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All About That Bass…And Justice For Jason

By Erica LeBlanc

All About That Bass singer, Meghan Trainor, is currently on a country and worldwide tour, which has music fans with bass on the mind. It’s no coincidence that sound mixer for the 1988 Metallica album …And Justice For All, has just revealed a major secret about the bass presence, or lack thereof, on the album.

Steve Thompson, has been the center of accusations for the almost completely inaudible bass levels of Jason Newsted for the past 27 years. Fans have gone so far as to remix the album themselves to highlight his performance. In a recent interview, Thompson revealed that it was actually drummer of Metallica, Lars Ulrich, who was responsible. His conversation with Ulrich went as follows, “’See the bass guitar?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, great part, man. He killed it.’ He said, ‘I want you to bring down the bass where you can barely, audibly hear it in the mix.’”(Full interview here) Bringing down the bass coincided with bringing up the…drums of course!

You can listen to one of the remixes that provides justice for poor bassist Jason, below.

If you’re like me and don’t know anything else about Metallica, you may find yourself critiquing it in a different way…it could use a little more cowbell.

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11 Winners The Academy Didn’t Have Time to Announce : Oscars 2015

By Erica LeBlanc

The Academy Award for…

Worst Part of the 87th Academy Awards
Neil Patrick Harris: He has won four Emmy Awards for his outstanding performances as a four-time host of the Tony Awards. Last night, we all learned that is not a gig he should stray from. Providing awkward, cliché, and predictable jokes, most of which appeared to upset Oprah, NPH proved that he should stick to song and dance that is written and choreographed for him, as his major success last night was the opening number. That bit with the briefcase was so hard to see. It was like watching a five year old trying to make a dove come out of his hat, but the dove died.

Most Awkward Presenter
Eddie Murphy: He is definitely very upset about something and is taking it out on Sunday night, televised events.

Most Uncomfortable Encounter
John Travolta: This wasn’t on Idina Menzel at all. We must keep our hands to ourselves John.

Most Talked About Snub
Joan Rivers: Are you kidding me right now?! I have a deep, emotional connection with Joan Rivers. She’s my bio quote on Twitter for goodness sakes, I couldn’t be more connected to her! (Side note- follow me @ericaleblanc99 I’m super obnoxious) That woman invented the red carpet, not to mention she had random roles in obscure movies! Shame on you Academy.

Least Talked About Snub
Elaine Stritch: She was a talent that film clearly didn’t deserve. Sure, she only had a few roles on the big screen, but remember when she out-eviled Jane Fonda in Monster-in-Law? THAT DESERVES SOME RECOGNITION! I’m so sorry, I’m just very passionate about this.

Snub That Should Just, Not Be A Thing…Always
Time: We understand that it is only 9:00 in California when it is midnight on the east coast, but it is midnight on the east coast. The show should not end on the beginning of a second day somewhere. That’s absurd.

SNL Appearance (Yes this is a category)
The Lonely Island: This made my little SNL heart light up with joy.

Making Everyone Cry
John Legend and Common: What power.

Wait, What Just Happened?
Lady Gaga: People forget that she can sing. She studied musical theater at a conservatory in New York…for an entire year or two.

Being Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews: Hearing her say “Dear Lady Gaga” in her perfect Julie Andrews voice made my heart smile.

The Bees Knees
Meryl Streep (with assist from Patricia Arquette): Yes go women and equal pay and all that, I’m just happy Meryl is happy.

 

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Our Top Story Tonight: 4 Minute Review of 40 Years of SNL

By Erica LeBlanc

I quite honestly don’t know where to begin. I suppose first off, you must all understand that nothing about this post will be neutral. It is coming from a place of biased love and obsession. It will be ranty, unorganized, nonsensical, and to be frank, I don’t care.

Saturday Night Live 40 did everything right, except for the one thing they did wrong.

