I probably don't have to tell you that we're only a few weeks away from Super Bowl 47, and you know what that means. It means gridiron intensity. It means the biggest half-time show of the year. It means eating your weight in hot wings (followed by a mad dash for the Tums). And, of course, it means some of the best commercials we're likely to see all year.
The Super Bowl ad is a grand tradition, and for many people (especially those whose teams were knocked out early on), Super Bowl ads are the reason to watch. There have been a lot of great Super Sunday commercials through the years (understatement of the week?), and we thought we'd put together 10 of our favorites, in no particular order. Enjoy!
1. Apple: 1984 (1984)
Not only is this an iconic Super Bowl commercial; it's an iconic Apple commercial. It was the first ad Apple ever created to promote a personal computer. Directed by one of the best sci-fi movie directors of our time (2 points if you know who it is without Googling!), Apple's 1984 commercial was the perfect ad for its time.
2. Volkswagen: The Force (2011)
VW's Star Wars-themed ad from two years ago was heartwarming and clever. There's really not much else to say about it (which is fitting, since the commercial itself is dialogue-free!).
3. Budweiser Frogs (1995)
Ah, a classic! Budweiser has had more than its fair share of hits and misses in the Super Bowl ad game, but this one really stands out.
4. Monster.com: When I Grow Up (1999)
Man oh man, who can't relate to this one?!
5. Reebok: Terry Tate: Office Linebacker (2003)
Ten years later, just thinking about this Reebok ad still makes me laugh out loud. That, my friends, is the sign of a great commercial.
6. Snickers: Betty White (2010)
A new classic! This Snickers commercial heralded the grand return of Betty White in all her comic genius.
7. Gatorade: 23 vs 39 (2003)
No one's better than Michael Jordan...except maybe Michael Jordan. In 2003, Gatorade was kind enough to grant us all a glimpse at the world's greatest one-on-one fantasy match-up.
8. EDS: Herding Cats (2000)
Honestly, I still have no idea what EDS stands for, or what the company does. But boy oh boy, was this a fantastic commercial!
9. Sprint: Crime Deterrent (2006)
Phones can do many things. Among them, hit faces. (Please, please, please do not try this one at home!)
10. Coca-Cola: Mean Joe Green (1979)
How could we make a list of the best Super Bowl commercials of all time and not include Mean Joe Green?! Mean Joe is practically the physical embodiment of Super Sunday ads! Coca-Cola really struck gold with this little gem.
Personally, I can't wait to see what commercials Super Bowl 47 brings. Of course, if you're more of a "see it live" type and are willing to forego the commercials, and if you can get yourself to New Orleans, I should note that you can get tickets to the Super Bowl at TicketsNow by clicking here! Otherwise, enjoy your couch, enjoy the game, enjoy your wings, and enjoy those Super Bowl ads!
In a twist of irony, it's become cool to like bands that are seemingly less popular than more mainstream acts. Though some people value certain musicians based on how popular they are, the fact is that there are many acts out there that don't get nearly as much attention as they should.
For me, this is most highlighted by singer-songwriter The Tallest Man on Earth. The 29-year-old Swede, whose real name is Kristian Matsson and actually stands at an average height, is among the most talented guitarists in music today. He manages to weave complex rhythms and catchy melodies all by himself, which lends a raw, unrefined sound during a time when songs have become even more produced.
The Tallest Man on Earth had standout albums in 2005 and 2008, but his 2012 release There's No Leaving Now opened my eyes to what an impressive performer he had become. From the opening notes of the lead track "To Just Grow Away" to the introspective crooning of "Revelation Blues," the album stood out to me as one of the best released so far this year.
Tallest Man on Earth isn't the only lesser-known performer to have an incredible album come out this year. I've also been listening to the Dirty Projectors album Swing Lo Magellan almost nonstop since it dropped in July. The band is fronted by enigmatic lead singer and guitarist David Longstreth, whose innovative guitar playing and songwriting has helped them stand out.
Longstreth is surrounded by a stable of talented musicians, most notably guitarist and vocalist Amber Coffman, who has been a staple of the band since its earliest days. When I caught a show of theirs in August, the level of technical proficiency and passion the band displayed was arguably the best I've seen.
Over the last several years, the Fleet Foxes have been one of my favorite bands, so when I heard their former drummer was leaving to start a solo project, I was certainly intrigued. Under the stage name Father John Misty, Joshua Tillman released the solo album Fear Fun in 2012.
Tillman stepped out from behind the drums and left the ethereal folkiness of Fleet Foxes behind for a more psychedelic sound with songs like "Nancy from Now On" and "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings," standing among some of the best - yet mostly unheard of - tunes in the music world today.
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And to get you excited to see them live watch a little David Byrne w/ The Talking Heads circa his heyday:
The full Lollapalooza 2012 lineup is finally out and we think it is pretty damn fantastic! Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Black Keys, Jack White and Black Sabbath are headlining the 3-Day music fest held in Chicago's Grant Park.
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U.K. pop sensation One Direction announced plans for a North American tour. This is the first stateside One Direction tour in the bands short history and is shaping up to be one of the biggest tours of the Year.
The band announced their tour plans from their twitter account that already boasts over 2 million followers:
The band recently made history by becoming the first group in history to have their first album debut at #1 on the Billboard 200.
The buzz surrounding the young Boy Band is only getting louder and One Direction tickets are sure to be some of the hardest to come by this summer.
Get ready for the tour by checking out there video for 'What makes you beautiful'. The video released in August of 2011 already has over 74 million views:
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