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Broken Record with Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam and Justin Richmond

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From Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam, and Justin Richmond. The musicians you love talk about their life, inspiration, and craft. Then play. iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries.

193 Episodes | 2017 - 2022

Sylvan Esso

October 4th, 2022


Sylvan Esso’s Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath have been making music together since 2013, when Amelia asked Nick, a music producer and bassist, to remix her band Mountain Man’s hit single “Play It Right.” He did, and the …

Tedeschi Trucks Band

September 27th, 2022


Today we have Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks of the Tedeschi Trucks Band on the show. Derek Trucks made his name as a slide guitar prodigy with a Hall of Fame pedigree. He’s the nephew of Butch Trucks, drummer of the …

Jack White

September 20th, 2022


We have friend of the show Jack White back on the show today along with a legendary special guest. This conversation with Rick Rubin is full of …

Malcolm Gladwell is Experimenting on Revisionist History

September 15th, 2022


Sharing a preview of the new season of Revisionist History, Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast about things misunderstood and overlooked. This season, …

Bon Iver: Broken Record Classic

September 13th, 2022


Today we are re-visiting one of our favorite episodes from 2019 featuring Rick Rubin in conversation with Justin Vernon and his engineer Chris …

Nile Rodgers: Broken Record Classic

September 6th, 2022


Today we are revisiting one of our favorite early episodes of Broken Record with the legendary producer, Nile Rodgers. Over the course of his five decade-long career, Nile Rodgers has performed on, written, and produced …


August 30th, 2022


Kaytranada’s futuristic, soulful disco sound is suddenly everywhere—including on his new hit song “Twin Flame” with Anderson .Paak. The …

Old Crow Medicine Show

August 23rd, 2022


Today we are featuring a chat with two members of the Nashville-based string band, Old Crow Medicine Show—lead singer Ketch Secor and drummer Jerry …

Béla Fleck

August 16th, 2022


Today we are featuring a conversation with the world’s preeminent banjo player, Béla Fleck. Over the course of his four-decade career, Béla has won numerous Grammys in a variety of surprising genres including Jazz, …

Nilüfer Yanya

July 26th, 2022


Nilüfer Yanya is a 27-year-old singer/songwriter from West London. After several years of hitting small stages with her guitar, Nilüfer broke through …

Neneh Cherry

July 19th, 2022


Swedish-born singer Neneh Cherry’s four-decade-long career has ricocheted between a number of genres including hip-hop, jazz, and trip-hop. Her first single in 1988, “Buffalo Stance,” cemented her standing as a …

Lyle Lovett

July 12th, 2022


Today on the show, we're welcoming Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, Lyle Lovett. Lovett follows in the footsteps of Texas troubadours like Guy …

The Doors: Robby Krieger and John Densmore

July 5th, 2022


Today we have a fun follow-up to last week’s episode with Johnny Echols from the band Love. This week we’ll hear Rick interview the last two living …

Danny Brown and Johnny Echols on Love's Forever Changes

June 28th, 2022


Today we’re closing out Black Music Month by celebrating one of Rick Rubin’s favorite albums of all time—Forever Changes by the band Love. Formed in 1965, Love was a groundbreaking, interracial L.A. group. While their …

Sonny Rollins

June 21st, 2022


Today we’re continuing our celebration of Black Music Month with the incredible jazz legend, Sonny Rollins. Rollins is an American tenor saxophonist …

Adrian Quesada

June 18th, 2022


Today on the show, we’re talking to Grammy award-winning musician, Adrian Quesada who's best known as one-half of the Black Pumas. During the …

J Dilla: Dan Charnas on the Life and Legacy of Jay Dee

June 14th, 2022


Today we’re talking to Dan Charnas—author, hip-hop journalist, professor, show runner, former A&R person for Def American, and also a longtime friend of Rick Rubin's. Charnas's latest book, Dilla Time: The Life and …

PJ Morton

June 7th, 2022


Today we begin our month-long celebration of Black Music Month with PJ Morton—the New Orleans based singer/songwriter, producer, and keyboardist for Maroon 5. Morton recently released his eighth studio album Watch The …

Sharon Van Etten

May 31st, 2022


Sharon Van Etten joins us today—the singer/songwriter who Pitchfork recently crowned an “indie rock institution.” Earlier this month, Van Etten released her sixth and arguably best album, We’ve Been Going About This All …

Tom Jones

May 24th, 2022


Today we’ll hear Rick Rubin talk to one of his all-time favorite vocalists, Tom Jones. With his soulful baritone and unique interpretation of the …

Belle and Sebastian

May 17th, 2022


Today we’re talking to Stuart Murdoch and Stevie Jackson from the Scottish folk-pop band, Belle & Sebastian. After seven years, the indie pop …

Listen to This: Voyage to Montréal from Not Lost

May 11th, 2022


Sharing a sneak preview of Pushkin's new podcast Not Lost, a show about finding yourself in places you’ve never been. Host Brendan Francis Newnam takes us around the world, learning about new places by getting invited …

Listen to This: Talk Easy featuring Questlove

May 3rd, 2022


Here's a special episode from Talk Easy, another podcast in the Pushkin portfolio. Talk Easy is a weekly interview podcast, where writer Sam Fragoso …

Michael Stipe

April 26th, 2022


Today we have a conversation between old friends Rick Rubin and Michael Stipe. Along with his former band R.E.M., Stipe's expert, open-hearted lyrics …

Chad Smith

April 19th, 2022


Today we have the final interview in our month-long series with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in celebration of their new album, Unlimited Love, produced by Rick Rubin. There’s only one Chili Pepper left, Mr. “I …


April 12th, 2022


This is the third episode in our four episode run with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, celebrating their new album, Unlimited Love.

