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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.

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Run The Jewels Return!

Run The Jewels Return!

2020-07-2801:30:553

***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 fourth album, RTJ4, and the tumultuous world it was released into. Rick Rubin, who was present during some of the album's recording sessions at Shangri La, digs into the record's production and themes with the duo, calling the message and tone of the album "almost prophetic." They also discuss working with Pharrell and Zack de la Rocha and why they had to make a major change to a song after the album was already mastered. You can hear an extended cut of today's episode by subscribing to our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/brokenrecordpodcast. We'll be off the next two weeks but will be posting two interviews to our YouTube channel while away. You can also head to our website to checkout past episodes and dig into our artist playlists: https://brokenrecordpodcast.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Berhana: Fresh Find

Berhana: Fresh Find

2020-07-2145:091

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 generation American born to Ethiopian parents, recording his newest album in Tokyo and how he started earning enough on music to make a living before he ever played a show. Subscribe to Broken Record's YouTube channel to hear old and new interviews, often with bonus content: https://www.youtube.com/brokenrecordpodcast You can also check out past episodes here: https://brokenrecordpodcast.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Margo Price

Margo Price

2020-07-1401:03:29

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 husband and longtime collaborator, Jeremy Ivey, tested positive for coronavirus. While taking care of her sick husband and two young kids, Margo decided to push back the release of her new album. Now, "That's How Rumors Get Started" is finally out. Margo's written her way through personal devastation before and does so on the new album too. Although it also owes a debt to the more care-free music the Stones, Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac. Margo tells Bruce Headlam, in this episode, about how playing an open mic at a Best Western hotel made her a better songwriter, she also talks about hocking her wedding ring to record her first album, and how spending a weekend in jail was all the inspiration she needed to re-focus her career. Then we check in with her uncle, Nashville songwriter, Bobby Fischer. Subscribe to Broken Record's YouTube channel to hear old and new interviews, often with bonus content: https://www.youtube.com/brokenrecordpodcast You can also check out past episodes here: https://brokenrecordpodcast.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Huey Lewis

Huey Lewis

2020-06-3001:03:033

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 when it was released, propelling Huey Lewis and the News further than even their hit album Sports had. Bruce Headlam talks to Huey Lewis about how this song came together and mines form him some wild stories about his family, upbringing and success. Subscribe to Broken Record's YouTube channel to hear old and new interviews, often with bonus content: https://www.youtube.com/brokenrecordpodcast You can also check out past episodes here: https://brokenrecordpodcast.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Beastie Boys and Spike Jonze

Beastie Boys and Spike Jonze

2020-06-2301:07:173

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. Spike Jonze, who directed the new Beastie Boys documentary, Beastie Boys Story, also sits in and plays moderator. It's been nearly 20 years since Ad-Rock and Rick have talked and like old friends, they jump right into a slew of inside jokes and hilarious memories of their lives leading up to the release of Licensed to Ill. Subscribe to Broken Record's YouTube channel to hear old and new interviews, often with bonus content: https://www.youtube.com/brokenrecordpodcast You can also check out past episodes here: https://brokenrecordpodcast.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams

2020-06-1649:473

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 home in Nashville about her evolving sound and how her new album was influenced by politics and an abusive relationship. She also plays a few acoustic versions of her new songs. Subscribe to Broken Record's YouTube channel to hear old and new interviews, often with bonus content: https://www.youtube.com/brokenrecordpodcast You can also check out past episodes here: https://brokenrecordpodcast.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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, the spontaneity of classic Wu-Tang recording sessions, and how RZA almost gave up all of his earthly possessions to live with monks in China's Wudang Mountains. https://www.youtube.com/brokenrecordpodcast https://brokenrecordpodcast.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe

2020-05-2601:07:552

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 independent record labels (Stiff Records). In this episode Bruce Headlam talks to him about producing the first five Elvis Costello records, marrying into Johnny Cash's family and his hilarious first encounter with the great Keith Richards. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell

2020-05-1951:384

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 songs and a resume—which includes a key songwriting contribution to Bradley Cooper's version of A Star Is Born—that should put him on anyone's short list of the best songwriters currently working. Isbell and Rick Rubin met for the first time just before this conversation where they discuss Isbell's recovery from addiction, his song writing process and his deep Southern roots. To checkout Jason Isbell's new album Reunions head to https://orcd.co/reunions You can also listen to past—often extended—episodes of Broken Record by subscribing to our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/brokenrecordpodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tame Impala

Tame Impala

2020-04-2857:2012

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 from his voice memos. Then Kevin turns the tables on Rick, asking about his work on Californication and Yeezus, which yields sage advice on record making. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Drive-By Truckers

Drive-By Truckers

2020-04-2153:145

Drive-By Truckers play music from and talk about their twelfth album, The Unraveling. The band of Alabamans—represented here by Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood—discuss how the political climate shaped the themes of their latest record. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
XL Recordings has released music from Adele, Tyler the Creator, MIA, Dizzee Rascal, Radiohead, The White Stripes, King Krule and many other beloved, boundary-pushing artists. Richard Russell has been with the label since its early days and at the helm since '96. He talks with Rick Rubin about the origin of their friendship, which dates back to the earliest days of XL, and how the label grew from a small electronic label into the greatest Indie of all time. Russell also talks about his career as a producer, which includes the last albums of both Gil Scott-Heron and Bobby Womack. Richard Russell has a new album out under his moniker Everything Is Recorded, you can check it out here: https://xlrecordings.com/buy/everythingisrecorded-fridayforever And to get his newly released book with traces the history of XL Recordings head to https://www.hachette.com.au/richard-russell/liberation-through-hearing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

