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Video Du Jour: Miley Cyrus

Posted in News with tags , , , on January 24, 2012 by 30daysout

Why Miley Cyrus? Well, today marks the release of Chimes of Freedom, a 4-CD, 76-song set featuring various artists doing the songs of Bob Dylan. It’s all to benefit Amnesty International, the human rights organization, on the occasion of its 50-year anniversary.

The likes of My Morning Jacket, Tom Morello, Ziggy Marley, Flogging Molly, Joan Baez, Maroon 5, Queens of the Stone Age, Steve Earle and many more show up for this event, which makes one wonder why they chose Hannah Montana doing “You’re Going To Make Me Lonesome When You Go” as the first video. Some people are saying they love this, others claim she defiles the song. You decide. (By the way, Amnesty International points out that at age 19, Cyrus is the youngest artist here while the oldest, at age 92, is Pete Seeger. Of course.)

Highlights include Johnny Cash duetting from the grave with the Avett Brothers on “One Too Many Mornings,” Mexican pop star Ximena Sariñana emoting “I Want You,” Paul Rodgers and Nils Lofgren settling into “Abandoned Love” and My Morning Jacket sounding for all the world like Rick Danko and his Band mates from Woodstock. The jury’s still out on stuff like Ke$ha, rasping her way through “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” which has earned her some good press – but I don’t hear it.

Go here to listen to all 76 songs. You can buy individual tracks on iTunes – which may be a good idea – and Starbucks is supposedly putting out a truncated 2-CD version for the overcaffeinated ADD freaks among us.

YouTube: “You’re Going To Make Me Lonesome When You Go” by Miley Cyrus and Johnzo West

Amnesty International USA official website

Review: “Magic Tour Highlights,” Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2008 by 30daysout

Bruce Springsteen released a similar four-song live package in the 1980s called Chimes of Freedom to benefit Amnesty International. This time around he is helping out his fallen brother, Danny Federici, who lost his battle with melanoma in April. All the proceeds from the sale of Magic Tour Highlights go to the Danny Federici Melanoma Fund.

This quick peek into the Magic tour is great. Alejandro Escovedo joined the band on stage in Houston for “Always A Friend,” the first track off his new album Real Animal. I was at the show, and I remember Alejandro being way off on the first verse, so needless to say, he is pretty far down in the mix on this version, but it rocks from start to finish.

“The Ghost of Tom Joad” is a blistering version with Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine. His solo is something you have never heard on a Springsteen record, and on the accompanying video, Springsteen and Steve Van Zandt look in awe of this guy’s talent.

Roger McGuinn from The Byrds hops on stage for “Turn, Turn, Turn.” McGuinn’s voice sounds very thin against the freight train that is the E Street Band, but Springsteen does a great job on the backing vocals and when he takes his turn on lead, and it more than makes up for McGuinn’s shortcomings.

The collection wraps up with “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” featuring Danny Federici’s last performance with the band in Indianapolis.  It’s a touching audio and video performance because you can tell that everyone knows that this will be the last time they will be playing together.

The collection sells for $7.99. It includes all four songs and videos. We are not going to offer any freebies today. Go buy it and help out the Danny Federici Melanoma Fund.

Backstreets Magazine

Bruce Springsteen Official Website