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 38: Audacity Hyper VesselsMike from... 

Every Record I Own - Day 38: Audacity Hyper Vessels

Mike from Russian Circles stumbled across Audacity playing a basement show in his neighborhood shortly after I did the bio for Butter Knife. The band was wasted and doing whip-its (or maybe it was poppers) between songs while the drunken crowd went apeshit. As is often the case with shows in unconventional spaces, this Audacity gig apparently had an aura of lawlessness, which made their songs feel that much more jubilant and rowdy. Mike isn’t generally a…

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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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