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Update:
Please note, that for the health and safety of our artists and production staff, we have suspended ‘on-location’ recording in NYC until further notice.
But the show must go on! We are adapting to the 'new normal', and have adjusted the SuperUnknown podcast format to accommodate remote interviews for future episodes. Now more than ever, we need to give fans a reason to smile, a reason to dance, a distraction during this chaotic moment in history. On each episode of SuperUnknown, artists have the platform to connect with fans in a personal and meaningful way, whether it's by performing a live session via Skype, or sharing an old demo that is near and dear to them.
For the people, and for ourselves, it's so important to keep creating, and keep sharing art when the world needs it most.
SuperUnknown is a podcast series about the music you don’t know by the people you do. If you’ve ever been curious about the music your favorite musicians made before (or after!) they became famous, here’s a chance to hear the previously unheard. Hosted by filmmaker, DJ, designer, and award-winning music and portrait photographer Dana Distortion Yavin, each episode will feature Dana sitting down with a notable musician to dive into their secret vault of obscure or unreleased songs. With rare candor, guests will share insights into their creative process, career choices, successes, failures, and all the grit in between.  With the passion and perspective of a true music fanatic, Dana will explore what makes each artist so unique, and so innovative, that they were always destined to emerge from the SuperUnknown. Each episode concludes with the guest either performing live or debuting unreleased tracks on the show. Season One will consist of eight episodes.

Superunknown Dana Distortion

    • Music Interviews
    • 5.0, 10 Ratings

Update:
Please note, that for the health and safety of our artists and production staff, we have suspended ‘on-location’ recording in NYC until further notice.
But the show must go on! We are adapting to the 'new normal', and have adjusted the SuperUnknown podcast format to accommodate remote interviews for future episodes. Now more than ever, we need to give fans a reason to smile, a reason to dance, a distraction during this chaotic moment in history. On each episode of SuperUnknown, artists have the platform to connect with fans in a personal and meaningful way, whether it's by performing a live session via Skype, or sharing an old demo that is near and dear to them.
For the people, and for ourselves, it's so important to keep creating, and keep sharing art when the world needs it most.
SuperUnknown is a podcast series about the music you don’t know by the people you do. If you’ve ever been curious about the music your favorite musicians made before (or after!) they became famous, here’s a chance to hear the previously unheard. Hosted by filmmaker, DJ, designer, and award-winning music and portrait photographer Dana Distortion Yavin, each episode will feature Dana sitting down with a notable musician to dive into their secret vault of obscure or unreleased songs. With rare candor, guests will share insights into their creative process, career choices, successes, failures, and all the grit in between.  With the passion and perspective of a true music fanatic, Dana will explore what makes each artist so unique, and so innovative, that they were always destined to emerge from the SuperUnknown. Each episode concludes with the guest either performing live or debuting unreleased tracks on the show. Season One will consist of eight episodes.

    Episode 3: David Ellefson and Frank Bello

    Episode 3: David Ellefson and Frank Bello

    Watch a video chat with two iconic bassists from The Big 4: David Ellefson of Megadeth and Frank Bello of Anthrax! In this epic 'double bassists' episode, Dana goes one-on-one with each legendary artist to get the dirt on their respective careers.


    First, Dana and Frank talk about the COVID situation in their home-base of New York, writing a new Anthrax album during a pandemic, and how to make the perfect sandwich. Then, David checks in from his basement in Arizona to discuss the origins of thrash metal, and update everyone on Dave Mustaine's health before David and Frank come together to plug their current project, Altitudes and Attitude. Plus, a few lucky metal fans from around the world join the Zoom meeting to ask their own questions personally!


