Thanks everyone, what a year 2013 was.
Thank you to everyone who came to our gigs, who bought some records, who sent us messages (sorry if we haven’t replied to all of them yet, we will), who supported us in any shape or form, we salute you. We’ve got a big year coming in 2014 with releases from Banoffee, Oscar Key Sung, The Harpoons, Collarbones, Speed Painters (yes, really), Hello Satellites and more. There’s already a couple of gigs locked in for the new year (see the Events page), including the fourth edition of the Sugar Mountain festival and all sorts of other things. As always, keep listening, we’ll see you soon… (if you are in Melbourne, come to the Toff this Thursday to see The Harpoons and Two Bright Lakes DJs alongside Total Giovanni, pre-yuletide joyfulness).
Here’s just some of the best that was 2013 (according to some of the folks at Two Bright Lakes):
Two Bright Lakes’ Subjective Best of 2013:
Martin King (The Harpoons / Oscar+Martin / Fitness by Martin King):
Best track: Sampha / Too Much – Or Beyonce / Bow Down.
Best album: (EP) Cassius Select – One
Best artworks: Zoe Croggon’s show Pool at West Space in August or Duce at Daine Singer Gallery (on now)
Best event: Dance Massive festival in March. In particular, the dance pieces Dual by Stephanie Lake, and More or Less Concrete by Tim Darbyshire
Best moment: Finding out Beyonce had released an album with no warning.
Chris Bolton (Seagull):
Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records: Vol 1.
David Lynch – The Big Dream
Banoffee – Live at Grace Darling
Paddock – A Real Farmer cassette
Marcus Whale (Collarbones) – 20 tracks I lost my shit to this year:
Bring the Noize – M.I.A.
Airglow Fires – Lone
Cherry Coffee – Kelela
Bank Head – Kingdom/Kelela
Too Much – Drake/Sampha
Beneath the Tree – Sampha
Counting – Autre Ne Veut
Hush Bb – Le1f
Freak U Down – Ian Isiah
Jamo – Cassius Select
Sure Thing – Oscar Key Sung
Overgrown – James Blake
I Live In Fear – Cape North
Water Me – FKA Twigs
Everyone’s Girl – Major Napier
New Slaves – Kanye West
Rocket – Beyonce
Q.U.E.E.N. – Janelle Monae/Erykah Badu
Voices – Disclosure
Let It Go – DJ Rashad
Harvey Sutherland / Nexus / This Thing
Tornado Wallace / Thinking Allowed / ESP Institute
Andras Fox ft Oscar S. Thorn / Running Late / Dopeness Galore
Hanging with bros
Falling in love
Beautiful Swimmers – Son
Bill Callahan – Dream River
Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return
Laurel Halo – Chance of Rain
Kelela – Cut 4 Me
FKA Twigs – Water Me
Joy Orbison – Donell
Ruf Kutz – Sun After Rain
Andras Fox & Oscar Key Sung
Mount Kimbie – Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
OMAR S – Thankyou for letting me be myself
Everything that came out on BIS
Brother Hand Mirror – Picture Tape
All the TBL releases
Eva Popov + Peter Emptage (Hello Satellites):
Best track: Beach House – On the Sea
Best Album: Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Best moment: First Attempts at Surfing
Best gig: Manny Fox – Workers Club
Jane Jervis-Read - Midnight Blue and Endlessly Tall book launch
Dane Certificate’s Magic Shows
Neil Young and Crazy Horse at Rod Laver Arena
Azalea James fashion label launch at The Carlton Club
Dave Browning (Seagull):
Original Shape video
Nick Huggins’ artwork for Ocean From Above cover
Blake Byron-Smith (Two Bright Lakes DJs):
Archer, best kid on earth.
Anish Kapoor show at MCA.
Arthur Russell – Another Thought (Vinyl release).
Andras Fox and Oscar S Thorn – Embassy Cafe.
Hazel Brown (Otouto):
Chela - Romanticise
Hiking – Wilsons Prom
Cinnamon Joy Animals – Podcast
Seagull’s album launch for Ocean From Above
Early Summer backyard cinema at Ramsden St
Paddock (Pete Emptage) tape.
Giorgio Morandi still life painting at NGA.
Seagull album launch.
Banoffee ‘Ninja’ on a loud PA at a wedding.
John Coldabella piano pieces.
Playing my great grandmother’s violin.
The bowls in water sculpture in the foyer of the NGV (Celeste Boursier-Mougenot)