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  1. <?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?><rss xmlns:atom="" xmlns:openSearch="" xmlns:blogger="" xmlns:georss="" xmlns:gd="" xmlns:thr="" version="2.0"><channel><atom:id>,1999:blog-23255699</atom:id><lastBuildDate>Sat, 08 Jul 2023 09:02:02 +0000</lastBuildDate><category>New CD</category><category>shows</category><category>Christmas music</category><category>Mr. T</category><category>christmastime</category><category>concerts</category><category>drums</category><category>myspace</category><category>radio</category><title>Central Standard Blog</title><description>Here be the Central Standard Time Band Blog!  This is your place to read Matt&#39;s and Charlie&#39;s thoughts on band-ish things and weigh in with your own comments and thoughts.</description><link></link><managingEditor> (Matt)</managingEditor><generator>Blogger</generator><openSearch:totalResults>41</openSearch:totalResults><openSearch:startIndex>1</openSearch:startIndex><openSearch:itemsPerPage>25</openSearch:itemsPerPage><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Thu, 12 Nov 2015 19:13:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2015-11-12T13:13:39.695-06:00</atom:updated><category domain="">Christmas music</category><category domain="">christmastime</category><category domain="">shows</category><title>Infrequency...</title><description>&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;&quot;&gt;So it&#39;s been nearly a year since our last blog post. We&#39;d like to apologize to all of our regular readers who&#39;ve surely been checking the blog daily for an update. We like to let the tension and anticipation build; that way when we &lt;i&gt;do &lt;/i&gt;post something it&#39;s that much more exciting!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
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  3. &lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Well, Thanksgiving is only two weeks from today, which means the Christmas season is right around the corner, which means we&#39;ll be bugging you, our loyal readers/fans/friends, pretty incessantly for the next month or so about our &lt;i&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;christmastime&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/i&gt; shows.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
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  5. &lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;&quot;&gt;We have some &lt;i&gt;christmastime&lt;/i&gt; shows coming up! On Sunday, November 29, we&#39;ll be performing once again at the &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Coralville Center for the Performing Arts&lt;/a&gt;. We played our &lt;i&gt;christmastime&lt;/i&gt; CD release concert at the CCPA in 2013 to a wonderful audience, and we&#39;re really looking forward to taking the stage there again. We&#39;ll once again be joined by our friend Patrick McAlpine on cello, and this year we&#39;ll also be joined by Catherine Kastens on piano. We&#39;re quite excited about the full ensemble for this year&#39;s &lt;i&gt;christmastime&lt;/i&gt; shows. &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Tickets are available now&lt;/a&gt; for the show on November 29. $10 for adults, $8 for kids. We hope you can join us to kick off the holiday season!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
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  7. &lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;&quot;&gt;We&#39;re also playing in the Des Moines area on Saturday, December 12, when we&#39;ll be at &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;New Life Lutheran Church&lt;/a&gt; in Norwalk, and the following week, on December 19, we&#39;re playing at &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Bethlehem Lutheran Church&lt;/a&gt; in Cedar Falls. Three opportunities to see our &lt;i&gt;christmastime &lt;/i&gt;show this year! Come to one or come to all three, but we hope to see many of you this holiday season.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
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  9. &lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;&quot;&gt;Looking ahead, we&#39;re working on shows for spring of 2016. We&#39;ll be at Marshalltown&#39;s &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Orpheum Theater&lt;/a&gt; on April 23, and we&#39;ll be adding others. Check our calendar, &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Facebook page&lt;/a&gt;, etc., for updates.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
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  11. &lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;&quot;&gt;As always, thanks for listening (and for reading). Hope to see you at a show soon!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
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  13. &lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;&quot;&gt;-Charlie &amp;amp; Matt&lt;/span&gt;</description><link></link><author> (Matt)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:03:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2014-12-15T20:03:16.913-06:00</atom:updated><title>christmastime is here</title><description>Hey, folks. Well, as you likely know, last year CST released a new album of Christmas music. We called it &lt;em&gt;christmastime&lt;/em&gt;. Still do, in fact. Most of the songs are very traditional Advent and Christmas songs for which we came up with our own arrangements for acoustic guitar, vocals, and cello. We put a LOT of time and effort into the CD, and we&#39;re quite pleased with the finished product.&lt;br /&gt;
