Scans: Dino Jr, Bob Dylan, Mike Watt, Duran Duran, U2, Cracker

The "Big Pink," the famous house in Saugerties, N.Y., that lent its name to folk-

rock group The Band's first album, has been sold to a new owner who

plans to turn the structure into a recording studio for non-commercial musicians,

according to the Los Angeles Times. Purchaser Linda Mesch called the

$149,000 price "a bargain" for the Catskills abode where many of Bob Dylan and The Band's legendary "Basement Tapes" sessions took place in the late '60s (and from which the songs that are on The Basement Tapes album were drawn) ...

Dinosaur Jr announced Wednesday that they are calling it quits. Leader J Mascis is expected

to focus on his solo work...

Bassman Mike Watt will hunker down for a gig with Sonic

Youth guitarist Thurston Moore on Dec. 22 at the Alligator Lounge

in Santa Monica, Calif. The pair will play with Moore's improvisational noise

outfit that also includes Nels Cline (guitar), Tom Surgal

(drums) and William Winant (percussion) ... Washington state punk-

experimentalists Unwound will usher in the new year with their sixth

album, Challenge for a Civilized Society. The collection includes nine

tracks of inventive clamor, including the intriguingly titled "Sonata for

Loudspeakers" and "Side Effects of Being Tired" ...

Australian avant-rock instrumentalists Dirty Three will release a new

album, Ocean Songs on Feb. 10 ... The Mekons will release

their first proper album of new material in more than five years in early April,

entitled Me ... On a related note, post-punk, erotic novelist Kathy

Acker, 53, who collaborated with the Mekons on the 1996 novel and CD

Pussy, King of the Pirates ["see related column"], died Sunday in Tijuana, Mexico, after an 18-

month battle with breast cancer. Acker, who fancied herself a modern, pierced

and tattooed version of a previous generations' Beat poets, was launched onto

the literary scene in 1984 with Blood and Guts in High School, one of her

many novels that shattered staid literary traditions through her liberal use of

frank language, sexuality and violence, often all at once ... Duran

Duran leader Simon LeBon's media company, Syn Studios, co-

owned by composer Nick Wood, has been commissioned to compose

the score for the upcoming Mario Van Peebles flick Love Kills. LeBon will

be writing a few new songs for the film ...

R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe threw a Thanksgiving soiree for

his pals in U2 following the group's Nov. 26 show at the Georgia

Dome. Stipe rented out the Mumbo Jumbo restaurant in Atlanta for the evening

and was joined by bassist Mike Mills (guitarist Peter Buck was

busy working on the new Tuatara album and recently departed

drummer Bill Berry was a no-show), the Irish rockers, members of

Pylon, Olivia Tremor Control and actor Lukas Haas

(Witness). The party chowed-down on vegetarian sushi until 4 a.m. in

what one attendee described as an "Irish wake" for the late INXS

singer, Michael Hutchence, whose body was found hanging from a

leather belt in a Sydney, Australia hotel room on Nov. 22 ...

Struttin' Our Stuff, the new album by former Rolling Stones

bass player Bill Wyman features guitar cameos by blues rocker

Eric Clapton, Albert Lee and '70s success-story Peter

Frampton. The album is set for release on Feb. 24 ... Former

Sepultura singer and guitarist Max Cavalera has finished

recording his first solo album. The as-yet-untitled collection received production

and mixing help from Ross Robinson (Korn), Andy

Wallace (Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine) and

Mario Caldato (Beastie Boys) ... British drum 'n' bass artist

Adam F. will release his full-length debut, Colours, on March 10.

F's previous single, "Metropolis," appeared on the first Metalheadz

collection. Among the guests on Colours are Everything But the

Girl vocalist Tracy Thorn on the single "The Tree Knows

Everything," and MC Conrad (LTJ Bukem) on "F-Jam." The

U.S. version of the album will feature a remix of "Circles" by Roni Size

... Meanwhile, Oasis' song-wizard, Noel Gallagher, recently

admitted to Britain's Q Magazine that he has knowingly copped riffs from

David Bowie's "All the Young Dudes" for both "Don't Look Back In

Anger" and "Stand By Me," expressing amazement that the Thin White Duke

hasn't sued him yet ...

River Red, the indie film in which Cracker's David

Lowery makes a cameo appearance, was one of 18 movies accepted for

the dramatic exhibition at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. The film, which

was chosen out of a possible 800 entries, features a new Cracker song,

"Lullabye," the old Cracker nugget, "Take Me Down To the Infirmary," and a

score by Cracker guitarist Johnny Hickman ... Although the deal is not

yet sealed, The Jesus and Mary Chain are close to signing with

SubPop Records for a new album to be released in early summer of 1998 ...

Also, '80s flash-in-the-pan band Bow Wow Wow are set to climb

aboard the reunion train, ending a decade's long respite, when they tour the

U.S. beginning on Dec. 16 in Kansas City, Mo. Back for more are original

singer Annabella Lwin and bassist Leigh Gorman, joined by a

new drummer and guitarist as they re-hash their tribal-drum hits "I Want Candy"

and "Go Wild in the Country" ...

Detroit grungers Sponge are about to enter a New York studio to

record their third CD. With 17 songs picked from the 40 demos recorded over

the past few months, including the (tentatively titled) tracks "Planet Girls,"

"Assume The Position," "Come In From The Rain," "Lackluster" and

"Chameleon," the band will be produced by Kevin Shirley (Silverchair,

Aerosmith). Expect a spring of 1998 release ...

Finally, a DJ on San Francisco's Live 105 recently reacted with an on-air shrug

to news that Bjork would not be making it to the station's Dec. 7 "Green

Christmas" show due to what the Icelandic engima's camp said was a fever

resulting from a routine kidney infection. It seems Bjork has canceled

appearances at the holiday event three years-running now. Then, not willing to leave the poor girl alone, another of the station's DJ's made on-air calls to Iceland in a supposed attempt to verify the illness, although embarrassing Bjork appeared to be the real agenda.

(ATN's Senior Writer Gil Kaufman and Staff Writer Chris Nelson compiled

this report)

[Thur., Dec. 4, 1997, 9 a.m. PDT]