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There are pictures of tonight’s show in Ottawa in the gallery part of the mulitmedia section. Thanks so much to Helen Ryken for taking the train up to Ottawa and hawking our CDs for us. Its cold up here.

Champagne Over the Bow

Had a fun time in Hamilton, too little sleep and then off to play Canada AM this morning. I hope some of you saw it and that you’ll make an mpeg so I can see it. It always looks different…

Listening Skills

What has happened to all the writing? It has gone underground. I have kept it close to my breast. The flow has been pretty splendid. The strangest thing is that I have gone back to listening. Where the hell was…

Going In

I leave today for the glorious frozen landing strip we call Canada. Please come see me with the CJB (dates on colinjames.com) or with “Northey Valenzuela” in Hamilton, Ottawa or Toronto (see show dates). We’ll be on “CANADA AM” –…

Christmas In Heaven

That song, “Christmas in Heaven”, is playing on my TV as “the Meaning of Life” draws to its finale. There’s a strange greenish gray vacuum in the air as our household comes to grip with inconceivable tragedy in Southeast Asia….

Exciting News

Sorry for the delay in postings but…I was making another record for you…well…yes…its for me too. As mentioned previosly, I’ve been working on a project with my friend Rob Baker from “the Tragically Hip”. We holed up in their “Bathouse…

I Should Have Hung Onto This Stuff

I guess I have my memories. Those aren’t as valuable on ebay. Kevin Gandel sent this link to the “Truth Untold” newsgroup. ebay item I remember we got the good review in Billboard. Pearl Jam were nice guys on their…

Reimer Guitars site

Dave Reimer finally has a nice little site that features his guitars. There is a little gallery with pictures of me. I’m not sure this is a wise marketing move. I would have photoshopped a few pics of Keith Richards,…

Regina Leader Post

Here’s a nice article by Emmet Matheson in Regina’s newspaper. Northey beyond ‘Corner Gas’ Emmet Matheson Special to The Leader-Post Thursday, November 25, 2004 Most Saskatchewan residents, if not most Canadians, are probably already familiar with the second track on…

Back Up and Running

I have many essay style visions in my head. I’ll get to them soon. Just got the architecture of the site re-worked so as not to be hacked and whacked by cyber idiots. People’s creative energies could be directed in…

Fun Correspondence

I found this highly entertaining. You don’t need to be a techhead to appreciate the beautiful bureaucratic idiocy. This is the correspondence between my webmaster/designer Alistair Calder and the fine tech department at our host server. Hey there, I am…

First Archives

Enjoyed a rock n’ roll blast last night as “Odd Mouth Manson” romped through a fast and loose collection of archival Odds material and Wide Mouth Mason hits — me, Doug Elliott, Pat Steward & Shaun Verreault. It was the…

Chartattack

Here’s another review. Its from “chartattack”. I believe it to be positive although I wouldn’t have considered the Odds to be “country-pop wonders”. Closer to “the Wonders” than “country” I’d say. Look out Uncle Kracker. NORTHEY/VALENZUELA S/T (MapleMusic) In one…

Hiccup

‘The Man” shut off the site after what it said were “massive traffic spikes”. My popularity grows to ridiculous proportions? I’ve been trying to run around the world but haven’t decided how to tackle the oceans when I get to…

Toronto Sun

Northey Valenzuela (Universal) Put a member from the now defunct Odds together with a member from the reunited Gin Blossoms and what do you get? Well, well-crafted catchy pop songs. The musical apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree…

NV debut gig

Yes “NV” does sound like “envy” — stole that from Arlene Bishop & Blair Packham by fluke. “NV” made their debut performance courtesy of a fine patron of the arts in the Adidas “Outdoor” department. This patron, Lawrence Motola, requested…

the Eye – Anti Hit List

Some early press: Anti Hit List (eye) NORTHEY / VALENZUELA, “Not a Lot Going’ On”: like the keenly observed sitcom Corner Gas — for which an abbreviated version of this track by the Odds’ Craig Northey and Gin Blossom’s Jesse…

Archives

I know a few of you…OK …more than a few of you have been urging me to put up more archival stuff on the web…OK…more Odds stuff. That was a while ago for me so it just feels like a…

Wolves in the Orchard

The border collies had chased each other around the trampoline for an hour and a half. The lawn was never really a lawn and the moss, which substituted as an ornamental green binding agent, was not tough enough to take…

Get Out & Vote

I encourage all my American brothers & sisters to get out and vote. You can really make a difference this time. Things are going well at maplemusic.com. “Northey Valenzuela” is their #7 best seller today. Since that is my favourite…

Northey Valenzuela order update

If “Northey Valenzuela” is not racked in the store you can ask the retailer to order it from Maple Nationwide/ Universal (catalogue number SP711820). It shouldn’t take long to arrive and its almost as fast as ordering it online…but…it doesn’t…

Ordering Problems

We’ve heard from a few sources that purchasing the “NV” CD online has not worked out. This is disturbing. Follow the link in yesterday’s post and it should work. We are getting to the bottom of this today. Here is…

Where You Can Get the “NV”

Dear patient people, The “Northey Valenzuela” CD IS out today in Canada. You can order it online at maplemusic.com. The Sharkskin CD is also there today. Here are the locations for old fashioned shopping. Maybe you should call ahead for…

Glossy Awards – Vancouver BC

October 21st Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC . I’ll be nominated thrice for “best song in a motion picture”. This is the wrap up to the Vancouver Comedy Festival. I will sing my song “Pollo Loco” with an 11 piece band…

Doug Bennett

Dear all, Instead of extensive reflection on the topic tonight I will just answer the question (the most popular one ), “Who was “DB” in last night’s post?”. The lord of the dangerous wisecrack, Doug Bennett, has passed on. I…

Where Do I Start?

