Monday, August 31, 2009

distant shores song of the night...something big, oh brother!

Tonight's DSS is by Angie B, who is a contestant on the French version of Big Brother. Her pop assimilation of Tektonic (French electronic dance music) on her new single "Soundwaves" is dance pop you can listen to in the car with your 12-year-old. Just don't show them the video...



You can pick up "Soundwaves" at Amazon's MP3 store by clicking here...

Just a thought, Chris...

Maybe you should just STFU and let wedding parties do your publicity. Here's Chris Brown explaining to Larry King how he can't believe he did all those nasty things to Rihanna, and still luvs her. Yeah. Right.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

F milk, got love?


Last night on the way home from work I stopped at my friend Cliff's house , where he was having a barbecue. I couldn't stay long, but thankfully got to catch singer/songwriter Josh Zuckerman do an informal set in the backyard. I haven't seen him play since years ago, and since he's been a staple on Logo's Click List and Sirius Radio, and he's still down-to-earth enough to play in front of a bunch of happy drunk party-goers. (I keed, I keed.) If you're interested in some great alt-pop-rock by one of the "good guys", show some love and head to the Amazon MP3 store and pick up some of his older tunes (click here to go there) or go to ITunes or CDbaby to get his latest album....or order one of his CDs, of which his latest, Got Love, I got last night, and it'll be my work-driving music for the beginning of this week.



And if you like, vote for Josh on Logo's Click List site by clicking here!

distant shores song of the night...Sour Krauts!


Tonight's DSS is by German techno group Scooter, who have been at the head of the German rave scene for fifteen years, and making the top-10 in their home country twenty-two times.They've crossed into Britain, hitting the top-40 eleven times, though in the States the only single to chart so far was a top-30 dance club single, "Fire". The boys from Hamburg are releasing a new album this fall, Under The Radar, Over The Top, and the first single is "J'Adore Hardcore"...



Luckily in the States, Scooter has enough of a following that you can buy "J'Adore Hardcore" on Amazon's MP3 store by clicking here....

Saturday, August 29, 2009

story of the day...a son remembers....


Not much more is needed than to show the heartfelt and powerful eulogy for the late Senator Ted Kennedy by his son, Ted, Jr. Here's the two parts...



distant shores song for the night...dragged myself from the bed at twenty past six...

Tonight's DSS is by Just Jack, the Londoner who has been on my DSS post before. His latest single "The Day I Died" strikes a Streets' "Dry Your Eyes" chord with a macabre twist...the video features British actor James Nesbitt and it's quite reminiscent in tone to the movie Memento, maybe not faithfully, but in spirit...



You can pick up a copy of Just Jack's All Night Cinema CD, which contains the songs "The Day I Died" and "Embers", at Amazon.com by clicking here.

Friday, August 28, 2009

twostepcub's music chart for August 28, 2009...