Today you’ll hear a very special conversation between Rick Rubin and Flea. Flea’s one of the …

John Frusciante and Anthony Kiedis

April 5th, 2022


We’re continuing our run of episodes celebrating the release of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new album, Unlimited Love, produced by Rick Rubin. We left off our episode last week with Anthony Kiedis popping in to join …

John Frusciante

April 1st, 2022


Today is the start of a month-long run of episodes in celebration of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ newest album, Unlimited Love. We kick things off with Rick Rubin in conversation with the Chili Peppers' guitarist, John …

Missy Elliott

March 29th, 2022


Missy Elliott is one of popular music's greatest innovators. This year is the 25th anniversary of Missy’s classic debut album, Supa Dupa Fly. When …

Patti Smith

March 22nd, 2022


Today we have the one and only Patti Smith on the show. Patti is the prototypical downtown, New York City artist. Her 1975 debut album Horses is credited as one of the masterpieces of its time. It also cemented her as …

Bonnie Raitt

March 15th, 2022


Bonnie Raitt is many things—a Rock ‘n Roll Hall-of-Famer, an incredible blues guitarist, an underrated songwriter, and a fierce advocate for social …

Beach House

March 8th, 2022


Beach House is a psych-pop band with a die-hard cult following. Since their 2006 debut album, their lush, cinematic sound has been sampled by artists …

Judy Collins

March 1st, 2022


To kick off our month long celebration of Women's History Month, today we are featuring an interview with the great Judy Collins. At 82 years-old, …

Robert Plant

February 22nd, 2022


Robert Plant is arguably the most iconic rock vocalist of all time. As the frontman for Led Zeppelin, his dynamic, soaring vocal style was the perfect lead for the band’s unparalleled musicianship. After Zeppelin broke …

Jon Batiste

February 15th, 2022


Jon Batiste is an overachiever. Batiste is the bandleader on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and an Oscar-winning composer for the Pixar animated …

Stevie Van Zandt

February 8th, 2022


Stevie Van Zandt is the ultimate underboss. His first big break came in the mid-70s as Bruce Springsteen’s right-hand man, guitarist, and occasional …

Todd Rundgren

February 1st, 2022


Todd Rundgren is a multi-talented musician who has made a name for himself both as a solo artist and a visionary music producer. Rundgren’s crowning …

Jackson Browne

January 25th, 2022


In the 1970’s Jackson Browne was known as one of the originators of the carefree, California classic rock sound with hits like “Doctor My Eyes” and “Running on Empty.” As his career progressed, Jackson Browne’s knack …

Yusuf/Cat Stevens

January 18th, 2022


Since debuting in the late ‘60s, Yusuf/Cat Stevens has made a sizable contribution to the folk canon with tender, contemplative songs like “Wild …

Sam Sanders on Janet Jackson's Legacy

January 11th, 2022


Today we're sharing an episode from our friend Sam Sanders over at NPR’s It's Been a Minute podcast. This year marks the 35th anniversary of Janet …

Pino Palladino and Blake Mills

December 30th, 2021


Pino Palladino and Blake Mills are renowned session musicians who recently collaborated on their own album, Notes With Attachments. It’s an …

Neil Young, Part Two

December 28th, 2021


Welcome to part two of Rick Rubin’s conversation with Neil Young. Today we'll hear how Neil's song “I Believe In You” from his 1970 masterpiece After …

Neil Young, Part One

December 21st, 2021


When we first talked about making Broken Record, we had a short list of absolute dream guests for the podcast and Neil Young was at the top of that …

Faye Webster Takes Off

December 14th, 2021


24 year-old singer/songwriter Faye Webster stopped by Shangri-La earlier this month in between stops on her tour opening for Wilco to chat with …

Amanda Shires For Christmas

December 7th, 2021


Today we have a special Broken Record Holiday episode with Nashville singer Amanda Shires. Shires’ new holiday album, For Christmas, isn’t meant to …

Mary Gauthier: Saved By A Song

November 30th, 2021


Mary Gauthier is a folk singer/songwriter whose songs have quite literally saved her life. Writing music did not come easily to Gauthier. She began …

Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast

November 23rd, 2021


Michelle Zauner is the lead singer and creative force behind the indie, dream pop band, Japanese Breakfast. This year Zauner released a series of career-defining projects that propelled her band to widespread critical …

An Excerpt from Miracle And Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon

November 16th, 2021


Justin Richmond shares the first chapter of a new book he's been working on with Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam. It’s called Miracle And Wonder, …

Angelique Kidjo: Africa’s Premier Diva

November 9th, 2021


According to Time Magazine, singer Angelique Kidjo is “Africa’s premier diva.” Kidjo started out singing traditional music in her native Benin, West Africa when she was a teenager. In 1983, she escaped the …

