If you want to get properly geeky, this hugely acclaimed show hosted by Cole Cuchna is most certainly for you. Rather than dedicate a single episode to a single album, ‘Dissect’ dedicates whole seasons to them. With an emphasis on modern hip hop, Cuchna gets thoughtful and forensic about each sample and lyric in modern masterpieces like ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ or ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’. It’s sublime stuff by a man who really knows his shit, and if he basically only covers two albums a year (if that) then you’ll hardly feel underserved by ‘Dissect’s lusciously deep dives.
Why not just tune into a radio station? Frankly, there are many reasons. A music podcast can mean a hell of a lot of different things. Some of these shows are searingly good documentaries about musicians rather than being foremost a selection of tunes (although they’re usually that too). Others delve into albums or even individual songs with the sort of deep-dive expansiveness that you’re unlikely to hear on even the hippest of radio stations. And others just have really cool hosts who you want to spend more time with. Needless to say, there are a lot of good choices for a long road trip or when you fancy having something on in the background – it goes without saying that most of these podcasts come with terrific soundtracks.
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