Disclaimer: This is an entirely subjective list of artists whose work I enjoy. I skipped linking a few dozen of my collection's most marginal acts. This is primarily a personal reference tool, but others are welcome to borrow its usefulness.
I have selected the best links I can find, after careful research. Off and on, it took over five years to fill in a link for every name (page first "finished": March, 2003.) Further links get added as new favorites arise. The page is also regularly monitored with link-validation software -- the success rate of these links is much higher than on any other such site I've seen. Still, there are always a few broken ones. Email me to point out a dead link, or a link which might be upgraded to a better location.
Last added links: the Association, Alice Cooper, Nick Drake, Matt Elliott, Miles Kurosky, Nellie McKay, Mogwai, Split Enz, Stories + multiple "Shopping list" names
Recently updated: Afghan Whigs, Bis, Crowded House, Fleet Foxes, Rebecca Gates, the Hollyridge Strings, Nine Inch Nails, Sam Phillips, Redd Kross, Gruff Rhys, Sun Ra, the Thrills, the Vaselines, Yello, Neil Young, John Zorn, L7, Napoleon XIV, Unrest, Soul Asylum, Tom Waits
Need fixing: American Music Club, Amps, Michael Brook, Lenny Bruce, Cramps, Eno/Byrne, Knitters, Chris Knox, Love & Rockets, Moody Blues, Alanis Morissette, Move, 1990s, Shonen Knife, Spiritualized, Straitjacket Fits, Tater Totz, This Mortal Coil