)
13. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz (11)
14. Here - Rascal Flatts (7)
15. Let It Rock - Kevin Rudolf f/Lil' Wayne (17)
16. If I Were A Boy - Beyonce (20)
17. I Hate This Part - The Pussycat Dolls (18)
18. Better In Time - Leona Lewis (8)
19. Feel That Fire - Dierks Bentley (21)
20. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce (26)
21. Sweet Thing - Keith Urban (24)
22. Shattered (Turn The Car Around) - O.A.R. (19)
23. Magic (Touch) - Robin Thicke f/Mary J. Blige (13)
24. Love Hurts - Incubus (32)
25. We're The Pet Shop Boys - Robbie Williams (29)
26. Second Chance - Shinedown (31)
27. Twisted (Got Me Goin' Round) - Ultra Nate (27)
28. Behind - Flanders (30)
29. Fall For You - Secondhand Serenade (22)
30. Crush - David Archuleta (12)
31. Light On - David Cook (33)
32. Love Remains The Same - Gavin Rossdale (28)
33. Breakdown - Seether (35)
34. Miles Away - Madonna (38)
35. Run - Leona Lewis (39)
36. Sandcastle Disco - Solange (25)
37. Fame (The Game) - Donna Summer (45)
38. Here I Stand - Usher (41)
39. Lovers In Japan - Coldplay (44)
40. Love Story - Taylor Swift (42)
41. She Wouldn't Be Gone - Blake Shelton (40)
42. IfULeave - Musiq Soulchild f/Mary J. Blige (46)
43. You Found Me - The Fray (48)
44. The Greatest - Michelle Williams (34)
45. White Horse - Taylor Swift (51)
46. Right Here (Departed) - Brandy (36)
47. Heartless - Kanye West (64)
48. Where I Stood - Missy Higgins (52)
49. You're Gonna Go Far, Kid - The Offspring (47)
50. Circus - Britney Spears (71)
51. The Sweetest Love - Robin Thicke (60)
52. Broken - Lifehouse (50)
53. Womanizer - Britney Spears (49)
54. I Will - Jimmy Wayne (68)
55. God Love Her - Toby Keith (57)
56. Down The Road - Kenny Chesney f/Mac McAnally (60)
57. Decode - Paramore (59)
58. Without You - Hinder (63)
59. What About Now - Daughtry (53)
60. Love Lockdown - Kanye West (61)
61. Let Me - Pat Green (62)
62. Green Light - John Legend f/Andre3000 (54)
63. Anything Goes - Randy Houser (43)
64. Country Boy - Alan Jackson (67)
65. So What - Pink (65)
66. It Won't Be Like This For Long - Darius Rucker (86)
67. Disturbia - Rihanna (56)
68. Underlying Feeling - Sylvia Tosun (55)
69. Live Your Life - T.I. f/Rihanna (76)
70. Spotlight - Jennifer Hudson (70)
71. Cowgirls Don't Cry - Brooks & Dunn f/Reba McEntire (77)
72. Leave Out All The Rest - Linkin Park (72)
73. Stuck To You - Nikka Costa (74)
74. River Of Love - George Strait (78)
75. Roll With Me - Montgomery Gentry (73)
76. What I Cannot Change - LeAnn Rimes (DEBUT)
77. Ooh Yeah - Moby (DEBUT)
78. Infinity 2008 - Guru Josh Project (83)
79. Nothing Left To Say - Mint Condition (79)
80. Last Call - Lee Ann Womack (85)
81. Rock & Roll - Eric Hutchinson (84)
82. Hallelujah - Alexandra Burke (82)
83. Gives You Hell - All-American Rejects (93)
84. Juliet Of The Spirits - The B-52's (66)
85. Eat You Up - BoA (89)
86. Re-Education (Through Labor) - Rise Against (75)
87. 1,2,3,4 - Plain White T's (87)
88. Viva La Vida - Coldplay (88)
89. Every Word - Ercola (69)
90. Angels On The Moon - Thriving Ivory (90)
91. Don't Think I Can't Love You - Jake Owen (92)
92. Joyful Sound - Debby Holiday (96)
93. This Is The Life - Amy MacDonald (95)
94. Broken Strings - James Morrison f/Nelly Furtado (DEBUT)
95. Sober - Pink (DEBUT)
96. Indestructible - Disturbed (98)
97. A Tiny Shoe - Jimmy D. Robinson (99)
98. Chicken Fried - Zac Brown Band (94)
99. Imagination - Jes (DEBUT)
100. When It Hurts - Avant (DEBUT)

