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Shaun White's iPod: Jay Z, Black Lips, and David Bowie provide Olympic inspiration

He may have just withdrawn from the inaugural Olympic Slope Style event in Sochi, but two-time gold medalist Shaun White will still need musical motivation to drive him to a third gold in the Halfpipe.

For his third and final Olympics, the 27-year-old snowboarder and guitarist for Bad Things has been tapping into Jay Z, the Black Lips, and David Bowie to get him amped for the Games, which kick off tomorrow (though White’s halfpipe competition won’t be until February 10). He opened up his Olympic playlist for EW.

Jay Z, “My First Song”
“I’m going to the Olympics for the third time, and I’m trying to find that motivation to still continue in something like this. Jay talks about treating everything like it’s your first, or like it’s the last time you’re ever gonna do it. I really like that. You gotta treat it like, dig deep and find that reason you really wanted it in the first place. He goes on some funny rant at the end, like ‘S—, I’mma go golfing,’ like, what he’s gonna do after? And I’m like, ‘Cool, that’s my whole deal too’ — just put my head down and work hard like I did when I was younger and good things will come from that. I’m not much of a golfer, but I get the reference.” READ FULL STORY

'Scandal' star Bellamy Young's iPod: The Civil Wars, XTC, Bonnie Raitt and more

On the hit ABC drama Scandal, Bellamy Young plays cutthroat First Lady Mellie Grant, and though that show is full of classic R&B and funk tunes, Grant would probably prefer listening to the icy grooves of Kraftwerk or Berlin-era David Bowie.

But Young’s taste runs the gamut — from fellow North Carolinans the Avett Brothers (she’s originally from Asheville) to the New Wave worldbeat of Peter Gabriel. Here’s a smattering of what can be found on her iPod. READ FULL STORY

What's on 'New Girl' star Hannah Simone's iPod: Canadian classics and Compton covers

You probably know Hannah Simone best as Cece, best friend to Zooey Deschanel’s Jess on New Girl — but Simone got her first on-camera exposure as a host on Canada’s MuchMusic.

“The great thing about a job like that is you’re talking to people about their passion and about what they love, so I don’t think I ever had an interview that I didn’t really enjoy,” said Simone of her experience on the Canadian music network.

Not surprisingly, she has carried a lot of great Canadian artists around with her on her iPod, though there’s also room for Cat Stevens and a novelty cover of a Snoop Dogg song.

Leonard Cohen, “Bird On A Wire”
“I just spent the weekend with my family, and our whole conversation seemed to revolve around Leonard Cohen. I’m crazy about him, and I have been for a long time. I’ve bought every album he’s ever had and every book of his poetry. I went to Coachella once, and it was only to go see Leonard Cohen. I got in the car and sat through all the crazy traffic in L.A. to get there—instead of a two hour drive it takes like six hours. Then I watched his set and turned around and left. I just so wanted to see him perform in the desert.

The other time I saw him was when I was in Toronto, and a friend surprised me with tickets. I went on my own and sat by myself. It was like being at church. Everybody sat pin-drop silent. I love the song ‘Bird on a Wire’ — It’s an amazing lyric: ‘Like a drunk in a midnight choir.’ He’s so incredible, and a Canadian to boot.”

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On My iPod: 'Castle' star Stana Katic on collecting folk music and making out to Led Zeppelin

On Castle, Stana Katic plays Kate Beckett, a no-nonsense detective who often has to reign in partner and paramour Rick Castle.

In her life outside of network procedurals, however, Katic is a little more footloose—she regularly travels the world in search of new culture, and spends a great deal of that time on the road listening to and collecting new music.

