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'Parks and Recreation' band Mouse Rat announce debut LP

Pawnee, Indiana’s best butt-rock bar band Mouse Rat, AKA the greatest band in the world, have announced the release of their debut studio album, the appropriately titled Awesome Album. The announcement comes on the 10th anniversary of legendary Pawnee figure Li’l Sebastian’s death, as it was at his funeral that Mouse Rat premiered their magnum opus, ‘10,000 Candles in the Wind (Bye Bye Li’l Sebastian)’. The album is set to feature appearances from elusive jazz saxophonist Duke Silver and will be distributed by Entertainment 720.

Ok, so if you don’t watch Parks and Recreation this might seem like a lot of hoopla to cover a bar band, but if you don’t watch Parks and Rec then I’m assuming you probably didn’t click on this article. Mouse Rat was founded by Chris Pratt’s character Andy Dwyer, the adorably naive human teddy bear who loves nothing more than to sing in his guttural early-2000’s Scott Stapp style. Li’l Sebastian was a tiny horse, Duke Silver is a stage name for Nick Offerman’s Ron Swanson, Entertainment 720 is a boneheaded venture headed up by Aziz Ansari’s Tom Haverford, and none of this makes any sense if you haven’t watched the show. It will make even less sense if I tell you that Pawnee’s number one newscaster Perd Haplee has announced the album’s release.

I’m a huge Parks and Rec fan. Indulge me. I’m going to buy this, making it the first album I’ve physically bought in years that isn’t an overpriced vinyl. It makes me want to go binge the entirety of the show once again, as I have done multiple times over. Except for the first season…and some of the second season. There’s an easy trick to follow if you’re watching for the first time: if you see Mark Brendanawicz, hit the mute button and zone out immediately.

Anyway, Awesome Album is coming out August 27.