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California Sounds: Frank Ocean's radio show, Ann Magnuson's 12-minute op-ed and Kevin Morby's new song

California Sounds: Frank Ocean's radio show, Ann Magnuson's 12-minute op-ed and Kevin Morby's new song

Frank Ocean, “Blonded 02” radio show. (Beats 1/Apple Music). The Los Angeles-based R&B superstar recently issued the second installment of his Beats 1 show, and it feels like a shuffle-play peek at Ocean’s musical psyche.

In opening with a breathtaking chorale spiritual from jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams’ 1964 album, “Mary Lou Williams presents Christ of the Andes,” Ocean sets a meditative tone, as if to center listeners in a moment of overwhelming power. He jumps from vintage to contemporary, reflecting moments in time against each other.

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