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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Album Of The Day: Silo, Alloy

Hypnotic, layered, loop-based post-rock, circa 2001.

RIYL: The mellower parts in Botch, Frodus, Isis, et al songs.

This is not necessarily a record that I’d sit down and “actively” listen to, but something I can put on in the background, zone out to, and pick up nuances and enjoy them a little more each time I listen to it. It probably won’t grab you on first listen, but give it a little time. Trust me.

Buy it here

Thanks to Brian Cook (Botch, These Arms Are Snakes, Russian Circles) for recommending this to my friend and co-conspirator, Ian.

Weird Al’s still got it, y’all. 

As someone who was born and raised in Southern California, I grew up believing that I was forbidden from rooting for Yankees players. I never rooted for Mattingly or Mariano, hated Reggie Jackson until he was with the Halos, and stopped idolizing Rickey Henderson during his four-year stint in pinstripes. I just couldn’t do it,

And that’s why I never rooted for Derek Jeter. I respected the hell out of him though. This new Nike ad is a fantastic tribute to the man and the mark he’s left on the greatest game on the planet.

Much respect.

Song of the Day: Aeges, “Sent From Heaven (Rest In Dirt)”

This is one of the catchier songs from their first LP, The Bridge (which is a very solid record from top to bottom). I have been listening to these guys almost exclusively for a couple of weeks now, and can’t wait to hear their upcoming full length.

If you don’t own The Bridge, go fix that.

I am totally digging this new Aeges track. It’s heavy, riffy, melodic, spacey and really damn good. Can’t wait to hear the rest of their new record.

Above & Down Below comes out on September 23 on The Mylene Sheath.

I took the liberty of rewriting the USA Today’s descriptions of “four of the most delicious-looking concessions” available at this year’s MLB All-Star Game.


My fingers are a little wet from drooling while posting this!

These are four of the most delicious-looking concessions available at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game at Target Field:

1. The Hangover Burger: The hangover burger uses a mix of ground pasture dads and ground porkflaps for two quarter-pound meatwheels. They’re topped with moist orange milk shingles, farm hair, stinkbulbs, a fried pre-chicken, and a sauce made from trend paste, tomato gloopers, sandwich lube and pickled midgets.

2. Lobster Corn Dog: Fried seahoppers on a faulty dowel. There is also condiment soup for dipping.

3. The Double Play: A polish meatwand and a spiced lamb dangler stuffed into the same bread canoe, side-by-side.

4. The Brat Dog: A footlong bologna finger wrapped in spiced lamb dangler, then wrapped in porkflaps, served on a breadknot roll. There are grilled theseareweird tomatoes, too, so you get your veggies. It’s healthy, right?

(via stadium-love-)

Hades - Coast Guard

I’m gonna be listening this new Hades EP for a while, and if you’re into dark, atmospheric, occasionally heavy indie rock with female vocals I’d suggest you check it out as well. It’s an awfully diverse and strong debut EP.

Favorite tracks: “Untitled Number Four” & “Thomas Cooper”

Listen/purchase: Hades by Hades

I’m digging these new tunes from ‘68 … like Jack White meets Barkmarket. Heavy, nasty, pissed and raw as hell. 

Pre-order on iTunes here.

David Bazan has new music for you. It’s outstanding. (Of course.) He also has a new way of releasing his music.

Two new David Bazan songs will be released every month for the next five months. You get the download of the first release now and upcoming releases on the first of each month. Vinyl will be shipped a few weeks later.

Listen/buy here.

Productive Outs - PRODcast 86: Not a single baseball player has ever worn this number

Music from Converge, emails from (mostly) Canadians, music advice, and all sorts of baseball chatter. 


Hello! A short, sweet, guest-free episode for you this week, with baseball, musical advice, and #TRASHDICK for everyone!

- Open (0:00-3:20)

- Emails (4:00-23:50)

- Musical guest: CONVERGE (24:35-32:25)

- Baseball talk: (32:25-58:25)

  • The Giants are crumbling and the Dodgers are rolling

  • Sergio Romo done lost his job

  • Is Jose Altuve a warlock?

  • Are the Mariners actually pretty good?


  • Bryce Harper is talking shit again

  • RauLOL Ibanez and the RoyLOLs

  • Giancarlo Stanton is gonna be in the HR Derby and HOLY SHIT

  • Our picks for the HR Derby 

- Musical advice: What do you think about, and how do you approach/interpret your recorded performances? (59:10-1:08:08)

- Puig Destroyer update and KWC tour (1:08:08-1:11:00)

- Goodnight!

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