Posts Tagged ‘Yael Naim’

man, those Apple commercials rock!

It’s no secret that Apple has great taste in music. Over the (4) years I’ve been making my indie rock compilations, Apple commercials have been the source of a number of discoveries. The Caesars’ “Jerk It Out”, Wolfmother’s “Love Train”, and Rhinocerose’s “Cubicle” all found their way onto compilations (numbers 3, 6, and 6, respectively, all here on the site, below….way below) after I heard them first on iPod commercials. More recently Yael Naim’s “New Soul” and MJB’s “Work That” got onto SXM 2008 the same way. Occasionally, I’ve been a bit ahead of Apple. Jet, The Vines, and Feist were on compilations before (maybe just days before) I ever heard them on a commercial.

The latest iPod commercial features The Ting Tings, which are featured on volume 11 with “Great DJ”, but Apple snagged the better song, “Shut Up And Let Me Go”

The Ting Tings

Katie White and Jules De Martino, who make up The Ting Tings, seem likely candidates for major US rotation when their CD breaks May 20th (MTV is currently streaming it free at The Leak, HERE). Is it rock, is it pop, is it dance? Who cares; just enjoy!

Some other faves from previous Apple ads:

Daft Punk – Technologic

Brendan Benson – What I’m Looking For

Propellerheads – Take California


Mr. Know-it-all wrong again!

First, a little reminder/heads-up to email subscribers to this site: the email you get may not have all the mp3 players and links that are in the post. If you see something in the email you’re interested in, you may want to click on the ‘dj eddieo’ link at the top or bottom of the email and go directly to the website.

Now, on to my mea culpa…..when the Apple Mac Airbook commercials first aired (you know, the ones with the super-slim laptop in the manila envelope), we all loved the song “New Soul”:

I’m a new soul
I came to this strange world
Hoping I could learn a bit bout how to give and take
But since I came here, felt the joy and the fear
Finding myself making every possible mistake

I immediately identified it as Feist, which, of course, allows me to revel in having “discovered” her (see eddieo compilation vol 9, below). Leave it to G to second guess Dad! Turns out it’s Paris-born, Israeli singer/songwriter Yael Naim.


Play the mp3, above, or the video, below:


About a month ago, I was listening to XFM or BBC-6, I forget which, and scribbled notes all over my telephone bill (that’s how I know it was a month ago; it’s last month’s bill). The Ting Tings were the #2 hottest act that day or week (#1 was Vampire Weekend), and that was before the recent SXSW buzz. Kind of a bizarro-world White Stripes: he drums, she sings; they’re dance/pop, not rock; who knows if they’ll have the legs the White Strpes have, but they’re a lot of fun, especially for summer.

ting tings

The hot cut is “Great DJ” (all deejays love songs that mention deejays), and you can hear the perfectly tasty original version on their MySpace page, or click below for a cool remix by Calvin Harris.

Maybe you want the video as well.

Another great UK band I scribbled about that day is Pete and The Pirates (free download at the website), whose song “Mr. Understanding” I heard that day.

This is another of those bands that doesn’t have any US dates on the horizon, so it may be a while before mainstream outlets take notice, but I believe they’re likely to catch on here.


Pete and The Pirates

Finally, The Enemy. The cut I heard was “This Song”, which you can find, along with a handful of others, on Sideload, a cool listening/sharing site I like. Of course there’s also their MySpace and website. Look for more ink on them soon.

The Enemy

The Enemy