R ‘N’ R Three Dot: Manson Shows Kinder, Charitable Side

Who said Marilyn Manson didn’t have a
soft spot for kids? The shock rocker has
donated an autographed prosthetic limb to be
auctioned off at a June 29 charity concert
for Hale House, a New York City organization
specializing in the careof infants born with
drug or alcohol addictions, or infected with
HIV. Other items for sale include stage
costumes from the Lunachicks, an
autographed snowboard from the Offspring,
and a golf pack featuring tees, balls and a
clu
b from NOFX‘s Fat Mike. The benefit
event will be hosted by Lunachicks singer
Theo Kogan and will take place at New York’s
Tramps club. Scheduled performers include
the Lunachicks, Weston, Furious
George
and the Candy S
natchers
,
all of whom appear
on a new compilation album from Go-Kart
Records called Go-Kart Vs. The Corporate
Giant
, which will be unveiled for the
first time at the Hale House benefit…

“They did it.” Vicki Weiner, a spokesperson

for the Greenwich Village Society of Historic
Preservation told ATN Monday, “They tore it
down on June 5th. We were there, giving a
tour and saw it coming down.” Weiner was
referring to the historic facade constructed
by rock guitar great
Jimi Hendrix

around his Electric Lady Studios in New
York’s Greenwich Village. As reported in
ATN, Weiner and countless other Hendrix fans
had joined forces in the past few months to
oppose the demolition of the facade due to
its obvious historic and cultural
significance, but Friedland & Associates, the
company which owns the building and which had
been given a permit by the city to renovate,
“knew they were within the law tearing it
down,” said Weiner “and that’s all they cared
ab
out.” Efforts to save the decorative front
came to naught as this piece of rock ‘n’ roll
history came down that afternoon. Plans are
in the works to erect three glass storefronts
in its place…

Matador Records confirmed that rock mom Liz

Phair has gotten back to work on her
long-delayed third album with R.E.M.
producer Scott Litt. The new album,
whitechocolatespaceegg would be Phair’s
first new full-length effort since 1994′s
lukewarm Whip-Smart.
Some tentative
song titles from the album, scheduled for an
October release, are: “Desperado,”
“Fantasize,” “White Bird of Texas” and
“Freak of Nature”…

Former Guided by Voices guitarist
Tobin Sprout will release his second

solo album on Aug. 26, Moonflower Plastic
(Welcome to My Wigwam)
. A follow-up to
last year’s excellent Carnival Boy,
the self-produced album features 14 tracks
with Sprout acting as a one-man band on all
but two tunes. Those number
s feature
Spoon drummer Jim Eno and
ex-Guided By Voices drummer Kevin
Fennell
. Songs include: “Paper Cut,”
“Get Out of My Throat,” “Beast of Souls,”
“A Little Odd,” “All Used Up,” “Since I …,”
“Curious Things,” “Exit Pla
nes” and “Hit
Junky Dives”…

Mark Eitzel will shed his
Tuatara and Minus Five collaborators
for a few weeks this summer while he embarks
on a solo acoustic tour. The former
American Music Club singer will join

forces with girl-kisser Jill Sobule
from Aug. 1-12. He will then take a break
and hit the road again in September with the
Simple Machines Records band Ida, who
will back him on the tour. Eitzel, who
co-wrote with and was produced
by R.E.M.‘s
Peter Buck on his most recent solo
album, West, has apparently written
so much fresh material with Buck that there’s
talk of another collaborative record next
year…

Former Galaxie 500 members Damo
n

and Naomi will play a handful of dates
in support of the Sub Pop re-release of their
1992 debut, More Sad Hits, several of
which will find them joined by ’60s
underground legend Tom Rapp (Pearls Before
Swine)
. D&N ho
oked-up with Rapp,
currently a Philadelphia civil rights lawyer
who hadn’t played live in over 20 years,
after the latter performed a cover of their
song “Tour of the World” at
this April’s Terrastock psychedelic festival.
Inspired, the duo re
turned the favor by
covering Rapp’s “Translucent Carriages”
during their set the next day, and a mutual
admiration society was hatched, leading to a
triumphant set-closing all-together-now
version of Bob Dylan‘s “I Shall Be
Released.” R
app will be on the bill July 1
at New York’s Knitting Factory and July 8 at
Boston’s Passim club.

ATN senior reporters Gil Kaufman and Chris
Nelson contributed to this report.