Commercial Appeal

Hear Tame Impala Soundtrack A Blackberry Commercial

By Liz Pelly / March 17, 2013
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
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… More »

Andrew WK Is The Face Of Playtex Wipes

By Michael Nelson / March 6, 2013
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
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,… More »

Dan Deacon Soundtracks University Of Phoenix Commercial

By Michael Nelson / February 11, 2013
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 More »

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

By Claire Lobenfeld / February 11, 2013
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
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,… More »

Battles Soundtrack Target Commercial

By Michael Nelson / January 21, 2013
A long time ago, So You Think You Can Dance was a pretty cool show, and I used to watch it religiously. Back then, they had this one choreographer on the show named Wade Robson who created really weird routines set to really good music (here's an example), and I always hoped Robson would… More »

Check Out Sufjan’s “Redford” In A Red Bull Commercial

By Amrit Singh / January 7, 2013
From Sufjan's very own Tumblr site (aka comes news of the estimable Mr. Stevens's first post-Xmas project of the new year: Turning over the keys to "Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou)" to the energy drink industry. Per Sufjan, whose spin on "selling out" is decidedly playful:… More »

Watch Best Coast’s Commercial For Microsoft Windows 8

By Michael Nelson / October 29, 2012
Last night, I was doing Google News searches for "windows" -- as in, "Should I put big Xs on my windows with duct tape, so I'm not killed in my sleep when this hurricane makes landfall and decimates New York City with 500-mph, glass-shattering, gale-force winds?" However, my search was thwarted with news of last… More »

Watch Lana Del Rey’s New Jaguar Ad, Hear “Burning Desire”

By Corban Goble / September 27, 2012
As reported before, Lana Del Rey is prominently involved with the ad campaign for Jaguar's new F-Type, and today the fruit of that relationship came into existence with a commercial. It features a new song called "Burning Desire" -- which she performed at last night's launch party in Paris -- and you can watch… More »

Watch Lana Del Rey Cover “Blue Velvet” For H&M

By Corban Goble / September 17, 2012
As promised, Lana Del Rey recently covered Bernie Wayne and Lee Morris's famous "Blue Velvet" for H&M's new ad campaign which stars LDR. Today, a piece of that campaign surfaced via a commercial, and, as you could probably imagine, the result is kind of creepy. Watch the ad below, and check out her H&M… More »

Daniel Johnston Soundtracks Axe Commercial

By Corban Goble / August 21, 2012
This ad for Axe Body Spray operates under the premise that the first thing women see, while sizing up the opposite sex, is a man's hair, and the first thing men see are a woman's breasts. It's a bit of a crude sentiment, but when you compare it to the Axe ads of yore,… More »

Sébastien Tellier & Caroline Polachek – “Side By Side”

By Tom Breihan / June 18, 2012
As a promotion for Air France -- the airline, not the defunct Balearic Swede-pop duo -- Chairlift leader Caroline Polachek and debonair French electro-pop lothario Sébastien Tellier have recorded a smooth new-wave duet called "Side By Side." And in the accompanying video, you can toggle back and forth between their two images, focusing on one… More »

Helping Beach House Plead Their Case Against Volkswagen

By Amrit Singh / June 8, 2012
Remember that VW ad that egregiously ripped off Beach House's "Take Care"? Of course you do, it is embarrassing and reprehensible on the part of the ad agency, DDB, that created it. Beach House tried to play it classy, addressing their confused fans and having them direct their anger squarely at DDB -- until… More »

Hundreds Of HTC EVO Phones Play Wilco In New Sprint Ad

By Corban Goble / June 5, 2012
A new Sprint commercial features a digitized version of Wilco's Summerteeth standout "I'm Always In Love," which is played by a whole load of HTC EVO smartphones. Watch it below. More »

Caveman Soundtrack “I Love NY” Tourism Spot

By Tom Breihan / June 5, 2012
Caveman are a New York band, so it only seems appropriate that their sunny song "My Time" should soundtrack an "I Love New York" tourism commercial, though it seems a bit off that the ad focuses on New York state as a whole instead of just the city. Nobody's thinking about the Finger Lakes whe… More »

Lana Del Rey Soundtracks Nespresso Ad

By Stereogum / May 29, 2012
The instrumental bed of Lana Del Rey's "Blue Jeans" sits beneath this Nespresso commercial. Behold, the latest entry into Commercial Appeal, non-Siri edition:… More »

Old Lana Del Rey Keds Commercial Surfaces

By Corban Goble / May 21, 2012
For a second, a Keds commercial starring a young, blonde Lana Del Rey lived on YouTube, but it's been removed thanks to a UMG copyright claim. (Keds has confirmed that it was indeed LDR, though.) In it, she quotes Francis Ford Coppola ("If you sit down to write at the same time every… More »

New HEALTH Soundtracks Max Payne 3 Spot

By Corban Goble / April 23, 2012
Rockstar will roll out the third Max Payne title later this spring, and that video game's original soundtrack features some new material from L.A. noise rockers HEALTH. The track is called "TEARS," and you can hear about minute -- an aggressive minute, to be sure -- of it below. More »

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