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.