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  15. The other day we played a &lt;em&gt;christmastime&lt;/em&gt; concert at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. We really enjoy opportunities to share that music (and all of our music), and had the pleasure of singing for a very attentive and appreciative audience. We&#39;d like to thank Gloria Dei for having us and thank everyone who came to the show.&lt;br /&gt;
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  17. Once Thanksgiving has passed, it&#39;s time (in my house and car, at least) to start listening to Christmas music. We tune in to a few of the local stations that play Christmas music pretty much nonstop this time of year. At home we often turn on one of the satellite music stations we get through the dish. So I hear a fairly wide variety of holiday music.&lt;br /&gt;
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  19. There are so many wonderful Christmas songs, both secular and religious. An amazing number, really. Yet, at the same time, there are also a lot of really, really&amp;nbsp;bad holiday and Christmas songs out there. So many bad songs. Christmas shoes? Really? Then there are songs played at Christmas that aren&#39;t Christmas songs at all. Well, one, anyway. &quot;My Favorite Things&quot; is NOT a Christmas song, and the world needs to be reminded of that as often and as much as possible. Here ends my PSA. Sorry to digress.&lt;br /&gt;
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  21. It seems like every year there&#39;s at least one new Christmas song on the radio that really has no business being on the radio due to its horrible-ness. I heard a new one the other day that qualified, though I can&#39;t remember what it was...&lt;br /&gt;
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  23. Here&#39;s the thing, though--and this is why I&#39;m writing this post in the first place--&quot;Sing, Angels!&quot; is a &lt;em&gt;really, really good&lt;/em&gt; Christmas song (Charlie wrote the song, so I can laud its goodness while still maintaining my modesty.)! It&#39;s true! It quickly became the most popular song on our CD, and it&#39;s up against some pretty stiff competition there (my modesty may be waning a bit suddenly...). It&#39;s a good song, and I really would like for more people to hear it.&lt;br /&gt;
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  25. We sent copies of &lt;em&gt;christmastime&lt;/em&gt; to a few radio stations last year. KUNI 90.9 FM and&amp;nbsp;Life 101.9 FM for sure. Maybe a couple others. I don&#39;t remember; it was a long time ago. As far as I know, though, they&#39;ve never played any of our&amp;nbsp;&lt;em&gt;christmastime&lt;/em&gt; songs. They could, though! And maybe if you call and request &quot;Sing, Angels!&quot; by Central Standard Time, they&#39;ll play it. And then more people will hear it, and that will be a good thing.&lt;br /&gt;
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  27. I&#39;m not just trying to drum up CD sales here (though I admit that would be nice... please visit &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;our CDBaby page&lt;/a&gt; if you&#39;d like to purchase a CD!). I just think more people need to hear this song, &#39;cause it&#39;s a good song. I think we&#39;ll share it online in a couple places, too. We&#39;ll disseminate links as necessary and appropriate should we do so.&lt;br /&gt;
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  29. So enjoy your Advent and Christmas seasons, and please enjoy our music as well. We sincerely hope that you do. Blessings to you, and grace, and peace.</description><link></link><author> (Matt)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:15:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2014-03-05T18:15:57.498-06:00</atom:updated><title>Revival</title><description>&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;&quot;&gt;Well, after a nice run with our WordPress blog, we&#39;re back to the ol&#39; BlogSpot/Blogger. Feels sort of like putting on an old favorite shirt you just rediscovered in a box of old clothes, only without the funky smell clothes get when they&#39;ve been in storage for a while.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
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  31. &lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;&quot;&gt;So last year, as you probably already know if you&#39;re visiting our site, we released a new CD, &lt;em&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;christmastime&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/em&gt;, which we&#39;d talked about for many years prior and finally got around to actually doing. It was a whole lot of fun to finally get that recorded and released. It was a really different and interesting (to us, at least) process than our previous CDs, which were pretty much all original CST songs. We really enjoyed taking some very traditional, well-known songs and trying to find creative ways in which to make them distinctively CST-ified. And, you know, we think it came out pretty well.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
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  33. &lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;&quot;&gt;We&#39;re already kicking around various ideas for our next studio project. In 2014, though,&amp;nbsp;we&#39;ll be trying to get out and play more shows again (2013 was pretty quiet in that regard). We&#39;ll likely hit a few of our favorite venues, but we&#39;ll also be looking to explore new territory and play some new-to-us venues as well.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
