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.
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.
Genius. Doesn't. Fade: A Conversation With Steven Wilson | 12 Mar 2015 // 8:30 PM
Revered English musical visionary Steven Wilson discusses the inspirations, methods, and reflections that helped create his newest solo opus, Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Miraculous Metropolis: A Reflection on Dream Theater's 'Scenes from a Memory' | 22 Jan 2015 // 8:30 PM
Fifteen years after its release, Dream Theater's fifth LP remains not only the quintet's truest masterpiece, but arguably the greatest progressive metal album ever made.
Mew: + - | 10 May 2015 // 10:00 PM
Although it’s less innovative than Mew's prior releases, + - ("Plus Minus") makes up for it by being the most poised and commercially tempting album Mew have ever done.
Sufjan Stevens Shone With Sorrowful Genius at Philadelphia's Academy of Music | 14 Apr 2015 // 4:30 AM
Stevens goes for a transformative, pensive, and atmospheric live presentation. Ultimately, that’s what makes his artistry so one-of-a-kind and invaluable.
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.