The first album by the duo of Charles Brohawn and Chris Mason sets the tone for the rest of their career: a bizarre collection of 38 songs, nearly a third of them under a minute long and only a handful breaking the two-minute barrier, and performed on a minimalist setting of banjo, guitar, and percussion interspersed with dadaist spoken-word poetry. However, as much as Casserole might seem like a comedy album at first pass, a more careful listen proves that for all the surface whimsy, these are at heart some fairly creepy, disturbing tales. The nearly five-minute "Norman Meyer" tells the true story of a man protesting nuclear proliferation who took the Washington Monument hostage in the early '80s and was killed by the National Guard after a brief standoff, while the similar "Elenor Bumpers" rails against the police shooting of an elderly woman during an eviction proceeding gone awry. In these surroundings, even comparatively lighthearted material like "Mommy Cooks Inside, Daddy Cooks Outside" and "Don't Put Your Fingers in the Sex Places" sounds kinda creepy and unnerving. File somewhere between Half Japanese and the Residents.
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