TuneDig is an in-depth and informed conversation between two lifelong friends about the power of music — one album at a time.

In each episode, we go down the rabbit hole to spend a while in the strange world we discover. We take an honest look at creativity in all its complexity—from writing and production to history and cultural impact.

We promise you’ll learn something new every time, no matter how much you already love the album we explore.

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TuneDig Season 6 Trailer

Season 6—featuring our most eclectic selection of albums yet—kicks off Friday, March 11, with new episodes every other Friday through July. This trailer gives you a little taste of the lineup, which includes:

  • “Mama’s Gun” – Erykah Badu
  • “Catch for Us the Foxes” – mewithoutYou
  • “ObZen” – Meshuggah
  • “Expensive Shit” – Fela Kuti
  • “SOUR” – Olivia Rodrigo
  • “Phaedra” – Tangerine Dream
  • “Little Queen” – Heart
  • “Journey In Satchidananda” — Alice Coltrane
  • “Maggot Brain” – Funkadelic

(We also share news about a very special new series we’re launching!)

Transcript

Note: our transcripts are mostly AI-generated for now. 

Cliff: What’s up everybody We’re back with another season of TuneDig. 

Kyle: 
It feels so good to say that. Needless to say, we are more excited than ever to be back with you all, digging into the joy of music. You know, it’s, it’s hard not to feel like the past two years have rewired us all on some level. Like, who are we now? What even matters? All we know is that things can’t be the same as they were before. And lots of things that used to matter just … don’t now. But if anything, music has only become more valuable and necessary in that time. I know that’s true for Cliff and me. And if you’re listening to this, then you’ve probably found that to be true as well. It’s a lifeline to finding ourselves again, to seeing beauty in a world wrought with ugliness, and more importantly, connecting to people, places, and things in the world around us, whether they new to us or already near and dear. 

Cliff: 
So Season 6 of TuneDig definitely reflects our belief in that reality …

Kyle: 
Accordingly, the lineup we curated is easily our most diverse in every way. 

Cliff: 
…And we hope that you take this chance to immerse yourself in these records with us as we go along. You’ll probably find yourself in a few places you didn’t expect, and hopefully you’ll get a few laughs along the way. So here’s the lineup: 

Kyle: 
We’re kicking things off by trying to raise our vibrations on, and hopefully yours, too, talking about Erica Baidu’s mama’s gun. If you enjoyed our episode on D’Angelo’s voodoo we are more than confident. you’ll enjoy jumping back in talking Soulquarians and electric lady with this one. 

Cliff: 
And after this episode we’re pretty willing to bet you’ll wind up with mama’s gun on repeat all especially if you’ve never spent a lot of time with it before because it’s really awesome 

Cliff: 
after that is another emotional exercise in a different way Me without use catch for us the foxes So you’re either in a tiny and fortunate group of people who are pretty wildly stoked that someone is covering more me without you in a podcast episode or You may not know at all what we’re talking about When we talk about me without you and either way this album is a super personal one for us and we really want to share with you and we think you might be able to make a connection with it If you don’t already have one.

Cliff: 
After that I got another opportunity to talk about one of my personal favorite records And we’re going to talk about swedish space-time continuum benders Meshuggah and their 2008 masterclass ObZen. 

Kyle: 
Now if you’re pretty sure you don’t like having music we cannot ask you and faculty enough to give this episode a chance. Uh, we’re hoping to crack open a door and a lot of people’s brains with this one, like miss sugar has done with ours over the years. 

Kyle: 
Next is an artist we didn’t know that much about before this season, but I know we’re both so glad we’ve gotten to know his music and his revolutionary legacy that was bigger than the Beatles in Africa. And for a long time, a weirdly well kept secret everywhere. Uh, for reasons that only became obvious. Once we got to know him, yes. We’re talking about Failla and who collapsed? Kuti, AKA. He who carries death in his pouch who no mortal can ever tell Dario to find a better nickname than that And by way of an entry point, we’ve opted to cover 1975 expensive shit. And If we’re the reason even one person gets deep into Failla, honestly We’ve achieved everything we could have ever dreamed for the spot. 

