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 221: Lurker of Chalice s/tIt was... 



Every Record I Own - Day 221: Lurker of Chalice s/t

It was sometime in the mid-’00s and a friend in Chicago chided me for having too much “normal” music on my iPod, so he dumped a bunch of black metal—Gorgoroth, Deathspell Omega, Blut Aus Nord, Leviathan, 1349, and Lurker of Chalice to name a few—into my mp3 player. I had kinda tuned out on black metal by that point, so it was good to have an update on what was happening in that world. The iPod managed to outlive Apple’s usual 1-2 year lifespan for their…

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Every Record I Own - Day 220: John Cale Paris 1919Every year I... 



Every Record I Own - Day 220: John Cale Paris 1919

Every year I grow older, my appreciation of The Velvet Underground increases, but I’ve held out on exploring the members’ solo endeavors. Transformer might be good, but do I really need to wrap my head around Metal Machine Music? John Cale’s reputation in the avant garde circles made his solo records even less appealing, but a friend sent me a link to Paris 1919 last year and I became obsessed. It’s a gorgeous orchestral pop album, and there’s no reason any…

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Every Record I Own - Day 219: Grails RedlightThis is another... 



Every Record I Own - Day 219: Grails Redlight

This is another recent acquisition, purchased at the Grails / Daniel Higgs show in Seattle this Spring. I’ve had a scuffed-up used copy on CD for a decade, but figured I should drop some dough at the merch table and get a nice copy of this little gem on vinyl.

Even though Grails get lumped into the post-rock category, I like how they always come across as purveyors of a wide range of esoteric music in an instrumental rock format. The opening track on this record…

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