Commercial Appeal

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 »

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 »

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