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Jason Goes to Hell: Part I

Posted on Oct 10, 2008 in Paul's Basement | 0 comments

This was by no means the beginning of my troubles; within the recent past I had experienced unemployment, staples hammered into my flesh, and vomiting on myself in a ditch at night during a torrential rainstorm.

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I’m (Actually Not Very) All Right, Jack

Posted on Oct 10, 2008 in Paul's Basement | 0 comments

We “went together” and “broke up” a few times over the course of our high school years, alternately cherishing and punishing each other like passionate, petulant, self-involved teenagers. Which, of course, is exactly what we were.

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Goin’ to California: Part II

Posted on Oct 9, 2008 in Paul's Basement | 0 comments

“Have you heard about the COLOSSUS?” we demanded, pupils dilated.

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Goin’ to California: Part I

Posted on Oct 9, 2008 in Paul's Basement | 0 comments

Our blue and white VW Bus was a tinderbox of potential emotional and physical violence.

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The Day That Flash Gordon Opened

Posted on Oct 9, 2008 in Paul's Basement | 1 comment

However, in response to my triumphant brandishing of the Lawry’s Seasoned Salt container, he merely shook his head sadly and walked away.

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The Fixx (and How to Get it): Part III

Posted on Oct 8, 2008 in Paul's Basement | 0 comments

“Yes, a chaperone can give you the extra strength to dominate completely over the sexual desires in your bodies when you are together.” – Watchtower magazine, 11/1/81

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The Fixx (and How to Get it): Part II

Posted on Oct 8, 2008 in Paul's Basement | 0 comments

“In their music, popular groups are putting across fornication and drugs as a way of life… What possible meeting of the minds can there be between true Christians and the attitudes manifested in such lyrics and philosophy?” – Watchtower magazine, 1/15/83

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The Fixx (and How to Get it): Part I

Posted on Oct 8, 2008 in Paul's Basement | 4 comments

“Hey, you guys!” Eric shouts with barely-contained glee, “I think GENE SISKEL is going to be here tonight!”

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Coachella 2007 in Fragments

Posted on Oct 7, 2008 in Paul's Basement | 0 comments

I imagined walking into Target, and seeing those cute young cashiers, and having to admit that I had bailed on the long-awaited reunion of Rage Against the Machine because I had a cold, and that humiliation was intolerable to me.

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Into the Forest

Posted on Oct 6, 2008 in Paul's Basement | 0 comments

“He claims he’s just relocating the squirrels,” notes Ed, as the film fades to black.

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