Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Story of the day...How many Evita jokes can we make now?

So last time I posted, I forecasted that the "Appalachian Trail" story of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford was a crock of shit.

How'd that turn out?

Well, after being caught at the Atlanta airport coming back from Argentina, Sanford held a press conference today to admit to having an affair with a woman from Buenos Aires. He claims to have gone there to break it off, and to reconcile with the wifey. Bull fucking shit. There's definitely more to this story to come, but in the meantime, the Governor of a state runs off with no notice and no word to his Lt. Governor that he's going, and everything's ok cuz he's going through a hard time?

Fire the dick. NOW. Not for the affair (that's for his wife to rip his balls off for), but for his taking the responsibilities of a political executive (and presumably one with White House aspirations) and took a giant crap on them. Classy.

Say Sanford (and any other Republican), what's that you say about gay marriage now? Fuck you.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Story of the day.....Have you seen this douchebag?

Well, apparently South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, last seen belligerently trying to refuse what part of the economic stimulus program doesn't please him, is on the lam. While the Lt. Governor's office claims that he's ok and that he's supposedly unwinding from a legislative session (that doesn't seem to be quite over, but I may be wrong), how seriously can we take a governor of a state disappearing since last Thursday without letting at least his own office know where he is. Of course his wife offers up the classic GOP non-explanation...

First lady Jenny Sanford told The Associated Press earlier Monday her husband has been gone for several days and she did not know where.

She said she was not concerned.

What the fuck is that? She doesn't know where he is and she's not concerned? Either she's lying to cover or lying scared of what he'll do. Either way is crazy-ass crazy.

The local SC Democratic Party leader in the Senate, John Land, issued a press statement that reads

We've been concerned by the Governor's erratic behavior for some time. We're praying for him and his family. I hope he is safe and that he contacts the First Lady and his family soon, said Land.

And as Josh Marshall at talkingpointsmemo.com points out, if this was a normal nothing to worry about event, why would there be a warrant issued to locate Sanford through his cell phone?

Neither the governor’s office nor the State Law Enforcement Division, which provides security for governors, had been able to reach Sanford after he left the mansion Thursday in a black SLED Suburban SUV, said Sen. Jake Knotts and three others familiar with the situation but declined to be identified.

Sanford’s last known whereabouts had been near Atlanta because a mobile telephone tower picked up a signal from his phone, authorities said. His office now knows where he is, Adams said.

Either he's in rehab, a mental ward, or at some hotel holed up threatening suicide or something. Geez.

And on Father's day weekend? I just don't buy a routine trip.

And Sanford is supposed to be one of the GOP's new shining lights for 2012? Wow.

Well, the gov's office claim he's OK, however do not specifically state they've had contact with him. Meanwhile the alright light is on supposedly because he is still Twittering, however with vague political statements that really wouldn't come from someone who knows everyone is looking for him. I'm not sure it's even him, but a staffer (what celebrity or politician really Twitters that much). Either way, it's interesting to note that the #tcot tag that the "teabaggers" use.

UPDATE: The current story now is that Sanford is "hiking in the Appalachian Trail". For four days? without bringing hiking/camping stuff with him? And what part of the Appalachian Trail is in Atlanta that's much more attractive than somewhere in his own state? I smell a rat.

Distant shores song for the night... nights in Dusselorf..


Tonight's DSS is by German singer Cassandra Steen, who formerly was in the band Glashaus. Steen teams up with Adel Tawil, who is half of the rock duo Ich + Ich, for her second German top-10 single. It's a cool Kraut version of Evanescence-like goth-pop. Here's "Stadt" ("City")...



You can see the official video (non-embeddable) here.

You can get the import of Cassandra Steen's album Darum Leben Wir at Amazon.com here.

deep thought - June 22, 2009...

I don't give a shit what happens to Jon or Kate or their eight.

Photos that rock! Lava rock!


The photo above was taken from the International Space Station, and it's of an erupting volcano in the Kuril Islands between Russia and Japan. The blast cleared away the surrounding clouds as it pushed the atmosphere upward.

The photo also shows a ground-hugging plume of light gray ash, probably a mix of hot gas and ash in what volcanologists call a pyroclastic flow, descending from the volcano summit. Pyroclastic flows — deadly to anything or anyone in their paths — are known to be up to 600 degrees and rush across the land at 130 mph.
Holy shit.

There's a better image of the photo at livescience here. The "bubble" is made by steam. Totally awesome.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Why my dad is the coolest guy on earth......

He used to dance on American Bandstand. You can't beat that.

Happy Father's Day, Dad.

Distant Shores Song for the night - everyone in Iceland IS like Bjork!

Tonight's header for the DSS is a joke, though it is a fine line, as Icelandic singer Emiliana Torrini did fill in for Bjork on the soundtrack to Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Torrini also co-wrote the seductive "Slow" for Kylie Minogue. Her newest single is "Jungle Drum", and it does channel the swan-dressing songbird's breathy, childlike delivery. It's made #1 in her home country as well as Belgium, and top-10 in Finland and Austria, and top-20 in Switzerland. The video also reminds me of Bjork's nature-based "Human Behavior" video.



