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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.


NICK HUGGINS ‘I Am Eleven’ live score performance and screening this Thursday at ACMI by blak3b5
November 21, 2012, 7:59 am
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I AM ELEVEN Behind the Scenes – Making of the soundtrack with Nick Huggins

For one night only, Nick Huggins and his band will be re-creating his achingly beautiful soundtrack for ‘I Am Eleven’ live on stage. Gentle but piercingly insightful, like the film itself, it will be a unique accompaniment to this funny, sweet and knowing meditation on the things about growing up that bind us together, and those that tear us apart.

Directed by Genevieve Bailey, ‘I Am Eleven’ is a truly joyful cinematic experience, and Nick’s score a triumph, don’t miss out on the chance to see it performed live this Thursday night at ACMI.

BUY TICKETS to I Am Eleven with live score performed by Nick Huggins are on sale now through ACMI – selling fast!

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Order Nick’s latest album Five Lights through the Two Bright Lakes store

I AM ELEVEN opens this Thursday July 5th in Melbourne, other states to follow by blak3b5
July 4, 2012, 9:24 pm
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Gen, Nick and Henrik at the Melbourne International Film Festival opening

The film festival favourite I Am Eleven, directed by Genevieve Bailey is finally getting a nationwide cinema release, kicking off this Thursday at with an exclusive run at Cinema Nova in Melbourne.  If you haven’t already caught it at one of it’s many film festival screenings around the world, where it picked up a number of awards, get down to one of these cinemas around the country to see a great documentary about children on the cusp of adulthood sharing some beautiful stories about their lives.

The soundtrack was composed by none other than Nick Huggins, his beautiful musical musings providing the perfect accompaniment to Bailey’s cinematography. Nick’s latest solo album Five Lights (with limited special edition tape and book) is available in stores and online through the Two Bright Lakes store now. There is a companion website featuring 10 short films by Nick as well as words and instrumental pieces which you can view here.

I AM ELEVEN season:

MELBOURNE – Cinema Nova from July 5th

CASTLEMAINE– Theatre Royal from July 26th

BENDIGO – Star Cinema from July 5th

SYDNEY – Dendy Opera Quays from July 19th

BRISBANE – Dendy Portside from July 19th

BYRON BAY – Pighouse Flicks, from July 19th

PERTH – Cinema Paradiso, July 12th, 14th & 15th

ADELAIDE – Mercury Cinema, From July 27.

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

NICK HUGGINS – FIVE LIGHTS out now / Launch at Northcote Social Club Sunday Oct 23 at 2pm by blak3b5

Two Bright Lakes are proud as punch to present the launch of Nick Huggins’ sophomore solo release Five Lights.  Nick has been working hard on this for the last four years, crafting an slow burn album of diversity and subtle beauty.  He’s also released an accompanying package called Five Lights on Port Philip Bay containing a book of words and a tape of instrumental works produced in the same creative period, complimenting the album of songs.

All of these works are available for sale from the Two Bright Lakes Store either as the album only, the tape and book only, or all three components together as one.  Nick has also produced a website to accompany the release, located at There you can watch videos created for each song on the album, photographs of pages from the book of words, and audio from the instrumental release.

Nick will be launching the album with an extra special band bringing the songs to life with support from Portastud.  Doors open at 2pm, so get there early, Portastud is on at 2:30, and Nick after that.

Nick also be playing at the Two Bright Lakes Melbourne Music Week show on Melbourne Central rooftop on Saturday November 26th from 5pm, alongside Canyons (live), Oscar+Martin, Teeth and Tongue, Bamboo Musik, visual art by Cornelius Brown, projections by Joshua Batty and special guests to be announced…

Nick Huggins – Five Lights

out now through Two Bright Lakes / Remote Control

CD available in all good record stores throughout Australia courtesy of Inertia

Two Bright Lakes store


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.

Two Bright Lakes short doco on The Vine by blak3b5

Somehow there was time for us to appear in front of a camera and talk about some of the things that have been going on at Two Bright Lakes.  Full of insights and embarrassments and lovingly put together by Miklos, Max, Chris, Frank and Marc you can view the minutes long piece at The Vine.  It’s all part of the Nice Work series about creative businesses doing things and enjoying themselves whilst doing said things.