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The TBL blog is dead, long live the TBL blog. by blak3b5

TBL Website

Hey friends,

After five years of blogging here, we are moving our middling words to our new website, courtesy of our friends PT Campbell and That Mob, who’ve collaborated with us to make a brand new website at our home of six years,

Come visit us there and keep up with all the latest news about Two Bright Lakes people.

Thanks for listening,

Two Bright Lakes.


Best of 2011 / Thanks for listening… by blak3b5

It’s that time of year again where we weigh up all that has happened this year, throw some opinions around, and celebrate all of the good things that transpired in 2011.  It’s been a very busy year for us at Two Bright Lakes, we want to thank everyone who came to shows, bought records and listened to the music that ‘s been released and said nice things about it, we really appreciate all of those things.

We put out some of our favourite records ever in the form of Collarbones, Oscar+Martin, Dream Kit, Batrider and Nick Huggins. We helped put on the the inaugural Sugar Mountain Festival in January, we braved endless rain for the Melbourne Music Week rooftop show, toured Virgo Four twice, took part in the Galactic Nights series, put on countless excellent local shows with musicians from near and far…we’re collecting an archive of photos and videos of shows from the year, and we’ll be posting them somewhere soon.

In the meantime, here are some reflections by some of the Lakes people on what they thought was great about 2011 and time and space in general…

Hazel Brown (Otouto):


1. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
2. Arthur Russell – Lets Go Swimming
3. Hercules and Love Affair – Blue Songs
4. Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest
5. Motor City Drum Ensemble – DJ Kicks
6. Nicolas Jaar – Space is Only Noise


1. Teeth and Tongue – Tambourine
2. Lost Animal – Ex-Tropical
3. Oscar and Martin – For You


Nick Huggins:
Oscar and Martin live at Meredith.
Marquis de tren and Bonny Billy – ‘Get on jolly.’
Lost animal live at Melbourne Music Week.
Virgo four live at Sugar Mountain.
Gillian Welch – ‘The harrow and the harvest’
Marcus Whale (Collarbones):
5 Musical Holy Shit Moments of 2011 (no order)
2. Realising the guitar solo in “I Care” by Beyonce was being doubled by Beyonce herself.
4. Listening to Terius Nash’s mixtape “1977” while reading tabloid articles about his breakup with Christina Milian.
Travis Cook (Collarbones):

5 Low Budget Music Videos of 2011 (no order)

Adelaide’s Rebecca Black of 2011
Chris Bolton (Seagull):
Ryuichi Sakomoto – Discord (discovered this year, released 97)
Transcription of Organ Music – A Prey to Griff (as a side note this amazing mini album also has a song on it which is covered by Fran Drescher)


Blake Byron-Smith (Two Bright Lakes DJs):

(in no particular order)

Tune-Yards – Who Kill
Theo Parrish – Stop Bajon remix
Lost Animal – Ex Tropical
Mike Kay/Wooshie – Split EP (on This Thing)
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto – Summvs
Dick Diver – Dick Diver
Geoffrey O’Connor – Vanity Is Forever
Jonti – Twirligig
New Look – New Look

BATRIDER launch tour show at Tote this Friday! / New videos by Steph Crase online by blak3b5
September 27, 2011, 10:33 pm
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Batrider play the last date of their national ‘Piles of Lies’ launch tour this Friday at The Tote alongside Tasmania’s Native Cats who are also launching their album ‘Process Praise’.  Joining these awesome bands on the night will be the equally awesome Absolute Boys as well as Lady Dreams. Get down early, if the facebook numbers are anything to go by, this one is going to be a sell-out…there’s a great artist on artist interview on Mess+Noise with Batrider and Native Cats here too…

…In between playing some powerful shows around the country, Steph Crase has been producing music videos for a bunch of songs from the album, check them out below:

free mp3 download of single ‘Piles of Lies’ ]

Batrider – Piles of Lies out now through Two Bright Lakes / Remote Control

Buy on CD online  //   Bandcamp  //  iTunes

and available in all good record stores nationally through Inertia

Watch BATRIDER – Piles of Lies video on Vimeo // Free single download // On tour this August/September by blak3b5

Two Bright Lakes are very proud to present the fourth full-length album from Batrider, Piles of Lies.  Accompanying the first single ‘Pile of Lies’ is a live video cut together by Steph Crase, documenting the powerful live experience of the band.

If you haven’t witnessed Batrider live before, there’s never been a better time with the three piece embarking on a national tour this August/September, check out the dates below…




18th – Step Inn, Brisbane, QLD

19th – Emma Soup, Newcastle, NSW

20th – GoodGod Small Club, Sydney, NSW

21st – Phoenix, Canberra, ACT


3rd – Format, Adelaide, SA

9th – Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS – Batrider w/ Native Cats (album launch)

10th – Skinny Geans, Launceston, TAS

16th – The Bakery, Perth WA

30th – The Tote, Collingwood, VIC – Batrider w/ Native Cats (album launch)


free mp3 download of single ‘Piles of Lies’ ]

Batrider – Piles of Lies out now through Two Bright Lakes / Remote Control

Buy on CD online  //   Bandcamp  //  iTunes

and available in all good record stores nationally through Inertia