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. joe Says:

    so…why aren’t they doing more of this type of playing? (still on the jam of the day) the million dollar question, since it’s generally assumed that they CAN tap into it I think.

  2. joe Says:

    too scary for the kids?

  3. albert walker Says:

    the same reason they don’t play jams like this 22 minute heavy ass psyche rock jam out of FUnky BItch like in this 94 show

    cuz Trey’s beat

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    cuz they suck

  5. Slicksasquatch Says:

    Trey plays for his daughters friends nOw.
    He is catering to the teeny boppers.

  6. Mike in Austin Says:

    I’ll drop this non-bomb. Republicans are retarded for missing out on the low hanging fruit out there, and obviously making “balancing the budget” a political issue and failing the intelligence test. If it’s fiscal, it’s fiscal. Let’s go after the big stuff.

    We could lop $100B off the budget without a twink of an eye. And they’re looking for nickels and dimes in the couch cushions.

    I heard it was 3% of the total funding. Ridiculous.

    Out to have a Guinness. Later.

  7. bhizzle Says:

    does one have to register with iclips to watch tonight? i dont remember having to for TAB

  8. albert walker Says:

    Trey rockin the fuckin Cry Baby Cry solo

    one of few other than 10/31/94 I Imagine

    damn this set is $$$$$

    I’ve never heard this past the live phish filler Bitch > Jam

    Trey pulled some chick on stage and gave her a request before the Hood also. great old school set.

  9. EL Duderino Says:


    Nice one and true.

  10. albert walker Says:

    anyone that can handle the custiness of a mp3 just for a spin and have never heard this 94 gem. this is a great FOB recording of the Funky BItch > Jam

    about 30 min long

    hot shit

  11. Robear Says:

    lol @ Slick!

    green shirt on. guiness poured.

    also grabbed a new Lagunitas stout.

  12. EL Duderino Says:

    I’ll load up the two sources for the 8/14/96 and this 11/22/94 show in lossless if someone has a “premium” account to either megaupload or mediafire.

    If I do it to my free one, it’ll take forever and the DL is very limited

  13. sumodie Says:

    Jesse Auditorium, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

    I’m seeding both sources below. The 1st is the one AW referenced. The 2nd just surfaced last May and may be better based on etree comments (kp seems to like the 2nd), but I don’t know

    Source: DFOB: AKG 460(?)>DAT

    Set I: Toa’s(k1?) > Dat
    Set II:Akg 451’s > Dat

  14. Robear Says:

    joe, that is the $$$ question. don’t have an answer over here.

  15. sumodie Says:

    …and I still like Dog Stole Things 😉

  16. joe Says:

    the jam of the day is almost jarring in that it so much different from nearly all of 3.0. Two full songs in a row taken on the journey.

  17. ae Says:

    i hit that providence set II yesterday on the subway home. excellent.

  18. voopa Says:

    aw- I have the FOB source in SHN. I’ll get it going on etree ASAP.

  19. sumodie Says:

    8.14.96 Hershey

    peeps want this source: Schoeps CMC6/mk4 ?

    I’ll put a request in over at

  20. EL Duderino Says:

    that’s it sumo

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    That Nak source for Hershey had a few annoying dropout in the beginning of Tweezer. fwiw.

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    what time is gordo?

  23. phoammhead Says:

    yes, sumo, i want that 8.14.96 hershey

    and, thanks for those two sources on 11.22.94

  24. sumodie Says:

    @voopa: already seeding AW’s 11.22.94 FOB source, feel free to re-seed too if it’s easy

    did you already say you don’t have that 8.14.96 Hershey source above?

  25. voopa Says:

    Gordo in about an hour.

    AW- Actually, there are 3 different people seeding that source right now:

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