Dave Fridmann/ Tarbox News/Notes


October 9, 2020 Dave is mixing a John Lennon cover by Joe Wong and Mary Timony.

October 7, 2020 Dave is mixing a song for Royal Otis.

October 5, 2020 Dave is mixing another Donny McCaslin song.

October 2, 2020 Mike Fridmann is mixing a song for Mikaela Davis.

October 1, 2020 Dave doing a mix for Royal Otis.
September 29, 2020 Mike Fridmann is mixing a song for Carmen and Lizzy.

September 25, 2020 Dave is mastering a Gentle Dom ep.
September 9, 2020 Dave is mixing for Rostam.

September 8, 2020 Dave finishes mixing a new Mogwai album.

September 4, 2020 Dave mixes a song for Donny McCaslin.
August 24, 2020 A new Mogwai album is being mixed at Tarbox by Dave.
August 10, 2020 Dave does some Rostam mixing in the evenings after attending the Mogwai recordings.

August 2, 2020 Dave attends Mogwai recordings virtually which Tony Doogan engineers in the UK.
July 23, 2020 Doing a mix for Donny McCaslin.

july 8, 2020 Dave masters a remix by Andrew Van Wyngarden of a song by Django Django.
June 3, 2020 Mixing for Nick Murphy.
June 1, 2020 Mixing for Eric Harvey.
May 26, 2020 Mixing for Nick Murphy.
May 21, 2020 Dave doing a mix for Wallows.
May 19, 3020 Dave mixes a song for Temples.

April 22, 2020 Dave begins mixing a new album for Swedish artist, Vacation Forever.
April 15, 2020 Dave masters a remix by Andrew Van Wyngarden of a song by Naeem
April 15, 2020 Dave masters a remix by Andrew Van Wyngarden of a song by CMON.

April 2, 2020 Dave masters remixes by Andrew Van Wyngarden of songs for Soccer Mommy and Connan Mockasin.

March 25, 2020 Dave does a mix for Italian band, Nothing for Breakfast.

March 5, 2020 Dave mixes a Goo Goo Dolls song.
February 29, 2020 Uncle Ben’s Remedy here from Versailles, recording with Justin Rose.

February 27, 2020 Dave is doing a mix for Blue October.

February 26, 2020 Dave is doing a Mary Timony mix.

February 12, 2019 Future Islands from Baltimore, MD mixing a song with Dave.

February 9, 2020 Mastering a new Flaming Lips album.

February 2, 2020 Flaming Lips finishing mixing.
January 25, 2020 Haim mixing.
January 8, 2020 Working on a new Flaming Lips record.
January 3, 2020 Mixing for Haim.


Decade End Lists: Tame Impala Lonerism #11 NME Best Albums of The Decade 2010-2019, #130 Pitchfork 200 Best Albums of the 2010s, #44 Paste The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s, Thursday No Devolucion #49 Brooklyn Vegan 100 Best Punk & Emo Album of the 2010s, No Devotion Permanence #54 and Baroness Purple #16 Kerrang! 75 Best Albums of the 2010s 

Year End List: Baroness Gold & Grey: #4 Kerrang! 50 Best Albums of 2019, #13 Popmatters 70 Best Albums of 2019, #4 Treble Top 50 Albums of 2019, Clairo Immunity (2 songs): #22 Billboard 50 Best Albums of 2019, #18 Pitchfork 50 Best Albums of 2019, #10 NME 50 best albums of 2019, #45 Consequence of Sound Top 50 Albums of 2019 

December 20, 2019 Mixing Haim.

December 11, 2019 Flaming Lips here working on a new album. 

November 15, 2019 Dave is mixing for Haim

November 5, 2019 An MGMT song is being mixed. 

October 17, 2019 Flaming Lips session. 

October 11, 2019 Vanessa Carlton is here doing show prep with Dave and Skye Steele.
October 1, 2019 Mastering an album for Deap Lips.

September 18, 2019 The Lovely Eggs play a show at BJs with Karrot Kake. 

September 11, 2019 The Lovely Eggs are here from England mixing a second album with Dave. 

August 28, 2019 Dave mixing some songs for More for Warner Brothers. 

August 14, 2019 Joe Wong returns to finish his album. 

June 5, 2019 We welcome the Districts to mix at our wilderness retreat.
June 3, 2019 Dave does a mix for Australian band, DMA’s

May 15, 2019 Corbu is here mixing a new album with Dave. 

May 5. 2019 Dave and Mike mixing another song for Clairo.  

May 2, 2019 Mixing for Joe Wong

April 24, 2019 Vanessa Carlton returns to finish her new album. 

April 19, 2019 Dave mixing a Villagers song. 

April 15, 2019 Dave and Mike mixing a song for Clairo

March 20, 2019 Vanessa Carlton here recording and mixing. 

March 11, 2019 Dave mixes a song for UK band, Metronomy.

February 20, 2019 Vanessa Carlton returns with Skye Steele and John McCauley to do more recording with Dave. 

February 9, 2019 Joe Wong is here mixing some songs with Dave. 

January 23, 2019 Vanessa Carlton begins working with Dave, Adam Landry, and Patrick Hallahan on a new record. 

January 6, 2019 Karrot Kake is recording at Tarbox. 


