In this Dream Tour segment, the indie/electronic band, Flavor Waster’s Kevin Hilliard, tells you about his dream tour. You can check out the feature, after the break.
I am going to take this segment quite literally and relate a tour idea that came to me in a dream years ago. In the dream, I was on a train and Liz Harris (aka Grouper), or rather a ghostly version of her, walked/floated into the train car in which I sat singing the Grouper song “Cloud in Places” with an acoustic guitar. It was one of the dreams that remained present to my consciousness long after having it because it struck an emotional chord with me.
The dream also gave me the wildly impractical idea of a tour that consists of a group of musicians playing solo sets on a series of trains running round trips along a single route. A certain number of these musicians, one per train car, get on the train at the first stop and each goes to a separate car. They play as many songs in that car in the time it takes the train to reach the next station. At the next station, each musician moves one car toward the caboose of the train, with the musician in the final car exiting at the station and one new musician boarding the train on the car closest to the train engine. The musician that exited at the second station would then board the next train to arrive at the station at which she or he disembarked. This process would be repeated at every stop until each train had completed a round-trip of the train line.
Probably not impossible, but certainly impractical. There is probably a bucketful of logistical considerations for which I’m failing to account. But, for reasons I do not feel the need to examine too deeply, this idea resonates with me and I would be the first to sign-up as an audience member, performer or both.
As for the line-up, I’ll keep it to living favorites that I think could do their thing well under such conditions. I would belabor this far too much if I were to come up with an exhaustive personal list, so this is stream-of-consciousness: Grouper (obvi), Lauryn Hill, Jesse Marchant (aka JBM), Selda Bagcan, Kendrick Lamar, Chelsea Wolfe, Kaki King, Marc Ribot, Rakim, Julia Holter, FKA twigs, Hope Sandoval and David Roback of Mazzy Star (ok some duos), Kurt Vile, Little Simz, Run the Jewels, Katie Crutchfield/Waxahatchee, and, even though he would never, Andrew Falkous from Future of the Left/McLusky. Others too, but that would be an excellent start.
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