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Posted at 2:07 PM ET, 11/30/2010

Riffs: Free Energy, Vampire Weekend and Lenny Kravitz, the inescapable songs on TV

By David Malitz

As the days get shorter, the temperature gets colder, the local concert calendars become more bare and the NBA season kicks into high gear, we find ourselves entering hibernation mode and spending more time in front of the TV. (We've still been to roughly a zillion shows this year and will soon have the giant list to prove it.) But even while we're on the couch we're getting our music fix. Here are the three songs that are currently in heavy rotation, whether we like it or not.

Free Energy - "Dream City"

The best band from 1976 that was somehow transplanted to 2010, this Philadelphia five-piece is featured in Flip's barrage of holiday season ads. (There's also the skateboarding dog one and the skydiving one.) You only get to hear the first five seconds of the song, one of the many great riffs on the band's debut album.

Appropriateness level: High. Both band and product are targeting a young demographic with a sleek repackaging of something that became popular a generation or two ago.

Stuck in your head factor: Low. It's a catchy riff, for sure, but without any vocals it never reaches earworm status.

It makes me want to: Listen to the band's album to see if it will sneak onto my Top 10 list (not looking good) and go see them Wednesday night at Rock & Roll Hotel.

Vampire Weekend - "Holiday"

It's a double dose of Vampire Weekend, with the same song from this year's "Contra" featured in both the Tommy Hilfiger ad above and a Honda commercial.

Appropriateness level:
We can't be the only ones who are surprised it took this long for Vampire Weekend and Tommy Hilfiger to team up.

Stuck in your head factor: High. Love 'em or hate 'em, you can't deny that these dudes write some catchy songs, and this one is especially bouncy and finds Ezra Koenig at his most vocally impish.

It makes me want to: Defend Vampire Weekend from the haters.

Lenny Kravitz - "Come On Get It"

I can't endorse NBA League Pass enough, as it gives me my nightly fix of Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook or Chris Andersen's mohawk and tattoos. The main drawback is the constant airing of the new Lenny Kravitz "NBA on TNT" commercial.

Appropriateness level: Medium. But hey, you can't use Usher or Nelly every year.

Stuck in your head factor: Off the charts. And not in a good way. Above, you can hear the entire song, but the abridged ad mostly features the portion with Kravitz yelling the title. It sounds like he's doing an impression of Cartman singing "Poker Face."

It makes me want to: Never watch basketball again.

By David Malitz  | November 30, 2010; 2:07 PM ET
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  Free Energy, Lenny Kravitz, Vampire Weekend  
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