    Featuring Fresh Original Music By:
    Madame Mayhem
    Sinaro
    G-Bombs




    Episode Three Resources
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    Frank talks about when Anthrax worked with Eddie Kramer on the album, Among The Living. Kramer is a legendary engineer and producer who collaborated on countless albums by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and KISS. Learn more about Eddie Kramer on his official website [16:15]


    Altitudes and Attitude is the band that Frank and David formed together after playing a series of bass clinics together. As if having two members of The Big 4 wasn't epic enough, the band also features Jeff Friedl from A Perfect Circle on drums. Follow Altitudes and Attitude on Facebook for more information. [17:35]


    Shout-out to Social Tees Animal Rescue in New York City, a no-kill shelter where Frank adopted his dogs! [28:59]


    Our next special guest to join the interview is David Ellefson, metal icon and founding member of Megadeth. David has his own coffee company, with best-selling blends including Roast in Peace, Slave To The Grind, and even a new CBD infused coffee. Check out the whole line of flavors at Ellefson Coffee Company [42:58]


    Watch the trailer for The Big 4 DVD that David talks about in this episode. The film follows The Big 4 - Megadeth, Anthrax, Metallica, and Slayer - as they share the stage in 2010 at the Sonisphere Festival in Bulgaria [45:42]


    Listen to Exodus, a Bay Area thrash metal band which featured guitarist Kirk Hammett before he joined Metallica. In this episode, David says, if he had to choose, Exodus should be the honorary 5th member of The Big 4 crew [47:58]


    Check out the trailer for Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story, which captures the rise of thrash metal during the early 80's in California [48:10]


    David and Dana discuss sobriety and religion, topics from David's book, My Life With Deth: Discovering Meaning In A Life of Rock N Roll. In the book, 'one of the hardest headbangers of heavy metal shares his uplifting and empowering memoir about overcoming addiction and discovering a life of faith'. Check it out on Amazon and where all books are sold! [1:03:05]


    About Frank Bello
    He’s the powerhouse bassist for the ultimate thrash metal heroes, Anthrax, and he’s also in the supergroup Altitudes and Attitudes along with David Ellefson of Megadeth.


    About David Ellefson
    He's the iconic bassist and founding member of the legendary metal band, Megadeth. He's also published several books including My Life With Deth: Discovering Meaning In A Life of Rock N Roll.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode Two: Fred Armisen

    Episode Two: Fred Armisen

    This interview with Fred Armisen mixes music, comedy, games, and karaoke! Hosted by world-famous rock photographer Dana Distortion, Episode Two of SuperUnknown finds special guest Fred Armisen discussing his punk rock roots, and playing a hilarious lyrics game that we like to call ‘Weapon of Choice’. Plus, Fred even performs a very special karaoke version of a classic Blur song!


    Featuring fresh original music by:
    Flesh Tetris - 'For Fun'
    Trouble's Afoot - 'A Boy My Age'


    Episode Two Resources
    Cheers, thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode of SuperUnknown, please subscribe, share, and leave a review! Need more? Explore these show notes featuring some of the topics discussed during Dana's interview with Fred Armisen:


    Listen to “Hitmen Will Suffocate the City” by Trench Mouth, Fred’s punk band from the 90’s [5:31]


    Explore Valley Stream, New York, where Fred spent his formative years. It was voted ‘The Best Place to Live in New York State’ by Money Magazine! [9:17]


    Check out ‘I Am The Walrus’ by The Beatles, a song that inspired young Fred to play drums [10:14]


    Hear SuperUnknown’s exclusive track of the day, an original recording of the closing music to Late Night with Seth Meyers, a song that Fred recorded in his apartment in 2007!! [11:21]


    Learn more about, and connect with some of Fred’s musical influences, including
    Mark Mothersbaugh - founder of Devo
    David Byrne - founder of Talking Heads
    Beck - alt-rock icon
    [23:31]


    Watch a clip of Fred performing as his all-time favorite character, the goth 'weirdo' from Portlandia [28:04]


    Browse the Instagram account of Electric Lady, the legendary NYC studio where Episode Two of the SuperUnknown podcast was recorded! Also watch Fred and his heroes, The Clash, on Funny or Die, in a clip that was recorded at Electric Lady in 2013 [28:37]


