Miner’s Mailbag III

8.5.11 – The Gorge (Graham Lucas)


 ‏@alicht: What’s the least favorite show you attended and why?

I am often asked this question, and my usual response is Raleigh 6.25.2000. (I don’t really consider Coventry an option.) The only redeeming part of this show was the first-set closing “Melt.” The rest of the show was totally uneventful, and considering the shows that surrounded it (Lakewood and PNC stands), this one really stood out as a stinker. Just look at this second set—nothing.ever.happened. The second set starts with a generic “Jibboo” opener and it just gets worse from there. “What’s the Use > Slave” is a cool show-closing combo, but after a lackluster set, its effect was totally lost, not to mention that the “Slave” was nothing special. Throw in a mid-set “Scent of a Mule” followed….just shoot me in the face.

I. NICU, Sample in a Jar, The Old Home Place, Punch You In the Eye, Water in the Sky, Funky Bitch, Horn, Heavy Things, Dirt, Split Open and Melt

II. Gotta Jibboo, Fast Enough for You, Scent of a Mule, Meat, Maze, What’s the Use? > Slave to the Traffic Light

E: Uncle Pen, Bold As Love


@Dustinlewis148: If you had chance to interview phish collectively, but could only ask three questions, what would they be and why?

1)  What is your intent when you take the stage each night and has it changed over the years?

2)  How do you decide when you will jam and when you won’t?

3)  What happened at Dick’s?


@GeeRubbs: What is your favorite indoor and outdoor Phish venue? And where have you not been but want to go?

Indoor: Any venue that has a truly GA Floor. The Centrum is pretty dialed in at this point now that they took the seats off the floor

Outdoor: Any Festival due to unlimited space and freedom.

Not Been (but would like to go): With all the cool venues they’ve hit this era, there is really none on my list.


 @Teddier If you could ask Phish to play segues they have never tried what would be your top 5?

I’d like to see them out of songs and then creatively work their way back. They did this more when they were younger. How about:

Tweezer -> Mike’s (with second jam) -> Tweezer

Bathtub Gin -> Roses are Free -> Gin

Harry Hood -> My Left Toe -> Hood

Split -> What’s the Use? -> Split

Reba -> Splinters of Hail -> Reba


@stillwading: 3 songs in the TAB rotation that you’d most like to hear the Phish interpretation of?

“Dark and Down,” “Spin,” and “Greyhound Rising”


‏@hombredelrey: In your opinion, what song(s) have potential to become future 2nd set jam vehicles?

“Stealing Time” and “Ocelot” have carried potential since their debut, but as my high school football coach said, “Potential never won a ball game.” To answer your question, I honestly have no idea. I hope some new songs to show their face very soon.


@robjeschke: What was the hardest part about putting together your book? #mrminersphishthoughts #phish

The most difficult part was figuring out how the book would flow. At first I had a tremendous amount of content (that all needed editing) but no real organization. I had developed “chapters,” but the second half of the book felt detatched from the first half. When my designer and I came up with the idea of “connectons,” a light bulb went off in my mind—it could be a giant, Phish-based, choose your own adventure book! All of a sudden, the sprawling volume had a thread running through it. The reader could navigate the book—and the band’s entire career—in any order they chose. We had a system that created a non-linear flow to the book, a similarity and correlation to Phish jams themselves. But the incredible minutae that went into creating the entire system of connections was staggering; it was a entire project on its own. But it worked, and it came out great!

I’ll use this opportunity to plug the most recent sale that is going on over on the book site. From now through the holidays, Mr. Miner’s Phish Thoughts is on sale for $29.99 plus shipping and handling. This is the lowest price the book will ever sell for, as I am barely making any money on each sale. Do your holiday shopping for your favorite Phish fan in your life today! Grab one now!


Jam of the Day:

Split Open and Melt” 7.12.99 I, Mansfield, MA

A blood red sunset provided the backdrop to this stellar “Split.”




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  1. the Baker Says:

    Uncle Thought’s…wear ewe been?

  2. phlorida phan Says:


  3. Dr Pronoia Says:

    let the hustle begin. hold looks like 2 tix for a nonNYE show for me. keep ol’ dr pro in mind if anyone has an extras!

  4. BingosBrother Says:

    I’d kill to hear phish cover those 3 tab tunes. Dark and down with disease.

  5. bhizzle Says:


    Dogfish and the Dead beer collaboration….asking for a special ingrediant…..hmmmmmmmmmm……cannabis?

  6. mitch Says:

    Just found out that I’m off on Saturday! Looks like I’ve got a chance at PHiSH tix after all.

  7. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Hey folks. Day off with the wifey today. We are going to harvest grapes for a local vineyard. Not sure if that is fun or not.

  8. mitch Says:

    That beer will surely deliver. I agree re:cannabis

  9. PigSong Says:

    Talking holds are we? Ill wait for an email. Four orders in for singles each night. Hope that wasn’t overkill. Have a good one folks, it’s Friday!

  10. MiA Says:

    No holds here. Have a great day everyone!

  11. alf Says:

    fela up your morning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-XpFYAlEMk

    repost: some roots to hold you over till thursday WRA: http://www.youtube.com/user/mikige1

  12. robear Says:

    “Miner, what three questions would you ask in interview”

    1) Vote for Obomney or Robama?
    2) what’s your favorite IPA?
    3) how can we get the rich to fund more tour for slackers?

    Bonus: paper or plastic?

  13. sumodie Says:

    Here’s the info to figure out cc holds:

    NYE ticket = $81.15
    28-30 ticket = $70.85
    $10 shipping

    I’m guessing emails start arriving later today

  14. poop goblin Says:

    3 questions for the interview

    1) How exactly does one make a ring from blades of grass?
    2) If one is a douche enough to make such ring why write a song about it?
    3) If one is a douche enough to write a song about it why play it in front of an audience?

    have fun kids

    bump this shit


  15. robear Says:

    Poo G gets the interview!!!! Bwahahahahaha

  16. mitch Says:

    1. Who knows? Just being cheesy
    2. To get the poon
    3. Makes my wife give up the poon

  17. El Duderino Says:

    hahaha that was so fuckin’ funny man…

    PG should go on tour with that funny ass shit… WOW that was funny

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Hold schmold.. Hold This!

    See you fools in the Garden

    Spending my day off waiting for wife’s car to get serviced. Bitch abuses her car. No blades of grass for her ass.

  19. Dorn76 Says:

    Sad how far off the radar pesky little things like the Environment and Climate Change have fallen.

    Oh, and forget having a discussion about the Drug War, Civil Liberties, Afghanistan, drones, etc.


  20. Dorn76 Says:

    In mkdevo I Trust

  21. robear Says:

    So close, yet so far. Ruderino.

  22. robear Says:

    Dorn. No time for issues with so much money to be wasted!

  23. poop goblin Says:

    drones over brooklyn yo. this track bumps hard.


  24. Kaveh Says:

    Morning BBers!

    @miner: good set of questions/answers.

  25. Kaveh Says:

    Trey’s new guitar/band:


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