We’re going to kick off the week with songs from three acts: a young, Australian, singer-songwriter; a two-person Montreal band; and arguably the biggest indie band in the world today, who also hail from Montreal.


We’re going back Down Under to kick off your Monday. This one is by young Australian, singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett. Her indie-folk sound resembles early Bob Dylan, and this single, “Avant Gardener”, has elements of Sharon Van Etten, Liz Phair, and Thurston Moore. This is one of the best lyrical songs of the year and Barnett’s storytelling is fantastic. How many songs do you know have the words “ambivalent”, “ambulance”, and “super, hypochondriac”?

“Avant Gardener” by Courtney Barnett


Yesterday, the Pack A.D. were suppose to play at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, Quebec, but they ran into vehicle problems en route. So, in stepped in Hydrothermal Vents from Montreal. Comprising of John Tielli on lead guitar and Tessa Kautzman on bass, Hydrothermal Vents played a short, but lively set. They call their music pop-rock-dance-punk.

hydrothermal vents

Anyway, here’s a track and you can judge for yourself, which actually has hints of another Montreal band, Stars, and David Bowie (mostly due to John’s vocals).  I hope they upload more songs, as a few yesterday were quite outstanding and were reminiscent of Porcelain Raft and Phantogram (if you don’t know them, don’t worry we’ll feature them in the future).


And finally, to not be left off the bandwagon, here is Arcade Fire‘s title track from their next album, “Reflektor” – a song that has a noticeable dance vibe, building on “Half Light II” and “Sprawl II” from their last album, The Suburbs.  The double LP drops October 29. And yes, that’s David Bowie singing backup vocals. The video was produced by renowned filmmaker Anton Corbjin. The album was produced by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem fame. The video is stunning and spectacular at moments. The song is pretty awesome if you ask me.

“Reflektor” by some band from Montreal


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