Kyle: 
After that Hey, we may be old but by God we ain’t quite dead yet. No matter how much we feel it. so we’re keen to see what all the yous are getting out about As we check out Olivia rodrigo’s sour early bet as that the kids are all right 

Cliff: 
now next one you may have heard about in black mirror’s Bandersnatch or maybe you’re not a nihilist, but either way we’re going to go really deep with cosmic music pioneers tangerine dream and their seminal 74 electronic work Phaedra.

Cliff: 
After that is Heart’s little queen and I’m sure we’ll spend a lot of the episode mountain case for why the mighty Wilson sisters deserve much higher pedestals uh on pretty much every list rock and roll or otherwise but either way we’re going to talk a lot about guitar, too. Because that’s kind of the hidden secret 

Kyle: 
Then for the jazz fans, the jazz curious, and the spiritual searchers, season six penultimate episode on Alice Coltrane’s journey into well, no doubt, be a swim down the river of transcendence that bring your third eye for that one. 

Cliff: 
Uh and also you’ll probably just have a good time listening to us trying to say “Satchidananda” the right way throughout an entire episode. 

Cliff: 
And then for a really special 50th episode of TuneDig again we are shocked and super pleased that we have ever been able to make it this far because people connect with it …

Kyle: 
we’re going to celebrate the milestone with Funkadelic mindblowing maggot brain which it seems like all roads on this podcast have pointed back to again and 

Cliff: 
So might as well talk about it and kind of blow it out of the water 

Kyle: 
We’re also planning on a new series devoted to our love of all things. Heavy music. Driven by one newly released album of the week, 

Cliff: 
kind of a flip and an inverse of what TuneDig is to focus on something really particular and new So Friday Heavy from TuneDig premieres March 4th. 

Kyle: 
And once Friday Heavy is off to the races, season 6 comes back in full force with Erykah Badu’s Mama’s Gun, dropping Friday, March 11 So between now and then be sure you’re following us on Twitter and Instagram so you don’t miss any of the updates.

Cliff: 
We go quiet between seasons on social sometimes but we pick it right back up with cool stuff when we pick up a new season. If you enjoy this podcast, tell somebody about it! Tell your favorite music friend. Leave it a review if you can. Because that really does help other people discover it. 

Kyle: 
We’ll see y’all soon.

Original "Bitches Brew" Art

To celebrate the endless creativity of Bitches Brew—and especially its famous album artwork—TuneDig partnered with two incredible Atlanta-based artists to create one-of-a-kind, handpainted gatefolds.

With the spirit of the original art in mind, each artist brought their own vision to life. These pieces will spark conversation for any jazz fan.

Each piece includes a new vinyl copy of Bitches Brew. 100% of the purchase price goes directly to the artist, so take this opportunity to support the arts in the raddest possible way.

Seriously. There’s literally only one of each. Make it yours. 😎

SEASON 6

Season 6—featuring our most eclectic selection of albums yet—concludes July 1, 2022.

TuneDig Episode 50: Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain”

Before uniting one nation under a groove, the lysergic lords of chaos in Funkadelic harnessed wild lightning into an amulet called Maggot Brain, bestowing the bearer with raw, dark power stronger than any force known to man. Between reaching our 50th episode and coping with the “maggots in the mind” of today’s universe, it felt like the right time to free our minds. We hope y’all’s asses will follow.

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TuneDig Episode 49: Alice Coltrane’s “Journey in Satchidananda”

The story of Alice Coltrane — an accomplished bebop pianist from Detroit who transcended into something far greater before walking away from public life altogether — is a glimpse into what it means to be truly free. Alice’s masterpiece "Journey in Satchidananda" is a cosmic dance that sparked creation from destruction. And in a time when we’re all desperately searching for a spark of meaning and hope, Journey abides abundantly.

