California songwriter Jay Som‘s recent move down the coast resulted in not just a new home, but a new collaborative project. When Melina Duterte, the musician behind Jay Som, relocated from the Bay Area to Los Angeles following the release of her acclaimed 2017 debut LP Everybody Works, she met singer-songwriter Justus Proffit, and a just-for-fun jam session soon turned into a new musical project entirely. The duo will release an EP, called Nothing’s Changed, on September 28 via Polyvinyl. Continue reading →
Bay Area band Jay Som has had a whirlwind rise to her second album Everybody Works, from releasing a series of singles to signing with Polyvinyl to opening for Mitski on a national tour. Most recently the project — led by singer and songwriter Meline Duterte — was invited to perform for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, and the performance is now available for your viewing pleasure.
Duterte is a one-woman force, writing all of the music and lyrics and recording each instrument herself. When she performs live, Jay Som grows into a quartet to realize the records in full. Continue reading →
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.
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…
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 Breakfastare this month’s featured artist will be featured in the series later this year.
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.
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…
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.
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 →
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!