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From Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam, and Justin Richmond. The musicians you love talk about their life, inspiration, and craft. Then play.
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Rick Rubin talks with his friend, world-renowned Buddhist and meditation teacher, Jack Kornfield. He's long been one of the most influential figures in American Buddhism. He connects with Rick by Zoom to guide him and you through a couple of different guided meditations. A gift for these stressful times. You can find the first of those meditations at 8:00 and the second meditation at 42:32. And if you're interested in learning more about meditation or Jack's work you can visit https://jackkornfield.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Glen Hansard

Glen Hansard

2020-03-3155:10

Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard, and star of the movie Once, talks to Bruce Headlam about his newest solo album, "This Wild Willing" and how he nearly sampled a Queen and David Bowie jam unwittingly. Find the playlist for this episode at https://brokenrecordpodcast.com/. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
John Legend

John Legend

2020-03-2646:341

During these tough times, Rick Rubin wanted to have a chat with an artist he finds inspiring. Top of mind was John Legend. So he called him up via Zoom, while both were sheltering in place, for a quick chat about his career and the creative process behind two of his biggest songs. Plus they discuss the song Legend is currently obsessed with. This is our first remote recording, so it's a little shorter and a little more lo-fi than usual. Make sure to listen to John Legend's new single "Actions" and check for a new album later this year: https://open.spotify.com/track/0KGgFs3yJ1aHGnEU8nHCqR?si=3Q_Er2R7T1WQk_W8L1g1tg Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nathaniel Rateliff

Nathaniel Rateliff

2020-03-2446:502

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. Nathaniel plays songs off his new record and recounts his journey as a musician, starting with his family’s gospel band up until his recent success as the frontman of the critically-acclaimed group, The Nightsweats. Nathaniel Rateliff made an awesome playlist of his favorite songs you can listen to here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5MlFYjnJ2R3UMQ2LM3wnLp?si=n_tNYUOSTDmCuqAjbGPMAQ To see about when you can catch him on the road head to https://www.nathanielrateliff.com/tour. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Bob also plays a new song from an opera he's writing and tells Rick about a recent dream where he and Jerry Garcia performed a new song that materialized into a room-sized sheep dog. Bob Weir's Jug Band Playlist & our favorite Weir songs: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6K125dakokqmpvIriLONID?si=pP98EJwVTXCaYF_xJF7ezQ Check for updates to Bob's touring schedule here: https://bobweir.net/#!/events?page=1 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

2020-03-1054:369

Bassist, songwriter, and composer Esperanza Spalding sits with Bruce Headlam to discuss her latest work and the opera she’s writing with the legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter. They also discuss why Esperanza shies away from being labeled a prodigy, what it’s like jamming at Joni Mitchell's house, and how, despite her improvisational approach, she’s so much more than just a jazz musician. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Run The Jewels

Run The Jewels

2020-03-0356:369

Run the Jewels recently took a (smoke) break while working on their fourth album at Shangri-La and taped this podcast with Rick Rubin. Killer Mike and El-P tell Rick about the music that first caught their imaginations as kids, how Run-DMC inspired their philosophy as a group, and who would be the court jester—and who would be a tribe leader—in their post-apocalyptic fantasy world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
James Taylor Comes Clean

James Taylor Comes Clean

2020-02-2557:297

James Taylor's voice sounds sweet and carefree. It's a gift that hides the darker side to his lyrics and life. He and Malcolm Gladwell sat and uncovered some of the more troubling moments from his early life in this conversation. James also talks about it in his audio memoir, Break Shot, available now through Audible. They also discuss the beach music scene of the Carolinas and the music that got James interested in music. Some of those tunes are represented on his new album, American Standard. Where James reworks classics of the great American songbook. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
RUN DMC were the first rap group on the cover of Rolling Stone. The first to go gold, platinum and multi-platinum. They were true pioneers of Hip Hop in the 80’s, releasing classic albums like “Raising Hell” and “Tougher Than Leather” — both collaborations with Rick Rubin. But by the 90s Hip Hop and changed. RUN DMC were struggling to find their way and so was Darryl “DMC” McDaniels. The self-proclaimed "King of Rock" tells Rick that at one point, the only thing giving him the will to live, was a Sarah McLachlan song. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
When Robbie Robertson turned a house perched above a Malibu beach into a home studio in the 1970's, he had no idea it'd remain a refuge for artists decades later. In this episode, Robbie returns to Shangri La—now the home of our own Rick Rubin—to discuss creating the studio, helping Bob Dylan go electric with The Band, writing "The Weight" and collaborating with Martin Scorsese on his films. "Once Were Brothers" a documentary about The Band, comes out in theaters on February 21st. Visit https://www.oncewerebrothers.com/ to see where you can catch it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne

Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne

2020-02-0454:294

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. Friends since the early '80s, they discuss the early days of Black Sabbath, Ozzy's first encounter with his late guitarist Randy Rhoads, and how blown away Rick is by the power of Ozzy's voice at 71 years old. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Working alongside Stax legends like Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Albert King and more, his finger prints were everywhere. He details it all in his new book "Time Is Tight: My Life, Note By Note." He sat with Bruce Headlam in Brooklyn to discuss his time at Stax, including some of the great songs he had a hand in writing, and about his incredible career after leaving the label. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Lead singer of the Alabama Shakes, Brittany Howard, talks to Rick Rubin about making her first solo album, Jamie. She shares a never before heard demo from the album and talks about her high school band days, The Shakes first live show, and how she's overcome serious bouts of writer's block with just about every project she's ever released. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Andre 3000 opens up to Rick Rubin in one of his most candid interviews ever. He talks about the early days of OutKast, how he first found his voice, how his mental health diagnosis has been both a blessing a curse, why it’s so hard for him to write new material, and why he would rather perform at flea markets these days than sold-out arenas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Justin Vernon and producer Chris Messina from Bon Iver, discuss the new album "i,i" with Rick Rubin. Listen as they bond over their love for remote recording spaces, the importance of self care while making music, Justin’s love for the Indigo Girls, and how the ‘90s cult classic TV show Northern Exposure helped inspire the creation of Bon Iver. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
FKA Twigs and Rick Rubin dive deep into the creative journey that lead to Twigs’ stunning new album, Magdalene. They cover the physical and emotional trauma that inspired the album, how she found solace in the brilliant musicians she collaborated with on the record, and how FKA Twigs’ tireless attention to detail led her to make some of the most exciting music of her career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Flea: Acid For the Children

Flea: Acid For the Children

2019-12-0301:14:1621

Flea sat with Malcolm Gladwell to discuss his newly released memoir, "Acid For the Children," for the very first live taping of Broken Record! The book is a journey through Flea's childhood: from Australia to the seedy streets of 1970's and 80's Los Angeles to the earliest incarnation of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Flea brings his book to life in this intensely intimate conversation about his friendships with bandmates Anthony Kiedis and Hillel Slovak, the LA of his childhood and picks up the bass to walk through the evolution of his bass playing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Norah Jones Begins Again

Norah Jones Begins Again

2019-11-2642:484

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. The album is the result of a new way of working in the studio that's invigorated her. She discusses this new process, working with Jeff Tweedy and Danger Mouse and more! Oh, and her voice and playing are angelic. Visit: https://brokenrecordpodcast.com/ for more episodes! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Leonard Cohen died three weeks after releasing his last record, You Want It Darker, in 2016. It was the first album he worked on this son, Adam. In mourning, Adam turned his attention to poem's of his father's that he recorded while putting that last record together. He then decided to set those poems to music. The result is Leonard Cohen's new album, Thanks for the Dace. Adam talks with Rick Rubin form Shangri La about his father's musical legacy, family life and how this album came together. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney join Rick Rubin at Shangri La to talk about their first tour in five years, scalpers screwing fans out of tickets, their new album—"Let's Rock"—and play some never before heard songs from their vault. Visit https://brokenrecordpodcast.com/ to listen to our playlist for this episode Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (36)

Tiana Mae Odden

Yes please Imogen Heap and Pentatonix 😭😭 my jaw dropped when they mentioned her ughhhh

Mar 31st
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T Smith

Loved this interview and would have liked to hear more of TBone vs the interviewer.

Feb 21st
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Sara Bonnet

yo! negrills is still open!

Jan 15th
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kps3

Nice

Dec 22nd
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Kenneth Kay

The typos in the description seem so out of place here. Ken.

Dec 13th
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Chris Klumper

so Tyler the Creator is turning into Joji. personally I think they're both more talented at making dirty raps. This genre was huge when it first came out but the sound gets really repetitive in my opinion.

Oct 9th
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Ryan O'Donnell

amazing

Sep 13th
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dp

revisonist history is more to my liking but i love me some Malcolm

May 16th
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Christopher Schooley

You're wrong about the context of Okie from Muskogee, and you're also way off base about Sunday Bloody Sunday. If a protest song is against an institution, then a song about the conflict in Ireland between protestant and catholic factions absolutely counts.

Apr 3rd
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Derrick Soares

That was such a good podcast. that story with Obama..wow. I'm a dj myself and I know that panic. just wow. great podcast.

Apr 1st
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Elia Rechtman

This is an amazing podcast about Tom Petty!

Jan 26th
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Elia Rechtman

This is an awesome podcast!

Jan 26th
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Rami Zijai

that song at the end!! omg, best version of get lucky I have ever heard! anyone know where I could get it?

Jan 13th
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Glenn Rodriguez

That was the best 30 minutes I’ve ever heard. True Kvlt!!!!!

Dec 19th
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Blacy1

Not feeling this... Hopefully we can get a more eclectic mix of genres down the line.

Dec 14th
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Algae

werd

Dec 11th
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Cover Time

wow. Rick Rubin is a legend. great stories.... would love to hear about the chili peppers and the making of blood sugar sex magik. love from the guys at the Sect of the Black Lizard.

Dec 1st
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Jana Beer

It took a while, but it was worth waiting for!

Nov 20th
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Amir O'Loughlin

Revisionist History is by far my favorite podcast. Being a musician, I was very excited to hear what Malcolm gladwell would do with his music podcast. all I can say is I found it boring and not a little disappointing. sure hope he gets back to what he does best.

Nov 20th
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Sheila Vassar

I love this song.and him

Nov 11th
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