Commercial Appeal

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 »

Azari & III, Damian Abraham Model Mishka

By Tom Breihan / November 9, 2011 - 5:23 pm

The New York clothing company Mishka has already earned a certain place in my heart for distributing great rap mixtapes like Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire’s Lost In Translation, Main Attrakionz’ 808s & Dark Grapes II, and Stalley’s Lincoln Way Nights. Now, the company deepens its musical connection with a new promo video in which musicians like… More »

Watch Air’s Painted Love Cartier Film

By Corban Goble / November 9, 2011 - 9:58 am

For the social cost of a “Like” on Facebook, you can check out French electronic duo Air’s new film for Cartier, Painted Love, which I must say gets pretty freaky. Head to Cartier’s Facebook page watch the short film. More »

A Trip Through The Kurt Vile/Bank Of America Controversy

By Tom Breihan / November 7, 2011 - 5:15 pm

This isn’t the ’90s, and these days no indie bands are getting cards pulled for licensing songs to advertisers. In fact, it’s generally accepted that ad-licensing money is one of the few economic things keeping many indie bands afloat. But when it comes to the much-hated Bank Of America, the rules, it seems, change. More »

Air Score Cartier Film

By Tom Breihan / November 3, 2011 - 10:37 am

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from luxuriant French makeout-music duo Air, but they’ll soon be back with some music for the French jewelry brand Cartier. Brooklyn’s Waverly Films have made a four-and-a-half minute short film called “Painted Love,” which will feature a score from Air. The film is set to debut 11/9 o… More »

M83 Soundtracks Victoria’s Secret Angel Ad

By Corban Goble / November 1, 2011 - 9:13 am

Neon Indian’s “Polish Girl” soundtracks the latest Victoria’s Secret ad, which you know, is a pretty sweet placement for the Brooklyn-via-TX band even if Alan Palomo doesn’t get to lurk around the commercial leering like some others got to do. Watch the spot below.

It’s actually M83’s “Midnight City!” I got them confused… More »

Leonard Cohen Used In Sony Ad

By Corban Goble / October 19, 2011 - 9:58 am

Leonard Cohen recites a version of his spoken word “A Thousand Kisses Deep” in this new spot for Sony 3-D TV. Cohen doesn’t license much, so we’re going to go ahead and guess that the 3-D version of Avatar really inspired him. More »

Karen O Covers Willie Nelson And Waylon Jennings For Chipotle

By Tom Breihan / October 12, 2011 - 5:06 pm

A few weeks ago, Willie Nelson covered a Coldplay song for a Chipotle online video. That was pretty weird! Now, Yeah Yeah Yeahs leader Karen O has covered the classic Willie Nelson/Waylon Jennings duet “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” for a different Chipotle online video, and it’s slightly less weird… More »

Battles Soundtrack FIFA Soccer 12 Commercial

By Tom Breihan / September 20, 2011 - 10:33 am

The new commercial for the video game FIFA Soccer 12 perfectly chops up “Ice Cream,” the Matias Aguayo collab from Battles’ new album Gloss Drop, with footage of random people (including Steve Nash, Hope Solo, and Seth Meyers) playing the video game. It’s an extremely well-done commercial, even for those of us who don’t care… More »

And While We’re At It, Does This McDonald’s Commerical Rip Off “Lisztomania”?

By Corban Goble / September 19, 2011 - 3:42 pm

Alright, the latest edition of “Does [insert huge company] rip off [insert artist]?” is a little hairier — this possible invocation of Phoenix’s “Lisztomania” isn’t as cut-and-dry as our last adventure into this territory. But, admittedly, it’s pretty darn close, melodically. While I don’t have as sharp of an ear, in terms of key change… More »

…And Does This Nokia Commercial Rip Off The xx?

By Corban Goble / September 15, 2011 - 5:53 pm

The last time out, we had a rip-off that tread into a bit of a gray area thanks to a key change, but this recent ad for Nokia in India is way more of an open-and-shut case. This is totally the same song. “VCR” by the the xx. I hope they have the best lawyer… More »

Does This Dell Commercial Rip Off Broken Bells?

By Corban Goble / September 13, 2011 - 1:00 pm

Reader Michael chimed in last night when he spotted the eerie similarity between Broken Bells’ “The Ghost Inside” and a song used in a new Dell commercial. Michael writes:

Note that the melody is slightly different (and in D rather than E), but the drumbeat is exactly. the fucking same. Also, note how… More »

Julian Casablancas Shills For French Perfume

By Corban Goble / September 1, 2011 - 12:58 pm

There’s not much to it, but here’s a stylized clip of Julian Casablancas in a French perfume ad. In it he crowd surfs and presumably smells great. More »

Willie Nelson Covers Coldplay For Chipotle

By Corban Goble / August 30, 2011 - 3:28 pm

Willie Nelson covers Coldplay for a Chipotle ad — why not, I guess? But “The Scientist” does sound pretty good in Nelson’s signature twang so I’ll take it. The ad itself, well, that’s another story. I feel weird. More »

Matt & Kim, Soulja Boy, & Andrew W.K. – “I’m A Goner”

By Amrit Singh / August 17, 2011 - 3:46 pm

Matt & Kim & Soulja Boy & Andrew W.K. are the latest triple-billing for Converse’s corporately underwritten original MP3 project “Three Artists, One Song.” (Previously: Julian Casablancas, Santigold, and Pharrell; later, Best Coast, Kid Cudi, and Rostam.) Matt produced. The project attempts to fuse these three artists styles, but succeeds in fusing together these three… More »

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