Monday Morning Minutes

12.31.2010 (Ryan Gilbertie)

WOOKIPEDIA: One of the greatest facets of Phish Thoughts to me, is the community that has formed around the website. Not only have fans found new friends to help kill time virtually, but also real people with whom rage Phish with personally. The connections that have been made and friendships formed by so many people on the self-dubbed “Black Board” (the comments section of the blog) has blown me away. I have, similarly, met tons of great people through the site, and continue to do so as Phish fans’ sense of community is unparalleled. And as any good community does, they look for ways to improve things. Last week, one of the regulars on the Black Board suggested an idea for a community-based resource in the vein of Wikipedia. But surrounding Phish culture, soon, the much more appropriate name, “Wookipedia” was born. Instead of introducing it myself, I told the person who came up with the idea to write a blurb on it. And here is what Mitch had too say.

"Power" Pollock 1995

For anyone that’s familiar with the bottom half of Miner’s site, they know that there are a lot of ideas passed around on the board on any given day. Often times you’ll find great nuggets of info regarding the latest music, what food or drink spots to check on tour or how to burn a copy of your bootleg DVD.  If you’re like me, you probably try and make a mental note or jot something on a scratch of paper, but the hell if  I’m gonna dig through pockets on the road, ya dig? Last week, after some discussion on the “BB,” I threw together the “W00kipedia” where we can all add our knowledge so its easily accessible from anywhere. Just create an account and edit the pages as you wish. Please remember to link your newly created pages to the main page with a blurb about it so people can easily find it. Though the infrastructure is up, there are very few pages up already. This will be a resource that grows in usefulness with the more people who contribute! Enjoy.  -Mitch (


“The Venues of Summer: Volume I” Utica DVD Raffle

The Winners Are...

First off, thanks to all who contributed. With over 20 entries, the raffle came down to 15 people who named all the tracks on the compilation. The contestants who made it into the raffle were: Matt Stevens, Jeremy Renda, Jason Embry, Mark Hoyt, Soloman Hay, Chris Magnerelli, Michael Aurzada, Brian Richardson, James Emantin, Mario DiPasquale, Brian Brinkman, Randy Hope, Ross Bellenoit, Mike DesJardins, and Mitch Ladd.

And the three raffle winners—as picked by Mrs. Miner—who win a “Live In Utica” DVD/CD box set are: Matt Stevens, Mark Hoyt and Brian Brinkman!! Congrats guys—shoot me an email with your mailing address and I’ll get the packages out to you!

The tracks were:

“Birds Of A Feather -> Catapult PNC 6.29.2000

“Mike’s Song” Blossom 6.20.95

“Harry Hood” Darien Lake 8.14.97

“Reba > Carini” Great Woods 7.13.99

“It’s Ice” Riverbend 9.20.2000

“Piper -> What’s The Use?” Great Woods 9.11.2000

“Split Open and Melt > Kung > Jam” PNC 7.15.1999


Jam of the Day:

Split Open and Melt” 6.21.94

I had never heard this beast until Kevin Shapiro dropped it as part of Live Bait 4 last week. I immediately dubbed it “the best jam I’ve never heard.”




If you’re going to a show this summer, bring your point-and-shoot cameras! As of last year these are allowed into venues, so snap away and send me your best shots! I don’t have consistent photo contributors for this upcoming tour, so it’s very likely that if you send me some shots after the show that you’ll see them on the site the next morning! You can send photos in zip files (preferred) or as individual email attachments. Let’s see your creativity all over the site the summer! If you’d like to contribute, please email your photos to before you go to sleep after the show! Thanks! (I will always take shots the next day as well.)


2,426 Responses to “Monday Morning Minutes”

  1. HarryHood Says:

    What’s really strange though is that a small truck showed up here on Friday and was loaded up full with equipment. It left for a few hours and then came back and was unloaded. Now it’s all going on the big red trucks this morning……. I’m wondering if there might have a quick session in Burlington last week, but just a few hours seems highly unlikely….

  2. sumodie Says:

    @hhood: sweet! though you could’ve had a tramp beside your desk too if you’d moved faster last week (plus a heap of bad karma)

    ya gotta dig up the lowdown on rehearsals

  3. HarryHood Says:

    I’m a little ticked that I didn’t come in over the weekend. When they were here last Friday, everything was hush hush and the guys were being really secretive about what they were doing. My buddy that works with me said that on Saturday, they had the doors open and invited him right in to look at the equipment.

