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Mansions: New Best FriendsNew Best Friends (2009)
Doghouse Records

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Mansions' Christopher Browder is a young and talented character that some might go so far as to call a genius. The 24-year-old (25 now?) writes and records emotionally wrought and woefully heady songs made all the more mesmerizing and atmospheric by production from Mike Sapone -- a man who helped sp.
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Mansions' Christopher Browder is a young and talented character that some might go so far as to call a genius. The 24-year-old (25 now?) writes and records emotionally wrought and woefully heady songs made all the more mesmerizing and atmospheric by production from Mike Sapone -- a man who helped spell out the haunting, layered dynamics of Brand New's The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. Browder certainly doesn't meet the genius achieved on that particular album, but it's a good comparison to make, because Sapone's touch perfectly brings out the sincerity and restraint that makes Mansions' New Best Friends such a success.

The album opens with "I Told a Lie," a minute-long, stunted version of the same song that appeared on Mansions' 2008 self-titled EP. It makes sense, since it serves itself as a pensive, abrupt introduction before launching into "Talk Talk Talk," one of Browder's best compositions to date. The dynamic in this song is absolutely wonderful, letting the verses transition to an explosive, bone-chilling chorus where Browder lashes out at a narcissistic acquaintance.

One might fault Browder a bit for "Por Favor Is Spanish," where on paper the lyrics read a bit middle school diary-esque: "She was kissing somebody who wasn't her boyfriend. / She met him at a bar, / he was a hot Australian. / She didn't mean to do it / but she liked his accent / and somehow I'm responsible." However, repeat listens convert an otherwise embarrassing narrative into refined hooks that resonate with a listener well.

New Best Friends continues much in this fashion, with Browder spilling his guts in whispered form and aching snarls, a mix of warm acoustics and more sharp electric guitar swirling, like the would-be love child of Jesse Lacey and Chris Conley. "The Worst Part" is even the best song Straylight Run never wrote. Still, though, aside from "Talk Talk Talk," none of these songs really match the consistent heartstring-tugging of his later works that infiltrated The EP Initiative (New Best Friends was recorded in February 2008, with many of the songs written in the months and years prior; many of the Initiative songs were written and recorded later that year). There's no real "When I Sleep" or "I Swear," and on New Best Friends Browder doesn't quite achieve pure, raw emotion like he does in songs like those.

Still, New Best Friends remains a rather captivating and lushly recorded debut, a surprisingly compelling 43 minutes. Standing alone, it's a good enough album, but the bonus MP3 disc with another 38 tracks -- some of which, as aforementioned, eclipse Friends' songs -- is the icing on a very tasty cake.

Talk Talk Talk
The Worst Part


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Cowbell (instrument)
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This article is about the musical instrument. For bells worn by actual cows, see cow bell. For the Saturday Night Live catch phrase, see More cowbell.
Cowbell (instrument)
Classification Idiophone, Hand percussion
Playing range
Single note with timbral variations

Related instruments

The cowbell is an idiophone hand percussion instrument used in various styles of music including salsa and infrequently in popular music. It is named after the similar bell historically used by herdsmen to keep track of the whereabouts of cows.

Contents [hide]
1 Background
1.1 Origins
1.2 Almglocken
1.3 Clapperless cowbells
2 Cowbells in popular music
3 Sports use
4 See also
5 References
6 External links

[edit] Background

A display of cowbells formerly used by farmers in the Appalachian region of the United States, in the Museum of Appalachia
[edit] Origins
Main article: cow bell
While the cowbell is commonly found in musical contexts, its origin can be traced to freely roaming animals. In order to help identify the herd to which these animals belonged herdsmen placed these bells around the animal's neck. As the animals moved about the bell would ring, thus making it easier to know of the animal's whereabouts. Though the bells were used on various types of animals, they are typically referred to as "cowbells" due to their extensive use with cattle.[1]


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[edit] Almglocken
Almglocken, sometimes known as Alpine Bells, typically refer to bulbuous brass bells that are used to play music as a novelty act or tourist attraction in the northern Alps. Since they are tuned differently to distinguish individual animals, they can be collected "from the pasture" in random tunings, but commercial sets in equal temperament are also available. The metal clapper is retained, and they sound much more noisy than handbells, which are otherwise used similarly in ensembles. Composers who included almglocken among their musical palette include Tōru Takemitsu, Gustav Mahler, Roy Harter, and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

[edit] Clapperless cowbells
Clapperless cowbells made of metal are an important element in Latin-American and go go music. These cowbells are struck with a stick - the tone being modulated by striking different parts of the bell and by damping with the hand holding the bell.

