Jay Som tops Paste’s 50 Best Albums of 2017

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 [...]

By |November 27, 2017|Tags: |

Favorite Haunts: Hazel English on Beauty’s Bagel Shop, East Bay comforts

Hazel English (Illustration: Rob Goodman) I first saw Hazel English when she performed a stripped-down set this past spring opening up for Thao Nguyen at Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma. I hadn’t heard her records yet, so I got to know her music right there, live in the moment, one hauntingly raw melody at a time. I was so moved by her performance that when her new album, a double EP amalgam Just Give In/Never Going Home, was released on Polyvinyl earlier this year, I dove into her studio work full force. The album, produced by friend and collaborator Jackson [...]

Mixtape: Northern California’s Best Music Festivals

This episode first appeared on KQED.org. http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Festivals_2017_Mixtape.mp3 Download: Mixtape: Northern California's Best Music Festivals (Podcast #407) Music festival season unofficially kicked off over Memorial Day weekend, with the latest installment of the BottleRock Napa Valley festival attracting 120,000 attendees for three days of food, wine, and over 80 bands ranging from the Foo Fighters to the Napa Youth Symphony. The number and types of music fests has grown considerably in recent years -- among this year's new offerings are not one, but two new music and comedy weekends coming to the Bay in June -- surely to the dismay of [...]

What’s Happening This Weekend? A Guide To Shows Around The Bay, April 21 – 23

Between Record Store Day, Pop-Up Shop, and some choice DJ sets, this weekend's all about wax. Friday, April 21 Emily King @ The Chapel The Grammy-nominated soul singer is presenting a special acoustic set just for San Francisco fans. Rayana Jay @ The New Parish One of our recent faves (and Phono Del Sol 2017 performer) Rayana Jay brings her smooth, smart grooves to the New Parish. Egyptian Lover, Peanut Butter Wolf, Diamond Ortiz @ The Ritz Presented by San Jose's premier providers of wax, Needle to the Groove, prodigal son and architect of Stones Throw returns home. Prince Tribute [...]

Announcing the 2017 Phono del Sol Music and Food Festival: Thee Oh Sees, The Coathangers, Jay Som lead an amazing musical lineup!

https://vimeo.com/208258788 Phono del Sol — the Bay’s beloved community-centered nonprofit music and food festival — is back for amazing seventh year in Potrero del Sol Park. Come hang with music fans of all ages on Saturday, June 17, and take in the summer vibes with an incredible lineup of indie rock, punk and hip-hop sounds that’s sure to keep your ears happy all day long. Phono del Sol 2017 features a ton of national and local heavy hitters, including the return of garage-punk giants Thee Oh Sees, Atlanta noise-punks The Coathangers, Oakland-based indie favorite Jay Som, acclaimed SF singer-songster Sean [...]

The Bay Bridged Band-To-Band Relay: First Edition

Words by Annie Bacon In this age of oversaturation, musical curators are so important to those who need help sorting the wheat from the chaff. Algorithms chime in on this quest as Spotify and other services attempt to pinpoint our musical desires through playlists, but individual curators become important through their work in magazines, online media. As part of The Bay Bridged’s ongoing desire to curate and deepen your awareness of your local music scene, we have created the Band-To-Band Relay. Each month we’ll start off with a single local artist, write about why we like them, and then ask [...]

Premiere: From our new fundraiser compilation, Madeline Kenney and Jay Som team up for “Always Around Me”

Through our work, The Bay Bridged provides critical exposure for local artists, but we can only continue to do this with your support of our 2016 fundraising campaign. With any donation of $10 or more during the fundraiser, you'll get a copy of our new 2016 Fundraiser Compilation, which features rare and unreleased songs from our favorite San Francisco Bay Area musicians, including Mike Blankenship, China, Patrick Clos (of Cocktails), and more. Today, we're pleased to premiere the first song from the new compilation, "Always Around Me," from two of our favorite emerging local musicians, Madeline Kenney and Jay Som. [...]

Review + Photos: Jay Som at Brick + Mortar Music Hall

Jay Som (photo: Robert Alleyne) “It’s very weird and strange to be here,” said Jay Som’s Melina Duterte, at her band’s vinyl debut show in San Francisco on November 18. Turn Into, Duterte’s first album on Polyvinyl, was initially released a year ago on the musician's Bandcamp page. Since that time, Duterte has toured with Mitski and Japanese Breakfast, headlined her own West Coast tour, and signed a contract with Polyvinyl Records. Last Friday’s show at Brick & Mortar celebrated the album’s re-release by the label, and in doing so, highlighted how much Duterte has achieved in 12 months. “It’s been a wild [...]

By |November 23, 2016|Tags: |

Great Moments In Local Songs: Jay Som’s “I Think You’re Alright”

As a Bay Area music fan, you obviously know about Jay Som (aka Melina Duterte) by now. Off the strength of a bedroom demo, she's signed to Polyvinyl, toured with Mitski, and garnered the attention of Pitchfork with the release of "I Think You're Alright". "Alright" is simply lovely on the surface — it's so sweet and serene, and although the lyrics almost immediately get into pretty damn dark and sad relationship territory, the verses never lose that sweet tone sonically. But there's one moment that really gets me, and may be my favorite moment in any song I've heard [...]

By |September 1, 2016|Tags: |
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