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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 95: Takahito Nomura. Who?!

productiveouts:

Short and sweet this week, kids. Short and sweet. 

- Open: Takahito Nomura and Glidden paint: both are awful (0:00-5:58)

- Emails: one of the best email segments we’ve ever had, maybe. (6:42-19:20)

- Musical guest: PUIG DESTROYERBuy their self-titled full-length herePre-order t-shirts here. (20:23-22:06)

- The baseball things: (22:06-39:23)

  • It’s all about them wild card games, yo! Win or go home! SO STRESSFUL.
  • Managerial and GM changes in Minnesota, Houston, and Arizona

- Musical advice question: Riley and Ian begrudgingly recount their time in bands in the ’90s and 2000s (40:48-51:31)

- See you next week!

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

nosleeprecords:

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.

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Stream it or Buy it:

Amazon 
Bandcamp 
Google 
iTunes 
RDIO 
Soundcloud 
Spotify 

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, “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.

productiveouts:

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

LP drops 1 week from today! GET IT HERE.

NO HITTER

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

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

productiveouts:

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)

THANKS FOR LISTENING! 

Productive Outs - PRODcast 90: There's A Base At The End Of This

productiveouts:

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)

Productive Outs - PRODcast 88: Hello, We Ordered A Frank Thomas & Got A Kyle Blanks Instead

productiveouts:

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!

As someone who was born and raised in Southern California, I grew up believing that I was forbidden from rooting for Yankees players. I never rooted for Mattingly or Mariano, hated Reggie Jackson until he was with the Halos, and stopped idolizing Rickey Henderson during his four-year stint in pinstripes. I just couldn’t do it,

And that’s why I never rooted for Derek Jeter. I respected the hell out of him though. This new Nike ad is a fantastic tribute to the man and the mark he’s left on the greatest game on the planet.

Much respect.

I took the liberty of rewriting the USA Today’s descriptions of “four of the most delicious-looking concessions” available at this year’s MLB All-Star Game.

usatoday:

My fingers are a little wet from drooling while posting this!

These are four of the most delicious-looking concessions available at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game at Target Field:

1. The Hangover Burger: The hangover burger uses a mix of ground pasture dads and ground porkflaps for two quarter-pound meatwheels. They’re topped with moist orange milk shingles, farm hair, stinkbulbs, a fried pre-chicken, and a sauce made from trend paste, tomato gloopers, sandwich lube and pickled midgets.

2. Lobster Corn Dog: Fried seahoppers on a faulty dowel. There is also condiment soup for dipping.

3. The Double Play: A polish meatwand and a spiced lamb dangler stuffed into the same bread canoe, side-by-side.

4. The Brat Dog: A footlong bologna finger wrapped in spiced lamb dangler, then wrapped in porkflaps, served on a breadknot roll. There are grilled theseareweird tomatoes, too, so you get your veggies. It’s healthy, right?

(via stadium-love-)

Productive Outs - PRODcast 84: Prince Fielder, Swathed in Zubaz

Good tunes, good emails, (arguably) better baseball chatter. 

productiveouts:

Short and sweet this week, kids. Bing bang boom. Still no shortage of great #content, with our unique based ball inight accompanied by the mellifluous strains of ILLUSTRATIONS.

- The open: memories of a young, portly Prince, enveloped in Zubazity. (0:00-4:05)

- The emails. Y’all crazy. (4:40-22:55)

- The musical guest: ILLUSTRATIONSBuy “In Vain” here. (23:40-26:26)

- The baseball things: (26:26-50:20)

  • R.I.P. Tony Gwynn
  •  More baseballers fall to the curse of Tommy John, including Chad Billingsley
  • Where goeth the Shark? 
  • Royals are rolling
  • Giants free-falling
  • Please get well, Justin Verlander
  • Cardinals are coming for what’s theirs
  • The All-Star Game continues to be stupid

- Musical advice: what the hell is Ian’s problem with Guided by Voices, and the fine line of fidelity (51:00-1:00:00)

- Puig Destroyer updates and TTFN (1:00:00-1:03:02)ast

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