Broken Record with Rick Rubin, Malcol...

From Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam, and Justin Richmond. The musicians you love talk about their life, inspiration, and craft. Then play.

Society & Culture
Carlos Santana & Cindy Blackman
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.
34 min
Bruce Springsteen
Rick Rubin and Malcolm Gladwell speak to Bruce Springsteen about his new album, "Letter to You," listening to "Born to Run" on a long drive for its 45th anniversary and the influence his Catholicism has on his songwriting.
69 min
Win Butler
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.
52 min
Benmont Tench on life with Tom Petty
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 is a massive talent who's also done plenty of work as a sideman for Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, U2, Johnny Cash and a ton of others.
35 min
Tom Petty's Wildflowers II with Adria Petty
Rick Rubin talks to Tom Petty's daughter, Adria Petty, about her memories of her dad and the hard curatorial work of putting together the new box set "Wildflowers & All The Rest."
71 min
Joe Henry
Bruce Headlam talks to Joe about writing "Don't Tell Me" for his sister-in-law Madonna, working with Bonnie Raitt and Elvis Costello and the music that gave him strength after a cancer diagnosis.
60 min
Khruangbin have had a charmed existence since they released their first record almost exactly five years ago. They've crushed the festival circuit, opened up for Wu Tang and found themselves on Obama's summer playlist.
37 min
Burt Bacharach & Daniel Tashian
Burt Bacharach is a living legend. But he recently found a new muse in collaborator Daniel Tashian.
34 min
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Buffy Sainte-Marie could've been Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell or Paul Simon but she tells Rick Rubin she was blacklisted by the U.S. government.
55 min
Don Was
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 B-52's, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. He also talks about how he became the president of legendary Jazz label Blue Note Records.
49 min
Flying Lotus
In this episode FlyLo talks to Rick Rubin about visiting his great aunt Alice Coltrane’s ashram, his peak creative hours, and why he directed a horror movie despite being scared to death by the Thriller video as a kid.
42 min
Broken Record Presents: Into the Zone
Into the Zone is a podcast about opposites, and how borders are never as clear as we think.
43 min
Emma Louise: Fresh Find
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.
30 min
Brandi Carlile
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 music, how she was present for a star studded jam that led to Joni singing for the first time since her stroke, and also about the beginning of her career, when Rick helped to discover her.
48 min
Justin Townes Earle: In Memoriam
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 out sooner.
48 min
Vagabon: Fresh Find
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.
42 min
Run The Jewels Return!
Killer Mike and El-P return to Broken Record with Rick Rubin to discuss the creation of their fourth album, RTJ4, and the tumultuous world it was released into.
85 min
Berhana: Fresh Find
Broken Record brings you a Fresh Find: Berhana. We discuss how we went from working restaurant gigs to earning a living on music, growing up in Atlanta as a first generation American born to Ethiopian parents, and recording his newest album in Tokyo.
39 min
Margo Price
Margo Price talks about her new album "That's How Rumors Get Started."
57 min
Broken Record Presents: Questlove Supreme with ...
Questlove interviews Rick Rubin about his early Def Jam days, working with the Geto Boys, his process for taking on production work and so much more!
145 min
Broken Record Presents: Aim Higher
Can everyone be coached — or are some people beyond help?
45 min
Huey Lewis
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."
54 min
Beastie Boys and Spike Jonze
Rick Rubin catches up with his old friends, the Beastie Boys, and the director of their new documentary, Spike Jonze.
61 min
Lucinda Williams
While most of Lucinda Williams's peers have settled into well worn groove, the alt-country icon just released an album that's way more punk than country.
45 min
RZA Talks Wu-Tang and Creativity In Quarantine
Rick Rubin checks in with RZA on Zoom and finds out he's been peaking creatively while in quarantine.
58 min
Broken Record Presents: The Limits of Power
A timely excerpt from David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
46 min
Nick Lowe
Nick Lowe talks about producing the first five Elvis Costello records (and the UK's first punk single), marrying into Johnny Cash's family and his hilarious first encounter with Keith Richards.
62 min
Jason Isbell
One of the most important voices in Southern music talks with Rick Rubin about his recovery from addiction, his song writing process and his deep Southern roots.
