Listen to Pins and Needles featuring Fujiya & Miyagi
New Tour Dates Below! NYC dates!
Programmer/keyboardist Sammy Rubin and vocalist Jeremy Haines rounded up their friends Fujiya & Miyagi, Mixel Pixel, So Percussion, Adam Matta, Clack Singles Club and vocalists Katie Hasty of Numbers and Letters and Kellie Rae Powell to make “The Colors EP”. The upcoming collaboration EP will be released on April 14, 2009. A percentage of the proceeds will go to the 826NY Organization (www.826nyc.org)‘The Colors EP’ will hold you over until the forthcoming full length sophomore album which is due later this year.
Project Jenny, Project Jan spans a forthcoming surprising musical range, from the sinister beats of “320” to the feel good “Summertime”; from the singalong swing of “Brooklyn” to the expansive Bollywood feel of “The Dialogue.” One thing remains constant, however: Their kinetic energy, which inspired Billboard to call Project Jenny, Project Jan’s live show a “shockingly dynamic, danceable, and hilarious affair.”
VanityFair.com called the band “awesome” and enthusiastically recommended its show “to anyone with functional knee and elbow joints.” Meanwhile, Gothamist solemnly observed, “This is a band that should be taken seriously.” The duo’s originality impressed Ear Farm enough to name Project Jenny, Project Jan one of its top ten bands to watch out for in 2008. Sure enough, that year Project Jenny, Project Jan was featured in the film Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, performing their rowdy crowd-pleaser “Negative.”
Project Jenny, Project Jan’s discography so far includes its self-released EP —and its debut album XOXOXOXOXO (Might Records), which CMJ hailed as one of the top 25 albums of 2007. Having toured up and down the East Coast, playing with bands such as Vampire Weekend, Mixel Pixel and Chairlift, in 2007 Project Jenny, Project Jan opened for Fujiya & Miyagi in the US and then again in the UK; currently the boys are about to embark on another F&M tour, this time across the Southern US and the West.
Keep reading for Tour Dates:
CMJ: “one of the most entertaining live acts I’ve seen to date”
WOXY: “Best of 2007”
The Deli: “genre poppin”
Cool Hunting: “irresistibly danceable and always brings the party”
Popmatters: “more pop music should have this much fun”
MSN: “almost too much fun in one album”
Stereo Subversion: “(PJPJ) has created something exciting and unusual in
the world of dance music”
All Music Guide: “the albums so diverse that project never revisit a genre
02/06/09- South Street Seaport- New York NY
02/07/09 – Mister Saturday Night at Santos Party House – New York NY *
02/13/09 – Wesleyan University – Middletown CT $
02/20/09 – Cats Cradle – Carrboro NC #
02/21/09 – 40 Watt Club – Athens GA #
02/23/09 – Back Booth – Orlando FL#
02/24/09 – Club Down under – Tallahassee FL#
02/25/09 – Spanish Moon – Baton Rouge LA #
02/27/09 – Emos Alternative Lounge – Austin TX #
02/28/09 – Palladium Loft – Dallas TX #
03/02/09 – Rhythm Room – Phoenix AZ #
03/03/09 – Echoplex – Los Angeles CA %
03/05/09 – The Independent – San Francisco CA %
03/06/09 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland OR %
03/07/09 – Neumos – Seattle WA %
03/13 – Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center – Harrisburg PA
* w/ DJ James Lavelle and Eamon Harkin
$ w/ Passion Pit
# w/Fujiya & Miyagi
% w/ Fujiya & Miyagi and Pop Levi
Listen to Project Jenny, Project Jan when you:
…are getting ready for work
…are working out
…are going running
…want to dance
…need to smile
…run out of coffee and need a jolt
…wake up Monday morning
…are gussying up for a night out
…can¹t find the energy to finish your late night shift
…need to liven up the party ‘The Colors EP’ collaborators:
Fujiya & Miyagi
Formed in 2000 as an electronic duo of David Best (guitars and vocals) and Steve Lewis (synths, beats, programming), they released Electro Karaoke In The Negative Style two years later, a minimal electronic set it hangs eerily on Best¹s distinctive whispered vocal. Adding bass player Matt Hainsby in 2004, they released a series of ten inch EPs that took them to the hearts of fanzineland. Gathered together these parables of personal injury, both physical and mental, made up three quarters of the well received (Pitchfork, NME, MOJO, etc) album Transparent Things in 2006. Named after a Nabokov brain dump on the relationship between the past and the present. It sums them up.
