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Venables Bell & Partners, Audi Present ‘A Special Message from Sarah McLachlan’

We know what you’re thinking: “Holy shit, Sarah motherfucking McLachlan!!” But you should probably sit back down, take a deep breath, maybe drink a glass of water. You don’t want to get yourself too worked up. We don’t want you to start pounding your desk and throwing chairs in excitement. Hopefully you didn’t just scream that out loud for your boss to hear.

The Lilith Fair founder stars in this bizarre Super Bowl teaser that Venables Bell and Partners put together for its longtime client and perennial big game advertiser, Audi. In the spot, McLachlan parodies her own advertisements in support of the ASPCA, offering up a “special new song” to raise awareness for “misunderstood animals.” In this case, the “misunderstood animals” are Doberhuahuas (a cross between a Doberman and Chihuahuas, get it?). The freaky-looking things populate the spot, pictured hanging on couch by the fireplace, on a walk along the beach, tearing up a couch, and hanging out with kittens, ducklings and bunnies. It’s a bit bizarre, but it certainly should get people’s attention. And it features the always exciting music of Sarah McLachlan. You might want to wait until later to watch this, so you can appropriately rock out and get your Sarah on. Just saying.

The ad marks the second teaser from Audi, following “Dog Show,” which debuted earlier this week. Audi’s latest Super Bowl effort will be promoting the automaker’s all-new A3, billed as “the brand’s entry-level luxury sedan.” It will mark Audi’s seventh return to the Super Bowl. Keep an eye out for the spot during the first in-game break and following the third quarter kickoff. Stick around for “Dog Show after the jump. Read more

Siltanen & Partners, Motley Crue Celebrate ‘Home Sweet Home’ for Coldwell Banker

For the second year in a row, Coldwell Banker is rolling out its national marketing campaign during awards season, with the debut of “Home Sweet Home” during the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, January 26th.

The new, 60 second spot, created by Siltanen & Partners under the direction of executive creative director Rob Siltanen, features the Mötley Crüe anthem “Home Sweet Home.” “Home Sweet Home,” directed by Kat Coiro, is a montage of all the moments that make getting home at the end of the day so rewarding: kicking off your shoes, hopping on the couch, slipping into a warm bath. The spot closes with the hashtag #HomeRocks, pulling together the music connection. Coldwell Banker is also offering fans the chance to vote for their favorite song about homes in the #HomeRocks awards on their Blue Matter blog.

“Music and home certainly go together no matter where you are in the world and we believe we have found the appropriate major events to showcase the emotional value we place in our homes,” explained Sean Blankenship, senior vice president, marketing for Coldwell Banker Real Estate. ““This campaign is part of our ongoing effort to remind Americans that home is as much a lifestyle investment as it is financial,” he added.

“Your Home,” the next spot in Coldwell Banker’s #HomeRocks campaign, featuring the voice (but not the mustache) of Tom Selleck, will launch during the Academy Awards on March 2nd. It will mark the third straight year Coldwell Banker has worked with Selleck, whose father was a former Coldwell Banker executive.

 

Macklemore, Ryan Lewis Bring Grammy Life to NYC Bus

Most likely, this video of Macklemore and his Jazzy Jeff shadow Ryan Lewis is a staged marketing effort from TBWA\Chiat\Day LA to promote the 56th Grammy Awards. The two musicians hop on a New York City bus with a boombox and start performing an impromptu concert full of Macklemore’s signature exuberance and corny hand movements. The riders on the bus start dancing and feeling the music – the bus driver even starts clapping on (probably fake) closed circuit footage.

I’d probably react the same way if Macklemore came on the crosstown bus. But you know how I know it’s not real? Because if anyone came on NYC public transportation with a boombox and started making noise, there will undoubtedly be at least two people who hate it and tell them to shut it off before they turn into depressed and sarcastic versions of the Hulk.

But whether it is real or not, the question everyone wants to know is: where is Ray Dalton? Credits after the jump.

