Face Parade and MordechaiI keep forgetting to post this: I got an email from the band Face Parade, asking me to check out their work, saying it was a bit like Pavement and a bit like Velvet Underground. So I checked it out and quite liked it; if you like those bands, you should too.
Also, in a fruitless search for an open-source violin solo for sampling, I discovered these lovely tracks at archive.org. Not what I was looking for (and rather more difficult for someone klutzy like me to sample), but still definitely worth the download. In the meantime I'm now looking for more realistic voices for my chintzy MIDI keyboard.