Sunday, December 13, 2015

What this Cultural Icon is Reading, Watching and Listening To...

By Megan M. Seckman

Carrie's accomplishments as a visual artist and musician have heightened her visibility in the community. 

If you don’t know Carrie Neumayer, you should. She is a prolific visual artist whose works have hung in several local galleries, been published in Louisville magazine and Leo Weekly (to name a few), and have been printed on a shirt for Why Louisville. She also plays in the band Julie of the Wolves and co-founded

the first music festival devoted to female musicians, The Outskirts Festival. As if that isn’t enough, Julie, 35, holds a master of arts in teaching and continues to inspire future artists and educators throughout the city. Check out what this local cultural icon is reading, watching, and listening to.

  • Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein — I devoured this rock ‘n’ roll memoir in two days. Brownstein has long been an inspiration to me. Her band, Sleater-Kinney, made me feel less weird and alone as an oddball teenager and 20-something. Her memoir reads like a love letter to her bandmates and us, the obsessive fans. It’s funny, sad, and entirely relatable. I loved every minute. (Note: Our last featured person also mentioned this book as one of her current top reads — it must be a good one!)
  • M Train by Patti Smith — I loved legendary rocker Patti Smith’s previous memoir, Just Kids, and her new book is next on my to-read list.
  • Nolo’s Starting & Building a Nonprofit: A Practical Guide by Peri Pakroo — I am currently working with a few folks on building a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Girls Rock Louisville, which is an extension of the Louisville Outskirts Festival’s Rockshops for Girls program I co-founded. This book so far has been an incredible resource for de-mystifying the intimidating process of building a nonprofit.

  • Master of None (Netflix) Aziz Ansari’s funny, poignant, and relatable comedy has been my favorite of late. It’s got a lot to say; it’s got a lot of heart; it defies stereotypes; and the humor is never mean-spirited.
  • Transparent (Amazon) I am eagerly awaiting the second season of this wonderful show about a family in Los Angeles coming to terms with their own truths and identities. It’s bold, insightful, and groundbreaking television.
  • Vice (HBO) — This series documents political and cultural topics around the world that are often inaccessible to traditional news media. Through a bold and often dangerous style of journalism, we are granted up-close access to individuals who participate in things such as anti-government rebellions, terrorism, and political corruption. It’s an important show, though it can often be upsetting to watch.
Listening to
  • Beach House by Depression Cherry — Dreamy, dynamic, and intense music that is perfect for listening to in your car as you contemplate your own existence.
  • Sometimes I Sit and Think by Courtney Barnett — A great rock ‘n’ roll record with lyrics filled with oddball stories and amusing observations presented with a deadpan delivery.
  • Helado Negro by Double Youth — Roberto Carlos Lange makes calming electronic pop music that is both danceable and contemplative, with lyrics sung in both English and Spanish. When I saw him live last month, he had local volunteers dance on stage with him in gigantic amorphous costumes decked out with hundreds of strands of silver tinsel.

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