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 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)

An awesome track from The Life and Times’ forthcoming LP, Lost Bees.

Can’t wait to hear the rest of this record. It comes out next Tuesday (8/5) on SlimStyle records. RIYL: Shiner, Failure, No Knife, Year of the Rabbit, et al. 

If you don’t have everything that the band has put out thus far, you should probably fix that.

Chris Metcalf is a ridiculously good drummer. WATCH THIS.

Another awesome new Aeges track from their upcoming LP, Above & Down Below.

Random Start: Cave In, “Dazed and Confused” 

It’s been a while since I’ve done a “Random Start”, so I was a little scared that my iTunes Shuffle would take this opportunity to dig deep into my hard drive and find something totally awful and/or embarrassing. Thankfully, it did the exact opposite and found a rarity; one of my favorite bands on the planet covering one of my favorite bands of all-time. I got to see this cover performed live several times when Thrice and Cave In toured together in 2001, and holy crap was it amazing. The recorded version is outstanding, but the live version was a thousand times better. 

Listen to (and buy) a ton of Cave In here.

Song of the Day: The Get Up Kids, “Walking On A Wire” 

I’ve had this stuck in my head since I saw Matt Pryor play it on Friday night. It’s a great song in any context, but Matt’s acoustic version was especially moving.

Buy On A Wire here.

Song of the Day: As We Draw, “Losing Ground” 

If you like heavy, spacey, noisy post-metal in the vein of early KEN Mode, Coalesce, Mouth of the Architect, etc., you’ll dig this. I know I am.

Mirages comes out October 4th on Throatruiner Records, and an additional track from the record can he heard here.

(via hamsterstyle)

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. 

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