We're back with Classic Grit Weekend Playlist 05, and our guest this week is the incredibly talented Dave Phillips of Pelican Bat Wax -- the Official Rosin Bag supplier for Major League Baseball! Dave's been a friend for several years, done some incredible design work for us (see: the Two-Seamer logo we've used on like ten different things because we love it so much), and has phenomenal taste in music, so we're super stoked and honored to have him onboard. We've also got a really great Q&A with him below, in which we pick his brain a bit about what he loves about baseball music. Enjoy!


1. What was the first band that really clicked for you? What about them drew you in?

The first band that really clicked for me was Nirvana. That was my first concert when I was 12. I had no idea who they were but it left an enormous impact on me that I still feel to this day. Their hooks just crushed me instantly. I started playing guitar around the same time and I would just sit there in front of my TV watching their VHS “Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!” copying every move that Kurt made. I was totally obsessed. 


2. Why baseball? What about the game speaks to you/what drew you in?

I was honestly a very late bloomer with baseball. That’s Nirvana’s fault! I played growing up but I was more interested in the birds flying over my head than the game. When I moved back to the Bay Area in 2007, I started getting really into the Giants again. I have a hard time just liking something without being a part of it so I started playing in adult leagues around SF. The biggest thing for me is how many senses the game hits. The sounds, smells, and the sights … It just crosses off so many things that I enjoy. It’s also such a great bonding mechanism. It’s created so many relationships for me that I cherish. Being an adult comes with some shit … But the game will always be there to take your mind off things when you need it. 


3. What’s your favorite MLB ballpark and why?

I’m going to get torched for this one but I love Oakland Coliseum. It’s so shitty and bare bones. The people are there to watch the game and that’s it. Oracle is gorgeous but it doesn’t have that old school stadium feel that I love and honestly … as a person who loves a good dive bar … it’s no dive bar. It’s a great place to watch a game but O.Co is just raw and simple, which I love. I have a feeling I’d fall in love with PNC and Wrigley. Gotta check those two out.  


4. What’s your favorite live music venue and why? What about the best show you’ve ever seen?

My favorite venue would be Bottom of the Hill in SF. Great sound and amazing atmosphere. I played my favorite show of all time there with No Use For a Name on Halloween. That was a very special show for me and so the venue will always be tied to that moment. I remember wanting to play there so bad in high school but never really had a band. It was like this holy grail in my head. I saw Dillinger Escape Plan play there like 12 or 13 years ago and it was without a doubt the most ape shit show I’ve ever seen. Something happened between the club and the band. Dillinger was super late … I remember watching them load in while the opener was on with the most intense looks on their faces. They all looked like closers coming into a game. Just bull headed and pissed. Their singer Greg flipped the bird to a staff member behind the bar and then proceeded to smash out the iconic window they have behind the drum set with the base of a mic stand. There wasn’t an inch of ground (or ceiling) that he didn’t cover during their set. He was everywhere just absolutely tearing the place up. 


5. You fall and break your throwing arm playing frisbee golf, and it it heals ... but now you throw 99+ gas with wicked movement. You quickly find yourself closing for the Giants. The bullpen gates at Oracle Park open, it’s the bottom of the 9th, and you’re up 3 with the bases loaded and no outs. What song is playing, and why did you choose it?

This is such a tough call but I’m going to go with “Shitty Future” by The Bronx. This is obviously a fantasy scenario so swear words are totally cool on the PA. That song has such a great rhythm to it that I would want in my head while out there. Also the line “here comes your shitty future”? Kinda perfect when your job is to shut the door. 






  • Cloud Nothings - "Up To the Surface"
  • Balance and Composure - "I Can't Do This Alone"
  • Guns N' Wankers - "Sunstroke"
  • Low - "More"
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - "Bright Horses"
  • Alice in Chains - "Nutshell"
  • Teenage Wrist - "Wasting Time"
  • Nirvana - "Territorial Pissings"
  • Bummer - Barn Burner
  • The Bronx - "Shitty Future"


  • Meshuggah - "Phantoms"
  • Swami John Reis - "Ride the Wild Night"
  • PUP - "Totally Fine"
  • Daniel Rossen -" It’s A Passage"
  • Thom Yorke - “5.17"


  • Crosses - “Initiation”
  • David Knutson - “Jealous Time Heals” 
  • Spice - “Recovery”
  • Stick to your Guns - “Weapon”
  • Wet Leg - “Ur Mum”