Basement Songs

Basement Songs, Books, Music

Unabashed Self-Promotion: BASEMENT SONGS (the book) by Scott Malchus

Scott Malchus has released a book called BASEMENT SONGS. You may know what it's about....

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: Foo Fighters, “Walk”

Scott Malchus writes about this year's Great Strides efforts and the Foo Fighters song that didn't make the cut....

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: Al Green, “Let’s Stay Together”

Al Green gets funky in this week's Basement Songs....

Basement Songs, Film

Basement Songs: “Night at the Museum”

A look at Ben Stiller's fantasy comedy in this week's Basement Songs....

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: Porcupine Tree, “Trains”

Scott Malchus pays tribute to a beloved family member in this week's Basement Song....

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: Marshall Crenshaw, “Someday, Someway”

Begin 2012 with a new Basement Song and some vintage Marshall Crenshaw...

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: Frank Sinatra, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Sinatra's rich, smooth voice conveys the love and spirit of Christmas, yet it drips with melancholy, as if he tossed back a couple of...

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: Taio Cruz, “Dynamite”

Sunday morning, as rain flooded the streets and the sun refused to break through the dark clouds, Scott Malchus and his son ran the annual...

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: Death Cab for Cutie, “No Sunlight”

I wasn’t so interested in offering my two cents. Instead, I wanted to hear my daughter's thoughts and, truthfully, just spend some alone...

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: Bruce Springsteen, “My City of Ruins”

With just his guitar and harmonica, backed by a small group of singers behind him, Springsteen delivered his "prayer for our fallen...

Placeholder

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: Coldplay, “Fix You”

It's springtime again, and Scott Malchus is reflecting on baseball, family and the search for a cure to cystic fibrosis in this week's...

Placeholder

Basement Songs, Film

Basement Songs: 52 Saturday Nights

Last year I began to reevaluate my life (that happens when you turn 40) and the pursuit of the dream I had as a boy. What was it about...

Placeholder

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: The Pretenders, “I’ll Stand By You”

As I did a quick dance to get around a woman standing idle on the steps at the train station, my iPod shuffled on to "I'll Stand by You"...

Placeholder

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: Aaron Copland, “Appalachian Spring”

For the final two miles of my half marathon, I’ll have Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring play in its entirety to help push me through...

Placeholder

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: Van Halen, “Little Guitars”

A strong, effective piece of songwriting that blended hard rock with some new wave leanings, you hear an unexpected poignancy in "Little...

Placeholder

Basement Songs, Comics and Graphic Novels, Music

Basement Songs: Announcing “Wendover”…

How does a comic book come together? By chance and friendship. Read today's Basement Songs to find out about the latest (co) creation by...

Placeholder

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: Marshall Crenshaw, “Right on Time”

You don’t come across many throwback love songs like this one, with a driving beat that beckons the open road and your hands pounding on...

Placeholder

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: Journey, “Only the Young”

In the fall of 1984, the Make A Wish Foundation contacted the band Journey. A 16-year old fan from Cleveland named Kenny Sykaluk was in the...

Placeholder

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: “The Sting” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Long before I knew who Paul Newman and Robert Redford were, before I understood what a long con was or even what a hooker did, I knew of...

Placeholder

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: Chris Isaak, “Wicked Game”

The wind blew through my grimy hair as I lounged in the back of the pickup truck. Drunk on the youthful feeling of invincibility, and also...

Placeholder

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: Huey Lewis & the News, “Workin’ for a Livin'”

Relive the glory of Huey Lewis & The News in concert, circa 1984, in this week's Basement Song....

Placeholder

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: Justin Bieber, featuring Ludacris, “Baby”

Reading this, you may believe that I’ve just opened a big ol’ can of uncool on Popdose. After all, what 40 year old Springsteen fan in...

Placeholder

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: Death Cab for Cutie, “Your Heart Is an Empty Room”

A week ago we were in North Olmsted, Ohio, once again vacationing with family and friends. Despite the costs and some of the emotional...

Placeholder

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: K-Tel’s “High Voltage”

Danger! Scott Malchus has been struck by HIGH VOLTAGE in this week's Basement Songs column!...

Placeholder

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: Pink Floyd, “Wish You Were Here”

I have a hammock. Last week, upon returning home from work, I shut off the Jetta and got out of my car, sweating and tired. The side gate...

Placeholder

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs, LP Edition: The Reivers, “End of the Day”

“I think we should break up.” As those words crept out of my mouth, a cold sweat trickled down the back of my neck, even though it was...

Placeholder

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, “The Waiting”

It’s hard to pinpoint the moment I became a Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers fan. I know it was when I was my daughter’s age and...

Placeholder

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: Matthew Sweet, “Girlfriend”

The summer of 1992 continued. Thanks to my good friend, Sally, I had found a worthwhile job working at The Bin, a nonprofit Natural Foods...

Placeholder

Basement Songs, Music, Television

Basement Songs: Peter Gabriel, “The Power of the Heart”

Long ago, I foolishly accepted the idea that horror, sci-fi and fantasy films, book and television series did not have emotional resonance...

Placeholder

Basement Songs, Music

Basement Songs: Jimmy Eat World, “The Middle”

In the wee hours of the morning I would pace the living room, bouncing Jacob in my arms, lulling him back to sleep. This was our routine in...