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. Stupendous Says:

    Imaginary Set List:

    I: Col. Forbin> Fly Famous Mockingbird, Destiny Unbound, 20 Years Later,
    Alumni Blues, Stash, Sanity> Jam> Dinner & A Movie

    II: Union Federal> Down with Disease> Crosseyed & Painless, Valentine,
    Alaska, Gotta Jibboo> Split Open & Melt

    E: Mountains In The Mist> YEM

  2. Mr.Miner Says:

    nope.

  3. lot rat Says:

    ^ highlights would def. be the Sanity Jam>Dinner and the “Gotta Melt” closer. good times in the lot after this gig.

  4. Chuck D Says:

    oh, missed that “trey band” listing… makes much more sense now.

    good luck with the job

  5. kayatosh Says:

    aw, you out there? how’d you like that mrkt. today? It went from sweet to sour in one day. from 2 pm on, they slow rolled it. wow. I was on the right side of the trade, but made peanuts. couldn’t get comfortable, kept feeling like i was chasing and wanted out as soon as i got in; saw remnants of the ole bull mojo, esp. in the rus. 2k, but it faded hard. I missed a bonanza of a reversal day. how am i ever gonna make $ if i’m afraid to short this totally spooked mrkt.? I keep hearing you in the back of my head saying bottom successfully at 1044.

  6. the_rizzle Says:

    stupendous don’t forget the TTE > let me lie > TTE 1st set closer and the let me lie acapella reprise out of the YEM vocal jam

  7. Stupendous Says:

    yeah thats for the ballad set grand finale! lol

    this last one would be a hell of a show

  8. KWL Says:

    gettin my lala on before Jobs shuts the thing down

    Brooklyn 04 highlights now

    46 days gettin swanky

  9. kayatosh Says:

    tested

  10. flarrdogg Says:

    Is percussive #1 BOAF? Can’t quite place it.

    KP- You should remaster that whole Big Cat 6/15/00 show. Ghost and Disease sound great.

  11. SOAM Says:

    No thanks on Mo’ ing out with your can-this Homey don’t play dat but I will blast your broads muff to kingdom come if needed

  12. kayatosh Says:

    thank jah for jah’s gift. it makes the people i need to be horny, horny.

  13. kenny powers Says:

    percussive #1 sounds so much like either a R&R or Piper from ’09 or ’03/’04. But Fishman’s drum kit sounds more ’09…

  14. kenny powers Says:

    flarrdog

    i probably will. wasn’t going to because it’s a matrix and wanted to limit the remasters to AUDs…although whatever, if people (and myself) like the remastered Ghost and DWD i should just do it. i already have the settings saved in the software, just gotta process, convert, tag…

  15. lot rat Says:

    oh, missed that “trey band” listing… makes much more sense now.

    good luck with the job

    isnt their a hockey rink in Vail that has gigs? Dobson? How bout back half of the floor is ICE, for people who can skate (No anklenders allowed-gotta meet requirement.) Imagine hittin some blotto, lacing up for a 40 minute Last Tube, while wheeling around with log of some kush…someone would blow an ACL but you sign a release (like ski mountain). Get me in touch w/ red light

  16. Stupendous Says:

    Long ass day, glad its almost over…
    Me & Bane have a date tonight 4 sho’

  17. El Duderino Says:

    @ Miner

    just curious…

    Where you at right now on that Miller spindle????

  18. ma Says:

    swank #1….mikes!! ??

  19. Stupendous Says:

    kp
    what software do you use for these remasters?

  20. kenny powers Says:

    stup

    Magix Audio Cleaning Lab 16

  21. flarrdogg Says:

    KP- Oh yeah- Forgot it was a matrix. Either way, it is a vast improvement over what I was rocking. I love that show almost as much as Fukoka and would be “stoked” for the upgrade.

    I’m not at my computer and can’t access my tunes so I’m out of the guessing game, but I’m certain I’ve heard percussive #1.

  22. Stupendous Says:

    hmmm never heard of it, is it easy to use?

  23. Chuck D Says:

    “Imagine hittin some blotto, lacing up for a 40 minute Last Tube, while wheeling around with log of some kush…someone would blow an ACL but you sign a release (like ski mountain). Get me in touch w/ red light”

    You’re hired! You start on Monday. See you there.

  24. Stupendous Says:

    lets add some live gators on that ice and make it interesting!

  25. Mr.Miner Says:

    @kp “percussive #1 sounds so much like either a R&R or Piper from ‘09”

    ^ now we are getting somewhere

    @Dude been listening to it pretty consistently. There is a song that the dead played in the 80’s that Bob Weir sung – pretty sure its “Saint of Circumstance,”…BOY that is the worst song I’ve ever heard the Dead play.

    Here’s my question for serious Dead fans…how in god’s name did you take Bob seriously every night while tripping face. (Or maybe you didn’t) Was he the big joke of the Dead? I mean, to me, some Bobby songs just murder sets.

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