* Local robot rockers Heypenny put out their full-length A Jillion Kicks back in the winter, and some might say several of the Kicks tunes have a jingle-y air to them. (Not "jingly" like "jingle-jangle," but "jingle-y" like a commercial jingle.) Well, anyway, Honda liked the sound of Heypenny's "Parade" and decided to feature it in their new "Look how many awards we've won!" ad campaign. Watch the commercial above or via Heypenny's site. Also, this seems as good a time as any to remind you about Gold's cover story from a couple weeks back, in which Gold made the following distinction: "Commercials aren't instantaneous cred killers: They're a coveted venue for breaking new acts."
* Last time we talked about folksy local goof-crooners Bird Cloud, it was in regard to a video of them playing their song "Indianer." According to one Bird Cloud member, the duo will be attempting to release one performance video each week for the next several weeks, and their latest video is for the song "Saving Myself for Jesus." See that one after the jump or via BC's website, but remember this: When the ladies sweetly sing "Honey, I feel your bone" with all of its old-time-gospel inflection, I think they're pulling a fast one on us. Or "taking the piss," as some might put it.
* Local trad country/Americana songster Rayland Baxter hit the road with fellow Nashvillians The Civil Wars this summer, and he's got the tour vid to prove it. Have a look at that one after the jump, too. And is it just me, or does that song sound mildly like The Shins might if they were fed a steady diet of that Nashville Sound? Maybe not? It's the "Oohs" what does it. Hat-tip goes to Carl's Country Club for hipping us to it.