Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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

It's already Tuesday, so better late than never for my tunes for the week. This week Michael Franti & Spearhead make it to the top spot, while Swedish singer Agnes (pictured above) makes it into the top-5. The biggest moves are made by songs by Nadia Ali, Deadmau5 & Kaskade, and Eddie X, while former big hits by Blake Shelton, Silversun Pickups, George Strait, Kristine W., and Sean Kingston drop out. I added the links for the seven new songs, in yellow. Baby, you can fix my car....

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti & Spearhead (3)
2. Evacuate The Dancefloor - Cascada (1)
3. Celebration - Madonna (5)
4. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas (2)
5. Release Me - Agnes (9)
6. 21 Guns - Green Day (6)
7. Fallin' For You - Colbie Caillat (7)
8. Use Somebody - Kings of Leon (4)
9. She Wolf - Shakira (12)
10. Obsessed - Mariah Carey (11)
11. No Surprise - Daughtry (8)
12. Battlefield - Jordin Sparks (14)
13. Uprising - Muse (17)
14. Sexy Bitch/Sexy Chick - David Guetta f/Akon (18)
15. Never Say Never - The Fray (16)
16. Sweet Dreams - Beyonce (10)
17. Let The Feelings Go - AnnaGrace (15)
18. Down - Jay Sean f/Lil Wayne (28)
19. Don't Upset The Rhythm (Go Baby Go) - The Noisettes (19)
20. Would've Been The One - Solange (24)
21. Please Don't Leave Me - Pink (21)
22. Paparazzi - Lady GaGa (34)
23. Savior - Rise Against (27)
24. Toes - The Zac Brown Band (31)
25. (If You're Wondering...) I Want You To - Weezer (33)
26. Notion - Kings of Leon (20)
27. Bulletproof - La Roux (13)
28. Good Girls Go Bad - Cobra Starship f/Leighton Meester (30)
29. Pretty Wings - Maxwell (25)
30. Already Gone - Kelly Clarkson (36)
31. Waking Up In Vegas - Katy Perry (23)
32. Her Diamonds - Rob Thomas (26)
33. Check My Brain - Alice In Chains (37)
34. Someday - Rob Thomas (47)
35. Everybody Shake It - Ralphi Rosario f/Shawn Christopher (41)
36. Only You Can Love me This Way - Keith Urban (39)
37. The Real Thing - Vanessa Williams (49)
38. Chances - Five For Fighting (43)
39. Smile - Uncle Kracker (44)
40. Cowboy Casanova - Carrie Underwood (50)
41. I'm Alive - Kenny Chesney f/Dave Matthews (53)
42. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift (42)
43. Be There - Howie Day (45)
44. We Weren't Born To Follow - Bon Jovi (48)
45. New Divide - Linkin Park (40)
46. Right Here - Carmen Reece (56)
47. Keep It Goin' Louder - Major Lazer (51)
48. Bad Habits - Maxwel (58)
49. Red Light - David Nail (54)
50. Million Dollar Bill - Whitney Houston (DEBUT)
51. Never Gonna Be Alone - Nickelback (72)
52. Party In The USA - Miley Cyrus (68)
53. The Sound Of Missing You - Ameerah (57)
54. Fine Print - Nadia Ali (84)
55. I Remember - Deadmau5 & Kaskade (79)
56. Goodbye - Kristinia DeBarge (32)
57. Runaway - Love & Theft (59)
58. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum (67)
59. This Time Baby - Eddie X f/Niki Haris (83)
60. I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight - U2 (60)
61. Why You Wanna Hurt Me So Bad? - Nicki Richards (63)
62. Welcome To The Future - Brad Paisley (66)
63. Hey, Soul Sister - Train (73)
64. Rose Of Jericho - BT (38)
65. Paranoid - Jonas Brothers (65)
66. Maybe - Ingrid Michaelson (78)
67. Staring Down - Collective Soul (35)
68. Jars - Chevelle (76)
69. Gettin' You Home (Black Dress Song) - Chris Young (71)
70. Small Town USA - Justin Moore (70)
71. Did You See Me Coming? - Pet Shop Boys (DEBUT)
72. I Look To You - Whitney Houston (74)
73. Run This Town - Jay-Z f/Rihanna & Kanye West (77)
74. On The Ocean - K'Jon (62)
75. Ignorance - Paramore (75)
76. Sounds Like Life To Me - Darryl Worley (80)
77. Consider Me Gone - Reba McEntire (99)
78. She Ain't Got... - LeToya (88)
79. Can't Live Without You - Charlie Wilson (89)
80. Wanted - Jessie James (82)
81. Come On - Green River Ordinance (85)
82. I Wanna - All-American Rejects (87)
83. Come Back To Me - David Cook (69)
84. Do I - Luke Bryan (95)
85. Lady Melody - Tom Frager & Gwayav (86)
86. Fifteen - Taylor Swift (94)
87. Bonfire - Craig Morgan (91)
88. I Will Be There - DJ Tiesto f/Sneaky Sound System (96)
89. Fame - Naturi Naughton (DEBUT)
90. Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz (90)
91. I Didn't Know My Own Strength - Whitney Houston (DEBUT)
92. American Ride - Toby Keith (92)
93. Empire State Of Mind - Jay-Z f/Alicia Keys (93)
94. Honky Tonk Stomp - Brooks & Dunn (98)
95. Say It - Blue October (97)
96. Wheels - Foo Fighters (DEBUT)
97. Big Green Tractor - Jason Aldean (81)
98. I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes - Dierks Bentley (DEBUT)
99. Medicate - AFI (DEBUT)
100. All I Ask For Anymore - Trace Adkins (DEBUT)

