40 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

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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

    Led Zeppelin & Peter Gabriel with Tom Salta (Deathloop)

    Led Zeppelin & Peter Gabriel with Tom Salta (Deathloop)

    If at first you don't succeed, listen, listen again – welcome Tom Salta (Deathloop, Tom Clancy’s Advanced Warfighter, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, PUBG, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, and many more) to CrossFade!

    Tom’s a big production guy, so Peter Gabriel’s tight instrumentation and arrangements on “So” make it a really pivotal album for him. “Houses of the Holy” isn’t Led Zeppelin’s most-played album, but it’s one of their funkiest. Matt fell in love with its bigness and groove, so it’s a great complement to Peter Gabriel’s pop sensibilities. (And, according to Reddit, it has the second-fewest instances of Robert Plant singing “baby” of all of Led Zeppelin’s albums. Huh!)

    Follow Tom on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TomSalta and find his work at https://www.tomsalta.com/

    Deathloop is out Sept. 14

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

    Listen to the CrossFade Community Playlist, featuring 340 of our community’s favorite songs (and counting): 
    https://spoti.fi/3aRRgox

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

    0:00 - Peter Gabriel & Led Zeppelin with Tom Salta

    1:10 - Tom’s collabs, creds, & how he pivoted to video game music

    12:00 - Peter Gabriel’s “So”

    14:22 - Red Rain

    17:35 - Sledgehammer

    20:56 - Don’t Give Up

    24:03 - Mercy Street

    28:32 - Big Time

    34:13 - In Your Eyes

    36:26 - Led Zeppelin’s “Houses of the Holy”

    39:42 - The Song Remains the Same

    43:21 - The Ocean

    46:10 - D’yer Mak’er

    47:29 - The Crunge

    50:00 - Dancing Days

    52:33 - Over the Hills and Far Away

    56:20 - No Quarter

    1:00:22 - Community Questions (writing familiar stuff, your life in four songs & more)

    1:13:46 - Deserta - “Be So Blue” (suggested by MinnMax supporter RedVIII)

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Jimi Hendrix & Ivan Tcherepnin with Peter McConnell (Psychonauts 2)

    Jimi Hendrix & Ivan Tcherepnin with Peter McConnell (Psychonauts 2)

    Go inside the mind that created the music for the best-known video game about going inside people’s minds: Peter McConnell is on CrossFade!

    WIth Peter, we dissect the music of Ivan Tcherepnin, Peter’s late mentor and experimental/avant garde composer of the 20th century, and “Axis: Bold as Love,” the second record from The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Together, we find the little connections between Hendrix’s mystical playing and the sonic innovations of Tcherepnin. We also talk to Peter about creating music for LucasArts and Double Fine, writing songs for Jack Black, and the connection between opera and video games.

    Then we turn to the MinnMax community for fun questions about bands we dream of playing with, how interactive music has changed over Peter’s 30-year career, and more!

    (If you’re not a big classical music head, don’t worry! Peter makes it all easy to follow along and appreciate.)

    Follow Peter on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PeterNMcConnell

    Pre-order Peter’s Psychonauts 2 soundtrack at https://skilltreerecords.com/album/2022998/psychonauts-2-original-soundtrack-vol-1

    Psychonauts 2 is out now

    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…

    0:00 - Jimi Hendrix & Ivan Tcherepnin with Peter McConnell

    00:59 - Peter’s music background

    5:31 - Writing music for Jack Black

    9:07 - Working themes from Psychonauts 1 into the sequel

    15:16 - What Peter learned from Ivan Tcherepnin

    24:53 - The Music of Ivan Tcherepnin

    25:30 - Flores Musicales : I. Overture - P’tite P’tite

    30:57 - Five Songs: I. Do-Mi

    41:25 - Five Songs: IV. Queues

    46:50 - Flores Musicales: III. Grand Fire Music

    49:55 - Santur Live! Overture: The Situation in The Land

    52:57 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Axis: Bold as Love”

    57:12 - Spanish Castle Magic

    1:01:03 - Wait Until Tomorrow

    1:04:32 - Little Wing

    1:10:03 - If 6 Was 9

    1:16:01 - Bold as Love

    1:22:36 - Community Questions (writing music for ‘place,’ interactive music through the decades, bands we wanna play with & more)

    1:45:21 - Fleet Foxes - “The Shrine/An Argument” (suggested by MinnMax supporter Thom Blackburn)

    • 1 hr 53 min
    The Beatles vs. Queens of the Stone Age (feat. Darren Korb)

    The Beatles vs. Queens of the Stone Age (feat. Darren Korb)

    The gods of guesting have been kind to us once again, and Darren Korb, audio director for Supergiant Games (Hades, Bastion, Transistor, Pyre) and voice of Zagreus in Hades, has landed in our lap to talk of Beatles and Queens!