Hey guys, it's a rainy Friday night and time for my tunes for the week. This week Katy Perry spends a third week on top and in Vegas, while rock band Cage The Elephant (pictured above) sneaks into the top-10. Former big hits by Miley Cyrus, Kellie Pickler, Livvi Franc, Lady GaGa, and Deborah Cox drop off the chart, while tunes by Beyonce, U2, and Kristine W. make the biggest jumps (marked in red). Link-O-Rama is still in effect so you can click on the highlighted name of any artist to go to their website (right-click and you can use a different tab or window)...Bottoms Up!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Waking Up In Vegas - Katy Perry (1)
2. Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon (2)
3. Please Don't Leave Me - Pink (5)
4. Her Diamonds - Rob Thomas (4)
5. When Love Takes Over - David Guetta f/Kelly Rowland (3)
6. New Divide - Linkin Park (6)
7. No Surprise - Daughtry (9)
8. Panic Switch - Silversun Pickups (8)
9. Ain't No Rest For The Wicked - Cage The Elephant (11)
10. LoveGame - Lady GaGa (10)
11. Second Chance - Shinedown (7)
12. Hush Hush - Pussycat Dolls (14)
13. I'll Just Hold On - Blake Shelton (13)
14. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift (12)
15. 21 Guns - Green Day (16)
16. Fire Burning - Sean Kingston (19)
17. Crazy Possessive - Kaci Battaglia (21)
18. Never Say Never - The Fray (18)
19. Love Etc. - Pet Shop Boys (15)
20. Give You Everything - Erika Jayne (20)
21. Fallin' For You - Colbie Caillat (25)
22. Let The Feelings Go - AnnaGrace (22)
23. Closer To Love - Mat Kearney (23)
24. If Today Was Your Last Day - Nickelback (17)
25. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas (31)
26. I Do Not Hook Up - Kelly Clarkson (24)
27. Another Day - Sophia May (29)
28. People Are Crazy - Billy Currington (28)
29. Bulletproof - La Roux (41)
30. Boots On - Randy Houser (34)
31. Battlefield - Jordin Sparks (39)
32. Pretty Wings - Maxwell (32)
33. Money's Too Tight To Mention 2009 - Simply Red (43)
34. Sing - Wynonna (36)
35. Life In Technicolor II - Coldplay (30)
36. Evacuate The Dancefloor - Cascada (46)
37. Halo - Beyonce (33)
38. Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti & Spearhead (50)
39. Magnificent - U2 (27)
40. Wild At Heart - Gloriana (42)
41. I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) - Pitbull (45)
42. Come Back To Me - David Cook (37)
43. Armageddon - Jessica Jarrell (48)
44. On The Ocean - K'Jon (44)
45. Be Alright - Kristine W. (59)
46. Goodbye - Kristinia DeBarge (58)
47. I Run To You - Lady Antebellum (26)
48. Barefoot & Crazy - Jack Ingram (52)
49. Infinity 2008 - Guru Josh Project (49)
50. She Is Love - Parachute (51)
51. Stay - Safetysuit (56)
52. Living For The Night - George Strait (54)
53. The Point Of It All - Anthony Hamilton (53)
54. Sweet Dreams - Beyonce (82)
55. Knock You Down - Keri Hilson f/Kanye West (60)
56. Staring Down - Collective Soul (66)
57. Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas (57)
58. Patron Tequila - Paradiso Girls f/Lil Jon & Eve (62)
59. Alright - Darius Rucker (55)
60. The Sound Of Madness - Shinedown (61)
61. Notion - Kings Of Leon (67)
62. Body Rock - Oceana (38)
63. It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You - Tim McGraw (77)
64. Back It Up - Gia Bella (47)
65. Somewhere Around Midnight - Airborne Toxic Event (65)
66. Last Chance - Ginuwine (70)
67. Drop A House - DJ DeMarko f/Heather Leigh West (73)
68. Attention Whore - Deadmau5 f/Melleefresh (78)
69. She Wolf - Shakira (DEBUT)
70. Never Give U Up - Raphael Saadiq f/Stevie Wonder & CJ (74)
71. Be There - Howie Day (81)
72. 99 Times - Kate Voegele (76)
73. Big Green Tractor - Jason Aldean (83)
74. Summer Nights - Rascal Flatts (75)
75. I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight - U2 (91)
76. Runaway - Love & Theft (90)
77. Celebration - Madonna (DEBUT)
78. Good Girls Go Bad - Cobra Starship f/Leighton Meester (DEBUT)
79. Rose Of Jericho - BT (DEBUT)
80. Only You Can Love Me This Way - Keith Urban (94)
81. Love Your Love The Most - Eric Church (85)
82. I Remember - Deadmau5 & Kaskade (DEBUT)
83. Red Light - David Nail (89)
84. That's Not My Name - The Ting Tings (RE-ENTRY)
85. Jungle Drum - Emiliana Torrini (86)
86. Small Town USA - Justin Moore (88)
87. Smile - Uncle Kracker (97)
88. Just Go - Lionel Richie (80)
89. Down - Jay Sean f/Lil Wayne (DEBUT)
90. Sounds Like Life To Me - Darryl Worley (92)
91. Savior - Rise Against (DEBUT)
92. Welcome To The Future - Brad Paisley (96)
93. Ignorance - Paramore (DEBUT)
94. Never Leave You - Tinchy Stryder f/Amelle (DEBUT)
95. Can't Live Without You - Charlie Wilson (100)
96. American Ride - Toby Keith (98)
97. The Fixer - Pearl Jam (DEBUT)
98. Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song) - Chris Young (DEBUT)
99. Lasse-Toi Aller Bebe - Collectif Metisse (DEBUT)
100. Manos Al Aire - Nelly Furtado (DEBUT)

This week there are thirteen new songs to the chart, as well as the Ting Ting's "That's Not My Name" re-entering...

The highest debut is by Columbian-American singer Shakira. It's amazing that she's been absent for 2 years, when her collaboration with Beyonce, "Beautiful Liar" was hitting it big. Her latest is the sensual "She Wolf", with the craziest girl-howl (and not in a scary way)...



And who could be hotter than Shakira? Madge, that's who. Yes, Madonna's back again with the leadoff single from her greatest hits collection. It's basically a pastiche of every dance hit she's had before, but that's not too bad at all. Here's "Celebration"...



Next up is American dance artist/producer/DJ BT (Bryan Transeau). It's an instrumental track that brings him back to his trance-music roots. Here's "Rose Of Jericho"..



And while we're listening to trance, here's another great trance artist, Kaskade, who pairs with Canadian DJ Deadmau5, who already is climbing my chart with "Attention Whore". Their dreamy collab is "I Remember"...



Next up is Jay Sean, who was born Kamaljit Singh Jhooti in London. The R&B singer of Asian-Indian heritage already has had 6 top-40 hits in the UK, and now spices his cool funk with a Lil Wayne with "Down"...



Punk rock band Rise Against have already been on my chart with songs like the excellent "Re-Eductation (Through Labor)" and "Audience Of One". They set the stage for their upcoming CD with the track "Savior"...



Another rock CD forthcoming is Paramore's latest, and the first single from that is the rockin' "Ignorance"...



British artist Tinchy Stryder, who is in the "grime" (which combines house, island, and hip-hop) genre of dance music, pairs up with Sugababes singer Amelle for the fun "Never Leave You"...



And the biggest anticipated rock album this fall is Pearl Jam's upcoming CD, available at Target...It was striking going there last week and finding the vinyl single of PJ's latest, "The Fixer" there. Big Kudos!!!!



