Object Of Sound

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Object Of Sound brings you in tune with the music shaping our culture today. Hosted by poet and critic Hanif Abdurraqib, each episode blends the eclectic curation of freeform radio with artist interviews and textural storytelling, guiding you to a new way of listening.

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They’re Calling Me Home (feat. Rhiannon Giddens)
00:30:24

What makes a home? Is it where you create? Where you feel seen? And for a musician like Rhiannon Giddens, how does the idea of home shape the sound of her music? This week, Hanif sits down with North-Carolinian multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens from her new homebase in Dublin. They talk about how Ireland has seeped into her music, muse on the banjo as a weapon and a tool of archiving Black histories, and how Rhiannon is able to masterfully draw influences -- wherever she finds herself. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode, go to www.mixcloud.com/sonos.

/Show Notes/ 

Rhiannon Giddens’ recent release is They’re Calling Me Home. 

Hanif references his book, Little Devil In America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance  and brings up the performer, Bert Williams. 

Rhiannon talks about learning to play the akonting in Gambia and her first solo album Tomorrow is My Turn. 

This interview was originally recorded at On Air Fest. 

/Music In This Week's Playlist/ 

Waterbound, Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi

Carry Me Ohio, Sun Kil Moon

Dishes, Pulp

Baby Can I Hold You, Tracy Chapman

A Piece of Ground, Miriam Makeba

Midwest, Midsummer, Used Kids

My City Was Gone, Pretenders

Domestica, Björk

/ Credits / 

Object of Sound is a Sonos show produced by work x work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, and Babette Thomas. The show is additionally produced by Hanif Abdurraqib. Our engineers are Sam Bair and Josh Hahn of The Relic Room.

Apr 16, 2021
Protest and Possibility (feat. Vijay Iyer)
00:33:15

When you think of protest music, you might think of the rock anthems of the 1960’s, or rap that turns frustration into elegantly poignant lyrics. For pianist Vijay Iyer, music without lyrics—has always been political music. This week, we talk with Vijay about the release of his new album 'Uneasy,' which in many ways is a protest album. We delve into the political history of jazz, the role of music in protest movements today. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode visit http://bit.ly/oos-vijay

/ Show Notes /

Vijay Iyer’s new album is Uneasy, with collaborators Tyshawn Sorey and Linda May Han Oh. 

Vijay shared Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit and John Coltrane’s 1968 performance at The Newport Jazz festival as examples of performances of protest.

Vijay cites Miles Davis’ performance of “Ah-Leu Cha” at the Newport Jazz Festival and Jimi Hendrix’s “Machine Gun” as examples of powerful political music. 

Vijay references Cruel Optimism by Lauren Berlant. 

In his final thought, Hanif discusses Nina Simone’s songs “Pirate Jenny” and “Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair.” 

/ Music In This Week's Playlist /

Children of Flint, Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh, Tyshawn Sorey

Song of the United Front, Charlie Haden

Volunteered Slavery, Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Pirate Jenny, Nina Simone

Transcendence, Alice Coltrane and Pharoh Sanders

Ah-Leu-Cha, Miles at Newport

Apr 09, 2021
Redemption Songs (feat. Julien Baker)
00:28:28

When Julien Baker and Hanif first met, they felt pulled by the orbit of each other’s work—work that is emotionally layered and complex. This week on the show, Hanif and Julien catch up. Of course, they talk about Julien’s recent album release, Little Oblivions —which Hanif wrote the liner notes for— but they also get into ideas of self-redemption, digesting emotions through music, and missing the miraculous feeling of live music. Plus, Hanif and Julien collaborate on a playlist of their personal praise songs; the music they would play in their own respective churches. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode visit http://bit.ly/oos-julien

/ Show Notes / 

Julien Baker’s new album is Little Oblivions. The songs that Julien Baker would play at her church are “The River” by Manchester Orchestra, “The Joke” by Brandi Carlile, and “Love Theory” by Kirk Franklin.

