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. Guyute711 Says:

    Tell him Mace is way better than him.

  2. kayatosh Says:

    pitch pdiddy your granola, mitch.

  3. Phlorida Phan Says:

    A friend gave me some tix to a show with Sublime, Cypress Hill, Matisyahu, Dirty Heads, etc. Not much of a “show” from matisyahu, but he did do a little crowd surfin, so maybe that makes a great “show”? Seemed as much precious there as with phish shows, which was nice, and didn’t smell any swag either, the world be cathcin up!

  4. mitch Says:

    You mean Ma$e?

  5. Guyute711 Says:

    Maybe, how the hell would I know how some guy that had one song ridiculously spells his name.

  6. BingosBrother Says:

    Lot kid made good.

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Wasn’t Matisyahoo a lot kid in the 90’s. The goblin likely rolled with him, no? wink, wink

  8. MiA Says:


    Yeah. He wrote a review for Denver. Met him at Dayton ’97.

  9. BingosBrother Says:

    From lot kid to playin with your hero. Even if i sucked, I’d loveit.

  10. Guyute711 Says:

    Vibration & Light Suite off of The Magic Door is pretty damn cool.

  11. poop goblin Says:

    never met one kid that ever new that kid around

    but damn if that’s some terrible reggae

  12. MmmHmm Says:

    Wow. Just finished cleaning all the plasti-goop off of each cd from vol. 1-20 of my Live Phish collection. Used a soft cloth and rubbing alcohol. Fortunately the only ones that were truly ruined and unplayable were the vol. 2 Sugarbush disks that are pretty easy to come by. Ended up putting each disk in a paper sleeve and putting them back into the cardboard slipcases. Im sure others here on the BB have this issue with their disks. The rubbing alcohol did a nice job on the goop and left very little to mostly no residue…also, forgot how good and molasses-like that ’99 Camden show is. great Birds and Fluffhead.

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I’ve never heard one of his songs.

  14. voopa Says:

    Oh, thanks for the reminder Mmm…gotta clean mine. They sure fucked up that.

  15. MiA Says:

    He was a nerdy baby faced ~18 year old, Jewish kid with his parents money who was just getting into reggae and “on tour”

    Knew a Mark Lamke (taper) and he was trying to get his shows from him.

    Kinda glommed onto people. Wasn’t until later realized the dude was Matisyahoo.

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    that never happened to my LP collection. I heard about the goop, but never experienced it. I remember how excited i was when those first volumes came out. When was that?

  17. MiA Says:

    He was a nerdy baby faced ~18 year old, Jewish kid with his parents money who was just getting into reggae and “on tour”

    Knew a Mark Lamke (taper) and he was trying to get his shows from him.

    Kinda glommed onto people. Wasn’t until later realized the dude was Matisyahoo.

    My CD’s had that happen too. That trapper keeper thing worked for crap.

  18. oldskool Says:

    I had quite a few shows ruined by that goop

  19. kayatosh Says:

    i give matisyahoo the thumbs down. but it’s incredible he’s had the success that he’s had as a poser novelty act.

  20. Phlorida Phan Says:

    I think 2001 Mr. P. They were supposed to release a total of 24, but stopped at 20, thats something I don’t like!

  21. oldskool Says:

    This Trey video is really, really weird to me. What he is saying about the rigorous chart reading is strange and I feel like he is starting to look older. The Trey in my memory and they Trey in that interview are two very different looking people…

  22. kayatosh Says:

    we’re all getting older, oldskool.

  23. Dorn76 Says:

    binders full o’ jamz

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I love that miner threw in the splinters of hail callout there

  25. oldskool Says:

    Holy Sh$t, this Corona song is terrible.

    AW, I do not think you should go to the show on Friday. Based on that interview and song this sounds like your nightmare…

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