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Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Rolling Stones announce Record Store Day releases

on March 22, 2011, 7:29pm

Music today can feel a bit overwhelming. Choosing from the plethora of music festivals, all with their own merits? Overwhelming. SXSW? Overwhelming on so many levels. Record Store Day? With upwards of 240 must-have releases announced thus far for the April 16th happening, yeah, that’s pretty overwhelming (even RSD co-founder Eric Levin thinks so!). Not that we’re complaining, really; hell, we love this stuff. After all, where would CoS be without this constant musical deluge? Might as well get ready for more, because we’ve got a handful of solid additions to the Record Store Day lineup.

Fans were no doubt already debating whether to spend their paycheck on that Deftones cover album or those The Decemberists and Ryan Adams EPs. Or Glassjaw, Gorillaz, or ya know, the tons of other April 16th RSD specials. Now Nirvana, Sonic Youth, The Rolling Stones, and Derek and The Dominos are here to make that decision even more. . . overwhelming.

Nirvana – Hormoaning EP: Only available during the bands 1992 Australian tour, the EP features two originals (“Aneurysm” and “Even In His Youth”) plus covers recorded during a 1990 BBC Peel Session. The covers include Devo’s “Turnaround,” The Wipers’ “D-7,” and The Vaselines’ “Son of A Gun” and “Molly’s Lips.” This rare six-track collection is limited to 6,000 copies.

Sonic Youth – Whores Moaning EP: Yes, it’s a play on the title of the Nirvana EP. Yes, it was released during Sonic Youth’s own Australian tour in 1993. Yes, the cover artwork is a photocopy of Kurt Cobain’s doll and the back artwork is a Cobain original drawing. Yes, the tracks include a radio edit of “Sugar Kane,” instrumentals of tracks “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.” Yes, it’s pretty sweet.

The Rolling Stones – “Brown Sugar”/“Bitch”/“Let It Rock”: To celebrate the release of their The Complete Singles (1971-2006) box-set three days after RSD, the Stones will release 5,000, individually numbered U.S. copies this 7” vinyl which replicates the original single. The first two tracks hail from Sticky Fingers, while “Let It Rock” is an ultra-rare cover of the great Chuck Berry.

— Derek and The Dominos – “Got To Get Better In A Little While”/“Layla”: Eric Clapton only got one record out with Derek and The Dominos: 1970’s Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, but it’s mark on music is ever evident. “Layla” comes from that classic record, while “Got To Get Better In A Little While” comes from a newly discovered recording session for a never-materialized followup album. The vocals were recently finished by Derek and The Dominos member Bobby Whitlock, and this 7” vinyl is limited to 2,500 in the U.S.

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