Country singer Chris Young won the singing talent show Nashville Star, and two years later his first truly big country hit emerges - "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)"...



The last two debuts are both foreign language faves of mine. The first is by Collectif Metisse. With members from France, America, North Africa and Reunion Island, the group comes on with the fun-filled summer hit "Lasse-Toi Aller Bebe" (Let's Go Baby)...



And last is Nelly Furtado. A recurrent hitmaker, she previews her latest Spanish language album with "Manos Al Aire" (Hands In The Air)...



I HATE "School Nights"!!!!

story of the day....lost and found...

Today's big story is thankfully a heartwarming one. Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was abducted 18 years ago by a mad couple in California and forced to live in virtual prison camp conditions, was found and reunited with her mother and stepfather. The evil man who took her when she was 11 eventually forced her to carry two of his children. That man, Phillip Garrido, was a previous convicted rapist who has been on parole. Of course, like many crazy psychopaths, he used the cloak of religion to hide or compensate for the awful things he has done. I'm sure Jaycee is going through a lot of trauma right now, especially since she apparently succumbed to Stokholm syndrome, where she sympathizes with her captors. I have her in my prayers tonight, and I'm thankful for what I have in this world.

distant shores song of the day...because you're mine...

Today's DSS is by French DJ Laurent Wolf (nee' DeBuire), who had one of my favorite dance jams of last year, "No Stress". This time out he contorts Johnny Cash's "I Walk The Line" into an electro bouncer, and accompanies it with an appropriately western-themed video. It's made the top-10 in France already in it's first week, here's "Walk The Line"...



You can pick up an import of the CD Single for "Walk the Line" at Amazon's French site by clicking ici (here)...

Thursday, August 27, 2009

distant shores song of the night...you changed up your makeup your DNA...


Tonight's DSS is by Dutch singer Esmee Denters, who gained a following covering songs on YouTube, and now is signed to Justin Timberlake's "vanity record label", Tennman. Her new single has hit the top-10 in The Netherlands as well as Great Britain. Here's the Britneyesque "Outta Here"...



You can download Esmee's "Outta Here" at Amazon's MP3 store by clicking here...

In Memorium: SHE'S the Leader Of The Pack....

One of the best pop songwriters of all time, Ellie Greenwich, passed away yesterday in New York. Greenwich, with her former husband Jeff Barry, co-wrote some of the most memorable tunes, and was behind much of the best of producer Phil Spector's output, including "Da Doo Run Run", "Chapel Of Love" and "Baby I Love You". She also branched out as a producer, and helped mentor acts like Neil Diamond and Dusty Springfield.

Here are my two all-time favorite songs by Greenwich...Darlene Love's "(Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry"...



The Crystals' "And Then He Kissed Me"...



And of course, "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes...

Republican Douchebag of the week...subtle hope...

This week's Republican Douchebag award winner goes to Kansas (as in "What's the Matter With...") Rep. Lynn Jenkins, who would've won the C U Next Tuesday award for female douchbaggery if I had read this two days ago.

Jenkins held a town hall meeting
, which apparently for her means Republican party campaign meeting, last week in Hiawatha, Kansas. In heralding what she feels as a new wave of Republican hopefuls that will save this great land from the dictatorship apparently secretly imposed on us by our rightfully (for once) elected president, she invoked the insightful and colorful phrase "Great White Hope". As in "save us from the scary black man".

As in its most famous usage, the search for the boxer that would wrest the heavyweight title from the first black champion, Jack Johnson. That hype culminated in race clashes that followed Johnson's victory over rascist goon James Jeffries.

Lynn, dear, don't pretend you don't know how your words would be taken. You've taken the Palinesque beautyqueen brainwash classes well, and it may work where nobody's really paying attention, but elsewhere looks as fake as your fucked up streak job on your hair.

So, in closing, Rep. Jenkins, maybe being more of a public servant and less of a sycophantic hack who's running for queen bee of her Stepford Wife fantasy bowl.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Distant Shores Song For The Night....we get a thrill from clapping our hands...

Tonight's DSS is by Scottish dance artist Calvin Harris, who previously co-wrote two of the best songs on Kylie Minogue's X album, "In My Arms" and "Heartbeat Rock". He follows his twin UK #1 singles ("Dance Wiv Me" and "I'm Not Alone") with the discofied "Ready For The Weekend". With the chorus sung by Mary Pearce, it's the perfect bouncy song for me attempting to dust....



You can pick up "Ready For The Weekend" at Amazon's MP3 store by clicking here.

Story Of The Day: The Lion....


Ted Kennedy lost his battle with brain cancer last night. As the last of the Kennedy brothers who were at the heart of the Democratic party, Ted was an enigma to those not passionate in politcal history. In fact, for most, including me as a younger man, the cariacture of the bloated, drunk, philanderer whose horrible mistake at Chappaquidick which cost him his presidential aspirations, but more importantly the life of a young woman. There's no excuse for those incidents, and you can argue back and forth about it, but if you try to focus on the legacy of what he's accomplished as a Senator, including the fight for a fair wage, the advancement of civil rights, and being a sane voice against the Iraq War. Also, he's been one of the strongest advocates for the LGBT community in the history of Congress, even better than the gays and lesbians that are there. The more I read about his history, the more I will miss him. May his memory inspire the biggest cause of his career, the struggle for the promise of health care as a fundamental part of American's rights. How anyone could argue against that (and in effect argue for the greed of those running the insurance business) is beyond me.

