Independent Project Records, formed in 1980, helped launch the careers of bands such as Camper Van Beethoven and Savage Republic. Now, founder Bruce Licher of Savage Republic and partner Jeffrey Clark are relaunching IPR with a new campaign featuring remastered and expanded editions of the label's back catalogue titles plus previously unreleased recordings from a variety of underground musicians. The IPR relaunch kicks into high gear in early 2021 with reissues from Half String (1996's A
Words like “unique” and “singular” are thrown around far too often, but they truly apply to the Red Temple Spirits. The Los Angeles quartet, described in 1989 by one pundit as “enigmatic,” recorded two albums in the waning days of the 1980s, Dancing to Restore an Eclipsed Moon and If Tomorrow I Were Leaving for Lhasa, I Wouldn’t Stay a Minute More... The post-punk group toured in 1990, and even gained airplay on MTV, but before 1992 was out, Red Temple Spirits had gone quietly into the night.