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

imakegoodchoices: “I VIOLATE ARTICLE 27, SEC. 553-4 OF THE... 


“I VIOLATE ARTICLE 27, SEC. 553-4 OF THE MARYLAND ANNOTATED CODE SAFELY, OFTEN, AND EXTREMELY WELL,” Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, Washington, D.C., October 11, 1987. Photo © Exakta.

Sections 553 and 554 of Article 27 of the Maryland Code prohibited sodomy (punishable with a sentence of “not less than one year nor more than ten years”), oral sex, and “any other unnatural or perverted sexual practice with any other person.”

via @lgbt_history

Hi Brian, afraid it’s a boring bass question. I’m interested in incorporating a Taurus-type bass synth into my set-up. I was wondering how you went about doing that? Any advice would be appreciated! Th 

I added the Taurus out of necessity. Russian Circles had recorded “Schiphol” and then we realized we couldn’t really play it live because there was too much stuff happening in the overdubs that we couldn’t reproduce. So the Taurus was a way of adding a fourth member. 

Advice? If you buy an original Taurus, be prepared to do a lot of maintenance on it. If you buy one of the third series models they made earlier in the decade, be prepared to spend a lot of money because they only made 1000. Buy the flight case…

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Every Record I Own - Day 212: Baptists BushcraftI bought my... 

Every Record I Own - Day 212: Baptists Bushcraft

I bought my first LP when I was 14, and over the next 24 years I owned 4 or 5 different turntables. They were all either secondhand record players or extremely cheap newer models. I was never one of those people that asserted that the audio quality of vinyl was superior to CDs or mp3s. In fact, my records usually sounded pretty shitty on my sound system. Two years ago I finally went out and bought a nice turntable and I finally understood what audiophiles were…

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