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Torn Light Records
356 Ludlow Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220
513-873-6995
Monday - Saturday
11:00AM - 8:00PM

Sunday
11:00AM - 5:00PM

Staff Picks

 

Curious what the staff at Torn Light are listening to? Check out the titles we’ve been digging lately below.

 


  • Buzzcocks – Singles Gone Steady
    Buzzcocks – Singles Gone Steady
    $24.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Quintessential UK punk of the 70’s. Buzzcocks came with hit after hit, ‘Ever Fallen In Love?’, ‘Orgasm Addict’, ‘What Do I Get?’. It’s just […]

  • The Gordons – S/T & Future Shock
    The Gordons – S/T & Future Shock
    $25.00 | , Add to cart

    The Gordons crashed upon the do-it-yourself scene of early 1980s Christchurch with torrential force, self-releasing two foundational planks of the vibrant New Zealand underground. Future Shock, a [...]

  • Sir Lord Baltimore – S/T
    Sir Lord Baltimore – S/T
    $20.00 | , Add to cart

    Trading Places present a reissue of Sir Lord Baltimore‘s self-titled album, originally released in 1971. Fresh from their US tour supporting Black Sabbath, Brooklyn-based heavy metal trio [...]

  • The Work – Slow Crimes
    The Work – Slow Crimes
    $18.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “From an era I don’t think gets repped enough, a time in the late 70’s / early 80’s and onward, where prog started to […]

  • Bill Orcutt – Odds Against Tomorrow
    Bill Orcutt – Odds Against Tomorrow
    $19.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Haunted & solemn guitar works from Orcutt. ‘The Conversion Experience’ is my favorite track. Fits in between the best blues & folk records you’ve [...]

  • Eliane Radigue – Jouet Electronique / Elemental I
    Eliane Radigue – Jouet Electronique / Elemental I
    $25.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “A great pair of sonic experiments by the influential Eliane Radigue. She crafts abstracted illustrations of the natural world with her use of feedback […]

  • Globe Unity Orchestra & The Choir Of The NDR-Broadcast – Hamburg ’74
    Globe Unity Orchestra & The Choir Of The NDR-Broadcast – Hamburg ’74
    $30.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Large ensemble free jazz with a choir, yes please! Euro free jazz crew of Brotzmann, Parker, Benninck, Schoof, Bailey, Schlippenbach, Lovens, Rutherford, Kowald, [...]

  • Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage (Blue note 180g Reissue)
    Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage (Blue note 180g Reissue)
    $28.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “I mean…. Herbie, Carter, Coleman and Williams?? Absolute magic. Essential LP for anyone who enjoys music. If you don’t like this record you probably [...]

  • The 12th Annual International Sound Poetry Festival – Boxset & Book
    The 12th Annual International Sound Poetry Festival – Boxset & Book
    $85.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Almost 5 hours of recordings from the 12th Annual International Sound Poetry Festival on 4 cassettes and including a lovely 240 page book documenting […]

  • Faust – The Faust Tapes
    Faust – The Faust Tapes
    $27.00 | Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Meant to be more of a promotional album on being signed to Virgin Records and only costing the amount of a single, this one […]

  • Matthew J Rolin – Passing
    Matthew J Rolin – Passing
    $22.00 | Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “I’m a big fan of Matthew Rolin’s guitar style, and this recent record is stunning. Each track is a dense, glimmering passage of fingerstyle […]

  • Panda Bear – Person Pitch
    Panda Bear – Person Pitch
    $30.00 | Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Better and weirder than any Animal Collective record.” – Cleo Person Pitch is the third solo album from Animal Collective member Panda Bear released [...]

