Here is a list of artists who have been featured for their free and legal MP3s at least three times to date on Fingertips, dating back to 2003.

To be featured three times here strikes me as significant. Almost any artist I feature can randomly end up releasing one more song I like a lot and therefore be featured twice. But I think there’s a line drawn after two times that becomes indicative of a band or musician consistently making the kind of quality music that I search for weekly on Fingertips.

Some of the artists are pretty well-known in 21st-century indie rock circles (Okkervil River, Heartless Bastards, Yo La Tengo), others less so (Steve Goldberg, anybody?). Some I would clearly identify as among my favorite artists (Laura Veirs, Midlake, Over the Rhine, and the current all-time features leader John Vanderslice), while others kind of surprised me by their presence on the list (I did not expect to see Portugal.The Man and their unexpected period). Some of the artists would probably have more features by now but got a bit too successful to continue to offer up free and legal MP3s (I’m looking at you, Portland bands!). At least one might have had more had he survived (RIP, Joe Strummer).

I especially appreciate those who have been featured not just in a short stretch of time but who have had staying power over the years. The current “winner” in terms of having posts on Fingertips spanning the longest amount of time is Matt Pond, who was featured in July 2003 and then most recently in August 2013 (10 years, one month). Also notable in this category are Lisa Germano, who was featured in Fingertips’ debut post, in May 2003, and then again in January 2013 (9 years, 7 months), and Yo La Tengo (June 2003, January 2013: 9 years, 6 months).

Anyway, for the select few who might find this both interesting and helpful (perhaps a good way to check out some folks you haven’t yet listened to), here’s the list, in alphabetical order. After each name is the number of times featured to date, and then the month and year of the most recent feature. Artists featured more than four times I’ve put in bold, just for the heck of it.

To keep this from being too time-consuming a project, I do not offer any links on this list. Those interested are encouraged to visit the Artist Index; all the links you need are there. Apologies in advance for any links that are dead—I’m still working on cleaning that up. Talk about a time-consuming project!

Annuals – 4 – Mar 10
Asobi Seksu – 3 – Dec 10
Nicole Atkins – 3 – Oct 10
Bettie Serveert – 3 – Mar 10
Bishop Allen – 3 – Mar 09
Blonde Redhead – 3 – June 10
British Sea Power – 3 – Dec 10
Isobel Campbell – 3 – Sep 06
Decemberists – 3 – Mar 05
Eux Autres – 3 – Mar 12
Francis and the Lights – 3 – May 13
Lisa Germano – 3 – Jan 13
Steve Goldberg & the Arch Enemies – 3 – Aug 11
Heartless Bastards – 3 – Dec 11
Innocence Mission – 3 – Jul 10
The Ladybug Transistor – 3 – Mar 11
Land of Talk – 4 – Aug 10
Low – 3 – Mar 13
Matt Pond PA/Matt Pond – 6 – Aug 13
Cass McCombs – 3 – Nov 11
Midlake – 3 – Feb 10
Kate Miller-Heidke – 4 – Jun 12
The Minor Leagues – 3 – Aug 11
Juana Molina – 3 – Sep 08
The Morning Benders – 3 – Feb 10
Múm – 3 – Oct 09
My Brightest Diamond – 3 – Nov 08
The Mynabirds – 3 – Mar 12
Marissa Nadler – 4 – Mar 11
Okkervil River – 5 – May 11
Over the Rhine – 6 – Jan 11
Portugal. The Man – 3 – Jun 09
The Raveonettes – 4 – Jun 12
Sambassadeur – 3 – Jun 10
School of Seven Bells – 3 – Dec 12
Shearwater – 4 – Feb 12
The Shins – 3 – Nov 06
Soltero – 3 – May 12
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – 3 – Jan 04
13ghosts – 3 – Oct 11
John Vanderslice – 7 – Sep 10
The Veils – 3- Mar 13
Laura Veirs – 3 – Sep 10
Wheat – 3 – Dec 11
Wye Oak – 3 – Jan 11
Yo La Tengo – 5 – Jan 13