This week six new songs debut, beginning with the new single from LeAnn Rimes, "What I Cannot Change". It's one of the best cuts from her last country album, Family, and it's been remixed for club consumption making the top-10 club song.



Next up, the third single from Moby's album Last Night. Here's the vid for "Ooh Yeah"...



James Morrison had an American midsize hit with "You Give Me Something" in 2006, and now he's having his fourth top-10 hit in the UK, and its success is spreading all through Europe, hitting the top-10 in seven other countries. "Broken Strings" teams Morrison up with Canadian singer Nelly Furtado...



Pink's "So What" is still descending the chart, but she wastes no times notching her next hit, with "Sober"..



Dance singer Jes scores with her club hit, "Imagination". She formerly was known best as the vocalist behind the dance classic "As The Rush Comes" by Motorcycle...



Finally, neo-soul man Avant had put five previous songs in the R&B top-10, and just missed with his latest, "When It Hurts", which is doing well on "adult" R&B radio...



Now get some sleep!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Song for Sugarbear....

Few new songs these days make me so emotional that I want to cry. This is one. And that's a good thing.

From the amazing Matt Alber, here's "End Of The World"..



You can buy a copy of this and his new album Hide Nothing at I-Tunes, Zune's Marketplace, and Amazon.com. It's worth it. The song and video together are the best thing out so far this year by far.

Story of the day...Exit, Stage Right...

Now, can we all get on already without this dog-and-pony show? Yes, with no absolute surprise, Rod Blagojevich was successfully impeached and removed from the Governorship of Illinois. Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn will be his replacement.

Not to at all condone his behavior, but the gall of these Illinois lawmakers who live and die by the pay for play rulebook to feign despair over something they in one way or another routinely do, is beyond me. Show me them really setting ethics standards and then we'll talk.

Thanks to Sugarbear (happy anniversary again) for the below clip...

Two years, baby!

Happy Anniversary, Sugarbear. I love you.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Story of the day: Republicans LOVE the media....

It seems like every crossbred republican Senator/Representative is on the teevee, spouting their wisdom on economics that apparently won them an election in an alternate universe. It was always apparent that they would pull a "Mean Girls" hissy and not support the stimulus package en masse, but they proved loyal dicks to the Rush Limbaugh teet, with not a one GOP rep voting for the bill. Fuck them. They're just playing games with the fate of the American economy. I say marginalize the fuckers, now. It's time for both President Obama (I know they hate that moniker) as well as every important Democratic legislator and thinker and come out and explain to the people why we need this to work and what the obstruction is.

And here's more inspiration, bitches...

Link of the day - Pundit Kitchen...


Go to Pundit Kitchen for more political hilarity. It's an outbranch of LOLcats ("I can haz cheezburger") which is a funny as hell time-suck.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

It's like the Gap Band does the Village People...

One more for the night...silly, I know.

Distant Shores Song for the night...



Shy'm is a French singer whose fourth top-10 single in France is my Distant Shores song of the night. Shy'm (nee Tamara Marthe) has a heritage from the Caribbean isle of Martinique (through her father) and the rough western suburbs of Paris (her birthplace). Her new song, "Si Tu Savais" ("If You Know"), would sound totally in place on American pop radio (if we could only get past the language barrier).

You can get a copy of Shy'm's album Reflets: Nulle Part Ailleurs here.

Shy'm's Myspace: Link

Story of the day....Didn't the Republicans lose this election?


