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 272: Creedence Clearwater Revival... 



Every Record I Own - Day 272: Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo’s Factory

I know Creedence Clearwater Revival isn’t very cool. They’re not as sinister as Black Sabbath, not as hedonistic as Rolling Stones, not as subversive as The Stooges. They were the biggest band in America when Cosmo’s Factory came out, and that popularity was largely due to their deliberate negation of the trippy acid freak-outs that were so prominent in other Californian rock bands of the time. They merged all the popular American…

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Every Record I Own - Day 271: Creedence Clearwater Revival Willy... 



Every Record I Own - Day 271: Creedence Clearwater Revival Willy and the Poor Boys

When I was younger, I made mental lists of my favorite records. I was a burgeoning music head; that’s what you’re supposed to do when you’re a geeky teenager discovering all these new subcultures. And your favorite records all have a certain utility to them: they all entertain on a very basic level.

Forgive me if I’m projecting my own habits onto other people. But at some point your tastes broaden and you realize that having a…

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Every Record I Own - Day 270: Creedence Clearwater Revival Green... 



Every Record I Own - Day 270: Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River

If you’ve toured the West Coast with a hardcore band in the last twenty-two years, you’ve probably played Chain Reaction in Anaheim. It’s a 250 cap all-ages club located on a strip of business parks and used car lots right off the interstate. The toilets are always broken, the bar only serves soda, and the green room is a constant paint-fumed work-in-process, but if your prime demographic is 16 to 22 year olds, it’s a great place to play…

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Every Record I Own - Day 269: Creedence Clearwater Revival Bayou... 



Every Record I Own - Day 269: Creedence Clearwater Revival Bayou Country

Yesterday we talked about Crass and the time and tenacity necessary to appreciate their records. Today on the opposite end of the spectrum we have Creedence Clearwater Revival. If enjoying Crass is like learning to appreciate drinking apple cider vinegar, enjoying Creedence is like appreciating water.

The only rock n’ roll in my parent’s house growing up was from the golden oldies radio station my mom would listen to in the kitchen. I…

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Every Record I Own - Day 268: Crass Penis EnvyDid anyone really... 



Every Record I Own - Day 268: Crass Penis Envy

Did anyone really like Crass upon first listen?

As a teenager, I was initially drawn to their logo—the weird ouroboros / cross / swastika emblem that seemed nearly as ubiquitous in punk culture as the Black Flag bars. I expected circle pit tempos, beefed up guitars, truncated songs. So I bought a cassette copy of Stations of the Crass without hearing a note of their music and spent countless hours in my bedroom trying to make sense of their militaristic…

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