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. Dorn76 Says:

    Ok now I can’t tell if you’re joking.

    Dry Canadian humor.

  2. Dorn76 Says:


  3. ren Says:

    Anyone receive any holds today? (10/17)

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Check this trippy ass video..


  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    Home sick, painters painting baby’s room, bored.


    Funny article on foods that just need to stop being on menus. I would add bacon everything to this list, since when does bacon make something elegant? And sun dried tomatoes can take a nice long break too.

  6. Calpain Says:

    Tinariwen flew by like a dream. The adaptation of their native instrument sylings on western guitars was really impressive. And I liked how they rotated they role of lead guitarist.

    A collective, unconscious Ohm vibe to their sound.

  7. Kaveh Says:

    Old link, but thought I would share it again:

    Trey’s new album:

  8. mitch Says:

    Coworker met David Bowie “whoa, you’re fucking David Bowie!”
    “No my wife’s fucking David Bowie, but I’m glad ya recognized me”

  9. poop goblin Says:

    not a huge fan of his later stuff either AJ

    but if you haven’t heard the killer mike album he produced it’s one of the hottest hip-hop albums of the year IMO

    not a big fan of el-p’s flow. but his beats are sick on the Mike album.

    Company FLow – Funcrusher was a hot album when it came out IMO

  10. poop goblin Says:

    Killer Mike – produced by El-P



  11. MiA Says:


  12. angryjoggerz Says:

    True on Company Flow and that Killer Mike too. I think his stuff a few years back kinda turned me off, but he seems to be back on the boom bap and away from the suffering poet hip hop stuff.

  13. gavinsdad Says:

    the baffling part of last nites show was not when i had to take a seat before the set after @kayatosh regaled me with surgery stories but when the lefty guitarist played the righty guitarists guitar and it sounded just the same!

    really great time with tinariwen. i was fascinated at how music from the other side of the globe sounded like “our” music and vice versa. no boundaries. very regal and the dancing guy/singer/guitarist was sending out great hand jive vibes across the room. would have liked a 2nd set as well!

    up next: tame impala and chris robinson’s brotherhood

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    this is my fav so far

  15. MiA Says:

    A wabbit in crosshairs, mechanical fox hunt
    Be quiet they’re hunting now, the method is awesome.

    That is some good stuff.

  16. kayatosh Says:

    knee deep in a monster, ambient bag. 9.14.99 — $$$.

  17. Bad Nirvana Cover Band Says:

    Herbs and synthetic opiates, helping melt away the murky cloud of sadness.

  18. Kaveh Says:

    chris robinson’s brotherhood

    ^Picked up their album over late last week; good stuff. Check it out if you guys haven’t yet.

  19. Guyute711 Says:

    I am really looking forward to seeing CRB in November. I may even double up and see Jimmy Herring and Victor Wooten the following night.

    Bacon doesn’t make things elegant, just better.

  20. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Kaya- I spun that on my ride home last night, oddly enough.

    Kaveh- Love that album.

  21. Bad Nirvana Cover Band Says:

    And silly Robomney! Woman belong in kitchens, not binders.

  22. Dorn76 Says:

    Sir Tosh


  23. kayatosh Says:

    palmer: what a bag, huh?

    dorn: tosh is the man.

  24. poop goblin Says:

    tyler the creator was pipmpin that tame impala album all week on twitter GD

    want to check it out

    never heard their stuff

  25. kayatosh Says:

    hernia stories = gdad’s kryptonite. the mention of protruding intestines had diddy taking five in a chair. sorry, bro. to your credit, you bounced back like a champ.

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