  • Stone Roses – S/T
    Stone Roses – S/T
    $30.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Been listening to this one a lot this rainy week. An absolute indie essential, this record has a little bit of something for everybody […]

  • Chrome – Alien Soundtracks (Purple Splatter Vinyl)
    Chrome – Alien Soundtracks (Purple Splatter Vinyl)
    $30.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “A mind-blowing album, totally fried, operating on a different planet, so many strange ideas on display. The first collab between the gods Helios Creed […]

  • Alice Coltrane – Ptah The El Daoud (Verve By Request Series)
    Alice Coltrane – Ptah The El Daoud (Verve By Request Series)
    $30.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “A must have for all. Her true magic is shown all throughout this record.” – Kobe Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing. Recorded in the […]

  • Bad Brains – S/T
    Bad Brains – S/T
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    What our staff has to say: “More than perfect hardcore punk LP – The realest deal. Hails Beyond Infernal!” – Brandon

  • Toshimaru Nakamura  – No Input Mixing Board LP (Pre-Order)
    Toshimaru Nakamura – No Input Mixing Board LP (Pre-Order)
    $24.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Fans of Pan Sonic’s actual minimalist approach to rhythmic sound take note – Toshimaru Nakamura’s ‘No Input Mixing Board’ LP is an incredible [...]

  • Love – Forever Changes
    Love – Forever Changes
    $24.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “I think we’ve played this record so many times in the store that it’s on a momentary ban. Andmoreagain gets me every time. Big […]

  • Entourage Music & Theatre Ensemble – S/T
    Entourage Music & Theatre Ensemble – S/T
    $19.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “A charming, oddball, and gorgeous release on Folkways from a fascinating musical ensemble that defies categorization. It’s free and minimal, melodic and [...]

  • The Jam – All Mod Cons
    The Jam – All Mod Cons
    $14.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “One of the most catchy and clever British punk records, ranging from the unrelenting ‘A Bomb’ to the wispy track ‘Fly.’ An essential for […]

  • Guided By Voices – Alien Lanes
    Guided By Voices – Alien Lanes
    $23.00 | Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “A very formative record for me! made me realize all you need is a couple pieces of cheap gear, good friends and beer to […]

  • Swell Maps – Jane From Occupied Europe
    Swell Maps – Jane From Occupied Europe
    $20.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Truly mangled guitar music at its finest.” – Alex Noisy and experimental, Britain’s Swell Maps experienced little commercial success during the [...]

  • Poison Idea – King Of Punk (Portland Edition)
    Poison Idea – King Of Punk (Portland Edition)
    $32.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “An essential repress of one of the greatest debut records from one of the greatest punk bands of all time.” – Justin Out-of-print for […]

  • Hallelujahs – Eat Meat, Swear an Oath
    Hallelujahs – Eat Meat, Swear an Oath
    $24.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Dreamy psychedelic indie pop from mid 1980’s Japan. Records like this would be nearly impossible to find in the US if it wasn’t for […]

  • Unica Zurn – The Man of Jasmine & Other Texts
    Unica Zurn – The Man of Jasmine & Other Texts
    $24.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “A unique and disturbing memoir from an underread surrealist master” – Cleo Anagram play meets psychic crisis in Unica Zürn’s acclaimed [...]

  • László Krasznahorkai – A Mountain to the North, a Lake to the South, Paths to the West, a River to the East
    László Krasznahorkai – A Mountain to the North, a Lake to the South, Paths to the West, a River to the East
    $16.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “A beautifully minimal one from a Hungarian master.” – Cleo “The grandson of Prince Genji lives outside of space and time and wanders the […]

  • Os Mutantes – Live 8/8/78
    Os Mutantes – Live 8/8/78
    $20.00 | Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “This band is fun to listen to when it’s sunny out.” – Kobe Last hurrah of the MUTANTES! Live soundboard recording from one of […]

  • Dalibor Cruz – Deviance 12″ EP
    Dalibor Cruz – Deviance 12″ EP
    $16.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Super tight, unrelenting techno with ragged edges. No spot to breathe, no spot to hit pause.” – Hannah Dalibor Cruz’s sophomore release for CR. […]

  • Obe – ST 12″ EP
    Obe – ST 12″ EP
    $16.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “The first day I got this I jammed it 5 times straight, if that tells you anything at all.” – Kobe Obe’s follow up […]

  • Edgar Froese – Aqua
    Edgar Froese – Aqua
    $30.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Froese’s first solo album reissued for RSD, a completely immersive electronic experience of pulsating synths and library music-like atmospheres. He creates [...]

