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. Robear Says:

    prolly not far enough south. this might be a semi dry weekend. i have some work to do.

    sounds great, though. love that area.

  2. Mr.Palmer Says:

    I don’t think Sam Champion is responsible Mr.C ….. 🙂

  3. garretc Says:

    @Mr. C

    I’ll be heading up sometime before the 19th of August, so yes, it would seem that I’d catch some Oregon summer!

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    “There ain’t no room for the hopeless sinner
    Who would hurt all mankind just to save his own”

  5. gratefulcub Says:

    I haven’t seen anything that says the top kill didn’t work, am I missing something? Last I heard everyone was optimistic.

  6. bouncin fan Says:

    on bloomberg they are still saying it seems to be working but just the 1st step in the process

    I have def not heard it didn’t work here and we have all the news feeds on

    it is AW’s fault right?

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    no man it’s all Cousteau’s fault

    greasy french fucker

  8. gratefulcub Says:

    Phil Jackson is the best coach in NBA history, the Lakers aren’t going to lose tonight because they haven’t figured out how to beat the zone defense. I’m not saying the Lakers are going to win, but if the Suns win it will be for some reason other than the zone that has worked in the last two.

  9. bouncin fan Says:

    I hate the french

    fuck em

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    right now it’s on hold, the top kill thing

    hasn’t worked or failed, more like delayed, they were getting more backpressure than expected

  11. gratefulcub Says:

    Good call C, I am going to get some Freedom Fries.

  12. bouncin fan Says:

    new news coming out now

    you are right Palmer

    coast guard is saying it is kind of working but some is getting out

  13. bouncin fan Says:

    shit sucks

    wasn’t even deep water drilling’s fault
    shit could have been done safe

    this is human greed and laziness

    Louisiana needed this business and these dicks are fuckin it up


  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    the Zone has definitely helped but Kobe and Phil are right when they say that if you shoot 50% and score 100+ (both of which they did) and still lose the problem is with your own D, not the other team’s

    the zone in this situation is an oddity that only really works b/c the Lakers don’t have a true point guard…if you ran that same D against any other playoff team they’d score 140 points on you and the PG would have 25 assists

    the zone has been effective and you can’t discount it but the real dynamic here is that the starters are playing even and whichever bench plays better has won every game

    pretty much that simple IMO

  15. bouncin fan Says:

    off for first hubba puff of the day

    catchin the train literally and figuratively


  16. gratefulcub Says:

    Deepwater drilling can be done in a safer, less risky way for sure. But, there is always going to be risk when you are drilling 5K-10K feet underwater. And since there is risk of global environmental catastrophe, there has to be a plan to deal with it if it happens. There was no contingency plan, and that is unacceptable.

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    unfortunately for the Lakers since they don’t have a PG the only way to bust the zone is shooting. From the elbows and 3 point line. They MUST hit those shots, people other than Kobe I mean. Otherwise there’s no trick available in terms of defeating the zone. The only ways to do it are the penetrating drive-n-dish PG and/or the long range barrage.

    So it comes down to, can their third through sixth best guys play better D and hit shots?

  18. Robear Says:

    Greed fuckin’ things up? plus human laziness?

    bouncin’ fan is on to something.

    surprised to hear Hali burtun was involved. figured they were all in jail by now.

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    looking like BP was pushing Transocean to move too quickly to cap the well FWIW

  20. bouncin fan Says:

    and like I said once again Louisiana suffers

    whenever the fat white cats fuck up they take the punch

    this industry is very important to them and most of the people I know from there support it

    but yes I agree if you can’t do it right and safe it should be stopped.

    the fact is every problem on this rig could have been prevented.


  21. SOAM Says:

    I used to deepwater drill but sobered up…

  22. gratefulcub Says:

    Excellent points Mr. C. In a broader sense, I was just trying to say that an NBA series is all about adjustments, and Phil will make some. The Suns will have to react. And, you are correct, the problem is the bench is dominating right now. But, again referring to him as if we are buds and he is asking my advice on off days, Phil will have some sort of answer for this problem tonight, we will see what it is.

    And, benches tend to play better at home.

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    “the fact is every problem on this rig could have been prevented.”

    looking like it.

    I wonder how long it is before some poor person that’s lost everything because of this greed and malfeasance responds with violence against the ones who profited. I’m not looking forward to it, but I feel it coming.

  24. bouncin fan Says:

    the North Sea has been doing this shit for a long time and have much more stringent safety regulations

    there def is a model out there that has been successful

    fuck the fat white cats

    on that note
    I’m def out

  25. BTB Says:

    All of the tax money derived from drilling off of AL, TX, FL, MS goes to the federal government – oil drilling tax proceeds, although taxable at the personal lever (employment etc.), are not harvested by the states affected by the spill.

    The gov’t and BP damn well better make sure these people receive compensation. I can’t imagine incredible damaging this is for the local economies.

    PH should schedule NYE in LA. I’m serious. They did similar for F8 bc of the date issue no?

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