Saturday, June 26, 2010

twostepcub's music chart for June 25, 2010...

Good evening, it's Pride Weekend in the New York Area, and time for my fabulous top tunes for the week. This week Usher claims the top spot, while David Guetta and Chris Willis (pictured above) jump up in the top-10. Former big hits by Selena Gomez & The Scene, Mary J. Blige, Lifehouse, Kris Allen, and Debi Nova drop out, while songs by Kelly Rowland, Katy Perry, and the Zac Brown Band make the biggest moves. 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. Dance on...

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. OMG - Usher f/will.i.am (3)
2. In My Head - Jason Derulo (2)
3. Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz f/Ludacris (1)
4. Breakeven - The Script (4)
5. Alors On Danse - Stromae (6)
6. Gettin' Over You - David Guetta f/Chris Willis, Fergie & LMFAO (10)
7. Whataya Want From Me - Adam Lambert (5)
8. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum (7)
9. All I Ever Wanted - Kelly Clarkson (9)
10. California Gurls - Katy Perry f/Snoop Dogg (26)
11. Rock That Body - Black Eyed Peas (18)
12. I Never Told You - Colbie Caillat (12)
13. Hey, Soul Sister - Train (14)
14. Lay Me Down - Dirty Heads (16)
15. Life After You - Daughtry (11)
16. Telephone - Lady GaGa f/Beyonce (8)
17. Water - Brad Paisley (21)
18. Dust In Gravity - Delerium f/Kreesha Turner (19)
19. If It's Love - Train (27)
20. Window Seat - Erykah Badu (22)
21. Alejandro - Lady GaGa (32)
22. Between The Lines - Stone Temple Pilots (17)
23. Pyramid - Charice (13)
24. Beauty In The World - Macy Gray (28)
25. All Or Nothing - Theory Of A Deadman (25)
26. Rude Boy - Rihanna (15)
27. Imma Be - Black Eyed Peas (23)
28. Stereo Love - Edward Maya f/Vika Jigulina (29)
29. Resistance - Muse (24)
30. Not Myself Tonight - Christina Aguilera (38)
31. Superman Tonight - Bon Jovi (20)
32. The House That Built Me - Miranda Lambert (36)
33. Haven't Met You Yet - Michael Buble (33)
34. Freeze - Bimbo Jones (30)
35. Rain Is A Good Thing - Luke Bryan (40)
36. Shark In The Water - VV Brown (41)
37. Your Love Is My Drug - Ke$ha (47)
38. The Good Life - Three Days Grace (39)
39. Something Like A Party - School Gyrls (43)
40. Glitter In The Air - Pink (46)
41. Breathe - Ryan Star (48)
42. This Afternoon - Nickelback (42)
43. The Man I Want To Be - Chris Young (35)
44. I'm In - Keith Urban (58)
45. Pretty Mess - Erika Jayne (50)
46. Wrong Baby Wrong - Martina McBride (52)
47. Happiness - Alexis Jordan (59)
48. Right Here, Right Now - BWO (56)
49. I Gotta Get To You - George Strait (49)
50. Pray For You - Jaron & The Long Road To Love (60)
51. I Keep On Loving You - Reba McEntire (55)
52. Free - The Zac Brown Band (67)
53. Crazy Town - Jason Aldean (53)
54. She Won't Be Lonely Long - Clay Walker (63)
55. Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready) - Alicia Keys (65)
56. 1901 - Phoenix (51)
57. Mockingbird - Rob Thomas (61)
58. This Is War - Thirty Seconds To War (69)
59. Lover, Lover - Jerrod Niemann (66)
60. Everything To Me - Monica (45)
61. Commander - Kelly Rowland f/David Guetta (78)
62. Rise! - Vernessa Mitchell (62)
63. Take Control - Julissa Veloz (64)
64. Uprising - Muse (44)
65. In One Ear - Cage The Elephant (75)
66. Waves Of Change - Samantha James (68)
67. Half Of My Heart - John Mayer f/Taylor Swift (70)
68. Undo It - Carrie Underwood (72)
69. Airplanes - B.o.B f/Hayley Williams (74)
70. Nothin' On You - B.o.B f/Bruno Mars (71)
71. The Royal We - Silversun Pickups (81)
72. Love Like Crazy - Lee Brice (76)
73. There Goes My Baby - Usher (73)
74. If You Wanna Fly - Veronica (84)
75. Keep Faith - Dresden & Johnston f/John Debo (85)
76. Just Let Go - Reina (DEBUT)
77. Baby - Justin Bieber f/Ludacris (79)
78. Hate To Love - Alex Sayz f/Evi (80)
79. Kandi - One EskimO (89)
80. Finding My Way Back - Jaheim (82)
81. The Crow & The Butterfly - Shinedown (96)
82. Work Hard, Play Harder - Gretchen Wilson (87)
83. Bulletproof - La Roux (83)
84. Like You Do - Angel Taylor (86)
85. Wavin' Flag - K'naan (95)
86. Smile - Uncle Kracker (93)
87. Every Dog Has Its Day - Toby Keith (88)
88. Little White Church - Little Big Town (DEBUT)
89. Lisztomania - Phoenix (DEBUT)
90. Nasty Boy - Jipsta (94)
91. Dirty Talk - Wynter Gordon (DEBUT)
92. Savior - Rise Against (90)
93. The Truth - Kris Allen f/Pat Monahan (DEBUT)
94. All For Love - Serena Ryder (98)
95. September - Daughtry (DEBUT)
96. Gimme That Girl - Joe Nichols (92)
97. Dirtee Disco - Dizzee Rascal (DEBUT)
98. Let Me Heart You Scream - Ozzy Osbourne (100)
99. Shine - Black Gold (DEBUT)
100. Solo - Iyaz (DEBUT)

