New Project Jenny, Project Jan (Feat. Fujiya & Miyagi) – “Pins And Needles”

Project Jenny, Project Jan are a Brooklyn duo. Neither are named Jenny. Or Jan. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen them live, but their vibe then was decidedly electro karaoke: programmer Sammy Rubin concocting laptop beats, vocalist Jeremy Haines dressed like an art school dandy and making full use of the unoccupied stage space and his music theater-ready pipes. Their tunes were filled with puns and punchlines, but they weren’t (necessarily) a joke; you got the sense that they were a set of serious lyrics away from breaking out of the houseparty circuit. With last year’s OST placement and screentime in Nick & Norah’s Infinite Indie Rock Song Placement, they’d officially graduated from LES obscurity and goofy tunes about the Chinatown Bus, poised for a project like the forthcoming collab EP The Colors. The five-song set sees the pair pull in Mixel Pixel, So Percussion, Adam Matta, and hushed British kraut-lovers/tourmates Fujiya & Miyagi. “Pins And Needles” opens in F&M’s mode of choice, whispered staccato lines and lockstep bass and tremolo-bar guitars, later lacing in PJPJ’s open-throated digital disco. Oh and glockenspiel, there’s glockenspiel too.

Project Jenny, Project Jan (Feat. Fujiya & Miyagi) – “Pins And Needles”

You can see PJPJ and F&M do that one live at a number of dates on the Project tour:

02/06 – New York, NY @ Southstreet Seaport (Winter Music Series)
02/07 – New York, NY @ Santos Party House*
02/13 – Middletown, CT @ Wesleyan University$
02/20 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle#
02/21 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club#
02/23 – Orlando, FL @ Back Booth#
02/24 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Down Under#
02/25 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon#
02/27 – Austin, TX @ Emos#
02/28 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium Loft#
03/02 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room#
03/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex%
03/05 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent%
03/06 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge$
03/07 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos$
03/13 – Harrisburg, PA @ Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center

* w/ DJ James Lavelle and Eamon harkin
$ w/ Passion Pit
# w/ Fujiya & Miyagi
% w/ Fujiya & Miyagi and Pop Levi

Hear the Nick & Norah track “Negative,” the So Percussion collab “You Said,” and more at MySpace.

The Colors EP is out 4/14 via Might.