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

FLAC Torrent (via etree), Mp3 Torrent, Megaupload < Links

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. Chuck sweD Says:

    hilarious mix of bands at that dmb fest.

    you know some wo0ks are gonna show up, hit flaming lips, lotus, and bassnectar. some coller poppers are gonna lose their shit.

  2. snowbank Says:

    that is quite the festy that DMB put together.

    It is impressive that it is right after Phish tour.

    Dave and Tim acoustic at a festival sounds interesting… how is anyone going to hear them?

  3. albert walker Says:

    the flatness of these new LED’s on the wall make my old samsung plasma seem like an old tube TV

  4. kenny powers Says:


    That was 2 christmases ago.

  5. Mike in Austin Says:

    Really. Vandy hasn’t lost yet?

  6. P.S.H.S. Says:

    has anyone seen “who is harry nilsson”? the best singer no one knows. i really don’t know why i’ve never even heard his name, his best friend was john lennon and his best man was ringo starr.

  7. Mike in Austin Says:

    Me and My Arrow FTW

  8. DukeOfLizards Says:


    Dang. Could arb the shit out of that – keep buying TV/XBox packages and flipping them separately for a profit.

  9. tba Says:

    Sony seems to have regained the edge; was lucky got a Kuro 151 in 2009 when the economy exploded and they were very good price. Still any of these TV’s nowadays; so incredible. Please, we didn’t even have cable growing up. First year cable for me was sophomore UVM; my Phish is a Dead cover band days = lazy wanted to smoke and eat Chinese-Kung Pow hot..good. That lasted two months until YEM changed my life forever :<)

    Speaking of TV's, umm Pay per view again, how much would folks pay? I loved it.

    Robear Bethel is looking more like the call, but like you I have others who control my manifest phish destiny. was so hoping for two show shoreline-sigh. BTW tailor = best friend's dad memorial next week :<(

    Duderino= today's MVP-thanks for that Glactic Mikes heads up.

    Finally 4-12-78 GD on you Tube; most animated ever seen Jer, going nuts;Jimmy Page eat your heart out…um winning :<)

  10. albert walker Says:

    Nilsson Schmilsson is an absolute classic

    he made a few great one’s. great artist.

  11. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Me and my arrow
    Straighter than narrow…

  12. snowbank Says:

    I don’t like the word Groupon. It’s annoying.

    It also annoys me when people say they are on Facebook and Twitter.

    Am I just getting old or is the world getting more annoying? Let me know what you think. I’m on Facebook and Twitter!

  13. P.S.H.S. Says:

    he has, without doubt in my mind, the best white male singing voice ever. but never performed live

  14. EL Duderino Says:

    I love the leg kicks Jer does in that video tab…

    Like he’s a Rockette or something.

  15. EL Duderino Says:


  16. P.S.H.S. Says:

    “who is harry nilsson” is on watch instantly on netflix.
    i’m addicted to documentaries lately

  17. snowbank Says:

    you know you have completely sold out when your concert has a “Citi Cardmemeber” presale. How does the DMBy live with themselves?

    Oh yeah, all the cash they rake in.

  18. Robear Says:

    snow, law of averages sez, you’re getting older.

    and yes, the world is getting more annoying.

  19. P.S.H.S. Says:

    “exit through the gift shop” (banksy, mr. brainwash movie) and
    “off the charts: the song-poem story”
    both are worth the time. especially the later.

  20. phoammhead Says:

    hey c0wfunk!

    you going to see mike on sunday?

    i still want to meet you someday.

  21. albert walker Says:

    I truly believe the invention of mobile phones and the internet were the beginning of the end

    on that positive note
    off to walk the dog

    laterz kids

  22. P.S.H.S. Says:


  23. Mulitbeast Says:

    P.S.H.S – Saw that doc and loved it. Did not know the guy (except for his participation in John Lennon’s ‘Lost Weekend’) but instantly recognized all of his tunes.

  24. P.S.H.S. Says:

    he was a force to be reckoned with, which you don’t get from listening to his tunes.

    someone has to watch “off the charts” so we can discuss the importance of “non-violent tae kwon do troopers” and Caglar Juan Singletary’s contribution to modern music

  25. Slicksasquatch Says:

    Robear how you feeling? Happy green day!

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