Pastor T.L. Barrett’s Gospel

November 2nd, 2021


Pastor T.L. Barrett has been known on Chicago’s South side as a religious and community leader for 50 years. But it wasn’t until recently that people started to uncover Barrett’s trove of gospel music. In the 1970s, …

Singing Secrets of the Stars with Backstage Pass

October 27th, 2021


Today we are sharing an episode of Pushkin’s newest show, Backstage Pass, hosted by Eric Vetro, the voice coach to the stars. From Camila Cabello, to Shawn Mendes, to John Legend, Eric Vetro has guided your favorite …

Diane Warren: Songwriter Extraordinaire

October 26th, 2021


If you’ve sung along to a power ballad in the last 30 years, chances are you’re already intimately familiar with Diane Warren’s songs. Some of her …

Amythyst Kiah Sings Her Truth

October 19th, 2021


On her intimate new album Wary + Strange, Amythyst Kiah sings her heart out about losing her mom to suicide, and what it’s like being the only black person in the room at country gigs. She created the album with Phoebe …

Scarface: The Reunion

October 12th, 2021


Houston rapper Scarface is one of the most recognizable, respected voices in hip-hop. When he was just 17 years-old, Scarface was recruited to join …

White Lotus Composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer

October 5th, 2021


Cristobal Tapia de Veer is the composer and musician behind Mike White’s HBO show, White Lotus. The sounds in the score range from percussive African and Latin American instruments to guttural human chants. On today’s …

Lindsey Buckingham: Going His Own Way

September 28th, 2021


Lindsey Buckingham’s signature finger-style guitar is perhaps as recognizable as the countless classic songs he wrote while he was in Fleetwood Mac. Buckingham is a self-taught guitar virtuoso and songwriter who …

Ringo Starr: Peace and Love

September 21st, 2021


Ringo Starr is one of the most iconic musicians living today. Famed drummer for The Beatles and a prolific songwriter in his own right, at 81, …

John Hiatt and Jerry Douglas

September 14th, 2021


John Hiatt is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter whose songs have been covered by a wide range of popular artists including Iggy Pop, Paula Abdul …

Henry Rollins

September 7th, 2021


Henry Rollins speaks with Rick Rubin from Shangri-La pre-pandemic and in full Rollins fashion, the stories just poured out of him. Henry talks about …

Jaden Smith Gets Trippy

August 31st, 2021


Jaden Smith has proved to be much more than just the sum of his famous parents. At 23 he’s spent more than half of his life working as an actor, a musician, and an entrepreneur. Since the release of Jaden’s debut …

Lukas Nelson: A Star Is Born

August 24th, 2021


Growing up in a family full of musicians, Lukas Nelson was basically raised on stage. He started playing guitar in his dad Willie Nelson’s band when …

Extended Cut: Brian Eno and Rick Rubin

August 17th, 2021


The Broken Record team has been revisiting some of our favorite episodes and releasing new extended cuts via PushNik, our Apple Podcasts subscription program. Today we’re giving you a taste of what those cuts sound like …

Revisionist History vs. The Little Mermaid

August 10th, 2021


This week, we're presenting something fun from Malcolm Gladwell, co-founder of Pushkin. In a special series from his podcast, Revisionist History, …

Daryl Hall The Hit Man

August 3rd, 2021


Daryl Hall and John Oates are the definition of Blue-Eyed Soul. After a string of monster hits that stretched from the 70’s into the mid-80s, the …

Jeff Goldblum Gets Jazzy

July 27th, 2021


Over Jeff Goldblum's 50-year acting career, he’s played dozens of unforgettable roles. Off-camera, Jeff Goldblum is also a surprisingly dedicated …

Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen

July 20th, 2021


Rick Nielsen is best known as Cheap Trick’s lead guitarist and main songwriter. In the late '70s, Cheap Trick helped popularize power pop with their …

Mark Ronson Finds The Perfect Sound

July 13th, 2021


Mark Ronson's big break as a producer came from working with Amy Winehouse to find the perfect sound for her career defining album, Back To Black. …

BROCKHAMPTON's Kevin Abstract

July 6th, 2021


BROCKHAMPTON's original members formed after posting on a Kanye West fan message board in 2010, and then started making music in The Woodlands, Texas. Since then, they’ve turned the idea of a boy band on its head. With …

Archie Shepp: Activist of the Avant-Garde

June 29th, 2021


Archie Shepp is a tenor saxophonist and composer who's spent over half a century contributing to the evolution of Black music. Shepp has long fought …

Craig Finn Holds Steady

June 22nd, 2021


Craig Finn, the lead singer and songwriter of The Hold Steady, is known for his vivid, literary-style songwriting. He often writes about characters …

Pushkin Honors Juneteenth

June 17th, 2021


At Pushkin, we think of Juneteenth as an opportunity to reflect on the past and think about the future: How do we build a more just and equitable society? We strive to make podcasts that help answer that question, and …

Moby Reprised

June 15th, 2021


Moby may be one of the most highly recognizable dance-music artists of all time, but he’s also a talented multi-hyphenate whose unconventional …

Brian Eno: The Innovator

June 8th, 2021


Brian Eno’s 50-year career is teeming with innovation. He started out playing synths in the early ‘70s as a member of the UK glam-rock band Roxy Music and went on to create an entirely new musical genre—ambient music, …