  • Locust – The Plaintive LP
    Locust – The Plaintive LP
    $20.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “I really like checking out what we get in from Suction, a must label for fans of its contemporaries like Warp and Skam,  and […]

  • Kate Rissiek – Decayed Signals LP
    Kate Rissiek – Decayed Signals LP
    $20.00 | Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Kate Rissiek departs from her near legendary Rusalka moniker for an only slight detour into similar but dare one say more academic territories. Slow, […]

  • Equipment Pointed Ankh – Changing Legs
    Equipment Pointed Ankh – Changing Legs
    $10.00 | Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “EPA return with a disc of duos. I would say this is a good disc for all Improv Heads, Kraut Rock Dropouts, & Kentucky […]

  • Alan Licht – Three Chords and a Sword: Solo Cover Versions 1988-2021
    Alan Licht – Three Chords and a Sword: Solo Cover Versions 1988-2021
    $12.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Nobody could make Van Halen sound pretty but Alan Licht.” – Cleo Three Chords and a Sword is a collection of eight cover songs […]

  • Chronophage – S/T
    Chronophage – S/T
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    What our staff has to say: “Chronophage is one of those bands that I will forever be interested in their output. This most recent record feels like a small departure […]

  • Fuxter Schittly – “1998 – 1999 God Particles”
    Fuxter Schittly – “1998 – 1999 God Particles”
    $10.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “An excellent example that we have no real grasp on what is going on around us. In a world of fake news and discordianism, […]

  • The Blue Iguana – Blu-Ray
    The Blue Iguana – Blu-Ray
    $24.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “A forgotten cult film of the 80’s, Blue Iguana has the same vibes as Wild at Heart or Repo Man, but has remained pretty […]

  • Bailey Miller – Still Water CS
    Bailey Miller – Still Water CS
    $10.00 | Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Gorgeous, ghost-like siren songs. Ohio bred reverb-drenched electronics / vocals coupled with folk-like instrumentation. A super impressive debut- Haunting, [...]

  • Smirk – Material LP
    Smirk – Material LP
    $20.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Been a big fan of Smirk for the past few releases of his. This one is definitely his most complete. Big fan!” – Kobe […]

  • Dunn – It Don’t Exist LP
    Dunn – It Don’t Exist LP
    $20.00 | Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “From one of the best labels in the game 100 Limousines. Dunn’s ‘It Don’t Exist’ is one of the best electronic releases of the […]

  • Stereolab – Pulse Of The Early Brain (Switched On Vol. 5)
    Stereolab – Pulse Of The Early Brain (Switched On Vol. 5)
    $38.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Sick record, the opening track immediately drew me in. Love that there’s some Nurse With Wound stuff on this. Killer. Buy it.” – Kobe […]

  • Incapacitants – Feedback of N.M.S. 2LP
    Incapacitants – Feedback of N.M.S. 2LP
    $35.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “One of most important duos in the history of noise, Incapacitants! This is their first release as a duo, T. Mikawa finally joined by […]

  • Spirinet – My Kiss CD + Poster
    Spirinet – My Kiss CD + Poster
    $12.00 | Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Like a deconstructed, even more bummed out Actress LP – Excellent electronica with a vividly unique voice and vision of rhythm, decay and otherworldly […]

  • Sorry Eric – The Problem With Fun LP
    Sorry Eric – The Problem With Fun LP
    $18.00 | Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Honestly how does a record this good get made??? Sorry Eric – The Problem with fun is the perfect driving the car record, it’s […]

  • Sluggo – Sluggo LP
    Sluggo – Sluggo LP
    $18.00 | Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Sluggo was that band, and The Contradiction E.P. that gave me pride of being from the midwest. Amazing reissue with the first EP and […]