There are nine new songs on my list, and the one that enters the highest is by dance artist Reina, from the Bronx, with a more Euro-dance-pop of "Just Let Go"...



Next up is country vocal quartet Little Big Town, with the first single from their upcoming fourth album. I still think they have the tightest harmonies in country today. Here's "Little White Church"...



French rock band Phoenix is still in my top-100 with "1901", and debuts with the followup, "Lisztomania" with its appropriate Hamburg-based video...



Wynter Gordon is a singer-songwriter from Queens, NY that was the hook-singer in Flo-Rida's top-10 Billboard hit "Sugar". Her first solo hit is her first on my chart as well. Here's the club jam "Dirty Talk"...



American Idol winner Lee DeWyze has yet to be seen here, but the previous AI winner's second single debuts, pairing him with Pat Monahan of Train (who also have two songs of their own in my top-20). Here's "The Truth"..



Speaking of Idol, no doubt one of the greatest singers from that show, Chris Daughtry, adds "September" to "Life After You" to my list...



English rapper Dizzee Rascal is back with a track that has instantly become my fave of his. It's time for the way-back machine, and "Dirtee Disco"...



Next is Brooklyn-based band Black Gold, with a song that's been used as the send-off in So You Think You Can Dance. Here's "Shine"...



and finally, from the British Virgin Islands is singer Iyaz, with his followup to "Replay", simply titled "Solo"...



Dance the good dance...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

twostepcub's music chart for June 18, 2010...

