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 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.

PREMIERE: Kiven - “In The Fire” (Youngblood Hawke Official Remix)

I’m thankful and honored to be able to premiere the Youngblood Hawke remix of Kiven’s “In The Fire”, the second single from Kiven’s self-titled album.

The original version of the “In The Fire” is undeniably catchy, but Youngblood Hawke has managed to take a great song and make it even better, by turning it into a stomping, anthemic summer jam that has the potential to be timeless.

As for the album itself, I’m not about to try to put it into a box or assign it to a genre — because that would be a disservice to both the band and listener — but what I can do, is tell you that it’s heavy when it needs to be, delicate and atmospheric when it should be, very catchy without being mundane, and extremely diverse without feeling disjointed in the slightest. It’s just good, really good, and (if you needed further convincing), it was produced by former At The Drive-In drummer/arranger Tony Hajjar, and its first single “I Can Take It" spent nine weeks on the KROQ charts.

You can (and should) buy the album here.

And you should absolutely go see them live.


7/21 @ The Troubadour supporting Twin Atlantic - West Hollywood, CA

7/22 @ The Slidebar - Fullerton, CA

7/25 @ KCRW’s LA Zoo Roaring Nights - Los Angeles, CA

8/17 @ The Echo, Echo Park Rising - Los Angeles, CA

8/27 @ KROQ Locals Only Presents: Kiven & Night Riots at Hemingway’s - Los Angeles, CA


Huge thanks to the guys in Kiven and folks at Big Picture Media for the opportunity to be a part of this. I’m hoping it will be the beginning of a lot more exclusive premieres, interviews and content at Hermitology. Stay tuned.

Music Video: Braid, “Bang”

One of my favorite tracks from Braid’s new record (which is their first in 16 years).

If you haven’t picked up No Coast, you need to remedy that right away.

Buy it here.

Album Of The Day: Lantlôs, Melting Sun

I read about this record in a Reddit AMA with Ben Sharp (Cloudkicker),  decided to give it a spin, and I’m awfully happy that I did.

If you’re a fan of Cloudkicker, The Deftones, Deafheaven, and/or other heavy, shoegazey, atmospheric post-rock/metal, you are gonna LOVE this. Trust me.

Buy it here.


Song of the Day: Opeth, “Deliverance”

It’s been almost a decade since I listened to this and … uh … that’s kinda pathetic. The breakdown that starts at 9:38 actually might be one of my favorite breakdowns of all-time. I’m so thankful to have stumbled upon this again. It almost feels “new”.

Buy Deliverance here.

Album Of The Day: Silo, Alloy

Hypnotic, layered, loop-based post-rock, circa 2001.

RIYL: The mellower parts in Botch, Frodus, Isis, et al songs.

This is not necessarily a record that I’d sit down and “actively” listen to, but something I can put on in the background, zone out to, and pick up nuances and enjoy them a little more each time I listen to it. It probably won’t grab you on first listen, but give it a little time. Trust me.

Buy it here

Thanks to Brian Cook (Botch, These Arms Are Snakes, Russian Circles) for recommending this to my friend and co-conspirator, Ian.

Weird Al’s still got it, y’all. 

Song of the Day: Aeges, “Sent From Heaven (Rest In Dirt)”

This is one of the catchier songs from their first LP, The Bridge (which is a very solid record from top to bottom). I have been listening to these guys almost exclusively for a couple of weeks now, and can’t wait to hear their upcoming full length.

If you don’t own The Bridge, go fix that.

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