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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.

Broken Record with Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam and Justin Richmond Pushkin Industries

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    • 4.4, 2.9K Ratings

From Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam, and Justin Richmond. The musicians you love talk about their life, inspiration, and craft. Then play.

    Nick Lowe

    Nick Lowe

    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.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Jason Isbell

    Jason Isbell

    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 https://orcd.co/reunions
    You can also listen to past—often extended—episodes of Broken Record by subscribing to our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/brokenrecordpodcast
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    • 48 min
    PREVIEW: Against the Rules Season 2

    PREVIEW: Against the Rules Season 2

    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 controversial methods of his own high-school baseball coach. Through conversations both amusing and horrifying, Lewis explores the rise of coaching in America and what it says about unfairness. 
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    • 45 min
    Tame Impala

    Tame Impala

    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.
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    • 58 min
    Drive-By Truckers

    Drive-By Truckers

    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.
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    • 55 min
    Richard Russell on Building the Greatest Indie Label Ever

    Richard Russell on Building the Greatest Indie Label Ever

    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: https://xlrecordings.com/buy/everythingisrecorded-fridayforever
    And to get his newly released book with traces the history of XL Recordings head to https://www.hachette.com.au/richard-russell/liberation-through-hearing.
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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
2.9K Ratings

2.9K Ratings

Tennishomie555 ,

great idea, Rick and Bruce aren't always there

Malcolm is by far the best interviewer, no question about it. He's engaging, friendly, he knows his stuff about the artist, he asks prying questions that lead to awesome stories. Hats off to Malcolm! I wish he did all the episodes.

Bruce and Rick are hit or miss, mostly miss. Bruce is just an average interviewer, but I would expect Rick to be more entertaining. I know he's this chill hippy dude who's open minded and soft spoken, but it doesn't lead to a good interview. He's more of just a therapist repeating the phrase, "Tell me more..." or "Tell me about it..." or "Tell me how it came about". And he constantly repeats "Amazing!" or "So cool!" It takes away weight from the words he's saying because he says these things so often. He starts to sound like a yes man, agreeing with whatever the artist is saying. And I don't know what happened in the Run the Jewels episode, but Rick seemed very disengaged and almost sounded annoyed at times near the beginning. He barely spoke at all which kind of lead to a lot of rambling by El-P and Killer Mike.

This is such a great idea for a podcast and I love hearing from the artists, even the ones I'm not familiar with. Once again. hats off to Malcolm, he is GREAT!

hdkshsiaoejejsj ,

Interviewers need to step it up

Bruce and Rick are terrible interviewers. Their questions are just so dull and lead to boring interviews with great artists.

Borscht 23 ,

Rick Rubin doesn’t have a mic at his house??

Love hearing this interview with Kevin from Tame Impala but what’s up Rick??? You can’t get yourself on a decent microphone for your own show? I’ve been doing remote podcasts with non professionals for two months now and we always seem to be able to get a decent microphone to record both sides of the conversation. You’d think with all that mailbox money that flows into your lap you’d spring for a 100$ usb microphone at the very least.

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