Hey folks, it's been a quiet week cause of non-bloggy stress, but I'm back with my top tunes for the week. Thanks for hanging in there. This week Taio Cruz spends a third week on top, while Belgian dance act Stromae (pictured above) jumps within the top-10. Big moves are made by BWO, Alicia Keys, and Ke$ha, while former big hits by Blake Lewis, Beyonce w/Lady GaGa, Temper Trap, Goldfrapp, Kenny Chesney, David Guetta w/Kid Cudi, Snow Patrol, Melissa Etheridge, and Orianthi drop out. Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on any of the highlighted artists to go to their website. Happy Dad Day!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz f/Ludacris (3)
2. In My Head - Jason Derulo (2)
3. OMG - Usher f/will.i.am (7)
4. Breakeven - The Script (5)
5. Whataya Want From Me - Adam Lambert (3)
6. Alors On Danse - Stromae (10)
7. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum (6)
8. Telephone - Lady GaGa f/Beyonce (4)
9. All I Ever Wanted - Kelly Clarkson (9)
10. Gettin' Over You - David Guetta f/Chris Willis, Fergie & LMFAO (19)
11. Life After You - Daughtry (8)
12. I Never Told You - Colbie Caillat (12)
13. Pyramid - Charice (13)
14. Hey, Soul Sister - Train (14)
15. Rude Boy - Rihanna (11)
16. Lay Me Down - Dirty Heads (18)
17. Between The Lines - Stone Temple Pilots (17)
18. Rock That Body - Black Eyed Peas (28)
19. Dust In Gravity - Delerium f/Kreesha Turner (21)
20. Superman Tonight - Bon Jovi (15)
21. Water - Brad Paisley (32)
22. Window Seat - Erykah Badu (22)
23. Imma Be - Black Eyed Peas (25)
24. Resistance - Muse (20)
25. All Or Nothing - Theory Of A Deadman (27)
26. California Gurls - Katy Perry f/Snoop Dogg (46)
27. If It's Love - Train (41)
28. Beauty In The World - Macy Gray (40)
29. Stereo Love - Edward Maya f/Vika Jigulina (39)
30. Freeze - Bimbo Jones (30)
31. Naturally - Selena Gomez & The Scene (26)
32. Alejandro - Lady GaGa (52)
33. Haven't Met You Yet - Michael Buble (33)
34. I Am - Mary J. Blige (23)
35. The Man I Want To Be - Chris Young (36)
36. The House That Built Me - Miranda Lambert (42)
37. Halfway Gone - Lifehouse (29)
38. Not Myself Tonight - Christina Aguilera (58)
39. The Good Life - Three Days Grace (43)
40. Rain Is A Good Thing - Luke Bryan (48)
41. Shark In The Water - VV Brown (55)
42. This Afternoon - Nickelback (44)
43. Something Like A Party - School Gyrls (49)
44. Uprising - Muse (34)
45. Everything To Me - Monica (37)
46. Glitter In The Air - Pink (61)
47. Your Love Is My Drug - Ke$ha (69)
48. Breathe - Ryan Star (54)
49. I Gotta Get To You - George Strait (53)
50. Pretty Mess - Erika Jayne (72)
51. 1901 - Phoenix (50)
52. Wrong Baby Wrong - Martina McBride (56)
53. Crazy Town - Jason Aldean (57)
54. Live Like We're Dying - Kris Allen (51)
55. I Keep On Loving You - Reba McEntire (59)
56. Right Here, Right Now - BWO (81)
57. Drummer Boy - Debi Nova (47)
58. I'm In - Keith Urban (78)
59. Happiness - Alexis Jordan (DEBUT)
60. Pray For You - Jaron & The Long Road To Love (75)
61. Mockingbird - Rob Thomas (71)
62. Rise! - Vernessa Mitchell (63)
63. She Won't Be Lonely Long - Clay Walker (67)
64. Take Control - Julissa Veloz (65)
65. Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready) - Alicia Keys (89)
66. Lover, Lover - Jerrod Niemann (76)
67. Free - The Zac Brown Band (DEBUT)
68. Waves Of Change - Samantha James (70)
69. This Is War - Thirty Seconds To Mars (79)
70. Half Of My Heart - John Mayer f/Taylor Swift (73)
71. Nothin' On You - B.o.B f/Bruno Mars (77)
72. Undo It - Carrie Underwood (84)
73. There Goes My Baby - Usher (74)
74. Airplanes - B.o.B f/Hayley Williams (86)
75. In One Ear - Cage The Elephant (DEBUT)
76. Love Like Crazy - Lee Brice (80)
77. Unstoppable - Rascal Flatts (62)
78. Commander - Kelly Rowland f/David Guetta (DEBUT)
79. Baby - Justin Bieber f/Ludacris (83)
80. Hate To Love - Alex Sayz f/Evi (85)
81. The Royal We - Silversun Pickups (DEBUT)
82. Finding My Way Back - Jaheim (94)
83. Bulletproof - La Roux (RE-ENTRY)
84. If You Wanna Fly - Veronica (DEBUT)
85. Keep Faith - Dresden & Johnston f/John Debo (DEBUT)
86. Like You Do - Angel Taylor (88)
87. Work Hard, Play Harder - Gretchen Wilson (91)
88. Every Dog Has Its Day - Toby Keith (90)
89. Kandi - One EskimO (93)
90. Savior - Rise Against (82)
91. Keep On Loving You - Steel Magnolia (68)
92. Gimme That Girl - Joe Nichols (87)
93. Smile - Uncle Kracker (96)
94. Nasty Boy - Jipsta (98)
95. Wavin' Flag - K'naan (DEBUT)
96. The Crow & The Butterfly - Shinedown (DEBUT)
97. Ridin' Solo - Jason Derulo (DEBUT)
98. All For Love - Serena Ryder (DEBUT)
99. Vem Dancar Kuduro - Lucenzo f/Big Ali (DEBUT)
100. Let Me Hear You Scream - Ozzy Osbourne (DEBUT)

After a couple of slow weeks, there's fourteen new songs on this week's list. Talk about some house cleaning! The top debut is by singer Alexis Jordan. Jordan was a contestant on America's Got Talent's first season, making it to the 'wild card' round. Her first hit single is the bouncy dance track "Happiness"...



Next up is country-rock group the Zac Brown Band from Atlanta, with their fifth consecutive hit, all form their amazing debut album The Foundation. Its a warm yet anthemic ballad, and my favorite cut from the CD. Here's "Free"...



