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.”




376 Responses to “Miner’s Mailbag III”

  1. sumodie Says:

    Instead of the rear/front breakdown of the floor that has been discussed, my tix are described as “GA Floor-EAST GA.

    The stage is more on the west side, so I’d guess GA Floor East would be the rear floor

  2. Dorn76 Says:

    So East floor is the back? Got a pair for Sat night

  3. poop goblin Says:

    pretty sure we aren’t goin so any extras will given to the BB’rs I think are teh hippest and love the herb the most.

    which are one in the same I believe.

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    dorn score… nice man

  5. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @poop, you’re out for msg?!

  6. Calpain Says:

    that TAB Roo set sounds epic. have heard about it, but never spun it. anyone have a link or seeding it?

    ive been spinning the Oysterhead Jazzfest show lately, has 2 stretched out version of pseudo suicide and rubberneck lions. i can seed later tonight if anyone is interested.

  7. Dorn76 Says:

    Yeah pumped, got nothing last couple go arounds. Stress is off for my “bring the wife” night too. Already have nice digs for 2 reserved that night.

    Now the pressure is on to get tix for me and my head for fri/sun.

  8. MiA Says:

    Calpain, see previous page with “The Spreadsheet” in orange.

  9. voopa Says:


    West floor in front of stage is A-C, D-F behind A-C. East floor is 1-3, behind D-F.

  10. sumodie Says:

    scored two front floors for 12/30

  11. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @dorn, did you request GA only??

  12. Kaveh Says:

    Nice @sumodie and @Dorn76.

  13. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @sumo, i know you requested best available, right?

  14. MiA Says:

    This Sand goes into outer space. Wonderful. No wonder I haven’t been thrilled with Sand since the return. I subconsciously remembered this.

  15. Kaveh Says:

    This is the part I hate with yahoo mail…always behind on the response emails.

  16. Henry Says:

    Damn. No luck. Got my work cut out for me saturday morning

  17. ren Says:

    It would be cool if Phish released some stats about the “lotto”….curious how this years lotto “demand” stacks up. I think maybe MSG got….


    Happy for those who are gettin’…but lotto this year has left me sweatin’

  18. Admiral Ackbar Says:

    Happy hunting, kids.

  19. sumodie Says:

    scored two more for 12/30, sect 222

  20. MiA Says:

    The only time I’m first in line, is when getting the rejection mails.


    Congrats to all going. After that amazing blowout at Dick’s, the line to get into that building should go all the way down to the Apple Store on 5th Avenue.

  21. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    It is now again after some tight tickets at BGCA and now MSG that I ask if anyone would be interested in getting a biz together to act as the ticket securing arm for tough ph shows and profit of other acts to secure custy cribs at key locations?

    If 10 folks could drop 500-600 for a run of shows that should only cost 270, why not put that surplus elsewhere that can generate returns?

    Although not always on display you cats show some awareness of your local environs that could help generate $$ off of other bands that can virtually subsidize your ph excurions.

    with the amount of time some of us spend here gabbing this place would be a shoe in for management meetings that are productive.

    I am highly confident in this a viable posibility.

    Or you could sweat your holds and stress your internet connection on Saturday s in the Spring and Fall while cursing a canaden.

  22. dorn76 Says:

    Requested Best Avail for Sat and GA for the nights I got shut out.

  23. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Sumo is on fire.

  24. Kaveh Says:

    0/1 right now (our friend’s request)….3 more lottery picks out there.

  25. RoosterPizza Says:

    I am in need of a single for the 28th and 29th, if you have an extra.

    m b a r c o m b 1 0 ghee mail

    When is the public sale date?

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