    Darren loves how weird, inventive, and well-produced The Beatles’ penultimate album “Abbey Road” is, and in this episode, he talks about how that blend makes him think about his own music in different ways. Queens of the Stone Age’s “Songs for the Deaf” isn’t actually that, but it is full of mean riffs and precise Dave Grohl drumming, and that adds up to what Darren calls “heavy stoner rock.”

    Our community portion is chock-full of fun questions from our Patreon patrons about favorite guitar tunings, our first-ever “favorite” songs, who has the best “best-of” album, and much more!

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

    Donate to the Crossfade HopeWell Music School Charity Drive at https://www.givemn.org/Crossfade

    Follow Darren on Twitter at https://twitter.com/darrenkorb

    Hear Darren’s voice, music, and production in Hades, out this week on PlayStation and Xbox platforms https://www.supergiantgames.com/games/hades/

    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…

    0:00 - The Beatles vs. Queens of the Stone Age (feat. Darren Korb)

    3:48 - Darren’s time as Rock Band 2 US champ

    8:56 - The Beatles’ “Abbey Road”

    13:04 - Come Together

    17:12 - Something

    20:14 - Maxwell’s Silver Hammer

    22:49 - Octopus’s Garden

    24:30 - I Want You (She’s So Heavy)

    27:55 - Here Comes The Sun

    30:57 - Side two of Abbey Road

    31:58 - You Never Give Me Your Money

    36:17 - Sun King

    39:56 - Mean Mr Mustard

    41:02 - Polythene Pam

    42:20 - She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

    44:13 - Golden Slumbers

    45:45 - Carry That Weight

    47:22 - The End

    49:46 - Her Majesty

    51:55 - Queens of the Stone Age’s “Songs for the Deaf”

    53:42 - No One Knows

    56:54 - You Think I Ain’t Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire

    1:00:22 - First It Giveth

    1:02:49 - Song For The Dead

    1:08:25 - Go With The Flow

    1:12:23 - Hanging Tree

    1:16:20 - Do It Again

    1:21:10 - Another Love Song

    1:26:04 - Community Questions (writing music, best “best-of” albums, favorite guitar tunings & more)

    1:51:33 - Bruce Springsteen - “Magic” (suggested by MinnMax supporter Jeremiah Parks)

    • 1 hr 55 min
    The Kinks vs. Gentle Giant (feat. Marty O’Donnell)

    The Kinks vs. Gentle Giant (feat. Marty O’Donnell)

    This one’s a biggie – Marty O’Donnell, composer for games like Halo, Destiny, Riven, and current audio director for Highwire Games, is on CrossFade to talk about one of the albums that convinced him to stop just playing music and start composing instead!

    Gentle Giant’s “Octopus” is one of Marty’s favorite records and “hugely influential” to his path as a musician and composer. If not for this album and the friends he made over it, he may have stuck to performing piano – and some of your favorite video games would sound a whole lot different.

    Matt’s pick, the equally English “The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society,” was a critical underdog that’s achieved new life as a cult classic in the 50+ years since its release. Matt thinks it’s better than The Beatles in some ways. Don’t tell him I wrote that here. I wanna make him explain that take on a future episode.

    We also talk about Marty’s stint as a commercial jingle writer, the importance of having a hook, 16th century counterpoint, Marty’s weirdest influences, and much more, including a great series of questions from the MinnMax community!

    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…

    0:00 - The Kinks vs. Gentle Giant (feat. Marty O’Donnell)

    1:32 - Marty’s path to composing

    4:23 - The appeal of classical music in rock

    7:26 - Formal training and finding Gentle Giant

    11:48 - Learning the importance of a hook from commercials

    17:49 - How technology influences Marty’s composition

    20:58 - Gentle Giant’s “Octopus” (Steven Wilson Mix)

    22:56 - The Advent of Panurge

    30:38 - The time Marty met Gentle Giant in an elevator

    33:20 - Raconteur Troubadour

    37:51 - A Cry for Everyone

    42:26 - River

    45:47 - The Boys in the Band

    50:08 - Think of Me with Kindness

    57:01 - Knots

    1:00:36 - The Kinks’ “The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society”

    1:02:15 - The Village Green Preservation Society

    1:05:12 - Do You Remember Walter?

    1:07:54 - Animal Farm

    1:14:51 - Picture Book

    1:18:47 - Phenomenal Cat

    1:22:12 - Village Green

    1:25:06 - All of My Friends Were There

    1:29:55 - Community Questions (weirdest influences, Music of the Spheres, British music, Marty wants to make Zelda music & more)

    1:55:32 - M.I.A. - “Pull Up the People” (suggested by MinnMax supporter Jonnythan 12)

    • 1 hr 59 min
    Alkaline Trio vs. The Exploding Hearts (feat. Mike Park)

    Alkaline Trio vs. The Exploding Hearts (feat. Mike Park)

    Welcome musician, activist, and founder of Asian Man Records Mike Park (https://twitter.com/mikeparkmusic) to CrossFade! Mike’s run his own record label for 25 years, in addition to all the music he’s written and played or the anti-racism activism he’s done throughout his career. We couldn’t be more excited to have him on the show – and talking about a record he released, no less!

