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:

    Yes to tame impala! Spun a couple tracks on the shark.

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @poop, it’s good

  3. kayatosh Says:

    sipping a nectar IPA. relatively low ABV for an IPA. sweet biscuit, pine, fruit bouquet. good flavor.

    best beer i’ve had in recent memory — troegs perpetual IPA from the tap last night. had a creaminess to it. delicious.

  4. gavinsdad Says:

    tame impalas new one is on spotify too.

    if anyone wants to sit me down within minutes please talk about anything related to doctors, doctors offices, hospitals, shots, blood, extracting blood, stitches, surgeries or the like. insta-fade since i was a kid.

  5. gavinsdad Says:

    yeah sometimes i dont wanna give troegs their credit even tho i absolutely love their hopback amber. their perpetual ipa has that awesome fruity creaminess acheived by a perfect hop to malt formula. yum.

  6. kayatosh Says:

    the gumbo that follows the Boise bag (9.14.99) is $$$ as well. 97 style groove jam riffing off “another one bites the dust” bass line.

  7. angryjoggerz Says:


  8. poop goblin Says:

    filled a new omicron cartridge with some killer OG wax and another with some nice fresh sour D wax

    armed and ready for TAB on friday.

    gonna shave my beard into a mustache, rock the tank top, and tight turquoise jorts to fit into his new hipster friendly, sensitive folkie vibe.

  9. kayatosh Says:

    so buttered yesterday, gave the cabbies to and from the venue 85% tips.

  10. vegas wolfmans Says:

    New CRB album “magic door” in my fire. Companion piece recorded at the same time as “big moon ritual” and every bit as good IMO. Really excited to see it live up here in November. Downloaded a few shows and they sound great- lots of tasteful covers.

  11. kayatosh Says:

    ^^^ inadvertent nediness

  12. angryjoggerz Says:

    new Black Moth Super Rainbow also pretty fun if you are into them

  13. voopa Says:

    Grabbed that last night AJ, gonna check it out this evening.

    Coworker saw Matisyahu here last night, said it was one of the best shows he’s seen.

  14. kayatosh Says:

    voopa: was you coworker spice’d?

  15. poop goblin Says:

    never speak with that person again voopa

    you may even want to contact the authorities

    that is some fucked up shit.

  16. poop goblin Says:

    one time I saw a poster that said Toots was opening for Matisyahu in Chicago

    took me a few days to recover from that shit

  17. poop goblin Says:

    and I’m a far from a big toots fan. but come on. cat is a JA legend.

  18. alf Says:


    i hate when inadvertent nediness happens


  19. voopa Says:

    He clearly has no idea what a real show is like. But he’s one of only a handful of coworkers that I can actually talk Phish with. Bunch of jive turkeys here.

  20. MiA Says:

    You got to sass it. I said ‘Don’t Jive me Turkey” You got to sass it.

    A turkey is a bad person.

  21. littleumbrellas Says:

    El-P’s Letter Satchel:
    Q- What happens after cyborg Reagan takes out right eye alien?
    A- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxrWz9XVvls

    (how i learned to stop worrying and love the bomb)

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Josh Beckett is apparently a big Ocelot fan

  23. mitch Says:

    I don’t like p diddy but he’s chillin in Central Park next to me.

  24. Bad Nirvana Cover Band Says:

    Get a donation to the mockingbird foundation from him Mango!

  25. mitch Says:

    Mockingbird, ha. Made a large donation to them in 09. They called me last summer “so were trying to send out your donation package” I told em to keep it all but the bead (was gonna gift it) that never came either. I didn’t care since it was about the cause but c’mon. 2 years later you call me?

    Umphreys opened for matisyahu in Central Park. Hassidic kids out the wazoo.

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