Introducing…Phish Thoughts: The Book

The Gorge '09 (Graham Lucas)

As many of you have likely noticed, I’ve been posting far less frequently during this off-season, and I wanted to take this opportunity to let you in on why. I am not losing interest in Phish or Phish Thoughts, but rather have been working on creating a book: an anthology of my writing. Currently, I am spending most of my waking hours working with my editor, getting the book dialed in to perfection. This leaves me very little time at night to create the original and thought-provoking blogs you’ve come accustomed to reading over the past few years. So in the interest of letting everyone in what I’ve been up to, here’s a little bit about the book.

The anthology chronicles 2009, Phish’s comeback year—beginning with the Hampton reunion all the way through New Year’s in Miami—from the perspective of a loyal and passionate fan who was there to witness the band’s rebirth, their return to prominence, and everything in between. As Phish came back into our lives, a certain vibrancy and magic returned along with them. This book is also the story of what it felt like, as a fan, to recapture a dream deferred for five years—one we thought had been taken away forever.

Red Rocks '09 (Graham Lucas)

Anyone who remembers Phish’s first night back at The Gorge, has listened to Albany’s “Seven Below > Ghost,” or was down south for Miami’s Holiday Run can attest to the magic that laced Phish’s first year back together. This book recounts one of the most important years in the band’s career, and puts it in the context of all that came before it, through anticipatory pieces, enhanced show reviews and musings on all things Phishy.

The anthology will be split into two halves: the first following the band’s comeback year and the second serving as historical context for the first, looking at different facets of Phish’s illustrious history and touching on everything from legendary eras and memorable shows to classic jams and the vibrant culture surrounding the band. By no means attempting to comprehensively cover a 20-plus year career, this part of the book will, nonetheless, allow fans reminisce on moments they’ve enjoyed and give new fans a glimpse into the band’s storied past.

Indio '09 (G.Lucas)

To make this project come to life, I am working with BAJ Design, an independent publisher and design firm based in Philadelphia, and we are collectively committed to create a book that will delight the eyes and properly represent Phish’s awesome legacy. Shooting for a release by the holiday season, this book will make an excellent gift for all the Phish fans in your life! In the coming weeks check back for details on a new website dedicated exclusively to the book.

This is a very exciting time for me and this book represents a long-time dream that is very much in motion. While Phish Thoughts is the perfect place to get your daily fix, the book will provide a permanent and visually-stunning documentation of Phish’s golden age. As I continue to move through this process, I will do my very best to get articles posted more frequently in the coming weeks, and obviously as tour approaches. Please know that it is not that I am leaving Phish Thoughts hanging, but working hard on a long-term project that you will be able to have in hand before the year is up.

Thank for your patience and ongoing support!

– Miner


Jam of the Day:

Seven Below > Ghost” 11.28.09 II

In the spirit of remembering the comeback year, here is one of its undeniable peaks.




8.9.1993 Concert Hall, Toronto, Ontario SBD

FLAC Torrent (via etree), Mp3 Torrent, Megaupload < Links

Pollock - 1993

Here’s a soundboard throwback to August 1993, north of the border in Toronto. An interesting show through and through contains a personal favorite segment in the first set “Split -> Glide.”

Set I: Chalk Dust Torture -> Who Knows Jam -> Chalk Dust Torture, Mound, Fee, Split Open and Melt -> Glide, Nellie Kane, The Divided Sky, Memories, The Squirming Coil

Set II: Dinner and a Movie > Tweezer > Tela* > My Friend, My Friend**, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own, You Enjoy Myself -> Contact > Crimes of the Mind^

E: Rocky Top

*Trey on acoustic for ending, **Trey on acoustic for beginning, ^w/ Dude of Life on vocals

Sources: SBD > Cassette / FLAC: AKG 460b/ck63


750 Responses to “Introducing…Phish Thoughts: The Book”

  1. Robear Says:

    PHiSH – 08/14/96
    Hershey Park Stadium, Hershey, PA

    source: Schoeps CMC60 > Sonosax > D10 Pro II > DAP1 (m)
    transfer: Casio DA-R100 > M-Audio 24/96 via Coax SPDIF > Wavelab (fades, BBE > L2 > sample rate convert & rendered w/ UV22HR) > CD-WAV > SHNv3

    Is that the one you cats want^

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    i was at that Patriot Center ’94 show too. St. Johns laying an egg. 🙁

  3. joe Says:

    I’m going to try to come up with any 2 song segment in 3.0 in which both songs got the full stretched out treatment. Length does matter in this but it isn’t the only criteria.

  4. joe Says:

    On the ride home that is what I’m going to ponder

  5. voopa Says:

    Right on Robear!

    And tela’s!

    Great thing we have going here.

    Murawski singing Alanis…not so much. Mound was worth the free click tho. Looking forward to “Galastic”

  6. joe Says:

    I still think the solution to the lack of such segments is that more kids need to go on tour. You know who I’m talking to. And bring some girls with you too.

  7. voopa Says:

    Torrents are throttled way down currently for the webcast, will resume reasonable speed shortly.

  8. DukeOfLizards Says:


    AC 2001->Bowie jumps to mind.

  9. Robear Says:

    voopstar, i had to drag the file from my external hd to my desktop, then i figured it out. i couldn’t get it to work from the external.

  10. joe Says:

    Now what am I going to do on the way home? Figure out why I picked wofford, belmont, gonzaga and michigan state to win in the same regional?

  11. Moby Dick Says:

    Cincy RnR > Ghost

  12. Moby Dick Says:

    Prov RnR > Carini

    not long but definitely both deeply explored

  13. joe Says:

    Peace and love to all. The (1 Day) weekend is upon me

  14. voopa Says:

    Cool Robear, glad we figured it out.

    MGB webcast was awesome. Scott should teach Trey how to play Sugar Shack.

    Setbreak music is nuts…wait it just ended! What ever shall I listen too…
    oh, I know all these 24 bit SBDs! OK then.

  15. poop goblin Says:

    so glad to finally have lossless copies of both those shows

    Wilson >
    Poor heart


  16. poop goblin Says:

    smokin Reba and Stash too

  17. tela'smuff Says:

    michigan trying to correct my bracket!!

  18. tela'smuff Says:

    michigan st…

  19. ThePigSong Says:

    It’s been a tough year to be a Michigan State BB fan, but the boys did a heck of a job stepping up at the end though.

    Here’s to next year!

  20. punkmug Says:


  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ Joe
    Dwd>piper msg @09
    Gin > hood gorge 09
    Tweezer>light charlottesville 09
    Sand>carini ac 10
    Wolfmans>piper indio 09
    Much , much more

  22. thedayman Says:

    stoked for this summer. can’t wait for de midwest run, and i need a watkins glen fest! have a good night all.

  23. Andrew Says:

    Not really Phish related, but could be relevant on some levels. Some deep-rooted control issues backing this project, been fully-integrated within our ‘language’ for years. I like how they claim it’s unlawful to ‘address’ this technology on citizens in the US – as if they don’t have a controlled test environment already in place. For the birds.

    Probably same crew working the Green Board these days.

  24. zach maxwell Says:

    fuck yea minor…I can’t wait to buy that shit hardcover!!!! Rock on dude and thaks for all your hard work

  25. Kevin Says:

    I’m a little late to the party here, but congrats Miner! Can’t wait to read it.

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