You can pick up "Jungle Drum" through Amazon's mp3 store by clicking here or on I-Tunes.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

DSS for the night...June showers bring nothing but wet...

Tonight's DSS is by Canadian band Billy Talent, who have built a good following in Europe, specifically Germany and Austria, where their new single "Rusted From The Rain" becomes their third top-40 single. Not bad. The group had a minor US alternative rock hit with "Try Honesty". The new one fits in well with their post-grunge style.



and here they are live from Germany (where else can you hear "Are you ready for Limp Bizkit?)...



You can pre-order the single for "Rusted From The Rain" , coming June 30, at Amazon by clicking here. Their forthcoming album, Billy Talent III, comes in July.

twostepcub's music chart for June 19, 2009


Hey guys, it's time for my tunes for the week. This week Theory Of A Deadman spend a third week on top, while country act Lady Antebellum (pictured above) hangs on tight in the top-10. The biggest moves are made by Katy Perry, Daughtry, and David Guetta, while former big hits by the Plain White T's, Natasha Bedingfield, and Carrie Underwood drop off. Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can link from here to any of the artists below by clicking on their highlighted name. It's a great way to get to know more about what they're about, and it's worth the time it takes to put the links in. Now as for the rain, am I in friggin' Seattle?

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Not Meant To Be - Theory Of A Deadman (1)
2. Second Chance - Shinedown (5)
3. Poker Face - Lady GaGa (3)
4. Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon (4)
5. Know Your Enemy - Green Day (7)
6. The Man Who Can't Be Moved - The Script (6)
7. Takin' Back My Love - Enrique Iglesias f/Ciara (2)
8. I Run To You - Lady Antebellum (8)
9. The Climb - Miley Cyrus (13)
10. Halo - Beyonce (12)
11. Spaceman - The Killers (11)
12. If Today Was Your Last Day - Nickelback (16)
13. My Life Would Suck Without You - Kelly Clarkson (9)
14. Show Me What I'm Looking For - Carolina Liar (18)
15. Wrong - Depeche Mode (10)
16. Sober - Pink (14)
17. Please Don't Leave Me - Pink (21)
18. Then - Brad Paisley (20)
19. Magnificent - U2 (23)
20. Beautiful U R - Deborah Cox (22)
21. You Found Me - The Fray (19)
22. Sideways - Dierks Bentley (24)
23. Her Diamonds - Rob Thomas (26)
24. Gives You Hell - All-American Rejects (17)
25. Jai Ho - AR Rahman f/Nicole Scherzinger (32)
26. When Love Takes Over - David Guetta f/Kelly Rowland (42)
27. If U Seek Amy - Britney Spears (31)
28. I Do Not Hook Up - Kelly Clarkson (39)
29. Day N Nite - Kid Cudi vs. Crookers (33)
30. Come Back To Me - Utada (35)
31. Come Back To Me - David Cook (38)
32. Panic Switch - Silversun Pickups (44)
33. Breakin' Dishes 2009 - Rihanna (40)
34. Kiss A Girl - Keith Urban (36)
35. Beautiful - Akon f/Colby O'Donis & Kardinal Offishall (43)
36. There Goes My Baby - Charlie Wilson (25)
37. The Fear - Lily Allen (27)
38. Closer To Love - Mat Kearney (48)
39. This Town - O.A.R. (28)
40. Hey You - 311 (41)
41. If This Isn't Love - Jennifer Hudson (29)
42. Lost You Anyway - Toby Keith (50)
43. No Surprise - Daughtry (61)
44. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift (56)
45. 5 Reasons - Sylvia Tosun & Loverush UK (53)
46. Careless Whisper - Seether (46)
47. Love Sets You Free - Charlie f/Pablito Drum (47)
48. Whatever It Is - The Zac Brown Band (52)
49. Ain't No Rest For The Wicked - Cage The Elephant (59)
50. sobeautiful - Musiq Soulchild (55)
51. Just Dance - Lady GaGa f/Colby O'Donis (37)
52. I'll Just Hold On - Blake Shelton (64)
53. Sissy's Song - Alan Jackson (57)
54. Waking Up In Vegas - Katy Perry (84)
55. Lucky - Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat (30)
56. Kristy, Are You Doin' OK? - The Offspring (34)
57. I'm Not Getting Enough - Yoko Ono (63)
58. Cover Girl - RuPaul (58)
59. T.O.N.Y. - Solange (49)
60. The Best Days Of Your Life - Kellie Pickler (60)
61. Strange - Reba McEntire (66)
62. It Happens - Sugarland (62)
63. Never Say Never - The Fray (79)
64. On The Beach - K'Jon (78)
65. Funny The Way It Is - Dave Matthews Band (71)
66. Black Heart Inertia - Incubus (70)
67. People Are Crazy - Billy Currington (82)
68. Feel Your Love - Kim Sozzi (68)
69. Infinity 2008 - Guru Josh Project (73)
70. If You Knew - Chris Lake (72)
71. New Divide - Linkin Park (86)
72. Out Last Night - Kenny Chesney (74)
73. Love Sex Magic - Ciara f/Justin Timberlake (77)
74. Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas (76)
75. Don't Trust Me - 3OH!3 (75)
76. Boom - Anjulie (45)
77. Feel Good Drag - Anberlin (69)
78. Falling Anthem - Bad Boy Bill f/Alyssa Palmer (83)
79. She Is Love - Parachute (81)
80. One In Every Crowd - Montgomery Gentry (80)
81. Bad Bad Boy - Perry Twins f/Niki Haris (91)
82. Let The Feelings Go - AnnaGrace (92)
83. Stay - Safetysuit (85)
84. Alright - Darius Rucker (88)
85. How Do You Sleep? - Jesse McCartney f/Ludacris (89)
86. Pretty Wings - Maxwell (94)
87. Audience Of One - Rise Against (67)
88. Bottle Pop - Pussycat Dolls f/Snoop Dogg (54)
89. Blame It - Jamie Foxx f/T-Pain (93)
90. Where I'm From - Jason Michael Carroll (90)
91. Life In Technicolor II - Coldplay (DEBUT)
92. Wild At Heart - Gloriana (DEBUT)
93. Ca M'enerve - Helmut Fritz (RE-ENTRY)
94. Boots On - Randy Houser (98)
95. Fairytale - Alexander Rybak (97)
96. Summer Nights - Rascal Flatts (DEBUT)
97. Bonkers - Dizzee Rascal f/Armand Van Helden (97)
98. Anything But Love - Daniel Schuhmacher (100)
99. Release Me - Agnes (DEBUT)
100. Meme Pas Fatigue - Magic System f/Khaled (RE-ENTRY)