Year End Charting: Newsweek The Best Albums of 2018: MGMT Little Dark Age #4, NME albums of the Year 2018: Interpol Marauder #100, Stereogum Best albums of 2018 MGMT Little Dark Age #39, President Obama’s favorite songs of 2018 list: Wait By The River by Lord Huron. 

November 29, 2018 The Flaming Lips are working on a record with Dave. 

November 15, 2018 More Rentals mixing with Matt Sharp. 

November 3, 2018 Baroness is here almost finishing a new album. 

October 10, 2018 The Flaming Lips begin work on a new record with Dave. 

September 20, 1018 Vetusta Morla Mismo Sitio, Distinto Lugar receives 3 Latin Grammy Nominations Best Alternative Music Album, Best Alternative Song, Best Recording Package. 

September 12, 2018 Matt Sharp is here mixing a new Rentals album with Dave. 

August 23, 2018 Mogwai Every Country’s Sun on Scottish Album of the Year shortlist. 

August 7, 2018 Baroness is mixing with Dave. 

July 23, 2018 Dave is doing a mix for Sweet Spirit

July 11, 2018 Matt Estep mixing Reignwolf

July 6, 2018 Carmen and Lizzy recording with Mike Fridmann. 

June 28, 2018 Rostam mixing with Matt. 

June 20, 2018 Matt Estep doing a mix for Papooz

June 19, 2018 Flaming Lips mastering with Mike Fridmann. 

June 18, 2018 Flaming Lips mastering with Dave. 

June 15, 2018 Dave is doing a mix for Interpol. 

June 13, 2018 Matt mixing Joywave. 

May 30, 2018 Band of Horses is here mixing a new album with Dave. 

May 9, 2018 Superet is here finishing mixing their new record. 

May 7, 2018 Matt Estep is mixing a song for Rostam

April 18, 2018 Interpol mixing with Dave. 

March 28, 2018 Baroness arrives in Day 12 mode on Day 1. 

March 7, 2018 Interpol has returned. 

February 14, 2018 Baroness is here working with Dave. 

January 24, 2018 Interpol returns to continue work on a new album with Dave. 

January 18, 2018 Dave mixing the title sequence for the upcoming film, Corpse Tub

January 17, 2018 Dave mixes a song for Filipino band, True Faith

January 3, 2018 We begin our new year working on 25 projects simultaneously with our old friends the Flaming Lips.


Year End Charting: Spoon Hot Thoughts #20 Spin 50 Best Albums, Spoon Hot Thoughts#13, Alvvays Antisocialites* #20, Mogwai Every Country’s Sun #87, Flaming Lips Oczy Mlody #89 Under The Radar’s Top 100 of 2017, Spoon Hot Thoughts #38 Paste 50 Best Albums, Alvvays Antisocialites* #17 NME 50 Best Albums 0f 2017 and #17 Billboard 25 Best Rock Albums of 2017 *(mixing by Matt Estep)

December 6, 2017 Interpol is starting a new album with Dave.

November 28, 2017 Vetusta Morla “Mismo Sitio, Distinto Lugar” is #1 in Spain for the full album in both physical and streaming format.

October 25, 2017 Lord Huron is here from LA mixing a new record with Dave.

September 18, 2017 Superet is here from LA recording with Dave.  Mike Fridmann begins as full-time assistant. Matt Estep begins teaching sound recording at JCC.

August 25, 2017 Uni mixes.

August 9, 2017 Solomon Grey is here mixing a new album with Dave.

August 7, 2017 Dave is mixing a Rentals song.

August 6, 2017 Carmen and Lizzy are recording with Michael Fridmann.

July 29. 2017 Phil Broikos is recording with Dave.

July 19, 2017 Dave mixing Superet.

July 6, 9, 2017 Matt mixing Alvvays.

June 14, 2017 Hailing from Lancaster, UK, The Lovely Eggs are mixing a record with Dave at Tarbox. 

May 23, 2017 Vetusta Morla are here from Madrid, Spain mixing an album with Dave.

May 11. 2017 MGMT is here finishing their new album.

May 8, 2017 Dave is mixing another Superet song.

May 4, 2017 Dave is doing a mix for the Killers.

April 27, 2017 Dave is mixing Haim

April 26, 2017 Dave is mixing a Superet song. 

April 20, 2017 Matt Estep is mixing for Dusted.

April 5, 2017 Alvvays is here mixing with Matt.

March 22, 2017 MGMT is recording music with Dave.

March 20, 2017 Matt Estep is mixing Alvvays.

March 18, 2107 Dave mixes a song for Rostam.

March 3, 2017 Dave is mixing an Anderson East song.

February 27, 2017 More Uni mixing.

February 18, 2017 Dave is mixing some Haim songs. 

February 9, 2017 Dave is mixing some Uni songs.

January 24, 2017 Haim and Ariel Rechtshaid are here mixing with Dave.

January 4, 2017 Finishing the new Mogwai album.


December 6, 2016 Baroness “Shock Me” from their album Purple nominated for best Metal Performance Grammy.

November 25, 2016 Mogwai is here making their 9th record, with Dave.

November 9, 2016 MGMT here making more music.

November 2, 2016 Dave is mixing a Brianna Lance song.

October 11, 2016 Dave is mixing a couple Spoon songs.

September 26, 2016 MGMT and Patrick Wimberly are here beginning work with Dave on a new album.

