The Black Week kicked off over the weekend with over 100 new app sales!
In recent years I've used the Black Week sales to show off my hipster cred by highlighting upcoming artists I found in that year... before they were cool. 2020 has been a weird year on so many fronts. One of the unpredictable consequences of the year was me not listening to a lot of Indie music. So this year I'm renewing my hipster card by featuring random music things that amuse me.
Back in 2000, while Napster was being strangled barehanded by Lars Ulrich, there was also a legitimate site for MP3s. The original incarnation of MP3.com was a cross between BandCamp and SoundCloud. Every single Indie band ever posted their music to MP3.com. And it was awful. Just fucking terrible. There's a very good reason most people don't even know about the original MP3.com. I spent quite a lot of time going through the site, and I only found 1 decent act in the whole catalog.
Otep's first EP was up there before they were signed by Sharon Osbourne. The female-led band brought a uniquely sinister take to Metal that immediately caught my interest. In the years since they've been consistently charting with every single release, and have done some very interesting covers. Here's the first song that made me a fan 20 years ago.