Miner’s Mailbag VI

6.11.11 (Brian Ferguson)


@RichLevy00: Since everyone is so tease obsessed…What do you really consider a tease?? One that’s worthy of a footnote…

In my opinion, a tease must include clear intent on behalf of a band member and be 100% non-debatable (e.g. Page’s “Green-Eyed Lady” in Dick’s ’11 “Tweezer” or Trey’s “Norweigan Wood” in Worcester ‘12 “Taste”). If there is any question as to whether something was a tease or not, I don’t feel it should be noted on an official setlist. There have been teases noted where I can understand what the person heard but I don’t think it’s a tease at all (e.g. alleged “Live and Let Die” in Pelham ‘12 “Rock and Roll”) and then there are teases that make no sense whatsoever to me. I’m not sure why Phish fans are so tease-crazy, I’ve always thought it to be odd phenomenon. To recap—clear intent and no subjectivity.


@TimberCarini: What are your favorite five “one-time covers” you have seen live and why were they special?

In no particular order:

“Running With the Devil” 8.6.98, Atlanta: As a huge Van Halen fan from early on in my life, this encore from Lakewood ’98 shocked me in the best way. To hear Trey play Eddie’s licks, even if they weren’t so clean, was a sublime experience that united my childhood and young adult life.

“Terrapin Station” 8.9.98, Virginia Beach: Click here to read a post about this magical moment.

 “Thunder Road” 6.19.11 Portsmouth: When the band started the intro to “Thunder Road” to honor the passing of Clarence Clemmons, I could hardly believe my ears. Once again the band had inserted one of my absolute favorite songs into their live show. Even though it was pretty much off the cuff, the power of hearing Phish cover meaningful songs from your life is undeniable.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” 12.31.96 III, Boston: For a tripped out tale about this experience, click here.

“So Lonely” 11.14.98 E, Cincinnati: My first two favorite bands in life were Duran Duran and The Police, thus when the band pulled this song out of nowhere as the encore at The Crown and bled into “Tweezer Reprise,” I was totally floored.


@mcary23: …five songs or even segments of songs that you consider lyrically to be Tom and Trey’s best work…

Some of my favorite lyrical pieces are “It’s Ice,” “Lifeboy,” “Sand,” “Silent In the Morning,” “Velvet Sea,” “Frankie Says” and “Spices.”


@bryantweathers: What do you expect from #Phish in 2013 in terms of tour dates?

A lot of people have asked this very question, so based on nothing at all, here is my prediction for 2013: a two-legged summer tour featuring Festival X, a Halloween run, a Thanksgiving/30th Anniversary Run and New Year’s Run. As the band members now have families, I think full-blown fall tours are a thing of the past.


@diller24: Where does Madison Square Garden rank among top Phish venues?

If considering both the show experience and musical output MSG is right up against the Gorge for top venue of all time. I’ve always thought of it as the top indoor venue to see Phish. While Hampton has a better show experience and better sound, it doesn’t have the history of MSG. Phish hasn’t performed close to as many memorable shows and jams in The Mothership as the New York’s midtown Mecca. This upcoming holiday run will make 27 total shows at MSG—almost a month of Phish in one venue! And if I were to list the all-time jams that have gone down in The Garden, it would be a post of its own. I did a whole series of MSG memoirs a couple years ago before MSG 2010, and I plan to repost them in anticipation of this New Year’s Run. While some of the 3.0 shows at MSG haven’t quite been up to snuff, there is little question that the venue has hosted more top-shelf Phish shows than any in the land.


@stillwading: If you were to have the band over for breakfast, which cereal would you have in stock for each member and why?
Trey: Cap’n Crunch—because he leads the ship.
Mike: Cinnamon Life—because Mikey likes it.
Page: Smorz—because they are as close to a sandwich as you can get in breakfast cereal.
Fish: Fruit Loops—to match his dress and demeanor.
@HeyCrutch: If you could change one thing about Phishtory, what would you change?

The band would have played Halloween shows in ’97 and ’99. (I guess that’s two.)


Jam of the Day:

Light” 7.1.10 II, Raleigh, NC

One of the highlights of early summer 2010, as “Light” was coming into its own.




