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 207: Circle MannerVibrato is the... 



Every Record I Own - Day 207: Circle Manner

Vibrato is the slight, rapid variation in pitch that gives musical notes a richer tone. You hear string players use it all the time. And if you listen to opera or classic hair metal, then you hear singers go full gonzo with it.

Here’s a fun fact: no one really employed vibrato until the advent of recorded music. Things were just a little pitchy back in the day, and that was alright, because if you went to a symphony or an opera, you heard the music in real time, and…

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Every Record I Own - Day 206: Circle PanicThis is the 26th album... 



Every Record I Own - Day 206: Circle Panic

This is the 26th album by the Finnish experimental metal band Circle. It came out in 2007 and is composed of three Terry Riley-esque synth tracks, six crusty punk songs, and two ambient pieces. That thing I said in my last post about Circle being like Judas Priest meets Lungfish or Motörhead meets Neu? Disregard that… it didn’t apply to Miljard and it doesn’t apply to Panic either.

I bought this from the discount bin at Waterloo Records in Austin in the summer of…

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Every Record I Own - Day 205: Circle MiljardToday we start... 



Every Record I Own - Day 205: Circle Miljard

Today we start talking about the experimental Finnish rock group Circle. Much like Japan’s Boris, the group began in the early ‘90s and have spent nearly three decades churning out a substantial cache of studio albums, live recordings, and various off-shoot projects. And like Boris, there is a temptation to assign a trademark sound to their output, even if the band is in a constant state of exploration. Despite all their forays and experiments, Boris are…

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