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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. 

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    Yusuf/Cat Stevens

    Yusuf/Cat Stevens

    Since debuting in the late ‘60s, Yusuf/Cat Stevens has made a sizable contribution to the folk canon with tender, contemplative songs like “Wild World,” “Moon Shadow,” and “The Wind.” Stevens recently reissued one of his most seminal early albums, Teaser And The Firecat, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its release. The new edition features remastered versions of the original album along with 41 previously unreleased demos and alternate mixes. 
    On today’s episode Bruce Headlam talks to Yusuf/Cat Stevens about what it’s like to perform his old songs after he converted to Islam in the late ‘70s. They also talk in detail about how Stevens wrote and recorded Teaser And The Firecat. And how he has come to love the rough versions of some of his songs that appear on the soundtrack for the movie Harold and Maude which was recently re-released for the movie’s 50th anniversary.
    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
    Check out our favorite Yusuf/Cat Stevens songs HERE.
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    • 49 min
    Sam Sanders on Janet Jackson's Legacy

    Sam Sanders on Janet Jackson's Legacy

    Today we're sharing an episode from our friend Sam Sanders over at NPR’s It's Been a Minute podcast. This year marks the 35th anniversary of Janet Jackson's classic album, Control. That album was her first real commercial hit and, looking back, helped redefine all of pop music. It also helped establish two star producers in Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. In the late 80s and 90s, Janet was one of the biggest stars of our time—right up there with her brother Michael and Madonna. And yet, Jackson isn't always given her due.
    In this episode, host Sam Sanders explores why that is, how she made the album Control, and the incident that lasted all but a second, that changed the course of her career.
    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
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    • 48 min
    The Broken Record Bonus Show

    The Broken Record Bonus Show

    Welcome to the inaugural episode of Broken Record's new Bonus Show, made exclusively for Pushkin+ subscribers. Every month we'll bring you conversations about what we're listening to and heated debates about the music we love and sometimes hate. On today's episode we'll close out the year running through the music the Broken Record and Pushkin teams discovered in 2021.

    Make sure to check out a complete playlist of all the songs mentioned in today's episode HERE.

    Pino Palladino and Blake Mills

    Pino Palladino and Blake Mills

    Pino Palladino and Blake Mills are renowned session musicians who recently collaborated on their own album, Notes With Attachments. It’s an experimental, jazz-leaning project that blew Rick Rubin’s mind. Pino Palladino is a bass player who has played on records with everyone from D’Angelo to The Who to Adele. Guitarist Blake Mills co-founded the band Dawes in 2005, and he has gone on to release critically acclaimed solo albums and produce records for the Alabama Shakes, John Legend and Fiona Apple. 
    Three years ago, Pino and Blake started collaborating on what would become Notes With Attachments. The album features other incredible session musicians and pulls from influences as diverse as West African, Cuban, and English folk music.
    Rick talks first with Pino Palladino on today’s episode about those wide array of influences, and how hearing Motown music as a young boy in Wales changed his life. Pino also walks us through his evolution to becoming one of the most in-demand session players. Later Blake Mills joins the conversation to talk about collaborating with Pino and why he feels bad for the touring musicians who have to play his bass parts on the road.

    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
    Check out our favorite Pino Palladino and Blake Mills songs HERE.
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    • 42 min
    Neil Young, Part Two

    Neil Young, Part Two

    Welcome to part two of Rick Rubin’s conversation with Neil Young. Today we'll hear how Neil's song “I Believe In You” from his 1970 masterpiece After the Gold Rush inspired a mystical experience for Rick. Neil also talks about recording After the Gold Rush and the parallels between that album and his latest release, Barn. And, Neil explains why he started writing and recording music around the cycles of the moon, and his massive archive of unreleased material that spans several decades.
    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
    Check out our favorite Neil Young songs HERE.
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    • 42 min
    Neil Young, Part One

    Neil Young, Part One

    When we first talked about making Broken Record, we had a short list of absolute dream guests for the podcast and Neil Young was at the top of that list. So when Neil’s new record, Barn, was announced and we were told he wanted to speak with Rick about it we were beyond excited.
    On today’s episode, Rick and Neil talk about the new album, and all of the archival projects he plans on releasing in the coming year. They also reminisce about the time they spent working together on some abandoned songs in 1997 that may soon be released. And Neil’s time in a Rick James fronted band that was signed to Motown, and how Neil drove from Canada to LA in a hearse. The two talked for so long we decided to make this the first of two episodes with Neil Young. 
    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
    Check out our favorite Neil Young songs HERE.
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    • 57 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.

lois from Detroit ,

Walk on water

I love walk on water collaboration with Beyoncé. It shows how Eminem is evolving; his creativity is ongoing.
Lois Detroit

Eminem always tells the truth 5 out of 5 rating the little tap wouldn’t work on my app

RJPlumer ,

Tom Petty

I’m wondering why I didn’t find this podcast sooner as I love both Malcom and Rick. Malcom has such a natural inquisitiveness without just repeating the same cliche questions about music. Rubin has a such a warm organic manner and his work bringing out the best in musicians and artists is amazing. He loves what he does and is also a huge fan of music. I just recently listen to the podcast about Rick’s work with Tom Petty in the 90’s and thought it was incredible. It’s amazing that a whole companion album of Tom’s “Wildflowers” album is out there that hasn’t seen the light of day. It was such an amazing insight when they were talking why not just release it now and Rick sort of describes how an album catches an artist in that period of time and would be out of place to just randomly release 25 years later. One has to think though that some sort of deluxe box set of the album could be done someday so Tom’s music can be shared finally. My only critique of the podcasts is that the pod’s tend to jump around as far as artists and subject matter. It’s seems to happen in Malcom’s other podcasts too(Like Revisionist History) when when it’s something interesting he hits it out of the park. Keep up the great work and I look forward to more of Rick & Malcom.

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