Kentucky-based Cage The Elephant has had great luck, placing their first three singles in the top-3 of Billboard's Alternative Rock chart. Following "Ain't No Rest For The Wicked" and "Back Against The Wall", here's the roots-alt-rock of "In One Ear"...



Kelly Rowland has had my favorite of the David Guetta-driven songs from last year, "When Love Takes Over", and her new single returns the favor by featuring Guetta as a co-lead (as well as producer). Here's "Commander", performed live on Graham Norton's show (check the "Commander" dance move)..



The next rock band is LA outfit Silversun Pickups, with their fourth top-10 alternative hit "The Royal We"...



The next singer I honestly originally thought was the freestyle-house singer from the 90s-00s, but instead is Cuban actress-singer Mayra Veronica from the Latin channel Univision. She also goes by Veronica, and her first club hit is "If You Wanna Fly"...



After a top-20 2sc hit "Dangerous Power", San Franciscan DJ's Dave Dresden and Josh Gabriel may have collaboratively broken up, but each is on Billboard's Dance Club chart this week in separate incarnations. Dresden teamed up with Mikail Johnston (also from SF)and is the first to make it back onto my list. It also features John Debo and singer Mezo Riccio, and it's "Keep Faith". This video first was show at SF's "Concert For Boobies" (had to include that since it's so awesome)...



Somali-Canadian singer K'naan has the first World Cup-related song on my chart, with the unofficial anthem "Wavin' Flag". Get out your vuvuzelas!



Shinedown's latest album, The Sound Of Madness, has produced 5 consecutive top-3 rock hits, and the fourth (along with "Second Chance", "Sound Of Madness", and "If You Only Knew") to make my list is from the expanded version. Here's "The Crow And The Butterfly"...



Miami R&B singer Jason Derulo already has my #2 song, "In My Head", still going strong, and debuts with his latest, which is a smash in the UK top-10 and US top-40 already. Here's "Ridin' Solo"...



and now for some more north-of-the-border sounds, this time courtesy of rocker-chick Serena Ryder, with the song "All For Love" (which does remind me just a little of Dream Academy/I Believe In Father Christmas)...



Kuduro is a style of African techno-dance that originated in the country of Angola on the southwest coast of Africa, before gaining ground in its provincial sovereign state of Portugal. By ways of France, French singer Lucenzo teams up with rapper Big Ali (who has performed on a lot of Bob Sinclar tracks) for the rollicking "Vem Dancar Kuduro" (They come to dance Kuduro)...



And finally, for something completely different, the master of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne, who recently defied all doctors' logic just by being alive, with "Let Me Hear You Scream". Unfortunately the sure-to-be-awesome video (like Kelly Rowland's) hasn't been released yet, so here's the audio...



I can't eat another rib...Happy Father's day to the coolest dad in the entire world. Mine.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

