January 9th, 2010
The Onion’s A.V. Club broke the story yesterday.
Confirming some Internet rumor chatter that’s been brewing today, an engineer at Smart Studios—the near-East Side recording studio co-founded by producer Butch Vig, and the site where many notable albums were recorded and/or mixed, perhaps most famously some demo sessions for Nirvana’s Nevermind, as well as records from Sparklehorse and Fall Out Boy—has told us that the place is closing up shop. “We kind of came to this decision a couple days ago” for financial reasons, engineer Beau Sorenson told The A.V. Club this afternoon.
In addition to Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, and countless other national acts, Smart was also home to local bands such as Killdozer and Garbage. I remember when Son Volt was in town recording there as they stopped at the now-defunct Little Village Cafe on King Street where a buddy of mine worked. It was only years later that I realized that the Pauli Ryan credited in the liner notes for playing the tambourine was a Madisonian.