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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Productive Outs - PRODcast 88: Hello, We Ordered A Frank Thomas & Got A Kyle Blanks Instead


Ice is back with a brand-new invention: PRODcast 88! 

- Open (0:00-3:30)

- Emails (4:05-28:50)

- Musical guest: AEGESBuy THE BRIDGE hereListen to “Fault” here. (29:30-34:10)

- Baseball things (34:10-1:04:10)

- Musical advice but not really: Gilead Fest/tour recap, and Bob Uecker: An Appreciation (1:04:50-1:17:30)

- Bye!

Thrice, “Silhouette”

Happy 11th birthday to The Artist In The Ambulance. It’s crazy to me that it’s actually been that long, but it also feels like a lifetime ago. I will always be grateful for what this record did for our career in music, the people who worked hard to make it a reality, and the people who supported us before, during and after its release.

Spectres - Marinated Brains

Album Of The Day: Spectres, Ghosts of Revolution

A two-man metal project from the brains of Jim Miner (Death By Stereo) and Adam Ward. Recommended if you like your tunes heavy and full of shredding.

Listen/purchase: Ghosts of Revolution by Spectres

The wife and I saw Boyhood last night and thought it was outstanding. Filmed over a 12-year span, it tells the story of a boy’s journey from childhood to “adulthood” while covering the ups and downs of his family’s life as well. I was incredibly impressed with director Richard Linklater’s ability to create something so grand in scope and vision without making it feel stale or compartmentalized. Aside from taking in a baseball game, two hours and forty-five minutes is a lengthy sitting for me (especially without crazy plot twists, mystery or action), but I had no problem being fully invested from start-to-finish. Certain moments reminded me of the best and worst parts of my childhood, and that “growing up” never really stops.

Highly recommended. 

PREMIERE: Kiven - “In The Fire” (Youngblood Hawke Official Remix)

I’m thankful and honored to be able to premiere the Youngblood Hawke remix of Kiven’s “In The Fire”, the second single from Kiven’s self-titled album.

The original version of the “In The Fire” is undeniably catchy, but Youngblood Hawke has managed to take a great song and make it even better, by turning it into a stomping, anthemic summer jam that has the potential to be timeless.

As for the album itself, I’m not about to try to put it into a box or assign it to a genre — because that would be a disservice to both the band and listener — but what I can do, is tell you that it’s heavy when it needs to be, delicate and atmospheric when it should be, very catchy without being mundane, and extremely diverse without feeling disjointed in the slightest. It’s just good, really good, and (if you needed further convincing), it was produced by former At The Drive-In drummer/arranger Tony Hajjar, and its first single “I Can Take It" spent nine weeks on the KROQ charts.

You can (and should) buy the album here.

And you should absolutely go see them live.


7/21 @ The Troubadour supporting Twin Atlantic - West Hollywood, CA

7/22 @ The Slidebar - Fullerton, CA

7/25 @ KCRW’s LA Zoo Roaring Nights - Los Angeles, CA

8/17 @ The Echo, Echo Park Rising - Los Angeles, CA

8/27 @ KROQ Locals Only Presents: Kiven & Night Riots at Hemingway’s - Los Angeles, CA


Huge thanks to the guys in Kiven and folks at Big Picture Media for the opportunity to be a part of this. I’m hoping it will be the beginning of a lot more exclusive premieres, interviews and content at Hermitology. Stay tuned.

Music Video: Braid, “Bang”

One of my favorite tracks from Braid’s new record (which is their first in 16 years).

If you haven’t picked up No Coast, you need to remedy that right away.

Buy it here.

I’ve had this song stuck in my head for two days (thanks to Angels closer Joe Smith) and it’s driving me insane. 

Album Of The Day: Lantlôs, Melting Sun

I read about this record in a Reddit AMA with Ben Sharp (Cloudkicker),  decided to give it a spin, and I’m awfully happy that I did.

If you’re a fan of Cloudkicker, The Deftones, Deafheaven, and/or other heavy, shoegazey, atmospheric post-rock/metal, you are gonna LOVE this. Trust me.

Buy it here.


Song of the Day: Opeth, “Deliverance”

It’s been almost a decade since I listened to this and … uh … that’s kinda pathetic. The breakdown that starts at 9:38 actually might be one of my favorite breakdowns of all-time. I’m so thankful to have stumbled upon this again. It almost feels “new”.

Buy Deliverance here.

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