twostepcub's music chart for June 11, 2010


Hey folks, it's time for my top tunes for the week. This week Taio Cruz spends a second week at the top, while R&B powerhouse Usher (pictured above) jumps into the top-10 with one of his two songs on my list. Former big hits by OneRepublic and the Crash Kings drop off, while singles by Katy Perry, Lady GaGa, and David Guetta make the biggest jumps. Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on the highlighted name of any artist to go to their website. I'll have the Peanut Butter Panic, please!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz f/Ludacris (1)
2. In My Head - Jason Derulo (2)
3. Whataya Want From Me - Adam Lambert (3)
4. Telephone - Lady GaGa f/Beyonce (4)
5. Breakeven - The Script (6)
6. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum (5)
7. OMG - Usher f/will.i.am (12)
8. Life After You - Daughtry (9)
9. All I Ever Wanted - Kelly Clarkson (11)
10. Alors On Danse - Stromae (13)
11. Rude Boy - Rihanna (7)
12. I Never Told You - Colbie Caillat (16)
13. Pyramid - Charice (15)
14. Hey, Soul Sister - Train (19)
15. Superman Tonight - Bon Jovi (10)
16. Heartbreak On Vinyl - Blake Lewis (14)
17. Between The Lines - Stone Temple Pilots (22)
18. Lay Me Down - Dirty Heads (32)
19. Gettin' Over You - David Guetta f/Chris Willis, Fergie & LMFAO (36)
20. Resistance - Muse (20)
21. Dust In Gravity - Delerium f/Kreesha Turner (29)
22. Window Seat - Erykah Badu (34)
23. I Am - Mary J. Blige (17)
24. Video Phone - Beyonce f/Lady GaGa (24)
25. Imma Be - Black Eyed Peas (27)
26. Naturally - Selena Gomez & The Scene (18)
27. All Or Nothing - Theory Of A Deadman (28)
28. Rock Your Body - Black Eyed Peas (43)
29. Halfway Gone - Lifehouse (25)
30. Freeze - Bimbo Jones (31)
31. Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap (21)
32. Water - Brad Paisley (46)
33. Haven't Met You Yet - Michael Buble (33)
34. Uprising - Muse (26)
35. Rocket - Goldfrapp (23)
36. The Man I Want To Be - Chris Young (38)
37. Everything To Me - Monica (37)
38. Ain't Back Yet - Kenny Chesney (30)
39. Stereo Love - Edward Maya f/Vika Jigulina (51)
40. Beauty In The World - Macy Gray (52)
41. If It's Love - Train (53)
42. The House That Built Me - Miranda Lambert (47)
43. The Good Life - Three Days Grace (48)
44. This Afternoon - Nickelback (44)
45. Memories - David Guetta f/Kid Cudi (35)
46. California Gurls - Katy Perry f/Snoop Dogg (80)
47. Drummer Boy - Debi Nova (39)
48. Rain Is A Good Thing - Luke Bryan (54)
49. Something Like A Party - School Gyrls (57)
50. 1901 - Phoenix (50)
51. Live Like We're Dying - Kris Allen (45)
52. Alejandro - Lady GaGa (72)
53. I Gotta Get To You - George Strait (55)
54. Breathe - Ryan Star (56)
55. Shark In The Water - VV Brown (60)
56. Wrong Baby Wrong - Martina McBride (58)
57. Crazy Town - Jason Aldean (59)
58. Not Myself Tonight - Christina Aguilera (DEBUT)
59. I Keep On Loving You - Reba McEntire (61)
60. Just Say Yes - Snow Patrol (40)
61. Glitter In The Air - Pink (73)
62. Unstoppable - Rascal Flatts (62)
63. Rise! - Vernessa Mitchell (64)
64. Fearless Love - Melissa Etheridge (42)
65. Take Control - Julissa Veloz (65)
66. According To You - Orianthi (41)
67. She Won't Be Lonely Long - Clay Walker (68)
68. Keep On Loving You - Steel Magnolia (63)
69. Your Love Is My Drug - Ke$ha (81)
70. Waves Of Change - Samantha James (70)
71. Mockingbird - Rob Thomas (75)
72. Pretty Mess - Erika Jayne (DEBUT)
73. Half Of My Heart - John Mayer f/Taylor Swift (76)
74. There Goes My Baby - Usher (74)
75. Pray For You - Jaron & The Long Road To Love (87)
76. Lover, Lover - Jerrod Niemann (86)
77. Nothin' On You - B.o.B f/Bruno Mars (77)
78. I'm In - Keith Urban (DEBUT)
79. This Is War - Thirty Seconds To Mars (89)
80. Love Like Crazy - Lee Brice (82)
81. Right Here, Right Now - BWO (95)
82. Savior - Rise Against (71)
83. Baby - Justin Bieber f/Ludacris (83)
84. Undo It - Carrie Underwood (94)
85. Hate To Love - Alex Sayz f/Evi (85)
86. Airplanes - B.o.B f/Hayley Williams (90)
87. Gimme That Girl - Joe Nichols (79)
88. Like You Do - Angel Taylor (88)
89. Unthinkable (I'm Ready) - Alicia Keys (100)
90. Every Dog Has Its Day - Toby Keith (91)
91. Work Hard, Play Harder - Gretchen Wilson (96)
92. Good Times - RollDeep (92)
93. Kandi - One EskimO (99)
94. Finding My Way Back - Jaheim (RE-ENTRY)
95. Don't Believe - Mehrzad Marashi (97)
96. Smile - Uncle Kracker (98)
97. Dynasty - Kaskade (DEBUT)
98. Nasty Boy - Jipsta (DEBUT)
99. On Time - Disco Biscuits (DEBUT)
100. Odd One - Sick Puppies (DEBUT)

There are seven new songs debuting, and the highest is by Christina Aguilera, who is back with a new album, and song and video some have compared to Lady GaGa, though I kind of think it's a revision of the "Dirty" phase, shown as Madonna's "Human Nature" video. Here's "Not Myself Tonight"...



Yes, that just happened. (Her dancers are way hot, though.)

Next up is dance music singer Erika Jayne. Jayne, originally from Atlanta,has her fourth charting single with "Pretty Mess". It follows 2sc top-20 hits "Give You Everything" and Stars"...



Keith Urban previous had a hit with a Radney Foster song with "Raining On Sunday". This time he reprises a song I loved when the sister group the Kinleys redid the track. Here's "I'm In"...