September 19, 2016 Son Michael assisted part-time at the studio while in high school and college. As he moves on to new ventures, we welcome our new assistant, Matt Estep. 

September 12, 2016 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are mixing a new record with Dave.

August 22, 2016 More Spoon mixing.

July 18, 2016 Spoon is here mixing with Dave.

June 20, 2016 Flaming Lips.

June 6, 2016 Spoon.

May 11, 2016 Flaming Lips are back.

April 27, 2016 Spoon continues work with Dave.

April 6, 2016 Flaming Lips are here working on their next album with Dave. March 30, 2016 Dave is mixing a Wolf Alice song.

March 23, 2016 Spoon is here.

March 7, 2016 Dave’s mixing a Band of Horses song.

February 22, 2016 Dave’s mixing another Gypsy and the Cat song. 

February 15, 2016 Dave and son Mike played and recorded the music under Pink for the trailer for the upcoming Alice Through the Looking Glass Extended Spot that aired during the Grammys.

February 10, 2016 Spoon is recording with Dave.

January 27, 2016 The Flaming Lips are here starting a new record with Dave. 

January 25, 2016 Dave is working on a Gypsy and the Cat mix.

January 18, 2016 Our first project on the new Neve console is The Octopus Project from Austin, TX. Dave is mixing their new album.

January 6, 2016 After several weeks of prep, begin installing new console, Neve 88RS. 


Year End Charting: Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz #42 NME 50 Best Albums of 2015, #10 Entertainment Weekly The 40 Best Albums of 2015

December 9, 2015 Dave is doing another Moonlandingz mix. 

December 7, 2015 Dave and Michael Ivins are finishing the Yoshimi album in high resolution. December 4, 2015 Dave is mixing a Brianna Lance song.

December 1, 2015 Spoon is here for pre-production with Dave.

November 9, 2015 Band of Horses is here with producer Jason Lytle mixing their new album with Dave.

October 19, 2015 Corbu are here from Brooklyn, NY mixing their first full length album with Dave.

October 5, 2015 2 weeks being spent bringing The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots up to high res. Flaming Lips catalog from Soft Bulletin-on will exist in high res. And everything from Tarbox from 2004-on exists in high res. We are decommissioning the board in December so that will be the end of an era.

September 21, 2015 Dave is mixing Uni.

August 26, 2015 Trying a Beck remix.

August 2, 2015 Flaming Lips are here working on new Miley Cyrus songs.

July 27, 2015 Dave does some mixing for  Brianna Lance .

June 9, 2015 The Flaming Lips are here doing some mixing and recording.

May, 20, 2015 Dave is mixing a new Baroness record.

May 9, 2015 Dave is doing a mix for Mutemath

April 26, 2015 Radio mix for Tobias Jesso Jr

April 22, 2105 Dave mixes two Brianna Lance songs.

April 1, 2015 Baroness returns for more recording.

March 28, 2015 Dave is mixing a Foals song. 

March 27, 2015 Dave is mixing a Sam Dew song.

March 4, 2015 Baroness is here, beginning a new album with Dave.

February 18 , 2015 Finishing the No Devotion album.

February 13, 2015 Dave mixes a Moonlandingz song.

January 28, 2015 More Brandon Flowers mixing. 

January 6, 2015 Dave is finishing mixing the new Vaccines album.


Year End Charting: Spoon They Want My Soul #29, The Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger Midnight Sun #33 on Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums Of 2014, Spoon #13 on Pitchfork 50 Best Albums of 2014, #12 on Spin 50 Best Albums of 2014, #7 on Under The Radar Top 140 of 2014, #46 on Stereogum 50 Best Albums of 2014, #11 Metacritic Albums Mentioned on Most Top 10 Lists - 2014.

December 9, 2014 The Vaccines return for more recording.

November 21, 2014 Dave mixes a song for Brandon Flowers.

October 28, 2014 Dave is working with the Vaccines on their new record.

September 30, 2014 Dave is mixing several No Devotion songs.

August 25, 2014 Ava Luna is mixing a new record with Dave.

August 12, 2014 John Petri is mixing 10,000 Maniacs.

August 4, 2014 The Vaccines are here doing some mixing. 

July 29, 2014 The Flaming Lips are here mixing and mastering “With a Little Help From My Fwends” with Dave.

June 16, 2014 The Vaccines arrive from England to begin tracking for a new record with Dave for Columbia. June 12, 2014 Mixing another No Devotion song.

June 2, 2014 The Flaming Lips are here doing some mixing with Dave.

April 30, 2104 Dave is finishing more Number Girl remastering.

April 23, 2014 10,000 Maniacs are here working with John Petri. 

April 19, 2014 OK Go mix. 

April 17, 2014 Dave is mixing a song for No Devotion.

April 12, 2014 Flaming Lips here mixing some songs with Dave. 

April 10, 2014 Dave’s mixing some OK Go

April 9, 2014 Number Girl remastering.

March 25, 2014 Finishing the new Electric Würms

March 5, 2014 Spoon is here finishing their album.

February 27, 2014 Electric Würms mix. 

February 26, 2014 Dave’s remastering Number Girl School Girl Distortional Addict.

February 19, 2014 Mercury Rev is here. 

February 6, 2014 Dave is mixing a couple songs for The Phoenix Foundation.