This week there are eight new songs, and two of them are by the same singer. Whitney Houston is already climbing with "I Look To You", but jumps in with two smashes, starting with the amazing remixed version of "Million Dollar Bill" by Freemasons...



the other is the dance mix of the ballad "I Didn't Know My Own Strength"...



Next is the Pet Shop Boys, who follow up "Love Etc." with the poppier beats of "Did You See Me Coming?"....



I honestly didn't know they remade the movie "Fame" until after it came out, and after I already purchased this remake which came from the soundtrack. Here's Naturi Naughton's "Fame"...



The Foo Fighters are releasing their Greatest Hits album next week, and one of the new tracks, "Wheels", is racing up the Alternative Rock chart, although it's really by-the-books arena-rock...



Next is country crooner Dierks Bentley, who comes on with "I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes"...



Alt-Rockers AFI are back with "Medicate"...



And finally, Trace Adkins sneaks on with the poignant "All I Ask For Anymore"...

Monday, October 19, 2009

have we learned anything from balloon boy?

The whole "balloon boy" dramedy that's been played out in the last four days or so proves a point - that the average American attention span is corrolated to the resemblance to a tv movie-of-the-week plot. The fact that this nutcase of a family was not only on a reality show, but voted back by public demand, tells you we like to watch the crazee on the teevee. From Paris Hilton to "The Hills" to Sarah Palin, loons will amplify their looniness to become a pastiche to be sold to the masses, while the important issues of the day like health care reform and the war in Afghanistan are too nuanced and complicated to be able to chop up into a five minute spot.

It's a shame, but I feel news has finally morphed into total entertainment.

(end rant)

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

twostepcub's music chart for october 16, 2009..