In several parts of the world (notably in West Africa) pairs or trios of clapperless bells are joined in such a way that they can be struck separately or clashed together. The Brazilian name for these is "agogo" bells. Cylindrical wood blocks played in the same way are also called "agogo". In Cuban music the cowbell is called cencerro and often played by the same player as the bongos. In Caribbean music two or three are often mounted together with a pair of Timbales.

This type of cowbell can also be bowed with a double bass bow. This produces a high-pitched, ghastly noise.

[edit] Cowbells in popular music
There are numerous examples of the cowbell being featured as an instrument in popular music. Early pop recording examples include The Chambers Brothers' "Time Has Come Today" and Hugh Masekela's 1968 instrumental "Grazin' in the Grass".[2] The Roland TR-808 drum machine was noted for its distinctive cowbell sound, which sounded almost nothing like an actual cowbell; the sound was highly electronic with a sharp, short decay. Regardless of its lack of realism, the TR-808 cowbell became a popular sound in 1980s R&B and hip hop music, popularized by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis-produced artists such as The SOS Band and Janet Jackson. Its distinctive and notorious timbre has enjoyed continued use by hip hop and R&B artists well into the 1990s and 2000s, as well as by bands in other genres such as Skinny Puppy ("Dig It"), the Super Furry Animals ("Juxtaposed With U"), Think Tank ("A Knife & a Fork") and the Dismemberment Plan ("You Are Invited"). DFA Records are noted for using a lot of cowbell in their remixes.

The cowbell gained popular attention as the subject of a famous Saturday Night Live skit popularly known as "More Cowbell." That skit parodied Blue ?yster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", one of the more successful pieces of popular music to feature the cowbell. Though Queens of the Stone Age have also used the cowbell in many songs, the cowbell sound in their 2005 single "Little Sister" was actually achieved using a jam block, but when they performed it on Saturday Night Live, Will Ferrell, dressed like Gene Frenkle from the More Cowbell skit, played the jam block part on the cowbell.

Cowbells have been prominently used in songs like "Electioneering" by Radiohead, "Mississippi Queen" by Mountain, "Honky Tonk Women" by The Rolling Stones, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue ?yster Cult, "Hair of the Dog" by Nazareth, Pigs (Three Different Ones) by Pink Floyd, "We're An American Band" by Grand Funk Railroad, "A Hard Day's Night" by The Beatles, "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" by Dead or Alive, "Rock of Ages" by Def Leppard, "Feeling This" by Blink-182 and in drum solos by Neil Peart of Rush also in Atreyu's song "Blow". The band Rage Against The Machine utilized the cowbell in many songs, such as "Township Rebellion", "Freedom", and "Killing in the Name". Tommy Lee uses cowbell in some Mötley Crüe songs such as "Live Wire" and "Dr. Feelgood". "Good Times, Bad Times" by Led Zeppelin.

In 2007, at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, one hundred and forty eight professed cowbell players came together and called first Executive Assembly's Conference of the International Association of Cowbell Players to order.[citation needed]

The world's largest cowbell is owned by its designer and builder, master percussionist Austin Giles.[3] After being evicted from his apartment in April, 2008 for repeated cowbell-related noise violations, Giles has been living on the streets in Portland, OR, towing his cowbell in a purpose-built wagon and playing it for money on the street and at house shows. Giles is saving money for his next project, which he describes on his blog: "It's the largest cowbell anyone will ever dare to build. It will be just over 14 feet tall, and proportionate in all other respects to my current bell. Due to my recent housing crisis I've also decided to design the interior so that I will be able to inhabit it. It wasn't hard to make the internal structure work with the resonance, except that a window will unfortunately be impossible." [1]

[edit] Sports use
Cowbells are sometimes popular noisemakers at sporting events, despite attempts to suppress them. In the United States, they are most closely identified with Mississippi State University, whose football fans smuggle in cowbells by the thousands despite a ban on artificial noisemakers by its conference, the Southeastern Conference.[4] Elsewhere in college football, the cowbell can be found at Penn State football games, where it is played with a particular rhythm and accompanying chant.[3]

Worldwide, in cross-country skiing, cowbells are often rung vigorously at the start and finishes of races. Cornell ice hockey fans who are also known for their zealous support of their team have cheers that feature use of a cowbell while in Lynah Rink. The San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League are also (in)famous for their fans' use of cowbells. In New Zealand, supporters of the Waikato Rugby Union invariably use cowbells at home matches; this has been carried over to home matches of the Chiefs, the Super 14 franchise centered on the Waikato region. They are also rung vigorously during cyclo-cross races. During University of New Hampshire ice hockey games, a small group of fans at the base of the student section show their support for the UNH Wildcats with a cowbell. This group also leads the chants and shows their support with posters and other props. Finally the 2006-2007 American Baskeball Association (ABA) champion Vermont Frost Heaves have a large cowbell following at their home games.