    Alkaline Trio’s “Goddamnit” launched one of the most successful punk pop careers of the 2000s. It’s also still one of Mike's favorites – a record he can listen to back to front and get the same out of it as he did in 1998. He’s got a bunch of fun nuggets about bringing this album to life, like the fact that it cost only $1,000 to record. (That’s kinda crazy.)

    The Exploding Hearts’s career was cut short with the untimely deaths of three band members, and their one and only record, “Guitar Romantic,” is audible proof of the gap it left in popular music. Reminiscent of ‘70s and ‘80s punk pop, the album carves its own identity by referencing styles that came before without feeling redundant.

    In the back end of this episode, we field questions about the deaths of musicians we love, what Mike thought of blink-182 in their earliest days and today, bands that split singing duties, and more great questions from our Patreon supporters!

    Follow Mike on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mikeparkmusic, find Asian Man Records at https://asianmanrecords.com/, and listen to Mike’s music wherever you listen to music

    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

    Watch Mike sing Alkaline Trio’s “Sorry About That” with Matt Skiba: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyHM0lP1whE

    Find out more about The Sidewalk Project, a nonprofit battling homelessness co-founded by punk artists, at https://www.thesidewalkproject.org/

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

    0:00 - Alkaline Trio vs. The Exploding Hearts (feat. Mike Park)

    1:27 - About Asian Man Records

    3:41 - The state of ska

    6:41 - Music and anti-racism action in 2021

    10:28 - Alkaline Trio’s “Goddamnit”

    12:44 - Cringe

    15:33 - San Francisco

    20:43 - Trouble Breathing

    25:01 - Southern Rock

    28:40 - Sorry About That

    32:15 - Nose Over Tail

    35:05 - Message From Kathlene

    39:05 - The Exploding Hearts’ “Guitar Romantic”

    42:29 - Modern Kicks

    45:31 - I’m a Pretender

    48:51 - Rumors in Town

    51:32 - Sleeping Aides and Razorblades

    57:02 - Throwaway Style

    1:02:05 - Community Questions (processing musicians’ deaths, blink-182, multi-singer bands, & more)

    1:19:12 - Paul Collins’ Beat - “Rock ‘N’ Roll Girl” (suggested by MinnMax supporter Kris Paul)

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Kendrick Lamar vs. Foo Fighters (feat. Janet Garcia)

    Kendrick Lamar vs. Foo Fighters (feat. Janet Garcia)

    Welcome MinnMax cohort, streamer, writer, critic, and former teacher Janet Garcia (https://twitter.com/gameonysus) to CrossFade!

    Foo Fighters was one of the bands that helped Janet discover music outside of hip-hop, so “In Your Honor” holds a really important place in her heart (and her running playlist). Matt’s pick, Kendrick Lamar’s breakthrough “good kid, m.A.A.d city” is a stunningly stylized masterwork of Compton rap storytelling. It’s so well-written, Janet even used it to teach an English class once. All that plus a bunch of great community questions in the back half of the episode!

    Follow Janet on Twitter at https://twitter.com/gameonysus and find her work at https://linktr.ee/gameonysus

    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…

    0:00 - Foo Fighters vs. Kendrick Lamar (feat. Janet Garcia)

    2:53 - Foo Fighters’ “In Your Honor”

    3:46 - In Your Honor

    12:44 - Best Of You

    17:12 - DOA

    23:10 - Hell

    27:03 - What If I Do?

    30:49 - On The Mend

    34:09 - Another Round

    35:38 - Friend Of A Friend

    39:32 - Virginia Moon

    42:30 - Razor

    49:18 - Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid, m.A.A.d city”

    52:26 - Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe

    58:31 - Backseat Freestyle

    1:03:55 - The Art of Peer Pressure

    1:08:44 - Poetic Justice

    1:12:32 - Swimming Pools (Drank)

    1:16:33 - good kid

    1:19:43 - m.A.A.d city

    1:25:22 - Sing About Me, I’m Dying Of Thirst

    1:38:39 - Community Questions (Dave Grohl, “honorary” bands, Bo Burnham, analyzing vs. vibing to songs, & more)

    2:06:23 - The Alchemist feat. Earl Sweatshirt - “Loose Change” (suggested by MinnMax supporter Kees (‘Case’) Mulder)

    • 2 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 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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