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 The Big Takeover, AXS, Progression Magazine, The Lit Pub, and Classic Rock Society Magazine. 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 // 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.
Shrines of Supremacy: The Five Best Riverside Songs (So Far) | 27 Aug 2015 // 9:15 PM
With Love, Fear and the Time Machine, arriving next month, it's worth discussing why these five tracks make Polish quartet Riverside one of the best modern prog rock bands.
Keeping the Acclaim: The Legacy of Coheed and Cambria's 'Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV' | 10 Jun 2015 // 9:30 PM
A decade after its release, Coheed and Cambria's third full-length album remains the group's highest benchmark, as well as one of the genre's best modern albums.
The Dear Hunter: Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise | 8 Sep 2015 // 9:20 PM
Act IV exemplifies everything that makes the Dear Hunter so ambitious, creative, and special. It's a work of art.
Riverside: Love, Fear and the Time Machine | 31 Aug 2015 // 9:30 PM
Ten years on, Riverside remain as special as ever, and Love, Fear and the Time Machine is their truest work of art.
United States of Rage and Love: Green Day - "Whatshername" | 3 Nov 2014 // 5:00 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 // 4:38 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.