Liz Phair's Soberish

June 1st, 2021


Liz Phair helped lay the foundation for a generation of fierce, independent artists on her gritty 1993 debut album, Exile In Guyville. Early in her …

Rhiannon Giddens Comes Home

May 25th, 2021


Rhiannon Giddens is a brilliant fiddle and banjo player who’s one of the few musicians alive today trained in the centuries-old black string band …

Superwolves: Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Matt Sweeney

May 18th, 2021


In 2005 singer Bonnie "Prince" Billy a.k.a. Will Oldham and guitarist Matt Sweeney released the Superwolf album, which has developed a cult following …

Presenting: An Excerpt from The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell

April 29th, 2021


The Bomber Mafia is the new audiobook by Revisionist History host (and Pushkin co-founder) Malcolm Gladwell. It examines the rise of air power, which …

Peter Frampton Forgets the Words

April 27th, 2021


Peter Frampton is a classic rock guitar god who rose to international fame in the late ‘70s with his chart-topping double album, Frampton Comes Alive! Justin Richmond caught up with Frampton recently to talk about his …

Serj Tankian Talks Toxicity and Activism

April 20th, 2021


System of a Down’s classic Rick Rubin-produced album, Toxicity, turns 20 this year. Released in 2001 one week before 9/11, the politically charged …

Andrew Bird + Jimbo Mathus

April 13th, 2021


Listening to Jimbo Mathus and Andrew Bird’s new album, These 13, is like taking a trip down South … a century ago. It’s new territory for Andrew …

Barry Gibb's Wild Ride

April 6th, 2021


Few bands have experienced such extreme highs and lows as the Bee Gees. Throughout their decades-long career, the band of brothers managed to be both grossly underrated and one of the best-selling acts of all time. …

Merry Clayton Finds Redemption

March 30th, 2021


Merry Clayton is a legendary backup singer who has managed to consistently steal the spotlight. Merry’s journey from a renowned backup singer to a …

Marianne Faithfull Fights Back

March 23rd, 2021


Marianne Faithfull has been many things throughout her half a century in music—a close confidant of the Rolling Stones, a pop star, a homeless drug …

Valerie June Shines Bright

March 16th, 2021


Valerie June has helped widen the scope of contemporary Americana music. She’s one of few African American women in the category and her unique …

Ziggy Marley Reminisces About Jamaica and His Father

March 9th, 2021


Malcolm Gladwell recently spoke with Ziggy Marley as part of the Live Talks Los Angeles series. Their conversation centers around a book of …

Mike Shinoda on Beats, Rhymes and Linkin Park

March 2nd, 2021


Since forming in 1996, Linkin Park has sold over 100 million records worldwide. Their enormous success mixing genres like hip-hop, metal and anthemic …

Kenny Beats + Rick Rubin, Part 2

February 23rd, 2021


Since his first conversation with Rick, Kenny Beats’ star has continued to rise. In the past couple of years he has produced songs with Ed Sheeran, Da Baby and Vince Staples. He’s also taken several trips to the UK, and …

Kenny Beats on the Regional Sounds of Hip Hop

February 16th, 2021


There’s a reason Kenny Beats is one of the great young producers in Hip Hop. Because he has a vast understanding of the regional sounds and histories …

Joan Baez

February 9th, 2021


Rick Rubin speaks with the great Joan Baez fresh off her birthday and the announcement that she'll be among this year's Kennedy Center honorees! Joan …

Rivers Cuomo on Weezer's New Approach and a Wild Nirvana Conspiracy

February 2nd, 2021


Most people know Rivers Cuomo as Weezer’s brilliant, quirky lead singer. But one thing people may not know, is that several years ago, a bizarre conspiracy theory made its way around the Web that Rivers was actually …

Earth, Wind & Fire's Verdine White with Rick Rubin

January 26th, 2021


Rick Rubin connected with Earth, Wind & Fire's Verdine White to talk about the early days of the band and about their producer, Charles Stepney, who Verdine calls their George Martin. Also Rick reads to Verdine a …

Nas In Conversation with Rick Rubin

January 19th, 2021


Nas dropped one of the most universally loved rap albums of all time in 1994 with Illmatic. Few legends in Hip Hop have been able to maintain their relevance over several decades based on their skill alone. Nas has …

Legendary Music Journalist Lisa Robinson

January 12th, 2021


Rick Rubin speaks with friend, pioneering rock journalist, Lisa Robinson about her over 40 year career that's seen her interview everyone from John …

Ben Folds

January 8th, 2021


Singer/songwriter, pianist, alt-rocker Ben Folds has been releasing records since the 90s. Sometimes with his band Ben Folds Five, sometimes solo. In …

Broken Record Presents: A Musical Episode of Solvable

December 24th, 2020


Mike Dickey is co-founder and chairman of the JackTrip Foundation and the creator of Virtual Studio.

