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Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam

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From Rick Rubin and Malcolm Gladwell, liner notes for the digital age. Digressions, arguments, back-stories, and random things to disagree with about music.

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Rick Rubin

48:58 | Nov 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 hip-hop to his role in introducing Johnny Cash to a new generation of writers, performers and music love...Show More

Walk on Water

14:51 | Nov 10th, 2017

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Rufus Wainwright

52:21 | Nov 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 Angeles, where Rufus performs breathtaking solo versions of his songs “Poses” and “In My Arms” from his ear...Show More

The Art of A Cappella with Pentatonix

48:40 | Apr 23rd

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 start on YouTube, discuss their approach to arranging a cappella versions of pop songs, writing orig...Show More

How To Write A Hit Song: The Love Junkies

57:39 | Apr 16th

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 music—with her album "Joanne"—and gave ...Show More

Mary Gauthier

49:42 | Apr 9th

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 Bruce Headlam in this episode o...Show More

David Byrne

41:43 | Apr 2nd

Rick Rubin and Malcolm Gladwell talk with David Byrne (formerly of Talking Heads) about protest music: some of his favorite protest songs, the earliest ones he heard, how they affected his songwriting, and what makes them effective.

Questlove Part 2

28:35 | Mar 26th

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. Part 2 of 2.

Questlove Part 1

53:04 | Mar 26th

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. Part 1 of 2.

Introducing Broken Record Season 2

02:08 | Mar 14th

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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adcho...Show More

Tom Petty and the Creation of “Wildflowers”

34:42 | Dec 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 and Petty worked together for two years on his beloved 1994 album “Wildflowers.” Rubin talks about P...Show More

Dave Hill and the Epistemology of Norwegian Black Metal

35:44 | Dec 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 Lance and a Norwegian black metal impresario named Saiitham (pronounced “satan”) led to the formation o...Show More

Rosanne Cash

59:48 | Dec 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 collaborator, John Leventhal, sit down with Broken Record’s Bruce Headlam to play songs from the album, talk ...Show More

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

45:30 | Dec 4th, 2018

Malcolm Gladwell talks to three songwriters who helped transform country music in the 1970s. Gone were cowboy hats, train whistles and church suppers. In came songs about desperation, lost changes and regret that changed how Nashville made music and ...Show More

Nile Rodgers and Chic

39:54 | Nov 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 was built for him to produce Bo...Show More

Introducing Broken Record

03:34 | Nov 6th, 2018

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.