Written in Crain's Chicago Business.
A respected recording studio at 2001 W. Division St. in Ukrainian Village where the likes of Broken Social Scene and Yo La Tengo recorded has changed hands. Until recently, John McEntire ran Soma Electronic Music Studios there, but Mr. McEntire recently moved out of the space. On July 1, producer Adam Stilson reopened it as Decade Music Studios. “With so many people recording at home, I needed to take this to a new level,” says Mr. Stilson, a member of the band New Canyons. “We spent a lot more money than I want to say on high-end digital equipment, but I also bought a lot of vintage equipment. I was able to get my hands on a recording studio that had been in the suburbs since 1964. I got a lot of cool things from there — tape machines, plate reverbs, stuff you can't get almost anywhere.” In the meantime, Mr. McEntire (also a member of the bands Tortoise and the Sea and Cake) says Soma will be back in operation in a few months. “I'm actually going to be working out of my house, like so many other folks are doing nowadays,” he says.