everybody works
Our own Jay Som just won her first year-end accolade: Paste‘s 50 Best Albums of 2017.

Granted, there will be a lot of these lists in the coming days. If you’re a regular reader of music blogs and magazines, the sheer number you will be subjected to can make them all feel a bit tedious, navel-gazing, and, to be honest, pretty arbitrary. But even though Paste has widened its focus to movies, games, food, and politics lately, the arts-centric zine still has some pretty solid tastemaking power in the music world. And besides, topping a list of 50 is no easy feat. Espcially this one: Oakland’s Melina Duterte closes a list populated with critical darlings like Julien Baker, Diet Cig, and SZA, and even sits in a top ten with formidable names like Run the Jewels and Father John Misty. Out of 50 incredibly strong records from incredibly strong artists, Jay Som’s March release, Everybody Works, rose above. And honestly, though our bias is pretty clear, we have a feeling this won’t be the last top ten she’s in before the year is out.

If you haven’t heard Everybody Works yet, get it together and do it now. Melina’s next local dates start in February, with shows in San Jose and San Francisco.

Jay Som, Japanese Breakfast
The Ritz
February 21, 2017
7pm, $15 (21+)

Jay Som, Japanese Breakfast
Gray Area
February 22, 2017