By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
Yeah, it's got NPR written all over it. But a lot of it is really entertaining, like if Emir Kusturica remade The Third Man and asked Leonard Cohen to update the theme music. They've got all the sideshows in their circus going at once: For "Radio," Daniel "Lemony Snicket" Handler's scatological rant about his dumper, they rock the kit detailed above over a Bonham-esque backbeat; on Jon Ames's "Story of the Hairy Call," a narrative of pubescent terror, they've got a strummy guitar and a toy piano. And of course the whole time you're following the words in the fancy booklet.
Right now you're thinking you should hate them. Let it go. Wrap this record in nice paper and give it as a gift to the Obscure Object of your desire. Maybe some of One Ring Zero's luck will rub off on you.
One Ring Zero play Prospect Park July 29.