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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 Delusions of Adequacy, Examiner, and Sea of Tranquility. 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

Tuesday, April 22 2014

Conquering Demons: A Conversation with Gazpacho's Thomas Anderson

"If we were a soda, we’d be a soda with pepper and ginger." A humorous, insightful, and honest discussion with the founding keyboardist of Gazpacho, Norway's leading prog storytellers.


Sunday, June 9 2013

The 10 Progressive Rock Epics You Need to Hear Now

You'll kick yourself for not blasting these prog masterpieces sooner. These pieces represent their creators' highest level of artistic ambition and self-indulgence, and they're often declared the group's best composition.


Tuesday, May 28 2013

Alone with His 'Afterthoughts': An Interview with Nosound's Giancarlo Erra

Nosound mastermind Giancarlo Erra discusses his music, inspirations, and method of melancholic creation and direction.


Tuesday, March 12 2013

Looking Back (and Forward) on Jethro Tull's 'Thick As a Brick'

Groundbreaking in its form, length, packaging, lyrics, and concept, the work remains one of the most significant and beloved albums of its genre 40 years onward.


Columns

Wednesday, June 11 2014

Benighted by Beauty: The Legacy of Opeth's 'Still Life'

Still Life's narrative borders on Shakespearean levels of romantic tragedy and social commentary, making it the most poetic and philosophical in Opeth’s catalogue.


Wednesday, April 23 2014

Omniscient Visions: The Genius of Devin Townsend

There's no modern prog musician whose approaches, innovations, and reinventions are as multifaceted, brave, intricate, and original as those of Devin Townsend.


Monday, January 20 2014

Cherished Concepts in Current Prog Rock

Many diehard prog rock enthusiasts dismiss modern bands as inferior imitators. These three releases prove there are still a few visionaries out there.


Reviews

Tuesday, July 1 2014

Linkin Park: The Hunting Party

The Hunting Party is a decent record on its own, but it feels too repetitive, uninspired, and generic to equal its immediate predecessors.


Thursday, June 19 2014

Steven Wilson: Cover Version

A collection of covers and originals that are as remarkable and unique as anything else Wilson has done.


Thursday, May 22 2014

'Cable Guys' Is an Incredible Look into How Masculinity Is Portrayed on Television Today

This book further cements Amanda Lotz’s place as a considerate yet comprehensive expert on media and gender studies.


Thursday, May 15 2014

Syd Arthur: On and On

On and On offers a bold aesthetic that few others are still attempting, not to mention the vision and musician prowess to pull it off in an equally identifiable way.


Sunday, April 27 2014

There Isn't a Single Insertion in 'There Goes Gravity' That Isn't Intriguing

An invaluable look into the lives of our most adored musicians, written with wit, humility, and vibrancy by one of our most revered music journalists.


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Blogs

Monday, March 17 2014

Scanning the Skies for Solace: Anathema - "Internal Landscapes"

“Internal Landscapes” forces you to reflect on those you’ve lost, not just in terms of their absence, but in terms of what you shared with them when they were alive.


Monday, March 10 2014

Scanning the Skies for Solace: Anathema - "The Lost Child"

The penultimate track on "Weather Systems" is astoundingly powerful and dynamic.


Monday, March 3 2014

Scanning the Skies for Solace: Anathema - "The Beginning and the End"

Anathema goes for a more straightforward (though no less involving) approach on the seventh track from Weather Systems.


Monday, February 24 2014

Scanning the Skies for Solace: Anathema - "The Storm Before the Calm"

The sixth song on Weather Systems is likely the most schizophrenic track Anathema has ever recorded, and it's a fine example of how inventive and diverse the group can be.


Monday, February 17 2014

Scanning the Skies for Solace: Anathema - "Lightning Song" and "Sunlight"

The fourth and fifth songs on Anathema's latest masterpiece provide a calmer and more optimistic view on familiar thematic struggles.


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