Minerese: Vol. I

11.20.09 (W.Rogell)

With tour just around the corner, I’ll be writing reviews of Phish shows again before too long, and for that I am grateful. While considering my reviews, I thought a good way to change things up and prepare for tour would be to look more closely at some of my more commonly-used phrases when describing Phish music. In an attempt to make my writing clearer for those reading along this summer, I’ve created some audio excerpts to serve as aural definitions of some terms. Today we’ll start with five basic terms, and I’ll put together a couple more installments of “Minerese” before tour starts.

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“Percussive Grooves”

Often growing out of high-speed rock jams, these are the sparser segments where all band members offer rhythmic phrases in unison with each other. When traced back to its origin, this type of jamming grew out of Halloween ’96’s adventure, Remain In Light.

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“Ambient Soundscapes”

11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

Built from layers of sound, these passages can take different forms. While often drifting into spacey realms, “ambient soundscapes” can also remain anchored to harmonies and/or melodies. I’ve tried to select differing examples to illustrate this difference.

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“Blissful Psychedelia”

Emerging deep within a jam, these are the sacred places that Phish reaches after the initial segment of improv has settled. Pieces of unique music that reach deep into the soul, segments described as “blissful psychedelia” evoke the emotions and majesty associated with the magic of Phish.

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“Amoeba Jamming”

An Amoeba

This is a term I coined years ago when trying to describe those musical passages where nobody is truly leading the jam. Each member pushes and pulls the music ever so slightly, creating an “amoeba-like” dynamic of non-linear improv. These jams can also take differing directions, so I, again, tried to choose different examples.

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“Swank Rhythm Licks”

When Trey is feeling his funk-mojo, he’s one of the best rhythm players around. Taking time away from soaring solos, Big Red slices and dices dance grooves like the Iron Chef does meats and vegetables. Check out these vibrant late ’90s examples of Trey getting down with his bad self.

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(If anyone wants to attempt to identify all the audio samples, the winner can select the Download of the Day and write the blurb for the next three days. Some ’09 is featured.)

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Jam of the Day:

Piper” 10.2.99 II

After “Tweezer > On Your Way Down,” Phish was hardly done jamming at Minneapolis’  Target Center in ’99. In a year that saw many an amazing “Piper,” this version is among the upper echelon.

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

7.1.94 Mann Music Center, Philadelphia, PA < Torrent

7.1.94 Mann Music Center, Philadelphia, PA < Megaupload

Mann Music Center - Philly, PA

A Summer ’94 stop at one of Phish’s classic venues of the mid-90s, amidst Fairmont Park in Philly.

I: Runaway Jim, Foam, Sample in a Jar, NICU, Stash, The Mango Song, It’s Ice,  Tela, Julius, Suzy Greenberg

II: David Bowie, If I Could, Fluffhead, Down with Disease > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday Reprise, Possum, Hold Your Head Up > Terrapin > Hold Your Head Up, Harry Hood, Cavern

E: Rocky Top

Source: AKG 451

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  1. john Says:

    Woo Hoo!! My first show of a whole bunch since. Was’nt to impressed but i gave them another chance 0n 12/28/94 and have been jammin (for the most part) ever since.

  2. Nick Says:

    good idea for a post – all too often phish’s jams seem to blend so seamlessly into each other that i’m unaware that a change of pace (or jamming style) has occurred!

    what would you call, say, the R&R gorge jam or the after midnight reprise jam at big cypress where nobody really is soloing but they are all certainly pushing the song in the same direction?

  3. Corey Says:

    …..(If anyone wants to attempt to identify all the audio samples, the winner can select the Download of the Day and write the blurb for the next three days. Some ‘09 is featured.)….

    Well, that’s a good way to get out of some daily work. 🙂

    Jokes aside, nice to see more specific, music related topics. It’s nice to play up a great set or run of shows, but I like it when we truly get into it, revealing the intricate soundscape that PHiSH so often creates.

    So, thanks again Mr. Miner.

    I will say, that listening to some of Coltrane’s Impulse records and boots, (sorry @Chuck, smoke…everyday??…naww, Listen to Coltrane every day!) ALL those places are discovered over and over again. PHiSH does it, but a lot of cats were doing it long before…PHiSH took the practice and made it their own.

    Oh, and @Nick, I call it making music…making really good fuckin’ music.