A small, intrepid band of Toronto Blue Jays fans at Rogers Centre frequently bring cowbells to Blue Jays home games. They are common enough at Tampa Bay Rays home games that the stadium scoreboard graphics crew have a pre-built graphic that says "More Cowbell!!". The Everett Silvertips fans also use cowbells, after the team watched the Saturday Night Live skit while on their tour bus in their inaugural season, and said they wanted the fans to have cowbells. They have a "more cowbell" that sometimes shows on the jumbotron. The Belleville Bulls in the Ontario Hockey League used the skit on their video scoreboard and "More Cowbell" as a catchphrase during the 2007 playoffs. Their goalie Edward Pasquale has several Will Ferrell characters painted on his goalie mask, including the one from the Saturday Night Live skit with the cowbell.

At Shea Stadium, the home of the New York Mets a season ticket holder referred to as "Cow-Bell-Poopy-Man" brings a cowbell to Mets home games to get the fans into the game and cheer on the Mets. He walks around all the sections of the stadium as fans go up to him to shake his hand and take a picture with him. Some Mets fans find him annoying but other appreciate his passion as a loyal Mets fan. At Shea during promotional Latin nights fans bring cowbells to the game. When Pedro Martínez is on the mound you can find a cowbell or two in the stands.[citation needed]

[edit] See also
Artificial noise
Safri Duo
More cowbell

[edit] References
^ "The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English 2007". Oxford University Press. http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O999-cowbell.html. Retrieved on 2007-11-04.
^ "List of rock and pop songs featuring cowbell". http://www.geekspeakweekly.com/cowbell/data_search.pl. Retrieved on 2007-01-05.
^ a b "Former mascot keeps his bell ringing". The Daily Collegian. 1996-10-02. http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/1996_jan-dec/1996_oct/1996-1 0-02_the_daily_collegian/1996-10-02d03-009.htm. Retrieved on 2008-10-01.
^ "SEC votes for football yardage penalties for cowbell use". Mississippi State University. 2002-06-10. http://msuinfo.ur.msstate.edu/msu_memo/2002/06-10-02/cowbell.html . Retrieved on 2006-12-14.

[edit] External links
Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Cowbells
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Roy Harter's Alpine Bell website
Making music with pitched cowbells
Information on Olympic Winter Games Cheering Cowbells
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eazyd2 (April 8, 2009)

if he was such a fuckin genius this piece of shit would have more cowbell

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For other uses, see Genius (disambiguation).
A genius is an individual who successfully applies a previously unknown technique in the production of a work of art, science or calculation, or who masters and personalizes a known technique. A genius typically possesses great intelligence or remarkable abilities in a specific subject, or shows an exceptional natural capacity of intellect and/or ability, especially in the production of creative and original work, something that has never been seen or evaluated previously. Traits often associated with genius include strong individuality, imagination, uniqueness, and innovative drive[citation needed].

The term may be applied to someone who is considered gifted in many subjects[1] or in one subject.

Although the term "genius" is sometimes used to denote the possession of a superior talent in any field, e.g. a particular sport or statesmanship, it has traditionally been understood to denote an exceptional natural capacity of intellect and creative originality in areas of art, literature, philosophy, music, language, science and mathematics.

Contents [hide]
1 Overview
2 Etymology
3 Philosophy
4 See also
5 References
6 Further reading
7 External links

[edit] Overview
Genius comes in a variety of forms, such as mathematical genius, literary genius, or poetic genius, philosophical (visionary) genius amongst others. Genius may show itself in early childhood as a prodigy or later in life; either way, genii eventually differentiate themselves from the others through great originality. Intellectual geniuses often have crisp, clear-eyed visions of given situations, in which interpretation is unnecessary, and they build or act on the basis of those facts, usually with tremendous energy. Accomplished geniuses in intellectual fields start out in many cases as child prodigies, gifted with superior memory or understanding.

The multiple intelligences hypothesis put forth by Harvard University professor Howard Gardner in his 1983 book Frames of Mind states there are at least seven types of intelligences, each with its own type of genius. To be classed as a genius in music, you must be within the top three percent of your country's population.

