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 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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Every Record I Own - Day 279: Cult Leader Lightless WalkHigh art... 



Every Record I Own - Day 279: Cult Leader Lightless Walk

High art changed dramatically in the 20th century. It’s no longer commissioned by the church or by royalty. Art, in theory, belongs to everyone. It’s sold in galleries or hung in museums. But there was a shift around the time of the Dadaists where the most revered and prestigious art was no longer about surface level appeal. It was about “getting it.” And now, art isn’t necessarily meant to be enjoyed by everyone. It’s meant to appeal to the people…

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Every Record I Own - Day 278: Cult Leader Nothing For Us... 



Every Record I Own - Day 278: Cult Leader Nothing For Us Here

Apparently, Russian Circles played with Gaza at Burt’s Tiki Lounge in Salt Lake City in June 2008. I say apparently because I wasn’t familiar with Gaza at the time, and I have very little memory of the evening. But what I do remember about that night is that it was an unusually dismal show with a low turnout, likely because it was 21+ and most of the bands on the bill catered to a younger crowd. Or maybe locals just didn’t like going to Burt’s…

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