30 episodes

CrossFade is a dueling album review show about expanding your musical horizons hosted by Matt Helgeson. Released every two weeks, CrossFade has guests introduce one of their favorite albums of all time to Matt Helgeson (and vice versa) as they review the highlights, play clips, and compare each other's picks. On every episode, we answer questions from the community via MinnMax's Patreon page - https://www.patreon.com/minnmax

CrossFade: The Dueling Album Review Show MinnMax

    • Music Commentary
    • 4.8 • 79 Ratings

CrossFade is a dueling album review show about expanding your musical horizons hosted by Matt Helgeson. Released every two weeks, CrossFade has guests introduce one of their favorite albums of all time to Matt Helgeson (and vice versa) as they review the highlights, play clips, and compare each other's picks. On every episode, we answer questions from the community via MinnMax's Patreon page - https://www.patreon.com/minnmax

    John Phillips vs. Television (feat. Matt Sweeney)

    John Phillips vs. Television (feat. Matt Sweeney)

    Freehand guitarist Matt Sweeney (heard in the Red Dead Redemption 2 soundtrack, Skunk, Chavez, and more) guests on this episode of CrossFade! He picked “John, the Wolf King of L.A.,” the first solo record from The Mamas & The Papas founder John Phillips, because of its hauntingly beautiful arrangements and its dark underbelly. The discussion focuses on how such sunny-sounding music can hide such sinister stories, and what that says about the man who embodied it all.

    Host Matt Helgeson chose “Marquee Moon,” the debut album of American rock band Television – a true guitarist’s record and a through-and-through groundbreaking rock album that would help shape punk, pop, and art rock through the late 1970s and ‘80s. It opened both Helgeson and Sweeney’s eyes to the depths that rock riffs can plumb – there’s stuff on this record that even they can’t figure out to this day.

    Support MinnMax on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/minnmax/

    Listen to the CrossFade Community Playlist of our community’s favorite music: https://spoti.fi/3aRRgox

    Follow Matt Sweeney at https://twitter.com/theheavyjamz

    Listen to the Red Dead Redemption 2 Housebuilding EP on Spotify at https://spoti.fi/3cYSW3k and look for it wherever you get vinyl records

    Pre-order Superwolves from Matt Sweeney and Bonnie “Prince” Billy, out April 30, 2021, at https://bit.ly/31ZXUXw

    To jump to a particular discussion, check out the timestamps below…

    02:04 - How Matt Sweeney came to work with Rockstar

    18:27 - John Phillips - “John, the Wolf King of L.A.”

    21:59 - “April Anne”

    26:41 - “Someone’s Sleeping”

    31:12 - “Topanga Canyon”

    34:25 - “Malibu People”

    38:09 - “Drum”

    40:45 - “Holland Tunnel”

    45:56 - Television - “Marquee Moon”

    50:30 - “See No Evil”

    56:15 - “Venus”

    59:52 - “Marquee Moon”

    1:08:55 - “Elevation”

    1:12:54 - “Guiding Light”

    1:17:01 - “Friction”

    1:21:42 - Community Questions

    1:39:30 - Parcels - “IknowhowIfeel” (suggested by MinnMax supporter whitemex)

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Cat Stevens vs. Boards of Canada (feat. Austin Wintory)

    Cat Stevens vs. Boards of Canada (feat. Austin Wintory)

    Composer Austin Wintory (Journey, ABZÛ, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, The Pathless, The Banner Saga, and countless other games and films) is one of the best-known names in video game music – but he didn’t know anything about music for the first ten years of his life. He brought Yusuf/Cat Stevens’ 1970 hit record “Tea for the Tillerman” to CrossFade because it reminds him of his dad, and of learning music, and of the pure emotional statements that can be made through musical storytelling.

    Matt’s pick, Boards of Canada’s “Music Has the Right to Children,” lets listeners find the story in between the samples, tones, patterns, and soundscapes the Scottish duo packed it with back in 1998. It was an early statement in the hauntological electronica movement that wrenched music from the world around them, reassembling sounds in a way that suggests melody and form without quite standing out.

    Follow Austin at https://twitter.com/awintory and find his music at https://www.austinwintory.com/

    Support MinnMax on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/minnmax/

    Listen to the CrossFade Community Playlist of our community’s favorite music: https://spoti.fi/3aRRgox

    To jump to a particular discussion, check out the timestamps below…

    02:29 - Austin’s early life with music

    4:57 - The influence of composer Jerry Goldsmith

    17:07 - Yusuf/Cat Stevens’ “Tea for the Tillerman”

    26:09 - “Where Do the Children Play?”