This week is a quiet week, with only four new songs on my chart (with French faves "Ca M'enerve" and "Meme Pas Fatigue" reappearing), but with a couple of real good sleepers in there. The highest debut, though, goes to Coldplay, who mine their Viva La Vida expanded album's Prospektor's March EP to put their fifth straight single to make my chart. It expounds on the opening instrumental from the original album. Here's "Life In Technicolor II", which presents a puppet show from hell...



Next is the country band Gloriana, with their first single "Wild At Heart". Member Cheyenne Kimball had previously released a solo tween-pop album, reaching the top-20 album chart and having a minor hit single with "Hanging On". She also won the 2002 talent show America's Most Talented Kid. The new group sounds a lot like vocal groups like Little Big Town and Lady Antebellum, and that's a good thing. Here's "Wild At Heart"..



Far from being a new country band by now, Rascal Flatts put the second single from their sixth album, Unstoppable, on my chart. Here's the followup to "Here Comes Goodbye", and a 360 degree turn in attitude, "Summer Nights"...



And finally, though it's the lowest debut, it's so far my fave for sleeper of the week. It's by Europop singer Agnes (last name Carlsson), who won the Swedish version of Pop Idol in 2005. Her latest album, Dance Love Pop, is worth ordering on import, and this single has crossed into the UK so far, making their top-10. Can the US be far behind, with a great song and a powerful voice not unlike Mariah and Leona? Here's "Release Me"...



Now the question is, who really will stop the rain?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Distant Shores Song for the night - Erin go bratwurst....

Tonight's DSS is from German-based rock band Reamonn, fronted by Irishman Rea Garvey. Garvey, born in Tralee, a town in southwestern Ireland, moved to Germany and recruited the other members. The band had opened for Barack Obama's big speech in Germany during the presidential campaign, where he became an "honorary member". Also Garvey sang on a former twostepcubchart top-40 hit, Paul Van Dyk's "Let Go". Here's the third single from their Reamonn album to make the German chart, "Moments Like This"...



Since Reamonn record in English, it's easier to find their work in the states. The Reamonn album is available at Zune and I-Tunes, and also at Amazon.com by clicking here. You can also check them out on MySpace and Facebook.

and for an added bonus here's the clip for Paul Van Dyk's "Let Go".. quite different, eh?

anything new happen lately?

It seems so odd that the times where there's so much to talk about, my mind draws a blank trying to blog. Maybe it's my obsession with following the news (and other greater bloggers than myself) that sometimes my brain goes into overload.

The astonishing course of events in Iran are escalating day by day, with a sense of urgency not seen since the Tienamen Square protests in China. However, it does seem like the growing numbers throughout the country will not simply be stopped by a police force that is already disheveled.

While this is happening, the Obama administration has been scrambling to tackle health care with a mixed message, where between people like Sec. Sebelius hinting at a public option, while porked shills like Tom Daschle are pressing for nothing of the sort (thank GOD that fucktard had to drop out). It's scary to know that after starting out strong they may be pussying out claiming that the "public" isn't for it, while poll after poll states otherwise. Meanwhile, pockets are still lined with insurance company money. Jesus.

And to make matters worse - he allows a department of Justice, including a Bush holdover - defend the Defense of Marriage act with arguments comparing gay marriage to incest and pedophila. Fucking insane. And after that, all he could do is a stupid memo to try to convince the federal goverment to give shreds of benefits to the cronies they would have to deal with day by day, gay federal workers. I have tons of shit going thru my head about that, and will surely pontificate later, but needless to say I'm furious at the second-rate treatment received, and disappointed that Obama isn't savvy (or, again, pussy) enough to at least make a "Philadelphia speech on race" type of speech about the need for gay rights that we desperately need. Do I think it's the most pressing issue in America today? Hell, no. However, the damage done by that legal brief warrants more than a passing glance by this administration. For more on this, Jon and Joe at Americablog.com are doing the best in following this, and it's worth reading their blog.

