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. bouncin fan Says:

    Bret easton Ellis rocks man

    Couple scenes in the film capture the energy but the book is Damn brilliant

  2. William H. Bonney Says:

    I have to return some video tapes…

  3. whole tour! Says:

    “Did you know that Whitney Houston’s debut LP, called simply Whitney Houston had 4 number one singles on it?”

  4. Chuck D Says:

    swe (spoken in the wayne’s world style of “shwiiing” with out the “ing”)

  5. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    true Wiiliam

  6. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    I want to dance with somebody
    I wanna feel the heat with somebody
    ..with somebody who loves me
    ? 😉

  7. Chuck D Says:

    gloria estefon?

  8. flarrdogg Says:

    ‘… Huey’s too black sounding for me.’

  9. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    nah man
    whitney!

  10. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    shes a big nose candy head

  11. William H. Bonney Says:

    Don’t look at it, eat it!

  12. bouncin fan Says:

    He’s an essential piece no doubt and I dig him for the record

    But as a guitarist his later tone didn’t work for me and I’ve never been super impressed with his playing

    He dis improve with time and it worked

    I dig a lot of his tunes

    By wind or greatest story are epic

  13. bouncin fan Says:

    BT wind

    Fuckin phone while dog walking

  14. voopa Says:

    One of my first shows some old head called him Chainsaw Bob…thought it was perfect.

  15. Stupendous a.k.a The Beasel Says:

    working on a Tbone Steak A la carte while flying over to the golden state…

  16. bouncin fan Says:

    Chuck berry is the king

    Wouldn’t we all like to open an amusement park just so we can put cameras in all the chicks bathrooms

    That’s why you pick up that guitar I’m the first place

  17. William H. Bonney Says:

    the list of great weir songs is a long one, which I found even more strange, not liking St. Circumstance, Samson, dont have to be your fav’s to like those tunes, great show tunes. Samson was great way to open second set, get the double drums rollin up, rolling thunder… But then again Miner no digs Pig so who know’s, just not his thing.

  18. William H. Bonney Says:

    @AW word on Chuck Berry, maybe not the bath room peeping thing but I think he had good excuse for that one. 🙂 thought it was at his resturant though not sure.

  19. Henry Says:

    Have the songs from which the clips above are taken been revealed?

  20. bouncin fani Says:

    Cat would only get paid in cash in a brown bag and you supplied the backing band

    Like I said

    The king

  21. bouncin fan Says:

    I can’t wait for tour to start

    Not only do I dig reading miners review when I first hit the office

    I love when kids get angry at miners opinion on jams and the show

    Defending some weak hood like he insulted their sister

    Shit never gets old

    Laterz yall

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    FWIW Chuck Berry’s nickname in the biz is “The Poop Goblin”

    not really what you want to have booking agents and such calling you aroundthe world, but so it goes

  23. fat bastard Says:

    and if you don’t like bobby telling the story of el paso or mexicali then i too must look at the ground and shake my head

  24. flarrdogg Says:

    I wish my nickname was “The Poop Goblin”

    Sorry to hear that one has already been taken.

  25. BTB Says:

    With some body who loves me! – Whitney Houston

    The movie the Bodyguard was epic. Kevin Costner is my hero.

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