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. fat bastard Says:

    yo BTB what s your take on tickets for Clevelend? I don’t have em think I can pick em up easily? lawn is the way i go

  2. garretc Says:

    Wow…

    How the hell did you guys wait a week in between Lost episodes?!?! I can barely wait a couple minutes to start the next one…

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    Making fun of Bob is super easy and I have enjoyed my fair share of it but bottom line he was one of the core guys and it was when Bobby really learned what he was doing that the band blossomed musically – starting in 70/71 and then much more so in 72-74. More than a few of the most famous prototypical open jams have key moments that are actually led by Weir.

    That being said, all the criticisms levelled against him are true, at times if not always. I lived through the tail end of him learning to play slide guitar onstage, which was agonizing; he never got really good at it, but the first 5 years or so were pretty inexcusable.

    And the shouting and spitting, etc.

    And the tone.

    It’s just what you focus on…does he annoy me sometimes? yes. Do I skip past the shrieking ending to Sunshine Daydream and Estimated on a regular basis? yes.

    But he did great things too, in the context of the band.

    Also: Jerry did a lot of his best playing on Bob songs. Let it Grow, Other One, Watchtower (often the shreddiest jam of the night), Stranger, Samson (sometimes), Music Never Stopped (back in the day), Lazy/Supplication, Estimated, Victim, and I could name many many more.

    People who skip Bobby songs to hear Jerry just crack me up. This is a real thing that people actually do. You’re absolutely missing a huge amount of Jerry’s best work if you do that, and the joke’s on you.

  4. BTB Says:

    Cheap cheap cheap. They are less than face everywhere I look. There’s no way it sells out tiboot. Roll up in there a pick one up off the ground or worst case $30. Everyone going to BTB Fest from out of town has sweet pavs. The brokers are going to get stuck with pavs so the pavilion will have space. My bet is we all end up raging in the pavilion for next to nothing.

  5. bouncin fan Says:

    I’m on season 1 episode 3

    At work I saw a commercial for the finale and now know jack survives all 6 seasons

    Now I don’t know if I will continue

    Douche drives me nuts

    Love poop goblin

    Now I’m really out
    Laterz

  6. BTB Says:

    C- you have any GD DVD suggestions for me? I’m in the market. Your 2 cents and anyone else’s would be appreciated. tx

  7. fat bastard Says:

    BTB Thats the best news I’ve heard all day!

    mr c great last line. right on

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    my favorite part of what @bouncin fan is talking about is when Miner gets ripped on his reviews for both fluffing and for being too negative in the same review – almost always by people who have never posted here before

    that’s always classic

  9. BTB Says:

    That is classic, “Defending some weak hood like he insulted their sister”

    Our obsession easily gets the best of us. Especially if your board is green.

    6 years ago yesterday this all was taken away from us. Never forget that.

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    @BTB – if you mean official releases – the best is the GD Movie DVD with the extra DVD of bonus tunes

    then the combo of Crimson White and Indigo and Truckin Up to Buffalo, either one based on setlist…

    there’s also an exceptional JGB dvd from Shoreline ’90 that gets overlooked but is very worthy

    I like View From the Vault #4 pretty well, it’s uneven but there’s some great stuff, def. better than other VFTV stuff

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    if you mean downloadable stuff I’d have a real different list starting with Veneta ’72 aka “Sunshine Daydream”

  12. Selector J Says:

    My goodness.

    Eddy Curry defaults on $575,000 loan with 85% interest rate…

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah @bastard

    I once talked with a guy who claimed to be a GD fan but had never listened to a version of Let it Grow which is truly one of the funniest things I have ever heard in my life…”I only like Jerry” uhhhhh ok dude

  14. BTB Says:

    C – thanks. I own one but I can’t remember where it was shot or what year (blasphemy, I know).

    I have to run out to enjoy the sunset, but I’ll check back later for any suggestions you guys give.

    Tx in advance.

  15. BTB Says:

    Found the set list, it was that 90 Shoreline show. For some reason I thought it was the late 80’s. Cheesy psych out visuals for the terrapin drums section. why do they do that?

    More importantly…

    Magnets, how do they work?

  16. William H. Bonney Says:

    Weather Report Suite Let it Grow great stuff

  17. KWL Says:

    not a big fan of sweeping generalizations or statements of the type ‘i skip all bobby songs’

    and yet, with GD, there is one such generalization i can understand:

    ‘i skip all donna songs’

    that makes sense. all bobby songs? come on now.

  18. KWL Says:

    (for the record i am not a donna hater)

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

    BTB i know

    the new years 89 is pretty hot bird song,
    downhill from here in alpine not half bad either

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

    I like France

  21. GOOCHY Says:

    I am a fully admitted Donna hater. I do not understand her involvement in the GD at all. Her songs absolutely ruin Shakedown Street for me.

  22. BingosBrother Says:

    There was a Let It Grow tease in X-Eyed by Page at Alpine II. Diggity. Oh I’m def makin a Quagmire shirt now that says “Diggity”. Thanks BB!

  23. BingosBrother Says:

    Bouncin Fan reminds me of someone…

    I hate Donna.

  24. El Duderino Says:

    @ Goochy

    Shakedown didn’t hit it’s stride until Brent Joined the band

    12/26/79 really comes to mind!

  25. KWL Says:

    about to attend a meeting via conference call

    anybody out there to keep me entertained?

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