Commercial Appeal

Watch FKA Twigs’ “Concept Film” For Google Glass

By James Rettig / October 20, 2014 - 11:46 am

FKA Twigs stars in and directs a new video called “#throughglass” that acts as both an impressive showcase for Tahliah Barnett’s dancing and a weird commercial for Google Glass, which is featured prominently in the visuals. (They call it a “concept film.”) Twigs is joined by an cadre of dancers who all have some crazy… More »


Watch Bun B In A Toothpaste Commercial

By James Rettig / October 9, 2014 - 5:33 pm

Houston rapper Bun B makes an appearance in a recent advertisement for Rembrandt, a teeth whitening company. He acknowledges the absurdity right of the bat: “I am probably not the normal person that you’d see in a toothpaste ad.” He stars in the commercial alongside Marvel comics editor Sana Amanat and Top Chef winner Kriste… More »


U2 & Lykke Li Song Sneaked Into Walking Dead Promos

By James Rettig / October 6, 2014 - 6:27 pm

The Walking Dead’s fifth season premieres this Sunday, and a couple of new teaser trailers use the U2/Lykke Li collab “The Troubles” from last month’s Songs Of Innocence. In the past, the zombie show has used songs from Waxahatchee, A.C. Newman, Phantogram, and a bunch more on a soundtrack series called Songs Of Survival. Watch… More »


Watch The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Soundtrack A Hershey’s Commercial

By Peter Helman / October 6, 2014 - 10:40 am

Have you ever listened to the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and thought, “Gee, this would be really great for selling chocolate?” Well, someone over at Hershey’s clearly has, because there’s a new Hershey’s commercial soundtracked by the joyously infectious single “Simple And Sure” off the indie-pop crew’s newest album, Days Of Abandon. It… More »


Watch Son Lux Play A Piano Rigged With Razors For Gillette

By Miles Bowe / September 2, 2014 - 2:50 pm

Ryan Lott, aka Son Lux, is probably best known for his work with Sisyphus — the strange rap project in which he collaborates with Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti — but like his Sisyphus bandmates, Lott moves all around the style spectrum. Recently, Lott composed a piano piece for a Gillette ad, in which he also… More »


Death Grips Soundtrack Adidas Commercial

By James Rettig / September 2, 2014 - 8:35 am

Death Grips broke up earlier this year shortly after releasing Niggas On The Moon, one half of a double album called The Powers That B. At the time of their breakup, the band said, “we are now at our best and so Death Grips is over. we have officially stopped.” Adidas have now released a… More »


Hear Rustie’s New “Velcro” In Adidas Ad Starring Lionel Messi

By Chris DeVille / August 4, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Rustie’s Green Language is a truly incredible piece of work, thanks in part to “Velcro,” one of many fine tracks that crossbreed booming trap production with that trusty old Justice electro-arena-rock blog house sound. The song makes its public debut in a new Adidas ad in which Lionel Messi is projected on the streets of… More »


The Internet Is Upset With Busta Rhymes’ Cameo In “Swagger Wagon” Car Commercial

By Chris DeVille / August 4, 2014 - 2:43 pm

In 2010, Toyota promoted its Sienna minivan by dubbing it the “Swagger Wagon,” complete with a music video that featured two WASPy suburban parents boasting about their vehicle in forced hip-hop slang. Last Friday, the company revived the “Swagger Wagon” concept (and the strained euphemism “motherfather”) with a new white nuclear family, new imitation-DJ-Mustard production,… More »


Julie Doiron Soundtracks Apple’s Parenthood Spot

By Chris DeVille / July 14, 2014 - 3:04 pm

Apple turned to the Pixies (by way of a children’s choir) to soundtrack one recent iPhone commercial. As MacRumors reports, they’ve enlisted another indie-rock icon, Julie Doiron of Sub Pop noise-pop act Eric’s Trip, for the musical component of their latest iPhone ad. This one is called “Parenthood” and is about, unsurprisingly, parenthood. The song… More »


Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX, Little Dragon, Childish Gambino, Chromeo Star In Milk Music Ad

By Tom Breihan / July 3, 2014 - 11:49 am

Milk Music isn’t just a DIY punk band from Olympia; it’s also the name Samsung has given to its entry into the streaming-services wars. And in a new commerical, the Samsung people have rounded up a fairly impressive slate of artists, organizing them together in service of the idea that, if you play these people’… More »


