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.
The Similitude of Dreams: A Conversation With Neal Morse | 15 Jan 2017 // 9:00 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 // 9:59 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.
Mastodon: Emperor of Sand | 24 Mar 2017 // 3:24 AM
Emperor of Sand is by no means a bad album, but there's little here that the band hasn't already explored.
This Will Be the Last Time You Hear from Me: John Darnielle's Universal Harvester | 20 Mar 2017 // 9:15 PM
Universal Harvester won’t shock you or stay with you for a long time, but like most found footage movies, it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat along the way.
Cheer-Accident - "Immanence" (audio) (premiere) | 24 Apr 2017 // 6:01 AM
"Immanence" proves just how poised and progressive Cheer-Accident remains on their 18th record.
Emanuel and the Fear - "Meredith" (audio) (premiere) | 11 Mar 2016 // 4:05 AM
The first single from Emanuel and the Fear's upcoming third LP, Primitive Smile, is a charming and intricate slice of romantic synthpop.