Thursday Linkage: Tokyo Police Club, Black Keys, The Hold Steady, Spotify and more

Go Green, Go White
Off to Hilton Head Island for a short weekend trip. Here are a few items worth noting/listening to:
A) Way back in 2006, Tokyo Police Club had me raving about their EP, A Lesson in Crime. Tracks like “Nature of the Experiment” and “Cheer It On” had me drooling, for their first full length, Elephant Shell. Their 1st single, “Breakneck Speed” gets back to the garage pop sound I first fell for. Catch them on tour with Passion Pit.
Tokyo Police Club – Nature of the Experiment (RAC mix)
Tokyo Police Club – Breakneck Speed (free download)

B) I’m probably anticipating The Black Keys‘ next release, Brothers (due May 18th), more than any other album in 2010. Their initial offering, “Tighten Up” again utilizes producer Danger Mouse’s retro knob turning amid Dan and Patrick’s soulful blues rock. With all the shows I have lined up, I’m kinda relieve their early tour itinerary doesn’t include Atlanta. Maybe Fall 2010?
The Black Keys – Tighten Up (via Myspace)
Pre-order The Black Keys – Brothers here.

C) The Hold Steady are off to a rousing start in promotion of their latest album, Heaven Is Whenever (due May 4th). “Hurricane J” reaches near anthem status (and finds the band near pop status) in a story about letting a girl named Jessie go. While “Rock Problems” gets even more familiar with themes of hard partying and love during a night out dishing out certifiably good pub rock.
The Hold Steady – Hurricane J (via Pitchfork)
The Hold Steady – Rock Problems (via NY Vulture)
Pre-order The Hold Steady – Heaven Is Whenever here.

D) Music lovers across the pond have been raving about music service Spotify for quite some time. Spotify is an invite only service that allows users to stream and share tons of tracks online (and offline for a fee) without downloading each song. CoS seems to think it will hit the states by 3rd quarter. Consider me intrigued.

E) Has anyone else noticed that since Conan got booted, Jimmy Fallon has been getting some sick musical guests? The xx, Vampire Weekend, and Julian Casablancas to name a few. See The National tear into a new track, “Terrible Love”.

F) Lastly, everyone liked The Girls Can Hear Us post so much that they are now one of the most popular bands on Hype Machine this week. Check out two more tracks that you’ll probably enjoy as well. Be sure to go to their Soundcloud page for more. 07 La La La (The Girls Can Hear Us Remix) by The Girls Can Hear Us! I Know This Song.mp3 by The Girls Can Hear Us!