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:

    word @cub. like I said, the team with better bench play is winning, and the PHX bench has yet to play well on the road in ANY playoff series so far this year.

    I do think Phil’s adjustments will be heavily on the defensive side. I also do expect to see Vujacic like I said. Say what you want about the guy, he can hit an open shot.

    You are certainly right that Phil is the best there is now, I think the best ever, and on a game-to-game level adjustments are his strongest point compared to other coaches.

  2. fatbastard Says:

    i just don’t understand how farmar can’t get it done. he’s young and quick but has NO MOVES. la needs a slasher pg of the bench

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    “They did similar for F8 bc of the date issue no?”

    No, they did it cause it was a professionally run venue with no history of traffic problems, accessible hotels and airports, and beautiful fall weather, I think….that’s how I heard it

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    I know @bastard, right? He played well in the 4th quarter of game 2 and that’s basically why they won. Other than that….

    I obviously agree about the PG

  5. gratefulcub Says:

    Just to be a bit snarky, are all of the ‘small government conservatives’ that don’t believe the federal government should do anything going to refuse federal funds to clean up their shores over the next few years?

    The sad thing is, all of this could have been prevented. But the only way to prevent this is with robust federal regulation. They will take shortcuts and cheaper and riskier ways of doing things if they are allowed to. And, eliminate the caps on liability. If the cleanup costs BP more than the safety mechanisms, they would opt for the safety mechanisms. Free market and all???? Seems like the GOP would be all for it, but they mysteriously aren’t.

  6. BTB Says:

    C – I thought they adressed the date crop issue as a reason to take their business to that region of Cali. I could have swore that had something to do with it

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    certainly possible @BTB but if so I just missed it

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    word @cub

  9. BTB Says:

    and the concert field had grass

    I have some great pictures from Coventry of my destroyed shoes…

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    there’s always grass on the concert field when I’m there


  11. gratefulcub Says:

    I would have a picture of my pair of shoes from Coventry, but I stepped in mud, and only my foot came out of the muck. There is still a Cubby’s Keen Sandal buried at the site.

  12. bouncin fan Says:

    I know they don’t get proceeds Btb

    But Louisiana is in a tough place and it creates a bunch of much needed employment

    Losing these jobs would be devastating to an already hobbled area

  13. gratefulcub Says:

    Flip side Bouncin’, the loss of the fisheries is going to hit Louisiana hard to. Sort of a one two punch that would be hard to withstand. Add to that that they were already punch drunk from Katrina, this is pretty devastating to that region.

    Sorry to continue with the boxing terminology a bit too long there. Cubby +2 (bourbon)

    My flight got cancelled tonight, I can’t go home until tomorrow, so I started sipping.

  14. Aquaman Says:

    Deep water drilling not at fault = correct.

    The Scandinavians are laughing at us. They have wells this deep, and every single one of them has the remotely operated kill valve.

    Pure greed combined with the slow year over year raping a regulations at Mining and Minerals, lead to this.

    All politicians involved with the loosening of the regulations should be help criminally accountable. Dem or Rep.


  15. gratefulcub Says:

    ^hard too.

    Bourbon or no bourbon, not excuse for misusing too to two!

  16. gratefulcub Says:

    As the Dutch laughed at New Orleans. (metaphorically laughed)

    In my best Dutch accent, “10 feet concrete walls buried in dirt is not a levee my friend.”

  17. gratefulcub Says:

    Well this was fun. Alternating between NBA and oil drilling seemlessly!! It helps that I know nothing about either 😉

    Off to dinner, good evening folks.

  18. halcyon Says:

    What’s shakin everyone

    Morning full of meetings…now 45 minutes till a 4 day weekend….

    Have a Safe and Enjoyable weekend!!!

  19. bouncin fan Says:

    No doubt cub

    But like aqua has pointed out the process is not at fault

    It was human error.

    Just need to be careful not to throw out the baby with the bathwater cuz the north sea does the same drilling safely without Fuckin it up

    But their regulators aren’t wines and dined with method and whores and feeling out their own safety reports in pencil to the regulators so they can go over in pen

    This greed about greed and corruption imo
    Not the safety of deep water drilling

  20. bouncin fan Says:

    Meant wined and dined with meth and whores

    Damn phone

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah that’s some crazy shit at MMS

    pretty much every inspector working there came straight from the industry

    gee what could go wrong?

  22. gratefulcub Says:

    I do agree bouncin. Which brings me back to: it’s ok to drill, but since there will always be a risk of this happening, even if we implement all safeguards, there must be money and resources spent on contingency plans for this sort of thing.

    The MMS story over the last decade needs to be made into a movie. meth and whores is just the beginning.

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    the cap on damages etc is one of the craziest and most disgusting parts of the whole story

    tort reform my ass

    if a company fucks up this bad and paying the bill means bankruptcy, too fucking bad

  24. Selector J Says:

    Put some new stuff up on the mediafire:

    Return of the Super Ape- The Upsetters [‘black ark’ folder]
    – Experimental oddball 70s reggae with Scratch at the controls. One song is sung in Hindi. Some are kinda loungy. Not a lot of pure dub but some instrumentals.

    Best Dressed Chicken In Town- Dr. Alimantado
    – If the title isn’t convincing enough, check out the shirtless ‘Tado’ with his fly down on the cover. Simply amazing dub album with ‘Tado’ deejaying throughout most of it.

    Rockers Soundtrack-
    – Great cross section of the popular reggae singers in JA during the late 70s including Burning Spear’s crucial acapella take on Jah No Dead from the film. Jacob Miller, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Heptones, Jacob Miller, Gregory Isaacs, Upsetters, etc.


    re: oil spill

    I hesitate to demonize any player in this thing just yet. The problem, as I see it, is that all the plans in place were based on things very difficult to simulate. Maybe deepwater is too risky but quantifying risk has always been elusive. From the drilling to the cement to the cleanup, they might have been 90% sure that all of their plans were gonna work. And maybe they needed to be 91%.

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    fuck that, man, it’s totally your fault dawg

    pony up that $500 billion plz

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