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May 6, 2009

B-Sides: Music & Other Ephemera

Artsy …

You know her from such projects as Second Story Man and Minnow, but Carrie Neumeyer is also a teacher at Meyzeek Middle School. On Wednesday, the group of eighth graders in her and fellow teacher Kim Van Stockum’s advanced visual art class show off their drawings, paintings and mixed media pieces. The exhibit runs through the end of the month at Sunergos Coffee (2122 Preston St., 634-1243).

Simply
Now I want an iPhone: Last week, Simplify Media (www.simplifymedia.com), a developer of streaming media applications, released its 2.0 application for iPhones, iPod touch and Mac desktops. The $2.99 software (introductory price, natch) enables you to stream music from your digital music library to your iPhone, iPod touch or other personal computers. Quoth the release: “It saves storage space and removes the need to constantly sync with remote devices.”

But can it teleport?

Mafia ties
Music Manager and producer Doc Smith, Jay Welker of Breakout Entertainment and J. Dub Entertainment owner Joey Wagner are partnering with Prime Lounge to start the Louisville Music Mafia.

“For years we have seen the likes of great people doing great things from within the Derby City with not much national attention to our city’s talent pool,” Smith said in a news release last week. “But because we feel we have to compete all the time for ‘market share’ for our events and products, we have failed to come together and set all that aside to appreciate each other for what we bring to the table. Louisville should be the national hub for the arts, music, film, etc.”

The mafia’s Facebook page has ballooned to 950 members, and the team is planning a series of open-mic nights at Prime (106 W. Main St., www.primeloungeky.com, 587-7463). Spoken word, film trailers, fashion designers, comedians and songwriters are welcome. The event will also double as the site of Louisville Bats baseball after-parties during home games.

The first event is May 21. Musical acts Clark & Joey, Chamberflow and Timmy & Sharfe are scheduled to perform.

You can e-mail Doc Smith at docsmith@wsmmusiclounge.biz.

Music ’Cast
Hogan’s Fountain has a new disc, and we chat with them. As always, listen up at Bluegrass Catastrophe, bluecat.leoweekly.com.