Broken Record

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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.


  • Nick Lowe

    Nick Lowe

    26/05/2020 Duración: 01h07min

    Nick Lowe wrote the classic "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" (made famous by Elvis Costello), produced one of the UK's first punk records ("New Rose" by the Damned), and started one of the great independent record labels (Stiff Records). In this episode Bruce Headlam talks to him about producing the first five Elvis Costello records, marrying into Johnny Cash's family and his hilarious first encounter with the great Keith Richards. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Jason Isbell

    Jason Isbell

    19/05/2020 Duración: 48min

    Jason Isbell is one of the most important Southern voices in music today. He started writing and releasing his own songs in 2007, after a stint with the Drive By Truckers. Since then has slowly built a catalogue of songs and a resume—which includes a key songwriting contribution to Bradley Cooper's version of A Star Is Born—that should put him on anyone's short list of the best songwriters currently working. Isbell and Rick Rubin met for the first time just before this conversation where they discuss Isbell's recovery from addiction, his song writing process and his deep Southern roots. To checkout Jason Isbell's new album Reunions head to You can also listen to past—often extended—episodes of Broken Record by subscribing to our YouTube channel at Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • PREVIEW: Against the Rules Season 2

    PREVIEW: Against the Rules Season 2

    05/05/2020 Duración: 45min

    Previewing the first episode of Against the Rules Season 2 by Michael Lewis (Moneyball, The Big Short, The Blind Side): It wasn’t that long ago that coaches were confined to sports. Now they’re everywhere. You can hire a life coach or a death coach, an executive coach, a dating coach, even a charisma coach. Journalist and bestselling author Michael Lewis asks who’s getting all this coaching, and who isn’t? Lewis brings his wry wit and mastery of storytelling to topics as diverse as sports, consumer finance, college, and firefighting —  to understand what the rise of coaching means for all of us.In a seven-episode season, Against the Rules takes listeners from the home of a single mom in the mountains of Colorado, the classrooms of the Harvard Business School, to a data-driven “Bionic Man” facility for baseball pitchers. He speaks with a celebrity voice coach, an analyst who grades sales calls, and a startup founder who's coaching consumers out of credit-card debt. Along the way, he also revisits the controve

  • Tame Impala

    Tame Impala

    28/04/2020 Duración: 58min

    Rick Rubin talks to Tame Impala's Kevin Parker about his newest release, The Slow Rush, and his creative process. Kevin shares key influences on some Tame Impala songs and also plays Rick a demo for an unrealized song from his voice memos. Then Kevin turns the tables on Rick, asking about his work on Californication and Yeezus, which yields sage advice on record making. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Drive-By Truckers

    Drive-By Truckers

    21/04/2020 Duración: 55min

    Drive-By Truckers play music from and talk about their twelfth album, The Unraveling. The band of Alabamans—represented here by Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood—discuss how the political climate shaped the themes of their latest record. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Richard Russell on Building the Greatest Indie Label Ever

    Richard Russell on Building the Greatest Indie Label Ever

    14/04/2020 Duración: 59min

    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. Richard Russell has been with the label since its early days and at the helm since '96. He talks with Rick Rubin about the origin of their friendship, which dates back to the earliest days of XL, and how the label grew from a small electronic label into the greatest Indie of all time. Russell also talks about his career as a producer, which includes the last albums of both Gil Scott-Heron and Bobby Womack. Richard Russell has a new album out under his moniker Everything Is Recorded, you can check it out here: And to get his newly released book with traces the history of XL Recordings head to Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • BONUS: David Blaine with Rick Rubin

    BONUS: David Blaine with Rick Rubin

    09/04/2020 Duración: 51min

    Rick Rubin, like all of us, has been thinking a lot about fear lately. And few people on the planet understand fear in the same way that Rick's good friend, David Blaine, does. David has made a career of pushing his mind and body to the limit. So Rick thought David might be a great person to talk to about facing fear. Ok obviously this conversation isn’t about music. But it does touch on one of Rick’s other great loves—magic. When he was a kid, Rick studied magic. Since then magic has become so much more than sleight of hand for him … he uses the idea of pulling something out of nothing when he’s making music. So it makes sense that he would turn to one of the best living magicians for words of wisdom. To check out David Blaine's latest special visit: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Alicia Keys

    Alicia Keys

    07/04/2020 Duración: 58min

    Alicia Keys talks with Malcolm Gladwell via Zoom about her newly released book, More Myself: A Journey and how writing it influenced her upcoming album, Alicia. You can order her book at And to find out more about her upcoming album (and tour) you can visit Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • BONUS: Guided Meditation with Jack Kornfield

    BONUS: Guided Meditation with Jack Kornfield

    31/03/2020 Duración: 54min

    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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Glen Hansard

    Glen Hansard

    31/03/2020 Duración: 59min

    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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • John Legend

    John Legend

    26/03/2020 Duración: 48min

    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: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Nathaniel Rateliff

    Nathaniel Rateliff

    24/03/2020 Duración: 48min

    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: To see about when you can catch him on the road head to Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead

    Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead

    17/03/2020 Duración: 55min

    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: Check for updates to Bob's touring schedule here:!/events?page=1 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Esperanza Spalding

    Esperanza Spalding

    10/03/2020 Duración: 57min

    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

  • Run The Jewels

    Run The Jewels

    03/03/2020 Duración: 59min

    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

  • James Taylor Comes Clean

    James Taylor Comes Clean

    25/02/2020 Duración: 01h02min

    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

  • Darryl DMC McDaniels: The King of Rock

    Darryl "DMC" McDaniels: The King of Rock

    18/02/2020 Duración: 01h06min

    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

  • Robbie Robertson: Leader of The Band and Architect of Shangri La

    Robbie Robertson: Leader of The Band and Architect of Shangri La

    11/02/2020 Duración: 01h02min

    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 to see where you can catch it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Ozzy  Sharon Osbourne

    Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne

    04/02/2020 Duración: 58min

    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

  • Booker T of the MGs: Time Is Tight

    Booker T of the MG's: Time Is Tight

    28/01/2020 Duración: 56min

    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

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