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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.

Episode Date
Harvest Together (feat. Aaron Dessner)
00:22:07

“Collaboration—that's the easiest way to grow” says Aaron Dessner, member of the National and Big Red Machine, and a prolific collaborator with artists from Taylor Swift to Kanye West. In our final episode of Season two, we’re talking to Aaron about what it’s like to learn and experiment alongside other musicians, and how valuable that can be for breaking through into new creative frontiers. To close out this season, Hanif leaves us with an expression of gratitude, and a final thought on music as a communal experience. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode head over to https://bit.ly/oos-aaron-dessner.

 

Music In This Week's Episode:

Big Red Machine, Magnolia

Aaron Dessner and Lauren Mayberry, Who’d You Kill Now?

Taylor Swift and Bon Iver, exile (feat. Bon Iver)

Aaron Dessner, Big Red Machine

Richard Reed Perry, In A Moment

Hiss Golden Messenger, Terms of Surrender

Hannah Georgas, Easy

Big Red Machine and Sharon Van Etten, A Crime

 

Show Notes: 

Big Red Machine’s latest album, How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last? is out now.

You can watch Julien Baker’s performance of “Claws In Your Back” at Eaux Claires IV, featuring Hanif’s poetry performance, here. The Eaux Claires Festival is expected to return, reimagined, in 2022. 

 

Credits:
This show is produced by work by work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Mayari Sherina Ong, Kathleen Ottinger and by Hanif Abdurraqib. The show is mixed by Sam Bair. 

 

Oct 01, 2021
In Praise of Aaliyah (feat. Kathy Iandoli and Kiana Fitzgerald)
00:36:59

It’s been 20 years since Aaliyah’s passing, and for most of those years, her music has been largely inaccessible. Kept off streaming platforms, hidden from the internet. That is, until now. With nearly all of Aaliyah’s catalog freshly released into the world, we’re celebrating by devoting our full show in praise of Aaliyah. With a deep dive into her influence on fashion, music and culture and a playlist of tracks that feel like the summer of 2001... And still hit today. Joining Hanif are journalists Kathy Iandoli and Kiana Fitzgerald to rejoice in the (re)discovery of her work. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode head over to https://bit.ly/oos-aaliyah.

 

Music In This Week’s Episode:

Aaliyah, If Your Girl Only Knew

Aaliyah, I Can Be

Aaliyah, Loose Rap (ft. Static Major)

Aaliyah, Hot Like Fire (Timbaland Groove Mix feat. Missy Elliott & Timbaland)

Aaliyah, 4 Page Letter

Timbaland & Magoo, We At It Again

Aaliyah, U Got Nerve

Aaliyah, Rock the Boat

 

Show Notes:

I Care 4 U and Ultimate Aaliyah come to Spotify on October 8th, completing her catalog on that platform. You can stream her self-titled album and One In A Million now.

Kathy Iandoli’s book, Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah is available now from Simon & Schuster. The Queen Bee, her forthcoming biography of Lil Kim, will be available in early 2022 from Hachette Books.

Aaliyah’s aesthetic was as visually powerful as it was sonic. Check out some of the music videos recommended by Hanif and our guests: 4 Page Letter; We At It Again; Crush On You; Are You That Somebody?

You can check out Hanif’s recent article on the Meters in Pitchfork

 

Credits:
This show is produced by work by work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Mayari Sherina Ong, Kathleen Ottinger and by Hanif Abdurraqib. The show is mixed by Sam Bair. 

 

Sep 24, 2021
Source Material (feat. Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine)
00:21:37

What do you do when you revisit a beloved movie from your childhood, only to find out it's not quite what you remember? If you’re Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine, you write a song about it. Their forthcoming album, A Beginner’s Mind, is a journey back into childhood nostalgia and perspectives, shaped by films the pair watched while recording together. Through their songwriting process, Sufjan and Angelo strip away what was dark or violent in their source material, transforming it and reflecting back something that, in their words, is pure and good. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode head over to https://bit.ly/oos-source-material.

