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:
Verellen Amplifiers
Ernie Ball Strings

Brian Cook Rig Rundown

Every Record I Own - Day 251: Coliseum No SalvationI acquired... 

Every Record I Own - Day 251: Coliseum No Salvation

I acquired this LP at the High On Fire / Mono / Coliseum show at Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe towards the end of 2007. Despite having been friends with Ryan Patterson for nearly a decade, and having worked with him in various professional capacities throughout that time, this was the first time I saw Coliseum live. In the summer of 2009, they would do a short tour with Russian Circles across the South and Midwest. I saw Coliseum a lot on this album.

No Salvation

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Every Record I Own - Day 250: Coliseum GoddamageThere is a big... 

Every Record I Own - Day 250: Coliseum Goddamage

There is a big contingent of the record collecting community that focus entirely on the past. They care about The Beatles or Pink Floyd or the new reissue of that cult songwriter that only pressed 1000 copies of his one album before he dropped off the face of the Earth. Conversely, there’s a big contingent of music fans that only care about what’s current. They have no time for anything that’s not new and modern. I would like to say I hover directly in the…

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Every Record I Own - Day 249: Coliseum s/tI don’t remember... 

Every Record I Own - Day 249: Coliseum s/t

I don’t remember meeting Ryan Patterson for the first time. Maybe it was ‘97, when Botch was touring with Ink & Dagger, who were on Initial Records where Ryan worked. Or maybe it was ‘98 when we played with his younger brother Evan’s band The National Acrobat. Either way, I became friends and colleagues with the Patterson brothers almost twenty years ago and they have been a constant source of support and inspiration over that time.

Ryan was in a few bands over the…

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Every Record I Own - Day 248: Leonard Cohen Greatest HitsYeah,... 

Every Record I Own - Day 248: Leonard Cohen Greatest Hits

Yeah, greatest hits records are never the coolest. But I’m only a casual fan of Leonard Cohen, and my attempts at penetrating his proper studio albums have never really been successful. Our old tour manager / merch guy had this collection in his iTunes and would often listen to it during his driving shifts. It rubbed off on me, and I wound up picking this up for two Euro at a German record shop on one of the first Russian Circles European tours. 

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