Archive for January, 2013

View With Layar

Posted: January 17, 2013 in 21st Century, New CD

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We now proudly announce that this poster is interactive, using augmented reality technology! What that means to you, the viewer, is that if you have a smartphone, like an iPhone or an Android, you can launch Layar (available HERE) and scan the poster for further information.

When you scan the image with Layar, you’ll see red rectangles onscreen on your phone – each of these can be clicked on to go to another site with more updates. For example, at the top of the scan is a link to Bandcamp; in the middle of the scan is a picture which links you to a video of Sparkling Apple onstage; clicking on the picture of the CD cover will link you to the CD Baby site, where you can actually buy this item; and at the bottom of the scan is a link to our website. Cool, huh?

Try it, you’ll like it! Oh yes, this is a gimmick, pure and simple, but it allows your iPhone to be a fun toy, and we all need more toys, don’t we?

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Final week for free goodies

Posted: January 12, 2013 in New CD, Rock n Roll
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1980 newspaper ad for “It’s Criminal”.

Last call for alcohol! Attention, Internet shoppers! This is your final week to be the lucky recipient of a FREE (as in no cost to anyone at any time) Sparkling Apple download of one of the tracks from our Hard Core Apple CD, “It’s Criminal”, our 1980 single on RadioActive Records. Believe it or not, some guy is still trying to sell the original 45 on eBay for the crazy-ass price of $29.50 — but you, loyal fans, can obtain this song online for a limited time for FREE.

We are extending our Christmas Special for one more week, so if you don’t have your free mp3 of “It’s Criminal” on your iPod, this is your last chance. Once it’s gone, it’s gone, and you’re pretty much left to your own devices (devices — get it?)! Yes, we’re discounting everything here at the Official Sparkling Apple Blog, so be the first on your block to download the highly questionable 45, “It’s Criminal” (now digitally remastered for your listening pleasure). People have been asking me, “OK, on some sites, this song is listed as ‘Explicit’. What’s the deal, Captain Maniac?”

Well, I’m glad you asked. Fact is, a line in the song, namely “…she’s autographing underwear” was considered somewhat inappropriate by The Powers That Be. So, being the polite and conciliatory band that we are (yeah, right), we had to label some of the Hard Core Apple tracks as explicit, mainly so that impressionable young minds wouldn’t be irrevocably altered. As the Chips said in Rubber Biscuit, “What do you want for nothing?”.

To obtain your free download, CLICK HERE to go to our page at the highly-regarded Reverbnation website.

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OK, a history lesson of sorts, for those of you who are confused about what a 45 is (and no, we’re not referring to a pistol here)…

“The most common form of the vinyl single is the 45 or 7 inch, the names are derived from its play speed, 45 rpm and the standard diameter 7″ (18 cm).

The 7″ 45 rpm record was introduced in 1949 by RCA as a smaller, more durable and higher-fidelity replacement for the 78 rpm shellac discs. The first 45 rpm records were monaural, with recordings on both sides of the disc. As stereo recordings became popular in the 1960s, almost all 45 rpm records were produced in stereo by the early 1970s.”