That's all for now.....more ranting later.

And again, thanks to anyone who's reading this blog, it does mean a lot.

twostepcub

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Clip of the day - Activisiontastic

Here's a video from a song on my chart - Seether's remake of Wham!'s "Careless Whisper". Too many meme points to count..

Sunday, June 14, 2009

twostepcub's music chart for June 12, 2009...

Hey guys, I'm back from Philly Pride and all settled down, so it's past due for my tunes for the week. This week Theory Of A Deadman stay on top for a second week, while Green Day (pictured above) leap into the top-10. Former big hits by Taylor Swift and Kristine W. drop off the list, while Daughtry, Cage The Elephant, and Taylor Swift (again) have the biggest movers (all in red). Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on the highlighted name of any of the artists below to go to their website. Right-click, and you can use another tab or window and keep this page... Damn groundhogs!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Not Meant To Be - Theory Of A Deadman (1)
2. Takin' Back My Love - Enrique Iglesias f/Ciara (4)
3. Poker Face - Lady GaGa (3)
4. Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon (2)
5. Second Chance - Shinedown (5)
6. The Man Who Can't Be Moved - The Script (8)
7. Know Your Enemy - Green Day (15)
8. I Run To You - Lady Antebellum (10)
9. My Life Would Suck Without You - Kelly Clarkson (6)
10. Wrong - Depeche Mode (11)
11. Spaceman - The Killers (9)
12. Halo - Beyonce (14)
13. The Climb - Miley Cyrus (13)
14. Sober - Pink (12)
15. 1,2,3,4 - Plain White T's (7)
16. If Today Was Your Last Day - Nickelback (19)
17. Gives You Hell - All-American Rejects (17)
18. Show Me What I'm Looking For - Carolina Liar (22)
19. You Found Me - The Fray (18)
20. Then - Brad Paisley (25)
21. Please Don't Leave Me - Pink (28)
22. Beautiful U R - Deborah Cox (26)
23. Magnificent - U2 (27)
24. Sideways - Dierks Bentley (31)
25. There Goes My Baby - Charlie Wilson (23)
26. Her Diamonds - Rob Thomas (33)
27. The Fear - Lily Allen (21)
28. This Town - O.A.R. (29)
29. If This Isn't Love - Jennifer Hudson (20)
30. Lucky - Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat (16)
31. If U Seek Amy - Britney Spears (41)
32. Jai Ho - AR Rahman f/Nicole Scherzinger (40)
33. Day N Nite - Kid Cudi vs. Crookers (35)
34. Kristy, Are You Doin' OK? - The Offspring (24)
35. Come Back To Me - Utada (36)
36. Kiss A Girl - Keith Urban (38)
37. Just Dance - Lady GaGa f/Colby O'Donis (30)
38. Come Back To Me - David Cook (43)
39. I Do Not Hook Up - Kelly Clarkson (47)
40. Breakin' Dishes 2009 - Rihanna (50)
41. Hey You - 311 (46)
42. When Love Takes Over - David Guetta f/Kelly Rowland (54)
43. Beautiful - Akon f/Colby O'Donis & Kardinal Offishall (53)
44. Panic Switch - Silversun Pickups (49)
45. Boom - Anjulie (37)
46. Careless Whisper - Seether (44)
47. Love Sets You Free - Charlie f/Pablito Drum (48)
48. Closer To Love - Mat Kearney (52)
49. T.O.N.Y. - Solange (39)
50. Lost You Anyway - Toby Keith (59)
51. Soulmate - Natasha Bedingfield (32)
52. Whatever It Is - The Zac Brown Band (56)
53. 5 Reasons - Sylvia Tosun & Loverush UK (65)
54. Bottle Pop - Pussycat Dolls f/Snoop Dogg (45)
55. sobeautiful - Musiq Soulchild (57)
56. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift (69)
57. Sissy's Song - Alan Jackson (67)
58. Cover Girl - RuPaul (62)
59. Ain't No Rest For The Wicked - Cage The Elephant (77)
60. The Best Days Of Your Life - Kellie Pickler (61)
61. No Surprise - Daughtry (92)
62. It Happens - Sugarland (64)
63. I'm Not Getting Enough - Yoko Ono (68)
64. I'll Just Hold On - Blake Shelton (74)
65. I Told You So - Carrie Underwood f/Randy Travis (51)
66. Strange - Reba McEntire (71)
67. Audience Of One - Rise Against (34)
68. Feel Your Love - Kim Sozzi (66)
69. Feel Good Drag - Anberlin (63)
70. Black Heart Inertia - Incubus (70)
71. Funny The Way It Is - Dave Matthews Band (79)
72. If You Knew - Chris Lake (73)
73. Infinity 2008 - Guru Josh Project (81)
74. Out Last Night - Kenny Chesney (75)
75. Don't Trust Me - 3OH!3 (76)
76. Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas (78)
77. Love Sex Magic - Ciara f/Justin Timberlake (87)
78. On The Ocean - K'Jon (84)
79. Never Say Never - The Fray (93)
80. One In Every Crowd - Montgomery Gentry (80)
81. She Is Love - Parachute (85)
82. People Are Crazy - Billy Currington (89)
83. Falling Anthem - Bad Boy Bill f/Alyssa Palmer (94)
84. Waking Up In Vegas - Katy Perry (DEBUT)
85. Stay - Safetysuit (86)
86. New Divide - Linkin Park (DEBUT)
87. How 'Bout You Don't - The Lost Trailers (88)
88. Alright - Darius Rucker (96)
89. How Do You Sleep? - Jesse McCartney f/Ludacris (91)
90. Where I'm From - Jason Michael Carroll (95)
91. Bad Bad Boy - Perry Twins f/Niki Haris (98)
92. Let The Feelings Go - AnnaGrace (DEBUT)
93. Blame It - Jamie Foxx f/T-Pain (DEBUT)
94. Pretty Wings - Maxwell (99)
95. She's Country - Jason Aldean (90)
96. Don't Stop Believin' - Cast of "Glee" (DEBUT)
97. Fairytale - Alexander Rybak (DEBUT)
98. Boots On - Randy Houser (DEBUT)
99. Bonkers - Dizzee Rascal f/Armand Van Helden (DEBUT)
100. Anything But Love - Daniel Schuhmacher (DEBUT)

