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. poop goblin Says:

    Neutral Milk cover was the birth of Tory

    that and the summer of 89 debut

  2. poop goblin Says:

    and the blazer

  3. mitch Says:

    I think the goop happened from heat. So Palmer you may have kept yours cool. I doubt dry goods storage is all that nice.

  4. mitch Says:

    I had a freaking blast at the chi-town 03 trey band shows. My drunk buddy bought bunk shrooms before it. Prob from AW.

  5. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Bunk Shrooms….

    Sadness abounds.

    So are holds happening?

  6. mitch Says:

    Summer of 89 raged at telluride. They coulda pissed in our ears that weekend tho. Damn that place is sweet.

  7. Dorn76 Says:

    Tory should drop Traveler out of The Aeroplane Over the Sea

  8. mitch Says:

    Dorn, Usually you write it with an > for a segue

    Aeroplane over the sea > traveler

  9. acleo Says:

    Still waiting ….

    Still waiting ….

  10. sumodie Says:

    Summer of 89 should only be played outside at Telluride

  11. snow Says:

    Since when is Tory officially sponsored by Cliches?
    And how did Cliches outbid Velveeta?

    So pumped for tomorrow. Huge game for the Glowhawks.


  12. Dorn76 Says:

    That’s hilarious and frightening, Mitch.

  13. poop goblin Says:

    K got out of rehab 2 hours before the first 03 Chicago TAB show mitch

    like the good boyfriend I picked her up with a jab of blows.

    she got so faded I lost her and she showed up at our crib three hours later.

    ahhh. the dope years. fun stuff. hot shows though.

  14. poop goblin Says:

    fake shrooms

    that’s some things that I don’t like

    don’t like like

  15. acleo Says:


  16. oldskool Says:

    I like a lot of softer Tory stuff: Lifeboy, Dirt, Waste, etc. but this new stuff I really cannot get behind.

    I loved the trio tour and wish they would release some of it. I still have the blue t shirt with a big illustrations of trey’s guitar and the tour dates on the back., This is a ripping Trey show:

  17. oldskool Says:

    that Neutral Milk is a very good album (despite what Tory did to it)

  18. gavinsdad Says:

    i’ve never once listened to studio trey. saw some hot early to mid tab shows tho. and some generally ok later phase tab shows.

  19. gavinsdad Says:

    ^i caught those hammerstein TAB shows @oldskool and totally concur. heat.

  20. Guyute711 Says:

    Some pretty cool posters. The one from Missoula is wild.


  21. oldskool Says:

    @AW, I much prefer the vest to the blazer 😉


  22. mitch Says:

    So I guess rehab wasn’t her decision at that point. 2 hours later… Well that was a nice break.

    Those were hot shows tho. I’ve got the livephish soundboards if you want em.

  23. MiA Says:

    The 2002 album Trey Anastasio is pretty good actually.

    By 2006, I was so over the band and Trey. I’ve posted the Stubbs Halloween concert in Austin. Trey so faded he couldn’t play First Tube to start the show.

    That said, the ACL 2004 was hot as hell.

  24. mitch Says:

    Got my fake ID taken that night at a bw3 of all places. Made em myself. Worked in bumpkin Indiana. Not in Chicago when the bouncer gets a tip. All 3 of us with the same ID number and info just diff names. Oh to be drunk and 19. He just laughed and said “goodnight fellas”

  25. poop goblin Says:

    Ya everyone loves that neutral milk stuff

    It’s good. Just not something id ever spin at the crib.

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