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 30: The Arrivals Volatile MolotovI... 

Every Record I Own - Day 30: The Arrivals Volatile Molotov

I assume every music nerd has their auditory junk food. And I also assume that your default brainless feel-good music probably stems from your teenage listening habits. Like, if you loved Mötley Crüe at age 13, you will probably always find a kind of happy comfort listening to Dr. Feelgood. My adolescence involved a lot of stuff like Descendents, Op Ivy, Pegboy, Screeching Weasel, the first two Propagandhi albums, and a bunch of the early Lookout…

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Every Record I Own - Day 29: Apocraphyl Hymns compilationHaven’t... 

Every Record I Own - Day 29: Apocraphyl Hymns compilation

Haven’t posted one of these in a few days on account of being on tour in Mexico, so let’s jump back into things with this Numero Group 2xLP from their Good God! series of strange and funky gospel rarities. If “funky gospel” doesn’t necessarily sound enticing, I feel you. I typically prefer Jesus-free music, but I overheard this record playing at a restaurant in my neighborhood and fell in love with it. I mainly pull this compilation out on bleary…

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