Weekly Update: Itchy Bugger, Grouper, Vacant Lot, Distort Zine

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Thanks for coming out for Record Store Day last Saturday. It was a great day and a whole lot of fun. We still have a couple of crates of decent stock remaining. Look at these lovable little characters! A nice little variety of new stuff in this week, both local and international.
Vacant Lot - The Ark (Damn You, Ra)
The Vacant Lot are a punk band that released one 7” EP in 1981 on Doublethink Records, called it a day and resumed creative activity in the new century. Whilst there’s the remnants of their KBD/Murder Punk sound, there’s a pulsing and subtle inventiveness reminiscent of Wire, Eddy Current Suppression Ring or The Wipers. 
Grouper - Grid Of Points LP  (Kranky) 
To think this is the 10th album album from Grouper, aka Portland musician Liz Harris. Seems like only yesterday we were hearing about her self-released CD-R’s of ambient dream/drone-pop and missing out on tickets to first Sydney show, where she played on the floor armed with her guitar and desktop cassette players.  Grid Of Points is a set of songs for piano and voice where she’s managed to evolve intimate, whispered vocals that sits somewhere between Julee Cruise on Twin Peaks, Elliott Smith, Joni Mitchell or locally Angie’s Shyness LP from last year. 
Rixe- Tour Cassette (La Vidas Es Un Mas) 
Rixe are back are with a fresh three song attack. “La Clé” is two minutes and twenty seconds of lean, mean and meaty Oi! that only Rixe over the last few years have perfected. It's driving sound is built on razor sharp tight drums, a slightly phased guitar and vocals that bite and bark. “Nuit Rasoir” is another straight down the line pounder that could easily have been one of the first ten releases on No Future Records. “Les Cent Pas” is the final track and rounds off things with another stomper.  
Arndales - Shops LP (In The Red)  
Arndales hail from the Three Counties (Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire) area of England. Feat. members of  Country Teasers, Art Brut, Collapsed Lung, Thrilled Skinny and others. On their new album they have taken inspiration from the rich world of retail jargon. The main source of lyrical inspiration was a shared Google Doc where friends could deposit the latest nuggets of retail gobbledygook they'd heard at work. Opening track "Prestige Pricing" is named after the practice of deliberately inflating the price of a product to indicate it's prestigious status. "Dark Store" takes its name from the customer-free supermarkets used to fulfill online shopping orders.”
LTD - (Louder Than Death) Self Titled LP (In The Red)  
What happens when you put King Khan and Sean Wood from The Spits together? The results are Louder Than Death aka LTD. This mini-album is the first collaboration between the two titans of garage-punk and the results are as bonkers as you’d hope. For fans of Jabbers era-GG Allin, Ramones and The Carbonas.
Ghastly - LP (20 Buck Spin) 
Finland’s Ghastly  may be a new name to many, those who delve deeply enough into the death metal underworld, will recall the band’s debut album Carrion Of Time released a few years back on cult tastemaker label Me Saco Un Ojo (Morbus Chron, Undergang, Phrenelith). A few years have passed and the band now resurfaces with their masterfully executed second album Death Velour.
Tarantula - Weird Tales Of Radiation 7” (Deranged)
New 7" of snotty hardcore feat. members of Culo
Itchy Bugger - Done One LP (Low Company) 
Itchy Bugger is the solo project of Josh from Diat, the Berlin based turbo charged post-punk group featuring two Australians abroad. Josh must be one of the Australian members as he’s back here armed with copies of his Done One LP, an album of home recorded, “it-was-easy-it-was-cheap-go-and-do-it” guitar pop backed by blippy casio drum rhythms. Think Cleaners From Venus, the earliest recordings of The Cannanes, Television Personalities,  Desperate Bicycles or the excellent Sex Tourists from last year. 
Debbie And The Downers - Eat My Skorts Tape (Helta Skelta) 
Perth’s Debbie Downers have been around for a year or so, playing what sometimes seems to be every other week! (We are all blessed) And now we finally have their debut release. 6 tracks of short, fast and choppy DIY punk following a similar route to bands such as Kleenex/Liliput and the Petticoats (whilst adding their own tizzy flare! Complete with some tongue rolls, cow bell, tambourine, and the beaut toot!). The Debbies offer a chic-tongue-in-cheek-critique on impractical women’s fashun, tedious married life, and the inevitability of dying a spinster. However, they also luv to celebrate the finer things in life such as hunk ‘a’ spunk documentarians, a hearty panic, and living like a skort-wearing woman should. It’s nice, it’s different, it’s unewwsuel! 
Wilfred Brandt - Thank You For Asking Me That Question (Collected Interviews)
Wilfred Brandt is a writer who has written for Two Thousand, Right Angle and Monster Children. This excellent book, self published on his own imprint Thick Thongs in an edition of 100 compiles his interviews with John Waters, Will Oldham, Mike Watt, Steve Malkmus and loads more. 
Distort Magazine (NSW, Melbourne, QLD, Tokyo)
It’s been a while, but Dan Stewart from Total Control, Straight Jacket Nation and UV Race has delivered four new issues of his much loved underground zine Distort, each focused on the music scene of different cities.  Starting out as a hardcore zine, it has now broadened to mirror his own changing tastes and interests
No Trend 7” (LP to follow!)
Bonnie Prince Billy - Wolf Of the Cosmos LP
Richard Youngs - Endless Futures LP
Spacemen 3 - Playing With Fire / Recurring / Dreamweapon Re-issues