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

Every Record I Own - Day 37: Audacity Butter KnifeIn my downtime... 

Every Record I Own - Day 37: Audacity Butter Knife

In my downtime I write the occasional press release / bio for a few different record labels. I’ll get an advance copy of an album, listen to it a dozen times or so, interview the artist, listen to the record another dozen times, then write the one-sheet. Often times when I’m finally done with the project I’ve listened to the record so many times I don’t really feel compelled to ever hear it again, even if it’s a great album.

I’ve done a few one-sheets for…

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Every Record I Own - Day 36: Atom & His Package Redefining... 

Every Record I Own - Day 36: Atom & His Package Redefining Music

We’ll keep this one short since I already talked about Atom & His Package yesterday and I don’t have a whole lot more to discuss.

Redefining Music is Adam Goren’s third official album, and while it still has its share of witty topical material (”Anarchy Means I Litter”, “If You Own the Washington Redskins, You’re a Cock”) the overall vibe of this record is that Goren was running out of jokes while simultaneously refining his songwriting skills…

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I’m not sure why I care to know to tbh, maybe I’m too lazy to wait for you to get around to your P vinyls, but did you ever get into Pinback? 

I like Pinback but never got around to picking up any of their albums. Back in the ‘00s, I kept an eye out for their self-titled record on vinyl because I loved “Hurley” and it’s Minutemen-sampled drumbeat. Just looked it up on discogs and learned it wasn’t even issued on vinyl until 2014, so maybe I’ll have to resume my search.