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Broken Record with Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam

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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
Pilot: Walk on Water

13:45 | Nov 10th, 2017

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. That interview became the pilot episode of Broken Record.
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 Return of Vampire Weekend: Ezra Koenig with Ariel Rechtshaid

58:31 | May 21st

Vampire Weekend returned this month with their first record in six years, "Father of the Bride". And long before it sat on top of the Billboard album chart, the band's leader, Ezra Koenig and producer Ariel Rechtshaid stopped by Shangri La Sutdios in...Show More
J.S. Ondara: Knockin' on America's Door

41:47 | May 14th

Bruce Headlam discovered J.S. Ondara listening to his car radio late last year. And with a great showing at South By Southwest and a spot opening for Neil Young this summer, it seems like the rest of America is  discovering him too. In this episode o...Show More
Linda Perry: Making Hits Her Way

1:02:24 | May 7th

Linda Perry is one of the only women considered a go-to producer in the music industry.After finding success with her band 4 Non Blondes and their ubiquitous single, "What's Up?" (1992) Perry went on to write and produce for other artists.She’s worke...Show More
T Bone Burnett: Perfection Is Second-Rate

55:30 | Apr 30th

T Bone Burnett helped launch the careers of Los Lobos, Counting Crows, Gillian Welch; revive the careers of Roy Orbison and Robert Plant; course-correct Elvis Costello’s career in the mid-eighties and just recently produced a beautiful record by Sara...Show More
Pentatonix: The Art of A Cappella

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

1:01:59 | 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.
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, loss, changes, and regret that changed how Nashville made music an...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.