43 min
PREVIEW: Against the Rules Season 2
Previewing the first episode of Against the Rules Season 2 by Michael Lewis
45 min
Tame Impala
Rick Rubin talks to Tame Impala's Kevin Parker about his newest release, The Slow Rush, and his creative process. Plus, Kevin shares key influences on some Tame Impala songs and also plays Rick voice-memo demos for an unrealized song.
53 min
Drive-By Truckers
The band of Alabamans discuss how the current political climate shaped their twelfth record.
51 min
Richard Russell on Building the Greatest Indie ...
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. Rick Rubin talks to the head of XL about how the it grew from a small electronic label into one of the greatest Indies of all time.
55 min
BONUS: David Blaine with Rick Rubin
48 min
Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys talks with Malcolm Gladwell by Zoom about her newly released book, More Myself: A Journey and how writing it influenced her upcoming album, "Alicia."
54 min
BONUS: Guided Meditation with Jack Kornfield
Rick Rubin goes through a guided meditation with his friend, world-renowned Buddhist and meditation teacher, Jack Kornfield. A gift for these stressful times.
53 min
Glen Hansard
Glen Hansard (Once) talks to Bruce Headlam about his newest solo album, "The Wild Willing."
54 min
John Legend
During these tough times, Rick Rubin wanted to have a chat with an artist he finds inspiring. Top of mind was John Legend.
43 min
Nathaniel Rateliff
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.
43 min
Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead
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.
51 min
Esperanza Spalding
Esperanza Spalding talks with Bruce Headlam about her latest work, the opera she’s writing with the legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter and jamming at Joni Mitchell's house.
53 min
Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels recently took a (smoke) break while recording their fourth album at Shangri-La to talk with Rick Rubin.
54 min
James Taylor Comes Clean
James Taylor discusses some of the darker moments of his early life with Malcolm Gladwell and how those moments influenced his songwriting.
57 min
Darryl "DMC" McDaniels: The King of Rock
The self proclaimed King of Rock, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, explains to Rick Rubin how a Sarah McLachlan song saved his life.
62 min
Robbie Robertson: Leader of The Band and Archit...
Robbie Robertson returns to Shangri La, the Malibu studio he built in the 1970's not realize it'd be a place of refuge for artists for decades.
57 min
Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne
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 career that's spanned five decades.
54 min
Booker T of the MG's: Time Is Tight
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.
52 min
Broken Record Presents: Slow Burn - Biggie and ...
Broken Record brings you Season 3, Episode 2 of the podcast Slow Burn - all about the murders of Tupac and Biggie
30 min
Broken Record Presents: Cautionary Tales - Bowi...
Sometimes we do our best work not when things are going well, but when a wrench has been thrown in the works.
31 min
Brittany Howard Goes Solo
Lead singer of the Alabama Shakes, Brittany Howard, talks to Rick Rubin about making her first solo album, Jamie.
37 min
Andre 3000 and Rick Rubin In Conversation
Andre 3000 opens up to Rick Rubin in one of his most candid interviews ever.
54 min
Bon Iver's Past and Present
42 min
FKA Twigs Heals with Magdalene
FKA Twigs and Rick Rubin dive deep into the creative journey that lead to Twigs’ stunning new album, Magdalene.
46 min
Flea: Acid For the Children
Flea sat with Malcolm Gladwell to discuss his newly released memoir, "Acid For the Children," for the very first live taping of Broken Record!
72 min
Norah Jones Begins Again
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 Again.
41 min
Leonard Cohen's Legacy with Adam Cohen: Thanks ...
Adam Cohen talks with Rick Rubin form Shangri La about Leonard Cohen's musical legacy, family life and how this album came together.
49 min
The Black Keys: Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney
The Black Keys play Rick Rubin unreleased songs from their vault, talk about their new album and scalpers screwing over fans.
44 min
Brandi Carlile & Tanya Tucker
Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker, country music's fastest rising talent and one of its living-legends, sit with Rick Rubin to discuss creating an album together and Tanya's many road stories.
68 min
Rex Orange County Is Major
Rick Rubin sits with 21 year old British songwriter Rex Orange County to discuss songwriting and his new album, "Pony."
