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. gratefulcub Says:

    Damn you BTB, now I have to grab a drink and go outside and fire up a WOTC.

  2. Aquaman Says:

    @ meatsticktime

    MINERESE is exactly what Miner is good at! These two days have rocked!


  3. BTB Says:

    I haven’t listened to a WOTC in 2-3 years. dropped out of my personal rotation. I dig that song though, hoping I get one this summer.

  4. gratefulcub Says:

    What page was the meatstick? I’m too drunk to find it myself.

  5. BTB Says:

    i also have yet to understand the Page = Hot pocket thing. We’re can this timeless footage be found?

  6. gratefulcub Says:

    I may be wrong, but I believe that was just a misfortunate day when someone was talking about the Jim Gaffigan “Hooot Pooockets” comedy routine, and someone else called Page fat. Synergy.

  7. voopa Says:



    It was remarked here after the RNRHOF broadcast that Page looked a bit heavy. Hence his alleged Hot Pocket fixation.

  8. William H. Bonney Says:

    @STup One from the vault has complete Blues for Allah

  9. KWL Says:

    @BTB, i may be driving up to the denver airport around the telly shows. depends on when the lady is getting to and leaving CO. you might be able to hop in my car, OR get a ride down to where i’m at (southern CO) from my buddy who lives near Denver & will be going to the shows with me.

    that probably didn’t make sense. here is simpler:

    might be able to hook you up with rides, but won’t know for a while…

    will you be ‘BTB, party of 2’?

  10. KWL Says:

    page is eating a hot pocket late night on the tour bus in the 94 bluegrass videos

    he was a lot skinnier in 94. too many hot pockets and not enough lean pockets since then.

  11. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    how many people does toyota hold for concerts??

  12. BTB Says:

    KWL – BTB party of 1 for T-ride.

    My friends are in Buena Vista and Grand Junction. Since you know me, you’ll find it hilarious when you meet my raft-guide friend from CO. She’s a great gal, but with all my wook tomfoolery…she’s got dreads down to her ass crack and lives in a tent 6 months out of the year. She’s awesome. Made me my 1st pair of patchwork pants for DC 2003.

    So many cool people…San Juan Mtns….PHiSH….

  13. KWL Says:

    party of 1 could definitely be do-able, but

    are you trying to meet up with your peeps before getting to tride?

    b/c my buddy’s route will be fort collins>past DIA>fort garland (where I am)>t-ride, and back

    and like i said i might be traveling up to DIA before or after or both for the lady

    but that route to the south via mi casa adds probably 2 hours & doesn’t take you through grand junction

  14. Selector J Says:

    Man, that 60Min video Bingos posted is g-r-i-p-p-i-n-g! The last several minutes are just one “holy @#$%” after another. I can hear the Hollywood producers drool puddling.

  15. pagesidehighschool Says:

    What’s up cub! I gotta get a new twin avatar the boys are gettin big!
    In pages defence, Death pocket! Will it burn my mouth? It will destroy your mouth!

  16. pagesidehighschool Says:

    Is he gonna talk like this all night? He’s the fattest crackhead I’ve ever seen!

    Booked spac room yesterday, sweetime!

  17. BTB Says:

    Superbad really holds up as a great comedy.

    “You don’t have the technology or the steady hands to pull off a procedure like that”

  18. ChefBradford Says:

    Superbad is a kickass movie, for sure

  19. Aquaman Says:

    @ Selector

    No shit. I ran into my bedroom and told my wife its the most gripping thing I’ve watched since………..well I guess the Lost finale…..

    But before that way long time.


  20. gavinsdad Says:

    baned up. christ. chemdoggie. woof.

    My good friend has a pair of camden pavs to trade for a pair of MPP pavs. anyone wanna execute that trade please get in touch. thx

    edloooram AT yahoo DOT com

  21. gavinsdad Says:

    ps…i feel a definite crackle of energy lately here on the board…the band is definitely going to play soon…

  22. gavinsdad Says:

    pps…superbad is sick.

  23. Robear Says:


    email me your mailing address, when you get a minute.

    it’s a surprise, silly!

  24. flarrdogg Says:



    Having completed my journey through fall ’97, I’ve now turned my attention to winter ’03. Unlike fall ’97, I was not at many of these shows (only chicago and cinci), but have come to regard the majority as top shelf. Starting with Denver 2/18, there is something worthwhile happening every single night through Greensboro. Cool to listen in order. It has been neat to do this with fall ’97 and December ’95. Most of the shows I know well and love, but to hear them grow and change in linear fashion has been “the bomb”. And yes, I’m bringing back “the bomb”.

    Haters of “2.0” should give February of ’03 a relisten with an open mind. Also, is it fair to lump all of “2.0” in together? I see it as: Winter ’03, Summer ’03, NYE ’03, and Summer ’04. Reunion shows, 20 yr anniversay, and Vegas ’04 don’t count.

  25. Robear Says:

    haters should live, love and let go.

    re: that link, why flarr, why?

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