She also got an education in punk rock history for her upcoming film CBGB, in which she plays producer and club mainstay Genya Ravan. Check out some of Katic’s favorites below, and spin them all on the Spotify playlist at the bottom:

Queen, “I Want to Break Free”
“F— yeah. I never knew about until very recently. There are just these classic rock songs that for some reason weren’t on my radar growing up. It speaks to me on so many levels. Everyone around me was like, ‘How do you not know this song?’ And then I watched the video and was even more in love with it. Freddie Mercury is incredible. He’s an amazing vocalist, and his story was really wonderful as well. It’s that amazing mix of classical ballad vocals with rock, and I see that happening a lot now. The lead singer for fun. or Neon Trees—these guys have voices that could fit elegantly and comfortably on any Broadway stage, but here they are entertaining us with rock music. Their vocals are so complex and capable of inspiring a lot. Freddie Mercury, I think in so many ways led that path. He’s an incredible performer. I like this song because it’s got a great beat, it’s got a lot of fun going for it, but it speaks to my restlessness, my wanderlust right now. I feel like a caged cheetah sometimes.” READ FULL STORY

'New Girl' star Jake Johnson: What's On My iPod

FOX’s New Girl returns tonight, with Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) continuing to address the fallout of the Kiss Heard ‘Round the Loft (and the internet universe).

Since all eyes have been on Johnson’s character and his panic moonwalk lately, we caught up with the man himself to find out a little about more about his musical tastes. (Hint: His co-star’s band made the list.)

Read on to see what’s on Jake Johnson’s iPod:

Bob Dylan, World Gone Wrong
“I’m going nuts for this these days. I got into Dylan when I was 15 at random, and every few months, I’ll put a different Dylan on. And Dylan’s the only musician for me that kind of sets a tone for how the world should be. You just caught up in his view of Earth, and he’s the only guy where I’m like, ‘I think he’s right. That weirdo’s got it figured out.’

I’m coming off of Blood on the Tracks which is so great, but this is one of those albums I’ve never heard of. And I couldn’t believe it. But World Gone Wrong is early ‘90s, so I thought it was going to be terrible, but it is great Dylan. Because, you know, every once and a while Dylan would have an album where you’re just like, pass. I’m not going down that road with you in the ‘80s, Bob. I’m not doing it! But this is awesome. It’s becoming one of my all-time favorites.”

Mumford and Sons, “After the Storm”

“Olivia Wilde introduced it to me when we were shooting Drinking Buddies, which took place in a beer brewery, and we had to drink so much beer. And you know — as Nick Miller, I can’t get too fat. I can get chubby, but no one’s going to believe the Nick-Jess stuff if Nick weights 240 pounds. So I needed to exercise more, and when she put this album [Sigh No More] on, I just took to it right away. And it actually helped me jog — I would put that album to get fired up when I go running. Mumford and Sons: Will help fat boys get a little less chubby! In fact, my wife and I are actually about to go run up a mountain to it later today.” [Johnson spoke to EW from Hawaii, where he and his wife were on vacation.] READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead' star Norman Reedus: What's On My iPod

On monstrously popular cable-TV beast The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus plays Daryl Dixon, an expert zombie killer whose lack of social graces are made up for with his efficiency with a crossbow.

It’s a stretch for Reedus, who tends to prefer painting or working on sculpture to taking out the undead. And, of course, expanding his musical horizons. When EW gave Reedus a call while he was deep in the heart of Georgia shooting the last episodes of the show’s current season, and he talked about the ways that music not only helps him get into character, but also lets him dictate his mood wherever he might be.

Check out his selections below, and hear all the songs on our customized Spotify playlist.

The Black Angels, “The First Vietnamese War” 
“I can’t remember how I first got introduced to them, but when we first started this new season, I played that for our entire cast. I kept putting it on my iPod and passing it over to Andy [Lincoln] before shooting really violent, desperate scenes, and I was like, ‘This song should be on the soundtrack to our show.’ It’s so heartfelt, and it sort of described what we were shooting at the time: Getting into that prison and what people had to go through. It really felt like us.” READ FULL STORY

'Revenge' star Gabriel Mann: What's On My iPod

The first season finale of ABC’s hit primetime soap Revenge featured an excellent use of Florence + the Machine’s “Seven Devils,” and that good taste extends to more than just the show’s music supervisor, Season Kent.

Gabriel Mann — a.k.a. the show’s tousle-haired billionaire/amateur trouble-shooter Nolan Ross — and other members of the cast can often be spotted at concerts all around Los Angeles, or trading mixes with each other between takes.