 

Music In This Week’s Episode: 

Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine, Fictional California

Pixies, Debaser

The Ataris, So Long, Astoria

Fugazi, Walken’s Syndrome

Dolly Parton, 9 to 5

Regina Spektor, Fidelity

Roxy Music, 2HB

Deep Blue Something, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

 

Show Notes: 

A Beginner’s Mind, by Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine, is out one week from today, on September 24. The first six tracks of the album are available for preview now on Bandcamp

 

Credits:
This show is produced by work by work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Mayari Sherina Ong, Kathleen Ottinger and by Hanif Abdurraqib. The show is mixed by Sam Bair. 

 

Sep 17, 2021
Southern Identity (feat. Adia Victoria)
00:37:04

 “What about the Black woman who does not care to save you?” asks Adia Victoria. “How about the Black woman who is trying to look after her own skin, because you're not looking out for her?” Adia’s forthcoming album, A Southern Gothic, is rich with these questions and the characters who ask them, moving between romanticizing the South and interrogating it, all while embracing the complexity of Adia’s Southern identity. On this week’s episode, Adia and Hanif dig into the widespread influence of Black Southern culture, and the legacy of the blues as an artistic gesture towards freedom—one that is still alive to this day, and remains as vital to American music as ever before. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode head over to https://bit.ly/southern-identity.

 

Music In This Week’s Episode: 
Adia Victoria, Magnolia Blues
Big Mama Thornton, Your Love Is Where It Ought To Be
Memphis Minnie, New Dirty Dozen
Shirley Brown, Woman to Woman
Shemekia Copeland, Salt In My Wounds
Ida Cox, Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues
Alberta Hunter, My Handy Man Ain’t Handy No More
Bessie Smith, Devil’s Gonna Git You

 

Show Notes: 

Adia Victoria’s third studio album, A Southern Gothic, is out September 17. Spotify & Apple Music users can pre-save/pre-add the album via Adia’s website. The first single, Magnolia Blues, is out now. You can listen to her Sonos Radio Hour on mixcloud and read her open letter to Spotify on her instagram, here.

Adia hosts Call & Response, a podcast that draws upon the blues tradition of communal music making and listening. Call & Response has just entered its second season. The first episode, featuring Lucy Dacus, is available now. 

To pass the time during quarantine, Adia read: Subduing Satan by Ted Ownby, There Goes the Neighborhood by William Julius Wilson and Richard P. Taub, One Writer’s Beginning and The Eye of the Story by Eudora Welty.

Check out this video of Chaka Khan leading an ensemble performance of “I’m Every Woman” at Newport Folk. The performance was curated by Allison Russell, whose debut record, Outside Child, is out now.

 

Credits:
This show is produced by work by work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Mayari Sherina Ong, Kathleen Ottinger and by Hanif Abdurraqib. The show is mixed by Sam Bair. 

 

Sep 10, 2021
Screwed Up Sound (feat. Lil Keke and Brandon ‘Jinx’ Jenkins)
00:32:14

DJ Screw changed hip hop forever. You’ve heard his signature sound, even if you don’t know his name. On this episode, co-hosted by Mogul’s Brandon ‘Jinx’ Jenkins, we sit down with Lil Keke to talk about the warbly, slowed-down style of mixing called Chopped and Screwed born out of Houston in the ‘90s, and how this sound spilled out from car stereos and into the culture at large.  For the playlist of songs curated for this episode head over to https://bit.ly/screwed-up-sound.

 

Music In This Week’s Episode: 
DJ Screw, Lil Keke - Pimp Tha Pen
DJ Screw, UGK - Tell Me Something Good
DJ Screw, Screwed Up Click - Shine and Recline
DJ Screw, Botany Boyz - Smokin And Leanin
Trae Tha Truth, DJ Screw - Screw Tha World (feat. DJ Screw)
DJ Screw - Elbows Swangin
DJ Screw, Al-D - Why You Hatin Me

 

Show Notes: 
Season Three of Mogul, hosted by Brandon Jinx Jenkins and featuring DJ Screw and the Screwed Up Click, is out now on Spotify.

Lil Keke’s forthcoming album, LGND, is out later this month. His previous album, Slfmade 3, is available now.