Hey folks, it's time for my tunes for the week. This week Cascada spends a second week at the top, while Madonna (pictured above), hangs on in the top-5. The biggest moves are made by Rob Thomas, Carmen Reece, and Carrie Underwood, while former big hits by David Guetta, Mat Kearney, Kaci Battaglia, Sophia May, Shinedown, and Simply Red drop out. Link-O-Rama is finally back, so you can click on the highlighted name of any artist to go to their website. Groovy, man!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Evacuate The Dancefloor - Cascada (1)
2. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas (2)
3. Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti & Spearhead (4)
4. Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon (3)
5. Celebration - Madonna (5)
6. 21 Guns - Green Day (7)
7. Fallin' For You - Colbie Caillat (8)
8. No Surprise - Daughtry (6)
9. Release Me - Agnes (19)
10. Sweet Dreams - Beyonce (10)
11. Obsessed - Mariah Carey (14)
12. She Wolf - Shakira (16)
13. Bulletproof - La Roux (9)
14. Battlefield - Jordin Sparks (15)
15. Let The Feelings Go - AnnaGrace (13)
16. Never Say Never - The Fray (18)
17. Uprising - Muse (17)
18. Sexy Bitch/Sexy Chick - David Guetta f/Akon (26)
19. Don't Upset The Rhythm (Go Baby Go) - Noisettes (23)
20. Notion - Kings Of Leon (20)
21. Please Don't Leave Me - Pink (21)
22. I'll Just Hold On - Blake Shelton (12)
23. Waking Up In Vegas - Katy Perry (11)
24. Would've Been The One - Solange (32)
25. Pretty Wings - Maxwell (25)
26. Her Diamonds - Rob Thomas (22)
27. Savior - Rise Against (29)
28. Down - Jay Sean f/Lil' Wayne (34)
29. Panic Switch - Silversun Pickups (24)
30. Good Girls Go Bad - Cobra Starship f/Leighton Meester (31)
31. Toes - Zac Brown Band (43)
32. Goodbye - Kristinia DeBarge (28)
33. (If You're Wondering...) I Want You To - Weezer (45)
34. Paparazzi - Lady GaGa (52)
35. Staring Down - Collective Soul (35)
36. Already Gone - Kelly Clarkson (42)
37. Check My Brain - Alice In Chains (44)
38. Rose Of Jericho - BT (39)
39. Only You Can Love Me This Way - Keith Urban (41)
40. New Divide - Linkin Park (33)
41. Everybody Shake It - Ralphi Rosario f/Shawn Christopher (51)
42. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift (40)
43. Chances - Five For Fighting (47)
44. Smile - Uncle Kracker (49)
45. Be There - Howie Day (46)
46. Living For The Night - George Strait (30)
47. Someday - Rob Thomas (79)
48. We Weren't Born To Follow - Bon Jovi (56)
49. The Real Thing - Vanessa Williams (73)
50. Cowboy Casanova - Carrie Underwood (77)
51. Keep It Goin' Louder - Major Lazer f/Nina Sky (65)
52. Be Alright - Kristine W. (38)
53. I'm Alive - Kenny Chesney f/Dave Matthews (63)
54. Red Light - David Nail (59)
55. Shoes - Tiga (55)
56. Right Here - Carmen Reece (86)
57. The Sound Of Missing You - Ameerah (57)
58. Bad Habits - Maxwell (78)
59. Runaway - Love & Theft (60)
60. I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight - U2 (61)
61. Fire Burning - Sean Kingston (48)
62. On The Ocean - K'Jon (54)
63. Why You Wanna Hurt Me Like That - Nicki Richards (68)
64. Love Your Love The Most - Eric Church (64)
65. Paranoid - Jonas Brothers (67)
66. Welcome To The Future - Brad Paisley (71)
67. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum (87)
68. Party In The USA - Miley Cyrus (76)
69. Come Back To Me - David Cook (66)
70. Small Town USA - Justin Moore (72)
71. Gettin' You Home (Black Dress Song) - Chris Young (74)
72. Never Gonna Be Alone - Nickelback (DEBUT)
73. Hey Soul Sister - Train (82)
74. I Look To You - Whitney Houston (75)
75. Ignorance - Paramore (83)
76. Jars - Chevelle (88)
77. Run This Town - Jay-Z f/Rihanna & Kanye West (84)
78. Maybe - Ingrid Michaelson (89)
79. I Remember - Deadmau5 & Kaskade (93)
80. Sounds Like Life To Me - Darryl Worley (81)
81. Big Green Tractor - Jason Aldean (69)
82. Wanted - Jessie James (85)
83. This Time Baby - Eddie X f/Niki Haris (DEBUT)
84. Fine Print - Nadia Ali (DEBUT)
85. Come On - Green River Ordinance (DEBUT)
86. Lady Melody - Tom Frager & Gwayav (90)
87. I Wanna - All-American Rejects (91)
88. She Ain't Got... - LeToya (DEBUT)
89. Can't Live Without You - Charlie Wilson (99)
90. Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz (94)
91. Bonfire - Craig Morgan (96)
92. American Ride - Toby Keith (92)
93. Empire State Of Mind - Jay-Z f/Alicia Keys (DEBUT)
94. Fifteen - Taylor Swift (98)
95. Do I - Luke Bryan (95)
96. I Will Be Here - DJ Tiesto f/Sneaky Sound System (DEBUT)
97. Say It - Blue October (97)
98. Honky Tonk Stomp - Brooks & Dunn (100)
99. Consider Me Gone - Reba McEntire (DEBUT)
100. Automatic/Automatisch - Tokio Hotel (DEBUT)

This week there are nine new songs on my list, and the highest debut is by Canadian rock group Nickelback, with their third single from Dark Horse, the ballad "Never Gonna Be Alone"...



Next up is DJ Eddie X, who previously had the most success remixing Cyndi Lauper's "Walk On By" years ago, teams up with Niki Haris, former backup for Madonna who recently had a #1 dance hit (and top-40 2sc hit) with "Bad Bad Boy", with a remake of the disco hit "This Time Baby"... (this clip has both those songs)



Nadia Ali, a Libyan-American singer from Queens, has now topped her success with dance act iio, as her third charting single makes it, and it's "Fine Print"...



Texan band Green River Ordinance may be named from the law against door-to-door sales, but their first single has sold over the Adult Pop crowd...It's called "Come On"...



Kelly Rowland just dropped out, and Beyonce is still in the top-10, but former founding member of Destiny's Child LeToya (Luckett) comes on strong with a sassy track that may be subconsciously aimed at them..."She Ain't Got..."



