Dissect (podcast)

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Dissect
Dissect Podcast Cover.jpg
Presentation
Hosted byCole Cuchna
Genre
Created byCole Cuchna
Written by
  • Cole Cuchna
  • Femi Olutade
  • Titilayo Shodiya
  • Maggie Lacy
  • Camden Ostrander
LanguageEnglish
UpdatesTwice-weekly
Lengthc. 40 minutes
Production
Production
  • Cole Cuchna
  • Andrew Atwood
  • Eric Bass
Opening themeTheme from Dissect by Birocratic
Ending themeTheme from Dissect by Birocratic
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes118
Publication
Original releaseAugust 23, 2016 – present
Websitedissectpodcast.com

Dissect is a music podcast that debuted in 2016 and is hosted by Cole Cuchna. The podcast is known for its thorough analysis of contemporary music. Dissect was named "Best podcast of 2017" by Quartz,[1] and the following year was named "Best podcast of 2018" by The New York Times[2] and both Time magazine and The Guardian listed Dissect as one of the top 50 podcasts of 2018.[3][4]

Content[edit]

Cuchna has a degree in music composition and approaches the analysis of contemporary music the way he has with classical music.[5] From Season 3 onwards, the podcast is produced by Spotify.

Seasons[edit]

Season Album(s) Artist Year
1 To Pimp a Butterfly Kendrick Lamar 2016
2 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Kanye West[6] 2017
3 Blonde (and Channel Orange mini-series[7]) Frank Ocean[8][9] 2018
4 Flower Boy Tyler, the Creator 2019
5 Damn Kendrick Lamar 2019
6 Lemonade Beyoncé 2020
7 Because the Internet Childish Gambino 2020
8 Yeezus Kanye West 2021
9 Swimming Mac Miller 2021

Mini-series[edit]

Dissect "mini-series" have similar content to normal seasons, but in a shorter format.

Season Album(s) Artist Year
1 The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill 2018[10]
2 Black is King Beyoncé 2021[11]
3 Inside Bo Burnham 2022

Format[edit]

An episode of Dissect is typically between 30 and 60 minutes. Episodes are usually structured with a short description of the podcast, a recap of the previous episode's conclusion, a listing of the songs credits, and a long-form analysis of the song. Audio samples from music that influenced the song are often included in the initial credits, and song recreations are interspersed throughout the analysis.

Free episodes are released twice-weekly during a season's production and are made available via SoundCloud, Spotify, and iTunes, among other services. The first two seasons were supported via Patreon donations but has since switched to advertising. Cuchna selects a different charity to support for each season through listener donations.[5]

Awards[edit]

Award Date Category Result Ref.
Discover Pods Awards 2019 Music Podcast Won [12]
Discover Pods Awards 2021 Music Podcast Finalist [13]
Ambies 2021 Best Entertainment Podcast Nominated [14]
Webby Awards 2018 Best Writing Honoree [15]
2019 Arts & Culture Nominated [16]
2020 People's Voice Winner - Music Podcasts Won [17]
2021 Music Podcasts Honoree [18]


History[edit]

Cuchna graduated from California State University with a degree in music composition, and felt that contemporary music—specifically hip hop—was not receiving the academic analysis it deserved.[5] The podcast debuted in August 2016 with Cuchna as the sole creator of the podcast, which he recorded at night after working a full-time job at a specialty coffee roasting company once his wife and kids had gone to sleep.[19] In 2018, Cuchna began working with Spotify to produce the podcast.[20][21]

Episode list[edit]

