Introducing…Phish Thoughts: The Book

The Gorge '09 (Graham Lucas)

As many of you have likely noticed, I’ve been posting far less frequently during this off-season, and I wanted to take this opportunity to let you in on why. I am not losing interest in Phish or Phish Thoughts, but rather have been working on creating a book: an anthology of my writing. Currently, I am spending most of my waking hours working with my editor, getting the book dialed in to perfection. This leaves me very little time at night to create the original and thought-provoking blogs you’ve come accustomed to reading over the past few years. So in the interest of letting everyone in what I’ve been up to, here’s a little bit about the book.

The anthology chronicles 2009, Phish’s comeback year—beginning with the Hampton reunion all the way through New Year’s in Miami—from the perspective of a loyal and passionate fan who was there to witness the band’s rebirth, their return to prominence, and everything in between. As Phish came back into our lives, a certain vibrancy and magic returned along with them. This book is also the story of what it felt like, as a fan, to recapture a dream deferred for five years—one we thought had been taken away forever.

Red Rocks '09 (Graham Lucas)

Anyone who remembers Phish’s first night back at The Gorge, has listened to Albany’s “Seven Below > Ghost,” or was down south for Miami’s Holiday Run can attest to the magic that laced Phish’s first year back together. This book recounts one of the most important years in the band’s career, and puts it in the context of all that came before it, through anticipatory pieces, enhanced show reviews and musings on all things Phishy.

The anthology will be split into two halves: the first following the band’s comeback year and the second serving as historical context for the first, looking at different facets of Phish’s illustrious history and touching on everything from legendary eras and memorable shows to classic jams and the vibrant culture surrounding the band. By no means attempting to comprehensively cover a 20-plus year career, this part of the book will, nonetheless, allow fans reminisce on moments they’ve enjoyed and give new fans a glimpse into the band’s storied past.

Indio '09 (G.Lucas)

To make this project come to life, I am working with BAJ Design, an independent publisher and design firm based in Philadelphia, and we are collectively committed to create a book that will delight the eyes and properly represent Phish’s awesome legacy. Shooting for a release by the holiday season, this book will make an excellent gift for all the Phish fans in your life! In the coming weeks check back for details on a new website dedicated exclusively to the book.

This is a very exciting time for me and this book represents a long-time dream that is very much in motion. While Phish Thoughts is the perfect place to get your daily fix, the book will provide a permanent and visually-stunning documentation of Phish’s golden age. As I continue to move through this process, I will do my very best to get articles posted more frequently in the coming weeks, and obviously as tour approaches. Please know that it is not that I am leaving Phish Thoughts hanging, but working hard on a long-term project that you will be able to have in hand before the year is up.

Thank for your patience and ongoing support!

– Miner


Jam of the Day:

Seven Below > Ghost” 11.28.09 II

In the spirit of remembering the comeback year, here is one of its undeniable peaks.




8.9.1993 Concert Hall, Toronto, Ontario SBD

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Pollock - 1993

Here’s a soundboard throwback to August 1993, north of the border in Toronto. An interesting show through and through contains a personal favorite segment in the first set “Split -> Glide.”

Set I: Chalk Dust Torture -> Who Knows Jam -> Chalk Dust Torture, Mound, Fee, Split Open and Melt -> Glide, Nellie Kane, The Divided Sky, Memories, The Squirming Coil

Set II: Dinner and a Movie > Tweezer > Tela* > My Friend, My Friend**, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own, You Enjoy Myself -> Contact > Crimes of the Mind^

E: Rocky Top

*Trey on acoustic for ending, **Trey on acoustic for beginning, ^w/ Dude of Life on vocals

Sources: SBD > Cassette / FLAC: AKG 460b/ck63


750 Responses to “Introducing…Phish Thoughts: The Book”

  1. Aquaman Says:

    When my touring waned years back, the shows I did make always seemed have DSThings.

    Always a groaner. Second only to getting Muled.


