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.
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.
Genius. Doesn't. Fade: A Conversation With Steven Wilson | 12 Mar 2015 // 9:30 PM
Revered English musical visionary Steven Wilson discusses the inspirations, methods, and reflections that helped create his newest solo opus, Hand. Cannot. Erase.
Tim Bowness: Stupid Things That Mean the World | 28 Jul 2015 // 9:30 PM
So few of Bowness’s peers show the same level of artistic integrity and fearlessness, not to mention boundless creativity and precise expressionism.
Don't Sign the Lease Just Yet | 19 Jul 2015 // 9:05 PM
The journey in Housebreaking is gripping even though the payoff is light.
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.