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. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    so far, i scored 4 for the 29th and one for the 30th. last year, i miracled a dude on the 29th, this year i scored lotto for the 29th. Karma.

  2. SillyWilly Says:

    put in three requests.

    first 2 got me 2 28s, a 29, and a 30…

    need some magic on the last one.

  3. Phamily Berzerker Says:


    Now I pray for an el niño year for the mountains and some serious snowfall.

  4. marcoesq Says:

    sitting in logan airport and just got the email…NO TIX!! Hate PTBM. let’s go back tooney orders so we have dedication instead of possible intent. thst being said…

    looling for (2) 12/28-30…help a brotha out. love

  5. mitch Says:

    Pham b “ya I work for (insert radio name) and we were looking to do a contest for some tix…. Ya send em to mr Palmer, great, thanks”

  6. Mr. Palmer Says:

    “I thought we were giving away 4 tickets to each show”

    ” Nope, 2 each. That’s all i see in these envelopes”…..

  7. alf Says:

    shut out on all orders and i likely won’t be able to do public onsale, kinda a big weekend for me

    so keep your favorite alien in mind with those extras kids 😉

  8. mitch Says:

    “Cept the New Years show, that envelope is empty!”

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I don’t do NYE anyway. Ya’ll can have them. just night 1, 2, or 3..

  10. Calpain Says:

    Oysterhead show from 2000-5-4 NOLA JazzFest: http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=7492. currently seeding

  11. alf Says:

    kinda funny that dancing rips on indie troy so bad and then pamps terrible indie music all the time. i guess there’s a distinction only canadians get there

  12. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    trey’s new stuff sounds, to me, like adult contemporary. early tab, however, was the truth. real fucking rad music. oh the potential… i am just glad phish is still making real fucking rad music.

  13. Gavinsdad Says:


  14. poop goblin Says:

    Fuckin Canadians

  15. joe Says:

    gdad, reading back saw that you only got 1 set last night. They played 2 full ones on Saturday night.

  16. Gavinsdad Says:

    Tai chi in 3 2 1

  17. alf Says:

    last RAB i saw was 02 or 03…i remember them being hot shows (really really hot in 02 and to an extent 01) but by 03 the sound had basically run its course

    would have to go back to the tapes though, i could be wrong

    paid absolutely no attention to tab 05-08

  18. Kaveh Says:

    Last chance for romance; strike. Looks like the ticketmaster battle is on.

  19. alf Says:

    missed that 99 tour, 01 was my first tab – loved that winter 01 tour

    best tab show i caught was darien, can’t remember if it was 01 or 02, think june 02

  20. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    alf- “the sound had basically run it course”. i know what you are saying, but there was still enough improv weirdness up to ’02/’03 that kept me interested. i have not seen tab since ’02 or ’03. there probably have been some solid shows, but my enthusiasm has waned.

  21. sumodie Says:

    Out of 7 orders, just hit for the two pair of 12/30s mentioned earlier

    one more to hear from, assuming my bro submitted a request…

  22. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    the same reason poop hates paul simon is the same reason i hate Tory. not hard to understand.

  23. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    indie music is all about songwriting. i’m sure you all know trey can’t write for shit (anymore at least)

  24. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    can you imagine how lame i would look to hipsters if i played traveler at a party?

  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    don’t want to post my lottery results on here bc i don’t want lurkers to know. but 1/7

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