And courtesy of Josh Marshall's awesome Talking Points Memo blog (the first political blog I had read then followed), here are two of the most striking videos of Kennedy...the first is his speech after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr...



The second showcases his fire as a Senator - namely, to fight for a vote on raising the minimum wage...

Sunday, August 23, 2009

twostepcub's music chart for August 21, 2009...

Hey, my vacation is over, and it's time for my tunes for the week. This week Katy Perry spends a second week on top, while the Silversun Pickups (pictured above) jumps into the top-10. Songs by Kristine W., Deadmau5, and Tim McGraw make the biggest moves (big moves in red), while former big hits by The Script, The Zac Brown Band, The Perry Twins, and Anberlin drop out. Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on the highlighted name of any of the artists to go to their website (right-click, and you can use another window or tab and leave this page up). I hate fucking skunks!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Waking Up In Vegas - Katy Perry (1)
2. Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon (3)
3. When Love Takes Over - David Guetta f/Kelly Rowland (2)
4. Her Diamonds - Rob Thomas (4)
5. Please Don't Leave Me - Pink (5)
6. New Divide - Linkin Park (8)
7. Second Chance - Shinedown (6)
8. Panic Switch - Silversun Pickups (12)
9. No Surprise - Daughtry (9)
10. LoveGame - Lady GaGa (14)
11. Ain't No Rest For The Wicked - Cage The Elephant (13)
12. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift (10)
13. I'll Just Hold On - Blake Shelton (17)
14. Hush Hush - Pussycat Dolls (16)
15. Love Etc. - Pet Shop Boys (15)
16. 21 Guns - Green Day (21)
17. If Today Was Your Last Day - Nickelback (7)
18. Never Say Never - The Fray (20)
19. Fire Burning - Sean Kingston (25)
20. Give You Everything - Erika Jayne (24)
21. Crazy Possessive - Kaci Battaglia (27)
22. Let Your Feelings Go - AnnaGrace (22)
23. Closer To Love - Mat Kearney (23)
24. I Do Not Hook Up - Kelly Clarkson (18)
25. Falling For You - Colbie Caillat (33)
26. I Run To You - Lady Antebellum (11)
27. Magnificent - U2 (19)
28. People Are Crazy - Billy Currington (28)
29. Another Day - Sophia May (34)
30. Life In Technicolor II - Coldplay (31)
31. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas (37)
32. Pretty Wings - Maxwell (36)
33. Halo - Beyonce (29)
34. Boots On - Randy Houser (39)
35. The Climb - Miley Cyrus (26)
36. Sing - Wynonna (42)
37. Come Back To Me - David Cook (32)
38. Body Rock - Oceana (30)
39. Battlefield - Jordin Sparks (46)
40. The Best Days Of Your Life - Kellie Pickler (40)
41. Bulletproof - La Roux (49)
42. Wild At Heart - Gloriana (44)
43. Money's Too Tight To Mention '09 - Simply Red (47)
44. On The Ocean - K'Jon (38)
45. I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) - Pitbull (50)
46. Evacuate The Dancefloor - Cascada (51)
47. Back It Up - Gia Bella (48)
48. Armageddon - Jessica Jarrell (52)
49. Infinity 2008 - Guru Josh Project (43)
50. Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti & Spearhead (59)
51. She Is Love - Parachute (56)
52. Barefoot & Crazy - Jack Ingram (63)
53. The Point Of It All - Anthony Hamilton (53)
54. Living For The Night - George Strait (54)
55. Alright - Darius Rucker (55)
56. Stay - Safetysuit (58)
57. Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas (57)
58. Goodbye - Kristinia DeBarge (61)
59. Be Alright - Kristine W. (81)
60. Knock You Down - Keri Hilson f/Kanye West (69)
61. The Sound Of Madness - Shinedown (73)
62. Patron Tequila - Paradiso Girls f/Lil' Jon & Eve (66)
63. Now I'm That Bitch - Livvi Franc (45)
64. Strange - Reba McEntire (41)
65. Sometime Around Midnight - Airborne Toxic Event (65)
66. Staring Down - Collective Soul (82)
67. Notion - Kings Of Leon (77)
68. I've Got Friends - Manchester Orchestra (68)
69, Poker Face - Lady GaGa (35)
70. Last Chance - Ginuwine (80)
71. Beautiful U R - Deborah Cox (67)
72. Ca M'Enerve - Helmut Fritz (64)
73. Drop A House - DJ Demarko f/Heather Leigh West (83)
74. Never Give U Up - Raphael Saadiq f/Stevie Wonder & CJ (74)
75. Summer Nights - Rascal Flatts (76)
76. 99 Times - Kate Voegele (78)
77. It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You - Tim McGraw (96)
78. Attention Whore - Deadmau5 f/Mellefresh (98)
79. You Without Me - Tina Sugandh (70)
80. Just Go - Lionel Richie (75)
81. Be There - Howie Day (89)
82. Sweet Dreams - Beyonce (DEBUT)
83. Big Green Tractor - Jason Aldean (87)
84. Beat Again - JLS (84)
85. Love Your Love The Most - Eric Church (85)
86. Jungle Drum - Emiliana Torrini (88)
87. Indian Summer - Brooks & Dunn (91)
88. Small Town USA - Justin Moore (90)
89. Red Light - David Nail (93)
90. Runaway - Love & Theft (92)
91. I'll Go Crazy If A Don't Go Crazy Tonight - U2 (DEBUT)
92. Sounds Like Life To Me - Darryl Worley (94)
93. Supernova - Mr. Hudson f/Kanye West (95)
94. Only You Can Love Me This Way - Keith Urban (DEBUT)
95. Stadt - Cassandra Steen f/Adel Tawil (99)
96. Welcome To The Future - Brad Paisley (DEBUT)
97. Smile - Unkle Kracker (DEBUT)
98. American Ride - Toby Keith (100)
99. The Sound Of Missing You - Ameerah (DEBUT)
100. Can't Live Without You - Charlie Wilson (DEBUT)