February 5, 2014 A GOASTT mix.

January 15, 2014 Spoon is here, recording with Dave.

January 2, 2014 A couple of days with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.


Year End Charting:Flaming Lips the Terror #49 on Rolling Stone Albums Of The Year #48 Mojo Top 50 Albums of 2013 Pitchfork Album of the Year Honorable Mention

December 9, 2013 Dave’s recording with Mercury Rev.

December 6, 2013 Tame Impala’s Lonerism nominated for Grammy category #16 Best New Alternative Music Album.

December 3, 2013 Dave’s mixing some Zavalaz.

December 2, 2013 Album of the Year, Best Group & Best Rock Album :: TAME IMPALA won 3 ARIAs last night!

November 18, 2013 Spoon is mixing with Dave.

November 11, 2013 Sean and Charlotte are here mixing GOASTT b-sides with Dave.

October 28, 2013 A Mercury Rev meeting of the minds. 

October 21, 2013 Dave is mixing a new Rik Napoli record.

October 7, 2013 Dave’s mixing a couple Franz Ferdinand songs.

October 5, 2013 MGMT MGMT #14 on Billboard 200.

October 4, 2013 We wish Andrew Everding well as he continues on to work with the Finn family in New Zealand!

September 30, 2013 Liam Finn is here finishing his new album with Andrew Everding. 

September 13, 2013 Dave is mixing a new Clap Your Hands Say Yeah record.

August 29, 2013 León is here from Athens, Greece recording with Tony Doogan.

August 12, 2013 The GOASTT is mixing with Dave.

July 22, 2013 Modern Dog is here from Thailand recording a new album with Tony Doogan. 

July 1, 2013 Liam Finn is mixing his new record with Andrew Everding for Yep Roc.

June 29, 2013 Recording some vocals with Scott Reynolds.

June 24, 2013 Neil Finn is here finishing his new record with Dave.

May 31, 2013 OK Go finishing their new record for Paracadute. 

May 8, 2013 Cut Copy is here from Australia mixing an album with Dave for Modular.

April 18, 2013 Dave is mixing the Neil Finn album. 

April 17, 2013 Dave is mixing a Franz Ferdinand song.

March 27, 2013 OK Go is mixing with Dave.

March 6, 2013 MGMT is here finishing their new album for Columbia with Dave.

February 13, 2013 Another recording session with OK Go.

January 17, 2013 Neil Finn returns for more recording.

January 3, 2013 Work continues on the new MGMT album.


December 28, 2012 Dave is mixing a couple GOASTT songs. 

Year End Charting: Tame Impala Lonerism #1, The Cribs In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull #8 on NME 50 Best Albums of The Year. Also, Tame Impala Lonerism: #4 Pitchfork Top 50 Albums of 2012, #2 Under The Radar Top 100 Albums of 2012, #26 on Spin's 50 Best Albums of 2012, #1 on Filter's Top 10 of 2012, #13 Allmusic Best of 2012, #4 Metacritic Best Albums of 2012, #3 Metacritic Critics best albums of 2012. 

November 29, 2012 OK Go returns for more recording. 

November 25, 2012 The Flaming Lips were here for a day.

November 25, 2012 Tame Impala Lonerism is Triple J Album of The Year.

November 14, 2012 More Pyyramids mixing.

November 11, 2012 Novia Scotia Music and Industry Awards: Wintersleep Hello Hum wins Group Recording of the Year, Recording of The Year and Alternative Recording of the Year.

November 8, 2012 Mastering something. 

November 5, 2012 Mixing a Pyyramids song. 

November 1, 2012 Mix for Janet Weiss, Modern Kin.

October 30, 2012 Tree fell, broke the ac. 

October 27, 2012 We now have Pro Tools HDX. 

October 6, 2012 Neil Finn and his family are here from New Zealand starting a new album.

September 17, 2012 OK Go returns to start a second album with Dave.

September 10, 2012 Neil Finn is here mixing a song with Dave for The Hobbit.

August 23, 2012 MGMT recording and mixing. And finally too much icecream.

August 8, 2012 Mixing and recording for upcoming Gypsy & The Cat album. 

August 1, 2012 For the first time since 2004, we are hiring an assistant engineer. We are excited to welcome Andrew Everding to Tarbox Road Studios. He is quite familiar with us as his band Thursday has done three albums here.

June 18, 2012 MGMT is here, recording with Dave.

June 13, 2012 Flaming Lips mastering session.

May 14, 2012 MGMT returns for more recording.

April 25, 2012 Mercury Rev is here mixing a song for a Sparklehorse cover album to benefit Mark Linkous’ widow.

April 16, 2012 Flaming Lips, finishing their record .

March 26, 2012 Lavender Diamond is here mixing with Dave and Damian Kulash.

March 13, 2012 The Flaming Lips are here recording a new album.

February 27, 2012 MGMT is here recording with Dave, starting a new record.

February 8, 2012 More mixing with Flaming Lips.

February 3, 2012 More mixing with Tame Impala

January 21, 2012 The Flaming Lips mixing for an upcoming collaboration album. Biz Markie stopped by for a couple hours on one of the days. 

January 2, 2012 The Cribs return for mixing their new album with Dave.


