Scans: Hole, Sonic Youth, Buffalo's Daughter, Beck, Johnny Cash...

Hole's still-untitled new album is now scheduled to arrive in stores on May 19. A source at Geffen, Hole's label, said on Friday that the group is currently in a New York studio working through the final stages of recording the album, its first since 1994's breakthrough Live Through This ... New York's Poemfone will celebrate National Poetry Month in April by daily posting new poems by a number of rock artists. The dial-a-poem line -- (212) 631-4234 -- will be updated daily with new, thought-expanding works from such favorite contributors as Soul Coughing's M. Doughty and Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo ...

The name of Buffalo Daughter's sophomore release is New Rock. The 14-track album, due at the end of March on Grand Royal, features the rock 'n' keyboards tracks "Rhythm and Basement," "What's the Trouble With My Silver Turkey," "Sock, Drugs & Rock 'N' Roll," "Airport Rock" and "Jellyfish

Blues" ...

Beck, who recently completed a remix of "Sexy Boy" for French electronic artists Air, is in negotiations to remix a track off Bjork's most recent album, Homogenic. The techno-folk poster boy is also still working on a long-rumored remix EP. Beck entered his home studio this week to record three new songs for the EP, which is slated to also feature B-sides and all-star remixes and could come out this summer, according to a Geffen Records representative. Although a final track listing has not yet been completed, among the remixes completed for the EP are an Aphex Twin mix of "Devil's Haircut," two Dust Brothers remixes of "Where It's At," an U.N.K.L.E. mix of "Where It's At" and the B-sides "Zero Hundred Thousand" and "Lemonade." Beck is also expected to take part in an all-star tribute to country legend Johnny Cash, who has been ill recently, at Feb. 25's Grammy awards show ...

Blues rocker Ben Harper will release a limited-edition EP on March 10 that will be bundled-in with copies of his 1997 album, The Will To Live. The EP will feature the new single "Mama's Trippin'," as well as five previously unreleased live tracks: "Faded," "Forever," "The Will to Live," "I Shall Not Walk Alone" and a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile" ... -- ATN staff report [Mon., Feb. 9, 1998, 9 p.m. PST]

Metal band Slaughter's guitarist, Tim Kelly, 34, died Thursday in Arizona of massive head injuries after his car collided with a jackknifed tractor trailer. On Friday, Kelly's bandmates pledged to dedicate a forthcoming live album to the guitarist's memory ...

Oasis are soliciting input from their fans on which tracks to include on a possible B-sides compilation album. Fans are being asked to visit the band's official "Oasis Internet" homepage and vote for 12 songs from a pool of 33 for inclusion on the album, which could be released by year's end ... Motown Records will celebrate their 40th anniversary by releasing a double-disc set entitled Motown 40 Forever on Feb. 17. The 39 songs will include a remix of the Jackson 5 hit song "I Want You Back" done by king sampler Sean "Puffy" Combs ...

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony members Bizzy Bone and Krayzie Bone plan on dropping double-disc sets of their own. Bizzy expects his double-dip to be available this April, and Krayzie has plans to release his, featuring guest raps from Ice Cube, in June ... MC Warren G.'s copyright infringement lawsuit against country star Garth Brooks -- which claims Brooks' circled lowercase "g" stamp is too similar to the rapper's own capital "G" logo -- has been cleared for trial on May 12 in California, according to Reuters. Brooks' lawyers are expected to argue for dismissal at a hearing slated for April 27 ... -- ATN staff report [Sat., Feb. 7, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]

The Offspring and Steel Pulse will headline "Board Aid 5 For LIFEbeat," on March 15 at the Bear Mountain resort in Big Bear Lake, Calif. The day-long snowboarding, music and AIDS-awareness event will also feature reunited ska-legends the Specials and One Hit Wonder ... The 90-minute home video "Eric Clapton 'Live in Hyde Park' " will be released on Feb. 17. The video, which chronicles the guitar giant's free London concert in front of more than 150,000 fans on June 29, 1996, features Clapton performing such hits as "Badge," "Wonderful Tonight," "Layla," "I Shot the Sheriff," "White Room" and "Everyday I Have the Blues" ... More Miles Than Money: Live 1994-1996 (Feb. 24) is the name of an upcoming 11-track chronicle of the work of Austin, Texas, rocker Alejandro Escovedo. The compilation of originals such as "Last To Know," "Slip," "Pissed off 2 A.M." and "She Towers Above" from the former leader of the punk band The Nuns and cowpunk Rank and File also mixes in unique covers of the Rolling Stones' "Sway," a cello vs. guitar take on punk godfathers Iggy & the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and Lou Reed's "Street Hassle" ...

A Georgia high school basketball coach resigned this week after being

handed a 30-day suspension for playing The Fugees' The Score

before a game last week, which violated a school district policy against

playing music with violent or obscene lyrics at school events, according to

the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Sometimes to get a mule's

attention, you have to hit him over the head with a two-by-four," said

Superintendent Corky Jones, who ordered the music ban ...

Industrial bangers KMFDM have just released a six-track remix album, MDFMK, that features three remixes of "Megalomaniac," two mixes of the new track "Anarchy" and a "Death Before Taxes Mix" of "Unfit" ... The new Alanis Morissette track "Uninvited" will be featured on the "City of Angels" soundtrack. The soundtrack to the Meg Ryan/Nicolas Cage film will also feature the new Peter Gabriel song "Grieve" and a new track from the Goo Goo Dolls entitled "Who I Am" ... Those who are under the impression that all ska hails from Jamaica, California or the U.K. should check out At Ease, the new album from Kansas City, Mo.'s The Gadjits. The 15-cut collection - - produced by Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong for his own Hellcat imprint -- ought to have the Great Plains skankin' in no time ...

Rock and pop memorabilia prices went through the roof Wednesday at a Christie's auction that saw a velvet blouse worn by late blues-rock belter Janis Joplin and one of her trademark boas each selling for $5,000, while a pair of her bellbottoms fetched $10,350. Reuters reports that while nearly a fourth of the lots went unsold, leaving the take some half a million dollars under projections, the following items brought in big bucks: a motorcycle jacket worn by late guitar god Jimi Hendrix ($13,800), lyrics for former Beatle John Lennon's "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" ($28,750), working lyrics for late Doors leader Jim Morrison's poem "The Celebration of the Lizard" ($40,250) and a snooker table owned by the Rolling Stones ($12,075). Surprisingly, a 12-string acoustic guitar owned by reggae legend Bob Marley failed to bring in the estimated $150-200,000 expected ...

The name of the upcoming album from apocalyptic Chicago noise band The Jesus Lizard is Blue (April 21). The album, produced by former Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill, features the songs: "I Can Learn," "Horse Doctor Man," "Eucalyptus," "Tale of Two Women," "Cold Water," "Until the Rain," "Post Coital Glow," "Until it Stopped to Die," "Soft Damage," "Happy Snakes," "Needles for Teeth" and "Terremoto" ... Also scheduled for release on April 21 is Connected, the debut album from new hip-hop label 3-2-1 Records. The benefit for anti-gun violence group PAX features hip-hop and dub-inflected tracks from Blackalicious, Channel Live, Refugee Camp member Spida, Badawi, Lateef the Truth Speaker, Dubmarine and a reunion of the legendary Ultramagnetic MC's on the new track "It's All the Way Live" ... -- ATN staff report [Fri., Feb. 6, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]