Bands and Brands

One of my all-time favorite songs was featured in a Subaru commercial called “Hockey Mom.” The Pogues song “If I Should Fall From Grace With God” is the title track from their phenomenal 1988 album.

Here’s a real video:


You’ve probably seen the Flip Video commercial series featuring video shot on Flip cameras (I especially like the one with Brooke Burke). The end of each commercial features a mere 3 chords from Free Energy’s song “Dream City”, but they’re instantly recognizable. If you haven’t looked into Free Energy’s debut album Stuck on Nothing, check out our review here. It’s catchy.

Their lead singer also wins the coveted “Highest Hi-Tops Ever” award – and if that weren’t impressive enough, he did it while wearing a Garfield shirt.

Free Energy – Dream City (from the awesome blog Melophobe)


Zales has a new commercial that’s getting serious play, just in time to capitalize on all those dudes looking to score this holiday season. The commercial features The Black Keys song “Girl Is On My Mind” off of 2004’s Rubber Factory.


Another indie music spotting in mainstream media! Chevy has a new commercial for the Volt that features the song “Generator ^ First Floor” by Freelance Whales. The commercial, mp3 and tour dates follow.

Freelance Whales – Generator ^ First Floor

Here’s a live video of the song performed at SxSW 2010 for NPR.

Freelance Whales Tour Dates:

11/24 , The Biltmore Cabaret , Vancouver, BC (w/ Miniature Tigers)
11/27 , Kilby Court , Salt Lake City, UT (w/ Miniature Tigers)
11/29 , Hi-Dive , Denver, CO (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/01 , 7th Street Entry , Minneapolis, MN (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/02 , Lincoln Hall , Chicago, IL (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/03 , The Basement , Columbus, OH (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/04 , Brillobox , Pittsburgh, PA (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/05 , Mohawk Place , Buffalo, NY (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/07 , El Mocambo Club , Toronto, ONT (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/08 , La Sala Rossa , Montreal, QC (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/09 , Middle East Restaurant & Night Club , Cambridge, MA (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/10 , Iron Horse Music Hall , Northampton, MA (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/14 , Johnny Brendas , Philadelphia, PA (w/ Miniature Tigers)
12/15 , Websters Hall , New York, NY (w/ Miniature Tigers)


Fable III Revolution Commercial Song: The Black Angels – Young Man Dead [Bands + Brands]

October 27, 2010

I recently ran across this Fable III Revolution commercial song during an episode of Pawn Stars. It features the song “Young Man Dead” by The Black Angels. It’s coincidental since we just gave away tickets to their show at Metro tomorrow and they’re stopping in for a live studio session with us. I’m not a […]

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NFL Commercial Song: Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros – Home [Bands + Brands]

October 11, 2010

I’m sure you’ve seen this NFL commercial by now that features the song “Home” by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. The is the second licensing deal I’ve bumped across in mainstream media for Sharpe and crew (the first was the Ford Fiesta song). Tweet

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Subaru Outback Commercial Song, M. Ward – Here Comes The Sun Again [Bands + Brands]

September 26, 2010

You’ve probably seen the Subaru “Honeymoon” commercial by now. The song featured is M. Ward’s “Here Comes The Sun” from his 2005 release, Transistor Radio. Tweet

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Ford Fiesta Commercial Song, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros [Bands + Brands]

May 26, 2010

Have you seen the 2011 Ford Fiesta commercial? In our ongoing quest to celebrate licensing deals that (hopefully) earn bands a living, here’s our latest Bands + Brands. The commercial features the song “Janglin” by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. Tweet

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Travelers Insurance Commercial Song = Langhorne Slim [Bands + Brands]

October 10, 2009

Travelers Insurance released a new commercial yesterday that features the song “Worries” by Langhorne Slim. You can find the song on Langhorne’s self-titled album that was released in 2008. The same song was featured in our live session with Langhorne Slim. Here are those downloads: Exclusive: Langhorne Silm – Hummingbird Exclusive: Langhorne Slim – Cut […]

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