Jason Heller

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First Listen: Wilco, 'Being There: Deluxe Edition' (Bonus Disc)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

A collection of outtakes, alternates and demos from 1996 captures the point where one of America's great underdog bands began to come into its own.


A Classics Professor Explains 'Why Bob Dylan Matters'

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Harvard professor Richard F. Thomas teaches a popular class on the importance of Bob Dylan, and now he's turned it into a book, full of stories, personal history and the occasional comparison to Ovid.


First Listen: Charlotte Gainsbourg, 'Rest'

Monday, November 13, 2017

The French singer (and actor) has made her first album in 7 years — a testament to the power of immaculate, effortless-sounding pop songcraft, even in the face of loss.


First Listen: Downtown Boys, 'Cost of Living'

Thursday, August 03, 2017

The songs on Cost Of Living are a big leap forward in the evolution of one of punk's most revolutionary groups.


Our Critic Doesn't Entirely <3 'The Emoji Code'

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Vyvyan Evans' new book about the rise of emojis casts the little icons as part of human language's long-running struggle to evolve — but too often it reads like a textbook, didactic and dry.


Corporate Bungling And Political Scandal Abound In Jesse Eisinger's New Book

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Why don't crooked corporate CEO's go to jail anymore? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jesse Eisinger uncovers culture of cowardice, incompetence, and corruption in both government and finance.


3 Supernatural Noir Tales That Reflect The Inhuman Condition

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Some great noir fiction has been written about Los Angeles, but what happens when a different genre bleeds through? We've got three tales of murder, magic and robot detectives to cool your summer.


'Caesar's Last Breath' Is A Breezy History Of Our Atmosphere

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sam Kean's funny, conversational new book reminds us not to take the air we breathe for granted — our atmosphere can tell stories about everything from dinosaurs and Julius Caesar to space flight.


First Listen: Offa Rex, 'The Queen of Hearts'

Thursday, July 06, 2017

The Decemberists team up with English singer Olivia Chaney to perform gorgeous British folk ballads.


'Woolly' Breathes New Life Into A Scientific Saga

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Ben Mezrich's taut, entertaining new book follows the men and women who have dedicated themselves to cloning the woolly mammoth, and maybe reversing some of the damage humans have done to the planet.


First Listen: Broken Social Scene, 'Hug Of Thunder'

Monday, July 03, 2017

The Toronto-based collective returns after seven years with a collection of ethereal anthems.


In 'Amatka,' A Warped And Chilling Portrait Of Post-Truth Reality

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Karin Tidbeck's new novel is set in the mysterious city of Amatka, an agricultural colony ruled by a totalitarian government — but this is no standard dystopia. In Amatka, language has strange power.


'The Alchemist's Daughter' Is No Frankenstein's Monster

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Theodora Goss's novel takes bits and pieces from several different monstrous mythologies — Jekyll and Hyde, Dr. Moreau and more — but she makes something new and deceptively intricate out of them.


Prog Rock Gets Some Respect In 'The Show That Never Ends'

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

David Weigel is primarily a political reporter, but in The Show that Never Ends he spins his love of prog rock into a detailed, affectionate history of a genre that's never completely gone away.


'Descent' Is A Witty Manifesto On Modern Manhood

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

English author and artist Grayson Perry realized at age 12 that he wanted to wear women's clothes. That fascination is part of his new book, a funny, engaging look at what it means to be a man today.


First Listen: Dan Auerbach, 'Waiting On A Song'

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Each track on The Black Keys singer's new album sparkles like a long-lost AM radio gem.


The Power Of Music Is At The Heart Of 'Black Mad Wheel'

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Detroit garage-rocker Josh Malerman's second novel follows a fictional 1950s rock bad recruited by the government to find the source of a mysterious, ominous sound emanating from the Namib Desert.


First Listen: Ásgeir, 'Afterglow'

Monday, May 01, 2017

A mix of organic instrumentation, lilting electronics, and Ásgeir's otherworldly voice hits a sweet spot between emotion and mystique


'Tender' Stories Are A Feast Of Ideas

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sofia Samatar is the creator of an award-winning fantasy world; she sticks closer to earth in her powerful first story collection, but it's not always the earth we might recognize.


All Roads Lead Back To Florida In 'Sunshine State'

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sarah Gerard's lucid, atmospheric essay collection draws on her experiences growing up in Florida for a candid memoir that mixes first-person memories with thoughtful big-picture reporting.