Chopped and Screwed music is featured in the soundtracks of many cinematic works by Barry Jenkins, such as: Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk, and the Underground Railroad.

 

Credits:
This show is produced by work by work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Mayari Sherina Ong, Kathleen Ottinger and by Hanif Abdurraqib. The show is mixed by Sam Bair. 

Sep 03, 2021
Everything You Hear Belongs to You (feat. Bartees Strange)
00:31:18

“The way I look at music is it's all mine” says Bartees Strange. “I can do whatever I want with whatever I hear, period.” When Bartees approaches a song—whether he’s reimagining or remixing another artist, or writing for himself—he doesn’t hold back. In this episode, Hanif and Bartees talk about making their art into their career, and the journey they each took to get there. Plus, Hanif and Bartees explain how living well and fully engaged with the world and people around them is an essential part of their creative processes. Plus Hanif curates a playlist of his favorite remixes. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode head over to https://bit.ly/oos-bartees-strange.

Music in this week's episode: 
Phoebe Bridgers and Bartees Strange, Kyoto (Bartees Strange Remix)
Le Tigre, Deceptacon (DFA Remix)
Florence and the Machine, You’ve Got The Love (Jamie xx rework)
Robyn, Baby Forgive Me (Floorplan Remix)?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Aaliyah, Hot Like Fire (Timbaland’ Groove Mix feat. Missy Elliott & Timbaland)
SWV, Anything

Show Notes: 
Bartees Stranges’ Live Forever is out now. Catch his latest remixes of Phoebe Bridgers’ Kyoto and Illuminati Hotties’ Pool Hopping.

Bartees’ tour kicks off on September 3 at the Pageant in St. Louis, MO and winds all across the country from there. For tickets and more tour dates, see Bartees’ website.

The beloved limited edition Kelly Rowland sweater can be viewed here.

Credits:
This show is produced by work by work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Mayari Sherina Ong, Kathleen Ottinger and by Hanif Abdurraqib. The show is mixed by Sam Bair. 

 

Aug 27, 2021
Ode to Joan (feat. Joan Armatrading)
00:23:24

“All I need to be inspired is to be alive,” says Joan Armatrading. Throughout a career spanning over 50 years, Joan credits her singular songwriting to a relentless fascination with other people: how they love and live. This week on Object of Sound, listen in as Joan and Hanif talk about the process of bringing to life everyday observations, and transforming them into evocative, vivid stories through song. Plus, Joan reveals what it takes to be constantly evolving as an artist, while staying true to your own rhythm. This week’s show comes with a playlist curated by Hanif of songs from Joan Armatrading's expansive career. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode, visit https://bit.ly/ode-to-joan

/ Music In This Week’s Episode: /
Joan Armatrading, Glorious Madness
Joan Armatrading, The Weakness In Me
Joan Armatrading, Peace In Mind
Joan Armatrading, Cover My Eyes
Joan Armatrading, Sometimes I Don’t Wanna Go Home
Joan Armatrading, You Rope You Tie Me
Joan Armatrading, The Shouting Stage
Joan Armatrading, Love and Affection

/ Show Notes:  /
Joan Armatrading’s 22nd studio album, Consequences, is out now. 

You can view Joan’s performance of Love and Affection on The Old Grey Whistle test here.

/ Credits: /
This show is produced by work by work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Mayari Sherina Ong, Kathleen Ottinger and by Hanif Abdurraqib. The show is mixed by Sam Bair. 

Aug 20, 2021
The Crossfade (feat. Thao Nguyen and Josh Kun)
00:50:54

We’re breaking format to create something completely new: a collaborative performance of music, poetry and ideas between Hanif, artist Thao Nguyen (Thao & The Get Down Stay Down) and scholar Josh Kun. Named after the tool that mixes tracks on a DJ controller, Josh has been organizing an event series called ‘Crossfade Lab’ where he brings artists together to ‘mix without erasing, combine without destroying’ and find new places of connection between their work. In this episode, Hanif and Thao share poems and songs as they commune over how they use their respective practices as a way to expel and transform grief. Let’s crossfade!

Show Notes
Josh Kun’s ongoing project is Art of The Crossfade. 

