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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, www.twobrightlakes.com

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

Thanks for listening,

Two Bright Lakes.

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OSCAR KEY SUNG live at Sequence Festival tonight by blak3b5
July 27, 2013, 12:46 pm
Filed under: COLLARBONES, FOX + SUI, OSCAR KEY SUNG

This Thing have been responsible for presenting some of the most talented beatmakers and electronic acts this country has to offer, and today they are showcasing a massive collection of  artists at the Gasometer in Melbourne.

After the inaugural SEQUENCE Festival in Sydney last Easter, the second instalment comes to Melbourne with more than 20 artists representing the best of both cities’ fringe electronic communities.

Don’t miss out on catching Oscar Key Sung, Scissor Lock (Marcus Whale from Collarbones, Andras Fox (Fox+Sui) and more than 20 other artists playing some of the best electronic music Australia has to offer:

Thomas William, Guerre, Electric Sea Spider, Oscar Key Sung, Wooshie, Friendships
Andras Fox, Nakagin, Max Crumbs, Harvey Sutherland, Kane Ikin, True North, Naps
Lindsay Tuc, Luis Cee Elle, Rohan, Cassius Select, Victoria Kim, Scissor Lock
Angel Eyes, Hyperborea, MPL, Pearse-Hawkins, Mannheim Rocket, Tea Factory, Inkswel …

Running from 2pm at the Gasometer Hotel, 484 Smith St, Collingwood.
to an all-nighter at the Mercat basement, 456 Queen St Melbourne
SEQUENCE is a hyper-local sound festival for attuned ears. .

Get your tickets on the door, they get you in to both the day party and the afterparty at Mercat til the break o’ dawn.

Check the set times below:



Few tickets left for SUGAR MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL this Saturday – Get in quick… by blak3b5

Sugar Mountain Festival banner

The main event for this year’s Sugar Mountain Festival will be taking place at The Forum Theatre on this Saturday 19 January 2012. It’s going to be even better than last year, with performances by some amazing local and international artists, and the only Melbourne show for Dirty Projectors.

There are still a handful of tickets left at these outlets:

Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100)
The Forum Box Office (
www.forummelbourne.com.au or 03 9299 970)
and Polyester Records (
www.polyesterrecords.com)

Check the set times:

THE WOMB
11.30pm – 1.00am: Dirty Projectors
10.30pm – 11.10pm: Action Bronson
9.30pm – 10.10pm: ESG
8.30pm – 9.10pm: Hunx & His Punx
7.30pm – 8.10pm: Woods
6.30pm – 7.10pm: Boomgates
5.30pm – 6.10pm: Lower Plenty
With projections and visuals by Kit Webster and Markus Hofko

Lauded Melbourne visual projection artist Kit Webster will make his third mind-melting main stage appearance at Sugar Mountain2013. Webster will expand on his previous two appearances at Sugar Mountain, taking us home with an expanding audio-responsive visual set for Action Bronson & Dirty Projectors.

German-born, New Zealand based artist Markus Hofko will make his Sugar Mountain debut with a series of swirling, live projections. Hofko will dress the main stage with live visual splendor for acts Woods and ESG.

Within The Forum’s many hidden nooks, local flamboyant artisan Hamishi will await you. Collaborating with musician and sound artist Henry Fin Madin (The Harpoons), the pair aims to draw you into their audio/visual world, bound to confuse and boggle, all in a strange and colourful manner.  

Action Bronson – The Symbol

Dirty Projectors – About to Die 

ESG – Moody (Live – From the movie Vampire’s Kiss)

THE SUMMIT
10.00pm – 10.40pm: HTRK
9.00pm – 9.40pm: Forces x Antony Hamilton
8.00pm – 8.40pm: Kirin J Callinan x Kris Moyes
7.00pm – 7.40pm: Naysayer & Gilsun
6.00pm – 6.40pm: Phantôscopia

The Summit is a stage of collaborative performances, visual sensations and otherworldly experiences.

Climb the stairs to the very summit of Sugar Mountain’s peak and find yourself drawn into the world of Phantôscopia.  An extra-sensory exploration of human perception and phantasmagoria in a panoramic audio-visual experiment, Phantôscopia will take participants on a hypnotic journey to explore and project the shadowy landscapes of the Mind.

In early 2012, Kirin J Callinan and Kris Moyes had a meeting of minds which spawned one of the most arresting music video clipsto come out of Australia, ever. Enigmatic performer and strange fellow Kirin J Callinan and acclaimed sociopathic director Kris Moyes reunite for their collaborative live debut at Sugar Mountain. What will they do? We don’t know. But we trust them.

Melbourne based synth outfit Forces will collaborate with acclaimed choreographer Antony Hamilton (Chunky Move, Australian Dance Theatre, Lucy Guerin). The result? Another ‘must see’ one-off performance, curated just for Sugar Mountain. As a choreographer, Antony Hamilton created dances for The Lyon Opera Ballet, Australian Dance Theatre, Chunky Move, Dancenorth, LINK, The Victorian College of the Arts, Stompin and Rogue. This is sure to be an unforgettable, confrontational performance.


BOILING POINT STAGE

10.00pm – close: Peanut Butter Wolf
9.20pm – 10.00pm: Jonti
8.20pm – 9.00pm: Collarbones
7.20pm – 8.00pm: Brothers Hand Mirror
6.20pm – 7.20pm: Boiler Room DJs

The Boiling Point Stage is presented by Boiler Room TV, featuring visual installations and stage design by Misha Hollenbach.

