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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.


SUGAR MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL at The Forum this Saturday! Limited tickets still available! by blak3b5

Wow, we can’t believe it’s that time already…this Saturday January 14th, the second Sugar Mountain Festival will be taking place at The Forum with a very exciting lineup of musicians, visual artists and dancers.  There are still a few tickets left, (you can grab them from Ticketmaster), you’re not going to want to miss this:

THE WOMB (The Main Theatre)
12.00am: Shabazz Palaces
11.00pm: Deerhoof
10.00pm: Thee Oh Sees
9.00pm: Tune-Yards
No Lights, No Lycra Dancers
8.00pm: World’s End Press
7.00pm: John Maus
6.00pm: Pets With Pets
With projections by Kit Webster and a gateway installation by Maya Hayuk and Kyle Ranson.

MESS & NOISE STAGE (Mezzanine)
11.45pm: The Harpoons
10.45pm: Lost Animal
8.30pm: DJ Yamantaka Eye (extended set)
7.45pm: Straight Arrows
6.45pm: Fox & Sui
With stage art by Rhys Mitchell and Raphael Rizzo, and mezzanine installations by Matsuri Yamana.

THE SUMMIT (Upstairs theatre/Forum II)
11.30pm: This Thing Presents
10.30pm: Prince Rama
9.30pm: Sun Araw (featuring visual artist Ben Barretto)
8.15pm: Julianna Barwick
7.15pm: Absolute Boys
With projections by Lucy Benson, ‘Grace Note’ by Keith Deverell screening between bands, and installation and performance by Dylan Martorell with special guests in nearby nook.

Doors open at 5:30pm

There’ll be plenty of

food/drinks/beautiful artwork/seats/bathrooms/friendliness/nooks/crannies/good times

…we hope we’ll see you there, we’ll be the ones dancing with cheese-eating grins on our faces.

And…that’s not even the end of it – there is a whole week and a half of satellite events, with screenings and Q & A’s with Vincent Moon, exhibitions and installations by Maya Hayuk, Chaco Kato, Dylan Martorell and Kyle Ranson, workshops, parties and so much more, check out the full program of side events here.

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.

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.

June 10, 2011, 6:19 pm
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Sydney gets spoiled again with this awesome lineup on Saturday night – Two Bright Lakes own Dream Kit alongside Kid Sublime from the Netherlands w/ some of Sydney’s best DJs in the form of Ken Cloud, Simon Caldwell, Jimmi James and Zootie.  From 10pm til late at the Marrickville Bowling Club…