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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550 Responses to “Minerese: Vol. I”

  1. boucin fan Says:

    what’s wrong with bouncin

    shit rocks

  2. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Thanks Fee4zy- That blog looks funny as shit.

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @palmer
    you beat me to that joke about Kirk. His tour pwns.

  4. lot rat Says:

    Please…you were stale when you couldnt come up with some dep “muthafuckin”leopard tix during the hysteria tour.

    “it all rolls into one” mpp 6/30/85

  5. Mr.Miner Says:

    I believe percussive #1 is the Crosseyed from 10.31.96 right?

    ^ no

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    dang.

    is it a Crosseyed at least? ‘cuse that’s what it sounds like to me

  7. Stupendous Says:

    Palmer
    noobs that got turned on to the dead after Touch of Grey hit the radio stations

  8. Mr.Miner Says:

    nope

  9. lot rat Says:

    here’s my buzzed up fall tour predictions…again

    10/7 memphis
    10/8 acl
    10/9 houston-woodlands

    10/11 desrty sky
    10/12 la forum

    10/14-16 vegas (thomas mack)
    10/17 sactown., ca (kings arena)
    10/19 portland, or (coliseum)

    10/21/22 denver (pepsi)
    10/23/24 bridge school, ca

    10/27-29 chicago, il (united or rosemont)

    nov.

    18 charlottsville, va
    19-21 Hampton, VA
    23-24 Nassau, NY
    26-28 worcester, ma
    30 albany ny
    12/1-2 Philly

    12/26 Rochester, NY
    12/27 Providence, RI

    12/29-31 MSG.

    Trey Band

    12/10 San Diego
    12/11 LA
    12/12 Vegas
    12/13 South Tahoe

    12/15-17 Fillmore, SF

    12/19 denver
    12/20 aspen

    Indio NYE 2011

  10. Mr.Palmer Says:

    ahh. got it stup.

  11. Mr.Palmer Says:

    miner- 4.3.98 Weekapaug?

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    this is why I don’t play guessing games like this. I suck at identifying this type of stuff. oh well.

  13. halcyon Says:

    Nice Lot Rat….I like the belly up in aspen prediction

  14. lot rat Says:

    decent hartford pav’s have been popping up all day on t-master…fyi

  15. Dr. Pronoia Says:

    Shot in the dark: Anyone have an extra seat in their ride heading to the Friday night Hartford (6/18) from NYC??

  16. tela'smuff Says:

    there’s only one fall tour truth you need to know

    Cincy – Halloween

  17. lot rat Says:

    tela-I heard everyday is Halloween in Cinnci.

  18. SOAM Says:

    C’mon Lot rat-you and melons were jamming out to Poison and Night Ranger before i hooked you with the goods…..

    I’ll be snacking on Tela’s muff this summer

  19. kenny powers Says:

    i’m calling that percussive #1 a RR from ’09…

  20. kenny powers Says:

    i meant a Rock And Roll

  21. tela'smuff Says:

    Cincy is better than people give it props for.

    SOAM – you can snack on my butt muff, god knows it needs some trimming.

  22. lot rat Says:

    SOAM – you can snack on my butt muff, god knows it needs some trimming.

    butt muff is a fuckin hysterical term.

  23. Stupendous Says:

    poop! 🙂

  24. Chuck D Says:

    phish at the belly up would be… hysterical. For the residents of Aspen would freak out. And the club holds like 200 to 300ish? 500 tops?

    Awesome venue tho, saw Xavier Rudd there a few years back and had a great time… lots more pretty ladies there than here in Summit. That place instantly became the “if I opened a venue, it’d be kinda like this”. Love the concept of a convertible restaurant/bar into a full functioning venue.

  25. lot rat Says:

    phish at the belly up would be… hysterical. For the residents of Aspen would freak out. And the club holds like 200 to 300ish? 500 tops?

    trey band according to the dates i made up. enjoy the show if i get the jobs booking gigs for the band.

    some potent headband kickin around SF these days, beware of lunch breaks.

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