This week seven new songs enter my list, starting with the new single by Beyonce, which makes five from her I Am...Sasha Fierce that made it here. It's "Sweet Dreams", with a video that recalls her "Single Ladies" dance routine....



Next is rock powerhouse U2, whose former top-5 "Magnificent" is still on the chart. Their latest, "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight", is the third charting single from their No Line On The Horizon CD, and it comes with a cool new animated video clip. It's worth a watch...



Keith Urban also mines his latest album (Defying Gravity) for a third single with the love ballad "Only You Can Love Me This Way"...



Brad Paisley's "Welcome To The Future" may not be my favorite cut off his new album American Saturday Night, but according to him it's his favorite. So enjoy ..



Matthew Shafer, a.k.a. Uncle Kracker, is back with a new breezy summer song "Smile"...almost makes you forget the drama he's been through the last year or two..



Belgian/North African singer Ameerah is debuting with the dance track "The Sound Of Missing You". It fits in with the dramatic dance radio songs big today...



and finally, former Gap Band lead Charlie Wilson follows up his 2SC top-10 song "There Goes My Baby" with the more upbeat "Can't Live Without You"...



where's the baking soda and peroxide????

Sunday, August 16, 2009

twostepcub's music chart for August 14, 2009...

Hey everybody, it's time for my tunes for the week. This week Katy Perry takes over the top spot, while Linkin Park (pictured above) move into the top-10. Former big hits by Dierks Bentley, The Fray, and Carolina Liar drop off, while Michael Franti, Ginuwine, and La Roux make the biggest moves. Link-O-Rama is still in full effect, so if you want to find out more about any artist on the chart, just click on the highlighted name to go to their own website (right-click and you can use another window or tab and leave this page up) . F-ng lawn mowers!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Waking Up In Vegas - Katy Perry (2)
2. When Love Takes Over - David Guetta f/Kelly Rowland (1)
3. Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon (3)
4. Her Diamonds - Rob Thomas (4)
5. Please Don't Leave Me - Pink (7)
6. Second Chance - Shinedown (6)
7. If Today Was Your Last Day - Nickelback (5)
8. New Divide - Linkin Park (11)
9. No Surprise - Daughtry (9)
10. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift (10)
11. I Run To You - Lady Antebellum (8)
12. Panic Switch - Silversun Pickups (14)
13. Ain't No Rest For The Wicked - Cage The Elephant (15)
14. LoveGame - Lady GaGa (18)
15. Love Etc. - Pet Shop Boys (17)
16. Hush Hush - Pussycat Dolls (21)
17. I'll Just Hold On - Blake Shelton (19)
18. I Do Not Hook Up - Kelly Clarkson (12)
19. Magnificent - U2 (13)
20. Never Say Never - The Fray (20)
21. 21 Guns - Green Day (29)
22. Let Your Feelings Go - AnnaGrace (22)
23. Closer To Love - Mat Kearney (25)
24. Give You Everything - Erika Jayne (26)
25. Fire Burning - Sean Kingston (31)
26. The Climb - Miley Cyrus (16)
27. Crazy Possessive - Kaci Battaglia (33)
28. People Are Crazy - Billy Currington (28)
29. Halo - Beyonce (27)
30. Body Rock - Oceana (32)
31. Life In Technicolor II - Coldplay (34)
32. Come Back To Me - David Cook (24)
33. Falling For You - Colbie Caillat (37)
34. Another Day - Sophia May (44)
35. Poker Face - Lady GaGa (23)
36. Pretty Wings - Maxwell (38)
37. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas (41)
38. On The Ocean - K'Jon (40)
39. Boots On - Randy Houser (45)
40. The Best Days Of Your Life - Kellie Pickler (42)
41. Strange - Reba McEntire (43)
42. Sing - Wynonna (46)
43. Infinity 2008 - Guru Josh Project (39)
44. Wild At Heart - Gloriana (48)
45. Now I'm That Bitch - Livvi Franc (30)
46. Battlefield - Jordin Sparks (51)
47. Money's Too Tight To Mention 2009 - Simply Red (53)
48. Back It Up - Gia Bella (50)
49. Bulletproof - La Roux (67)
50. I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) - Pitbull (54)
51. Evacuate The Dancefloor - Cascada (64)
52. Armageddon - Jessica Jarrell (68)
53. The Point Of It All - Anthony Hamilton (57)
54. Living For The Night - George Strait (56)
55. Alright - Darius Rucker (55)
56. She Is Love - Parachute (61)
57. Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas (58)
58. Stay - Safetysuit (63)
59. Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti & Spearhead (82)
60. The Man Who Can't Be Moved - The Script (35)