The awkward and disjointed experience of making …

Dave Cobb: Nashville's Super Producer

December 22nd, 2020


Nashville producer Dave Cobb has earned six Grammys for his standout work with artists like Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile and Chris Stapleton. Over …

My Morning Jacket's Jim James

December 17th, 2020


Jim James talks about and performs some songs off My Morning Jacket's The Waterfall 2. The album of holdovers from the band's 2015 album came out in …

James Blake

December 15th, 2020


James Blake speaks with Rick Rubin about his new Covers EP. Since his debut album in 2011, the British-born James Blake has gone on to win England's top musical honor, the Mercury Prize, and a Grammy. He’s also produced …

Pharrell Williams

December 10th, 2020


Rick Rubin connected with Pharrell Williams over Zoom recently to talk through and listen to some of the biggest hits from Pharrell’s illustrious career. They chat about what Pharrell is currently working on (Rihanna!), …

Andrew Watt: Producer on the Rise

December 8th, 2020


It’s hard to believe Andrew Watt is only 30 years old. He's built up an impressive and diverse roster of collaborators over the last five years …

Black Pumas

December 3rd, 2020


The runway to success was short for Black Pumas. Five months after releasing their debut album in 2019, the Austin-based band was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammys. And now, one year later, Black Pumas are up …

Jeff Tweedy's Songwriting Master Class

December 1st, 2020


Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy is a prolific songwriter and he's ready to share his secrets. They're all in his new book, How to Write One Song. On today's …

Leslie Odom Jr. of Hamilton

November 24th, 2020


Leslie Odom Jr., best known for playing Aaron Burr in Hamilton, speaks to Bruce Headlam about his career on stage and in music and also his new …

Mike Campbell On First Album Post Heartbreakers

November 19th, 2020


Mike Campbell, guitarist, co-writer and original Heartbreaker talks to Rick Rubin about growing up with Tom Petty, working on Wildflowers and about his new album, Wreckless Abandon, with band The Dirty Knobs. It’s the …

Deep Sea Diver

November 17th, 2020


There’s no playbook for successfully releasing music during a pandemic. Especially if you’re an indie artist, the stakes really couldn’t be higher. …

Sturgill Simpson

November 12th, 2020


Kentucky singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson was in his mid-30s when he found fame as a country artist in Nashville. He had already lived a full life …

Lenny Kravitz

November 10th, 2020


In the opening lines of his New York Times bestselling memoir, Let Love Rule, Lenny Kravitz writes that he is deeply two-sided. His young life was …

S.G. Goodman

November 5th, 2020


S.G. Goodman turns traditional Southern storytelling on its head with songs that present a deeper, more complex look at life below the Mason-Dixon line. As a queer person who lives with mental illness, she often sings …

Maya Hawke

November 3rd, 2020


Maya Hawke has managed to escape the long shadow of her very famous parents, Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke. She’s made a name for herself, first as an actor in Stranger Things, Little Women, and Tarantino’s latest, Once …

Carlos Santana & Cindy Blackman

October 29th, 2020


Carlos Santana, along with his wife and drummer, Cindy Blackman got together with Rick Rubin to discuss the 2019 album they recorded together, Africa Speaks, and also to talk about Santana's early days in San Francisco. …

Bruce Springsteen

October 27th, 2020


Bruce Springsteen is a national treasure. Since his debut album nearly 50 years ago, Springsteen has helped define the American working-class psyche …

Win Butler

October 20th, 2020


Rick Rubin talks to Arcade Fire's Win Butler on the occasion of the The Suburb's tenth anniversary. The band's third record was their first number one album in the US.

Subscribe to Broken Record's YouTube channel to hear …

Benmont Tench on life with Tom Petty

October 16th, 2020


To celebrate the release of Tom Petty's Wildflowers & All The Rest box set, Rick Rubin connected with Heartbreakers keyboardist, Benmont Tench for a conversation. Benmont started playing with Tom back in Florida …

Tom Petty's Wildflowers II with Adria Petty

October 15th, 2020


Tom Petty crafted another of his many perfect albums back in 1994, this time with Rick Rubin producing. Wildflowers was released as a single disc, Petty's first for Warner Brothers. But Petty had always intended for it …

Joe Henry

October 13th, 2020


Joe Henry is likely one of the best living singer-songwriters that you've never heard of. But even if you don't recognize his name, you've probably …


October 6th, 2020


Khruangbin will tell you they did everything wrong. Gave their band a Thai name, play mostly instrumental music, two members wear wigs, they record in barn ... and yet, they've had a charmed existence since they …

Burt Bacharach & Daniel Tashian

September 29th, 2020


Burt Bacharach is a living legend. He's written hits sung by Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Elvis Costello, Dusty Springfield and so many more. With that kind of a resume, he doesn't need to still be working at 92. …

Buffy Sainte-Marie

September 22nd, 2020


Buffy Sainte-Marie tells Rick Rubin there's a reason she isn’t a household name in the U.S. A pioneering artist in the Greenwich Village folk scene, …

Don Was

September 15th, 2020


Rick Rubin talk to Don was about his early days in Detroit, his time in Was Not Was and his wide ranging career producing defining-albums for the …

Flying Lotus

September 8th, 2020


Flying Lotus is one of those producers who creates an entire aesthetic world with the music he makes. Over the past 13 years he’s released four solo …

Broken Record Presents: Into the Zone

September 5th, 2020


Into the Zone is a podcast about opposites, and how borders are never as clear as we think. Country? Rap? Lil Nas X’s chart-topping “Old Town Road” …

Emma Louise: Fresh Find

September 4th, 2020


In a bonus Fresh Find episode, Bruce Headlam interviews Australian singer-songwriter Emma Louise about having an accidental overseas hit and pitching her voice down so that it's unrecognizable on her latest album.

