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 89: EAAAAAARTHQUAKE!!!


Yes, we’ve run out of player numbers to reference. But we’ve made up for it with a really solid podcast. Read on…

- The open (0:00-7:15)

- Your emails (8:08-30:13)

- The musical guest: 1-800-BANDBuy “Diver Blue” here. (31:00-35:35)

- The musical-baseball human guest: Doug Miller of MLB.com (35:35-1:03:55)

- Baseball talk! (1:04:40-1:31:25)

  • HOT STOVE: Deadline comin’! #HUGWATCH

  • Price/Zobrist fatigue 

  • Jake Peavy, Dan Uggla, Matt Cain and the RIP Gaints

  • Barney Darwin to the Dodgers

  • The Royals are winning and it’s almost August. When do they shit the bed

  • Isotopes vs. Aces brawl

  • Hall Of Fame: Eligibility shifts from 15 to 10 years, our interest in the HOF does not shift

  • PART TWO of “What would that player’s job be?”

- Bye! (1:31:25-1:32:41)

An awesome track from The Life and Times’ forthcoming LP, Lost Bees.

Can’t wait to hear the rest of this record. It comes out next Tuesday (8/5) on SlimStyle records. RIYL: Shiner, Failure, No Knife, Year of the Rabbit, et al. 

If you don’t have everything that the band has put out thus far, you should probably fix that.

Chris Metcalf is a ridiculously good drummer. WATCH THIS.

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.

Song of the Day: The Get Up Kids, “Walking On A Wire” 

I’ve had this stuck in my head since I saw Matt Pryor play it on Friday night. It’s a great song in any context, but Matt’s acoustic version was especially moving.

Buy On A Wire here.

Song of the Day: As We Draw, “Losing Ground” 

If you like heavy, spacey, noisy post-metal in the vein of early KEN Mode, Coalesce, Mouth of the Architect, etc., you’ll dig this. I know I am.

Mirages comes out October 4th on Throatruiner Records, and an additional track from the record can he heard here.

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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.

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