    Terms and titles seem to compartmentalize…
    I just want to listen to the beauty of the process.

  4. Corey Says:

    ^^Or should I say, the beauty that IS the process…

  5. Nick Says:

    what can I say, I’m a language enthusiast and I might just major in Minorese this fall (or minor in majorese?)

    …and I agree with your assessment. let’s just call it group-mind

  6. gills Says:

    its just the way i feel……….

  7. garretc Says:

    Well gawdamn… I got bit by the Lost bug big time!

    Can’t

    Stop

    Watching!

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    mornin’ all

    interesting post topic. good to get some clarity on the terms Miner uses. I am not going to make any guesses, but I definitely recognize more than a few of these samples, especially those which have shown up in some of Miner’s DJ mixes…

  9. Willowed Says:

    I think I can name every song but does Miner really want us to name the date/venue as well?
    There is no way I can do that.
    The second ambient selection is giving me trouble. Can’t figure that one out.

  10. El Duderino Says:

    Morning folks…

    @ Mr. Palmer

    Your “other” DVD’s should arrive today.

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    willowed, did you go to the US/Czech Republic game last night or at least watch it?

  12. Willowed Says:

    I watched the whole thing. Don’t be alarmed by the score. Our top 5 players were sitting. That was an opportunity for the “on the fence” players to get a chance to shine!

    Go ND Lax! I am pulling for them hard!

  13. Willowed Says:

    I should have gone, right in my backyard

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    don’t worry, willowed. I was more interested in seeing if any of these guys were going to play their way onto the squad. I liked what I saw out of Herculez Gomez.

    huge game for ND lax Saturday. Tough row to hoe, but we’ll see…

  15. Gavinsdad Says:

    Philly dotd yo…

    As I was reading the post I was definitely waiting to see if Miner dropped the “swanky”, one of his tried and true descriptives…nice.

  16. SillyWilly Says:

    Great write-up, Miner.

    and great idea to couple your definitions with examples.

    hope everyone’s doing well!

  17. Willowed Says:

    I like Gomez. He plays hard. Pearce…not so much!
    They are will announce the team today at 1:00 p.m.
    I hope he makes it.
    With that ND goalie anything can happen. he’s nasty.

  18. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    ^ @Silly, since you’re so open with sharing your phish dreams, here’s a doozy from last night.

    Phish is playing Camp Randle in Madison and the place is packed, but with students dressed for a Wisco football game. During the first set, which is a segue-fest (I remember a tweezer and gin in particular), the band members put on disguises and roam the stadium talking to people. I ended up talking to Fishman with huge mutton-chops about Wisco sports. They return to the stage, and during an ill-timed bathroom break where I’m inexplicably changing ALL my clothes (read: buck ass naked), I hear the opening chords to St. Steven…

    I run out into the crowd, and still naked begin hugging everyone and trying to explain the significance of phish playing this song, to a stadium of total noobs – no one was getting it. Don’t remember a lot after this, but the encore was a thick piece of improve during which my boss from work, dressed in a gas-mask and nothing else, attempts a flip from a trampoline into the crowd from the stage…and face-plants, hard.

    So, um, yeah….I guess summer tour is looming!

  19. ThePigSong Says:

    Sweet write-up Miner. It’s nice to have tangible examples of what segments you’re referring to.

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    wow, that’s quite the dream, Dr. P. good luck analyzing that one…

    re: DOTD
    I hereby yet again announce my stance that Phish should return to playing the Mann. Carry on.

  21. bhizzle Says:

    The first and only time I’ve been to the Mann was to see Trey there years back. First, we got off the exit and took a wrong turn and got to see gun shop, liquor store, church, gun shop, liquor store, church, gun shop, liquor store, church and repeat until we figured out that we were going the wrong direction. Finally we got there and ended up playing wiffle ball which was super fun, but the thing that I’ll never forget were the police on dirt bikes sneaking up on people coming from behind the bushes with lightning speed.

  22. lastwaltzer Says:

    Ahh the mann center, first time getting baned……………..

  23. lastwaltzer Says:

    not at that show mind you
    😉

  24. ma Says:

    morning,

    great, great post…looking forward to vol.2

    enjoy!!

  25. halcyon Says:

    Morning Everyone. Can’ t wait to listen to these later today….

    Hope everyone is doing well….Excited that warm weather has finally arrived to the mountains…

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