Archive for the ‘New CD’ Category

Happy Bandcampers!

Posted: December 12, 2012 in 21st Century, New CD

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We now have a new location at Bandcamp! Yes, you can still buy Sparkling Apple CDs at CD Baby and CD Universe, and now you have yet another online source for our music: the one & only Bandcamp.  Not only does Bandcamp offer digital downloads, but physical CDs are available as well, for those of you into an ancient frisbee-friendly musical format that’s soon to be as relevant as 8-tracks. Unlike CD Baby, real, honest-to-god Sparkling Apple compact discs are shipped directly from our warehouse in beautiful downtown Surrey, BC. Shipping and tax are automatically calculated depending on your geographical location, and we will ship anywhere on the planet (intergalactic orders are being considered as we speak). What are you waiting for?

In the words of Andrew Dubber: “Music is pretty much unique when it comes to media consumption. You don’t buy a movie ticket because you liked the film so much, and while you might buy a book because you enjoyed reading it so much at the library, typically you’ll purchase first, then consume…But music is different — and radio proves that. By far the most reliable way to promote music is to have people hear it. Repeatedly, if possible — and for free. After a while, if you’re lucky, people get to know and love the music. Sooner or later, they’re going to want to own it…whether it’s a pop tune, a heavily political punk album, or an experimental, avant-garde suite — the key is very simple: people have to hear music, then they will grow to like it, and then finally, if you’re lucky, they will engage in an economic relationship in order to consume (not just buy and listen to) that music. That’s the order it has to happen in. It can’t happen in any other order. There’s no point in hoping that people will buy the music, then hear it, then like it. They just won’t. Nobody really wants to buy a piece of music they don’t know — let alone one they haven’t heard. Especially if it’s by someone who lies outside their usual frame of reference. And a 30-second sample is a waste of your time and bandwidth. It’s worse than useless. That’s not enough to get to like your music. Let them hear it, keep it, live with it. And then bring them back as a fan.”

Click on the Bandcamp button below to access our merch site!

Now available on EarBits

Posted: November 22, 2012 in 21st Century, New CD

Sparkling Apple music is now available for your listening pleasure at Earbits!

Earbits is a commercial-free music streaming service & music marketing platform. The streaming service is available to consumers as a website in addition to clients for the iPhone, iPod Touch & Android mobile devices. The music marketing platform is available to independent artists, labels and concert promoters who can bid for their songs to be played (at the start bidding is free, but there is intent to charge for bids). Earbits currently has 100 labels, 1,500 artists and 20,000 songs in its library.

From Greg the Egg in Prince George:

“If you go to earshot-online.com, that is that is where the Campus and Community Radio website is.They have nationwide Charts.If you get to the Top 50 page you will see
listings for other Charts.Hip Hop/Jazz etc. If you click on LOUD you will see the National Chart. If you click on the CFUR link,it will take you to that Chart.SPARKLING APPLE is
listed there.It deserves it.It is the Music Director who has the final say.Hopefully you can find the Chart.”

In short, we’re number one on the Loud Chart!

Just Announced!

Posted: October 13, 2012 in 21st Century, Gigs, New CD, Rock n Roll

Just announced: a double bill featuring Sparkling Apple with special North Vancouver guests (and that city’s most popular rockers), House Party! An upcoming spot on Sparkling Apple‘s Steel Wheelchairs Rehab Tour 2012 will be ONE NIGHT ONLY at Donegal’s on 12054 – 96th Avenue in beautiful downtown Surrey, BC. Performing songs from their best-selling CD, Hard Core Apple (now available online worldwide), Sparkling Apple is eager to hit the stage with Drunk Rock 2012 (you have be to drunk to play it and drunk to appreciate it). On hand to celebrate the festivities will be drummer Captain Maniac, guitarist Art the Fart the Heavy Metal Kid, and just returned from The Remedy’s recent Alberta tour, bassist Kevin Stuart Swain.

Just in case you missed our CD release party in July where we gave away free Sparkling Apple CDs with door admission, Hard Core Apple will most assuredly be on sale at Donegal’s for your pre-Christmas purchases. A cool stocking stuffer for those rockers on your list!