  2. Chuck sweD Says:

    LCD Soundsystem – Live 10th November
    Alexandra Palace, London

    01 Dance Yourself Clean
    02 Drunk Girls
    03 I Can Change
    04 Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
    05 All My Friends
    06 You Wanted A Hit
    07 Tribulations
    08 Movement
    09 Yeah
    10 Someone Great
    11 Home

    320 mp3. even tho its (apparently) an official release, it was really hard for me to track down. it makes a great tandem with the London Session disc… enjoy.

  3. Mr palmer Says:

    Dude – no. It will be a very tight game I think. Stocktons kid is a freshmen. He’s a walkon. 140lbs soaking wet.

  4. Robear Says:


    even in a pair of skinny jeans and a fly vintage button up, I would stick out like a country bumpkin on the jersey shore. the red eyes and wake up and leave it hair style give me away in every setting. sounds like a fun little jaunt though.

    the Sony I have is pretty sweet. no probs after 2+ years.

  5. bhizzle Says:

    cheers phoam! clink

    What about internet connected blu ray players?

  6. Mr palmer Says:

    Go spiders !

  7. EL Duderino Says:

    they just have wireless routers… still 1080p

    Net Flix HD instant is 720p I believe

  8. bhizzle Says:

    robear when you making it out east again

  9. Robear Says:


  10. Slicksasquatch Says:

    This is from a tech who came to fix my 2 year old samsung. ” they use an inferior part in the power supply that causes alot of problems” he Said to gO sony

  11. EL Duderino Says:



    The Sony will cost more

  12. EL Duderino Says:

  13. phoammhead Says:

    clink! bhizzle!

    thanks, dude!

  14. joe Says:

    still rocking my sony from 1996 and it has a great picture. when, and if, I buy something new it’ll be a Sony for sure.

  15. Aquaman Says:


    El dude is spot on with with his info bhizzle. I have a Sony BPD-S570 and it rocks. I have Vuze bit torrent client hooked up on my Mac. The Sony player, senses it on my network and automagically hooks up a mapped drive to it, I can stream rigth form my mac.

    Then there are all the preloaded apps, and with each update more apps are added. Slacker Radio, Padora, Netlfix, YouTube. The OS is exactly like PS3.

    I stream mkdevo HD phish shows in 720p right to my 40″ Vizio.

    They are worth the money and getting cheaper every day.


    P.S. This Headband is making it hard to type.

  16. bhizzle Says:

    robear…r u serious

    sony tv lined up…need the internet blu ray (netflix, pandora & you tube wanted). Also where to buy cheap hdmi?

  17. bhizzle Says:

    cnet is luvin the BPD-S570…best buy is selling BPD S580, but user reviews are not good. mostly whining about registering and waiting to update, but I am patient and smarter than average bear

  18. kenny powers Says:

    i have a 42 inch 720p Panasonic plasma and absolutely love it. yes, you can tell if you look really close that it’s not quite as “sharp” as a 1080p, but the colors, black levels, contrast, realistic motion (without that awkward motion flow crap they have on those 120 hz LCDs) all totally make up for the lower rez.

    yes, a 1080p TV would better take advantage of my Blu-Rays and HD rips, but they still look very damn nice on mine. i’m a bargain hunter and go for value so i got a model that was about to be closed out. package deal from Best Buy – came with an XBox and 2 games, i sold those on Craigslist which essentially made the TV $400 plus tax.

  19. kenny powers Says:

    and that was a year and a half ago

  20. albert walker Says:

    just purchased the Samsung LED yesterday. awesome TV.

  21. Slicksasquatch Says:

    The rePair man said he sees more samsungs than anything. They put some cheap parts in the power supply.

  22. DukeOfLizards Says:


    Do you know if that deal is still available?

  23. bhizzle Says:

    The guy at the local non-big box store was pushing plasma HARD. But then he started saying he likes watching tennis and I gave up listening to him.

  24. c0wfunk Says:

    just stoppin by to see what’s up. Congrats Miner on the impending publication!

  25. Mike in Austin Says:

    P.S. This Headband is making it hard to type.

    Ha ha ha.

    You can tighten it for an extra rush during Jerry’s Guitar Solo.

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