Brandi Carlile

September 1st, 2020


Brandi Carlile came by Shangri La last year to talk to Rick Rubin with Tanya Tucker about the album they made together, While I'm Livin'. After Tanya left, Brandi stayed behind to talk about her love of Joni Mitchell's …

Justin Townes Earle: In Memoriam

August 25th, 2020


Our episode with Justin Townes Earle was scheduled to run next month. But after we heard about Earle's passing over the weekend, we decided to put it …

Vagabon: Fresh Find

August 18th, 2020


This week’s Fresh Find, Vagabon, is a self taught, Cameroonian-born musician whose haunting voice and genre defying style has won over critics at both The New Yorker and Pitchfork. In this episode she talks about …

Run The Jewels Return!

July 28th, 2020


***Run the Jewels are raw and so is the language in this episode***

Killer Mike and El-P return to Broken Record to discuss the creation of their …

Berhana: Fresh Find

July 21st, 2020


Broken Record is bringing you a Fresh Find this week. We discovered Berhana after a key placement in Donald Glover’s show Atlanta. In this episode, Berhana talks about growing up in the real Atlanta, being first …

Margo Price

July 14th, 2020


A tornado raged through Margo Price's home-base of Nashville right as she was preparing to release her third album in March. A month later Margo’s …

Broken Record Presents: Questlove Supreme with Rick Rubin

July 9th, 2020


Rick Rubin joins Questlove and crew on their Questlove Supreme podcast. They discuss Rick's early Def Jam days, working with the Geto Boys, his process for taking on production work and so much more!

Learn more about …

Broken Record Presents: Aim Higher

July 2nd, 2020


Broken Record Presents: Aim Higher — the last episode of Against the Rules Season 2.

Can everyone be coached — or are some people beyond help?

  • The …

Huey Lewis

June 30th, 2020


Back to the Future is turning 35 and there's no better way to celebrate than a conversation with Huey Lewis who turned in one of the more memorable movie themes of all time: "The Power of Love." The song was a sensation …

Beastie Boys and Spike Jonze

June 23rd, 2020


It's been nearly 35 years since the Beastie Boys released their classic debut album, Licensed To Ill. In this candid conversation, Rick Rubin, who started out as the Beastie's DJ, reconnects with Mike D and Ad-Rock. …

Lucinda Williams

June 16th, 2020


Lucinda Williams is defying convention. While most of her peers have settled into a well worn groove, the alt-country icon just released an album that's way more punk than country. She spoke with Bruce Headlam from her …

RZA Talks Wu-Tang and Creativity In Quarantine

June 9th, 2020


Rick Rubin checks in with RZA on Zoom and finds out he's been peaking creatively while in quarantine. Their wide-ranging conversation covers RZA's first experiences with Hip Hop, ODB's parkour-like skills as a child, …

Revisionist History Presents: The Limits of Power

June 2nd, 2020


Malcolm has been writing about race and policing for a very long time, going back to the killing of Amadou Diallo in 1999. Sometimes, it is useful to …

Nick Lowe

May 26th, 2020


Nick Lowe wrote the classic "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" (made famous by Elvis Costello), produced one of the UK's first punk records ("New Rose" by the Damned), and started one of the great …

Jason Isbell

May 19th, 2020


Jason Isbell is one of the most important Southern voices in music today. He started writing and releasing his own songs in 2007, after a stint with the Drive By Truckers. Since then has slowly built a catalogue of …

PREVIEW: Against the Rules Season 2

May 5th, 2020


Previewing the first episode of Against the Rules Season 2 by Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Big Short, The Blind Side):

It wasn’t that long ago that …

Tame Impala

April 28th, 2020


Rick Rubin talks to Tame Impala's Kevin Parker about his newest release, The Slow Rush, and his creative process. Kevin shares key influences on some Tame Impala songs and also plays Rick a demo for an unrealized song …

Drive-By Truckers

April 21st, 2020


Drive-By Truckers play music from and talk about their twelfth album, The Unraveling. The band of Alabamans—represented here by Mike Cooley and …

Richard Russell on Building the Greatest Indie Label Ever

April 14th, 2020


XL Recordings has released music from Adele, Tyler the Creator, MIA, Dizzee Rascal, Radiohead, The White Stripes, King Krule and many other beloved, …

BONUS: David Blaine with Rick Rubin

April 9th, 2020


Rick Rubin, like all of us, has been thinking a lot about fear lately. And few people on the planet understand fear in the same way that Rick's good friend, David Blaine, does. David has made a career of pushing his …

Alicia Keys

April 7th, 2020


Alicia Keys talks with Malcolm Gladwell via Zoom about her newly released book, More Myself: A Journey and how writing it influenced her upcoming …

Glen Hansard

March 31st, 2020


Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard, and star of the movie Once, talks to Bruce Headlam about his newest solo album, "This Wild Willing" and how he …

BONUS: Guided Meditation with Jack Kornfield

March 31st, 2020


Rick Rubin talks with his friend, world-renowned Buddhist and meditation teacher, Jack Kornfield. He's long been one of the most influential figures in American Buddhism.