/ Music In This Week's Playlist / 

Bloodshot , Julien Baker

The Joke, Brandi Carlile

When I Was Young, Tina Turner

Blown a Wish, My Bloody Valentine

How I Got Over, Aretha Franklin

Lived In Bars, Cat Power 

The River, Manchester Orchestra 

The Ocean Grew Hands to Hold Me, The Wonder Years

Apr 02, 2021
Hop On the Souuuul Train (feat. Ericka Blount Danois)
00:28:17

This week marks the release of Hanif’s new book, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance, and the opening chapter dives into the colorful world of Soul Train. Bell bottoms, the Soul Train line, afro’s as high as the sky. Hanif and journalist Ericka Blount Danois talk through how the show forever changed fashion, dance, and carved out a path for the all-Black media empires we see today. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode visit http://bit.ly/oos-soultrain

/ Show Notes / 

Hanif’s new book is A Little Devil in America: Notes In Praise of Black Performance. 

Erica’s book on Soul Train is Love, Peace and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America's Favorite Dance Show Soul Train: Classic Moments.

/ Music In This Week's Playlist / 

Some Kind of Lover - Dance Remix , Jody Watley 

Let It Whip, Dazz Band

He’s The Greatest Dancer, Sister Sledge

Love Come Down, Evelyn Champagne King

Family Affair, Sly & The Family Stone

September, Earth, Wind & Fire 

Do Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing), Zapp

Love Train, The O’Jays

Mar 26, 2021
Songs for the End of the World (feat. Sydney Sprague)
00:29:16

 For Hanif, music that some folks would consider ‘dark’ like emo, doom metal, and goth, have helped him find illumination. In this episode, Hanif talks to a master of darkly humorous lyrics, Sydney Sprague, about her debut album, ‘maybe I will see you at the end of the world’ and what it takes to make music at a time when survival feels like a question mark. Plus, Hanif and Sydney make a playlist of songs that’d be the perfect soundtrack to the apocalypse.  For the playlist of songs curated for this episode visit http://bit.ly/oos-apocalypse

/ Show Notes / 

Sydney Sprague’s debut album is maybe I will see you at the end of the world. 

Hanif references Sydney’s music videos for “I refuse to die” and “object permanence.”

The book Hanif wrote while living in Provincetown was They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us.

/ Music In This Week's Playlist / 

Object Permanence, Sydney Sprague (feat. Danielle Durrack)  

Bird is Bored of Flying, Mastersystem

We No Who U R, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Gimme Shelter, Merry Clayton

Some Velvet Morning, Slowdive 

Meet You In The Light, With Our Arms To The Sun 

What’s Mine Is Yours, Sleater-Kinney 

Hell on Earth (Front Lines), Mobb Deep

Mar 19, 2021
Unpacking The GRAMMYs (feat. Sidney Madden and Rodney Carmichael)
00:33:15

This week on the show, we're taking a critical look at The GRAMMYs. We bring on NPR’s Sidney Madden and Rodney Carmichael to talk through the systemic inequities of an event that each year decides which musician can be called the “best.” Why do we still care about awards that trail seemingly years behind the culture? Plus, Hanif, Sidney and Rodney share which artists they think should be recognized, whether or not they take home an award this weekend. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode visit http://bit.ly/oos-grammys

/ Show Notes / 

Sidney and Rodney are the co-hosts of NPR’s Louder Than A Riot. 

Sidney says Beyoncé’s 2017 Grammy performance, good kid m.A.A.d. city, Lemonade and My Dark Twisted Fantasy have changed the trajectory of music. 

Rodney cites Kendrick Lamar’s 2016 GRAMMYs performance, a 2008 Sly Stone Tribute and Little Richard’s speech at the 1988 GRAMMYs as iconic moments in awards show history.

Sidney is excited for Kaytranda and Jhené Aiko. Rodney is pulling for Lil Baby and The Box by Roddie Rich.

/ Music in This Week's Playlist / 

Shoegaze, Alabama Shakes

Sky Full Of Song, Florence + The Machine 

Leave the Door Open, Silk Sonic (Anderson .Paak & Bruno Mars)

Blue Lights, Jorja Smith 

River, Margo Price 

Shady Grove, Yola

Swimming Pools (Drank), Kendrick Lamar 

Right Back, Khalid

 

Mar 12, 2021
One Year Later (feat. KeiyaA)
00:31:40

For the first month of the pandemic, Hanif couldn’t listen to music. Then KeiyaA dropped her album Forever Ya Girl! and the idea that new music could be made, in this moment, shook him. This week on Object of Sound, we're thinking back on the exhausting, scary, revelatory year we’ve just lived through, and how the pandemic has changed the need for music in our lives. We talk to KeiyaA about crystals, writing scene-rich lyrics and the music that carried her through these last 12 months. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode visit http://bit.ly/oos-keiyaa

/ Show Notes / 

KeiyaA’s most recent album is Forever Ya Girl. Her zine is titled, On Returning My Quikest Language Back To My Mouth.

