I really like Bandcamp as a music source and have mentioned it before. The primary thing I like about Bandcamp is that by site policy ALL samples are full tracks. Add to this that most artists present the entire album for sampling and you get what I like. You can listen to most or all of an album to decide if you really like it before you buy it. Several other niceties of Bandcamp are that album prices are often lower than most sources, Bandcamp takes a smaller cut than many (the artist gets more) and downloads are available in many formats including flac, alac and various MP3 rates, should you desire that. Bandcamp also has lists of current popular downlads, artists and various other categories.
The downside to Bandcamp is that the good stuff is buried amongst TONS of crap and browsing the site is not the easiest task. To ameliorate this, I am starting this thread… if you know of, or find an artist or album that you like and would like to share, please post it in this thread. I want to support Bandcamp and their format and need help finding the gems worth buying amongst all the mediocre garage recordings that dominate the site.
There are also artists and small labels who are hosted through Bandcamp, but do not use the Bandcamp name in their URL. One of these is Anzic records (http://anzicstore.com/music) which has good jazz albums by artists such Anat Cohen, whom I think I have mentioned in other threads. More good people to support.
I just finished listening to an album on Bandcamp that is quite interesting and I would suggest that all sample it.
Yes, a David Bowie tribute presented by a string quartet. Different, and I find very enjoyable.
Please enjoy and contribute what you can.