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MinnTrax is a dueling album review show about expanding your musical horizons hosted by Matt Helgeson. Released every two weeks, MinnTrax 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

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MinnTrax is a dueling album review show about expanding your musical horizons hosted by Matt Helgeson. Released every two weeks, MinnTrax 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

    Opeth vs. Future of the Left (featuring Bianca Ryckert)

    Opeth vs. Future of the Left (featuring Bianca Ryckert)

    Guest Bianca Ryckert of the Panning the Stream podcast joins Matt Helgeson to talk about heavy music through the lens of one of Matt’s favorite albums, Travels With Myself and Another by Future of the Left, while Matt tackles an album by one of Bianca’s favorite bands: Orchid, the 1995 debut album Swedish band Opeth! Along the way, they talk about how first impressions can mean a lot for how you remember your favorite bands, how much doom is too much doom, the first music they found by themselves and loved, the new genres they’re into and what hooked them, and Bianca’s brother’s band (check out Thank You Scientist wherever you get music).


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


    1:59- Bianca’s work in games


    3:46 - Bianca’s podcast, Panning the Stream


    4:48 - Bianca’s brother’s band, Thank You Scientist


    10:53 - Why it’s hard to call Orchid “metal”


    17:37 - An abridged history of Swedish metal


    31:28 - The excess of Orchid vs. the leanness of Future of the Left


    53:30 - Matt and Bianca’s favorite eras of music


    57:54 - Community questions - 00:57:54
    1:12:00 - Community song (‘The Great Chinggis Khan’ by The HU)


    Links


    Support Panning the Stream on Patreon, listen wherever you get podcasts, and follow them on Twitter at @PanTheStream


    Follow Bianca on Twitter at @weirdbonk


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


    MinnTrax Episode Playlist: https://spoti.fi/2vgqfvK


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


    Skatt Bros. - Life At the Outpost: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g81HoQ6PuR0

    • 1 hr 17 min
    James Brown Vs. Nas

    James Brown Vs. Nas

    A rap classic meets a piece of soul history in the inaugural episode of MinnTrax! Host Matt Helgeson and guest Ben Hanson discuss the music they chose for each other – Ben chose James Brown’s 1971 live album Love, Power, Peace for Helgeson, while Helgeson chose Nas’ inimitable Illmatic for non rap-listener Ben – to see if they can find middle ground between the music they love and the music they’ve never heard. Then we go through some great community questions to learn more about Helgeson and Ben’s music tastes, the songs that defined their childhoods, and what streaming services mean for the future of the music industry before diving headlong into this episode’s community-suggested track. MinnTrax is produced by Jason Dafnis.


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


    13:02 - Why Hanson loves James Brown and Love, Power, Peace


    16:25 - Why Helgeson’s loves rap and Illmatic


    24:36 - The longevity of Love, Power, Peace


    48:39 - The influence of Illmatic


    1:07:10 - Comparing Illmatic and Love, Power, Peace head-to-head


    1:21:18 - MinnTrax community questions


    1:39:14 - The Community Song Of The Week - STFU! by Rina Sawayama




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


    Illmatic on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/album/3kEtdS2pH6hKcMU9Wioob1?si=NbExJMfhRm6SHz5gRgOOpg


    Love, Power, Peace on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/album/17CzII6yMCKvKupQtq7zbW?si=P-9NJ7s_QSqekNZ4lT2m3g


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


    Live at the Boston Garden: April 5, 1968: https://bit.ly/2IEQJKD


    James Brown’s Please, Please cape bit: https://youtu.be/vruy2GRUsV8?t=45


    Rocky IV robot introducing James Brown - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbBYM3wvnrI


    James Brown's I Feel All Right from Live at the Apollo II - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er_QJxMorRc




    Thanks to the following Patreon supporters for their generous support of MinnMax at the $50 tier!


    Iam8bit


    Seth Walker


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    The Smak


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    Mark Seliga


    Jesse Vitelli


    Zachary Pligge


    Mirko Arico-Torreno


    Rob Hudak (aka Rook)


    David Lacolucci

    • 1 hr 42 min
    MinnTrax - Introducing Matt Helgeson's Dueling Album Review Podcast

    MinnTrax - Introducing Matt Helgeson's Dueling Album Review Podcast

    On this introductory episode, Matt Helgeson (former host of The Game Informer Show podcast) introduces listeners to his new music review podcast on the MinnMax network alongside MinnTrax's producer Jason Dafnis. To support the podcast and leave questions and comments for future episodes, please consider supporting MinnMax on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/minnmax

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

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I used to listen to the GI Show when Matt Helgeson was the host and really liked the music he sampled.

It’s cool to see the transition into a full music podcast. It’s crazy you know Griselda

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