The president has been trying to play nice all day with the Republican caucus in Congress to get his stimulus package passed. Obama is playing the bipartisanship card, and the fucktards in the GOP (namely turkey-neck Senator Mitchell and orange-glow Rep. Boehner) are sabotaging the plan no matter what concessions are made, such as removing family-planning money (which would create jobs in the health industry as well as keep poorer families from being forced to have the burden of an unplanned pregnancy - and I'm just talking birth control here) to mortgage revision (to allow bankruptcy judges to lower undue interest rates on burdened homeowners). I say go by your first instinct, Mr. President. You won. The American people overwhelmingly wants YOUR guidance for the country, not theirs. You have fucking capital now, USE it.

Best take on the subject is the amazing Digby at the Hullabaloo Blog. Go read. Now.

Cee U Next Tuesday Of The Week...

This week's C-U-N-T winner, for the woman who proves that the glass ceiling is truly broken for dickishness, is former Surgeon General Antonia Novello, who after serving as SG under George H.W. Bush, secured herself a high-profile job as New York's state health commissioner in 1999. It seems like she used the position to turn herself into a little Leona Helmsley.

Dr. Novello is now under investigation by the Inspector General, and his report was released today, and it is a damning slug at her possibly felonious actions. The New York Times has more of the story, here's a clip...

A report from the office of Inspector General Joseph Fisch to be released Tuesday depicts Dr. Novello as preoccupied with shopping and routinely abusive of her authority over employees, ordering them to buy her groceries, pick up her dry cleaning and even water her houseplants.

On one occasion, Dr. Novello purchased a heavy statue of Buddha during a shopping excursion in Troy, N.Y., then required a Health Department security guard to move it into her apartment, and then a few days later move it to another spot in her home because she didn’t like how it looked, according to the report, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times. The guard told investigators that he often had to ask his teenage son to help him move her furniture around.

This is not only a breach of conduct towards her own employees, but an insult to the millions of New York taxpayers that funded the bitch. I think the best thing is to throw her stupid aristocratic ass in jail and see how many fellow prisoners would be willing to do "errands" for her.

Read the whole article. It's pretty incriminating. And while you're at it, throw her fucking mother in there as well, riding on the public dime so she can hightail it to Puerto-fucking-Rico.


Monday, January 26, 2009

Distant Shores Song of the Night...


I wanted to have a recurring post about songs I'm discovering from Europe, Africa, and Asia, either by local artists, or international artists having success overseas but not yet in the States - hence "Distance Shores Songs". Tonight's DSS is a familiar face, Enrique Iglesias. He was red-hot in the turn of the century, having five top-40 hits between 1999 and 2002, including two #1 songs in "Bailamos" and "Be With You". Lately though, he's been underperforming on pop radio, save for the surprise top-40 showing for "Do You Know (The Ping Pong Song)" in 2007. It's not due to lack of quality material, as songs like "Not In Love", "Tired Of Being Sorry", "Somebody's Me", and "Can You Hear Me" are just an enjoyable as, say, "Hero" ever aspired to be. His new single, "Takin' Back My Love", with R&B siren Ciara, is no different. Not a blip here, but luckily finding success in France, hitting the top-3 there.

You can find "Takin' Back My Love" on Enrique's Greatest Hits album.

If you need a reason why the banking industry needs more regulation, here's TEN...

TalkingPointsMemo broke down the ten worst things ultra-douche John Thain of Bank of America (well, formerly of Bank of America) had done during the fiscal crisis/bailout. It's worth an entire read just for the gasp factor... here's a snippet...

5. The In-Retrospect-Ill-Advised Ski Trip

In mid December, Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis learns that Merrill's fourth quarter losses will be much larger than expected. Lewis gets the bad news not from Thain himself, but from the transition team handling the merger -- perhaps because, after the losses surface, Thain takes off for his ski house in Vail. (A "person familiar with the matter" tells the Journal, hilariously, that Thain was "working and available" while in Vail.)

Jesus H. Christ. Read the whole thing. It's astonishing.