If you’re in Phoenix, join Josh and artists Teresita Fernández and San Cha for a live Crossfade Lab. Information here. 

Hanif read his poem It Is Maybe Time To Admit that Jordan Definitely Pushed Off, published in A Fortune For Your Disaster; and an excerpt from ‘On Going Home As Performance,’ featured in his most recent book is A Little Devil In America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance.

Thao performed the songs “Marrow” and “Temple” off her most recent album, Temple, and “Age of Ice,” off her album We the Common.

Credits
This show is produced by work by work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Mayari Sherina Ong, Kathleen Ottinger and by Hanif Abdurraqib. The show is mixed by Sam Bair. 

Aug 13, 2021
Guitar Sheroes (feat. H.E.R.)
00:28:41

Hanif and Grammy award winning artist H.E.R. sit down to talk all about the guitar: H.E.R.’s relationship to the instrument, her many inspirations and the long lineage of Black women who’ve defined popular music and culture before her. They discuss how H.E.R. intuitively found her voice on her latest album Back Of Mind, and they explore what it means to redefine R&B music in the present moment. This week’s show comes with a playlist curated by Hanif of songs by Black women guitar players, and an ode to Sister Rosetta Tharpe. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode, visit https://bit.ly/oos-guitarsheroes.

/Music In This Week's Episode/

H.E.R., Hard To Love
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Strange Things Happening Every Day
Etta Baker, I Get The Blues When It Rains
Brittany Howard, 13th Century Metal
Carline Ray, Lazarus
Elizabeth Cotten, I’m Going Away
Barbara Lynn, Maybe We Can Slip Away
Klymaxx, Fab Attack 

/Show Notes/

H.E.R.’s latest album is Back of My Mind.

Check out Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s page in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, here

Her Instagram show featuring female guitar players, Girls With Guitars, is available to rewatch on Youtube.

She is the first black woman to have a signature guitar, a Fender Stratocaster

Lyrics from I Can’t Breathe were taken directly from a conversation between H.E.R. and her friend, GRAMMY-award winning singer-songwriter Tiara Thomas. 

/Credits/ 
This show is produced by work by work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Babette Thomas, Mayari Sherina Ong and by Hanif Abdurraqib. The show is mixed by Sam Bair. 

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Aug 06, 2021
Biz Markie Was More Than “Just A Friend” (feat. Lynnée Denise and Dart Adams)
00:31:22

“His fingerprints are all over the culture.” On this week’s episode, we pay tribute to the great Biz Markie, the legendary rapper, deejay, sampler, and emcee who passed away earlier this month. Hanif invites hip hop experts, Dart Adams and DJ Lynnée Denise onto the show, to celebrate the fullness of Markie’s legacy-- someone who masterfully used humor to create a persona that could always get a crowd roaring. We explore how Biz Markie was so much more than the clown prince or his hit song “Just A Friend,” but rather, a musician whose legacy continues to touch all of hip hop. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode, head over to https://bit.ly/oos-biz-markie.

/ Music In This Week's Episode /

Biz Markie, Make The Music With Your Mouth Biz

Biz Markie, Pickin' Boogers

Biz Markie, Biz In Harmony

Biz Markie, Spring Again

Biz Markie, Groovin

Biz Markie, Bad By Myself

Biz Markie, Nobody Beats The Biz

/ Show Notes /

Dart Adams is the voice behind the blog Poisonous Paragraphs. Lynnée Denise runs the School of Thought blog. 

You can read Dart Adams’ work in his 2019 essay collection, “Best Damn Hip Hop Writing: The Book of Dart.”

The cultural and commercial history of sampling is explored in greater detail in the 2009 documentary film, Copyright Criminals, referenced here by DJ Lynnée Denise.

Hanif mentions the photo of Chuck D holding up the names of rappers who have passed in recent months.

/Credits/ 

This show is produced by work by work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Babette Thomas, Mayari Sherina Ong and by Hanif Abdurraqib. The show is mixed by Sam Bair. 