This week nine new songs enter my list, and the highest is the fourth single from Katy Perry's debut album One Of The Boys. The first three all hit the top-40 - "I Kissed A Girl", "Hot N Cold", and "Thinking Of You". The last one was a ballad, but her latest goes back to the overproduced electro-dance-pop she's good at. Here's "Waking Up In Vegas"...



Linkin Park had a top-10 hit with a song used in the first Transformers movie, and they try to repeat history with the theme from its sequel. Here's "New Divide"...



AnnaGrace is the combo of Annemie Coenen and Peter Luts, who are two (former?) members of the Belgian dance group Ian Van Dahl. Luts had also recorded under his own name, with a dance hit "What A Feeling" from 3 years ago that made my chart, while IVD has three UK top-10 hits. The last single under Annagrace, "You Make Me Feel", made my top-20, and the latest is just as good. Here's "Let The Feelings Go"...



Jamie Foxx's "Blame It" has been a smash in America, and it's finally made my list. Here's the most gratuitous use of Auto-Tune since I don't know when..



It was a major coup for all the singles from the American Idol juggernaut to be upstaged on the Billboard charts by a remake of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" done by the cast of the TV musical sitcom Glee. Well deserved, they even managed to outperform Journey's original chart peak of #8. Here it is...



There are two singing competition winners debuting on this week's chart, and neither are from an American Idol contestant. The first is the winner of the Eurovision bonanza I've been posting about before, and it's by Alexander Rybak, who was born in the former Russian territory of Belarus, and moving at age four to Norway, where he represented them to their first victory since 1995. Here's "Fairytale"...



Next up is country singer Randy Houser, who follows up his mournful breakup song "Anything Goes" with the decidedly more upbeat "Boots On" (complete with cute-as-hell baby video)..



British rapper Dizzee Rascal goes the psychedelic route with dance remixer Armand Van Helden for the trippy "Bonkers" that made #1 in the UK...



And lastly, Germany's version of the American/Pop Idol franchise, Deutschland Sucht den Superstar (which to Americans sounds like "the suckiest superstar"), culminated this year in the win by Daniel Schuhmacher. Interesting to note the Daniel sang one of the same songs, "Ain't No Sunshine", that America's winner Kris Allen did in his final. hmmm... Here's Schuhmacher's debut single, "Anything but Love", which is at the top of the Germaan chart.



Take care!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

story of the day - wingnuts gone wild...


The string of right-wing terror sadly continued with the shooting death of a guard during a mad ambush by a sole white supremacist nut at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. Stephen Johns valiantly gave his life protecting the public from a sick man who stormed the museum, and I offer my sincere condolences to the family of the victim.

Museums and churches are supposed to be the havens from whatever disputes men and women may have with each other. Between this attack and the vicious murder of women's care Dr. Tiller, it proves these right-wing psychopaths, urged on by the hateful words of those like Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly, are trying to start their little own war of armageddon. Lord help us.

distant shores song of the day - glamourous squalor...


Today's DSS is by British singer Victoria Hesketh, who goes by the moniker Little Boots, and her electropop hit "New In Town", which is from her debut album Hands. For those of you into the alternapop like they play on the Logo Channel, this one's up your alley.



You can pick up a copy of Little Boots' single on MP3 at Amazon by clicking here or go to MySpace page here.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

oh, so THAT'S what sarcasm is!

Jon Stewart, hilariously cutting douchebag Joe Scarborough down to size for what he is. I'm glad someone dislikes that airbag as much as I do.

