Jordan Blum

Jordan Blum is an Associate Editor at PopMatters, holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and is the founder/Editor-in-Chief of The Bookends Review, an independent creative arts journal. He specializes in progressive rock/metal and also writes for The Big Takeover, Paste, Progression Magazine, Metal Injection, The Prog Report, PROG, and Classic Rock Society Magazine, among others. 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 via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Features // 8 Articles
Columns // 19 Articles
Reviews // 100 Articles
Blogs // 32 Articles

In Celebration of Life: An Interview with Nosound's Giancarlo Erra / "Scintilla" (video) (premiere) | 23 Jan 2017 // 11:00 PM

Nosound mastermind Giancarlo Erra offers an insightful and honest look into the making of Scintilla, among other things.

The Best Progressive Rock and Metal of 2016 | 28 Nov 2016 // 10:00 PM

The following ten albums rightly outshine the competition and best represent what made 2016 such a diverse and phenomenal year in progressive music.


Roots Remain: A Conversation With Bill Kelliher of Mastodon | 24 May 2017 // 5:30 AM

Among other things, Mastodon rhythm guitarist Bill Kelliher delves into how loss and life shaped their sixth outing, Emperor of Sand.

Massive Illusions: A Look Back at Gazpacho's 'Night' With Keyboardist Thomas Andersen | 25 Apr 2017 // 9:30 PM

Ten years later, Gazpacho's fourth LP, Night, remains the group's best representation of isolation, reflection, and yearning.


Mogwai: Every Country's Sun | 6 Sep 2017 // 9:20 PM

Every Country’s Sun certainly has some very lovely, dense, and poignant moments borne out of creative and unpredictable arrangements, yet the majority of it fails to leave any impression.

'The Poetry of Pop' Takes a Scholarly Look at Lyrics Both Profound and Vapid | 22 Aug 2017 // 4:30 AM

The Poetry of Pop is a testament to the power, craftsmanship, and worthwhile intent of even the most ostensibly thin tunes.


Gabrielle Papillon - "Keep the Fire" (audio) (premiere) | 15 Sep 2017 // 3:55 AM

Gabrielle Papillon continues to be one of today's best singer/songwriters with this title track from her upcoming sixth studio LP.

Mo Kenney - "Maybe I Am" (audio) (premiere) | 24 Aug 2017 // 4:45 AM

An exciting blend of alternative/pop rock that feels both poetic and punky, "Maybe I Am" is sure to get stuck in your head.

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TIFF 2017: 'The Shape of Water'

// Notes from the Road

"The Shape of Water comes off as uninformed political correctness, which is more detrimental to its cause than it is progressive.

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