Saturday, April 30, 2011

FLEET FOXES LEAK - Helplessness Blues

UPDATE: Just got the double LP (with download & poster) at Redscroll Records, the order came in five minutes before I did.  Buy it now!

Just a quick follow up on our last Fleet Foxes post, found here:

With less than a week until the drop date (May 3rd), a high quality leak has been circulating, and has also been in constant rotation on our iPods.  The skip-free version of Montezuma has been a breath of fresh air, and the crystal-clarity of the 320k files really bring the album to life.  Check out the full version of “Montezuma” and the title track embedded below.  Happy hunting!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Heirlooms & More @ Meriden's Daffodil Festival

The likes of Eric Burdon, Chuck Berry, Mark Mulcahy(!), and a very young MGMT have played Meriden's Hubbard Park in recent years.  While many attend the yearly Daffodil Festival for the flowers and food (which are both outstanding), we've taken to going for the music, for as you know, we LOVE the free concert.  Recent years have seen the removal of the high profile headliner in favor of emphasis on local music, which may be a deal-breaker for some, but is completely understandable.  After all, it's hard to complain about the value of a free fair.  This year has Sunday featuring a much stronger lineup than Saturday, profiled below are a few acts we're definitely going to catch.

Hartford's indie-folk sextet Heirlooms made waves last year, releasing their fantastic self-titled EP to much acclaim.  Mixing the lush instrumentation of a full band with classic folk sensibilities, their sound is reminiscent of Iron & Wine's second and third LP's, when they began to expand beyond their trademark acoustic-folk sound.  Their star is ever-rising, being recently added to the slate of local bands in the B.O.M.B. Fest lineup, hopefully not overlapping with Man Man or our other "must-sees" (M.T. Bearington being scheduled during Of Montreal last year was a travesty).  Their Daffodil Festival set (Sunday at 2:45) will be the perfect opportunity to see them before they "turn pop" on us (kidding), as it will be a low-pressure environment to enjoy their music.  Embedded below is a new track, "Hair in a Mess", recently performed at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

"The Zambonis are North America's Favorite ALL-HOCKEY Band!!!  Really.  Every song is about hockey!"  This quote from their website says it all, every song really is about hockey.  We last saw them at the New Haven "Ciao My Shining Star" release show, where their surf-guitar version of the Hartford Whaler's "Brass Bonanza" was an instant classic.  Enjoy "I Wanna Drive the Zamboni", embedded below.

In another example of scheduling misfortune, jam-rock wunderkinds The McLovins are scheduled to play 3:30-4:45 (mostly at the same time as The Zambonis).  Having recently played Infinity Hall and Bridgeport's Gathering of the Vibes, they've acquired an impeccable reputation as a live act and quite the fanbase.  Enjoy a part of their Vibes set, embedded below, with all the shirtlessness, smoke, and twirling that's come to be expected at the Gathering.

So come on by Hubbard Park this Saturday or with us this Sunday to enjoy some of the best of CT's local music scene, not to mention 600,001 daffodils, though I don't envy the person who had to take that count.  Complementary shuttle buses will be provided from parking lots at the public schools, where there's free parking, and check out the complete details (and full music schedule) at See you there!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Spring Concert Preview: Manic Productions Edition

It's that time of the year where the weather's warmer and the earliest of the summer tours begin, making things quite busy on the concert front.  It's no different for our friends at Manic Productions, who kick it into high gear once the snow melts and music is in the air.  Here are some highlights of their upcoming event schedule:

Ted Leo (solo) @ The Space (Hamden), Friday April 29th

Frontman for the aptly named Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, the indie-punk vocalist/guitarist is no stranger to Manic events, having played several of their shows (both solo and with full band) in recent years, also swinging through supporting Pearl Jam a couple summers back.  Check out this solo take on "The High Party", and come check out the show this Friday.  Drew Doherty and Midi & the Modern Dance (solo) support, $12.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ Daniel Street (Milford), Monday May 2nd

These indie-pop darlings last played CT with Surfer Blood in summer 2010, also playing Daniel Street.  Their infectious, hook-laden, noisy pop is sure to please.  Check out the title track of their most recent LP Belong, embedded below.  Twin Shadow and The Stepkids support, $15 at the door, $13 in advance.

