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: Brutal Truth, “War Is Good” 

Uh … rise and grind? (I’m pretending this song is about baseball.)

Buy Evolution Through Revolution here.

Productive Outs - PRODcast 91: Minor League Guy


There he is, our Lord and Savior: Minor League Guy! Everything we do — including this episode — we do in his name. 

Here’s what we’ve got:

-  The open (0:00-3:15)

- Your crazy emails (3:55-25:30)

- The musical guest: DAMA/LIBRABuy “Claw” here. (25:50-29:30)

- The baseball talk! (29:30-51:52)

  • MadBum is good. Big-Time Timmy Jim is not. 
  • The Orioles are the least-bad team in the AL West
  • Same with the Royals in the Central (at least at the time we recorded this)
  • Halos are in first, and the AL West is gonna be a barn-burner!
  • Nationals look to have the NL East locked up…
  • … and the Pirates are pretty much done
  • Meanwhile Chris Carter is making a stealth run at the home run title

- Musical advice x 2: (52:45-1:05:10)

  • We discuss our best and worst decisions in our music careers, and 
  • Can you enjoy your own records after they’re finished?

- The week(s) in review: Puig Destroyer stuff and Ian’s vacation rundown. We won’t be hurt if you skip this part. (1:05:10-1:13:20)


Mutoid Man FULL SET at Vacation Vinyl - 03.09.2014 

Not a bad way to start your morning.

Song Of The Day: Menomena, “Oahu” 

A mellow, hypnotic, loop-based jam for a quiet Saturday morning.

Buy it here.


Bloodmines comes out on October 13th via Southern Lord.

Random Start: Free The Robots, “Times Like This (feat. Phil Nisco) 

This was the first FTR track I ever heard, and I’ve been hooked ever since. If you like hip-hop, jazz, and/or electronic music you’ll probably dig their work. It’s a really seamless blend of analog and digital sounds that borrows from several different genres without ever feeling disjointed or clumsily cut-and-pasted together. It gets my 80s hip-hop and 60s jazz synapses firing.

They did an amazing remix of “All The World Is Mad”, a track from Thrice’s Beggars LP, and they also run a great restaurant/venue in downtown Santa Ana called The North Left (formerly known as The Crosby).

Go eat at The North Left, and go buy their music.

I’d like to invite you to chug a few cups of coffee and mosh your way through the morning while listening to “Mike Trout" as loud as your preferred listening device can handle. This track is a little more straightforward than our previous work, but I assure you that the rest of the record is faster, heavier, slower, more brutal, more melodic, more absurd, and entirely baseball-themed. If you’re a fan of any or all of those things, you’re gonna love it.


from first to third in a single bound

stealing homeruns in centerfield

mvps don’t mean anything

when you know you’ve been

the best for three seasons

no doubt, Mike Trout

he can do everything

all fans watch him with anticipation

no doubt, Mike Trout

he can do everything

even with the weight of expectation

trying to wear him down

no doubt, Mike Trout

he can do everything

all fans watch him with anticipation

no doubt, Mike Trout

he can do everything

even with the weight of expectation

trying to wear him down

it won’t wear him down

so listen to me right now

I’m going to throw some facts at the wall

so pick them up and put them in your skull

he’s built like a tank,

high-speed running freak

he’s as good at the game

as anyone is anything

Ian, Mike, Jon, and I have been sending files back and forth for several months with the intention of creating the first Puig Destroyer LP. With the help of Scott Evans at Antisleep and our friends at No Sleep Records, we have made that a reality … and it feels GREAT.

That LP (all 25 minutes of it) will be released digitally on September 30th. You can pre-order it here. Vinyl will be made available down the road a bit.

Puig Destroyer” track listing:

01 – “Baseball: The Best
02 – “Umpshow
03 – “No One Cares About Your Fantasy Team
04 – “No Hitter
05 – “Flags Fly Forever
06 – “Three True Outcomes
07 – “Take Damage
08 – “Trumbomb
09 – “Top Prospect
10 – “Call To The Bullpen
11 – “Wild Horse
12 – “Attrition
13 – “The Road To Omaha
14 – “Underdog
15 – “Twin Killing
16 – “No Pepper
17 – “Tommy John
18 – “Stealing Signs
19 – “Batflip
20 – “Mike Trout

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)

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