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:
Verellen Amplifiers
Ernie Ball Strings

Brian Cook Rig Rundown

It’s May 22nd and that means I’VE BEEN WITH THIS GUY... 

It’s May 22nd and that means I’VE BEEN WITH THIS GUY FOR 20 YEARS.

Happy anniversary, Reno! I’m sorry I’m in Europe today instead of Seattle with you. Thanks for the constant encouragement, the adventures, the laughs, and the support over the last two decades. Love you, Liz!

Every Record I Own - Day 215: Can Saw DelightAs with Can’s... 

Every Record I Own - Day 215: Can Saw Delight

As with Can’s Landed, this was a recent purchase made after writing about the band here for several weeks. Though I’ve listened to Saw Delight a handful of times online over the years, it’s never really grabbed my attention. To be fair, it’s a record that’s often seen as the band’s first misstep—a deeper foray into world music with a new bass player and a new auxiliary percussionist that maintain a tight groove but diminish some of the ethereal psychedelia and…

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Every Record I Own - Day 214: Jeff Cowell Lucky Strikes &... 

Every Record I Own - Day 214: Jeff Cowell Lucky Strikes & Liquid Gold

I’ve probably mentioned it at some point in these posts, but John Peel once said something to the effect that any music that was sent to the BBC was made by musicians who believed in their art strongly enough to invest the time, money, and effort into making a record, and if the record didn’t resonate with him, it wasn’t the fault of the musicians but rather his own inability to see the magic in it.

I think about that a lot. There are…

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Every Record I Own - Day 213: Can LandedI kept waiting to find a... 

Every Record I Own - Day 213: Can Landed

I kept waiting to find a reasonably priced old copy of Landed, but after spending a couple of weeks writing about Can I decided I just needed to go buy one of the reissues. It’s always nice to get a good deal on a used record, but I’m also a fan of getting a crisp, unplayed copy with expanded liner notes.

I don’t know why I waited so long. Landed falls between the last classic Can album (Soon Over Babaluma) and the publicly reviled but personally adored Flow Motion, so…

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