Year End Charting: Wild Flag Wild Flag is #9 on Rolling Stone’s Top 50 of 2011, #9 on Spin’s 50 Best Albums of The Year, #15 On NME’s year end list, #49 on Pitchfork Best Albums of the Year, #9 on Metacritic’s Freshman 15 2011‘s Best Debut Album, Wild Flag is #23 and Neon Indian Era Extrana is #50 on Under The Radar’s Top 80 Albums of 2011, Neon Indian Era Extrana is included on Pitchfork Album of the Year Honorable Mention. Neon Indian #40 and Wild Flag #49 on CMJ’s YE Top 200 I think. Thursday No Devolucion is #58 on Kerrang!‘s year end list. Parts and Labor Constant Future is #83 on Amazon’s Outstanding Albums You May Have Missed.

December 7, 2011 Dave and Kevin begin mixing the new Tame Impala.  

November 27, 2011 Flaming Lips show up, leave, come back again. 

November 9, 2011 The Cribs return for more recording and some mixing. 

October 12, 2011 The Flaming Lips recording the 24 hour song.

September 24, 2011 The Cribs are here recording a new record for Wichita with Dave.

September 19, 2011 Dave mixes two more Pyrramids songs. 

September 12, 2011 Wintersleep is finishing mixing with Dave. 

August 31, 2011 Tony Doogan is recording Wintersleep.

August 10, 2011 The Flaming Lips are here recording with Dave.

August 1, 2011 Dave is mixing some Wintersleep

July 15, 2011 Wintersleep is here from Hallifax, Nova Scotia, recording with Tony Doogan.

June 19, 2011 Ponderosa is here from Atlanta Georgia, recording some songs with Dave.

June 16, 2011 Dave mixes an MGMT song for a Late Night Tales release. 

June 6, 2011 Another Pyyramids mix .

May 23, 2011 Dave is mixing several Pyyramids songs.

May 13, 2011 Dave is mixing a song for the upcoming Wild Flag album.

April 27, 2011 Neon Indian.

April 13, 2011 More recording with Flaming Lips

April 7, 2011 THE DARK SIDE East West Sound Library won the 2011 MIPA Award on Thursday at the Frankfurt Musikmesse.

April 4, 2011 More OK Go live.

April 1, 2011 One more Wolf Gang song.

March 25, 2011 Dave begins mixing a live OK Go album.

March 16, 2011 Flaming Lips recording things.

February 23, 2011 More recording with Neon Indian.

February 9, 2011 Keane is here from England, recording some songs with Dave for Island. 

January 30, 2011 Flaming Lips with Neon Indian recording a couple new songs.

January 19, 2011 Neon Indian is here, working on a new album with Dave.

January 13, 2011 Dave is mixing a new OK Go song for The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. 

January 12, 2011 John Petri is transferring tracks for the 30th anniversary re-release of Manowar’s Battle Hymns. 

January 10, 2011 Remastering Mercury Rev Deserter’s Songs.


Charts: SPIN’s 40 Best Albums of 2010 MGMT Congratulations #20, NME 50 Best Albums of 2010 MGMT Congratulations #19, Mojo MGMT Congratulations #3, Q 50 Best Albums of 2010 MGMT Congratulations #10, Under The Radar Top 50 Albums of 2010 MGMT Congratulations #37, Tame Impala Inner Speaker #45, Billboard's Critic’s Picks Top 10 Albums of 2010 MGMT Congratulations #8, Billboard Best Alternative Albums MGMT Congratulations #41. 

December 16, 2010  Andrew Everding is here finishing the song.

December 14, 2010 A little more Royal Bangs.

October 25, 2010 Royal Bangs is mixing a record with Dave for Glassnote Records. They are here from Knoxville, TN.

October 21, 2010 Dave masters The Midget.

October 15, 2010 Wait, Max is back. Wolf Gang

Also, the new soundproof room is finished. This was built from Mid-May to Mid-October. Thanks to Lake Trout, Wolf Gang, Parts and Labor and Thursday for patience.. Greg Snow will be wiring for audio.

October 14, 2010 Parts and Labor mastering.

September 27, 2010 Thursday is mixing their record for Epitaph.

September 14, 2010 Wolf Gang is back, finishing the new record. 

August 19, 2010 Thursday returns to work with Dave.

August 2, 2010 Parts and Labor arrive to mix their album with Dave for Jagjaguwar.

Week ending July 12, 2010: Brandon Boyd The Wild Trapeze #5 on iTunes.

June 17, 2010 More Wolf Gang with Max.

May 31, 2010 Lake Trout is here recording some music.

May 12, 2010 Thursday begins their 3rd record with Dave. 2nd one for Epitaph.

April 28, 2010 Brandon Boyd returns to mix his solo album. 

April 26, 2010 John Loose is here for Dolby to do a 5.1 mix of an OK Go song with Dave.

April 21, 2010 MGMT Congratulations #2 Billboard 200.

April 19, 2010 Dave is mixing a couple Gypsy and the Cat songs.

March 31, 2010 Dave and Brandon Boyd begin work on Brandon’s solo album for Sony.

March 17, 2010 Max McElligott of Wolf Gang is here from the UK recording a song with Dave for Atlantic.

March 17, 2010 New doors, new walls, new heating and cooling system, new ceiling fans, new slate floor, new curtains, new bathrooms, new screens, new beds, new moldings, new railings in places. Dave sez: “The changes to the studio are TOTALLY worth it! Recording acoustic piano is so much easier!”. Jeff Davis Construction, Vecchio Brothers Heating and Cooling.