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  35. &lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;&quot;&gt;And finally, as you may have already discovered, we&#39;ve new Internet digs! An unfortunate server crash sent our previous site into the oblivion (sad), so now we have a new site. And it&#39;s a lovely site, indeed. Please, peruse it, click on stuff (particularly the various links, as you&#39;ll find them more responsive to your clicks than things that aren&#39;t links), and do be sure to enjoy yourself.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
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  37. &lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;&quot;&gt;Thanks for listening, folks!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;
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  39. &lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: x-small;&quot;&gt;Matt &amp;amp; Charlie&lt;/span&gt;</description><link></link><author> (Matt)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Fri, 27 Apr 2007 17:19:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2007-04-27T12:24:51.071-05:00</atom:updated><title>Farewell dear Blogspot...</title><description>Our new (and much improved - many kudos to web-wizard Greg) website is up and running at, and since it contains an integrated blog we&#39;ll be moving our updates and ruminations to &lt;h2&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/h2&gt;  &lt;br /&gt;Update your blogrolls, bookmarks, etc., and we&#39;ll see you over at the new site.</description><link></link><author> (Charlie)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Mon, 23 Apr 2007 04:27:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2007-04-22T23:30:09.706-05:00</atom:updated><title>CST hits YouTube!</title><description>Seems to be the trendy thing to do now (actually, it&#39;s probably been the trendy thing to do for quite a while... we&#39;re not necessarily the with-the-times-est band out there), putting some concert footage on YouTube.  We&#39;re breaking some YouTube mores by posting stuff we own the copyright to, I know, but we just can&#39;t help being rebels.  Here&#39;s a most-of-the-tune clip of us playing one of the songs from the new CD in Decorah a few weeks back:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;object width=&quot;425&quot; height=&quot;350&quot;&gt;&lt;param name=&quot;movie&quot; value=&quot;;&gt;&lt;/param&gt;&lt;param name=&quot;wmode&quot; value=&quot;transparent&quot;&gt;&lt;/param&gt;&lt;embed src=&quot;; type=&quot;application/x-shockwave-flash&quot; wmode=&quot;transparent&quot; width=&quot;425&quot; height=&quot;350&quot;&gt;&lt;/embed&gt;&lt;/object&gt;</description><link></link><author> (Charlie)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Sat, 21 Apr 2007 15:45:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2007-04-21T12:31:46.259-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="">radio</category><category domain="">shows</category><title>CST on the airwaves</title><description>Don&#39;t be fooled by the lack of updated-ness of the KUNI web site--CST is returning to &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;Live From Studio One&lt;/a&gt; on Monday, April 30th. We&#39;ll play songs from the new CD and be generally witty and cool, as we so often are.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;You can catch the show at 7:00 p.m. on 90.9 FM in eastern Iowa, or listen to live streaming at &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;;/a&gt;. Of course, if you’re in the area, we’d be very happy to have you join us in the studio on the UNI campus in Cedar Falls. Tickets are $3 for anyone over the age of 12. You can call 1-800-772-2440 for tickets, in case you’re worried about the show selling out…&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Can’t get enough of CST on the radio? Well, we can help assuage your appetite at least a little. You can catch us again on Thursday, May 3, at 11:00 p.m. on Luther College Radio KWLC. Web streaming is available at &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;;/a&gt;.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;And speaking of radio, &lt;em&gt;What I Know Now&lt;/em&gt; is part of KUNI&#39;s music library, along with our previous releases, so please feel free to call the station and request some CST! You can request us during Karen Impola&#39;s folk music program, KUNI&#39;s evening music program, or request that they feature CST in their Down on the Corner program, which highlights local music. The new CD is or will soon be available for airplay at other public and college radio stations as well, so please, don&#39;t be shy about requesting some of our tunes.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Thanks, as always, for listening!</description><link></link><author> (Matt)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Sat, 14 Apr 2007 07:06:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2007-04-14T02:14:55.042-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="">New CD</category><category domain="">shows</category><title>CD, Baby!</title><description>Big day in the CST administrative compound today.  Matt and I played a &quot;CD release show&quot; at the Mill, which was interesting (as shows at the Mill generally are) and a lot of fun.  It was our first chance to play a couple of the new tunes on the CD for our Iowa City fans and the band after us (if I may borrow a Barney-ism) suited up.  Fun night.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Also, today we got notice from CD Baby that &lt;span style=&quot;font-style:italic;&quot;&gt;What I Know Now&lt;/span&gt;&#39;s online store is up and running.  To wit:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;!