The first Right thing was Betty White. Let’s be real, SNL could have had a 3.5 hour live show with Betty White and her tiny adorable self sitting in a living room chair smiling, giggling, talking about puppy dogs and the 23.1 million viewership would’ve been greater. Side note-she was not the lucky one in The Californians. Bradley Cooper has reached the height of his career with his solid 60-second make out session with the comedic queen. He is #Blessed.

Ugh, I just want to watch it again.

Next up, the remakes. It was amazing for those of us who haven’t seen some of the most famous characters and sketches live before, to watch them come to life during this episode. I’m talking Debbie Downer, Mary Katherine Gallagher, the Bass-o-Matic, Wayne’s World, ESPN Classic, Opera Man, Blues Brothers (Jim Belushi in for his brother), Marty and Bobbi Culp, and so many others. It just gave me chills. I mean Sean Connery? I’m so happy to have another way to offend Alex Trebek.

Subsequently, it was amazing to watch more recent SNL players and guests performing as former characters in past sketches. The most heartwarming impressions were from Emma Stone and Melissa McCarthy as Roseanne Rosannadanna and Matt Foley, respectively. Yesterday would have been Chris Farley’s 51st birthday. Oh! Something that positively cannot be left out; the Jimmy/Justin Cold Open! There were so, so, so, many references that you’d probably have to watch at least two more times to understand them all. You would, not me.

Jane Curtin, a.k.a. the original ignorant slut, and her bitches that get stuff done; Amy and Tina had a perfect mini Weekend Update moment that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

Moving right along, there was just the right amount of flashback content. They showed all of the right montages of classic sketches and funny moments and – OMG THE AUDITIONS! From Gilda Radner to Chevy Chase, Keenan Thompson to Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Darrell Hammond, and Jim Carrey – BY THE WAY, Jim Carrey totally beat Matt Lauer on the red carpet. Lauer backed Carrey into a corner asking about not making it onto SNL because of Al Franken, which was exceedingly inappropriate and childish. SO Jim Carrey totally retaliated by asking Lauer where he was hiding Brian Williams, and it was beautiful how uncomfortable he became.

So you’re probably wondering what was done Wrong. “Yes, I am.” Well the answer is Kanye West. Every reference, joke, performance was utterly disgusting. Stop inflating the ego and notion that he is anything relevant or desired.

But just so we don’t end on a bad note, here is a piece of perfection.

There is so much more I have to say, but I know a lot of you have already left the page at this point. If you want to fan girl with me or tell me my opinion is wrong, please hesitate or don’t hesitate to contact me.

Buh bye.

The Best 22.5 Million Spent at the Super Bowl This Year: Our Top 5 Favorite Ads

By Erica LeBlanc

The Super Bowl holds claim to the most coveted spots for advertisements in all of television. Why? Well this past Sunday, Nielsen recorded that 114.4 million viewers watched the Patriots destroy the Seahawks…well, destroy in those final 26 seconds anyway.

Every year there seems to be a competition over who produces the funniest commercial. And this competition isn’t a cheap one. Each commercial was estimated to cost 4.5 million dollars. So here are the top picks that stood out among the multiple film trailers and non-funny ‘be a good father’ PSAs – or as we put it in our headline, the best 22.5 million dollars spent at the Super Bowl this year.

T-Mobile did this right. Celebrity comedians making fun of themselves and fame as a whole, showing off ridiculously absurd and unrealistic rooms in the mansions neither of them probably actually have, and of course, the classic, “Girls are Better Than Boys, Sorry You Had a Boy”, conversation with new parents, all the while, never dropping the call.

If Clash of Clans can destroy the mental state of a wannabe Ra’s al Ghul, then it must be exceedingly powerful. This commercial is funny, because it reflects every person watching it. We all have sought vengeance on a free app. We all have had the urge to throw our birth certificate in the face of a barista. And we all regret the day we crossed an angryneeson52.

With yet another celebrity appearance, esurance appealed to the millions of depressed Breaking Bad followers with a glimpse into Walter White’s life after the series ended. Obviously, having a known drug…enthusiast…as a pharmacist is a hilarious situation, but the straight man (woman) in this commercial truly completes the funny package.