He connects with Rick by Zoom to guide him and …

John Legend

March 26th, 2020


During these tough times, Rick Rubin wanted to have a chat with an artist he finds inspiring. Top of mind was John Legend. So he called him up via Zoom, while both were sheltering in place, for a quick chat about his …

Nathaniel Rateliff

March 24th, 2020


Nathaniel Rateliff talks to Bruce Headlam about his new solo album, And It’s Still Alright, a deeply intimate project that reflects on the loss of …

Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead

March 17th, 2020


The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir talks to Rick Rubin about why the legendary band was never focused on their studio recordings, and how they were always …

Esperanza Spalding

March 10th, 2020


Bassist, songwriter, and composer Esperanza Spalding sits with Bruce Headlam to discuss her latest work and the opera she’s writing with the legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter. They also discuss why Esperanza shies …

Run The Jewels

March 3rd, 2020


Run the Jewels recently took a (smoke) break while working on their fourth album at Shangri-La and taped this podcast with Rick Rubin. Killer Mike and El-P tell Rick about the music that first caught their imaginations …

James Taylor Comes Clean

February 25th, 2020


James Taylor's voice sounds sweet and carefree. It's a gift that hides the darker side to his lyrics and life. He and Malcolm Gladwell sat and …

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels: The King of Rock

February 18th, 2020


RUN DMC were the first rap group on the cover of Rolling Stone. The first to go gold, platinum and multi-platinum. They were true pioneers of Hip Hop …

Robbie Robertson: Leader of The Band and Architect of Shangri La

February 11th, 2020


When Robbie Robertson turned a house perched above a Malibu beach into a home studio in the 1970's, he had no idea it'd remain a refuge for artists decades later. In this episode, Robbie returns to Shangri La—now the …

Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne

February 4th, 2020


Just before the release of his first solo album in over a decade, Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon sat with Rick Rubin to talk about his tumultuous …

Booker T of the MG's: Time Is Tight

January 28th, 2020


Booker T. Jones—as leader of Booker T. & the M.G.'s, Stax record's house band—helped popularize the sound of Southern soul music. Working …

Broken Record Presents: Slow Burn - Biggie and Tupac

December 27th, 2019


Broken Record brings you Season 3, Episode 2 of the podcast Slow Burn. Season 3 is focused on the murders of rap legends Tupac and Biggie. This episode of the series dissects a time in the 1990s when rappers pushed …

Bowie, Jazz, and the Unplayable Piano

December 20th, 2019


Broken Record presents an episode of "Cautionary Tales": Bowie, Jazz and the Unplayable Piano

It was the biggest concert of Keith Jarrett's career - …

Brittany Howard Goes Solo

December 19th, 2019


Lead singer of the Alabama Shakes, Brittany Howard, talks to Rick Rubin about making her first solo album, Jamie. She shares a never before heard …

Andre 3000 and Rick Rubin In Conversation

December 17th, 2019


Andre 3000 opens up to Rick Rubin in one of his most candid interviews ever. He talks about the early days of OutKast, how he first found his voice, how his mental health diagnosis has been both a blessing a curse, why …

Bon Iver's Past and Present

December 12th, 2019


Justin Vernon and producer Chris Messina from Bon Iver, discuss the new album "i,i" with Rick Rubin. Listen as they bond over their love for remote recording spaces, the importance of self care while making music, …

FKA Twigs Heals with Magdalene

December 10th, 2019


FKA Twigs and Rick Rubin dive deep into the creative journey that lead to Twigs’ stunning new album, Magdalene. They cover the physical and emotional …

Flea: Acid For the Children

December 3rd, 2019


Flea sat with Malcolm Gladwell to discuss his newly released memoir, "Acid For the Children," for the very first live taping of Broken Record! The …

Norah Jones Begins Again

November 26th, 2019


Norah Jones sits with Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam at The Bridge Studio in New York to talk about — and play through — her latest album, Begin …

Leonard Cohen's Legacy with Adam Cohen: Thanks for the Dance

November 19th, 2019


Leonard Cohen died three weeks after releasing his last record, You Want It Darker, in 2016. It was the first album he worked on with his son, Adam. In mourning, Adam turned his attention to poems of his father's that …

The Black Keys: Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney

November 12th, 2019


Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney join Rick Rubin at Shangri La to talk about their first tour in five years, scalpers screwing fans out of tickets, their new album—"Let's Rock"—and play some never before heard songs from …

Brandi Carlile & Tanya Tucker

November 5th, 2019


Brandi Carlile grew up adoring Tanya Tucker for her rebellious spirit. But it's that same nature that almost derailed Tanya's comeback album, "While …

Rex Orange County Is Major

October 29th, 2019


Rick Rubin sits with 21 year old British songwriter Rex Orange County to discuss his major label debut, "Pony." While Rex is still mostly performs …

Wyclef Jean Goes Back To School

October 22nd, 2019


Wyclef Jean, who's had solo hits and with the Fugees, and produced hits for Destiny's Child, Shakira, and Carlos Santana came back this year with a …

Yola's Walk Through Fire

October 15th, 2019


After years honing her craft in the UK Yola finally lands with her beautiful album, "Walk Through Fire." Produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, …

Tyler the Creator

October 8th, 2019


Tyler, the Creator spent three days this summer in Italy with Rick Rubin. At the end of the three days they sat down to record a conversation about Tyler's new album, "Igor". They play through some tracks off the album …

Jack White & Brendan Benson of the Raconteurs

October 1st, 2019


Jack White and Brendan Benson of the Raconteurs play through some songs off their new record, "Help Me Stranger" and talk with Malcolm Gladwell from …

Broken Record Season 3 ... Is Coming!