Hanif’s book A Little Devil In America: Notes in Praise Of Black Performance, is set to release March 30th. 

KeiyaA mentions Slauson Malone’s catalog for his exhibition ‘A star like any other’— at Midway Contemporary Art.

KeiyaA’s selects for music made in the last 12 months include “Use It” by Demae, “White Double Consciousness” by Nelson Bandela, and “Clock In-Out” by Cleo Reed.

KeiyaA mentions shows thrown by her friends AmaniFela and Maassai

Hanif gives a shout out to Brown Recluse Zine Distro

/ Music In This Week's Playlist / 

I Want My Things, KeiyaA 

I Refuse To Die, Sydney Sprague 

Queendom, Girlhood 

Other Side, Shamir 

I Finally Understand, Charli XCX

Body, Megan Thee Stallion

White Double Consciousness, Nelson Bandela

Weird Fishes, Lianne La Havas

Mar 05, 2021
Going Solo (feat. Matt Berninger)
00:28:09

Matt Berninger started out as the frontman of The National, but recently he’s taken off on his own artistic path. With the re-issue of the National’s early albums out today, we speak with Matt about revisiting past selves, his collaboration with Booker T. Jones, and take a broader look at artists who have reinvented their sound after going solo. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode visit http://bit.ly/oos-solo

/ Show Notes / 

Matt Berninger says Willie Nelson’s Stardust was a large inspiration for his most recent album, Serpentine Prison. 

Matt cites “Sunny” by Booker T and the MG’s as an example of a record where you can “hear musicians look at each other.” 

Matt calls Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly With His Song” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” as, what he calls, “direct, on your knees, love songs”. 

Matt says “Collar Of Your Shirt,” is the song on his album where he feels he really hit the mark. 

Matt says “Even Here We Are” by Paul Westerberg and “When She Walks In The Room by Bryan Ferry as his favorite song by front people who went solo. 

/ Music In This Week's Playlist / 

Collar of Your Shirt, Matt Berninger

Adam Lives in Theory, Ms. Lauryn Hill

Even Here We Are, Paul Westerberg

Mall Music, Nice As Fuck

Love, Selfish Love, Patrick Stump

Lazaretto, Jack White

Comes the Night, Karen O

Jòga, Björk

/ Credits / 

Object of Sound is a Sonos show produced by work x work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, and Babette Thomas. The show is additionally produced by Hanif Abdurraqib. Our engineers are Sam Bair and Josh Hahn of The Relic Room.

Feb 26, 2021
Baldwin and Me (feat. Meshell Ndegeocello)
00:27:35

When Grammy nominated bassist Meshell Ndegeocello read James Baldwin for the first time, her world shifted on its axis. Like many before her, Baldwin’s words reverberated into her creative process. In this episode, we speak with Ndegeocello about the literary ancestors who inform her music, the arc of her decades-long career, and Hanif shares a playlist of songs inspired by poetry and literature.  For the playlist of songs curated for this episode visit http://bit.ly/oos-meshell

/ Show Notes / 

Meshell Ndegeocello’s most recent project is Chapter and Verse, The Gospel of James Baldwin. 

Meshell cites The Fire Next Time and Another Country as the texts that introduced her to Baldwin. 

Meshell says the writers whose work she'd most love to put to music are Kiese Laymon, Joan Didion's The White Album and Sheila Heti.

/ Music In This Week's Playlist / 

Mary Magdalene, Meshell Ndegeocello

The Sensual World, Kate Bush

Popular, Nada Surf

When I Can See The Valley, Leyla MCcalla 

Samson, Regina Spektor

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Iron Maiden

Guantanamera, Celia Cruz 

Baldwin,  Jamila Woods

/ Credits / 

Object of Sound is a Sonos show produced by work x work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, and Babette Thomas. The show is additionally produced by Hanif Abdurraqib. Our engineers are Sam Bair and Josh Hahn of The Relic Room.

Feb 19, 2021
Infinite Love (feat. Sylvan Esso)
00:33:01

 Sylvan Esso’s Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath are tired of your typical love song. They’re more interested in the music that flows from an argument, singing about heartbreak, and falling back in love with yourself. As Valentine’s day approaches, we talk to the duo about what it takes to make art together as romantic partners, crack open what a love song can be, and Hanif reads a poem by Nicole Sealey. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode visit http://bit.ly/oos-love

/ Show Notes / 

Hanif references God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys. 