61. Goodbye - Kristinia DeBarge (70)
62. No You Girls - Franz Ferdinand (62)
63. Barefoot & Crazy - Jack Ingram (69)
64. Ca M'enerve - Helmut Fritz (60)
65. Sometime Around Midnight - Airborne Toxic Event (66)
66. Patron Tequila - Paradiso Girls (73)
67. Beautiful U R - Deborah Cox (65)
68. I've Got Friends - Manchester Orchestra (71)
69. Knock You Down - Keri Hilson f/Kanye West (77)
70. You Without Me - Tina Sugandh (72)
71. Whatever It Is - The Zac Brown Band (47)
72. Bad Bad Boy - Perry Twins f/Niki Haris (49)
73. The Sound Of Madness - Shinedown (81)
74. Never Give U Up - Raphael Saadiq f/Stevie Wonder & CJ (79)
75. Just Go - Lionel Richie (75)
76. Summer Nights - Rascal Flatts (76)
77. Notion - Kings Of Leon (87)
78. 99 Times - Kate Voegele (80)
79. Walking On A Dream - Empire Of The Sun (83)
80. Last Chance - Ginuwine (99)
81. Be Alright - Kristine W. (DEBUT)
82. Staring Down - Collective Soul (86)
83. Drop A House - DJ DeMarko f/Heather Leigh West (DEBUT)
84. Beat Again - JLS (92)
85. Love Your Love The Most - Eric Church (91)
86. Feel Good Drag - Anberlin (84)
87. Big Green Tractor - Jason Aldean (89)
88. Jungle Drum - Emiliana Torrini (88)
89. Be There - Howie Day (94)
90. Small Town USA - Justin Moore (90)
91. Indian Summer - Brooks & Dunn (93)
92. Runaway - Love & Theft (96)
93. Red Light - David Nail (95)
94. Sounds Like Life To Me - Darryl Worley (98)
95. Supernova - Mr. Hudson f/Kanye West (DEBUT)
96. It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You - Tim McGraw (DEBUT)
97. It's Alright, It's OK - Ashley Tisdale (97)
98. Attention Whore - Deadmau5 & Mellefresh (DEBUT)
99. Stadt - Cassandra Steen f/Adel Tawil (100)
100. American Ride - Toby Keith (DEBUT)

This week six new songs debut, and the highest is by dance diva Kristine W., whose career path involved being a Miss America pageant contestant (from Washington), being a fixture in the Las Vegas nightclub circuit, and having a whopping 13 songs hit the #1 position on the Billboard Dance Club Play charts. Her latest, "Be Alright" is very much on its way to make #14...



DJ Demarko pairs up with another dance singer, Heather Leigh West, to put a spin on an old British #1 hit (the Tamperer's "Feel It"), to make "Drop A House"...



Mr. Hudson, an English band led by a Mr. Hudson (vocalist/guitarist Ben), get a little help from Kanye West with the new-wave-ish "Supernova"...



Tim McGraw previews his forthcoming album Southern Voice with the comical "It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You"...



Techno producer/artist Deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman) teams up with Mellefresh (who shows up on Wikipedia as being the voice of the Care Bears' Cheer Bear - take that as you will), for the snarky "Attention Whore"...



And finally, resident faux-hillbilly Toby Keith puts out his latest product...um I mean song with "American Ride"...



Anybody have some goats, my lawn is knee friggin deep!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Gold medal in the stupid Olympics...

Watch the stupid.

This is the face of the much-hyped "American psyche" today. Someone with no clue, just a "gut" feeling, and absolutely no comprehension of the so-called debate that she's having with Hardball guest-host Lawrence O'Donnell. He was easy on her, and yet she was almost self-immolated in her own ignorance.



So let me get this straight. Her kid is about to get surgery which would possibly set her family back God knows, and she is STILL a lemming for the Rushbot mass? Classy.

Story of the day...oh NO they didn't....

If the sourced information from ESPN is true, Michael Vick will be signed to the Philadelphia Eagles for a two-year deal. Yes, Michael Vick, who it seemed like yesterday was convicted of running a horrible dogfighting ring.

Holy fucking shit.

Whoever came up with that marketing/tactical strategy needs to be checked for rabies themselves.

Done.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Story of the day...cranky seniors, fearmongerers and ambulance chasers....


It's been hard wrapping myself around a "story of the day" lately, since apparently everything is hunky dory in Iran and the collective American pulse has moved to the appalling prospect of making sure that citizens have health care. Everyday the media has been transfixed, because there's nothing like a good shouting/pushing match, isn't there?

What my take on this whole bullshit comes down to this...