Don’t forget to pick up your New Year’s Run quadtych at Noon EST tomorrow at Masthay Studios!

“The Terminal” AJ Masthay



214 Responses to “Miner’s Mailbag VI”

  1. kayatosh Says:

    SOAM from BGCA — $$$. not your best split. but it has that rough, thick texture that grabs you by the _____ .

  2. MiA Says:

    His legs are Larry Craig “Wide Stance” levels.

  3. Jtran Says:

    kaya – this show is great. King of the Hill to start, then onto Broke Mtn Breakdown.

    Any other highlights to hit? Will spin China > Rider next

  4. Jtran Says:

    The best thing about seeing bands in small clubs is that, more often than not, they are within touching distance if you get close

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Jtran is down with the hot frottage action 😯

  6. MiA Says:

    I do love this UIC Gin.

  7. Bad Nirvana Cover Band Says:

    RL, this Captain Murphy is dope! what an asset to the firm you is!

  8. roberto luongo Says:

    no one knows who Captain Murphy is BNCB

    peeps thought it was Tyler, Action, Earl

    I think it may be Flyin Lotus. Def good chance he’s the one on the beats.

    really sick shit.

    spinning action bronson first time right now. love this cat. great shit.

  9. roberto luongo Says:

    “bitches blowin on my dick like it’s a cartridge”

    hash pen reference FTW!!

  10. MiA Says:

    any .xxx link is blocked. Damn.

  11. MiA Says:

    All I wanna do is buy boots
    ride coupe
    hide loot, uh
    slick chives in the soup
    stick knives where you poop
    blackflips off the ledge
    hang glide off the roof
    land on one leg
    see me all up on the front page
    holding a pump guage
    ready to dump aim, At your nuts
    like the mouth of a whore
    summer sore, cadillac on the door shit
    I’ve been gorgeous, good friends with the florist
    transporting working the Seqouia
    Now this chandeliers inside the foyer
    See rappers snake
    The rug gotta hibernate
    jackets trying to find a mate
    Sex, choke a duck lay it on the plate
    roasted, snap my fingers for the waiter come and pour the grapes, toasted
    whats the word baby
    Slow motion
    only vision out my home window
    all lotion

  12. Jtran Says:


  13. Jtran Says:

    TT in session

  14. BooVT Says:

    So, last night after reading here about all the love for Riverport Gin, I had to listen for myself. My 8 yr old daughter walks in the room and says, “Are you listening to Phish again? Ooh, I know this song! This is “Bathtub Rum”, right?”….

    Close enough, Girl…

  15. Bad Nirvana Cover Band Says:

    RL to TT

  16. BingosBrother Says:

    My kids were groovin to the riverport gin last night. Nonstop groove.

  17. roberto luongo Says:


  18. lumpyhead Says:

    BGCA split is filthy mcnasty. loved it. love how they got lost a bit.

  19. willowed Says:

    Trying to get myself ready for the upcoming MSG shows, so I spun the 12/28 show this afternoon. Just got thru the Tweezer.

    There is a pocket that these boys hit that is of the charts. I could wrap it around myself for days. Stick thumb in mouth and dream about unicorns and rainbows.

    This Tweezer is hot.

    12/28 was hot one. That Carini doesn’t suck either.

  20. MmmHmm Says:

    @RL…any other recs for a personal/portable vape other than the Atmos?

  21. roberto luongo Says:

    for concentrates man I dig my omicron but also have a G-Pen.

    omicron you can just fill a half gm in and chill but it can be cunty. when it works it’s great. self fillin cartridges are pretty easy

    G-Pen I can just set a tenth gm on top of the element when I head out and get 8 big puffs. more like a one hitter but big clouds and not as temperamental as the omicron.

    I love and hate aspects of both.

    for flowers Kaya is your guy. he’s owned a few portable vapes. I use mine more for concentrates.

  22. MmmHmm Says:

    yeah I’m lookin for a flower vape. Not fortunate enough here in the SE to get good concentrates on the reg

  23. MmmHmm Says:

    @Kaya any recs on a flower personal vape?

  24. kayatosh Says:

    mmhmmmm: arizer solo

  25. roberto luongo Says:

    this shit really is sick. 2 drops. fat spliff. press play.


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