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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.

CD Review: Corey Harris, Daily Bread

Corey Harris has that rare ability to sound like himself and always at home no matter what musical veins he’s tapping. His spiritual-musical journeys to Africa, explorations of Caribbean styles, and American blues and soul roots all contribute to the smooth pleasures of his new CD. It’s possible to appreciate this collection on two levels. You can listen for Harris’s ... Read More »

The Passion of the Right

Opponents of the death penalty may have finally found their “smoking gun” – a case in which an innocent person may have been executed. Many people have been exonerated while on death row, but the United States has never had a case in which an executed person was later proven innocent. Now, as the New York Times reported earlier this ... Read More »

INDIE ROUND-UP for July 14 2005

This special Bastille Day edition of the Indie Round-Up comes to you from my own prison cell of the mind. Fortunately there is music. But will there be fireworks? Read on. It’s brief – there’s only one CD review. (Got a couple of others but they were too uninspiring to write about. Also the air here in New York City ... Read More »

Review: Bobby Purify, Better To Have It

More than one man has worn the moniker “Bobby Purify” since the southern soul duo James and Bobby Purify – best known for its smash hit “I’m Your Puppet” – began its career in the mid-1960s. Though singer-guitarist Ben Moore wasn’t on board at the start, he’s been Bobby Purify for the past three and a half decades, and has ... Read More »

INDIE ROUND-UP for June 30 2005

This time around, from my mailbox to your computer screen, we’ve got Heartlanders, Hornicators, and the (so far, anyway!) Acoustic Album of the Year. Read on, dear listeners, for here is the one and only… INDIE ROUND-UP for June 30 2005 === Thomas Truax, Audio Addiction Thomas Truax invents his own instruments, which in itself makes him worth a listen. ... Read More »

CD Review: Janis Joplin, Pearl: Legacy Edition

Pearl represented the summit of her self-creation to that point, and it was the only studio album she truly enjoyed making. Read More »

CD Review: Bobby Pinson, Man Like Me

There aren’t too many things more American than a set of songs delivered in a country-western twang, with hard-edged guitars, a dose of Jesus, and lyrics about cars and growing up. That’s Bobby Pinson‘s recipe, and projected through his gutsy songwriting and soaring, slightly unpolished baritone, it’s a winning combination. Unlike a lot of Nashville “product,” Pinson’s new, self-penned CD ... Read More »

Americana Goes Hollywood

For the first time in its four-year run, the Americana Music Honors & Awards will be broadcast to 37 million homes via the GAC (Great American Country) cable TV network this Fall. Hosted by two-time award winner Jim Lauderdale at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium, the awards show will be taped on Friday, September 9, 2005 at 7 PM, and broadcast ... Read More »

INDIE ROUND-UP for June 16 2005

I’m, like, busy or something. So, no witty comments or literary segues this week – let’s just get straight to the… INDIE ROUND-UP for June 16 2005 === Sonya Heller, Fourth Floor Fluid melodies, sultry, jazz-inflected vocals and introspective, literate lyrics define Sonya Heller’s most recent CD, Fourth Floor. The tunes meander too much to be pop and the writing’s ... Read More »

CD REVIEW – Angel: Live Fast, Die Never

Angel superfans and Buffyverse compleatists, rejoice: a full hour of the gloomy, portentious orchestral music that played such a big part in making the Buffy spin-off so simultaneously grim and over-the-top can now be yours. For this CD, Australian composer Robert Kral compiled and combined his best cues from the series’s five-year run into a set of mini-suites suitable, if ... Read More »