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TuneDig Episode 48: Heart’s “Little Queen”

Take a moment to appreciate Ann and Nancy Wilson, who kicked down the doors of rock ‘n’ roll’s boys’ club with their peerless guitar work, soaring soul vocals, and tight songcraft. 1977’s Little Queen — an oft-overlooked gem in the classic rock canon — offers a snapshot of those elements at their most urgent and pure, powered by the Wilsons’ simple motivation (as described by their producer): “It was a war.”

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TuneDig Episode 47: Tangerine Dream’s “Phaedra”

When you think of “electronic music,” what comes to mind may not be a genre you deeply love — hip-hop, house, new wave, or even dub reggae — but all of it owes some debt, scientifically or otherwise, to Tangerine Dream. Dig in with us as we study a prime example of the band’s brand of effortful innovation, where they patiently and persistently labored at the cutting edge of electronic technology to open a portal to new worlds in our minds.

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TuneDig Episode 46: Olivia Rodrigo’s “SOUR”

Did you catch one of 2021’s biggest albums, or like us, did you almost overlook it? If you have any expectations of pop music, "SOUR" will likely subvert them. Teenage dream this is not; it’s an exquisitely universal portrait of a weird time to be alive.

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TuneDig Episode 45: Fela Kuti’s “Expensive Shit”

The story of Fela Kuti — one of the most famous people on an *entire continent* passionately struggling to liberate power to more people — is absolutely one worth deeply knowing, regardless of whether you find yourself drawn to Afrobeat or (cringe) “world music.” But once you know it, it’s almost impossible not to fall in love with Fela and Afrika 70 as their revolutionary grooves rewire your brain in magical and meaningful ways.

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TuneDig Episode 44: Meshuggah’s “ObZen”

Meshuggah’s ObZen—an artifact of human creativity pushing the limits of what’s possible—will quite literally make you hear music differently. If you’re looking for a new musical adventure, and especially if you don’t think you like “heavy” or “weird” music, consider this your sign to push past your comfort zone.

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TuneDig Episode 43: mewithoutYou’s “Catch For Us the Foxes”

A misunderstood wise man once said “Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds.” In our most personal and vulnerable episode yet, we do some seeking through the lens of songs that fill us with the bravery and sincerity to love ourselves and others fully. Dig deep with us as we fish for words about our tiny place in the universe and dance with gratitude for our ability to do so.

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FRIDAY HEAVY

For lifelong headbangers and the musically curious alike, a new podcast from TuneDig is here to push your palette with aggressive, abrasive art. Each short, fast-paced episode offers (1) a new metal, punk, noise, or experimental release we recommend, (2) a related playlist we’ve curated, and (3) a heavy issue to consider and an organization doing something about it. Join us in the void.

SEASON 5

TuneDig Episode 41: Miles Davis’s “Bitches Brew”

Let’s be clear: "Bitches Brew" is a challenging record, even to some of the best musicians in the world — but all of them say it’s worth the investment. It’s the kind of trip that, even if we *could* draw a map, it wouldn’t take you there. Let go of the need for meaning and enjoy the ride with us. We can promise you’ll be pleasantly surprised where you end up.

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TuneDig Episode 40: Fiona Apple’s “Tidal”

On the heels of one of 2020's most acclaimed albums — Fiona Apple’s Fetch the Bolt Cutters — we revisited Apple’s debut Tidal and wound up working to extract ourselves from the mostly male gazes that made its reception … much different. We arrive at a question much like writer Jenn Pelly had: “People would constantly prod Fiona on how an 18-year-old could write songs as mature as these ... Why did they not ask instead how she became a genius?”

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TuneDig Episode 39: Death Grips’s “The Money Store”

The modern world is accelerating beyond our control, shaping our reality in ways we can’t yet perceive or understand. Enter Death Grips, an art project capturing the chaotic energy and illustrating the absurdity of our hubris in trying to harmonize the surreal and extremely real — never more perfectly than on 2012’s prescient "The Money Store".

