Victoria’s Secret has a new ad for their #AngelGetaways 2014 Spring Break/Swim Wear campaign, which they have premiered on Instagram (we also had no idea that Instagram did video until seeing this today).
Beyond making us eager for better weather, the commercial also perked up our ears thanks to the use of “Atlas” by one of our favorite singer/songwriters, Sydney Wayser.
Is it just us, or does it seem like car companies are getting way hipper when it comes to picking music for their commercials these days? Gone are the days of the cheesy original songs written about a car (anyone remember the omnipresent Ford Taurus “making the dream come true” song from the 90’s?) replaced now by tunes from cutting edge artists.
While European manufacturers such as BMW and Volkswagen seem to have lead the way, others are catching on. The latest example is Lexus, who have used the funky/addictive “The World Is Ours” by electro rock stalwarts Moving Units in their new commercial for their Command Performance Sales Event campaign.
BMW is sure making us desire the X5 - partly because of the beautiful re-design, but also partly because they’ve been using such great music in their ads for their sporty SUV. Earlier, we spotlighted a BMW X5 commercial spot featuring music from Wolf Rider, and now the German performance car makers have released a new ad, which has introduced us to some great new music - Detroit-based electronic outfit Datageist, whose song “Cointelpro” is featured in the ad above. If the rest of their tracks are like “Cointelpro” we can’t wait to hear more.
Morgan Kibby’s solo project, White Sea, has quickly gained notoriety over the past year, thanks to all the work she’s done in M83, as well as high-profile shows with acts such as The Naked and The Famous and Phantogram. This is no case of musical cronyism though, as her songs have enough merit to stand on their own.
Take for example the track “They Don’t Know” which is featured in the latest NBC spots for Chicago Fire. Her trademark angelic vocals are here, surrounded by a cathartic arrangement that melds electronic instrumentation with post-rock levels of epic-ness.
If we had to pick one musical artist to complement an action-based video game, Diplo, master of audio adrenaline, would probably be our choice. Looks like the folks at Respawn Entertainment agree, as they have chosen to use “Revolution” (RUN DMT Remix) in the trailer for their much anticipated Titanfall.
For those of you who don’t know yet, Titanfall was one of the most buzzed about games at E3, including winning a record-breaking six E3 Critics Awards. A very basic description is imagine MechWarrior mixed with HALO, and Microsoft is banking that this will be one of those games that causes consumers to chose the X Box One over the PS4.
One of favorite current actresses is Vera Farmiga, who will play the lead in the new romance comedy At Middleton, which also features her younger sister Taissa (known best for her role in The Bling Ring) and Andy Garcia. Oddly enough, it looks like Taissa will play Vera’s daughter - the two sisters are 21 years apart in age.
We can’t wait for the movie to come out, and the trailer also features music from one of our current favorite indie pop bands, The Mowgli’s, who lend their track “The Great Divide” to the cause.
The good thing about missing a week of Girls is when you get to watch back-to-back episodes, a pleasure we indulged in last night.
Last week’s episode “Beach House” was one of the more cringe-inducing episodes of the entire season, full of madness, in-fighting, and all the general shenanigans that we’ve come to love and expect from Girls.
The episode also featured a great tune, “House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls” by The Weeknd, which played when, Marnie calls over Hannah and asks her to ask the guys to leave instead Hannah invites them to dinner.
This week’s episode, “Incidentals” was not quite as full of madness (at least until the very end, which we won’t spoil for you) but it also had a great use of a song we love, as Lily Allen’s “L8 CMMR” plays when Hannah buys a new dress after receiving her first paycheck.
KMart has a new ad for their Spring/ Summer 2014 fashions which features the explosive “Burning Hearts” by MNDR. The anthemic dange song sure goes along way to help bolster the edginess factor that KMart is clearly trying to play up.
This week’s episode of Shameless saw Fiona Gallagher doing some time in county jail, not a foreign location for the Gallagher family, but certainly an upsetting twist of events for Fiona, who seemed to be turning a corner in her life.
When Fiona comes come from jail, she’s excited to return to her family, but nobody is home, and this deflating scene is augmented nicely by the sweet sounds of Sydney Wayser’s “Geography.”
Sometimes you forget how good a song, until one day that song hits you upside the head when you least expect it, and reminds you of how much you loved it. Such was the case when we saw the new JanSport ad for their #LiveOutside campaign, which featured Tokyo Police Club’s “Be Good (RAC Remix).” One of the first songs that got us to pay attention to the Toronto-based jangly garage poppers, this RAC remix of “Be Good” might sound even better than the original.