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Editor’s Pick #152: Heath Ledger Goes Indie from Beyond the Grave by Eric Vilas-Boas
Before dying, Heath wanted to rock with the best of them ... and save some whales

Heath wanted to rock with the best of them ... and save some whales

PREVIEW: Download Modest Mouse’s “King Rat” MP3
READ: 20 Watts’ Review of No One’s First and You’re Next
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UPDATE: Watch the “King Rat” video on MySpace

Modest Mouse announced on their MySpace blog today that they’ll be releasing a new music video tomorrow on their MySpace for “King Rat,” one the songs on their latest EP No One’s First and You’re Next. So what’s so cool about this? Heath Ledger directed the animated video.

From what the band revealed, Ledger approached frontman Isaac Brock to direct a video that “would marry his love of bold and original music with his impassioned stance against the illegal commercial whale hunts … off the coast of Australia.”

If that was the mandate, “King Rat” fits the bill. The song showcases a dramatic mix of eclectic instrumentation throughout and lyrics like “Deep water, deep water / Senseless denial,” and “What do you have to say for yourself?” It’s one of the best songs on their superb new EP.

Ledger, well-known for his acting, dabbled a bit in making  music videos, directing clips for the songs by N’fa, Ben Harper and legendary singer-songwriter Nick Drake. Todd Haynes (director of I’m Not There and Far from Heaven) especially praised his work. Check out this footage from his video for Nick Drake, whom he idolized:

The new “King Rat” video premieres exclusively on the band’s MySpace tomorrow, August 4th. Proceeds from the first month’s downloads will go to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. All signs point to success!

— Eric Vilas-Boas, Production Editor


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Heres the vid for those who can’t view it outside of the US… http://thecorner.co.nz/2009/08/04/new-modest-video-king-rat-directed-by-heath-ledger/

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