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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4 posts tagged The Mars Volta

Random Start: T.R.A.M., “Inverted Ballad”

Some proggy, jazzy goodness in the form of a side project featuring Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes from Animals As Leaders, Eric Moore from Suicidal Tendencies and Adrian Terrazas from The Mars Volta.

Buy the Lingua Franca EP here.

10 Things That The Mars Volta Never Got Around To Singing About


  1. Scorpulent Triptocane Phebulous Mimes
  2. The Pestilence of Delicate Replicant Scapulas
  3. Grover the Monacled
  4. Slingshot Lamb
  5. Leopards in Jeopardy
  6. Reasonable Caches of Pelican Scrimshaw
  7. Decagonal Bejeweled Zebra Creaselings
  8. Pobrecito Legacio, Purveyor of Weaselmeat
  9. Flip-Top Urethracide
  10. Prawnvalescent Nutritionship

*For what it’s worth, I really enjoyed a lot of what The Mars Volta did (especially what their phenomenally-talented string of drummers-for-hire did). There’s no ill will in this post whatsoever. It’s just … those song titles …

Random Start: The Mars Volta, “Asilos Magdalena”

The Mars Volta lost me for a bit after the release of Amputechture. I get the feeling that a good portion of the songs (save the one above) might translate better in a live setting than in 11-minute songs captured on record, but maybe that’s just a condemnation of my ever-shrinking patience. I’m sure part of it had to do with the disappointment I felt after hearing they’d fired Jon Theodore (one of my favorite drummers) before they toured in support of Amputechture. Either way, it’s the record of theirs that I listen to the least. However, they did pull me right back in with The Bedlam In Goliath, and I’m pretty excited to see where they go next with Deantoni Parks behind the kit. 

If you’re a drummer and/or a fan of The Mars Volta (or just absolutely killer drumming), this interview/session with Dave Elitch is well worth your time. He’s an absolute monster behind the kit, and shares a ton of good insight on drumming, warming up, lessons, learning, and much more. A must-watch for drummers. There’s just so much good information and inspiration here.

(Thanks to my good buddy, Chris Hornbrook for the heads up.)

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