-- CDBABY LINK for CENTRAL STANDARD TIME: What I Know Now --&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img src=&quot;; alt=&quot;Buy the CD&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;22&quot; width=&quot;200&quot; /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;img src=&quot;; alt=&quot;album cover&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;200&quot; width=&quot;200&quot; /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;img src=&quot;; alt=&quot;click to order&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;22&quot; width=&quot;200&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</description><link></link><author> (Charlie)</author><thr:total>1</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Tue, 10 Apr 2007 17:14:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2007-04-10T12:20:34.675-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="">New CD</category><category domain="">shows</category><title>CD release show this Friday!</title><description>Come on down to the Mill in Iowa City this Friday evening (April 13th) to catch some of the tunes off our new CD. Enjoy some music, good food and beverages, and help us celebrate the release of &lt;em&gt;What I Know Now&lt;/em&gt;. Cover is $6, and CST hits the stage at 9:00 p.m. Following our set will be a performance by Patrick Bloom and the Ghosts of Radio, another of Iowa City&#39;s fine local acts.</description><link></link><author> (Matt)</author><thr:total>1</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Wed, 28 Mar 2007 17:52:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2007-03-30T13:42:43.841-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="">New CD</category><title>And then there were five</title><description>It&#39;s not the Storyhill discography yet by any means, but on the other hand we&#39;re still at a point where we can expand our catalog by 25% in a single morning.  There is much rejoicing around the CST complex this morning.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;EDIT - &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;click here&lt;/a&gt; for the first review of the new disc.  &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;margin: 0px auto 10px; display: block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer;&quot; src=&quot;; alt=&quot;&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5047035246460991154&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</description><link></link><author> (Charlie)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="" url="" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>3</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Sun, 25 Mar 2007 19:56:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2007-03-25T15:01:55.903-05:00</atom:updated><title></title><description>&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;margin: 0px auto 10px; display: block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer;&quot; src=&quot;; alt=&quot;&quot; id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5045954280027199490&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;These posters will start going up around Decorah tomorrow.  Whee!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;A correction from the last post - our performance on KWLC&#39;s 30 Minutes/Thursday show won&#39;t be broadcast until May 3.  Feel free to tune in Thursday night anyway - I&#39;m sure whoever&#39;s playing will do a lovely job - but no CST webstream for a few weeks yet.</description><link></link><author> (Charlie)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="" url="" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>1</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Fri, 23 Mar 2007 06:09:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2007-03-23T01:09:51.067-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="">concerts</category><title>CST = College Show Time!</title><description>Next Thursday we&#39;re playing at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.  Our second college show ever (if one limits the definition of &quot;college show&quot; to only include colleges neither of us are attending at the time) and a place we&#39;ve been excited to play since our own college days.  We&#39;re quite excited and most nervous.  And Matt has a cold and is all hoarse and phlegmy, so the show&#39;s obviously a shoo-in for awesomeness.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;It&#39;ll be the first time we play some of our new stuff live and it&#39;s a free show, so if you find yourself in the Decorah area next Thursday at 9:00 stop on by the Student Union basement.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;And even if you&#39;re not in the Decorah area, you can listen to us on KWLC radio&#39;s 30 Minutes on a Thursday broadcast - webstreamed from &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;here&lt;/a&gt;.  The show&#39;s on at 11:00 p.m. Central and they claim the streaming will even work on dial-up.  It&#39;s a similar format to KUNI&#39;s Live From Studio One, which we&#39;ve played a few times (although only half an hour long) - a mix of live music and interview time.  We&#39;ll play at least one of our brand new songs on the air, too.