March 9, 2010 Dave is mastering a Falcon record.

March 6, 2010 Dave is mixing a Falcon song.

February 28, 2010 Dave is preparing several Sleater-Kinney tracks for Rock Band video game.

February 20, 2010 Dave gets into control room. Wrapping up East West ..

February 2010 Studio Construction.

January 2010 East West Sounds, Tame Impala, Studio Construction.


December 29, 2009 Dave masters the new Grand Mal album, Clandestine Songs.

* Decade End Charts:  Rolling Stone 100 Best Albums of The Decade: 17. MGMT Oracular Spectacular, 27. The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, 70. Sleater-Kinney The Woods; 

NME Top 100 Greatest Albums of the Decade: 46. Delgados The Great Eastern, 100. MGMT Oracular Spectacular;  Pitchfork The Top 200 Albums of The 2000s: 67. Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, 127. Sleater-Kinney The Woods;  Under The Radar Best of The Decade: 9. Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, 58. The Delgados The Great Eastern, 112. Sparklehorse It's A Wonderful Life, 136. MGMT Oracular Spectacular, 197. Sleater-Kinney The Woods, 198. Mercury Rev All Is Dream

* Year End Charts: Pitchfork Top 50 Albums of 2009 Flaming Lips Embryonic #4, Spin 40 Best Albums of 2009 Flaming Lips Embryonic #28; Under The Radar Best of 2009 13. Flaming Lips Embryonic, 27. Black Moth Super Rainbow Eating Us

* Chart: Pitchfork CMJ Radio 200 #1128 Flaming Lips Embryonic #1.

December 7, 2009 More mixing with MGMT.

December 2, 2009 MGMT nominated for Grammy categories #4 and 7, Best New Artist and Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for Kids.

November 29, 2009 Tame Impala return for more mixing.

November 18, 2009 Dave masters a Flaming Lips recording of Dark Side of The Moon.

November 6, 2009 Columbia recordings artists, MGMT are here mixing their new record with Dave.

November 1, 2009 Dave begins mixing for Tame Impala, here from Australia recording for Modular.

October 26, 2009 More East West Sounds.

October 23, 2009 Dave is mastering Mikey Jukebox.

October 21, 2009 New Moon Soundtrack with OK Go Shooting The Moon is #2 and Flaming Lips Embryonic is #8 on Billboard this week.

October 19, 2009 Dave is mixing some Quasi.

October 13, 2009 Dave begins a project with East West Sounds.

September 8, 2009 Dave is working on a mix of a Muppet song for OK Go.

September 3, 2009 Dave is working on an MGMT edit for possible use in a Tim Burton film trailer.

June 23, 2009 OK Go finish their album.

June 17, 2009 The Flaming Lips finish their album.

May 13, 2009 The Flaming Lips are here working on their album for Warner Brothers with Dave.

April 29, 2009 OK Go Session 6.

April 8, 2009 Flaming Lips session.

March 11, 2009 Flaming Lips are here working on a new record.

February 18, 2009 OK Go Session 5.

January 28, 2009 OK Go Session 4.

January 15, 2009 MGMT Oracular Spectacular #38 On Billboard Top 200.

January 5, 2009 OK Go Session 3. 


December 2008 MGMT Oracular Spectacular is #1 on NME’s Top Albums of 2008. MGMT #10 Mercury Rev Snowflake Midnight #56 Amazon Top 100 Editors’ pick. MGMT ties Lil Wayne for #10 on the Billboard Ten Best Albums of the Year (critics choice). MGMT #10 Spin 40 Best Albums of 2008. MGMT #31 Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums of 2008.

Dec. 1, 2008 OK Go second session. 

Nov. 19, 2008 Dave is recording and mixing with Black Moth Super Rainbow. Thanks to Andy Silva for connecting the Black Moths to the Fridmanns.. 

Nov. 3, 2008 Thursday is here mixing their new album for Epitaph. 

October 14, 2008 OK Go arrives from LA to record a new album with Dave. 

September 22, 2009 Thursday

September 8, 2008 Flaming Lips are here compiling Christmas on Mars soundtrack, recording a couple of other things. 

August 25, 2008 New roof. 

August 11, 2008 Thursday begins recording a new record with Dave. A lot of twitter reports. 

July 10-12, 2008 Dave attends VH1 Rock Honors The Who to assist with Flaming Lips recording. 

June 16, 2008 Saxon Shore. Mixing. 

May 26, 2008 Dave is in working with Marlo Angell and Peter Jasso on their movie, Waiting For The Son

May 18, 2008 Saxon Shore are here working on a new record. 

April 30, 2008 The Flaming Lips finish their movie. 

April 3, 2008 Zazen Boys played at BJs. This was a great treat. 

March 26, 2008 Zazen Boys arrive from Japan to work with Dave. 

March 19, 2008 Flaming Lips are here finishing Christmas on Mars some more. 

March 5, 2008 Mercury Rev finish a new album with Dave. 

February 20, 2008 Future Clouds and Radar mixing with Dave. 

January 23, 2008 Flaming Lips are here finishing Christmas on Mars. 

January 5, 2008 Mercury Rev return to work with Dave on their new record. 


