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Mark Kozelek with Donny McCaslin and Jim White - "Day in America" ft. Kevin Corrigan

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As we all know at this point, Mark Kozelek is never not recording music, hence the recent announcement of a new collaborative album with Blackstar saxophonist/flautist Donny McCaslin and drummer/previous collaborator Jim White. Mark has a solo album dropping in May, as well as a Sun Kil Moon album in November, so he doesn't plan for this collab to come out before 2019.

However, we already have the 15-minute-long lead single, "Day in America," which makes ridiculously timely commentary on the Valentine's Day shooting in Florida. Despite the unfortunate suggestion in the song's opening seconds that Sandy Hook is a high school, Mark's sentiments on the subject are respectable. Even his eye-for-an-eye vision of justice is hard to fault in the face of such atrocity. You certainly can't say the man's not doing his part to combat the normalization of gun violence. But, as is often the case, Mark's lyrics stray from the topic at hand. (Let's just not talk about the part when he confuses Bill Evans with Bob Evans, OK?)

The instrumental is quite progressive and heads in all sorts of interesting directions, as well; closing with a monologue from actor Kevin Corrigan as he reflects on the tragedy. You can listen to the song below or download it by clicking here.

-Austen

Kero Kero Bonito - "Only Acting"

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Kero Kero Bonito is back with a new single called "Only Acting," which is being heralded as their first song to prominently feature rock instrumentation. The hook is power pop bliss, but there's a bit of a dark undercurrent to the whole thing, which I at first suspected came simply from the uncanny VHS quality of the music video. But of course that darkness eventually comes to the surface when the song (to steal a reference from the YouTube comment section) goes Doki Doki on our asses.

No word on a new album just yet, but I can already tell this'll be the one to convert Myke C-Town, mark my words. In the meantime, you can find Anthony's review of the band's debut LP Bonito Generation here.

-austen

Joji - "Demons" (Lunice Remix)

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The deluxe version of Joji's debut EP In Tongues was released a few days ago, and in it is several remixes from the likes of Ryan Hemsworth, Actress, and Lapalux. Among the most radical of these is Lunice's take on "Demons," which transforms the song into a wonked-out trap banger. The producer certainly makes the track his own, but hey, at least you can hear elements of the original in there (cf. Actress).

Again, In Tongues (Deluxe) is out now via 88rising.

-Austen

The Voidz - "Pointlessness"

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Following the (fraternal) twin lead singles "Leave It in My Dreams" and "QYURRYUS," The Voidz have shared "Pointlessness," the closing track of their sophomore album Virtue. As the title suggests, the song is a bit of a downer in both theme and sonic palette, but judging from this and Tyranny closer "Off to War," it seems the band has a knack for bleak finishers.

Virtue arrives March 30 via Cult / RCA.

-Austen