Daily Distraction: Say goodbye to Li'l Sebastian with Mouse Rat single from new album

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer, frontman of Mouse Rat in the TV show "Parks and Recreation"

Dualtone Records is partnering with Entertainment 720 to present the debut album from Mouse Rat, the fictional-no-longer band fronted by Andy Dwyer (played by Chris Pratt) in the beloved TV series "Parks and Recreation."

The Awesome Album, from the band previously known as Scarecrow Boat, Everything Rhymes With Orange, Fleetwood Mac Sexpants, Threeskin, Just The Tip, Tackleshaft and Alabaster Fart, will be available digitally on Aug. 27, with vinyl shipping in October. 

Mouse Rat is probably best known for its tribute to gone-but-not-forgotten miniature horse Li'l Sebastian (RIP), and the new record includes a full version of the band's touching song, "5,000 Candles in the Wind (Bye Bye Li'l Sebastian)." As Leslie Knope noted at the memorial, "Sebastian may have been li'l, but his impact on this town and the parks department was anything but li'l."

Pre-orders for the debut Mouse Rat record, The Awesome Album, are available via Dualtone Records, including versions on CD and cassette, plus vinyl versions in green and tri-color red, white and blue. Check out the emotional official video for "5,000 Candles in the Wind (Bye Bye Li'l Sebastian)" below, along with the original live rendition.