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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. iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries. 

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

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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. iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries. 

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Extended Cut: Moby

    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

    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.

    • 38 min
    Mark Ronson Finds The Perfect Sound

    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.

    • 1 hr
    Extended Cut: Brian Eno

    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 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.

    • 45 min
    Archie Shepp: Activist of the Avant-Garde

    Archie Shepp: Activist of the Avant-Garde

    Archie Shepp is a tenor saxophonist and composer who's spent over half a century contributing to the evolution of Black music. Shepp has long fought for Black musicians to get their fair share of credit, recognition and recompense for their contributions to popular music. Shepp's been considered a leader of avant-garde jazz since the 60's. He's famously played alongside John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, and the great free jazz pianist, Cecil Taylor. But 84-year-old Shepp doesn’t consider the music he plays jazz at all. He calls it “African American music” to acknowledge the Black Americans who created the tradition.

    On today’s episode, Justin Richmond talks to Archie Shepp about how an assignment he received in the third grade sparked the activism that's been ever present in his 60-year career. Shepp also talks about his relationship with Coltrane, who he says never took his horn out of his mouth. And he also recalls the rhetorical power of Malcolm X and the lasting image of seeing him speak to a sea of black heads on the streets of Harlem.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
3.5K Ratings

3.5K Ratings

Bdbss ,

Great podcast

The interviews can be hit or miss based on the guests but the highs are really high.

schlenky1 ,

Wow

Fantastic ! Would have loved to be a fly on the wall. Eminem, Malcom and Rick Rubin in a room together!! So sad the Amazing house and Studio that has made so much music is gone!!!!

fjohann ,

The Brian Eno interview!!!

5 stars just off of that one, keep looking for geniuses Rick!

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