Jordan Blum

Jordan Blum holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is the founder/Editor-in-Chief of The Bookends Review, an independent creative arts journal called . He specializes in progressive rock/metal 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 Neglected Spoon. When he's not focused on any of that, he teaches English courses at various colleges. Feel free to contact him here.

Features // 6 Articles
Columns // 15 Articles
Reviews // 82 Articles
Blogs // 21 Articles
//Features

The 2015 Progressive Rock Preview | 26 Jan 2015 // 9:20 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 // 5:18 AM

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

//Columns

Entering the Void: A Reflection on Beardfish | 28 Aug 2016 // 9:30 PM

Beardfish may've broken up, but they left us with one of the most humorous, colorful, intricate, and distinctive discographies in all of progressive rock.

Marrow of Their Spirits: A Reflection on Agalloch | 5 Jun 2016 // 9:30 PM

Agalloch regularly melded metaphysical ponderings into its light-and-dark sonic tapestries, yielding a catalog that’s as enticing intellectually as it is musically.

//Reviews

The Dear Hunter: Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional | 8 Sep 2016 // 9:20 PM

While it feels a bit too much like Act IV, Part II at times, Act V is still another magnum opus.

'Seinfeldia': Yada yada yada ... | 6 Sep 2016 // 3:30 AM

Seinfeld may have been “a show about nothing”, but Seinfeldia has plenty of fascinating things to say about it.

//Blogs

Emanuel and the Fear - "Meredith" (audio) (premiere) | 11 Mar 2016 // 4:05 AM

The first single from Emanuel and the Fear's upcoming third LP, Primitive Smile, is a charming and intricate slice of romantic synthpop.

Se Delan - "Going Home" (audio) (premiere) | 10 Mar 2016 // 5:05 AM

The first song from (and on) Se Delan's sophomore effort, Drifter, is an industrial yet ethereal gem.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

In Defense of the Infinite Universe in 'No Man's Sky'

// Moving Pixels

"The common cries of disappointment that surround No Man’s Sky stem from the exciting idea of an infinite universe clashing with the harsh reality of an infinite universe.

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