Commercial Appeal

Battles Soundtrack Target Commercial

By Michael Nelson / January 21, 2013 - 3:18 pm

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 draw… More »

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

By Amrit Singh / January 7, 2013 - 5:06 pm

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 - 10:10 am

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 - 4:29 pm

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 the… More »

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

By Corban Goble / September 17, 2012 - 9:19 am

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 lookbook… More »

Daniel Johnston Soundtracks Axe Commercial

By Corban Goble / August 21, 2012 - 3:14 pm

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, it’… More »

Sébastien Tellier & Caroline Polachek – “Side By Side”

By Tom Breihan / June 18, 2012 - 12:21 pm

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 - 10:28 am

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 “VW… More »

Hundreds Of HTC EVO Phones Play Wilco In New Sprint Ad

By Corban Goble / June 5, 2012 - 4:52 pm

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 - 12:01 pm

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 - 4:00 pm

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 - 6:09 pm

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 day, the… More »

New HEALTH Soundtracks Max Payne 3 Spot

By Corban Goble / April 23, 2012 - 1:48 pm

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 »

Watch Zooey Deschanel’s iPhone Commercial

By Corban Goble / April 17, 2012 - 9:26 am

ZoZo and Siri hook up for an iPhone commercial. Watch below. More »

Liv Tyler Covers INXS And There’s A Music Video For It And Everything

By Tom Breihan / February 24, 2012 - 4:51 pm

INXS’s “Need You Tonight” is one of the all-time great karaoke jams because it’s a great song and because you don’t actually have to be any good at singing to do it justice; you get just go full-on breathy delivery. In a weird new ad for Givenchy perfume, though, Liv Tyler still finds a way… More »

Danny Brown, eXquire, Action Bronson, Das Racist Model Mishka

By Tom Breihan / February 15, 2012 - 2:52 pm

The members of New York’s suddenly-awesome underground rap scene aren’t exactly the most conventionally attractive group of dudes on the face of the earth, but they do know how to look cool. And the great New York streetwear designer Mishka has lately been releasing a number of excellent rap mixtapes like Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire’s LostMore »

Gorillaz, James Murphy, Andre 3000 To Team Up For Converse

By Tom Breihan / February 9, 2012 - 9:55 am

Over the past few years, Converse has been teaming up trios of unlikely artists to record songs for the show company; the last one had Matt & Kim, Andrew W.K., and Soulja Boy. The next entry in that series, however, looks to be its biggest-ever by far; it’ll have Gorillaz hooking up with former LCD… More »

Best Coast & Wavves Soundtrack Guitar Center Holiday Ad

By Corban Goble / December 19, 2011 - 9:51 am

Wavves and Best Coast double dip in the royalty pot by licensing last year’s “Got Something For You” — originally written for Target — for a Guitar Center holiday ad. Can they do that? I guess they can. Watch the commercial after the jump. More »

Moz Licenses Smiths Tune To UK Dept Store Ad

By Tom Breihan / November 11, 2011 - 1:57 pm

Morrissey is either getting even more into the Christmas spirit than everyone else, or he’s cold getting paid. The man recently licensed a cover version of the Smiths’ song “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” to the British department store John Lewis for a holiday-themed ad, and we’ve got that ad below. More »

Summer Camp Write A Song For 17 Cosmetics

By Tom Breihan / November 10, 2011 - 9:00 am

“You Might Get Stuck On Me,” a new song from the British twee-pop duo Summer Camp, appears in a new video for the cosmetics company 17. In the clip, a boy and a girl sit in a room together while a bunch of stretchy Mr. Fantastic arms twist all around the room. I have no… More »

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