2020-04-0756:292

Alicia Keys talks with Malcolm Gladwell via Zoom about her newly released book, More Myself: A Journey and how writing it influenced her upcoming album, Alicia. You can order her book at https://static.macmillan.com/static/fib/alicia-keys/. And to find out more about her upcoming album (and tour) you can visit https://alicia.aliciakeys.com/. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 you through a couple of different guided meditations. A gift for these stressful times. You can find the first of those meditations at 8:00 and the second meditation at 42:32. And if you're interested in learning more about meditation or Jack's work you can visit https://jackkornfield.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Glen Hansard

Glen Hansard

2020-03-3155:101

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 nearly sampled a Queen and David Bowie jam unwittingly. Find the playlist for this episode at https://brokenrecordpodcast.com/. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
John Legend

John Legend

2020-03-2646:342

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 career and the creative process behind two of his biggest songs. Plus they discuss the song Legend is currently obsessed with. This is our first remote recording, so it's a little shorter and a little more lo-fi than usual. Make sure to listen to John Legend's new single "Actions" and check for a new album later this year: https://open.spotify.com/track/0KGgFs3yJ1aHGnEU8nHCqR?si=3Q_Er2R7T1WQk_W8L1g1tg Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nathaniel Rateliff

Nathaniel Rateliff

2020-03-2446:503

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 his former producer and good friend Richard Swift. Nathaniel plays songs off his new record and recounts his journey as a musician, starting with his family’s gospel band up until his recent success as the frontman of the critically-acclaimed group, The Nightsweats. Nathaniel Rateliff made an awesome playlist of his favorite songs you can listen to here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5MlFYjnJ2R3UMQ2LM3wnLp?si=n_tNYUOSTDmCuqAjbGPMAQ To see about when you can catch him on the road head to https://www.nathanielrateliff.com/tour. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 more interested in seeing where their live shows would take them. Bob also plays a new song from an opera he's writing and tells Rick about a recent dream where he and Jerry Garcia performed a new song that materialized into a room-sized sheep dog. Bob Weir's Jug Band Playlist & our favorite Weir songs: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6K125dakokqmpvIriLONID?si=pP98EJwVTXCaYF_xJF7ezQ Check for updates to Bob's touring schedule here: https://bobweir.net/#!/events?page=1 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

2020-03-1054:369

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 away from being labeled a prodigy, what it’s like jamming at Joni Mitchell's house, and how, despite her improvisational approach, she’s so much more than just a jazz musician. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Run The Jewels

Run The Jewels

2020-03-0356:3611

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 as kids, how Run-DMC inspired their philosophy as a group, and who would be the court jester—and who would be a tribe leader—in their post-apocalyptic fantasy world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Glenn Roberts

Blah blah blah.. Just more Liberal BS.

Jul 1st
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Tiana Mae Odden

Yes please Imogen Heap and Pentatonix 😭😭 my jaw dropped when they mentioned her ughhhh

Mar 31st
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T Smith

Loved this interview and would have liked to hear more of TBone vs the interviewer.

Feb 21st
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Sara Bonnet

yo! negrills is still open!

Jan 15th
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kps3

Nice

Dec 22nd
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Kenneth Kay

The typos in the description seem so out of place here. Ken.

Dec 13th
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Chris Klumper

so Tyler the Creator is turning into Joji. personally I think they're both more talented at making dirty raps. This genre was huge when it first came out but the sound gets really repetitive in my opinion.

Oct 9th
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Ryan O'Donnell

amazing

Sep 13th
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dp

revisonist history is more to my liking but i love me some Malcolm

May 16th
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Christopher Schooley

You're wrong about the context of Okie from Muskogee, and you're also way off base about Sunday Bloody Sunday. If a protest song is against an institution, then a song about the conflict in Ireland between protestant and catholic factions absolutely counts.

Apr 3rd
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Derrick Soares

That was such a good podcast. that story with Obama..wow. I'm a dj myself and I know that panic. just wow. great podcast.

Apr 1st
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Elia Rechtman

This is an amazing podcast about Tom Petty!

Jan 26th
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Elia Rechtman

This is an awesome podcast!

Jan 26th
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Rami Zijai

that song at the end!! omg, best version of get lucky I have ever heard! anyone know where I could get it?

Jan 13th
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Glenn Rodriguez

That was the best 30 minutes I’ve ever heard. True Kvlt!!!!!

Dec 19th
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Blacy1

Not feeling this... Hopefully we can get a more eclectic mix of genres down the line.

Dec 14th
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Algae

werd

Dec 11th
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Cover Time

wow. Rick Rubin is a legend. great stories.... would love to hear about the chili peppers and the making of blood sugar sex magik. love from the guys at the Sect of the Black Lizard.

Dec 1st
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Jana Beer

It took a while, but it was worth waiting for!

Nov 20th
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Amir O'Loughlin

Revisionist History is by far my favorite podcast. Being a musician, I was very excited to hear what Malcolm gladwell would do with his music podcast. all I can say is I found it boring and not a little disappointing. sure hope he gets back to what he does best.

Nov 20th
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