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Bowery Presents: Broken Social Scene @ Terminal 5

Filed Under: Live Shows

Written by Brendan

Wednesday January 19, 2011

Last night, I had the opportunity to join my friends at a concert in New York, while sitting in my living room in Burlington. Not to say that watching a concert on the internet is at all comparable to actually being there, but with all the lights off, my laptop plugged in to my TV and the speaker system turned way up, I have to say the experience was still quite something.

I want to sing the praises of The Bowery Presents, who brought me two nearly flawless hours of live-streaming of a Broken Social Scene show from Terminal 5 in Brooklyn. Arcade Fire tried this last year, but it was way buggy and drove me so crazy I ended up turning it off. Not this time. I had 2 or 3 quick hiccups, and we did have to refresh the page once when the video froze just before “Meet Me In The Basement.” But overall the quality was outstanding, and the end result was that I got to see BSS for a third time in just a few months.

I know I shouldn’t be so surprised about seemingly straightforward technology, but with quality as good as last night, I now consider catching a show online a viable option. We get some amazing bands coming through Burlington, but not all bands do — and even when they do, sometimes one show just isn’t enough. So it’s incredibly exciting for me to imagine what other bands I’m going to be able to see if promoters, venues and bands continue to do live events like this.

It doesn’t look like they’re going to post the complete set, but here’s “Forced to Love” from last night’s show:

As a side note, I loved how much they filmed drummer Justin Peroff — it really drove home just how incredible and incredibly hard working he is.


They’ve put the whole show up. If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending a BSS show, I highly recommend that you find 2 hours to sit in front of your computer, in the dark, with the sound turned up loud, and watch this. Seriously.

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One Response to “Bowery Presents: Broken Social Scene @ Terminal 5”

  1. coach says:

    Seeing BSS live is always an amazing experience. I found myself jumping in my bedroom to Meet Me In The Basement… just for a couple of bars I felt like I was there. What a gift to the world that webcast was.