Bands + Brands

The new Starbucks commercial that touts coffee “handcrafted for you” features the song “Generator 1st Floor” by Freelance Whales. Every time I drink my Starbucks coffee, I will now think of where it all began – in a burlap sack, embroidered with my name on it, draped over the shoulders of a sweaty Columbian man somewhere.


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)


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 much of a gamer these days, so I know nothing about Fable III Revolution. We’ve come a long way since Metroid. Congrats to The Black Angels for the spot.

Here are the lyrics heard in the commercial:

Run for the hills, pick up your feet and let’s go.
We did our jobs, pick up the speed now lets move.
The trees can’t grow without the sun in their eyes.
And we can’t live if we’re too afraid to die.
Hold on tight, yes hold on tight you’re too slow.