And not to be outdouched, Citibank, who just begged for more bailout money, is in the process of buying another tricked-out corporate jet.


And again not to be outdouched, John Fuld of Lehman Brothers "sold" his 13 million dollar house in Jupiter Florida to his wife, Kathy, most likely to avoid liability if he's sued for all the shitty things he bilked out when Lehmans collapsed. That should be illegal, and the asshole and his fucker of a wife should both be thrown in prison. Stat.

UPDATE: Amazingly enough, Citi has decided not to purchase the plane. Apparently the media attention and the admistration shamed them. I didn't think that would be possible.

Story of the day: Riddle Me This...

Timothy Geithner was confirmed as the country's Secretary Of the Treasury by a Senate vote of 60-34. As much as a conformist as he can be, the choice was a very centrist and steady choice. Imagine if a real thinker/progressive/realist like Paul Krugman would have been up for the job. It is ironic that the man who will be the head of the Internal Revenue Service didn't file his taxes correctly, but it's not like he skipped out on filing anything, and did correct what the IRS declared owed. He has a broad swath of support among the economic community, and with the state this nation and the world is in, we unfortunately don't have the time to dot every "i" in overscrutinizing his nomination. However, I do think it's laughable that Republican douchebag John Cornyn apparently saw no problem in voting for him, yet against Hilary Clinton for State. But then, considering the trouble that Hilda Solis has in a quick confirmation as Secretary Of Labor, maybe this is a sexist thing. Just sayin'.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

twostepcub's recap of 2008 part 2: Adult Top 40, 81-90....

And now for the second installment in my recap of last year's biggest tunes. I'm continuing with the Billboard Adult Top 40, with all your white-bread rock with little soul and no rap. Oh well, on we go...

81. Staind – Believe

Rating: C+

Keywords: Faith,

Arrangement: Electric

Style: Post-Grunge Rock

Tempo: Slow/Mid

My Take: Staind is trying to be positive, but it’s hard with the plodding backdrop and Aaron Lewis’ groaning voice. He’s vaguely telling someone (a lover? God?) that they should be patient with him while he gets his depressing ass in gear.

82. Flyleaf – All Around Me

Rating: C+

Keywords: Love-Obsession

Arrangement: Electric

Style: Goth-Rock

Tempo: Mid

My Take: Flyleaf is taking the Goth flag from Evanescence, with a dark and vague exercise in desire, with all the usual pierced-lip buzzwords complete with angels, shadows, and the like. For someone in love, she’s sure got issues. Pretty background, though it does sound like something I’ve heard before.

83. Blue October – Calling You ‘07

Rating: C+

Keywords: Love-Obsession, Love-Declaration

Arrangement: Electric

Style: Goth-Pop

Tempo: Fast

My Take: Well I guess here’s the girl from Flyleaf’s boyfriend – equally brooding and self-deprecatory, this rerun of a former minor hit is pleasant enough, though he does sound quite a bit stalker-like.

84. Pat Monahan – Her Eyes

Rating: C-

Keywords: Love-Adoration

Arrangement: Electric

Style: Pop/Rock

Tempo: Mid

My Take: “She says that cowboy hats make her look fat and I’m so glad she’s mine.” WTF?? Train lead singer Monahan has an OK chorus hook that he pairs with idiotic stream of conscious verses to basically say his girl is fucked up but at least she stays with his skeevy mid-life-crisis ass.

85. Estelle f/Kanye West – American Boy

Rating: A

Keywords: Love-Adoration, Foreigners, Americans

Arrangement: Electronic

Style: Dance-Disco

Tempo: Fast

My Take: Now this is how a shineover song should be. Between Estelle’s breathy desire for an man from across the pond, and Kanye’s more-than-the-usual-phone-in rap cameo, the pair sells this neo-disco track that uses West’s fetish for electronic music to good use. “American Boy” was a song I was in love with before it came out here in the US, and was totally surprised that we as a nation “got it”. Pure pop ecstasy.

