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:

    this will be a great study in corporate responsibility and corporate person-hood.

    of course, the earth and her people will suffer in the meantime.

  2. Selector J Says:

    “The Scandinavians are laughing at us.”

    The US has the best private oil companies on the planet. Fact.

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    love your enemies, for they teach you wisdom

    what that means in this situation, practically speaking:

    a whole generation is learning the hard truths that A) the environment has to be fought for and B) global corporations are the enemy of the common people

    it’s a high price to pay for radicalizing a generation, but…

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    WTF is a “best private oil company” ?

    “best” in what sense?

    most profitable?

    safest for the enivronment? least destructive? returns the most profit to the region where the resource is extracted?

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    BP certainly isn’t an American company anyway…none of the oil giants are…they’re all multinational conglomerates

  6. Selector J Says:

    I’m just saying that let’s not pretend that Americans are idiots and Scandanavians are geniuses when it comes to oil companies. The US has the most elite oil companies in the world headquartered in the US with predominantly US citizens working for them. You can start painting things in good and evil if you want but that’s all I was saying there.

  7. bouncin fan Says:

    Classics selector

    3 pretty regularly spun original pressings at the crib

    We need to start making people answer to their own Fuck ups

    Companies skirting safety regulations cuz they won’t have to pay for it

    People walking away from mortgages that can afford not to just cause their house lost value

    Troubled times we live in
    On a corporate and personal level no one wants to accept fault these days

    Strange times

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

    theyre all on pcp!

  9. bouncin fan Says:

    It’s the same oil companies selector

    They are just forced to operare more safely thus hurting margins but still profitable

    They have pretty strong safety history up there
    Nothing to do with intelligence

  10. bouncin fan Says:

    Transocean rents you rigs. Up there and down here

    Up there they just make sure the rig is set up correctly or you don’t drill

    Pretty simple

  11. KWL Says:

    is there a finer 2.0 jam out there than 2-28-03 gin?

    if so i would love to be enlightened

  12. Selector J Says:

    Oh, I see. Yea, I bet the US would have some more relaxed standards than the Europeans. I wonder which congresspersons were writing our legislation for that… I’m thinking Texas, Louisiana, and Alaska may have been at the meeting.

  13. Selector J Says:

    I’m partial to the 2-22-03 Gin but I’ve got the ‘was-there’ bias. Both are great, though.

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    Reality is what you can get away with.

  15. KWL Says:

    my take is that the problem isn’t greed or even necessarily human error

    it’s the system, the incentives built into capitalism–short term profits for shareholders–mean squeezing every dollar possible

    if there are loose rules, little or no oversight, and/or no accountability for the costs of environmental damage (which is highly visible in this case, the day-to-day environmental degradation of oil is just accepted by most, i guess), then companies will cut those corners too

    not b/c of greed or human error, b/c it is a grow or die world for a multinational corporation. there will always be human error, can’t stop that. but it is magnified when there aren’t any fucking rules.

  16. KWL Says:

    not to mention the insanity of granting corporations the rights of persons with none of the responsibilities… but that’s a whole other issue than regulation of dangerous/complex/massive extractive industries

  17. KWL Says:

    oh, and the other part of the system: the regulators, i.e., the politicians, who don’t give a shit about anything but getting re-elected, which means raising $$$, which means placating industry

    soundbytes about the free market are great

    deregulation of markets sounds wonderful in academic theories

    in practice not always so hot

    as if politicians who preached the free market believed in it anyway

    /end rant

  18. BingosBrother Says:

    This ain’t Nam Smokey.

  19. meatsticktime Says:

    Stop with the “Minerese Vol’s & Lost show reviews”, stick to what your good at.

    Thank you Mr. Miner

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    word @KWL – IMO the modified personhood of corporations is the source of much suffering and destruction, it limits our ability to properly regulate them and is at the root of much that is wrong with society

    for instance the madness around campaign finance reform would be much less if coporations were not treated as individuals with regards to free speech rights

    in this manner, individuals (corp execs) can be exercise all of their rights, in a magnified way, without ever being open to personal repercussions b/c even if a corp is held responsible for misdeeds, the execs are typically shielded from direct responsibility unless fraud is involved (and usually then only if shareholders are negatively effected)

  21. bouncin fan Says:

    Accidental and purposeful human error Kwl are two different things

    European drilling works in a capitalist system

    Industries that could cause this much harm must be watched
    As long as they are forced to operate safely they can still try to maximize short term profit without increasing human and environmental risk

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    hahahaha @meatsticktime, what a comical post

    there are no shows to review, did you know that?

    the Lost threads were something the regulars here requested so we could talk without spoiling people who weren’t caught up

    the Miner-ese stuff is funny as hell, a great in-joke and proof that Miner has a great self deprecating sense of humor

  23. Chuck D Says:

    ^^ that.

  24. Selector J Says:

    Yea, what Mr. C said.

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

  25. bouncin fan Says:

    Free markets work

    People don’t

    Thus the need for good regulation

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

    The douche bags in charge of writing the regulations are Fuckin helpless

    Yeah pelosi, Reid, frank, and mccain are all over it

    Fun stuff

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