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.
You Belong To No One (feat. Margo Price)
“I have lived half my life in fear of judgment,” says Margo Price. “I'm so done with it.” In the final episode of this season, recorded from the back lounge of Margo’s tour bus, Margo reveals how the experience of writing her autobiography, Maybe We’ll Make It, empowered her to let go of her fear and tell her personal story. Plus, Margo talks to Hanif about her on-the-road reading list, her upcoming Sonos show Runaway Horses, and what she thinks of the evolving Nashville music scene. Hanif closes the episode with a playlist of autobiographical songs. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode head over to https://bit.ly/oos-margo-price.
/ Music In This Week's Episode: /
This Town Gets Around - Margo Price
Sports, Drugs and Entertainment - Cam’ron
Nutbush City Limits - Tina Turner
Rehab - Amy Winehouse
Coal Miner’s Daughter - Loretta Lynn
Piano Man - Billy Joel
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy - Elton John
Are You Leaving For The Country - Karen Dalton
Homecoming (feat. PJ Morton)
So many coming-of-age stories focus on leaving where you’re from—but what compels someone to come back? Musician PJ Morton returned to his hometown of New Orleans in 2016, and since then, he’s established an independent record label, founded a non-profit organization, and worked to restore the home of jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden. In this episode, Hanif and PJ talk about embracing the strength in your roots, and the making of his just-released album, Watch the Sun, which features appearances from artists like Stevie Wonder, Nas, Jill Scott, and more. To close the episode, Hanif takes us on a musical tour of his home state of Ohio. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode head over to https://bit.ly/oos-pj-morton.
/ Music In This Week’s Episode /
Be Like Water (feat. Stevie Wonder and Nas) - PJ Morton
Freedom Now - Tracy Chapman
Pride & Vanity - Ohio Players
Don’t Know What To Do - The Edsels
Dead End America - The Pagans
Tunnel Bound - Mood
Heat Night - The Waitresses
We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off - Jermaine Stewart
Beautiful (feat. Mavis Staples)
“I still have every bit of my voice,” says singer and civil rights icon Mavis Staples. “It’s still here, and I’m still here.” Throughout her career, Mavis has used her voice to uplift the truth through song, and after seventy years, she has no interest in slowing down. This year Mavis is on tour throughout the US and Europe, and on May 20th, she will release a new album, Carry Me Home, recorded with The Band’s Levon Helm. On this episode, Hanif speaks to Mavis about the album, why she won’t be retiring anytime soon, and the secrets behind the longevity of her career—including how Mahalia Jackson taught her to take care of her voice. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode head over to https://bit.ly/oos-mavis-staples.
/ Music In This Week’s Episode /
I’ll Take You There - The Staple Singers
The Last Waltz Suite: The Weight (feat. The Staple Singers) - The Band, The Staple Singers
How I Got Over - Live at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church - Aretha Franklin
Summertime / Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - Mahalia Jackson
Heaven - Mary Mary
Down in My Soul - Ingram Singers
BL3$$3D - Trek Manifest
Karaoke Dreams (feat. Marianne Chan, Garvaundo Hamilton, and Raina Lee)
“Anyone who loves music can karaoke.” So declares Raina Lee, Karaoke Queen and author of Hit Me With Your Best Shot: The Ultimate Guide to Karaoke Domination. In celebration of National Karaoke Week, our new favorite niche holiday, we’re devoting a whole episode to karaoke. We’ll hear tips for picking the perfect song and what it takes to rule the karaoke stage from Raina and 2020 World Karaoke Champion Garvaundo Hamilton. Plus, listeners from across the country call in to perform some of their karaoke favorites. Marianne Chan closes out the episode with a reading of her poem, ‘In Defense of Karaoke.’ For the playlist of songs curated for this episode head over to www.mixcloud.com/sonos.
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I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield
U Remind Me - Usher
No Scrubs - TLC
Don’t Stop Believin’ - Journey
My Anger Is My Friend (feat. Yaeji)
What does anger look like? In Yaeji’s case, the answer is simple: a fearsome, bedazzled hammer. At least, that’s the idea behind her forthcoming debut album. “It's a story about me and my anger,” says Yaeji. “My anger is materialized into this hammer that I befriend.” In this episode, Hanif sits down with Yaeji to talk about her songwriting process, her debut album, and the usefulness, the beauty, and the complicated nature of anger. Hanif closes the episode with a final thought: when we stop pushing away our anger and listen to what it is telling us, what greater acts of love, service, and creativity can that anger propel us towards? For the playlist of songs curated for this episode head over to https://bit.ly/oos-yaeji.
/ Music In This Week’s Episode /
When I Grow Up - Yaeji
Hit ‘Em Up Style - Blue Cantrell
You Oughta Know - Alanis Morissette
Caught Out There - Kelis
Never Again - Kelly Clarkson
Breaking Point - Keri Hilson
What About - Janet Jackson
Nothing Is Easy (feat. Jack White)
Jack White has won twelve Grammys, founded his own label, and is regularly ranked as one of the top guitarists of all time—but, “I’ve never felt like I’ve arrived or felt satisfied,” he tells Hanif. It’s that restlessness and discomfort with success that keeps pushing Jack into new creative territory. In this episode, we talk to Jack about his two forthcoming albums, Fear Of The Dawn and Entering Heaven Alive, and what it means to consistently return to the challenge of making something new—a daunting and inspiring task that all artists face. Plus, Hanif makes a playlist highlighting his favorite vinyl record purchases so far this year. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode head over to https://bit.ly/oos-jackwhite.
/Music in this episode:/
Hi-De-Ho - Jack White, Q-Tip
Party Girl - Linda Ronstadt
Lonely, Lonely - Nancy Wilson
Way Out - Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame
Emotion - Merry Clayton
You’re Just What I Need - Betty Wright
Talk Talk - Talk Talk
Let the Church Roll On - Mahalia Jackson
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