</description><link></link><author> (Charlie)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Tue, 20 Mar 2007 20:54:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2007-03-20T15:57:19.989-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="">New CD</category><title>And here it is:</title><description>&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;&lt;img id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5044113257461036066&quot; style=&quot;FLOAT: left; MARGIN: 0px 10px 10px 0px; CURSOR: hand&quot; alt=&quot;&quot; src=&quot;; border=&quot;0&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt; &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt; &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt; &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt; &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt; &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt; &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt; &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt; &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt; &lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;The CD is in production. Oh, excitement is mounting! Keep checking back for exciting news about CD release shows and other fun stuff.&lt;/p&gt;</description><link></link><author> (Matt)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="" url="" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>1</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Mon, 12 Mar 2007 21:07:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2007-03-12T16:14:23.130-05:00</atom:updated><category domain="">New CD</category><title>WHAT I KNOW NOW</title><description>Here is what I know now:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;ul&gt;&lt;li&gt;Central Standard Time&#39;s third full-length, all-original CD is finished and set for production to begin.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;The new CD &lt;em&gt;should be (&lt;/em&gt;cross your fingers, knock on wood, etc.) in our hands in time for our March 29th show at Luther College.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;The new CD has been a long time coming. We&#39;ve been working on it in one way or another for about... four years (?). I think that&#39;s right.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;li&gt;The title of the CD is &lt;em&gt;What I Know Now&lt;/em&gt;.&lt;/li&gt;&lt;/ul&gt;Whew... more to come soon!</description><link></link><author> (Matt)</author><thr:total>3</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Thu, 08 Mar 2007 16:38:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2007-03-08T11:11:47.882-06:00</atom:updated><title>And that was really fast</title><description>Sent in for mastering yesterday morning, back to me this morning.  Matt Nelson, you&#39;re a miracle worker.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I&#39;m listening to the new CD in its final form for the first time right now.  &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;As the ancient Romans said, yay!</description><link></link><author> (Charlie)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Wed, 07 Mar 2007 13:19:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2007-03-07T07:22:18.731-06:00</atom:updated><title>This is really weird...</title><description>The final mixes for the new CD (which is now, I believe, officially titled &quot;What I Know Now&quot;) will be sent in for mastering this morning.  The master should be at Discmakers by Monday, and CDs should be back here a couple of weeks after that.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I&#39;m not sure I&#39;m ready to live in a world where this CD&#39;s something other than a project we&#39;re working on.  &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;But I expect I&#39;ll pretty quickly get used to it.</description><link></link><author> (Charlie)</author><thr:total>1</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Tue, 13 Feb 2007 23:37:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2007-02-14T03:23:36.390-06:00</atom:updated><category domain="">drums</category><category domain="">Mr. T</category><category domain="">shows</category><title>Electro-folk</title><description>The other day we played a little show at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Iowa City. We decided to try a little something different and have a friend of ours play drums. We&#39;ve played with drums another time or two, but that&#39;s it. And these drums... well, they were electronic drums.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I have to admit, they sound pretty convincing. They&#39;re nice electronic drums (or at least seem so to my untrained ear). Still, they&#39;re electronic drums! It kinda makes me laugh. I&#39;m glad he played with us--it was a fun show, and considering the almost complete lack of practice beforehand, it went pretty well. The only thing missing was a poster featuring an inspirational and motivational photo of Mr. T.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I doubt there are many folk groups that play with an electronic drum set, though... We got some photos on Charlie&#39;s camera; maybe he can post one.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;(edit:  Posts R Me.  Who&#39;s up enough on CST tunes to be able to name the song we&#39;re playing from just the picture?  There&#39;s a key piece of data there that narrows it down to just two possible tunes.  - Charlie)&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;&quot; src=&quot;; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot;id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5031179203121784450&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;display:block; margin:0px auto 10px; text-align:center;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;&quot; src=&quot;; border=&quot;0&quot; alt=&quot;&quot;id=&quot;BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5031173039843714674&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</description><link></link><author> (Matt)</author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="" url="" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>7</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Fri, 09 Feb 2007 23:33:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2007-02-08T14:00:39.391-06:00</atom:updated><category domain="">shows</category><title>Breaking news!