Watch Mick Jagger Send Up Monty Python In A Promo For Their Final Reunion Shows

By Miles Bowe / July 1, 2014 - 11:47 am

What’s that? “A bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money”? Just who are we talking about here?! In a recent promo for Monty Python’s final reunion shows, Mick Jagger (and bandmate Charlie Watts) are watching the World Cup when Jagger’s assistant asks him if he want… More »


Kanye West – “God Level”

By Scott Lapatine / May 24, 2014 - 10:36 am

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are in Versailles and Florence for their wedding weekend, which already featured Lana Del Rey, David Blaine, and great caviar at the rehearsal dinner. Meanwhile, the rapper’s new song “God Level” can now be heard in an Adidas FIFA World Cup commercial titled “The Dream.” (Kanye is Adidas’ Tupac ofMore »


Watch Lily Allen As Cupid In Cornetto’s Tennis Love Story

By Chris DeVille / May 16, 2014 - 2:42 pm

The ice cream company Cornetto is huge in the UK, and for whatever reason, Simon Pegg’s comedy movies Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End are known as the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. Now the company has produced a short film about the unlikely romance between a tennis star and the line… More »


Check Out Smith Westerns’ New Gap Ad

By Miles Bowe / May 7, 2014 - 3:13 pm

The Smith Westerns have been pretty quiet this year, which is understandable since it has only been about 10 months since they released the Album Of The Week-honored Soft Will. They’ve been doing some modeling in the meantime, though. Along with Andra Day and Wardell, the Chicago band stars in the Gap’s new music-focused #SummerLove… More »


Watch Robyn’s Short Film For Volvo Featuring New Song “Monument”

By Tom Breihan / May 2, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Robyn is an engineer of sleek, efficient, forward-thinking, quintessentially Swedish pop anthems, so it makes sense that the marketing people at Volvo would love her. She’s now the star of a new Swedish-language short film that works as a Volvo ad. Max Vitali directed it, and it shows her motoring through impeccably designed streets and… More »


Pixies Soundtrack “Gigantic” iPhone Commercial

By Tom Breihan / April 23, 2014 - 10:14 am

If the 2014-edition Pixies are in full cash-in mode, which seems like a definite possibility, then it is absolutely no surprise to see them licensing their songs to gigantic corporations. But Apple’s new iPhone commercial, which uses “Gigantic” to highlight the phone’s musical capabilities, is extremely artful as far as these things go. Please no… More »


Sprint Brazenly Rips Off The Cure’s “Lullaby” In Its Goth-Themed Framily Commercial

By James Rettig / April 21, 2014 - 4:19 pm

When a company can’t get the rights to a song that they want to use for a commercial, the go-to move nowadays seems to be to just hire someone to compose a nearly identical version of it. It’s happened to a countless number of bands: Beach House, LCD Soundsystem, the Black Keys, and many, manyMore »


Check Out Marnie Stern’s Levi’s Ad

By Chris DeVille / April 15, 2014 - 2:18 pm

We recently saw Marnie Stern keeping up an old musical partnership by sitting in with Fred Armisen’s 8G Band on Late Night With Seth Meyers. Turns out that’s not the only time Stern’s spent in front of a camera lately. An Instagram post from Levi’s revealed an advertisement featuring Stern, face obscured by blonde locks,… More »


Watch Heems’ Japanese Commercial For Vitamin Water

By Miles Bowe / April 10, 2014 - 3:00 pm

In our recent interview with Himanshu Suri, the rapper and former Das Racist member mentioned that he’d been bouncing around different parts of Asia, going to Tokyo at one point. It’s unclear if it happened then or at a different time, but the man better known as Heems now has a commercial for Vitamin Water… More »


Watch M.I.A. And Janelle Monáe’s Bicoastal Hologram Duet For Audi

By Tom Breihan / April 4, 2014 - 8:48 am

Last night, M.I.A. and Janelle Monáe played shows at simultaneous launch events for Audi’s new A3. M.I.A. was in New York, and Monáe was in Los Angeles, but they still came together for a collaboration at the end of the show, thanks to the magic of technology. Both became holograms, beaming their 3D images to… More »


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