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Austin Lounge Lizards

Home and Deranged (Blue Corn)

Reviewed by Doug Freeman, Fri., June 14, 2013

Texas Platters

Austin Lounge Lizards

Home and Deranged (Blue Corn)

Following founding member Tom Pittman's departure from Austin's beloved Lounge Lizards in 2011, the future of the satirical outfit seemed uncertain after a three-decade run. On Home and Deranged, fellow founders Hank Card and Conrad Deisler haven't missed a beat. With Darcie Deaville and Bruce Jones filling out the Lizards' first LP since 2006's The Drugs I Need, the political and social wit remains timely and sharp, from the TSA-dedicated "Thank You for Touching Me There" to the false-flag flying send-up "Black Helicopters" and recent fan favorite "Too Big to Fail." "If I Saw You All the Time" and "I Lied" turn on more personal parodies. Eclecticism through folk styles emerges amid double entendres, rolling into a sea shanty for "My Bonnie Johnson" and cutting Tex-Mex for "Spelunking with Joe King Carrasco," featuring Carrasco himself providing spirited gritos. Still wonderfully absurd and necessarily pointed.

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