Commercial Appeal

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 »


Watch Wayne Coyne In A Virgin Mobile Commercial

By Tom Breihan / March 13, 2013 - 11:32 am

Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne has really been getting his pitchman reps in lately. First, there was the Hyundai Super Bowl commercial. And now he’s the focal point of a trippy-as-fuck Virgin Mobile ad, which feels like maybe the billionth example of Richard Branson attempting to convince his kids that he’s cool. Watch it below,… More »


Andrew WK Is The Face Of Playtex Wipes

By Michael Nelson / March 6, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Way before Andrew W.K. was the dude who clogged your Facebook timeline with inane PARTY TIPS, he was making some of the best music of the aughts, namely his 2001 debut I Get Wet and its follow-up, 2003’s The Wolf, which were loaded with music ostensibly purposed to soundtrack — yes — parties, but which… More »


Lana Del Rey – “Burning Desire” Video

By Tom Breihan / February 14, 2013 - 10:17 am

Well, here’s something the comments section should love. Back in September, we reported that Lana Del Rey is at the center of a new ad campaign for Jaguar’s new F-Type car, and that she’d recorded a new song called “Burning Desire” for it. That song now has a video. In a lot of ways, it… More »


Dan Deacon Soundtracks University Of Phoenix Commercial

By Michael Nelson / February 11, 2013 - 3:23 pm

Did you know the University Of Phoenix is the largest for-profit university in the country? I didn’t know that. I don’t know that I’ve ever met anyone who has taken a class there, actually, which is really just an indicator of how small my world is sometimes. Did you also know that U-P is closingMore »


Watch Beck Cover Bowie’s “Sound And Vision” With A 167-Piece Orchestra

By Claire Lobenfeld / February 11, 2013 - 12:24 pm

There is so much going on here, I can hardly wrap my head around the whole thing. Beck and 160+ musicians have recorded a new, multi-instrument, yodel-filled version of David Bowie’s “Sound And Vision.” The cover has moments of awesomeness and “wow” but also feels like a scene in that episode of 30 Rock whe… More »


Watch The Flaming Lips’ Hyundai Commercial

By Claire Lobenfeld / January 29, 2013 - 10:32 am

Not to sound like a square, but there’s something about Wayne Coyne — especially his prowess for hanging out with “Brush My Teeth With A Bottle Of Jack” Ke$ha and overexposing Erykah Badu’s sister without permission — that screams Don’t Let Kids Hang Out With The Flaming Lips. And yet, in this Hyundai commercial, running… More »


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