Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - C/D

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obviously dud, I just wanted to see people make fun of them.

Daniel DiMAGGIO (Daniel DiMAGGIO), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 19:30 (seventeen years ago) link

They were fun to see live, when I was like 15 and lived in a town where no national artists ever toured.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 19:34 (seventeen years ago) link

They're not too bad musically, then you begin thinking about their fans and personae.

Gear! (Gear!), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 19:36 (seventeen years ago) link

WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE FOR THE BABY JESUS FUCKS SAKE - CLASSIC!

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 19:39 (seventeen years ago) link

haha i hate that dru-tar player named Dr Wazbo or something

chaki_burger (chaki), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 19:41 (seventeen years ago) link

i used to like them in high school, when i liked phish a lot (iknowiknowiknow). whenever i hear the phrase "synthaxe drumitar" tossed around in casual conversation these days, i cringe at my shady past.

D-D-D-D-D-D-DUD

peter smith (plsmith), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 19:42 (seventeen years ago) link

I think his name is actually Spacey Jimmy

Gear! (Gear!), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 19:42 (seventeen years ago) link

FUTURE MAN he is one of the Wooten brothers and once when they played here I saw them do an after-hours set with just Future Man and Vic Wooten and Future Man was playing a kit so maybe he should've been billed as Past Man that night.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 19:43 (seventeen years ago) link

They need to turn up the sax player dude in their new record.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 19:44 (seventeen years ago) link

i once watched victor wooten do a bass clinic and i did not know about his relation to "Future Man"

chaki_burger (chaki), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 19:47 (seventeen years ago) link

He's actually Future Man's great-great-great grandfather

Gear! (Gear!), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 19:49 (seventeen years ago) link

just about the best jazz musician I've ever seen live.

gygax!!, Wednesday, 9 June 2004 19:50 (seventeen years ago) link

no! this is not what I had in mind.

Daniel DiMAGGIO (Daniel DiMAGGIO), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 20:03 (seventeen years ago) link

Actually, Victor Wooten is probably technically the best bass player I have ever seen, when the came to Princeton he played the bass line and melody to Duke Ellington's Caravan on his bass at the same time while also soloing on it while swinging his 26 string bass around his head or something. It was still totally gay though.

Daniel DiMAGGIO (Daniel DiMAGGIO), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 20:06 (seventeen years ago) link

sucks harder than a vampire convention

autovac (autovac), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 21:56 (seventeen years ago) link

gear, that made me laugh. much more than necessary.

tom cleveland (tom cleveland), Thursday, 10 June 2004 04:10 (seventeen years ago) link

I saw them a couple times and used to be reasonably be into them when I had friends who were fans (hippies and bass players, natch). Thinking of their sound right now is making me a little ill, however. If I hadn't lost Live Art (the only one I had) years ago I'd listen to it and probably soften up.

The best Bela Fleck-related music I've heard by far is the duo tour he did with bassist Edgar Meyer, who is AMAZING and much more pleasant to listen to than Wooten.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 10 June 2004 04:15 (seventeen years ago) link

Did I hear it in a dream, or is there really a Bela Fleck/Edgar Meyer/Yo Yo Ma album out there somewhere?

nickalicious (nickalicious), Thursday, 10 June 2004 12:39 (seventeen years ago) link

nine months pass...
Victor Wooten should start his own band called the Wooten Clan.

Vestigal Appendages, Esq. (King Kobra), Saturday, 26 March 2005 00:07 (sixteen years ago) link

He's actually Future Man's great-great-great grandfather

hahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

@@r0n h. z@nd3r$ (AaronHz), Saturday, 26 March 2005 00:11 (sixteen years ago) link

I don't know anything about them or their fans. I downloaded one show from Furthur that seemed cool. So, I downloaded another one. It seemed like the same exact show. Sounds nice, but there doesn't seem to be enough variety. This opinion based only on 4 discs worth of music chosen random like a stab in the dark, though.

Lemonade Salesman (Eleventy-Twelve), Saturday, 26 March 2005 03:39 (sixteen years ago) link

Nick, you're not thinking of that album with Mark O'Connor, Edgar Meyer and Yo Yo Ma, are you? I know that Edgar and Bela did one together too.