Mates of State @ The Space, Friday May 27th

This will mark my fifth time seeing Mates (6th for Freesia, but who's counting?), including appearances at All Points West 2008 and last year's I Am Fest in New London.  This show is a return to The Space for the husband & wife musical duo and is a pregame of sorts for B.O.M.B. Fest 2011, taking place the following two days.  Enjoy the live staple "Goods (All in Your Head)", embedded below, and expect a full post in the leadup to the show.  Bear Hands and The Lonely Forest support, $15.

The Antlers @ The Space, Friday June 17th

The Antlers' latest album, Burst Apart, is currently streaming on NPR and is definitely worth a listen.  A leak of reasonable quality is currently available online, but we'll keep hunting and let you know when some better mp3s of these multi-instrumental indie-rockers are available.  Until then, here's a live version of "Shiva" from their first LP, Hospice, which was the soundtrack for my writing this post.  Great pick.  Little Scream supports, $15 at the door, $13 in advance.

Honorable mentions:  You can stave off your B.O.M.B. Fest hangover with 2011 alums Titus Andronicus (opening for Okkervil River) and Against Me! on June 4th and June 8th, respectively, at Toad's Place in New Haven.  Frankly we're still hoping for a double dose of Quintron & Miss Pussycat.  Make it happen, Mark!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Of Montreal - Friends of Mine

Here's a deep cut from indie glam-rockers Of Montreal, whom we'll be seeing with Painted Palms at Toad's Place tonight.  Off their 2002 tour-only EP, If He Is Protecting Our Nation, Then Who Will Protect Big Oil, Our Children?, comes their take on The Zombies' classic Odessey and Oracle track "Friends of Mine".  Of Montreal puts their unique melodic stamp on the tune, while keeping what is a quintessential sixties track "stuck" in the sixties.  This is in no way a bad thing.  The track is a free download on Polyvinyl's website for the EP, which has since been re-released commercially, or check out the video embedded below.  See you at the show tonight!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Of Montreal and Painted Palms at Toad's Place - Tomorrow!

Of Montreal is so good live. We've seen them twice now - once at Toad's Place in 2009 and last year at B.O.M.B. Fest - and they know how to put on a show. They might be in my top 5 bands performance-wise. I tried to find a good live video, as you can see above, but I have to note: This does not speak for the entire Of Montreal concert experience. They're really fun in a festival setting, like the 2007 Coachella video above, but in a more intimate concert venue like Toad's Place, you get the whole slideshow and psychedelic lights effect. Plus they bring out the costumes, props and buffoonery. They play a wide range of their stuff - from the older to newer albums. And the last two times we've seen them, they played a lot off Hissing Fauna, which is my favorite. I can also say we've never danced at a show as much as we did at that 2009 one.

And now we get to experience it again - same place and same time of year - and you can too!

Of Montreal is coming back to Toad's tomorrow.

Here's the link:
Doors at 7.
Show at 8.
Advanced tickets $20.
Day of show $24.

Be excited.

I started listening to the opener, Painted Palms, just recently, and I can't wait to see them live. They're a perfect opener for Of Montreal - they're like if Animal Collective and Of Montreal had a baby. Which is amazing. I'm kind of in love.

Listen to them on their bandcamp page here:

See you tomorrow?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Andrew W.K. - 55 Cadillac

Say what you will about Andrew W.K., but if you've only heard his 2001 debut I Get Wet, you're doing yourself a great disservice.  Whether you love or hate his mindless rock hits "Party Hard" and "I Love NYC" (we LOVE them), there's something for everyone in his other musical output.  Take, for example, my recent discovery of 55 Cadillac, an instrumental album featuring grandiose compositions and soundscapes largely performed on solo piano, with a few surprises.  Give a listen to "Cadillac", the album's closing track, embedded below.  And always remember, to quote the man himself, "The only real failure in life is not following your heart. That and not partying."

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Jesus Christ Superstar (Happy Easter!)

What's the buzz? Tell me what's a-happenin'!