The President/administration wants to put through a reform to healthcare. It's been pretty vague what specifically this reform would take, whether it be more regulation of the insurance industry, or a public option where people can choose to be in a group that can negotiate just like the major employers can. (There's also the boogeyman of a "single payer option", where all "insurance" would be a government handled affair.) How did this become the coming of Armegeddon? And especially to the ignorant Seizure Villagers that rot away while sucking on Medicare's teet? Would these fucktards feel the same if they were set free to pay for their own fire protection, which is used way less? I see videos of these ranting bitties at town halls, and think "my God, they're just happy somebody's listening to them and not just ignoring them in their nursing home!". Couple them with a few shills from the insurance agency (the biggest sham in this economic time), quite a few rascists that are happy to be able to be pissed as hell that a black man is our president, and passive lemmings, and you've got a recipe for Salem witch stew.

And jumping on that bandwagon are oppurtunistic snake-oil politicians, who utilize these pre-planned throngs of stupid to give them a little more air/funding time. Best amongst this is the uber-fucktard Sarah Palin. To paraphrase Keith O., Sarah Victim is dangling her mongoloid child like Michael Jackson at a hotel to further her Q rating, sensationally stating that she fears a 'death panel' would make her somehow euthanize her daughter. FUCK YOU. FUCKYOUFUCKYOUFUCKYOU...sorry, everytime I think about that cunt, all I hear is a million 'fuck yous'... First off, who's paying for your healthcare now? Hmm? Second, you certainly can't be in dire straits due to medical bills, since you're jetting off to New York to be feted with lobster and champagne, huh? Read this account from someone really affected by this issue...

You have no idea what it’s like to be called into a sterile conference room with a hospital administrator you’ve never met before and be told that your mother’s insurance policy will only pay for 30 days in ICU. You can't imagine what it's like to be advised that you need to “make some decisions,” like whether your mother should be released “HTD” which is hospital parlance for “home to die,” or if you want to pay out of pocket to keep her in the ICU another week. And when you ask how much that would cost you are given a number so impossibly large that you realize there really are no decisions to make. The decision has been made for you. "Living will" or no, it doesn't matter. The bank account and the insurance policy have trumped any legal document.

If this isn’t a “death panel” I don’t know what is.


All i wish is for this woman to get 30 minutes in a room with Palin to kick the living shit out of that pussy. And then have no healthcare option. See how that goes.

Lastly, it ws only a matter of time where the "angry mob" produces a fame-hungry freak like Kid Kwame body double Kenneth Gladney, who proactively got into a pushing match at a town hall, and turned it into a whiplash scheme to make the rounds at Fox News, even stupidly pushing the "hate crime" card, even though the supposed "attacker" (read person he initially shoved) was also black. Kenneth (cause lord I know you only go by your full dork-ass name), go throw some boiling McDonalds coffee on your ass and get the fuck out.

And to all the other cranky fucks who are writing the Rush/Beck screeds to blather out loud to whoever would hear... Answer me this, as I've asked this before...

Those people without insurance that you despise, as freeloaders just as people on welfare (unless they're from your family), when they get sick, they go to the emergency room. Who the FUCK do you think pays for that? The hospital fairy? NO, he only gives out the jello, dickweed.

And by the way, I feel very lucky to be someone who is well-insured, does NOT fear losing it, knows the other side is lying, and am proud to be a union member, who fights for workers' rights like this.

And lastly, to that woman in the picture on top, I hope you fucking stroke out, and lay in an emergency room for hours with someone figuring out what the fuck to do with your sorry ass. It'd probably up your IQ 50 points as well.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

twostepcub's music chart for August 7, 2009

Hey guys, well it's time for my tunes for the week. Wow it's been two weeks since my last post, and David Guetta and Kelly Rowland stay at the top for a third week, while Rob Thomas (pictured above) jumps into the top-5. The biggest jumps are by songs by La Roux, Jordin Sparks, and Simply Red; and in the two weeks since I last posted this list, former big hits by Theory of a Deadman, Enrique Iglesias, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, All-American Rejects, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, and The Killers dropped out. Whew! Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so for any of you stumbling upon my blog new, you can click on the highlighted name of any artist to go to their website (right-click, and you can bring it up in a new window or tab). The last week positions are from the week I skipped. And away we gooooo.....

