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 155: Billy Bragg Workers PlaytimeI... 



Every Record I Own - Day 155: Billy Bragg Workers Playtime

I stole this record.

My apologies to the radio station at my alma mater, but the vinyl library was neglected and everything had shifted over to CDs, so I figured I’d liberate this LP. I’m not a perfect person.

Workers Playtime finds Bragg further refining and polishing up his sentimental protest songs. And while this album seems to be a fan favorite, I never loved this quite as much as Talking With the Taxman About Poetry before it or Don’t Try This At

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Every Record I Own - Day 154: Billy Bragg Help Save the Youth of... 



Every Record I Own - Day 154: Billy Bragg Help Save the Youth of America

I was heavily invested in Billy Bragg’s political folk music throughout college, even though it was nearly a decade after records like this initially came out. A lot can change in ten years. The criticism of the Cold War on “Think Again”, the ode to ousted Chilean president Salvador Allende and the parallel horrors of apartheid in “Chile Your Waters Run Red Through Soweto”, and the mention of Chernobyl in the title track all seemed to…

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Every Record I Own - Day 153: Billy Bragg Talking With The... 



Every Record I Own - Day 153: Billy Bragg Talking With The Taxman About Poetry

Ideally, I’d start the next few days of Billy Bragg albums by talking about the early collection Back To Basics, as that was the album that ignited my infatuation with the English urban-folk singer, but I only have it on CD. I’d heard “Sexuality” on MTV’s late-night alternative show 120 Minutes back in ‘91, but it wasn’t until I heard the rousing anti-capitalist anthem “The World Turned Upside Down” at a punkhouse on my first full…

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