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The Extra Glenns
Martial Arts Weekend
Absolutely Kosher Records

As two guys with healthy senses of humor, Glenn D and Glenn B are the masterminds behind The Extra Glenns. With nary a drum in sight, Glenn D sings and plays acoustic guitar while Glenn B sings backup and plays all additional instruments. The duo gets a little help from Daniel "Glenn" Brodo on double bass, but that’s it, and so what we have here are simple little ditties, built around acoustic guitar strumming textured with layers of additional instrumentation.

Did I mention the healthy sense of humor? In the liner notes, there is a little thank you: "No-kill badger traps provided by Pierre’s Traps of North Dakota, for all your badger-trapping needs." And these are not exactly songs to be taken seriously. I know you never asked for my opinion, but I’d say that horse is crazy / I know what I think doesn’t matter anymore, but I’d say his mind is gone, Glenn D sings on the super-catchy "Twelve Hands High." I wished, I wished, I wished that God would kill me / Instead of leaving me alone to see you standing there before me / That sad look on your face, he sings in "Somebody Else’s Parking Lot In Sebastpool." But the album is not a complete joke. It is filled with love songs and such; they are just filled with tongue-in-cheek remarks and other, more blatant jokes. In the end, it all works out for the best, since most of us take things too seriously these days anyway.

The aforementioned "Twelve Hands High" and "Somebody Else’s Parking Lot In Sebastpool" are definite highlights, standing out as some of the catchiest tracks offered. "The River Song" is a pretty little lullaby, and then there is "Memories," in which the tale is told of a young man pleading with a young woman to see her naked body. And so we have an album that is sure to entertain, in one way or another, with its minimalistic storytelling style that is certain, at the very least, to make you crack a smile.

- Eddie Fournier

Track Listing:

  1. Baltimore
  2. All Rooms Cable A/C Free Coffee
  3. Ultra Violet
  4. Twelve Hands High
  5. The River Song
  6. Somebody Else’s Parking Lot In Sebastopool
  7. Memories
  8. Going To Morocco
  9. Going To Michigan
  10. Terminal Grain
  11. Malevolent Seascape Y
  12. Going to Marrakesh

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