September 17th, 2019


From Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam: Conversations. Stories. Remembering old music. Discovering new music. Broken Record Season 3: …

In a Metal Mood

August 8th, 2019


A Broken Record/Revisionist History crossover episode on cultural appropriation. The case study is Taco Bell. Oh, and Pat Boone is involved. And so …

The Return of Vampire Weekend: Ezra Koenig with Ariel Rechtshaid

May 21st, 2019


Vampire Weekend returned this month with their first record in six years, "Father of the Bride". And long before it sat on top of the Billboard album chart, the band's leader, Ezra Koenig and producer Ariel Rechtshaid …

J.S. Ondara: Knockin' on America's Door

May 14th, 2019


Bruce Headlam discovered J.S. Ondara listening to his car radio late last year. And with a great showing at South By Southwest and a spot opening for Neil Young this summer, it seems like the rest of America is  …

Linda Perry

May 7th, 2019


Linda Perry is one of the only women considered a go-to producer in the music industry.

After finding success with her band 4 Non Blondes and their ubiquitous single, "What's Up?" (1992) Perry went on to write and …

T Bone Burnett: Perfection Is Second-Rate

April 30th, 2019


T Bone Burnett helped launch the careers of Los Lobos, Counting Crows, Gillian Welch; revive the careers of Roy Orbison and Robert Plant; course-correct Elvis Costello’s career in the mid-eighties and just recently …

The Art of A Cappella with Pentatonix

April 23rd, 2019


Malcolm Gladwell, along with guest-host, Daisy Rosario, talks with the five members of Pentatonix from GSI Studios in NYC. The quintet, who got their …

How To Write a Hit Song: The Love Junkies

April 16th, 2019


Lori McKenna, Liz Rose and Hillary Lidnsey—known as the Love Junkies—write some of the best songs in Nashville today. Between the three of them, they've helped launch Taylor Swift, pushed Lady Gaga into country …

Mary Gauthier

April 9th, 2019


Mary Gauthier is one of the most unique songwriters in Nashville. Forgoing the city's often conventional pop sound, Gauthier's songs are unafraid to probe into what she calls "the extremely personal." Gauthier talks to …

David Byrne

April 2nd, 2019


Rick Rubin and Malcolm Gladwell talk with David Byrne (formerly of Talking Heads) about protest music: some of his favorite protest songs, the …

Questlove Part 2

March 26th, 2019


Questlove talks about how he got involved with D’Angelo’s Voodoo record, the evolution of his drumming style, how he approaches DJ’ing, and tells the …

Questlove Part 1

March 26th, 2019


Questlove talks about how he got involved with D’Angelo’s Voodoo record, the evolution of his drumming style, how he approaches DJ’ing, and tells the …

Introducing Broken Record Season 2

March 14th, 2019


From Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam: Conversations. Arguments. Stories. Remembering old music. Discovering new music. Broken Record: …

Tom Petty and the Creation of “Wildflowers”

December 25th, 2018


For the season one finale of Broken Record, Malcolm Gladwell talks with Rick Rubin about Tom Petty, who died in October 2017 at the age of 66.  Rubin …

Dave Hill and the Epistemology of Norwegian Black Metal

December 18th, 2018


Malcolm Gladwell sits down with comedian, guitarist, and legendary metalhead Dave Hill, as he recounts how an email exchange between his alter ego …

Rosanne Cash

December 11th, 2018


“She Remembers Everything” is the name of the latest Rosanne Cash album, the 14th of her amazing career. Rosanne and her husband and musical …

Nashville Revolution: Bobby Braddock, Don Schlitz, and Don Henry

December 4th, 2018


Malcolm Gladwell talks to three songwriters who helped transform country music in the 1970s. Gone were cowboy hats, train whistles and church …

Rufus Wainwright

November 27th, 2018


Elton John has called Rufus Wainwright “the greatest songwriter in the world today.” Broken Record’s Bruce Headlam sits down with Rufus in Los …

Nile Rodgers and Chic

November 20th, 2018


Nile Rodgers, the mastermind behind the disco band Chic and producer of artists like David Bowie, Daft Punk and Madonna, plays live with his band and talks about his life and long musical career in the very studio that …

Rick Rubin

November 13th, 2018


Our introductory episode is a conversation between Rick Rubin and Malcolm Gladwell, covering everything from Rick’s role in the very beginning of …

Introducing Broken Record

November 6th, 2018


From Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam: Conversations. Arguments. Stories. Remembering old music. Discovering new music. Broken Record: …

Pilot: Walk on Water

November 10th, 2017


In the fall of 2017, Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, and Bruce Headlam sat down with Eminem and talked about his song 'Walk on Water', featuring …

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