</title><description>Just so you know, the Mud River event on February 18 has been cancelled. Or maybe postponed. Whatever the case, it&#39;s not going to happen on the 18th. I believe it will be rescheduled for sometime early this spring, and hopefully we&#39;ll still be involved. And don&#39;t you worry--we&#39;ll keep you updated!</description><link></link><author> (Matt)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Wed, 07 Feb 2007 21:38:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2007-02-07T16:00:39.372-06:00</atom:updated><category domain="">myspace</category><category domain="">shows</category><title>MySpace R Us</title><description>CST has finally joined the MySpace phenomenon.  We&#39;ve set up a MySpace page at &lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;;/a&gt;.  If you&#39;ve a MySpace page, send us a friend request and please use one of our tunes on your page.  If not, it&#39;s another online source of information about show times and a way to listen to music.  And another blog, should we ever decide to start updating it (we&#39;re much better at find ways to disseminate information than we are at generating information to disseminate).  &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;In other news, we have a couple of shows coming up.  This Saturday we&#39;ll be playing at Christ the King Lutheran Church at part of a fundraising coffeehouse/talent show for the youth group.  The show starts at 7:00, and CST will start whenever the other acts are finished (we&#39;ll probably play for about an hour).  Next Sunday (the 18th) we&#39;re playing as part of another fundraiser (apparently people think attaching the CST name to an event helps make it profitable.  I&#39;d be curious to know how they defend that, but whatever) for the Mud River Music Festival.  That show&#39;s at Uptown Bill&#39;s small Mall in downtown Iowa City and starts... sometime in the afternoon.  Matt hasn&#39;t told me for sure yet.  But check one of our &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;three&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;online&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;calendars&lt;/a&gt; over the next week and no doubt details will be forthcoming.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Hope you&#39;re enjoying this wintery weather!  We sure are!</description><link></link><author> (Charlie)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Tue, 09 Jan 2007 20:54:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2007-01-09T14:58:39.086-06:00</atom:updated><category domain="">New CD</category><title>Slow and steady wins the race.</title><description>Well, Charlie already provided the update below on our progress on the new CD. And no, we didn’t get it done by Christmas (though that was a conscious decision on our part). Progress continues, albeit slow. We are gradually chipping away at and refining each song, deciding what little things to add or not to add to each one.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The process of creating this new CD has been much more a labor of love than our past CDs. When we recorded &lt;em&gt;Second Whisper &lt;/em&gt;and&lt;em&gt; Folksinging&lt;/em&gt;, we did so in a very limited amount of time. With Charlie’s nice home studio, we’ve had the luxury of taking our time and carefully considering exactly what to do with each song on the disc.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I think it will be worth the wait. I’ve enjoyed listening to the rough tracks Charlie mentioned below. The songs in their state on the CD Charlie burned all have at least a little tweaking to be done, but even if we left them as they are, I think all of them would hold up against our past work. Pillar to post, I think this will be our best release yet, and I’m excited that we’re getting so darn close to finishing it!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Check back often for updates and an announcement of the *official* release date!</description><link></link><author> (Matt)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Tue, 14 Nov 2006 09:11:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2006-11-14T03:17:51.223-06:00</atom:updated><category domain="">New CD</category><title>Forward progress</title><description>I just finished burning two rough mix CDs.  They&#39;re hardly a finished product, but they represent most of the songs for the new disc being at a &quot;put &#39;em on a CD so we can listen over and over and decide whether more needs to be done&quot; stage.  Which is pretty exciting, really.  &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;There&#39;s certainly more work to be done - two songs aren&#39;t on these rough mix discs at all (that&#39;s still 83% present and accounted for, though) - but it&#39;s nice to have the songs on CD finally.  I apologize to anyone who rides in my car during the next month or so for the fact that you&#39;ll probably be subjected to some CST.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Matt thinks we can have the new disc out for Christmas.  As long as a year isn&#39;t specified, I totally agree.</description><link></link><author> (Charlie)</author><thr:total>5</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Tue, 31 Oct 2006 21:31:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2006-10-31T15:35:41.016-06:00</atom:updated><title>Happy Halloween!