Respected as one of the foremost broadcasters of underground dance music in the UK, Boiler Room TV will bring Sugar Mountaininto the living rooms of discerning dance music lovers worldwide through the Boiling Point Stage. Located on The Forum’s mezzanine level,  Boiling Point will feature a stage environment with heavy tribal undertones adorned with the awe-inspiring visuals of Melbourne’s Misha Hollenbach.

One half of clothing label and publisher PAM and the driving force behind art/music super group The Changes, Misha Hollenbach is known for his awe-inspiring environmental installations and space transformations.  At Sugar Mountain 2013, Misha will enhance and build upon the existing realm of the Boiling Point, creating a space of collaboration between performer, artist and audience. Misha’s all out visual kook-out will be a perfect cave for dancing.

Thomas Russell will exhibit You Are Environment, an interactive video feedback installation.  The work reflects exploration of Zen philosophy and ideas on human consciousness and its relationship to nature.  You Are Environment will be located at the entrance to the mezzanine’s ‘Boiling Point’ level.

Keep your eye out for Keith Deverell’s beautiful new extension of last year’s film project Grace Note.  Prepare to be introduced to an exquisite focus on figurative sound play via local classical musicians, viewed alongside the seemingly effortless movements of Ballet Lab’s finest dancers.

FESTIVAL DOORS OPEN AT 5.00PM

 The Sugar Mountain satellite event program can be found HERE.

Sugar Mountain Festival
Presented by Triple R, The Thousands and Vice
Saturday 19 January 2013
The Forum Theatre, Melbourne


MUSIC: DIRTY PROJECTORS | ESG | PEANUT BUTTER WOLF
ACTION BRONSON | BOOMGATES | BROTHERS HAND MIRROR
COLLARBONES | FORCES X ANTONY HAMILTON | HTRK
HUNX AND HIS PUNX | JONTI | KIRIN J CALLINAN X KRIS MOYES  LOWER PLENTY |  NAYSAYER AND GILSUN | WOODS

VISUAL ARTS: KRIS MOYES | HAMISHI | ANTONY HAMILTON
MISHA HOLLENBACH |  KIT WEBSTER | MARKUS HOFKO
KEITH DEVERELL | THOMAS RUSSELL
PANTôSCOPIA | JEREMY EARL

www.sugarmountainfestival.com

Tickets on sale now via:
Ticketmaster (
www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100)
The Forum Box Office (
www.forummelbourne.com.au or 03 9299 970)
and Polyester Records (
www.polyesterrecords.com)



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):

Overseas:

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

Australian:

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

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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’
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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.
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Travis Cook (Collarbones):

5 Low Budget Music Videos of 2011 (no order)

Adelaide’s Rebecca Black of 2011
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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)

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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


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)

Wintercoats

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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COLLARBONES – The Ghostship single and video out now // Remixes by Bon Chat Bon Rat + Kilter by blak3b5

‘The Ghostship’ is the third single from the Collarbones’ debut album Iconography. The track shows Collarbones at their reflective best with lyrical imagery of youthful pasts and future resolve.

Backed by subtle shifting vocal loops, sliding percussion and heavy bass drops,  ‘The Ghostship’ builds with layers and layers of singer Marcus Whale’s vocals, threatening to break into noise but never ceasing to engage with the listener.

Collarbones are having a stellar year, playing to packed out venues around Australia and receiving plaudits from critics worldwide for their spacious, left-of-centre pop music.

‘The Ghostship’ is accompanied by a haunting, sensual video clip created by Justin Mclean that compliments the beautiful aesthetic of the Iconography cover photography by Lucien Alperstein. Friends Bon Chat, Bon Rat and Kilter provide impressive remixes of ‘The Ghostship’ also.

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 LISTEN TO ‘THE GHOSTSHIP’
[STREAM]

REMIXES BY BON CHAT, BON RAT & KILTER
[MP3 DOWNLOADS] 

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UPCOMING SHOWS

THURSDAY 11 AUG – WORKERS CLUB – MELBOURNE
w/ Brothers Hand Mirror, Guerre and Franco Cozzo

FRIDAY 12 AUG – GOODGOD – SYDNEY
Donny Benet album launch w/ Kirin J Callinan

SUNDAY 4 SEP – TONE – SYDNEY
Eastern Aquarium #3 w/ special guests to be announced

FRI 23 SEP – BUFFALO CLUB – MELBOURNE
Two Bright Lakes presents Night Swimming w/ Astral People
(w/ Bon Chat, Bon Rat + more)

SATURDAY 15 OCT – GOODGOD – SYDNEY

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Collarbones – Iconography – out now through Two Bright Lakes / Remote Control
Buy CD online: Two Bright Lakes
Buy Digital: iTunes
And available in all good record stores nationally through Inertia


TWO BRIGHT LAKES on ABC’s ‘ART NATION’ this Sunday / OTOUTO in ARTS VICTORIA’S ‘UNFOLD’ series by blak3b5

This Sunday on ABC1 at 5pm and ABC2 at 920pm, Hazel, Tig and Blake from Two Bright Lakes and other artists from the Schoolhouse Studios will be on ABC’s Arts Nation talking about all things Two Bright Lakes, how it all started, where it’s going, who’s involved, what we eat for breakfast, that sort of thing.  It’s bound to be equal parts enlightening and embarrassing, we hope you can tune in to watch.  If you missed it, click the banner above to have a look…

And Otouto are taking part in Arts Victoria’s Unfold series which looks inside the arts community in Victoria. Their episode will be screening in the coming weeks on the Arts Vic website alongside seven other talented artists and artist groups.