  • Sun Spots – Loosey 12″ EP
    Sun Spots – Loosey 12″ EP
    $13.00 | Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Sun Spots 3rd EP Loosy hits hard with Tracks like Big Stroke and the title track Loosey heavily influenced by bands like SuperChunk and […]

  • Karger Traum – III LP
    Karger Traum – III LP
    $20.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Great LP from a cool label Fixed Rhythms. Joocha and Das Ende are the standout tracks for me, a great record to grab if […]

  • Similar Shapes – Sites CS
    Similar Shapes – Sites CS
    $9.00 | Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Ambient soundscapes, environmental noise, all tinged with decay. Listening to this tape feels like library music you heard as a kid appearing in your […]

  • Demonologists w/ Junko – Nure-Onna CD
    Demonologists w/ Junko – Nure-Onna CD
    $12.00 | Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “An incredible in-house release from Torn Light on CD. What you would imagine to be an off-kilter combo, it’s horrifying and fits perfectly in […]

  • Jon Collin – Bridge Variations LP
    Jon Collin – Bridge Variations LP
    $25.00 | Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “A really cool Discreet release from this year! Recorded under bridges to capture the surrounding environment as part of the music, this album merges […]

  • Jon Edifice – Jon Edifice
    Jon Edifice – Jon Edifice
    $19.00 | Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “The mysterious post punk outfit John Edifice. The aesthetic of ‘anonymous members’ always seems to be a bit goofy or overdone, but I really […]

  • Lea Bertucci – Metal Aether / Resonant Field
    Lea Bertucci – Metal Aether / Resonant Field
    $35.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “I’ve been following Lea Bertucci since we stocked her 7″ on IDDB. This LP is very melancholic and a lesson in tonal energy. I […]

  • Automatic – Excess (Blue Vinyl)
    Automatic – Excess (Blue Vinyl)
    $28.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Amazing NEW synth punk? Yes, it exists – and they aren’t dressed like they’re from The Matrix! Even better :)” – Alex Excess is [...]

  • Lon Chaney: Before the Thousand Faces – Blu-Ray
    Lon Chaney: Before the Thousand Faces – Blu-Ray
    $22.00 | Add to cart

    Lon Chaney’s film work from the 1920s is well-known and — with the exception of the notoriously lost London After Midnight (1927) — is mostly available on home video. In contrast, only […]

  • Heat – 4k UHD + Blu-Ray
    Heat – 4k UHD + Blu-Ray
    $32.00 | Add to cart

    Al Pacino and Robert De Niro dually power the momentum and large scale of this groundbreaking film written and directed by Michael Mann. In the wake of a precision heist […]

  • West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – Vol. 3
    West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – Vol. 3
    $25.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “60s psych rock core” – Jack Released in July 1968 on Reprise Records, Vol.3: A Child’s Guide To Good & Evil is considered to […]

  • West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – Part One
    West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band – Part One
    $27.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Wonderful, baroque psych music. Weird, but with a lovely pop edge too.” – Dan Formed in Los Angeles in 1965, THE WEST COAST POP […]

  • Amon Duul – Paradieswarts Duul
    Amon Duul – Paradieswarts Duul
    $26.00 | , Add to cart

    Ohr present a reissue of Amon Düül’s Paradieswärts Düül, originally released in 1971. In 1968, the Münchner Kommune, formed in 1967, had applied to Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser, the organizer of the [...]

  • Eno, Moebius, Rodelius – After The Heat
    Eno, Moebius, Rodelius – After The Heat
    $26.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “Slightly uncomfy ambient electronic music in the best way possible. At moments atmospheric, others motorik, others twisting and turning, After The Heat is [...]

  • Cluster – Cluster 71
    Cluster – Cluster 71
    $26.00 | , Add to cart

    What our staff has to say: “My favorite Cluster. No synths used and light years ahead of contemporaries.” – Jack 2022 repress. 140-gram LP. Cluster’s self-titled debut was [...]