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Jeff Goldblum Gets Jazzy
Over Jeff Goldblum's 50-year acting career, he’s played dozens of unforgettable roles. Off-camera, Jeff Goldblum is also a surprisingly dedicated Jazz pianist who has been playing in clubs and bars for over 30 years. He’s released two albums with his band the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. Their latest, I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This, features vocals from Gregory Porter, Fiona Apple, and Miley Cyrus.
On today's episode Broken Record host Justin Richmond and producer Leah Rose talk to Goldblum about how he started playing piano in Pittsburgh cocktail lounges at 15, his morning practice routine, and about meeting two of Jeff's heroes: Stevie Wonder and Muhammad Ali.
Extended Cut: Moby
Last month we aired a conversation between Rick and Moby talking about Moby’s latest album, Reprise, and also some of Rick and Moby's shared memories of coming up in the same scene in New York City. In this extended version of that episode, their New York punk rock dialogue continues with some interesting thoughts on the Ramones, how Iggy Pop and David Bowie were both fans of an early cult NYC TV show. And Moby tells us about some of his favorite new bands.
We appreciate your support and hope you enjoy this uncut version of Rick’s chat with Moby.
Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen
Rick Nielsen is best known as Cheap Trick’s lead guitarist and main songwriter. In the late '70s, Cheap Trick helped popularize power pop with their songs “Surrender” and “I Want You To Want Me," which were precursors to the pop punk explosion in the '90s with bands like Green Day and Blink-182. In June, Cheap Trick released their 20th studio album, In Another World that's chock full of Rick Neilsen’s monster riffs that recall their glory days in the 1970s.
On today’s episode, Bruce Headlam talks to Rick Neilsen about Cheap Trick’s origin story while Neilsen fiddles around on an electric guitar and samples riffs from the new album. Nielsen also talks about how he was hired to bring a hard rock sound to John Lennon’s final album with Yoko, Double Fantasy, and what it was like working with the Beatles legendary producer, George Martin.
Mark Ronson Finds The Perfect Sound
Mark Ronson's big break as a producer came from working with Amy Winehouse to find the perfect sound for her career defining album, Back To Black. Since then, Ronson has gone on to win an Oscar, a Golden Globe and seven Grammys for producing chart-topping hits for artists like Lady Gaga, Adele and Bruno Mars. Ronson’s sound is often associated with danceable, driving rhythm sections—which makes sense, considering his background as a renowned DJ.
In today’s interview with Rick Rubin we’ll hear Mark talk about the day he met Amy Winehouse and how she might’ve confused him for Rick Rubin. Mark also talks about the night he fell in love with DJing, growing up with his step-dad in Foreigner, and how being isolated from his studio during the pandemic caused him to think that his days as a pop music producer might be over.
Extended Cut: Brian Eno
You’re in for a real treat this episode. Rick Rubin and Brian Eno spoke a couple of months ago, just before the debut of Eno’s Sonos radio station, The Lighthouse where Eno’s programmed days worth of unreleased tracks from various eras in his career. The conversation they had was fascinating. I could’ve listened to the two of them talk for hours more. And so I know you’ll enjoy this extended cut of their chat where Rick and Eno discuss the works that’ve changed Eno’s conception of art, the way lyrics generally hold very little water for the both of them, and more on the way Eno incorporates randomness into his music. PushNik subscriber exclusive.
BROCKHAMPTON's Kevin Abstract
BROCKHAMPTON's original members formed after posting on a Kanye West fan message board in 2010, and then started making music in The Woodlands, Texas. Since then, they’ve turned the idea of a boy band on its head. With as many as 14 members at times, BROCKHAMPTON's deconstructed the traditional pop star/rap ethos by being unapologetically inclusive of racial and sexual identities.
Today BROCKHAMPTON's frontman Kevin Abstract talks through the group’s sixth and latest album, Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine with Rick Rubin. We’ll hear Kevin talk about how the project slowly evolved from a pop album to something darker and more rap driven. Kevin also explains how supporting one of the group’s members through losing their dad became the album’s creative thrust, and explains why their next album will probably be their last.