Commercial Appeal

LCD Soundsystem Soundtrack Samsung Galaxy Gear Commercial

By Liz Pelly / October 13, 2013 - 7:56 am

Samsung has some sort of new smartphone wristwatch. It sort of reminds me of something Judy Jetson would be into. To advertise this little gadget they have a new commercial made of retro-futuristic clips of ’80s and ’90s TV and film characters utilizing similar products. LCD Soundsystem’s “Someone Great” soundtracks the ad. Check it out… More »

Boards Of Canada Soundtrack Nike Commercial

By Miles Bowe / October 11, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Boards Of Canada finally came out of hiding this year with Tomorrow’s Harvest and now they seem to be enjoying the spotlight. Nike has a lengthy new spot soundtracked by the album’s lead track “Reach For The Dead.” BoC may be mysterious but they’ve always been very open to licensing their music: We’ve previously heard… More »

Watch Kids Sing Lorde’s “Royals” In A Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Commercial With Lionel Messi

By Chris DeVille / October 9, 2013 - 4:18 pm

This is where I’d say “Lorde, Lorde!” if the “e” wasn’t silent. Lorde’s “Royals” has been just about everywhere lately, and now we’ve officially moved on to the Kidz Bop version. Well, not quite — kids do sing the song in this video, but it’s a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 commercial starring four-time defending FIFA… More »

David Bowie – “Sound And Vision 2013″

By Tom Breihan / October 8, 2013 - 9:31 am

Earlier this year, Sony used a new remix of David Bowie’s “Sound And Vision,” from his 1977 undisputed-classic album Low, in an ad for their new Xperia Z smartphone. Remixer Sonjay Prabhakar reworked the song from its original tapes, stripping it down to nothing more than voice and piano. And enough people liked the ad… More »

Preview Warpaint’s “Love Is To Die” In A Calvin Klein Commercial

By Miles Bowe / October 3, 2013 - 11:48 am

Warpaint, who we last heard contributing to this fantastic cover of the xx’s “Crystalised,” have a new original song “Love Is To Die” in a Calvin Klein commercial. It’s a good sign that we can expect the band’s next album (their first since 2010’s The Fool) pretty soon. In addition to this song preview, the… More »

Sleigh Bells Soundtrack The First iPhone 5c Commercial

By Scott Lapatine / September 17, 2013 - 10:48 am

Apple’s iPhone 5C model hits stores on Friday. It’s $100 cheaper than the iPhone 5S because it’s made out of plastic. It also comes in a bunch of bright colors. The first commercial for the 5c — “Plastic Perfected” — is soundtracked by “Rill Rill,” by Sleigh Bells, who also have new product out soon. More »

Hear Fiona Apple Cover Willy Wonka’s “Pure Imagination” For Chipotle

By Claire Lobenfeld / September 12, 2013 - 4:00 pm

Fiona Apple has covered Willy Wonka’s “Pure Imagination” in collaboration with Mexican fast food chain Chipotle in a campaign against factory farming. Apple, who is a known vegan, soundtracks an animated clip of a world where “scarecrows have been displaced from their traditional role of protecting food, and are now servants to the crows and… More »

Watch Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Teasers

By Tom Breihan / August 26, 2013 - 9:01 am

Eminem was a star before he released the raw, masterful Marshall Mathers LP in 2000, but that’s the album that catapulted him into stratospheric cultural omnipresence. And later this year, he’ll follow it up with a sequel, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Em made the announcement during last night’s VMA broadcast, advertising the new album… More »

Watch Taco Bell’s Passion Pit Documentary

By Liz Pelly / August 25, 2013 - 8:41 pm

As you may recall, about one year ago Taco Bell released a commercial featuring the Passion Pit song “Take A Walk.” Some fans criticized the band, as might be expected whenever artists align with huge corporations. But Passion Pit defended the decision: “It’s not about promoting celebrities or giant corporations or anything like that,” frontma… More »

Watch Yeah Yeah Yeahs Soundtrack A Calvin Klein Commercial Starring Rooney Mara

By Amrit Singh / July 10, 2013 - 9:17 am

According to the signs posted at Yeah Yeah Yeahs shows, Nick, Brian, and Karen are highly against people filming while YYYs music is being played. Of course, those are live show rules, and certainly don’t apply if the man doing the filming is internationally acclaimed director David Fincher, who re-teams with his Girl With TheMore »

