My name is Riley, and I play drums and write music for a band called Thrice.

This is where I ramble about music, sports, food, books, the interwebs and whatever else I deem worthy of sharing.

In addition to my ramblings here, I'm also the co-founder of a baseball-specific twitter feed podcast and blog with my good friend Ian, called Productive Outs.

I also have a bandcamp page and a soundcloud page that I'll be posting my own music and remixes on every once in a while.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions presented on this blog are mine and mine only, and do not reflect the position or views of Thrice as a whole.

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Random Start: Coliseum, “Seven Cities” 

Wash this down with two or three cups of coffee and watch your productivity go through the roof.

I loved Coliseum’s last record, Sister Faith, and it’s been ages since I revisited the records that got me hooked on the band in the first place (Goddamage, S/T & No Salvation). I’m gonna have to fix that today. 

Buy No Salvation here.

Robin Williams Live at the Met

This is the first legit standup comedy I was ever really exposed to — aside from Bill Cosby, “Himself” (because it was PG) — and it changed my life. It was like a gateway drug or band, in that it exposed me to a world of happiness and enjoyment that I never knew existed. I can still recall these jokes like they were the lyrics to my favorite song, and I don’t think I’d appreciate Louis CK, Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron and many other comedians as much as I do today if it wasn’t for Robin Williams.

His death is hitting me a lot harder that it should, I suppose (because I never met him), but his work made me so happy and it inspired me want to try to make people people be happy … which is why it’s so goddamn sad that he killed himself because he was depressed.

Watch this. Watch all five parts. It’s been funny for almost 40 years, and it will always be funny. (His outfit is also funny.)

RIP Robin Williams

This is what happens when you throw Meshuggah and Soul Train in a blender and press “shred”.

(via Metal Injection)

Song of the Day: Noah Gundersen, “Ledges” 

If you’re into minimalist singer/songwriter stuff, this has got to resonate with you in some shape or form. Great songwriting, and a great voice.

Productive Outs - PRODcast 90: There's A Base At The End Of This


Quick show before both of us take off for vacation and/or work. Please consume and enjoy!

- Open: Managing expectations (0:00-4:04)

- Emails: Short, sweet, and very good. (You guys, not us.) (4:51-20:33)

- Musical guest: ’68Buy “In Humor and Sadness” here. (21:15-27:10)

- Baseball talk: (27:10-49:26)

  • Trade deadline recap

  • The Angels need a starter

  • Everyone hates the Dbacks

  • Matt Cain is toast

  • Javier Baez and the impending rise of the Cubes

- Music and baseball question: “having a” vs. “playing” catch and what goes into sequencing an album? (50:15-1:02:25)

- Puig Destroyer non-updates and TTFN! (1:02:25-1:09:40)

The Life And Times - Again

Song of the Day: The Life And Times, “Again” 

Holy crap. This is one hell of an album opener. I’m on my first listen of Lost Bees, and it’s outstanding thus far. I had high hopes for this one (because I loved No One Loves You Like I Do so much) and it’s safe to say that my expectations have been exceeded.

Also: If you’re a drummer and you needed a little revving of your inspiration engine, Chris Metcalf’s playing on this record should help you out quite a bit. I’m dying to get behind a kit right now.

Lost Bees can be purchased here. Do it.

Song/Video of the Day: ‘68, “Track 1 R” 

I love how raw, nasty and energetic this song is. The record is full of more of the same. Highly recommended.

Buy it here.

I’ve been waiting 8 years for a taste of the new Jakob record. To say that I’m excited would be an understatement. They’re one of my favorite bands on the planet.

October 21st can’t come soon enough.

Song of the Day: Greys, “Use Your Delusion” 

Very solid Canadian noise-rock. Recommended if you like Roomrunner, Metz, The Bronx, Fight Amp, uh … Nirvana (I guess), etc. 

Buy their LP, If Anything, here.

Thanks to Jesse from KEN Mode for the heads up.

Productive Outs - PRODcast 89: EAAAAAARTHQUAKE!!!


Yes, we’ve run out of player numbers to reference. But we’ve made up for it with a really solid podcast. Read on…

- The open (0:00-7:15)

- Your emails (8:08-30:13)

- The musical guest: 1-800-BANDBuy “Diver Blue” here. (31:00-35:35)

- The musical-baseball human guest: Doug Miller of MLB.com (35:35-1:03:55)

- Baseball talk! (1:04:40-1:31:25)

  • HOT STOVE: Deadline comin’! #HUGWATCH

  • Price/Zobrist fatigue 

  • Jake Peavy, Dan Uggla, Matt Cain and the RIP Gaints

  • Barney Darwin to the Dodgers

  • The Royals are winning and it’s almost August. When do they shit the bed

  • Isotopes vs. Aces brawl

  • Hall Of Fame: Eligibility shifts from 15 to 10 years, our interest in the HOF does not shift

  • PART TWO of “What would that player’s job be?”

- Bye! (1:31:25-1:32:41)

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