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The Situation On a recent Tuesday night, I'm at Gainsbourg in Greenwood with a veteran of the Seattle music scene, Jen Wood. Wood, who lives

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Through @ 2: Jen Wood Is Ready to Put Down Her Axe and Pick Up the Mike

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The Situation On a recent Tuesday night, I'm at Gainsbourg in Greenwood with a veteran of the Seattle music scene, Jen Wood. Wood, who lives a few minutes away with her husband, the producer and composer Josh Myers, and a cat named Mowgli, is sipping on some ladylike Cape Cods while I'm spending the evening with several Mirror Ponds.

How She Got Here Damn economy--Just last week Wood was laid off from her job in administration and sales at a real-estate agency; she says I've caught her right smack in the middle of a transition period. "I'm at one of those crossroads situations," she says. "Trying to think about what I want the next 10 years of my life to look like."

Wood's been playing music for 20 years, starting with the girl group Tattle Tale she started at 14. "Playing music, it's really fulfilling, but it can sometimes feel really selfish," she says. "I think young women still don't get the support that they need. I've had ideas of trying to somehow work with a label with their artists specifically, but I think I need to start more grassroots. Maybe I'll become a life coach."

Shop Talk After releasing a smattering of solo records featuring her gentle acoustic-guitar stylings over the past several years (the latest, Finds You in Love, came out last fall), Wood's switching gears. "I'm really, really ready to try something new," she says. "I'm just ready to not play guitar. My husband and I got a used baby-grand piano, and the minute we got that, I just couldn't stop playing it."

Wood's got a batch of new piano-based songs that she describes as more soulful, and she hopes to have an EP out by this fall. In the meantime, she's most excited about a new project she and her husband concocted--a dance-pop-electronic duo called Little Fang. "It's catchy, fun," she says. "Songs about dancing, songs about making out, songs about living it up, partying until the sun comes up. It's long overdue. I've tapped into the party girl. It's the street side of me."

BTW: Little Fang hasn't made any tracks public yet, but Wood plays an unfinished song for me on her iPhone; it's tentatively called "If You Wanna Dance." Bold samples pulse while Myers sings the darkly seductive lines. Wood bumps her head and sings along. "If you wanna dance, you can dance with me, if you gotta run, baby, run to me." It's dope.

"Some of it gets a little R-17!" she says. "I definitely want us to have outfits. And headsets."

Jen Wood is playing KEXP's Audioasis with Mal De Mer and Hallways this Saturday, February 5 at the Sunset Tavern. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and tickets are $8.

 
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