IPR Encylopedia - Index

  1. Introduction
  2. Sources
  3. Notes
  4. Formats

NOTE: The IPR Encyclopedia contains info from one 1990s era issue of the IPR mail order catalog, plus a handful of entires from the Parasol.com database. My plan was to flush it out with additional information periodically, though I don't know how likely that is anymore. Getting a rough version online gives you a taste of IPR, and lets me get feedback, which is always good.



Independent Project Records (IPR) is based in Arizona, USA. They are one of the most critically respected (revered) labels in the States.

I'm a big fan of IPR and their releases. I loved getting their catalogs in the mail. A great deal of the enjoyment I got from IPR was the thrill of browsing through their catalogs. The catalogs were well designed, and the music within was mysterious and beautiful. Masterful.

Sadly, IPR discontinued their mail order department a couple years ago. Their merchandise is now being sold by Parasol. Parasol's a great company, but they don't yet have an IPR-dedicated section. They have told me they might one day create one, that was six months ago and I'm the impatient DIY type.

It's because I'm an IPR fan that I decided to make this IPR Encyclopedia. It's a combination of all the old IPR catalogs I could get my hands on, plus new IPR merchandise being sold by Parasol. I've also added other IPR-related information I've collected over the years.

By the way, I don't work for IPR, or Parasol. If they want to help sponsor my IPR-related efforts, then that's another story! But for now I am just a fan, and in no way represent them or the artists whose work is discussed herein. Therefore, take everything you see in this document with a grain of salt; it's unofficial, much of it is outdated, and has not gone through the rigors of quality control.

All prices and quantities mentioned herein are included for "flavor" only. They are out of date and unofficial and are to be considered part of the merchandise's description rather than reflective of its actual cost. These are not quotes!

I used a scanner and OCR software to get the IPR catalogs onto my computer. Therefore, there are bound to be typos; if you see something which looks wrong, inconsistent, or just plain suspect, please contact me and I'll add your corrections to the next edition.

One other thing: I originally wanted this document to read more like a book or hard copy catalog than a web page. Therefore, I started developing it in Word instead of HTML.

Due to popular demand and further personal reflection, I've started converting the IPR Encyclopedia back into HTML. This conversion provides several advantages over maintaining the IPR Encyclopedia as a Word document:

  1. Web pages are searchable by engines such as Excite and AltaVista; Word and PDF documents are not. A web search on "Autumnfair" or any other band or performer mentioned on these pages should provide a link to the IPR Encyclopedia. If people can't find the IPR Encyclopedia, what's the point of creating it?
  2. HTML is more portable than Word. People all over the world using all sorts of browsers can read an HTML version of the IPR Encyclopedia. Many people don't have immediate access to Word of PDF viewers. Again, if people can't read the IPR Encyclopedia, what's the point of creating it?
  3. People want HTML's features more than Word's features. There's been more feedback expressing interest in hyperlinks and sound clips than in long, book-style printable catalogs. Just because I think it'd be neat to have a long catalog in my hands doesn't mean everyone else does. Since I'm not doing this just for myself, I decided to cater to the searcher of information [who had to be searching to find the Encyclopedia in the first place] rather than the casual browser of information.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the new presentation. Your feedback [on both format and content] is welcome.

Okay, enough exposition and disclaiming and on with the show!

-- Travis


Most of this document's original text and images come from IPR's two mailorder catalogs (ipr94 and ipr95). The rest comes from web sites, books, and individuals.

IPR Mailorder 1994 Catalogue Number One
This is a tan-colored 14 page 8"x11" booklet printed on thin newspaper-like material. I scanned in some of the borders and textures to use as background images on my IPR web site. This is the default source; if a block of text does not have an explicit source, it probably came from here.
IPR Mailorder 1995 Catalogue Number Two
This is smaller (5.5" x 8.5" and 23 pages) and has a stiff olive-green cover and the same tan newspaper-like pages as the first catalog. It opens vertically rather than as a book.
Parasol Mail Order
They have an online database at www.parasol.com. At some point they might have had an IPR section, but I haven't seen it recently.
Trouser Press Record Guide
A great source for reviews of alternative music. This is split into two books, a 1991 edition which covers through the first half of 1991 and is readable online at www.trouserpress.com, and a 1997 edition which is currently hardcopy-only. The 1997 edition focuses on post-1991 content, so there is little overlap between the two editions.
Travis Emmitt

These are my own comments about material I've either bought, heard, or researched. I've also included numerical scores in some of my recent reviews.


These are from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest) and represent the total amount of enjoyment I have derived from the release. There are multiple categories, which I might change in the future (if I decide to keep scores like this).

  1. The first number shows how much "fun" I've had when actually listening to the album. Musical elements such as texture, rhythm, production quality, consistency across an album, etc. all contribute to this.
  2. The second number reflects my "off-line" enjoyment of the music: how frequently songs gets stuck in my head, how often I feel compelled to put the music back on, etc. This is usually dependent upon memorable qualities such as melodies, catchy riffs, etc.

So, you can think of the two numbers as being "during/after", "implementation/design", or even "background/foreground". I feel it's important to separate the two, because I've noticed that different people tend to value atmosphere and melody much differently from one another. By the way, I almost never pay attention to lyrics, so those don't factor in, unless subconsciously.


  • A score of [5-1] means that I love hearing the music while it's on, but I almost never think about it afterwards. No catchy hooks, but LOTS of texture; ideal background music.
  • A score of [1-5] would mean I hate actually listenening to the album, but I can't get parts of it out of my head. There might be one or two awesome songs here, but a lot of annoying ones, or maybe the songs are good but the production absolutely sucks.


The Encyclopedia aims to describe all of the music that has been released by bands that were at some point in their exsitance associated with IPR. It is possible that some of these bands' material was only distributed rather than owned, licensed, or sponsored by IPR [for instance: The Big Takeover magazine is mentioned here though it was only distributed by IPR]. I tend to be lenient, in that I don't discriminate along the lines of contracts and ownership, as long as the artist has some significant connection to IPR.

Please don't regard any of the prices in the Encyclopedia as quotable! Some of them are over a decade old now. I've included them as "flavor," and to give you a ballpark idea of relative prices, but they are by no means official. In fact, since many of the albums have gone out of print [or perhaps been re-released] since the catalogs were printed, all prices and quantities listed in the Encyclopedia are are to be considered descriptive rather than contractual.

If you would like to purchase material mentioned in the Encyclopedia, you can either try Parasol.com or another online store [e.g., CDNow, CDEurope, German Music Express]. You can also try contacting the folks at Independent Project Records itself; see my Links page for contact info.

If you have comments or questions regarding the Encyclopedia, please post your comments to the forum. That way, everyone can read and respond to your ideas and observations. You can also contact me, but I'm unlikely to have any more info about specific bands than what you see on this site.


-- Trav


There are two formats for the IPR Encyclopedia: a Word document and a set of HTML pages which you can browse online. The Word document is older, but the HTML version lacks a Various Artists section. In the future, I probably won't bother updating the Word version.

Word 1999-01-15 442 KB, right click to download
ZIP of Word 1999-01-15 213 KB
HTML 1999-09-12 no Various Artists section yet