86. The Bravery – Believe

Rating: B

Keywords: Paranoia, Faith

Arrangement: Electric

Style: Modern Rock

Tempo: Mid

My Take: The Bravery sound more and more British every new album, and with “Believe”, they mine the Britpop canon of catchy melodies and obliquely dark lyrics. I guess one can relate without getting too specific.

87. Newton Faulkner – Dream Catch Me

Rating: B-

Keywords: Dreams, Love-Declaration, Self-Esteem

Arrangement: Acoustic

Style: Singer/Songwriter

Tempo: Mid

My Take: Newton’s in a bliss over finding someone, and slips into a coma. Not, but really, it’s a good ditty about the euphoria of finding love. Nothing really more than that though his unusual acoustic guitar work (involving using his hands on it for percussion) is beautiful.

88. Rihanna – Don’t Stop The Music

Rating: A-

Keywords: Nightlife, Love-Desire

Arrangement: Electronic

Style: Dance-Pop

Tempo: Fast

My Take: Face it, this song is all about the Jackson sample. The cribbed sample from his “Wanna Be Starting Somethin’” (itself stolen from 70s R&B hit “Soul Makossa”) provides an unforgettable hook that was one of the best pop-dance records of the year. No big themes, just dance with me then possibly sex, but what more are you asking for?

89. Linkin Park – Leave Out All The Rest

Rating: B-

Keywords: Love-Breakup, Regret

Arrangement: Electric

Style: Power Ballad Rock

Tempo: Slow/Mid

My Take: Oh jeez, Chester’s a little guilty. The kid’s choice rock band has matured into a more nuanced outfit, and even his monodrone isn’t as grating as it usually is.

90. Saving Abel – Addicted

Rating: B-

Keywords: Sex-Desire, Love-Obsession

Arrrangement: Electric

Style: Post-Grunge Rock

Tempo: Slow/Mid

My Take: A clone of Nickelback’s “Figured You Out”, this song does plod along adequately for the job it’s intended to do. Manly men, and their need for somethin’ somethin’.






















twostepcub's music chart for January 23, 2009....

