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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If you’ve listened to the new Puig Destroyer record, it’s pretty obvious that Scott Evans is a wizard. He cobbles together all the garbage we write and send to him, and makes it sound like a herd of brontosauruses on meth stampeding through an abandoned city.

I’m very thankful to be able to work with such a skilled and amazing mixer/engineer/vocalist/guitarist/great dude.


The PUIG DESTROYER record is out today. Here’s its mix session.

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.

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)


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.

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.

Arguably the most important drum instruction video you will ever watch.

An awesome throwback pic (circa 2001 … I think) of Ed and Dustin getting creative (and totally unsafe) with Brian McTernan’s old backyard swing.

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

Felled Trees Cover Dinosaur Jr.

My brother played bass on this project and I’m very proud of him (and it). Please check it out, whether you’re a fan of Dinosaur Jr. or not. It’s a great collaboration of artists paying tribute to a very important record.

You can pre-order it here.

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