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Jon Sobel

Jon Sobel is a Publisher and 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.Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting at http://www.orenhope.com/ you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires.Jon also writes the blog Park Odyssey at http://parkodyssey.blogspot.com/ where he visits every park in New York City. And by night he's a part-time working musician: lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado, a member of other bands as well, and a sideman.

Pot City

The cover story of this week’s Time Out New York is about good places to go when you’re stoned. That’s right: high on marijuana, an illegal drug. And despite a loose tie-in to the new TV show Weeds, the article really is what it purports to be. Hooray for freedom …

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No One Expects the Spanish Inquisition

Lately I‘ve been paying a lot of attention to Sen. Rick Santorum. Among politicians, he’s unusually good at articulating the views of the Christian right, and he’s also willing to debate on the record. Flogging his new book, It Takes a Family, on WNYC yesterday, Santorum accused the Left of …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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