27 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 • 77 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

    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
    The MF DOOM Special (feat. Suriel Vazquez)

    The MF DOOM Special (feat. Suriel Vazquez)

    Few artists had an impact on the landscape around them as MF DOOM had on rap. With the reveal of his passing in 2020, we felt it was the right time to finally feature the masked madman, and who better to help us commemorate him than MinnMax’s own Suriel Vazquez (https://twitter.com/surielvazquez)?

    Together, we suss out what made DOOM unique, even among his peers, and why “Operation Doomsday” and “Madvillainy” are the best vertical slices of his prowess. With questions from our community, we talk about what posthumous releases have held up, our musical “religious experiences,” KaZaA, and revisit the ever-present question: “Why is vinyl so big now?”

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

    2:05 - Losing MF DOOM

    4:58 - Discovering DOOM

    9:11 - DOOM before DOOM

    12:35 - MF DOOM’s “Operation Doomsday”

    13:00 - “Doomsday”

    17:10 - “Rhymes Like Dimes”

    21:37 - “Red and Gold”

    25:50 - “Tick, Tick…”

    28:01 - “The Finest”

    35:48 - “Who You Think I Am?”

    38:53 - “Hey!”

    41:06 - "?"

    43:35 - “Gas Drawls”

    46:27 - Madvillain’s “Madvillainy”

    49:32 - “Accordion”

    53:40 - “Meat Grinder”

    57:05 - “Raid”

    59:49 - “Money Folder”

    1:03:14 - “Strange Ways”

    1:04:59 - “Figaro”

    1:13:04 - “Great Day”

    1:14:18 - “America’s Most Blunted”

    1:22:22 - Community Questions

    1:55:40 - Community Song (“Ask Anyone” by Lice, suggested by MinnMax supporter Sincerely, Eric)

    Follow Suriel at https://twitter.com/surielvazquez and on the MinnMax Show

    “Searching for Tomorrow: The Story of Madlib and DOOM's Madvillainy” by Jeff Weiss: https://pitchfork.com/features/article/9478-searching-for-tomorrow-the-story-of-madlib-and-dooms-madvillainy/

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

    • 1 hr 59 min
    Two Solid Seasonal Songs to Ring in 2021

    Two Solid Seasonal Songs to Ring in 2021

    It’s here! As a quick “thank you” you to everyone who’s listened to and supported CrossFade this year, Matt and Jason wanted to share two of their favorite songs that hold that wintertime feeling as we ring in the new year. Thanks so much for checking out our show!

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

    9:45 - Purple Mountains - "Snow is Falling in Manhattan"

    15:48 - The Zombies - "This Will Be Our Year"

    Follow Matt at https://twitter.com/matthelgeson, Jason at https://twitter.com/nintendufus, and MinnMax at https://twitter.com/MinnMaxShow

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

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

    • 17 min
    My Chemical Romance vs. Deerhoof (feat. Blake Hester)

    My Chemical Romance vs. Deerhoof (feat. Blake Hester)

    My Chemical Romance’s breakthrough “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge” and Deerhoof’s “Apple O’” don’t sound anything alike, but they both represent outsider music in their own ways. In today’s episode, Matt explains why Deerhoof tickles his earhoof and Blake tries to explain what it was like to hear MCR for the first time as a churchgoing 10-year-old. Our community also asked Matt and Blake great questions about touring stories, beating your favorite song to death, and what emo music did for millennial perceptions of masculinity. Thanks for listening!

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

    13:36 - My Chemical Romance’s “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge”

    20:37 - “Helena”

    24:38 - “Give ‘Em Hell, Kid”

    28:19 - “You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us in Prison”

    34:01 - “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)”

    41:40 - “The Ghost of You”

    43:42 - “The Jetset Life is Gonna Kill You”

    48:06 - “Hang ‘Em High”

    51:11 - “It’s Not a Fashion Statement, It’s a F*****g Deathwish”

    56:53 - Deerhoof’s “Apple O’”

    1:00:03 - “Dummy Discards a Heart”

    1:04:38 - “My Diamond Star Car”

    1:07:34 - “Panda Panda Panda”

    1:10:28 - “Sealed With a Kiss”

    1:14:36 - “Apple Bomb”

    1:18:27 - “Adam+Eve Connection”

    1:21:54 - “L’Amour Stories”

    1:25:33 - “Flower”

    1:28:24 - Community Questions

    2:01:13 - Community Song (“Toy Soldier” by The Menzingers, suggested by MinnMax supporter Sincerely, Eric)

    Follow Blake at https://twitter.com/metallicaisrad and read his work in Game Informer and on https://www.gameinformer.com/

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

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

    • 2 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

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.

SpiritOfTheRadio ,

I like it

While I take umbrage to Matt calling Misery a "third-tier Soul Asylum song," I won't hold that against him too much. Great discussions, insight, and often quite funny. I look forward to seeing this go forward, and shoutout to Jason!

Boris Parsley ,

Just what I needed

Only now catching up to MinnTrax, and I am loving it. Sticking to episodes where I know at least one of the records well, at least to start, and what a joy. Matt knows a hell of a lot (can’t believe how much i learned new about It Takes A Nation of Millions) about his picks and comes at his guests’ choices openly. Jason’s a hoot, too, nice when the producer adds so much.

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