Brian Cook of Russian Circles ( + These Arms Are Snakes, Botch ) is featured in the March issue of Bass Player Magazine out now! Thanks to Hillel Zavala for the photo!
And don’t miss Russian Circles on tour now - shows are all selling out so make sure to get advance tickets.
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kingsofsleep asked: Hey, that's REALLY cool you wrote a novel! Please let me know how to get a copy other than coming to a show 'cause I'd really like to read it but sadly, me seeing RC any time soon is probably impossible!
thanks for the interest! for the time being, i’m not sure if the novel is going to be available anywhere besides at shows. i’m printing up a pretty small initial run because i don’t really have any idea how many copies i can anticipate selling and i don’t want to store boxes and boxes of unsold books. if they don’t sell well, or inversely, if they sell really well and i wind up printing up a bigger batch, then i’ll probably put some copies up for sale online at the end of the tour.
Anonymous asked: Social Justice people are just as intolerant as Neo-Nazis.
What an interesting assertion to make. Here’s an article about a woman spearheading a racist murder campaign.
Beate Zschäpe is the only surviving member of Germany’s National Socialist Underground (NSU), a three person far-right cell which is accused of murdering nine immigrant small shopkeepers - eight Turks and one Greek - and a policewoman. They are also accused of being behind two devastating nail bomb attacks during a killing spree which lasted from 2000 until 2007.
Some of the relatives raised their hands to their mouths in horror as Zschäpe walked in to the court room yesterday. Seriya Simsek, whose Turkish shopkeeper father Enver was the first to be murdered, said: “The only thing this woman can do is to try and help us understand why. Were they not aware that there was a family behind each one of their victims?”
All of the NSU’s alleged victims were shot dead at point blank range in the head and without warning. The nail bomb attacks carried out in Cologne’s immigrant quarter caused appalling injuries from which many of the victims will never recover. State prosecutors say the NSU’s aim was to terrorise Germany’s immigrants into leaving the country. - The Independent, 6 May 2013
More than 250,000 Americans over the age of 12 are victimized every year by hate criminals, according to a new government study that puts the number some 50,000 higher than the best earlier analyses. At the same time, the study found that in recent years only about one in three hate crimes are ever reported to law enforcement officials. - Southern Poverty Law Center, citing a 2013 DOJ study
Here’s a very long document published by a federally funded American anti-terrorist watchgroup about the rise of far right/racist violence. (For the purposes of this blog, I would suggest CTRL-F’ing “music.” Choice quote, page 27: “[…] strong emphasis on white power music as a cultural medium, fulfilling roles of recruitment, of formulating and influencing discourse, as well as functioning as a source of identification and solidarity.”)
I’m sure there are many similar studies done and articles written about the intolerance and violence of “Social Justice people.” Would you care to submit them?
rczyz asked: I'm looking for a delay pedal that get's along with bass. I know that you mostly use the Akai Headrush but at the moment it's out of my reach. I've heard some good things about the old Japanese Boss DD-3, and Digitech DL-8 hardwire series as well as the Line 6 DL-4 which I had never heard with a bass. Have you used any of this or can you recommend some less expensive delays?
it depends on what you want out of a delay. i’m really happy with my Electro Harmonix Memory Toy, which is cheap, tiny, light, and works great for a basic delay. i also picked up a used Digitech Digidelay awhile back and found it to have a variety of functions that worked well with bass. I like the Headrush E2 just because it’s easy to switch between delay and looping functions, so it’s a good 2-in-1 device. I can’t comment on the DD-3 or the DL-8 as i haven’t messed with them. The Line 6 DL-4 is a pretty crazy pedal. it has a ton of cool features and uses, but it’s also big, pricey, and they break routinely. Ryan from These Arms Are Snakes broke one about every six months. I’ve had zero issues with the Memory Toy, so that might be a good place to start.
Anonymous asked: Brian, what's your opinion on fx loops? Also interesting in how you feel about putting overdrives after delay pedals? It's never sound right the 'correct' way to me. Thanks
i’ve only messed around with fx loops when i’ve rented or borrowed amps and had issues with feedback from using delay and distortion together. otherwise, i’ve never really seen much use for it.
i tend to lay out my pedal chain based on what kind of effect the pedal is meant to simulate and where that real-life effect would exist within the sequence. for example, fuzz is really meant to replicate the sound of a blown speaker, so it would come after overdrive because overdrive replicates the sound of a cranked amp, and the speaker comes after the amp. Delay, echo, and reverb all simulate what the rig would sound like in different rooms, so it’s always made sense to me to put them after distortion, since the room sounds follow the amp sounds.
but rules are made to be broken. if something sounds good to you, go for it! i put my volume pedal after all of my distortion, which is theoretically wrong, but i’ve always felt that the compression that comes with distortion diminishes the range of the volume pedal if the chain is laid out in the traditional order.