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. EL Duderino Says:

    I have beers in the fridge and NO desire to drink any of them.

  2. willowed Says:


  3. BingosBrother Says:

    Find your soulmate Willowed. i had a dog named Sadie. She ruled.

  4. willowed Says:

    The stars in the sky are really bright

  5. c0wfunk Says:

    @phoamhead I may be at Mike, need to look into the finance box on that one right this sec..

    you be at leaf by chance?

  6. willowed Says:

    My girl is getting old.

    She still the shit though.

  7. EL Duderino Says:

    Support NPR folks’

    Republican Majority HoR voted to end federal funding of NPR. 🙁

  8. ThePigSong Says:

    both of your last posts are shameful Duderino

  9. BingosBrother Says:

    60% of new senators and 40% of new house members are millionaires. wonder who they’ll be looking out for?

  10. EL Duderino Says:

    Who doesn’t like NPR?

  11. willowed Says:

    RnR>Carini>My Problem Right There>Mike’s>Sanity>Paug

    is about as good as it gets

    Consider Providence Set 2 fluffed by the ultimate fluffer.

  12. ThePigSong Says:

    If NPR was a drug I’d mainline that shit.

    I did see somewhere (here?) that only 8%(?) of NPR funding came from the federal gov’t

  13. ThePigSong Says:

    man, wifey needs to get home with my six pack. I’ve completely neglected my non-irish roots so far today.

  14. EL Duderino Says:

    It’s only 5 Million $$$ of the budget… peanuts when talking a Trillion

  15. joe Says:

    and 100% of them will be within a few years of leaving office.

  16. voopa Says:

    Jump Into the Fire is a great, great song…one of many by Nillson.

    I’m a Citi Cardmember! Winning!

    Oh, wait…

  17. phoammhead Says:

    be careful, pig, duder has mvp status for today, which i’m on board with

    go duder! 🙂

  18. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Joe

    I hope so, I know this collective bargaining attack is working against their favor

  19. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Sanity->Jam->Weekapaug was psychedelic as fuck.

    I was terrified.

  20. EL Duderino Says:

    44 years ago today the Grateful Dead released their very first album.

  21. phoammhead Says:

    c0w, i might make sunday leaf, but not doing the whole deally

    i’m sure we will catch eventually

    let’s keep trying each other from time to time

    if you go to mike, text me

    i’ll send you an email now to make sure you still have my digits

  22. EL Duderino Says:

    Asheville , NC. shows:

    3/18/11 Tony Rice @ Diana Wotham Theatre

    3/20/11 MGB @ The Orange Peel

    4/02/11 Easy Star All-Stars @ the Orange Peel

    4/27/11 Soulive @ the Orange Peel

  23. albert walker Says:

    I need to find the FLACs of this sorce. one of my favorite sets I’ve ever caught. sounds great in my mp3 on my custiedrive. show was a pinner little lecture hall.

    Jesse Auditorium, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

    Source: DFOB: AKG 460(?)>DAT

    set II

    01. Funky Bitch> 06:29
    02. Lulu Jam> 22:20
    03. Y-Rushalayim Schel Zahav 01:58
    04. Cry Baby Cry 04:13
    05. The Curtain> 06:02
    06. Blackbird 02:33
    07. Runaway Jim-> 06:28
    08. BBFCFM 07:55
    09. I’m Blue I’m Lonesome 02:51
    10. Butter Them Biscuits 03:14
    11. My Long Journey Home 03:23

    CD 3/Set 2 Cont’d: 28:04
    01. Harry Hood** 13:24
    02. Highway to Hell 03:48

    03. Lizards 10:50

  24. albert walker Says:

    that Funky BItch > Jam was almost too dirty for my 19 year old brain to handle

  25. phoammhead Says:

    ^right on, duder, don’t have tickets, but bek and i are going to go to mountain heart with tony rice tomorrow in hopes of getting a less than face value ticket, although it would be well worth the full price – i’m just being cheap these days when i can

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