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: 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.

Random Start: Balance & Composure, “Echo”

This track popped up on shuffle during my run this morning and gave me a serious case of the chills … right at the 2:39 mark. It’s been a while since a song has done that to me. 

Buy Separation here.

Random Start: Eluvium, “One”

Some of the best ambient music to ever exist was written by Matthew Cooper. He has such a knack for creating mood, atmosphere, depth and texture without making something muddled or snoozeworthy.

Buy anything and everything that Eluvium has put out.

Random Start: Coliseum, “Fall of the Pigs”

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. Did you miss ‘em? No? Who cares.

Before Coliseum was a sludgy and atmospheric rock band that wrote the phenomenal Sister Faith (one of my favorite records of last year), they were an ass-kicking metal band. I’m not sure which iteration I prefer, which is to say they’re both outstanding.

Buy No Salvation here.

(Not So) Random Start: Kowloon Walled City, “Anthem”

It doesn’t get much better than this. One of my favorite bands covering my favorite Godflesh song, with a little help from Fade Kainer of Batillus. It’s freaking outstanding.

The “Anthem”/”Lava” split is out 12/10 via Brutal Panda. 

(Not So) Random Start: Polar Bear Club, “Blood Balloon”

Really digging the new PBC record … Jimmy’s new vocal style have a vague John K. Sampson meets Stay What You Are-era Chris Conley vibe that makes the whole record feel very nostalgic to me.

Buy Death Chorus here.

(Not So) Random Start: Iron Mask, “Like A Lion In A Cage” 

Because you don’t have enough Belgian Neo-Classical Power Metal in your life*.

*Not true. Even if you have none, you have PLENTY.

Random Start: Jay-Z, “Heart of the City” 

He’s sold 50 million records, has 17 Grammys, a net worth of ~$500 million, and represents some of the best athletes in professional sports. 

Not a bad gig.

Buy Jay-Z Unplugged here.

Random Start: The Mercury Program, “Sultans of El Sur”

A mellow jam filled with dreamy Rhodes, hypnotic guitar loops and the phenomenal drumming of Mr. Dave LeBleu. These guys were a huge influence on some of mellower Thrice stuff from Vheissu on. Highly recommended listening.

Buy A Data Learn the Language

Random Start: Meshuggah, “Lethargica”

Often imitated, but never duplicated. Nobody even comes close, really.

Buy ObZen.

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