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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

Torn Light Archives 7: Sing Out! – The Folk Song Magazine

Complementing last week’s blog on Jean Ritchie well, the Torn Light Archives returns with our most recent acquisition, two 1970s issues of the folk revival era magazine, Sing Out!. The […]

July 10, 2022 | News

Jean Ritchie & The Beauty of Kentucky

A couple years ago, I started to play old-time music casually, at the start playing guitar, while eventually learning mandolin and singing as well. There is little else that feels […]

July 3, 2022 | News

Paying Attention to Library Music

For a while now, I’ve had a fascination with music you’re expected to ignore, i.e. Muzak, easy listening, and stock music. It began when I read this fascinating article from […]

June 26, 2022 | News

In the Improvisational Moment: An Interview with Alex Cunningham

Tomorrow evening, Torn Light Records is thrilled to host a performance by solo violinist, improviser, and visual artist Alex Cunningham from St. Louis. We are big fans of Alex’s work […]

June 16, 2022 | News

Off The Wall 1: Sam Rivers, Talking Heads, Diamanda Galás, & Lords of the Underground

This week, I am starting a new, periodic series for the Torn Light blog, ‘Off The Wall.’ For each entry in this series, I’ll talk about a handful of our […]

June 12, 2022 | News

Jazz’s New Direction with Black Jazz Records in the 1970s

Probably like many who listen to the twenty offerings from Black Jazz Records, the Oakland-based jazz label from the seventies, my first encounter with their catalog was with co-founder Gene […]

June 5, 2022 | News

Torn Light Archives 6: The Independent Eye

Click images to enlarge Delicate flowers drawn near the margins. Handcrafted ads for psychedelic rock shows, hippie gift shops, and esoteric bookstores that once sat on street corners I walk […]

May 29, 2022 | News