Photo by David James Swanson
KUTX at Home with Alison Mosshart will premier online Tuesday, August 11 at 1pm
KUTX at Home: Alison Mosshart with host Laurie Gallardo
Witness Alison Mosshart, and you witness the personification of the unbridled electrical current sparking dangerously from a whipping wire on a fallen pole; that erupting excitement starting at the pit of your stomach when you slam on the gas and peel out from zero to ninety in .02 seconds; so, in a nutshell, my favorite cyclone, and a spirit moving beyond the realms of songwriter and musician.
Mosshart is a multi-media visual artist injecting the same adventure, that far-reaching thirst, into all of her creations. It’s the fuel behind her insanely cool book, a memoir of memoirs called Car Ma, and the sounds breathing life into an already lively entity, the companion soundtrack of Sound Wheel. I say “memoir” because the book includes a multitude of rediscovered treasures – drawings, paintings, photos, short stories and scribblings – collected by Mosshart over the years, and the same applies to some of Sound Wheel‘s intriguing bits and pieces of sound, like recordings from old phone messages.
There’s a visionary poetry to Mosshart’s rumination of automobiles and all they reflect of the beat up/beat down human condition – the speed, the stalling, the spin-outs, the sudden crashes, the damned endless highways – or, endless highways of the damned, if you prefer. It’s the mysteries surrounding the journey, and whatever the hell is going on within. Sounds a lot like the heart, doesn’t it?
I recently sat down for a chat with Mosshart about how the book came into being, and why Sound Wheel really isn’t a “spoken word” collection. Plus, there may or may not be a red balloon waving at you.
-Laurie Gallardo, KUTX host
Car Ma and Sound Wheel are now available at Third Man Records.
“Rise,” and “It’s Ain’t Water” – the solo singles from Alison Mosshart – is out now on Domino Records.