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VIA House Band Wants You to Help ‘Get it to Bowie’

Get it to BowieThe house band over at agency VIA have one very large Christmas wish: for David Bowie to cover one of their Christmas songs. They’d like to request your help in making that happen.

Visitors to the “Get it to Bowie” website can watch video of the band introducing the idea (which includes many terrible, and one decent, Bowie impression), listen to their Christmas songs, and spread the word via Twitter. There’s also a place to forward information to someone who knows Bowie (or knows someone who knows Bowie), and a button to click if you are David Bowie (which tweets to the agency that he’s agreed to cover one of their songs). Obviously, this is a far-fetched proposition, but there’s something appealing about VIA’s earnest enthusiasm. Good luck guys, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.

JWT Brazil Raises Cancer Awareness by Surprising Audience with Unexpected Choir

This one is tough to take, but that’s kind of the point.

JWT Brazil created another attention-grabbing event raising cancer awareness for A.C. Camargo Cancer Center. After crafting a graffiti intervention for breast cancer last month, the agency set it sights on raising awareness for larynx cancer. As you may know, the main risk factor for larynx cancer is smoking, so this came complete with an anti-tobacco message.

Even more so than with the graffiti intervention, JWT Brazil uses the element of surprise to their advantage. A packed audience at MASP’s auditorium was waiting diligently to see the famed São Paulo University Choir. Instead, they were met by a very different kind of vocal ensemble: the Sua Voz Choir, made up of larynx cancer patients. The choir used “esophageal voice, prosthesis, electronic larynx (vibrator), oral speech and sound’s articulations” to make their way through Beatles classics “All You Need Is Love” and “She Loves You.” Their performance serves as a harrowing reminder of the dangers of larynx cancer, and the choir concluded it by unrolling an anti-smoking banner. Say what you will of the campaign (although you have to admit that JWT Brazil did a good job delivering their message in a unique way while catching their audience off guard), but you have to admire the bravery of the Sua Voz Choir.

 

Creature Trades Beef for Beats at Vinyl Storefront

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Today, Seattle-based agency Creature (they of recent storefront fame) opened a vinyl record shop in their ever-changing office window where customers can buy records by the pound. It’s a call back to nostalgia for family-run butcher shops and the original small business. You even buy your records out of a deli case and take them home wrapped in butcher paper. The first person to conduct business in Elpee’s Beat Shop bought 10 pounds worth of music. Thankfully, at $1.46 per pound, 10 pounds of “Choice Cuts” records costs much less than 10 pounds of tender ribeye. For the thriftier shoppers, there’s always the “Prime Beats” quality of vinyl selling for $1.03 per pound.

 

The storefront, with all of it’s Seattle-y charm, will be open weekdays throughout the holiday season as well as the occasional weekend. I’m not sure what kind of records you can buy – one of the press photos shows off a cutely tattered Nat King Cole album – but for a place rooted in music history, I’m hoping there’s plenty of variety. As of the opening, Creature promised 1,000 albums for sale. And if seeing all the butcher paraphernalia makes you hungry, there’s always Meat Loaf.

GE, Barbarians, Ladytron Member Collaborate to Make Freight Logistics Interesting

In an attempt to “artistically demonstrate the complexity involved in the tightly-orchestrated intermodal process that is required to move goods,” GE and Barbarian Group collaborated with Reuben Wu, of British band Ladytron, to create a new music video (of sorts) called “Over 2 Million Containers, 2000 Routes.”

To create the music for the video, Wu integrated organic terminal sounds from CSX Intermodal Terminal in North Baltimore, Ohio with original instrumentation. The video takes the terminal sounds and original music, and creates a natural fit for the them “synchronized against key moments in the intermodal process.” This may all sound very complicated and clinical, but the video succeeds at making this process appealing, giving the viewer an idea of all the complexity that goes into the “tightly-orchestrated intermodal process” in a way that is actually enjoyable.

