Popdose Rewind: Soundtrack Saturday: “Bull Durham”

“I see great things in baseball. It’s our game — the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism. Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, ...

Legendary: Chapter 12

The story so far: Brian is in love with two girls: his girlfriend, Kate, and his best friend, Allison. We pick up the story a couple hours before a party where both girls will be attending and Brian will be sweating it ...

Legendary: Chapter 11

The story so far: Kate has just spent a couple of hours in the Cleveland Metroparks riding her horse, Kenny. The time she spends with Kenny is when she feels most at peace. Alas, Kate has obligations she must attend to – ...

Legendary: Chapter 6

The story so far: Kate is a middle class preppy whose love of horses has led to a dream of working in equine therapy, helping sick children deal illness through riding and nature. She hoped her boyfriend, Brian, would be thrilled that ...

Comrades Podcast: Episode 4, “The Walk In”

Welcome back to Comrades, a weekly podcast/discussion/ramblefest about the FX series, The Americans. This week’s stellar episode of the show was entitled “The Walk In.” It featured a distracted Elizabeth, Paige taking a road trip, and Stan getting a big reward. Okay, ...

Scotty’s Jukebox: One Love

Earlier this year, Julie and I learned that our son, Jacob, qualified to receive a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It was a bit overwhelming, especially for Jacob, who felt that whatever he wished for should benefit the ...

Scotty’s Jukebox: Never Tear Us Apart

Last week, as film and television critics were lauding the career of Roger Ebert on his 70th birthday and some people bemoaned the lack of coverage of Paul McCartney’s 70th, my thoughts were in Tucson, Arizona. Last Wednesday, my parents celebrated their ...

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

The one bedroom/loft apartment Julie and I moved into in 1995 had an air about it that rang true of a twentysomething married couple laying down roots. Located on Moorpark Street in North Hollywood, it wasn’t a large place, ...

Basement Songs: Porcupine Tree, “Trains”

I could sense a presence at the foot of my bed; someone standing there, waiting for me to wake up. Raising my head, my eyes fought their way through the haze caused by the alcohol and turkey I’d consumed the night before. ...

The Eighth Day of Mellowmas: Mellowmas of ’69

Jeff: Well, we’re getting deep into the cold, dark heart of another bonechilling Mellowmas.

Jason: We sure are. I woke up this morning and kicked my cat for no apparent reason. Just because.

Jeff: Yesterday, you took us all ...

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

Saturday morning, 7:55 AM.

I returned home after an hour at the auto shop. When I opened the front door, the kitchen light was on and voices called out from the television in the living room.

“Good morning, Daddy,” ...

The Popdose 100: The Greatest Cover Songs of All Time

It’s generally agreed upon that if you don’t have any new flavor to add to the original, you shouldn’t bother doing a cover.  But what exactly are the ingredients for a great cover?

There’s no secret recipe.  Some of the songs below ...

Bob Dylan: The Poet At 70

Bob Dylan is 70 years old. That statement is at once momentous, and irrelevant. Irrelevant because Dylan has always seemed to stand apart from any mere concept of time. While he has certainly aged physically, he is as alive in the flesh, ...

Basement Songs: “Groundhog Day”

“I wake up every day, right here, right in Punxsutawney, and it’s always February 2nd, and there’s nothing I can do about it.”

A couple of years ago I was in a record session for the animated series,

Basement Songs: Van Halen, “Little Guitars”

Unlike most of my peers in the 8th grade, I didn’t have an older sibling fixated on the guitar wizardry of Eddie Van Halen or the flamboyant showmanship of singer David Lee Roth, front men for the band, Van ...

The Three Strike Rule: “Mad Men”

Mad Men wraps up its fourth season tonight on AMC and for anyone who hasn’t been watching, you’ve missed Emmy winning show’s finest cycle of episodes since it first came on the air in 2007. The focus of this ...

Basement Songs: Marshall Crenshaw, “Right on Time”

We went camping last weekend, a quick getaway on a Saturday night. Did we go to some dusty old campground miles from the city or a national forest with trees high above our heads? Nope. Instead, we camped three miles from ...

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 the four beers I’d had at lunch, work was the furthest thing from ...