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. Calpain Says:

    it would have been nice to have 2nd set @Joe. kinda felt weird, set ended circa 10:15. very accustomed to the 2 set formula.

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    looks like i was right, the 28th and 29th are already looking like MUCH harder tickets than last year, kiddos.

  3. joe Says:

    couple of decent tunes on there. at least an attempt at something more interesting sonically, etc. but yeah. not getting too many more spins from me. I’m sure I’ll have a blast at the TAB show anyway. It’s still Trey ripping on guitar for the most part. Better than anything else I’ll have lined up that night.

  4. joe Says:

    Cal – they may have had one and you guys bailed early? They didn’t even go on at the show I went to until after 10. different venue rules, I guess.

  5. Tom Says:

    Came up empty on the Lotto. Hope everyone had better luck than I did. Oh well, time to get ready for the Saturday Onsale……

  6. alf Says:


    yes, yes i can imagine how lame you would look

  7. Calpain Says:

    I wish @Joe. the venue cleared out very quickly, us BBers stayed until they had packed up the stage then headed out. (early curfew for sure)

    Like Kaya, I felt their style is not to create ‘peaking’ jams but to transcend the moment. Tried my best to soak it in as it was happening. Had a great time.

    The bassist going all Hendrix, playing a right-handed guitar lefty was surreal, indeed.

    starting up this Trey ‘night speaks’

  8. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “yes, yes i can imagine how lame you would look”

    even lamer than i already look when i play phish

  9. Angryjoggerz Says:

    I’ve got 22 needles in my back and feet right now. Being married to an acupuncturist certainly has its advantages

  10. xpun Says:

    Grovel Alert

    0-3 in lotto. Unable to attempt on Saturday. Any extras for 30th or 31st please email xpun25 yahoo


  11. Snigglebeach Says:

    PTBM reject day is always so depressing. And New Years the worst (aside from Halloween).

    Good luck all on Saturday. I have worse luck on Ticket Bastard than PTBM, so ugh.

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Let it Grow from this show…


  13. Gavinsdad Says:

    0 for 1

  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    got 2 x 28 and 2 x 29….all GA West. So i got that going for me, which is nice.

  15. Mr.Miner Says:

    i dig trey’s new record. lots don’t. i do. not necessarily for the live setting, but to listen to $$$$

  16. Mr.Miner Says:

    anyone got my 12/30 GA?

  17. BooVT Says:

    Nuts. Denied. Bupkis.
    Oh, well. I wasn’t certain I would have been able to attend anyway. But I would have liked trying to make it possible…

  18. alf Says:


  19. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    ok, have 6 NYEs shitty sections

  20. PigSong Says:

    My old man pulled a single NYE, 106. Who wants it?

  21. PigSong Says:

    Just kidding, sorry…that was mean. It’s a short list to get put up to the BB though. I wouldn’t want to pick, probably a random drawing.

    Founders Bfast Stout makes me mean.

  22. William H. Bonney Says:

    everybody want’s it pig….who you selling it to?

  23. PigSong Says:

    I’m selling it to camman.

  24. PigSong Says:

    camman Says:
    February 9th, 2009 at 12:12 am

    i know this is a guilty pleasure, but blink-182 is coming back this summer!!! fuck yea!

  25. Mr. Palmer Says:

    the smart thing to do is keep it to yourself and email someone that you would like to give it to.. prevents the I have, I want scenarios. Always worked for me in the past..

    discretion- I have no desire for a NYE ticket.

    I’ll take any other night though?

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