Jay-Z already has "Run This Town" climbing my chart, and debuts with Alicia Keys on "Empire State Of Mind"...



Dutch DJ Tiesto recruits Australian dance act Sneaky Sound System for "I Will Be Here"..



Reba McEntire is back in the game with the second single from her latest album, here's "Consider Me Gone", and it sounds like classic Reba...



Finally we have German rock act Tokio Hotel, who debut with they're pulsating "Automatic"....



More cider?

Kylie-fever, parte deux...

When I ended the first post about my two-day dream concert of Kylie Minogue in New York, it was day one, and her version of "Red Blooded Woman" floored the crowd, especially those unfamiliar with the "shower scene" setting. How do you follow that? Cheerleaders!

I had ordered Minogue's KylieX2008 from Amazon back in December of last year, when I never thought she would ever tour in the States. It took over eight weeks to be shipped from Australia so I had the version that would play on my DVD player. It was so worth the wait, and my favorite part was her mashup of "Heartbeat Rock" and "Wow" with Toni Basil's "Mickey". Well, I was overjoyed when I found out she was reprising the number on this tour, though shortening it a little. Still, it proved to be the biggest crowd-raising dance number of the night...



She followed that with a song that she brought out on the Showgirls Homecoming tour, the Scissor Sisters'-written "White Diamond". The stage crew changed up the backdrop for each city, so we got a view of the Empire State Building...



Kylie's dancer Jason acted as her butler in her Norma Desmond-like tragedy, which flowed into another personal fave, "Confide In Me"...



After that, the dancers left for Minogue to strip down "I Believe In You" into a gorgeous ballad..



The beats got harder with "Burning Up", which she incorporated lines from Madonna's "Vogue"...



Kylie usually incorporates "The Locomotion", her first big hit, in her live shows, but with a different twist every time. For us, she brought back the burlesque version that was a hit...



It would have been awesome to have had Robbie Williams show up for a surprise, or at least sister Dannii (like in Australia), but it was just as fun having "Kids" done as a singalong...



For the final number of the regular show, Kylie rocked with "In My Arms"...



After that, we knew she was coming back for an encore, it was just a matter of how long an encore it would be...

On both nights, she began with an old-school classic, done old-school style, "Better The Devil You Know"...



She then elicited the crowd for what to hear next. I was hoping for "Your Disco Needs You", but after everyone around screamed for "The One", that's what we got..



And to cap it off, Kylie ended the night with the uplifting "Love At First Sight"...



What a night. And that was just night one!

Since we had tickets in the mezzanine, we didn't have to wait the hours like Sunday, but still by the time we got to the line, at I think 5pm, it queued around the city block! And by random luck I ran into guys who were around us the night before, from Salt Lake City and New York (but also saw the show in LA). That was really cool. Once we got in, I ran to get tshirts for my friends (I had gotten mine the night before), as well as programs. We went up to our seats, which were obstructed by the left balconies. Luckily, we were really early, so moved back a row (only the first three rows were reserved) and more center. Woohoo! Little did I know that Hugh Jackman was in one of the side balconies! Who knew!

It was great to see the concert from the mezzanine, since it was too far back and I got a better perspective of the show from higher up....and got my "Your Disco Needs You" done in the encore!



I was really semi-regretting not getting in to see the final day, but I was more than satisfied by my first LIVE Kylie experience....At least thanks to the glory of YouTube, I get to see "I Should Be So Lucky"..



There has been talk of Kylie coming to Vegas, and trust me, if she does, I'm there! Like bi-monthly! Man, I'm gonna be broke but it'll be worth it...

And for now I'll let my Kylie obsession go on in the background....

