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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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Danny Brown and Johnny Echols on Love's Forever Changes

    Danny Brown and Johnny Echols on Love's Forever Changes

    Today we’re closing out Black Music Month by celebrating one of Rick Rubin’s favorite albums of all time—Forever Changes by the band Love. Formed in 1965, Love was a groundbreaking, interracial L.A. group. While their name isn’t usually mentioned alongside historic psychedelic bands like The Byrds or The Grateful Dead, Love’s influence is vast. Their charismatic, fashion-forward black frontman, Arthur Lee, inspired Jimi Hendrix’s look, and in the mid-60s Love was one of the hottest bands in Hollywood.

    In 1967 Love recorded their third album, Forever Changes. It was the last album for the original core group with guitarist Johnny Echols and co-writer Brian McClean. The album ushered in an entirely new sound for the band, combining Baroque sounding strings with horns and folky instrumentation with poetic lyrics.

    On today’s episode we’ll hear some of Rick Rubin’s conversation with Detroit rapper Danny Brown, who like Rick, places Love’s album Forever Changes at the very top of his greatest albums of all time list. Then, we’ll hear Rick in conversation with Love’s lead guitarist Johnny Echols about the intense turmoil surrounding the recording of Forever Changes. Echols—who grew up straddling both Black LA and the psychedelic strip—explains how Love was responsible for getting The Doors their record deal, only to be quickly overshadowed by The Doors mainstream success. Echols also recalls first meeting the Beatles when they were an opening act for Little Richard.

    Check out our playlist for this episode here!

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Hear Me Out: Motor City Reigns Supreme

    Hear Me Out: Motor City Reigns Supreme

    Today Eddie Alterman, host of Pushkin's new Car Show, joins Justin Richmond to argue that Detroit is the single most important music city in the U.S. Eddie runs down an illustrious list of musical icons who all hail from the Motor City including Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, J. Dilla, Iggy Pop, and Chad Smith (who taught Eddie how to play the drums!). While he's a car guy through and through, Eddie proves he's just as passionate about his home town's rich musical history.

    Listen to a playlist of Eddie Alterman's favorite songs from Detroit here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5qYZuqQ0mp8UvQQ8vAW16T

    Sonny Rollins

    Sonny Rollins

    Today we’re continuing our celebration of Black Music Month with the incredible jazz legend, Sonny Rollins. Rollins is an American tenor saxophonist and composer who is widely regarded as one of the most influential jazz musicians of all time. Sadly, now at 91 years-old, Rollins no longer plays as a result of pulmonary fibrosis. Fortunately for us though, he's able to look back over an eight-decade career that started at the beginnings of Bebop, and included playing with the Rolling Stones, and performing on stages all over the world.

    On today’s episode, Justin Richmond talks to Sonny Rollins about one of his first big gigs in 1949 playing alongside other jazz icons like Bud Powell and Fats Navarro. He also explains why he no longer actively listens to music, and for the first time ever, Rollins talks about how Charlie “Bird” Parker is the reason he kicked drugs.

    Subscribe to Broken Record’s YouTube channel to hear all of our interviews: https://www.youtube.com/brokenrecordpodcast and follow us on Twitter @BrokenRecord.

    You can also check out past episodes here: https://brokenrecordpodcast.com.

    Hear over nine hours of our favorite Sonny Rollins-featured songs HERE.

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    • 39 min
    Adrian Quesada

    Adrian Quesada

    Today on the show, we’re talking to Grammy award-winning musician, Adrian Quesada who's best known as one-half of the Black Pumas. During the pandemic Adrian started working on a solo project inspired by his longtime love of psychedelic music and Latin American love songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The result is an album called Boleros Psicodelicos that reached number one on the Billboard Latin album chart when it was released earlier this month.

    On today’s episode, Adrian and a few of the singers featured on the album—iLe, Angelica Garcia and Tita—talk about how the new album came together, their collaborative process, and how boleros and baladas fit into Latin music today.

    Subscribe to Broken Record’s YouTube channel to hear all of our interviews: https://www.youtube.com/brokenrecordpodcast and follow us on Twitter @BrokenRecord.

    You can also check out past episodes here: https://brokenrecordpodcast.com.

    Hear a playlist of all of the songs mentioned in this episode HERE.

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    • 40 min
    J Dilla: Dan Charnas on the Life and Legacy of Jay Dee

    J Dilla: Dan Charnas on the Life and Legacy of Jay Dee

    Today we’re talking to Dan Charnas—author, hip-hop journalist, professor, show runner, former A&R person for Def American, and also a longtime friend of Rick Rubin's. Charnas's latest book, Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla, The Hip-Hop Producer Who Reinvented Rhythm is the product of four years of exhaustive research and nearly 200 interviews.

    On today’s episode, Rick Rubin speaks with Dan Charnas about how the roots of his new book go all the way back to a trip to Detroit with rapper Chino XL to work with the producer then known as Jay Dee. Rick and Dan also reminisce about their earliest memories together and Dan shares what it was like meeting Rick’s mother, Mrs. Rubin, for the first time.

    Subscribe to Broken Record’s YouTube channel to hear all of our interviews: https://www.youtube.com/brokenrecordpodcast and follow us on Twitter @BrokenRecord.

    You can also check out past episodes here: https://brokenrecordpodcast.com.

    Hear a playlist of all of our favorite songs produced by J Dilla as well as songs Dan Charnas worked on HERE.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    PJ Morton

    PJ Morton

    Today we begin our month-long celebration of Black Music Month with PJ Morton—the New Orleans based singer/songwriter, producer, and keyboardist for Maroon 5. Morton recently released his eighth studio album Watch The Sun featuring collaborations with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Nas, Jill Scott, and Wale.

    On today’s episode, PJ Morton talks to Bruce Headlam about what it was like growing up as a preacher’s son and how his relationship with gospel music has impacted the way he makes music. He also talks about being a recovering workaholic, and his friendship with the great Stevie Wonder.

    Subscribe to Broken Record’s YouTube channel to hear all of our interviews: https://www.youtube.com/brokenrecordpodcast and follow us on Twitter @BrokenRecord.

    You can also check out past episodes here: https://brokenrecordpodcast.com.

    Hear a playlist of all of our favorite PJ Morton's songs HERE.

    If you’d like to keep up with the most recent news from this and other Pushkin podcasts be sure to sign up for our email list at Pushkin.fm.

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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
3.6K Ratings

3.6K Ratings

bread dingus ,

Rick is great!!!

Other hosts feel much more normal and less inside baseball, but still nice. Can be very disappointing though when an artist you love is reviewed by someone who isn't as interesting as Rick.

dldnh ,

Excellent

An excellent podcast, always very interesting.

AntonioArgenis ,

I love the podcast but the editing..

If you’re a music head and want a degree if inside-baseball with some amazing artists and really knowledgeable hosts, you will love this podcast. And I do! However, it seems more and more that the editing is really bad. When listening, it sounds like portions of episodes skip back and replay portions of the podcast. I actually thought this was going on because I work with my hands and can’t always check my phone. But this was bothering me so much I stopped working, and watched the time lapse normally but listened to the audio skip. I thought this might be a weird artifact from changing my speeds of playback over the course of the day, but it was a repeatable issue. But also, and most telling, this is a feature only on Pushkin podcasts. Weird move if this supposed to encourage a subscription to their own service.

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