I'm at the point where just about all the churchin' I get is from an annual viewing of the classic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar.  Despite my general disillusionment with Christianity, one thing I'll tell you.  Jesus is cool.  Riddled with counter-culture imagery, echoing the outlandish suggestions Jesus himself made some 2000 years ago, the film adaptation shows Jesus' followers to be not unlike those following the Grateful Dead on tour or joining Ken Kesey to go Further with the Merry Pranksters.  The apostles? The movie shows us all that they sure as hell were "on the bus" with Jesus.

This is all without even mentioning the songs, which, as expected in a Broadway adaptation, are no less than outstanding.  The well-trodden story is buoyed by Andrew Lloyd Webber's score and Tim Rice's lyrics, who both have had tremendous staying power in musicals and songwriting in general.  The portrayal of Judas and Jesus as more conflicted, sympathetic characters can grate on the more pious among us, preferring things to be more black and white, so to speak.  In any case, give the below video a chance, and whether you're up to snuff on your New Testament, we can all agree that Carl Anderson and Ted Neely can belt.

Also embedded is King Herod's Song. Why? Partly because it features character actor Josh Mostel, whom you may know as the horny principal/The Revolting Blob from Billy Madison. But mostly because the whole scene is absolutely hilarious. I'll leave you on that note, and have a fantastic holiday.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

BOMB Fest '011 - Man Man

I’ll never forget my first thoughts when listening to Man Man. I wasn’t sure at the time (and am still not sure) whether it sounded like Tom Waits playing Captain Beefheart or Captain Beefheart playing Tom Waits, but damned if it isn’t fun, technically proficient, and, most importantly, mustachioed rock.

We first saw Man Man opening for Modest Mouse in Spring ’07. They ripped through a 40-minute set that felt thrice as long (in a good way). Dressed in all white and looking like a combination between house painters and Indian warriors, they barely paused between songs to catch their breath. This provided for a sustained feeling of energy and excitement throughout the set, with each song building on the last rather than having lulls between them. Swapping instruments both between and during songs is also a hallmark of Man Man’s live experience, with each member having a go at everything from guitars and keyboards to horns and woodwinds, further adding to the carnival atmosphere created by their sound.  This 2006 performance of Feathers and English Bwudd is not unlike what we saw back in 2007, and hopefully what we'll get more of next month.

Their new album, Life Fantastic, drops May 10th (although Google seems to think it’s Live Fantastic), and we couldn’t be more excited. We’ll finally see them again during this year’s B.O.M.B. Fest, playing Sunday May 29th (likely an afternoon set). Embedded below is the music video for "Rabbit Habits", featuring Charlyne Yi and Fred Armisen, as well as “Knuckle Down”, the lead-off track from their forthcoming LP.

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Flaming Lips Gummy Song Skull - Walk With Me

Newly free from their longtime Warner Bros contract, blog-favorite The Flaming Lips have taken the opportunity to go absolutely crazy, well, crazier than usual.  Having released a 12" EP with Neon Indian and a 12-part Zaireeka-for-iPhones in the form of "Two Blobs Fucking", they are now the proud purveyors of gummy skulls.  Each life-size human skull (made entirely of chewy gummy candy) contains a USB drive in the center, containing four new songs.  The tunes are already online, for those of us not in Wayne's delivery range, and you can listen to the EP standout "Walk With Me" right here, embedded below.  Sort of like a fuzzed-out, noisy take on Iggy Pop's The Idiot. Very dark, but very cool.

Bobb Trimble - Love You Baby

Unearthed yesterday on Bobb Trimble's Facebook page, this unreleased demo shows Wormtorm's gothic-folk psych-rocker at his rawest and most atmospheric.  Ostensibly recorded prior to his first LP, the outstanding Iron Curtain Innocence, the track sounds like Charlie Manson's musical output if standing at one end of a long hallway with a stereo at the other.  Expect an offering from that LP in the future, and expect to hear "Love You Baby" if you get to see him live this summer with his current band, The Flying Spiders.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

RIP Gerard Smith {TV on the Radio}

Gerard Smith, bassist for TV on the Radio, passed away yesterday morning after fighting lung cancer.  I'll admit I'm not as knowledgeable as some on the band, but I doubt anyone could listen to "Staring at the Sun" without recognizing a great talent has been lost.  Fuck cancer.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

4/20 Concert Preview - M.T. Bearington and Grandchildren @ BAR New Haven

For free!
Another amazing free show in Manic Productions' Wednesday concert series brings local favorites M.T. Bearington and Philadelphia's genre-bending rock outfit Grandchildren to BAR New Haven.  And did we mention it's free? And did we mention it's Manic's 9th Anniversary concert? Congrats, Mark!