</title><description>Once I filleted my thumb while carving a jack o&#39;lantern. This is safer:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;;/a&gt;</description><link></link><author> (Matt)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Wed, 25 Oct 2006 20:50:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2006-10-25T15:56:13.536-05:00</atom:updated><title>Today I&#39;m a poster post-er</title><description>Wen we&#39;re finally done with the new CD and we send it in to be printed, we&#39;ll also order a bunch of promo posters - the logic being that an actual printed promo poster somehow looks better or more professional than one printed out on 8.5 by 11 white paper.  This picture was dropped by my place today - any ideas for a caption for the poster if we used it?&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a onblur=&quot;try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}&quot; href=&quot;;&gt;&lt;img style=&quot;margin: 0px auto 10px; display: block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer;&quot; src=&quot;; alt=&quot;&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</description><link></link><author> (Charlie)</author><thr:total>6</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Thu, 05 Oct 2006 03:23:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2006-10-04T22:36:07.236-05:00</atom:updated><title>Take us back to summer camp, yo</title><description>The next two weekends CST will be back at Camp EWALU, leading music and doing messages for their fall &lt;a href=&quot;;&gt;junior high retreats&lt;/a&gt; (we&#39;re not mentioned on that webpage, I know, but we&#39;ll be there nonetheless).  &quot;Back&quot; because EWALU is where Matt and I first met, almost thirteen and a half years ago (holy crap!).  &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;It&#39;s a lot of fun to do these weekend retreats; there&#39;s obviously a much higher level of interaction involved in leading singalong tunes than there is in a regular concert, and we get several hours of stage time over the course of the weekend - which is nice for our performer&#39;s egos.  Plus we usually get to know several of the kids and get to participate in some of the other activities and generally be part of the ministry work being done over the weekend.  It&#39;s like being back at camp for a weekend (largely, in this case, because we actually will be back at camp, but we&#39;ve done events like this in hotel conference rooms and the experience is pretty similar), which is lots of fun for us.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Of course, it also means that the next two weekends are shot as far as working on the new CD goes... still optimistic about a 2006 release for that!  &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;If you&#39;re in the Strawberry Point area these next two weekends, stop by and get your feet dirty with us.</description><link></link><author> (Charlie)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Fri, 22 Sep 2006 21:49:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2006-09-28T21:21:23.446-05:00</atom:updated><title>The absolute farmersest of Farmer&#39;s Markets</title><description>Why, hello there, reader(s?)!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;On Monday CST will be playing at the Coralville Farmer&#39;s Market - a venue we&#39;ve had a pretty consistent relationship with since they started having music for the shoppers. Thanks, as always, to the city of Coralville and to Farmer&#39;s Market director M. Hibbard for that.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;We&#39;re thinking of doing a different sort of show, being the intrigued-by-variety sorts that we are. We&#39;re going to try to pull out some of our older tunes that we haven&#39;t played for a while and dust &#39;em off a bit. So if you&#39;re interested in hearing some little-done CST music, stop by the Farmer&#39;s Market (right by the Coralville Aquatic Center (which is itself right by the pool)) at 5:00 on Monday. Bring requests, if you like, and we&#39;ll try to play &#39;em or at least apologize politely if we&#39;ve forgotten how they go entirely.</description><link></link><author> (Charlie)</author><thr:total>0</thr:total></item><item><guid isPermaLink="false">,</guid><pubDate>Sat, 09 Sep 2006 17:20:00 +0000</pubDate><atom:updated>2006-09-09T12:34:18.526-05:00</atom:updated><title>Storyhill</title><description>Okay, so as you know, Charlie and I are big Storyhill fans, and count them as our greatest musical influence. I&#39;ve been a fan of theirs since about 1993, when I first heard their stuff. They have just finished a new CD, which for now is only available at their shows. The problem is, they don&#39;t have any shows scheduled in Iowa, so it&#39;s going to be tough (for me, anyway) to get to one.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;They&#39;re apparently working on signing with a label, so the CD will be more readily available then, but I don&#39;t want to wait! So here&#39;s what I need you to do: &lt;a href=&quot;!&quot;&gt;send an email to their booking agent&lt;/a&gt;, Renee, and tell her that they need to add a show this fall somewhere in eastern Iowa. Another option would be to &lt;a href=&quot;!&quot;&gt;email their manager&lt;/a&gt;, Eric, with the same plea. Ideally the show would be at The Mill in Iowa City or at CSPS in Cedar Rapids (you could go ahead and suggest those options; they’ve played both venues before), but I&#39;ll take pretty much anything east of Interstate 35. Hopefully if Renee gets enough emails from Storyhill&#39;s Iowa fans, she&#39;ll go ahead and book something around here. Then I (and all of you, natch) will not only get to see my favorite band perform, but I&#39;ll be able to pick up a copy of their new CD. I appreciate your help!</description><link></link><author> (Matt)</author><thr:total>3</thr:total></item></channel></rss>

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