ESPN Music: Music Issue playlists

Music Issue playlist: Delilah DiCrescenzo

February, 15, 2013
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RunnersChristian Petersen for ESPNDiCrescenzo (in pink) was the inspiration for "Hey There Delilah" by the Plain White T's.
For ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we gathered music playlists from the subjects of each of the feature stories. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be posting all of the Music Issue playlists here.

In a web-exclusive story for ESPN The Magazine's Music Issue, runner Delilah DiCrescenzo describes how a Grammy-nominated song dedicated to her changed her life and affected her career, forever. Read the story.

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Music Issue playlist: Tim Flannery

February, 14, 2013
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Tim FlanneryPamela Littky for ESPNThe Giants third base coach has an eclectic collection of classic rock, country and pop.
For ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we gathered music playlists from the subjects of each of the feature stories. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be posting all of the Music Issue playlists here.

In ESPN The Magazine's Music Issue, Tim Keown writes about how San Francisco Giants third base coach Tim Flannery is using his Irish-inspired music to save the life of one fan. Read the story.

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James Stewart talks Rick James shoot

February, 14, 2013
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For ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we persuaded 14 athletes to re-create some of the most memorable album covers. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be running behind-the-scenes interviews with each athlete, as well as their own personal playlists.

• Athlete: James Stewart, motocross racer
• As: Rick James on "Street Songs" (1981)

Moto X'er James Stewart has an alias, called “Rick” James Stewart. He has been known to make videos of himself and post them online, including this one, from 2008, which took off. Today he had the opportunity to take "Rick James Stewart" to a new level.

How did the nickname “Rick” James Stewart come about?

About four years ago, I came up with “Rick” James Stewart. It was me and my friend just messing around one night and we decided to bust out "Give It To Me Baby." We busted out wigs and the camera and just did a video. We put it online and people just loved it. It blew up and and people started calling me “Rick” James Stewart.

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Jimmie Johnson talks Dylan shoot, playlist

February, 13, 2013
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video For ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we persuaded 14 athletes to re-create some of the most memorable album covers. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be running behind-the-scenes interviews with each athlete, as well as their own personal playlists.

• Athlete: Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR driver
• As: Bob Dylan on "The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan" (1963)

What was the selection process like?

Jimmie: I said to my wife, Chani, give me five iconic covers that you think I could re-create. Chani and I kicked around some ideas. From there we tried to see who I looked the most like and where we could go with that. We saw the "The Freewheelin'" cover and there was a woman in the photo, and I thought, that would be something fun we could do together.

What were some of your ideas?

Chani: There was another Bob Dylan cover. I thought about [The Beatles'] "Abbey Road" with the four Hendrick drivers. That would've been cool.

Jimmie: We saw "Freewheelin' " early on, and it just seemed to trump the others. I thought I could look close to Dylan, and I had a tie to New York and the West Village, so it just pulled us into this one.

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Music Issue playlist: Brooklyn Nets

February, 13, 2013
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Barclays CenterJesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty ImagesBarclays Center in Brooklyn is taking NBA in-game music to the next level.
For ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we gathered music playlists from the subjects of each of the feature stories. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be posting all the Music Issue playlists here.

The Barclays Center takes music seriously. That's why the arena's event team scores each Nets game like a movie, matching every key moment with a customized track. Here, we've compiled a selection of tracks from the Jan. 18 Hawks-Nets game at Barclays, as well as a "mixtape" featuring some of the most popular songs currently played in arenas across the NBA.

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MLB stars talk Devo shoot, playlists

February, 12, 2013
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videoFor ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we persuaded 14 athletes to recreate some of the most memorable album covers. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be running behind-the-scenes interviews with each athlete, as well as their own personal playlists.

• Athletes: Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves LF; Evan Longoria, Tampa Rays 3B; Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds 2B; Giancarlo Stanton, Florida Marlins RF; Shane Victorino, Boston Red Sox RF
• As: Devo on "Freedom of Choice" (1980)

What do you know about Devo?

Evan Longoria: Nothing.

Giancarlo Stanton: I knew “Whip It” but I didn't know Devo sang it. I didn't know anything about them but with the hats and the outfits I just thought it would be funny.

Brandon Phillips: We acted a fool at the shoot, I was very excited, but I was very surprised they asked me to do it because when I looked at the album cover I didn't see no brothers in Devo [laughs]. And I always play against these guys so I thought it would be fun to be a part of it and act a fool.

Longoria: I thought it was going to be fun, the covers of ESPN are pretty iconic, and it's just something fun to be a part of.

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Music Issue playlists: Latino MLB players

February, 12, 2013
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A'sMichael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty ImagesLatino baseball players bring their own unique flavor of music to MLB clubhouses.
For ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we gathered music playlists from the subjects of each of the feature stories. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be posting all of the Music Issue playlists here.

For Latino ballplayers, international anthems are more than songs. ESPN The Magazine's Music issue reveals they are links to cultures left behind and connections to crowds welcoming players to a new home. Read the story.