Fiat nailed their time slot by exposing a situation that, one can only assume, happens frequently to frisky Italian men across the world. Suspense is raised as the audience follows the little blue pill on its hard journey. To the excitement of surrounding women, the Fiat swallows up the pill and busts out into a burlier version of itself. A bang up job Fiat. But what happened to the old man? Well he has fallen asleep at what appears to be mid-afternoon.

“What is Loctite Glue? Why does it have a Super Bowl commercial? How can it afford a Super Bowl commercial? Why don’t I understand what is happening? Where can I get a unicorn pin? What did that last couple do with the glue?” There are no answers, there is only this: The fanny pack is back everyone.

RIP Mayor Tom Menino

Today, our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mayor Tom Menino. But as I write ‘friends’, it’s apparent that much of Boston’s population – proper and its suburbs – considered Mayor Menino to be a friend.

We are lucky enough to count ourselves in that group. I personally met and spoke with Mayor Menino on numerous occasions while working for the Boston Herald’s Inside Track column. And, while producing “Track Gals” – the show we created with Inside Track columnists Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa – the MediaBoss team had the opportunity to rub elbows with Boston’s beloved Mayor on several occasions.

He was as gracious as he was gregarious and it was always a pleasure to speak with him. He was always sincere and when you were speaking with him, you had knew you had his undivided attention. This is a rare trait among today’s politicians.

Yesterday, as the news of his passing hit the wires, Gayle Fee reached out to us to see if we still had footage of a 2010 interview with him at the Flower Show. She wanted to listen to it for the Inside Track column she and Laura Raposa wrote today in his honor.

We were moved to tears when we re-watched the clip. In the interview, Mayor Menino told Gayle and Laura that if he could be a flower he’d be a daffodil. He’d get up early, start the spring off and fade into the sunset.

RIP Mayor Tom Menino. It’s been an honor.

To read today’s Inside Track column, click here.

NE Studios To Give Tours In Return for Donated Toys & Canned Goods

Have you been dying to get a first-hand look at our client, NE Studios‘ gorgeous new film & television facility in Devens, MA?

The studio execs are offering an opportunity to get a tour of their state-of-the-art production stages by giving back to the community this Holiday Season.

Simply attend their toy and canned food drive on Dec. 21 from 10a.m.-4p.m. and bring a toy (of at least an $8 value) and/or canned foods and they’ll show you around the studios! Now that’s what we call a Win/Win!

For more information, address, directions etc., visit their Toy and Canned Food Drive webpage .

And if you attend, come say hi! We’ll be there with our cameras.

 

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Frank Turner : MediaBoss Music Monday

Northampton, MA – Sunday Nov, 24 2013

If going to see Frank Turner live at the Calvin Theater wasn’t exciting enough,  on this particular night I had the opportunity to talk with the man who has been blowing up my iPod for the past 2 years.

Turner, an ex-hardcore singer (Million Dead) turned punk/folk artist invited me to have a candid conversation with him about what was going on in his world.

Frank Turner talked to me about everything from filming music videos in the rain, to the slipped disks in his back that is preventing him from playing guitar on the final leg of his tour.  And of course, he gave us his top five songs that help get him through the week!

We’ll share our interview with him soon, but in the meantime, enjoy Frank Turner’s thoughtful musical journey for the week!

 

‘It’s All Fun (Til Someone Gets Hurt)’ Music Video Release

This spring our Creative Boss, Ian Barrett, took a trip to Las Vegas to capture footage our friend and client, Johnny A. who had been asked to instruct at the world famous Rock n’ Roll Fantasy Camp. At the camp Ian met Will Kenyon who had been selected to be a keyboardist in Johnny A’s Fantasy Camp band.

The conversation started with the realization they had a mutual friend in common, famed rock star photographer Robert Knight. As the conversation progressed, the subject turned to music video – in particular, the Godsmack videos Ian had directed. At this point Kenyon told Ian he had an amazing new artist he wanted Ian to work with. His daughter, Jaclyn.

