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 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.

Every Record I Own - Day 354: Bob Dylan BiographThis is an interesting boxset in that it contains a... 

Every Record I Own - Day 354: Bob Dylan Biograph

This is an interesting boxset in that it contains a few hits, a bunch of deep cuts, and a few rarities. Considering Dylan already had a series of greatest hits records, I’m not sure of the point in compiling this mishmash of material. But I find myself often enjoying Dylan’s collections more than his proper studio albums, and this one in particular is strangely compelling despite its haphazard track list. I bought a used cassette of the first volume at a…

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