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Ryan Lochte talks Nirvana, music playlist

February, 11, 2013
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videoFor ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we persuaded 14 athletes to re-create some of the most memorable album covers. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be running behind-the-scenes interviews with each athlete, as well as their own personal playlists.

• Athlete: Ryan Lochte, Olympic gold-medal swimmer
• As: The baby on Nirvana’s "Nevermind" (1991)

What was your reaction upon hearing about this shoot?

I was excited because they wanted to shoot me in my element and in water. I was thrilled they wanted me. When I'm in the water, I couldn't be more happy.

What do you know about Nirvana?

I know of Nirvana, and I've listened to a couple of their songs, but it's not on my normal playlist that I would listen to to go to a swim meet.

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Music Issue playlist: Musical chairs

February, 11, 2013
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Musical ChairsLandon Nordeman for ESPNWhat kind of tunes are played during an officially sanctioned contest of musical chairs?
For ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we gathered music playlists from the subjects of each of the feature stories. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be posting all of the Music Issue playlists here.

It's high stakes, cutthroat, undeniably American and potentially dangerous. David Fleming introduces the Musical Chairs World Championship in ESPN The Magazine's Music issue. Read the story.

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Music Issue playlist: Jeff Ament

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For ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we gathered music playlists from the subjects of each of the feature stories. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be posting all of the Music Issue playlists over the next two weeks.

In ESPN The Magazine's Music issue, Kenny Mayne catches up with Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, who jams on hoops and Bieber. Read the story and check out the video.

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NFL trio talk Run-DMC, music playlists

February, 8, 2013
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For ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we persuaded 14 athletes to re-create some of the most memorable album covers. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be running behind-the-scenes interviews with each athlete, as well as their own personal playlists.

• Athletes: Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns RB; LaMarr Woodley, Pittsburgh Steelers LB; and Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks RB
• As: Run-DMC on "Ultimate Run-DMC" (2003)

What do you know about Run-DMC?

Woodley: Run-DMC, they're the greatest. They started hip-hop, for real.

What's your favorite Run-DMC song?

Lynch: I don't think I'm allowed to say what my favorite song is. I don't think any of us are allowed to say it. We're restricted from saying it. We have a deal with Nike. Nah, man: “My Adidas.”

Woodley: “Walk This Way,” they did it with Aerosmith. I like that.

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Allyson Felix talks Beyonce, playlist

February, 7, 2013
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Allyson FelixMatthias ClamerThe gold-medal-winning track star plays Beyonce to get in the zone for competition.
For ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we persuaded 14 athletes to re-create some of the most memorable album covers. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be running behind-the-scenes interviews with each athlete, as well as their personal playlists.

• Athlete: Allyson Felix, Olympic gold-medal sprinter
• As: Beyonce on "Dangerously in Love" (2003)

Why Beyonce?

Well it's actually funny -- everyone says I am a really laid-back and quiet person. I always feel like when I'm on the track I have to get into this alter ego before I run, so I listen to her song "Diva." The song kind of takes me to the other place, to be this other more aggressive person.

I don't consider myself a diva at all, but the song has a bit of an attitude and I inherit that when I step on the track. I think about winning and not really caring about anyone else's feelings and just caring about myself in that moment.

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Music Issue playlist: Macklemore

February, 7, 2013
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MacklemoreChris McPherson for ESPNThe Seattle rapper vibes to R.Kelly, House of Pain, Queen and Billy Joel.
For ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we gathered music playlists from the subjects of each of the feature stories. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be posting all of the Music Issue playlists over the next two weeks.

In ESPN The Magazine’s Music Issue, Steve Wulf writes how Seattle-based rapper Macklemore has used influences from sports culture in his music. Read the story.

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Music Issue playlists: Kelly Rowland, D-Nice

February, 6, 2013
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Kelly Rowland, D-NiceBarbara Blake/ESPNKelly Rowland and D-Nice entertained in New Orleans, and offered playlists of favorites.
For ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we gathered music playlists from the subjects of each of the feature stories. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be posting all of the Music Issue playlists here.

For these two playlists, we look not to the feature well of ESPN The Magazine's Music Issue, but instead to last weekend's NEXT party in New Orleans. Kelly Rowland was one of The Mag's special invited guests, and DJ D-Nice provided the night's soundtrack.

Rowland is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist who will be releasing her fourth solo album this spring.

D-Nice is a legendary hip-hop artist, DJ to the stars and accomplished photographer.

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Music Issue playlist: DeSean Jackson

February, 6, 2013
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DeSean JacksonChris McPherson for ESPNThe Eagles wide receiver has a healthy dose of 2Pac on his list of favorite tunes.
For ESPN The Magazine's Feb. 18 Music Issue, we gathered music playlists from the subjects of each of the feature stories. As part of our supplemental coverage on Playbook Sounds, we will be posting all of the Music Issue playlists here.

In ESPN The Magazine's Music issue, Carmen R. Thompson explores a season split between field and studio with DeSean Jackson, who wonders: Why do fans demand that he make up his mind?

Read the story here.

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