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.
Going Solo (feat. Matt Berninger)
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 www.mixcloud.com/sonos.
Baldwin and Me (feat. Meshell Ndegeocello)
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
Infinite Love (feat. Sylvan Esso)
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
Oh Say Can You See? (feat. Wesley Morris)
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.
Jazmine’s Tale (feat. Jazmine Sullivan)
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. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode visit http://bit.ly/oos-jazmines-tale.
Music Gets Masked Up (feat. Sasha Geffen and Harmony Holiday)
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. For the playlist of songs curated for this episode visit http://bit.ly/oos-masks.
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Beautiful and transportive. Got me listenin to music in my headphones again. Hanif is such a fan and you can hear it in these thoughtful, lovely interviews. Enjoy diving into music this way.
Deep dive and broad exploration at once
This is an amazing podcast for this time! Hanif explores so much music with emotional, thoughtful, vulnerability and curiosity. He inspires deeper listening and creative approaches to connecting to music and each other.
Fun and surprising!
Fascinating new perspectives of familiar and unfamiliar music. Hanif is a smart, curious host and the guests are extraordinarily interesting. I love the playlist feature — after a fantastic discussion of Afrofuturist music, I can listen to a curated collection that goes on for hours! Brilliant!