We've seen M.T. Bearington a number of times across Connecticut, and they never disappoint in bringing their unique flavor of folky-psychedelia (or is it psychedelic folk?).  We finally acquired their first LP, Cloak of Nouns and Loss, at Redscroll Records' Black Friday sale.  It was great to finally have an LP, some songs having only been in our possession from their Hope EP, a CD-R we'd picked up when they opened for Mates of State in 2008.  Their follow up album, Love Buttons, also released on New Haven-based Safety Meeting Records, drops tonight, with the show doubling as an LP release party.  Only 300 copies (hand numbered!) are available, so act fast.  Embedded below is a cut from Love Buttons, "When We Climb".  We'll be featuring songs from Cloak of Nouns and Loss on a future Vintage Vinyl post, so you fellow Bearington faithful should check back soon.

Tonight's headliner, Grandchildren, left me speechless.  I had to listen to their debut album, Everlasting, 3 times before I could even begin to describe it.  I still feel ill equipped to do so.  You could say they sound like Animal Collective remixed by RJD2.  You could say they sound like Roxy Music went acoustic, but retained Brian Eno as a member (along with his production wizardry).  I guess all I can say is for sure is they sound like Grandchildren, and it sounds great.  Hear for yourself with the tracks embedded below, "Cold Warrior" and "Anthill", and come out tonight to BAR!  The festivities begin at nine, and we hope to see you there.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

B.O.M.B. Fest 2011: Venue Change = Awesome

We couldn't ask for better news regarding B.O.M.B. Fest. In fact, it would seem wrong to ask for anything more because the lineup is so amazing, and because they're bringing all these incredible bands to Connecticut for a great cause. But, of course, the festival had to get better: It's moving from Danbury to Hartford.

This is great in so many ways.

First of all, I've driven to and from Western Connecticut State University a number of times, and I was ready to do it again for B.O.M.B. Fest. Yes, it's a college campus, so there's space, but it's kind of far off the highway, and some of those roads can get difficult to navigate when there's any traffic at all. It's also on the western side of the state, which is far for a lot of Connecticut residents. The Comcast Theater in Hartford, which I will forever call the Meadows, is right off the highway, and it's pretty centrally located. This is a two-day festival so a lot of us will be driving in and out two days in a row. Making the commute easier means we can have a more enjoyable time overall.

Second, the Meadows knows how to handle a concert crowd - people go there for big concerts. The traffic situation may be tough, but it will be fine. I've been to a lot of concerts there and have never been late or had problems because of traffic or parking. It will be better than driving to a place where they've never had to handle that big a crowd. In fact, the festival was moved because of capacity issues, which I'm not surprised about. More on that later in this post.

There are so many benefits to having a festival of this magnitude at a place that can handle it. We'll have parking. We'll be directed to parking as soon as we get off the highway. If this were still at WCSU, we'd drive a long way before we'd know where to park, and there may not be places to park directly next to the concert. At the Meadows, there are huge parking lots just for concert-goers. There are porto-potties right in the parking lot and on the outskirts of the venue, and once you get inside, there are plenty of bathrooms (something you have to worry about more when you're a girl, and especially when spending all day at a concert festival, only wanting to take short bathroom breaks so you don't miss your favorite bands).

The Meadows also has its own concessions stands, so we won't have to worry about food or drink throughout the day, when we'll be spending the majority of two whole days there. That was one of the great things about B.O.M.B. Fest last year at the Durham Fairgrounds - there were stands set up for food service already, so we stayed full and hydrated throughout the day.

