Brian Cook - Bass - 2009 - Present

Brian Cook is the bassist, baritone guitarist, and keyboardist for Russian Circles. He also played in the bands Botch, These Arms Are Snakes, and Roy. He has served as a session player for records by Mouth of the Architect and Mamiffer and is currently an auxiliary contributor to Sumac. In addition to playing music, Cook is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Stranger, Noisey, Portland Mercury, and Alarm. He self-published his debut novel, The Second Chair Is Meant For You, in 2014. He was voted Best Dancer in his 6th grade yearbook, which, if you've ever seen him dance, was obviously a joke by his classmates. Cook currently lives in New York with his husband Reno. 


Brian Cook's Gear Thanks go to:
Moog
Fuzzrocious
Dwarfcraft 
Verellen Amplifiers
Ernie Ball Strings

Brian Cook Rig Rundown

Every Record I Own - Day 358: Darkthrone Transilvanian HungerA friend of mine went to a book signing... 

Every Record I Own - Day 358: Darkthrone Transilvanian Hunger

A friend of mine went to a book signing for British-Jamaican author Zadie Smith. It was a packed event, and my friend was towards the end of the line of fans with their newly purchased hardcovers waiting to talk with the writer and get her autograph. By the time my friend got to the table with her book, she could tell Smith was worn out by all the talking and signing. Smith asked her who to make the book out to, and because my friend’s name was a…

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Every Record I Own - Day 357: Bob Dylan Nashville SkylineWhen you spend your formative years... 

Every Record I Own - Day 357: Bob Dylan Nashville Skyline

When you spend your formative years obsessed with bands that play in basements and VFW halls, you graduate into adulthood without the reverence for the mythology of rock music. In some ways, this helps keep me on my current path, because if success is gauged merely by entertaining a basement full of spectators as opposed to selling out Wembley Stadium, it’s not too difficult to attain a sense of accomplishment.

But not having that reverence also means…

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Every Record I Own - Day 355: Bob Dylan Greatest HitsBought this record back in ‘96 shortly after... 

Every Record I Own - Day 355: Bob Dylan Greatest Hits

Bought this record back in ‘96 shortly after picking up Blood on the Tracks. There was a stretch of time that winter when I was living in a four-bedroom rental house in Tacoma with only one other roommate. Neither of us had a television and we were too broke to turn on the heat at night, so we spent the evenings listening to old folk records like this one while huddling around the fireplace drinking hot tea. Good memories.