Happy new year, folks! It’s going to be a good one ’round here — lots of great stuff in the pipeline for our website and our print journals that we can’t wait to show you. But there’s always room for improvement, and for that — always — we can look to Woody. Check out his “New Year’s Rulin’s” from 1943 and pick you out a few.
Another fine resolution might be to listen to more of Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcasts. His last two guests have been Bruce Springsteen — who made headlines with his frank talk about politics, depression, and daddy issues — and David Bromberg.
You might not know his name, but you’re definitely familiar with his work — Allan Williams, the first manager for the Beatles, died last week in Liverpool. He’s credited with transforming the Fab Four from a local band to a a full-fledged rock group that, you know, went on to change the world. [The New York Times]
Quite uncharacteristically, 2016 squeaked out with a little dash of good news as Jason Isbell let drop on Twitter on New Year’s Eve that he has a new album in the works this year. Yes, please. [Twitter]
If you've been tuning in to “The OA,” a new sci-fi show on Netflix, you might have seen a familiar face — and heard a familiar voice. Sharon Van Etten plays a recurring role that's getting a lot of attention. Here’s a great chat with her (only read the top, though, unless you’re ready for spoilers) — and how she’s just as curious as you are to find out what happens next. [Huffington Post]