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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 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

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

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.


Thursday, May 15 2014

Syd Arthur: On and On

On and On offers a bold aesthetic that few others are still attempting, not to mention the vision and musician prowess to pull it off in an equally identifiable way.


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Blogs

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.


Tuesday, September 30 2014

United States of Rage and Love: Green Day - "Are We the Waiting" and "St. Jimmy"

The fifth and sixth tracks on American Idiot represent a turning point in its narrative, as the man we thought was our hero finds himself unworthy of the position, and so he transforms himself into a more disruptive and selfish being so that he can deal with what the future holds.


Tuesday, September 23 2014

United States of Rage and Love: Green Day's 'American Idiot' - "Boulevard of Broken Dreams"

The fourth track on American Idiot finds our hero alone and lost at the start of his journey. Ten years later, it's still as catchy, tragic, and affective as ever.


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