Thursday, October 15, 2009

twostepcub's music chart for October 09, 2009

Hey everyone, I'll be posting my part two of Kylie soon, but in the meantime, I'll catch up with my top tunes from last week before I forget. German dance act Cascada makes it to #1 for the first time, while Michael Franti & Spearhead (pictured above) hold on in the top-5. Sixteen songs make jumps of 10 places or more, with Weezer, David Guetta, and Five For Fighting moving the most, while former big hits by Pitbull (twice off), Jessica Jarrell, and Randy Houser drop out. I'll try to put up the links ASAP. But at the end are the new vids! Nor'ester!?!?!?!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Evacuate The Dancefloor - Cascada (3)
2. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas (2)
3. Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon (1)
4. Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti & Spearhead (4)
5. Celebration - Madonna (9)
6. No Surprise - Daughtry (6)
7. 21 Guns - Green Day (7)
8. Fallin' For You - Colbie Caillat (10)
9. Bulletproof - La Roux (5)
10. Sweet Dreams - Beyonce (14)
11. Waking Up In Vegas - Katy Perry (8)
12. I'll Just Hold On - Blake Shelton (12)
13. Let The Feelings Go - AnnaGrace (15)
14. Obsessed - Mariah Carey (24)
15. Battlefield - Jordin Sparks (16)
16. She Wolf - Shakira (21)
17. Uprising - Muse (25)
18. Never Say Never - The Fray (19)
19. Release Me - Agnes (32)
20. Notion - Kings Of Leon (20)
21. Please Don't Leave Me - Pink (13)
22. Her Diamonds - Rob Thomas (18)
23. Don't Upset The Rhythm (Go Baby Go) - The Noisettes (27)
24. Panic Switch - Silversun Pickups (11)
25. Pretty Wings - Maxwell (29)
26. Sexy Bitch/Sexy Chick - David Guetta f/Akon (48)
27. When Love Takes Over - David Guetta f/Kelly Rowland (17)
28. Goodbye - Kristinia DeBarge (30)
29. Savior - Rise Against (36)
30. Living For The Night - George Strait (31)
31. Good Girls Go Bad - Cobra Starship f/Leighton Meester (35)
32. Would've Been The One - Solange (42)
33. New Divide - Linkin Park (28)
34. Down - Jay Sean f/Lil' Wayne (41)
35. Staring Down - Collective Soul (39)
36. Closer To Love - Mat Kearney (26)
37. Crazy Possessive - Kaci Battaglia (22)
38. Be Alright - Kristine W. (34)
39. Rose Of Jericho - BT (40)
40. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift (38)
41. Only You Can Love Me This Way - Keith Urban (46)
42. Already Gone - Kelly Clarkson (52)
43. Toes - The Zac Brown Band (56)
44. Check My Brain - Alice In Chains (54)
45. (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To - Weezer (81)
46. Be There - Howie Day (51)
47. Chances - Five For Fighting (68)
48. Fire Burning - Sean Kingston (37)
49. Smile - Uncle Kracker (55)
50. Last Chance - Ginuwine (50)
51. Everybody Shake It - Ralphi Rosario f/Shawn Christopher (71)
52. Paparazzi - Lady GaGa (DEBUT)
53. Another Day- Sophia May (33)
54. On The Ocean - K'Jon (49)
55. Shoes - Tiga (57)
56. We Weren't Born To Follow - Bon Jovi (77)
57. The Sound Of Missing You - Ameerah (73)
58. The Fixer - Pearl Jam (59)
59. Red Light - David Nail (61)
60. Runaway - Love & Theft (63)
61. I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight - U2 (64)
62. Second Chance - Shinedown (53)
63. I'm Alive - Kenny Chesney f/Dave Matthews (78)
64. Love Your Love The Most - Eric Church (69)
65. Keep It Goin' Louder - Major Lazer f/Nina Sky (74)
66. Come Back To Me - David Cook (62)
67. Paranoid - Jonas Brothers (72)
68. Why You Wanna Hurt Me So Bad? - Nicki Richards (80)
69. Big Green Tractor - Jason Aldean (60)
70. Money's Too Tight To Mention 2009 - Simply Red (43)
71. Welcome To The Future - Brad Paisley (76)
72. Small Town USA - Justin Moore (75)
73. The Real Thing - Vanessa Williams (DEBUT)
74. Gettin' You Home (Black Dress Song) - Chris Young (79)
75. I Look To You - Whitney Houston (90)
76. Party In The USA - Miley Cyrus (85)
77. Cowboy Casanova - Carrie Underwood (DEBUT)
78. Bad Habits - Maxwell (86)
79. Someday - Rob Thomas (DEBUT)
80. If A Song Could Get Me You - Marit Larsen (82)
81. Sounds Like Life To Me - Darryl Worley (83)
82. Hey Soul Sister - Train (87)
83. Ignorance - Paramore (88)
84. Run This Town - Jay-Z f/Kanye West & Rihanna (95)
85. Wanted - Jessie James (RE-ENTRY)
86. Right Here - Carmen Reese (DEBUT)
87. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum (DEBUT)
88. Jars - Chevelle (99)
89. Maybe - Ingrid Michaelson (94)
90. Lady Melody - Tom Frager & Gwayav (DEBUT)
91. I Wanna - All-American Rejects (98)
92. American Ride - Toby Keith (92)
93. I Remember - Deadmau5 & Kaskade (RE-ENTRY)
94. Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz (DEBUT)
95. Do I - Luke Bryan (DEBUT)
96. Bonfire - Craig Morgan (100)
97. Say It - Blue October (DEBUT)
98. Fifteen - Taylor Swift (DEBUT)
99. Can't Live Without You - Charlie Wilson (RE-ENTRY)
100. Honky Tonk Stomp - Brooks & Dunn f/Billy Gibbons (DEBUT)

I didn't want to miss this week since there's a dozen new songs and three re-entries on the list, and the highest is by Lady GaGa, who has her fourth hit from her debut album with "Paparazzi"...