Hey folks, it's time for my tunes for the week. This week Katy Perry hangs on to the top for a second week, while Christina Aguilera (pictured above) makes it into the top-3. There's only one new song in the whole top-100, while songs by Leona Lewis, Britney Spears and Alexandra Burke make the biggest moves. You like the color, it's Jungle Red!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Hot N Cold - Katy Perry (1)
2. Gotta Be Somebody - Nickelback (2)
3. Keeps Gettin' Better - Christina Aguilera (5)
4. Human - The Killers (4)
5. Already Gone - Sugarland (6)
6. I Don't Care - Apocalyptica f/Adam Gontier (3)
7. Here - Rascal Flatts (7)
8. Better In Time - Leona Lewis (8)
9. Let Me Be Myself - 3 Doors Down (12)
10. Addicted - Saving Abel (10)
11. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz (11)
12. Crush - David Archuleta (13)
13. Magic Touch - Robin Thicke f/Mary J. Blige (9)
14. Start A Band - Brad Paisley f/Keith Urban (15)
15. Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon (17)
16. Don't - Billy Currington (18)
17. Let It Rock - Kevin Rudolf f/Lil' Wayne (19)
18. I Hate This Part - Pussycat Dolls (20)
19. Shattered (Turn The Car Around) - O.A.R. (14)
20. If I Were A Boy - Beyonce (21)
21. Feel That Fire - Dierks Bentley (22)
22. Fall For You - Secondhand Serenade (16)
23. Just Dance - Lady GaGa f/Colby O'Donis (27)
24. Sweet Thing - Keith Urban (26)
25. Sandcastle Disco - Solange (25)
26. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce (30)
27. Twisted (Got Me Goin' Round) - Ultra Nate (31)
28. Love Remains The Same - Gavin Rossdale (23)
29. We're The Pet Shop Boys - Robbie Williams (34)
30. Behind - Flanders (33)
31. Second Chance - Shinedown (36)
32. Love Hurts - Incubus (37)
33. Light On - David Cook (35)
34. The Greatest - Michelle Williams (24)
35. Breakdown - Seether (43)
36. Right Here (Departed) - Brandy (28)
37. In Color - Jamey Johnson (29)
38. Miles Away - Madonna (44)
39. Run - Leona Lewis (54)
40. She Wouldn't Be Gone - Blake Shelton (41)
41. Here I Stand - Usher (45)
42. Love Story - Taylor Swift (42)
43. Anything Goes - Randy Houser (32)
44. Lovers In Japan - Coldplay (46)
45. Fame (The Game) - Donna Summer (53)
46. IfULeave - Musiq Soulchild f/Mary J. Blige (51)
47. You're Gonna Go Far, Kid - The Offspring (39)
48. You Found Me - The Fray (52)
49. Womanizer - Britney Spears (50)
50. Broken - Lifehouse (38)
51. White Horse - Taylor Swift (57)
52. Where I Stood - Missy Higgins (56)
53. What About Now - Daughtry (47)
54. Green Light - John Legend f/Andre3000 (40)
55. Underlying Feeling - Sylvia Tosun (48)
56. Disturbia - Rihanna (49)
57. God Love Her - Toby Keith (58)
58. Down The Road - Kenny Chesney f/Mac McAnally (60)
59. Decode - Paramore (61)
60. The Sweetest Love - Robin Thicke (63)
61. Love Lockdown - Kanye West (64)
62. Let Me - Pat Green (62)
63. Without You - Hinder (67)
64. Heartless - Kanye West (70)
65. So What - Pink (55)
66. Juliet Of The Spirits - The B-52's (59)
67. Country Boy - Alan Jackson (68)
68. I Will - Jimmy Wayne (75)
69. Every Word - Ercola (65)
70. Spotlight - Jennifer Hudson (66)
71. Circus - Britney Spears (84)
72. Leave Out All The Rest - Linkin Park (72)
73. Roll With Me - Montgomery Gentry (69)
74. Stuck To You - Nikka Costa (74)
75. Re-Education (Through Labor) - Rise Against (71)
76. Live Your Life - T.I. f/Rihanna (82)
77. Cowgirls Don't Cry - Brooks & Dunn f/Reba McEntire (79)
78. River Of Love - George Strait (80)
79. Nothing Left To Say - Mint Condition (83)
80. Feel Your Love - Kim Sozzi (78)
81. Lookin' For A Good Time - Lady Antebellum (76)
82. Hallelujah - Alexandra Burke (94)
83. Infinity 2008 - Guru Josh Project (85)
84. Rock & Roll - Eric Hutchinson (86)
85. Last Call - Lee Ann Womack (89)
86. It Won't Be Like This For Long - Darius Rucker (91)
87. 1,2,3,4 - Plain White T's (88)
88. Viva La Vida - Coldplay (81)
89. Eat You Up - BoA (96)
90. Angels On The Moon - Thriving Ivory (90)
91. Lost! - Coldplay (93)
92. Don't Think I Can't Love You - Jake Owen (92)
93. Gives You Hell - All-American Rejects (95)
94. Chicken Fried - Zac Brown Band (87)
95. This Is The Life - Amy MacDonald (97)
96. Joyful Sound - Debby Holiday (DEBUT)
97. Me & Myself - BenDJ f/Sushy (98)
98. Indestructible - Disturbed (100)
99. A Tiny Shoe - Jimmy Robinson (99)
100. Worked Up - Brian Anthony (73)

The post holiday chart slowdown is in effect, as not much gets released after Christmas. One solitary song comes onto the chart, by the dance music singer Debby Holiday, with a song to capture the new year and the new Administration, here's "Joyful Sound"...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Random thoughts on the inauguration...



