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. Mr. Completely Says:

    @bouncin I agree with your recent post 100% but where was @kwl talking about anything “purposeful”?

    no one thinks BP did this on purpose per se

    they were just negligent, and the ppl responsible for oversight were negligent, and the oversight isn’t strong enough even if done properly

    your overall point is certainly right

    the Euro model of capitalism, which our friends on the right call “socialism,” is simply more realistic in terms of understanding human behavior (especially in a profit driven corp setting)

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    “randoms stopping by to take shots at Miner… never gets old.”

    I know, right? now all we need is someone to drop by and blast him for not doing posts like this all the time.


    “Free markets work

    People don’t

    Thus the need for good regulation

    Unfortunately we get reactive, political pandering, lobbying directed, nonsense”

    this is truth, I think. In a real free market, BP would be completely destroyed by the liability for this disaster, other oil companies would fill their void and learn a lesson about not making messes – the end.

  3. garretc Says:

    Looks like we’re in the middle of the midafternoon shift change!

    Been listening to a lot of Dead lately, during my Phish hiatus, and I must say, the Hunter’s Trix series of matrixes on etree sound damn good! With cool album art taboot! I dunno how the actual musical quality of the shows stack up, my GD knowledge doesn’t extend that far, but they sound amazing, so torrenters, check em!

  4. Chuck D Says:

    the previous “^^ that.” was directed at modified personhood of corporations post.

    if these execs personally profit from their decisions as a corporate leader (which they do), they should be held accountable when things go horribly wrong too (which they dont). they are often shown the door and handed a hefty severance package on the way out.

    in this case, they should stand trial for littering. if i get charged $100 for dropping a gum wrapper on the street, whats the fine for dropping a couple million gallons of oil in a region dependent on it’s fisheries? either treat them like individuals or dont… somehow they got the best of both worlds. when there is a cap on how much you can fuck up, you arn’t liable.

    this topic always gets me fired up.

    smo smokey wee ery’dy

  5. KWL Says:

    ^right Mr C, but our free-market preaching politicians don’t really enact free markets…… or do so selectively…

    @aw i think we’re saying close to the same thing–my point was that you can’t stop human error, there will always be human error… in europe too… it’s the regulation and oversight that matters

    if there isn’t oversight, b/c of free market incentives, companies will do whatever it takes to make dollars, including cut corners in unsafe ways (like not have a plan to fix a spill…. let alone prevent it)

  6. voopa Says:

    Wasn’t it just yesterday we were talking about drive-by posters that simultaneously praise and bash Miner at the same time?

  7. garretc Says:

    Oops! Shift change apparently = me not realizing there were more pages past the one I was looking at…

  8. BingosBrother Says:

    Don’t know if y’all saw this, but it sure explains a lot.


  9. bouncin fan Says:

    I meant purposeful as cutting corners known to create risk

    I meant it wasn’t a 100% natural disaster

    Purposeful risk elevating o guess

    Not a total accident from that perspective

    Regulation could correct this

  10. KWL Says:

    littering… i like that one!

    and don’t worry, the current group of BP execs will be paid handsomely for their services…

  11. KWL Says:

    like i was saying yesterday… ‘accidents’ become more & more common b/c of the broader set of regulations/incentives, not (just) b/c of people fucking up, but routinized & a normal part of operations

  12. KWL Says:

    ok, new axe just arrived, i got some jamming to do

    later y’all

  13. bouncin fan Says:

    But yeah Kwl I think we agree here

    I’m just Irie dog walk posting first puff

  14. KWL Says:

    thanks for that link bingos, i’ll check it out

  15. Chuck D Says:

    i hate miner and all of his thoughts. i wish he would just post his stupid no spoilers and go away. i have a hard time grasping simple concepts. i make fun of people when i dont understand. i make fun of people when they explain things. i poke people. i love lamp. where is no spoiler? jihad? donna? papa smurf. gary? no. fishy fishy, sample platter.

  16. Selector J Says:

    thanks for posting that. Hadn’t seen it yet.

  17. bouncin fan Says:

    Kid writes s daily phish blog

    You try filling paper with no shows goin on

    It’s like writing s blsvkhawks blog in August

    I need a alias to taginer with once tour starts

    Isy go with Jihad

    Or poop goblin

  18. bouncin fan Says:


    Alias to rag on miner like the other little custies do

  19. BingosBrother Says:

    Chuck D baned as a mofo.

    Yeah, that link is from an interview with Deepwater Horizon’s chief technician, Mike Williams. Dude spills his guts cuz he’s so pissed that him, the captain and this girl got stranded on that fucker and had to jump 100 feet into the ocean to escape. Good stuff, will really piss you off.

  20. bouncin fan Says:

    Jihad Bass

    Kind of like that one

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    @garretc, Hunter usually does a great job but like all matrix mixers his track record is not 100% because he is too forgiving of phasing issues. For example his mix of 1-22-78 is much worse sounding IMO than the straight SBD (which is OK but not great – the slight to moderate distortion in the SBD is what’s magnified in the matrix)

    There are some damn fine matrixes out there these days though

    I’m really fond of 6-23-74 in particular

  22. flarrdogg Says:

    ^bouncin said “Poop Goblin”

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    ^^^ which is a really weird and very sick show taboot

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    hehehe I knew that one would stick

    “Poop Goblin” lol, never gets old

    100% true too

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    Worst. Spider-man villain. EVAR.

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