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Jay Som shares “Turn the Other Cheek” for the First 100 Days comp, announces show at the Church

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Jay Som | photo by Cara Robbins | courtesy of the artist

Oakland musician Jay Som is the latest artist to contribute a track to Our First 100 Days, a compilation that benefits organizations supporting LGBTQ rights, immigration, and more in response to the new presidential administration. Melina Duterte’s dreamy, bubbly pop single “Turn the Other Cheek” comes in at #98 in the list and accompanies the announcement of a tour that stops at the First Unitarian Church on September 22nd.

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Out of Space: Fujiya & Miyagi, Cold Beat and Woods on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Fujiya & Miyagi | Photo by Paul Heartfield, courtesy of the artist

If you can manage to tear yourself away from the new Kendrick album for a few hours tonight, might I recommend spending some time with the Indie Rock Hit Parade? The show starts at 11pm ET on WXPN, which happens to be right after this month’s edition of What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese (another excellent way to spend your evening). On tonight’s two-hour show, we’ll spotlight new releases from UK electro vets Fujiya & Miyagi, whose new EP completes a trilogy which, itself, acts as the band’s sixth full-length. We’ll also hear selections from Chaos By Invitation, the third album from Grass Widow’s Hannah Lew as Cold Beat. Also in the mix are new singles from Woods, Juliana Hatfield and Guided By Voices, so stay alert! Preview some of the new things below…

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Japanese Breakfast, Modern Baseball, Beach Slang and more Philly artists to contribute to Polyvinyl’s Single Series

Japanese Breakfast | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Since 2014, Illinois-based label Polyvinyl Records’ Single Series has been putting out monthly exclusive singles from their favorite artists, all recorded on the same Tascam 4-Track cassette recorder. We’ve already gotten dual singles from Ra Ra Riot, Tim Kasher, and Joyce Manor this year, and we just got word that Philly favorites Japanese Breakfast are this month’s featured artist will be featured in the series later this year.

In addition, Modern Baseball, Beach Slang, Owen, Jay Som, and more are coming out with singles in the next couple months.

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Jay Som

Jay Som | Photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

For our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session, we were joined in the studio by Melina Duterte, the main brain behind Jay Som. The Oakland-based artist has been making music on her own for a few years, recently releasing her full-length debut on Polyvinyl, Everybody Works. Though all the parts on the album are played by Melina herself, she tours with a full band that features Oliver Pannell on guitar, Dylan Allard on bass and Zachary Elsasser on drums. Taking a short break before a show with The Courtneys, Jay Som dropped by to showcase how the meticulous studio tracks blossom in a live setting.

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Everybody Works: Jay Som plays LIVE, new Future Islands, Diet Cig and The New Pornographers on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Jay Som | Photo by Cara Robbins, courtesy of the artist

Tonight, the Indie Rock Hit Parade comes to you packed to the ceiling with special stuff for you to enjoy. Listen at 11pm ET tonight on XPN for a full two-hour show that features, right off the bat, a brand new IRHP Live Session with Jay Som! The vehicle for California musician Melina Duterte, the full-band version of Jay Som visited our studio last Friday before their show at Boot & Saddle with The Courtneys. Hear the band play songs from their much-lauded new album, Everybody Works, in the first hour of today’s show.

Also, since this week is such a massive one for new albums, we’ll spotlight a few notable releases in the second hour of tonight’s show. Namely, we’ll dig into the much-anticipated return of Future Islands, the full-length debut from NY punk duo Diet Cig and the latest from perennial favorites The New Pornographers. Preview some of the new tracks below…

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Menzingers at The Fillmore, Jay Som at Boot & Saddle, Bardo Pond at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

NEPA faves The Menzingers bring their latest LP After the Party to The Fillmore tonight. The big-room date follows a sold-out release show that happened last month at the smaller Kung Fu Necktie, a special treat for some of the band’s die-hard fans but one that left the majority of their local supporters with a serious case of FOMO. Tickets for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here. Watch “After the Party” below.

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Interview: Jay Som mastermind Melina Duterte on the long road to the whirlwind of Everybody Works

Jay Som | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Jay Som | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

It’s still only March, but we’re already expecting Everybody Works — the sophomore LP from Oakland indie rock project Jay Som — to rank high in year-end lists come December. It’s an impressive showing from singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Melina Duterte, dabbling in brisk and reflective dream-pop as readily as full-throttle garage punk. Released via Bay Area indie imprint Polyvinyl, its sonic textures fondly recall the spirit of that label’s late 90s / early aughties roster — Ida, Matt Pond PA, Rainer Maria — but Duterte’s approach is very much her own, very much of the now.

She made a national splash last year, a whirlwind 12 months following a decade of studying music, and that activity was in part due to a solo tour in support of Mitski and Japanese Breakfast, as well as a run opening for Honeyblood as a four-piece band. The latter is how we’ll see Jay Som tomorrow night at Boot and Saddle, playing alongside The Courtneys. I caught up with Duterte by phone to talk about studying music from a young age, nerve-wracking solo gigs and the process of making Everybody Works. Continue reading →

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Bunker Funk: New Perfume Genius, Feist, Black Lips on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Perfume Genius | Photo by Inez & Vinoodh, courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is nothing short of the real deal. Listen on XPN at 11pm ET (right after a special week-early edition of Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour show that is stacked top-to-bottom with brand new releases just for you. We’ll hear new singles from evocative pop master Perfume Genius, Atlanta party punks The Black Lips and the always luminous Feist. Don’t miss those plus a few other special IRHP news updates and surprises!

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Can I Sit Next To You: New Spoon, Jay Som and The Magnetic Fields on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Spoon | Photo by Zackery Michael, courtesy of the artist

There is a very good chance that, like me, you weren’t able to attend the SXSW music conference and festival that’s been happening this week in Austin. That’s okay because tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade aims to provide all the new music discovery with only some of the hassle of not having the proper badge credentials. Listen at 11pm ET on WXPN for a full two-hour show that might just introduce you to your new favorite band. We’ll hear a few album spotlights in the mix, including new releases from Spoon, Jay Som and The Magnetic Fields. Also be on the lookout for a new Feist track that I might or might not play tonight. Preview a few new things below:

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IDC: New Chastity Belt, Jay Som & Girlpool on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Chastity Belt | Photo by Conner Lyons, courtesy of the artist

Here in Philadelphia, it’s super weird and wintry outside. I don’t like it one bit. But that mess isn’t about to affect the swift delivery of the Indie Rock Hit Parade to your headspace at 11pm ET on WXPN. Be sure to stay tuned after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese for a full two-hour IRHP that’ll feature some of today’s new album releases, including Jay Som‘s debut album and the fourth full-length from Tennis. Also in the mix are new tracks from Philly duo Girlpool, Seattle’s Chastity Belt and outer space’s The Juan Maclean. Check out a few of the new tracks below…

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