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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 Delusions of Adequacy, Examiner, and Sea of Tranquility. 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

Tuesday, April 22 2014

Conquering Demons: A Conversation with Gazpacho's Thomas Anderson

"If we were a soda, we’d be a soda with pepper and ginger." A humorous, insightful, and honest discussion with the founding keyboardist of Gazpacho, Norway's leading prog storytellers.


Sunday, June 9 2013

The 10 Progressive Rock Epics You Need to Hear Now

You'll kick yourself for not blasting these prog masterpieces sooner. These pieces represent their creators' highest level of artistic ambition and self-indulgence, and they're often declared the group's best composition.


Tuesday, May 28 2013

Alone with His 'Afterthoughts': An Interview with Nosound's Giancarlo Erra

Nosound mastermind Giancarlo Erra discusses his music, inspirations, and method of melancholic creation and direction.


Tuesday, March 12 2013

Looking Back (and Forward) on Jethro Tull's 'Thick As a Brick'

Groundbreaking in its form, length, packaging, lyrics, and concept, the work remains one of the most significant and beloved albums of its genre 40 years onward.


Columns

Monday, October 20 2014

What He Has Sown: A Conversation With Bruce Soord of the Pineapple Thief

The Pineapple Thief mastermind delves into the making of Magnolia, the [un]fair criticisms of fans, and the joys of modern Opeth, among many other topics.


Thursday, August 7 2014

Wond'ring Aloud: A Conversation with Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

As the creative mastermind behind Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson is often considered one of the most distinct musicians of the past 50 years.


Wednesday, June 11 2014

Benighted by Beauty: The Legacy of Opeth's 'Still Life'

Still Life's narrative borders on Shakespearean levels of romantic tragedy and social commentary, making it the most poetic and philosophical in Opeth’s catalogue.


Wednesday, April 23 2014

Omniscient Visions: The Genius of Devin Townsend

There's no modern prog musician whose approaches, innovations, and reinventions are as multifaceted, brave, intricate, and original as those of Devin Townsend.


Monday, January 20 2014

Cherished Concepts in Current Prog Rock

Many diehard prog rock enthusiasts dismiss modern bands as inferior imitators. These three releases prove there are still a few visionaries out there.


Reviews

Thursday, November 13 2014

'Countercultures and Popular Music' Is Talkin' 'Bout My Generation

A fascinating, thorough, and highly intellectual exploration of how popular music shaped the counterculture of the '60s, this is a must read for any fan of music and/or modern anthropology.


Monday, August 4 2014

Umphrey's McGee: Similar Skin

Despite its good yet forgettable songwriting, Similar Skin is still uplifting and colorful enough musically to warrant at least a few listens.


Tuesday, July 1 2014

Linkin Park: The Hunting Party

The Hunting Party is a decent record on its own, but it feels too repetitive, uninspired, and generic to equal its immediate predecessors.


Thursday, June 19 2014

Steven Wilson: Cover Version

A collection of covers and originals that are as remarkable and unique as anything else Wilson has done.


Thursday, May 22 2014

'Cable Guys' Is an Incredible Look into How Masculinity Is Portrayed on Television Today

This book further cements Amanda Lotz’s place as a considerate yet comprehensive expert on media and gender studies.


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Blogs

Monday, November 3 2014

United States of Rage and Love: Green Day - "Whatshername"

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.


Monday, October 27 2014

United States of Rage and Love: Green Day - "Homecoming"

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.


Monday, October 20 2014

United States of Rage and Love: Green Day - "Wake Me Up When September Ends"

The 11th song on American Idiot, "Wake Me Up When September Ends" is arguably the most multifaceted and emotionally powerful composition on the album.


Monday, October 13 2014

United States of Rage and Love: Green Day - "Extraordinary Girl" and "Letterbomb"

Heartbreak, rejection, and rebellion collide in catchy, affective, and brilliant fashion on the ninth and tenth tracks from Green Day's 2004 masterpiece.


Tuesday, October 7 2014

United States of Rage and Love: Green Day - "Give Me Novacaine" and "She's a Rebel"

The seventh and eighth tracks on American Idiot solidify Jesus' transformation into St. Jimmy, as well as introduce the woman who holds onto his heart like a "hand grenade". It's emotional, powerful, and very catchy.


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