I came home to a puddle of milk on the counter. No half finished glass of milk goes untipped by the cat. I was the only guy at the check stop to not have to pull over and blow. Wisdom…

Eat the Heart

I have seen more poetic roadkill. A set of birds wings still attached in the middle as if the body and head were of no real consequence. This was on the shoulder of the road in the dappled shadow of…

Sesame Street Syndrome

The “Sesame Street Syndrome” (sorry can’t footnote it) refers to the public gravitating, most readily, to visual stimulation that is easy to digest. They’d rather watch TV than read a book. In the spirit of surrender I offer, in today’s…

Bob Kemmis

There’s a nice article on Bob Kemmis in this week’s Georgia Straight — Vancouver’s entertainment weekly. Click here

airplane

Secondhand brittle drumbeats from overheard ipods. Human smells mingle. Weakening colognes and civilized flatulence move as white noise nozzles recirculate air. Behind all this beige plastic are the wires, hydraulics, braided and coded stainless looms that we don’t want to…

More Pet Pictures

I did put more pet pictures in the “Important Animals” gallery. I’ll start to put the NV promo photos up over time…just in case you want to help do promo? Breaking News: I am very proud to announce that Corner…

Where Did He Go?

I know I know I know. Enough already! Its hard to figure out what’s worth writing down. The “diary form” stuff is just so boring to me. There has been less time for sitting on this stump and musing. All…

Streaming

Tim Der has put up some audio and video on his site. He says its, “…on oddstp.com, it’s on the audio/visual section (click “more videos…” on the bottom left hand corner) and on craig.oddstp.com, it’s under video (assorted craig videos)…

Oops forgot

I’ll be taking part in the “Bluebird North” songwriter series at the Rowing Club tomorrow. Monday the 8th at the Rowing Club in Vancouver. 8pm. Simon Kendall is also on the bill. Hope I didn’t blow it for some of…

Brucio.com, bobkemmis.com

Have you ever been to Bruce McCulloch’s site? You should read what he writes. He is good at it. brucio.com Bob Kemmis’ new site is up. Looks beautiful…hmmm…looks familiar. Congrats to Alistair Calder on another good looking site.

Northey Valenzuela Cover Art

Here’s the Northey Valenzuela cover By the way I was directed by someone to review the entry “Weather Talk”. It is a bit much in the floral language department. I won’t go back and edit it because…that’s against the rules….

Odds site

I don’t always have access to the technical ass end of my site but I can write these things and help out a bit. I don’t have a “links” page but if I did I would send some of you…

Familiar Refrain

Time is tight so I’m using my creative energies to make more music for you folks and some breakfasts and lunches for my kids and animals. If you’ll notice I’m trying harder to hyperlink things so you can do that…

Northey Valenzuela Canadian Release

OCTOBER 26TH 2004 — the debut NORTHEY VALENZUELA CD will be in stores and online through MapleNationwide/Universal Music. You will then find it at MapleMusic.com and in the finest of record shops. It’s my sweet Grandad Francis W. Harvie’s birthday…

Craig on Talk Show

Dear all, My cousin Mike is doing a production for the Vancouver Fringe. I will be his guest on opening night Sept 10th. See poster in “Recent…” gallery in “multimedia” section. On The Fringe, with Michael P Northey The Vancouver…

Remix

The swift conceptual cut and paste mind of my friend Paul Myers has invented the diary form prose “remix”. He’s taken one of my entries from this journal and cut it into song form. lately he’s been experimenting with combining…

Most Recent Things

In an effort to make the gallery or road photos not become a cumbersome “catch-all” I’m going to put up the most recent stuff, of all kinds, in a new gallery called “Most Recent Things” located in the Multimedia section’s…

Unicorn Blood

If I were a homesteader or explorer dad I could have navigated us to the shoreline by starlight, smell and celestial navigation. Instead I am in full holiday thaw and we are using flashlights. Without them this would be possible…

Last Night

Had a blast last night at the Deer Lake Blues & Roots Fest in Burnaby BC. Colin James was closing the show and Rosanne Cash & band were on right before. It was a mucky day of constant rain but…

Holiday

Yes. I took a break with my family. I’ve been writing in my head instead. That’s where all the writing is done. Its the typing and internetting that takes all the time. I was camping so even electricity was right…

Shaggy Dog record

Well… we made the Northey Valenzuela CD but getting it out has turned into one of those dreams where you are being attacked by a street gang and just can’t seem to punch back. Last week the master CD was…

Big Fish

Season of heat, fires, burns and beer. I’ve flip-flopped from road mode to family mode and had plenty to catch up on. Radio silence may happen as I wrestle the bigger cats to the ground. Life’s hurdles have been a…

First Taste of Ice Cream

Things were moving too fast to define. It was a montage so neatly edited and cross-faded that he saw it all as one event. He had glazed over in all faculties. His first taste of ice cream became his first…

Northey Valenzuela

Important answer to the most pressing question. The debut “Northey Valenzuela” CD entitled “Northey Valenzuela” (aka: National Park, Frequent Flyer, Vanilla Sanchez, Sonic Soul Implosion). Will be ready for purchase through “maplemusic.com” in a few weeks. No lie. It will…

Wi-Fi

Two hours of sleep, a 30 minute flight from Gander Newfoundland to St. Johns on Labrador Air and then… a two hour layover. We grabbed a cab and went into town and up Signal Hill. The vista was spectacular. There…