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 97: Joe Beimel, Punk Rock Fan?

Super fun episode this week. Very balanced baseball and music chat.


Hello, ladies. 

- Open (0:00-6:50)

- Emails (7:35-20:45)

- Musical guest: OBLITERATIONSBuy “Poison Everything” here.(21:23-24:15)

 - The baseball talk (24:15-55:35)

  • NLCS - GAINTS & CRADS are battling
  • ALCS - Royals continue to win in exciting fashion
  • That #JABO broadcast: ehh?
  • Andrew Friedman to the Dodgers: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
  • Chip Hale is the DBacks’ new overlord: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
  • Ep. 111 of the 99% Invisible Podcast on Rooting for Laundry & The Story of Stirrups

- Musical advice: What does a tech actually do? (with bonus boner talk!) (56:20-1:12:45)

Puig Destroyer’s New S/T Digital LP Available Now!


Puig Destroyer’s new S/T LP is available Digitally today via No Sleep Records. Stream it or Purchase it from whatever your favorite Digital outlet may be. Vinyl is coming in 2015.


Stream it or Buy it:


Also, head over to Instagram now for a chance to win some goodies!!! 

ps if someone gets Yasiel Puig to tweet about Puig Destroyer’s new album with a link to purchase it via iTunes we will do a massive Bandcamp sale, for today only.

Puig Destroyer, “Baseball: The Best”

This track was my lone guitar-based idea for the Puig Destroyer LP that comes out tomorrow. It’s something that I’ve had floating around in various demo forms for three or four years. (Maybe I’ll post the demo of that at some point.) I passed it along to Jon Howell and Ian Miller and they made it much better than it was originally. We passed that instrumental collaboration on to Mike Minnick and he made it even more betterer. I can’t think of a combination of people and things (heavy music and baseball) who could have made this resonate with me as much as it does now. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Baseball really is the best.

You can buy the digital version of the Puig Destroyer LP tomorrow via No Sleep if you’d like.



Metal Injection has premiered the new S/T Digital LP from Puig Destroyer, check it out now! Pick it up or stream it tomorrow!

Just in time for the post season!

Puig Destroyer, “No Hitter”

Another new song from the Puig Destroyer record that comes out a week from today. This is definitely one of my favorites. The ending gives me the chills.


You wanted another Puig Destroyer preview track: you got it! 

LP drops 1 week from today! GET IT HERE.


i have to finish what i start
to ensure i know how it ends

so far i’ve made it through this game
without anyone getting on base
a fastball missing bats
a devastating change

everything is working
i can taste it now; victory
and the defense behind me

the lights coming down
the crowd cheering loud
only need one more out
and my teammates will rush the mound

The Puig Destroyer merch store is open for business. We are taking pre-orders on blue and black DESTROYER tees and OG EP COVER ART tees and tanks here

Thanks for your support!

This is one of my favorite songs on the forthcoming Puig Destroyer record, and almost all of that is due to the lyrical content. We’re a baseball-themed “band”, but I think the message in the song applies to any and all types of fantasy sports. It’s especially apropos at this time of year because it seems like 75% of the country will not shut the hell up about their fantasy football team(s) right now … myself included.

You can pre-order the record for just $7 here.

Please listen, enjoy and pass it on. Thanks!

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)


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

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)

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