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, 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 via email, Facebook, and Twitter.
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.
Portugal. The Man: Woodstock | 27 Jun 2017 // 2:33 AM
Woodstock demonstrates just how peculiar and adventurous yet relatable and enjoyable music can be.
How Fragile Relationships and Plans Can Be in Cara Hoffman's Running | 20 Jun 2017 // 5:30 AM
Running is a disconcerting, moving, and ultimately treasurable novel whose rich, lived-in world and remarkably complex and empathetic protagonists remain alluring from start to finish.
The Curls - "Prickly Feelings" (audio) (premiere) | 21 Jul 2017 // 3:00 AM
The Chicago art rock sextet returns with a quirky and sophisticated gem that's sure to give you goosebumps.
Sonnder - "Along the Way (I've Been Alive)" (video) (premiere) | 15 Jun 2017 // 5:01 AM
Sonnder's video for "Along the Way (I've Been Alive)" offers a sweetly humble visual to complement its titular sentiment.