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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 for writing soul-searching lyrics turned more political. Browne continues to use his music as a vehicle for change today
Since debuting in the late ‘60s, Yusuf/Cat Stevens has made a sizable contribution to the folk canon with tender, contemplative songs like “Wild World,” “Moon Shadow,” and “The Wind.”
Sam Sanders on Janet Jackson's Legacy
Today we have a special episode from our friend Sam Sanders over at NPR’s It's Been a Minute podcast. This year marks the 35th anniversary of Janet Jackson's classic album, Control.
Pino Palladino and Blake Mills
Pino Palladino and Blake Mills are renowned session musicians who recently collaborated on their own album, Notes With Attachments. It’s an experimental, jazz-leaning project that blew Rick Rubin’s mind.
Neil Young, Part Two
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 the Gold Rush inspired a mystical experience for Rick.
Neil Young, Part One
We have a really special episode for you today. 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 list.
Faye Webster Takes Off
Amanda Shires For Christmas
Today we have a special Broken Record Holiday episode with Nashville singer Amanda Shires. Shires’ new holiday album, For Christmas, isn’t meant to make you feel merry and bright.
Mary Gauthier: Saved By A Song
Mary Gauthier is a folk singer/songwriter whose songs have quite literally saved her life.
Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast
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 acclaim including her New York Times best-selling memoir, Crying In H Mart, and Japanese Breakfast's third and most ambitious album, Jubilee.
An Excerpt from Miracle And Wonder: Conversatio...
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, Conversations with Paul Simon.
Angelique Kidjo: Africa’s Premier Diva
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.
Pastor T.L. Barrett’s Gospel
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.
Singing Secrets of the Stars with Backstage Pass
Diane Warren: Songwriter Extraordinaire
Amythyst Kiah Sings Her Truth
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.
Scarface: The Reunion
White Lotus Composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer
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.
Lindsey Buckingham: Going His Own Way
Lindsey Buckingham’s signature finger-style guitar is perhaps as recognizable as the countless classic songs he wrote while he was in Fleetwood Mac.
Ringo Starr: Peace and Love
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, Ringo’s gearing up to release his latest EP, Change The World.
John Hiatt and Jerry Douglas
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 and Jimmy Buffet.
Henry Rollins speaks with Rick Rubin from Shangri-La pre-pandemic
Jaden Smith Gets Trippy
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.
Lukas Nelson: A Star Is Born
Growing up in a family full of musicians, Lukas Nelson was basically raised on stage.
Extended Cut: Brian Eno and Rick Rubin
The Broken Record team has been revisiting some of our favorite episodes and releasing new extended cuts via PushNik, our Apple Podcasts subscription program.
Revisionist History vs. The Little Mermaid
This week, we're presenting something fun from Malcolm Gladwell, co-founder of Pushkin.
Daryl Hall The Hit Man
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 RIAA named Hall and Oates the number-one selling duo in music history
Jeff Goldblum Gets Jazzy
Over Jeff Goldblum's 50-year acting career, he’s played dozens of unforgettable roles. Off-camera, Jeff Goldblum is also a surprisingly dedicated Jazz pianist who has been playing in clubs and bars for over 30 years.
Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen
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 songs “Surrender” and “I Want You To Want Me," which were precursors to the pop punk explosion in the '90s with bands like Green Day and Blink-182.
Mark Ronson Finds The Perfect Sound
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
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.
Archie Shepp: Activist of the Avant-Garde
Archie Shepp is a tenor saxophonist and composer who's spent over half a century contributing to the evolution of Black music.
Craig Finn Holds Steady
Craig Finn, the lead singer and songwriter of The Hold Steady, is known for his vivid, literary-style songwriting.
Pushkin Honors Juneteenth
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?
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 30-year career includes massive success as a producer and DJ,
Brian Eno: The Innovator
Brian Eno 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, and later he recorded a series of solo albums and eventually produced career-defining albums for a host of bands including U2, Devo and Coldplay.
Liz Phair's Soberish
Liz Phair talks to Bruce Headlam about how her approach to recording music isn’t a technical one — she relies on the unique way she hears music and her background as a visual artist.
Rhiannon Giddens Comes Home
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 tradition.
Superwolves: Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Matt Swe...
In 2005 singer Bonnie "Prince" Billy and guitarist Matt Sweeney released the Superwolf album, which has developed a cult following that includes Rick Rubin who absolutely fell in love with the project—Now, 16 years later, they’re back with the follow-up, Superwolves.
Presenting: An Excerpt from The Bomber Mafia by...
The Bomber Mafia is the new audiobook by Revisionist History host (and Pushkin co-founder) Malcolm Gladwell.
Peter Frampton Forgets the Words
Justin Richmond talks to Peter Frampton about his new album, Frampton Forgets The Words, and how the songs he chose provide insight into his expansive 50-year career.
Serj Tankian Talks Toxicity and Activism
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 and wildly bizarre album provided the perfect soundtrack for a world descending into chaos.
Andrew Bird + Jimbo Mathus
Andrew Bird and Jimbo Mathus discuss their new album, These 13, inspired by the opposing ways the two create music and the Southern scenery of Jimbo's home-state of Mississippi.
Barry Gibb's Wild Ride
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's Redemption
Merry Clayton is a legendary backup singer who has managed to consistently steal the spotlight.
Marianne Faithfull Fights Back
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 addict and a critically acclaimed comeback artist.
Valerie June Shines Bright
Valerie June has helped widen the scope of contemporary Ameicana music, she’s one of few African American women in the category and her unique combination of gospel and Appalachian folk is a shimmering example of what's possible in the roots-music tradition.
Ziggy Marley Reminisces About Jamaica and His F...
Ziggy Marley talks with Malcolm Gladwell about memories of his dad and Jamaica spurred by images in the photo book he recently curated, "Bob Marley: Portrait of the Legend."
Mike Shinoda on Beats, Rhymes and Linkin Park
Since forming in 1996, Linkin Park has sold over 100 million records worldwide. Their enormous success mixing genres like hip-hop, metal and anthemic pop was spearheaded by the band’s ultra-talented founder, Mike Shinoda.
Kenny Beats + Rick Rubin, Part 2
Kenny Beats explains how for the first time in the history of hip-hop, an American sub-genre made its way across the pond to the UK, only to come back to the States in an updated form that is now influencing American rappers.
Kenny Beats on the Regional Sounds of Hip Hop
Rick Rubin and Kenny Beats discuss the regional sounds of Hip Hop
Rick Rubin talks to the great Joan Baez about her long career as a singer and activist.
Rivers Cuomo on Weezer's New Approach and a Wil...
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 Kurt Cobain.
Earth, Wind & Fire's Verdine White with Rick Rubin
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 and Rick reads to Verdine a poignant note from the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea about what makes Verdine’s bass playing so special.
Nas In Conversation with Rick Rubin
Fresh off his 14th Grammy nomination, this time for his latest release, King's Disease, Nas connects Rick Rubin to talk about his earliest experiences with rap in Queens, how recording his last album with Kanye West in Wyoming almost took him out of his zone and how early beef with Jay Z made them both stronger rappers.
Legendary Music Journalist Lisa Robinson
Legendary Music Journalist Lisa Robinson
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.