The Monkey or the Organ Grinder?

January 14, 2011

To follow on from James’ last post about the SMA/Aphex Twin mash up, I’ve been noticing some pretty cool bands allowing their music onto ads recently…a few examples below.

Halfset/Bord Gáis
One of the best Irish bands of recent years help Irish Gas Board flog some more accounts.

Masters of catchy synth rock appear one of the most recent o2 mobile adverts

Of course, this isn’t the first time o2 have had brilliant music on one of their ads (UK fans may not be able to see this…)

LCD Soundsystem/Sony Kinnect
James Murphy, hot on the heels of coming up with a track developed with Nike for the purposes of exercise now hawks XBox 360 add on. I like the way this contraption, intended to make you exercise, in fact allows you to turn your XBox on without even expending the energy of lifting the remote control…

Air, who (I think) once claimed they would not allow their music to be used for advertising, backtrack and team up with Bud. Having seen Air up close and personal prior to one of their gigs (Brogans, Dame St, Dublin, since you ask), I can tell you they actually drink red wine.

Finally, Beach House/Guinness
One of my fave bands, one of my fave drinks. Great ad too


The Man With The Golden Eyeballllll

July 6, 2009

I had totally, entirely, absolutely forgotten just how good this video is. In fact, I’d even say The Avalanches had, ummm, tumbled out of my mind until I caught this on TV t’other day

I especially like the huge record and the Mexican band…

Jape – Graveyard

June 2, 2009

This is simultaneously one of the funniest and more spooky promos I’ve seen recently…Richie’s expression of ‘sketchiness’ perhaps indicates they weren’t actually meant to be sitting on a grave in the middle of the day recording this….

….brilliant, brilliant track though

The Loudness War

June 2, 2009

Why, oh, why have records become louder…sometimes it’s nice to have quiet bits, where there’s meant to be quiet bits…

Giving out about this issue always sounds like the rantings of a madman….until you see this handy clip to back up the seemingly nonsensical viewpoints….

All of these points are reiterated with some nice Beatles related examples, here….

…and Rolling Stone informs us here….

You’ve heard our two cents…what do you have to say?

Village People

May 27, 2009

This is how to play an in store in Road Records….courtesy of one Conor J. O’Brien

Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Look For The Woman

March 26, 2008

The tracks from these fellahs just seem to be getting better and better.   Nice little video too as per usual…

Marvin Gaye – recording genius, atrocious darts player!

March 18, 2008


I would also add though, that Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor has had very few Platinum selling albums…

In fairness to Marv, he handles the whole thing with a nice big smile on his face and he does get really close to the bull with the two darts that bounce out.