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. voopa Says:

    “The first five volumes were simultaneously released on September 18, 2001. The rest of the series was then released in sporadic batches throughout May 2003.”

  2. kayatosh Says:

    i watched the same videos, oldskool. could not get through Corona, and I have a soft spot for TAB and tory’s inner peace thing. no TAB for this guy. save it for wild nights out w/ the philly bbers.

  3. angryjoggerz Says:

    I liked his spacey playing during the interview, whale jam.

  4. poop goblin Says:


    I have a weird love/hate relationship with Tory

    sometimes it’s good for me to see him shit the bed. like driving by a car wreck.

    my hopes of any of these TAB projects not being terrible is 0%

    agreed though. the National tie ins and the soft whitey slightly abstract cheezy folkie stuff is my nightmare.

  5. MiA Says:

    Had to cleanse my pallet with a Push On Til The Day.


    Never noticed Troy at :20 doing the “You, the hot one” thing before.

  6. poop goblin Says:

    for me the biggest head scratcher is puttin that lame Clint Eastwood cover and Let me Lie on the album

    what the fuck tory?

    ran out of hipster nonsense to put to wax?

  7. poop goblin Says:

    damn that band used to smoke

    latin, afro, groove stylings

    to Win Butler and the Nationals meets Journeyman Clapton

  8. MiA Says:

    That Mr. Completely that night ripped a hole in the sky.

    Set 2: Night Speaks to a Woman, At the Gazebo, Mr. Completely

    That three song set is pretty great if you’ve never heard it.

  9. gavinsdad Says:

    dude is old. it’s gonna get way worse.

    as long as he can reach in the sack and pull out the dicks we should be good.

  10. kayatosh Says:

    what yr. is that, mia? that performance is red hot $$$. smokin.

  11. poop goblin Says:

    that vid makes me hate tory and the fatties even more

    what a joke. lame.

  12. kayatosh Says:

    that video just delayed my walk. hot.

  13. kayatosh Says:

    roo 2002

  14. MiA Says:

    Yep. Grab all the June ’02’s Kaya. Really good stuff. Not that many. I think Camden, Holmdel, Meriweather then Bonnaroo.

  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i like the ’03 TAB santana show(s)

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I spun the new record once through. Funny, I don’t even remember that dong Corona. Some good tracks on Traveler though. Some not so great.

  17. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i’ll likely never listen to trey’s new album

  18. poop goblin Says:

    me neither DF. fuck TOry.

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I figure you would love this TAB , DF.

    Trey with terrible hipster influences.

  20. mitch Says:

    Mmmhmm, that goop is fucking annoying. I ordered CDs off dry goods a couple years back and it was in there brand new. A lot of mine had it and needed to be washed.

  21. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    So Rey is the Good.
    Troy is the Bad.
    And Tory is the straight Ugly.

  22. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Yeah, just like Tory crushed that Neutral Milk Hotel cover…. ew

  23. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    haha oh yeah i remember that LP goop

  24. kayatosh Says:

    “that dong Corona”

    ^^^ that about sums it up.

  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    back when i paid for music

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