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

A lady had a seizure and fell into Reno here. And one time I... 



A lady had a seizure and fell into Reno here. And one time I locked eyes with Anne Hathaway while she made out with her boyfriend at the next table. If you came to visit us while we lived in Brooklyn, we took you to Five Leaves. One last time before the move… (at Five Leaves)

Every Record I Own - Day 162: Built To Spill Keep It Like A... 



Every Record I Own - Day 162: Built To Spill Keep It Like A Secret

Perfect From Now On was a sprawling, dense, complex record. Built To Spill came back two years later with an album that split the difference between their ambitious opus and the concise pop of their earlier albums. I’ve heard this record described as both a disappointment and as their greatest album. To my ears, it captures that distinction where great songs don’t necessarily result in the greater album. Keep It Like A Secret has some of my…

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Every Record I Own - Day 161: Built To Spill Perfect From Now... 



Every Record I Own - Day 161: Built To Spill Perfect From Now On

I talked a lot of shit when I was younger. I had strong opinions on music, and I had no issue sharing them. And to be fair, my friends had strong opinions too. Going on tour with my fellow teenage bandmates involved a lot of van time critiquing each others’ musical tastes. I learned quickly that my cohorts had no tolerance for Minutemen or Bob Dylan. And I quickly informed them that Weezer sounded like a nerdy pop-punk band without a pulse.

When…

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Every Record I Own - Day 160: Buffalo Springfield Retrospective:... 



Every Record I Own - Day 160: Buffalo Springfield Retrospective: The Best Of…

“For What It’s Worth” is one of the quintessential songs of the ‘60s, always included in any movie montage of the Vietnam war or baby-boomer nostalgia marketing campaigns like the Freedom Rock commercials, but the remainder of Buffalo Springfield’s catalog eluded me until one of my bandmates became obsessed with them seven or eight years ago. After numerous van rides with “Mr. Soul” and “Broken Arrow” playing in the background, I…

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Every Record I Own - Day 159: Stephen Brodsky Expose Your... 



Every Record I Own - Day 159: Stephen Brodsky Expose Your Overdubs

Cave In’s Until Your Heart Stops was a monumental record in the hardcore world when it came out in 1998. Even though hardcore kids were mainly fixated on the juxtaposition between its Reign In Blood thrash savagery and its OK Computer lush melodrama, there were these little tape experiments and song fragments tucked between the main tracks hinting that the band had no shortage of creative outlets and writing techniques. And to further confirm…

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