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Torn Light Records
356 Ludlow Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220
513-873-6995

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Sunday
11:00AM - 5:00PM

The Enigmatic Jandek

For over forty years, Jandek has mystified audiences with his enigmatic identity and distance from the public eye. The project of Houston-based record label Corwood Industries, very little is known about this mysterious figure who’s released over 150 albums and DVDs since 1978. For a long span, there were only a couple interviews, and even […]


January 17, 2022 | News

Torn Light Archives 4: Reggae & Dub in the UK Press

For our fourth Torn Light Archives post, we continue our dive into the 70s and 80s British press with clippings about reggae and dub throughout publications such as NME, Sounds, and Record Mirror. Along with punk and indie, reggae, dub, and ska musicians had a significant presence in the British press during this time period […]


January 9, 2022 | News

Torn Light Archives 3: Punk & Indie in the UK Press

Torn Light Archives returns with a post sharing more of the print ephemera we have archived at the shop. This entry shares clippings about punk, post-punk, new wave, art rock, and indie from various British music publications in the 70s and 80s, specifically NME (still called New Musical Express for many of these), Record Mirror, […]


January 2, 2022 | News

2021 Torn Light Records Year in Review

As the year comes to a close, this week’s blog reviews some highlights from the store in 2021, including revisiting the store’s top-selling records, gigs at the shop, and screenings at the Esquire Theatre. 10 Best-Selling Records 1. Shine, Stare Into The Sun Released on our new in-house label 4QHQ, Stare Into the Sun is […]


December 26, 2021 | News

The Story Behind Dial Code Santa Claus

For this week’s blog post we have a guest contributor, our in-house movie curator Justin Wiese, talking about Dial Code Santa Claus, the film for our upcoming screening at the Esquire Theatre on December 22nd. On December 22nd 2021, Torn Light Records is presenting a theatrical screening of a movie that for decades, was unavailable […]


December 19, 2021 | News

Sound, The Natural World, and the Work of Alvin Lucier

“I am sitting in a room different from the one you are in now. I am recording the sound of my speaking voice, and I am going to play it back into the room again and again, until the resonant frequencies of the room reinforce themselves so that any semblance of my speech, with perhaps […]


December 12, 2021 | News

Find a New Favorite with the Radio Topo Mixtape Series

In August this past year, we started a mixtape series called Radio Topo, since releasing eleven mixtapes. These mixes are produced by staff members or other collaborators, often centered around a theme or specific genre of music. For example, Transmissions from Abroad: Soviet Wave 1986-1990 features Russian new wave and synth-pop and Here Comes Your […]


December 5, 2021 | News

Get to Know Powers / Rolin Duo & Equipment Pointed Ankh

Tonight at 8pm, we are thrilled to have Powers / Rolin Duo and Equipment Pointed Ankh performing live at Torn Light Records! For this week’s blog entry, read more about both of these groups performing tonight. Powers / Rolin Duo Based in Columbus, Jen Powers and Matthew Rolin began collaborating in 2018, Powers on hammered […]


November 27, 2021 | News

Sissy Spacek: Transcending Noise

When Sissy Spacek’s recent release on Torn Light Records, Gong, was made available to customers here at Torn Light earlier this year, the tapes sold out SO fast, speaking to the continued impact the group has on the noise scene. In tandem with the recent second repress of Gong, this week’s blog focuses on the […]


November 21, 2021 | News