Podcast 96: Josh Rosenthal of Tompkins Square Records

For over a decade, Tompkins Square has released some of our favorite records. On this week’s podcast, we talk to TS’s guitar-loving founder, Josh Rosenthal. Rosenthal has a knack for unearthing rare albums from unsung guitar heroes and legends alike; he’s also championed up-and-coming guitar heroes such as Ryley Walker and Daniel Bachman and launched the essential Imaginational Anthem compilation series.

To celebrate the label’s tenth anniversary, Rosenthal did something far cooler than pop open a bottle of champagne: He commissioned a guitar build from Trevor Healy of Healy Guitars. Upon receiving the instrument, Rosenthal took a cross-country roadtrip with his daughters to visit some of Tompkins Squares’ favorite artists and videotaped them performing on it. It features the likes of Peter Walker, Harry Taussig, Max Ochs, Don Bickoff and others..