Chicago DJ Kaskade (Ryan Raddon) is a perennial fave of mine, and he's back with a new album, and a new single featuring singer Haley, "Dynasty"...



Local boy Jipsta from Clifton New Jersey follows up last year's "I Want Your Sex" with another song that incorporates an 80's dance classic. Here's "Nasty Boy"...



With more local music, here's Philadelphia funk-jam band the Disco Biscuits, who pioneer a genre called "Trance Fusion", with "On Time"....



and finally rock ensemble the Sick Puppies, from Australia, with "Odd One"...




G'nite, mates!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

My highlight of Glee last night...

"To Sir with Love" is one of my top-10 songs of all time, and "Glee" nailed it.

Story of the day... money can buy you love...

Yesterday's two primary races in California, for Governor and Senator, proved triumphant for for two women, Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina (pictured above). Whitman, the former CEO of eBay, spent 71 million dollars of her personal wealth for so far just the primary election, while former (and notably ousted) HP CEO Fiorina spent 5 million of her own. Both are pretending to ride some sort of populist uprising, but of course they both represent nothing but the deregulation-hungry assholes that rape the common 'people' the teabagger contingent also pretends to be. Both offered nuanced right-wing talking point blather to gain the votes in the primary, and hopefully both will get nailed on them in the general election. Neither Jerry Brown nor Barbara Boxer is a novice in dealing with these two morons. Both Whitman and Fiorina have proven gaffe-prone, while not really having a truthful position on anything but business. Which they want hands off. Like BP. And see where that got us.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

The Cee-U-Next-Tuesday award for the week: Primary Crazy....

In honor of today's primary elections in South Carolina and California, today's Cee-U-Next-Tuesday award for female excellence in the male-dominated field of douchebaggery is a double surprise!

In South Carolina, home of more political craziness than you can shake a Appalachian stick at, Nikki Haley has somehow overshadowed Mark "Pampass" Sanford by having accusations of not just one, but two, lackey Lotharios who say they had "relations" with Haley. Since then, after a few deflated denials, Haley comes with the "if I'm elected, then proven to have had an affair, I'll resign" tactic. Sure, bitch. Then the Lt. Gov (from the same party) would fill in. Nice try, stupid.

Meanwhile, in California (of course), birther queen Orly Taitz is running for Secretary of State. Yes, the woman who has brought up so many false lawsuits questioning President Obama's birthplace that she was fined 20,000 dollars, is aspiring to a position responsible for elections and other law functions.

So far, Haley is running way ahead, however not enough to avoid a runoff, while the real threat is Taitz getting the GOP nomination. With her rantings on the same brand as a Fiorina or Wittman, the award would be the further marginalization of the 'know-nothing' party. As for Haley, here's hoping that the proof comes sooner than she'd like....

Monday, June 07, 2010

Story of the day...victimization wins again...


So, let me get this straight. Some genius with a flipcam can stop 89-year-old Helen Thomas, an Arab-American, and ask what she thinks about Israel. This is after an aid boat was raided in international waters and 9 people killed, though of course for effect that was left out. With a lens basically on top of her face, this is what she said.



Now beyond what looks like a deliberite edit, the thought of sending Israeli Jews to Germany and Poland is of course an indefensible slam on the exile from the Holocaust, but of course considering the horrible history of the treatment of Palestinians (who, mind you, had nothing to do with said Holocaust), someone who has seen the plight people in her area (her parents are Lebanese immigrants, though of the Catholic sect) and I can honestly see the emotional response from her. But of course, since she's #1) a woman, and #2) a persistent reporter who asks tough questions, the guvmint/media fuckfest finally get their chance to have her head. After issuing an apology, Thomas was basically forced out, while pussy-queen Craig Crawford had to act sufficiently appalled to drop her from his collaborative book. Meanwhile, Crawford has no problem sucking Pat Buchanan off at every oppurtunity, who has said and broadcasted tons of deliberate more hateful and anti-Semitic things with forethought then I'm sure Ms. Thomas had ever privately expressed. Ari Fleischer is apparently continuously masturbating over the headhunt, where that self-righteous weasel should be in jail for complications in the Iraq war lies/Valerie Plame ordeal, and Robert Gibbs is pissing himself with glee that he can spew some vitriol that God forbid he direct at BP. All during the same weekend the rest of the "reporters" in the hive are having a BBQ at Biden's house. The same ones who had no problem with Ann Coulter calling her an "Old Arab" or deceased fucktard Tony Snow saying she's a Hezbollah conspirator. (Oh, you can just blame that on the cansuh)

All this points to the Republican establishment playbook which optimizes the use of victimization and outrage as a tactic to remove their adversaries (and competitors). It's a shame that members of the administration (I'm looking at you, Rahm and Gibbs) are co-opting it to their own means.

