Minerese: Vol. II

12.31.09 (W.Rogell)

Yesterday’s post turned out to be so much fun, I figured we’d segue right into “Minerese, Volume II.” Yesterday we tackled some basic terminology, though I’ve been known to use more colorful language to paint the picture of a Phish jam. Today, I plucked out some of more vibrant terms I’ve dropped from time to time, and dug up some audio excerpts to define them.


“Colorful Molasses”

When the music gets so thick you feel like you are swimming through a larger-than-life ocean of groove, you’ve entered the realm of colorful molasses. These tar-thick rhythmic textures create a liquid reality where the gooey grooves engulf your existence. In this case I’ve juxtaposed a classic dose with a portion from ’09.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/molasses2.mp3] [audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/molasses1.mp3]


“Drone Landscapes”

11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

Often times, Phish enters a phase of the jam characterized by its total lack of melody. Often in conjunction with more eerie experiments, these segments are comprised of heavily effected, and often repetitive, musical phrases. These landscapes resemble alien sonic brews that Phish creates in migrating between musical planes.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/drone1.mp3] [audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/drone2.mp3]


“Crack-like Grooves”

These grooves feel so good, you just gotta’ have more! These fiercely-addictive dance patterns are the musical equivalent of choice hubba rocks. Time and space stand still when high on Phish crack.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/crack1.mp3] [audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/crack2.mp3]


“Bass-led Jihad”

Michael Gordom (T.Stack)

Michael Gordon (T.Stack)

This eclectic term is reserved for those segments of absolute Mike-driven annihilation. In these crusades, Gordon’s bass lines anchor the rhythm while, simultaneously, carrying the lead melody. Trey and Page settle into the background while Mike steps front and center as the dynamic leader of the band. Taking no prisoners, Mike’s offerings shower the audience with relentless attacks of bass warfare.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/jihad1.mp3] [audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/jihad2.mp3]

(For those trying to identify these excerpts, the task should be much easier today with more well-known selections.)


Jam of the Day:

Mike’s Song > Sparks > Curtis Loew” 8.2.93 II

A classic sequence from Tampa, Florida, kicking off August ’93.




6.11.00 Hibiya Outdoor Theatre, Tokyo, Japan < Torrent

6.11.00 Hibiya Outdoor Theatre, Tokyo, Japan < Megaupload

Hibiya Park, 6.11.00 (J.Greene)

This afternoon show took place a half-day after Phish ended their show the night before at Zepp. Taking place within Hibiya Park in central Tokyo, this show facilitated connections between Japanese and American fans in a way that small nightclubs couldn’t. Check out my take on the show, written only hours after it concluded.

I: First Tube, Punch You In the Eye, Horn, Ginseng Sullivan, Stash, Dirt, Possum, It’s Ice, Farmhouse

II: Birds of a Feather, Free, Beauty of My Dreams, Bug, David Bowie, When the Circus Comes, Back on the Train, Harry Hood

E: Character Zero

Source: Unknown


788 Responses to “Minerese: Vol. II”

  1. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    mornin’ all

    put me in the I’d-love-for-Phish-to-play-Sparks-again camp

  2. Brimley Says:

    The Radio City Ghost had to be in there for bass-led Jihad no doubt, and i’d argue that there’s an even better example later in that song where Trey is playing rhythm licks and Gordo is killing it…

  3. Kenny Powers Says:

    how ’bout

    Sparks -> (face-melting) Sparkle -> The Spark That Bled (Lips cover)

  4. pagesidehighschool Says:

    “These fiercely-addictive dance patterns are the musical equivalent of choice hubba rocks. Time and space stand still when high on Phish crack.”

    true, very true!

  5. lastwaltzer Says:

    “drone #2: if you don’t like this jam, you don’t like phish ”

    oh shit

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I’ll do you one better, KP:

    Low Spark of High Heeled Boys -> Sparks -> [FM]Sparkle -> The Spark (Roots cover) -> Spark (Beat Factory cover) -> The Spark That Bled

  7. Kenny Powers Says:

    ha, nice T3

  8. El Duderino Says:

    Was the last Sparks 10/29/94 Spartanburg, SC.???

  9. Matso Says:

    I haven’t heard any of the samples yet (at work), but when I hear bass-led jihad, I always think about the holy war which was the NYE 09 Ghost.

  10. BTB Says:

    Got some coffee and my Hall & Oates blasting – life is good.


  11. El Duderino Says:

    Check that…

    11/29/96 Cow Palace – Sacramento, CA.

  12. lastwaltzer Says:

    Sooooooooooooooooo I may be at camden……………………………………………………………………….:)

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @el dude
    and into Sparkle no less!

  14. Josephish Says:

    good morning.
    checked my bank account not looking so good. so i did something i never thought id do. sold my summercamp tix . at least now im getting at least 2 more phish tix.
    just read yesterdays and todays. very enjoyable exspecially being able to hear what your saying miner. thanks.

  15. albert walker Says:

    LA Times reporting Top Kill worked

    we shall see how this plays out

  16. halden Says:

    Morning Gang

    I am currently spending my morning listening to The miller release of the GD 12/12/73 show and it is a great one.

  17. albert walker Says:

    camera on the spill looks good

    BP up 7%

    damage done is brutal but lets hope this shit has stopped

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    ran into a rain storm
    ducked back into a bar door

  19. El Duderino Says:

    I hope so!

  20. El Duderino Says:

    @ T3PO

    You know better, but I know him

  21. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “I haven’t heard any of the samples yet (at work), but when I hear bass-led jihad, I always think about the holy war which was the NYE 09 Ghost.”

    i immediately thought of the MSG light

  22. El Duderino Says:

    How come the Charlottesville, VA. Light doesn’t get the love MSG does???

    I think the Charlottesville Light is pretty stellar…

  23. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    because the MSG light is better

  24. Guyute711 Says:

    Charlotteseville Light was excellent

  25. albert walker Says:

    I think all the versions were quite nice

    def the star of the new material

    The Light night was the only MSG show I missed
    bummin cause def one of my favs from fall

    They just nailed it that night
    The jam goes into a space ambient like every good Light should but the jam that pulls it out and the peak is just amazing 09 Phish

    but yeah I think every 09 version has some quality moments

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