The Bravery, Terminal 5, New York City

braving a new show season – the Bravery at Terminal 5

So after an excellent visit to the newly conservative
I Got My Reasons radio show, with some great tunes (I have them to thank for an introduction to Breathe Owl Breathe, a fabulous new Michigan band), it was time for some live music.

Over at the cavernous (no, there is no other adjective for the former Exit) Terminal 5, beyond 11th Ave., alterna-pop faves The Bravery were pounding out infectious 80s-tinged pop anchored by solid dance beats.

oh holy shit there may well be no way to write about these guys w/o sounding like some kind of horrible PR-machine regurgitator. but hey, they regurgitate too! all the kids are doing it!

We arrived, late, to their version of “Stop Drop and Roll” – a bizarre co-incidence since the aforementioned Breathe Owl Breathe do a completely dissimilar song of the same title.

it must be some kind of catchphrase for this generation, like “get under your desks” for the 50s atom-bomb babies. Whatever.
The synth lines were PURE WLIR/1987.

“This is Not the End,” from the 2nd version of their second album, started great.
Mainly by channelling aka biting the great percussive “London Calling” opening from the Clash. Then the frontman started sounding like Robt. E. Smith, tho’ he was wearing a sweater vest (..these kids pick the most inexplicably unflattering styles to revive) and no discernable eyeliner.

But they were so much fun! With shoutouts to East Northport, Long Island, references to Pony Boy, and genial display of a fan’s artwork, The Bravery swung thru an uplifting set of pure 80s pop, angst-lite.

Soaring synth lines, sad-boy lyrics like “Every word from your mouth is like a knife in my ear” and the unmistakable vocal stylings of Smith in the Cure worked then and they work now – “The Ocean” was a prime example.

The Bravery remind me of driving around Long Island (their birthplace) – nothing new, but it’s kinda fun sometimes. Especially if WLIR is on.


Since those 5th-grade nights when I listened to 70s “free-form” FM, with a little white single RadioShack earplug under the covers, I do love the radio.

The Internet radio of BlogTalkRadio – is centered on talk,
Listen to I Got My Reasons on internet talk radio

I Got My Reasons and others do play some good music. And thanks to another listener of that Got My Reasons show, I got to see the amazing Bettye Lavette at the Allen Room last Friday night.

Bettye’s Story: hugely talented Detroit soul singer, first recorded at 16; no success, personal battles with self/others, bad management, finally made it. Very tough, intense stuff.

But she’s in great shape: At 62, looking hot and lithe, in the utterly spectacular Allen Room with its one-story glass wall overlooking Central Park, Bettye tore the place up. What a triumph after years of hardship and hard work. It was freaking awesome. Her a capella finale of “I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got” as well as “Close as I Get to Heaven” were highlights for me. She covered everyone from Joan Armatrading to Don Henley to Fiona Apple and Lucinda Willams. Listen up!

Course, regular radio SUCKS.

So Internet radio works (insert sound of Ellen continuing to bang on same drum, beat dead horse, etc.) I’ve often touted BBC’s amazing reggae, dancehall, and new music breezeblock shows, as well as Seattle’s KEXP.ORG. But I’ve been totally STYMIED tryng to find decent broadcast radio in NYC. Not since the glory days of WLIR in the 80s have I turned on something decent on commercial radio.

My pal Joe R. told me about
WOXY’s re-broadcast from the UK’s excellent Artrocker Magazine, every Wednesday at 6:00 PM EST: 90 minutes of new release singles, albums, demos, and myspace tracks.

but there is HOPE on the horizon. two NEW commercial radio stations are hitting NYC soon–101.9 RXP .
and beginning on March 24, 2008, Radio Liberation will air KEXP-produced programming Monday through Friday on Radio New York 91.5 FM. woo-hoo!