As for myself, I honor Ms. Thomas for all her dedicated work in journalism. I know you regret your choice of words, and hope you find a voice again.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

twostepcub's music chart for June 4, 2010...

Hey everyone, it's time for my tunes for the week. This week British R&B singer Taio Cruz has his first week at the #1 position, while OneRepublic (pictured above) hang on in the top-10. The biggest jumps are from songs by Macy Gray, Train, and School Gyrlz, while former big hits by Alice In Chains and Ke$ha drop out. Link-O-Rama is still in effect, so you can click on the highlighted names of any artist on here to go to their website. And I met Lisa James Otto!

This Week Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz f/Ludacris (2)
2. In My Head - Jason Derulo (6)
3. Whataya Want From Me - Adam Lambert (1)
4. Telephone - Lady GaGa f/Beyonce (4)
5. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum (5)
6. Breakeven - The Script (7)
7. Rude Boy - Rihanna (3)
8. All The Right Moves - OneRepublic (8)
9. Life After You - Daughtry (9)
10. Superman Tonight - Bon Jovi (11)
11. All I Ever Wanted - Kelly Clarkson (21)
12. OMG - Usher f/will.i.am (22)
13. Alors On Danse - Stromae (14)
14. Heartbreak On Vinyl - Blake Lewis (10)
15. Pyramid - Charice (15)
16. I Never Told You - Colbie Caillat (20)
17. I Am - Mary J. Blige (12)
18. Naturally - Selena Gomez & The Scene (18)
19. Hey, Soul Sister - Train (19)
20. Resistance - Muse (16)
21. Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap (13)
22. Between The Lines - Stone Temple Pilots (24)
23. Rocket - Goldfrapp (17)
24. Video Phone - Beyonce f/Lady GaGa (28)
25. Halfway Gone - Lifehouse (23)
26. Uprising - Muse (26)
27. Imma Be - Black Eyed Peas (31)
28. All Or Nothing - Theory Of A Deadman (29)
29. Dust In Gravity - Delerium f/Kreesha Turner (35)
30. Ain't Back Yet - Kenny Chesney (34)
31. Freeze - Bimbo Jones (38)
32. Lay Me Down - Dirty Heads (39)
33. Haven't Met You Yet - Michael Buble (25)
34. Window Seat - Erykah Badu (44)
35. Memories - David Guetta f/Kid Cudi (36)
36. Gettin' Over You - David Guetta f/Chris Willis, Fergie & LMFAO (47)
37. Everything To Me - Monica (41)
38. The Man I Want To Be - Chris Young (42)
39. Drummer Boy - Debi Nova (40)
40. Just Say Yes - Snow Patrol (30)
41. According To You - Orianthi (27)
42. Fearless Love - Melissa Etheridge (32)
43. Rock Your Body - Black Eyed Peas (49)
44. This Afternoon - Nickelback (46)
45. Live Like We're Dying - Kris Allen (37)
46. Water - Brad Paisley (56)
47. The House That Built Me - Miranda Lambert (51)
48. The Good Life - Three Days Grace (53)
49. Still - Tim McGraw (52)
50. 1901 - Phoenix (50)
51. Stereo Love - Edward Maya f/Vika Jigulina (58)
52. Beauty In The World - Macy Gray (72)
53. If It's Love - Train (73)
54. Rain Is A Good Thing - Luke Bryan (59)
55. I Gotta Get To You - George Strait (57)
56. Breathe - Ryan Star (62)
57. Something Like A Party - School Gyrlz (77)
58. Wrong Baby Wrong - Martina McBride (60)
59. Crazy Town - Jason Aldean (61)
60. Shark In The Water - VV Brown (67)
61. I Keep On Lovin' You - Reba McEntire (63)
62. Unstoppable - Rascal Flatts (64)
63. Keep On Loving You - Steel Magnolia (65)
64. Rise! - Vernessa Mitchell (78)
65. Take Control - Julissa Veloz (70)
66. Mountain Man - Crash Kings (33)
67. American Honey - Lady Antebellum (45)
68. She Won't Be Lonely Long - Clay Walker (71)
69. Fistful Of Tears - Maxwell (54)
70. Waves Of Change - Samantha James (76)
71. Savior - Rise Against (66)
72. Alejandro - Lady GaGa (92)
73. Glitter In The Air - Pink (83)
74. There Goes My Baby - Usher (74)
75. Mockingbird - Rob Thomas (81)
76. Half Of My Heart - John Mayer f/Taylor Swift (88)
77. Nothing On You - B.o.B f/Bruno Mars (82)
78. Can U Hear Me - Altar f/Amannda (79)
79. Gimmie That Girl - Joe Nichols (75)
80. California Girls - Katy Perry f/Snoop Dogg (DEBUT)
81. Your Love Is My Drug - Ke$ha (DEBUT)
82. Love Like Crazy - Lee Brice (84)
83. Baby - Justin Bieber f/Ludacris (85)
84. Backwoods - Justin Moore (80)
85. Hate To Love - Alex Sayz f/Evi (87)
86. Lover, Lover - Jerrod Niemann (91)
87. Pray For You - Jaron & The Long Road To Love (DEBUT)
88. Like You Do - Angel Taylor (89)
89. This Is War - Thirty Seconds To Mars (DEBUT)
90. Airplanes - B.o.B f/Hayley Williams (94)
91. Every Dog Has Its Day - Toby Keith (95)
92. Good Times - RollDeep (96)
93. Cryin' Like A Bitch - Godsmack (93)
94. Undo It - Carrie Underwood (DEBUT)
95. Right Here Right Now - BWO (DEBUT)
96. Work Hard, Play Harder - Gretchen Wilson (98)
97. Don't Believe - Mehrzad Marashi (99)
98. Smile - Uncle Kracker (100)
99. Kandi - One EskimO (DEBUT)
100. Unthinkable (I'm Ready) - Alicia Keys (DEBUT)