Next up is Vanessa Williams, who is riding high as part of the "Ugly Betty" cast (at least last time i checked), and her new single gets the house treatment from Ralphi Rosario. Here's "The Real Thing"...



Country star Carrie Underwood is back with the first single from her third album. It reprises the rock inflections of "Before He Cheats" and "Last Name". Here's "Cowboy Casanova"...



Rob Thomas had a great post on Arianna Huffington's blog about gay marriage equality, and it's worth a read. It's refreshing that we can have actual thinking rock stars. He incorporates that into his new video for "Someday"...



British dance music singer Carmen Reece has her first chart entry with the bubbly "Right Here", which sorta reminds me of Jennifer Lopez, not sure why...



Lady Antebellum has the hottest new song on the country charts, and it makes it here, it's "Need You Now"...



A previous "Distant Shores Song" of mine, Tom Frager & Gwayav finally make my chart with "Lady Melody", which bookends nice with the Michael Franti song in the top-10...



Next is British R&B singer Taio Cruz with the Ne-Yo-esque "Break Your Heart"....sorry for the bad clip but this was what i could find...


Taio Cruz - Break Your Heart - Watch today’s top amazing videos here

This past week country singer Luke Bryan released his second album, and it's in my car for this week's listening pleasure. Here's a teaser, the singer, "Do I"...




You can watch the original video here, but here's an embeddable clip using Blue October's "Say It", a great kiss-off song with a line "I gained 40 pounds because of you"...Classic...


Blue October - Say It (official Video) - Click here for another funny movie.

While Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me" hangs on in my top-40, her new single "Fifteen" debuts, with a clip featuring her real-life childhood friend Abigail...



and finally, Brooks and Dunn team up with Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top for "Honky Tonk Stomp"...




And yes, my "store" has a drivethru! Leave me alone with my shame! LOL....


And as an added bonus the dance remix that sent Jessie James' "Wanted" back on my list...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I can die happy now...

Well, it's been a whirlwind weekend. After buying tickets back in May, it was finally time for Kylie Minogue to come into New York for her first-ever American tour. Honestly, given Kylie's small-ish (but rabid) following, I had never imagined that she would bring her high-end spectaular show to the States, but not only did she prove me wrong, she proved that she can scale down the show just enough so one wouldn't notice, but made it economically possible to pull off. In fact, she sold out the first show at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom, then sold out a second show, and tonight will be her third. At the venue I heard quite a few people who commented that she could've played Madison Square Garden easily, but the perspective the audience had at the Hammerstein's small intimate settings was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Well actually, for me, twice-in-a-lifetime. In my fervor in May, I bought tickets for both Sunday and Monday, and really toyed with getting tonight's (Tuesday's) show, but my somewhat rational self got to me. As I'm sitting here admittedly wishing I was there now, I knew I'd be more than happy with what I've seen.

For Sunday's show I got floor tickets with 3 friends of mine, and I knew I had to be near the stage if this was going to be a general admission first-come first serve thing. I got into the city at around 12:30pm, and went down to the theatre, where a line already had formed from people who were there at least overnight! The line wasn't too long, so we decided to have a little bite, but I couldn't wait and my friend Karl and I went to get into line at around 3pm.

This was our view for the next three hours. By the time we started to actually move, the line had gone to the end of the city block and doubled back. Well it was definitely worth the wait, since after being pat down at the door (for cameras), we rushed in and got up right to the front right, with only four people standing in front of us. OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!
(I never was good at taking dark cameraphone shots...but this is kinda the idea)

We were very lucky to be in a group of hyped up people with a couple superfans who've seen her in previous shows. We were all so psyched for this that the time waiting wasn't that bad. About a half hour before the show, instead of an opening act, DJ Jason Buckham spinned tunes including Madonna's "Celebration", Salt N Pepa's "Push It", and a little Boston mixed in. His set ended appropriately Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York". The crowd was wild at that point.

and then there was Kylie...



(not my video, this apparently was from the other side...)

She came down from the ceiling on the giant skull from her KylieX2008 tour, to start it off with "Light Years", complete with lasers that filled the venue. That segued into "Speakerbox", which was the opener of her last world tour...



It was hot as all get out, so how her dancers can tolerate the helmuts and full-body suits like in this number amazed me. After "Come Into My World", Kylie took in the crowd going into "In Your Eyes"...



