Billboard Bits: Phish, Brad Paisley, Autechre

News on Phish, Brad Paisley, Autechre

Groove ArmadaThe Mimi Fishman Foundation, the charitable organization started by the late mother of Phish drummer Jon Fishman, is auctioning a pair of tickets and aftershow passes to a February show by the newly reunited band. The auction, which can be bid on at the Foundation's official Web site, lasts through Dec. 29.

The winner can pick the show of his or her choice to attend on the band's upcoming tour, which starts Feb. 14 in Los Angeles. The Foundation, which raises money for dozens of charitable organizations, regularly auctions off items donated by Phish and other jam bands, and has raised over $16,000 over the past two-and-a-half years, according to the Web site.

Phish's latest album, "Round Room" (Elektra), was released last week. The group made its first public live appearance in more than two years Saturday (Dec. 14) on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," where it played concert favorite "Chalkdust Torture" and new song "46 Days." The band plays New York's Madison Square Garden on New Year's Eve.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

Groove ArmadaCountry artist Brad Paisley will appear as a special guest tomorrow night (Dec. 17) on the ABC sitcom "According to Jim" at 8:30 p.m. ET. The turn in the episode, titled "The Brother-In-Law," follows a September visit the show's star, Jim Belushi, paid to Paisley while on the road. Belushi played harmonica and sang for a bit during the Los Angeles stop on the Paisley-headlined "CMT Most Wanted" concert tour, which closed over the weekend in Las Vegas.

Paisley was out on the road in support of his Arista Nashville album "Part II," which debuted in June 2001 at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. His latest single, "I Wish You'd Stay," is No. 15 in its 19th week on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Groove ArmadaPioneering electronica duo Autechre will release a new studio album, "Draft 7.30," April 7 via Warp Records. The set follows the summer release of the "Gantz Graf" EP, which featured three songs alongside three videos. "Draft 7.30" is the follow-up to 2001's "Confield," which debuted at No. 47 on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart.

As previously reported, Autechre is curating the next installment of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, set for April 4-6 in Camber Sands, England. Public Enemy has just been added to a lineup that already includes the first performance in more than 20 years by Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, Aphex Twin, Carl Craig, El-P, the Fall, Kool Keith, Jim O'Rourke, Cannibal Ox, LFO, A Guy Called Gerald, and Andrea Parker.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.