    Fred also mentions working with another hero of his, Bob Mould, who is best known for his work in Hüsker Dü and Sugar. Watch Fred perform (as Ian Rubbish) with Bob in San Francisco back in 2015 [29:58]


    During the show, Fred performs 'Maggie Thatcher', a song Seth Meyers wrote for a comedy sketch. Watch the SNL skit that brought Ian Rubbish and the Bizzaros (Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Taran Killam) to life back in 2013 [34:20]


    On this episode, Fred talks about his experience performing with Blur, and then he sings a karaoke version of the Blur song, 'Park Life', for us in the studio. Nostalgic for the 90s? Watch the original video from 1994 [44:58]


    Discover (or re-discover) the arists that Fred has been listening to lately:
    Parquet Courts
    Frankie Rose
    Kate Teague
    DIIV
    Real Estate
    [51:14]


    Watch the trailer for 'Stand Up For Drummers', Fred's Netflix comedy special that was nominated for a Grammy [55:25]


    To close out this episode, Fred performs 'Catalina Breeze', taken from a skit on Documentary Now!, a show on iFC. See the official video from The Blue Jean Committee, starring Fred and Bill Hader [58:39]


    About Fred Armisen:
    You know him from SNL and Portlandia, and so many films and TV shows. He was nominated for a Grammy for his HBO special, Stand Up for Drummers, and we can’t even keep up with all his projects. He’s funny, he’s different, he’s super smart, and he’s the busiest man we know.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode one: Jim James

    Episode one: Jim James

    Jim James of My Morning Jacket is our special guest on Episode One, where he shares an exclusive recording of one of the first songs he composed as a teenager. Throughout the epic one hour interview, Jim and Dana also discuss solo projects, lyrics, and their mutual love of crème brûlée.


    Also featured in the episode is the Music Director for Lousiville Orchestra, Teddy Abrams, who joins Jim to discuss their collaboration on the album, The Order of Nature.


    Featuring fresh original music by:
    The Cinelli Brothers - 'Your Lies'
    Seasonal Beast - 'Dry Bones'
    Them Fangs - 'Life Do Change'




    Episode One Resources
    Cheers, thanks for listening! If you enjoyed this episode of SuperUnknown, please subscribe, share, and leave a review! Need more? Explore these show notes featuring some of the topics discussed during Dana's interview with Jim James:


    Hear the first song Jim James remembers listening to at three years old - ‘Leader of the Band’ by Dan Fogelberg {4:18}


    Hear the first song he learned to play as a teenager - ‘Losing My Religion’ by R.E.M. {4:42}


    Listen to Rodan, a band from Jim's hometown of Louisville that he recalls was "one of the biggest influences on me." {6:08}


    Watch Jim sing 'Rainbow Connection' with Kermit the Frog at the Newport Folk Festival (Skip to 1:50 on video for Jim's appearance) {7:39}


    "Tree Of One Kind" is the name of the demo that Jim James shared on the show. It's one of the first recordings he ever did, and you can hear it exclusively in this episode! {11:34}


    Check out the website for the record label that he started in 2008, which now only 'exists metaphysically in space', Removador {20:03}


    Visit the Creme Bru-Log, Jim's own personal crème brûlée review site, which is 'an online resource for critiques and tastings of crème brûlée from around the world'. {28:00}


    Learn more about Teddy Abrams, Music Director and Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra, who created the arrangements on Jim's latest solo album, The Order of Nature {35:18}


    Did you like the new song 'Back To The End Of The World' from The Order of Nature, that was played during this episode? Watch Jim, Teddy, and the Louisville Orchestra perform it live on Jimmy Fallon {43:47}


    About Jim James:
    He fronts the Grammy-nominated band My Morning Jacket, he has an impressive solo career, and he has the best name ever. Jim James recently released an orchestral solo album, entitled The Order of Nature.

    • 56 min

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