----the poet sucked bigtime.
----Justice Roberts totally fucked the president up giving the oath.
----Aretha's thinking "Fuck y'all who are hatin' on my hat!"
----I soooooo would like to be a fly on the wall when Joe Biden and Hilary Clinton met up.
----I had a tear in my eye when the Obamas got out of the motorcade to walk.
----Rick Warren should listen to himself sometimes.
----If I hear another person say either the word "historic" or "groundbreaking" I'm going to scream.
----It was fun watching Andrea Mitchell out riding the back of a truck.
----Sen. Cornyn of Oklahoma sucks major monkey balls. Face it, Hilary will be voted in anyway so what the fuck are you doing?
----I hope the country followed his words, and not "the moment".
----Media pundits who attribute the drop at the stock market to Obama can go shove a dildo up their collective asses.
----I'm so glad we can be finally rid of that unintelligent, uninquisitive, reactionary, seemingly drug-addled chimp that Darth Cheney had propped up as the supposed leader of the free world for the last 8 years.
----To all those people in the South who are whining because the new president doesn't seem to reflect their "values", fuck yourselves. Hard. With a broom. You're irrelevant.

and finally,

---The East Wing will soooo be rockin' tonight.

Our day has come....

I never thought this day would come. This criminal dolt will no longer be the leader of our country. I can again be proud in our country not because we elected a Democrat, but because we elected someone I believe capable to navigate the tough times we have as America staring at us. I may not agree with him at times, vehemently so, but I believe he is listening to all of us and making decision based to rationality instead of ideology. Thank God for that. I'm off today (by chance) from work, so I'm able to catch the inauguration. I consider it a blessing.

We're behind you, now let's get to work.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Twostepcub's music chart for January 16, 2009...

Hey everyone, it's time for my tunes for the week. This week Katy Perry takes over the top for the first time, while the Killers (pictured above) move up in the top-5. Tim McGraw, Dave Aude, and Jody Watley drop off the list, while Leona Lewis, Donna Summer, and Taylor Swift make the biggest moves. Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on the name of any artist to go to their website. Groovy! Yes, you are the funniest person...