 

Jul 30, 2021
The Contract (feat. Wesley Morris and Switched On Pop)
00:35:54

Love it or hate it, every summer has a song you just can’t escape from. It’s playing out of every car window, at every bodega, in every club and in your head on repeat. “We are all unknowingly entering into a contract to declare one song as a song of the summer” says Hanif. But in a time when there’s less communal listening than ever before, will there be just one song that defines these months of 2021? This week on the show, we’re analyzing the song of the summer from all angles with writer Wesley Morris and the Switched on Pop co-hosts Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode, visit https://bit.ly/oos-contract

/Music In This Week's Episode/


Right Back, Khalid
Warm Blood, Carly Rae Jepsen
Brat Pack, The Rocket Summer
Heart Skipped a Beat, The xx
How Will I know, Whitney Houston
Get In The Sun, Joan Armatrading
1 Thing, Amerie

/Show Notes/ 
Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding are the hosts of the Switched on Pop podcast. 
Listen to Hanif’s extended playlist of 68 ‘songs for summer nights’ here
Wesley Morris is the host of the podcast Still Processing. Nate and Charlie are the hosts of the podcast Switched on Pop.
Hanif says the emblematic songs of summer of 2016 are One Dance by Drake feat. Wiz Kid and Kyla, Work From Home by Fifth Harmony, and This is What You Came For by Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris 
Wesley says Blue by Joni Mitchell and Spinnin’ by Jerry Jam and Terry Lewis feat. Mary J. Blige, are the nostalgic songs people are listening to today. 
Standout songs of summer according to Wesley and Hanif include Bootylicious by Destiny's Child, Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen, Trap Queen by Fetty Wap, Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, De Museo by Bad Bunny, Need To Know by Doja Cat and Bad Habits by Ed Sheeran. 
Charlie and Nate argue that Sympathy For The Devil by The Rolling Stones was a precedent for Lorde’s Solar Power.

/Credits/ 

This show is produced by work by work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Babette Thomas, Mayari Sherina Ong and by Hanif Abdurraqib. The show is mixed by Sam Bair. 

Jul 23, 2021
Confessions (feat. Lucy Dacus)
00:28:41

 “I care about words more than music,” says musician Lucy Dacus. Lucy recently released her third album, Home Video is a compilation of stories and vignettes pulled directly from her journals, dating back to her childhood. For Lucy, deep honesty in the form of song lyrics is almost compulsive. On this week’s show, Lucy and Hanif each unpack what it means to be a confessional writer, and together explore what honesty can offer an artist, or how it can hurt them. Plus, a reading list from Lucy on the books that offer her inspiration.  

/Music In This Week's Episode/

Thumbs, Lucy Dacus
I Love You, Mary J. Blige
All That You Have Is Your Soul, Tracy Chapman
Bad Religion, Frank Ocean
You Must Love Me, JAY-Z
It Hurts Me Too, Karen Dalton
Give My Love To Rose, Johnny Cash
It Hurts Me So Much, Etta James

/Show Notes/

Lucy Dacus’ newest album is Home Video.

Lucy’s song Please Stay is inspired by Hanif’s essay “Brief Notes on Staying.” 

Lucy’s often pulls inspiration for literature. The books she’s been reading are: 
The Committed  by Viet Thanh Nguyen 
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer
A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib 
Girlhood by Melissa Febos

/Credits/ 
This show is produced by work by work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Babette Thomas, Mayari Sherina Ong and by Hanif Abdurraqib. The show is mixed by Sam Bair. 

Jul 16, 2021
Summer of Soul (feat. Questlove)
00:26:51

For 50 years, footage of the Harlem Cultural Festival – a summer-long fête featuring the likes of Nina Simone, Sly and The Family Stone, and Stevie Wonder – was buried in the archives. And the story of the Harlem Cultural Festival was buried along with it. Finally, the footage is being brought to light by Questlove in the new film ‘Summer of Soul’ a powerful testament to the artists of that era, and an energetic ride into the styles, sounds and politics of 1969. In this episode, our exclusive interview with Questlove on what it takes to correct the historical record, and why we need this film now in 2021. For this episode's custom playlist curated by Hanif, visit https://bit.ly/oos-questlove

/Music In This Week's Episode/
You Caught Me (Smilin’), Sly and the Family Stone
Black Woman, Sonny Sharrock
The Weight, The Staple Singers
My Bed of Thorns, Gladys Knight and The Pips
To Love Somebody, Nina Simone
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, Mahalia Jackson
Almost Seedless, Hugh Masakela
Love’s In Need Of Love Today, Stevie Wonder

/Show Notes/
Questlove’s directorial debut is Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised). You can find a list of the festival’s full lineup here

Hanif and Questlove reference the documentary Amazing Grace, on Aretha Franklin. 

