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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

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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.

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    Sylvan Esso

    Sylvan Esso

    Sylvan Esso’s Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath have been making music together since 2013, when Amelia asked Nick, a music producer and bassist, to remix her band Mountain Man’s hit single “Play It Right.” He did, and the rest is history. Sylvan Esso has always had a very sleek, electro-pop feel to their production. Amelia’s powerful voice is front and center, surrounded by harmonies and samples of her own voice. Nick’s genre-destroying bass creates intricate, pulsing grooves for Amelia’s voice to inhabit.

    Now, the married couple and electronic duo have released their fourth studio album, No Rules Sandy. It’s a follow-up to the band’s Grammy-nominated 2020 album, Free Love. The new album is a mix of improvisation and experimentation. On today’s episode, Bruce Headlam speaks with Amelia and Nick about their creative process and how No Rules Sandy came to be. They also play two songs off their new album live.

    You can hear a playlist of some of our favorite Sylvan Esso songs HERE.
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    • 55 min
    Hear Me Out: '80s vs. '90s Pop

    Hear Me Out: '80s vs. '90s Pop

    Broken Record producers Justin Richmond and Leah Rose welcome Pushkin's own Eric Sandler and Brendan Francis Newnam to debate which decade produced the best pop hits—the '80s or the '90s. The sparring gets intense as Team '80s and Team '90s go song for song until a victor is named by Broken Record producer and sitting judge, Jennifer Sanchez. No spoilers, but the outcome surprised us all.

    You can listen to a playlist of some of our favorite '80s and '90s pop songs HERE.

    Tedeschi Trucks Band

    Tedeschi Trucks Band

    Today we have Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks of the Tedeschi Trucks Band on the show. Derek Trucks made his name as a slide guitar prodigy with a Hall of Fame pedigree. He’s the nephew of Butch Trucks, drummer of the Allman Brothers Band, who Derek toured with extensively throughout the 2000s before forming the Derek Trucks Band.

    Somewhere along the road, Derek met another great guitarist with a Berklee-pedigree, Susan Tedeschi, who is one of the best singers working today. Eventually the two married and merged their bands in 2010. Their latest album, I Am The Moon, is a collection of 24 songs across four different albums.

    On today’s episode, Justin Richmond speaks with Susan and Derek about the beginnings of their band, and how their new album came to be. They also play some of their new songs live from backstage at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

    You can listen to a playlist of some of our favorite Tedeschi Trucks Band favorite songs HERE.
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    • 56 min
    Jack White

    Jack White

    We have friend of the show Jack White back on the show today along with a legendary special guest. This conversation with Rick Rubin is full of fascinating ideas, asides and musical history that let you know just how deep Jack White is. Jack's work and a business ethic is unparalleled. His label Third Man Records has a rich roster of artists and three retail stores. They also own one of the few fully operational vinyl pressing plants in the U.S. which has been working overtime to keep up with the surging demand for vinyl. Jack also released two full length albums this year, and he’s currently on a worldwide tour.

    After a recent two-night stand in Los Angeles, Jack stopped by Shangri-La to talk to Rick Rubin about the early Garage Rock scene in Detroit that helped shape him and The White Stripes. He also shared potential theories about why the “Seven Nation Army” riff is so catchy. And then he treats Rick and a surprise guest to an acoustic performance of his new song “A Tip From You To Me.”

    And to cap it all off, we will hear exclusive details about an exciting new project Rick’s been working on, that will be out soon.

    You can listen to a playlist that includes Jack White's latest album, along with all of our favorite songs from him, The White Stripes, and a sampling of his many side projects HERE.
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Malcolm Gladwell is Experimenting on Revisionist History

    Malcolm Gladwell is Experimenting on Revisionist History

    Sharing a preview of the new season of Revisionist History, Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast about things misunderstood and overlooked. This season, Malcolm is obsessed with experiments – natural experiments, scientific experiments, thought experiments. This month, you'll hear a saga about self-sacrifice. Plus, Malcolm offers a mea culpa for an unintended consequence of his book Outliers.

    You can hear more Revisionist History at https://link.chtbl.com/rhs7part2.
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    • 1 min
    Bon Iver: Broken Record Classic

    Bon Iver: Broken Record Classic

    Today we are re-visiting one of our favorite episodes from 2019 featuring Rick Rubin in conversation with Justin Vernon and his engineer Chris Messina. In 2006 Justin Vernon started Bon Iver as a solo project after the end of a romantic relationship and the break up of his college band.

    Justin recorded Bon Iver's first album, For Emma, Forever Ago, alone over three months in his dad’s hunting cabin deep in the woods of Western Wisconsin. His setup consisted of a small recording rig and a couple guitars. In the years since, Justin Vernon’s music has evolved dramatically. For one, Bon Iver is no longer a solo project—it’s still centered around Justin, but it now includes a bunch of musicians and collaborators including his engineer, Chris Messina.

    On today's episode, Justin talks about how allowing himself to be bored without any guilt, led to him creating his now classic debut. He also talks about how the harshness of the Wisconsin winters along with the absence of any big city thrills first influenced his sound. And, Justin explains his unwavering love for his favorite song of all time “Fugitive,” by The Indigo Girls.

    Listen to a playlist of some of our favorite Bon Iver songs HERE.
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    • 36 min

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Rick Rubin!

The man is an absolute legend and this is worth a listen just to get into his head, but his interviews are fantastic too! One of the best music podcasts out there. Give it a listen!

CLSinVA ,

Great Podcast

I can listen to Rick talk about just about anything, the guy can weave a story

HolaLeticia ,

Rick Rubin is great

Rick Rubin has a way of leading which makes the conversation flow organically. I would listen more if he did every interview even if that meant less episodes. Sometimes I don’t listen even if the guest is an artist I like because it becomes just another typical interview. And I listen when Rick is on because he makes me want to check out artists I’ve never heard of.

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