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

Broken Record with Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam
Singers, songs, and their stories.

Leonard Cohen’s Legacy with Adam Cohen: Thanks for the Dance
Nov 19 • 53 min
Leonard Cohen died three weeks after releasing his last record, You Want It Darker, in 2016. It was the first album he worked on this son, Adam. In mourning, Adam turned his attention to poem’s of his father’s that he recorded while putting that last…
The Black Keys: Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney
Nov 12 • 47 min
Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney join Rick Rubin at Shangri La to talk about their first tour in five years, scalpers screwing fans out of tickets, their new album—”Let’s Rock”—and play some never before heard songs from their vault. Visit…
Brandi Carlile & Tanya Tucker
Nov 5 • 71 min
Brandi Carlile grew up adoring Tanya Tucker for her rebellious spirit. But it’s that same nature that almost derailed Tanya’s comeback album, “While I’m Livin,” co-produced by Brandi. Tanya quit the album multiple times during its making. Leaving Brandi…
Rex Orange County Is Major
Oct 29 • 54 min
Rick Rubin sits with 21 year old British songwriter Rex Orange County to discuss his major label debut, “Pony.” While Rex is still mostly performs solo on the record (aside from some expert bass playing by Pino Palladino and some vocals courtesy of his…
Wyclef Jean Goes Back To School
Oct 22 • 58 min
Wyclef Jean, who’s had solo hits and with the Fugees, and produced hits for Destiny’s Child, Shakira, and Carlos Santana came back this year with a new project, “Wyclef Goes Back To School.” Every song is a collaboration with college-aged musicians—his…
Yola’s Walk Through Fire
Oct 15 • 51 min
After years honing her craft in the UK Yola finally lands with her beautiful album, “Walk Through Fire.” Produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, the album combines classic country, soul and rock and roll. Bruce Headlam talks to Yola about her journey to…
Tyler the Creator Talks Igor
Oct 8 • 51 min
Tyler, the Creator spent three days this summer in Italy with Rick Rubin. At the end of the three days they sat down to record a conversation about Tyler’s new album, “Igor”. They play through some tracks off the album and Tyler even plays some piano.…
Jack White & Brendan Benson of the Raconteurs
Oct 1 • 78 min
Jack White and Brendan Benson of the Raconteurs play through some songs off their new record, “Help Me Stranger” and talk with Malcolm Gladwell from Jack’s Detroit home. Rick Rubin joins by phone. Jack talks through his theory that references to modern…
Broken Record Season 3 … Is Coming!
Sep 17 • 3 min
From Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam: Conversations. Stories. Remembering old music. Discovering new music. Broken Record Season 3: Coming to your podcast feed on October 1st. Featuring: Jack White, Tyler, the Creator, Brittany Howard,…
In a Metal Mood: A Broken Record and Revisionist History Crossover Episode
Aug 8 • 42 min
A Broken Record/Revisionist History crossover episode on cultural appropriation. The case study is Taco Bell. Oh, and Pat Boone is involved. And so is our old friend, Dave Hill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Vampire Weekend Returns: Ezra Koenig with Ariel Rechtshaid
May 21 • 58 min
Vampire Weekend returned this month with their first record in six years, “Father of the Bride”. And long before it sat on top of the Billboard album chart, the band’s leader, Ezra Koenig and producer Ariel Rechtshaid stopped by Shangri La Studios in…
J.S. Ondara: Knockin’ on America’s Door
May 14 • 41 min
Bruce Headlam discovered J.S. Ondara listening to his car radio late last year. And with a great showing at South By Southwest and a spot opening for Neil Young this summer, it seems like the rest of America is discovering him too. In this episode of…
Linda Perry: Making Hits Her Way
May 7 • 62 min
Linda Perry is one of the only women considered a go-to producer in the music industry. After finding success with her band 4 Non Blondes and their ubiquitous single, “What’s Up?” (1992) Perry went on to write and produce for other artists. She’s worked…
T Bone Burnett: Perfection Is Second-Rate
Apr 30 • 55 min
T Bone Burnett helped launch the careers of Los Lobos, Counting Crows, Gillian Welch; revive the careers of Roy Orbison and Robert Plant; course-correct Elvis Costello’s career in the mid-eighties and just recently produced a beautiful record by Sara…
Pentatonix: The Art of A Cappella
Apr 23 • 48 min
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…
How To Write A Hit Song: The Love Junkies
Apr 16 • 61 min
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…
Mary Gauthier
Apr 9 • 49 min
Mary Gauthier is one of the most unique songwriters in Nashville. Forgoing the city’s often conventional pop sound, Gauthier’s songs are unafraid to probe into what she calls “the extremely personal.” Gauthier talks to Bruce Headlam in this episode of…
David Byrne
Apr 2 • 41 min
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. Learn more about your…
Questlove Part 2
Mar 26 • 28 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Questlove Part 1
Mar 26 • 53 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Introducing Broken Record Season 2
Mar 14 • 2 min
From Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam: Conversations. Arguments. Stories. Remembering old music. Discovering new music. Broken Record: Coming to your podcast feed on March 26th. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Tom Petty and the Creation of “Wildflowers”
Dec 25, 2018 • 34 min
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…
Dave Hill and the Epistemology of Norwegian Black Metal
Dec 18, 2018 • 35 min
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…
Rosanne Cash
Dec 11, 2018 • 59 min
“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…
Nashville Revolution: Bobby Braddock, Don Schlitz, and Don Henry
Dec 4, 2018 • 45 min
Malcolm Gladwell talks to three songwriters who helped transform country music in the 1970s. Gone were cowboy hats, train whistles and church suppers. In came songs about desperation, loss, changes, and regret that changed how Nashville made music and…
Rufus Wainwright
Nov 27, 2018 • 52 min
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…
Nile Rodgers and Chic
Nov 20, 2018 • 39 min
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…
Rick Rubin
Nov 13, 2018 • 48 min
Our introductory episode is a conversation between Rick Rubin and Malcolm Gladwell, covering everything from Rick’s role in the very beginning of hip-hop to his role in introducing Johnny Cash to a new generation of writers, performers and music lovers.…
Introducing Broken Record
Nov 6, 2018 • 3 min
From Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam: Conversations. Arguments. Stories. Remembering old music. Discovering new music. Broken Record: Liner notes for the digital age. Coming to your podcast feed on November 13th. Learn more about your ad…
Pilot: Walk on Water
Nov 10, 2017 • 13 min
In the fall of 2017, Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, and Bruce Headlam sat down with Eminem and talked about his song ‘Walk on Water’, featuring Beyonce. That interview became the pilot episode of Broken Record. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…