2010 Emmy Nominations!

I’ve been vacationing in Cleveland for the past week, so the only  news on Thursday that anyone seemed to care about was fucking LeBron James and whether or not he would crush the spirits of Clevelanders with his decision for ...

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

During the summer of 1981, I picked up my first K-Tel album. I’m not sure where I got the money. Either I saved up — and by saving up I mean swiping nickels, dimes and quarters from my father’s

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 was open. As I retrieved my things from the backseat, Julie ...

Listening Booth: Iron Maiden, Steel Train, Rush

Some singles have just arrived on our doorstep, so now’s as good a time as any to scan what’s sailing ’round the horn.

To kick things off, let’s talk about “El Dorado” from Iron Maiden, which is available at the band’s site, ...

Film Review: “The Infidel”

Only in indie cinema will you find a comedy about a burly, hairy English Muslim who explores his faith and personal identity after discovering that he’s actually a Jew. I can’t guarantee you’ll get more laughs from The Infidel than you ...

Film Review: “My Last Five Girlfriends”

Duncan has decided to end it all. Distraught and heartbroken, he sits down and writes a suicide note to his last five girlfriends hoping to make a point: Love doesn’t exist. After five painful break-ups, Duncan is going to show them! ...

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 Store that trained mentally and physically handicapped adults basic jobs skills; a stepping stone ...

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 of more serious dramas because of the fantastical elements inherent of their genre. Someone I respected subscribed ...

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 the winter of 2001/2002, when he was just a baby. Jacob ...

TV on DVD: “Sports Night: The Complete First Season”

Sports Night, ABC’s critically acclaimed television dramedy that aired in the late 90’s and became a cult classic, was released as a complete series on DVD back in 2008. Now, Shout! Factory, who also released the complete series, have divided the ...

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 is Springsteen. And Journey. All you write about are Journey and Springsteen. Can’t you ...

The Three Strike Rule: Coco Goes to Cable

Like the rest of the entertainment industry, my jaw hit the floor at the news that Conan O’Brien would be taking his late night talk show to TBS and not the Fox network, as was thought by just about everyone on ...

DVD Review: “We Live in Public”

For those of you sitting at your computers reading this review while you’re updating your Facebook page, tweeting about the great dump you just took and watching the auto tune version of “Charlie Bit Me” for the hundredth time, ...