It’s an interesting and unique way to offer people a view of a key hub in the largest railroad in the eastern United States. Without the unusual approach, you couldn’t really explain something like freight logistics without causing all kinds of migraines. But thanks to Reuben Wu, G.E. found a way to make it palatable. Now let us never talk of freight logistics again.

Visa Sings for FIFA’s League of Nations in World Cup Spot

The 2014 World Cup may not start for 183 days, but Visa is jumping on the publicity wagon extra early with “One Worldwide,” a singing welcome for all 32 teams playing in Brazil. Sources tell us Atmosphere Proximity is on the creative of the campaign. All of the singing comes courtesy of the Children’s Choir of Petropolis.

The three-and-a-half-minute video drags a little long since it fits in lyrics for every nation. Kids are cute, it’s hard to argue against that, and kids in face paint puffing out their chests in support of their respective teams can be fun, but the music choice gives off a haunting, strange tone at times. Let’s just say this is a far cry from Lionel Messi‘s Samsung spot that used little kids singing the Lorde single “Royals.” That felt flashy and happy with some high-production value. Made the viewer feel excited about soccer. The Visa spot doesn’t do any of those things. At least there’s still time to rethink things for the next 182 days.

Tribal Worldwide, Volkswagen Reinvent Driving Music with ‘Play The Road’

Tribal DDB–sorry, Tribal Worldwide as it’s now known–collaborated with Volkswagen, electronic vets Underworld, production company B-Reel and director Anders Hallberg to create “Play The Road,” a 2:47 video showing the Volkswagen Golf GTI turned into a musical instrument by a new iPhone app.

The video, filmed over two nights in London, shows precision driver Thomas Wulff utilizing the new app to create new music, recorded by Underworld but “controlled by the speed and steering of the car itself.” It’s a cool idea, and while the music created isn’t exactly mind blowing, it really does seem to sync with the driving experience well. Of course, having a precision driver like Wulff showing your car off doesn’t hurt either. At the end of the long spot, Volkswagen plays on their usual “Drivers Wanted” tag, changing it to “Musicians Wanted.” So far, the iPhone app used in the ad has not been made commercially available. Although Volkswagen UK was offering visitors to their Facebook page a chance to win the opportunity to experience the app , the competition now appears to be closed.

If you’d like to learn more about “Play The Road” and how it was developed, Tribal worked with director Ed Sayers to create “”How We Reinvented Driving Music.” It’s an interesting look at the new technology, and those involved with creating it. Be forewarned though, it may just make you want the app more. We’ve included it, along with credits, after the jump.  Read more

Coke Zero is Under the Assumption that You Still Like, Respect Metallica

Yesterday, metal legends and running joke Metallica performed a concert at Antarctica’s Carlini Scientific Base to 120 people in a transparent dome of some sort. Of the 120 attendees, 20 were scientists from Russia, Korea, China, Poland, Chile, Brazil and Germany. These winners of “Music Zero” “enjoyed the talent of Metallica in a quite exceptional way: through headphones, to respect the harmony of the environment,” which…wait, what?

It’s impossible to blame anyone at the concert for rocking out at this concert. After all, once you get bored of watching penguins slide around on their stomachs, there’s not a lot entertaining that happens on the most-desolate of continents. But, I have to wonder, why is a brand that seems to target college-aged youth trying to make a statement with a band like Metallica, who the average millennial may remember first from their douche-y drummer getting pissy about Napster and again from the 2004 couples therapy session, Some Kind of Monster?

Now, this could be a sign of things changing at Coke Zero, and a decision from on high to start marketing to a consumer who remembers that Metallica was actually a pretty solid band pre-Load. It’s also very possible that Coke Zero had some money to burn and no other band was willing to travel to Antarctica to throw a concert. But, in a world where metal is getting an awesome resurgence via bands like METZ, Deafheaven, and Liturgy, there’s gotta be a better alternative to Metallica. Set list after the jump.

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