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story of the day....most expensive vacation ever

Because Washington (and misinformed by the media, Americans themselves) are too big of pussies to have any prisoners from Guantanamo brought to the United States, whether or not in SuperMax prisons or whatever, we now will have to shell out 200,000,000$ to the country of Palau to take in 17 people who were found innocent of all crimes and are from the hunted group of Chinese Muslims called Uighurs. The Uighur community in Virginia even offered to take them in, but yes, its better to ship off these guys and spend 200 Million we don't have for men unjustly imprisoned because some suburban housewife is gonna wet her pants otherwise. Good job, guys.
As Rachel Maddow said, can I take one in for the fraction of the 200 million?

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Distant Shores song for the night...girl-group crime!


Tonights DSS is by German act Queensberry, which was formed from singers from the talent contest Popstars. Their new single is their biggest so far in their home country, making the top-5 in its first week, as well as making the top-20 in Austria. The clip features a Bonnie & Clyde pastiche. Here's "Too Young"...



Right now the only place I see "Too Young" on sale is at Amazon Germany, here's the link - they also have mp3 downloads at British Amazon here but I'm unsure if it'll work out of Europe.

Oh, it's on E-Bay here.

story of the day....health care circus....


Somehow the Democratic party, even though having a majority in Congress and a President clearly elected for a forwarding-thinking agenda, has been caught totally bewildered in a consistent approach to the contentious (made so by the media and Republicans) issue of health care. Even though a plan has not been released by the administration yet, mere speculation has been sending people into a tizzy, with notions of socialization of health care and freedom of one's choice in medicine. As regards to socialization, what is the difference between that and the government subsidy of farms? I don't see much of that being complained about, or is it just because that's about red-staters getting free money? And in my opinion, why can't health care be socialized? Since we're doing so dismally now, and people who cannot afford health insurance (or get it through their employer) mostly get sicker until they show up at the hospital emergency room, and who pays for that? Us! Just because Sarah Palin, cunt that she is, would prefer to hide her giant head (and weave) under a rock, doesn't mean we're not shelling out money that is totally misappropriated in the first place! And as long as the trade is regulated (and with something this important to this society, it damn well should be heavily regulated), the savings from that will be more immediate than any other stimulus you can get.

And as for freedom of choice? Do you really think you have more decision-making ability than your insurance company? Really? Between being funneled into certain doctors, being denied procedures for "cost-control", and arcane "pre-existing condition" traps can't certainly be better than a program made to support the people, not push a stock higher on the Dow.

The critics are saying that a public option would simply put private insurers out of business (like unfair competition from Wal-Mart and the like ever mattered to these free-market clowns). If anything it would get them to step up and reform themselves, because Lord knows nothing else will.

The best breakdown of the options in this debate are put out by Washington Post columnist and genuine smart-guy Ezra Klein. His article is worth a complete read to get a good handle for the laymen on the topic..(hat tip to Jon at Americablog.com)

The private insurance market is a mess. It's supposed to cover the sick and instead competes to insure the well. It employs platoons of adjusters whose sole job is to get out of paying for needed health care services that members thought were covered.
...If you can't replace them, convert them. If the public plan works, then private insurance will work better as well. In this telling, the simple existence of the public plan forces a more honest insurance market: Private insurers need to offer premiums closer to their marginal cost, and they have to cut administrative costs, and they have to work on their reputation for cruelty and capriciousness. The existence of another option changes the market. Individuals will have access to private insurers, but they'll no longer be stuck with them.


Lastly, whoever is pushing the idea of taxing pre-existing health care benefits from employers? KICK THEM IN THE NUTS. HARD. Way to go triangulating the public against you, dickwads. Are you just trying to commit hari-kari on the health plan to appease your insurance company donor overlords?

The best beer commercial ever...

Courtesy of Gawker.com, this is the best commercial I've seen in whenever...


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Monday, June 08, 2009

Distant Shores Song for the night....

Quick DSS for the night. Swedish singer Agnes, with "Release Me". The song has hit the top-10 in Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, and the UK, where it's at #3. It attempts cavalierly to turn my apparently foul mood today. Nothing like some diva dance music to put you to bed...



You can pre-order the single at Amazon by clicking here....

chaos in New York...


Well it seems like the state senate of New York State is fucked up royally, as two Democratic state senators joined a cabalistic vote to replace Senator Malcolm Smithas majority leader. Two dickbags, Bronx fucker Pedro Espada and Queens indicted woman-attacker Hiram Monserrate, raised their hands to try to install Long Island pussy Dean Skelos as Senate leader, and change power to the Republicans (of course, being too stupid to realise they have to change their own party). The vote came after the session was adjourned, and already is disputed as to its validity. I hope their constituents realize how much these power-hungry assholes (Espada got his moment to be Senate president, something he would never get otherwise) have them in mind. And lurking in the back is anti-gay marriage fungi Ruben "I've got Jesus up my ass" Diaz possibly running the show.

One source of contention among Democrats recently has been Mr. Smith’s support for same-sex marriage. Senator Rubén Díaz Sr., a Democrat from the Bronx, has been outspoken in his insistence that legislation allowing gay couples to marry not be allowed to come to a vote. Some had speculated he might leave the Democratic Party if Mr. Smith were to allow a vote.

