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 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 via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Features // 8 Articles
Columns // 17 Articles
Reviews // 87 Articles
Blogs // 21 Articles
//Features

In Celebration of Life: An Interview with Nosound's Giancarlo Erra / "Scintilla" (video) (premiere) | 23 Jan 2017 // 10:00 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 // 9:00 PM

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

//Columns

The Similitude of Dreams: A Conversation With Neal Morse | 15 Jan 2017 // 8:00 PM

American prog rock icon Neal Morse delves into the creation of his newest opus, The Similitude of a Dream.

Hymns and Confessions: A Conversation With Casey Crescenzo of The Dear Hunter | 10 Oct 2016 // 8:59 PM

Crescenzo is proud yet humble, blunt, and occasionally enigmatic in discussing Act V, as well as the past and future of The Dear Hunter in general.

//Reviews

No Country for Broken Men in Joseph Scapellato's 'Big Lonesome' | 21 Feb 2017 // 8:15 PM

Even at their most impenetrable and monotonous, the stories here are still rich with refined poeticism and imagination.

Albert Goldbarth's Adventures of Frustration and Cleverness | 2 Feb 2017 // 2:30 AM

The Adventures of Form of Content is filled with exceptional essays for a specific crowd.

//Blogs

Emanuel and the Fear - "Meredith" (audio) (premiere) | 11 Mar 2016 // 3:05 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 // 4:05 AM

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

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Learning the Barbarian in 'Conan Exiles'

// Moving Pixels

"There's no one better than a barbarian to teach you how to become civilized.

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