There have been a lot of complaints on the event page - both today because of the location change, and over the past few weeks because certain local bands weren't chosen to play. Those complaints are completely outrageous and are the opposite of what this festival, and what appreciating music, is all about. Hartford is more convenient for a lot of other people, people who were willing to drive as far out to Danbury to see these bands. Even if it isn't as convenient for residents on the western side of the state, Connecticut is still a small state - the commute isn't that much longer. There won't be issues of intimacy with the bands - it will be exactly the same. Either way, you have to set up stages and speakers and move around from stage to stage to see the different bands. When you're really into a concert, you're there for the music, for the fun of it, for yourself, and for the band. It will be great. And all the side benefits of this festival being held at a concert venue that can cater to this large a crowd will only make it better.

On the local band argument, over 500 bands tried out for 25 spots. The people picking those bands care about local music and had a tough decision to make. They're people who work everyday to support local music in our state. They deserve appreciation for what they do, or respect at the very least.

I noticed that Frank Bombaci himself commented on some of the posts complaining about the venue change, trying to explain his decision. In one response, he said that "this was one of the hardest two weeks of [his] life!" He said the university had last-minute capacity concerns, and he was faced with the decision to either cancel the show or move it. He's working closely with the Comcast management to keep the B.O.M.B. Fest feel, and this is the first time the Comcast has held a nonprofit event. There will be information on the B.O.M.B. Fest website: on Tuesday regarding refunds and answering FAQ. 

If anything, the Bombacis deserve our thanks for all the hard work they've done putting together the festival this year, and the past ones. B.O.M.B. Fest has grown drastically over this short amount of time - it went from being an awesome festival to the premiere one in the area. It's bringing us some awesome bands, and it's sure to be an amazing time. That's something we should appreciate, not complain about.

In case you didn't see our initial post on our excitement for B.O.M.B. Fest, you can see it here:

And if you've been keeping track, we've been doing quick features on some of the bands we'll see, and we'll keep doing them until the festival. Keep checking back!

- Freesia

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Record Store Day 2011

Merry Picnic is celebrating Record Store Day! While we can't be there in person at Redscroll Records, we hope you all make it down for the sales, exclusives (Flaming Lips vinyl box, anyone?), and free schwag (Manic Productions ticket vouchers? Hell yes).

Embedded below is another Iron & Wine track off their Black Friday RSD release, a limited edition single of "Walking Far from Home" off Kiss Each Other Clean, released on CD and 12" vinyl.  The b-sides are fantastic as well, so give "Biting Your Tail" a listen and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL RECORD STORE.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Iron & Wine @ Mass MoCA - April 16th

Lamely enough, it was the Garden State soundtrack that got me started with Iron & Wine, that “indie-tastic” collection of Braff-approved tracks that to many {somewhat erroneously} define the term indie.  Any form of quirky folk/acoustic rock now gets the “indie” tag, despite all the amazing things going on in other genres.  In any case, I was growing out of my Postal Service fandom when I was grabbed by their cover of “Such Great Heights”.  Sorry Ben Gibbard, but there’s something all too manufactured about Give Up, a certain amount of overproduction that Sam Beam’s finger-picked guitar and softly hummed vocals manage to strip away.

I immediately fell in love with their first LP; the sleepy folk classic The Creek Drank the Cradle, just under 40 minutes of unpolished yet entrancing music.  Largely self-recorded in Beam’s home studio (this being back when the band was more Beam’s solo project than a "band"), Creek is a perfect starting point for new listeners as it gives context to the change/expansion of their sound over time.  Embedded below is lead track and album highlight “Lion’s Mane”.

Iron & Wine’s sound expanded on subsequent albums and EPs, adding both members and influences as they’ve soldiered on.  Elements of jazz-fusion and jam acts have slowly worked their way into the music, particularly on their most recent album Kiss Each Other Clean.  Throughout their history from album to album, the only common sonic thread linking them is Beam’s guitar/vocal work and songwriting.

We’ll be road tripping up to North Adams to see the band touring this newest LP Saturday night (April 16) at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA), which is also the site of Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival.  The plan is to hit the Great Barrington Brewery (with empty growlers in hand) on the way up and Stockbridge, the site of the Alice’s Restaurant Massacree, on the way back, getting the most out of our schlep North.  Except follow up posts on the brewery and concert and enjoy a couple embedded tracks that are sure to be our soundtrack for the ride.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Redscroll Records 4th Anniversary Sale

Happy Anniversary, Redscroll! Thanks for making Wallingford/my area of the state more awesome the last four years.