But Mr. Díaz did not join Mr. Espada and Mr. Monserrate in the leadership vote on Monday. It was not immediately clear whether the same-sex marriage legislation played any role in the leadership dispute.

It's not clear whether this came about because of the marriage vote, but either way, these two dicks don't have a long political career ahead of them, and thanks to them for being played as patsies. Good job, weasels.

story of the day....don't ask, don't overturn...

The Supreme Court today stopped a constitutional challenge to the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, which allows the military to throw out gay and lesbian servicemen for no other action than being homosexual. Unfortunately, this is President Obama's worst performance so far, where as he had no problem standing ground on other issues, it seems as though the triangulators in his administration has spooked him too much into being a pussy. I'm looking at you, Rahm. He could easily stop the implementation of the policy until it's formally rescinded, but wouldn't that make all the widdle bittie closetcase crybabies sad!? As for the Armed Forces, fuck you all. If you don't want me, I really don't give a shit about you anymore. Sorry, but that's all I'm thinking right now.

Who said the Tonys aren't fun?

Last night's Tony Awards' shining moment - God telling them not ever to have Poison on singing Nothin' But A Good Time. Punishment - having Bret "Rock Of Syphilis, er, I mean Love" take himself out on a stage prop. Priceless.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Distant Shores song for the night...take on me...

Tonight's DSS is by Norweigan band a-ha, who captivated us in the 80's with top-40 songs like "The Sun Always Shines On TV" and the #1 "Take On Me". Well, their still around and going strong, even making the British top-10 three years ago. Their latest is called "Foot Of The Mountain", and it's a great atmospheric piece of pop-rock from a sorely underrated band...



You can pre-order a-ha's forthcoming album, Foot of the Mountain, coming out June 30, by going to Amazon by clicking here.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Distant Shores song for the night...Caspian Jon Secada?

Tonight's DSS is another Eurovision nugget, and this time it's the entry from the Eurasian country of Azerbajian. "Always" is a duet between singers Aysel Teymurzadeh from Baku, in Azerbaijan itself, and Arash, Iranian-born but raised since age ten in Sweden. The song is a sort of Caspian Jon Secada shuffler, which is a good thing. It did enough to make third place in the Eurovision competition. Here's "Always"..



You can pick up "Always" on the Eurovision compilation at Amazon here, or import the single from the UK site here.

twostepcub's music chart for June 5, 2009...

Hey everyone, it's time for my tunes for the week. This week Theory of A Deadman takes over at the top, while Irish band the Script (pictured above) move up within the top-10. Former big hits by Rascal Flatts and Katy Perry drop out, while the biggest moves come from Cage The Elephant, 3OH!3, and David Guetta. Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on the highlighted name of any artist to go to their website (big movers in red). Dance, girl, dance!