I've got huge respect for the Flecktones, and Victor Wooten could kill you dead with his abilities on the bass, but I've been growing rather tired of their more recent albums...Bela Fleck albums should NOT have vocals, let alone half-assed raps. I did appreciate what he was trying to do with the Little Worlds album, but more recently I've been enjoying the ones he's done in a more classical fashion more, like Perpetual Motion, or the ones with Edgar Meyer.

Sean Carruthers (SeanC), Saturday, 26 March 2005 04:00 (sixteen years ago) link

They're not too bad musically, then you begin thinking about their fans and personae.

The worst thing I can say about them is that they are exactly the type of band that people will only admit to liking if they aren't concerned with being thought of as having good taste in music. I like them.

@@r0n h. z@nd3r$ (AaronHz), Saturday, 26 March 2005 04:02 (sixteen years ago) link

four months pass...
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Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Saturday, 13 August 2005 14:04 (sixteen years ago) link

one month passes...
HEDONISTIC GUTTON!!!!!!

Confounded (Confounded), Friday, 16 September 2005 13:10 (sixteen years ago) link

I do not like these guttons that bang the bango.

Pablo (Pablo), Tuesday, 27 September 2005 19:26 (sixteen years ago) link

seven months pass...
NPR band

Alex in Baghdad, Friday, 28 April 2006 22:08 (fifteen years ago) link

well duh, no vox

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 28 April 2006 22:13 (fifteen years ago) link

i want them to be good, but they often aren't

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 28 April 2006 22:13 (fifteen years ago) link

he loves his bango more than the world lol.

the ghost of Marissa, Friday, 28 April 2006 22:25 (fifteen years ago) link

five years pass...

OK I'm not even a casual fan, I don't hate them, don't listen to them. Saw a bit of the set at Bonnaroo this year, it was all right. But and even so, this is pretty tight. (I admit to a weakness for things in 11/8, it's such a hiccupy time signature.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69URqgGzslM

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Friday, 14 October 2011 02:01 (ten years ago) link

(suppose it's really only the first minute or two that I like, it gets meandering after that.)

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Friday, 14 October 2011 02:08 (ten years ago) link

three months pass...

good lord this shit is the worst!

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 20 January 2012 20:28 (ten years ago) link

Marissa was right.

John Gaw Meme (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 20 January 2012 20:40 (ten years ago) link

no doubt!

this is like the mahavishnu orchestra of the dave matthews band

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 20 January 2012 20:40 (ten years ago) link

omg

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Friday, 20 January 2012 20:41 (ten years ago) link

seriously fuck this guy marissa 4 lyfe

the 500 gats of bartholomew thuggins (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 20:53 (nine years ago) link

seven years pass...

this is like the mahavishnu orchestra of the dave matthews band

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longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 11 November 2019 21:25 (two years ago) link

I heard some on WBGO this morning -- tbh there were a lot of cool little chord changes and melodic tricks and licks and there was a lot going on to hold my interest, but it just seemed a little too much like the pleasant sound of sliding into middle age and I'm not ready for that yet.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 11 November 2019 21:27 (two years ago) link

it was this one
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah7nX8sRmmo

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 11 November 2019 21:30 (two years ago) link

anyway it's still better than DMB or Phish imo

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 11 November 2019 21:31 (two years ago) link

This is one of my favorite wikipedia entries, highly recommended:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Future_Man

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 11 November 2019 21:35 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Oh hi it’s the sound of me pleasantly sliding into middle age. I went to the Carnegie Hall show. Very NPR but fucking amazing nonetheless.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 01:58 (one week ago) link

This thread was started by Home Blitz?

I like some of Bela’s solo banjo albums but I was like 16 when the Flecktones were really on the scene and that was never going to be cool then. I could probably get into them now but is it even worth trying?

zacata, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 02:27 (one week ago) link

I'm still not really in love with the flecktones thing, but the current album is more like acoustic prog bluegrass supergroup and it's really good. Dense, compositionally interesting, non-stop impressive picking, etc.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 02:35 (one week ago) link


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