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Torn Light Records
356 Ludlow Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220
Monday - Saturday
11:00AM - 8:00PM

11:00AM - 5:00PM

Designed to Live On: Townes Van Zandt

Often with singer-songwriters, we assume a level of authenticity between the person and the music, that what they sing represents who they are and what they’ve experienced. Sometimes this is […]

September 18, 2022 | News

Torn Light Archives 9: Take It!, 1981

This Sunday, it’s the second half of the two-part, late-1970s and 1980s punk magazine dive into the Torn Light Archives, which began last week with San Francisco’s Damage. The focus […]

September 11, 2022 | News

Torn Light Archives 8: Damage, 1980

Torn Light Archives is back for a two-part series, taking a peek at two punk magazines that had a brief run in the late-1970s and 1980s, starting off this week […]

September 2, 2022 | News

The Many Permutations of Moebius & Roedelius

A couple weeks ago on the blog, I talked about the multimedia collective Intersystems, based in Canada in the late 1960s. As discussed then, electronic and avant-garde-based rock in North […]

August 28, 2022 | News

Decades of Dreamy Electronic Organ from Mamman Sani

Sahel Sounds record label and blog founder Christopher Kirkley blew the dust off a cassette he found in an archive at Niger’s national museum. By the end of his initial […]

August 19, 2022 | News

Like Psychotropic Events: The Immersive Multimedia Presentations of Intersystems

The drive to make immersive multimedia experiences seems to be more mainstream than ever in contemporary culture. From 3-D movies to VR headsets, the sensation of completely transforming the setting […]

August 12, 2022 | News

“My Ears Feel Like Caves”: Deeply Listening with Pauline Oliveros

“MY EARS FEEL LIKE CAVES.” “I felt like a witch capturing sounds from a nether realm.” “Everything is watery and the sound of someone’s voice rides into my ears on […]

August 7, 2022 | News

Off The Wall 2: Mickey Murray, Shuggie Otis, Betty Davis, The Apostles

‘Off The Wall’ is a series for the Torn Light blog where I talk about a handful of our specialty, rare, and hard-to-find records, ranging from personal favorites to records […]

July 30, 2022 | News

“Please Allow This Music to Flow Into You”: Daniel Schmidt, Mills College, and the History of American Gamelan

American gamelan composer Daniel Schmidt said of his third album, Cloud Shadows, “Starting at perhaps age four or five, I would sit on the top step of our front porch, just under […]

July 24, 2022 | News

Daniel Johnston, The Artist Walking Alone

The artist walks alone Someone says behind his back “He’s got his gall to call himself that He doesn’t even know where he’s at” The artist walks among the flowers […]

July 17, 2022 | News