Amelia references the song “Free” from Sylvan Esso’s recent release, Free Love.

Amelia references “Juke Box Hero” by Foreigner as her first favorite love song. 

Nick references “They Might Be Giants” by Ana Ng as his first favorite love song. 

Amelia and Nick reference Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” and Adele’s “Send My Love” as redemptive self-love songs.

/ Music In This Week's Playlist / 

Sylvan Esso, Rooftop Dancing

Roxy Music, In Every Dream Home A Heartache

Whitney Houston & Cece Winans, Count On Me

Ghostface Killah, The Sun (feat. Slick Rick, Raekwon & Rza) 

Bill Withers, Lean on Me

Robyn, Dancing On My Own

Nina Simone, Feeling Good

LCD Soundsystem, All My Friends

The National, Bloodbuzz Ohio

/ Credits / 

Object of Sound is a Sonos show produced by work x work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, and Babette Thomas. The show is additionally produced by Hanif Abdurraqib. Our engineers are Sam Bair and Josh Hahn of The Relic Room.

 

Feb 12, 2021
Oh Say Can You See? (feat. Wesley Morris)
00:31:56

It’s Super Bowl weekend, and we’ve invited critic Wesley Morris on to talk about Whitney Houston’s jaw-dropping rendition of the Star Spangled banner. On the 30th anniversary of her performance, we explore the beauty and complexity the national anthem holds for Black Americans and ask: how should we be listening to the National Anthem today? For the playlist of songs curated for this episode visit http://bit.ly/oos-wesley

/ Show Notes / 

Wesley and Hanif reference Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye, and Jimi Hendrix’s versions of the National Anthem.

Wesley and Hanif cite Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s inauguration performances of the National Anthem.

Wesley Morris is the host of the podcast Still Processing, with former Object of Sound guest, Jenna Wortham. 

Jahja Ling is the conductor laureate of the San Diego symphony. 

John Clayton a jazz musician and composer, set to perform on a Jazz Cruise, in 2022. 

/ Music In This Week's Playlist /

Whitney Houston, I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) 

Sophie, It’s Okay to Cry

Craig David, 7 Days

Fireworks, Oh, Why Can't We Start Old & Get Younger

Shame, March Day

CHIKA, Crown

Jay-Z, Public Service Announcement

People Under the Stairs, Mid-City Fiesta

mxmtoon, All Star (by Smash Mouth)

/ Credits / 

Object of Sound is a Sonos show produced by work x work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, and Babette Thomas. The show is additionally produced by Hanif Abdurraqib. Our engineers are Sam Bair and Josh Hahn of The Relic Room.

Feb 05, 2021
Jazmine’s Tale (feat. Jazmine Sullivan)
00:28:57

The strength of Black women as storytellers stands out on arguably the most celebrated album of this year, Heaux Tales, from Jazmine Sullivan. Through stories told by Jazmine’s close circle of women, the album explores themes of love, sex and Black womanhood. In this episode, we talk with Jazmine about her writing process, taking breaks from music and her upcoming performance at the Super Bowl. 

/ Show Notes / 

For the playlist of songs curated for this episode visit http://bit.ly/oos-jazmines-tale. 

Hanif says that Jazmine’s album reminds him of the Waiting To Exhale soundtrack. 

Jazmine cites Cardi B and Lizzo has some of her inspirations.

Jazmine says Whitney Houston’s Super Bowl rendition of the Star Spangled Banner is her favorite take on the song. 

Jazmine Sullivan’s album is Heaux Tales. 

/ Credits / 

Object of Sound is a Sonos show produced by work x work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, and Babette Thomas. The show is additionally produced by Hanif Abdurraqib. Our engineers are Sam Bair and Josh Hahn of The Relic Room.

Jan 29, 2021
Music Gets Masked Up (feat. Sasha Geffen and Harmony Holiday)
00:28:05

From the late MF Doom to Grace Jones and Orville Peck, we take a look at musicians who have worn masks to protect their identities at a time when we’re all masking up to protect one another. In this episode, we talk with writers Sasha Geffen and Harmony Holiday about the different ways artists choose to mask up, and how covering one part of who we are can also uncover creative freedom. 