Next was one of the best parts of Kylie's Showgirl tour, a discotastic medley of songs including "Shocked", "What Do I Have To Do", and "Spinning Around", the latter bringing in the backtrack from CeCe Peniston's "Finally"...



(The above's from Vegas...)

After that, the one part I've never seen on the seven live DVDs I have, the preview of her new song from her upcoming album, "Better Than Today"...



I'm really looking forward to her new album, and maybe now she'll have the confidence to swing by her next tour. Kylie followed that with the eerie "Like A Drug", which is the song the skull was used for in the last tour...



That went into her most known song from the crowd there, "Can't Get You Out Of My Head". As expected, we all went ballastic dancing around...



Next, she came out in the outfit on the above poster, but in white, for the seductive "Slow"...



As in her last tour in Europe, she used "2 Hearts" to introduce her band...



and after that, the number that got everybody crazy over the sexy male dancers in her troupe, with obligatory shower scene, for "Red Blooded Woman"...



Well, after that, I'll need a shower, so I'll continue with part two next time, starting with my favorite song of the night, some voguing, and day two in the seats...

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

distant shores song for the night - the adventures of Dizzee R...

Tonight's DSS is by British Hip-hop artist Dizzee Rascal, who has blended rap and dance music in such songs as "Dance Wiv Me", "Holiday", and "Bonkers", and has his third top-10 song in the UK from his latest set Tongue N Cheek with "Dirtee Cash (Money Talks)", which cribs from one of my faves from the early 90's, Adventures of Stevie V's "Dirty Cash"...



You can pick up the album at Amazon by clicking here...

cee u next tuesday award for the w-w-w-weak....

This weeks winner of the Cee U Next Tuesday award for female excellence in the male-dominated field of douchebaggery is BET co-founder Sheila Johnson, who was caught at a fundraiser for Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell making fun of opponent Craig Deeds for a stutter. As a person similiarly affected (though tamed through a lot of therapy and practice), I say this to this shill of bad sitcom reruns and bad music shows....

F-F-F-F-Fuck you, bitch.



For this, you win this weeks C-U-N-T award, which you can directly shove in your mouth to plug the thing up already.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

twostepcub's music chart for October 2, 2009...

Hey everyone, and sorry for being away for a week. It's been pretty nuts, but hopefully after a couple things this week I'll be back in the groove. In the meantime, it's time for my tunes for the week. This week Kings Of Leon spend a seventh week at the top, while German dance act Cascada (pictured above) jump into the top-5. Former big hits by Jack Ingram, Parachute, and Pussycat Dolls drop out, while songs by Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, and the Zac Brown Band make the biggest jumps. Link-O-Rama is in effect, so you can click on the highlighted name of any of the artists below to go to their website for more info on them. Slip slidin' away...