December 27, 2007 Junkbutton record with Ryan Laurie. 

December 20, 2007 Dave masters Love Parade

December 16, 2007 Dave masters Carbon Copycats/Captain Bringdown.

December 2007 Flaming Lips At War With The Mystics 5.1 is up for a Best Surround Sound Album Grammy.

December 5, 2007 Mercury Rev working on new album. 

November 28, 2007 Dave is mastering the new Scott Reynolds and the Steaming Beast record. November 5, 2007 Mercury Rev begin a new record with Dave. 

October 23, 2007 MGMT are here recording B-Sides with Dave for Columbia. 

October 8, 2007 The nice unnamed gentlemen return. 

September 27, 2007 Apollo Sunshine is here, mixing. 

September 25, 2007 MGMT plays a show at BJs. 

September 10, 2007 A really nice bunch of guys came to record here with Dave. 

August 10, 2007 Flaming Lips here finishing Hollywood Bowl concert with George and Dave. 

June 26, 2007 Japanese band, Mass of The Fermenting Dregs, are here recording a song with Dave. Out of 800 bands, they are the winners of the Road To Tarbox Audition held by Toshiba/EMI. 

May 23, 2007 Flaming Lips

May 2, 2007 Pips, Chips and Videoclips are here from Croatia, mixing their next album with Dave. April 18, 2007 More MGMT

March 21, 2007 MGMT here recording with Dave for Columbia Records. 

February 28, 2007 The Flaming Lips return, more live surround mixing, some movie soundtracks, soundtracking.

February 11, 2007 Flaming Lips At War With The Mystics wins 2 grammys: Best Rock Instrumental Performance and Best Engineered.

February 17, 2007 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Some Loud Thunder #47 on Billboard Top 200.

February 7, 2007 De Novo Dahl here from Nashville, TN mixing some songs with Dave for Roadrunner.

January 18, 2007 Dave is mixing two concerts with the Flaming Lips, one for an HD-Dvd release and one for a standard Dvd release.

January 15, 2007 Tarbox upgrades to ProTools 7.3 with an Intel Mac. We now have PS3 for Blu-ray playback and Xbox 360 for HD-Dvd playback. (Get ready, surround sound is getting even more complicated.) Also, new kitchen table and chairs... 

January 2007 Flaming Lips At War With The Mystics nominated for 3 Grammys, Best Alternative Music Album, Best Rock Instrumental Performance, Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. 

We also got a new toaster and a new couch at the studio. Dave got a Kaoss Pad 3 for Christmas as well!!


December 15, 2006 Junkbutton recording with Greg Snow and Ryan Laurie. 

December 11, 2006 Steve Burns returns. Working on a couple songs with Dave. 

November 16, 2006 Dave attends a mastering session at Sterling Sound for the new Low record. November 9, 2006 Dave masters a new Helmsley record. 

November 1, 2006 Robert Harrison is here from Austin, Texas mixing a few songs with Dave for his upcoming Future Clouds and Radar release. 

October 21, 2006 More Low

September 29, 2006 Low here to do some recording with Dave. 

September 10, 2006 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah return to finish their record. 

August 23, 2006 Dave mixes a Polyphonic Spree song. 

August 7, 2006 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

July 29, 2006 Lightning strikes the studio. We are hustling to repair/replace affected gear before next sessions..Thanks as always to Greg Snow and Vecchio for all the help. 

July 23, 2006 Dave supervises audio recording of Flaming Lips Hollywood Bowl show in California. June 26, 2006 Scott Reynolds here from Austin finishing up the Steaming Beast record. 

June 17, 2006 Brazil are back finishing their record. 

June 5, 2006 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah begin working with Dave on a new record. 

June 3, 2006 Mercury Rev here mastering a new Essentials and BSides album.

May 10, 2006 Thursday A City By The Light Divided #20 on Billboard this week.

May 8, 2006 Brazil here from Indiana making a record with Dave for Immortal. 

April 12, 2006 Flaming Lips At War With The Mystics is #11 on Billboard this week.

April 10, 2006 Longwave are here recording a couple songs with Dave. 

March 29, 2006 Steve Burns is here mixing the songs he recorded back in Jan. 2005.  

March 23, 2006 Dave is mixing a Scott Reynolds song. 

March 22, 2006 Dave is remastering The People's Front album, Speeches of Articulate Poison. 

March 21, 2006 Dave doing a Thursday remix. 

March 20, 2006 Dave attends a mastering session at Sterling Sound for the new Thursday record. March 6, 2006 Dave is in mastering a new Dan Berrgren album. 

February 20, 2006 Ok kids...Regarding The Flaming Lips Soft Bulletin 5.1 Warner Brothers cd mixup(see feb. 4)..The address for sending the cd back is incorrect on the website and the dvd itself, I guess...???!!! The correct address I am told is:  The Flaming Lips P.O. Box 3265 Edmond OK 73083 USA.  If you need to contact a person about this, contact derek at world's fair: derek@worlds-fair.net . He will help you out. 

February 6, 2006 Thursday are back for mixing. 

