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The Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" I've been on a major Rolling Stones kick ever since I checked out their new documentary, Crossfire Hurricane. It has some really great footage from the '69 tour, which was documented on the excellent live album Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! After revisiting the record, I'd say that the tour's "Sympathy for the Devil" is far better than the studio version because of its confident, shrugged-off looseness. It's really just a repeating four-chord groove, but the guitar interplay between Keith Richards and Mick Taylor is something special.
The Meters I was ecstatic to see the Meters nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, even though they didn't end up inducted for 2013. After living in New Orleans for five years, I got tired of a lot of the city's music—mainly brass bands—but I fell in love with the Meters and the way they shaped not only New Orleans funk but early hip-hop as well.
James Bond theme songs Skyfall was great, and Adele's theme oozes a powerful sophistication. A month before the movie's release, the Sun-Times's Thomas Conner posted a killer Spotify playlist of all the James Bond themes. Some are bona fide classics, among them Nancy Sinatra's "You Only Live Twice" and Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger." But a few of the more recent entries really work for me, including Sheryl Crow's dark and lusty "Tomorrow Never Dies"—and even though Tina Turner's "Goldeneye" sounds like it was produced on a Casio keyboard, it's pretty rad too.