In fact, Mann is one of the most enthusiastic, music-blog-knowledgeable stars ever to talk to EW for our regular On My iPod feature. Check out his impressive list below.

Alt-J, “Slow Dre”
It’s just a killer. I think it’s the best thing I’ve heard out there recently. That one is getting burned to death on my playlist.”

Bear in Heaven, “Sinful Nature”
This album is probably top five for me in 2012, maybe even top three. I like the whole record, but particularly the song ‘Sinful Nature,’ which has a very twisted video. It has a Pretty Woman concept behind it, except everyone is melting. Like, Julia Roberts is melting! It’s great.”

Youngblood Hawke, “We Come Running”
In terms of something a little more poppy, I’m definitely bobbing my head to this one. It mashes up a whole bunch of different kind of sounds: There’s a poppy emo thing with a kind of low-fi bloggy thing. I don’t know, that particular song really feels like a stroke of genius. And it’s just a good name! You don’t even need to listen to the song, just drop the band’s name and you’re good.”

The XX, Coexist
I find that it is definitely a bookend to their first album, but the simplicity and beauty of the songwriting is incredibly effective. Whatever they have discovered in the way that they like to make music—it’s just the sexiest record ever.” READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother' star Josh Radnor tells EW: What's On My iPod

The actor, 38, wrote, directed, and stars in Liberal Arts, in theaters now, and returns to How I Met Your Mother on Sept. 24 (CBS, 8 p.m.). Read on to find out what’s been in his earbuds lately.

• LOST IN THE TREES, A CHURCH THAT FITS OUR NEEDS

“A friend turned me on to this band from Chapel Hill called Lost in the Trees. You know them?  I’ve been listening to both of their last two albums. Their last one is called A Church that Fits Our Needs, which I think is an amazing title, and the other one’s called All Alone in an Empty House. The later one is about the lead singer’s mother’s suicide, so I would say, don’t listen if you’re in a fragile mood.

“The music is just gorgeous and tragic and also somehow so beautiful, and kind of weirdly invigorating all at the same time. And it’s very lush and there’s a lot of orchestral flourishes, there’s a lot of strings in it, which I really love. And on the earlier album, All Alone, there are these two movements that just feel like modern-day classical, if that’s a term that one could use. But clearly the guy knows classical music, and I just think both of these albums are really worth a listen.”

• MICHAEL KIWANUKA, HOME AGAIN

“I’m really liking this Michael Kiwanuka record. I think it’s fantastic. I always go to this song called “I’ll Get Along” which puts me in a great mood immediately. But the whole album’s fantastic. It feels like you can clearly hear his influences, Otis Redding and stuff like that, and it feels both kind of old and new at once. It’s been a really nice record to kind of put on at the house and kind of go on with your day as it’s playing.”

• FATHER JOHN MISTY, FEAR FUN

“I’ve been totally loving Father John Misty. I saw him last week play a short set in LA.  I love the opening track Funtimes in Babylon,” although the whole album’s great. But there’s that lyric that’s really odd where he says ‘I would like to abuse my lungs, smoke everything in sight with every girl I’ve ever loved.’ Just musically what he’s doing there is incredible. You hear ‘the drummer for Fleet Foxes’ but he’s just got an incredible voice and is a great songwriter. He’s also just a really strange, fun character to watch on stage.”

• ÓLAFUR ARNALDS, …AND THEY HAVE ESCAPED THE WEIGHT OF DARKNESS

“He’s an Icelandic composer. If you like Sigur Rós, I suspect you would like this — it’s very lush and orchestral… It’s one of my favorite albums to write to, because it’s all instrumental, there’s no lyrics. It’s just really beautiful, haunting. I actually find Scandinavia to be turning out some of the best music.”

• CLOUD CULT, THE MEANING OF 8 AND FEEL GOOD GHOSTS

“They’re amazing, probably my favorite American band. I put a song of theirs in my first movie, Happythankyoumoreplease. What I love about them is they’re just incredibly optimistic, there’s a kind of seriously transcendent quality to their music — something kind of triumphant. They have a bunch of amazing records, and they’re also incredible live. But yeah, that’s a band that if people are looking to be turned on to something new, I always steer them there.”

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