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Jon Sobel is an Executive Editor of Blogcritics as well as lead editor of the Culture & Society section. As a writer he contributes most often to Culture, where he reviews NYC theater; he also covers interesting music releases. He writes the blog Park Odyssey, for which he is visiting and blogging every park in New York City—over a thousand of them. Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. By night he's a working musician: lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado, a member of other bands as well, and a sideman.

35 Years Later, Janis Joplin’s Legacy Endures

Today is the 35th anniversary of Janis Joplin‘s death. It would be wrong to let the date go by unnoted, so, although I don’t have time or energy to write a new essay, I can re-publish here a piece I wrote exactly five years ago marking the 30th anniversary. The article originally appeared on my Janis Joplin website, which I ... Read More »

Pentagon Report: Iraq War a “Major Factor” In Poor Response to Hurricane Katrina

A study commissioned by the US Department of Defense has concluded that, contrary to claims by some politicians and pundits, a “major factor in the delayed response [to Hurricane Katrina] was that the bulk of the Louisiana and Mississippi National Guard was deployed in Iraq.” Other factors contributing to the poor response by all levels of government, according to the ... Read More »

New York Notes

When we've got a mayor who's doing a pretty good job, we hesitate to kick him out. Read More »

Magnatune Pushes the File-Sharing Envelope

Now, however, Magnatune customers can legally distribute up to three copies of uncompressed music. Read More »

In the Garage

Most of the music is terrible, which is encouraging. Read More »

Yahoo “Who’s Next” Victory Propels Copeland

Slowly but surely the major Web companies are becoming important players in the entertainment industry. Case in point: the Atlanta band Copeland, currently on tour supporting Bob Mould, begins a headlining tour next month (with Daphne Loves Derby, Melee, and The Spill Canvas) playing ballroom-size venues like the House of Blues in Los Angeles, and they owe part of their ... Read More »

CD Review: The Jason Sinay Band

The Jason Sinay Band falls into the trap that has snagged so many "musicians' musicians" in the past. Read More »

CD Review: Chris Pierce, Static Trampoline

Superb vocals, musical variety, fine musicianship and, not least, a delighful sense of play make this debut a winner. Read More »

Liberals: Stop Being Ashamed of Michael Moore

It's time for us Liberals to get out of the habit of ignoring or apologizing for Michael Moore. Read More »

CD Review: Jake Shimabukuro, Dragon

The maestro is playing an instrument with only two octaves and four humble strings. Read More »