The excellently deadpan ''Parks and Recreation'' star gives EW her fall picks. Would April Ludgate approve?

By Melissa Maerz
Updated September 23, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

Climax Blues Band, ”I Love You”
When I’m shooting, I play an acoustic guitar in my trailer between takes. I like to give myself assignments, and one of them was learning this song. [Costar] Chris Pratt actually teaches me a lot of chords.

Various Artists, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Soundtrack
It reminds me of making that movie with all of my friends. My best memories are of wandering around the streets and bars and parks at 4 a.m., treating Toronto like our own Scott Pilgrim playground.

J. Tillman, ”Hollywood Forever Cemetery”
This song isn’t out yet, but it’s Josh Tillman from Fleet Foxes. He asked me to be in the video. It’s a song about a funeral, so we created this trippy funeral scene in Laurel Canyon. I play a crazy person who destroys the funeral.

John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band
When I was moving into my first apartment by myself in [L.A.’s] Beachwood Canyon, I was listening to a lot of Beatles, I guess because Beachwood Canyon has such a weird, Beatles-y vibe. It’s sunny and happy, and driving down that big hill from the Hollywood sign, listening to the Beatles, it just makes sense.

The Spring Standards, ”Queen of the Lot”
I grew up with them in Delaware since I was 12. I’m across the country from everyone back East, so it’s really special to me that I can listen to my friends.

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