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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.

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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.

    Run The Jewels Return!

    Run The Jewels Return!

    ***Run the Jewels are raw and so is the language in this episode***
    Killer Mike and El-P return to Broken Record to discuss the creation of their fourth album, RTJ4, and the tumultuous world it was released into. Rick Rubin, who was present during some of the album's recording sessions at Shangri La, digs into the record's production and themes with the duo, calling the message and tone of the album "almost prophetic." They also discuss working with Pharrell and Zack de la Rocha and why they had to make a major change to a song after the album was already mastered.
    You can hear an extended cut of today's episode by subscribing to our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/brokenrecordpodcast. We'll be off the next two weeks but will be posting two interviews to our YouTube channel while away.
    You can also head to our website to checkout past episodes and dig into our artist playlists: https://brokenrecordpodcast.com/
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Berhana: Fresh Find

    Berhana: Fresh Find

    Broken Record is bringing you a Fresh Find this week. We discovered Berhana after a key placement in Donald Glover’s show Atlanta. In this episode, Berhana talks about growing up in the real Atlanta, being first generation American born to Ethiopian parents, recording his newest album in Tokyo and how he started earning enough on music to make a living before he ever played a show.
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    • 45 min
    Margo Price

    Margo Price

    A tornado raged through Margo Price's home-base of Nashville right as she was preparing to release her third album in March. A month later Margo’s husband and longtime collaborator, Jeremy Ivey, tested positive for coronavirus. While taking care of her sick husband and two young kids, Margo decided to push back the release of her new album. Now, "That's How Rumors Get Started" is finally out. Margo's written her way through personal devastation before and does so on the new album too. Although it also owes a debt to the more care-free music the Stones, Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac. Margo tells Bruce Headlam, in this episode, about how playing an open mic at a Best Western hotel made her a better songwriter, she also talks about hocking her wedding ring to record her first album, and how spending a weekend in jail was all the inspiration she needed to re-focus her career. Then we check in with her uncle, Nashville songwriter, Bobby Fischer.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Broken Record Presents: Questlove Supreme with Rick Rubin

    Broken Record Presents: Questlove Supreme with Rick Rubin

    Rick Rubin joins Questlove and crew on their Questlove Supreme podcast. They discuss Rick's early Def Jam days, working with the Geto Boys, his process for taking on production work and so much more!
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    • 2 hr 25 min
    Broken Record Presents: Aim Higher

    Broken Record Presents: Aim Higher

    Broken Record Presents: Aim Higher — the last episode of Against the Rules Season 2.
    Can everyone be coached — or are some people beyond help?
    The transformative power of coaching is put to the test as Michael enlists a coach to help him tackle his greatest fear.

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    • 45 min
    Huey Lewis

    Huey Lewis

    Back to the Future is turning 35 and there's no better way to celebrate than a conversation with Huey Lewis who turned in one of the more memorable movie themes of all time: "The Power of Love." The song was a sensation when it was released, propelling Huey Lewis and the News further than even their hit album Sports had. Bruce Headlam talks to Huey Lewis about how this song came together and mines form him some wild stories about his family, upbringing and success.
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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
3K Ratings

3K 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!

MacDaddio58 ,

Broken Record ROCKS!!!

GREAT POD! Teaming Malcolm and Rick is inspired thinking. Just one request... Please do a feature episode with Herbie Hancock! Thanks in advance...

Adrian69690 ,

The best music podcast, bar none.

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