Redscroll Records, located on 24 North Colony Road in Wallingford, CT is an amazing little record store with a great anniversary sale - 20% off everything in the store - that starts today.

Here's the Facebook event page:!/event.php?eid=207271155953978&index=1

And the info from it:
4TH Anniversary Sale and Record Store Day Celebration!
20% Off Everything in the Store
April 12-17th

Special Hours this day only = 10AM-10PM
Limited Releases! Goodie Bags! Snacks! Secrets! Surprises!

Redscroll Records, 24 N. Colony Rd., Wallingford, CT 06492 USA 203 265 7013
Be excited. Also, in honor of their 4th anniversary, they're going bowling right after close at 8 p.m.

Here's the Facebook event page for that:!/event.php?eid=200029533369975&index=1

Bowling looks like a lot of fun, but I may or may not go because of homework this week. If you can go, I'm extremely jealous, and I hope you have fun!

Look forward to a Record Store Day post before the end of this week. If you haven't looked at the list of Record Store Day releases, you can find them here:

And Redscroll is updating their blog with the releases they're getting here:

Friday, April 8, 2011

Fleck, Hussain, & Meyer - Tonight @ UConn

Last year, myself and the good Dr Bendel managed to snag front row seats for Béla Fleck's Africa Project, accompanying American banjo stylings with a diverse group of African musicians on traditional instruments.  This year, through some insider trading for student priced tickets, we are back in the front row, with Fleck being joined by cellist Edgar Meyer and Indian tabla player Zakir Hussain.  Hussain has been previously featured on the blog as a member of the Diga Rhythm Band and is also known for his collaboration with Diga and Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart on Planet Drum and The Global Drum Project, two excellent LPs of percussive world music.  Fleck, Hussain, and Meyer have previously worked together on The Melody of Rhythm, a triple concerto of world music, showing the diverse range and influences of each of the three masters.  Embedded below is album standout "Bubbles", likely to be played tonight, hopefully with some new outings as well.  Tickets are $24-30 for the general public, but only $7 for UConn students (or recent alumni who still resemble their ID).  Hope to see you there!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Charles Bradley - Heart of Gold (Neil Young cover)

Blog-favorite Charles Bradley has a new single, performing a soulful version of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold".  This full brass band version of Young's classic is paired with a cut from Bradley's debut 'No Time for Dreaming', "In You (I Found a Love)".  The official worldwide release date is May 3rd, but fans can get the 45 or mp3s through Daptone Records through the month of the April.  Embedded below is a live acoustic version with guitarist Thomas Brenneck, founder of Brooklyn's Menehan Street Band.  Enjoy!

Friday, April 1, 2011

This pie's so good it is a crime...

Last year for April Fool's, mc chris posted a song to his website chronicling the cult television drama Twin Peaks.  I'm currently watching the series for a second time, and loving it just as much as the first.  I find myself drawn back to that small town in the Pacific Northwest, wondering "Who killed Laura Palmer?" like many did in the early 90s.  The song manages to pack almost 30 hours of story into its three and a half minutes, sampling Angelo Badalamenti's gripping score, including the show's theme "Falling" and the "Love Theme" motif used for the late Miss Palmer.  See a tribute video set to the song embedded below and partial lyrics listing the numerous eccentric/scheming denizens of the seemingly bucolic town.  At one point or another they were all suspects in the murder.  In reality, they were almost all guilty of their own crimes, the discovery of which is half the fun of watching (and re-watching) the series.

Was it Audrey, oh so tawdry, freshly squeezed little tease?
Was it the baddie, Audrey's daddy, busy buying twin peaks?
Was it Leland, his attorney, always straightening his tie?
Was it Norma? She's a killer I'm still waitin' for pie.

Was it Jacoby? He's an oldie; used to run with the gangs.
Was it Harold Smith, or was his crime that he's just lame?
Was it Donna, the elitist, packin' peaches for James?
Was it Bobby Briggs? I think it is; keep hearin' his name.

Was it Leo? He's a creepo and his ponytail is evil,
And he got a lot of screen time in the unpopular prequel.
This detective got diminished so they could finish with Kiefer,
But I saw Kristen Davis naked; she got fish in her beaver. (What?)