As the swallows return to Capistrano, each new year sees Billy molt out of his previous bar band and pupate himself a new one. The redheaded bass player is Reed Richards, and he was in Billy’s last group; his presence in the current ensemble suggests he did not ask for a raise.

Can Jambase and Relix please credit me? I stole this picture fair and square from Benjy Eisen’s Instagram account, so it’s my news. Thank you.

You burying the lede a little, skipper?

Huh?

Is Benjy managing this group?

Oh, God, I hope so.

I hope so for all of us.