The art festival in Columbus was called Holler and organized by the poet and cultural worker Scott Woods.

/Credits/ 
This show is produced by work by work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Babette Thomas, Mayari Sherina Ong and by Hanif Abdurraqib. The show is mixed by Sam Bair. 


 

 

Jul 09, 2021
This Summer of Live Music (feat. Esperanza Spalding and Cherie Hu)
00:44:09

We’re in an unprecedented moment of emergence: long-shuttered venues are reopening their doors, artists are hitting the road again, and you’re probably thinking about what concerts you’ll be heading to in this new world. We’re looking ahead to a summer full of live music, and what it means to listen together -- again. Hanif speaks with GRAMMY Award winning artist, Esperanza Spalding on creating ‘Songwrights Apothecary Lab’ and how live music can help rebuild our communities. And journalist Cherie Hu shares her predictions for the future of live music. Plus, listeners call in and share reflections from their favorite festival moments,

/Show Notes/ 

Cherie Hu’s newsletter is Water and Music.

Esperanza Spalding’s latest project is the Songwrights Apothecary Lab. She has also released music that she worked on at the residency.  

Hanif and Cherie bring up Verzuz and Mark Rebillet’s improvised performances. 

Hanif tells a story about performing at the Eaux Claire’s Festival with Julien Baker in 2018. 

/Credits/

This show is produced by work by work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Babette Thomas, Mayari Sherina Ong and by Hanif Abdurraqib. The show is mixed by Sam Bair. 

 

Jul 02, 2021
Ode to the Duet (feat. Sharon Van Etten)
00:29:55

After a long year apart, there’s something particularly comforting about listening to a duet. In this week’s episode, we talk to Sharon Van Etten, who recently released ‘Like I Used To’ a duet with Angel Olsen. Hanif and Sharon dig into the interpersonal stories behind some of their favorite duet collaborators, unpack what makes for a great pairing of voices, and make a playlist of their top duet songs. To listen to the playlist of songs curated for this week's episode visit www.mixcloud.com/sonos.

 

/Music In This Week's Episode/
Like I Used To - Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen
The Boy Is Mine, Brandy and Monica
Streets of Paradise, Richard and Linda Thompson
Waves, Miguel (feat. Kacey Musgraves)
Oh, What A Good Thing We Had, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash
Perfect Combination, Johnny Gill and Stacey Lattisaw
Da Rockwilder, Method Man and Redman

/Show Notes/ 

“All I Need” by Mary J. Blige and Method Man and “Dilemma” by Nelly and Kelly Rowland are two of the iconic duets that Hanif remembers from the 90’s. 

Hanif cites Fleetwood Mac and Dolly Parton as artists with varying duet styles. 

Some of Sharon’s favorite duets include, “Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore,” by Marlon Williams and Aldous Harding, “Streets of Paradise” by Richard and Linda Thompson and “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie. 

Hanif gives his praises to Tony Bennett’s albums Duets I, and Duets II. 

/Credits/ 

This show is produced by work by work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Babette Thomas, Mayari Sherina Ong and by Hanif Abdurraqib. The show is mixed by Sam Bair. 

 

 

Jun 25, 2021
Ahead of Their Time (feat. Mykki Blanco)
00:27:54

Welcome to season two of Object of Sound! As the world opens back up, we’re entering a moment of collective renewal and return, so it feels right to speak with an artist who is versed in reinvention: Mykki Blanco. Hanif sits down with Mykki to talk about the release of their new album ‘Broken Hearts and Beauty Sleep’ coming out today, and the two enter into a layered conversation about what it means for an artist to be labeled as ‘ahead of their time.’ Visit https://bit.ly/oos-mykki to check out the playlist of songs curated for this episode.

