Commercial Appeal

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 the choru… 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 »

The New Pornographers Make “Moves” For T-Mobile

By Amrit Singh / August 17, 2011 - 11:27 am
Last night while watching something on TV (Stewart or Colbert or Breaking Bad are my only options these days, so one of those) I heard a lady rhapsodizing about T-Mobile's "best deal ever," and then heard that sermon paired with an unreasonably catchy jingle that reminded me of the New Pornos' "Moves." Turns out it… More »

Lindstrøm Remixes Best Coast

By Scott Lapatine / July 19, 2011 - 2:23 pm
Havaianas USA has hooked up with Best Coast for a free show at the flip-flip brand's pop-up shop at Space 15Twenty in LA this Friday night. In celebration of partnership you can grab a download of Norwegian producer Lindstrøm's new remix of last summer's Besty hit "Boyfriend." Just head to Havaianas' Facebook page and click… More »

Here’s The Rob Zombie Woolite Commercial You Wanted

By Scott Lapatine / June 20, 2011 - 4:17 pm
Rob Zombie directed a new commercial for Woolite that makes doing laundry seem scary. "Don't let detergents torture your clothes." Ha, relax Woolite. It’s not even Halloween -- you're just being weird. Watch the spot… More »

Mastodon’s Brent Hinds Suffering From “OHP”

By brandon / June 1, 2011 - 9:22 am
Or, "Overwhelming Hunger Pains." Hinds, already busy with a couple Mastodon side-projects and the followup to 2009's Crack The Skye, stars in an advertisement for Atlanta bar/restaurant Elmyr, where he's probably now getting free food/drinks for life. The clip, which parodies standard pharmaceutical advertisements, was shot by Newmerica. Hinds' West End Motel bandmate Tom Cheshire… More »

Peter Bjorn & John Soundtrack Bud Light Lime Spot

By Scott Lapatine / May 16, 2011 - 3:01 pm
This month Bud Light (the beer that has its own Santigold remix) celebrates the third birthday of its Lime spinoff. While this new commercial doesn't mention that milestone, it does mention the beverage is not overly limed nor overly sweet. It also takes place in a convenience store that only stocks Bud Light Lime and… More »

Sigur Rós Soundtrack Human Planet Promo

By brandon / May 6, 2011 - 1:47 pm
Fuck Buttons’ Benjamin John Power recently said "soundtracking nature documentaries would work out pretty well" for his new Blanck Mass project. Well, Benjamin, Sigur Rós are living the dream. Sort of. Takk's "Sæglópur" provides the official soundtrack to the promo videos for the Discovery Channel's Human Planet, a six-part series that turns the camera away… More »

Duck Sauce “Barbra Streisand” Soundtracks Vitamin Water, Express Ads

By jessica / April 19, 2011 - 10:03 am
If you watched the return of Gossip Girl last night you might have noticed Duck Sauce's "Barbra Streisand" soundtracking multiple commercials. Like Vampire Weekend's "Holiday," it's the right moment for the song, which reached the number one spot on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart in December 2010. Now it's reached commercials for Express and… More »

Weezer Star In IZOD Ad

By brandon / March 31, 2011 - 4:01 pm
Weezer wear red and perform Hurley's "Brave New World" in a dusty, ostensibly "exhilarating" new commercial for IZOD's IndyCar Series. The clip also features "racing and business icon" Roger Penske and a bunch of excited hangs-on in sunglasses. Aldous Huxley couldn't be reached for comment. More »

MSGVarsity Rips Off Unicorns

By jessica / March 23, 2011 - 2:06 pm
Yeah, good luck with this. We've seen lots of commercials ripping off indie bands lately (Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, etc). Now you can add Unicorns to that list. The Montreal band's "I Was Born (A Unicorn)" shows up in this commercial for MSGVarsity, a TV channel that shows high school varsity sports games (and debates,… More »

Justice – “Civilization”

By Amrit Singh / March 15, 2011 - 11:40 am
Yesterday's tease is today's full song soundcloud stream ripped from an Adidas ad complete with incidental commercial sound effects. "Civilization," the return track from French bloghouse synth-distorters Jus†ice, is also a soundtrack to the "All Adidas" campaign. And fair enough, it sounds like the sort of stuff the ancient Romans would play before sending their… More »

Daft Coke

By jessica / February 23, 2011 - 2:31 pm
More news in Daft Punk related merch: Coca-Cola has paired up with French pair Daft Punk for a set of limited edition Coke bottles. The bottle set is called "Daft Punk x Coca-Cola Club Coke,” and as you can see, it sort of looks like the duo's helmets. It'll be available at French clubs, and… More »

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