Mp3 of the Week: Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents
It turns out we're not the only people who wished, at some point during a show by the Dents or the Downbeat 5, that Jen D'Angora would someday get a shot at a solo career outside of garage-punk. Her new band/moniker, under the flag of JENNY DEE AND THE DEELINQUENTS, is a stroke of genius: if you didn't know her other bands you'd likely make comparisons to the wave of British female singers (Adele, Winehouse) who've taken up the mantle of '60s soul. If you did know her other bands you might bring up the Detroit Cobras. But there isn't a music on earth that better suits D'Angora's voice than girl-group-era R&B, straight-up, and that's what she's singing here -- with bonus points for writing songs that hold their own next to the classics. (There's a Daptone-like quality to her recordings that makes you do audio double-takes: are you sure this shit wasn't recorded in 1964?) The fact that her new hubby (and bandmate) Ed V has been working with Eli "Paperboy" Reed for a couple of years won't hurt her commercial chances -- even though the only real comparison is that both Jenny and Eli stay true to their own particular talents as effortlessly as they stay true to the roots of rock and roll. We can't wait to hear more. Check out the track below, and absolutely do not miss them live: say, May 30 at T.T. the Bear's Place, for starters.
DOWNLOAD: Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents, "Keeping Time" [mp3]
New England Product: WFNX's top FIVE local songs of the week
DEE AND THE DEELINQUENTS, "KEEPING TIME"
"WE HAVE ARRIVED" (NEW ALLIANCE SESSION)
3. WHITETAIL, "WE STAY"
4. ST. HELENA, "FORTUNE COOKIE"
5. ALICE AUSTIN, "SHOOTS LIKE YOU"
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