List of Dissect episodes
No. overall No. in season Title Guests Released Duration Notes
1 1 Compton, K.Dot/Kendrick Lamar 2016-08-23 0:21:10
2 2 good kid, m.A.A.d. city 2016-08-25 0:35:00
3 3 Wesley's Theory by Kendrick Lamar 2016-08-30 0:28:36
4 4 For Free? by Kendrick Lamar 2016-09-06 0:21:12
5 5 King Kunta by Kendrick Lamar 2016-09-13 0:25:47
6 6 Institutionalized by Kendrick Lamar 2016-09-20 0:30:21
7 7 These Walls by Kendrick Lamar 2016-09-27 0:22:36
8 8 u by Kendrick Lamar 2016-10-04 0:28:10
9 9 Alright by Kendrick Lamar 2016-10-11 0:34:34
10 10 For Sale? by Kendrick Lamar 2016-11-01 0:26:01
11 11 Momma by Kendrick Lamar 2016-11-08 0:30:24
12 12 Hood Politics by Kendrick Lamar 2016-11-15 0:31:00
13 13 How Much a Dollar Cost by Kendrick Lamar 2016-11-22 0:32:33
14 14 Complexion (A Zulu Love) by Kendrick Lamar 2016-12-06 0:31:48
15 15 Blacker the Berry (Part 1) by Kendrick Lamar 2016-12-13 0:31:53
16 16 Blacker the Berry (Part 2) by Kendrick Lamar 2016-12-20 0:28:39
17 17 You Ain't Gotta Lie (Momma Said) by Kendrick Lamar 2017-01-03 0:23:51
18 18 i (Part 1) by Kendrick Lamar 2017-01-13 0:29:27
19 19 i (Part 2) by Kendrick Lamar 2017-01-17 0:38:30
20 20 Mortal Man (Part 1) by Kendrick Lamar 2017-01-24 0:30:15
21 21 Mortal Man (Part 2) by Kendrick Lamar 2017-01-31 0:47:22
22 22 Season Finale: To Pimp a Butterfly 2017-02-07 1:10:43
23 1 Kanye West: Elephant in the Room 2017-08-01 0:35:50
24 2 Through the Wire by Kanye West 2017-08-08 0:30:30
25 3 The Old Kanye 2017-08-15 0:43:28
26 4 Dark Fantasy by Kanye West 2017-08-22 0:34:06
27 5 Gorgeous by Kanye West 2017-08-29 0:37:40
28 6 Power by Kanye West 2017-09-05 0:43:08
29 7 All of the Lights by Kanye West 2017-09-12 0:33:12
30 8 Kanye's Cry for Help 2017-09-19 0:15:41
31 9 Monster by Kanye West 2017-09-26 0:34:11
32 10 So Appalled by Kanye West 2017-10-03 0:35:42
33 11 Devil in a New Dress by Kanye West 2017-10-10 0:41:38
34 12 Runaway by Kanye West (Part 1) 2017-10-17 0:36:21
35 13 Runaway by Kanye West (Part 2) 2017-10-24 0:37:06
36 14 Hell of a Life by Kanye West 2017-11-07 0:36:03
37 15 Blame Game by Kanye West 2017-11-14 0:32:34
38 16 Lost in the World by Kanye West 2017-11-28 0:42:16
39 17 Season Finale: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 2017-12-11 1:29:26
40 1 Frank Ocean: A Man of Art and Mystery 2018-05-22 0:39:59
41 2 Thinking About You by Frank Ocean 2018-05-29 0:33:47
42 3 Super Rich Kids by Frank Ocean 2018-06-05 0:35:17
43 4 Pyramids (Part 1) by Frank Ocean 2018-06-12 0:32:27
44 5 Pyramids (Part 2) by Frank Ocean 2018-06-19 0:22:28
45 6 Bad Religion by Frank Ocean 2018-06-26 0:32:03
46 7 Channel Orange Recap + 4 Years Gone 2018-07-03 0:39:24
47 Bonus The Tricky Stewart Interview Tricky Stewart 2018-07-10 0:53:06
48 8 Nikes by Frank Ocean 2018-07-17 0:31:29
49 9 Ivy by Frank Ocean 2018-07-24 0:26:06
50 10 Pink + White by Frank Ocean 2018-07-31 0:30:57
51 11 Solo by Frank Ocean 2018-08-07 0:41:52
52 12 Skyline To + Self Control by Frank Ocean 2018-08-14 0:46:03
53 13 Nights by Frank Ocean 2018-08-21 0:38:48
54 14 Solo (Reprise), Pretty Sweet, Close to You by Frank Ocean 2018-08-28 0:39:51
55 15 White Ferrari by Frank Ocean 2018-09-04 0:26:45
56 16 Seigfried by Frank Ocean 2018-09-11 0:38:32
57 17 Godspeed + Futura Free by Frank Ocean 2018-09-18 0:42:27
58 18 Season Finale: Blonde by Frank Ocean 2018-09-25 1:23:05
59 Bonus S3 Listener Audio Montage 2018-11-06 1:35:32
60 1 Lauryn Hill: An Education 2018-11-06 0:44:55
