Scans: Liz Phair, Joey Ramone, Screaming Trees, Ice-T, X-ecutioners, Puff Daddy...

In January, Liz Phair returned to the studio with Brad Wood,

producer and drummer for her classic 1993 debut, Exile in Guyville,

as well as the follow-up, 1994's Whip-smart. Phair's third

full-length album, whitechocolatespaceegg, is now slated for a June

release and is likely to include tracks recorded in the sessions with

Wood, as well as those produced by Phair herself and cuts she worked on

with former R.E.M. producer Scott Litt ... Fresh from their live

appearance on Pearl Jam's "Monkeywrench Radio" program, Seattle

punks Zeke will hit the streets with their new album, Kicked In

the Teeth (Epitaph), in April ... Cat Power mastermind Chan

Marshall (responsible for the awesome "Nude As the News," which appeared on Cat Power's 1996 album, What Would the Community Think?) has finished recording the next CP album in Australia, with

Dirty Three's Mick Turner and Jim White stepping in to

lend a hand. Look for a September release on Matador ...

Former Ramones leader Joey Ramone, who was hospitalized several weeks ago in serious condition, has been released from a New York hospital and is recuperating at his home ...

Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan is working on his third solo album for the Sub Pop label. The still-untitled album, the follow-up to his haunting 1994 CD, Whiskey of the Holy Ghost, is tentatively scheduled for an August release ... MTV: 120 Minutes Live, a 14-track compilation of live performances from the video channel's Sunday night new-music program, "120 Minutes," has just been released. Among the previously unreleased performances are songs by Brit-rockers Oasis and Radiohead, Perry Farrell's Porno for Pyros, folk-rock artist Victoria Williams with former Velvet Underground leader Lou Reed, rocker PJ Harvey, Lemonheads singer Evan Dando and Icelandic songstress Bjork ... Rapper Ice-T is currently recording his seventh album, The Seventh Deadly Sin, with an eye toward an August release. T, who just last Friday joined Kool Keith onstage at Keith's San Francisco show with Common and the X-ecutioners, is in negotiations to release Keith's next solo album on his Coroner Records imprint ...

The soundtrack to the British comedy "Shooting Fish" features new and previously released tracks from Space, Symposium, the Bluetones, Dubstar, the Divine Comedy, the Wannadies, the Supernaturals and R&B pop-singer Dionne Warwick doing "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" The soundtrack will be released on April 7 ... In March, Delinquent Records will release The Pink and the Black, a two-CD collection of goth and glam bands. The Black disc features gothically influenced tracks from Sunshine Blind, the New Creatures and Attrition, while the Pink disc corrals glam favorites such as singer Dee Snider's SMF, Pretty Boy Floyd and The Zeros ...

Basketball star/rapper Shaquille O'Neal has signed a marketing and distribution deal with A&M Records for his TWIsM label. The first release from the deal will be O'Neal's fourth rap album, and a late '98 release is expected from MC Peter Gunz, currently on the charts with "Deja Vu," his collaboration with Lord Tariq ... The first rock act signed to rapper/producer Sean "Puffy" Combs' Bad Boy label, Fuzzbubble, will make their live debut this weekend at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom as part of celebrations for the NBA All-Star Game. The group will be joined onstage by Combs' rap alter-ego, Puff Daddy, The Lox and Lil' Kim ... ATN staff report [Wed., Feb. 4, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]

The name of Rancid's fourth album is Life Won't Wait, tentatively slated for a May 18 release. Dancehall-reggae star Buju Banton makes a guest appearance on one of the tracks ... Canadian folk-rocker Hayden is wrapping work on his sophomore album, which is tentatively scheduled for a late April release ...

The name of the final Presidents of the United States of America album -- a mix of live tracks, B-sides, covers and unreleased new material -- is Pure Frosting. The album, due March 10, features previously unreleased versions of "Teenage Girl," "Tiki Lounge God," "Slip Away," "Tremelo Blooz" and a cover of Ian Hunter's "Cleveland Rocks." Along with the live tracks -- "Lump," "Man (Opposable Thumb)" and "Back Porch" -- the album features the new tracks "Love Delicatessen," "Mobile Home," "Sunshine," the rare track "Japan" and their new single, a cover of the Buggles' "Video Killed The Radio Star" ...

Former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell is busy writing material for his debut solo album. Cornell is scheduled to enter a studio in April to begin recording the untitled album ... Detroit ska-punkers The Suicide Machines will release the 22-song Battle Hymns on April 7, the follow-up to their 1996 major-label debut, Destruction by Definition ...

The soundtrack to the upcoming comedy "Meet the Deedles" (April 3), which stars Dennis Hopper, features a number of new tracks from bands such as The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Goldfinger. Among the songs scheduled for inclusion are: "For You" (Save Ferris), "I Can't Wait" (Hepcat), "High School" (Isaac Green & the Skalars), "Failing and Leaving" (Radish), "Wrong Thing" (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones), "Seems Like Yesterday" (Goldfinger) and "Dr. Bones" (Cherry Poppin' Daddies). The soundtrack, due March 17, is also slated to feature a band called Homey, a collaboration between Weezer leader Rivers Cuomo and bassist Matt Sharp, doing the song "American Girls" ...

Famed producer Jermaine Dupri (Usher, Kris Kross) is recording his debut solo album in Atlanta. The album, titled Life In 1472, is due out May 19 and will feature guest rappers Snoop Doggy Dogg, Slick Rick and Nas ... Playa' checks in with a disc chock-full of new tracks titled Cheers 2 U, which features guest raps from Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot, Aaliyah and Magoo and production work by Timbaland ... Rap man C-Murder springs a fresh torrent of unheard tunes with his March 17 release of Life Or Death, featuring partners in rhyme Master P, Mystikal and Silkk The Shocker ... -- ATN staff report [Tues., Feb. 3, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]