Jordan Blum
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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.

Features // 6 Articles
Columns // 11 Articles
Reviews // 71 Articles
Blogs // 18 Articles
//Features

The 2015 Progressive Rock Preview | 26 Jan 2015 // 8:20 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 // 4:18 AM

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

//Columns

In Keeping No Secrets: A Conversation with Josh Eppard of Coheed and Cambria | 3 Dec 2015 // 2:15 AM

Drummer Josh Eppard offers a jovial yet highly earnest examination of how his career, personal demons, and pop culture interests relate to Coheed and Cambria's newest disc, The Color Before the Sun.

Turning Dreams Into Reality: A Conversation with Piotr Grudziński of Riverside | 8 Oct 2015 // 8:30 PM

Guitarist Piotr Grudziński reflects on the inspirations, processes, and intentions that make Riverside's latest opus, Love, Fear and the Time Machine, another fearless trip into its distinctive and beloved style.

//Reviews

Coming-of-Age Within the Exquisite Eccentricities of Europe | 2 Feb 2016 // 2:00 AM

A precisely refined blend of unique and hypnotic people, places, and philosophical phrasings make Bret Easton Ellis and the Other Dogs wondrously impactful and artistic.

'The Record Store of the Mind' Is a Memoir Worth Spinning | 31 Jan 2016 // 8:04 PM

Josh Rosenthal's book is filled with robust details, larger than life personalities, a fine balance of tongue-in-cheek humor and impassioned perceptions.

//Blogs

United States of Rage and Love: Green Day - "Whatshername" | 3 Nov 2014 // 4:00 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 // 3:38 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.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

In Motion: On the Emptiness of Progress

// Moving Pixels

"Nils Pihl calls it, "Newtonian engagement", that is, when "an engaged player will remain engaged until acted upon by an outside force". That's "progress".

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