/Show Notes/

Mykki Blanco’s newest album is Broken Hearts and Beauty Sleep. 

Mykki brings up their previous projects, Betty Rubble: The Initiation and Gay Dog Food as examples of their evolution as an artist.

Mykki Blanco cites Big Freedia, Madonna, Prince and David Bowie as legends who inspire them. 

/Music in This Week's Playlist/

Love Me, Mykki Blanco

Cruel Cruel World, Jackie Shane

Rent, Big Freedia

Koi, Le1f

Queen Of This Shit, Quay Dash

Coytada, Linn de Quebrada

Don’t Despair, Beverly Glenn-Copeland

Adore, Dreamcrusher

/Credits/ 

This show is produced by work by work: Scott Newman, Jemma Rose Brown, Babette Thomas, Mayari Sherina Ong and by Hanif Abdurraqib. The show is mixed by Sam Bair. 

 

Jun 18, 2021
Musician’s Work (feat. Brittany Howard)
00:32:51

For the season finale of Object of Sound, a reminder that you are an artist, regardless of what you do for work. Before Brittany Howard became a striking soloist and lead singer of Alabama Shakes, she worked at Cracker Barrel, sold cars, and even delivered mail in rural Alabama. In this episode, Hanif and Brittany reflect on how they preserved their creative lives and taught themselves writing and music while on the job. They dive into a shared love of funk and Brittany reveals how she learned to play guitar as a kid from reading magazines. Plus, a playlist of songs to soundtrack your work day. After this episode, we’re going to take a break. Season Two of Object of Sound picks up June 18th! Stay tuned. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode, visit http://bit.ly/oos-work

/Show Notes/

Brittany Howard’s most recent album is Jaime

Hanif and Brittany talk about Bill Withers and Brittany’s cover of Parliament Funkadelic’s “You and Your Folks.”

Brittany cites Vulfpeck and BadBadNotGood as the bands with funk rhythm sections that she admires. 

Brittany adds “Ain’t It Hard” by Sharon Jones,“Cold Sweat” by James Brown, “Oh Marie”

by Louis Prima and “The Prophet’s Song” by Queen to a playlist of songs for the work day.

/Music In This Week's Playlist/

You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks, Brittany Howard covering Funkadelic

The Prophet’s Song, Queen

Pressure, Paramore

Ain’t it Hard, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

Tears of Rage, The Band

People Everyday, Arrested Development

Time’s a Wastin, Erykah Badu

/ 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 30, 2021
Beyond Tastemaking (feat. Hrishikesh Hirway)
00:33:09

 What does it mean to be a curator of songs? The one friend who recommends new records, specifically with your tastes in mind. Hanif speaks with Hrishikesh Hirway, the creator and host of Song Exploder and a fellow music enthusiast. In this episode, Hanif and Hrishikesh discuss the communal and emotive nature of music sharing. They reflect on the experience of often being the only person of color at punk shows and what it means to, now, be in a position to evaluate music, while moving beyond the role of “tastemaker.” Plus, they collaborate on a playlist of musical underdogs who give you the most bang for your buck. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode, visit http://bit.ly/oos-hrishikesh

/ Show Notes /

Hrishikesh Hirway is the creator and host of the Song Exploder, a music podcast from Radiotopia and  Netflix show. His podcast credits also include Partners, West Wing Weekly and Home Cooking. 

Hanif and Hrishikesh reference Moneyball, in their playlist creation. And Hanif brings up the punk band Racetraitor.

/ Music In This Week's Playlist /

I’d Like to Walk Around in Your Mind, Vashti Bunyan

Sour Times, Portishead

Machine Gun, Slowdive

For Want Of, Rites of Spring

Too Much Information, The Police

The Sun, Alice Coltrane

Sound and the Fury, Fanny

Super Duper Love Parts 1&2, Sugar Billy

/ 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 23, 2021
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

/ 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 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

/ 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 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

/ 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.

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

/ 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.

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

/ 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.

 

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

/ 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.

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