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. When Loves Takes Over - David Guetta f/Kelly Rowland (1)
2. Waking Up In Vegas - Katy Perry (3)
3. Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon (4)
4. Her Diamonds - Rob Thomas (8)
5. If Today Was Your Last Day - Nickelback (7)
6. Second Chance - Shinedown (6)
7. Please Don't Leave Me - Pink (9)
8. I Run To You - Lady Antebellum (2)
9. No Surprise - Daughtry (13)
10. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift (11)
11. New Divide - Linkin Park (14)
12. I Do Not Hook Up - Kelly Clarkson (12)
13. Magnificent - U2 (5)
14. Panic Switch - Silversun Pickups (16)
15. Ain't No Rest For The Wicked - Cage The Elephant (17)
16. The Climb - Miley Cyrus (10)
17. Love Etc. - Pet Shop Boys (21)
18. LoveGame - Lady GaGa (25)
19. I'll Just Hold On - Blake Shelton (19)
20. Never Say Never - The Fray (22)
21. Hush Hush - The Pussycat Dolls (28)
22. Let The Feelings Go - AnnaGrace (26)
23. Poker Face - Lady GaGa (15)
24. Come Back To Me - David Cook (20)
25. Closer To Love - Mat Kearney (27)
26. Give You Everything - Erika Jayne (31)
27. Halo - Beyonce (23)
28. People Are Crazy - Billy Currington (29)
29. 21 Guns - Green Day (33)
30. Now I'm That Bitch - Livvi Franc (30)
31. Fire Burning - Sean Kingston (36)
32. Body Rock - Oceana (34)
33. Crazy Possessive - Kaci Battaglia (41)
34. Life In Technicolor II - Coldplay (38)
35. The Man Who Can't Be Moved - The Script (18)
36. Sideways - Dierks Bentley (24)
37. Falling For You - Colbie Caillat (49)
38. Pretty Wings - Maxwell (42)
39. Infinity 2008 - Guru Josh Project (37)
40. On The Ocean - K'Jon (40)
41. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas (51)
42. The Best Days Of Your Life - Kellie Pickler (44)
43. Strange - Reba McEntire (45)
44. Another Day - Sophia May (50)
45. Boots On - Randy Houser (53)
46. Sing - Wynonna (52)
47. Whatever It Is - The Zac Brown Band (32)
48. Wild At Heart - Gloriana (48)
49. Bad Bad Boy - Perry Twins f/Niki Haris (35)
50. Back It Up - Gia Bella (57)
51. Battlefield - Jordin Sparks (71)
52. You Found Me - The Fray (46)
53. Money's Too Tight To Mention '09 - Simply Red (68)
54. I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) - Pitbull (66)
55. Alright - Darius Rucker (59)
56. Living For The Night - George Strait (62)
57. The Point Of It All - Anthony Hamilton (69)
58. Boom Boom Pow - The Black Eyed Peas (60)
59. Show Me What I'm Looking For - Carolina Liar (39)
60. Ca M'enerve - Helmut Fritz (54)
61. She Is Love - Parachute (63)
62. No You Girls - Franz Ferdinand (58)
63. Stay - Safetysuit (67)
64. Evacuate The Dancefloor - Cascada (74)
65. Beautiful U R - Deborah Cox (65)
66. Sometime Around Midnight - Airborne Toxic Event (73)
67. Bulletproof - La Roux (88)
68. Armageddon - Jessica Jarrell (78)
69. Barefoot & Crazy - Jack Ingram (76)
70. Goodbye - Kristinia DeBarge (75)
71. I've Got Friends - Manchester Orchestra (77)
72. You Without Me - Tina Sugandh (80)
73. Patron Tequila - Paradiso Girls (87)
74. Falling Anthem - Bad Boy Bill f/Alyssa Palmer (64)
75. Just Go - Lionel Richie (82)
76. Summer Nights - Rascal Flatts (79)
77. Knock You Down - Keri Hilson f/Kanye West (81)
78. Nightlife - An-Ya (72)
79. Never Give U Up - Raphael Saadiq f/Stevie Wonder & CJ (89)
80. 99 Times - Kate Voegele (84)
81. The Sound Of Madness - Shinedown (95)
82. Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti & Spearhead (DEBUT)
83. Walking On A Dream - Empire Of The Sun (85)
84. Feel Good Drag - Anberlin (83)
85. If I Know You - The Presets (86)
86. Staring Down - Collective Soul (94)
87. Notion - Kings Of Leon (99)
88. Jungle Drum - Emiliana Torrini (90)
89. Big Green Tractor - Jason Aldean (92)
90. Small Town USA - Justin Moore (91)
91. Love Your Love The Most - Eric Church (96)
92. Beat Again - JLS (DEBUT)
93. Indian Summer - Brooks & Dunn (97)
94. Be There - Howie Day (DEBUT)
95. Red Light - David Nail (DEBUT)
96. Runaway - Love & Theft (DEBUT)
97. It's Alright, It's OK - Ashley Tisdale (DEBUT)
98. Sounds Like Life To Me - Darryl Worley (100)
99. Last Chance - Ginuwine (DEBUT)
100. Stadt - Cassandra Steen f/Adel Tawil (RE-ENTRY)

This week there are seven debuts (while German hit "Stadt" comes back). First off is long-time fave Michael Franti, who used to be in the seminal intellectual hip-hop outfit Disposible Heroes of Hiphiprosy, and now fronts Spearhead, with the bubbly summer jam "Say Hey (I Love You)"...



Next is English boy-band JLS, who competed on Britain's X Factor, and debut their new single "Beat Again"....



I saw Australian Howie Day opening for Tori Amos quite a few years back, and since then he had hit the big time with songs like "Collide". His new single is "Be There"...



Country singer David Nail's ballad "Red Light" is his first on my list.



Also on the country side of things, band Love And Theft come on with "Runaway"..



Tween star Ashley Tisdale is wowing the dance clubs with "It's Alright, It's OK"...



and finally, R&B singer Ginuwine is back with "Last Chance"...



and Cassandra Steen from Germany re-enters with "Stadt" ("The City"), which is really cool, so here it is as a bonus..



Good night all, and be well...