This Week Song/Artists (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Not Meant To Be - Theory Of A Deadman (2)
2. Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon (1)
3. Poker Face - Lady GaGa (3)
4. Takin' Back My Love - Enrique Iglesias f/Ciara (4)
5. Second Chance - Shinedown (7)
6. My Life Would Suck Without You - Kelly Clarkson (6)
7. 1,2,3,4 - Plain White T's (5)
8. The Man Who Can't Be Moved - The Script (10)
9. Spaceman - The Killers (9)
10. I Run To You - Lady Antebellum (14)
11. Wrong - Depeche Mode (16)
12. Sober - Pink (11)
13. The Climb - Miley Cyrus (17)
14. Halo - Beyonce (18)
15. Know Your Enemy - Green Day (21)
16. Lucky - Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat (8)
17. Gives You Hell - All-American Rejects (15)
18. You Found Me - The Fray (12)
19. If Today Was Your Last Day - Nickelback (27)
20. If This Isn't Love - Jennifer Hudson (22)
21. The Fear - Lily Allen (13)
22. Show Me What You're Looking For - Carolina Liar (28)
23. There Goes My Baby - Charlie Wilson (23)
24. Kristy, Are You Doin' OK? - The Offspring (20)
25. Then - Brad Paisley (33)
26. Beautiful U R - Deborah Cox (36)
27. Magnificent - U2 (35)
28. Please Don't Leave Me - Pink (41)
29. This Town - O.A.R. (31)
30. Just Dance - Lady GaGa f/Colby O'Donis (24)
31. Sideways - Dierks Bentley (39)
32. Soulmate - Natasha Bedingfield (25)
33. Her Diamonds - Rob Thomas (46)
34. Audience Of One - Rise Against (26)
35. Day N Nite - Kid Cudi vs. Crookers (40)
36. Come Back To Me - Utada (42)
37. Boom - Anjulie (38)
38. Kiss A Girl - Keith Urban (43)
39. T.O.N.Y. - Solange (29)
40. Jai Ho - AR Rahman f/Nicole Scherzinger (44)
41. If U Seek Amy - Britney Spears (49)
42. Love Story - Taylor Swift (30)
43. Come Back To Me - David Cook (47)
44. Careless Whisper - Seether (37)
45. Bottle Pop - Pussycat Dolls f/Snoop Dogg (45)
46. Hey You - 311 (51)
47. I Do Not Hook Up - Kelly Clarkson (55)
48. Love Sets You Free - Charlie f/Pablito Drum (48)
49. Panic Switch - Silversun Pickups (53)
50. Breakin' Dishes 2009 - Rihanna (60)
51. I Told You So - Carrie Underwood f/Randy Travis (32)
52. Closer To Love - Mat Kearney (54)
53. Beautiful - Akon (63)
54. When Love Takes Over - David Guetta f/Kelly Rowland (70)
55. Love Is The Look - Kristine W. (34)
56. Whatever It Is - The Zac Brown Band (61)
57. sobeautiful - Musiq Soulchild (57)
58. Chocolate High - India.Arie f/Musiq Soulchild (50)
59. Lost You Anyway - Toby Keith (68)
60. Always The Love Songs - The Eli Young Band (62)
61. The Best Days Of Your Life - Kellie Pickler (69)
62. Cover Girl - RuPaul (72)
63. Feel Good Drag - Anberlin (52)
64. It Happens - Sugarland (65)
65. 5 Reasons - Sylvia Tosun & Loverush UK (76)
66. Feel Your Love - Kim Sozzi (59)
67. Sissy's Song - Alan Jackson (71)
68. I'm Not Getting Enough - Yoko Ono (81)
69. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift (79)
70. Black Heart Inertia - Incubus (73)
71. Strange - Reba McEntire (84)
72. Faxing Berlin - Deadmau5 (58)
73. If You Knew - Chris Lake (75)
74, I'll Just Hold On - Blake Shelton (86)
75. Out Last Night - Kenny Chesney (78)
76. Don't Trust Me - 3OH!3 (96)
77. Ain't No Rest For The Wicked - Cage The Elephant (100)
78. Boom Boom Pow - The Black Eyed Peas (80)
79. Funny The Way It Is - Dave Matthews Band (90)
80. One In Every Crowd - Montgomery Gentry (82)
81. Infinity 2008 - Guru Josh Project (91)
82. I Want Your Sex - Jipsta (83)
83. Ayo Technology - Milow (85)
84. On The Ocean - K'Jon (92)
85. She Is Love - Parachute (87)
86. Stay - Safetysuit (88)
87. Love Sex Magic - Ciara f/Justin Timberlake (93)
88. How 'Bout You Don't - Lost Trailers (89)
89. People Are Crazy - Billy Currington (DEBUT)
90. She's Country - Jason Aldean (77)
91. How Do You Sleep? - Jesse McCartney f/Ludacris (DEBUT)
92. No Surprise - Daughtry (DEBUT)
93. Never Say Never - The Fray (DEBUT)
94. Falling Anthem - Bad Boy Bill f/Alyssa Palmer (DEBUT)
95. Where I'm From - Jason Michael Carroll (95)
96. Alright - Darius Rucker (DEBUT)
97. Number 1 - Tinchy Stryder f/N-Dubz (97)
98. Bad Bad Boy - Perry Twins f/Niki Haris (DEBUT)
99. Pretty Wings - Maxwell (DEBUT)
100. Human - Ari Gold (DEBUT)

This week there are nine new entries on my list, starting with country singer Billy Currington. Currington, born near Savannah, Georgia, has amassed 5 top-10 songs on the Billboard country charts so far, with two, "Must Be Doin' Something Right" and "Good Directions", going all the way to #1. His last hit, "Don't", also hit my top-10 as well, and his latest single, the second from his album Little Bit Of Everything, is the easy-going "People Are Crazy"...



Jesse McCartney was last on my list with the 2sc top-40 "Leavin'". mcCartney is a successful actor, but yet finds the time to co-write such smashes as Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love". His followup from the rereleased version of his album Departure is "How Do You Sleep?" which features rapper Ludacris on the break. Look for the photo cameo by Katy Perry...



It seems every week brings another American Idol alum, and this week brings one of the biggest. It's Daughtry, fronted by namesake Chris, with the first single from his sophomore album. Here's "No Surprise"...



The Fray's "You Found Me" is still in my top-20, while their followup single is "Never Say Never", with its grandiose 80's style video...



House DJ Bad Boy Bill from Chicago puts Alyssa Palmer on vocals for his first single on my list, "Falling Anthem"...



Former Hootie & The Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker score a hat trick as his third single to reach the top-20 on the country charts makes my list. Here's the sunny sounds of "Alright"...



Not to be confused with House DJ Bad Boy Bill above, the Perry Twins debut with another dance tune CALLED "Bad Bad Boy"...this time featuring Niki Haris, a former Madonna backing vocalist who had a #2 song as a featured singer with group Natural Selection in 1989 with "Say Anything". Here's "Bad Bad Boy"..



Neo-soul singer Maxwell comes back after a seven year absense with "Pretty Wings"...



And finally, the last debut is by Ari Gold, an openly gay R&B singer from the Bronx, who last was on here with "Where The Music Takes You". His latest incorporates the chorus of the Human League's "Human" into a new dance track.. Here's "Human"...



Adios! Margaritas on the balcony!