Chris Pratt’s ‘Parks and Rec’ band is releasing a real album (no, this is not a joke)

Of course, the first single is '5,000 Candles in the Wind.'
May 20, 2021 9:19 a.m. EST

It’s been exactly ten years since Pawnee’s precious pony, Li’l Sebastian, trotted over the rainbow bridge in Parks and Recreation. Andy Dwyer (who looks an awful lot like Chris Pratt. Weird) and his band Mouse Rat performed at the time a stirring tribute called “5,000 Candles In The Wind (Bye Bye Li’l Sebastian),” but ten years is too long a wait for an encore.

Luckily, the band is back together (probably at the behest of Leslie Knope). Mouse Rat have reformed, and have announced the release of an actual album – which is available to pre-order in actual vinyl format – called (what else?) The Awesome Album.

We got a few hints last month when Mouse Rat made some cryptic posts on their social media feeds, but now it’s all happening at once. There’s a music video for Lil Sebastian (whom we do miss in the saddest fashion, it’s true), featuring many majestic ponies trotting through rainbows and clouds (as they do).

And now the album, which will drop August 27th, is being released by Dualtone Music Group, in partnership with Entertainment 720 which was founded by Tom Haverford (who bears a striking resemblance to Aziz Ansari. Anyone?).

Plus, ya gotta take a look at this tracklisting!

  1. 5,000 Candles in the Wind (Bye, Bye Lil Sebastian)
  2. The Pit
  3. Sex Hair
  4. Catch Your Dream (feat. Duke Silver)
  5. Two Birds Holding Hands
  6. Ann Song
  7. The Way You Look Tonight
  8. Menace Ball
  9. Remember
  10. Get A Kick Out Of You
  11. Tonight
  12. I've Got You Under My Skin
  13. Only Have Eyes For You
  14. Pickled Ginger (performed by Land Ho!)
  15. Cold Water (Scott Tanner feat. Duke Silver)

They had me at “Sex Hair.” Pay attention to track 4, because Nick Offerman lookalike Duke Silver (aka Ron Swanson) is featured on that track. Plus, Land Ho! Frontman Scott Tanner (oh hello Jeff Tweedy of Wilco) features on two tracks.

Plus, we have to wonder about “The Way You Look Tonight,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and “Only Have Eyes For You,” because those are titles of already famous songs. Could they be covers done in Pawnee, Indiana style?

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