    33:29 - “Hard Headed Woman”

    37:15 - “Wild World”

    43:42 - “Sad Lisa”

    56:09 - “Father and Son”

    1:01:07 - Boards of Canada’s “Music Has the Right to Children”

    1:04:34 - “Wildlife Analysis”

    1:05:51 - "An Eagle in Your Mind"

    1:09:18 - “Rue the Whirl”

    1:14:09 - “The Color of the Fire”

    1:18:17 - “Roygbiv”

    1:22:00 - “Pete Standing Alone”

    1:24:47 - "Telephasic Workshop"

    1:29:57 - Community Questions

    1:48:25 - Jethro Tull - “Thick as a Brick” (suggested by MinnMax supporter Thom Blackburn)

    • 1 hr 51 min
    Paul Simon vs. Blue Öyster Cult (feat. Chris Remo)

    Paul Simon vs. Blue Öyster Cult (feat. Chris Remo)

    Chris Remo (Valve, Campo Santo, Gone Home, Firewatch, and the Idle Thumbs podcast) joins CrossFade for a discussion of “Graceland,” Paul Simon’s controversial career-boosting 1986 record, and why it took him until his 30s to finally like it. Matt gains another inductee to the cult of Blue Öyster Cult with their 1974 psych-rock “Secret Treaties,” which proves they were more than a one-hit wonder. Our community segment gets Chris talking about podcasting, the Fender Rhodes, and the best game soundtracks you haven’t heard!

    To jump to a particular discussion, check out the timestamps below…

    2:28 - Where music fits in Chris’s career

    9:19 - Paul Simon’s “Graceland”

    22:31 - “The Boy in the Bubble”

    29:28 - “Gumboots (with Boyoyo Boys)”

    34:41 - “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes”

    38:35 - “You Can Call Me Al”

    40:09 - “Crazy Love, Vol II”

    42:04 - “Homeless (with Ladysmith Black Mambazo)”

    48:48 - Blue Öyster Cult’s “Secret Treaties”

    51:40 - “Career of Evil”

    58:24 - “Dominance and Submission”

    1:06:15 - “Cagey Cretins”

    1:11:27 - “Flaming Telepaths”

    1:16:16 - “Astronomy”

    1:23:12 - Community Questions

    1:31:19 - Peter Gabriel - “Solsbury Hill” (suggested by MinnMax supporter Michael Gibler)

    Follow Chris at https://twitter.com/chrisremo and find his music at https://chrisremo.bandcamp.com/

    Support MinnMax on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/minnmax/

    Listen to the CrossFade Community Playlist of our community’s favorite music: https://spoti.fi/3aRRgox

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Beck vs. The Cure (feat. Sarah Elmaleh)

    Beck vs. The Cure (feat. Sarah Elmaleh)

    On this voice-tastic episode of CrossFade, voice actor and activist Sarah Elmaleh (Gears 5, Anthem, Gone Home, Star Wars: Squadrons, and more https://twitter.com/selmaleh) hops in the booth with a dancy high school favorite – Beck’s funky “Midnite Vultures” – and Matt keeps things light with The Cure’s smash 1989 record, “Disintegration.” Questions from the CrossFade community include music we love from TV and film, bands that dress up later into their years, and music things we regret buying. Listen in!

    To jump to a particular discussion, check out the timestamps below…

    6:38 - “Sexx Laws”

    11:27 - “Nicotine & Gravy”

    18:54 - “Mixed Bizness”

    24:15 - “Intro To Get Real Paid”

    24:40 - “Get Real Paid”

    28:47 - “Hollywood Freaks”

    30:19 - “Peaches & Cream”

    37:28 - “Milk & Honey”

    41:21 - “Beautiful Way”

    46:19 - “Pressure Zone”

    48:58 - “Debra”

    55:34 - The Cure - “Disintegration”

    1:00:39 - “Plainsong”

    1:06:55 - “Pictures of You”

    1:13:16 - “Closedown”

    1:15:44 - “Lovesong”

    1:19:49 - “Lullaby”

    1:25:02 - “Fascination Street”

    1:30:02 - “Prayers for Rain”

    1:36:28 - “The Same Deep Water as You”

    1:37:35 - “Last Dance”

    1:39:21 - “Disintegration”

    1:42:33 - “Homesick”

    1:45:31 - “Untitled”

    1:50:19 - Community Questions

    2:23:00 - Janet Kay - “Silly Games” (suggested by MinnMax supporter umryan)

    Follow Sarah at https://twitter.com/selmaleh and find her work at https://sarahelmaleh.com/

    Support MinnMax on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/minnmax/

    Listen to the CrossFade Community Playlist of our community’s favorite music: https://spoti.fi/3aRRgox

    • 2 hr 26 min
    Hybrid vs. Owen Pallett (feat. Gareth Coker)

    Hybrid vs. Owen Pallett (feat. Gareth Coker)

    Gareth Coker (composer for film and games including Ori and the Blind Forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, ARK: Survival Evolved, Immortals Fenyx Rising, and Halo Infinite) doesn’t often get to gab about the music he listens to instead of the music he makes, which makes it such a treat to talk about why “Disappear Here,” the fourth album from British electronic group Hybrid, is one of his favorites. We compare Hybrid’s intensely rhythmic, building structures with the intricate harmonics and angular storytelling of Owen Pallett’s “In Conflict” before jumping into community questions about the tuba, what’s stuck in our heads right now, and music that needs a particular context to feel right.

