Jordan Blum
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Jordan Blum holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is the founder/Editor-in-Chief of an online literary/multimedia journal called The Bookends Review. He specializes in progressive rock and also writes for The Big Takeover, AXS, Progression Magazine, The Lit Pub, and Classic Rock Society Magazine. Finally, he records his own crazy ideas under the pseudonym of Neglected Spoon. When he's not focused on any of that, he teaches English courses at various colleges. Feel free to contact him.

Features // 6 Articles
Columns // 10 Articles
Reviews // 67 Articles
Blogs // 18 Articles

The 2015 Progressive Rock Preview | 26 Jan 2015 // 8:20 PM

Forthcoming releases from Steven Wilson, Neal Morse, and many others highlight what is bound to be an excellent year for progressive rock.

The Best Progressive Rock of 2014 | 26 Dec 2014 // 4:18 AM

From idiosyncratic tales of dastardly aliens to concept albums about a mysterious demon, prog maintained its reputation for eclecticism in 2014.


Turning Dreams Into Reality: A Conversation with Piotr Grudziński of Riverside | 8 Oct 2015 // 8:30 PM

Guitarist Piotr Grudziński reflects on the inspirations, processes, and intentions that make Riverside's latest opus, Love, Fear and the Time Machine, another fearless trip into its distinctive and beloved style.

Shrines of Supremacy: The Five Best Riverside Songs (So Far) | 27 Aug 2015 // 8:15 PM

With Love, Fear and the Time Machine, arriving next month, it's worth discussing why these five tracks make Polish quartet Riverside one of the best modern prog rock bands.


Gazpacho: Molok | 2 Nov 2015 // 7:20 PM

Molok is another masterful excursion into the magnificent splendors and sorrows that make Gazpacho such a one-of-a-kind act.

Anathema: A Sort of Homecoming | 28 Oct 2015 // 8:30 PM

A Sort of Homecoming is a must not only for Anathema fans, but for anyone looking for sublime songwriting.


United States of Rage and Love: Green Day - "Whatshername" | 3 Nov 2014 // 4:00 AM

The final song on Green Day's 2004 masterpiece paints a haunting portrait of romantic regret and longing that just about every listener can relate to.

United States of Rage and Love: Green Day - "Homecoming" | 27 Oct 2014 // 3:38 AM

By the end of “Homecoming”, American Idiot has pretty much ended. The plight of the album's narrator is over, having reached closure by returning to where he started with a fresh, optimistic outlook on life.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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