  4. Mdawg Says:

    Summer t00r !!!!

    props to Mitch!

  5. kayatosh Says:

    right on, aw. all big moves are overnight, as usual. R2K down close to 1.7% overnight. sheesh.

  6. Jtran Says:

    I’m thinking they drive down today practice T-Th

    3 days is the practice “norm” these days, right?

  7. marcoesq Says:

    Morning everyone


    Dont ever be ashamed, that sounds amazing. I would be wearing them around my neck 24/7 which would probably lead to divorce which would lead to other things..

    Congrats, Mitch! Cant wait to get crackin on the Wook Book

    And thanks MIner, I’m pumped for my Utica DVD, boy!

  8. Mdawg Says:

    Does anyone else notice that the JOTD SOAMelt sounds like it has strong elements of Free?

  9. albert walker Says:

    fingers crossed on practice.

    got my MSG Masthay set in the mail today. was a little nervous about getting it sent in the mail from some phishie cutie but all is well

    $135 with priority shipping. not bad at all. now I just have to drop the couple hundred no framing this bitch.

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    had a talk with the wife last night. She doesn’t want me driving home after Bethel on Friday night. Custy Crib here i come.

    Back for second interview at 11am this morning. Hopefully have a little something extra to celebrate this weekend.

  11. kayatosh Says:

    phishie cutie? where?

  12. albert walker Says:

    good news Palmer

    I have a little something extra to help celebrate Friday night!

  13. Kaveh Says:

    @Palmer: Good luck with round 2 of interviews.

  14. Robear Says:

    Phishie cutie = Phishy custy on auto spell check

  15. marcoesq Says:

    I love those custy cuties

  16. nonoyolker Says:

    Great things ahead:

    – Pulled the trigger on Bethel for Sunday, got pimp lodging all sorted
    – My fiance and SLF of 6 years is catching her first show at PNC1
    – My sister’s due date was yesterday (though she hasn’t delivered yet), and i worked time in to hopefully see my new nephew in between shows
    – Much needed time off of work

    Can’t wait for this tour to kick off

    AW – was that Masthay $35 or $135? I ordered a PNC in the late innings of a long night. Can’t remember what i paid, but thought it was only $35

    Good luck Palmer!

  17. marcoesq Says:


    Good luck man, hopefully you can rage PNC with that in the bag

  18. Jtran Says:

    I have Trey’s autograph on a corner of notebook paper with his guitar pick taped to the paper from when he played at my middle school in 7th grade.

  19. albert walker Says:

    It’s 3 prints (1 for each night) and it’s been sold out for a while. I think they were $100 when they first went on sale. $10 for shipping. I guess I got taxed $25. I’ve def seen these sets on ebay for a bit more.

  20. Robear Says:

    Bethel goers in for a treat. Thinking back on 3.0 and the 3+ night runs have all produced the magic.

    Red rocks night 2 & 3
    Miami nt 2 & 3
    Atlantic City

    I guess, don’t miss the three night stands.

  21. Robear Says:

    @AW is referring to the MSG set from last new years run for $135

  22. AintNoTele Says:

    w00kipedia=pure gold

    Kudos to you black board

    keep on keepin’ on

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I have 2 friday night bethel lawns to dump. As well as 2 pnc 2 lawns to dump.

  24. Sugar Says:

    Hey guys, longtime lurker here — just got the go ahead from the wifey to head up to Bethel on Sunday. It’s a shot in the dark but figured I’d see if anyone had two extra pavilion seats they were looking to get rid of for 5/29.

    If you do, I’m at mrshafrir at gmail

    Otherwise, I’ll see you with some cheap lawn seats on Sunday!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Hay Folks-

    Happy monday. Hop in our step for sure. Trying to lay groundwork to drop the PNC news on pregnant wifey. Timing is of the utmost importance. There is now way I am missing those shows. It’s just a matter of retaining my married status. It is hard enough not dropping everything to head to beautiful Bethel.

    BTW- A lightweight breathable rain jacket may be your best friend on the front end of this tour. NE hasn’t seen a lot of sunlight in the last 4 weeks nor does it look balmy moving forward. Don’t matter. The music doesn’t know it’s raining.

    Looking forward to BB meetup in NJ. Should be a blast.

    Bethel opener?

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