Project Jenny, Project Jan
No, Brooklyn's Project Jenny, Project Jan has neither a Jenny nor a Jan, but the music of vocalist Jeremy Haines and electronic maestro Sammy Rubin will find you hard pressed to pigeonhole.
So where did they come from anyway? In college, Jeremy had become great friends with Sammy's best high school buddies, and Sammy had become close with Jeremy's mates. Once they finally met each other through a twisted web of coincidences, the two became solid co-conspirators. On one such night of revelry at Sammy's house, Sammy discovered that Jeremy's freestyling skills well surpassed his own, so he played an accompanying feedback solo on his microphone. Perhaps this was the planted seed that grew into Project Jenny, Project Jan, though it's best not to ask too many questions and just enjoy the music.
In late 2005, Project Jenny, Project Jan released their first self-titled EP and offered the mp3s up free-and-legal on their site. The press took notice, calling it a "shockingly dynamic, danceable, and hilarious affair" (Billboard) and "incomparable" (Deli Magazine). Their engaging live show got its well-deserved attention too: "This is a band that should be taken seriously, even while singing about homemade sex tapes and the Chinatown bus." (gothamist.com). In 2007, the band released their debut album titled 'XOXOXOXOXO,' that was met with equal acclaim, being named one of the top 25 albums of 2007 by CMJ and Ear Farm naming the band one of the top ten bands to watch out for in 2008.