Jaclyn Kenyon is a 16-year-old singer/songwriter ( at 12, she was the youngest to perform at Toronto, Ontario’s Honey Jam – the same showcase that launched Nelly Furtado’s career ) and was named by Toronto Star music critic Ben Rayner as one of twelve “people to watch” in the Toronto area in 2012.

Fast forward three months to June of 2013 and the Kenyon family drove down from Ontario to shoot her debut music video with Ian at MediaBoss. The had a very limited timeframe to capture a visual representation of Jaclyn – a single day, and after hair and make-up it came down to hours.

Challenged but undaunted , Ian and the MediaBoss crew were able to quickly move through a group of different interior studio scenes and a variety of exterior shots, to capture the all footage needed for “It’s All Fun (’till Someone Gets Hurt)”.

“For me, it’s always exciting to work with a new artist. Jaclyn is extremely talented and I know she will go far in this industry,” says Barrett. “I can say with a great degree of confidence that she will be a face to watch in the international music scene in the coming years.”

The video released this morning. We’d love if you could take the time to watch it and let us know what you think!

 

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Our Summer Sports Recap

The Boston Militia Women’s Football team remained undefeated during their regular season, loosing to the Chicago Force during playoffs. The season was filled with many exciting moments – like their 70-0 win against the New York Sharks on April 13, 2013 and RB Whitney Zelee’s establishment of a rush record for the Boston Militia and the Women’s Football Alliance. She set the new standard by rushing for 2,016 yards in only 7 games, 123 carries for an average of 16.4 yards per carry, and 34 touchdowns in 7 games. The Militia has proved this season that hard work and great teamwork really pays off!

In professional women’s soccer, this has been an unforgettable season for the Boston Breakers and their fans. Although they did not qualify for the National Women’s Soccer League playoffs, they ended their season by beating first-place team FC Kansas City 1-0. This was the first time this season the Breakers scored against them. The Breakers ended the season with an improved record of 8-7-6.

Boston Breakers BroadcastWhile the Boston Breakers players worked very well together, there were many changes. The Breakers signed defender Jazmyne Avant, who proved to be a great asset to the team. The Breakers also replaced head coach Lisa Cole with four games left to play. She had been with the Breakers since 2009 as assistant coach for three years and then head coach starting in 2012. Defender Cat Whitehill was named player/interim coach for the remainder of the season.

We’ve had the privilege of live streaming the Boston Militia games for the past two years and we were fortunate enough to broadcast the Boston Breakers games this year. We upgraded much of our equipment and created custom 3D graphics to get the best shots and provide all of the game details to the fans watching at home. Our live-switching system allows for coverage with up to 8 HD cameras. We’ve also teamed up with broadcasters Scott Sudikoff, Madeline Sattler, and Alexandra Sims to get live commentary throughout the Breakers games as well as post-game sideline interviews with the players.

We had a blast live streaming these games this summer and are really proud of the broadcast we shared with these teams’ fans. We’re sad to see the season end, but are looking forward to an even better season of broadcasts next year!

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by Amanda Albert

Amanda is a MediaBoss Production Intern, providing support in and out of their television and video studio. She worked on many Breakers and Militia games, updating MediaBoss’ Twitter account with live commentary and assisted the crew in their broadcast. Amanda is heading off to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst this fall, where she hopes to study either Marketing or Communications.

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The Sound of Honda [Video]

In 1989 Ayrton Senna recorded the fastest lap ever at Suzuka International Racing Circuit. A generation later artists and engineers used technology to recreate that experience to haunting affect. In an odd way, the telemetry (data) has recreated a man who died nine years ago.

If you don’t appreciate racing, you’ll appreciate the art. If you are a F1 fan, this will move you. Why is this relevant? F1 is about to launch two Grand Prix in  the states next year and Ron Howard’s film “Rush” –  a biography of Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda and the 1976 crash – is slated for release next month. What these videos show seem to be the pinnacle of technology and sport.

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