Donegal’s Irish House has reluctantly but wholeheartedly agreed to host this exercise in bacchanalian debauchery and hard-rocking musical mayhem, to be held on Saturday, December 1st, 2012. Tickets will be on sale soon from the amazing Joe Staples, and you, dear readers, will be the first to know when these tickets are available.

Two posters have been designed for this event so far, courtesy of our crack team of graphic artists — the one at the top of the page, and a second version seen below. When it was suggested that we’re holding a “double header”, mention was made of the old b-movie “The Thing With Two Heads” starring Ray Milland and Rosey Grier. Therefore, a tribute to the old movie poster was created:

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Never A Dull Moment

Posted: October 4, 2012 in 21st Century, New CD, Rock n Roll

Sparkling Apple downloads can now be obtained all over Europe, as evidenced by the following screen captures. Fans can download and listen to Sparkling Apple music at a variey of digital download sites, including Juke, Weltbild, Saturn and play.com in Germany, ex libris in Switzerland, MediaMarkt in Spain, and sites in the Netherlands as well. Price in most cases is around 9.99 Euros for the entire CD download and .99 Euros for individual tracks, although Saturn does offer a substantial discount.

For those of you who wish to purchase the real, physical CD that you can hold in your hands while enjoying the profusely illustrated liner notes: you can still buy a CD at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sparklingapple, or have our lovely CD Girls sell you one from our well-appointed & luxurious merchandise table at our gigs. Mouse pads, keychains, beer bottle openers and fridge magnets have all sold out; a small quantity of ladies-sized t-shirts still languish in caverns of methane ice, a thousand miles below our fortified palace.

Thank you for your support, and you Euro folks can start downloading NOW!

Saturn in Germany

Juke Music in Germany

Ex Libris in Switzerland

MediaMarkt in Spain

Weltbild in Germany

I Get Around

Posted: September 27, 2012 in 21st Century, New CD, Rock n Roll

“My buddies and me are getting real well known
Yeah, the bad guys know us and they leave us alone”

Thanks to Brian Wilson & Mike Love for contributing the above lines. (Hey, what’s this about Mike Love kicking Brian Wilson and Al Jardine out of the Beach Boys this week? That’s kind of like Tommy Thayer firing Gene Simmons, isn’t it? Sheesh!)

Anyway, the title of tonight’s blog post refers to the fact that Sparkling Apple’s recent musical output can now be found on yet another website, namely MySpace (shown above). The tracks can’t be downloaded from MySpace, unfortunately, but you can listen to a preview. Go HERE to download some or all of our mp3s, and HERE to order the CD online.

Just to keep you all updated, our new CD “Hard Core Apple” is starting to become universally available — and case in point, here’s a screen grab from our page at CD Universe! Click on it and you’ll be magically transported to their online store. In addition to all the Amazon locations worldwide as well as CD Baby and InAndOut Records (love that name, sounds like The Urge to Merge), we now have CDs on sale at CD Universe for the low low slash-your-wrists liquidation sale price of only $15.99 US. And yes, MP3 downloads of individual Sparkling Apple tracks can also be located at iTunes worldwide, as well as other cool online download sites (recent additions include Zune and Nokia).

I just did a Google search for “Sparkling Apple band”, and the above video was among the hits. What’s interesting is that the site is NME — now correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t NME stand for New Musical Express in England? How this video (recorded at Donegal’s Pub two years ago) found its way to England is beyond me, because I certainly didn’t post it there.

Above is the page from rdio, an ad-free music subscription service available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Brazil[ (as Oi Rdio), Australia, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and New Zealand. It is available as a website and also has clients for the iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone mobile devices, which can play streaming music or cache songs for offline playback. Rdio also offers social networking, allowing users to share playlists and follow others to see what music they listen to.

And for those of you wondering where the tracks on Hard Core Apple originated, here’s a pic of the record label for “It’s Criminal”, released on RadioActive Records in 1980.