/ Show Notes /

For the playlist of songs curated for this episode visit http://bit.ly/oos-masks

Read Harmony Holiday’s elegy to MF Doom for Frieze

Sasha’s book which Hanif ‘pushes’ on everyone is Glitter Up the Dark How Pop Music Broke the Binary

Watch the 'Slime' video by Shygirl and Mequetrefe by Arca to see how these two artists play with ‘real’ and ‘fake’ images

Hanif referenced when SIA performed ‘Wolves’ with Kanye West on SNL.

/ Credits / 

Object of Sound is a Sonos show produced by work x work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, and Babette Thomas. The show is additionally produced by Hanif Abdurraqib. Our engineers are Sam Bair and Josh Hahn of The Relic Room.

Jan 22, 2021
Playlists for our Future Selves (feat. Moses Sumney)
00:30:27

When one song sits next to another, a new story is told. We talk with Moses Sumney about composing the arc of his album græ, making playlists, and how he honors his own work by refusing to define it. Welcome to Object Of Sound.

/ Show Notes /

For the playlist of songs curated for this episode visit here.

Moses referenced the album Speaker Box and The Love Below by Outkast. 

Hanif and Moses recommend cleaning your house to Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa. 

Moses says the albums Forever, Ya Girl by KeiyaA and Hannah by Lomelda are the music that'll be his archive of this moment in time. 

Moses' two-part album is græ.

/ Credits / 

Object of Sound is a Sonos show produced by work x work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, and Babette Thomas. The show is additionally produced by Hanif Abdurraqib. Our engineers are Sam Bair and Josh Hahn of The Relic Room.

Jan 15, 2021
What Makes a Great Cover Song (feat. Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy)
00:30:43

2020 was arguably the year of the cover song. Listening to a familiar song spun a new way can be grounding or groundbreaking. We talk to the often covered and prolific performer of covers, Jeff Tweedy, about what goes into a great cover, and what it’s like to hear his own songs re-translated by other musicians. 

/ Show Notes /
For the playlist of cover songs curated for this episode visit http://bit.ly/oos-covers,
Jeff Tweedy’s book is How to Write One Song, 
Watch episodes of The Tweedy Show created by the Tweedy family during lockdown, 
Jeff Tweedy’s cover of Billie Eilish’s song, ‘I Love You’, 
Fans create a 70 song cover tribute album to Jeff Tweedy on Bandcamp, 
The song Head Rolls Off is by Frightened Rabbit , 
Listen to Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit's 'The Midnight Organ Fight'

/ Credits / 
Object of Sound is a Sonos show produced by work x work: Scott Newman, Jemma Brown, Babette Thomas. The show is additionally produced by Hanif Abdurraqib. Our engineers are Sam Bair and Josh Hahn of The Relic Room.

Jan 13, 2021
Afrofuturism is Now (feat. Sudan Archives, Jenna Wortham, and Kimberly Drew)
00:23:56

Following a year like no other, stepping into a future of unknowns, the time to envision liberation is now. In this episode, we speak with vocalist and violinist Sudan Archives who spins the ideas and sounds of afrofuturism into her work, as well as co-editors of the book Black Futures, Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham. We track the evolution of afrofuturism from outer space to inner space in a dynamic playlist, and discuss how music has helped us create the world we want to inhabit. 

/ Show Notes /

For the playlist of songs curated for this episode visit https://bit.ly/oos-afrofutirism.

Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham's book Black Futures is available now from One World.

Alisha B. Wormsley’s billboard, There Are Black People In The Future,

Jenna referenced books by the author Ytasha Womack,

The instrument Sudan played is called the goje,

Jamila Woods album is  LEGACY! LEGACY!

/ Credits / 

Object of Sound is a Sonos show produced by work x work: Scott Newman, Jemma Brown, Babette Thomas. The show is additionally produced by Hanif Abdurraqib. Our engineers are Sam Bair and Josh Hahn of The Relic Room.

Jan 13, 2021
Object Of Sound: Trailer
00:02:42
Object of Sound from Sonos Sound System brings you in tune with the music shaping our culture today. Hosted by poet and critic Hanif Abdurraqib, each episode blends the eclectic curation of freeform radio with artist interviews and textural storytelling, guiding you to a new way of listening. Check out Object Of Sound in your podcast feed, every Friday, starting January 15th.
Jan 12, 2021