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Record Store Day, the high holiday for obsessive vinyl hounds, is still almost a month away, but the list of RSD-exclusive releases that will be available is already up. Among the Call of Duty: Black Ops II-branded Avenged Sevenfold vinyl and five-album Emerson, Lake & Palmer picture disc box sets there are a few wilier-looking specimens here and there. Two of them are special RSD releases from the Permanent Records label that are a little too exciting for me to wait a month to post.

Both are vinyl reissues of bands from outside the States. The one that might jump out at you first is the evocatively named Cuntz, from Melbourne, Australia. Their Aloha album, originally released on the Australian label Homeless, has some of the Birthday Party’s ghastly vibe and a lot of sonic sludge and aggressively abrasive attitude borrowed from the 80s heyday of the pigfuck movement.