This week there are eight new songs on my list, and the highest debut is by Katy Perry, who placed four singles on my chart from her debut album, and now previews her next album with a little help from rapper Snoop Dogg. It seems to be in contention for the "jam of the summer", with good reason. Here's "California Girls" (well, the music anyways, the video isn't released yet)...



Next up is not mess Ke$ha, whose "Tik Tok" just dropped out, to be replaced by the total bubblejam "Your Love Is My Drug". It's the other "Jam of the summer" contender, though this video is freaky, like I gotta be on drugs to watch it and understand it freaky.



Jaron Lowenstein formerly made waves at the turn of the century with his twin brother Evan as "Evan and Jaron" with the top-15 pop hit "Crazy For This Girl". Now Jaron has formed a country band, Jaron and the Long Road To Love, and his first single, a great little male kiss-off song, is "Pray For You", where Jamie Pressley gets a little payback...



Another "epic" video that hasn't been released yet is Jerod Leto's rock outfit Thirty Seconds To Mars' "This Is War".. Here's an audio clip..



Another week, another American Idol debut. No, no DeWeezer or Litterbox. It's a true Idol, Carrie Underwood, with her latest, "Undo It" (though in all fairness I have to say I hope she's not holed into rewriting "Before He Cheats" over and over again for success).



And for something completely different, how about some Swedish disco? Alexander Bard had been the frontman for one of my favorite wacky dance groups of the 90s, Army Of Lovers, who had hits like "Crucified" and "Israelism". Since then he has produced groups like Alcazar, before forming another unit called BWO, which stands for Bodies Without Organs (huh?). Their latest single has finally cracked the US market, and it's "Right Here, Right Now"... Crazy video, commence!



Next up is UK indie rock group One EskimO, which includes Kristian Leontiou, who had some success in Britain as a solo artist. The new outfit's first big success is Kandi...



And finally, the totally amazing Alicia Keys has her third US single from her latest CD The Element of Freedom debut, and the powerful video takes a stand on the prejudice towards interracial relationships. Here's "Unthinkable (I'm Ready)"...



Be well, everybody....

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Story of the month....Spill, baby, spill...

It's been over a month since an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, causing oil and carbon pollutants to spill into the area in the hundreds of thousands of gallons. So far almost 62,000 square miles have been blocked from fishing, and since the ooze along with the possibly toxic dispursants BP has been using have hit the shorelines of Louisiana and beyond, an irrevocable catastrophe has hit the same area that mother nature only temporarily shut down a few years before.

Finally, after all this the administration is setting to do something, as the Attorney Generals office is preparing criminal investigations and admitting that BP is not to be trusted. A well pipe has been cut to prepare for a cap, but now more oil is flowing than ever. The thing is, would we actually be waiting all this time if this amount of oil would be spewing on land? And why isn't that fuckweasel CEO who is shouting for newscameras to stop filming in jail? And where is the idiot brigade with the "Drill, Baby, Drill"? Yeah you, Palin. Go jump in an oil slick, bitch.

Ah, to be back again. More later.