25 episodes

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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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.

    The Contract (feat. Wesley Morris and Switched On Pop)

    The Contract (feat. Wesley Morris and Switched On Pop)

    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, 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

    • 35 min
    Confessions (feat. Lucy Dacus)

    Confessions (feat. Lucy Dacus)

    “I care about words more than music,” says musician Lucy Dacus. Lucy recently released her third album, Home Video--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

    • 28 min
    Summer of Soul (feat. Questlove)

    Summer of Soul (feat. Questlove)

    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

    • 26 min
    This Summer of Live Music (feat. Esperanza Spalding and Cherie Hu)

    This Summer of Live Music (feat. Esperanza Spalding and Cherie Hu)

    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.

    • 44 min
    Ode to the Duet (feat. Sharon Van Etten)

    Ode to the Duet (feat. Sharon Van Etten)

    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

    • 29 min
    Ahead of Their Time (feat. Mykki Blanco)

    Ahead of Their Time (feat. Mykki Blanco)

    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 www.mixcloud.com/sonos to check out the playlist of songs curated for this episode.

    /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

    • 27 min

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