Digest: Nirvana and Sonic Youth Reissue Tour EPs; Lady Gaga Announces New Version of 'Born This Way'

Also: Ray Davies announces Meltdown festival lineup; Limp Bizkit to release new album

March 24, 2011 11:40 AM ET
Digest: Nirvana and Sonic Youth Reissue Tour EPs; Lady Gaga Announces New Version of 'Born This Way'

Nirvana and Sonic Youth Reissue Tour EPs
Nirvana and Sonic Youth will be reissuing out-of-print tour EPs from 1992 on vinyl for Record Store Day on April 16th. Nirvana's Hormoaning EP was originally available on the band's 1992 Australian and Japanese tour, and features tracks that were later included on the Incesticide compilation. Sonic Youth's Whore's Moaning, an EP from the same tour, features a radio edit of "Sugar Kane" along with instrumentals and covers. Both reissues will be limited to 4,000 copies. [Pitchfork]

Lady Gaga to Release New Version of 'Born This Way"
Lady Gaga tweeted today that she will be releasing a "Country Road Version" of her current hit "Born This Way" on Twitter tomorrow at midnight Pacific time. Presumably the song will be given away from free. [Oh No They Didn't]

Ray Davies Reveals Meltdown Festival Lineup
The Kinks' Ray Davies has announced that this year's Meltdown festival in London, which he has curated, will feature performances by Nick Lowe, Madness, Lydia Lunch, Yo La Tengo and the Fugs, who will play their first show in London since 1968. [Guardian]

Limp Bizkit to Release New Album
Limp Bizkit will release Gold Cobra, their first album since 2003, on June 7th. According to frontman Fred Durst, Gold Cobra is one of two new records the band has been working on in recent months. [NME]

Morning Benders Put Out Japan Benefit EP
Indie rockers the Morning Benders have released Japan Echo, an EP to raise money for the Japan Society's Earthquake Relief Fund. The set includes two non-album tracks and remixed by Twin Sister, Wild Nothing and Star Slinger. [The Morning Benders]

MORE: Lady Gaga Album Artwork Leaks Online; Depeche Mode Plan New Remix Album

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