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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.


Place of Assembly launch this Wednesday night with FOX+SUI, SPEED PAINTERS and CLIENT LIASON by blak3b5

 Place of Assembly

Two Bright Lakes are very proud to be a part of the community at Schoolhouse Studios, and to have been asked to program the music for their upcoming exhibition Place of Assembly (10th-27th October)

Over the last 2 years, Schoolhouse Studios in Abbotsford has been the workplace of over 75 artists working across a wide range of disciplines. With the demolition of the site planned for the end of 2012, resulting in the displacement of the tenants, founders Elizabeth Barnett & Alice Glenn, in conjunction with Melbourne International Arts Festival, are curating a two-week, site-wide exhibition. To find out more about the artists involved, go to the Place of Assembly website.

Playing at the opening night, Wednesday October 10th, from 8pm, are Fox + Sui, Speed Painters, Client Liason and Two Bright Lakes DJs. It’s free and you won’t regret coming and celebrating one of the most vibrant artistic communities in Melbourne, before it’s gone…
Co-curator Alice Glenn and Blake Byron-Smith from Two Bright Lakes will be on RRR tonight on Set It Out from 5:30pm talking about the exhibition and opening night.

Place of Assembly opening night

Wednesday 10th October

Doors open: 8pm (Entry is free!)

8pm: Client Liason

9pm: Fox + Sui

10pm: Speed Painters

10:40 – close: Two Bright Lakes DJs

Schoolhouse Studios, 97 Nicholson St Abbotsford (Between Langridge and Gipps Sts)


Fox + Sui’s Summer Storm

Client Liason’s End of the Earth


Speed Painters’ Drifter

TWO BRIGHT LAKES DJs play the LATE BIT at ACMI every Thursday in July by blak3b5

Two Bright Lakes DJs Tig, Blake and Oscar are proud to be playing as part of the Late Bit series at ACMI every Thursday in July as part of the Game Masters exhibition. Tig and Blake spoke to Everguide about their favourite game-inspired tracks and related game and music things in general following the exhibition opening last week, read about it here. Blake and Tig have just returned from foreign (hotter) climes, with a whole bunch of new records, watch out…

Thu 5 Jul, 6-9pm – Blake and Oscar O (Speed Painters)

Thu 12 Jul, 6-9pm – Blake and Tig

Thu 19 Jul, 6-9pm -Blake and Tig

Thu 26 Jul, 6-9pm – Levelled Up – Versus w/Guerre, Space Cactus and Blake and Tig (w/ live visuals)

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

DREAM KIT releases Dune Year remix EP / Live at ACMI this Thursday for Galactic Nights by blak3b5

Dune Year Remix EP cover by Carl Breitkreuz

Since releasing the Future Tense EP in April, Dream Kithas been wiling away the winter meditating on deep space, drum sounds and the endless ability of sub bass to warm one’s heart. With remixes for Otouto, Near Myth and Geoffrey O’Connor waiting in the wings for release and a stack of projects for new label collective // THIS THING // on the go, Dream Kit dispersed the techno dancehall skeleton of Dune Year – the brooding closing track to Future Tense – to willing remixers.

Geoffrey O’Connor found some time in between releasing his new LP Vanity Is Forever to tune the gated reverb just right and deliver a true remix, juggling and interspersing the rugged original sounds with some bombastic 80’s beats.

Dream Kit collaborator Rambl takes a more drastic approach on his production debut, discarding much of the original and artfully disguising what’s left with a stripped back warehouse rave intro that shifts gears into a Detroit garage vibe right on the 2011 tip. Fans of Lone and Falty DL will enjoy this one.

David Evans, sticks man for This Is Your Captain Speaking and fresh from a beautiful record out on Sensory Projects, mutates Dune Year into an all too brief tribal drum excursion that yearns for an African Future.

Bombastic; Dynamic; Trippy: Three wild remixes straight out of Melbourne. You can download the EP tomorrow from Bandcamp, including the awesome Rambl remix, which you can listen to below…

Dream Kit will be playing live at ACMI, this Thursday December 15th at Galactic Nights (part of the amazing Star Voyager exhibition) with visuals by Blake Byron-Smith and soaring DJ sets by Simon Winkler (RRR). Doors open 6pm, Dream Kit on at 7pm, tickets here

The Future Tense EP, featuring Dune Year, is available now on limited edition 12″ vinyl and for digital download. You can find it in all good record stores, the Two Bright Lakes online store and through iTunes and Bandcamp.

HELLO SATELLITES at Galactic Nights ACMI this Thursday night by blak3b5
November 16, 2011, 6:39 pm
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Galactic Nights

Following an amazing performance by Brous in the first week of the program, Galactic Nights continues at ACMI in Melbourne this Thursday night with the wonderful Hello Satellites.  This might be the last time you can catch them this year, so come on down to The Cube at ACMI to see Eva and co, accompanied by visuals by Blake Byron-Smith and music by Simon Winkler (RRR).  Doors at 6pm with music until 9pm, only $6 from here or on the door.

There’s two more performances to come as well with Time Shield (AKA Faux Pas) on December 1st and Dream Kit on December 15th. It’s all part of the Star Voyager exhibition at ACMI, exploring the history and future of space exploration through the moving image.

Night Swimming this Friday at Buffalo Club w/ COLLARBONES, BON CHAT BON RAT, WINTERCOATS, TBL DJS, ASTRAL PEOPLE DJS… by blak3b5

NIGHT SWIMMING is Two Bright Lakes monthly all night party at The Buffalo Club. Featuring some of our favourite bands and Djs, hopefully NIGHT SWIMMING will be your Friday night hang out – a place to boogie and forget a week, let loose and romance the night away.

This month we welcome Sydney’s lovely party bros Astral People and kindred spirits to co-present our lineup.

Collarbones (Syd/Radelaide)

Bon Chat Bon Rat (Syd)


September 23 – 8pm till very late

DJs Astral Huggs (Syd), Huggz + Buggz (TBL)

Coming off a massive launch party in Sydney last month Astral People will be bringing the good times to Melbourne in future months, with local and international touring artists.

Artwork by Andy Wilson

Decor by Hicks Inc
Projections by Blake Byron-Smith

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