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Modest Mouse: “Dashboard”

Modest Mouse – Dashboard from Jenny Ko on Vimeo.

Dashboard is sort of the dream you would have after having a spicy meal, reading a bit of Moby Dick and watching an episode or two of The Deadliest Catch. It’s a great song and video.

Other songs from this sea-loving band are We’ve Got Everything, Ocean Breathes Salty, Float On and Fire it Up. Here is Modest Mouse’s less than overwheming website — either I have the wrong site or they are trying to prove a point — and its Facebook page.

The band probably named themselves Modest Mouse because the greatest name in the history of rock-and-roll — When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water — was taken.

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