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Use Somebody - Kings Of Leon (1)
2. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas (4)
3. Evacuate The Dancefloor - Cascada (9)
4. Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti & Spearhead (8)
5. Bulletproof - La Roux (6)
6. No Surprise - Daughtry (2)
7. 21 Guns - Green Day (7)
8. Waking Up In Vegas - Katy Perry (5)
9. Celebration - Madonna (15)
10. Fallin' For You - Colbie Caillat (10)
11. Panic Switch - Silversun Pickups (3)
12. I'll Just Hold On - Blake Shelton (12)
13. Please Don't Leave Me - Pink (13)
14. Sweet Dreams - Beyonce (18)
15. Let The Feelings Go - AnnaGrace (16)
16. Battlefield - Jordin Sparks (20)
17. When Love Takes Over - David Guetta f/Kelly Rowland (17)
18. Her Diamonds - Rob Thomas (11)
19. Never Say Never - The Fray (21)
20. Notion - Kings Of Leon (26)
21. She Wolf - Shakira (32)
22. Crazy Possessive - Kaci Battaglia (14)
23. I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) - Pitbull (23)
24. Obsessed - Mariah Carey (62)
25. Uprising - Muse (35)
26. Closer To Love - Mat Kearney (24)
27. Don't Upset The Rhythm (Go Baby Go) - The Noisettes (37)
28. New Divide - Linkin Park (25)
29. Pretty Wings - Maxwell (29)
30. Goodbye - Kristinia DeBarge (31)
31. Living For The Night - George Strait (33)
32. Release Me - Agnes (46)
33. Another Day - Sophia May (19)
34. Be Alright - Kristine W. (30)
35. Good Girls Go Bad - Cobra Starship f/Leighton Meester (43)
36. Savior - Rise Against (44)
37. Fire Burning - Sean Kingston (22)
38. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift (36)
39. Staring Down - Collective Soul (40)
40. Rose Of Jericho - BT (42)
41. Down - Jay Sean f/Lil' Wayne (51)
42. Would've Been The One - Solange (56)
43. Money's Too Tight To Mention 2009 - Simply Red (28)
44. Armageddon - Jessica Jarrell (34)
45. It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You - Tim McGraw (46)
46. Only You Can Love Me This Way - Keith Urban (50)
47. Boots On - Randy Houser (27)
48. Sexy Bitch/Sexy Chick - David Guetta f/Akon (60)
49. On The Ocean - K'Jon (49)
50. Last Chance - Ginuwine (54)
51. Be There - Howie Day (55)
52. Already Gone - Kelly Clarkson (72)
53. Second Chance - Shinedown (41)
54. Check My Brain - Alice In Chains (68)
55. Smile - Uncle Kracker (59)
56. Toes - The Zac Brown Band (74)
57. Shoes - Tiga (63)
58. Attention Whore - Deadmau5 f/Melleefresh (58)
59. The Fixer - Pearl Jam (64)
60. Big Green Tractor - Jason Aldean (61)
61. Red Light - David Nail (71)
62. Come Back To Me - David Cook (57)
63. Runaway - Love & Theft (67)
64. I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight - U2 (66)
65. 99 Times - Kate Voegele (65)
66. Knock You Down - Keri Hilson f/Kanye West (52)
67. Infinity 2008 - Guru Josh Project (53)
68. Chances - Five For Fighting (73)
69. Love Your Love The Most - Eric Church (69)
70. Joey - Sugarland (76)
71. Everybody Shake It - Ralphi Rosario f/Shawn Christopher (83)
72. Paranoid - Jonas Brothers (80)
73. The Sound Of Missing You - Ameerah (87)
74. Keep It Goin' Louder - Major Lazer f/Nina Sky (87)
75. Small Town USA - Justin Moore (77)
76. Welcome To The Future - Brad Paisley (78)
77. We Weren't Born To Follow - Bon Jovi (89)
78. I'm Alive - Kenny Chesney f/Dave Matthews (84)
79. Gettin' You Home (Black Dress Song) - Chris Young (81)
80. Why You Wanna Hurt Me So Bad - Nicki Richards (DEBUT)
81. (If You're Wondering....) I Want You To - Weezer (DEBUT)
82. If A Song Could Get Me You - Marit Larsen (82)
83. Sounds Like Life To Me - Darryl Worley (85)
84. Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas (70)
85. Party In The USA - Miley Cyrus (DEBUT)
86. Bad Habits - Maxwell (90)
87. Hey Soul Sister - Train (91)
88. Ignorance - Paramore (88)
89. Summer Nights - Rascal Flatts (79)
90. I Look To You - Whitney Houston (95)
91. Living For The Weekend - Jill Jones (93)
92. American Ride - Toby Keith (92)
93. We Are Golden - Mika (DEBUT)
94. Maybe - Ingrid Michaelson (DEBUT)
95. Run This Town - Jay-Z f/Kanye West & Rihanna (DEBUT)
96. Hotel Room Service - Pitbull (DEBUT)
97. Boys & The Girls - Pixie Lott (DEBUT)
98. I Wanna - All-American Rejects (100)
99. Jars - Chevelle (DEBUT)
100. Bonfire - Craig Morgan (DEBUT)

This week ten new songs debut, and the highest is by Nicki Richards. The Hawaiian dance singer has her second song on my chart with "Why You Wanna Hurt Me So Bad"...



Next is geek-rock legends Weezer, with the first track from their upcoming album chock full of nonsequitors. Here's (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To....



And on the opposite end of that spectrum is Miley (IT'S MILEY!) Cyrus with a song so catchy it makes me almost want to jab pencils in my ears for liking it. Behold "Party In The USA"...



I think one of my favorite pop albums of the last three years was Mika's Life In Cartoon Motion, and his new set The Boy Who Knew Too Much is up to the same caliber. The first single from that is the uplifting "We Are Golden"...




Ingrid Michaelson delivers another great adult pop track about the complexities of love with "Maybe"...



It's been a Rihanna-drought over the past weeks, but the rain has come courtesy of Jay-Z, who employs her and award-interrupting Kanye West to "Run This Town"...



Pitbull is still in the top-30 with "I Know You Want Me", but can't wait to be back for a little "Hotel Room Service"...



Next up is Pixie Lott from England, with the followup to "Mama Do", which also made it to #1 in the UK. It's "The Boys & The Girls"...



Illinois-based band Chevelle puts their seventh song into the Alternative Rock top-10, and it also makes my list. It's called "Jars"...



and finally, country singer Craig Morgan re-released his album That's Why with a couple different songs, and one is making waves now. It's called "Bonfire"...



Hot fudge, please!