This year, Record Store Day falls on April 16, and once again, it features a whole lot of bands and labels releasing cool exclusives via independent record stores. As always, those who show up early enough will also get to cop some rare reissues from legendary bands. And this year, the crop of reissues includes EPs from Nirvana and Sonic Youth, as Consequence of Sound points out. (The full list of Record Store Day releases can be found here.)
Nirvana’s Hormoaning EP was originally available on the band’s 1992 Australian and Japanese tours. It features two Nirvana originals, “Aneurysm” and “Even in His Youth”, as well as four covers that the band recorded during a Peel Session: Devo’s “Turnaround”, the Wipers’ “D-7”, and the Vaselines’ “Molly’s Lips” and “Son of a Gun”. Several of its tracks were collected on the Nirvana rarities collection Incesticide. The Record Store Day 12″ release is limited to 4,000 copies.
When Nirvana’s buddies Sonic Youth toured Australia and New Zealand in 1993, they released their own tour-only EP, Whore’s Moaning. It features a photocopy of an image of one of Kurt Cobain’s dolls on the front cover and an original drawing by Cobain on the back, so he must not have been too mad about Sonic Youth making fun of his EP title. The EP features an edit of “Sugar Kane”, instrumentals “The End of the End of the Ugly” and “Tamra”, and covers of the New York Dolls’ “Personality Crisis” and Alice Cooper’s “Is It My Body”. Like the Nirvana EP, the Sonic Youth Record Store Day 12″ is limited to 4,000 copies. (via pitchfork)