That time Craig Northey told me what he really thinks about the Hip not being big in the States

By Steve Newton I did the last of my five interviews with Gord Downie back in October of 1996, when the Tragically Hip was at its peak of popularity. At that point the latest Hip CD, Trouble at the Henhouse, had sold about 100,000 copies in the U.S., which, while a respectable number, still paled drastically … Continue reading That time Craig Northey told me what he really thinks about the Hip not being big in the States

Craig Northey covers Art Bergmann’s “Faithlessly Yours” to show support for The Apostate

By Steve Newton Vancouver music great and all-around good guy Craig Northey recently recorded a version of Art Bergmann‘s 1991 song “Faithlessly Yours” to show support for Bergmann’s new album, The Apostate. If you want to follow Northey’s lead, you can help in the creation of Art’s new music via Pledge Music. Here’s the original video … Continue reading Craig Northey covers Art Bergmann’s “Faithlessly Yours” to show support for The Apostate

Craig Northey sung, plunked, plinked, and originally thinked Giddy Up

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 3, 2003 By Steve Newton On the cover of his debut solo CD, Giddy Up, former Odds member Craig Northey is pictured on-stage in front of a huge outdoor crowd, playing guitar while kicking his left leg up to a painful-looking height. It’s the kind of acrobatic stunt … Continue reading Craig Northey sung, plunked, plinked, and originally thinked Giddy Up

Brent Butt + Craig Northey = “shits ‘n’ giggles”

When I talked to Vancouver-based comic and actor Brent Butt a couple months ago we spent most of the time chatting about how he came to make Corner Gas: The Movie, which he described as “the little-cherry-on-top kinda thing” in relation to his popular Corner Gas TV series, which had halted production back in 2009. But we … Continue reading Brent Butt + Craig Northey = “shits ‘n’ giggles”

Craig Northey stays in the game

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 24, 2005 Craig Northey is best known for his work with the Odds, the whimsically rockin’ local quartet that spent most of the ’90s churning out some of the most enchanting, Beatlesque pop this city has ever heard. Since the Odds called it quits in 2000, he’s stayed deeply involved … Continue reading Craig Northey stays in the game

2nd annual Burnaby Blues Fest suits yard apes and beer drinkers alike

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 26, 2001 As any local fan will tell you, the Vancouver area has needed a full-fledged blues festival for so long that it hurts. Harmonica ace and CFMI Sunday Blues radio-show host Stormin’ Norm Casler tried getting an annual all-day blues fest going at Granville Island a few … Continue reading 2nd annual Burnaby Blues Fest suits yard apes and beer drinkers alike

Brett Butt calls Corner Gas: The Movie “the little cherry-on-top kinda thing”

Hard-core fans of Corner Gas were pretty miffed when the popular CTV sitcom stopped production back in 2009 after six seasons. Lucky for them, creator and star Brent Butt hasn’t gotten the show completely out of his system, because today (December 3), Corner Gas: The Movie opens for a five-night run at select Cineplex theatres. On the phone from … Continue reading Brett Butt calls Corner Gas: The Movie “the little cherry-on-top kinda thing”

Foghat cymbal crashes require no caffeine buzz on Odds’ new Nest

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, MARCH 13, 1997 By Steve Newton What better place to interview Odds singer-guitarist Craig Northey than at the Roxy Cabaret on Granville? Not only do they have beer there, but it’s also the old haunt of Dawn Patrol, the Odds’ alter ego house band, which played there from 1988 … Continue reading Foghat cymbal crashes require no caffeine buzz on Odds’ new Nest

Even Limblifter has trouble topping the Odds’ power-pop at Foxfest ’96

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 25, 1996 The folks at CFOX radio have been jubilantly claiming that “the Fox rocks!” for quite some time now, but as any Vancouverite with cable hooked up to their tuner can tell you, it’s really the stations out of Seattle that can rock you like a hurricane. … Continue reading Even Limblifter has trouble topping the Odds’ power-pop at Foxfest ’96

Bittersweet Gin Blossoms encounter UFOs and Alice Cooper in their ‘hood

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, FEB. 29, 1996 By Steve Newton If there were such a thing as a Webster’s Dictionary of Pop Music, you could probably look up the word bittersweet and find a picture of Arizona’s Gin Blossoms nearby. Like fellow southerner Matthew Sweet and local buddies the Odds—who will tour with … Continue reading Bittersweet Gin Blossoms encounter UFOs and Alice Cooper in their ‘hood

Warren Zevon says the Odds have “pretty big feet”

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, FEB. 6, 1992 By Steve Newton Once upon a time, there were four young men who played in a band called Dawn Patrol. At a bar called the Roxy, they’d play fired-up versions of classic rock tunes and intersperse them with zany patter and goofy jokes. Then one day … Continue reading Warren Zevon says the Odds have “pretty big feet”

My fifth and final interview with Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 7, 1996 By Steve Newton When word went out over the local airwaves one July morning last year that the Tragically Hip were playing a tiny Vancouver club that night to raise funds for the Vancouver Food Bank—and give 200 or so of their die-hard fans the thrill … Continue reading My fifth and final interview with Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip

My first ever e-mail interview, because it’s Billy freakin’ Gibbons, that’s why!

I’ve done hundreds of interviews with famous rockers since I started writing for the Georgia Straight back in 1982, most of them over the phone–in advance of a Vancouver tour date–some of them in person. It’s always been the policy at the Straight to turn down offers of e-mail interviews–where you send in questions and … Continue reading My first ever e-mail interview, because it’s Billy freakin’ Gibbons, that’s why!

Colin James works with the best

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 24, 2005 ON LIMELIGHT, HIS new, Juno Award-worthy CD, Colin James pulls off a sharp cover of Bob Dylan’s “Watchin’ the River Flow”, but the coolest thing about that track is what happens at the end of it. Just as the final strains of the 12-bar-blues number fade away, producer Colin … Continue reading Colin James works with the best

New Odds mix lightness and darkness

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 3, 2008 THERE ONCE WAS a Vancouver band called the Odds, which rose up from its night job as a cover band at the Roxy Nightclub to win over the hearts and minds of pop-rock fans far and wide. Between 1991 and ’96 the group released four major-label discs that spawned … Continue reading New Odds mix lightness and darkness

Swan’s debut album hits all the right notes

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 16, 2010 That pesky new legislation that sets you up for a roadside suspension after just one lousy drink sure is having an effect on folks. When Murray Atkinson of local rock band Swan drops by the Straight for an interview and I ask if he’d rather go for a coffee or … Continue reading Swan’s debut album hits all the right notes

from the ‘hood

INTERVIEWS WITH VANCOUVER TALENT AGE OF ELECTRIC blasts pure pop on Make a Pest a Pet (1997) Guitar idol DON ALDER finds one fan at a time (2012) ANNIHILATOR’s Jeff Waters is getting into the “old hard-rock stuff” again (1990) LONG JOHN BALDRY on Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Davie Bowie–and Images in Vogue (1985) ART … Continue reading from the ‘hood