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Basement Songs: Bruce Springsteen, “The Rising”

I had a dream about Bruce Springsteen and he told me what to write. You’re thinking, “Again? Come on, Malchus, all you ever write about...

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Basement Songs: Glee Cast, “Don’t Stop Believin'”

Last week our kids’ school, Emblem Elementary in Saugus, held their third Cure Finders fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For...

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Basement Songs: Kiss, “Detroit Rock City”

You can thank mall cop Paul Blart for this week’s basement song entry. That fictional creation, played so winningly by actor Kevin James...

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Basement Songs: Living Colour, “Broken Hearts”

Living Colour are a band I wouldn’t have invested in if it weren’t for Steve. In ’88 and ’89, I’m sure I would have...

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Basement Songs: Eddie Vedder with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, “The Long Road”

Scott Malchus reflects on his struggles of faith and spirituality in the latest Basement Songs....

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Basement Songs: The Greg Kihn Band, “Jeopardy”

The first time I kissed a girl (other than a relative) was in the 7th grade at a birthday party. Mind you, this was innocent, spin the...

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Basement Songs: Kelly Clarkson, “Breakaway”

Sophie’s school held its annual father/daughter dance was last week, an event that we’ve attended for several years now. The two of us...

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Basement Songs: Queen and David Bowie, “Under Pressure”

This year marks the fifth anniversary of my friend Matt’s death. He was my brother in every sense except for blood, and like siblings, we...

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Basement Songs: Eric Johnson, “Ah Via Musicom” (Flashback ’90)

Eric Johnson's Ah Via Musicom gets the Flashback '90 series in Scott Malchus' latest Basement Songs column....

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Basement Songs: Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind”

The email came on a Thursday morning, as I sat at my desk, waking up. My friend, Nancy, was running the Santa Monica half marathon in three...

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Basement Songs: Reflections on a School Closing

Families lined up to wait fifteen minutes or more for spaghetti served from a large aluminum tin, salad and a choice of lemonade or iced...

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Basement Songs: Shawn Colvin, “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)”

Pete’s Café and Bar is located on the corner of 4th and Main in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. It’s a trendy restaurant with...

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Basement Songs: U2, “One”

You’ve watched the news footage, seen the photos and read the news tweets; you’ve heard the screams and pleas and shook your head at...

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Basement Songs: Bob Dylan, “‘Cross the Green Mountain”

I dread an empty house.  When Julie and the kids are out of town, as they were the week before Christmas, our home is too quiet. No matter...

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Basement Songs: Coldplay, “Reign of Love”

During the summer, when getting up to run at the crack of dawn didn’t mean donning four layers of clothes and a wool cap, I was able to...

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Basement Songs: The Rolling Stones, “Waiting on a Friend”

On a frigid winter’s night in December 1994, a group of friends met at some bar in Lakewood, Ohio, I think the name of the place was...

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Basement Songs: The Waitresses, “Christmas Wrapping”

We gathered around the tree hanging ornaments on its branches while baby Jacob looked on and Christmas music played over the stereo. It was...

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Basement Songs: 100 and Counting

Scott Malchus celebrates his 100th Basement Songs column by doing what he does best -- opening his heart and fearlessly expressing his...

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Basement Songs: The Donnas, “New Kid in School”

Scott Malchus gets fast and loud in this week's Basement Songs, wishing his son a happy birthday to the strains of a Rock Band favorite....

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Basement Songs: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, “Stick With Me Baby”

In his latest column, Scott Malchus listens to a sweet duet and reflects on 17 years of life with his wife....

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Basement Songs: Jeff Beck with Terry Bozzio and Tony Hyams, “Big Block”

In an effort to conserve gas and save money, I’ve been riding my bike to the train station on a regular basis. It reminds me of my...

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Basement Songs: Patty Griffin, “Be Careful”

Since the day we moved into our house, I have regularly snuggled my daughter Sophie for about 10 minutes before she goes to sleep at night....

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Basement Songs: The Temptations, “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”

One of my brother’s infamous parties was going on downstairs in the basement.  He didn’t have to return to Columbus for a...

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Basement Songs: Shawn Colvin with Mary Chapin Carpenter, “One Cool Remove”

In this week's edition of Basement Songs, Scott Malchus remembers the cash-poor early days of his marriage -- and says goodbye to an old...

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Basement Songs: Sting, “Englishman in New York”

Scott Malchus relives the fall of 1987, when Sting's ...Nothing Like the Sun was new and high school shenanigans were in the air....

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Basement Songs: Survivor, “Eye of the Tiger”

Scott Malchus is headed back to the basement again, where he's rising up to the challenge of our rival -- and facing down a parent's worst...

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Basement Songs: “Hey, Hey, Julie!” … A Mixtape

Two years ago, when I was working on this column’s debut, I wrote about Bruce Springsteen’s “Book of Dreams” and...

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Basement Songs: The Beatles, “Rubber Soul” (remastered)

Scott Malchus has had a copy of the remastered Rubber Soul since last week, and he hasn't been able to listen to anything else. Read...

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Basement Songs: Death Cab for Cutie, “Grapevine Fires”

Southern California resident Scott Malchus has fire on his mind this week -- and memories of listening to this song from Death Cab for...

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Basement Songs: The Ramones, “My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)”

As summer draws to a close, Scott Malchus looks back on two months of time spent with his vacationing kids...and cranks the Ramones....