From Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam, and Justin Richmond. The musicians you love talk about their life, inspiration, and craft. Then play. iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries.
Extended Cut: Bob Weir
Today we’re flashing back to an older conversation between Rick Rubin and Grateful Dead guitarist, singer, writer Bob Weir. If you’re a fan of the Dead or just curious about their mystique and appeal, you’ll dig this episode. Rick and Bob get into the band’s working dynamic, how they’ve managed to stay relevant, and what it’s like for him to lead the group as Dead and Company now.
You’ll also hear some stuff that was cut out of the original conversation, talk about his band, Wolf Bros with Rolling Stones producer Don Was, the inspiration behind an epic opera he’s writing, and Bob’s unique guitar style.
We appreciate your support, now here’s Rick Rubin with Bob Weir from Shangri La.
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. She created the album with Phoebe Bridger’s producer, Tony Berg, and the result is a project expertly fuses Kiah’s love for ‘90s alt-rock with her old-time, country sensibility.
Amythyst Kiah performs two of her new songs on today’s episode and talks to Bruce Headlam about what it was like for a black teengager to come out as gay in a white Christian southern town. She also explains how learning of the West African roots of Bluegrass helped reaffirm her place in Americana music.
Just a warning, this episode contains talk of suicide.
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Scarface: The Reunion
Houston rapper Scarface is one of the most recognizable, respected voices in hip-hop. When he was just 17 years-old, Scarface was recruited to join Bushwik Bill and Willie D in the Geto Boys. The group was one of Rick Rubin’s earliest rap signings for his post Def Jam label, Def American.
On today’s episode, Scarface and Rick reminisce about working together, and Face talks about how his recent experience with covid was eerily similar to his classic verse on “Mind Playing Tricks On Me.” Scarface also talks about the Miranda Lambert song that makes him yearn for his childhood Texas home.
Extended Cut: Lindsey Buckingham
Today we’re extending a conversation between Bruce Headlam and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham. Lindsey recently released his latest solo album after a number of setbacks including filing for divorce from his wife, heart surgery, and getting kicked out of the band he helped commit to music history, Fleetwood Mac.
Lindsey hasn’t been shy about discussing the unresolved issues between himself and Stevie Nicks, who he claims had him kicked out. But nowhere has he been more candid than in his conversation with Bruce. In this Pushnik exclusive, we’re restoring the full conversation.
We appreciate your support, now here’s Bruce Headlam with Lindsey Buckingham.
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. On today’s episode Justin Richmond talks to de Veer about how he came up with White Lotus’ striking soundscape. De Veer plays stems from the score and explains about how he initially set out to create a Hawaiian Hitchcock sound. He also talks about how he created the signature tribal-sounding vocals from White Lotus after being summoned to California by Kanye West.
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. Buckingham is a self-taught guitar virtuoso and songwriter who famously joined Fleetwood Mac in the mid ‘70s with his then girlfriend, Stevie Nicks. The band had been around since ‘67 with various singers, guitarists and songwriters. The only constant was their rhythm section: drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie. But the band didn’t blow up until Buckingham and Nicks joined, writing mega hits for their insanely successful 10th and 11th albums including the 20-times platinum album, Rumours. On today’s episode Bruce Headlam talks to Lindsey Buckingham about his new self-titled solo album. Buckingham also tells Bruce that he and Nicks never really got closure from their breakup, and how that affected their professional relationship in the decades since.
Buffy ste Marie
Thanks to broken record for interviewing Buffy Ste Marie, she’s an amazing woman, an inspiration to everyone, this world is better for her being in it.
Love this podcast
Rick Rubin is so insightful.
Shame about the ads for NSW Coal mining / doesn’t match.
This is magic! There’s no other podcast that approaches the music we love this way. Thank you Rick and Malcolm. Love this