    To jump to a particular discussion, check out the timestamps below…

    2:19 - What it’s like to make music for a new Halo game

    11:53 - Hybrid’s “Disappear Here” (2010)

    18:24 - “Empire”

    29:43 - "Can You Hear Me"

    37:22 - “Original Sin”

    41:40 - “Break My Soul”

    59:41 - Owen Pallett’s “In Conflict” (2014)

    1:01:21 - “I Am Not Afraid”

    1:06:15 - “On a Path”

    1:10:41 - “The Riverbed”

    1:15:55 - “Infernal Fantasy”

    1:19:15 - “Song for Five & Six”

    1:27:27 - “In Conflict”

    1:35:49 - Community Questions

    1:55:40 - Community Song (“Beautiful Mother” by Dirty Projectors and Björk, suggested by MinnMax supporter Michael Lynch)

    Follow Gareth at https://twitter.com/garethcoker and find his work at https://www.gareth-coker.net/

    Support MinnMax on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/minnmax/

    CrossFade Community Playlist: https://spoti.fi/3aRRgox

    • 1 hr 59 min
    The CrossFade Community Shuffle: Death Grips, Gorillaz, Phish, JPEGMAFIA, Sufjan Stevens & More

    The CrossFade Community Shuffle: Death Grips, Gorillaz, Phish, JPEGMAFIA, Sufjan Stevens & More

    We’re back to the community playlist, digging through a randomly shuffled list of our MinnMax community’s favorite songs to see what shakes out! This time, the crop (including a lot of artists we’ve never even heard of!) runs the gamut from prog to rock to R&B and… whatever you call Aphex Twin (in a good way!). Thanks to everyone who left a song!

    Support MinnMax on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/minnmax/

    Follow Matt at https://twitter.com/matthelgeson

    Follow Jason at https://twitter.com/nintendufus

    Listen to the CrossFade Community Playlist, updated biweekly: https://spoti.fi/3aRRgox

    To jump to a particular discussion, check out the timestamps below…

    1:49 - Death Grips - “Hacker” (suggested by Beau Finley)

    5:37 - The Network - “Ivankkka is a Nazi” (suggested by Michael Lynch)

    10:15 - The Black Keys - “Weight of Love” (suggested by John Richards)

    15:08 - JPEGMAFIA feat. Helena Deland - “Free the Frail” (suggested by Aidan Vilchis)

    20:00 - Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness - “Fire Escape” (suggested by Brandon Fream)

    22:15 - Animals as Leaders - “The Brain Dance” (suggested by Thom Blackburn)

    26:47 - Phish - “Waiting All Night” (suggested by Adam Fister)

    33:25 - Ganser - “Projector” (suggested by 1After909)

    36:12 - Gorillaz feat. Beck - “The Valley of the Pagans” (suggested by Jeramy Dubose)

    38:55 - Sufjan Stevens - “Come On! Feel the Illinoise! Part I” (suggested by Disc0)

    41:15 - Comparing Sufjan to The Cure

    43:40 - Detroit Grand Pubahs - “Sandwiches” (suggested by Jeorin)

    48:07 - Sharks Keep Moving - “Jet’s Jets” (suggested by Travis McGaughey)

    50:45 - Throwing Muses - “Honeychain” (suggested by James Burkett)

    56:40 - Nao - “Bad Blood” (suggested by Holden Hintz)

    59:30 - Craig Finn - “God in Chicago” (suggested by CrabPalace)

    1:05:57 - Bokassa - “Vultures” (suggested by Radiant Spec)

    1:09:08 - Aphex Twin - “Girl/Boy Song” (suggested by podbod)

    1:14:30 - Karen Dalton - “Something On Your Mind” (suggested by The Krispy Kreme Lemur)

    1:20:29 - Between the Buried and Me - “Extremophile Elite” (suggested by Alex C Hackney)

    1:28:01 - Buzzcocks - “Whatever Happened To?” (suggested by Shane Cunningham)

    • 1 hr 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

Lalsmen ,

Excellent podcast

Do I like Blue Öyster Cult now?

Lichitimus ,

A thorough dissection of music albums

This is the podcast for all music lovers! The format is really simple: Matt Helgeson brings on a guest to discuss two albums of their choosing in great detail.

I appreciate the wide array of musical styles that they showcase from different genres and time periods. Honestly, the variety is what keeps me coming back as I always feel compelled to leave my comfort zone with artists and albums I’m not familiar with that they feature on their show. The passion and insight that they bring to the albums they discuss is truly refreshing.

The long-form content is great too, as they include track snippets that lead into hearty discussions. Definitely great for those with keen ears for details.

Do not skip out on this if this remotely sounds like something you’d enjoy!

Alex_MXI ,

Good Pod

I enjoying the format of this podcast. Keeping the focus on two albums does a great job at bringing out interesting and detailed discussions. The selections feel so very random, but overall a good mix of music that the hosts and guests are passionate about.

The Van Halen episode is amazing.

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