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 282: Cymande s/tCymande were a... 



Every Record I Own - Day 282: Cymande s/t

Cymande were a London-based soul/funk group comprised of musicians from the West Indies back in the early ‘70s. I first heard of them through John Sherman of Red Fang, who played this album backstage during our European tour together last autumn. I scooped up this reissue LP at a small DJ shop a few days later in Nottingham. Since then, it seems like I’ve been hearing people talk about Cymande on a regular basis, as if they’d been a hot topic of discussion for years…

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SUMAC tour starts tmrw 09/01 - CHICAGO, IL - EMPTY BOTTLE... 



SUMAC tour starts tmrw

09/01 - CHICAGO, IL - EMPTY BOTTLE †
09/02 - ROCK ISLAND, IL - ROCK ISL. BREWING ** 09/03 - DETROIT, MI - EL CLUB *
09/04 - TORONTO, ON - THE GARRISON *
09/05 - MONTREAL, QC - BAR LE RITZ *
09/06 - BOSTON, MA - GREAT SCOTT *
09/07 - BROOKLYN, NY - ST VITUS *
09/08 - BROOKLYN, NY - NATIONAL SAWDUST ††
09/09 - PHILIDELPHIA, PA - PHILAMOCA *
09/11 - WASHINGTON, DC - ROCK & ROLL HOTEL *
09/12 - RICHMOND, VA - STRANGE MATTER *
09/14 - DURHAM, NC - THE PINHOOK *
09/15 - ATLANTA, GA - THE…

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Every Record I Own - Day 281: Cursed OneI’m hard-pressed to... 



Every Record I Own - Day 281: Cursed One

I’m hard-pressed to think of a hardcore band from the ‘00s that’s received more posthumous veneration than Toronto’s Cursed. And to be fair, I think it’s deserved. In my opinion, hardcore got a little lost in those first years of the new century. Refused made it cool to cross-pollinate with other styles and At The Drive In made it cool to be in a big rock band. Sure, there were still great things happening, but so much of the attention got diverted away from the…

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Every Record I Own - Day 280: The Cure The Head on the DoorI... 



Every Record I Own - Day 280: The Cure The Head on the Door

I remember watching 120 Minutes on MTV the night they debuted Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video. The next day, I went to Hungry Ear Records in my hometown of Kailua, HI and asked if they had a copy of Nevermind, but the album wasn’t set to hit shelves until later that week. Looking back now, I had no idea how much the cultural landscape of popular music was about to change.

Nirvana helped introduce “alternative music” into mainstream…

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