SHEENA BARNETT: Explore new music at Album Club in 2011

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

There’s a good chance I’m a little weird. I’ve been told I’m weird for this.
I have a list, in my head, of things I should check out. Books I should read, TV shows I should watch, albums I should hear.
What’s topping my list right now?
I need to find a way to watch Bea Arthur’s sitcom “Maude.” I think I’d love it.
I really want to read Sara Marcus’ new book, “Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution.”
And I really want to check out albums by The Tallest Man on Earth, and I need – need, I tell you – Notorious B.I.G.’s entire discography. That’s really just the beginning of my music list.
Am I weird? Maybe. But my weirdness is coming in handy this month.
Since I have a long, long list of music I’d like to check out, I’m putting it to use at Album Club.
I’ve asked anyone who wants to join Album Club in 2011 to bring a list of music you’d like to check out.
Maybe you’d like to explore jazz. Maybe you want to find out why everybody loves The Smiths. Maybe you want to tackle rap. Maybe you want to listen to something by Hank besides “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”
These lists will help us choose records to hear in 2011.
Bring your list of music you want to hear to our next Album Club meeting, which is today at 6 p.m. We’re meeting at the Lee County Library’s conference room, which is upstairs, in the corner.
Our album for January is Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” The album was released 39 years ago this month – does it still hold up?
Join us for Album Club, and bring along some music you’d like to hear.
We’d love to have you.

Contact Daily Journal writer Sheena Barnett at 678-1580 or sheena .barnett@journalinc.com. Also read her entertainment blog, Scene Now, at NEMS360.com/pages/scene_now.