February 4, 2006  Soft Bulletin 5.1 ....On January 27, a Friday, we finally received a copy of the pressing of The Flaming Lips Soft Bulletin 5.1. That's when we discovered that the dvd wouldn't play properly on two of our four dvd players and that the wrong cd had been included in the package. We informed Warner Brothers of the problems we were having and they should be shipping the correct cds by now. Also, for people who ended up with wrong cd (I would be bummed, actually I am; I really want that version of the record!), you can contact the Lips via their PO Box and exchange the cd. As for the dvd problem, there has been a change in the dvd specification that affects most Pioneer dvd players and many Chinese import dvd players that do not comply to the new specification. Pioneer is aware of the problem and we are told they will update your firmware for free.  

January 16, 2006 Latest project: Flaming Lips At War With The Mystics 5.1. 

January 2, 2006 Thursday back for Island recording with Dave.


Tarbox Charting:!! Time Magazine has Sleater-Kinney The Woods in their top 12 list. Mojo has The Woods #12. Rolling Stone has The Woods #12. Spin has The Woods #35. Pitchfork has The Woods #19. CMJ 30 Best has The Woods #14. Amazon Editors Picks has Low The Great Destroyer #49 and The Woods #60. Buffalo Gusto has Mercury Rev The Secret Migration #5 in their top 10 Albums of The Year List. The meta-critic has The Woods #6 on their 30 best reviewed list..

December 12, 2005 The Flaming Lips return to the Southern Tier to finish the stereo version of At War With The Mystics... 

November 28, 2005 Thursday returns to continue work on their new record. 

November 4, 2005 Flaming Lips recording for Warner Brothers. 

October 15, 2005 Thursday begins recording a new record with Dave for Island Records. 

October 13, 2005 Our friend Kevin Scott died yesterday. He worked at The Site in San Francisco and we went to college with him. He was one of those really good guys. Of course. My sympathy goes out to my friends in San Fran because I know what he meant to them...An unexpected heart attack at the age of 41. Damn. 

October 3, 2005 Dave's mixing some Quasi

September 9, 2005 The Sleepy Jackson here from Australia mixing a new record with Dave. 

August 18, 2005 Thursday visit with us here to see what it's all about. 

August 3, 2005 The Flaming Lips are here working on their new record. 

August 1, 2005 Dave mixes a song for Art School

June 24, 2005 Saxon Shore mixing. 

June 23, 2005 Bill Whitten here mastering the new Grand Mal record with Dave. 

June 14, 2005 Flaming Lips return for more. 

June 11, 2005 Dave attends Tape Op Conference 2005 in New Orleans. He and F. Reid Shippen do a mixing demonstration and he is also included on the Producer's panel. It would seem that the new 

Sleater-Kinney album is causing distress amongst certain of the audio community and other types of purists. I would venture to wonder if perhaps we are becoming afraid of.....ROCK!!!????? Could it be even worse that the people that are really rocking are women? Maybe it is just fear of change. I dunno. People are really riled up and a lot of people really love this album too. So...It would seem, a success. Don't blame Greg; it was mastered correctly. Don't blame this on Dave; he didn't write it.

June 2005 Sleater-Kinney The Woods #1 CMJ Radio 200 Charts.

June 7, 2005 Dave is in finishing a song for Trespasser's William

May 26, 2005 Dave has found it necessary to cancel a mixing session with the Japanese band,  Art School . Due to ill health, he is going to take several weeks off in an attempt to regain his faculties. It would seem the borg-like schedule he has been maintaining for the last five years is finally catching up with him; he is human after all! (After regeneration assimilation will begin anew) .

May 18, 2005 Saxon Shore are here recording with Dave for Burnt Toast Vinyl. 

May 4, 2005 Flaming Lips here recording with Dave. 

May 1, 2005 Dave does a Sigur Ros mix for Geffen. 

April, 20, 2005 Trespassers William are here from Seattle, mixing an upcoming album for Nettwerk Records. 

April 17, 2005 Scott Reynolds and The Steaming Beast. 

April 2005 Tarbox surround issues are finally sorted out with a final system that includes Prism ADA-XR Converter, StudioComm 68/69 Monitoring System, and additional Quested Monitors.  

April 1, 2005 The Flaming Lips record Bohemian Rhapsody for a Queen tribute in stereo and surround. 

March 30, 2005 After tomorrow, the Flaming Lips Soft Bulletin Surround project should be finished. March 18, 2005 Alex Greenwald of Phantom Planet in recording with Dave. 

March 2, 2005 Dave and Michael Ivins in not finishing the Flaming Lips Soft Bulletin in surround sound. 

February 18, 2005 The Flaming Lips are here at Tarbox working on a new album for Warner Brothers Records with Dave. 

February 8, 2005 Another day with Lake Trout

February 2, 2005 Finishing Lips Soft Bulletin in Surround. And on to the extras.

January 2005 Low The Great Destroyer #1 CMJ Radio 200 Chart.

Jan. 26, 2005 Steve Burns here recording some songs.

Jan. 19, 2005 Lips Surround. Also, Dietzen Carpets in replacing flooring in control room, bedrooms, upstairs bathroom and kitchen. 

Jan. 18, 2005 Gritty Midi in mixing some more. 

Jan. 17, 2005 Dave attends Sleater-Kinney mastering session at Sterling Sound. 

Jan. 14, 2005 Bass Piggy Session 12 from 2001 is mixed.

Jan. 10, 2005 Scott Reynolds recording more stuff with Dave and Steven.

Jan. 6, 2005 Lake Trout in mixing with Dave.

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