Jay-Z Announces Magna Carta Holy Grail Via Samsung Commercial

By Tom Breihan / June 17, 2013 - 9:08 am

I’m not sure it’s possible to steal Kanye West’s thunder at this point, but if it is, his buddy Jay-Z just did it. Just as last night’s NBA Finals game was going into halftime, Samsung aired a three-minute commercial that centered entirely around Jay and some famous friends at work in the studio. The commercial… More »

Watch DIIV, Sky Ferreira, Trash Talk, Charli XCX In A Myspace Commercial

By Claire Lobenfeld / June 12, 2013 - 4:58 pm

The Justin Timberlake-co-owned new Myspace apparently launched today, despite the fact that registration has already been opened to the public and the editorial has been delivering a lot of content. For today’s official opening ceremony, the site has released two commercials directed by photographer Ryan McGinley. The ads feature a ton of musicians partying, like… More »

Watch Carrie Brownstein’s American Express Commercial

By Tom Breihan / May 17, 2013 - 11:45 am

Carrie Brownstein spent years as one third of Sleater-Kinney, arguably the greatest punk band in the world. During that time, it would’ve been a real head-exploder to imagine her in a credit card commercial. But Brownstein is now a sketch-comedy celebrity thanks to Portlandia, and in a new American Express ad, she plays a successio… More »

Watch Wilco’s Glenn Kotche In A Faucet Commercial

By Claire Lobenfeld / May 9, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche has taken his rhythm skills to the kitchen. In a new commercial for Delta Faucets’ “Touch2O Technology” — no faucet handles, just give it a smack and the water flow turns on or off — Kotche is featured using a set of faucets set up like a drumset to play Four… More »

Preview Beyoncé’s “Standing On The Sun” In H&M Commercial

By Tom Breihan / April 25, 2013 - 9:31 am

Earlier this month, Beyoncé debuted a minute-and-a-half chunk of her new song “Grown Woman” in a Pepsi ad. Apparently, that strategy worked so well that she’s already repeated it, except this time with a different brand attached. This time, it’s 90 seconds of the sinuous “Standing On The Sun,” heard in the background of a… More »

Watch A Givers-Soundtracked Lipton Commercial

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 15, 2013 - 11:46 am

We haven’t heard much from Givers lately, but the Louisiana-based band is resurfacing in a Lipton commercial. The group’s stand-out track “Up Up Up” starts playing as a man cracks open his iced tea on a bustling city street — suddenly, the masses become inexplicably joyous. It’s a 15-second dance party in the street, complete… More »

Preview Beyoncé’s “Grown Woman” In New Pepsi Commercial

By Tom Breihan / April 4, 2013 - 10:18 am

Last month, Beyoncé effectively ripped faces off with her bizarre and excellent new single “Bow Down / I Been On.” And now she’s following that up with something that seems much more conventional: A way-more-linear new single, debuting in a Pepsi ad. The new song is the Timbaland-produced “Grown Woman,” and we hear a chunk… More »

Watch Courtney Love’s E-Cigarette Commercial

By Claire Lobenfeld / April 2, 2013 - 5:49 pm

Seeing someone smoking an e-cigarette in a smoke-free area is still one of the weirder and more baffling things I’ve come across lately, like seeing a dog walking on its hind legs. I would imagine that the general consensus is that they’re relatively obnoxious, so who better than Courtney Love to be the spokeswoman for… More »

Watch Tyler, The Creator’s Mountain Dew Commercial

By Claire Lobenfeld / March 18, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Tyler, The Creator was tapped by Mountain Dew to create a series of commercials for the soft drink. This first clip features one of his pseudo-alter egos Felicia The Goat, voiced by the rapper, getting hostile with a waitress as Odd Future affiliate Errol Chatman gawks. The spot is very much in Tyler’s oddball vei… More »

Hear Tame Impala Soundtrack A Blackberry Commercial

By Liz Pelly / March 17, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Tame Impala’s single “Elephant” from Lonerism was picked up for a Blackberry commercial. Watch the video below. In case you missed it: the band also recently released the Mind Mischief EP featuring remixes by Ducktails and The Field. More »

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