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Broken Record with Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam

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Rank #10 in Music category

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Society & Culture
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From Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, and Bruce Headlam. The musicians you love talk about their life, inspiration, and craft. Then play.

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From Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, and Bruce Headlam. The musicians you love talk about their life, inspiration, and craft. Then play.

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So much promise, so little delivery

By A Jern - Sep 08 2019
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I love his books! I love his other podcast, but this one falls short. His metal episodes are just silly, his cites only two sources, Rick Rubin and a comedian. The episodes rarely come out.

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By waiting for fhe bens - Jul 08 2019
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I love this podcast and can’t wait for profiles on the Bens: Folds & Rector, in whatever order.

iTunes Ratings

2052 Ratings
Average Ratings
1501
239
114
86
112

So much promise, so little delivery

By A Jern - Sep 08 2019
Read more
I love his books! I love his other podcast, but this one falls short. His metal episodes are just silly, his cites only two sources, Rick Rubin and a comedian. The episodes rarely come out.

Fave

By waiting for fhe bens - Jul 08 2019
Read more
I love this podcast and can’t wait for profiles on the Bens: Folds & Rector, in whatever order.
Cover image of Broken Record with Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam

Broken Record with Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam

Updated 3 days ago

Rank #10 in Music category

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From Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, and Bruce Headlam. The musicians you love talk about their life, inspiration, and craft. Then play.

Rank #1: Questlove Part 1

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Questlove talks about how he got involved with D’Angelo’s Voodoo record, the evolution of his drumming style, how he approaches DJ’ing, and tells the best Obama story ever. Part 1 of 2.
Mar 26 2019
53 mins
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Rank #2: Tom Petty and the Creation of “Wildflowers”

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For the season one finale of Broken Record, Malcolm Gladwell talks with Rick Rubin about Tom Petty, who died in October 2017 at the age of 66.  Rubin and Petty worked together for two years on his beloved 1994 album “Wildflowers.” Rubin talks about Petty’s writing style, and how half the songs they recorded for Wildflowers ended up on the cutting room floor.
Dec 25 2018
34 mins
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Rank #3: Rufus Wainwright

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Elton John has called Rufus Wainwright “the greatest songwriter in the world today.” Broken Record’s Bruce Headlam sits down with Rufus in Los Angeles, where Rufus performs breathtaking solo versions of his songs “Poses” and “In My Arms” from his earliest albums. He also offers a new song, a lullaby for his young daughter. In conversation, he frankly discusses his crazy early life and the inspiration for his music, his move into opera and his relationship with Leonard Cohen, who is, among other things, the grandfather to Wainwright’s daughter. He also discusses his newest single, “Sword of Damocles,” which was inspired by Donald Trump and Carrie Fisher, and his upcoming tour, “All These Poses,” featuring songs from his first two albums. And after a four-year break, Rufus and his sister Martha are once again presenting their Christmas show “Noel Nights” at New York City’s Town Hall of December 16th. For more information, check out rufuswainwright.com.
Nov 27 2018
52 mins
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Rank #4: David Byrne

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Rick Rubin and Malcolm Gladwell talk with David Byrne (formerly of Talking Heads) about protest music: some of his favorite protest songs, the earliest ones he heard, how they affected his songwriting, and what makes them effective.
Apr 02 2019
41 mins
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Rank #5: Nile Rodgers and Chic

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Nile Rodgers, the mastermind behind the disco band Chic and producer of artists like David Bowie, Daft Punk and Madonna, plays live with his band and talks about his life and long musical career in the very studio that was built for him to produce Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” album. Rodgers tells Broken Record’s Bruce Headlam about his chaotic childhood and how it led to his love of musical collaboration, how his love of jazz transformed the music of Chic, and he tells the hilarious story of Prince’s obsession with the song “Let’s Dance.” With his current version of Chic, Rodgers performs blistering versions of “Good Times,” “Le Freak,” “Everybody Dance,” “Let’s Dance” and his hit with Daft Punk, “Get Lucky.”
Nov 20 2018
39 mins
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Rank #6: Questlove Part 2

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Questlove talks about how he got involved with D’Angelo’s Voodoo record, the evolution of his drumming style, how he approaches DJ’ing, and tells the best Obama story ever. Part 2 of 2.
Mar 26 2019
28 mins
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Rank #7: Rosanne Cash

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“She Remembers Everything” is the name of the latest Rosanne Cash album, the 14th of her amazing career. Rosanne and her husband and musical collaborator, John Leventhal, sit down with Broken Record’s Bruce Headlam to play songs from the album, talk about songwriting, her musical family and how “She Remembers Everything” grew out of today’s politics. They also perform cover versions of two American classics, “Long Black Veil” and “Farewell Angelina.”
Dec 11 2018
59 mins
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Rank #8: How To Write A Hit Song: The Love Junkies

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Lori McKenna, Liz Rose and Hillary Lidnsey—known as the Love Junkies—write some of the best songs in Nashville today. Between the three of them, they've helped launch Taylor Swift, pushed Lady Gaga into country music—with her album "Joanne"—and gave country music one of its more controversial hits: "Girl Crush." In this episode of Broken Record they give Malcolm a glimpse into their songwriting process and break down some of their more successful songs. To hear a playlist of our favorite Love Junkies songs visit https://brokenrecordpodcast.com/.
Apr 16 2019
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #9: Pentatonix: The Art of A Cappella

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Malcolm Gladwell, along with guest-host, Daisy Rosario, talks with the five members of Pentatonix from GSI Studios in NYC. The quintet, who got their start on YouTube, discuss their approach to arranging a cappella versions of pop songs, writing original music, their collaboration with Dolly Parton and so much more! Pentatonix kick off their summer tour of the U.S. in Oakland this May 11. Go to http://ptxofficial.com/ for details and https://brokenrecordpodcast.com/ for a playlist of songs we've curated of the group!
Apr 23 2019
48 mins
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Rank #10: Dave Hill and the Epistemology of Norwegian Black Metal

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Malcolm Gladwell sits down with comedian, guitarist, and legendary metalhead Dave Hill, as he recounts how an email exchange between his alter ego Lance and a Norwegian black metal impresario named Saiitham (pronounced “satan”) led to the formation of the darkest metal band of all time. Dave Hill also performs a mediocre rendition of “Hammer Smashed Face,” plus we debut his single "Are You Ready (to Black Metal)?"
Dec 18 2018
35 mins
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