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OUR NEW CD (Warning: Pop Pretension Ahead)

I've been thinking of our new CD this morning. In the flurry (note "snow" motif) of preparations for the as always highly anticipated upcoming Holiday Show the quite exciting (to me anyway) news that TNS will have a brand new studio album finished within a couple weeks has been somewhat lost.

But this is a great moment in our life as a band, I think. Since the first record, TNS has set a certain bar for song interpretations that is not only a fun challenge for me as a musician and (arguably) a singer but more than that offers us a platform for delivering the - to be a bit pretentious - art of songcraft. And this next record is filled with some gold. These songs are made famous by others, yes, but our job, if you will, our pleasure, is to keep them alive, to curate a set of tunes that illuminates pop history - our journey through it anyway - and offer you an experience where you can sit back and savor in a new way some nuggets you may have overlooked.

Immodesty aside, this new CD will be a bit different too. It will be a trio record, and there are some beautifully stark moments, but with just a bit of extra arrangement sauce, a bit of the flavoring you've been experiencing on our bigger live shows. I think it marks a turning point for us, and opens the door now for some more original songs besides the Suburbs and Trip Shakespeare songs we've re-done (although more of that is entirely possible) of our own devising. 

In other words, I think this is our best record yet. We hope you will agree.

See you out there!


Mpls Oct '12


Princess Kay Haiku Contest

What is it about the idea and actuality of a woman carved from a block of butter that stirs our hearts?  Truly it's like a something out of The Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen.  It could either be a Fairy Tale or a story with a coda like, "And that's why little girls can't eat butter anymore..." or something like that.

Anyway, we love you Princess Kay of the Milky Way, and to prove our abiding affection, we have organized a contest, with prizes (!), to celebrate you in poetry, mostly haiku.  The contest was launched from the stage at The Minnesota State Fair Friday at our show in Heritage Square and will conclude at midnight, Tuesday September 4th.  If you wish to enter in the next 24 hours or so please post your haiku on twitter using the hashtag #princesskayhaiku and send to @newstandards We will pick a male and a female winner and post our picks for the ten best haiku here!  If you want to see all the poems just search #princesskayhaiku on twitter.

Can't wait to see what you come up with... and thanks to those who made it to the fair shows!  They were absolutely awesome!




Kind Words for Our Appearance at The State Fair's Heritage Square

The State Fair, the birthplace of romance at the top of the Ferris Wheel, an epicures delight what with it's Tom Thumb Doughnuts and Pronto-Pups... and US!  August 31 and September 1 we will be playing Heritage Square, a sweet place to retreat from the rest of the fair, just across the street from the Midway.  Take a load off, tip back a beer and give us a listen.  The show is free with admission to the fair.  Here's Jon Bream's preview from The Star Tribune--pretty sweet company to be included in as Blue Ribbon entertainment!