Australia is going to be at the centrepiece of some of the most eagerly anticipated releases issued to celebrate Record Store Day in the USA next month. The annual celebration of independent record stores is set to take place on April 16 and will feature the re-release of two rare Australian tour EPs issued by Nirvana and Sonic Youth to coincide with their debut Australian tours in 1992 and 1993 respectively. Nirvana’s Hormoaning EP was first released during the band’s 1992 Australian and Japanese tours.

Featuring two Nirvana originals, ‘Aneurysm’ and ‘Even in His Youth’, it also included four Peel Session covers: Devo’s “Turnaround”, the Wipers’ “D-7”, as well as the Vaselines’ ;Molly’s Lips’ and ‘Son of a Gun’. There will only be 4,000 12” copies available on Record Store Day. The same number of copies of Sonic Youth’s Whore’s Moaning Australia and New Zealand tour EP will also be released.

The EP features an edit of ‘Sugar Kane’, the instrumentals ‘The End of the End of the Ugly’ and ‘Tamra’, and following Nirvana’s penchant for covers, the New York Dolls’ ‘Personality Crisis’ and Alice Cooper’s ‘Is It My Body?’ The artwork also features an image of one of Kurt Cobain’s dolls on the front cover and a Cobain drawing on the reverse.