50 min
Wyclef Jean Goes Back To School
Justin Richmond reflects on his own childhood listening to the Fugees and talks to Wyclef about his latest effort, Wyclef Goes Back to School..
54 min
Yola's Walk Through Fire
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.
48 min
Tyler the Creator Talks Igor
Tyler the Creator and Rick Rubin talk through and listen to Tyler's beautiful new record, Igor.
47 min
Jack White & Brendan Benson of the Raconteurs
Jack White, Brendan Benson, Malcolm Gladwell and Rick Rubin talk about the music making and songwriting practice of the Raconteurs and their new album.
74 min
Broken Record Season 3 ... Is Coming!
Conversations with the musicians you love by Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam - Broken Record Season 3!
3 min
In a Metal Mood: A Broken Record and Revisionis...
A Broken Record/Revisionist History crossover episode on cultural appropriation.
39 min
Vampire Weekend Returns: Ezra Koenig with Ariel...
Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig and producer Ariel Rechtshaid stopped by Shangri La Studios in Malibu to talk with hosts Malcolm Gladwell and Rick Rubin. Ezra explained how he and Ariel have been laboring over the new album, re-working some songs hundreds of times before finally feeling like they got it right.
54 min
J.S. Ondara: Knockin' on America's Door
J.S. Ondara talks about leaving his native Kenya six years ago for Minnesota — the home of his idol, Bob Dylan — and creating his debut album, "Tales of America".
38 min
Linda Perry: Making Hits Her Way
Linda Perry is one of the only women considered a go-to producer in the music industry having worked with Pink, Christina Aguilera, Adele, Alicia Keys and now Dolly Parton.
58 min
T Bone Burnett: Perfection Is Second-Rate
Rick Rubin and T Bone Burnett discuss T Bone's pivot away from producing to focus on songwriting, producing Robert Plant & Alison Krauss and how he got started in music.
51 min
Pentatonix: The Art of A Cappella
Malcolm Gladwell talks with the members of vocal group Pentatonix about their style and approach to a cappella music.
44 min
How To Write A Hit Song: The Love Junkies
The Love Junkies are three of Nashville's best pop writers - Malcolm listens in as they write the beginning of a song and explain their working-relationship.
58 min
Mary Gauthier
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."
45 min
David Byrne
Rick Rubin and Malcolm Gladwell talk with David Byrne (formerly of Talking Heads) about protest music
37 min
Questlove Part 2
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 best Obama story ever.
24 min
Questlove Part 1
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 best Obama story ever
49 min
Introducing Broken Record Season 2
From Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam: Conversations. Arguments. Stories. Remembering old music. Discovering new music. Broken Record: Coming to your podcast feed on March 26th.
2 min
Tom Petty and the Creation of “Wildflowers”
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.
30 min
Dave Hill and the Epistemology of Norwegian Bla...
Malcolm Gladwell sits down with comedian, guitarist, and legendary metalhead Dave Hill
31 min
Rosanne Cash
“She Remembers Everything” is the name of the latest Rosanne Cash album, the 14th of her amazing career.
56 min
Nashville Revolution: Bobby Braddock, Don Schli...
Malcolm Gladwell talks to three songwriters who helped transform country music in the 1970s.
42 min
Rufus Wainwright
Elton John has called Rufus Wainwright “the greatest songwriter in the world today.” Broken Record’s Bruce Headlam sits down with Rufus in Los Angeles, where Rufus performs breathtaking solo versions of his songs “Poses” and “I Can’t Wait” from his earliest albums.
49 min
Nile Rodgers and Chic
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 was built for him to produce Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” album.
37 min
Rick Rubin
Our introductory episode is a conversation between Rick Rubin and Malcolm Gladwell, covering everything from Rick’s role in the very beginning of hip-hop to his role in introducing Johnny Cash to a new generation of writers, performers and music lovers.
46 min
Introducing Broken Record
From Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam: Conversations. Arguments. Stories. Remembering old music. Discovering new music. Broken Record: Liner notes for the digital age. Coming to your podcast feed on November 13th.
3 min
Pilot: Walk on Water
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 Beyonce.
13 min