The actor, 38, wrote, directed, and stars in ''Liberal Arts,'' in theaters Sept. 14, and returns to ''How I Met Your Mother'' on Sept. 24 (CBS, 8 p.m.)

By Ray Rahman
September 07, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

”Lost in the Trees,” A Church That Fits Our Needs
<p''It's about the singer's mother's suicide, so I would say don't listen if you're in a fragile mood. But it's just gorgeous and tragic and also somehow so beautiful and weirdly invigorating all at the same time.''

Michael Kiwanuka, Home Again

”I always go to this one song ‘I’ll Get Along,’ but the whole album’s fantastic. You can clearly hear his influences, Otis Redding and stuff like that. It feels both old and new at once.”

Father John Misty, Fear Fun

”I love the opening track, ‘Funtimes in Babylon.’ There’s that lyric that’s really odd, ‘I would like to abuse my lungs/Smoke everything in sight with every girl I’ve ever loved.’ He kind of reminds me of Harry Nilsson, you know? It’s got that ’70s vibe to it.”

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.” Cloud Cult, The Meaning of 8 and Fell Good Ghosts

”They’re probably my favorite band; I put a song of theirs in my movie Happythankyoumoreplease. They have a triumphant, transcendent quality.”

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