61 2 "Lost Ones" and "Ex-Factor" by Lauryn Hill 2018-11-13 0:43:46
62 3 "To Zion" by Lauryn Hill 2018-11-20 0:42:44
63 4 "Doo Wop (That Thing)" by Lauryn Hill 2018-11-27 0:37:51
64 5 "Superstar" & "Final Hour" by Lauryn Hill 2018-12-04 0:43:32
65 6 "Forgive Them Father" (& more) by Lauryn Hill 2018-12-11 0:42:57
66 7 "Everything is Everything" by Lauryn Hill 2018-12-18 0:38:35
67 8 Finale: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 2018-12-24 0:44:33
68 1 Tyler the Creator: Flower Boy 2019-04-23 0:44:28
69 2 Foreword by Tyler, The Creator 2019-04-30 0:33:09
70 3 Where This Flower Blooms by Tyler, The Creator 2019-05-07 0:38:19
71 4 See You Again by Tyler, The Creator 2019-05-14 0:34:21
72 5 "Who Dat Boy" by Tyler, The Creator 2019-05-21 0:26:10
73 Bonus Dissecting IGOR with Anthony Fantano Anthony Fantano 2019-05-24 2:00:14
74 6 Pothole by Tyler, The Creator 2019-05-28 0:37:01
75 7 Garden Shed by Tyler, The Creator 2019-06-04 0:49:04
76 8 "Boredom" by Tyler, The Creator 2019-06-11 0:34:31
77 9 "I Ain't Got Time" by Tyler, The Creator 2019-06-18 0:30:06
78 10 "911 / Mr Lonely" by Tyler, The Creator 2019-06-25 0:37:18
79 11 November by Tyler, The Creator 2019-07-02 0:33:19
80 12 Glitter by Tyler, The Creator 2019-07-09 0:32:15
81 13 Season Finale: Flower Boy 2019-07-16 1:21:16
82 14 Epilogue: IGOR by Tyler, The Creator 2019-07-23 0:44:11
83 1 Kendrick Lamar: DAMN. 2019-10-08 0:41:59
84 2 TPAB as Preface to DAMN. 2019-10-10 0:33:36
85 3 BLOOD. by Kendrick Lamar 2019-10-15 0:43:15
86 4 DNA. (Part 1) by Kendrick Lamar 2019-10-22 0:38:35
87 5 DNA. (Part 2) by Kendrick Lamar 2019-10-24 0:30:30
88 6 YAH. by Kendrick Lamar 2019-10-29 0:39:18
89 Bonus Dissecting JESUS IS KING w/ Femi Olutade Femi Olutade 2019-11-01 2:02:53
90 7 ELEMENT. by Kendrick Lamar 2019-11-05 0:57:50
91 8 FEEL. by Kendrick Lamar 2019-11-12 0:38:15
92 9 LOYALTY. by Kendrick Lamar 2019-11-19 0:40:47
93 10 PRIDE. by Kendrick Lamar 2019-11-26 0:42:46
94 11 HUMBLE. by Kendrick Lamar 2019-12-03 0:41:51
95 12 LUST. by Kendrick Lamar 2019-12-10 0:51:41
96 13 LOVE. by Kendrick Lamar 2019-12-17 0:37:09
97 14 XXX. (Part 1) by Kendrick Lamar 2019-12-23 0:37:26
98 15 XXX. (Part 2) by Kendrick Lamar 2019-12-24 0:55:23
99 16 FEAR. (Part 1) by Kendrick Lamar 2019-12-30 0:55:09
100 17 FEAR. (Part 2) by Kendrick Lamar 2020-01-07 1:01:54
101 18 GOD. by Kendrick Lamar 2020-01-14 1:00:06
102 19 DUCKWORTH. by Kendrick Lamar 2020-01-21 0:51:41
103 20 Season Finale: DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar 2020-01-28 1:09:02
104 1 Beyoncé: LEMONADE 2020-04-23 0:43:44
105 2 Hold Up by Beyoncé 2020-04-28 0:39:19
106 Bonus Titi & Cole visit the Louisiana Plantations in Lemonade Titilayo Shodiya 2020-04-30 0:51:03
107 3 Don't Hurt Yourself by Beyoncé (feat. Jack White) 2020-05-05 0:45:22
108 4 Sorry by Beyoncé 2020-05-12 0:39:33
109 5 6 Inch by Beyoncé 2020-05-19 0:37:04
110 6 Daddy Lessons by Beyoncé 2020-05-26 0:44:41
111 Bonus A Moment of Silence for George Floyd 2020-06-02 0:08:46
112 7 Love Drought by Beyoncé 2020-05-26 0:41:00
113 9 Sandcastles by Beyoncé 2020-06-09 0:33:56
114 10 Forward by Beyoncé 2020-06-09 0:38:48
115 11 Freedom by Beyoncé 2020-06-23 0:55:03
116 Bonus Dope Labs is BACK! 2020-06-25 0:01:47
117 12 All Night by Beyoncé 2020-06-30 0:47:26
118 13 Formation by Beyoncé 2020-07-07 0:52:10

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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