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Hot N Cold - Katy Perry (2)
2. Gotta Be Somebody - Nickelback (1)
3. I Don't Care - Apocalyptica f/Adam Gontier (3)
4. Human - The Killers (5)
5. Keeps Gettin' Better - Christina Aguilera (7)
6. Already Gone - Sugarland (8)
7. Here - Rascal Flatts (10)
8. Better In Time - Leona Lewis (4)
9. Magic Touch - Robin Thicke f/Mary J. Blige (6)
10. Addicted - Saving Abel (14)
11. I'm Yours - Jason Mraz (11)
12. Let Me Be Myself - 3 Doors Down (15)
13. Crush - David Archuleta (13)
14. Shattered (Turn The Car Around) - O.A.R. (12)
15. Start A Band - Brad Paisley f/Keith Urban (16)
16. Fall For You - Secondhand Serenade (8)
17. Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon (17)
18. Don't - Billy Currington (18)
19. Let It Rock - Kevin Rudolf f/Lil Wayne (20)
20. I Hate This Part - Pussycat Dolls (24)
21. If I Were A Boy - Beyonce (22)
22. Feel That Fire - Dierks Bentley (23)
23. Love Remains The Same - Gavin Rossdale (11)
24. The Greatest - Michelle Williams (25)
25. Sandcastle Disco - Solange (29)
26. Sweet Thing - Keith Urban (31)
27. Just Dance - Lady GaGa f/Colby O'Donis (33)
28. Right Here (Departed) - Brandy (28)
29. In Color - Jamey Johnson (29)
30. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce (35)
31. Twisted (Got Me Goin' Round) - Ultra Nate (34)
32. Anything Goes - Randy Houser (32)
33. Behind - Flanders (38)
34. We're The Pet Shop Boys - Robbie Williams (42)
35. Light On - David Cook (36)
36. Second Chance - Shinedown (40)
37. Love Hurts - Incubus (41)
38. Broken - Lifehouse (26)
39. You're Gonna Go Far, Kid - The Offspring (19)
40. Green Light - John Legend f/Andre3000 (27)
41. She Wouldn't Be Gone - Blake Shelton (43)
42. Love Story - Taylor Swift (44)
43. Breakdown - Seether (45)
44. Miles Away - Madonna (50)
45. Here I Stand - Usher (47)
46. Lovers In Japan - Coldplay (51)
47. What About Now - Daughtry (37)
48. Underlying Feeling - Sylvia Tosun (49)
49. Disturbia - Rihanna (39)
50. Womanizer - Britney Spears (53)
51. IfULeave - Musiq Soulchild f/Mary J. Blige (56)
52. You Found Me - The Fray (57)
53. Fame (The Game) - Donna Summer (79)
54. Run - Leona Lewis (82)
55. So What - Pink (48)
56. Where I Stood - Missy Higgins (66)
57. White Horse - Taylor Swift (72)
58. God Love Her - Toby Keith (62)
59. Juliet Of The Spirits - The B-52's (59)
60. Down The Road - Kenny Chesney f/Mac McAnally (61)
61. Decode - Paramore (68)
62. Let Me - Pat Green (63)
63. The Sweetest Love - Robin Thicke (65)
64. Love Lockdown - Kanye West (70)
65. Every Word - Ercola (60)
66. Spotlight - Jennifer Hudson (54)
67. Without You - Hinder (75)
68. Country Boy - Alan Jackson (69)
69. Roll With Me - Montgomery Gentry (58)
70. Heartless - Kanye West (80)
71. Re-Education (Through Labor) - Rise Against (46)
72. Leave Out All The Rest - Linkin Park (71)
73. Worked Up - Brian Anthony (74)
74. Stuck To You - Nikka Costa (78)
75. I Will - Jimmy Wayne (85)
76. Lookin' For A Good Time - Lady Antebellum (64)
77. Reach Out - Hilary Duff (52)
78. Feel Your Love - Kim Sozzi (76)
79. Cowgirls Don't Cry - Brooks & Dunn (83)
80. River Of Love - George Strait (84)
81. Viva La Vida - Coldplay (73)
82. Live Your Life - T.I. f/Rihanna (87)
83. Nothing Left To Say - Mint Condition (88)
84. Circus - Britney Spears (97)
85. Infinity 2008 - Guru Josh Project (89)
86. Rock & Roll - Eric Hutchinson (91)
87. Chicken Fried - Zac Brown Band (86)
88. 1,2,3,4 - Plain White T's (94)
89. Last Call - Lee Ann Womack (93)
90. Angels On The Moon - Thriving Ivory (90)
91. It Won't Be Like That For Long - Darius Rucker (96)
92. Don't Think I Can't Love You - Jake Owen (92)
93. Lost! - Coldplay (95)
94. Hallelujah - Alexandra Burke (DEBUT)
95. Gives You Hell - All-American Rejects (100)
96. Eat You Up - BoA (DEBUT)
97. This Is The Life - Amy MacDonald (99)
98. Me & Myself - BenDJ f/Sushy (DEBUT)
99. A Tiny Shoe - Jimmy Robinson (DEBUT)
100. Indestructible - Disturbed (DEBUT)

This week five new songs debut, starting with the latest winner of Britain's X-Factor show. In the UK, there's always a big race to see who'd be the #1 song during Christmas, a difference from here in the States where the chart usually lies dormant. This year, Burke won out, selling over a million copies and becoming the top single of 2008 there. It's with a cover of the cult classic song by Jeff Buckley, here's "Hallelujah"....



Next up is Korean singer Boa Kwon, going by her stage moniker BoA, who's already a big star in East Asia, makes an appearance on our shores for the first time with the dance number "Eat You Up"...



Italian-based DJ BenDJ teams up with singer Sushy for the Euro-electro sound of "Me & Myself"...



Musician and poet Jimmy D. Robinson has one of his eclectic pieces "A Tiny Shoe" remixed for club consumption and alas, has his first hit. Here's just a snippet...



and finally on quite a different level is hard rock act Disturbed with their new single, "Indestructible"...