So Percussion have been just another modern performance ensemble anyway. Following two acclaimed albums of rigorous music by modern master Steve Reich and even-more-modern masters David Lang and Evan Ziporyn, as well as ongoing collaborations with electronic gurus Matmos, the 20-something quartet has discovered a bold new voice: their own. Called “astonishing and entrancing” by Billboard, “brilliant” by the New York Times, the discovery is perfectly appropriate, So Percussion was created to give fresh voice to what co-founder Jason Treuting calls “funky contemporary music.” A call to Bang on a Can founder David Lang yielded a commission. Called “a must-hear” by Billboard, their self-titled debut featured Lang’s “the so-called laws of nature.” Their newest CD/DVD Amid the Noise began as an after-hours project. Eager to expand their palette, the members of So experimented with glockenspiel, toy piano, vibraphones, bowed marimba, melodica, tuned and prepared pipes, metals, a wayward ethernet port, and all kinds of sound programming. The esulting idiosyncratic tone explorations were synchronized to Jenise Treuting¹s haunting films of street scenes in Brooklyn and Kyoto.
Mixel Pixel is a music/video band based in Brooklyn, New York and was initially conceived as a home recording project back in 1997 when Rob Corradetti began making tapes on a 4 track he purchased while working on a farm in rural Minn. In 1999, Corradetti moved from his home state of Delaware to Brooklyn and began playing with long time collaborator, Matty Kaukeinen. In 2001 they released their first album, Mappyland on their self-initiated record label, Mental Monkey. A combination of casio pop, video game samples, tape loops, and folk music, Mappyland was a stark contrast to the electroclash and post-punk revival scenes happening in New York City at the time. Since 1999 they have released a slew of albums and singles on Kanine, Mental Monkey, and other small labels. These albums include Rainbow Panda, Contact Kid, Music For Plants, Let’s Be Friends, July5th, 1961 (Eastern Stars), Cheap Thrills Tape Compilation.
Adam Matta, vocal percussionist, human beatbox and sound effect artist. He Performed at Carnegie Hall with Bobby McFerrin and 19 other young vocalists from around the world, in “Instant Opera!” Performed with LEMUR (League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots) as a resident artist in Brooklyn, and also
Clack Singles Club
Fang, from Clack Singles Club has produced and remixed tracks with Bonde do Role, Architecture in Helsinki, Queen, Lady Sovereign, FBC Fabric DJ Dexta, Princess Superstar and Passion Pit. He was part of the production team behind 2006s’ critically acclaimed “The Return of Dr Octagon”, which garnered high praise for it¹s originality, outstanding production and monstrous funk.Likened by Newsweek Magazine to a crossbreed of Kraftwerk and Parliament the Return of Dr Octagon was picked as one of the top 10 releases of 2006 by such diverse sources as Wire Magazine, Paul Thomson (Franz Ferdinand), Lost at Sea and Newsweek. “The Return” ejaculated a slew of underground hits, including ŒAliens¹ (which scored single-of-the-week in The Guardian (UK) for it’s ear popping fusion of swamp-rap and robot-ska) and “Trees”, an electro-dancefloor masterpiece which was given 4/5 stars in DJ magazine, a widespread hammering in clubland, and was picked up by MTV as the soundtrack to their “Think” environmental campaign.