The most popular way of determining one's intelligence is with an intelligence quotient (better known as IQ) test. Two among the most influential psychologists studying intelligence, Lewis M. Terman and Leta Hollingworth, suggested two different numbers when considering the cut-off for genius in psychometric terms. Dr. Terman considered it to be an IQ of 140, while Dr. Hollingworth put it at an IQ of 180.[2][3] Moreover, both these numbers are ratio IQs, which in deviation values used currently put the genius IQ cut-off at 136 (98.77th percentile) and 162 (99.994th percentile) respectively.[4] There are also several examples of people with IQ levels in the genius range who have a disability or very low level in one of the subcategories, such as music. In addition to the fundamental criticism that intelligence measured in this way is an example of reification and ranking fallacies,[5] the IQ test has also been criticized as having a "cultural bias" in its interpretation despite claims that these tests are designed to eliminate race/gender for example by predicting numerical sequences, etc. Accordingly, the definition of genius embraces those who do not necessarily have an IQ test score of this stature, or who have not even taken such a test. A vast intelligence is needed, but the mental state of possessing genius is based primarily upon an incredible understanding of complex issues and problems, and a profound creativity and imagination; i.e. not based too strongly on IQ tests.

[edit] Etymology

Marble head of a roman genius, 2nd century CE, found by VindobonaIn Ancient Rome, the genius was the guiding or "tutelary" spirit of a person, or even of an entire gens, the plural of which was 'genii'[6]. A related term is genius loci, the spirit of a specific locale. A specific spirit, or dæmon, may inhabit an image or icon, giving it supernatural powers.

A comparable term from Arabic lore is a jinn, often Anglicized as "genie". Note, however, that this term is considered a false friend, not a cognate by most Anglo-American anthropologists. Recent work by Russian, Romanian, Italian and a few American linguists may return the word to cognate status.[citation needed]

For more information on these etymological roots, see Genius (mythology).

[edit] Philosophy
Various philosophers have proposed definitions of what genius is and what that implies in the context of their philosophical theories.

In the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer, a genius is a person in whom intellect predominates over "will" much more than within the average person. In Schopenhauer's aesthetics, this predominance of the intellect over the will allows the genius to create artistic or academic works that are objects of pure, disinterested contemplation, the chief criterion of the aesthetic experience for Schopenhauer. Their remoteness from mundane concerns means that Schopenhauer's geniuses often display maladaptive traits in more mundane concerns; in Schopenhauer's words, they fall into the mire while gazing at the stars.

?? Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see."
?? Arthur Schopenhauer

In the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, genius is the ability to independently arrive at and understand concepts that would normally have to be taught by another person. In the Kant Dictionary (ISBN 0-631-17535-0), Howard Caygill talks of the essential character of "genius" for Kant being originality. This genius is a talent for producing ideas which can be described as non-imitative. Kant's discussion of the characteristics of genius is largely contained within the Critique of Judgement and was well received by the romantics of the early 19th century.

In the philosophy of David Hume, the way society perceives genius is similar to the way society perceives the ignorant. Hume states that a person with the characteristics of a genius is looked at as a person disconnected from society. As well as a person who works remotely, at a distance, away from the rest of the world. "On the other hand, the mere ignorant is still more despised; nor is any thing deemed a surer sign of an illiberal genius in an age and nation where the sciences flourish, than to be entirely destitute of all relish for those noble entertainments. The most perfect character is supposed to lie between those extremes; retaining an equal ability and taste for books, company, and business; preserving in conversation that discernment and delicacy which arise from polite letters; and in business, that probity and accuracy which are the natural result of a just philosophy."

[edit] See also

Leonardo da Vinci is acknowledged as having been a genius and a polymathAlbert Einstein
Child prodigy
Flash of genius
High IQ society
Intelligence quotient (IQ)
List of Nobel laureates
MacArthur Fellows Program
Mega Society
Nobel Prize
Personality test
Psychological testing
The heroic theory of invention and scientific development

[edit] References
^ Cox, Catharine, M. (1926). Early Mental Traits of Two Hundred Geniuses (Genetic Studies of Genius Series), Stanford University Press.
^ ""genius." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2007. Encyclopædia Britannica Online.". 2007. http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9036408. Retrieved on 2007-09-12.
^ "Children Above 180 IQ: Standford-Binet Origin and Development, by Leta Stetter Hollingworth". 1975. http://www.amazon.com/Children-Above-180-Standford-Binet-Developm ent/dp/0405064675/ref=sr_1_1/104-4831253-4979138?ie=UTF8&s=books& qid=1189627625&sr=8-1. Retrieved on 2007-09-12.
^ "Statistical Distribution of Childhood IQ Scores, by John Scoville". http://sweb.uky.edu/~jcscov0/ratioiq.htm. Retrieved on 2007-09-12.
^ See S.J. Gould, The Mismeasure of Man (2d ed. 1996) at 56.
^ genius. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved May 17, 2008, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/genius

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