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TuneDig Episode 38: Augustus Pablo’s “King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown”

Reggae music is easy to take for granted, but its impact is underappreciated and massive — in the case of dub in particular, everyone from Radiohead to Johnny Rotten to Run-DMC owes it a debt. Augustus Pablo and King Tubby together created what’s regarded as “one of the finest examples of dub ever recorded.” Join us as we dive into the culture, history, and unique engineering experiments that made it possible.

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TuneDig Episode 37: Rihanna’s “ANTI”

By every measure — sales, awards, chart-toppers, global name recognition — Rihanna is objectively as big as the Beatles ever were. In fact, ANTI is so big it’s still on the charts, a record five full years later. Take a closer look with us at “the record you make when you don’t need to sell records”, and get a taste of the true freedom that comes from focusing on your inner voice when faced with insurmountable expectations.

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TuneDig Episode 36: Son House’s “Father of Folk Blues”

All American music traces back to the blues, and deep at the root sits Son House. That the recordings on "Father of Folk Blues" even exist is something of a gray area that cuts to the heart of the great American myth, but wherever you land after hearing these stories, you’ll find that what matters most is what the great Muddy Waters once said of House: “That man was the king.”

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TuneDig Episode 35: Melvins’s “Stoner Witch”

The futility of describing the Melvins has stretched critics in the direction of absurd words like “Dadaist” for nearly 40 years now. They’ve belligerently flogged any attempt to pinpoint their essence simply by being themselves, but "Stoner Witch" remains a reliable mall directory for the Melvins’ vast and wild discography. Grab yourself some pretzel bites.

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TuneDig Episode 34: Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”

We should talk about Dolly the way we talk about Prince. Her extraordinary kindness and unique kitsch both make her universally loved, but what gets left out of the conversation is the very thing that made her famous: the music. Join in as we focus attention on the sonics and songwriting of the low-key masterpiece "Jolene".

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TUNEDIG RADIO

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BONUS TRACK EPISODES

Kyle and Cliff

BONUS TRACK: How We Got Here

We got a bunch of interesting listener feedback in our off-season, and it encouraged us to shed some light on why we do things the way we do ‘em. Also, we reflect on our first writeup, which was ... interesting.

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WHO WE ARE

We're Cliff (right) and Kyle (left). We’re two dudes born and raised in ATL with day jobs in tech and sustainability, respectively.

We met in middle school, and in one way or another, music’s been the thing that’s kept us close for the two decades since — whether it’s sharing and talking about new music (like this podcast, except in our texts or over beers), going to shows, or working with our favorite record stores to help them survive and thrive.

We started TuneDig as a little art project that connects us more deeply ourselves and to the world through the infinite gift of music. We hope you’ll join us for the conversations, let us know what you think, and share discoveries of your own.

More About TuneDig

TuneDig began as a little something called MusicGrid.me, which we created after realizing there was no place online to directly exchange music recommendations with your friends. Our aim was simple: to make rating albums simple, useful, and social. We got some love from places like MashableWiredEvolver.fm, and Hypebot. We managed to foster conversation between music lovers, get thousands of reviews, and meet great people.

Along the way, we realized that record stores were an essential part of the music lovers’ community. After many a conversation about how we could helpfully connect them to the people who loved them, we began helping them leverage technology to create new revenue streams and embrace streaming services without giving up what’s unique to them: expertise and curation. (Long live the counter clerk who knows exactly which record will be the right introduction to jazz fusion!)

TuneDig is our vision to connect music lovers with the music they love, because no matter how much has changed in the way we discover and enjoy music, recommendations from people you trust and respect will always be the best way to find new music you’ll dig. With this podcast, we’re channeling the spirit of trusted curation pioneered by record stores, and bringing you something to take you deeper into music you can love.