Ben Folds tells Bruce Headlam the origins of his biggest hit, "Brick," the time Kesha dove into a pool fully clothed to rescue his phone, and the time he unknowingly destroyed a priceless Steinway piano on Australian TV, plus other anecdotes from his memoir, A Dream About Lightning Bugs.
Broken Record Presents: A Musical Episode of So...
Malcolm Gladwell speaks with co-founder and chairman of the JackTrip Foundation and the creator of Virtual Studio, Mike Dickey.
Dave Cobb: Nashville's Super Producer
Nashville producer Dave Cobb has earned six Grammys for his standout work with artists like Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile and Chris Stapleton. Over the past 15 years Dave's managed to inject some much-needed soul into country music.
My Morning Jacket's Jim James
Jim James talks about and performs some songs off My Morning Jacket's The Waterfall 2.
James Blake speaks with Rick Rubin about his new Covers EP — and plays too.
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.
Andrew Watt: Producer on the Rise
Rick Rubin chats with Andrew Watt this episode about getting his start in music interning with the Roots, working with Post Malone and Miley Cyrus on her newest album, and about a frightening experience with COVID in the early days of the pandemic.
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 for Album of the Year for the deluxe version of their debut.
Jeff Tweedy's Songwriting Master Class
Wilco's Jeff Tweedy is a prolific songwriter and in this episode with Malcolm Gladwell, he shares his songwriting secrets.
Leslie Odom Jr. of Hamilton
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 Christmas album.
Mike Campbell On First Album Post Heartbreakers
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.
Deep Sea Diver
Leah Rose speaks to Deep Sea Diver's Jessica Dobson about her journey from touring guitarist with indie rock royalty to becoming a creative force in the genre.
Kentucky singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson was in his mid-30s when he found fame as a country artist in Nashville. Sturgill talk to Rick Rubin about his journey and also his new bluegrass album.
Lenny Kravitz and Rick Rubin are old friends and roommates. On this episode of Broken Record they catch up on the occasion of the release of Lenny's memoir, "Let Love Rule."
Produced by My Morning Jacket's Jim James, S.G. Goodman's new album of songs present a deeper, more complex than usual look at life below the Mason-Dixon line.
Maya Hawke’s debut album, Blush, is an invitation into her vivid inner life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Burt Bacharach & Daniel Tashian
Burt Bacharach is a living legend. But he recently found a new muse in collaborator Daniel Tashian.
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.
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.
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.
Broken Record Presents: Into the Zone
Into the Zone is a podcast about opposites, and how borders are never as clear as we think.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Margo Price talks about her new album "That's How Rumors Get Started."
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!
Broken Record Presents: Aim Higher
Can everyone be coached — or are some people beyond help?
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."
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.
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.
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.
Broken Record Presents: The Limits of Power
A timely excerpt from David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
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.
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.
PREVIEW: Against the Rules Season 2
Previewing the first episode of Against the Rules Season 2 by Michael Lewis
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.
The band of Alabamans discuss how the current political climate shaped their twelfth record.
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.
BONUS: David Blaine with Rick Rubin
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."
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.
Glen Hansard (Once) talks to Bruce Headlam about his newest solo album, "The Wild Willing."
During these tough times, Rick Rubin wanted to have a chat with an artist he finds inspiring. Top of mind was John Legend.
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.
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.
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.
Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels recently took a (smoke) break while recording their fourth album at Shangri-La to talk with Rick Rubin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Brittany Howard Goes Solo
Lead singer of the Alabama Shakes, Brittany Howard, talks to Rick Rubin about making her first solo album, Jamie.
Andre 3000 and Rick Rubin In Conversation
Andre 3000 opens up to Rick Rubin in one of his most candid interviews ever.
Bon Iver's Past and Present
FKA Twigs Heals with Magdalene
FKA Twigs and Rick Rubin dive deep into the creative journey that lead to Twigs’ stunning new album, Magdalene.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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..
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.
Tyler the Creator Talks Igor
Tyler the Creator and Rick Rubin talk through and listen to Tyler's beautiful new record, Igor.
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.
Broken Record Season 3 ... Is Coming!
Conversations with the musicians you love by Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam - Broken Record Season 3!
In a Metal Mood: A Broken Record and Revisionis...
A Broken Record/Revisionist History crossover episode on cultural appropriation.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Rick Rubin and Malcolm Gladwell talk with David Byrne (formerly of Talking Heads) about protest music
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.
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
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.
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.
Dave Hill and the Epistemology of Norwegian Bla...
Malcolm Gladwell sits down with comedian, guitarist, and legendary metalhead Dave Hill
“She Remembers Everything” is the name of the latest Rosanne Cash album, the 14th of her amazing career.
Nashville Revolution: Bobby Braddock, Don Schli...
Malcolm Gladwell talks to three songwriters who helped transform country music in the 1970s.
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.
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.
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.
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.